Saturday, October 27, 2007

Pell skepticism boosts Climate Change interfaith resolve

Following Cardinal George Pell's reassertion this week of his skepticism towards climate change, The Climate Institute has renewed its call to Christian churches to sign an interfaith Call to Action directed towards the Federal Government.

On Wednesday, Cardinal Pell accused "radical environmentalists" of "moralising their own agenda and imposing it on people through fear".

Earlier this month, Jesuit Fr Frank Brennan (pictured) and Columban Fr Charles Rue represented the Catholic Church at the launch of the Interfaith Common Call to Action on 3 October.

The institute has been facilitated by the Climate Institute and builds on Common Belief which was released late last year and included statements by a wide range of Australian faith leaders about climate change and a shared belief that there is a moral obligation to care for the earth.

The Climate Institute's Faith Project Officer Geoff Callaghan said: "Whilst heads of religious groups such as the Muslims, Hindus, Buddhist, Salvation Army and Jews have already signed onto it the next step will be to try and get the heads of Christian Churches such as [Catholic Bishops Conference President] Archbishop Wilson, [Anglican Primate] Archbishop Aspinal and [Uniting Church President] Gregor Henderson to also sign onto it."

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