Thursday, December 29, 2011

May the example of the Holy Family inspire all Christian families to be schools of prayer



Paul VI Audience HallWednesday, 28 December 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our continuing catechesis on prayer leads us, during this Christmas season, to reflect on the place of prayer in the life of the Holy Family of Nazareth. In the home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we learn to contemplate the mystery of God’s presence and to grow as faithful disciples of Christ. The Gospels present Mary as the supreme model of prayerful medition on the mysteries of Christ’s life; in praying the Rosary, in fact, we unite ourselves to her contemplation of those mysteries in faith and hope. Saint Joseph fulfilled his vocation as the father of the Holy Family by teaching Jesus the importance of quiet fidelity to work, prayer and observance of the precepts of the Law. Jesus’ unique relationship with his heavenly Father was reflected in the prayer life of the Holy Family and stands at the heart of all Christian prayer. May the example of the Holy Family inspire all Christian families to be schools of prayer, where parents and children alike come to know that closeness to God which we joyfully celebrate in these days of Christmas.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Holy Innocents

The Flight into Egypt and the Triumph of the Innocents,
by William Holman Hunt

The glorified spirits of the murdered children of Bethlehem,
a happy garlanded band, the "flowers of the martyrs, " and first of that
glorious company whose shining ranks are nearest the throne of the
Slain One, have come to accompany Jesus in the flight. He has just
caught sight of his martyred playmates, visible to him only, and turns
with radiant greeting, holding towards them a handful of wheat ears
typical of the Bread of Life. (source)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

St John the Evangelist, pray for us

By Charles Le Brun

In the second general persecution, in the year 95, St. John was apprehended by the proconsul of Asia and sent to Rome, where he was miraculously preserved from death when thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil. On account of this trial, the title of martyr is given him by the fathers, who say that thus was fulfilled what Christ had foretold him, that he should drink of his cup.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A last minute note to Santa

This note was put out for Santa Claus in my house tonight. Obviously someone had been listening to my stories, about the bags of coal, that bold children had received on Christmas morning.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Film Club Reminder

I know the blog has been quiet of late. Life has simply got in the way of blogging! Hopefully things will get back to normal soon.

The final film of 2011 will be shown on Tuesday the 20th December. So come along and put a smile in your Christmas preparation and watch Nativity! 7pm Knights of Colombanus, Ely Place, Dublin 2. Come along and bring a frined or two. All welcome


Friday, December 9, 2011

St Genesius Film Club: Nativity!


Tuesday, December 20th,
Dublin Film Club, at Ely House, Ely Place, at 7pm.
This month's movie, the BBC's comedy Nativity!
Starring:Martin Freeman, Marc Wootton and Jason Watkins

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today's feast is much misunderstood. Watch this video and see that many of us Catholics "don't know Jack!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Come along and join the "Vigil of Hope"

Many people come to Dublin on the 8th of December to do a bit of Christmas shopping, if you happen to be in town come along to the Dail and join the Vigil of Hope.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Church is a safe place for our children

Audits of child protection practices, conducted by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, have been published by six dioceses, today. Six reports in one day, that's a lot to process, but at least we can get it over and done with in one go. Here they are  Raphoe, Derry, Dromore, Kilmore, Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Tuam.

At a glance there is a lot of positive information in these reports. Most of the focus will be on the allegations and failures. We must remember, that these allegations and failures are historical. They bear no reflection on how things are in the Church in Ireland today. I firmly believe that the Catholic Church in Ireland is one of the safest places for children today.

In Ireland we have a lot to learn from past failures. Irish sociey, and not just the Church, has been failing children for far too long, hopefully we can all learn from the failures in our past.

It is my hope that the Church’s conscientious efforts to confront this reality will help the broader community to recognize the causes, true extent and devastating consequences of sexual abuse, and to respond effectively to this scourge which affects every level of society. By the same token, just as the Church is rightly held to exacting standards in this regard, all other institutions, without exception, should be held to the same standards.  -Pope Benedict XVI November 27th 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Praying for Vocations

Fr Ruari O Domhnaill CC Newbridge celebrated an Afternoon of Prayer on Sunday last  in Maynooth College for an increase in vocations to priesthood and consecrated life. The Afternoon was arranged by members of St Joseph's Young Priests Society.

