Dilemma for Catholics: Earth Day Sunday or Easter?
Earlier this month, I wrote about the Episcopal Church's plans to celebrate Earth Day on Good Friday, which earned the church no small dose of outrage among the Ricochetoisie. I now direct your attention to the audacity of the Earth Day Network, which has petitioned priests at hundreds of Catholic parishes across the country to consider holding an Earth Day Sunday mass on, you guessed it, Easter Sunday. In the letter dated April 1, the president of the Earth Day Network urges priests to
participate in Earth Day Sunday and share with your parishioners a story of creation care that will impart to them the importance of protecting and nurturing the planet that was provided to us....Earth Day Sunday is a great way to bring your parish together through community building and sharing the faith with those in the community while improving the world around us.
The letter goes on to provide some fun and creative suggestions for priests to celebrate Earth Day Sunday. Here are just a few:
- Deliver a homily or sermon that explains Catholics' moral responsibility to protect Creation.
- Sign to join others in their commitment to discuss climate change as a moral issue at Mass at least once this year.
- Encourage your parish to carpool to church on Earth Day Sunday.
Question for the Catholics in the room: How would you react if at mass this Easter Sunday, your priest delivered a homily on climate change?
(h/t The Daily Caller)