"Catholic leaders have not reacted positively to President Trump’s announcement yesterday that the United States will not honor the Paris climate agreement on climate change. The following information may help you respond to questions about the Church’s position on climate change.
Before the decision was announced, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, director of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences told the Italian daily La Repubblica: “If Donald Trump really decides to pull the U.S. out of the Paris accord it will be a disaster for everyone.”
Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, stressed that, although the Paris agreement is not the only possible mechanism for addressing global carbon mitigation, the lack of a current viable alternative is a serious concern. He said, "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 honor the U.S. commitment to the Paris agreement is deeply troubling.”
The full news release from the USCCB is available at http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-092.cfm
The Catholic Climate Covenant issued a statement signed by representatives of several Catholic organizations, including Catholic Charities USA, Franciscan Action Network, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. It said, in part: “Catholic teaching insists that climate change is a grave moral issue that threatens our commitments: to protect human life, health, dignity, and security; to exercise a preferential option for the poor; to promote the common good of which the climate is part; to live in solidarity with future generations; to realize peace; and to care for God’s good gift of creation.”
The statement went on to state, “We, the members of Catholic Climate Covenant, believe there is no justification for his decisions and we implore President Trump to reconsider this path. We will continue to raise our voices against climate policies that harm the planet and people while we will advocate for policies that respond to “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Laudato Si’ no. 49, emphasis in original).”
You can read the entire statement at http://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/press-release/catholic-leader-response-to-paris-withdrawal
The USCCB prepared a bulletin insert on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ when it was released. You may find it useful today. Here is the link: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/upload/laudato-si-bulletin-insert.pdf