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  • "'The whole discourse has been distorted from the beginning by the fertility industry. I've been thinking about this lately, and I've got a suspicion, which I need to investigate properly, that we got legalised abortion precisely because the fertility industry needed it." - Germaine Greer slams Elton John because his husband David Furnish is named as 'mother' on birth certificates of their two sons - Mail Recommended
  • Morning Ireland discusses : trying to repeal the 8th (pro-life) Amendment to the Constitution; trying to introduce legislation to allow for the deliberate killing of possibly terminally ill unborn children; the Magdalens
  • Why no one wants to talk about China's female suicide problem - CNA
  • Archbishop Paglia on EWTN World Over Live at 9am today (Watch LIVE)
  • Interview with the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, on the victory of the “yes” campaigners in the Irish same-sex marriage referendum - Vatican Insider

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Links


The next goal for liberals will be referendum on abortion - David Quinn - Mon 25th May, 2015 - I Independent



Spare a thought for those who voted No in Ireland - Ruth Dudley Edwards - Mon 25th May, 2015 - Telegraph

The views of the 38 per cent in Ireland opposed to gay marriage should be treated with respect


Breda O’Brien: An inconvenient truth about the same-sex marriage referendum - Breda O'Brien - Mon 25th May, 2015 - I Times



The Week in Politics - Sun 24th May, 2015 - RTÉ One

Mattie McGrath interviewed


Marian Finucane - Sun 24th May, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Ray Kinsella interviewed






TV

TODAY Monday 25 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Tuesday 26 May - EWTN



24/5/15 (Sun)    >>



23/5/15 (Sat)    >>

  • EWTN SPECIAL PROGRAMME - "Same Sex Marriage" Referendum, Ireland decides - EWTN
  • YESTERDAY'S Faith in the Media

Novena TV Books Spirit Radio Links Radio Maria Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links






Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV

TODAY Saturday 23 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Sunday 24 May - EWTN





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Spirit Radio

Some recent interviews on Spirit Radio re Marriage Referendum



Niall Collins TD says NO campaign is a big lie

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/referendum-panel-closing-arguments-and-listener-qa/

Petra Conroy: Niall can I ask you a question, you’ve mentioned nonsense you have mentioned lies, you mentioned disingenuous, can I ask you do you think that I, everything that I am saying

Niall Collins: No the campaign you are associated with.

Petra Conroy: I’m part of that campaign

Niall Collins: yeah your part of a campaign that is a big lie

Niall Collins: Do you think what I have said today, the case I have outlined is just lies to cover a desire to treat gay people as unequal.

Niall Collins: Yes I do.

Petra Conroy: So you think I’m lying and misleading, in order to cover, that’s something, that really is something, actually I don’t normally ask this but I really hope that you take that back

Niall Collins: What I have said is that the no campaign is a big lie and it is and you’re associated with the No campaign.


Fatherless – Elizabeth Howard

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/fatherless-elizabeth-howard/

Elizabeth Howard made an unexpected discovery when she was fifteen – that the man she thought was her father was not in fact her father.

Elizabeth talks to Wendy about what it is like to be donor conceived, and the many the emotional and ethical considerations of assisted human reproduction.


Ger Brennan – Why I am Voting NO

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/ger-brennan-thoughts-on-the-marriage-referendum/

Ger Brennan is a Gaelic footballer who plays for Dublin and St Vincents.

He spoke to Wendy about his decision to vote NO in the same-sex marriage referendum.


Senator Jim Walsh – Thoughts on the Marriage Referendum

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/jim-walsh-thoughts-on-the-marriage-referendum/

Senator Jim Walsh has said he will be voting ‘No’ in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum because he knows the effect of growing up without a father.

He spoke with Wendy about his thoughts on the issue.



Patrick Treacy S.C. – Marriage Referendum: Legal Implications

Patrick Treacy, Senior Counsel, is a barrister and member of the campaign group Lawyers Voting No, which is advocating a No vote in the referendum on same-sex marriage. He spoke to Wendy about the legal implications of the proposed amendment to Article 41 of the Constitution of Ireland.

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/patrick-treacy-s-c-marriage-referendum-legal-implications/

Fr Brendan Purcell- Thoughts on the Marriage Referendum

Brendan is a Catholic priest. He’s also a philosopher and up until 2008 he lectured in logical, psychological and philosophical anthropology at University College Dublin. Now based in Australia where he is assistant priest at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney. Wendy spoke with Fr Brendan about his views on the Marriage Referendum from a faith and philosophical perspective.

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/fr-brendan-purcell-thoughts-on-the-marriage-referendum/

Don’t vote YES on my account – Paddy Manning

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/paddy-manning-no-vote-in-marriage-referendum/


The Government’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage - Regina Doherty TD (Fine Gael)

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/the-governments-case-for-same-sex-marriage-regina-doherty-td/


Why I am voting NO - Michael Aherne of The Commitments

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-i-am-voting-no-michael-aherne-of-the-commitments/


A Cross-Denominational Response to Marriage Referendum - Paddy Monaghan

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/a-cross-denominational-response-to-marriage-referendum-paddy-monaghan/


Growing up with Two Mothers – Heather Barwick

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/growing-up-with-two-mothers-heather-barwick/


Professor Helen Alvaré – a US perspective on Marriage Debate

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/professor-helen-alvare-a-us-perspective-on-marriage-debate/


Legal Implications of Marriage Referendum – debate involving Senator Ivana Bacik and Dr Tom Finegan

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/referendum-panel-legal-implications-of-marriage-referendum/


Mattie McGrath TD - Atlantic Philanthropies and Ireland's Marriage Referendum

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/mattie-mcgrath-td-atlantic-philanthropies-and-irelands-marriage-referendum/


Atlantic Philanthropies' document ‘Catalysing LGBT Equality and Visibility in Ireland” claims they have effectively financed the development of “a full time highly professionalised lobbying machine working inside the machinery of government” to bring about same-sex marriage in Ireland.

Mattie McGrath TD:

“You don’t give 8 million (dollars to Tusla) to any organisation or charity without having a vested interest.”

“What should be done is an examination of who else are they funding. They are funding bodies that are involved in the campaign. They have given 4 million to Marriage Equality. I don’t know where the Referendum Commission is, and SIPO, because there are very strict guidelines on what can be spent. .. and 3 million to Amnesty International, who are out campaigning. This is like confetti at a wedding! .. they also gave 7 million to the Irish Council for Civil Liberties… This has to be questioned. Our democracy is being subverted.”



Open Letter to An Taoiseach – Bruce Arnold http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/open-letter-to-an-taoiseach-bruce-arnold/

“For almost 15 years before the Referendum was put before us Atlantic Philanthropies… poured money into this country, allegedly charitable money, and focused on the small organisations where human rights or sexual rights or other rights connected with the same sex marriage minority were contained. But that was then. Now, it has changed fundamentally, in that once the Referendum was decided on, they should have withdrawn and their people should have withdrawn from the combat.”

“we’ve done it without a Green Paper, without a White Paper, without any discussion with the people. And we have the spectre of a Minister responsible, Frances Fitzgerald, who bears the full brunt of what’s going on, running along behind the Referendum debate, trying to put in legislation which was overlooked because she hadn’t thought of it or to change legislation quickly enough that it would be in force by the time the Referendum comes.”

“The first Lisbon Treaty was lost… A year later they put it before the people. They did a cook-up on it and they made promises and in return the EU put in ‘protocols’ into the document. And the protocols protected Ireland in certain aspects including pro-life protection. Those will be swept away if we pass this Referendum… The EU will then be able to walk in and do anything it likes with our Constitutional rights. And to me that is yet another horror story which I wanted to highlight and emphasise for Enda Kenny.



Children’s Rights in Marriage Referendum – Senator Ronan Mullen http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/childrens-rights-in-marriage-referendum-senator-ronan-mullen/

ON SURROGACY:

“Only in the last few days, Wendy, we have seen images coming from the tragic earthquake in Nepal, and one of the images that you may have seen, and that others will have seen, were photographs of surrogate children being airlifted to safety to Tel Aviv, as it happens….. So, a company brings impoverished Indian women into Nepal, and using eggs donated from places like South Africa, America I think, and also Indian women's eggs are harvested, and these eggs then are fertilized and carried to term by the surrogate mothers. And then that's the last bit of mothering those children will ever have because those babies are being produced for same sex male couples in Israel.

