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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?