Monday, 19 March 2012

Catholic cult of climate change celebrates Earth Day in California

The cult of climate change seems to have replaced traditional theology in at least one Catholic diocese in California. In a letter posted to the diocesan website, San Jose Catholic Bishop Patrick McGrath asks his parishioners to join in the Earth Day celebrations:

It is fitting that on Earth Day, April 22nd, we ask our parishioners to renew their commitment to the Saint Francis Pledge. By taking this pledge we agree to:

Pray to reflect on our responsibility to care for God's creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;

Learn about and educate others about climate change;

Assess how we contribute to climate change in our homes, our schools, our parishes and in the chancery;

Act to reduce our climate change impact;

Advocate Catholic principles in climate change discussions and policy work.

Our Catholic Social Justice Teaching impresses upon us that nature is not something to exploit; rather, is God's creation to preserve. We are called to celebrate the splendor of God's handiwork, to be good stewards of creation, and to safeguard the integrity of all that God has made. Prayerfully consider how you can join us in this important initiative.

With every best wish and kind regard, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Patrick J. McGrath
Bishop of San Jose

It is interesting to read the comments to Bishop McGrath´s letter. The great majority of them are extremely criticial of the bishop´s teachings. Here is one of my own favourites:

Posted Saturday, March 17, 2012 10:16 PM By Anton L Seidl
The Green Movement is poorly disguised paganism. Celebrating "Earth Day" during a Catholic church service, which has happened in the San Jose Diocese, is an abomination. To state that "nature is not to be exploited" but rather "to be preserved" is in direct contradiction of common sense. Do we not plow fields, dam up rivers, dig for minerals, raise animals for food and fell trees for fuel and for building homes? These activities distinguish man from animals. The ultimate objective of the greens is to return the natural world to its pristine wilderness, tear down dams, preserve swamps by calling them wetlands. This movement is anti-progress and essential anti-human. I want no part of it and resent being preached to by people who should know better. The Green Initiative has nothing in common with the good Saint Francis; it is left-wing agitprop of the worst kind.

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