Visitors to Confess ‘Eco-Sins’ to Priest at Greenpeace Fair in England

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Visitors to East Anglia's annual Greenpeace fair in England on Sunday will be able to confess their sins against the environment to a [Roman] Catholic priest.

But the Rev. Antony Sutch, who will be hearing people's eco-confessions, said it would be a question of secular rather than sacramental confession.

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Posted August 30, 2007 at 12:18 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Newbie Anglican wrote:

I read this in the Times this morning and was amused.

I wonder if the Rev. Sutch is any relation to Screaming Lord Sutch, past leader of the Monster Raving Looney Party?

August 30, 12:38 pm | [comment link]
2. Ad Orientem wrote:


August 30, 3:21 pm | [comment link]
3. Watcher On The Wall wrote:

I’m alive and breathing! I feel so guilty!

I wonder if they will sell carbon offset indulgences for penance?

August 30, 3:50 pm | [comment link]
4. Rolling Eyes wrote:

Is it considered an additional eco-sin to drive to eco-confession?

August 30, 4:04 pm | [comment link]
5. Words Matter wrote:

Well, what gives him authority to issue a “secular” absolution…

I (as a Catholic) am so embarrassed.

August 30, 7:06 pm | [comment link]
6. Dilbertnomore wrote:

Earlier I made the following comment on Ruth Gledhill’s Blog, “Taken to its bizarrely logical conclusion, the ‘greenest’ thing humankind could do is commit mass suicide (viz the Jonestown, Guyana massacre of 1978, but to be conducted in an environmentally sensitive manner, to be sure). Green has made itself the new ridiculous.”

August 30, 8:29 pm | [comment link]
7. RalphM wrote:

Dilbertnomore, I believe that there are already those who would take your conclusion as a good idea.  Do decomposing corpses emit greenhouse gases?

August 30, 10:41 pm | [comment link]
8. Dilbertnomore wrote:

RalphM - Disposing of the body is always a controversial matter. One person’s ‘environmentally sensitive’ approach is another’s ‘horrible imposition.’ Just consider ‘global warming.’ As Earth, even when ‘humankind’ was just a little environmentally insignificant tike, has gone through its continually repeating cycles of heating and cooling there have always been winners and losers. As Earth warms (if, indeed, the computer models which lead us by our noses, but which have failed to predict the known now when fed the data of the past, somehow are true) folks in the northern latitudes benefit, but those about the Equator suffer. Couldn’t have had migration and cultural growth around the world without it.

As they say, “Stuff happen.”

The extremely Green, but also extremely prejudicial Jonestown Conclusion (sounds like the title of a Robert Ludlam novel) is the logical result of carrying on with the fulfillment of the environmentalist wackos’ delusions. The good news is the environmentalist wackos (like their cousins, the Reappraisers) don’t do logic. They do what feels good right now (‘cause Earth (our Mother) is really supposed to be Heaven, or just like it, don’t you know). Time will tell.

August 31, 7:31 am | [comment link]
9. RevK wrote:

#s 7 & 8:  The Vikings went though a period in which they buried their dead (men) in a mound of dirt with an Oak tree growing from it.  I suppose that would be the ultimate carbon offset.  Little did I realize while gazing at the graves of what I assumed to be pagans, that I was looking at true Christian eco-redemption.

August 31, 11:28 am | [comment link]
10. Dilbertnomore wrote:

RevK - Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. If we all could just think more out of the box and really empathize with the eco-loons ... we could all feel better about it?

One thing, though. The mound/oak tree thing is great, but if we are really seeking eco-perfection, what about the last living human? Who puts that one under a mound of dirt and plants (and presumably cares for) the oak tree?

So close to the perfect solution. Sigh…

August 31, 12:32 pm | [comment link]
11. RevK wrote:

#10 - couldn’t we train a chimp or other (totally equal to human beings) higher animal.  Or perhaps, let the last person be an engineer who devises a way to mechanically bury him/herself and plant a tree, while snuffing themselves.

Next question: In heaven, is there a carbon footprint?  What does it look like and how much would it grow over the scope of eternity?  Wouldn’t that, in fact, be Hell?

August 31, 1:07 pm | [comment link]
12. Dilbertnomore wrote:

RevK - Read the first paragraph and thought, ‘Wow, You keep thinking like this and the eco-loons will adopt you as one of their very own.’ Then I read your second paragraph and thought, ‘Nah, he’s much too sane to fit in with the eco-loons.’

August 31, 1:18 pm | [comment link]
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