Radio: Wyoming Bishop Discusses Pope Francis’ Call for Climate Change Action

Bishop Paul Etienne during Sunday Mass at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Dan Boyce / Inside Energy , Rocky Mountain PBS

Bishop Paul Etienne during Sunday Mass at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Pope Francis made international headlines last month with his encyclical calling on the world to proactively address human-caused climate change.

Shortly after the release of the statement, Inside Energy reporter Dan Boyce sat down with Paul Etienne, Catholic Bishop of Cheyenne.

His diocese, or jurisdiction, covers the entire state of Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal producer.

In this interview, Etienne says the encyclical is an explicit call to action, for Wyoming’s faithful and non-faithful alike.

“I know this document is going to disturb many people in this state, because it is very much an energy driven state,” Etienne said. “But, I think it’s premature for people to be alarmed that’s calling for immediate change or to say what we’re doing is sinful.”

The radio interview is here:

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