Environment | The much-anticipated encyclical says environmental degradation violates the principle of biblical stewardship
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 6/18/15, 02:50 pm
The Vatican on Thursday released a highly anticipated document widely viewed as signaling the Roman Catholic Church’s position on climate change and environmental issues.
In the document—a form of papal teaching known as an “encyclical”—Pope Francis appealed to biblical ideas of stewardship to denounce pollution, lament loss of biodiversity, and call for action to mitigate the effects of climate change.