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Catholic organizations petition President-elect Trump on climate

January 17, 2017

The Catholic Climate Covenant, an organization which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops helped form in 2006, has urged President-elect Donald Trump to “demonstrate bold leadership in addressing the climate crisis by honoring the Paris Agreement, contributing to the Green Climate Fund, and implementing the Clean Power Plan.”

The Catholic Climate Covenant’s petition has been endorsed by over a dozen other Catholic organizations, including the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, the Leadership Conference for Women Religious, the Franciscan Action Network, the Sisters of Mercy, and Catholics Confront Global Poverty, which is a joint initiative of the bishops’ conference and Catholic Relief Services.


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  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Jan. 18, 2017 11:53 AM ET USA

    Not surprising that the organizations who support this petition are among the leaders of the New Church movement...not that I want to be judgmental in any way. I await the responding Trump tweet, the contents of which should succinctly tell the petitioners where they can file their petition.

  • Posted by: skall391825 - Jan. 18, 2017 3:46 AM ET USA

    I'm surprised that Catholics For a Free Choice aren't members of the Catholic Climate Change Covenant. I hope and pray Trump's close advisers include actual, orthodox Catholics to advise him about what goes on these days in the name of Catholicism.

  • Posted by: pja - Jan. 17, 2017 10:56 PM ET USA

    Catholic Climate Covenant? Another reason not drop an envelope in the basket for any USCCB collections.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jan. 17, 2017 10:23 PM ET USA

    Before we buy the baloney that is being peddled, we need some science from both sides and some unbiased economics as to what this means. Some of these organizations are a little suspect such as the Catholic Relief Services.

  • Posted by: FredC - Jan. 17, 2017 9:44 PM ET USA

    I hope the petitioners have not represented themselves as speaking for the Catholic Church. The big questions are the contribution of man to the warming, assuming that the "corrections" to the data for the last 15 years reverses the apparent cooling in the original data. The petitioners should be seeking the truth, looking at both sides of the warming argument, evaluating the many assumptions in each argument, and comparing past data with past predictions.