Cardinal Sean O’Malley joined other bishops and an international chorus of critics in expressing disappointment about President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.
In a statement on his blog Friday night, O’Malley cited the teachings of Pope Francis and quoted Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, who called Trump’s announcement “deeply troubling.” Cantú is chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace.
“I want to echo those sentiments, noting that the Holy Father’s encyclical on the care for creation, Laudato si’, is a message that invites all people of goodwill to reflect on our responsibility to care for our common home,” O’Malley said in the statement.
O’Malley also pointed out the withdrawal’s potential to hurt underserved communities.
“We share the Holy Father’s concerns of the connection between care for creation and care for the poor— it is often those who are poor who suffer the most because of the neglect of the environment,” O’Malley said. “We hope that the administration will reconsider this action because the leadership of the United States is crucial in this very important area.”Rowan Walrath can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @rswalrath.