The U.S. bishops noted the upcoming Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the second anniversary of Pope Francis’s encyclical Fratelli tutti, which addressed fraternity and social friendship. According to the bishops, the pope’s call for “a better kind of politics” is an appeal to seek a better “eco-politics” that “protects, rather than exploits, the environment and green ideologies for partisan gain.”
Despite political divisions, lawmakers of many political beliefs share concerns about the global climate and the national welfare.
“They are doing the hard work of considering bi-partisan policies that can preserve the environment, promote energy security, and grow the economy,” said the bishops. “We pray that now, and in the future, both parties will continue to put forward their best environmental policies and work together to protect our ‘common home which God has entrusted to us’.”
The U.S. bishops also cited Benedict XVI’s environmental…