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March 11, 2008



But isn't persecution, scandal/coverup, conspiracy theories and "blessed storm candles/smoky handprints of Purgatory" sensationalism the only way the Church gets mention here in the States' news? I was about to ask, What's a Catholic gotta do around here to get some respect for the Church -- be a dying Pope? But that was only good for a few months' curiosity. When I saw an article on this last night (which also quoted JP II's wise admonitions), I could only roll my eyes at how misreported it was. Again. There's probably nothing much we can do about that, but there's much we can do otherwise.

There aren't any new sins, but there are new degrees and depths and depravities of many of them. Indeed, obscene wealth and pollution and the de-greening of all God's green for all His people is something that ought to be not only confessed, but repented and amended, with firm resolve, asap. A nattering squirrel has more green-smarts than many of us do, but worse, our whole affluent culture is geared to break commandments from the top one right on down through the list. We'll be judged (non-partisanly) as a nation, too, won't we? There's only so much our Patroness can plead for us, in the line of Patience and help.

And yes, the evidence of permanent damage, even if we weren't a nation of asthmatics, now, is irrefutable! The very least we can do is try to conserve and go more green. The core of the earth is going to end up being all landfill.. and what are the oceans receiving? Reduce, reuse, recycle. Grow our own, bicycle, work less, live on less, car-pool. Share, barter, demand truly recyclable packaging.. (Eliminate sorties and bombings, too--very damaging to earth, people, futures..) And don't we all know farm-someones out in Oregon who already have to buy water for their livestock? Not even Forbes 500 list-folks can afford to buy a planet's health once it's gone.


Confess your sins online at:

Deacon DW

Just a couple things on anon's comment and link to the iconfessmyself blog:

1. You can confess all you want at but you can't get absolution from mortal sin without going to confession. If you want to really get something off your chest, and off your eternal soul, go to confession--it can be as anonymous as you would like--face-to-face or behind the screen. So, if you really want freedom from your guilt there is a way.

2. Nothing you do online is anonymous. I appreciate the person who left the inconfessmyself url also giving me an email address; however, that person also left an IP address, as everyone who visits a website does. With only a little effort a great deal of personal information can be gotten about you. You have to be careful about what you reveal in the combox. Now, on the other hand, you can rest assured that what you say in confession will never, ever, go further.

Peace, and happy blogging!


Shoot. When I saw 2 other comments here, I thought maybe there'd be other suggestions for saving this sorry ol' planet. Not in two million years would I have guessed I'd find a McConfessional url instead. *sigh..

The down side of "confessing one's self" is that one cannot absolve one's self.


Could someone give me an example, please, of how relationships have grown weaker because of globalization. I don't understand that point.

I think the general sense of what Bishop Girotti said is very thoughtful and right on target (if a tad late in the day...) DD, I too have been taken aback by some of the Catholic bloggers who consider global-warming to be less than a non-issue. And yet, the other day I read something written by someone quite high up on the Vatican-ladder (I wish I could remember who/where) who said it is as if the earth herself is crying, pleading with humanity. Go figure. Those of us who were saying that very same thing twenty-five years ago were told by other Catholics to take our New Age propaganda elsewhere.


I can't make heads nor tails of his whole paragraph, G, leading up to "globalization." How does that answer the man's question?? This may not reflect what he's referring to, but all I could think of for an example you've asked is perhaps that of Ireland having joined the EU. Its whole economic structure changed, and Ireland has been inundated with other EUropean countries' workforce/housebuyers. All these new people aren't all Catholics, as Ireland most certainly WAS. That has changed the landscape as well-- certainly it has weakened the faith and complicated matters.

Overall, tho', I don't understand how any God-fearing people can dismiss the ills of global warming as unimportant. From well before Moses descended with the tablets, man was charged to be a good steward of the earth. It was a matter of survival as well as one of a sign of gratitude to God.

Deacon DW

At first I thought he might be hedging the question, for whatever reason--perhaps there was point he wanted to make that just went beyond the whole question of indulgences, but then perhaps not.

He seems to be saying that forgiveness, which includes the whole idea of indulgences, has a social dimension. This much we understand: it's part of the explanation of why we go to confession rather than simply taking our sins to God in private prayer (which also has a place).

Globalization weakens relationships, partly at least, in that it strikes at and redefines the basic structure of human social relationship, namely our whole notion of community and interdependence. It's not just economic globalization but everything that results from it. As humanity obtains a global realization of itself--in a way as never before--sin likewise begins to take on a global significance.

Repentance, he seems to be saying, comes about by reestablishing the basic communal human relationships--a point I touched on in my last homily (first Sunday of March). It appears to me that rather than taking on a psychological burden too heavy for ourselves, and rather than being bound by the shame inherent in sin and guilt, our true challenge is to recognize the broken relationships, which too often we find in our own households. Once recognized, healing can begin.

Perhaps in the past sin has focused too much on the personal dimension and neglected the most obvious--our relation with others.


Thank you. :)

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