Today (6th November), we celebrate the Feast of All Irish Saints. We remember and honour our ancestors who, stretching back at least to the time of Saint Patrick, believed in Christ and His Catholic Church, and were found worthy to enter into Heaven at the end of their lives. These include the handful of canonised Irish saints and the far greater number of non-canonised, but venerated, Irish saints. However, they also include all those Irishmen and women down through the centuries who (perhaps after a time in Purgatory) are now enjoying the Beatific Vision in Heaven.
Today, we honour these saints whose blood flows in our veins and who, like us, were proud to call Ireland their home. They are the virgins, the martyrs, the bishops and priests, the nuns and the brothers, the missionaries, the fathers, the mothers, the Kings, the Princes, the soldiers and warriors, the farmers, the rich men and poor men. They are those who took the flame of Christ given to them by Saint Patrick and passed it on from generation to generation. If we have the Faith and all the privileges of Catholicism today, it is because (by the Grace of God) they handed them down to us.
While they were all proud of the country given to them by God and loved it as every Catholic should, they realised that “we have not here a lasting city”. And so, like Saint Patrick, they put Christ above all things. Many left all riches and things of this earth behind, spending their lives in the cloistered monasteries whose ruins still cover the Irish landscape to this day. Others left their country behind forever, following the call to bring the torch of Faith to the farthest-flung nations of the earth. Others still gave up their comfort and even their lives rather than betray Christ and His Church. Finally, others simply lived out lives which, to all appearances were as ordinary as our own, but which were lived completely for Christ.
They are an example for all of us to follow. They are our true heroes. They are, above all, our intercessors in Heaven, especially in these dark times for Ireland. As the Church prays in the Collect of the Mass of the Feast of All Irish Saints:
“Gratiam tuam, Dómine, multíplica super nos, solemnitatem celebrantes omnium insulae nostrae Sanctorum: ut quorum esse cives gratulamur in terris, cum his mancipatum habere mereamur in caelis.
Give abundant grace to us, Lord, as we keep the feast of all the saints of our island; and enable us, who are proud to be their fellow-countrymen on earth, to have citizenship with them in Heaven.”
Beannachtaí na féile na naomh uile na hÉireann oraibh go leir!
This blog is very happy to re-post a sermon given by Father Robert Brucciani, SSPX District Superior for Britain, last Sunday, Feast of Christ the King (source). His thoughts on the reign of Christ the King can easily be applied to our own country. Please God, they will give us ideas and much-needed hope as we aim towards re-establishing Christ’s reign in Ireland.
About one hundred years ago, Mgr. Robert Hugh Benson wrote a book with the title: Lord of the World. In this book he depicted a future which was a logical extrapolation of the trends that he witnessed at his present time:
Media manipulation of the masses
The persecution of Christianity
The establishment of a new state religion
The destruction of Rome
And the coming of the anti-Christ
One of the criticisms made about the book was that did not inspire his readers to hope. Mgr. Benson took this criticism to heart and wrote another book entitled: Dawn Of All. In this book he told a fictional story of how the United Kingdom – both the state and its populace – returned once more to the Faith of their fathers and established Christ as their King. The opening scene is of a grandiose procession in Hyde Park….
But rather than describing these books here (you would enjoy them much more by reading them yourselves), I should like to follow in this latter vein of Mgr. Benson by, instead of lamenting dethroning of Christ the King in what was Christendom, imagining what our lives would be like now in the perfect state. For by so doing this we might be filled with hope on this wonderful feast – hope instead of regret.
Church and State
First of all, imagine, my dear brethren, if Christ was recognised as King of Kings by the state how our country would be different. The goal of our nation state would be the common good which is that temporal order which best disposes its members for eternal salvation. The nation’s goal would certainly not be human rights to the positive exclusion of God’s rights which is the same as ruthless individualism.
If Christ were proclaimed King of Kings by the state there would be no need for a permanently sitting legislative body to limit the damage caused by unbridled pursuit of individual interest as we see today. That which would be the guide of the common man would be primarily virtue and only secondarily the law.
