Even the Church Worries over Environment

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Even the Church Worries over Environment


Pope Benedict XVI calls the environment problem as " the most serious problem of our time".Boholano priest, the Very Reverend Tony Pernia, the Superior General of the SVD world-wide, also recently brought the attention of his peers in a speech called: "What if Nature No Longer Sings ? ( Christmas and Climate Change)".Pernia recalled that the birth of Christ was not just a human and historical event but a cosmic one- an integral dimension of Christmas. That time - the air was cool and fresh, the stars were shining brightly, the shepherds were able to graze their flock in open fields and of course the Earth (through the angels) sang Hallelujah and Peace on Earth to men of Goodwill.Christ's birth was a moment of celebration - and Nature a co-celebrator.Even the prophet Isaiah had this prophecy on the advent of Christmas -how nature cosmically responded to His Coming in Isaiah 35:1-7."The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will bloom with abundant flowers and rejoice with joyful song.. Streams will burst forth in the desert , and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground,springs of water. The abode where jackals lurk will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus."But because of man's folly - much of Nature has been degraded,its laws violated over time.The unabated emission of greenhouse gases by mankind has increased the warming of the earth , threatening the ecological balance and the health of humans. Unbridled lifestyle emphasizing on consumption and production of unecessary tools for life have likewise created pressure on the environment.With Christ's second Coming, will Nature be ready to sing the same songs of celebration 2,010 years ago in Bethlehem's manger?"What if Nature No Longer Sings as it once did?"- a rhetorical but disturbing question addressed to all of us human beings.The Catholic Church and the SVD have both called for "a simpler lifestyle"and to apply pressure on the recent Copenhagen conferees to pass a globally-binding rule among the 120 participating nations as response to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).We have seen unprocessed solid waste clogged waterways and denuded moutains that caused the massive floodings brought by the storms Ondoy and Pepeng. …

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