The “triple call” of the episcopate for an ecological conversion

As it does regularly on bioethics, the Conference of French Bishops (CEF) wishes to exercise, on ecological issues, its role of “Ethical vigilance” faced with decisions that may “Endanger life in all its forms”. This is what two auxiliary bishops recall in a text entitled “Ecological conversion: now is the right time! ” and published Thursday, June 17 on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato si ‘.

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The two authors are Mgr Bruno Feillet, auxiliary bishop of Reims, president of the Family and Society Council of the CEF, and Mgr Jean-Pierre Vuillemin, auxiliary bishop of Metz, member of the same Council and in charge of supporting the Ecology mission. and society.

Cleverly combining friendliness and firmness and explicitly claiming to be Laudato si ‘, their text initially adopts a rather confident tone, which wants to see in ecclesial initiatives (ecumenical label Green Church, network of diocesan referents to integral ecology, etc.) the sign that “Real conversion process has been initiated”.

The text applauds the rest to “The audacity of governments” manifested duringthe 2015 COP21 in Paris and “Enlightened and courageous proposals” of the Citizen’s Climate Convention, hoping that the COP26 in Glasgow (Scotland) in November and the climate bill under consideration in Parliamentdemonstrate “The same daring”.

Financing the ecological transition of poor countries

Policy makers are the primary recipients of “Triple call” formulated by Mgr Feillet and Mgr Vuillemin. “The post-COVID-19 crisis recovery plans are the ideal opportunity to take courageous decisions in favor of a development that can be sustained over time, rather than giving in to the immediacy of private demands “, they write.

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Believing that these decisions related to ecology are also a “Opportunity to advance international justice and solidarity”, they call on governments to keep their funding promises to help the ecological transition of the poorest countries. “In the form of donations rather than loans”, specifies the text, because the latter “Would make poor countries even more dependent”.

Redefining progress

Mgr Feillet and Mgr Vuillemin’s second appeal is addressed to economic players. Following Pope Francis, they invite them not to limit their efforts to “Some financial constraints” but good to “Redefine progress and convert the global development model”.

So, “Rather than a logic of compensation (through the planting of trees, for example), we must aim for a real policy of reducing emissions. The replacement of technologies based on fossil fuels must be done without delay (LS n ° 165). “

Finally, it is to Christians that the two signatories of this text address themselves, regretting that they too often limit ecological conversion to “An attitude of preservation, protection and non-over-exploitation of nature”.

However, the Pope’s call is much more radical, recall these auxiliary bishops. “He invites us to enter into communion with the Creator who renews and purifies our relationship with each of his creatures. ” All these relationships must therefore now be “Reconsidered in terms of ecological conversion”.


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