something stronger

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 16, 2008

When they think about political causes, some Catholics tend to fixate on minor considerations, such as the wholesale destruction of human life. Others-- their souls purified by labyrinth walks and enneagram workshops, their intellects trained by studies with Sister Joan, their wills tested by previous crusades against non-union lettuce and table grapes, have discovered a loftier cause:

Concerns about bottled water are bubbling up in Catholic organizations, adding clout to a growing number of cities and secular organizations worried about the issue -- with women religious strongly in the lead. Numerous women’s religious orders are banning bottled water at their motherhouses, retreat houses and conference centers, and some are substituting refillable water bottles for the throw-away kind at sponsored events.

Well lemme tell you this: If I found myself cooped up in one of those motherhouses, I wouldn't be drinking water-- from any container.

By the way, my home is a nuclear-free zone. So don't get on your high horse with me.

Hold everything! Here I thought I was on the cutting edge of social-conscience Catholicism, and then this important news came from across the pond:

A Catholic group has called on the Church to get behind the current campaign for free-range eggs and poultry.

None too soon, because:

They claim the current treatment of chickens - both in terms of battery hens for eggs and intensively-reared chicken for slaughter - is inhumane.
With free-range chicken I prefer lager beer. In disposable cans.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 22, 2008 10:51 AM ET USA

    Dear Ladydird: Washing garbage is a waste of the most precious natural resource of the 21st century, namely WATER. You do more damage to Mother Nature (sorry for the New Age title hereby given to Our Lord's Creation...) by wasting water, than by throwing unclean plastic bottles in the garbage can. I only drink water using my hands as a cup. Directly from the kitchen sink tap. Huge savings and no pollution.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 17, 2008 10:50 AM ET USA

    Don't mean to spoil the party, but I EAT FREE RANGE EGGS. I know, I know, pick yourselves up off the ground. I stand with Archbishop Burke. My argument isn't a humane one, though. Free Range eggs look better, taste better and are more manly. Let the girlie men eat the whimpy ones. They are also more expensive. So, if you create an ad program saying they are the MANLY choice, the pantsuit nuns will disappear and there will be no state coercion. Its Win, Win as Romney would say.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 17, 2008 9:28 AM ET USA

    The more our Church "experts" buy into social and political activism, the more I think of Mother Teresa and the Beatitudes. Mother pointed out that our "prosperous" country was poor in many ways. The same can be said for the U.S. Church.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2008 10:10 PM ET USA

    What's wrong with being concerned about the environment? It possible to be actively pro-life and pro-environment at the same time.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2008 7:45 PM ET USA

    My brother inducted me into PETA (People eating tasty animals!). JARay, I'm not sure, but I think the 4 Litre Cardboard Wine cases, are, ummm, how do I put this...Not Recyclable! One-Litre Bottles, which, on the other hand, are recyclable, would be more eco-responsible. We recycle everything, practically, spending more time "washing" garbage than anything else. But the only cause I march for is the humane rescue of innocent babes in their mothers' wombs.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2008 5:18 PM ET USA

    Abp Raymond Burke would most likely support this initiative. He spoke on many occasions in La Crosse against industrial farming and supported sustainable agriculture. This earned him the ire of many farmers who wanted to expand their dairy farms to 500 cows, rather than the usual 125-150. He made the observation to me once that cows are rather large animals and need exercise, so keeping them in a barn all day isn't in keeping with their God-given nature. Same goes for chickens in cages.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2008 5:13 PM ET USA

    Alas, PETA's agitprop has driven the Trappist monks of South Carolina out of the egg business. They ran it humanely, but PETA seems to prefer that the chickens walk on the ground, in mud and their own droppings.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2008 3:41 PM ET USA

    You may prefer your Lager in disposable cans Diogenes. I actually recycle my cans at the scrap metal dealer's. That way I get some money back. Bottles are a huge nuisance because they can only be thrown away. I buy my wine in 4 litre cardboard casks too.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2008 2:35 PM ET USA

    March on Washington! A Million Nun March...let's schedule it for January 22nd...they can join all the lay people who will already be there for other business...can you imagine the witness to Religious Life it would be to see Brothers, Sisters, and Layfolk united to preserve naturally breaking water? We can call it "Taps and Tots"...hey, this could work...

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2008 11:03 AM ET USA

    I can't imagine what they have been drinking!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2008 10:38 AM ET USA

    Hey, I am all for the inhumane treatment of all things that are not human. Only humans should be treated like humans. However, this does not mean I advocate torturing animals. I do admit that I love veal.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2008 9:52 AM ET USA

    Scenario: nuns in habits assaulting people carrying bottled water like the assaults by PETA on women wearing fur. Oh , wait...the nuns in the orders who actually wear habits are not likely the same ones who have taken up the lofty cause of protecting Mother Earth from the horrors of bottled water. Anyone who has a ministry called “Waterspirit,” which "...promotes the ties between spirituality and the environment, with a special focus on the sacredness of water" needs to renew their vows.