Here we are on the verge of a long weekend, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but two of the most ridiculous, yet evil news reports I have seen in at least the last 24 hours.
In Vienna a climate control conference is coming to an end, and wouldn't you know it? China has touted its population policy, one child per family, as a tool that has helped fight global warming by avoiding 300 million births, the equivalent of the population of the United States of America!
Those in attendance remarked that such a practice could not be pursued in all the poor nations because the Catholic Church is opposed. And why isn't everyone with a thinking mind opposed as well? Clearly, China finds it more convenient to kill the preborn than to trust in God's plan for mankind.
Or maybe not. You see I also saw a news report about a new type of "confession" being offered by a Catholic priest in England. The practice is called green confession.
According to the news report, Benedictine monk Dom Anthony Sutch, a parish priest in Suffolk, will attend the Greenpeace festival this weenend to hear "eco-confessions." It is reported that this is the first dedicated confessional booth of its kind.
I have to give the priest credit for at least wondering aloud whether or not such "confessions" are blasphemous, though that has not stopped him from carrying on as planned.
Now before you e-mail me a comment stating that we human beings have a moral obligation to protect the earth and all the blessings God has given to us, I do know that. And I do practice recycling.
However the last time I checked the Catechism of the Catholic Church, driving an SUV was not a mortal sin, while murdering an innocent child in utero is.
I wonder what in the world is wrong with people who pander to the very same environmentalists who would think nothing of denying God's existence or argue that promoting abortion as a method of birth control is a good idea.
It truly is a strange world in which we live, and it seems to be getting stranger by the minute. Every one of us should pause during the coming Labor Day weekend and say a prayer for our world, for its inhabitants and for all those who appear to have lost contact with Our Lord and God, our Creator.