(CNSNews.com) – Environmental activists are warning church-goers that Palm Sunday services are not compatible with ” environmental sustainability.”
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the Rainforest Alliance put out a press release on Friday, reminding Christians about the “unsustainable practices often used to harvest the 30 million chamaedorea palm fronds delivered to Canadian and U.S. Churches” for Palm Sunday services.
Most of those palm fronds are harvested in Mexico and Guatemala, and according to the environmental groups, Palm Sunday services account for almost 10 percent of total palm sales in the U.S.
“Unfortunately,” the environmental activists said, “Peasant workers often harvest the entire plant, leading to the over-harvesting of the species, the potential destruction of rain forests, and the depletion of many bird species that migrate to these regions in the winter.”
In other Palm Sunday Wacko Activist news:
Boston � “The Cow Pope”�a 10-foot-tall statue of a cow dressed as a pope, wearing a sash that reads, “Blessed Are the Merciful. GoVeg.com,” and seated in its own “popemobile”� will be unveiled by PETA in Boston on Palm Sunday. The Cow Pope, created by award-winning Texas artist Greg Metz, holds in his hoof a staff decorated with a cow on a crucifix to remind Catholics that few activities contribute more to suffering�both for animals and humans�than eating meat:
While no picture is currently available, it might possibly look something like this.
Pasteurized Pastor? Pope Cow Pi-us I?
And I guess a Cow Pope would tie into this “Got Milk” like campaign”
�Got Lent?� campaign begins at St. Gerard
The Church of St. Gerard in Brooklyn Park is celebrating its �Got Lent?� Lenten campaign to remind residents about the Lent and Easter seasons and to draw new members to its parish, 9600 Regent Ave. N.
The campaign offers a light-hearted and positive invitation to residents in area communities. The goal is to draw positive attention to being Catholic through humor and teaching.
Lenten season began Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25, and continues through Easter, April 11. St. Gerard was founded in 1970 in what was at the time a cornfield. The modern Catholic church is lead by Franciscan Friars.