Montreal Simon: Steve Bannon and the Undermining of Pope Francis

Much has been written recently about Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's closest adviser, and the man many believe is the real president of the United States.The alt-right fanatic who believes that an apocalyptic "cleansing war" is coming, and is obsessed with global destruction.But did you know that Bannon's fascist tentacles also reach into the Vatican?Read more »

Alberta Politics: Fred Henry, departing Catholic bishop, held strong pro-labour stance in addition to controversial social conservative views

PHOTOS: Frederick Henry during his 19 years as Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary. (Screen shot from a diocese video.) Below: Two scenes from the picket line at the Calgary Herald during the 1999-2000 strike. In the first, striker Murdoch Macleod and others bravely face down a truck trying to drive across the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Pope Francis Calls Out the Media

The head of the Roman Catholic Church warns that the mass media has become scatalogical. Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis says. Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio that spreading disinformation was “probably the greatest ...

Politics and its Discontents: Our Paradoxical Species

Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably knows that I am something of a cynic when it comes to our species. Sure, there are many exceptions, but as a whole, we seem oblivious to our obligations to the world around us. Cossetted by our conveniences, our technologies and our bloated lifestyles, we far too often ...

Politics and its Discontents: Our Paradoxical Species

Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably knows that I am something of a cynic when it comes to our species. Sure, there are many exceptions, but as a whole, we seem oblivious to our obligations to the world around us. Cossetted by our conveniences, our technologies and our bloated lifestyles, we far too often ...

Cowichan Conversations: Trudeau Dedicated To Justice For First Nations Peoples – Acknowledges Abuse

Canada Acknowledges Abuse to First Nations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has officially recognized Canada’s historical abuses toward aboriginals, and he is now calling on the pope to apologize too.   Read more…

Politics and its Discontents: Some Surprising Findings

Whether it is due to what has been called The Francis Effect or the increasingly severe weather that so many parts of the world are experiencing, a recent study finds that more and more Americans are beginning to appreciate the threat posed by climate change. Additionally and rather surprisingly, even those who are disengaged from ...

Cowichan Conversations: Maroc on Pope Francis and Kim Davis-Time To Take A Deep Breath

Can we perhaps sit down and take a deep breath before we set our hair on fire over Pope Francis having a 15-minute chat with Kim Davis, the fifty-year-old county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, Read more…

Bill Longstaff: The Pope, the Prime Minister and Naomi Klein

Pope Francis has made it very clear that he is profoundly concerned about what we are doing to life on our planet. He has particularly made it clear to Canadians. Earlier this month he gave an audience to our prime minister. It lasted all of 10 minutes and ended with an awkward photo op. The ...

The Canadian Progressive: Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change contains a “scientifically and morally valid call for radical change”, says environmentalist David Suzuki. The post Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Laudato Si and carbon trading

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/podcast150629-laudato-and-carbon.mp3   Last week, Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si. The document speaks out strongly against environmental degradation in all forms and even calls for climate justice between the global North and South. My first guest is Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, staff writer at The New Republic who writes frequently on the intersection of ...

Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Podcast: Laudato Si and carbon trading

http://rozworski.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/podcast150629-laudato-and-carbon.mp3   Last week, Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si. The document speaks out strongly against environmental degradation in all forms and even calls for climate justice between the global North and South. My first guest is Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, staff writer at The New Republic who writes frequently on the intersection of ...

350 or bust: Pope Francis Raps About Planet

Some fun on a Friday afternoon, from the folks over at DeSmogBlog: * DeSmogBlog.com

The Disaffected Lib: What Does the Pope Know About Climate Change? Plenty.

We know the Holy Father has a background in science and a chemistry degree but just what does he know about climate change?  Lots – lots and lots.  The IPCC may have been around about two decades but the Vatican has had its own outfit, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, for 400-years. The Academy boasts ...

350 or bust: Pope calls for action on climate change. Will the Canadian government respond?

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada responds to the Encyclical released yesterday by Pope Francis, addressed not only to the world’s Catholics but to everyone on the planet. * Pope’s call to act on climate change must be heeded by Canadian Parliamentarians Inspired by Pope Francis’ challenge to care for creation and protect the poor, Conservatives, New ...

Montreal Simon: Pope Francis and the Moral Revolution to Save the Planet

His enemies tried to undermine Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change by leaking it before it was officially released today.But it's still an incredibly powerful document. Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting ...

Bill Longstaff: Pope Francis and the moral imperative of dealing with global warming

It’s no surprise that Pope Francis only gave PM Stephen Harper 10 minutes for his interview earlier this month. And no surprise he looked constipated in his photo op with the Prime Minister. Ten minutes with Harper would freeze the bowels of anyone concerned about global warming, and, unlike the recalcitrant Harper, the Pope is ...

LeDaro: Pope Francis is a progressive person

He extended a hand of friendship towards all religions including Islam. He urged Israel to live in peace with Palestinians and accept two-state solution. Now he is speaking up on Global Warming.

Montreal Simon: Pope Francis and the Wolves in the Vatican

As you may know Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change has been leaked to the media before its scheduled release on Thursday. Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal ...

Bill Longstaff: Will Republicans keep invoking God if the Pope keeps pissing on their philosophy?

American politicians are particularly prone to invoking their Christian faith as a guide to their political beliefs. Although members of both major parties freely trot out scripture at the drop of a writ, conservative Republicans are especially inclined to pepper their appeals with references to their faith, God and Jesus. But now they have encountered ...

350 or bust: Pope Francis: The Encyclical

Some fun the week before Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated encyclical on the environment. * Why the climate is such a hot topic for Pope Francis Angry US Republicans tell Pope Francis to ‘stick with his job and we’ll stick with ours

Montreal Simon: The Real Reason Pope Francis Humiliated Stephen Harper

Well now we know why Pope Francis ruined Stephen Harper's little photo-op at the Vatican the other day.By giving Harper only ten minutes of his time, compared to the fifty minutes he gave Vladimir Putin.And looking like he couldn't wait to get rid of him.But the reason Harper looked so green after the meeting was over… ...

Politics and its Discontents: From The Heartland

When moral imperatives and climate change denial meet head on, you know who feels they occupy the higher ground when The Heartland Institute is involved. The following video captures their reaction to the upcoming encyclical by Pope Francis on climate change. My favorite comment is made by the gentleman who just can’t find it in ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Pope Francis Humiliated Stephen Harper

Well it seems that it was as I predicted yesterday. Pope Francis was indeed not too happy to see Stephen Harper.And couldn't have made his feelings more obvious. Harper’s 10-minute meeting with the Pope Francis was unusually short by Vatican standards. Russian President Vladimir Putin had a nearly 50-minute private audience with the pontiff a day earlier.But ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Stared Down the Russians

It had to be one of the scariest confrontations in the Baltic Sea since the darkest days of the Cold War.Or one of the most ridiculous.For there was Stephen Harper, on day five of his mega tour of Europe, in feverish pursuit of the ethnic vote… You know, the mega photo-op that's costing us MILLIONS.When ...