Article 96 – Marriage and Annulment

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 93 – Confusion Abounds

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 67 – Marriage – Genesis summary of Life

First Published in ‘The Catholic Voice’, Ireland, August 2016


Divorce Issue Still being used as a Trap

Today, we go back to the book of Genesis, to the beginning. When the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus on the question of marriage and divorce, he pointed them back to the beginning. It is interesting to note that this very same question, nowadays framed in the benign, and seemingly caring terms of re-admitting the divorced and remarried to Holy Communion, is still being used in an attempt to circumvent God’s original plan for marriage and as a trap to lead the unwary astray.Read the rest

Article 51 – Marriage! In the Beginning

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 34 – Marriage! The Prophetic Voices

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

The Prophet is Derided in his own Country

Whilst these articles deal in the main with the Catholic understanding of marriage and what has gone wrong with marriage in this country, it is impossible to deal with this subject without every so often, taking a look around at the prevailing climate of the times. In my last article I mentioned that God always sends prophetic voices amongst His people. However, more often than not, the prophet is derided in his own home and it is often the case that it is only the death of the prophet and the passage of time that allows us to look back and see the light that was shining in the darkness.Read the rest

Marriage – Article 1

Marriage – A Gift from God

Marriage is one of the greatest gifts that God has given to mankind. It is a sublime vocation ordered to love and crowned with the beauty and glory of children. It is the foundation stone, designated by God, on which society must be built.

Yet today, in the western world in particular, marriage is in grave difficulty. The number of couples divorcing or separating is on the increase. The number of young people who choose to co-habit rather than to marry is on the increase. The number of couples contracepting in their marriages is at an all time high.… Read the rest