The Church in the World

2018 joint statement on climate justice by Bishops’ Conferences

Catholic Continental Bishops’ Conferences have united in calling for “ambitious and immediate action” against climate change. Inspired by the message of Laudato Si’ and progress toward its fulfillment, leaders of the Church are asking political decision-makers to achieve real progress at the UN climate talks to be held this December in Katowice, Poland.

Their call is founded in the principles of urgency, intergenerational justice, and human dignity and rights. They stress the urgent need to act on the wealth of knowledge science offers us, transforming information into concrete actions and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. For these leaders and for all the Church, climate change is a matter of justice, and the bishops say that short-sightedness an “unacceptable injustice” inflicted on the young, who will inherit the planet, and the most vulnerable, who are the most affected by climate change.

The bishops call for specific policy changes. They urge decision-makers to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, calling this issue “a matter of life or death for vulnerable countries and people living in coastal areas.” They are also call for an “end to the fossil fuel era,” a “deep and durable shift towards sustainable lifestyles,” and systemic transformation in areas finance, agriculture, and respect for indigenous communities, which “offer valuable solutions for the care and sustainable management of natural resource.”


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Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Implementation of the Cannabis Act. 17-10-2018

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has released a statement in light of the federal legislation, the Cannabis Act, coming into effect today, 17 October 2018. As with the statement published by the CCCB on 25 June 2018, this document reiterates the moral and ethical concerns that recreational use of cannabis poses to human society and human health (physical, mental and emotional).

Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Implementation of the Cannabis Act

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Statement by the International Narcotics Control Board on the entry into force of Bill C-45 legalising cannabis for non-medical purposes in Canada

"Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment" Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Cardinal Dolan’s address at International religious freedom Symposium. "The Suffering of Today’s Persecuted Martyrs Hurts the Entire Body of Humanity." 13-09-2012

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