Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Letters to the Editor

(From the April 12, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Regarding Letters to the Editor

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‘Sinister side’ of climate concern


I am responding to the article written by Mark Pattison titled, “Church’s social teaching backs up advocacy on climate change” (IR 3/1/07).

Why would Dan Misleh, head of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, submit such an article unless he is oblivious to the more sinister side of the environmental movement?

I think that Andrew Brand and Phillip Devous of the Acton Institute say it all too well: “Christian leaders must be very careful not to squander their moral authority on an agenda contrary to Christian doctrine and the church’s evangelical mission.”

Simply said, environmental groups embrace the idea of population control, which has at its roots a very anti-human conviction. Such a conviction views the human as primarily a polluter and consumer, and dismisses the idea of human capital, which adds to creation’s resources.

Furthermore, these groups utilize a faulty economic analysis of current resources, which fosters a view of economic development as exploitative and destructive of creation. Such an analysis seeks to deny humans the finest products of human ingenuity and threatens the quality of life for all, most especially the poorest of the poor.

This kind of thinking is far afield of the Biblical mandate “to be fruitful and multiply” and the Gospel’s call to defend and preserve human dignity.

Susan Bacon, Spokane

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