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Responses to Pope Francis' encyclical

Responses to Pope Francis' encyclical

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“The great thing about this encyclical is that it calls all of us (people) back to realizing that we are interconnected, and when we think about what is going on, we need to think about it as a world as a whole.”

-- Betsy Black Bennett, archdeacon for the Episcopal Church of Nebraska

“I hope that the political leaders who have paid a great deal of attention to Catholic teaching on other issues, give equal attention on this issue.”

-- Ken Winston, Nebraska Sierra Club

“It has a universal appeal and traction to people who are interested in the effect we have on our world and the way we live and the effect it has on the world around us. I think it (encyclical) is something that can draw people together. It is something we all have in common. We are all residents in this ‘common home.’”

-- Bishop James D. Conley, Catholic Diocese of Lincoln.

“I welcome Pope Francis' encyclical and the moral guidance it offers on the just stewardship of the gifts of creation, which are all expressions of God's loving design. Because men and women are created uniquely in the image and likeness of God, we have a particular responsibility to respect and care for all that God has made. This care begins with a proper respect for each human person and it extends to every aspect of creation.

“Pope Francis calls individuals, families, communities, corporations and nations to a fresh way of thinking and acting. As previous popes have done, he urges us to reject a utilitarian consumerism that does not preserve the environment for future generations and that shows a harsh disregard for the poor today.”

-- Archbishop George Lucas, Archdiocese of Omaha

"We wholeheartedly agree with the Pope’s statement that ‘We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family. There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide ...’ The encyclical repeatedly asserts the interconnectedness of all life and calls for ‘the honesty needed to question certain models of development, production, and consumption.’ We in the developed world will need to make difficult choices to effectively address this climate crisis.”

-- joint statement by Unitarian Universalist Association President the Rev. Peter Morales and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee President and CEO Bill Schulz

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