A Prayer for Vocations

O Jesus, send labourers into
your fields,
which are awaiting holy apostles,
saintly priests,
heroic missionaries and
dedicated sisters and brothers.

Enkindle in the hearts of men and
women the spark of a vocation.

Grant that Christian families may
desire to give your Church,
helpers in the work of tomorrow.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Patsy McGarry and Breda O'Brien on Vincent Brown

Patsy McGarry and Breda O'Brien were on the Vinvent Brown show on Tuesday night. They were there to discuss the RTE Fr Reynolds debacle. In the middle of the discussion McGarry did some character assisination on O'Brien. I am not a fan of McGarry, and during the show his accusations against O'Brien were a disgrace. McGarry obviously needs to learn some lessons from the Fr Roynolds case.

McGarry: ”Breda comes from the provisional wing of the Catholic church, and never resists an opportunity to have a go at the media. And has been doing this for years – often to the detriment of the emergence of this tragedy. The reason this has happened…”

O’Brien: ”That’s a really serious allegation Mr McGarry.”

I found a transcript of the conversion on Broadsheet.

Link to the show on 3player.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Inclusivity for everyone except Catholics

The recommendations of the The Forum on the future patronage of Catholic schools  make sober reading. It is all still all at the proposal stage, but as a catholic parent I am not impressed. I have no problem divesting some catholic schools, but it seems that the catholic schools we will be left with, will not be worth having.

One proposal that needs to be shot down immediately is that our Catholic schools will only be allowed to be Catholic at certain times in the day. Do these people not realise that good teaching is not done in this way? Religious instruction will be restricted to a particular periods in the day. It seems that Catholic schools will only be allowed to have a catholic ethos at these times. When I sent my children to school, I choose a Catholic school, I wanted a Catholic ethos.

Now I do not begrudge non-catholics a secular education, but I would question their right to have it in my catholic school. It is not the fault of the Catholic Church that there are few non catholic schools. Our state has failed to provide them, so blame the state and leave our Catholic schools alone.

In a few years time, our Catholic children in our Catholic schools may not be allowed to learn, or sing Christmas carols in school. The mere mention of Christmas may be banned, as someone might get offended. There will be no nativity plays or carol services! Christmas is after all a christian celebration, and therefore it excludes all non Christians, so Christmas will have to be cancelled, as far as school is concerned.  The teacher may get in trouble for handing out pictures of the baby Jesus, the sheperds, or the wise men to colour-in. There will be no colouring of shamrocks for St Patrick's day. There will be no mention of lent. Will my children get detention if they mention Jesus or our Blessed Mother outside of the allotted time?? There will be no mass, no prayers for the dead etc... These suggestions really are unbelievable!!!!!!! We will not be allowed to do anything, say anything, or celebrate anything that might exclude someone.

The Forums proposals are all about inclusivity, but this inclusivity seems to be all about excluding the viewpoint of Catholics! How can we celebrate our christian life without excluding Muslims, or atheists? We can not.

The images below are from the presentation of the recommendations of the Forum on the Future of Catholic schools.

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

from The Presentation of the Virgin Mary by Titian
 (1534-38, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice).

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We can do better than this!


Majority backed Kenny’s Cloyne speech is a piece written in yesterdays Irish Examiner.  Here is an excerpt:

The Irish Examiner requested to view letters and emails received by the department between July 20 and August 1.
A total of 507 messages were released, with 455 (89.8%) entirely supportive of the speech; a further 23 (4.5%) conditionally supportive; and the remaining 29 (5.7%) critical.
When I read this I got annoyed, the Department of the Taoiseach only received 29 letters of complaint. Are we pathetic or what? This is simply just not good enough. I wrote, did you write? Are you sure you did? The only thing that can excuse this pathetic number of complaints is the short time frame. Catholics of Ireland, we can do better than this! and if we can't we deserve all that aggressive secularism throws at us!


Jesus, King of All Nations,
Whose Reign is without end,
May we serve You.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Is the Irish Government Anti-Catholic?

The Irish government's decision to close the Irish Embassy to the Holy See has been greeted by many Irish Catholics with shock. Many now realise that the closure has absolutely nothing to do with money. It is simply our aggressively secular government, putting our Church, in what they think is its proper place. The antics of this current government are alienating catholics. The latest Iona Institute survey shows clearly that on the ground people are feeling the hostility. From the survey:

"One in five consider the Government to be excessively hostile towards the Catholic Church.

