On 1st November 1950, Pope Pius XII published the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus in which he declared that Our Lady had been assumed body and soul into Heaven at the end of her life here on earth. This was no new teaching, as the Irish bishops reminded their faithful in the run-up to the declaration; they recalled that the Irish people, along with the other peoples of the world, had long held this belief of Our Lady’s Assumption. Here is the central excerpt from Munificentissimus Deus:
We rejoice greatly that this solemn event falls, according to the design of God’s providence, during this Holy Year, so that we are able, while the great Jubilee is being observed, to adorn the brow of God’s Virgin Mother with this brilliant gem, and to leave a monument more enduring than bronze of our own most fervent love for the Mother of God.
For which reason, after we have poured forth prayers of supplication again and again to God, and have invoked the light of the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty God who has lavished his special affection upon the Virgin Mary, for the honor of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages and the Victor over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same august Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church; by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.
Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which we have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith.
In order that this, our definition of the bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven may be brought to the attention of the universal Church, we desire that this, our Apostolic Letter, should stand for perpetual remembrance, commanding that written copies of it, or even printed copies, signed by the hand of any public notary and bearing the seal of a person constituted in ecclesiastical dignity, should be accorded by all men the same reception they would give to this present letter, were it tendered or shown.
It is forbidden to any man to change this, our declaration, pronouncement, and definition or, by rash attempt, to oppose and counter it. If any man should presume to make such an attempt, let him know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.
Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri wrote a discourse on the Assumption of Our Lady in The Glories of Mary. In it, he says:
Let us rejoice with Mary in the glory with which God has enriched her; and let us also rejoice for ourselves, for Mary, at the same time was made queen of the world, and appointed our advocate. She is so merciful an advocate, that she consents to defend all sinners who recommend themselves to her; and she is so powerful with our Judge that she gains all the causes which she defends. Oh our queen and advocate, in thy hand is our salvation; if thou dost pray for us, we shall be saved. Say to thy Son that thou dost wish us with thee in paradise. He denies thee nothing that thou dost ask. Oh our life, our sweetness, and our hope ! Mary, pray to Jesus for us.
A picture says a thousand words! KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ recent Twitter ad (above) promoting the LGBT lunacy unintentionally does more to show why homosexuality is unnatural than an eloquently written thesis could have!
Just as only one of the three seat-belts pictured in their advertisement actually works, so only a man and a woman can get married! The other two combinations just don’t work! So, it DOES matter who you click with!
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, made his first trip to Belfast as Head of State just last week. The two engagements which were highlighted by the media were his speech at Queen’s University and his attendance the following morning at the so-called “Pride Breakfast” in the country’s second-biggest city.
The smooth-talking Varadkar covered a lot of ground in his Queen’s speech; for example, his notion of Irish identity, cross-border relationships past and present, Ireland’s membership of the European Union and Brexit. In short, Varadkar’s vision for Ireland is about as far from “Catholic, Gaelic and Free” as you can possibly get (which is not really surprising, given the fact that he is a half-Indian, homosexual graduate of Trinity College!). Instead, he seems to view Irish identity as some kind of cosmopolitan globalist hodgepodge, where Catholic Nationalist and Protestant Unionist overcome their contradictory positions through embracing a Freemasonic-style Brotherhood of Man.
From a specifically Catholic perspective, two remarks made by the Taoiseach stood out. Firstly, his reference to the Ireland of 1979, the year of his birth:
“Back then, south of the border was a very different place, a very different country to what it is today – confessional, inward looking and underdeveloped by Western European standards”.
The clear inference by Varadkar is that being a “confessional” State is on a par with other negative attributes, like being “inward-looking” and “underdeveloped”.
Ireland – Never a Confessional State.
First of all, Mr. Varadkar is incorrect – Ireland has (unfortunately) never strictly-speaking been a confessional State. The most the Irish Constitution ever recognised was the “special position” of the Catholic Church as representing the religion of the majority of Irish citizens at a particular moment in time. Alongside this recognition, the Constitution also acknowledged the other “religions” present in the State at that time. Ireland never had a Constitution like the Spanish one under Franco, which was truly “confessional” since it rightly recognised the Catholic Religion as the only religion of the State.
A Catholic Confessional State – Sign of Integrity, Strength and Unity.
