Article 42 – Marriage! Errant Catholics don’t Help

First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, August 2015

Public Statements of Catholics that promote erroneous thinking

Before looking at the statements from the previous article on the marriage referendum, I want to look at a more recent public statement, this time issued on an Irish diocesan Facebook page. Once again the diocese and the bishop are unimportant as I want to deal with the subject matter. The bishop in question was speaking about political parties collecting funds after Mass outside of church gates. Now, whilst I agree that political parties collecting outside church gates is a questionable practice, giving out to the political parties for this practice is a soft and somewhat popular target, and is also I believe, somewhat misguided.Read the rest

Article 41 – Marriage! Become a Saint

First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, July 2015

Holiness is the Solution to all of Our Problems

There is one, and only one, simple solution to the problems that beset our nation today and that is for each and every one who reads these articles to become saints. I once read a definition of intelligence, I cannot remember where, which defined it as the ability to separate out into categories. At first I did not understand what it meant and therefore I was not sure if I agreed with it as a statement or not. But as I look and listen to the world around me, and particularly to the arguments on both sides of the recent referendum debate, I realise that the statement is true.Read the rest