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 99 – Fathers, We Are At War
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Address to Fathers of Families
At last year’s Catholic Voice conference in Limerick, I made the following address to fathers of families. I am not ignoring mothers, but fathers need to be given a wake-up call because the father is the spiritual and physical head of his family.

Make Sure You Know What the Catholic Church Teaches
“Fathers, make sure that you are fully conversant with what the Church teaches you about your role as Man, Husband and Father. Make sure that you know what is taught by Pope Piux XI in the encyclical ‘Casti Connubi’. Make sure that you have given your assent to the teachings of this document.… Read the rest

Article 98 – The Truth is not Relative
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The Light of Faith
There are two things that came to mind recently regarding the title of our new organisation ‘The Lumen Fidei Insitute’. Both are concerned with the whole image of the Light of Faith. If you pass by a house during the daytime, and a light happens to be left on in the front room, you will not notice it. Pass by the same house at night, and the same light will be noticeable from far away. The light has not gotten any brighter, but it shines even more clearly because of the surrounding darkness. I think the same is true of our Catholic faith, as the darkness of apostasy grows, so too the Truth of the Catholic faith seems to shine more brightly.… Read the rest

Article 96 – Marriage and Annulment
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Lack of Catechesis

I have had some very interesting phone calls recently concerning marriage. One person asked me to write about annulment as there is a perception in some quarters that it is just a form of Catholic divorce. Another person has asked me to write about consent, or rather the lack of it, and the important need for priests to make sure that the proper consent is there, before a marriage takes place. Many years ago, this second person ended up in what can only be called an arranged marriage. She didn’t really want to marry the man in question, but she says that she was pressured into it by family and that there was also a priest involved.… Read the rest

Article 94 – Confusion Continues
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Cardinal Schonborn’s Errors
In my last article, I spoke about a senior cardinal who recently visited Ireland and who erroneously, and contrary to Catholic Church teaching said, that it is possible to answer ‘Yes’ to the first of the five dubia that were submitted to Pope Francis by four other cardinals, one of whom, Cardinal Raymond Burke, is well known to Catholic Voice readers. Normally I do not name the personages concerned in these cases because I want to focus on the words of these men and not on the men of the words. However, because this is a current issue which is capable of leading Catholics astray, I feel that it is important for ordinary Catholics to know who these people are.… Read the rest

Article 93 – Confusion Abounds
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The Confused & Confusing Cardinal

A recent headline in an Irish weekly newspaper stated “Children must be priority when marriages fail – top cardinal”. The article then went on to state “One of the Pope’s closest advisers on the family has insisted that when dealing with marital breakdown, the Church must put the needs of children ahead of a simplistic application of rules.” I have to say that I find this problematic, but first I also want to look at something else this Cardinal adviser to the Pope said whilst visiting Ireland ahead of next year’s world meeting of families.

According to the newspaper in question, during a lecture the cardinal gave in Limerick and referring to the four cardinals who submitted five dubia to Pope Francis he said, “I think I have given personally an answer to one of them – but not in public – and I gave a clear answer to their questions.… Read the rest

Article 92 – You Are Not Alone
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Many Faithful Catholics feel Isolated and Alone

I attended a Mass recently which was celebrated by Fr Shenan Boquet, the president of Human Life International. During the course of his sermon, Fr Boquet told us that we are not alone in this battle. He mentioned how he travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life and that in each country he visits, there is a group of people who are fighting the battle for life. They may be just a small group but nevertheless, they are there, in the trenches fighting away against the culture of death.

I have mentioned over the course of several articles that during the series of talks that we gave around Ireland, many people who wish to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church, said that they feel alone and isolated.Read the rest

Article 91 – The Resistance Movement
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Thank You for Your Support

As I begin writing this article we are just one week into our fund raising campaign for ‘The Lumen Fidei Institute’. In just one week we have managed to raise almost one third of our initial target of €25,000. To those of you who have responded so promptly to this call, a big thank you. Your support and encouragement means so much, not just to me, but to my wife and family as well. I am sure Anthony Murphy would share this sentiment. A big thank you as well to anyone else who has responded or who is committed to responding but whose donations have not reached us just yet.Read the rest

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