The Church must walk the talk

Two Sundays ago, the front page of the HERALD was emblazoned with Church must convert from cultural, ecological sins.

Nov 22, 2019

Dear Editor,
Two Sundays ago, the front page of the HERALD was emblazoned with Church must convert from cultural, ecological sins.

The article stated that “ecological sins are sins against future generations and are manifest in acts and habits of pollution and destruction of the harmony of environment.” 

The article also stated that “no believer, no Catholic can live their life of faith without listening to the voice of the earth.”

The article sounded serious but will the Church and her leaders change their mindset and the way things have been operating?

It has been four years since the publication of Laudato Si, an encyclical on care for our common home by Pope Francis but not much has changed.

Our churches are still using single-use plastic wares and nonbiodegradable plastic bags as well as distributing bottled water.

My feedback to the parish priest about the impact of sin gle-use plastic cups on the environment has also fallen on deaf ears.

More recently, I approached a priest about the freezing temperature during Mass and his reply was, “we can’t do anything because the air conditioner is centralised.”

I wonder if his reply would be different if he had thought about  the negative consequences of increasing energy use?

Young people want to see the Church and her leaders start walking the talk. 

If not, these hypocrisies in the Church will only drive young people away from her.

Melanie Siaw
Via email

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