On Wednesday, Cardinal Pell accused "radical environmentalists" of "moralising their own agenda and imposing it on people through fear".
Earlier this month, Jesuit Fr Frank Brennan (pictured) and Columban Fr Charles Rue represented the Catholic Church at the launch of the Interfaith Common Call to Action on 3 October.
The institute has been facilitated by the Climate Institute and builds on Common Belief which was released late last year and included statements by a wide range of Australian faith leaders about climate change and a shared belief that there is a moral obligation to care for the earth.
The Climate Institute's Faith Project Officer Geoff Callaghan said: "Whilst heads of religious groups such as the Muslims, Hindus, Buddhist, Salvation Army and Jews have already signed onto it the next step will be to try and get the heads of Christian Churches such as [Catholic Bishops Conference President] Archbishop Wilson, [Anglican Primate] Archbishop Aspinal and [Uniting Church President] Gregor Henderson to also sign onto it."
Faith Leaders call for Greenhouse Pollution Targets (The Climate Institute 3/10/07)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Climate Change Institute - Interfaith Call to Action
Faith communities unite on climate change (CathNews, 05/12/06)
Climate change on our doorstep, says Caritas (CathNews, 10/10/06)
Climate change a moral obligation: Benedict (CathNews, 24/09/07)
Pope gets top green rating (CathNews, 09/08/07)