Category Archives: Vatican

Vatican to Host Conference on ‘Migration, Xenophobia, and Politically Motivated Populism’

The General of the WCC, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, said the meeting would be a “very useful and significant workshop to dig a bit deeper” into the problems of xenophobia as an expression of populism, as well as its links to racism, conflict, and violence in countries around the world.


Saudi church-building deal dismissed as “fake news” after Vatican denies

Claims that Saudi Arabia had agreed with the Vatican to allow the building of churches for the first time in its history were dismissed as “fake news” this week. News reports in the Egyptian press claimed on 4 May that Saudi Arabia had made a deal with the Vatican to construct churches for “Christian citizens”.


CHRISTMAS TERROR: Vatican braces for increased threat amid preparations for Midnight Mass

Visitors to this year’s Christmas Eve Mass can expect heightened security including tougher checks and bag searches.But despite a heightened threat in recent years the pontiff has refused to change how he conducts the annual ceremony.

Last year Pope Francis ignored pleas from Italian police to wear a bullet proof vest during his Christmas message despite chilling threats issued by ISIS about a planned invasion of Rome.


Trudeau Wants An Apology From the Pope

Oh, the arrogance:

FOR more than a century the government of Canada ran a system of residential schools for indigenous children, taking them from their parents—by force if need be—and putting them into institutions where many were physically and sexually abused. Seven years ago Stephen Harper, then Conservative prime minister, apologised on the government’s behalf to the 150,000 children and their families for the brutal attempt to wipe out their cultures. On December 15th Justin Trudeau, the new Liberal prime minister, apologised again, saying the “abhorrent” system represented “one of the darkest chapters in Canadian history”. He then said he would ask Pope Francis to apologise too. Why involve the pontiff?

One might ask who PM Trulander thinks he is but one could be waiting for a long time for the answer.

Furthermore, there is no sense in deluding one’s self into thinking that another apology on top of previous apologies is what Big Aboriginal is really after.


Pope Francis should publicly tell PM Trulander to cram it.


Pope Francis Visited Kim Davis

Given how disappointed and stampy-footed some have gotten over this, perhaps it is no wonder Pope Francis didn’t advertise this meeting:

Defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis met briefly with Pope Francis during his historic U.S. visit, an encounter she said validates her crusade against gay marriage.

“He held out his hand to her and she grasped his hand,” her attorney, Mat Staver, told The Associated Press. “He asked her to pray for him and she said she would; she asked the pope to pray for her, and he said he would.”

The Vatican essentially confirmed the meeting: The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, given the opportunity to deny it took place, declined to do so and said merely that he would have no comment. The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, said the meeting was private and that no photos would be released. …

For some, the pope’s decision to meet with a figure as divisive as Davis sullied the legacy of his celebratory visit.

DignityUSA, an advocacy group for gay and lesbian Catholics, called their meeting “deeply disappointing” and said it could transform the public perception of the trip “from a largely successful pastoral visit to the endorsement of an exclusionary political agenda.”

“That Pope Francis met privately in Washington, DC with Kim Davis throws a wet blanket on the good will that the pontiff had garnered during his U.S. visit last week,” wrote Francis DeBernardo, the executive director of New Ways Ministry, another Catholic organization that advocates for gay rights. “The time for vagueness, ambiguity, and secret meetings is over. Pope Francis needs to state clearly where he stands in regard to the inclusion of LGBT people in the church and society.”

Pope Francis has and it’s quite a brimstone message:

I laid out various Francis’ statements affirming traditional-Biblical-natural marriage, as well as his extremely strong remarks back in Argentina, where he declared same-sex “marriage” a diabolical effort of “the Father of Lies” to “destroy God’s plan … and deceive the children of God.” He said then—only four years ago—that gay “marriage” discriminates against children “in advance,” depriving them of “their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God.” At stake, said Cardinal Bergoglio, was “the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts” and the very survival of the human family, with Satan at work.


Papal Encyclical on “Climate Change”: Some Thoughts

From the guys in the know.


One opinion:

Why is Pope Francis writing about climate change?  Because he cares for the poor, and wants us all to look at how we use the resources of the world.  His objective is to ask each of us to look at how we use the resources available to us, and how to be good stewards of creation.  Whether we consider ourselves as owners or tenants of this planet we are asked to use it’s bounty to the good of all, and to avoid laying it waste to the detriment of our brothers and sisters.

He looks at a number of ways in which the poor more than most suffer from environmental damage that man has control over.    The first thing he mentions (paragraph 20) is something well aired on these blogs: atmospheric pollutants affecting the poor, using as an example the breathing high levels of smoke from fuels used in heating and cooking.  He talks of pollution caused by transport and industry, soil, fertilizers and insecticides.  Then he mentions dangerous wastes and residues and the despoiling of landscapes.  Again, his concern is primarily for the people these affect, and secondarily for the ecosystem (though he stresses our responsibility for that too).

The climate comes in at paragraph 23 and here the leaked paragraphs that have had such wide coverage are reasonably accurate.  Climate is a common good, and science indicates that man is having some effect on this.  The language is sufficiently vague that I doubt he’ll end up in a Galileo scenario of pinning his colours to a sinking ship, but there is no doubt that the rather partial advisers he has had have coloured the thinking to a very large extent. …

I can see how Pope Francis might view things like slave labour and the Third World’s inability to keep up with First World economic powerhouses as evils that have negative effects on the environment. Needless to say, Pope Francis is not a scientific scholar as Copernicus or Gregor Mendel were. Joe Ronan, who wrote this article, makes it a point to note the Pope’s lack of scholarship and referencing, as well as trust on biased advisors, as the enormous blemish on this encyclical.


If these is bright spot in all of this, Pope Francis calls carbon credit trading “a ploy“:

The strategy of buying and selling “carbon credits” can lead to a new form of speculation which would not help reduce the emission of polluting gases worldwide. This system seems to provide a quick and easy solution under the guise of a certain commitment to the environment, but in no way does it allow for the radical change which present circumstances require. Rather, it may simply become a ploy which permits maintaining the excessive consumption of some countries and sectors.


In case people were worried about “population control“:

For Pope Francis, caring about the environment goes hand in hand with taking a strong stand against abortion. “Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion,” the encyclical says. “How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?”

Francis suggests that efforts to slow population growth are misguided and a distraction from the underlying cause of the world’s environmental crisis—the hoarding of the Earth’s resources by the rich and powerful. “To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues,” the encyclical says.

So there’s that.


Marc Morano from Climate Depot is not optimistic.