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The Media, the Archbishop & the Politician

On 29th December last, an article appeared in the Irish Daily Mail by Emma Jane Hade, under the heading ‘Josepha Madigan says her faith is ‘strong’ despite her liberal politics’. It is interesting to look at this article as an example of how the main stream media uses propaganda to influence public opinion in Ireland. The article tells us that Josepha is a ‘devout Catholic’ with a strong Catholic faith. We also learn that Josepha led the successful campaign for … Read More

Marriage According to St Peter

We have seen that ‘Dei Verbum ‘says “the interpreter of Sacred Scripture, in order to see clearly what God wanted to communicate to us, should carefully investigate what meaning the sacred writers really intended, and what God wanted to manifest by means of their words.”  With this in mind let us have alook at St Peter’s thoughts on how Catholic husbands and wives should behave. It is interesting to remember that St Peter himself was married so he speaks from … Read More

Marriage – Scripture – Dei Verbum

Marriage in Scripture Christ, in the Gospels, laid down the essential foundations for marriage without which marriages cannot validly take place. Marriage must be between one man and one woman, they must be open to life and freely co-operate with God in the gift of procreation which is the primary end of marriage. The marriage is for life and no man may put it asunder and those wishing to marry must be free to marry; that is, free from impediment … 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

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

Marriage in Sacred Scripture

First published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland in December 2013 The Notion of Marriage is Undermined In the first article I noted that western civilisation has collapsed due in no small part to the ongoing collapse of marriage.  The traditional understanding of marriage has been seriously undermined in our society to such an extent that most people in western society, including many if not most, Catholics, now see marriage as a romantic sexual relationship where two people, regardless of sex, … Read More

French President Insults African Mothers of Large Families

French President Emmanuel Macron has insulted African women who have large families.       by James Risdon – Lifesitenews He is being called out by one group for “racism.” Macron made his comments at a Goalkeepers event in the shadow of the United Nations in New York. That’s an event hosted by tech giant Bill Gates and his wife Melinda’s pro-abortion and pro-contraception Gates Foundation, in late September. “One of the critical issues we have regarding the African demography is the fact … Read More

Marriage Articles

I began writing articles on Marriage for the fortnightly ‘Catholic Voice’ newspaper in Ireland in December 2013. At some stage I hope to incorporate most of those articles into a book. For now, I will begin to re-publish those articles here on The Lumen Fidei Institute website. They are a great source for those who seek to learn about Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Family life. What follows is the first article I had published. ARTICLE 1 First Published in … Read More

Independent TD Calls Tax Funded Abortion Unethical

IRISH TAXPAYERS DID NOT VOTE TO FUND ABORTION says Carol Nolan, Independent Offaly TD “Public funding of abortion is a gross misuse of taxpayer’s money,” says Carol Nolan, former Sinn Fein and now Independent Offaly TD. Irish people did not vote to fund abortion. Party leaders are betraying their grass root supporters in agreeing to spend taxpayer’s money in this way. Will there be a conscience vote for the withholding of tax by those taxpayers who do not want to … Read More

The Referendum Result & A New Book

The Eight amendment has been Repealed! What should Catholics do now? Many sincere Catholics in Ireland are shocked at the result of the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to our constitution. Those who campaigned tirelessly, day after day, for a NO vote, feel it particularly. It is a very sad day for Ireland when almost 70% of those who voted, voted to allow the wilful murder, by means of abortion, of unborn Irish children. At The Lumen Fidei Institute, … Read More

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