[quote="Nate13, post:7, topic:273338"]
1790 A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.
1791 This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man "takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin."59 In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.
It all depends on whether someone can reasonably be expected to believe it is occurring and is a threat to people.... If you truly do believe in made-made global warming ....and knowingly refuse to do practical things to prevent it, then yes that is a sin whether its true or not. Would it be a grave sin? Probably not. I would put refusing to change your light bulbs on the same level as stealing a piece of gum.
Thanks, Nate and also Bartolome Casas,
I am a Secular Carmelite and the topic I have to address today is St. Teresa's FOUNDATIONS, Chapters 1 & 2, on "Salvation of Souls." I have also been concerned for 22 years about the souls of those who refuse to accept what I communicate to them about ACC......long before it ever became a political issue (both political parties were bad on it back then).
In fact, there was virtually no one into this, except JPII and a few religious people. We formed the Illinois Interfaith Council on Climate Change. Now in Texas, I've tried to do something at my parish, but my priest is afraid of the Rush Limbaugh Catholics in the parish; at least he has allowed me to leave a pamphlet in the vestibule, "A Catholic Response to Climate Change," in which I promote "The Little Way of Environmental Healing," calling on people to do whatever tiny things they can to mitigate climate change.
Anyway, since my efforts have fallen completely flat, some years back I was about to give up and remain silent on the issue, just continuing to do my own small and large deeds to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, when that very week the Sunday reading was on how it is a sin when someone sees someone else doing wrong not to try and correct him or her. I can't remember the verse, but I figured I must continue to inform people about ACC and the many solutions, most of them cost-effective.
My motives are simple -- to help reduce harm to life on earth and to save souls. I've done a terrible terrible job on both front. I just alienate people further. I'm not a people person.
All I have is my prayers. And it is interesting that is how St. Teresa of Avila felt when hearing about all the souls being lost in the Indies for want of Christian instruction. She writes,
"I cried out to the Lord, begging Him that He give me the means to be able to do something to win some souls to His service, since the devil was carrying away so many, and that my prayer would do some good since I wasn't able to do anything else. I was very envious of those who for love of our Lord were able to be engaged in winning souls, though they might suffer a thousand deaths. And thus it happens to me that when we read the lives of the saints that they converted souls, I feel much greater devotion, tenderness, and envy than over all the martyrdoms they suffered. This is the inclination the Lord has given me, for it seems to me that He prizes a soul that through our diligence and prayer we gain for Him, through His mercy, more than all the services we can render Him."
I realize that contributing to ACC by not inflating one's tires or failing to carry a hanky to wipe hands in public restrooms, or a failing to bring reusable bags are not in and of themselves sins. But it seemed to me that the complete refusal to do anything at all over many years and decades, especially since JPII and BXVI have repeatedly called us to do so, could amount to some sin; and when such a huge portion of the population together is causing such terrible harm (since 2008 I've been made aware by a top NASA climate scientist that we could be headed for runaway warming and annihilation of all life on earth, if we continue a business-as-usual path), somehow this did amount to a sin, though I wasn't sure if it was a serious or venial sin.
You have cleared that up now. I'll continue to pray that people mitigate ACC, but I don't have to be as concerned about their souls.....a huge burden off my mind & heart.