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Catholic agencies: Heads of state must act on climate change

December 17, 2009

Frustrated by sputtering climate talks, Caritas Internationalis (the international consortium of Catholic relief agencies) and CIDSE (an alliance of Catholic development agencies) are calling upon heads of state to act decisively during the Copenhagen climate summit’s final days.

“We must be clear what is causing the current deadlock: developed country commitments on emission reductions and support to developing countries fall far short of what science and justice requires,” said CIDSE Secretary General Bernd Nilles. “Developed countries hold the historical responsibility for climate change, which is impacting profoundly already on developing countries. They simply cannot shirk their responsibilities.”

“Heads of State must feel the weight of the public and moral outpouring over the last months and during this last week in Copenhagen and around the world,” he added. “The people are ready, we need our leaders to move.”


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  • Posted by: peggyann - Dec. 18, 2009 8:05 AM ET USA

    What with all of the misinformation in our news reports on so many topics it is becoming more and more difficult to find real "Catholic" organizations to whom our donations are worthy. This is ridiculous. Prosperous nations (read USA) are constantly being shaken down for dollars others do nothing to deserve. These nations (and orgs) are killing the goose that laid the golden egg. To whom will they turn when they have destroyed capitalism in this country?

  • Posted by: seewig - Dec. 17, 2009 6:11 PM ET USA

    What in world is Caritas doing here? Has it become a secular tool for the progressives, socialists? Do they agree with the lies from the U.N. climate agency? Do they agree with the conspiratory approach of the so-called "scientists" who were shown to encourage each other to change data in order to support their far out agenda? I will stop my donations to CRS immediately. Otto

  • Posted by: adamah - Dec. 17, 2009 11:18 AM ET USA

    This just confirms my resolve to not give money to "Catholic" charities, exept to specific charitable activities run by groups like Missionaries of Charity.