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We live in what is known as a media age where much of what is communicated to us comes by way of various different screens – the television – mobile phones – tablet devices – computers and laptops. These screens are being used very effectively to promote propaganda. This amounts to an artificially constructed narrative that the governing powers want you to believe about any given situation.
Current propaganda is so powerful and universal that very few people are prepared to either look for alternative sources of information or to speak out against what is falsely being presented as truth and reality. Even when what is presented is quite obviously false.
Take for example The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in America. On March 17th, 2022, they awarded first place in the 500 yard women’s freestyle swimming competition to a man. This man claims to be a woman and says that he identifies as a woman, therefore he is a woman. Most mainstream media outlets use the pronoun ‘her’ to refer to Mr Thomas, when it is obvious that Mr Thomas is not a woman and that the correct pronoun to use is ‘he’.
Recently, some public figures were asked if they could define what a woman is and they said that they could not. How can there even be such a thing as women’s swimming events if you cannot define what a woman is? Can I enter a horse in a race at the local greyhound track?
There has been some backlash in America at how unfair it is to allow a man to compete against women in swimming competitions, but very few are prepared to call out the ‘transgender’ lunacy that has now taken hold of the world.
There are no women in men’s bodies or men in women’s bodies. It is simply impossible for a woman to know what it feels like to be a man, because she has never been a man, and vice-versa.
The incessant LGBT propaganda is causing harm to many children as they become confused because adults are telling them that sex and gender are different and that one can change one’s gender simply by deciding to ‘identify’ as something different.
It is very sad to see Catholic prelates and Catholic organisations referring to ‘LGBT Catholics’ when these distinctions do not exist in the Catholic Church. It is cowardice to co-operate with the insanity of the LGBT ideology under the pretext of not offending people.
So let us pray for our Irish bishops that they will once again have the courage to preach the Truth and to stand up and defend the Truth.
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.
Many who promote the LGBT ideology are in fact bullies, who seek to publicly shame anyone who refuses to go along with, or who dares to question their agenda, by calling them names. You’re homophobic. You’re transphobic. You’re biphobic. These tactics are very effective in silencing people and in getting them to ignore the obvious.
A tragic example of this happened in Sligo town recently where two men were murdered in their homes. We are told in certain reports that the murderer was of middle-eastern origin and may have been motivated by ‘religious zeal’. The murderer was allegedly praying when he was caught. It is thought that the two men made contact with their murderer through using an online gay dating app.
These murders are tragic and they reflect very badly on our society. Nobody deserves to die in the horrific way that these men died. Nobody deserves to have a family member or a loved one die in such brutal circumstances. But we must not allow the emotional horror of these particular murders to become a conduit of oppression for Catholics who believe that homosexual acts are sinful. We must not allow certain interest groups to suppress the hard questions that need to be asked about the moral degeneracy in our society. Here are some of those questions.
Why is pornography so rampant in our society that even very young children can gain access to it?
Why are people downloading and using online apps in order to ‘hook-up’ with strangers for casual sexual encounters, either homosexual or heterosexual?
Why is there no outcry against the main political parties of this country who promote the murder of nascent human beings in their mother’s wombs whilst decrying the murder of others?
Why is there no outcry against those who seek to corrupt the innocence of children in primary schools with explicit sex-education and the LGBT ideology?
Why is there no outcry against government immigration policy which fails to properly screen people from other cultures who seek asylum here?
Why do the media fail to mention which religion the murderer belonged to thus tarnishing all religions when they speak of ‘religious zeal’ as a possible motivation for the murders?
Why do An Garda Síochána issue safety advice to people who are speaking with or intending to meet up with someone they have met online, given that the intent is often to engage in immoral sexual behaviour. They should tell people to avoid such behaviour altogether?
There are those who will seek to brand me as homophobic or transphobic for simply asking these questions. These people do not really care about the men who were murdered because they choose to ignore certain aspects of the murders which do not suit their agenda. These people seek to use these murders to further their own cause and sadly, this is how our modern society works.
However, there is no excuse for our bishops to ignore the moral implications raised by these murders and by other social trends in our society.
In his homily at the Easter Vigil Mass in Sligo Cathedral, Bishop Kevin Doran began as follows.
“When I was small, I had a budgie called George. My father explained that, if I was letting him out of the cage, I would need to keep the windows closed. If he once got out into the garden, the other birds would attack him because he was different. That made me sad.”
Bishop Doran’s father may have told him this in order to protect the budgie. However, this amounts to a form of anthropomorphism – attributing human qualities to animals – and it is not helpful to seek to create an equivalence between birds who act on instinct with no pre-meditation, and humans who act in a pre-meditated way against others. A domesticated budgie who escapes into the wild is not killed because he is different, as if the other birds take a look and say “what have we got here, he’s different, lets kill him.” No. He will be killed by other birds because he has violated a territorial boundary, is seen as a threat, or because he represents an easy and tasty snack. The other birds act on instinct.
Given the nature of the Sligo murders, it seems inappropriate to me to try to make this budgie story from childhood fit a particular narrative about being killed because one is different.
Bishop Doran then sought to mould the reading of the day to fit the same ‘difference’ narrative.
“Towards the end of the Book of Genesis, we read that the sons of Jacob went down to Egypt with their families and their sheep, because there was a famine in their own land. They were well received. They worked hard, and they built relationships. But they were different. As time went on, people began to resent them. They were subjected to forced labour and became victims of what would, these days, be described as ethnic cleansing.” (Bishop Doran – Easter Vigil Homily)
Yes, the people of Israel were different, but this was not the main reason why they were oppressed. The book of Exodus tells us what the main reason was.
