Cardinal McElroy Claims Pope’s Climate Vision Not Getting Enough Attention from US Bishops

Pope Francis’ call for the world to address the coming consequences of global climate change has not garnered enough attention at the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference, said a leading American cardinal.

In an exclusive interview with National Catholic Reporter in late February, San Diego Cardinal Robert McElroy said the pope’s environmental vision “has not gotten the attention of the conference that it should get, and that the pope is calling us to get.”

“It has not been institutionalized in the conference in the same way that other major initiatives and priorities within the life of the church in the United States have been,” said the cardinal, speaking in an interview for NCR’s “The Vatican Briefing” podcast.

McElroy, who has led the San Diego Diocese since 2015 and was made a cardinal by Francis in 2022, was speaking in particular about reception among U.S. bishops of the pope’s 2015 environmental encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” which called for dramatic action to confront climate change.

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