“L.G.B. Diversity in a survey in 2011 of gay people pointed to the fact that the trend in the future would be same sex couples having children. And for same sex male couples that would involve donated eggs and the use of surrogate mothers and indeed they have made the link with bringing Marriage in as necessary in order to access those rights.”

“The point is that if the referendum passes, same sex couples being married will have all the constitutional rights of married couples and that includes the right to found a family. So what the Government without telling us much about what was involved in the Children and Family Relationships Bill and having told us nothing except that they're going to bring in surrogacy, what they're asking us to do is give the constitutional stamp to all of that. It will be impossible if the amendment passes -if marriage is redefined- it will be impossible for an Oireachtas in the future, even if you get the majority together, to adjust this situation to say that there can be either no sperm or egg donation or if it is to happen it must always be in a situation where the child is given a father and a mother.”



ON THE CHILDREN AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS BILL

The point you’re asking me; hasn't it (Children and Family Relationships Bill) already passed? It is passed but now we're being asked to reward the government by pushing it beyond the reach of the Oireachtas ever to change it.



ON THE CHILDREN’S RIGHTS GROUPS CALLING FOR ‘YES’ VOTE

“I would regard the Children's Rights Lobby in general as having become completely captured by political correctness..”

“Frankly they've got a very limited view, a somewhat hobbled view of what children's rights are. They seem to think that a child's rights begin when a child is born and of whatever situation the child is brought into the world doesn't matter, that the adult right seemed to prevail for them when it comes to the begetting of children.”

“I'm shocked and surprised at the assembly of children's rights group. I think they're in a major dereliction of their duty actually, to promote children's rights fully. I think they've just got one massive blind spot …”

“The fact that they're not even able to say that, all things being equal, it would be better for the child to have their father and their mother in their lives, or at least a father and mother, I think tells an awful lot about just how far astray these organizations are gone.”



Professor Ray Kinsella on IDA Ireland's call for a YES vote - on Spirit Radio 11th May 2015 http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/ida-and-the-marriage-referendum-professor-ray-kinsella/



WENDY GRACE:

Were you surprised at Martin Shanahan making this statement?



PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“I was very surprised.…. You’d have to ask a couple of questions, and the first on is: Is it appropriate that any multi-national company should seek to influence the decisions of the Irish people, one way or another, on an issue such as this? Secondly we’d have to ask: Are we to infer from what the IDA said that our constitutional values are for sale to the highest bidder? Thirdly I’d ask: Are multi-national companies, and they are important…, are they really in a position to lecture the Irish people on their values? In the Constitution?”

“…The majority of countries in the EU and the vast majority of countries globally do not have same-sex marriage. They see marriage in the same terms as the United Nations Charter, that it’s a man and a woman and it’s a special relationship. So are we to infer from the IDA that these countries are not inclusive? And open? And don’t promote diversity? It’s a very extraordinary intervention and these are really serious questions.”



WENDY GRACE:

It is IDA Ireland’s job to present Ireland in as positive light as possible… if the Irish people chose to vote NO, has he made his own job more difficult by already giving a negative interpretation of a NO vote?



PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“It wasn’t a thought through intervention. And it sells the Irish people, and the seriousness in which we should approach this debate, well short. And it does seem to me, in a careful reading of what’s in it, that what the IDA seems to be saying is that they can sit in judgement on how your vote will be signalling whether or not Ireland is an open, diverse and inclusive society. Have they forgotten that we rightly welcomed the Vietnamese boat people? Have they forgotten that we welcomed, far more than most countries in Europe, people from Eastern Europe who were in search of a new life? I mean, where is Mr Shanahan coming from?!”

“…Companies come to Ireland because of our skilled young people… they come because of our corporation tax regime… they come to Ireland because we are an innovative people with a 5,000 year old history. That’s why they come to Ireland. And for the IDA to make this extraordinary intervention seems to me to be enormously counter-productive and one which sells our industrial policy, and which sells multi-national companies, very short.”



Gráinne Long (CEO, ISPCC) – Why ISPCC called for YES vote

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-ispcc-called-for-yes-vote-in-marriage-referendum-grainne-long/

GRAINNE LONG

“as a charity we would never advocate anything that undermines the rights of children”

GRAINNE LONG

“The professionals within the ISPCC are very clear that it is the type and stability of relationships within a household, rather than the form of that household, that determines a child’s welfare. So it is not our view that you need a mother and a father working together to care for children and that that’s a preferred family type. In our view it’s not about a preferred family unit, it’s about the nature and the level of care and love and attention that’s given to a child that determines a child’s happiness.”


Dr Paul Sullins – Emotional Outcomes for Children with Same Sex Parents (March 2015)

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/emotional-outcomes-for-children-with-same-sex-parents-dr-paul-sullins/

Wendy Grace: What did your study look at? And what sample did you look at for this study?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“What I’ve done is to find a very large government data set, 1.6 million cases and out of those I have extracted 512 children. I didn’t collect the data, the data were collected by the US census on behalf of the US government. This is the National health interview survey. .. It’s very objective data…”

Wendy Grace: What did your study find?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“(The census) comes up with a predictor of serious emotional problems. So I took that measure. And on that measure I found that the rate of serious emotional problems for children who have opposite sex parents was 7.4% .. I found that it was 7.4% among children with opposite sex parents; among children with same sex parents it was 17.4%. So it was more than twice as large.”

Wendy Grace: How does your study differ from previous studies, both in methodology and results?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“Well the average sample size of the studies that find no difference is 39 persons. My sample is 512 persons. It’s several times, more than 10 to 15 times, as large. And all but four of those prior studies don’t involve samples that are representative of the population. So you really can’t infer their results to any population in the real world. ... So I’ve published a follow up study that compares the random sample research with all of the convenient sample research, and find that there is huge bias in the convenient samples.”

Wendy Grace: What can you conclude from these findings?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“…What I did find that explains the difference.. is that when a child is with his own mother or father, that is 'joint biological parents' as we call it in the literature, children in those settings do better than children in any other setting. So if you think about it, there are only three options: either both parents are biological parents or one of the parents is a biological parent (like in a step parent family), or none of them is (like when a child is adopted). And I found that the rate of serious emotional problems differs dramatically in those three scenarios. If you are with joint biological parents, about 4% of kids have emotional problems - much lower than the average overall.”



Dr Pat Fagan – Are marriage and religion good for society – Spirit Radio, November 2014

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/are-marriage-and-religion-good-for-society-dr-pat-fagan/

Re: In all the other religions marriage is deeply tied to a sense of the sacred.

“There were 17 different religions there (attending the Humanum Conference Rome), if you count Christianity…you know Catholics, Protestants, all that, count Christianity as one, Judaism and Muslim, aside from that there were fourteen other religions. And what came across, very clear among all, was the naturalness of man finding the woman, of woman finding the man, the complementarity of man and woman coming together and raising their children. But here’s what struck me most, outside of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim - which I think we are all very familiar with - in all the other religions marriage is deeply tied to a sense of the sacred, to the divine. If you take Buddhism, which doesn’t have the sense of the one God, but they do have very much the sense of the transcendental, of the supernatural there also; across all is this intimate connection between the goodness of marriage, the strength of marriage, and the practice of people’s faith as they understand it.”

Public Policy in the West is Anti-Marriage.

“The sad way to sum up most of public policy in the developed West is ‘anti-marriage’, not totally but fundamentally and increasingly it is displacing marriage as the fundamental core unit… Essentially, I let the data now do the speaking because there is so much ideology in public policy. It has become very unreasonable and it holds in Ireland, it holds in the US, it holds right across Europe – the European parliament; I track these things. The West is in deep crisis. The West is disappearing, demographically.”

Marriage is best for adults for children and for society.

“Amongst scholars, liberal and conservative in the United States, everybody agrees that marriage is best for adults, for children and for society. The disconnect comes in the media and then in the ideologies of different parties and what they’re pushing and how they get voted and how they get re-elected. Those things trump the good of family, the good of marriage and particularly the good of children.”

Findings from analysing US federal surveys - adults and Children do best in an intact married family.

“Well here’s the way I’d sum up; every federal survey in the United States, on every outcome – now these are huge statements - I’m saying every survey, every outcome, from health through happiness and mental health, income savings, longevity… all the negative things… on every single outcome, adults and children do best in an intact married family.”






Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



22/5/15 (Fri)    >>

  • Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family interviewed by Raymond Arroyo about the beauty of the Family EWTN : World Over Live TONIGHT at 8pm (repeat) and Sunday at 6pm
  • Three Times more “YES” Articles than “NO” Articles On Same-Sex Marriage Referendum - MKC Communications
  • Brendan O'Reagan argues 'an impartiality deficit in the media' approaching referendum day - Irish Catholic
  • Gay Marriage: MUST READ – Primary school teacher explains why she’s voting No but is afraid to say so - Liberal
  • AIB encourages staff to vote as part of ‘diversity agenda’ - I Times
  • Groundbreaking Study On Gay Marriage Views May Have Been Faked - Huffington Post
  • Action begins against Drogheda printer in ‘gay invite row’ - News Letter
  • 'No' side finishing strongly - Iona
  • YESTERDAY'S Faith in the Media

Novena TV Books Spirit Radio Links Radio Maria Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links


Ten myths about today’s Irish referendum on same-sex marriage - Fri 22nd May, 2015 - Catholic Voices







Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV

TODAY Friday 22 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Saturday 23 May - EWTN





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Spirit Radio

Some recent interviews on Spirit Radio re Marriage Referendum



Niall Collins TD says NO campaign is a big lie

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/referendum-panel-closing-arguments-and-listener-qa/

Petra Conroy: Niall can I ask you a question, you’ve mentioned nonsense you have mentioned lies, you mentioned disingenuous, can I ask you do you think that I, everything that I am saying

Niall Collins: No the campaign you are associated with.

Petra Conroy: I’m part of that campaign

Niall Collins: yeah your part of a campaign that is a big lie

Niall Collins: Do you think what I have said today, the case I have outlined is just lies to cover a desire to treat gay people as unequal.

Niall Collins: Yes I do.

Petra Conroy: So you think I’m lying and misleading, in order to cover, that’s something, that really is something, actually I don’t normally ask this but I really hope that you take that back

Niall Collins: What I have said is that the no campaign is a big lie and it is and you’re associated with the No campaign.


Fatherless – Elizabeth Howard

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/fatherless-elizabeth-howard/

Elizabeth Howard made an unexpected discovery when she was fifteen – that the man she thought was her father was not in fact her father.

Elizabeth talks to Wendy about what it is like to be donor conceived, and the many the emotional and ethical considerations of assisted human reproduction.


Ger Brennan – Why I am Voting NO

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/ger-brennan-thoughts-on-the-marriage-referendum/

Ger Brennan is a Gaelic footballer who plays for Dublin and St Vincents.

He spoke to Wendy about his decision to vote NO in the same-sex marriage referendum.


Senator Jim Walsh – Thoughts on the Marriage Referendum

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/jim-walsh-thoughts-on-the-marriage-referendum/

Senator Jim Walsh has said he will be voting ‘No’ in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum because he knows the effect of growing up without a father.

He spoke with Wendy about his thoughts on the issue.



Patrick Treacy S.C. – Marriage Referendum: Legal Implications

Patrick Treacy, Senior Counsel, is a barrister and member of the campaign group Lawyers Voting No, which is advocating a No vote in the referendum on same-sex marriage. He spoke to Wendy about the legal implications of the proposed amendment to Article 41 of the Constitution of Ireland.

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/patrick-treacy-s-c-marriage-referendum-legal-implications/

Fr Brendan Purcell- Thoughts on the Marriage Referendum

Brendan is a Catholic priest. He’s also a philosopher and up until 2008 he lectured in logical, psychological and philosophical anthropology at University College Dublin. Now based in Australia where he is assistant priest at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney. Wendy spoke with Fr Brendan about his views on the Marriage Referendum from a faith and philosophical perspective.

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/fr-brendan-purcell-thoughts-on-the-marriage-referendum/

Don’t vote YES on my account – Paddy Manning

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/paddy-manning-no-vote-in-marriage-referendum/


The Government’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage - Regina Doherty TD (Fine Gael)

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/the-governments-case-for-same-sex-marriage-regina-doherty-td/


Why I am voting NO - Michael Aherne of The Commitments

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-i-am-voting-no-michael-aherne-of-the-commitments/


A Cross-Denominational Response to Marriage Referendum - Paddy Monaghan

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/a-cross-denominational-response-to-marriage-referendum-paddy-monaghan/


Growing up with Two Mothers – Heather Barwick

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/growing-up-with-two-mothers-heather-barwick/


Professor Helen Alvaré – a US perspective on Marriage Debate

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/professor-helen-alvare-a-us-perspective-on-marriage-debate/


Legal Implications of Marriage Referendum – debate involving Senator Ivana Bacik and Dr Tom Finegan

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/referendum-panel-legal-implications-of-marriage-referendum/


Mattie McGrath TD - Atlantic Philanthropies and Ireland's Marriage Referendum

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/mattie-mcgrath-td-atlantic-philanthropies-and-irelands-marriage-referendum/


Atlantic Philanthropies' document ‘Catalysing LGBT Equality and Visibility in Ireland” claims they have effectively financed the development of “a full time highly professionalised lobbying machine working inside the machinery of government” to bring about same-sex marriage in Ireland.

Mattie McGrath TD:

“You don’t give 8 million (dollars to Tusla) to any organisation or charity without having a vested interest.”

“What should be done is an examination of who else are they funding. They are funding bodies that are involved in the campaign. They have given 4 million to Marriage Equality. I don’t know where the Referendum Commission is, and SIPO, because there are very strict guidelines on what can be spent. .. and 3 million to Amnesty International, who are out campaigning. This is like confetti at a wedding! .. they also gave 7 million to the Irish Council for Civil Liberties… This has to be questioned. Our democracy is being subverted.”



Open Letter to An Taoiseach – Bruce Arnold http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/open-letter-to-an-taoiseach-bruce-arnold/

“For almost 15 years before the Referendum was put before us Atlantic Philanthropies… poured money into this country, allegedly charitable money, and focused on the small organisations where human rights or sexual rights or other rights connected with the same sex marriage minority were contained. But that was then. Now, it has changed fundamentally, in that once the Referendum was decided on, they should have withdrawn and their people should have withdrawn from the combat.”

“we’ve done it without a Green Paper, without a White Paper, without any discussion with the people. And we have the spectre of a Minister responsible, Frances Fitzgerald, who bears the full brunt of what’s going on, running along behind the Referendum debate, trying to put in legislation which was overlooked because she hadn’t thought of it or to change legislation quickly enough that it would be in force by the time the Referendum comes.”

“The first Lisbon Treaty was lost… A year later they put it before the people. They did a cook-up on it and they made promises and in return the EU put in ‘protocols’ into the document. And the protocols protected Ireland in certain aspects including pro-life protection. Those will be swept away if we pass this Referendum… The EU will then be able to walk in and do anything it likes with our Constitutional rights. And to me that is yet another horror story which I wanted to highlight and emphasise for Enda Kenny.



Children’s Rights in Marriage Referendum – Senator Ronan Mullen http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/childrens-rights-in-marriage-referendum-senator-ronan-mullen/

ON SURROGACY:

“Only in the last few days, Wendy, we have seen images coming from the tragic earthquake in Nepal, and one of the images that you may have seen, and that others will have seen, were photographs of surrogate children being airlifted to safety to Tel Aviv, as it happens….. So, a company brings impoverished Indian women into Nepal, and using eggs donated from places like South Africa, America I think, and also Indian women's eggs are harvested, and these eggs then are fertilized and carried to term by the surrogate mothers. And then that's the last bit of mothering those children will ever have because those babies are being produced for same sex male couples in Israel.

“L.G.B. Diversity in a survey in 2011 of gay people pointed to the fact that the trend in the future would be same sex couples having children. And for same sex male couples that would involve donated eggs and the use of surrogate mothers and indeed they have made the link with bringing Marriage in as necessary in order to access those rights.”

“The point is that if the referendum passes, same sex couples being married will have all the constitutional rights of married couples and that includes the right to found a family. So what the Government without telling us much about what was involved in the Children and Family Relationships Bill and having told us nothing except that they're going to bring in surrogacy, what they're asking us to do is give the constitutional stamp to all of that. It will be impossible if the amendment passes -if marriage is redefined- it will be impossible for an Oireachtas in the future, even if you get the majority together, to adjust this situation to say that there can be either no sperm or egg donation or if it is to happen it must always be in a situation where the child is given a father and a mother.”



ON THE CHILDREN AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS BILL

The point you’re asking me; hasn't it (Children and Family Relationships Bill) already passed? It is passed but now we're being asked to reward the government by pushing it beyond the reach of the Oireachtas ever to change it.