Secondly, a State which confesses the Catholic Faith is not something negative, inward-looking or underdeveloped. On the contrary, it is a sign of a country which is strong and united enough to publicly and legally acknowledge what its citizens as individuals know to be true – that Christ is God and King of all things, not just private, but public. That Ireland did not acknowledge Catholicism as Religion of State when the majority of its citizens had the Faith was a symptom of an underlying weakness. This weakness was brought on by contamination of the original patriotic ideal by the Liberalism of the French Revolution, as well as a desire to achieve political unity between the North and the South rather than build our country on the only truly solid foundation, which is Christ and His Church.
Favouring political unity over unity of Faith officially severed the link in Ireland between our laws and the Law of God. It took many years for this divorce to be consummated, but without a cornerstone, the building was bound to collapse sooner or later. That the building has well and truly imploded in 2017 is evidenced by the fact that the Irish people have no problem with their Head of State being an open, practising homosexual who can “boast” in Protestant Belfast that Ireland “ is the first country in the world to vote by national referendum to introduce marriage equality and to enshrine that right in our Constitution”. Although those who framed the Constitution surely did not envisage this development (and would never have agreed to it), their failure to officially recognise Christ’s Church has (along with other factors) led to their descendants officially recognising unnatural and sinful unions which are condemned by His Law (34th Amendment to the Constitution, 2015).
Varadkar – “Missionary Zeal”.
However, Varadkar did not merely content himself with boasting that once Catholic Ireland has become the first country in the world to “democratically” shake its rainbow-painted fist at its Creator. He went a step farther and used his position as Head of the Irish State to try to drag the people of the six counties down to the same moral low-point. He did this by attending a so-called “Pride Breakfast”, part of the Belfast “Pride” Festival (which should in fact be called the “Shame” Festival, since it celebrates sin, and sin is the most shameful thing for human beings). Asked whether he thought that homosexual “marriage” would be “legalised” north of the border, he commented:
“I do, I think that it is only a matter of time. Of course, the decision is for the Northern Ireland Assembly. But I am confident that like other western European countries they will make that decision in due course… My reason really for being here is just to express solidarity, to express my support and that of my government, for individual freedom and equality before the law for all citizens. We would do this in any part of the world…”.
In doing this, Leo Varadkar does not speak for Irish Catholics, or any sane-minded Irish people for that matter! How ironic that when we were strongly Catholic we never made any serious attempts to convert the northern Presbyterians, but now that we have abandoned God, we are content for our Taoiseach to spread immorality among these same Presbyterians with extraordinary “missionary zeal”! On the contrary, despite our profound disagreement with the Presbyterian DUP, we can only support and encourage them in their determination to oppose recognising homosexual “marriage”.
There is currently a lot of talk here of the possibility a repeal of the 8th Amendment of our Constitution, which protects the unborn. The motto of Irish Catholics should not only be “Keep the 8th Amendment!”, but “Repeal the 34th Amendment!”.
G.K. Chesterton wrote in The Oracle of the Dog that “it’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense”. The truth of this affirmation is proven in modern Ireland where, not only are men now “legally” permitted to “marry” men and women “marry” women … but, men are actually calling themselves women, and women are calling themselves men! Yes, the “Transgender” lunacy has well and truly landed in the Emerald Isle.
But, what is even more tragic is that this craziness is being actively promoted among the most innocent of our citizens – the children. The Department of Education and Skills issued a document to secondary schools just last year (2016) entitled “Being LGBT in School”. This document states that “it is crucially important to the well-being of a young person that they are treated with dignity, respect and fairness for his or her preferred identity”. The schools are instructed to identify and cater for the “needs” of these students, including considering the usage of “a preferred name [and] appropriate pronoun”!
There is so much madness in this document that it is very difficult to select representative examples. However, other instances of lunacy include the suggestion to allow “transgender” students “to wear the uniform of their preferred gender” and to be “able to access toilet and changing facilities that correspond with their gender identity”. Teachers are encouraged to “increase their knowledge of transgender identity and related issues by becoming familiar with the terminology involved and by reading background information about transgender young people” in order to be able to create a climate which is “accepting and inclusive”. Finally, schools are given two case-studies to illustrate possible scenarios, one of which concerns a student whose parents were opposed to their “transition”. The school is thus being used as a tool to undermine parental rights.
