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Be an environmentalist: it’s easy and fun

I think people become enamoured of environmentalism because it is an easy issue to embrace. It really requires no moral courage and will get you all sorts of plaudits with very little effort. I am also a great believer in the responsibility to combat pollution and to preserve the natural world (it’s in Genesis…) but I don’t think it needs to be a moral priority.

I fear the main reason the pope is promoting it because it is easy, will make him popular and presents no real difficulties.


8 thoughts on “Be an environmentalist: it’s easy and fun”

  1. Barbara says:

    I found this quote interesting. It’s from “Why The Cross” by Father Edward Leen. He’s talking about economics but substituting “environmentalism” puts it into current perspective. This was written in the 30s.

    “The defenders of Christianity in the ardor of their defence are prone to be drawn away into a position dictated by their adversaries. When, for instance, the Church is bitterly assailed for not remedying the economic evils, the Christian apologist hastens to point out all that the Church has done in this sphere of action. What the Church has done and is doing is immense, undoubtedly. (here comes the money sentence) But it must not be forgotten that her primary concern is with spiritual and not with temporal values. Very willingly she leaves the sphere of temporal interests to be regulated by man’s own thought and by man’s own inventions.

    “Social, political, and economic problems can be solved by the exercise of human reason and by the right use of human will…She contents herself with giving directions that will prevent the activity from taking courses she knows, with her divinely infused wisdom, will untimely militate against man’s good.

    “It is the extreme of perversity to blame Christianity for what has followed from the abandonment of Christianity…it is men, who, whether they call themselves Christians or not, apply to the solution of life’s problems and to the regulation of life’s conduct principles that deviate from the principles taught by Christ.”

  2. Barbara says:

    What I find amusing, in a sickening way, is that we “haves” recycle our vitamin enriches water bottles, we compost our designer greens, and are very, very careful to properly dispose of our electronic toys.

    Then we turn around and demand that the poor stop burning twigs for warmth and cooking because they are polluting the atmosphere. Up is down. Evil is good. Lies are truth.

  3. Barbara says:

    There are traditional ‘intentions’ that can be prayed. I believe they are in The Racolta.

  4. inara says:

    Are you familiar with Cornelia Ferreira’s talk from the Fatima Peace Conference? It’s an eye-opener (& also explains why I have little interest in the puppet show of US politics). I just re-watched it (after several years) right before I popped over here & a quote on environmentalism as a planned facet of the new world religion jumped out at me:

    “The executive director of the United Religions Initiative [URI], the group building the UR structure, says the organization is “a tool for social transformation”——i.e., restructuring. At present, the UR or URI is working locally and at the UN “to promote daily interfaith cooperation” “for the good of all life and the healing of the earth.” It does this by bringing people from all religions together to work for projects promoting feminism, environmentalism, disarmament and a strong UN. Involving young people in its leftist new world order agenda is part of its work. The UR was endorsed by Mother Teresa and is supported by many priests, nuns, and even some bishops.
    Another co-founder of the UR is the syncretic organization, World Conference on Religion and Peace, which was launched by Catholic bishops, has a strong Catholic membership, and has the support of the Pope. He spoke at the conference it held in the Vatican in November 1994, which was the first interfaith assembly ever convened at the Holy See. The Vatican uses the World Conference on Religion and Peace as an unofficial liaison with interfaith groups. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is its official channel. Since the World Conference on Religion and Peace is Gorbachev’s partner the one-world church, we see just how far the errors of Russia and Communism have penetrated the Church to the highest levels, thanks to the deception of perestroika.”

  5. Hilary White says:

    No one’s holding a gun to yer head making you post the same thing every day are they? Blink twice for yes.

  6. Hilary White says:

    OK, off you go then, there’s a dear.

  7. Hilary White says:

    You’re welcome to both unsubscribe and to start your own.

  8. Rouxfus says:

    Isn’t this supposed to be the Holy Father’s prayer intentions to be lifted up to God? This one in particular, the second in this new series, seems more like the Pope is praying to the People of God.

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