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Prelate: US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement is ‘deeply troubling’

June 02, 2017

The chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace issued a statement lamenting President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with Pope Francis and the entire Catholic Church, have consistently upheld the Paris agreement as an important international mechanism to promote environmental stewardship and encourage climate change mitigation,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces. “The President’s decision not to honor the US commitment to the Paris agreement is deeply troubling.”

Bishop Cantú had earlier issued a separate statement arguing against withdrawal from the Paris accord.

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  • Posted by: roseofsharon - Jun. 04, 2017 1:46 PM ET USA

    The Church was founded by JESUS for the salvation of souls, not for partisan politics.

  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Jun. 03, 2017 3:44 PM ET USA

    If climatemodels were true 1/xtra H2O would evaporate 2/taking along XtraLatentHeatOfEvaporation(xLHOE) in rising to the UpperTroposphere(UT) 3/where condensation releases xLHOE /4producing a WarmingRate(WR)>>the ground-that's ManmadeGlobalWarming101. In fact the UT WR doesn't exceed the ground WR, so non-natural warming by man is UNDETECTABLE. That no prelate knows or could even fathom this would dictate humble silence - normally! Better for a fool to remain silent than to speak up & prove it.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Jun. 03, 2017 2:24 PM ET USA

    Is'nt it interesting that believers are now organizing on a local basis like NYC and the rest of us can get on with our lives without being taxed for something about which we are skeptical. Frankly I think it is all a political move by local pols that is not really supported in the local populations who have to put up the cost of following their ecological dream. But it is a reasonable form of "subsidiarity", and we should like that.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Jun. 03, 2017 5:52 AM ET USA

    So much of the USCCB activities are what is troubling to me. They have their hands in some very questionable cookie jars along with the rest of the "progressive left".

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jun. 03, 2017 12:36 AM ET USA

    au contraire: The President's decision not to honor the US commitment to the Paris agreement due to the total lack of scientific evidence that climate change is, in fact, seriously impacted by human behavior and that extraordinary economic burdens would be placed on the American people in the face of such uncertainty is a most welcome change from the previous administration's blind adherence to a politicized science. BTW, go to any museum and check out the displays showing real climate change.

  • Posted by: pja - Jun. 02, 2017 8:57 PM ET USA

    What I find "troubling" is that the US Bishops actually have a committee on international peace and justice. There has to be better things they can do with their resources

  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 02, 2017 8:00 AM ET USA

    The President presented very fair and well reasoned basis for his decision and offered negotiating new terms of agreement that would benefit both the environment and the American people. His decision follows his election campaign promises. Perhaps Bishop Cantu should have listened to what President Trump actually had to say instead of the barrage of anti-Trump reports in the main stream media about the withdrawal.