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  • Mike Smith
    September 16, 2014 Reply

    Cardinal Dolan,
    I am terribly disappointed to read this posting. I am Catholic, an atmospheric scientist and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. I can say with great confidence the threat of global warming is greatly overblown. The people organizing the March about which you write propose ‘solutions’ that would hit the poorest of the poor the hardest with expensive energy. They would also, for all practical purposes condemn the Third World to perpetual poverty. That is not in keeping with Christ’s command to care for the poor.
    My email address is embedded with this comment. I invite you to contact me and I would be happy to communicate with you on this vital issue.

    Mike Smith

    • Bryan Foster
      September 22, 2014 Reply

      Mike, can you direct me to some peer-reviewed work you’ve published that examines the scope of global warming and/or the impact of solutions on the poor? I’d appreciate reading about the conclusions you have made that can withstand scrutiny.

  • Gary Miller
    September 16, 2014 Reply

    Thank you and God Bless you!

  • Susan Wilcox
    September 17, 2014 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan! The planet thanks you and our grandchildren thank you. I’m going and marching in the Catholic contingent. We are meeting at 59th St. and 9th Avenue and praying together before the march.

  • tom trinko
    September 18, 2014 Reply

    Does it bother you that this march is supported by a wide spectrum of very liberal groups which use “Climate Change” to enlarge government and reduce individual freedoms? Given that all the computer models that predict “Climate Change” have been wrong for the last 15 years as a scientist I can’t understand why you are supporting what is basically a push for socialism under the guise of protecting the planet.

    Not unjustly exploiting the earth is one thing. Demanding that the US reduce its GDP by 30% in order to reduce carbon emissions which have not been shown to cause global warming–remember all the models that say carbon emissions are the culprit have been shown to be wrong– does not strike me as a Catholic cause.

    I can’t find any way to send you an email other than this so here’s my thoughts on your public endorsement of active homosexuality–no I know you didn’t say that and you don’t mean that but that’s how your actions will be interpreted.

    Sadly I can’t agree with Cardinal Dolan’s reasoning.
    The core problem with his reasoning is to assume that a self labeled gay group is not advocating that active homosexuality is ok and that the perception of people will not be that the group is advocating the gay lifestyle.

    The Cardinal’s comments would be appropriate if Courage or some other gay group that publicly supports the Church’s call for gay chastity were marching.

    However everyone in the universe will believe that the gays marching the parade are proud of their active homosexual lifestyle.

    Similarly every gay in America will view this as a victory over the Church. It will be used by those supporting so called same sex marriage to show that the Church talks one thing but does another.

    Faithful Catholics knowing that the gays marching are not marching as persons afflicted with a cross but as people rejoicing in their life style will be disheartened.

    It’s one thing to reach out to gays. It’s another to do things that, irrespective of the Cardinals intention, will be perceived, especially by poorly catechized Catholics, as Church endorsement of active homosexuality.

    Just as Ted Kennedys big Catholic funeral conveyed the message that it’s ok to be Catholic and Pro-Abort even though that was not the intention of any of the Bishops, Cardinals, or priests who were there your appearance at a parade where gays are declaring that their active homosexual lifestyle is great will be viewed, incorrectly, as you saying the Church is ok with active homosexuality not that the Church is ok with gays as people.

    Frankly it’s disheartening to know that on every issue American Bishops will stand for big government, high taxes, socialized medicine, and illegal immigration while being silent about Catholic politicians who support abortion.

    The Bishops don’t seem reluctant to condemn people who disagree with the Bishops prudential judgement on political matters but they sure seem unwilling to condemn liberals no matter what they do. Paul Ryan was condemned because of his economic policy but there was silence about Joe Biden’s support for abortion and gay marriage–or we were told it was a wash. It’s things like that will lead pretty much everyone to perceive you as saying gay is ok when you appear in the parade. For people not familiar with the details of the Faith–which includes most Catholics in America–your message will be clear–and not what you’re really trying to say.

  • Richard C. Savage
    September 19, 2014 Reply

    I agree with Mike Smith’s comments above. I’m also a meteorologist (Ph.D.) and a Catholic. The policies the USCCB recommends are deadly for the poor, especially in sug-Saharan Africa. Pls learn the real science of climate and radiative transfer.

  • Antoninus
    September 20, 2014 Reply

    Michael Smith’s voice is the only one of reason here. BTW … whenever an organization calls itself “The People’s” (anything) … look out! Mao and others like him used that phrase a lot.

  • Robert Murray
    September 25, 2014 Reply

    I too am disappointed with the Cardinal’s endoresement of this march, which sounds like a gathering of socialists and crony capitlists, like Al Gore, who I am sure flew in in a private jet. There was an excellent piece in the WSJ last weekend by a former high ranking official in the Obama administration, called “Climate Science is not Settled.” Perhaps if the Cardinal would read it, he would be less inclined to support policies which will result a lower standard of living for us all.

 

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