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- Lay Catholics Responding Negatively to Pope’s Climate Change Push - August 17, 2015
- Jeffrey Sachs And The Shell Game of UN Sustainable Development - July 23, 2015
Lay Catholics are not taking too well to the “climate change” sermons and homilies being preached by Church leaders in the wake of Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical. On Saturday, August 8th, the Catholic Diocese of Orange County, Calif., held a presentation and community forum to promote the papacy’s teaching letter. This event was part of a local and national marketing effort by the Catholic church to convince millions of American Catholics as to why they should support policies that would seek to impact climate change.
Many lay Roman Catholics see this encyclical as a “political statement” reaching beyond the traditional boundaries of Catholic doctrine. More than 20 protesters lined up along Chapman Ave. at the entrance to Christ Cathedral in Orange, Calif., to protest the event as well as the Pope’s climate change encyclical. About 125 people attended the forum.
Activists from Orange County, Los Angeles and nearby areas participated in the protest, earlier this month, which also touched on state global warming projects like Assembly Bill (AB) AB32 (cap & trade), Senate Bill (SB) SB375 (Sustainable Development/Climate Change) and United Nations Agenda 21.
The Church is using public events to focus on the theology of the encyclical, the global impact of climate change on the poor, and to help build a “scientific understanding” of climate change and offer a context for how we can begin to address this “seminal issue” in our lives and society.