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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The shepherds’ dilemma is by no means easy to resolve.The news that Cardinal Burke has withdrawn his support for Steve Bannon’s project to turn a disused monastery in Italy into a new, activist engine-room of the Faith raises what is for many pastors an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

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

The National Shrine At Knock

The apparition which occurred in Knock in 1879 has particular significance in Ireland of the present day and testifies to eternal truths in a time when as never before, these truths are being attacked. The Liturgical Richness of the Apparition.This is the time of year when thousands of pilgrims make their way to Ireland’s National Shrine to honour Our Lady and to pray for many intentions. While the focus is on the novena prayers we should take time to really … Read More

Let’s Make Knock Catholic Again!

Knock, Knock, who’s there? Promoters of abortion, divorce and pseudo-marriage!What on Earth are Fr Richard Gibbons, the parish priest of the shrine of Our Lady at Knock, and his ordinary, Archbishop Michael Neary, up to? Why are these two complaisant clerics permitting promoters of abortion, divorce and “marriage” between “spouses” of the same sex to address the faithful assembled at – of all places – a sanctuary dedicated to the Blessed Mother? Bizarrely, the Archbishop appears to have looked the … Read More

The Organ Harvesting Scandal

The Human Being as an Object.We live in a society that is becoming more and more atheistic and pagan. As belief in God declines alongside an increasing misunderstanding of who God is, more and more people turn to irrational explanations of the world around them. Atheists are forced to try to explain the world as if God does not exist. Without God, there is no purpose to the order that is observed in the world, and there is no real … Read More

The Saints’ Attributes – Saint Laurence

The Dalmatic and the Gridiron.Saint Laurence was born in 225, most likely in Spain. While little is known of his youth, it is known that he studied in Zaragoza, where he met the future Pope Sixtus II. When Pope Saint Sixtus II ascended to the papacy in 257, he ordained Laurence deacon and appointed him as the first of the seven deacons serving the Church, granting Laurence the title of “archdeacon of Rome” despite his young age. This title included the care of the church’s treasury and riches, as well as … Read More

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