Agriculture Minister Michael Creed added insult to injury today when he suggested that the British government should imitate Ireland’s “approach to referenda” and organise a re-run of last year’s Brexit referendum. He said:
“Obviously if [the UK] were to take a leaf from the Irish approach to referenda and either have a rerun or reflect that these referenda in the UK are only consultative, that would be ideal from our point of view.”
Creed is, of course, referencing the European referenda relating to the Nice and Lisbon Treaties. The referendum on the Nice Treaty was run in 2001, but when it was rejected, it was re-run the following October. This time, voters accepted it. The Lisbon Treaty referendum took place in June 2008, and was similarly rejected. Once more, the government held a re-run in 2009, when the Treaty was accepted. On both occasions, the liberal elite showed absolute contempt for the Irish electorate. Each time, the media and main political parties carried out expensive propaganda offensives to obtain the desired result – the treacherous advancement of the European Union project, which is both anti-God and anti-Nations.
As we all know, the current government has decided to repeat the referendum on abortion, even though on two occasions in the past (1983 and 1992) the Irish made their views clear. However, in 1992, while rejecting abortion in this country, the electorate nevertheless recognised the “right” of women to travel to commit abortion and the “right” of women to obtain information on abortion. Since these results suited the liberal elite, there has never been any question of re-running the relevant referenda. Likewise, the 1972 referendum (deleting the constitutional reference to the special position of the Catholic Church in Ireland), the 1995 referendum “legalising” divorce and the 2015 abomination “legalising” homosexual “marriage” have never been, and never will be revisited.
The pattern? A referendum result will be respected if, and only if, it reflects the desire of the liberal elite. In other words, all referenda are equal, but some referenda are more equal than others…
Minister Michael Creed shows that (if we needed any proof) he and the current government are in perfect continuity with the traitors who have gone before them in this country. He and his fellow liberals despise the Irish to such an extent that they do not even attempt to hide the contemptuous manipulation which they daily practice. Even more, they publicly encourage other governments to do likewise, without any fear of backlash from the cowed electorate.
The Minister’s comments should only serve to strengthen our resolve to reject this whole European project which has only one ultimate aim: to subsume Ireland and all the Nations of Europe in an atheistic, one-world Superstate – all by stealth.
At every given opportunity, the Irish media shines a spotlight on the “control” which the Catholic Church exercised over the lives of Irish people in the bad old days … presumably just in case anyone would ever forget and actually be tempted to return to those days.
Newspaper, radio and television journalists love to portray our forefathers as labouring helplessly and unwillingly under the heavy yoke of a ruthless Church, whose bishops and priests (not to speak of those awful nuns!) governed every aspect of their lives…all against their will and better judgment, naturally.
They seem (or choose) to forget the facts. The Irish as a whole embraced the Catholic Faith (and therefore the authority of the Church) in the fifth century when Saint Patrick arrived on these shores, sent from Rome. Throughout the centuries, by the Grace of God, we were faithful to this Faith through thick and thin, good times and bad. The Irish were attached to their priests and bishops, protecting them and seeking out their spiritual services, sometimes at great cost to themselves. This bond with the Church, Its Teaching and Its Hierarchy continued after Catholic Emancipation in the nineteenth century, and is probably best exemplified by the gigantic turnout for the 1932 Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin. On that occasion, over one million people (who had travelled from all parts of the country at a time when transport was in its relative infancy) adored Christ in the Blessed Sacrament on and near O’Connell Bridge during the closing Benediction. Hardly a sign of a people labouring unwillingly under an oppressive yoke.
Interestingly, the same media never complains about the control which the Irish State exercised over the Irish people during that same period. If journalists love to highlight the supposedly oppressive laws of the Catholic Church of the time, why do they not do the same for the State? Whether they liked it or not (and surely many didn’t!), the Irish had to pay taxes, and obey whatever laws were decreed by the government. Yet, journalists are not constantly reminding us of the existence of this awful “tyranny”.
And if the “control” of the Church or State in Ireland was “oppressive” at that time, what should be said about it today? Literally every aspect of our lives is regulated by the State, to a degree unimagined by our fathers in either the ecclesiastical or civil spheres. Taxes are oppressive. Laws have been multiplied exponentially. The State has become more and more invasive. The Irish people have become little more than walking PPS numbers. And, yet, no complaint from the media!