A state that had no permanently sitting legislative body would have no need of professional or career politicians who, as experience shows, are more commonly disposed to the individual good rather than the common good.
Would we have a monarchy? Probably, because it is a part of our history, but not necessarily. It would be a monarchy with more power than the present monarch and less power than a Henry VIII. Indeed, the most efficient form of government is benign or benevolent dictatorship. And the most disinterested form of government (in theory) is by hereditary succession.
Would we have a class system? Yes of course. There is necessarily a hierarchy in society because of the differences of privilege and education that both exist and are required in every society. Like an army would be ineffective if all the soldiers were privates or all the soldiers were generals, society would not work if there was not a hierarchy of authority.
Would there be ownership of property if Christ were King? Yes because man needs to provide security for his family.
What would be the Church’s role in the state? The Church would have an indirect power of the state by calling it to order in matters of natural law and encouraging it to create the conditions for following the divinely revealed law: Holy Days of Obligation and other measures to facilitate the pursuance of religious duties.
Free speech? No. Freedom of worship? Private yes. Public no. Faith Schools? Other than the Catholic Schools, no.
If Christ were King our economy would be entirely different. There would be much less advertising, less addictive consumption of goods (credit cards and store cards probably wouldn’t exist). The banks wouldn’t exist as we know them (mutual building societies might) and borrowing, although restricted, would be without usurious interest rates. There would be no inflation as money would be purely a medium of exchange; it would not be created out of nothing.
The massive transport infrastructures necessary for oligarchic monopolies would not exist. We would probably work much closer to home. Local industry would be more diverse and with closer markets. We would spend much less time travelling, less time communicating electronically, more time communicating face to face.
Science & Technology
Science & technology would be completely different. Since the advent of the modern monetary system, intense competition, massive corporate borrowing and heavily funded university and corporate R & D departments, the rate of discovery and invention has been exponential. In a Catholic economy, would the pace of progress be slower? Most probably. Whether this would be a bad thing depends on our answers to the following questions?
Is it a always a good thing to have a fast rate of discovery and invention?
Is it a good thing to make or purchase and possess things with imminent obsolescence?
Are we rendered sad today by not having discovered something we don’t yet know about?
Or indeed, would we have discovered things in our leisure that industrialised research might never stumble upon?
We take as given our capitalist model of the economy. In it we might feel successful and secure for the moment, but, my dear brethren, despite it being prevalent and powerful, it will fall one day because it is based on confidence and fuelled by a lust for power and pleasure.
How would our families be different? The fact that you are reading this means that you probably acknowledge Christ as King, but how would our lives be different if Christ was acknowledged as King over the whole of the state? In a truly Catholic state there would be more time, less stress, more humanity in our daily lives:
The parish church would be around the corner;
the school would be next to the church.
All our family and friends would be close by; there would be no nuclear families that we see today.
We would live in a community; some of us would have servants, some would be the servants of others as we probably would not have so many optimistically-called labour-saving devices.
We would eat better (no processed food, no microwave ready meals); we would probably grow some of our own food.
We would exercise more, discuss more, amuse ourselves more.
We would have more time for spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
We would have around us a greater example of virtue and be rewarded for the same.
Many more of us would pursue religious vocations as the beauty of the consecrated life would be more visible, more respected and better understood than it is today – even among us. Many of us would frequent the sacraments and devotion more often on account of the ease of access and the example of others.
Is there any profit in daydreaming about such a society? My dear brethren, yes there is profit, for by knowing how a perfect Christian society might be, we give ourselves a goal to work towards instead of just accepting things as they are. We give ourselves hope in the possibility of a more perfect way of life instead of falling into resignation and even despair. We might not be able to accomplish anything on the national stage or even within our local community today but, by possessing a vision for the future, we can always do something in our families.
What can we do?
In our lives, let us admit, we accept so many things as normal or indifferent to the reign of Christ the King but which, in fact, militate against us achieving that goal. All of us in one way or another, accept the temptations of our modern society:
We so often accept the temptations of advertising and desire to purchase.
