The Cardinal Virtue of Faith in a Time of Crisis

Let Us Pray For Our Bishops:Please can I ask you to pause for just a moment to offer up a ‘Hail Mary’ for our Irish Bishops in these extraordinary times in which we are living. Catholics right across the world are being denied access to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Nothing in this world is more important than the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, instituted by Christ Himself, and yet worldwide, in the face of the corona virus pandemic, … Read More

Fear No Evil in The Valley of Death

When was the last time anxiety was so dominant globally as it is during this epidemic? The Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, perhaps? And before that, the Second World War? Everybody is worried: about their own health, the health of older relatives, their jobs, their businesses, the cancellation of important events, the safety of medical staff, the wellbeing of the most vulnerable… To this long list of anxieties Catholics can add another: anxiety over separation from the sacraments. In order … Read More

The Great Commandment and the Chinese Virus

In ancient Greek, the Great Commandment that is the entire purpose and justification of the Christian religion is encapsulated in a single word. In Latin, it is also a single word. In English, it is three words. In Greek, agapeseis. In Latin, diliges. In English, thou shalt love. Never did that Great Commandment matter more than now, when a failure of love on the part of the grim, Communist regime in China encouraged the worldwide transmission of the coronavirus. A … Read More

The Wise Virgins – Corona Virus Time

Editor’s Note: This article was written on March 15th. What the wise virgins should do about Coronavirus:The parable of the wise and foolish virgins advises us to be prepared. However, the parable of the lilies of the field advises us against panic buying: “And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind”. (Luke 12:29) These two earthly stories with heavenly meanings are not as contradictory as they seem. One should … Read More

Totalitarianism and the Virus

Editors Note: This article was written on the 3rd March 2020 A democratic government may be either competent or incompetent. However, the ruthless, totalitarian regime that rules China is necessarily incompetent, for it cares more for its ideology of continuous hatred than it does for its mere citizens, whom it treats as its minions, to whom it has no real obligations. In December of last year, a doctor in Hubei Province asked the Communist authorities to take immediate steps to … Read More

Ban on Communion in the Mouth is Unfounded.

‘The ban on Communion in the mouth is unfounded compared to the great health risks of Communion in the hand in the time of a pandemic. Such a ban constitutes an abuse of authority.’ Risk of Fragments:Nobody can force us to receive the Body of Christ in a way that constitutes a risk of the loss of the fragments, and a decrease in reverence, as is the way of receiving Communion in the hand. Although it is true that one … Read More

We Must Protect Children from Harmful Ideologies

The Lumen Fidei Institute started off the new year with a conference on The Catholic Family focusing on the duties and responsibilities of Catholic parents. The conference washeld in The Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth on the feast of St Brigid, 1st February 2020. Defensive Strategy:For far too long Catholics in Ireland and elsewhere have been operating a defensive strategy where we spend more time defending ourselves against the slurs of those who oppose our Catholic faith and lifestyle and less time … Read More

Promoting ‘Choice’ Leads to Killing.

Falling on Deaf Ears:Last September, I commented upon the fact that the Belfast newspaper, The Irish News has lost its way in that, while it still offers the reader the comfort that it is pro nationalist and “catholic” in its outlook and news identification of “Pro fide et Patria”, it saw fit to accept advertising revenue from the Belfast Fertility Clinic under its caption: “We make Mums!”  This identification with the evil that is IVF is a clear renunciation with … Read More

Saint Raymond of Peñafort: The Sailing Cloak

The Saints’ Attributes:St. Raymond of Peñafort was born near Barcelona in 1175.  He was an accomplished professor of canon law and held the canon law chair at the University of Bologna for three years.  His treatise on ecclesiastical legislation is still conserved in the Vatican library.  The saint joined the Dominican Order, influenced by the preaching of Blessed Reginald, prior of the Dominicans of Bologna.  He received the habit of this order in 1222. At Barcelona, with Saint Peter Nolasco … Read More

The Catholic Schools. Where are they?

No More Sacremental Preparation in Catholic Schools!On the 3rd of December 2019, the Archbishop of Dublin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, released a statement to the press which indicated that a “significant change is proposed in sacramental preparation” for the Dublin Archdiocese. The press release is very interesting to read and is available on the Dublin diocesan website. We are told that an online survey was conducted to which there were 1800 respondents and that this “reflected the views of parents, parishioners, … Read More

Why the Church uses Incense at Mass

“And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer; and he was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar before the throne; and the smoke of the incense rose with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God.” (Rev 8:3-4) Smells and Bells:Most Catholics are familiar with the expression “smells and bells” which is invoked to describe the use of incense and … Read More

The Saint’s Attributes – St Frances of Rome

St. Frances of Rome: The Archangel and the Flaming Heart One of the most celebrated mystics of the fifteenth century, Saint Frances of Rome, was born in the Eternal City in 1384, to a noble family.  She had from a young age desired to enter religious life, but her father had other plans, and she was married as a young woman to Lorenzo de’ Ponziani, a nobleman and soldier.  Saint Frances distinguished herself by her charity towards the poor and … Read More

Sin Féin: From Bombs to Killing Babies

Pie in the Sky Doesn’t Come Cheap:Sinn Fein has gradually gained electoral advantage from the fact that the soi-disant “Irish” “Republican” “Army”, – the vicious, Marxist terrorist faction of which it is the political wing, – is a defeated and dwindling shadow of its murderous former self. The party has done well in elections on both sides of the Border because, with the demise of the IRA, it now conveys what is intended to seem almost as though it were … Read More

Maynooth Conference 1st February 2020

The Catholic Family Crusade:The Lumen Fidei Institute is starting off the new year with a conference on The Catholic Family which focuses on the duties and responsibilities of Catholic parents. The conference is scheduled for The Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth on the feast of St Brigid, 1st February 2020, starting at 9.00am. Admission is free, but we recommend that you book a place to help us with our planning. We are hoping to do things a little differently for this conference. … Read More

The Sino-Vatican Agreement—One Year Later

Underground bishops are being forced to join the Patriotic church, whose leaders are openly saying that their first loyalty is not to God but to the Party-State. No one who follows the persecution of Catholics around the world can have missed what is currently happening in China. Despite the signing of the Sino-Vatican Agreement in September 2018, the persecution of Catholics in that country seems not only to be continuing, but to be intensifying, especially for those who refuse to … Read More

Abortion: The Deceit of the Century

James M Bourke reflects on his new book and explains what motivated him to write a book about the obscenity of abortion. Reflections on the Abortion Issue in Ireland:My monograph, Reflections on the Abortion Issue in Ireland was launched in Limerick on 23rd November, 2019 at the Annual Conference of the Catholic Voice newspaper. It consists of 12 critical essays which tell the story of how abortion was legalised in Ireland. It is not a very edifying story. In fact, … Read More