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on December 12, 2016 at 12:45 PM, updated December 12, 2016 at 3:06 PM
The letter addressed to Trump from the five bishops states, “As citizens of this beloved country, we intend to write our members of Congress, urging them to block the nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the E.P.A. We will pray for a better choice.”
“Our respect for our government leaders and our reverence for the earth as God’s creation impel us to write you to express our dismay about your selection of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. We wonder why a person who has consistently and adamantly opposed all laws and policies that provide even minimal ‘protection’ to the environment should be entrusted with leading such an agency,” reads the letter who signers include the Right Rev. Douglas Fisher, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.
The other signers include the Right Reverends Alan M. Gates, bishop diocesan of Massachusetts; Gayle E. Harris, bishop suffragan of Massachusetts; and Barbara C. Harris and Roy F. Cederholm, both retired bishop suffragans of Massachusetts.
However, it adds, “The Episcopal Church stands strongly for the protection of the environment” and states that the Church supports “the facts of science,” the “reality of climate change” and is “in the process of divesting our financial interest in fossil fuels.”
The full text of the letter to Trump is found on the website of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.