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

Ireland & Contraception
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A Brief History of Contraception in Ireland and the Church response to it

You can listen to this talk by clicking on this link The Story of Contraception in Ireland

I was invited by Patrick McCrystal to give a talk at the Human Life International Conference ‘By Way of the Family’ which was held in the Clayton Hotel in Leopardstown on September 24th 2016.

Patrick asked me to speak about the history of contraception in Ireland with a particular look at the response of the Catholic Hierarchy to it.  It is a very sad story which highlights the betrayal of Irish Catholic married couples by their hierarchy.… Read the rest

Article 38 – Marriage! Another Prophetic Voice
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, June 2015

The Wisdom of the Foreigner

As I begin this article I have before me a magazine, produced in Ireland, by an American couple who came to live here in 1979 to promote Natural Family Planning. As is sometimes the case, the eyes of the foreigner can see more clearly the blighted landscape that is no longer noticed by the native, because it has become all too familiar to him. This American couple quickly became aware that all was not healthy in ‘Catholic’ Ireland and, in an effort to help Irish Catholics, they began publishing a magazine in 1984 which they continued until their departure from Ireland in 1991.Read the rest

Article 37 – Marriage! Couples Betrayed
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, May 2015

Priests who fail to uphold Church teaching on contraception, damage Marriage

Our third child was born by caesarian section in December 1992. The following year we moved from County Tipperary to a parish in Co Sligo. We got to know the parish priest quite well and on one occasion when my wife was speaking with him on the subject of marriage and children he told her that perhaps it was time for her to go and talk to her doctor about birth control.

When I subsequently tackled this priest about his remarks to my wife, I asked him whether or not he would uphold Church teaching on the matter of contraception if he were preparing young couples for marriage.Read the rest