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AtW
23rd July 2006, 13:29
It's a sin to fly, says church

THE Bishop of London has declared it sinful for people to contribute to climate change by flying on holiday, driving a “gas-guzzling” car or failing to use energy-saving measures in the home, writes Jonathan Leake.

Richard Chartres will encourage vicars to preach more green sermons and warn congregations that it is now a moral obligation for Christians to lead eco-friendly lifestyles.

Chartres, who chairs the bishops’ panel on the environment, said: “There is now an overriding imperative to walk more lightly upon the earth and we need to make our lifestyle decisions in that light.

“Making selfish choices such as flying on holiday or buying a large car are a symptom of sin. Sin is not just a restricted list of moral mistakes. It is living a life turned in on itself where people ignore the consequences of their actions.”

Chartres, the third most senior bishop in the Church of England, has declared his views as it prepares to publish Treasures on Earth, a booklet on environmental matters to be sent to every diocese for distribution.

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said: “We stand before God’s judgment on these matters. In life we have to make moral choices over our sex life and over our domestic and financial affairs. We make choices of moral significance and our relation to the environment is no exception.”

The booklet will say that scientific research supporting predictions that the earth faces serious climate change is “overwhelming”. It will also detail practical ways for Christians to cut their carbon emissions, at church and at home, including trying to walk or cycle to communion.

The church’s advisers on the environment say that offsetting your carbon dioxide emissions against “green” actions such as planting trees is a first step towards becoming sustainable but is not a long-term answer.

Under Chartres, the church has commissioned briefings on climate change, plus examples of green sermons, available on the internet, to help vicars master the facts when writing their homilies.

As dean of the chapels royal, Chartres also oversees churches used by the royal family and so is in regular contact with the Queen, the head of the church, and the Prince of Wales. A church spokesman confirmed both had supported Chartres’ initiative.

The church is taking steps to improve its own environmental record and has asked vicars to carry out an energy audit so they can reduce their “carbon footprint”. It owns some of the largest and draughtiest buildings in Britain, including medieval cathedrals, gothic churches and ageing parsonages.

“We have no right to appeal to our contemporaries on this issue if we have failed to put our own house in order,” said Chartres.

Lambeth Palace, Williams’ residence, has been audited — and was criticised for using inefficient light bulbs rather than the low-energy alternatives.

Claire Foster, the church’s environment policy director, said: “Indiscriminate use of the earth’s resources must be seen as profoundly wrong, just as we now see slavery as wrong.”

Fungus
23rd July 2006, 13:42
He would fly if strapped to a Katyusha rocket. Oh, I can but dream.

AlfredJPruffock
24th July 2006, 08:42
THE Bishop of London has declared it sinful for people to contribute to climate change by flying on holiday, driving a “gas-guzzling” car or failing to use energy-saving measures in the home, writes Jonathan Leake.

So I wonder what the Bishop would think of Blairs two new jets which he has greedily allocated to his ever expanding grubby little ego?

Ah but Blair is above Sin, thats just for the likes of us.

Clog II The Avenger
24th July 2006, 10:29
If God had intended us to stay at home he would not have given us aeroplanes.

sasguru
24th July 2006, 10:49
Not to mention he can't buy a gas-guzzler. Wasn't he planning to buy some ghastly 4x4? Typical of the idiot.

AtW
24th July 2006, 11:06
Don't worry for Chico lads - his Church is known to forgive sins and even give advance waiver for sins so long as person acts in the interests of church.

Spartacus
24th July 2006, 11:34
Not to mention he can't buy a gas-guzzler. Wasn't he planning to buy some ghastly 4x4? Typical of the idiot.
Yes, I remember. The dull tw@t was highly concerned about projecting the right image in the executive car park (you might laugh but as he is the windscreen wash guy it's important that he makes the execs feel comfortable).