In Pope Francis’s recent Apostolic Exhortation, Laudate Deum, the Holy Father reiterates the paramount responsibility of the Catholic Church in addressing environmental challenges.
From November 30 – December 12 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host COP28, the United Nations’ annual climate change conference. COP28 is a pivotal international climate conference happening at a time of growing climate impacts such as wildfires, floods, storms, and droughts.
Catholic bishops from around the world are standing up for urgent, ambitious action at COP28.
Catholic Bishops’ Moral Influence Can Help Shape COP28 Discussions
The bishops, with their influential moral voice and deep connections within communities worldwide, can play an instrumental role in shaping the discussions and outcomes at COP28 . Their active participation can ensure that the moral, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of the climate crisis are adequately addressed, potentially catalyzing more resolute actions from global leaders.
Moreover, as the conference grapples with challenges related to fossil fuel phase-out, food system changes, and crucial climate finance issues, the bishops’ advocacy for the common good can be a beacon, ensuring that the decisions are aligned with the principles of care for our common home and solidarity with the most vulnerable.
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform and the teachings of Laudate Deum are invitations open to everyone, yet for the Catholic Church, they are more than guidelines; they are a clarion call for the Church and its leaders to uphold their sacred duty to the environment. In embracing this call, the Catholic Church can truly manifest its role as a guardian of God’s creation and a champion for ecological justice.