STAGE DIRECTION: Rod Serling enters from stage left, turns to the camera:
"Consider reason #6475 why the Holy began an Apostolic Visitation of women religious in the United States of America."
From a reader:
Sometimes I wonder if I am in another dimension…
The Archdiocese of Washington Environmental Outreach Committee (why do we need this) and the [wait for it...] Leadership Conference of Women Religious have [this gets better...] a Lenten Carbon Fast 2010 Calendar advising on how we can all be neo pagans…er, take "40 carbon fasting actions we can consider part of our lenten preparations."
Even more ridiculous, it’s administered with the help of the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, an "ecumenical" effort to find an "authentic religious response to climate change." (read the first comment here from a representative)
I sent an email asking the diocese if they really thought that this was an authentic and reasonable response to the Holy Fathers call in Caritas in Veritate for responsible stewardship while avoiding "neo paganism or pantheism" by putting nature before humans (not to mention souls).
I just think, living in a diocese where you know many are not availing themselves of the sacraments and do not believe in the True Presence, this is worse than a distraction from Lent, it’s nearly a religion in itself.
They just don’t see how silly that all is, do they.