At some point,
left-wing Catholics should just drop the “Catholic” part because, really, why
bother? They clearly have more in common with their ideological fellow travelers
than their co-religionists. Case in point, the National Catholic Reporter’s
assertion that “Climate change!” become the new rallying cry of the pro-life
In a recent
editorial, NCR, which calls itself “one of the
few independent journalistic outlets for Catholics and others,” announced that, “Climate
Change is Church's No. 1 Pro-Life Issue.” The editorial staff warned of the
“enormous” problem and urged, “The Catholic church should become a major player
in educating the public to the scientific data and in motivating people to act
for change.” Strangely enough, the piece didn’t once mention abortion.
The NCR acknowledged that
while the science isn’t yet perfect, “it is long past time that the question
turn from whether human activity is causing climate change to what do we do
about it.” The staff heavily referenced the 2014 National Climate Assessment, an overwrought
work of eco-alarmism created to justify the Obama administration’s current and
future regulatory actions.
But the pro-life rhetoric appeared farther in, as NCR
highlighted: “If there is a certain wisdom in the pro-life assertion that other
rights become meaningless if the right to life is not upheld, then it is
reasonable to assert that the right to life has little meaning if the earth is
destroyed to the point where life becomes unsustainable.” A certain wisdom?
That’s big of them.
But while human life needs the environment, it is far more
significant than the environment. The environment exists for human life, and
humans have dominion over the it. Thus “climate
change” can hardly be the number one issue when millions
of lives are disappearing.
But NCR is a left-wing
organ, and preoccupied with the fads and fascinations of the left. So climate
change is a “human life issue of enormous proportions,” Accordingly, “the young
should be fully engaged.” Not only should climate change appear as a prominent
topic in Catholic high schools and colleges, but also in, “curricula materials
for education programs in parishes and schools.”
The fix for global warming, the staff concluded, “lies as
much in people of faith as in scientific data, as much or more in a love for
God's creation as it does in our instinct for self-preservation.”
Even media climate champions like The Huffington Post seemed
surprised by NCR’s stance, as writer
Antonia Blumberg expressed, “Abortion has dominated the pro-life
debate for decades, providing a hot-button issue particularly
important to Catholics in the United States.”
But HuffPo should be a fan, considering its past tendency to
religion for the ruination of the environment. The media have
a pet project in global warming (and repeatedly bash
those who disagree).