Almost a third of weekly Mass-goers believe the Government is excessively hostile towards the Church."
Is this acceptable? No. Our government does not have the right to harass Irish Catholics in this way. Shame on them. Below is a definition of anti-Catholicism from Wikipedia.

Iona survey shows the Irish government's hostility towards the Catholic Church

page 8, The Amarach Report,
The Iona Institute

Monday, November 7, 2011

Make sure you tell your politicians what you think...

I encourage all readers of this blog to send a letter or email to their local politicans, and to the head honchos, of this banana republic (namely Enda and Eamon). Please let them know that you are not happy with the closure of our Embassy to the Holy See. Tell the the decision is unacceptable, and tell them that their behaviour is disgraceful! If you do not tell them, they will not know. Afterall they are not mind readers.


Phone: 01-6194020 / 4021 / 4043
Fax: 01-6764048

Eamon Gilmore TD, The Labour Party

Leader of the Labour Party, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade
Tel:Constituency Office 01 4082018
Constituency Office Fax: 01 4082690

Our Government Hates Our Church

It is now official, the Irish Government hates the Catholic Church. Our Taoiseach attacked the Pope in June, and now they are closing the Embassy to the Holy See. It really is a teenage tantrum gone too far, and I fear that much damage will be done before adolescence is over. The closure makes no real sense, (unless you are a huffing teenager). The Tanaiste has said that the Embassy is of no economic benefit. So I expect that we will have more embassy closures in the near future. (Not a chance, as the closure of the Embassy to the Holy See has nothing to do with economics, it is entirely political). The anti-catholic labour party are busy furthering their social agenda, and no doubt they are very pleased with themselves. We are at a very dangerous juncture in Irish history, people are distracted by our economic uncertainties, and the devil himself is running amuck in our beloved land. Our government hates our church, so what now for the catholics of this country?

And the devil led him onto a high mountain, and he showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and he said to him: “To you, I will give all this power, and its glory. For they have been handed over to me, and I give them to whomever I wish. Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours.” Luke 4:6


To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Ireland. Amen.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Photo dropping

I simply can not do name dropping as well as Cork people, but I'll try a little photo dropping instead. This is me waiting for lunch at the Villa Spada (the soon to be ex-residence of Irish Ambassador to the Holy See). It was a nice lunch. And by the way I hate the Labour Party and Fine Gael!

May God save the Irish from themselves.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

All Souls Day

All Souls' Day by William Bouguereau

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Where the presidential candidates stand on the right to life

From the Prolife Campaign

Statement from Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher to the Pro Life Campaign, received on 26th October 2011:

Like most Irish people, I believe every new human life is precious and entitled to protection. But just as strongly, I believe that women are entitled to receive all necessary medical treatments when pregnant. I believe there’s the world of difference between interventions like these and abortion. There are conflicting opinions on abortion in Ireland as in every other society. But one thing we should all agree on is the way we conduct ourselves in the debate. It’s the least we owe those most personally affected by the issue. Heated and hostile debate sheds light on nothing. As a society, we need to do a lot more to support and help women in crisis pregnancy.

Declared positions of other candidates

Dana Rosemary Scallon has always expressed her opposition to abortion and supports legal protection for human embryos.

Gay Mitchell was a founder of the Human Dignity group in the European Parliament, which promotes respect for human life at all stages. He has an excellent voting record on life issues in the European Parliament.

Mary Davis responded to the Pro Life Campaign that she supports Constitutional protection for the unborn and supports legal protection for human embryos.

Martin McGuinness did not respond to the Pro Life Campaign. Some Sinn Féin TDs have in recent times given personal pro-life commitments to the Pro Life Campaign but the party as a whole has not.

Michael D Higgins and David Norris did not reply to the Pro Life Campaign. Both candidates support legislation for abortion based on the X case ruling. That decision heard no medical evidence and set no time limits for when an abortion can take place in pregnancy. If legislated for, it would de facto allow for abortion on demand

Pope Benedict XVI: Accompany me in prayer as I journey tomorrow to Assisi

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blessed John Paul II, pray for us

October 22nd marks the first time the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Blessed John Paul II .

