"Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us."(Pope Francis, Laudato Si', par. 161)

 

 


On March 27,  Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, gave the Spring Cassamarca Chair Lecture*, sponsored by CAPP-USA, at Fordham University on the subject, “Pope Francis and the United Nations on the Environment.” The Archbishop highlighted the point that the environment is a principal concern of both Pope Francis and the United Nations.   

His address built on several fundamental themes in Catholic Social Teaching such as the "common good" and the "common destination of the goods of the earth."  In his lecture the Archbishop emphasized Pope Francis’ call for an integral ecology that unites concern for our common home with care for our brothers and sisters who share that home.  He argued that consistent with Pope Francis' concept of integral ecology, "we must be concerned with injuries to our planet and the irresponsible treatment of other living beings."  He also argued that "we must resist...ideologies that focus.. on  protecting the planet... while allowing offenses against human dignity." 

 Archbishop Auza's talk covered issues of consumerism, ideological colonialism, whether market forces could adequately safeguard the environment as well as the need for "decisive" political action.

 He outlined the various international Declarations, Agreements and Protocols** on the environment, analyzing them through the lens of the ethical, spiritual, scientific, technological, economic and political dimensions of an integral ecology                

 His full and complete written remarks can be found here.  

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*Cassamarca Lecture - Fordham

Laudato Si'

**2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
 
  UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
    the Kyoto Protocol
   The Paris Agreement
    Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Katowice Climate Package
    Proposal for a Global Compact on the Environment.
    

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