Any sane person has to pinch himself and ask, “Is this really Ireland?”! Who on earth has given these evil people the right to stuff this nonsense down our and our children’s throats?! And, perhaps more to the point, why are we not reacting?!
Hypocritical Irish Media Behind New Child Abuse.
Of course, the Irish media is one of the powerhouses promoting this immoral insanity, and in doing so, brings its hypocrisy to a whole new level. Everyone knows that it has been “religiously” to the forefront in exposing all the examples of child abuse carried out by members of the Irish hierarchy and religious orders in the past. In itself, nothing wrong with that, except that the media’s clear motivation was to use these relatively few (though, of course, horrendous) examples to definitively destroy the Catholic Church and its influence in Irish society. And now that the media has neutralised the Church, what does it do? It inflicts the most cruel form of child abuse on these same children in the name of a child’s so-called right to be whatever gender he or she “feels” like!
If anyone hesitates to call this madness “child abuse”, then they should listen to what Michelle Cretella*, President of the American College of Pediatricians, has to say on the issue. In a recent article, Doctor Cretella states: “I have witnessed an upending of the medical consensus on the nature of gender identity. What doctors once treated as a mental illness, the medical community now largely affirms and even promotes as normal”. She then goes on to list the different changes which have led to the creation of a “new normal”, concluding that “the transgender movement has gained legs in the medical community and in our culture by offering a deeply flawed narrative. The scientific research and facts tell a different story”. Doctor Cretella then lists these scientific facts, and finally concludes her article saying that “today’s institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex… These harms constitute nothing less than institutionalised child abuse”.
*N.B. It is not absolutely clear from her article whether Mrs. Cretella opposes the LGBT movement in its entirety or simply its “Transgender” element. Of course every Catholic and sane-minded person must oppose all elements of the LGBT agenda.
Corruption of the Youngest.
Not only are these people determined to abuse our teenagers in secondary school, they have set their sights on the youngest and most innocent of Irish children. On 30th April 2017, the Sunday Independent reported the launching on the Irish market of “a book aimed at children up to five years of age, which tells the story of a transgender teddy bear transitioning from male to female”! This book, called Introducing Teddy, is being stocked online by one of Ireland’s leading booksellers, Easons. When we already know that the INTO (Irish National Teachers Organisation) publicly supports LGBT education in schools through its Different Families, Same Love initiative, what is to stop teachers having children in Junior Infants read this book in class?
The same Sunday Independent article goes on to quote Professor Donal O’Shea, an endocrinologist at St. Columcille’s (!) Hospital in Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin, which provides hormonal therapies for “trans” people. Professor O’Shea remarks:
“I used to ask people if they had told their wife and children; now I’m asking secondary students whether they would rather transition during the year of their Leaving Certificate or wait till their exams are over… It is so much better if it can be addressed at an early age, before life becomes more complicated…”
Who gave this Frankenstein a licence to practice “medecine”?! On the contrary, medical professionals like Michelle Cretella who use common sense in this matter point out that the solution is to treat the underlying psychological problem in individuals, not to “treat…children as the gender they desire”:
“The transition-affirming view holds that children who ‘consistently and persistently insist’ that they are not the gender associated with their biological sex are innately transgender. The fact that in normal life and in psychiatry, anyone who ‘consistently and persistently insists’ on anything else contrary to physical reality is considered either confused or delusional is conveniently ignored.”
Stop this Indoctrination!
This sick indoctrination has to be stopped! But, what can we do? Well, parents with children of school-going age have to do everything in their power to protect those whom God has put under their care. The homeschooling option could be the way forward (here is a link to one Catholic homeschooling programme: http://fsspx.uk/en/srhs-mailing). Teachers in both Primary and Secondary schools must stand up and resist these programmes being taught and promoted, insofar they possibly can. Others could, perhaps, send a short letter of protest to Education Minister Richard Bruton and local T.D.s. This letter could highlight the possibility of legal action being brought by these abused children against schools and the State some years down the road (potentially losing money is usually the most effective motivation to make a politician act!). Finally, why not contact local priests and bishops to encourage them to speak out in defence of those whom Our Lord loved most – the children. In Ireland, many schools are still owned by religious orders or even dioceses. While individual bishops and priests may be personally opposed to this evil, if they allow it to flourish under their watch, how can they escape the curse of Our Lord when He warned:
“And whosoever shall scandalise one of these little ones that believe in Me; it were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and he were cast into the sea”.