Bishop Rozanski's comments on "Laudato Si"

Local Catholic leaders react to pope’s encyclical on ecology

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By Peggy Weber
WESTFIELD – The release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on human ecology and the environment was welcomed by area Catholic leaders and praised for its concern for others.


Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, speaking to reporters gathered on the lawn outside his residence this afternoon, said that Pope Francis has an important message for all people to hear.

“He’s really addressing this encyclical to everyone, to take our responsibility for the care of this world,” said Bishop Rozanski. “This is the one world that we all share in common.”

Noting that the topics of caring for God’s creation and the connection between economic justice and the environment are not new for Catholics, Bishop Rozanski said that the encyclical emphasizes the interdependence of all people in spite of religious and political differences.

“The holy father is helping all of us to understand that really we all share this world, no matter what philosophy, what faith, even of no faith, we all do share this world,” the bishop said. “And unless we take responsibility for it, if we destroy our home, we will have no place to live.”   

The 192-page document highlights climate change as a moral issue and points out that the poor suffer the most consequences of improper care of the environment.