The Fraternity of St Genesius' Litany to Blessed John Paul

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy,

Mary, Mother of God,         pray for us
Mother of the Church,
Queen of all Saints,

Blessed John Paul II,           pray for us
Heroic Pastor,
Witness to Hope,
Mystical Pontiff,
Teacher in Holiness,
Defender of Life,
Prophet of True Freedom,
Father of the Young,
Apostle of Mercy,

V. Pray for us, Holy Pontiff, Blessed John Paul:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Bell (2)

Damien and Fr Denis Nulty with the bell in Drogheda.
More photos at Meath Diocese

The Eucharistic Congress Bell has finished its grand tour of St Mary's parish in Drogheda, Co Louth, and I for one am exhausted. I travelled with the bell this morning to our two parish primary schools. Our first stop was St Mary's BNS, on Congress Avenue. I wonder where that street got its name? The boys were, of course, delighted to get a break from the normal school routine, and they sang the official Congress hymn with great gusto. I can also state, that without a doubt, the children in our parish definitely know that And with your spirit, is the correct response to The Lord be with You, whereas we adults are going to need a little more time! (I for one was caught out several times today). You can listen to the girls of Scoil Mhuire Fatima singing the Eucharistic Congress hymn on the Diocese of Meath on Facebook page, well done girls! The bell also visited the Adoration chapel, a nursing home, the "under construction" new parish school, the graveyard and two shopping centres. Thankfully, the rain held off this evening, and great crowds turned out to walk in procession, to our church for a prayer service. As ever, much to the delight of my children, the day ended with tea and buns in the parish centre.

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Bell..............

The Eucharistic Congress Bell is arriving in our parish tomorrow. It arrives in the parish at 11am, and it will have quite a hectic day. It will visit schools and shopping centres. The children are all busy learning the Eucharistic Congress official hymn.

Hopefully the bell will call people to prayer, on its travels throughout our parish. The climax of the day will be a Eucharistic Holy Hour in St Mary's Church, Drogheda, at 7.30pm. Now if I'm honest, I think the idea of the bell is a bit naff. I would have had a traditional "Fourty Hours" of Eucharistic devotion in our parishes instead, but hey I'm not in charge of the Irish Church.

The bell is from the now closed Dominican Convent of Portstewart, Co. Derry. I find it ironic, that at a time of crisis in the Irish Church, we decide to drag a bell from an abandoned convent around the country. Will the ringing of the bell call people to prayer, or will it simply call them to play with the ding-a-ling?

The Death Knell Is Ringing

The death knell is ringing
The raven is singing
The earth worm is creeping
The mourners are weeping
Ding dong, bell--
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Friday, October 7, 2011

Remember YOUR Friday Prayer and Penance


25. Penance then is, as it were, a salutary weapon placed in the hands of the valiant soldiers of Christ, who wish to fight for the defense and restoration of the moral order in the universe. It is a weapon that strikes right at the root of all evil, that is at the lust of material wealth and the wanton pleasures of life. By means of voluntary sacrifices, by means of practical and even painful acts of self-denial, by means of various works of penance, the noble-hearted Christian subdues the base passions that tend to make him violate the moral order. But if zeal for the divine law and brotherly love are as great in him as they should be, then not only does he practice penance for himself and his own sins, but he takes upon himself the expiation of the sins of others, imitating the Saints who often heroically made themselves victims of reparation for the sins of whole generations, imitating even the divine Redeemer, who became the Lamb of God "who taketh away the sins of the world").

Prayer for the Church in Ireland

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness, holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs, Requiescat in pace

The death of Steve Jobs brought to mind a pro-life video from 2009. Here it is.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Event Notice

“The Call to Fatima” triduum in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary will take place at St Mary of the Angels Church, Dublin 7 on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2011.

Three days of prayer will emphasize the importance of the Fatima Message for our times, bringing along several experts on this topic. Triduum is organised in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, feast day officially celebrated around the world on 7th October. It was in Fatima, Portugal, where the Virgin Mary stated in October 1917, that she is the Lady of the Rosary to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. Our Lady of Fatima was especially loved by Saint Padre Pio, who is a patron saint of St Mary of the Angels Church, run by Irish Capuchin Franciscans.

The key guest speakers are coming from around the world, including Fr Andrew Apostoli, Franciscan of the Renewal, New York, USA, Sister Angela Coelho, the Vice-Postulator for Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, Fatima, Portugal, Doctor Branca Paul, the private physician of last visionary Sister Lucia, Coimbra, Portugal, Soprano Singer Louise Irvine from Northern Ireland and The Call to Fatima film producer &and director Thomas McCormack.

