8/13/2013 11:31:00 AM Care for planet a pro-life issue
We of the Catholic faith are not afraid to engage with science. Our belief in the Incarnation leads to a deep sacramental sense, which in turn persuades us that the mechanisms of the universe are one way we meet God.
Pope Francis voiced his concern for the environment in the first homily of his papacy. “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”
The pope is steeped in scripture, which tells us plainly that we are stewards of God’s creation. It makes no sense to continue to ignore the warnings about climate change since we are all living on the planet.
As the past few years have shown, it’s the poor and marginalized who are the first to suffer when the waters rise, the superstorms hit, the rains fail and the temperatures go awry. Scientists tell us that by the end of the century, if trends continue, Bangladesh and the Maldives could disappear. Melting glaciers in the Andes mean that the region’s water reservoirs are shrinking.
First Nation peoples in the far north are having to travel greater distances to hunt caribou who are fleeing farther northward to get relief from biting flies.
Do scripture, the words of Pope Francis and science make us in the carbon-spewing industrialized nations uncomfortable? We hope so. China, the United States and the European Union are the culprits. We have gotten a pass for a few years as skeptics have created enough doubt to dull the urgency.
We must add climate change to our list of pro-life causes. We rightly fight for the unborn, who are being slaughtered in an unthinking genocide.
We stand up for the sick, disabled and elderly, whose lives seem to be devalued.
Putting the Earth’s climate out of whack will have deadly effects, too.