• Chrism Mass, April 1

    Bishop John Noonan invites you to participate in the celebration of the Chrism Mass on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

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  • Free Concert

    with ValLimar Jansen and John Angotti on Wed. April 8

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  • Day of Reconciliation - March 30

    All parishes will offer the Sacrament of Penance to help believers journey back to God this Lenten Season.

    March 30, 2015
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  • The Way, The Truth and The Life

    Videos to help Catholics in their Walk of Faith.

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  • National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo, April 7-9, in Orlando

    In partnership with the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors Convocation and the Catholic Library Association

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Mon Mar 30, 2015
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Tue Mar 31, 2015
Lenten Day Program
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Fri Apr 03, 2015
Special Collection
Fri Apr 03, 2015
Stations of the Cross
Fri Apr 03, 2015
Stations of the Cross at San Pedro Center
Sat Apr 04, 2015
Holy Saturday Prayer Service

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Climate Change - February 2007

In late January, a report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that “the warming of the climate is unequivocal” and that “continued greenhouse gas emissions at or above current rates would cause further warming and induce many changes in the global climate system during the 21st century that would very likely be larger than those observed during the 20th century.”

Once, it had been easy to dismiss those who issued such warnings as alarmist “tree huggers”. And, in many parts of the world, “greens”, as radical environmentalists are sometimes described, advance an ideological agenda no less hostile to Judeo-Christian values than that of the “reds” of another era. But, given on our own experience in this state with unusually violent and unseasonable storms, some prudence is certainly called for.  Even President Bush addressed the challenges of global climate change in his recent State of the Union message and Congress is conducting a series of hearings in which a variety of proposals are being advanced.

A case can be made for serious and urgent action to address the potential consequences of climate change.  To do nothing could be dangerous and costly to the flourishing of humankind on this planet. But it is important that the moral and human dimensions of the challenges of global climate change present to our government leaders not be overwhelmed by political, economic or ideological pressures.

As the great Pope John Paul II stated, “man is the way of the Church”. And so, while bishops are pastors and teachers and not scientists, we do offer with modesty and respect our own contribution to the debate. In Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good (June 2001), the U.S. Catholic bishops insisted that:  “At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, not about partisan advantage or interest group pressures.  It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family.  It is about protecting both ‘the human environment’ and the natural environment.  It is about our human stewardship of God’s creation and our responsibility to those who come after us.”

Three themes drawn from Catholic Social Teaching can help inform how policymakers respond to global climate change. First, a “priority for the poor” must ensure that the needs of the poor and vulnerable around the world are not forgotten. We know too well that they are the ones left behind and who pay the greatest price when disaster, floods or droughts occur.  Second, our debate and decisions should reflect “the pursuit of the common good”, rather than the search for economic, political or other narrow advantage.  To pass on the gift of God’s creation to future generations without doing irreversible harm is but one aspect of the demands of the common good. Finally, the “practice of prudence,” which often restrains us from acting in haste, in this case “requires us to act with urgency” lest the problem gets worse and the remedies more costly.

Certainly there are no easy solutions but those who seek good solutions must seek to define and refine what prudence and the pursuit of the common good require.  The moral measure of any proposed solution is how it can help mitigate the ways that climate change and its remedies burden the poor and the vulnerable.

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