During the Triduum the faithful will have the opportunity to view an exhibition of the Relics, those of the True Cross, Saint Padre Pio, Saint Teresa of Liseux (Little Flower), Saint Anthony, Blessed Francisco and Jacinta. Masses will be scheduled as usual along with confessions, music, Adoration and inspirational talks by the guest speakers.

All are very welcome, especially youth and families, as well as different international communities who have come to make their home in Ireland. The full agenda for the retreat will be seen on the blog

Programme for St Mary of the Angels, Church Street Dublin 7

Friday 7th October First Friday / Feast day of Holy Rosary
8.00 am Mass followed by Talk 1 and 2
10.30 am Visit to the local schools (Guest Speakers only)
2- 4 pm visiting the poor of Dublin Talk 3 and 4 (Guest Speakers only)
7.00 pm Rosary
7.30pm Celebration of the Mass
8.15-9.30pm Talk 5, 6 and 7

Saturday 8th October
9.00 amThe Rosary
9.30 am Celebration of the Mass
10.30 to 1pm Talk 1 and 2
1pm to 2.15pm Lunch
2.15pm to 5 pm Talks and Music

Sunday 9th October
9 am Mass Talk 1 (St Mary of the Angels)
10 am Mass Talk 2 (St Mary of the Angles)
11.30 Mass Talk 3 (St Mary of the Angels)
12 pm Mass talk 4 (Halston Street)

Each day there will be: Blessing of the many relics, Confession, Rosary, music, Brown Scapular enrolment. Tea and coffee served all day with plenty of toilet facilities available. "

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Have you volunteered yet?

To find out more information about becoming a volunteer at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, visit their website, you can even apply online!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dana urgently needs your help!

Dana urgently needs your help!

If you are an Irish citizen/Irish Passport Holder and would like to donate to help Dana in her campaign to become the 9th President of Ireland (Uachtarán na hÉireann), her campaign bank details are as follows:

By Mail:

AIB Bank
Co. Limerick

or Directly, to:

Account Name: Dana Rosemary Scallon
Account Number: 05740001
Sort Code: 93-50-93
IBAN Number: IE55AIBK93509305740001

Saturday, October 1, 2011

St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, pray for us

If God answers my desires,
my heaven will be spent on earth until the end of the world.
Yes, I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth.
(St Therese)

Flower Power Prayer
Little Flower, in this hour,
show thy power. Amen.

Dana fought a good fight on the "Late Late Show"

Dana Rosemary Scallon fought a good fight on the Late Late Show tonight, despite RTE's best efforts. She was the only candidate that appeared to have any real agenda. The others candidates merely spouted well meaning sentiments, that lack any real practical application. She said that she wanted to protect our Constitution, which is under serious threat from Europe. Her attack on Europe went down a treat with the audience. Dana has been warning the people of Ireland about Europe's real agenda for years. It is a pity that more people did not listen to her. Time has proved that Dana was right about Europe. She recieved spontaneous applause at one point, which Tubridy stopped. Why? He basically told the audience that they were not allowed to clap. Cheeky sod! Unfortunately, her good work was probably undone when Ryan, proceeded to hold Dana accountable for the church child sex abuse mess. Tonight Dana appeared to be the best person for the job, but I do not think that we as a people even deserve somone of her integrity. If Barabas (Matthew 27:21) was running for president we would probably elect him!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Remember it's Friday : Time for Prayer and Penance

Prayer for the Church in Ireland

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness,
holiness and generous service to society.

Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Norris: No, Nay, Never!

Senator David Norris has had to replace several key members of his presidential election campaign team. How can anyone even consider voting for this man? His own people have abandoned him, and they must have good reason. What do they know that we don't know? This man is simply not presidential material. How can we vote for a man, when those who were running his campaign have walked away. They obviously believe that he is unsuitable. Hopefully his campaign will implode soon.

Pro Life Campaign’s National Conference 2011

The Pro Life Campaign’s National Conference 2011, which take place on Saturday, November 5th from 1.30 - 4.30pm in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Advancing the Pro-life Message – Projects that are working'. The Pro Life Campaign are delighted to welcome to Ireland guest speakers Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers and Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation, both of whom are playing a pivotal role in presenting new and imaginative ways of promoting the pro-life message and exposing the hopelessly inadequate defences offered by abortion advocates.

