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

Article 73 – Pope Pius XII on Family
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Pope Pius XII – Allocution to Midwives

In the coming weeks I would like to take a look at Pope Pius XII’s allocution to Italian midwives from October of 1951. This allocution is very important for those who wish to have a proper understanding of marriage particularly when, as we have seen, a former President of Ireland has joined with a group of dissenting Catholics in calling for the over turning of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical ‘Humanae Vitae’, falsely stating that ‘Humanae Vitae’ is the foundation for Church teaching on human sexuality.

Humanae Vitae

There is a certain aura that has been created around ‘Humanae Vitae’ both by those who accept the encyclical’s teachings and by those who reject its teachings.… 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

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

Immodesty – the doorway to contraception?
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I attended the first Holy Communion recently of a daughter of one of our fellow homeschooling families here in Ireland in a neighbouring parish.  Catholic homeschooling families are quite rare in Ireland.  The priest who celebrated Mass was one of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross and afterwards we got to talking about marriage and family.  The subject of contraception came up, as it usually does, and the priest wondered if immodesty was the main issue that led to contraceptive use.  I gave him a link to this website explaining that I have been writing about the importance of modesty in my recent articles.… Read the rest

Article 51 – Marriage! In the Beginning
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First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, December 2015

Modern Ireland’s Pharisaism

Modern Ireland, has lost sight of God’s primary purpose for marriage and has become Pharisaical in putting God to the test with legalised divorce, legalised contraception, legalised ‘same-sex’ relationships which are falsely called marriages, legalised adoption of children into ‘same-sex households contrary to the best interests of those children and contrary to all the ‘fluff and burble’ of our politicians about cherishing and protecting all children, legalised murder in the guise of abortion, and soon we will have legalised euthanasia if our Taoiseach continues along the road he has so freely chosen to lead this nation of ours.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

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