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.

Amen.

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

THE SECRET LIFE OF YOUR MONEY!

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!
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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 http://www.oneinfour.ie/. 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 GardaĆ­ 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


From http://www.preciouslife.com/

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

Friday, September 9, 2011

Remember your Friday 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.

Amen.

‘BUY ONE – GET ONE FREE’ HOUSE OFFER!

Buy One and Get One Free!

I'm from Donegal, in case I have't mentioned, and today while browsing at http://www.donegaldaily.aom/ I found this story. An estate agent has a very special offer on some properties. I generally associate "buy one get one free with junk like sweets, crisps and biscuits, but now in recession stricken Ireland, it has been extended to property! This is "Buy One Get One Free" taken to a whole new level.

Read: DONEGAL ESTATE AGENT LAUNCHES AMAZING ‘BUY ONE – GET ONE FREE’ HOUSE OFFER! Donegal Daily

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Proud to be Catholic, Ashamed to be Irish

I have just read the Government's response to the Vatican. I am disappointed, but it was just what I expected. We are a proud people, and I do not mean that in a good way. Today, once again, I am ashamed to be Irish.



Interesting.

The Iona Institute | 8 Sept 11 Seal of Confession issue is not “bogus”

Where would we be without David Quinn? Minister Shatter has now said that the seal of confession issue is bogus. But is it?

Read: The Iona Institute 8 Sept 11 Seal of Confession issue is not “bogus”

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

More Denial: Abortion and Mental health


 
Women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be attributable to abortion.
The British Journal of Psychiatry has shown that abortion increases a woman's chance of mental health problems by 81%. This is the largest study to date with 877,181 participants. At one level it should be quite obvious, that killing an unborn child could never be good for anyone's mental health, but we are a culture in denial, when it comes to the repercussions of our choices.

On another note, perhaps abortion providers sbould be hels financially accountable for the increased demand that their businesses are placing on overstretched mental health services?

Prayer
O Mary, Mother of the Life Within,
all life we entrust to you;
The life of every expectant mother
and the child within her womb:
The life of every human body,
the life of every human soul;
The life of every newborn child
and the life of all grown old.
You held the Lord to your own heart
and drew Him so close in.
So draw us now in all our needs,
O Mother of the Life Within.
Amen.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Association of Catholic Cowards



Last Sunday, my parish had its first Sunday encounter with the people's parts of the New English Translation of the Roman Missal. All went well. The earth didn't stop. No one collapsed of shock. No resuscitations were necessary. After this absolutely uneventful transition, I wondered "what was all the fuss about?"  Here in Ireland, the so called "Association of Catholic Priests", have been stirring up negativity towards the new translation for months. Here is a link to the many posts on the issue on their website. I now conclude that they are a bunch of cowards.

My six year old daughter did say that "reading all those new prayers was a little tiring" (she is 6!). When I asked her if the prayers were hard to say, she said "no, they were easy peasy lemon squeezy!" Maybe she could give Frs Hoban, Flannery, McDonagh and Madden a pep talk.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Nation in Denial. What about the 97%?






Denial is a defense mechanism, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.



The Vatican's response to Taoiseach Enda Kenny's rant in the Dail last July, has shown that Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore, both got it wrong. The truth is, we can not blame the Vatican for the sexual abuse of Irish children by Irish priests. We will have to blame someone else. Enda and Eamon were wrong, they insulted my Pope, they insulted my faith,  and I await their apologies! I wonder if they will be brave enough to admit that they got it wrong?

The Vatican is not responsible for the fact that Irish men raped and abused Irish children. We as a nation need to grow up an realise that we had and no doubt continue to have a problem in relation to the sexual abuse of children. The issue of child abuse needs to be addressed at a national level, and not just at a Church level. Irish men (mostly men) perpetrated these crimes. They were sons of  Irish mothers and fathers. They were reared in Irish families. They were not beamed down from the Vatican! Our paedophiles were homegrown! We need to stop blaming Rome and start blaming ourselves. These Irish men abused children, and we as a nation handled it badly. The Church handled it badly, the Gardai handled it badly, the State handled it badly, and families handled it badly. And we are still handling it badly today, despite all our fake anger and moral outrage!

Here are disturbing statistics from the SAVI Report 2002
  • Girls: One in five women (20.4 per cent) reported experiencing contact sexual abuse in childhood.
  • A quarter (24 per cent) of perpetrators against girls were family members.
  • Boys: One in six men (16.2 per cent) reported experiencing contact sexual abuse in childhood.
  • One quarter of all abuse was committed by someone aged 17 or under.
  • Clerical/religious ministers or clerical/religious teachers constituting 3.2% of abusers.

We need to look at these figures and be brave enough to admit that this is not just a Church problem. One quarter of all abuse was committed by someone aged 17 or under! Now that is one figure we can not blame on the Church! The shocking reality is that Irish families have sexual abusers living in their midst, and they are not all even adults. Most parents worry about protecting their children from abusers, but few would think about their own children as people capable of abuse (but that's what the figures suggest.)

Do you know of a sexual abuser, or a victim of sexual abuse in your family? Statistically, there must be sexual abusers in all our extended families. 20% of the women, and 16% of the men in your family were abused in childhood. Now I suppose most peoples initial reaction would be, "not my family", and this is a natural reaction. We do not want to admit that such things could happen in "my family". But families are very good a keeping secrets, and sexual abuse is a secret that most people do not want to shout about. Abuse happens, and if it is exposed, it is often deal with it very badly, and then it is never mentioned again, and that is why most of us do not know the dark secrets of sexual abuse in our family history. If you do not know of an abuser in your family, perhaps it is because, some has covered it up, by silence! It has been concealed, by silence?

Irish society wants to blame the Church for all of this, but we can not. 97% of children who were sexually abused were abused by people who were not priests! (Now you would never guess that when you listen to our Irish media). As a nation we continue to ignore the 97%. The media ignores the 97%. We are not willing to face up to the 97%. The 97% is not a problem that will go away, by simply ignoring it. We can not handle the truth of the 97%. We are a nation in denial. At this moment in Irish history we have a scapegoat, the Church, and for the time being we will continue to live in denial and blame them for all of this. But in blaming them we continue to fail our children! Do we want to stop child abuse? Do we want to face up to the complex reality of child sexual abuse? Or do we simply want to continually bash the Church? I think it is easier for us to blame the Church, because we are cowards!

It seems as if you can say anything about the Church these days, you can make any number of generalisations, you can tell any number of lies, and you will be unchallenged. It seems that we as a nation could probably blame every ill in Irish society on the Church! I think the approach seems to be, blame everyone except ourselves. We have become a nation of blamers. We spend our days blaming everyone for everything.

If we really care about children, if we want to protect children, let us look to the 97%. What have we done for them? Nothing! Do we as a society want to do anything for them? Here is another fact, 200 children have died in state "care" in the last ten years, and no one gives a damn. No one! We only seem to care about those who were abused by priests 30 years ago. SHAME ON US! SHAME ON US!
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