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

Beware of False Prophets on Marriage!
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This show was broadcast on Radio Maria ireland on Friday 9th September 2016

You can listen to the show HERE

You can read a transcript HERE

This show continues looking at the fact that our young people no longer value marriage and therefore put off getting married generally until they are in their thirties.

It also looks at Pope Pius XII’s allocution to midwives from November 1951 and it looks at how Catholic teaching on marriage is being contradicted even in so called reputable Catholic institutions.

Those who contradict church teaching are being appointed to positions of influence within the Church, whilst those who seek to uphold Church teaching, especially Church teaching on marriage, are being marginalised.… Read the rest

Article 69 Marriage – Parents Awake
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, September 2016

 

False Vatican ‘Sex-Education’ Programme.

In my last article I issued a warning to parents concerning a new ‘sex-education’ programme that was released by the Pontifical Council for the Family in July. I find it difficult to write about this topic because it makes me angry. The reason I get angry is because as a Catholic parent, my right and my duty to educate my children in the Catholic Faith, has been constantly undermined by the actions of the hierarchy in this country and throughout the western world for the last few decades.Read the rest

Why are our young people delaying marriage?
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The Traditional Catholic Family, broadcast on Radio Maria Ireland on Friday 5th August is now available to listen to online.

Go In By The Narrow Gate!

You can listen to the show HERE

You can read a transcript HERE

This show continues to examine why it is that in Ireland our young people are no longer getting married. According to the latest statistics from 2014, the average age for women getting married in Ireland is 33 and for men it is 35.  The primary end of marriage is children and yet at 33, these women have passed their fertile peak.

The show also touches on the problem whereby adult Catholics in Ireland are contradicting the teachings of the Catholic Church in front of young people.… 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 25 – Catholic Marriage! Why write about it?
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Wedding Anniversary in France.

I have recently returned from a very enjoyable trip to France where I went for a week with my wife Naomi and our three youngest children to celebrate the twenty sixth anniversary of our marriage which was on November 12th. The day of the anniversary found us in Paray-le-Monial at the visitation chapel, where St Margaret Mary Alacoque was asked to spread devotion to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, giving thanks to God for our marriage and for our eight beautiful children.

The Sacred Heart enters our Marriage

A couple of weeks after our marriage, my wife was doing a novena to St Thérèse.Read the rest