ON THE CHILDREN’S RIGHTS GROUPS CALLING FOR ‘YES’ VOTE

“I would regard the Children's Rights Lobby in general as having become completely captured by political correctness..”

“Frankly they've got a very limited view, a somewhat hobbled view of what children's rights are. They seem to think that a child's rights begin when a child is born and of whatever situation the child is brought into the world doesn't matter, that the adult right seemed to prevail for them when it comes to the begetting of children.”

“I'm shocked and surprised at the assembly of children's rights group. I think they're in a major dereliction of their duty actually, to promote children's rights fully. I think they've just got one massive blind spot …”

“The fact that they're not even able to say that, all things being equal, it would be better for the child to have their father and their mother in their lives, or at least a father and mother, I think tells an awful lot about just how far astray these organizations are gone.”



Professor Ray Kinsella on IDA Ireland's call for a YES vote - on Spirit Radio 11th May 2015 http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/ida-and-the-marriage-referendum-professor-ray-kinsella/



WENDY GRACE:

Were you surprised at Martin Shanahan making this statement?



PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“I was very surprised.…. You’d have to ask a couple of questions, and the first on is: Is it appropriate that any multi-national company should seek to influence the decisions of the Irish people, one way or another, on an issue such as this? Secondly we’d have to ask: Are we to infer from what the IDA said that our constitutional values are for sale to the highest bidder? Thirdly I’d ask: Are multi-national companies, and they are important…, are they really in a position to lecture the Irish people on their values? In the Constitution?”

“…The majority of countries in the EU and the vast majority of countries globally do not have same-sex marriage. They see marriage in the same terms as the United Nations Charter, that it’s a man and a woman and it’s a special relationship. So are we to infer from the IDA that these countries are not inclusive? And open? And don’t promote diversity? It’s a very extraordinary intervention and these are really serious questions.”



WENDY GRACE:

It is IDA Ireland’s job to present Ireland in as positive light as possible… if the Irish people chose to vote NO, has he made his own job more difficult by already giving a negative interpretation of a NO vote?



PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“It wasn’t a thought through intervention. And it sells the Irish people, and the seriousness in which we should approach this debate, well short. And it does seem to me, in a careful reading of what’s in it, that what the IDA seems to be saying is that they can sit in judgement on how your vote will be signalling whether or not Ireland is an open, diverse and inclusive society. Have they forgotten that we rightly welcomed the Vietnamese boat people? Have they forgotten that we welcomed, far more than most countries in Europe, people from Eastern Europe who were in search of a new life? I mean, where is Mr Shanahan coming from?!”

“…Companies come to Ireland because of our skilled young people… they come because of our corporation tax regime… they come to Ireland because we are an innovative people with a 5,000 year old history. That’s why they come to Ireland. And for the IDA to make this extraordinary intervention seems to me to be enormously counter-productive and one which sells our industrial policy, and which sells multi-national companies, very short.”



Gráinne Long (CEO, ISPCC) – Why ISPCC called for YES vote

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-ispcc-called-for-yes-vote-in-marriage-referendum-grainne-long/

GRAINNE LONG

“as a charity we would never advocate anything that undermines the rights of children”

GRAINNE LONG

“The professionals within the ISPCC are very clear that it is the type and stability of relationships within a household, rather than the form of that household, that determines a child’s welfare. So it is not our view that you need a mother and a father working together to care for children and that that’s a preferred family type. In our view it’s not about a preferred family unit, it’s about the nature and the level of care and love and attention that’s given to a child that determines a child’s happiness.”


Dr Paul Sullins – Emotional Outcomes for Children with Same Sex Parents (March 2015)

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/emotional-outcomes-for-children-with-same-sex-parents-dr-paul-sullins/

Wendy Grace: What did your study look at? And what sample did you look at for this study?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“What I’ve done is to find a very large government data set, 1.6 million cases and out of those I have extracted 512 children. I didn’t collect the data, the data were collected by the US census on behalf of the US government. This is the National health interview survey. .. It’s very objective data…”

Wendy Grace: What did your study find?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“(The census) comes up with a predictor of serious emotional problems. So I took that measure. And on that measure I found that the rate of serious emotional problems for children who have opposite sex parents was 7.4% .. I found that it was 7.4% among children with opposite sex parents; among children with same sex parents it was 17.4%. So it was more than twice as large.”

Wendy Grace: How does your study differ from previous studies, both in methodology and results?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“Well the average sample size of the studies that find no difference is 39 persons. My sample is 512 persons. It’s several times, more than 10 to 15 times, as large. And all but four of those prior studies don’t involve samples that are representative of the population. So you really can’t infer their results to any population in the real world. ... So I’ve published a follow up study that compares the random sample research with all of the convenient sample research, and find that there is huge bias in the convenient samples.”

Wendy Grace: What can you conclude from these findings?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“…What I did find that explains the difference.. is that when a child is with his own mother or father, that is 'joint biological parents' as we call it in the literature, children in those settings do better than children in any other setting. So if you think about it, there are only three options: either both parents are biological parents or one of the parents is a biological parent (like in a step parent family), or none of them is (like when a child is adopted). And I found that the rate of serious emotional problems differs dramatically in those three scenarios. If you are with joint biological parents, about 4% of kids have emotional problems - much lower than the average overall.”



Dr Pat Fagan – Are marriage and religion good for society – Spirit Radio, November 2014

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/are-marriage-and-religion-good-for-society-dr-pat-fagan/

Re: In all the other religions marriage is deeply tied to a sense of the sacred.

“There were 17 different religions there (attending the Humanum Conference Rome), if you count Christianity…you know Catholics, Protestants, all that, count Christianity as one, Judaism and Muslim, aside from that there were fourteen other religions. And what came across, very clear among all, was the naturalness of man finding the woman, of woman finding the man, the complementarity of man and woman coming together and raising their children. But here’s what struck me most, outside of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim - which I think we are all very familiar with - in all the other religions marriage is deeply tied to a sense of the sacred, to the divine. If you take Buddhism, which doesn’t have the sense of the one God, but they do have very much the sense of the transcendental, of the supernatural there also; across all is this intimate connection between the goodness of marriage, the strength of marriage, and the practice of people’s faith as they understand it.”

Public Policy in the West is Anti-Marriage.

“The sad way to sum up most of public policy in the developed West is ‘anti-marriage’, not totally but fundamentally and increasingly it is displacing marriage as the fundamental core unit… Essentially, I let the data now do the speaking because there is so much ideology in public policy. It has become very unreasonable and it holds in Ireland, it holds in the US, it holds right across Europe – the European parliament; I track these things. The West is in deep crisis. The West is disappearing, demographically.”

Marriage is best for adults for children and for society.

“Amongst scholars, liberal and conservative in the United States, everybody agrees that marriage is best for adults, for children and for society. The disconnect comes in the media and then in the ideologies of different parties and what they’re pushing and how they get voted and how they get re-elected. Those things trump the good of family, the good of marriage and particularly the good of children.”

Findings from analysing US federal surveys - adults and Children do best in an intact married family.

“Well here’s the way I’d sum up; every federal survey in the United States, on every outcome – now these are huge statements - I’m saying every survey, every outcome, from health through happiness and mental health, income savings, longevity… all the negative things… on every single outcome, adults and children do best in an intact married family.”






Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



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AUDIO: Iona Institute director David Quinn and Newstalk's Chris Donoghue go head to head in heated debate on referendum

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Football star Luiz makes chastity pledge at baptism - Thu 21st May, 2015 - Irish Catholic



Bishop says Fr John Sullivan has message for today - Thu 21st May, 2015 - Irish Catholic



From TV reporter to nun like ‘makeover show in reverse - Thu 21st May, 2015 - Irish Catholic



An Impossible Right: Why 'Same-Sex Marriage' is Wrongheaded - Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone [YouTube]



Federalist Society: What is Marriage? Debate between Sherif Girgis and Professor Steve Sanders [YouTube]



We must protect marriage for the sake of children - May, 2015 - Alive







Letters


School of Social Work and Social Policy
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Tel.: 01-8305792

ANTHONY COUGHLAN

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Dear Sir/Madam,
May I write to you in connection with Friday's referendum.

My views on marriage are not religiously based, but are grounded rather in the ABCs of sociology and anthropology.

I do not belong to any of the No-side groups on this matter.

I have however taught social policy at TCD for over 30 years, and dealt a lot with family law and public policy on family issues over that time.

I have nothing personal to gain by giving my views on this issue.

