The following comes from an Aug. 14 story in the Central Valley Business Times.
Catholic Charities of Stockton, the Catholic Climate Covenant based in Washington, D.C., and Sungevity Inc. of Oakland are partnering to help parishioners of three parishes in the Diocese of Stockton go solar.
Homeowners will get a $750 discount from the solar company while the standard referral fee will be divided between the parishes (which will get half) and Catholic Charities and the Catholic Climate Covenant, which wil each get a quarter of the fee.
On Saturday, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Most Reverend Stephen Blaire, Bishop of Stockton, will be joined by Elvira Ramirez of Catholic Charities, Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Covenant and Dermot Hikisch of Sungevity to formally launch the partnership.
Participating parishes include Annunciation Cathedral, St. Anthony’s in Manteca and Sacred Heart in Patterson.
“This is so much more than about raising money,” says the bishop. “It is about doing the right thing by our faith. Embracing renewable energy demonstrates a love of God and of creation. It also reminds us that our energy choices impact the poor and vulnerable not only in the San Joaquin Valley but around the world.”
Sungevity’s Mr. Hikisch says parishioners, as well as their friends and family who qualify, will receive a discount on a solar installation, lower their overall energy bill, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and support the work of their parish, Catholic Charities and the Catholic Climate Covenant.”
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” Catholic Charities of Stockton, the Catholic Climate Covenant based in Washington, D.C., and Sungevity Inc. of Oakland are partnering to help parishioners of three parishes in the Diocese of Stockton go solar.”
And where is the money coming from for this discount ?
We already know that the USCCB’s CCHD, Catholic Charities, and CRS receive approx. $63 MILLION annually by partnering with the Government through Federal Grants.
Why not spend time and energy for catechesis of the Laity (including members of the CCHD, Catholic Charities, and CRS) ?
Have all the literate Laity in the Stockton Diocese read the Bible and CCC?
Isn’t teaching the Faith the first priority of the Diocese Bishop Stephen Blaire ?
This is the same liberal and politically active Bishop who supported gun control, so that the weak would not be able to defend themselves, and in violation of the US Constitution.
He has not emphasized the INTRINSIC EVILS of abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, contraception, cloning, or embryonic stem cell research regarding the VOTING responsibilities of Catholics within his Diocese.
(Could it be because he is still a Democrat?)
Or could it be that you can do all of the above and still invest/get paid to go solar? Because a parish wants to reduce its monthly electric bill doesn’t mean that it can’t teach the faith as well.
My suspicion is that the members of these parishes can walk and chew gum at the same time.
Bob One writes, “My suspicion is that the members of these parishes can walk and chew gum at the same time.” = According to the payouts, law suits and molestation reports that were taking places in many of those parishes there is a lot more going on than chewing gum and taking walks.
Reply…. Our reaction to your post that attempts to distract from the reality that priorities are disordered is….Hot air!
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For some people the Catholic Church will forever be about child molesting. But that is not the subject of this article.
“For some people the Catholic Church will forever be about child molesting.”
Yes, you are absolutely right. Poor leadership caused this terrible legacy. And it is NOT for just “some” Mr. baker but for MANY. It’s quite obvious that you have never gone door to door evangelizing. The scandals are often the very first thing that strangers bring up when you invite them to learn about the faith. That terrible truth is not the fault of the faithful Catholic laity but it is the fault of those in authority who completely mishandled their duties and responsibilities. So when readers still see that priorities are still not in order (love of solar panel before love of God) then you’d better best be believing that the scandals will be the first thing that still comes to mind. Fool the sheep once by taking your eyes off of your primary duty then shame on the distracted shepherd. Fool the sheep twice by still taking your eye off of your primary duties then shame on the lazy sheep for remaining dumb.
What church do you evangelize for?
Catholic Charities of Stockton, the Catholic Climate Covenant based in Washington, D.C., and Sungevity Inc. of Oakland are NOT the Diocese.
But merely groups within and supported by the Diocese Bishop.
This Bishop is so busy with being busy, that he does not encourage the Laity to read the Bible and the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”.
Teaching the Faith – his first task is not so important.
But he loves his politics.
I am surprised you even bother to ask that question. Here is your answer in a parable: “if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, supports ducks, and promotes ducks, chances are that it is a duck!
Pray for the poor priest and religious stuck with this duck!
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
“Homeowners will get a $750 discount from the solar company while the standard referral fee will be divided between the parishes (which will get half) and Catholic Charities and the Catholic Climate Covenant, which will each get a quarter of the fee.”
The money is coming from the homeowner when they buy solar panels. There is a referral fee the company gives, part of which(referral fee) will go to the parish and Catholic Charities.
It is no different than Campbell Soup Labels for schools.
Do you begrudge the Bishop a 2 hour meeting with people who are trying to help the Church?
Why make it into something sinister?
Why solar? This is an unproven technology. We know folks with $300-400 a month gas/electric bills and they would not save a dime! Until this technology is proven to work for the benefit of the homeowner, it is a waste of money. Many government businesses are now going solar, but it’s OUR money they are spending, or wasting.
If one is a political ally of Obama or the Democrats, you can waste all kinds of our tax dollars from the governments.
Solyndra should not be forgotten. It only cost us taxpayers $500 MILLION for doing nothing.
I keep misreading the article’s heading as “Stockton Catholic parishes launch solar starship “…which struck my funny bone picturing all these busy bees creating a manmade highway to heaven in a ship of fools, working the “social justice angle’ to the max, helping the poor with solar panels, their Bibles, the Good News of Salvation and prayer left back on planet earth in a forgotten, dusty corner. Who is helping the poor in spirit? Who is feeding the spiritually hungry?
Great post Dana!
Jeremiah 10:21 Because the pastors have done foolishly, and have not sought the Lord: therefore have they not understood, and all their flock is scattered. – Douay -Rheims
You obviously did not read the article.
solar panel technology causes DIRTY ELECTRICITY! Look it up! California has already invested in hydro-electricity, but the environmental wackos want most of the dams in California dismantled.
So true, Tracy. Just like the wind turbines kill thousands of birds. They’re putting in a whole field of the ugly things not far from us without letting anyone in on the information until it was too late. Locals are trying to fight it but like everything else they’ll go ahead and destroy yet more of God’s creation and cause anxiety among people who have to live with the consequences. At least they’re not being erected by Catholic do-gooders. :)
If a liberal likes it, then we’re agin’ it!!