To the editor:
In the last issue of the Catholic Courier Father Brian Cool, head of the Diocesan Public Policy Committee, says diocesan Catholics are “making great strides” as a result of Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth.” Father Cool expresses his gratitude to Al Gore for leading the diocese and convincing us to take his agenda “to heart.”
To say Al Gore has many differences with the Catholic Church would be an understatement. His core agenda is remarkably similar to those internationally famous, environmental ideologues of centuries past such as Tom Malthus, Maggie Sanger and Paul Ehrlich. Basically these people and their followers’ mantra was the world would be a better place with fewer people and unless draconian steps weren’t taken soon the world’s population would inevitably outstrip the food supplies. Their apocalyptic projections were obviously wrong and their solutions wrong-headed. Now the 21st century has its own internationally famous, environmental ideologue in Al Gore.
Before the petition goes out I strongly urge Father Cool to amend his embrace of Al Gore’s agenda by including economic, demographic and scientific evidence that runs counter to Al Gore’s. Much is available. Also publish and send to the parishes Pope John Paul II’s message to the United Nations on Nov. 13, 1996. He closed his message: “the prayer dearest to all Christians, taught to them by Jesus himself: ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ Let us work together without respite, so that everyone everywhere may have bread on his table to share. May God bless all those who produce it and are nourished by it.”