I do so only because as a social science professional I believe that Irish voters will be making a mistake which many will come to regret if they vote on Friday to transform fundamentally the character of marriage and the family based on marriage in their State Constitution. No other country has done this.

Irish social policy can easily do justice to the interests of LGBT people by building upon Civil Partnership and putting that into the Constitution in some future referendum, without transforming the nature of marriage for everyone else in this one.

That is the sensible way to achieve "equality" .

I set out my reasons for holding this view in the article below, which I hope may contain points to interest you.

Please feel free to use this article or this covering letter in any way you may wish and to quote from it in whole or in part if you care to do that.

Yours faithfully,

(John) Anthony Coughlan
Associate Professor Emeritus in Social Policy

PS. With reference to the point in the article about American money being used to buy an Irish referendum, I understand that Mr Chuck Feeney, who did outstanding work for the Irish Peace Process in the 1990s, has had no say for years in the funding decisions of the Board of the Atlantic Philanthropies foundation.

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WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE NO TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

By Anthony Coughlan, Associate Professor Emeritus in Social Policy, TCD


Since history began the institution of marriage between men and women has existed in all societies to ensure that the next generation, children, are brought up wherever practicable by the mothers and fathers who are responsible for conceiving them, until those children reach adulthood.

This is ABC in any sociology textbook. Male-female marriage is the basis of the natural links between the generations. It antedates the great religions. No society anywhere, apart from a few in recent years in Latin America and Europe, has regarded marriage as covering homosexuals, because lesbian and gay couples cannot conceive or produce children.

What we are being asked to do on Friday is to amend Article 41 of the Constitution to change marriage and the family from the male-female-based institution that it has always been understood to be in Ireland’s Constitution and laws, into something profoundly different.

It is not a mere matter of EXTENDING THE SCOPE AND COVERAGE of the institution of marriage and the family to include LGBT people. It is TO TRANSFORM FUNDAMENTALLY THE SOCIAL, CONSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL CHARACTER OF THE INSTITUTION ITSELF.

If people vote Yes it means that henceforth in Ireland families based on so-called “marriage” between two males or two females - who are incapable as couples of producing children - will be included among families that are stated in our Constitution as being “the natural primary and fundamental unit group of Society . . . a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights antecedent and superior to all positive law. . . the necessary basis of social order and as indispensable to the welfare of the Nation and the State.”

That is a ludicrous proposition, as UCC Professor John A. Murphy has pointed out in the Irish Times.

If we agree to write such an absurdity into the Irish Constitution, it will surely make this country and those in our political class who are responsible for it, into an international laughing stock … And deservedly so.

There are some 198 States in the world. Fewer than one-tenth of them, 17 I understand, have introduced same-sex marriage – all of them by Parliamentary vote or Court order.

Writing same-sex marriage into one’s State Constitution however is permanent, irreversible and likely to have many unforeseen, unintended and unwanted consequences. No other country has done that.

A MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE WAY OF DOING JUSTICE to the 1-2% of the population who are permanently homosexual without transforming the nature of marriage for the 98-99% who are not, would be to give recognition in the Constitution to civil partnerships, which is not the case at present.

Such an obvious way of being fair to our homosexual fellow-citizens does not seem to have been considered by the Government in its rush to push through homosexual “marriage” without any teasing out of its likely complex consequences in a Green Paper or White Paper beforehand.

If Irish voters transform the nature of marriage in the Constitution by voting Yes on Friday they will be endowing gay and lesbian couples with exactly the same constitutional rights to “procreate”, to “found” a family and to have children as opposite-sex couples have.

How can two men “found” a family?

Gay and lesbian couples can only exercise their new constitutional right to “procreate as a family” by the use of eggs or sperm donated by others and the use of surrogate mothers who are willing to “rent out” their wombs to others for nine months at a time.

That is why surrogacy is a relevant issue. It is not an invention, as Yes-side people assert.

Surrogacy means more children being brought up without links to their genetic mothers. It means more exploitation of poor women in poor countries for the benefit of rich people.

Surrogacy is unregulated in Ireland now, but if we change the Constitution homosexual couples will be able to claim it in the Courts as essential to the exercise of their new constitutional rights to procreate and to found families as couples – on the ground of “equality”.

This is presumably the reason why the Government wants to get voters to change the Constitution first, and thereby clear a constitutional path to facilitating surrogacy for LGBT couples by ordinary statute law later.

CAN AMERICAN MONEY BUY AN IRISH REFERENDUM?

One of the many unconsidered consequences of voting to change the Constitution is that it would alter the legal-political effect of the first Lisbon Treaty Protocol, which the Government used to persuade Irish people to ratify the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, after they had rejected it in 2008.

The Lisbon Treaty, which establishes the EU Constitution, gives the EU the power to lay down human rights standards as a matter of supranational law across its 28 Member States. Article 9 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights allows for same-sex marriage and the right “to found a family” on that basis.

As it stands, Ireland’s Lisbon Treaty Protocol is an insurmountable legal barrier to supranational EU law on marriage, the family and education across the EU. If we remove that barrier by changing the Constitution ourselves, we clear the way for EU law on same-sex marriage in all EU countries by decision of the EU Court of Justice in due time.

Ireland would thus become a bridgehead in the EU for the powerful pharmaceutical companies that make up the donor-assisted human reproduction industry and the accompanying lucrative surrogacy business in America and Europe.

Can American money buy an Irish referendum? That is the question put in an Irish Times article last week under that title.

In it we were informed how key elements of the Yes campaign – Marriage Equality, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network(GLEN), and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, have received some $17 million in recent years from the American foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, to help transform the position of marriage in the Irish Constitution.

The taxpayer-funded Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission(IHREC), the State’s official human rights body, wrongly advised the Government, the political parties and the general public that there is a right to same-sex marriage under the European Convention on Human Rights, even though the Court which interprets the Convention has laid down in the Hamalainen v.Finland case that there is no such right.

It turns out that the IHREC too got €2 million from Atlantic Philanthropies.

It has been calculated from Atlantic’s own web-site that this single American foundation invested €735 million in Irish projects in the past 13 years, of which €25 million has been devoted to agencies promoting change in the area of LBGT interests.

It is clear from its web-site also that the Board of this US-based body has had intimate relations with the Government and has determinedly exerted that influence in recent years to change Irish social policy and the Irish Constitution as regards same-sex marriage. The money it provided has been responsible for the systematic lobbying of politicians of all parties on this matter.

We were also told last week that the withdrawal of Government funding of pre-marriage courses by the Catholic charity Accord, is mere coincidence. Then the next day we learned that the Government agency Tusla, which finances Accord, has just received €8 million from the same Atlantic Philanthropies. The coincidences get more curious.

Whether they are aware of it or not, it looks very much as if the key bodies on the Yes-side mentioned have become outriders for US-based Big Pharma, the American social media companies that are cheerleaders for this issue, and the accompanying gender-neutral ideology which seeks to legitimate same-sex marriage across Europe.

If voters change the Constitution on Friday the Irish State will become an ideological flag-bearer in the EU for the powerful economic interests involved in the donor-assisted human reproduction industry and the lucrative international surrogacy business that is its complement.

Worth mentioning in conclusion is that if people vote Yes it will become constitutionally impossible for future Irish public policy to support or favour male-female couples and their children in any way over the “families” of homosexuals.

That is what constitutional and legal “equality” will have to mean.

The new constitutional position of marriage and the family will then have to be taught in our schools, at least in civics classes.

THIS IN TURN IS LIKELY TO CAUSE FAR MORE PAINFUL CONFUSION REGARDING SEXUAL IDENTITY and orientation among vulnerable adolescent young people in the future than is the case at present or has been in the past.

Voters feel that they are being pressurized into voting Yes in order to do the decent thing by homosexuals.

They are told they should feel guilty by not voting for “equality” when the Constitution already provides that all citizens are equal before the law.

They are being deceived and misled by many people who should know better.

IRISH VOTERS SHOULD HAVE THE COURAGE OF FREE CITIZENS, THOUGHTFUL LIBERALS AND TRUE REPUBLICANS and give the nonsense that is currently being thrown at them from all sides a firm "No".

The State can then take the creative social policy initiative of putting civil partnership into the Irish Constitution, setting a good international example in doing that.

That would give affectional shared-domicile relations between same-sex couples, whether homosexual, platonic friends or siblings who desire such, full constitutional recognition, while leaving marriage and the marriage-based family as it has always been.

