The Traditional Catholic Family – On Radio Maria Ireland
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I have recently been offered a half hour programme on Radio Maria Ireland.  it goes out on Friday afternoons from about 4.00pm to 4.30pm.  The programme is called ‘The Traditional Catholic Family’ and I am presenting a Catechesis on Marriage and Family as traditionally understood by the Church.

You can access these talks through the Legio Sanctae Familiae link, there are three of them uploaded as of today.

May God bless you

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Article 47 – Marriage! Defending the Truth
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, October 2015

Marriage! Defending the Truth

Another Humanae Vitae Moment!

We have entered another ‘Humanae Vitae’ moment in the Catholic Church which does not augur well for those of us who are trying to live out, and to promote the Catholic faith. What do I mean by this?

In a previous article, I outlined some of the history surrounding the release of ‘Humanae Vitae’. I explained about the commission that was set up by Pope Saint John XXIII and how this commission was expanded by Blessed Pope Paul VI to a membership of seventy two people.… Read the rest

Article 46 – Marriage! The Homosexual Attack
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, September 2015

The Catholic Church, Marriage and Homosexual Inclination

This week I want to recommend a book to everyone who wants to have a clear understanding of what is going on, not just in the world, but in the Church as well. This book is not a pleasant read. In fact many chapters contain very unpleasant and sometimes disgusting information. It is not a book that I would let children near. It is not a book for those with weak stomachs. The book is called “Making Gay OK” with a subtitle “How Rationalizing Homosexual Behaviour is Changing Everything” and it is by American author Robert R.… Read the rest

Article 45 – Marriage! The Way of Society
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, September 2015

Holy Catholic Marriages necessary for Society

In a previous article I mentioned that the solution to the western world’s current problems, is for Catholics to become Holy. This is highlighted by the story, which is often told, that G K Chesterton was once sent the question “What’s wrong with the world today?” by a certain newspaper, and allegedly he sent back the reply “I am”. It is also my contention that Ireland, and the western world, will be re-conquered for Christ by families striving for holiness.

Pope Saint John Paul II said in his apostolic exhortation ‘Familiaris Consortio’, “The future of humanity passes by way of the family.… Read the rest

Article 44 – Marriage! Damaged by Dissent
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, September 2015

Men cannot Marry Men, Women cannot Marry Women!

One of the saddest developments within the Catholic Church in Ireland since the publishing of ‘Humane Vitae’ by Pope Paul VI in July of 1968 has been the growth and tolerance of dissent within Catholic circles. One of the results of this dissension from ‘Humanae Vitae’ has been the separation of sexuality and procreation and it this separation that has directly led to the idea of homosexual marriage. For, if marriage and sexuality are primarily ordered to having children, then men are naturally excluded from marrying men and women are naturally excluded from marrying women.… Read the rest

Article 43 – Marriage! The Whole Truth
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, August 2015

The Propaganda War

I want to look at what I consider to be one of the saddest aspects of the ‘Catholic’ campaign for a ‘NO’ vote in the recent  referendum in Ireland which claims to allow men to marry men and women to marry women. In previous articles I have shown how prominent Catholics spoke out publicly against same-sex marriage but contradicted Church teaching in doing so. One may ask why did they do this? The answer to that question is varied; lack of Catechesis; an improper understanding of Church teaching; a fear of offending homosexuals; these are just some of the factors at play.… Read the rest

Article 42 – Marriage! Errant Catholics don’t Help
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, August 2015

Public Statements of Catholics that promote erroneous thinking

Before looking at the statements from the previous article on the marriage referendum, I want to look at a more recent public statement, this time issued on an Irish diocesan Facebook page. Once again the diocese and the bishop are unimportant as I want to deal with the subject matter. The bishop in question was speaking about political parties collecting funds after Mass outside of church gates. Now, whilst I agree that political parties collecting outside church gates is a questionable practice, giving out to the political parties for this practice is a soft and somewhat popular target, and is also I believe, somewhat misguided.Read the rest

Article 41 – Marriage! Become a Saint
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, July 2015

Holiness is the Solution to all of Our Problems

There is one, and only one, simple solution to the problems that beset our nation today and that is for each and every one who reads these articles to become saints. I once read a definition of intelligence, I cannot remember where, which defined it as the ability to separate out into categories. At first I did not understand what it meant and therefore I was not sure if I agreed with it as a statement or not. But as I look and listen to the world around me, and particularly to the arguments on both sides of the recent referendum debate, I realise that the statement is true.Read the rest

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