Three Hail Marys and oh yes, go green

Bruce Watson

In case you needed another reason to go green...

If you've recently found yourself turning down your thermostat, trading out your old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs, or cutting back on your car travel, then you already know that reducing emissions is not just good for the environment, but is a major boon for your pocketbook. However, according to the Vatican, it might just save your soul.

The Catholic Church recently declared that polluting the environment is not just a political and economic no-no, but is also a major sin. Last weekend, Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, second-in-command of the Apostolic Penitentiary, released a list of seven activities that the Catholic Church now officially considers to be sinful. The fourth item on the list, "polluting the environment," seems a natural outgrowth of several statements by Pope Benedict over the last year.