05Dec The Challenges Facing COP 20

Seán McDonagh reports on the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Sean tells us of the work of 803 scientists. Their findings are very challenging and confirms that human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems. The warming of the climate system is unequivocal. Massive concerted global action is needed if we are to avoid the worst excesses of climate change.

05Dec Chosen men

Brendan Hoban writing in the Western People says that a recent choice of bishop in the U.S might indicate that pope Francis "wants bishops with a bit more imagination and to be a bit more clued in to what’s happening in the world. Those who are good at making out the writing on the wall."
Brendan then let's his imagination roam ....

05Dec 5th December. Friday of Advent, Week 1

Dreaming Aloud . . . As we listen to Isaiah's visions of the future, we may feel that his poetic hopes ignore all common sense realism. Is he dreaming as he writes: "The deaf shall hear, the eyes of the blind shall see, the tyrant will be no more, Jacob shall have no longer be ashamed"? Something of the same impression can be felt in hearing stories from the Gospel ...