Catholics across the world have embraced and acted on environmental encyclical Laudato Si'. But the consensus among Catholic ecological leaders is those responses have been not nearly as widespread as Francis sought.
One bishop says it may take 40 years for the Catholic Church to fully grasp the wisdom of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical. Another says that, given the urgency of climate change, we don't have that kind of time.
In NCR interviews, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy and Cheyenne Bishop Steven Biegler urged laity to develop their prayer lives and reach out to those in need in this unprecedented time.