In 2019, following reflection on the Archdiocesan Synod 2017 recommendations and Pope Francis’ teaching on caring for creation, the Commission has been given a new name, mandate and structure. The key responsibilities of the Commission are:
Supporting the communities of the Archdiocese and wider community to hear and actively respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor;
Scrutinising all issues and institutions in society and in the Archdiocese in the light of Catholic social teaching
Encouraging and enabling the people of the Archdiocese to collectively deepen their understanding of the “peripheries” in order to respond and take action for change.
“The natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. If we make something our own, it is only to administer it for the good of all. If we do not, we burden our consciences with the weight of having denied the existence of others. That is why the New Zealand bishops asked what the commandment “Thou shall not kill” means when “twenty percent of the world’s population consumes resources at a rate that robs the poor nations and future generations of what they need to survive”.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 95.
For more information, please contact the Ecology, Justice and Peace Adviser, Lisa Beech email@example.com