We so often accept the temptations of our modern forms of entertainment (films, mindless computer games, internet surfing, modern music) which take us away from more wholesome pastimes at best and are an occasion of sin at worst.
We so often accept the temptations of technology to instant consumption, to idleness or unwholesome pursuits (gadgets and fast food);
We so often accept the temptations of fashion to at least slovenly dress and at worst to immodesty;
We so often accept the temptations of convenience to deter us from progressing in virtue.
If we really wish to work towards the social reign of Christ the King, it might be a cliché, but it is no less true, we must start at home. This does not mean we must all go and live on Orkney and grow turnips; it means that we must go and live with the vision of what society should be and what our family life should be and then pray for the graces and exert the will to achieving that end.
On this feast of Christ the King let us dream and pray for those graces. Let us make those resolutions and exercise our will that might bring the daydream of heaven on earth that little bit closer to reality. Let us beg the assistance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is our mother, our intercessor and also most conveniently, the Queen of Heaven and Earth too!
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:
Brave Donegalman, Tim Jackson, is currently carrying out a “hungerstrike” outside of Dáil Éireann. His aim is to pressure the Taoiseach and the Dáil Committee responsable for looking into the 8th Ammendment to look at a video animation of an abortion (made by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino) before they make any decision on changing the legal status quo.
Since Jackson has stated that he does not intend to go to death on his “hungerstrike” (he will fast on water alone “as long as necessary”), Catholics can support his action without scruple.
A few days after refusing the Society of Saint Pius X pilgrimage group, Knock Shrine made a press release clarifying its position. The salient part was as follows:
As the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) has an irregular canonical relationship with the Catholic Church, they are not allowed to celebrate Mass publicly at the Shrine or on Shrine grounds. They are most welcome to pray the Rosary, Stations of the Cross and other prayers […]
Despite the claim that the SSPX is “most welcome to pray the Rosary, Stations of the Cross and other prayers”, this is apparently not what was conveyed to the priests and laity on the day, who understood that they were not allowed to perform any public act as a group… Be that as it may, what is certain is that Knock Shrine will not permit the SSPX to celebrate Mass on the site. Why? Because it “has an irregular canonical relationship with the Catholic Church”.
But, does Father Gibbons really care about canonical irregularity? Clearly not. In August 2014, he performed an ecumenical service with the Church of Ireland “Bishop” of Tuam and Athenry in the basilica at Knock. During this ceremony, “Bishop” Rooke was the leader, with Father Gibbons acting as assistant. Furthermore, the same Rooke was a guest speaker at the 2017 Knock Novena…a matter of weeks before the Society of Saint Pius X was refused permission to celebrate Mass there! The Knock website announced his participation in the Novena as follows:
To mark 500 years of the Reformation, Rt Revd Patrick Rooke (Bishop of Tuam, Killala & Achonry Diocese- Church of Ireland) will be welcomed for the ceremonies on Friday 18th…In the context of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Bishop Rooke will speak on ‘Reformation, Remembering and Reconciliation’, which will take a reflective look at relations between the churches and explore paths to reconciliation.
But, “Bishop” Rooke is a prominent representative of the Church of Ireland, which itself is a part of the “Anglican Communion”. As such, the CofI traces its roots to Henry VIII, who, by refusing the authority of the Pope, placed the Church of England outside of the Catholic Church. As a result, the CofI has been in an irregular canonical relationship with the Catholic Church for over five hundred years now! Not only that, but it is officially and permanently determined to remain outside of the canonical structures of the Catholic Church, it refuses the authority of the Pope in principle, and it rejects many other of the infallible Teachings of the Church. To cap it all, Anglican orders were definitively declared invalid by Pope Leo XIII.
On the other hand, the SSPX’s “irregular relationship” was never of its own making, but was imposed by Church authorities largely because it wasn’t going along with the new ecumenical charade which the Church had always previously condemned. Furthermore, the SSPX recognises the authority of the Pope, and is 100% faithful to the Church’s constant Teaching in all matters.
So, Father Gibbons clearly considers some canonical irregularities to be more equal than others. Perhaps he thinks that, like wine, they improve with age!
