Article 108 – Marriage Casti Connubii
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Understanding Casti Connubii
One cannot understand the encyclical ‘Casti Connubii’, which reaffirms the Catholic Church’s constant teaching against contraception, unless one first understands why ‘Casti Connubii’ was written. In order to understand this, we must look to the years 1920 and 1930 and we must look to the Lambeth Conference of the Anglican church in those years. The Lambeth conference is an international gathering of protestant Anglican bishops and usually meets about every ten years to discuss matters pertaining to that faith.

Resolution number 68 of the Lambeth Conference of 1920 reads as follows.

“We utter an emphatic warning against the use of unnatural means for the avoidance of conception, together with the grave dangers – physical, moral, and religious – thereby incurred, and against the evils with which the extension of such use threatens the race.… Read the rest

Article 107 – Marriage v Situation Ethics
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Irish Bishops are Harming Marriage
The Irish Bishops are doing serious harm to Catholic marriage and family life with their ‘Amoris’ programme which is being promoted to every parish in Ireland. The key to understanding why this is, comes at the beginning of the programme where it states.

“The programme takes, as its starting point, people’s experience of love and their hopes and fears with regard to marriage and family”

Situational Ethics
This is the basis for what is called ‘situation’ or ‘situational ethics’. This theory of ethics rejects absolute moral norms and says that decisions must be based within the context of the entire situation to maximise harmony and reduce discord rather than being based on the absolute moral norms. … Read the rest

Article 106 – Putting God First
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The Greatest Commandment
And one of them, a doctor of the law, asking him, tempting him: Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)

Some time ago, I came across an analogy while I was doing a bit of research on the American Catholic author, Phil Lawlor.… Read the rest

Article 105 – I Am The Lord Your God
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A Dark and Evil Day
Although most people are blissfully unaware of it, the week of Friday 19th January 2018, was one of the darkest and most evil weeks in the history of the Irish nation. Grown men and women, many of them parents of children, all of them elected representatives, stood up in the Irish parliament chamber one after the other, to outline the conditions under which they believed that certain human beings, members of our nation, should be allowed to be put to death.

If a child’s mother was raped, it should be legal to kill that child.… Read the rest

Article 104 – Man as god
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The Majesty of God
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:1-5)

The opening sentences of St John’s Gospel, beautifully and simply reflect the glory and the majesty of God. God is eternal, God created everything, and there is nothing that exists that does not owe its existence to God and that does not depend on God for its continued existence.… Read the rest

Article 103 – To The Battlefield
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This Bishop is in Denial
This week, I would like to thank those of you who have written to Bishop Raymond Browne, the Bishop of Kerry, regarding the promotion of the LGBT agenda to the youth of his diocese. I would also like to encourage more of you to get in contact with him. Bishop Browne has responded by saying;

“Be assured that the diocese and I uphold fully the Church’s teaching on sexuality. We seek as best we can to share that teaching in the secular world that is both urban and rural Ireland today.”

The Evidence that Something is Wrong
Now look at the picture that accompanies this week’s article.… Read the rest

Article 102 – Rise Up Maccabees
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Those Who Promote Marriage will be Attacked
I am conscious that I have been repeating Sr Lucia’s words to Cardinal Caffara regularly in my talks and in my articles. She said that “anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.” I have begun lately to notice that we are indeed under attack. The attacks take on various forms. Some are personal in the form of temptations to sin or to discouragement, others are more direct and can affect family or friends.

Several years ago, when I was battling, sometimes unsuccessfully I must admit, against a particular temptation to which I had become prone over the course of my life, my spiritual director responded to a mail I sent him as follows.… Read the rest

Article 101 – Catholic Family Conference
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Great Conference
It was great to meet up with so many Catholic Voice readers at last Saturday’s conference in Limerick. For those who were unable to attend, I would like to give an extract from my talk in which we made a very important announcement for next year.

Today, those who are leading the main attack on Catholic teaching on marriage and family life come from within the ranks of the Catholic church herself, with many senior prelates contradicting the constant teaching of the Church on marriage, and many others, both clerical and lay, remaining silent whilst these attacks are launched.… Read the rest

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