Bishop allows villagers to notice ‘reality of nature’10 August, 2009
A small village in Switzerland has, collectively, spent the last 331 or so years praying for one thing. Now they are petitioning the Vatican to reverse their prayers (from Yahoo News (via the AP)):
Since the vow was established in 1678, the deal was simple: the citizens of the isolated mountain hamlets of Fiesch andwould pledge to lead virtuous lives. In exchange, God would spare their homes and livelihoods from being swallowed by Europe’s largest glacier as it expanded toward the valley with heavy winter snows.
Conservation body Pro Natura says the glacier base is receding up the mountain by about 100 feet (30 meters) a year. University of Zurich geographer Hanspeter Holzhauser estimates thehas retreated 2.1 miles (3.4 kilometers) since peaking in 1860 at a length of 14 miles (23 kilometers). Nearly half of the shrinkage has happened since 1950.
Villagers should continue with the vow, but the request for divine assistance should be adjusted to conform with the changing reality of nature, the pastor said.
“Praying should of course continue, because our villages should be spared from natural catastrophes,” Venetz said in his sermon. “We should at the same time pray that our glacier does not melt any further, but instead grows, and that the most important thing in life — water — remains well preserved.”
He said he would ask the local bishop to seek Pope Benedict XVI’s permission to change the vow, and a statement from the cantonal (state) government of Valais said a papal audience was planned for September or October.
Remember, of course, that back in March, the Pope issued an expansion pack of sins. These new sins included genetic manipulation (including in vitro treatment of genetic disorders) and an admonition to not contribute to anthropogenic global warming. And, in view of that last suggestion, the citizens of Fiesch and Fieschertal will now pray for the preservation of the glacier.
Let me get this straight: for 331 years they prayed to keep the glacier away from the village. Now that their prayer has been answered (albeit in a totally man-made way (in exactly the same way it would have happened if god(s) did/does not exist)), they change their minds?
I thought the key to the whole god(s) thing is the eternal nature of the god(s)-like thingies. As it was, as it is, as it shall be, for ever and ever, for all eternity. I’ve heard tell that god(s) like consitency. He/she/they/it likes people who don’t change their minds, right?
So do you suppose this psychopathic (and if you think that’s too strong, just read the Old Testament) supernatural and mythical being will just figurativily smile, say, “My bad,” and ‘fix’ things? Will the almighty allow his people to actually notice reality? Or will the glacier, under the continued pressures of AGW, destroy the villages with a flash flood under the guise of, of course, diving retribution.
Or the more likely explanation (requiring no supernatural god(s) thingies): the village lucked out (though with all the floods and other disasters, it sounds like my form of luck) for 300 or so years and now that the planet may become less hospitable for human life, the villagers have suddenly discovered that they need the glacier.