Friday, March 11, 2011

Have yourself a Liberal Lent!

Catholic News Service has an article about one of those wack-job environmental (with an emphasis on the "mental" part) outfits and some of their kooky ideas. The unfortunate thing is, this is a "Catholic" environmental group and they're trying to turn Lent into some sort of Kumbaya hug a tree period.

In honor of their lamebrain ideas, I'm going to spend Lent using the incandescent lamps in my office even more than I usually do.

Have a laugh over at CNS:


Anonymous said...

I love the cartoon - and I am so happy to hear someone else use the word "wacky" as applied to other than Traditional Catholics, the SSPX, etc. -- there's a LOT of that excrement being used by the Conciliar clergy at all levels against Traditional teaching and the Holy Mass,in general.
The "Save The Light Bulbs" for Lent doo-doo is indeed a 'warm & fuzzy' instead of true mortification; as your cartoon clearly demonstrates.

Anonymous said...

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican; The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up as much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every: one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Luke xviii, 9-14

I said it before. I say it again.

You are a pharisee and you 'cartoons' lack irony..

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous": If his 'cartoons' lack irony, then why do you keep coming back?

And why is the author a Pharisee for pointing out what is clearly a lame idea? Are we never allowed to point out things that are clearly dumb?

Now, if the author was exalting himself as perfect, then "Pharisee" could come into play, but I don't see that in the post.

Paul Nichols said...

The irony is a person, while hiding under the cloak of anonymity, claiming to have done or said something before. Who can know who you are, and whether you've taken issue with the CCB before? There are more than a few who've taken issue publicly - I know them when they post and have more respect for their opinions because I know they're not "comment bombing".

A Pharisee exalts himself over others. I highlight things I find silly, or stupid, or, on occasion, worthy of praise. Turning Lent into a time of "environmental awareness" is just silly, and obscures the purpose of the season.

If you take issue with my opinion, I notice you didn't offer a defense of what I criticized.

If you're going to defend the Emperor's nakedness, it takes a little more effort than to just upbraid those who point it out.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

I love your cartoons and would like to see a lot more of them.

When I was in the Catholic grade schools in the 1950s, we were taught stewardship of the earth. It bears no resemblance to the wacky environmentalism of today but a lot of Catholics don't get it.

Ira Nick said...

This cartoon is awesome! How do you come up with these things? You must have a PhD or something that you're not telling us about.

Anonymous said...

Great blog and great cartoons Paul. I check back often to see your latest. As the saying goes, 'you hit the nail on the head.' Don't pay attention to the liberals. As we all know, the only sin in today's liberal society is 'anything that offends anyone'. Even if it is the truth. Keep up the good work. It makes people think!

Anonymous said...

Why bother with hit 'n run anonymous posters? Chickens clucking for attention from inside their henhouse.
Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I must say that the original comment bashing the Catholic green movement is one of the few things that make me want to leave this Church. I can't stand being in a faith community that has such negative, close minded and intolerant people in it.
But then I say to myself "he's probably a traditionalist.It's not his fault..he was just raised that way. And anyways, in the Western world, the traditionalist movement is kind of like the Titanic of the Catholic's loud ,and big and showy, but will eventually hit that Iceberg and be obliterated and hopefully,on that day a new dawn will be able to begin for the RC"
In the meantime...I guess I'll just have to put up with the intolerance and narrow mindedness!

Paul Nichols said...

I can't stand being in a faith community that has such negative, close minded and intolerant people in it.
That must be some kind of faith you have if disagreements with some of Her members makes you want to leave. Sounds alot like protestantism to me.

Anonymous said...

can't stand being in a faith community that has such negative, close minded and intolerant people in it.
That must be some kind of faith you have if disagreements with some of Her members makes you want to leave. Sounds alot like protestantism to me.
Oh, I'm all for Disagreements Paul. If there were no disagreements, there would be no dialog, and the dialog is the one thing that allows this Church to continue growing, and not remain the same. What you and others express is not's disrespect. Calling somebody Mental, mocking their position and all the other crap that comes with it is downright disrespectful and goes against everything that Christ taught us. But I many people are uncomfortable with much of what Jesus taught us, so that's why stuff like respect for others sort of gets lost on them.What's important to them is no respecting and loving others, but asserting their own narrow minded position.
It's a human thing. I get that!

Paul Nichols said...

Number 1, the Church remains the same for all time. "Change" that distorts what the Church is and teaches is what traditionally-minded Catholic reject.

I would disagree that "respect" is what Jesus was all about, but I know I'm taking you a little too literally there.

I don't think it's disrespectful to ridicule that which we find ridiculous. What's being ridiculed here is the effort to turn Lent into some kind of "love the earth" period, or trying to change Lenten Penance into some sort of "apologize for living" that many environmental types believe in.

The season is not for recognizing our "environmental sins" (such as they are), it's for "personal sins".

