Interfaith White House sit-in against proposed pipeline
Catholic World News - August 30, 2011
Two Franciscan priests and the director of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns were among those taking part in an August 29 interfaith protest in front of the White House against a proposed Alberta-Texas oil pipeline.
“Unless our faith communities get interested and serious about helping to save our civilization and the life-support system of our planet, they risk losing their intellectual and moral credibility,” Fathers Jacek Orzechowski and Erick Lopez wrote before they took part in the sit-in. “Leaving the task of saving the human family from full-fledged climate change calamity to scientists and environmentalists would liken us to the priest and Levite from the Gospel. Too busy attending to ‘spiritual things,’ they left the badly injured man at the side of the road to die.”
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Posted by: imanxufan9901 -
Aug. 30, 2011 11:02 PM ET USA
Tell me this is a joke. Why don't they stick to their vocation.
Posted by: dover beachcomber -
Aug. 30, 2011 8:22 PM ET USA
Notice the strained interpretation of the story of the Good Samaritan -- that the priest and the Levite passed the injured man by because they were "too busy attending to 'spiritual things'" -- that is nowhere supported in actual Scripture. I'm sure the Franciscans and the Maryknoll director would be far happier in the lay state, in which they could spend no time whatever on those "spiritual things" they disdain.
Posted by: ltoscan2645 -
Aug. 30, 2011 3:24 PM ET USA
sorry Reverend Fathers I can't worked up about this...BUT I can and do get worked up about the number one moral problem in the world, the thousands upon thousands of babies destroyed in the womb everyday and legaly sanctioned by most of this world's societies... until the respect for human life in the womb is restored this world will be on a slippery slope to moral, physical and environmental disaster..so please focus on what is really important first and then tackle the other issues