US Catholic bishops take up Vatican-driven agenda on environment and clergy sex abuse

by Associated Press | FOXNews.com  |  published on June 11, 2015

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. bishops’ point-person on the environment defended Pope Francis’ plan to issue a high-level teaching document next week on ecology and climate change, saying Wednesday that global warming was the result of moral failings that the Roman Catholic Church has a duty to address.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, head of the bishops’ committee on justice and human development, said he has heard the comments from critics that the church should leave the debate to scientists. Wenski said the science is clear enough that global warming is occurring and that some leadership is needed to move beyond the ideological divisions that have plagued public discussion.

“Much of the debate on ecology in the past years has been really caught up in the partisan divide. Hopefully, by Pope Francis weighing in on it, he’s going to transcend that,” Wenski said, in an interview at a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Ecology is a moral issue because it touches human beings. And anything that touches human beings has moral and ethical implications. And that is what the pope is going to explore.”

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