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To everything – turn, turn, turn. There is a season – turn, turn, turn. And a time for every purpose under heaven

March 11, 2008

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I don’t know how many of you are Christians much less Catholic but I’m guessing you would still find this fairly interesting. My fiance and I have started attending church more regularly and one of the things I started wondering about was how green they were and if they recognized the value of reducing our ecological footprint. I didn’t find much evidence that they did since they hand out a four page bulletin every week which includes the song lyrics for that mass. I also haven’t seen any recycling bin or evidence that they use recycled/unbleached paper products. It seems like these would be very easy fixes that could also save the church money. But maybe that is just the church that we attend because in reading this article it seems that the Catholic church has recognized that the ecological damage that we have done to the earth is in fact a “sin.” I’m glad that they recognize this and I hope that it encourages more Catholics to reduce their footprint but I am a bit suspect. While the Vatican itself seems to have made steps forward I don’t see any local churches switching and really that is where the Church could and should have an impact.

What about you? Do you think that the Vatican declaring “causing environmental blight” a sin will make a real difference in how people operate? Have you seen your local church (Catholic or otherwise) makes steps to be more green?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2008 7:10 pm

    Growing up Catholic, I am still shocked by this article. The Catholics are the slowest moving Religion, it wasn’t until the 70’s that they stopped Mass in Latin, so to see them moving in the Green direction makes my jaw drop.

    I have been working with my Church’s “Comtemporary Ministries” advisor on getting the Church on the green path. Trying to get them to start small, but really trying to inform them how to be more environmentally friendly.

    Stand up and be counted at your place of worship, let them know that green matters!

  2. March 11, 2008 7:26 pm

    Full disclosure: I used to be a very active Catholic. Now I’m a recovering Catholic/ atheist for about 12 years now. I believe that while a few branches of Christianity will jump on the green movement as it suits them, most (in North America, anyway) will disregard it as liberal-agenda crapola.

    The key word in Genesis is “dominion”. Because of that magical word, western religion is from whence all our ecological troubles came. Add in the discovery of the New World and it’s “unlimited resources”, which coincided with European religions at their most powerful, sprinkle generously on top some incredibly ruthless profit motive, and any sense of stewardship goes right out the window.

    Here it is, permission given from Genesis– “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

    As well as approval for slave ownership, wife beating, human sacrifice, permission to rape, etc.

    Add in a whole lotta literalism from those upstart Protestants and it’s a recipe for New World ecological disaster.

    Christianity, ultimately, has never been concerned with this planet or it’s future. They have ever and always been only concerned with the non-existant soul. To be fair, Christianity arose out of a whole lotta suffering. When the religion started, focusing on a better afterlife was a positive thing. But that primary focus on the afterlife has not served the planet well.

    Oh yeah, and that bit about the Vatican declaring “the accumulation of wealth” to be a sin– does this mean that the Pope will finally liquidate the Vatican’s vast holdings for the betterment of the earth?

    Heh. Not likely.

  3. misie tapp permalink
    March 12, 2008 2:18 pm

    Praise God that we as Catholics are doing something. Each of us are to follow the word OUR HOLY FATHER has set forth for us. It’s time to change before it’s too late.

    The Vatican isn’t referring to those who are wealthy and contributing to helping others (the poor) They are saying it is a sin to have great amounts of wealth and NOT help others. HELLO quit bashing the Vatican when you don’t fully understand what they are talking about.

    There is alot more going on than anyone who out of their own ignorance realizes. ITS TIME TO WAKE UP SLEEPERS AND SUPPORT THE VATICAN WHO IS BEING LEAD BY OUR BLESSED MOTHER TO PROTECT US ALL FROM WHAT IS COMING!

    WE HUMANS THINK WE ARE SO SMART AND HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. BUT TELL ME DO ANY OF YOU REALIZE WHAT TRADGEDY COULD COME STRAIGHT FROM GOD FOR NOT OBEYING WHAT HE WANTS US TO DO!

    WE MUST EACH DO OUR PART TO HELP INSTEAD OF JUDGING THE VATICAN. WHAT A REBELLIOUS AGE WE LIVE IN.

  4. March 12, 2008 9:04 pm

    I am not a Catholic, but I thought it was pretty interesting to see them declare it as sinful. And I’d like to see what they actually do about it too. 🙂

  5. April 2, 2008 9:52 am

    I’m agreed with u.

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