Threats to the right-to-life in Ireland remain very real, both from abortion and destructive research on living human embryos. But there are also signs of hope and a renewed energy within the pro-life movement. In addition to our two international guest speakers, Professor William Binchy, Legal Adviser to the Pro Life Campaign, will give a brief update on the Irish situation and how best we might respond.

Booking in advance is essential. If you would like to attend the conference, please reserve a place straightaway as seating capacity is very limited.

To register online click here

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dana will be on the ballot paper for the Presidential election

Dana Rosemary Scallon has succeeded, so she will be on the ballot paper for the Presidential election on October 27! Well done to all who had the common sense to nominate her.

I hate RTE

According to their website RTE are supposed to,

"Operate in the public interest, providing News and Current Affairs that is fair and impartial, accurate and challenging."

From what I have witnessed in the last few weeks, specifically in relation to the nominations for the presidential election, it is obvious that RTE is seriously failing.

Monday, September 26, 2011

83% angry at State's attitude in past to child abuse, says report

The In Plain Sight report does not appear to be online, but here is a balanced headline, and story ftom the Irish Times.

83% angry at State's attitude in past to child abuse, says report

St Genesius Film Society

The St Genesius Film Society meets once a month, at the Knights of Colambanus Centre in Dublin 2. They watch a film, sometimes there is a speaker, they have a discussion, and of course refreshments are available.  Please feel free to join them this Tuesday, or any other Tuesday (usually the third Tuesday in the month). You will be most welcome. Donations are welcome to cover costs.

September 27th @7pm

Money As Debt 2


Tuesday 27th September 2011
Knights of St Columbanus Centre
Ely House, 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2
(Off Merrion Row or Hume Street)
at 7pm

We usually meet every third Tuesday of the month, so come along!
We watch the movie, have a discussion with refreshments after.
Everyone welcome, and bring a friend!

OCTOBER’S MOVIE: Alfred Hitchcock’s

I Confess

A problem with the Seal of the Confessional?

Tuesday 18TH October @ 7pm

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

One in Four Annual Report 14th Sept 2011

One in Four published it's annual report on September 14th. It received little media attention. I wonder why? Since child protection seems all the rage these days? The full report can be read at Below are two excerpts.

"While clerical abuse has been the focus of attention, a wider and more hidden problem is that of sexual abuse within the family. The majority of people attending One in Four have not been abused within the Catholic Church but by a family member or somebody they know in their neighbourhood."

"2010 also saw a steady increase in the number of people seeking support in relation to reporting familial abuse to the Gardaí and the HSE. The consequences of reporting are far reaching. Clients report social and familial isolation, denial, withdrawal of support, intimidation and threats. Victims fear how the act of reporting and initiating a court case will affect relationships within their family and in the wider community. Some clients have felt their lives would be at risk if they were to make a report."
'Tis shocking to think that such awful things happen in our country, and in our homes.

Prayer for Protection in Our Homes

Visit this house, we beg you, Lord,
and banish from it the deadly power of the evil one.
May your holy angels dwell here to keep us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

CARI's Annual Report. I await some moral outrage from our Media!

Here is some perspective on childhood sexual abuse situation in Ireland. CARI (Children at Risk in Ireland), launched its annual report yesterday. The report states that "Intrafamilial abuse continues to be the most prominent concern.."  Here is a link their website. Click in green "Download Annual Report" button to get the report. Below I include some excerpts from the report.

The year of the Ryan and Murphy Reports
2009 was a year that saw immense public focus on issues of child sexual abuse, albeit historical and clerical abuse. This focus has not led to any extra resources or support for CARI’s clients, as all of our clients are abused in settings other than clerical ones, usually the home or in familiar settings. The typical abuser in CARI’s experience is not a cleric, but a father, stepfather, grandfather, uncle neighbour and, increasingly and worryingly, siblings. CARI wishes to see a focus on this reality in the years ahead in tandem with the ongoing struggle of adult survivors of clerical abuse to have their needs met. It would be great, if the huge wave of concern which has focussed media, political and church attention onto this huge betrayal, could galvanise support for the children who are still today experiencing abuse on a daily basis in all settings.

