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Archbishop, EPA administrator write joint op-ed on climate change

July 29, 2015

Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago has joined Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy in writing an op-ed article entitled "We have a moral obligation on climate change."

"The fight against climate change isn’t a sprint — it’s a marathon," they wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times. "But with continued leadership and committed action from the archdiocese, from Chicago, and from congregations and communities across America, we can turn the challenge of climate change into an opportunity to build a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous future."

At a joint press conference, Archbishop Cupich also announced that the archdiocese's 2,700 buildings would be evaluated for energy efficiency.

"While it is a considerable undertaking, we have to set an example that it can be done and must be done if we are to fulfill our sustainability goals," Archbishop Cupich said. "Let’s be honest, this entire effort to protect the environment for future generations will involve some very difficult choices in the future. However, those choices will be less difficult if we all do what we can now to protect our common home."


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  • Posted by: filioque - Jul. 30, 2015 5:55 PM ET USA

    The Archbishop should stick to topics in which he has some competency. The claim that there is a moral obligation to do something about climate change implies that we are doing something to cause damaging climate change. But there is no such evidence. If the Archbishop or the EPA Administrator think that there is such evidence, they should cite its publication. So far, neither the EPA nor the IPCC on which the EPA relies has done any such thing. Therefore this opinion piece is irresponsible.

  • Posted by: unum - Jul. 30, 2015 8:49 AM ET USA

    If Archbishop Cupich would just teach the faithful about care for the planet, like the Holy Father has done in Laudato Si', it might surprise him to learn that there are many bright Catholic laypersons who can take action. The laity doesn't learn much from Archbishops who write articles with EPA activists and who spend their donations on controversial green energy programs. I guess "To Teach As Jesus Did" is just another book in the USCCB store!

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - Jul. 29, 2015 1:01 PM ET USA

    It is a strange thing to hope for, but now I do really hope that the earth is warming and that it is due to CO2. Otherwise, if a mini ice age comes through soon it will be very difficult to save face.