Re: “Catholics react to U.N. climate change report” (News Analysis, April 20).

When it comes to climate change, global warming, global freezing — whatever the title of the day — there are not many articles that just present facts. Writer Brian Fraga has done so in this article.

I am in favor of cleaner systems based on how God powers things rather than sticking with systems we discovered hundreds of years ago. It seems to be smart to find and implement new power systems before we use up what cannot be replaced. It seems to me that many in the “man-made camp” are zealously pushing an agenda rather than using the scientific method. What they suggest does not make common sense.

We have been given dominion and, therefore, the responsibility to care for this planet, and our track record is not good. However, something seems very wrong with a group that claimed in the 1970s that by the turn of this century (14 years ago) we would be in an ice age, then they claimed we would be burning, and now they are just saying things are going to change. Looking at creation, it seems God likes systems that change.

Gil Michelini, via online comments

Climate change debate

Re: “Catholics react to U.N. climate change report” (News Analysis, April 20).

My name is Dan Misleh, and I am the executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops-endorsed Catholic Climate Covenant. Although I appreciate that our organization was cited in this article, I am frankly disappointed that the piece was trying to give “balance” to a point of view that is far off in the fringes of legitimate climate science.

Catholic individuals and media outlets have a moral responsibility to foster dialogue that seeks to meaningfully address climate change and its devastating consequences rather than undermine its credibility.

According to NASA, the thesis of anthropogenic climate change is supported by 97 percent of climate scientists. Thankfully, the article noted that one of the world’s premier scientific academies, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, adds greatly to the mainstream scientific view that humans are, in fact, altering the chemistry of the atmosphere.

Given the scientific consensus around human-caused climate change, the Catholic Church recognizes climate change as a moral issue and calls on people of faith and goodwill to respond as such.

Dan Misleh, via online comments

The USCCB says it best: “In facing climate change, what we already know requires a response; it cannot be easily dismissed. Significant levels of scientific consensus — even in a situation with less than full certainty, where the consequences of not acting are serious — justifies, indeed can obligate, our taking action intended to avert potential dangers. In other words, if enough evidence indicates that the present course of action could jeopardize humankind’s well-being, prudence dictates taking mitigating or preventative action.”

Dan DiLeo, via online comments

Healing from abortions

Re: “Prison program helps men cope with past abortions” (Faith, March 9)

This is excellent. There has been a great need for this for a long time. Often, girls are almost harassed into making the decision to have an abortion by their boyfriends. And it is important that men get the healing they often do not, at first, even realize they need because of their part in ending a baby’s life.

Name withheld, via online comments

Shrine a ‘holy secret’

Re: “Shrine of Christ’s Passion is monumental” (Faith, April 20)

I have been to this shrine twice in the past year, most recently just last week. It has to be one of Indiana’s best kept and holiest secrets. If you have never felt like you were walking on hallowed ground, you really need to visit. It is serene and beautiful, unexpected and introspective. Thank you OSV for covering it. Priceless opportunity, right here in the heartland.

Angie Richert, via online comments