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Parents Stand up to the State

Protecting The Family.There was a very interesting Irish news story last week which, at the time of writing, has not been covered by any of the main Irish national media outlets. The story is of great interest to Catholic families and to families in general and it confirms what we in Catholic Voice and The Lumen Fidei Institute have been saying for years. The traditional family is under severe attack and the threats are coming from many directions including from … 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

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

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

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

Priestly celibacy: a sign of contradiction

Who is in need of such a witness?Much has been said in many places as to why the idea floated at the Amazon synod as to ordaining married men to the priesthood is such a terrible one. I see no reason for going over those arguments again here. But one reason that I have not seen discussed (although, of course, it may well have been) was the powerful witness the celibate priest provides for chastity in this age of rampant … Read More

Totalitarian Ireland

Divorce is Wrong.On May 24th, the Irish electorate were asked once again to amend our constitution. Before getting into the subject matter of what we were asked to vote on, I would like to reflect on what exactly our constitution is. Put very simply, the Irish Constitution, Bunreacht na hÉireann, is the only mechanism which gives the Irish electorate control over what our governing bodies can and cannot do. Our constitution sets the limits of government power and seeks to … Read More

The grave evil of pornography.

One of the most evil and heinous crimes ever committed in Ireland.A few issues back I alluded to some of the details that were in the media concerning the trial for murder of two teenage boys of a fourteen year old girl, Ana Kriégel. The case was still before the courts at the time so I was constrained in what I could say concerning it. Since then the jury has reached its verdict, finding both boys guilty of her murder … Read More

Parenting – time and presence of parents for their children

The challenges facing the modern family.In the system of law, rights and obligations have their proper place. In the social context, however, a third category that plays an important role is responsibility. Responsible behaviour, and a responsible way of life can be best acquired in a family. In the communist system, families were the main places of resistance against an oppressing ideology. Is this still possible in the present crisis of society? The family has become the Achilles’ heel of … Read More

The Catholic Church is Indefectible

That the Catholic Church is indefectible is an infallible teaching of the ordinary and universal magisterium. In these times of great confusion, what Sister Lucia of Fatima called the times of diabolical disorientation, it is important for ordinary Catholics to know exactly what is meant by indefectibility. Sister Lucia, in a letter to her friend Dona Maria Teresa da Cunha, wrote, “People must recite the Rosary every day. Our Lady repeated this in all her apparitions, as if to arm … Read More

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