Expanded Global Ethic added a fifth directive on care for the Earth
Hans Kung, a leading Catholic theologian, friend and contemporary of Pope Benedict was also fundamental in developing a Global Ethic supported out of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
For the 25th-year anniversary of the signing of the Global Ethic, the Board of Trustees of the Parliament have voted to approve an expanded Global Ethic, adding a fifth directive on care for the Earth to which names/endorsements can be added.
After the Parliament decided to add a fifth directive to the current four, scholars of religion, ethics, and the environment from many of the world’s regions and religions were invited to comment on a working draft. A task force then reviewed over a hundred pages of collected comments and produced the version approved by the Board.
The Global Ethic now elaborates these commitments:
- A commitment to a culture of non-violence and respect for life
- A commitment to a culture of solidarity and just economic justice
- A commitment to a culture of tolerance and a life of truthfulness
- A commitment to equal right and partnership between men and women
- A commitment to a culture of sustainability and care for the Earth