Laudato Si’ Reflection Day

June 13, 2018

The first Laudato Si’ Reflection Day was attended by 70+ representatives of the European Bishops’ Conferences and Catholic organisations. Together, they expressed their support for a sustainable financial system in Europe and the Church.

Speakers included

  • Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, Archbishop of Luxemburg and President of COMECE and Justice and Peace Europe
  • Molly Scott Cato, MEP
  • Martin Spolc, EU Commission
  • Lorna Gold, Trocaire and Vice Chair of Global Catholic Climate Movement’s Board of Directors

The speakers suggested that a core cause of the Catholic Church is redressing the social and environmental injustices caused by an economic and financial system devoted to short-term profit.

As a concrete way to “hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor,” participants suggested that Catholic organisations and movements commit themselves to meaningfully consider divestment from fossil fuels and, thus, join other Catholic institutions worldwide in taking a strong prophetic stand for our common home.

A group announcement of divestment from fossil fuels is scheduled for mid-September, to coincide with the Global Climate Action Summit. More information about how your institution can divest from fossil fuels is available here.

The event was co-organised by the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences in the
EU (COMECE), the Council of Bishops’ Conferences in Europe (CCEE), the Global
Catholic Climate Movement and the network of Justice and Peace Europe.