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Scandalising Children

Let us pause for a moment to offer up one Hail Mary for our bishops so that they will have the courage to boldly proclaim the Gospel message and be a light in these darkening times. Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen. I would like to thank all of those who have sent in donations … Read More

Heirs to the Kingdom

We have all heard the jokes about the soul arriving at the pearly gates who has to get past St. Peter and enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whether the jokes are humorous, offensive or rude, they have one thing in common. St. Peter is not the one to be convinced of a person’s suitability for the kingdom. That work needs to have been carried out much earlier, because after death it is just too late. Certainly, St. Peter holds … Read More

Vatican Climate Catastrophe?

The Vatican, having embarrassed the Church with numerous errors about climate science is at it again, this time still more embarrassingly. In a silly foreword to a document from the Holy See entitled Pastoral Guidelines on Climate-Displaced People, it maunders: “We are engulfed by news and images of whole peoples uprooted by cataclysmic changes in our climate – forced to migrate … people driven out because their local environment has become uninhabitable … the deteriorating climate … crisis unfolding since … Read More

The Importance of Catholic Action

I have received some good news from the Archdiocese of Tuam which shows the importance of Catholic Action and which should encourage others who are considering taking similar actions. In the last issue of Catholic Voice, I addressed the issue of an organisation called ‘Sexual Health West’ who promote the homosexual lifestyle and who publicly state that in certain circumstances they will give condoms to children under the age of sixteen, and the fact that they were operating out of … Read More

Alas, Poor Foolish People

“Alas, poor foolish people, what will you do now? Who will take care of you in your trouble?” Archbishop Saint Laurence O’Toole. Ireland in the late 12th century was seriously in need of Church reform. Devastation rendered by the Norse invasions had left most of the monasteries in ruins and many people were Catholic only in name. Some new monasteries had been established and others, including Clonmacnoise, had recovered, but the great centres of learning that had earned Ireland the … Read More

The United Nations is coming for your Children

At the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, now in session, the Communists who now control most such supranational entities have infiltrated a far-out Left, feminist manifesto into the draft recommendations, which are always carefully prepared in advance and very nearly always nodded through unopposed by For instance, “Guarantee access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)”. The use of the calculatedly obscurantist acronym will eventually replace the weasel words “sexual and reproductive health and rights”, for … Read More

An Icon For These Addictive Times

In recent months not a day passes without addiction to drugs, drink, or gambling being the source of some tragic headline or news event. The deceased Celtic Tiger is busy dumping its evil poisoned fruits. Perhaps now is the time for all prayerful Catholics to support the recent initiative of the Archbishop of Dublin to re-invigorate the cause of a holy Dublin labourer, Matt Talbot, for the highest honour the Church can bestow — that of sainthood. Of course I … Read More

Quo Vadis Irish Bishops?

The need for Irish Catholics to pray for our bishops grows more urgent by the day. One could be forgiven for thinking that our Irish bishops have lost their way. Irish Catholics will once again be officially denied access to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Easter Sunday and the Irish bishops, by their actions, fully support the unjust penal restrictions that have been forced on lay Catholics. The bishops and the priests will get to attend the Holy … Read More

The Sacrament of Confession

There are three “parts” of the sacrament of penance, three things that are required of those receiving the sacrament of penance: contrition, confession and satisfaction. These three conditions are known as the acts of the penitent. (Incidentally, the “penitent” is the person going to confession; the “confessor” is the priest administering the sacrament.) This sacrament exists to set us free from the sins we have committed. “Whoever commits sin is the slave of sin” (John 8:34). That explains the three … Read More

Brain Death: What Catholics Should Know

By Dr. Doyen Nguyen and Dr. Joseph M. Eble This article was first published in the American Homiletic & Pastoral Review on March 12th 2021. It is written in the hope of helping Catholics to understand the dangerous nature of ‘brain-death’ definitions which seek to make it easier to harvest organs for transplant. Brain death (BD), the declaration of death by neurological criteria, is an established medicolegal practice in the USA and many countries worldwide. In 1968, the Harvard Medical … Read More

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