The Catholic diocese held a meeting last week to promote Pope Francis’ Encyclical on “Climate Change”. The meeting was held at Christ Cathedral (used to be the Crystal Cathedral) in Garden Grove.
In their presentation one of the first things they said was, “Man could no longer have dominion over the earth”. Wait………..WHAT? Doesn’t the Bible say God made the earth FOR man? And didn’t God give man dominion over the earth and animals? Is the Catholic Church saying God made a mistake? Doesn’t the Bible say God is all knowing? He knows us in the womb? But he created man to exhale a harmless gas that plants absorb and through photosynthesis manufacture oxygen for us to breath……that could destroy the earth? That’s about as BIG a mistake as anyone could make and they are saying God made it.
Whether or not you believe in God, supposedly the Pope and the Catholic Church do. I’m pretty sure they’ve been preaching the word of God for the last 20 centuries. But now they are telling their congregation God made a mistake giving man dominion over the earth? They are saying God didn’t know what man would do with it? They are saying we can’t use the oil and coal God gave us to use.
The event began with Sister Nadine McGuinness giving a talk in a soothing, gentle voice one might use to comfort a child. She said we must be “in love with what God has made”. I thought, God made coal, oil and natural gas for our use and I do love it. She said we need an ecological conversion. We need a global consciousness because it’s a problem that needs to be solved globally (ie: global governance).
She said Catholics needed to support the agreement that comes from the Paris Climate Change Conference in November. Besides ending America’s sovereignty due to the UN being given control of our use of energy (the life’s blood of our economy), it would be a means of redistributing our wealth world wide.
Tony, Strawa, the Catholic Climate Ambassador (whatever that means) then spoke about the science being settled (it isn’t) and showed some peer reviews saying 97% of the peer reviews supported man causing global warming (neglecting to mention publications being intimidated into not publish opposing reviews). He said we needed to have a discussion, a debate about how to accomplish the goals of sustainability…..which was interesting as they didn’t allow questions or comments from the audience. He ended his talk by saying even if global warming isn’t true, isn’t a cleaner world worth the effort? My answer would be not when it destroys our economy and way of life and produces little or no results. It will cost us trillions for a 0.03 (c) reduction in temperature. http://dailycaller.com/2015/08/04/climate-scientists-rip-apart-epas-global-warming-rule/
As the meeting was wrapping up, a man stood and shouted that what they were saying was heresy. He said he was there to advocate for traditional Catholicism. He said they pay for abortions, they pay for contraception. He wanted the church back.
Many of us were outside the cathedral entrance holding signs against the global warming claim. At one point a woman approached us. Wearing Birkenstocks, cargo shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, she asked what group we were with. I said we weren’t with any group. We were just people who understand global warming is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated against man.
She asked if high density housing wasn’t a smart way to give people access to public transit. I asked her if she could carry ten bags of groceries home on a bus….or a case of beer…..or a turkey. She said she went shopping on a bike all the time. I told her I thought that was lovely but I couldn’t and shouldn’t be forced to.
She said we were going to use up all our resources. I told her we had more resources than we could ever use up. I told her instead of restricting our use of fossil fuels we should be finding more efficient ways of using them not replacing them with less reliable, much more expensive alternative fuels.
She said fracking was polluting our ground water. I told her that isn’t true. We’ve been fracking for decades and it has never contaminated ground water as it is done far below the water table. She was using all the global warming activist talking points.
Finally, I asked her if this wasn’t still America. And wasn’t America based on individual liberty. I told her I support whatever lifestyle she choses but she should respect other’s living as they chose.
I find all of this very troubling. Our churches are failing us. Public opinion is not supposed to dictate our moral foundation, churches are. But, apparently, their moral foundation is “evolving”. Our country is in moral, economic and cultural decline. We are rushing toward global governance and too many of our churches are advocating for it.