Rome, Italy, Jul 17, 2018 / 11:14 am
The Vatican's former top advisor on canon law has made a public call to insert legal obligations for the care of creation into the Church's universal canon law - making it a legal duty for Catholics not only "not to harm" the environment, but to improve it.
According to veteran Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, former head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, made the proposal during a July 12 event in Rome titled "Dialogue on Catholic Investments for the Energy Transition."
During the closed-door discussion, representatives from the Vatican and Catholic organizations spoke about how to invest responsibly towards a transition to renewable energies.
In an interview with Vatican Insider, Coccopalmerio discussed canons 208-221 of the Church's Code of Canon Law, which enumerate "Obligations and rights of all the faithful."