3.4.3 The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

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In 2002, the same year as that joint Catholic-Orthodox statement, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) published their fullest statement to date about ecological responsibility.  The next reading comes from this.

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Reflection

In light of what you’ve studied in this module and especially this unit so far, what would you expect the Bishops of England and Wales to say about ecological concern in a statement in 2002?  What issues do you think they really had to address?  What sort of tone did their statement need to have?

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Reading (11pp)

CBCEW, The Call of Creation: God’s Invitation and the Human Response (2002), pp. 1-12 (end of first para)

To access a pdf of this, click here and then on CallofCreation_CBCEW_CAFOD.pdf.

Note

The text after p.12, first para., is not in the reading as it relates to events around the time of the publication in 2002 and is now of limited interest.

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Reflection

This is the second document by a national Bishops’ Conference you have read for this unit.  The other was the statement by the Philippine Bishops 14 years earlier (3.2.4).  (You might have looked also at the United States Bishops’ publication, Global Climate Change, suggested as optional reading in 3.2.6.)

How are these documents similar and different?

What are their respective strengths and weaknesses?

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The final paragraph in this reading mentions Christian Ecology Link, which I referred to at the very start of this unit, along with some other campaigning and similar organisations.  You’ll be asked to explore the websites of these at the end of the unit.

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