Saturday, March 27, 2010

Korean Church vs. "Green New Deal"

A report on "the first time the [C]hurch has participated in a broad social movement in over 20 years" — Catholic churches initiate nationwide Four Rivers opposition campaign. From the report: "At about 200 Seoul churches, placards with the slogans 'Stop the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project Immediately, Which Goes Against the Order of Creation!' and 'In Every Place Through Which this River Passes are Living Things' have been hung under the name of the Seoul Diocese Committee for Priests of the Environment."

The Four Major Rivers Restoration Project is said to "to provide water security, flood control and ecosystem vitality" and "was first announced as part of the 'Green New Deal' policy launched in January 2009" and "later included in Korea’s five-year national plan released in July 2009."

While I happen to agree, I think this matter is outside the Church's purview. It is the place of laypeople to take up such causes. I'm disappointed that there has never been such a widespread movement among priests against abortion or contraception.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Hoanyeon said...

Right cause, wrong reasoning.'Stop the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project Immediately, Which Goes Against the Order of Creation!' almost sounds like Gaia worship.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Peter Kim said...

"I'm disappointed that there has never been such a widespread movement among priests against abortion or contraception."

That's what I have always been frustrated with the Church in Korea.

And I am suspicious about the environment movement of Church in Korea. CBCK's "The Message for 2008 Day for the Environment" endorsed Al Gore and IPPC. And I am especially bothered by their use of the word "ecologically sustainable", which often used by Malthusians to justify population control.

Here is the excerpt I mentioned from the CBCK statement,

"Global warming caused by the rise in greenhouse gas emissions is already well known. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, if the human community does not come up with definite solutions to decrease greenhouse gas emissions without further delay, numerous people in the future will go through severe weather wars and face suffering and death.

As time goes by, non-renewable resources such as petroleum are being exhausted and environmentally harmful materials are being accumulated throughout the world. Today, it is evident that we human beings are not in an ecologically sustainable situation. "

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Peter,

We are the ones that have to start and encourage a widespread movement against abortion and contraception. The priests and the bishops will find it easier to speak on this when they see that we're finally willing to listen.

As in all things in the Church, it must start by prayer.

3:18 AM  
Blogger Peter Kim said...

Thank you, Steven, for the advice. May God allow bishops and priests courage and wisdom in this crisis of the Church and the world.

6:24 AM  

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