Nearly 170 Catholic college and university leaders worldwide, including nearly 100 U.S. presidents, have signed a statement of support of Pope Francis, recognizing the importance of his message on climate change and social justice as presented in his recent encyclical Laudato Si. These universities represent a wide range of Catholic higher education institutions across the country.
Leaders from U.S. Catholic higher education have joined Catholic university leaders from 32 other nations in signing a statement of support and a public commitment to work collaboratively “through all the means available to and appropriate for our colleges and universities as institutions of higher learning, to study, promote, and act on the ideals and vision of integral ecology laid out by Pope Francis.”
The statement was also supported by numerous national and international Catholic higher education associations and federations, including the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities.
From the statement:
“Catholic Higher Education, then, has a vital and challenging role to play in shaping and informing the serious educational and moral dialogues that must take place to respond to this call, to address these crises. Higher educational institutions globally must seek to provide influential leadership in discovering new and life-giving paths to address the pressing emergencies of climate change, social exclusion, and extreme poverty and in uncovering new paths to achieving peace, justice and environmental sustainability for the whole human family and the entire family of creation.”