Catholic College and University Leaders Sign Letter in Support of the Clean Power Plan

Faculty, staff, and presidents of Catholic institutions of higher education were among the 125 Catholic leaders who have signed a letter of support for the Clean Power Plan, promoted by the Catholic Climate Covenant. The Clean Power Plan is an effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the carbon pollution of existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. It is the nation’s most ambitious effort to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas pollution. The letter stresses the Church teaching on the care for creation that is deeply connected to the protection of human life and dignity, especially of the poor and vulnerable. Pope Francis, in Laudato Si’, advocates for the reduction of carbon dioxide and other polluting gases emissions through environmental policy.

Currently, the Clean Power Plan is being challenged by nearly two-dozen states. No matter the legal fate of the policy, signers urge Congress to replace the plan with new policies that reduce carbon emissions in an equal or more ambitious way, joining with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The bishops promote policy action on reducing carbon emissions in response to Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si’.

The letter was delivered on February 16 to the new EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, as well as President Trump, top Congressional leaders, and state governors. Read the full letter here.

National Migration Week 2016

From January 3-9, 2016, the U.S. Bishops observe National Migration Week, calling special attention to the needs of migrants.  This year, the theme centers on the Gospel call to welcome the stranger among us.  In honor of the week, USCCB has shared several prayer and policy resources on the National Migration Week website.  Read more about the Catholic Church’s response to migration on the latest post to the To Go Forth blogTo Go Forth blog.

Santa Clara University graduates sign sustainability pledge

For over 10 years, Santa Clara University, has focused on sustainability, starting with the implementation of a sustainability policy in 2004. In 2007, the former president, Fr. Paul Locatelli,  signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment and since then, the university has projected that by the end of this year it will be climate neutral, producing net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Recently, many of the Santa Clara University graduates have signed a pledge to carry out their school’s social and environmental consciousness into their future careers. From their time spent at the university, many of the students at Santa Clara feel that taking the pledge is a natural progression.

To read more about Santa Clara University’s efforts toward sustainability and the pledge being signed by many of their recent graduates, click here.


New Resource: Materials from Conference on Catholicism and Libertarianism

Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies sponsored a program on June 3rd, 2014 titled “Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism.” The conference featured Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Chair of Council of Cardinals as keynote speaker, and included panels of experts addressing theology, economics, politics, and culture in relation to libertarianism. Bishop Blase Cupich, Spokane, responded to the Cardinal’s comments, and Mark Shields, from PBS “Newshour” gave a response on politics.  Texts, videos, and op-eds from the conference are available on the conference website.