From Mrs Kreitzer's introduction, 'The Church has become a huge part of the problem by embracing woke (and extremely profitable) positions that mirror the godless left.'
From Les Femmes
By Mary Ann Kreizer
The current issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald reports on the Diocesan Peace and Justice Commission's presentation of pseudo-science, climate hysteria, anti-capitalism and earth-based spirituality by representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' "Green Machine", a.k.a. the Catholic Climate Covenant.
Bishop Burbidge, who, according to the Herald a couple of years ago, signed the USCCB's climate manifesto, celebrated mass to "kick off the event." According to the Herald our Bishop's homily combined pleasant truisms with doubtful economic assertions apparently based on the "new theology" of the Pope. "We care about our common home because it is a gift from our creator," he said in his homily. "Pope Francis calls us to approach nature and the environment with awe and wonder, for then our care for it will well up spontaneously." Bishop Burbidge also noted that climate change most impacts the poor. "On the day God calls us to himself, we will be accountable to the extent that we have shared our resources properly with others."
I don't know what he meant by "our care of it" but the choice of the keynote speaker, whose agenda is known, provided clarity. The key speaker at the event was Dan Misleh, a Jesuit-educated, career-long church bureaucrat with the USCCB and founder of its Catholic Climate Covenant.
While his assertions are not evidence-based nor logically consistent they seem to have been delivered with enough panache to impress his audience. What was more problematic was his spiritual direction:
As faith people, we need to see the spiritual and the social responsibility for what is happening.... We have all the tools we need in the Catholic Church, but what we need is a movement.
Misleh's convoluted thinking was displayed in a 2011 article in the left-wing magazine U. S. Catholic entitled "Don't be crude: End our oil addiction." According to Misleh in 2011, "It's time to get the petroleum monkey off our backs." For more than 10 years he has led the Bishops' anti-fossil fuel lobby with Congress. He alleges that because petroleum is so essential to our way of life and prosperity we are in some way guilty of something because "our individual per capita consumption of the world’s energy dwarfs all other countries, even the most developed. Our 4.5 percent share of the world’s population consumes 25 percent of its energy.... But having traveled to some desperately poor countries, I also know that we are the few and the privileged. Most of the rest of the world has little if any access to fossil fuel energy."
It is not clear how reducing U.S. fossil fuel development as the Green Machine advocates in favor of more Chinese-made solar panel and windmill deployment will provide those "desperately poor countries" with more "access to fossil fuel energy." Misleh's rhetoric appeals to virtue- signaling bishops. It makes them feel they are "acting for the poor" without actually giving up the benefits that fossil fuel energy permits them to enjoy. They don't see the hypocrisy that some laymen might attribute to them because in the U.S. laymen observe that the bishops seem to imbibe in more of the conveniences of American life than most of the working class pewsitters without experiencing the burden of how to pay for the necessities of life for themselves and their children.