The Papal Encyclical: Justice between the Generations

Martin Royackers S.J. was a Canadian serving as a parish priest in Jamaica.  He worked for the poor and fought for recognition of their rights.  He was murdered 15 years ago.  No criminal charges have been brought, as his killers have never been satisfactorily identified. In recognition of his life and sacrifice, a series of … Read more

Faith and Climate Change

Stephen Scharper is a wonderful speaker:  profound – yet humorous. He does more than communicate.  He illuminates his subject.   He is a masterful interpreter of Christian theology on the subject of climate change. His commentaries in the Toronto Star have inspired more than one 4RG blog.  Read “A Christmas Day Message  for Grandparents everywhere. … Read more

‘Tis folly to be wise?

Ignorance is bliss – until we have to live with its consequences. We have blundered into a “climate” trap. Our fossil fuels emissions for the last 100 plus years guarantee global warming for decades to come. There is no way out of this trap, or minimizing its consequences, without sacrificing the “bliss” of the last … Read more

Climate Change and Global Health

Lancet confirms that tackling climate change is the greatest opportunity for improving global health. A truly incredible message but not one that has general recognition with climate change “laggards” such as Canada and the United States.  The reason for this lack of recognition may be that most of these health improvements will flow to third world … Read more

Reactions to the Papal Encyclical!

US Republicans criticised the Pope for not sticking to his job, for giving advice on economic policy, and failing to leave science to the scientists. Democrats supported the Encyclical.  President Obama deeply admired “the Pope’s decision to make the case – clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position – for action … Read more

Like listening to a conversation!

“Being at the Forum was like listening to a conversation that you wanted to hear.”  That unique description by a member of the audience describes what took place at “Faith and Our Climate – Uniting Generations”. Professor Dennis O’Hara took slightly more than ten minutes to identify the salient points of the recent (June 18, … Read more

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