Media tyranny conveniently ignored.
But, most hypocritically, our beloved media neglects to highlight the most insidious and far-reaching control of all which plagues modern Ireland. Hardly surprising, since this is the quasi-omnipotent psychological control which the media itself exerts over every Irish individual, and over Irish society as a whole.
Anyone with eyes to see is aware that over the past fifty years, the media in this country has acquired an almost unquestioned authority over our people. This authority was not earned; it was imposed, mainly for want of an alternative. Without many realising it, the media dictates precisely what people are to think in this country on practically every matter, but especially matters moral. If journalists decide tomorrow that black is white, then that is the way it will be…and woe betide anyone who dares to oppose them. The latest and most blatant example is that of “gender” ideology. The media here has succeeded in convincing people that an individual of the male sex can actually be of female gender, and vice-versa! This madness has been adopted in schools and other institutions across the country, and anyone who opposes it dare not speak out. Journalists have made such opposition to be a social mortal sin, which will not only be punished by social exclusion, but equally by civil law.
An underhand transfer of power has taken place.
Yes, the media in Ireland is tyrannical. And it tries to distract attention from its own tyranny by pointing to the supposed tyranny of the Catholic Church in the past. The media has never once put forward an argument which disproves the authority of the Church. Instead, it has thrown mud, time after time. Baseless accusations of tyranny follow one after another. The horrible sexual abuse scandals perpetrated by a tiny minority of clergy and religious have been blown out of all proportion and used essentially as a means to undermine the Church. No opportunity is missed.
And, sadly, Irish Church leaders have played right into their hands. At the same time as the media began attacking the Church’s authority, the Church leaders here (and everywhere) abdicated their authority, leaving the sheep to be devoured by the wolves. In many instances, bishops and priests have become as ridiculous and farcical as the clerical characters of the Father Ted series, invented by the very same media in order to discredit them.
So, what has actually happened in Ireland? As the Irish people slept, a transfer of power has taken place. Once governed by the sweet burden and light yoke of Christ’s Church (even if some of its representatives through human weakness may have sometimes acted unjustly), we are now slaving under the harsh burden of the media. Instead of listening once a week to the priest preaching the Truth of Christ from the pulpit, we are exposed every moment of every day to the lying propaganda of our media masters, who fundamentally hate everything which is true, good, beautiful and Irish. As the saying goes: Satan mimics God. The media is essentially the church of Satan. The journalists are its bishops and priests. The radio, television and newspapers are their pulpits. We are their faithful.
“That’s why your radio has a switch!”
But, the Church of Christ has true authority. This can be historically verified. The media, on the other hand, has only as much authority as we the Irish people decide to give it. Let’s give it no authority! As Gay Byrne once said when a listener complained about the content of a programme: “That’s why your radio has a switch!” Take Gay’s advice, and switch the media off as much as possible! Sure, we need to live in the world and have a minimum of knowledge of what is going on. But let’s try to keep it to that minimum.
Ultimately, we need to create our own alternative Catholic and patriotic media, which endeavours to uplift our people with the truth without being exposed to the mainstream media’s poisonous lies. With the internet and other technologies, people of like mind around the country could contribute daily or perhaps weekly news (local, national and international) which could be centralised and delivered from a Catholic and patriotic viewpoint…all at minimum cost.
Any budding journalists and reporters out there? Contribute your ideas on this question in the comment box below. Better light a candle than curse the darkness, as the old saying goes!
It is with sadness that this blog has to note that Bishop Cullinane has since apologised for his comments. Maintaining that the HPV vaccine leads to promiscuity among young girls “was an error of judgement”, he said, adding that “it was a far too simplistic way of looking at it”.
I was not fully informed about the vaccination programme and I can see now how HPV vaccines can contribute greatly to lowering the rate of cervical cancer. As I have learnt, possession of full information is paramount on this vital health issue.
The Irish Times noted that Bishop Cullinane made his remarks through the Office of the Irish Bishops Conference in Maynooth, indicating that his back-down is a result of the pressure brought to bear on him, not only from without, but also from within the Hierarchy in Ireland (and perhaps farther afield).
