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John Smeaton – Legatus Address

In February of 2014, John Smeaton, chief executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), the UK’s largest and the world’s oldest pro-life organisation, was awarded the 2013 Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Award by the Pro-Life Committee of Legatus. Legatus, founded in 1987, helps top-ranking Catholic executives become “ambassadors for Christ”.Accepting the award, Mr Smeaton said: “I am deeply honoured to receive the Cardinal John J O’Connor award. It’s also an award which honours all of … Read More

Vocations Crisis in Ireland

Do not expect the young Catholic men of this country to commit their lives to anything less than the fullness of truth!Ignoring the CrisisAs news circulated earlier this year about the Irish Bishops’ departure for their ad limina visit to Pope Francis, one of the most prominent stories was that they would not be proposing that Pope Francis readmit to the priesthood men who had left ministry to marry. The Irish Catholic newspaper reported (12/01) that the bishops had discussed … Read More

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Devotion to the Sorrows of Mary has always been a favourite devotion among the faithful. It has been sanctioned by the Church and introduced into the Missal and Breviary. During Lent, it is good to keep before our mind’s eye the inexpressible sufferings endured for us by the Mother of God, our Co-Redemptrix. This pious exercise is reinforced each year as we make the Way of the Cross chanting the verses of the hymn Stabat Mater between each station. The … Read More