The Social Affairs Commission of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
has issued a pastoral letter on ecology last Saturday, the feast day of
Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.The pastoral letter,
entitled the Christian Ecological Imperative, is inspired by the Bible, as
well as the social, theological and sacramental traditions of the Church.
To view a press release see http://www.cccb.ca/MediaReleases.htm?NL=1&CD=374&ID=1399.
Of note in this press release is the following:
“All of creation is of God, and is as yet unfinished. We are called as
co-creators to join God’s work to repair some of creation’s wounds which
have been inflicted due to our ecological sins. We are also called to
creative actions of solidarity with those who have less access to the
benefits of God’s bountiful creation. The ‘Lover of Life,’ who came so that
we all might have life, and have it abundantly, continues to provide us with
opportunities to renew the face of the earth. How can we not take up that
The pastoral letter is accompanied by an appendix that suggests ways
Christians can protect the environment.
Copies of the pastoral letter are available in English and in French from
the Social Affairs Office, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2500 Don
Reid Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 2J2.
Telephone: (613) 241-9461, Fax: (613)