The Cathedral Connection – 1 September 2019

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One of the important measures currently being considered by Parliament is the Zero Carbon Bill, which sets out a way forward for this country to reduce its net emissions of carbon dioxide to zero by 2050. There is no doubt of the importance, and urgency, of action to address climate change, and the Archdiocesan Commission for Ecology, Justice and Peace made a submission to the Select Committee considering the Bill, representatives appearing before the committee last Monday.

In preparing its submission, commission members were very much guided by Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’: On care for our common home. Laudato Si’ is a rich and rewarding document, readily available online.  In his usual plain language, Francis reminds us that environmental issues are ethical and spiritual issues. The whole universe ‘speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God… When we can see God reflected in all that exists, our hearts are moved to praise the Lord for all his creatures and to worship him in union with them’.

We need to remind ourselves that ‘the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others’, including future generations.  In urging action to deal with climate change, pollution, and the extinction of species, the pope stresses that technology alone will not be enough. He encourages politicians and diplomats to work co-operatively for a global consensus.

Francis encourages us all. ‘For all our limitations, gestures of generosity, solidarity and care cannot but well up within us, since we were made for love’. These themes have been evident in our recent parish discussions. With the coming of spring, may we continue to give thanks for the earth that sustains us and continue to care for it and for each other.

Jim McAloon
Chair, Parish Pastoral Council.

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