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The shepherds’ dilemma is by no means easy to resolve.The news that Cardinal Burke has withdrawn his support for Steve Bannon’s project to turn a disused monastery in Italy into a new, activist engine-room of the Faith raises what is for many pastors an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

WHAT IS LICIT AND WHAT IS ILLICIT?

“Every liturgical celebration because it is an action of Christ the priest and of his Body which is the Church is a sacred action surpassing all others.” There exists a great amount of bewilderment about what is licit and what is illicit in the celebration of the sacred liturgy. When we see a young child taking up the collection during Sunday Mass it might be hard to see anything wrong in this. However according to the General Instruction of the … Read More

Fr Gabriel Harty, O.P. – An Appreciation

The Rosary Priest of Ireland. Fr Gabriel Harty, 1921 – 2019, a friar of the Order of Preachers, was born in Dublin on 31 July 1921, the second of three children born to John Joseph Harty and Margaret Gleeson. He was baptised in St Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin, on 4 August, the feast day of St Dominic, and named Thomas. His father, a clerk in the Munster and Leinster Bank, and later a furniture salesman for Pim Brothers & … Read More

Ireland’s Official Return to Paganism

In May of this year, Ireland’s Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, launched a new annual three day festival which is to take place from October 31st to November 2nd. One of the main centres for this festival will be Trim, in county Meath. The festival is called the Púca festival and it is hoped to bring 100,000 people to Ireland to celebrate the pagan festival of Samhain. The history of county Meath is interesting from a … Read More

Vanishing Christianity, why it matters and how to fix it

The decline of Christianity.The British Social Attitudes Survey, just published by the National Centre for Social Research, shows that Christian belief has halved in just 35 years. Only a third of the population now admit to being Christians. In the next few years, Islam (currently 6% of the population) will outnumber Catholicism, which has fallen from 10% in 1983 to 7% in 2018. In 1983, two-thirds of the nation described themselves as Christian. Just ten years ago, only half did … Read More

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