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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

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

The Final Battle – Catholic Marriage

At our recent northern Roadshow meetings, I made a presentation on the Relationships and Sexuality Education model favoured for introduction into Irish schools. This model is being promoted by the World Health Organisation who are working in collaboration with the United Nations and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Catholics should take note of the fact that these organisations all aggressively promote abortion as a human right. They aggressively promote the immoral LGBT agenda, and they seek ways to impose this … 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

Government Approved Child Abuse

On Tuesday 3rd April 2018, the then Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton, announced that there would be a major review of Relationships and Sexuality Education in Irish schools. The Minister said “The RSE curriculum fulfils an important function. Every student has a right to access information about sexual health, relationships and sexuality, and this must be delivered in a factual manner in every school. This review will help to inform decisions regarding the content of the curriculum and … 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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