This event goes to prove two things. Firstly, no bishop in Ireland has the courage of his convictions. Secondly, no bishop in Ireland has independence or freedom of speech in his own diocese. Even the most basic expression of opinion has to be approved by the politically correct, mealy-mouthed Conference of Bishops (a poisoned fruit of Vatican II, which undermines the pastoral responsibility which each bishop has, under the Pope, by Divine Right in his own diocese). Bar an absolute miracle, the sheep stand to remain without a shepherd for the foreseeable future.
Saint Patrick, Patron of Ireland, pray for the Bishops of Ireland! Ask God to send us the Bishops and the priests we need, not those we deserve!
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Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore hit the headlines this past Thursday when he criticised the controversial Gardasil HPV vaccine which is given to twelve year-old girls in order to protect against cervical cancer which can be sexually transmitted.
A two-pronged criticism: medical and moral.
Bishop Cullinan’s criticism was two-pronged. Firstly, he pointed out that the efficacy and safety of the vaccine is currently disputed on a medical level. Speaking in an interview with WLRFM, the Bishop cited the examples of Japan and Denmark, both of which have withdrawn the Gardasil HPV vaccine. He also mentioned the fact that 600 French doctors and 250 French midwives signed a petition in 2014 to ask the French Parliament to investigate the efficacy of the Gardasil vaccine. These facts cannot be lightly dismissed, he maintained.
The second prong of Bishop Cullinan’s criticism was a moral one. He claimed that administering this vaccine to 12 year-old girls will encourage them to lead a promiscuous lifestyle because they are given the impression that the vaccine allows them to engage in sexual activity without danger to their health. The Bishop added that his own experience dealing with young people and his contact with parents and grandparents concerned about the rise of sexual activity among teenagers confirmed this.
However, Bishop Cullinan did not only criticise, he also offered a solution. The Bishop’s solution? The Church’s traditional solution: abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage.
Minister Simon Harris: ad hominem insults.
Predictably, the media and the HSE heavily criticised Bishop Cullinan’s stance. Minister for Health, Simon Harris, insultingly labeled his criticism as “ignorant” and “pathetic”, going on to say:
Bishops I’m sure have many excellent qualities. Medical doctors they are not […] If anybody wants medical advice, talk to a medical expert. That’s where I get my medical advice, not from the Church…
With his own ignorant, ad hominem comments Minister Harris did not rationally address Bishop Cullinan’s concerns, which are also held by many Irish parents, since the uptake of the HPV vaccine has plummeted to a low of 50%. Even though the Bishop is not a medical expert, he bases his argument, not on his own personal opinion, but on that of over 800 French medical experts and on the action taken by both Japan and Denmark to withdraw the Gardasil vaccine. Is Minister Harris calling the Japanese and Danish government “ignorant” and “pathetic”? Logically, yes.
Secondly, Simon Harris neglects to recognise Bishop Cullinan’s fundamental criticism, that the HPV vaccine leads to promiscuity among young teenage girls. This means that the question of the vaccine is not merely a medical one, but a moral one. Minister Harris will not recognise this, but in the moral domain, we take our advice from Bishops, not from politicians. And so should he.
Trojan Horse Association of “Catholic Priests” puts in its oar.
Equally predictable was the reaction of the Association of (anything but) Catholic Priests, which carries an interview on its website of Father Brendan Hoban on Midwest Radio. Father Hoban called Bishop Cullinane “irresponsible” and backed up Minister Harris’ statements 100%, saying that “this is a health issue, pure and simple”.
Mol an easpog agus tiocfaidh sé!
Certainly, Bishop Cullinan is no Traditionalist. His taste for false ecumenism is, unfortunately, as developed as any one of his episcopal confreres, for example. However, in taking this stance, and in courageously promoting abstinence from sex outside of marriage, Bishop Cullinan has to be commended. All the more so, since he has come in for so much criticism from so many quarters. In the world of Irish Bishops in the last fifty years, his stance (though not perfect) is about as rare as the proverbial hen’s teeth!
The old Irish proverb, “Mol an óige, agus tiochfaidh sí” (“Praise the young and they will flourish”) could well be adapted to this situation. “Mol an easpog agus tiochfaidh sé” !
To contact Bishop Cullinan to encourage him:
Write: Most Rev. Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan DD, Bishop’s House, John’s Hill Waterford.
To contact Minister Harris to express your disapproval: