Attempts to co-opt the message of the Church are not new. They have occurred throughout history. Nothing truly new under the sun. Just different clothes, Fr. Smuts ferreted this information out.
Some Catholics are concerned with what they see as an attempt by environmentalists to hijack Easter for their own Earth Day purposes.
“This year we again invite you to celebrate Earth Day Sunday and share with your parishioners a story of creation care that will impart to them the importance of protecting a nurturing the planet that was provided to us,” the letter reads. “Earth Day Sunday is a great way to bring your parish together through community building and sharing the faith with those in the community while improving the world around us.”
The letter does add that if priests want to celebrate Easter instead, they could consider delivering a climate change sermon on the following Sunday.