On the contrary, Pope Pius XI taught us what the attitude of Church authorities should be towards non-Catholic groups, such as the Church of Ireland. In his encyclical Mortalium Animos, he says:
[…] The union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it. To the one true Church of Christ, we say, which is visible to all, and which is to remain, according to the will of its Author, exactly the same as He instituted it […] Let, therefore, the separated children draw nigh to the Apostolic See, set up in the City which Peter and Paul, the Princes of the Apostles, consecrated by their blood; to that See, We repeat, which is “the root and womb whence the Church of God springs,” not with the intention and the hope that “the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” will cast aside the integrity of the faith and tolerate their errors, but, on the contrary, that they themselves submit to its teaching and government. Would that it were Our happy lot to do that which so many of Our predecessors could not, to embrace with fatherly affection those children, whose unhappy separation from Us We now bewail. Would that God our Savior, “Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”, would hear us when We humbly beg that He would deign to recall all who stray to the unity of the Church! In this most important undertaking We ask and wish that others should ask the prayers of Blessed Mary the Virgin, Mother of divine grace, victorious over all heresies and Help of Christians, that She may implore for Us the speedy coming of the much hoped-for day, when all men shall hear the voice of Her divine Son, and shall be “careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
While we must deplore and protest the injustice of Father Gibbons’ exclusion of the Society of Saint Pius X and the equally unjust and uncharitable inclusion of heretical Church of Ireland representatives, we must also pray that he will soon return to the Church’s Traditional Teaching on and attitude towards non-Catholics, as repeated by Pope Pius XI.
The Society of Saint Pius X annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Knock in Co. Mayo was disrupted yesterday, Saturday 16th September, when Shrine officials refused entry to priests and laity.
Members of Knock Shrine Security approached the SSPX priests, informing them that they were not permitted to celebrate Mass or carry out any devotions as a group. They confirmed that these were the orders which they had been instructed to convey.
For the first time in over ten years, therefore, the Society was forced to celebrate Mass outside of the Shrine grounds (heretofore, for a number of years, SSPX priests had been granted permission to celebrate Mass in various chapels on the grounds of the Shrine). And, for the first time in the entire history of the SSPX’s presence in Ireland, the pilgrimage group was not even permitted to recite the Rosary or pray the Stations of the Cross within the Shrine precincts!
As a result, Mass was celebrated in the car-park of an obliging local café, and the Rosary was prayed on the Main Street which runs adjacent to the Shrine. Security was posted at the gates during the rosary procession, ensuring that the group did not enter the Shrine grounds at any time.
Just like there was no place in the inn for Christ in Bethlehem, so there was no place for those faithful to the Tradition of the Church at Knock this past Saturday. The Knock Shrine authorities should be ashamed of themselves! Rector, Fr. Richard Gibbons, had no problem allowing an “ecumenical service” last January in the Saint John’s Rest and Care Centre at the Shrine. Neither did he have any problem with the assistance of “Reverend Canon” Derek Swann of the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian “Reverend” Molly Deatherage and a Muslim representative, Manar Cherbatji, at a 2014 Peace Mass at Knock. He even had his photograph taken with them on the occasion:
Also in 2014, Father Gibbons was content to conduct a joint ecumenical service in the Knock Shrine Basilica with the Church of Ireland “Bishop” of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, “Dr.” Patrick Cooke in August of that year to celebrate the 190 years of the Royal National Lifeboat Association. On this occasion, as the Irish Catholic reported, Father Gibbons went the extra mile … “Dr.” Cooke led the celebration, while Father Gibbons was his assistant!
Conclusion? Father Gibbons cordially invites Anglicans, Presbyterians and Muslims, who do not accept the Church’s infallible teachings on the Blessed Virgin Mary, to participate in, and even lead services on the site where Our Lady appeared. But, he does not allow the Society of Saint Pius X and those faithful who assist at their Masses to even say the Rosary as a group on the same site, despite their obvious love for the Mother of God. Shame on him!
To contact Father Gibbons to protest against this injustice, call: (094) 93 88100or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!