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Catholic Climate Covenant Supports the March for Science

Catholic Climate Covenant expresses support for the March for Science on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and its goal to demonstrate that science can contribute to the common good and that scientific evidence can help inform smart and effective public policies that serve the public interest. This position is consistent with faith traditions, which are guided by love of neighbor, the protection of human life, the care of the poor and vulnerable, and the promotion of the common good. 

In supporting the March for Science, Dan Misleh, executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant, said, “The Catholic Church believes that both science (or reason) and faith are pathways to ultimate truths. Saint Pope John Paul II taught that, ‘Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth’ (1998 encyclical Fides et Ratio). 

“So just as those participating in the March for Science can contribute to the common good and serve the public interest, so too does the faith community, including the Catholic community.” He continues: “Scientists measure and test in the fields of biology, sociology, psychology, among others. This research can help inform law-makers who are charged with promoting the common good. Faith does much the same but our specialty is to raise the ethical dimensions of these same issues. Faith helps provide frameworks and boundaries for law-makers to judge between possible solutions.” 

The Covenant and the Catholic Church also uphold that society has a duty to act in response to the scientific reality of climate change. As Pope Benedict XVI stated, “Scientific research leads to the knowledge of new truths regarding mankind.” Uncovering these truths enables us to act “in the knowledge that man is placed at the peak of creation, not in order to exploit it senselessly, but rather to protect it and render it inhabitable.” (November 21, 2012) 

The science behind climate change is now undeniable and contributes to the destruction of our common home and the suffering of so many of our neighbors at home and abroad. This suffering will only increase unless we take rapid and ambitious action. We applaud scientistswho are helping us understand this new reality. It is up to each of us to now act on that knowledge.

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