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Bishop Pates: address climate change

May 20, 2014

Writing in the Des Moines Register, Bishop Richard Pates said that “climate change is an issue of peace and justice, upon which our faith compels us to speak.”

The prelate, who serves as chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said that “people of faith are working earnestly to address issues such as hunger, clean water, public health, and population displacement, but climate change threatens to make these and other issues far worse in the coming decades.”

Quoting Pope Francis, Bishop Pates said that “we are losing the attitude of wonder, contemplation, listening to creation; thus we are no longer able to read what Benedict XVI calls ‘the rhythm of the love story of God and man.’”

“All of us, Christians, non-Christians and people who don’t share a faith in God, are part of that love story and share a home on this earth,” Bishop Pates concluded. “So all of us, in every sector of society, must do all we can to be its loving caretakers.”


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - May. 21, 2014 2:49 PM ET USA

    Another lefttist Bishop harping on climate change. The scope of climate change is well beyond our ability to control. Does the climate change? Yes. Are we humans the major factor? No. This is nothing more than a push for money and redistribution of wealth with a one world government through the UN to do it. Also making some like Gore very rich. Read the Communst Manifesto and open your eyes. Follow the money. We have 500 days according to the French Dep Premier before we go poof.

  • Posted by: skall391825 - May. 21, 2014 4:24 AM ET USA

    It's often embarrassing to be a post VC II Catholic in America.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - May. 20, 2014 8:18 PM ET USA

    Climate change science is junk science. God is in charge of the climate not man.

  • Posted by: gary.brisebois1104 - May. 20, 2014 8:14 PM ET USA

    Yes, but anthropogenic climate change is a fraud; it has more in kin with witch trials than with science.

  • Posted by: MAG - May. 20, 2014 5:43 PM ET USA

    Yet another "justice & peace" prelate who fails to present the truth & beauty of the gospel as the means by which justice & peace is realized. Perhaps he misunderstands his vocation, or prefers a role in the UN or a political party.