Monday, February 19, 2007

Catholic Church opposes faith-based environmentalism

Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, suggests that some skepticism is in order for doomsday predictions:
A local newspaper editorial’s complaint about the doomsdayers’ religious enthusiasm is unfair to mainstream Christianity. Christians don’t go against reason although we sometimes go beyond it in faith to embrace probabilities. What we were seeing from the doomsdayers was an induced dose of mild hysteria, semi-religious if you like, but dangerously close to superstition. [emphasis added]
The line about christians not going against reason refers to the Roman Catholic Church which, in recent centuries, stopped fighting science. In this view, Catholics can adopt evolution as an example of God's brilliance and with the expectation that the science of biological evolution provides an expanded explanation of, rather than a contradiction of, the biblical story of creation. Cardinal Pell goes on to summarize the global warming issue in a brief but rational manner that contrasts strongly with those who are true believers in the coming apocalypse.

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