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Cardinal Parolin reflects on climate-change commitment

November 07, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, joined in signing an Interfaith Statement calling for action on climate change, in a ceremony in Abu Dhabi on November 6.

The Interfaith Statement was issued in preparation for the COP28 conference on climate change, which Pope Francis has announced he will attend.

Cardinal Parolin acknowledged that climate change is a secular issue. However, he said, “I think that the implication of the leaders, of the religious leaders, is due to the fact that it has also an ethical dimension, an ethical and moral dimension, which the Holy See is underlining very much.”

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  • Posted by: feedback - Nov. 09, 2023 2:59 AM ET USA

    Unlike the members of other major religions, Catholics owe sacred obedience to their leader - the pope. That is why the "Interfaith Statements" will oblige Catholics more than all others, who may simply ignore them. Therefore these statements are not really "interfaith." They may become a Trojan horse used to undermine the Catholic doctrine.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 08, 2023 12:04 AM ET USA

    Tone of presentation means a lot. As used to be said, you catch more rabbits with a carrot than with a stick. Instead of threats, finger waving, name calling, and insults, the hierarchy ought to consider encouragement, recognition where it is due among the less visible, and calls for technological fixes to problems caused by technology. The claim is that modern technologies cause global warming. If true, then existing and new technological remedies ought to be fully exploited, not scare tactics.