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

False Shepherds

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction.’  (2 Peter 2:1) We need truth to be able to operate successfully in the world.  This applies most especially to the spiritual side of life, but it also applies to the material and practical sides of life, e.g. in one’s occupation. One needs … Read More

Disinformation and Fake News

On Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th November 2019, an interesting meeting took place in Leinster House. The International Grand Committee (IGC) on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ met for two days. The meeting was chaired by Hildegarde Naughton of Fine Gael who is Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communication, Climate Action and Environment. Part of the meeting’s brief was “How to advance international collaboration in the regulation of harmful content, hate speech and electoral interference online”. The International Grand … Read More

Comprehensive Document on Irish State Plans for Children

Several people have recently sent me a link to a comprehensive document called ‘RSE Ireland 2019 – A New Global Vision for Education’. I don’t know who the author(s) of this document is and I have not read all 159 pages, but what I have read shows in great detail what the global sex-education movement have planned for children in Irish schools and how they are using such things as the climate hoax to indoctrinate children and use them as … Read More

Institute of Christ the King – Belfast

Following the recent closure of the Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian church, in Belfast, Northern Ireland a young religious community has purchased this sacred building. The Presbyterian community received with joy and hope the offer made by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is, in turn, very grateful to the Elders and community at Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian church for the opportunity to take over this sacred building, which will   remain … Read More

The Truth Will Set You Free

 “Then Jesus said to those Jews, who believed him: If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him: We are the seed of Abraham, and we have never been slaves to any man: how sayest thou: you shall be free? Jesus answered them: Amen, amen I say unto you: that whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. Now the servant … Read More

State Enforced Child Abuse

Catholic Parents in Ireland need to be aware of what is being proposed for their children, even in Catholic schools. There is a global push to sexualise children even before the age of four. One of the big international businesses behind this move is The International Planned Parenthood Federation. They have a vested interested in children becoming sexualised at an early age because they make their money from sex. They are a world leader in providing abortion, contraception, abortion pills, … Read More

Bishop Schneider Launches New Book

One of our Lumen Fidei Institute patrons, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, has recently launched a book-length interview conducted with Diane Montagna of LifeSiteNews. Our other patrons, Cardinal Burke and John Smeaton attended the press conference for the book launch which was held at the Palazzo Cardinal Cesi, in Rome, on Monday, October 14. The book is published by Angelico Press and can be ordered online at the following link with free delivery worldwide. ‘Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of … Read More

Parents Stand up to the State

Protecting The Family.There was a very interesting Irish news story last week which, at the time of writing, has not been covered by any of the main Irish national media outlets. The story is of great interest to Catholic families and to families in general and it confirms what we in Catholic Voice and The Lumen Fidei Institute have been saying for years. The traditional family is under severe attack and the threats are coming from many directions including from … Read More

Tafida: The Cult of Death and the Instinct of Compassion

Tafida Raqeeb, a child of just 5, has a grave illness that requires life-support. Her devoted parents, who love Tafida, rightly see it as their duty to give her the chance of a normal life if that is possible. They want to fly her from London to a children’s hospital in Genoa, where Italian doctors think they will be able to treat Tafida successfully. However, the Health Trust that administers St Bartholomew’s Hospital, one of the world’s foremost teaching hospitals, … Read More

How Can We Foster Vocations?

Some Insights from Irish PriestsThe bishop of Ossory, Dermot Farrell, recently made news when he predicted that the number of priests in his diocese would halve within the next ten years. It was rather surprising that this declaration reached the headlines, since the vocations crisis in Ireland is nothing new. In 1965, four hundred and twelve priests were ordained in Ireland, the highest number on record. Ever since then, the number has been falling steadily. Statistics on ordination are (unsurprisingly) … Read More

SUNDAY IS THE ONLY DAY I DON’T GO TO MASS

Fulfilling the Obligation of Mass AttendanceIn the parish coffee shop a discussion developed regarding the present-day regulations for fulfilling the obligation of Mass attendance. There was quite a divergence of opinion, with some people holding the view that it is no longer necessary to go to Mass on holy days. In fact what the holy days actually are was also a subject for disagreement, with Christmas Day and St. Patrick’s Day being the only ones that everyone was sure about. … Read More

PRO FIDE ET PATRIA:

PRO FIDE ET PATRIA: A USELESS TITLE OR ONE WITH WHICH TO LIVE BY? What Is A Motto?Mottos are creatures which, on the face of it, may seem anachronistic to the sophisticates of the 21st Century; something that sums up all that has been wrong with Western society and has therefore no place, except that they convey the only version now acceptable: ME, ME, ME! That no doubt is a very cynical view to take, however, mottos are important as … Read More

The Shepherd’s Dilemma!

The shepherds’ dilemma is by no means easy to resolve.The news that Cardinal Burke has withdrawn his support for Steve Bannon’s project to turn a disused monastery in Italy into a new, activist engine-room of the Faith raises what is for many pastors an agonising dilemma. If they confine themselves to preaching the Gospel uncontroversially and safely, without direct reference to the prevailing political situation, they fear that they will be seen as out of touch with the needs of … Read More

Oh, Sacred Heart of Jesus.

As I sit down to write this article, it is early in the morning of the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We have been invited to attend Holy Mass, organised by a pro-life group in County Mayo, in Ballintubber Abbey, where Mass has been continually celebrated for over 800 years. The Abbey’s website has the following. “The strongest tradition is that the Mass has been said in the Abbey without a break since the year of it’s foundation … Read More

St. Clare of Assisi

Saint Clare is remembered as the Cofoundress of the Order of Poor Ladies, or Poor Clares, and the first Abbess of San Damiano.  She was born at Assisi the 16th July 1194, and her feast is celebrated in the traditional liturgical calendar on the 12th August. From her tender youth Clare seems to have been endowed with uncommon virtue. As a child she was much given to prayer and mortifications.  Saint Francis of Assisi, who first met Clare when she was eighteen years of age while preaching a Lenten retreat at the Church of San Giorgio, in Assisi, immediately recognised in her a soul set apart by God … Read More