Care for Creation

From his 1990 World Day of Peace address, Blessed Pope John II told us:

Today the ecological crisis has assumed such proportions as to be the responsibility of everyone. As I have pointed out, its various aspects demonstrate the need for concerted efforts aimed at establishing the duties and obligations that belong to individuals, peoples, States and the international community. This not only goes hand in hand with efforts to build true peace, but also confirms and reinforces those efforts in a concrete way. When the ecological crisis is set within the broader context of the search for peace within society, we can understand better the importance of giving attention to what the earth and its atmosphere are telling us: namely, that there is an order in the universe which must be respected, and that the human person, endowed with the capability of choosing freely, has a grave responsibility to preserve this order for the well-being of future generations. I wish to repeat that the ecological crisis is a moral issue.

From At Home in the Web of Life: A Pastoral Message on Sustainable Community in Appalachia from the Catholic Bishops of the Region, we read:

As Chapter 1 of Genesis tells us, God "said" that the water and the land, and the plants and the animals, and finally we humans, should all appear, and so we did. Thus the water and the land and the plants and the animals, and we humans too, are all expressions and revelations of God's word of creation. All creation, including ourselves, truly speaks the beauty and goodness of God. All creation truly shows the loving face of the Creator. To be created in God's own image means that we (humans) are called to care in love for our precious Earth, as if Earth were God's own garden, just as God cares in love for all creation.