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Friday, June 2, 2017

US Bishops decry President's decision

The Bishops of the United States have decried President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement saying his decision not to honour the U.S. commitment to the Paris climate deal is deeply troubling. In a statement released shortly after the President’s announcement at the White House, Bishop Oscar Cantu, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace pointed out that The Scriptures affirm the value of caring for creation and caring for each other in solidarity, and that the Paris agreement is an international accord that promotes these values.


Statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' 
Committee on International Justice and Peace

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), along with Pope Francis and the entire Catholic Church, have consistently upheld the Paris agreement as an important international mechanism to promote environmental stewardship and encourage climate change mitigation. The President's decision not to honour the U.S. commitment to the Paris agreement is deeply troubling.

The Scriptures affirm the value of caring for creation and caring for each other in solidarity. The Paris agreement is an international accord that promotes these values. President Trump's decision will harm the people of the United States and the world, especially the poorest, most vulnerable communities. The impacts of climate change are already being experienced in rising sea levels, glacial melts, intensified storms, and more frequent droughts. I can only hope that the President will propose concrete ways to address global climate change and promote environmental stewardship.

Oscar Cantù
Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico
Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace


The USCCB has voiced support for prudent action and dialogue on climate change since its 2001 statement: Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good. In a letter to Congress in 2015, the U.S. Bishops, along with the presidents of Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services, encouraged the United States to sign the Paris agreement. They have since reiterated their support on several occasions. Pope Francis and the Holy See have also consistently voiced support for the Paris agreement. 
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