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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

12/9/2016 (1 month ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The Church should take the lead on this issue, without political bias.

In the United States, global climate change is a hot topic. Particularly among Catholics who tend to be politically conservative. American political conservatives don't usually accept the science on global warming. The problem? The Catholic Church does accept the science, and now there's a request that priests learn about it as part of their formation.

Sisters plant trees in a clear-cut forest.

Sisters plant trees in a clear-cut forest.

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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/9/2016 (1 month ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: climate change, global warming, priests, formation


LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- The Catholic Church is intimately concerned about climate change. The Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences is the world's oldest, longest running scientific mission. That body, which advises the pope on matters of science, has concluded that global climate change is real and is caused, at least in significant part, by human activity.

This is important to the Church because creation care is part of our mission. We are called to be stewards of creation. It's also important because climate change can exacerbate the ills of poverty. Poor people in much of the world are the most vulnerable to changes.


In the western, industrialized world, a drought means bottled water becomes more expensive. In the developing world, a drought means people starve and die.

Unfortunately, the issue is politicized. In the late 1970s, when the issue threatened the financial interests of the fossil fuel industry, the political lobbies, chiefly in the United States, financed a massive political disinformation campaign to manufacture the illusion of dissent within the scientific community.

We know because this manipulation of public opinion has been caught and documented. The fossil fuel industry funds nearly all of the climate change skeptics, going so far as to commission questionable studies, to financing think tanks, and even paying individual bloggers. The deception continues today.

Few things could be further from the truth. The established community of experts agree with frightful consensus that the planet is warming because of human activity. And while nature may play a role in the natural heating of the planet --we know the Earth's temperature is dynamic, humans are clearly responsible for much of the present warming.

The Earth's temperatures are spiking faster that at any time in history. The speed of the warming is so great, it is fueling extinctions and other crises. Natural selection, evolution and adaptation cannot keep up with the pace of rapid change.

Climate change is costing lives already, and will continue to cost more lives in the future.

But what does this have to do with the Church?

The Church has a responsibility to care for people, and the environment. And care for one is also care for the other.

Now updated guidelines for the formation of clergy says new priests should understand this as well:

"Protecting the environment and caring for our common home -- the Earth, belong fully to the Christian outlook on man and reality. Priests should be "promoters of an appropriate care for everything connected to the protection of creation."

The new guidelines suggest that in the future, priests will also have a good grasp of the global climate change problem and will share this with their congregation.

The aim is not political. The Church does not advocate for any policies that will erode basic freedoms or human rights. Instead, the Church advocates awareness, conservation, and management of our planet's resources for the good of all, and not just for the benefit of a mere few.

We must also consider the impact our choices will have on other people.

The Church does not advocate an abandonment of all development either. A balanced approach is best. It does no good to preserve a forest if the people who live in it must starve.

But environmental stewardship is not a zero sum game, nor is economics. There are ways forward that are moral, and mutually beneficial for both the people and the environment.

Therefore we should look to the Church for direction on this issue. The Church is not interested in promoting a political agenda. Hopefully, educating priests on how to talk to their parishioners about this topic will help encourage a balanced, moral solution to the problem we face.

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