First of all, I say "Hurray!" Gore found his niche. (I liked him up until the late 80's when he sold his soul to Naral.) Still, I imagine there are many snarky blogs being written by Catholics who get itchy when the conversation moves to environmental issues. It's not an attitude I can understand. There was even a Catholic talk radio host who this week was downplaying the "green" moves the Vatican has made of late, denying that the Vatican is going green. And mention the fact that some twenty years ago the theme for the World Day of Peace (a theme which ultimately is authorized by the Pope himself) was care for the environment, and these same Catholics will brush it aside, as if the Pope weren't himself that day or something.
What is wrong with this picture?
They may say, "It's all fake science; it's not 100% proof-positive that human activity is responsible for current changes around the globe; this has all happened before..."
Even if there is only the likelihood that human (read: commercial) activity is resulting in some damage to the planet, ought we not at least try to limit the possible harm?
Too many Catholics, I'm afraid, get more of their convictions in this matter from economic worldviews and from a diminished appreciation for creation that owes very little to Church teaching and very much to the "massa damnata" thinking of certain influential members of the Reformation.
It's God's planet we're talking about, after all, and we were put here as stewards, "to cultivate the earth."
I wish we could find grants and funding to help our little building here in downtown Chicago go a bit green.