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Rite of Absolution over the Catafalque

“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” (2 Maccabees 12:46) During the month of November, the Church is particularly mindful of her children who are suffering in purgatory. In addition to the Requiem Mass, the Sacred Liturgy contains a treasury of intercessory prayers and rites which are offered and performed to benefit the members of the Church Suffering. One such ceremony is the Absolution, which is performed … Read More

Marriage v Virginity

Marriage a gift from God – The Church’s Understanding through Scripture. We have seen how Christ dispensed with the concession permitting divorce which was given by Moses.  We also know that Moses gave this concession on account of the hardness of men’s hearts.  Does this mean that with the arrival of Christ men became softer of heart? The crucifixion clearly shows that men were still very much hard of heart but interestingly, the reaction of the disciples to Christ’s re-establishment … Read More

The Islamisation of Europe – Part 2

Iben Thranholm , Theologian and Journalist, Talks to Anne Keeling About Islam Part 2 of a 2 Part Interview with Anne Keeling. (Read Part 1 Here) “Islam – The Real Threat to Christian Europe?” During the ‘Conference of Catholic Families’ hosted by the Lumen Fidei Institute in August, Mr Márton Gyöngyösi, a Hungarian politician, gave a talk called “Islam – the Real Threat to Christian Europe?” which Iben Thranholm has seen and describes as “completely spot on”. “He was really … Read More

Marriage in Matthew, Mark & Genesis

Christ nullified the concession of Moses. So far, we have seen that a false notion of marriage has become prevalent throughout western society even amongst Catholics. We have seen in the Gospels how Jesus, in both Matthew 5:31-32 and in Luke 16:18, nullified the concession, given to the people by Moses, which permitted divorce. The Church confirmed this interpretation at both the council of Florence and the Council of Trent therefore any confusion as regards the Church’s position on marriage … Read More