But for that to happen voters must say No to same-sex “marriage” first






Events

TODAY TOMORROW Thursday 21 May - Friday 22 May

List of all-Night Vigils for upholding God's plan for Marriage

(Eve of Referendum 21st May)

1) St Patrick's Parish, Eskra, Co. Tyrone Thurs 7pm - 7am.

2) St. Joseph's Church, Fairview Road, Galliagh, Derry City BT48 8NU Thurs 9pm - 9am.

3) St. Senan's, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford commencing with Holy Mass Thurs 7.30am, Adoration until 10am Mass and then Adoration continues up until 9pm Thurs.

4) Ferns, Co. Wexford 24 hours Thu/Fri. Thurs 8am to Saturday 10 pm Daily from 8am-10pm Contact (087) 9331809 for details.

5) Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipp. Thurs 8pm - 8am with Mass.

6) Knock Village (Alexian Brothers Oratory) 12midnight - 6am. Limited seating spaces contact our office for details.

7) Bru Colombanus, Cardinal Way, Wilton, Cork City - commencing with Mass 10pm - 6am.

8) Ballinamore Parish Church, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. Thurs 12 midnight to 6am. Silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament with Rosary and Divine Mercy hourly.

9) Buncrana Parish, Buncrana Co. Donegal. Thurs 10pm - 6am.

10) Capuchin Monastery, Raheny, Dublin. 9pm - 7am concluding with Holy Mass.
For more details - Tel: 086-2350538.
Adjacent to St. Francis Hospice.


11) Tullamore

12) Kilcormac

13) Sligo Town

14) Carrickmacross

15) St. Paul's, Waterford

16) Mount Zion, Waterford 10pm-4am Mass at beginning and at end

17) Doon House of Prayer

18) Dominic Street Community, Dublin 1

19) Queen of Peace Church, Bray 9pm-7am

20) Renmore, Co. Galway

21) Tralee, Co. Kerry







Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV

TODAY Thursday 21 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Friday 22 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Friday 22 May - EWTN - 01:00 - The World Over Live - Archbishop Paglia on the beauty of the family





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Spirit Radio

Some recent interviews on Spirit Radio re Marriage Referendum



Niall Collins TD says NO campaign is a big lie

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/referendum-panel-closing-arguments-and-listener-qa/

Petra Conroy: Niall can I ask you a question, you’ve mentioned nonsense you have mentioned lies, you mentioned disingenuous, can I ask you do you think that I, everything that I am saying

Niall Collins: No the campaign you are associated with.

Petra Conroy: I’m part of that campaign

Niall Collins: yeah your part of a campaign that is a big lie

Niall Collins: Do you think what I have said today, the case I have outlined is just lies to cover a desire to treat gay people as unequal.

Niall Collins: Yes I do.

Petra Conroy: So you think I’m lying and misleading, in order to cover, that’s something, that really is something, actually I don’t normally ask this but I really hope that you take that back

Niall Collins: What I have said is that the no campaign is a big lie and it is and you’re associated with the No campaign.


Fatherless – Elizabeth Howard

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/fatherless-elizabeth-howard/

Elizabeth Howard made an unexpected discovery when she was fifteen – that the man she thought was her father was not in fact her father.

Elizabeth talks to Wendy about what it is like to be donor conceived, and the many the emotional and ethical considerations of assisted human reproduction.


Ger Brennan – Why I am Voting NO

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/ger-brennan-thoughts-on-the-marriage-referendum/

Ger Brennan is a Gaelic footballer who plays for Dublin and St Vincents.

He spoke to Wendy about his decision to vote NO in the same-sex marriage referendum.


Senator Jim Walsh – Thoughts on the Marriage Referendum

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/jim-walsh-thoughts-on-the-marriage-referendum/

Senator Jim Walsh has said he will be voting ‘No’ in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum because he knows the effect of growing up without a father.

He spoke with Wendy about his thoughts on the issue.



Patrick Treacy S.C. – Marriage Referendum: Legal Implications

Patrick Treacy, Senior Counsel, is a barrister and member of the campaign group Lawyers Voting No, which is advocating a No vote in the referendum on same-sex marriage. He spoke to Wendy about the legal implications of the proposed amendment to Article 41 of the Constitution of Ireland.

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/patrick-treacy-s-c-marriage-referendum-legal-implications/

Fr Brendan Purcell- Thoughts on the Marriage Referendum

Brendan is a Catholic priest. He’s also a philosopher and up until 2008 he lectured in logical, psychological and philosophical anthropology at University College Dublin. Now based in Australia where he is assistant priest at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney. Wendy spoke with Fr Brendan about his views on the Marriage Referendum from a faith and philosophical perspective.

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/fr-brendan-purcell-thoughts-on-the-marriage-referendum/

Don’t vote YES on my account – Paddy Manning

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/paddy-manning-no-vote-in-marriage-referendum/


The Government’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage - Regina Doherty TD (Fine Gael)

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/the-governments-case-for-same-sex-marriage-regina-doherty-td/


Why I am voting NO - Michael Aherne of The Commitments

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-i-am-voting-no-michael-aherne-of-the-commitments/


A Cross-Denominational Response to Marriage Referendum - Paddy Monaghan

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/a-cross-denominational-response-to-marriage-referendum-paddy-monaghan/


Growing up with Two Mothers – Heather Barwick

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/growing-up-with-two-mothers-heather-barwick/


Professor Helen Alvaré – a US perspective on Marriage Debate

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/professor-helen-alvare-a-us-perspective-on-marriage-debate/


Legal Implications of Marriage Referendum – debate involving Senator Ivana Bacik and Dr Tom Finegan

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/referendum-panel-legal-implications-of-marriage-referendum/


Mattie McGrath TD - Atlantic Philanthropies and Ireland's Marriage Referendum

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/mattie-mcgrath-td-atlantic-philanthropies-and-irelands-marriage-referendum/


Atlantic Philanthropies' document ‘Catalysing LGBT Equality and Visibility in Ireland” claims they have effectively financed the development of “a full time highly professionalised lobbying machine working inside the machinery of government” to bring about same-sex marriage in Ireland.

Mattie McGrath TD:

“You don’t give 8 million (dollars to Tusla) to any organisation or charity without having a vested interest.”

“What should be done is an examination of who else are they funding. They are funding bodies that are involved in the campaign. They have given 4 million to Marriage Equality. I don’t know where the Referendum Commission is, and SIPO, because there are very strict guidelines on what can be spent. .. and 3 million to Amnesty International, who are out campaigning. This is like confetti at a wedding! .. they also gave 7 million to the Irish Council for Civil Liberties… This has to be questioned. Our democracy is being subverted.”



Open Letter to An Taoiseach – Bruce Arnold http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/open-letter-to-an-taoiseach-bruce-arnold/

“For almost 15 years before the Referendum was put before us Atlantic Philanthropies… poured money into this country, allegedly charitable money, and focused on the small organisations where human rights or sexual rights or other rights connected with the same sex marriage minority were contained. But that was then. Now, it has changed fundamentally, in that once the Referendum was decided on, they should have withdrawn and their people should have withdrawn from the combat.”

“we’ve done it without a Green Paper, without a White Paper, without any discussion with the people. And we have the spectre of a Minister responsible, Frances Fitzgerald, who bears the full brunt of what’s going on, running along behind the Referendum debate, trying to put in legislation which was overlooked because she hadn’t thought of it or to change legislation quickly enough that it would be in force by the time the Referendum comes.”

“The first Lisbon Treaty was lost… A year later they put it before the people. They did a cook-up on it and they made promises and in return the EU put in ‘protocols’ into the document. And the protocols protected Ireland in certain aspects including pro-life protection. Those will be swept away if we pass this Referendum… The EU will then be able to walk in and do anything it likes with our Constitutional rights. And to me that is yet another horror story which I wanted to highlight and emphasise for Enda Kenny.



Children’s Rights in Marriage Referendum – Senator Ronan Mullen http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/childrens-rights-in-marriage-referendum-senator-ronan-mullen/

ON SURROGACY:

“Only in the last few days, Wendy, we have seen images coming from the tragic earthquake in Nepal, and one of the images that you may have seen, and that others will have seen, were photographs of surrogate children being airlifted to safety to Tel Aviv, as it happens….. So, a company brings impoverished Indian women into Nepal, and using eggs donated from places like South Africa, America I think, and also Indian women's eggs are harvested, and these eggs then are fertilized and carried to term by the surrogate mothers. And then that's the last bit of mothering those children will ever have because those babies are being produced for same sex male couples in Israel.