“The children of Israel increased, and sprung up into multitudes, and growing exceedingly strong they filled the land. In the mean time there arose a new king over Egypt, that knew not Joseph: And he said to his people: Behold the people of the children of Israel are numerous and stronger than we.
Come, let us wisely oppress them, lest they multiply: and if any war shall rise against us, join with our enemies, and having overcome us, depart out of the land.” (Exodus 1:7-10)
The people of Israel were out-populating the Egyptians and that is the main reason they were oppressed, not because they were different, but because their numbers were growing so fast that it was feared that they might ally themselves with the enemies of Egypt and leave.
In his homily, Bishop Doran rightly condemns acts of vandalism against properties associated with the Islamic community, but then he says that laying blame on a particular community would be “a failure to recognise our shared humanity and the fact that Islamic people, no less than the rest of us, are created in the image of God.”
God did not create Islamic people per se, Islam is a man-made religion. God created mankind as male and female. God directly established only two religions. The Hebrew religion of the Old Testament and the Catholic Church of the New Testament.
We should not ignore the fact that there are certain Islamic schools of thought which advocate putting homosexuals to death, and it is quite likely that the man who murdered the two men in Sligo was under the influence of this teaching. This is not to condemn all Muslims, but it is naive and very dangerous to ignore something so obvious. The question also arises as to where this man was ‘radicalised’. If it was in Ireland, then there may be more men who think the same way as him in our midst and others may be in danger.
It is also dangerous to ignore the fact that men and women are using certain apps for immoral casual sexual encounters which can put them in situations of mortal danger. Nobody wants to mention the immorality of this behaviour, even though it is a key factor in the murders.
Another question that must be asked of our bishops is this. Are there any public efforts being made to help Catholic men and women who are same-sex attracted, to leave the lifestyle and to either re-orient their sexuality or live chaste lives? Is there any such outreach in Sligo town? I know that the organisation Courage, which seeks to help those who are same-sex attracted to live chaste lives, found it difficult to get any Catholic bishop in Ireland to support them in their efforts.
One of the lies that is being promoted to children and young people is, that if you are same-sex attracted, then there is nothing you can do about it, so you might as well accept it and live the lifestyle. This is contrary to Catholic Church teaching and yet this falsehood is being promoted in Catholic schools.
I was recently sent a link to some training videos of the Irish National Teacher’s Organisation. This is the largest primary school teacher’s organisation in Ireland. One of these videos is titled “INTO Video2 – Lucas Wants To Marry Tom”
Lucas is a boy, as is Tom. The video, which is animated, is in the style of a role play and begins with a child in the classroom telling the teacher that Lucas said he wants to marry Tom. The teacher decides that he will listen to what the children have to say which includes the following dialogue from the children.
Tom: “No he’s not, boys can’t marry boys”
Ruby: “Yes they can, boys can marry boys and girls can marry girls. It’s called being gay”
Tom: “But what about babies?”
At this point the teacher decides to intervene and tells the children:
“People who love each other can find lots of different ways to have children together. Tom, nobody can marry you if you don’t want them to. When you grow up and meet someone you love, whether that be a boy or a girl, and you both want to get married, then you can.
Lucas, if Tom doesn’t want to marry you that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to be your friend. Then I asked, Ruby, do you know a boy who married a boy?
And she said, “Yes, Jessica’s uncle married his boyfriend. I was at the wedding and we got loads of ice-cream”
So, I encourage, “that sounds fabulous.””
At the end of the video the teacher says that he got more LGBT+ inclusive books for his classroom.”
Why is the INTO promoting this dangerous and harmful ideology to primary school children and in Catholic schools?
Why are our bishops not publicly engaged in opposing this nonsense which could cause serious harm to any children who go on to engage in the same-sex lifestyle?
Why is it that most parents seem to be unaware that this is going on?
I do not doubt the sincerity of Bishop Doran’s homily, however, the only way to be of lasting help to those who are same-sex attracted is to present them with the truth of Catholic Church teaching on human sexuality, marriage, and family life, and to encourage and help them to live chaste lives.
It is probable that both of the men who were murdered in Sligo would still be alive today if they had been encouraged and had embraced Catholic Church teaching on human sexuality. This is one of the real failings of the institutional Catholic Church in Ireland – the failure to promote and to vigorously defend Catholic Church teaching on human sexuality, marriage, and family life. This failure is leading to human misery and to harm.
This failure comes about in part because of a widespread rejection of Catholic Church teaching on the consequences of mortal sin. If we truly understood what it means to go to Hell for eternity, we would constantly strive for the salvation of souls and we would publicly oppose those who jeopardise the salvation of others with their erroneous and dangerous teachings.
We would never be ashamed to speak the Truths of our Catholic Faith if we realised that souls might end up in Hell on account of our failure to proclaim these truths.
Once, after Our Lady had shown the children of Fatima a vision of Hell, Lucia asked Saint Jacinta what she was thinking about. Saint Jacinta replied:
“I am thinking of Hell, and poor sinners. How sorry I am for the souls that go to Hell… the people there, alive, burning like wood in a fire … Lucia, why is it that Our Lady does not show Hell to sinners? If they saw it, they would not commit any more sins, and then they would not go there.”
Let us pray for the souls of the men who were murdered in Sligo beseeching Our Lady to intercede for them. Let us pray for the man who murdered them, that he will repent and come to believe in the Catholic Church. Let us keep in mind the words of Our Lady at Fatima in July 1917.
“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners; and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice: ‘O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary I offer this sacrifice to Thee.’”