CLC take as our inspiration the leadership of Pope Francis' in his Encyclical Laudato Si.
"I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation that includes everyone, since the environment challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all" (#14).
Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ has described the distinctive contribution of the Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si, as being to make 'respect for the environment a priority in Catholic life, and to justify that place by making it centrally in Catholic reflection on the human condition'.
Fr Hamilton said the Pope's primary argument 'rests on the conviction that the world faces a crisis caused by global warming and the dire consequences that will follow if it is not addressed by concerted action'.
'The evidence he offers reflects the general consensus of scientists who have studied the matter carefully. Not all Catholics will agree with him, but this has now become the Catholic default position.'
Fr Hamilton continued: the Pope's 'critical move is to emphasise the interdependence of human beings with one another and with the natural world. We do not have an environment but are part of the environment.
'This approach differs from the conventional Catholic approach to moral issues', he said, 'which begins with individuals and their unique dignity, moves to personal relationships, their relationships to society, and then to the natural world as an outrider.'
(Province Express, October 16, 2016)