Article 80 – The Virtue of Modesty
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Marriage! The Virtue of Modesty

Few Catholics understand Modesty

I find that when dealing with the subject of modesty, particularly in regard to how one dresses, very few Catholics seem to understand either the true nature of modesty or the importance of this virtue. It is a very sensitive subject particularly for women, because it is always personal, dealing as it does with how we dress, how we choose to present ourselves and with how we would like others to see us. This is why some people get upset whenever this issue is raised.

Pitfalls to be Avoided

In coming to an understanding of the importance of modesty there are a couple of pitfalls that must be avoided.Read the rest

Article 74 – Pope Pius XII on Family 2
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Marriage! Family Matters

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God is Order
God is a God of order. Simply put, this tells us that God does everything for a particular purpose. He creates things for a purpose and we have ‘right order’ when that purpose is being followed. The maxim ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’ captures the essential essence of right order. Conversely, disorder, is when persons or things are used contrary to the purpose for which God created them.

The Importance of Precision in the Use of Language
Language is very important, as it is a tool for expressing meaning. Precision in the use of language is also important in order to avoid confusion.… 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

The President & the Popes
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This show was broadcast on Radio Maria ireland on Friday 23rd September 2016

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The show shares some very brief thoughts about technology.

I also look at a former Irish  President’s remarks about getting rid of ‘Humanae Vitae’.  The former president will have to clear a lot of others out of the Church too if her erroneous views on contraception are to stand.  Even Martin Luther himself was opposed to contraception.

I also look at some more of Pope Pius XII’s teachings on marriage. (Another Pope who would be axed by our former president.) This time I am looking at Pope Pius XII’s allocution to midwives. … 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

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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

The Role of Women in Politics and Society
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This show was broadcast on Radio Maria Ireland on Friday 26th August 2016

In probing the fact that people no longer marry young, it looks at the address of Pope Pius XII in 1945 to Women titled “Women’s Duties in Social and Political Life:” to see if this can shed any light on the late marriage phenomenon.

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Pope Pius XII is clear with regard to what he considers to be the primary role and duty of women and that is motherhood and the home.  He recognises however that after the second world war there is a shortage of men and that many women have entered into the political and social life of nations some of whom work to undermine the family and the home. … Read the rest

More about Young People and Marriage
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This show was broadcast on Radio Maria Ireland on Friday 12th August 2016

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This show looks at some of Pope Pius XII’s writings shortly after the Second World War.  Many millions of men were killed in battle during the war which left many widows and a shortage of men in European societies.  The Pope is looking at the role of women.  What he says, may make some women uncomfortable.  It may even make some men uncomfortable.

He exalts motherhood, the family, the woman as homemaker and he highlights the role of women’s groups which is “to protect the dignity of the daughter, of the wife, of the mother; to preserve the home, the family, the child in their primordial order; to safeguard the rights of the family, and make all efforts bear toward the safekeeping of the child under the guardianship of his parents.”

The Pope also criticizes Godless societies saying “Therefore systems which banish God and His law from social relations, and allow to the precepts of religion at best a humble place in a man’s private life, are in no position to consider the problem of woman from the right standpoint.”

He says that when women neglect their duties in the home, their daughters will have no inclination to marriage and family life.… 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!

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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

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