That said, Catholics are instructed that we are to be good stewards of the earth but that hardly means we have to believe Al Gore's catastrophic global warming hysteria. We are to use the intelligence that God has given us, especially since the scientific case for catastrophic global warming is extremely weak.
Finally, there is nothing to fear from religion. The job of religion is assist each of us with the salvation of our souls. I happen to be Catholic but try to respect everyone. For those who are "conflicted" about religion, I recommend attending Catholic church or services of other religion of your choice every Sunday for, say, a month. It has been my experience that most progressives who are distrustful of religion know little about it other than stereotypes. Try it for yourself and I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.