Article 88 – Reflections on Recent Events
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The Manchester Bombing

On Monday 22nd May 2017 at approximately 10.30 in the evening, just after a concert in the Manchester Arena by the American singer Ariana Grande, a suicide bomber detonated a home made explosive device killing himself and twenty two other people and injuring over one hundred others. The ISIS organisation claimed responsibility for the attack.

I ask your prayers for all involved in this horrible tragedy.

It is somewhat easy to be dispassionate about this event because I do not personally know anyone who was either killed or injured in this attack, nevertheless I am acutely aware that we must not in any way take from the fact that this was a great evil.Read the rest

Article 87 – Lack of Catechesis = Confusion
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Lack of Ability to Think Rationally

In this article I want to cover a couple of different strands of thought which have come up on account of some recent events in my life and which I want to relate to my most recent articles covering lack of catechesis, the failure of the Irish ‘catholic’ education system to pass on the faith to the children that are taught in those schools, and the surrendering of what I called ‘catholic territory’ to the secular world. I have noticed a tendency in our modern culture, which is not new and this is the tendency whereby many people seem to lack the ability to think rationally on different subjects.Read the rest

Article 86 – Signs of the Times
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No Mass in the Diocese

As I write this article, we are just leaving a week whereby two of our national newspapers reported that an Irish diocese would not be celebrating Holy Mass on Tuesday 25th April 2017 because the bishop was holding a meeting with the priests of his diocese and because he also wanted to prepare the laity for a future wherein Holy Mass may not be available every day by holding lay led liturgies. The lay led liturgies on the Tuesday would not involve the distribution of Holy Communion.

Negotiating Terms of Surrender

Why is it, that our Irish bishops seem constantly to be negotiating terms of surrender with the world when it comes to the Catholic faith?Read the rest

Article 85 – Symbols & Gestures
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Choosing a Topic

I find that having to write a fortnightly article for the Catholic Voice is a great discipline. Often times, if I am not writing on a particular theme, I do not know exactly what I will write about from one fortnight to another. But, because I know that I have an article to write, I will be mulling things over in my head wondering if this topic or that subject matter would be suitable for an article.

Sometimes, a headline or an article in an online blog I have read during the fortnight in between issues of the newspaper, will give me a start.Read the rest

Article 84 – Marriage – The Final Battle
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Cardinal Caffare & Sister Lucia of Fatima

Recently, I mentioned that Cardinal Carlo Caffara received a letter from Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the seers of Fatima, stating that, “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.” I think that the significance of this simple statement is lost on many people given that sacramental marriage is no longer held in the high esteem in which it should be held. Even within the Catholic Church there are many who promote a false, worldly teaching on marriage and family life.

Many Catholics remain Silent about Catholic Teaching

In Ireland, even amongst Catholics, you no longer hear anyone condemn divorce in the public square.Read the rest

Article 83 – Marriage! Lack of Catechesis
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Lack of Catechesis is Destroying the Faith

I have begun looking at the problem of the terrible lack of catechesis in the western world and of the effects that this is having on the Catholic faithful. That this problem is not just confined to the laity was recently highlighted to me, once again, by our own parish bulletin from last week. In it we find the following.

The 12 noon Mass on St Patrick’s Day will be a special celebration with Music, Dance and Traditional Irish Music. We look forward to welcoming all of our friends and parishioners”

An Insult to Christ!Read the rest

Article 82 – Marriage. Modern Difficulties
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Family Difficulties.

I want to begin taking a look at some of the problems that we face as families, as Catholics, and as a nation, in our current times. I also want to look at these problems particularly from the perspective of family life. What is ‘family’? Where does ‘family’ come from? What is the role of ‘family’ in the world? What role do parents have, as parents, and as husband and wife? One of the reasons for this focus comes from something that Cardinal Caffarra has put on record.

Cardinal Carlo Caffara

On Feburary 16, 2008, Cardinal Carlo Caffara, at that time Archbishop of Bologna, and who is also one of the signatories to the recent Dubia that were submitted to Pope Francis seeking clarification of Amoris Laetitia, after a Mass celebrated at the tomb of St.… Read the rest