Anonymous said...

>Number 1, the Church remains the >same for all time.

1stly: Are you sure? This Tridentine Church that you folks are clinging to for dear life was born out of the Council of Trent back in the 1550's and 60's..that's not even a 500 years yet..our Church is Older than the Council...and there were many other ways in which 'the Church' existed before that. WE can explore the Celtic Catholic Church which had women priests, or the early Church that allowed married people to be priests for example.
2ndly, The Church changes all the time. It's just that it stays within the confines of tradition while changing, as we saw in Vatican 2. The time will come where more changes will be introduced (Women Deacons, married priests) that could never have been imagined during the Council of Trent. Times change..the Church does not change with the Times..but it does have to be relevant in them...and it's not by sticking to your guns and insulting people that you remain relevant to the times! Do you agree?

>I would disagree that "respect" >is what Jesus was all about, but >I know I'm taking you a little >too literally there.

A little. I never said it was all that he was about. But it's an integral part of who he was. He hanged around with prostitutes and people who cheated others out of their you really think he would have been judgmental (see, I'm throwing you a bone you an opportunity to use Mental again!)!!?

>I don't think it's disrespectful >to ridicule that which we find >ridiculous.

We are called to be loving towards all. Is being disrespectful loving? Just wondering...

What's being >ridiculed here is the effort to >turn Lent into some kind of "love >the earth" period, or trying to >change Lenten Penance into some >sort of "apologize for living" >that many environmental types >believe in.'s my point. If you think they're so wrong..wouldn't it make more sense for you to try to make them see the errors of their ways through intelligent dialog? Because by being an ass to them -and to me...although Catholic, I'm one of them!- you're only alienating them and eliminating any possibility for dialog.
I think you have a point and it needs to be heard. I also think you're simplifying the Green Catholic movement a little with your words. We don't turn the entire season of Lent into a love fest for Mama Earth. We just see it as an opportunity to correct the errors of our ways in our relation to the earth as we correct the errors of our ways with other human beings during Lent. Lent isn't about going to confessions 10 times a week and saying I'm sorry.It's about getting closer to God and changing the way we live completely and radically, to reflect the role of Jesus' radical love in our lives.Recognizing our sins, and trying to rid our lives of that sinfulness.

>The season is not for recognizing >our "environmental sins" (such as >they are), it's for "personal >sins".

Don't the new 7 deadly sins embraced by Benedict -a traditionalist pope if there ever was one- include environmental sins? I believe they do. Are those too 'liberal' for you?
The whole point of the way we've screwed up the environment is that each individual has personally neglected to do his/her part to establish a better relationship with creation. It's up to every individual to play their part in rectifying that situation.

Paul Nichols said...

do you really think he would have been judgmental (see, I'm throwing you a bone you an opportunity to use Mental again!)!!?
Yes I do. See John 7:24 - "Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly".

Being "judgemental" is not the same as "judging correctly". But in today's world, we're told to not judge AT ALL. Of course, this is usually by someone who is actively sinning or someone who doesn't want you pointing out their sins.

And in response to "establishing a better relationship with creation" : if we're sitting at a table chatting, I'd have to ask just what the heck that means. I have relationships with people, not objects. But I'll offer this - in my own little acre of the world, I've planted 16 Leyland Cypress, which are now over 20 feet tall. I've planted around 15-20 different trees, pines, and evergreens. All of these house a multitude of birds, bees, and creepy crawling things. So I've done my part, I would think. :oD

Anonymous said...

To put it bluntly, environmentalism is a religion contrary to the true faith. Things like consesrvation and stewardship are fine because they involve virtues like thrift, prudence, etc.; but not stuff that implies that if we don't do certain things Mother Earth will be angry with us. Or to put it this way: If a Catholic touting environmental issues accepts the following propositions without hedging:

1. Bread and wine are transubstantiated into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Mass.

2. Abortion, contraception, and homosexual acts are intrinsicly and gravely evil acts.

3. The Church has no authority to ordain women in the Sacrament of Holy Orders

then I'll give what they say about environmental issues a hearing.

GlennK said...

Hi Paul. Good back and forth with Anonymous. I'm glad you pointed out that we are called to judge. Unfortunately, some people take Jesus' words to not judge others to the extreme position of never judging anything.

My only problem with your post is your comment about burning extra lights. I assume you meant this as a joke but as an orthodox Catholic who is concerned with our environment, I dislike hearing (or reading) conservative talk show hosts and bloggers make comments like that. As Catholics, we are called to be conservation minded.

Paul Nichols said...

My only problem with your post is your comment about burning extra lights.
Yeah, that was a joke - like saying I'm going to go throw some styofoam into the woods for Earth Day. I said that once to someone and they looked at me like I had horns. Funny stuff.. :oD

I credit Dad with my sense of humor. Yeah, that works - it's all his fault...