At some point, left-wing Catholics should just drop the “Catholic” part because, really, why bother? They clearly have more in common with their ideological fellow travelers than their co-religionists. Case in point, the National Catholic Reporter’s assertion that “Climate change!” has become the new rallying cry of the pro-life community.
In a recent editorial, NCR, which calls itself “one of the few independent journalistic outlets for Catholics and others,” announced that, “Climate Change is Church's No. 1 Pro-Life Issue.” The editorial staff warned of the “enormous” problem and urged, “The Catholic church should become a major player in educating the public to the scientific data and in motivating people to act for change.” Strangely enough, the piece didn’t once mention abortion.
NCR acknowledged that while the science isn’t yet perfect, “it is long past time that the question turn from whether human activity is causing climate change to what do we do about it.” The staff heavily referenced the 2014 National Climate Assessment, an overwrought and over-hyped work of eco-alarmism created to justify the Obama administration’s current and future regulatory actions.
But the pro-life rhetoric appeared farther in, as NCR highlighted: “If there is a certain wisdom in the pro-life assertion that other rights become meaningless if the right to life is not upheld, then it is reasonable to assert that the right to life has little meaning if the earth is destroyed to the point where life becomes unsustainable.” A certain wisdom? That’s big of them.
But while human life needs the environment, it is far more significant than the environment. The environment exists for human life, and humans have dominion over it. Thus “climate change” can hardly be the number one issue when millions of lives are disappearing.
But NCR is a left-wing organ, and preoccupied with the fads and fascinations of the left. So climate change is a “human life issue of enormous proportions,” and accordingly, “the young should be fully engaged.” Not only should climate change appear as a prominent topic in Catholic high schools and colleges, but also in, “curricula materials for education programs in parishes and schools.”
The fix for global warming, the staff concluded, “lies as much in people of faith as in scientific data, as much or more in a love for God's creation as it does in our instinct for self-preservation.”
Even media climate champions like The Huffington Post seemed surprised by NCR’s stance, as writer Antonia Blumberg expressed, “Abortion has dominated the pro-life debate for decades, providing a hot-button issue particularly important to Catholics in the United States.”
But HuffPo should be a fan, considering its past tendency to blame religion for the ruination of the environment. The media have a pet project in global warming (and repeatedly bash those who disagree).
Abortion? Not so much.
— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.