[creation] FW: Church of England goes Green

  • From: "Creighton, Michael F11" <michael.f11.creighton@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 10:16:38 -0700

 A symptom of the problem .....

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From: Tony Mangan [mailto:tonymangan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]=20
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2005 9:55 AM
To: Saint Joseph's Men Society
Subject: Church of England goes Green

Not much Jesus, but a lot of green


By Wesley Pruden
THE WASHINGTON TIMES


 The preachers in England have fallen on hard times since they pretty =
much
turned Jesus out of the church, but the archbishop of Canterbury has =
come up
with a novel idea to make himself relevant: If you can't get 'em to =
church,
get 'em to the greenhouse.
 =A0=A0=A0=A0The churches of England < the churches of the Church of =
England < are
going eco-friendly.
 =A0=A0=A0=A0Dr. Rowan Williams wants his vicars to serve only organic =
bread and
wine for holy communion, to urge parishioners to ride to service in car
pools, recycle "waste products," and to sell only "fair trade products" =
at
church fairs and Bingo suppers. Anglicans should consider the ethics of =
the
High Streets and shopping malls.


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 =A0=A0=A0=A0If he can't save the world, the well-meaning archbishop has =
set out to
save the planet, one weed at a time. He will outline his vision of a =
green
world at a session of the General Synod of his church later this month. =
The
gospel of global warning, not the Gospel of the Good News, is the =
challenge
with which he wants his church to confront Britain and, naturally, the
United States. Organic brussels sprouts, not organic accompaniment to =
the
mighty hymns to the faith, should be the first order of Sunday worship =
in
the stately empty pews of England.
 =A0=A0=A0=A0A "discussion document" has been distributed among the =
churches, and it
deals with climate, not Christ, warning that the planet's climate is =
close
to a tipping point. (Tipping points have suddenly become the vogue; only
this week we heard our own pols speculate that the elections last Sunday
were the tipping point in Iraq, whatever that may mean).
 =A0=A0=A0=A0"The sudden changes that would occur in weather systems, =
the fertility
of the soil, the water and the world of living creatures if this =
'tipping
point' were reached," the archbishop's discussion document warns, "would =
be
devastating." Growth without limit "has to be curtailed." The archbishop =
is
an authority on no-growth; if it works for him, why not the world?
 =A0=A0=A0=A0The greening of what remains of the British state church is =
part of a
fresh effort to shame America into stunting the nation's growth on =
behalf of
the lazy buggers of the world, mostly Europeans. If the lazy buggers =
have a
prayer of making themselves equals of the Americans, the Americans have =
to
be brought down to size. Going green, to match the color of the envy of
American prosperity and power, is the lazy-bugger recipe for an equality =
of
shrunken expectations.
 =A0=A0=A0=A0The archbishop's organic bread and communion wine =
accompanies the
British offensive in behalf of the Kyoto Protocol, which a succession of
presidents and a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate consigned to =
irrelevance.
But Kyoto, as disastrous as it would be if a president or the Congress
should be so suicidal as to attempt to impose it on the American =
economy,
does not go far enough.
 =A0=A0=A0=A0"It has taken far too long to be ratified as each country =
fights for
its own interests (the United States is notable among countries which =
have
declined to sign)," the ecclesiastical discussion document goes on, and =
"its
targets fall very far short of what is necessary."
 =A0=A0=A0=A0The archbishop will ask the Synod to support a formula for =
reducing
carbon emissions based on a nation's population, not its industrial
strength. Such a formula would penalize the United States most of all, =
and
work to the advantage of China and India, first and second in population
size and among the very worst of the polluters.
 =A0=A0=A0=A0So the game is afoot. Prime Minister Tony Blair, eager to =
restore his
standing among the worthies of Europe, wants to put global warming atop =
the
agenda of the G-8 group of rich nations. Only this week, the London
Independent, the newspaper voice of the Little England that aspires to =
be
even smaller, reported that global warming "experts" have come up with a
timetable of distant doom that is every bit as precise as an airline or
railroad timetable.
 =A0=A0=A0=A0When the temperature climbs 3.6 degrees above the planet's =
temperatures
prevalent before the Industrial Revolution, the arctic sea ice will melt =
and
polar bears, walruses, the succulent karroo of the South African veldt =
and
the flora of the Fynbos will suffer.
 =A0=A0=A0=A0Or maybe not. Environmental fundamentalism has become the =
catechism of
evangelical atheism, to be taken blindly on faith. Evelyn Waugh, the =
master
of English satire, would surely regret abandoning the Anglicans if he =
were
more than a handful of dust. He would never discard such a rich source =
of
material for his rollicking scoops of earnest upper-class spoofery.
 =A0=A0=A0=A0=20
 =A0=A0=A0=A0Wesley Pruden is editor in chief of The Times.
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