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

Islam and Abbé Guy Pagès – the Path Ahead

How many Muslims have you converted? In answer to my question “How many Muslims have you converted?”  Abbé Guy Pagès replies, “Only God knows.” The reality, according to one reliable source, is that he has converted some two hundred or more so far.  Abbé Guy Pagès is a priest of the diocese of Paris, having lived and evangelised in the Islamic Republic of Djibouti. An expert on Christian-Muslim affairs he has written several books.  His most recent one is called … Read More

The Supernatural Outlook and NFP

One of the things I have noticed as I live my life and observe what is going on in the world is that so many Catholics seem to have lost or do not give enough emphasis to, the supernatural life. We are created to live eternally with our Father in Heaven. This supernatural outlook should influence how we live our lives and how we view this sad world we live in with all its troubles and complications. I was reminded … Read More

Cardinal Burke’s Sermon for Last Sunday after Pentecost – Limerick November 2019

SERMON In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. In today’s Epistle, Saint Paul writes to the early Christians at Colossae, thanking God for the good fruits of his apostolic ministry in their midst. Nearing the end of his earthly life, Saint Paul was taking account of his ministry, in accord with its just measure: eternal life. In fact, a few verses later, in the same first chapter of the Epistle to … Read More

Te Deum Laudamus: Thank God!

On 31st December, the Church gives to all the faithful the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence. Just as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered for four ends (adoration, thanksgiving, atonement and petition), one of the aspects of either public or private prayer is thanksgiving. On the last day of the year, the Church encourages her children to give thanks to Almighty God, according to the words of St Paul: “Give thanks upon all occasions; this is what … Read More

How to survive the Age of Endarkenment without Eating your Dog

The Pope, abandoning even the slightest pretence at the political impartiality that his office demands, has come dangerously, culpably close to comparing President Trump with King Herod, who was responsible for the Massacre of the Innocents. The Jesuit house journal La Civiltà Cattolica describes itself as “reflecting the mind of the Vatican since 1850”. Last week, in that august if somewhat self-satisfied journal, Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ reported the Pope as uttering the following words at a meeting with the … Read More

RSE an Attack on Religious Vocations

“Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness, Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God: Having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these avoid. For of these sort are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, … Read More

Keeping the Faith

The Way of Healing Reform of the Church for the Salvation of the World: Introduction:It pleases me very much to participate in the annual Catholic Voice Conference on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the publication of Catholic Voice. Catholic Voice has been a particularly faithful and efficacious agent of a new evangelization, of a new presentation of the Catholic faith, in an age of ever greater secularization. Through publications and conferences, like the annual conference, Catholic Voice provides … Read More

Problems Continue at Maynooth Seminary

Failure to recognise the roots of past scandals means Church teaching will continue to be undermined It did not take very long at all for scandal to rear its ugly head once again in our National Seminary, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Hitting the headlines in summer 2016 on account of a homosexual subculture within the seminary community, with some seminarians having profiles on a gay dating app, prompting the Archbishop of Dublin to move his seminarians to Rome, now two … Read More

On Advent and Its Six Circumstances

Today we celebrate the beginning of Advent. The name of this great annual commemoration is sufficiently familiar to us; its meaning may not be so well known. When the unhappy children of Eve had abandoned the pursuit of things true and salutary, they gave themselves up to the search for those that are fleeting and perishable. To whom shall we liken the men of this generation, or to what shall we compare them, seeing they are unable to tear themselves … Read More

There’s Nothing Like A Good Book

This week I would like to mention a few good books. I have just begun reading Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s book, ‘Christus Vincit – Christ’s triumph Over the Darkness of the Age’. The early chapters are a fascinating read and deal with the history of Bishop Schneider’s family. I am struck by the fact that Bishop Schneider was born in April 1961, just eleven months before I was born. I was born in Dublin, about seven and a half thousand miles … Read More

Saint Andrew and his X-Shaped Cross

Saint Andrew whose feast we celebrate on the 30th November was the first of the Twelve Apostles to follow Christ. The Gospels give us precious information about the his life, and Tradition tells us that he travelled and evangelised many regions in the East until eventually laying down his life for Christ in Greece. According to the Gospels, Saint Andrew was a fisherman of Galilee, and brother of Simon Peter.  He was also one of the disciples of Saint John … Read More

The Canonization of Cardinal Newman

Now that these islands have a new saint, it is time to set aside the dismal news about the promotion of anti-life, anti-family measures by the British government in Northern Ireland and by the UN worldwide. John Henry Newman was received into the Church only after he had satisfied himself that the infallibility that she claims for the Popes was not a personal infallibility but a personal exercise of the Church’s infallibility. Therefore, it was not and is not possible … Read More

The Sin Of Ecocide!

Is it possible to invent a new sin of ‘ecocide’? Pope Francis, following a demand by the Amazon Synod, says he is mulling over whether to insert the novel sin of “ecocide” into the Catechism of the Catholic Church – in short, whether to alter the unalterable teachings of the Faith. His Holiness recently told the International Penal Law Association: “We have to introduce – we are thinking about it – in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin … Read More

The Family Rosary

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Apocalypse 12:1) This week’s article has a personal note to it. I received a call during the week from a man whose wife is in hospital, and we were talking about family life and the inevitable crosses one must bear. Faithful Catholic parents are greatly troubled if any of their children fall … Read More