- Dec 6, 2019
When it comes to the issues, there are several reasons to believe new EU leader Ursula von der Leyen will see Pope Francis as an ally.
A bipartisan bill that would put a price on each ton of carbon pollution and likely broaden efforts to develop forms of renewable energy is getting wide support from Catholic advocates concerned about climate change.
The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development said a new carbon pricing bill introduced Jan. 24 in Congress is a “hopeful sign” that “climate change is beginning to be seen as a crucial moral issue, one that concerns all people.”
Catholic parishes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other organizations operate an estimated 70,000 buildings, most of which use energy inefficiently, wasting about $1 billion a year. Reducing energy usage by 25 percent in those buildings could save $630 million and 8.7 billion tons of coal.
The encyclical on the environment that Pope Francis released Thursday offers blistering criticism of 21st-century capitalism, expressing skepticism about market forces, criticizing consumerism, and cautioning about the costs of growth. But where Francis’ environmental and economic agendas meet, he leaves something of a paradox, and potentially ammunition for both sides