by Deacon Nick Donnelly, founder of the suppressed blog Protect the Pope
In three months time a couple of hundred bishops, cardinals and lay experts from around the world will convene in Rome to take part in the Extraordinary Synod on the “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation”. I must admit that, along with many other faithful Catholics, I view this prospect with a sense of growing concern. This is not a theoretical or academic concern, but a very personal concern that involves my life and important decisions I’ve made.
On July 6th the members of the Institute of Christ the King in Limerick were honored by a special visit from His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. His Eminence offered Pontifical High Mass in the Institute's Sacred Heart Church and blessed the newly installed pulpit and two angelic statues. Here is Cardinal Burke’s homily:
by Dualta Roughneen
The recent proposal by Sinn Fein to force same-sex “marriage” in the Northern Irish Assembly has received limited attention in the south of the country as the party looks to having an unprecedented success inthe European, and even local elections. In the Republic of Ireland, as the elections approach, and Sinn Fein, as a party in the south of Ireland grows, it isimportant to be aware that this is an agenda that Sinn Fein is pushing both north and south of the border.
by Anthony Ozimic
A teenage girl has written a heartfelt plea to save unborn children from abortion.
Estelle Dawson, a 15-year-old supporter of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), sent the poem to John Smeaton, SPUC’s chief executive, following SPUC’s annual youth and student conference. Estelle explained: "There was no great intention in my poem other than turning the way I felt into words in the hope of making people think about the legal murder that we accept as a 'normal' part of modern life.”
by Dualta Roughneen
Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries was released in 2013. Its content received little coverage as it failed to flow with the expedient current of derisory commentary towards religion, religious and religious institutions that is favoured at the present time. Senator McAleese opens with the summary introduction ‘There is no single or simple story of the Magdalen Laundries’. No greater headline-killing statement could have been derived, thus it was quickly ignored, to be substituted with simplistic, hysterical, and derogatory statements.
by Mary Kearns
What prayers, what longings did these captives pour
Out to their God, when swift to calm each fear
Christ, day by day stooped to His altar bier,
What time the priest the Sacred Host upbore. (H. Carlton S. Morris)
The word “liturgy” is usually understood and translated as “the work of the people” and this has led to all sorts of distortion when the emphasis is placed on people instead of on the Lord. How different it is to to say that liturgy is “the work of the people in the service of the Lord.” This is the true meaning of worship.The need to worship is inscribed indelibly in the hearts and minds of men. It is part of the natural law that in human beings, perhaps only dimly perceived, there exists something or someone greater than themselves to whom worship is due.