New reports of CSA remain alarmingly high
IN 2008 the HSE figures in their Review of Adequacy indicated that there were over 2300 new child sexual abuse allegations in that year. It further indicates that of those, 722 cases were not even investigated. It begs questions of how the original number of complaints resulted in only a tiny number 289 (12.5%) of confirmed cases. CARI suggests that there are many concerns arising from those statistics. International studies suggest that only a tiny percentage of allegations are false, less than 2%. What is happening to those reports and what is the situation of those children?

Intrafamilial abuse continues to be the most prominent concern highlighting, once again, the huge dangers that exist for children within a familial setting. This is a point too often forgotten or unheard in today’s media.

I now await the moral outrage of our media on the failures of state and family! I'll be waiting.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Get thee to a confessional............

This post should have been posted days ago, but I suppose it is better late than never. Life just seems to keep getting in the way of blogging lately. Last Monday night I watched "Frontline" on RTE.  I was hoping and praying that RTE would not wipe the floor with them, and spit them out, as has become the norm. The programme did annoy me, but I think the it went as well as it could have (considering the current anti-catholic agenda that is at work in the Irish media). Anyway, well done to all those who are fighting the good fight, and keep up the good work.

I couldn't even begin to complain about the program. So I will focus on one little remark. At one stage in the proceedings Fr Iggy O'Donovan (from Drogheda, where I live), announced,  "...very few Catholics go near a confessional anymore, lets be straight about that for starters.." Well I can not disagree with him there, as not enough Irish Catholics are going to confession. It broke my heart to listen to the dismissive and condescending way in which our beautiful sacrament was being attacked by some on "Frontline".

Confession is a sacrament that is in need of serious revival in Ireland, and maybe Fr Iggy could set the ball rolling at his own Church in Drogheda. During the summer, I unfortunately make the mistake of going to confession in Fr Iggy's Church, and dear readers, it was a mistake I will never make again. Maybe the numbers going to confession are so poor at the Augustinian Church in Drogheda, because, they do confession badly, really badly in my experience.

The first problem I encountered was the lack of a confession box, (mind you someone was actively painting the box at the time, so I can not really hold that against them). The next problem was that the priest wanted a "wee chat", and I wanted to confess. Believe you me, It is very hard to confess to someone who does not seem to want to hear a confession. And finally, the priest did not even even give me absolution, he may have intended or thought he gave me absolution, but a "healing" prayer followed by "I bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son..." is not absolution. I left feeling slightly stunned, and so I for one will not be back there (that particular church, not the sacrament).

Confession is the sacrament of healing, and the Irish Church could do with some serious healing at the moment. So lets lets start talking about, preaching about and practicing this wonderful sacrament.

"It is the same priest, Christ Jesus, whose sacred person his minister truly represents. Now the minister, by reason of the sacerdotal consecration which he has received, is truly made like to the high priest and possesses the authority to act in the power and place of the person of Christ himself (virtute ac persona ipsius Christi). Pius XII, encyclical, Mediator Dei: AAS, 39 (1947) 548.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

HSE Abortion "Mastercla​ss" protest - Maynooth NUI Friday 16 September

A protest is being held at the NUI in Maynooth, this Friday, to coincide with the Abortion "Masterclasses" that are being run in the name of Adult and Community Education. It is a disgrace that this event has been organised, in a country which has a pro-life constitution! If you are free join the various Irish pro-life groups who will be there on the day. More information below.

People are asked to gather outside the Church opposite NUIM at 9am. For more information contact 018730463


Precious Life will travel to Maynooth on Friday 16th September to take part in a demonstration opposing a major pro-abortion event in the National University of Ireland in Maynooth (NUIM).

The ‘masterclass’, entitled originally “Termination of pregnancy: a lawful choice”, has been organised by NUIM Department of Adult and Community Education. The main presentation will be given by Sherie de Burgh of One Family (formerly of the Irish Family Planning Association). The title of the masterclass was, at best, misleading and clearly suggested approval of abortion on the part of the organisers. Killing innocent unborn children is not “a lawful choice” — it is unlawful since abortion remains a criminal act in Ireland under the Constitution. It’s outrageous that the NUIM have the audacity to organise this event in a country where abortion is unlawful and our unborn children are protected.

A demonstration will be held outside the University during the event on Friday 16th September.

If you wish to join us to travel to the demonstration, or you would like further details, please contact Precious Life on 02890278484

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