“L.G.B. Diversity in a survey in 2011 of gay people pointed to the fact that the trend in the future would be same sex couples having children. And for same sex male couples that would involve donated eggs and the use of surrogate mothers and indeed they have made the link with bringing Marriage in as necessary in order to access those rights.”

“The point is that if the referendum passes, same sex couples being married will have all the constitutional rights of married couples and that includes the right to found a family. So what the Government without telling us much about what was involved in the Children and Family Relationships Bill and having told us nothing except that they're going to bring in surrogacy, what they're asking us to do is give the constitutional stamp to all of that. It will be impossible if the amendment passes -if marriage is redefined- it will be impossible for an Oireachtas in the future, even if you get the majority together, to adjust this situation to say that there can be either no sperm or egg donation or if it is to happen it must always be in a situation where the child is given a father and a mother.”



ON THE CHILDREN AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS BILL

The point you’re asking me; hasn't it (Children and Family Relationships Bill) already passed? It is passed but now we're being asked to reward the government by pushing it beyond the reach of the Oireachtas ever to change it.



ON THE CHILDREN’S RIGHTS GROUPS CALLING FOR ‘YES’ VOTE

“I would regard the Children's Rights Lobby in general as having become completely captured by political correctness..”

“Frankly they've got a very limited view, a somewhat hobbled view of what children's rights are. They seem to think that a child's rights begin when a child is born and of whatever situation the child is brought into the world doesn't matter, that the adult right seemed to prevail for them when it comes to the begetting of children.”

“I'm shocked and surprised at the assembly of children's rights group. I think they're in a major dereliction of their duty actually, to promote children's rights fully. I think they've just got one massive blind spot …”

“The fact that they're not even able to say that, all things being equal, it would be better for the child to have their father and their mother in their lives, or at least a father and mother, I think tells an awful lot about just how far astray these organizations are gone.”



Professor Ray Kinsella on IDA Ireland's call for a YES vote - on Spirit Radio 11th May 2015 http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/ida-and-the-marriage-referendum-professor-ray-kinsella/



WENDY GRACE:

Were you surprised at Martin Shanahan making this statement?



PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“I was very surprised.…. You’d have to ask a couple of questions, and the first on is: Is it appropriate that any multi-national company should seek to influence the decisions of the Irish people, one way or another, on an issue such as this? Secondly we’d have to ask: Are we to infer from what the IDA said that our constitutional values are for sale to the highest bidder? Thirdly I’d ask: Are multi-national companies, and they are important…, are they really in a position to lecture the Irish people on their values? In the Constitution?”

“…The majority of countries in the EU and the vast majority of countries globally do not have same-sex marriage. They see marriage in the same terms as the United Nations Charter, that it’s a man and a woman and it’s a special relationship. So are we to infer from the IDA that these countries are not inclusive? And open? And don’t promote diversity? It’s a very extraordinary intervention and these are really serious questions.”



WENDY GRACE:

It is IDA Ireland’s job to present Ireland in as positive light as possible… if the Irish people chose to vote NO, has he made his own job more difficult by already giving a negative interpretation of a NO vote?



PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“It wasn’t a thought through intervention. And it sells the Irish people, and the seriousness in which we should approach this debate, well short. And it does seem to me, in a careful reading of what’s in it, that what the IDA seems to be saying is that they can sit in judgement on how your vote will be signalling whether or not Ireland is an open, diverse and inclusive society. Have they forgotten that we rightly welcomed the Vietnamese boat people? Have they forgotten that we welcomed, far more than most countries in Europe, people from Eastern Europe who were in search of a new life? I mean, where is Mr Shanahan coming from?!”

“…Companies come to Ireland because of our skilled young people… they come because of our corporation tax regime… they come to Ireland because we are an innovative people with a 5,000 year old history. That’s why they come to Ireland. And for the IDA to make this extraordinary intervention seems to me to be enormously counter-productive and one which sells our industrial policy, and which sells multi-national companies, very short.”



Gráinne Long (CEO, ISPCC) – Why ISPCC called for YES vote

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-ispcc-called-for-yes-vote-in-marriage-referendum-grainne-long/

GRAINNE LONG

“as a charity we would never advocate anything that undermines the rights of children”

GRAINNE LONG

“The professionals within the ISPCC are very clear that it is the type and stability of relationships within a household, rather than the form of that household, that determines a child’s welfare. So it is not our view that you need a mother and a father working together to care for children and that that’s a preferred family type. In our view it’s not about a preferred family unit, it’s about the nature and the level of care and love and attention that’s given to a child that determines a child’s happiness.”


Dr Paul Sullins – Emotional Outcomes for Children with Same Sex Parents (March 2015)

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/emotional-outcomes-for-children-with-same-sex-parents-dr-paul-sullins/

Wendy Grace: What did your study look at? And what sample did you look at for this study?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“What I’ve done is to find a very large government data set, 1.6 million cases and out of those I have extracted 512 children. I didn’t collect the data, the data were collected by the US census on behalf of the US government. This is the National health interview survey. .. It’s very objective data…”

Wendy Grace: What did your study find?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“(The census) comes up with a predictor of serious emotional problems. So I took that measure. And on that measure I found that the rate of serious emotional problems for children who have opposite sex parents was 7.4% .. I found that it was 7.4% among children with opposite sex parents; among children with same sex parents it was 17.4%. So it was more than twice as large.”

Wendy Grace: How does your study differ from previous studies, both in methodology and results?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“Well the average sample size of the studies that find no difference is 39 persons. My sample is 512 persons. It’s several times, more than 10 to 15 times, as large. And all but four of those prior studies don’t involve samples that are representative of the population. So you really can’t infer their results to any population in the real world. ... So I’ve published a follow up study that compares the random sample research with all of the convenient sample research, and find that there is huge bias in the convenient samples.”

Wendy Grace: What can you conclude from these findings?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“…What I did find that explains the difference.. is that when a child is with his own mother or father, that is 'joint biological parents' as we call it in the literature, children in those settings do better than children in any other setting. So if you think about it, there are only three options: either both parents are biological parents or one of the parents is a biological parent (like in a step parent family), or none of them is (like when a child is adopted). And I found that the rate of serious emotional problems differs dramatically in those three scenarios. If you are with joint biological parents, about 4% of kids have emotional problems - much lower than the average overall.”



Dr Pat Fagan – Are marriage and religion good for society – Spirit Radio, November 2014

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/are-marriage-and-religion-good-for-society-dr-pat-fagan/

Re: In all the other religions marriage is deeply tied to a sense of the sacred.

“There were 17 different religions there (attending the Humanum Conference Rome), if you count Christianity…you know Catholics, Protestants, all that, count Christianity as one, Judaism and Muslim, aside from that there were fourteen other religions. And what came across, very clear among all, was the naturalness of man finding the woman, of woman finding the man, the complementarity of man and woman coming together and raising their children. But here’s what struck me most, outside of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim - which I think we are all very familiar with - in all the other religions marriage is deeply tied to a sense of the sacred, to the divine. If you take Buddhism, which doesn’t have the sense of the one God, but they do have very much the sense of the transcendental, of the supernatural there also; across all is this intimate connection between the goodness of marriage, the strength of marriage, and the practice of people’s faith as they understand it.”

Public Policy in the West is Anti-Marriage.

“The sad way to sum up most of public policy in the developed West is ‘anti-marriage’, not totally but fundamentally and increasingly it is displacing marriage as the fundamental core unit… Essentially, I let the data now do the speaking because there is so much ideology in public policy. It has become very unreasonable and it holds in Ireland, it holds in the US, it holds right across Europe – the European parliament; I track these things. The West is in deep crisis. The West is disappearing, demographically.”

Marriage is best for adults for children and for society.

“Amongst scholars, liberal and conservative in the United States, everybody agrees that marriage is best for adults, for children and for society. The disconnect comes in the media and then in the ideologies of different parties and what they’re pushing and how they get voted and how they get re-elected. Those things trump the good of family, the good of marriage and particularly the good of children.”

Findings from analysing US federal surveys - adults and Children do best in an intact married family.

“Well here’s the way I’d sum up; every federal survey in the United States, on every outcome – now these are huge statements - I’m saying every survey, every outcome, from health through happiness and mental health, income savings, longevity… all the negative things… on every single outcome, adults and children do best in an intact married family.”






Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



20/5/15 (Wed)    >>







Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV

TODAY Wednesday 20 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Thursday 21 May - EWTN





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Spirit Radio

Some recent interviews on Spirit Radio re Marriage Referendum



Don’t vote YES on my account – Paddy Manning

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/paddy-manning-no-vote-in-marriage-referendum/


The Government’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage - Regina Doherty TD (Fine Gael)

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/the-governments-case-for-same-sex-marriage-regina-doherty-td/


Why I am voting NO - Michael Aherne of The Commitments

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-i-am-voting-no-michael-aherne-of-the-commitments/


A Cross-Denominational Response to Marriage Referendum - Paddy Monaghan

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/a-cross-denominational-response-to-marriage-referendum-paddy-monaghan/


Growing up with Two Mothers – Heather Barwick

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/growing-up-with-two-mothers-heather-barwick/


Professor Helen Alvaré – a US perspective on Marriage Debate

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/professor-helen-alvare-a-us-perspective-on-marriage-debate/


Legal Implications of Marriage Referendum – debate involving Senator Ivana Bacik and Dr Tom Finegan

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/referendum-panel-legal-implications-of-marriage-referendum/


Mattie McGrath TD - Atlantic Philanthropies and Ireland's Marriage Referendum

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/mattie-mcgrath-td-atlantic-philanthropies-and-irelands-marriage-referendum/


Atlantic Philanthropies' document ‘Catalysing LGBT Equality and Visibility in Ireland” claims they have effectively financed the development of “a full time highly professionalised lobbying machine working inside the machinery of government” to bring about same-sex marriage in Ireland.

Mattie McGrath TD:

“You don’t give 8 million (dollars to Tusla) to any organisation or charity without having a vested interest.”

“What should be done is an examination of who else are they funding. They are funding bodies that are involved in the campaign. They have given 4 million to Marriage Equality. I don’t know where the Referendum Commission is, and SIPO, because there are very strict guidelines on what can be spent. .. and 3 million to Amnesty International, who are out campaigning. This is like confetti at a wedding! .. they also gave 7 million to the Irish Council for Civil Liberties… This has to be questioned. Our democracy is being subverted.”



Open Letter to An Taoiseach – Bruce Arnold http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/open-letter-to-an-taoiseach-bruce-arnold/

“For almost 15 years before the Referendum was put before us Atlantic Philanthropies… poured money into this country, allegedly charitable money, and focused on the small organisations where human rights or sexual rights or other rights connected with the same sex marriage minority were contained. But that was then. Now, it has changed fundamentally, in that once the Referendum was decided on, they should have withdrawn and their people should have withdrawn from the combat.”

“we’ve done it without a Green Paper, without a White Paper, without any discussion with the people. And we have the spectre of a Minister responsible, Frances Fitzgerald, who bears the full brunt of what’s going on, running along behind the Referendum debate, trying to put in legislation which was overlooked because she hadn’t thought of it or to change legislation quickly enough that it would be in force by the time the Referendum comes.”

“The first Lisbon Treaty was lost… A year later they put it before the people. They did a cook-up on it and they made promises and in return the EU put in ‘protocols’ into the document. And the protocols protected Ireland in certain aspects including pro-life protection. Those will be swept away if we pass this Referendum… The EU will then be able to walk in and do anything it likes with our Constitutional rights. And to me that is yet another horror story which I wanted to highlight and emphasise for Enda Kenny.



Children’s Rights in Marriage Referendum – Senator Ronan Mullen http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/childrens-rights-in-marriage-referendum-senator-ronan-mullen/

ON SURROGACY:

“Only in the last few days, Wendy, we have seen images coming from the tragic earthquake in Nepal, and one of the images that you may have seen, and that others will have seen, were photographs of surrogate children being airlifted to safety to Tel Aviv, as it happens….. So, a company brings impoverished Indian women into Nepal, and using eggs donated from places like South Africa, America I think, and also Indian women's eggs are harvested, and these eggs then are fertilized and carried to term by the surrogate mothers. And then that's the last bit of mothering those children will ever have because those babies are being produced for same sex male couples in Israel.

“L.G.B. Diversity in a survey in 2011 of gay people pointed to the fact that the trend in the future would be same sex couples having children. And for same sex male couples that would involve donated eggs and the use of surrogate mothers and indeed they have made the link with bringing Marriage in as necessary in order to access those rights.”

“The point is that if the referendum passes, same sex couples being married will have all the constitutional rights of married couples and that includes the right to found a family. So what the Government without telling us much about what was involved in the Children and Family Relationships Bill and having told us nothing except that they're going to bring in surrogacy, what they're asking us to do is give the constitutional stamp to all of that. It will be impossible if the amendment passes -if marriage is redefined- it will be impossible for an Oireachtas in the future, even if you get the majority together, to adjust this situation to say that there can be either no sperm or egg donation or if it is to happen it must always be in a situation where the child is given a father and a mother.”



ON THE CHILDREN AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS BILL

The point you’re asking me; hasn't it (Children and Family Relationships Bill) already passed? It is passed but now we're being asked to reward the government by pushing it beyond the reach of the Oireachtas ever to change it.



ON THE CHILDREN’S RIGHTS GROUPS CALLING FOR ‘YES’ VOTE

“I would regard the Children's Rights Lobby in general as having become completely captured by political correctness..”

“Frankly they've got a very limited view, a somewhat hobbled view of what children's rights are. They seem to think that a child's rights begin when a child is born and of whatever situation the child is brought into the world doesn't matter, that the adult right seemed to prevail for them when it comes to the begetting of children.”

“I'm shocked and surprised at the assembly of children's rights group. I think they're in a major dereliction of their duty actually, to promote children's rights fully. I think they've just got one massive blind spot …”

“The fact that they're not even able to say that, all things being equal, it would be better for the child to have their father and their mother in their lives, or at least a father and mother, I think tells an awful lot about just how far astray these organizations are gone.”



Professor Ray Kinsella on IDA Ireland's call for a YES vote - on Spirit Radio 11th May 2015 http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/ida-and-the-marriage-referendum-professor-ray-kinsella/



WENDY GRACE:

Were you surprised at Martin Shanahan making this statement?



PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“I was very surprised.…. You’d have to ask a couple of questions, and the first on is: Is it appropriate that any multi-national company should seek to influence the decisions of the Irish people, one way or another, on an issue such as this? Secondly we’d have to ask: Are we to infer from what the IDA said that our constitutional values are for sale to the highest bidder? Thirdly I’d ask: Are multi-national companies, and they are important…, are they really in a position to lecture the Irish people on their values? In the Constitution?”

“…The majority of countries in the EU and the vast majority of countries globally do not have same-sex marriage. They see marriage in the same terms as the United Nations Charter, that it’s a man and a woman and it’s a special relationship. So are we to infer from the IDA that these countries are not inclusive? And open? And don’t promote diversity? It’s a very extraordinary intervention and these are really serious questions.”



WENDY GRACE:

It is IDA Ireland’s job to present Ireland in as positive light as possible… if the Irish people chose to vote NO, has he made his own job more difficult by already giving a negative interpretation of a NO vote?



PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“It wasn’t a thought through intervention. And it sells the Irish people, and the seriousness in which we should approach this debate, well short. And it does seem to me, in a careful reading of what’s in it, that what the IDA seems to be saying is that they can sit in judgement on how your vote will be signalling whether or not Ireland is an open, diverse and inclusive society. Have they forgotten that we rightly welcomed the Vietnamese boat people? Have they forgotten that we welcomed, far more than most countries in Europe, people from Eastern Europe who were in search of a new life? I mean, where is Mr Shanahan coming from?!”

“…Companies come to Ireland because of our skilled young people… they come because of our corporation tax regime… they come to Ireland because we are an innovative people with a 5,000 year old history. That’s why they come to Ireland. And for the IDA to make this extraordinary intervention seems to me to be enormously counter-productive and one which sells our industrial policy, and which sells multi-national companies, very short.”



Gráinne Long (CEO, ISPCC) – Why ISPCC called for YES vote

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-ispcc-called-for-yes-vote-in-marriage-referendum-grainne-long/

GRAINNE LONG

“as a charity we would never advocate anything that undermines the rights of children”

GRAINNE LONG

“The professionals within the ISPCC are very clear that it is the type and stability of relationships within a household, rather than the form of that household, that determines a child’s welfare. So it is not our view that you need a mother and a father working together to care for children and that that’s a preferred family type. In our view it’s not about a preferred family unit, it’s about the nature and the level of care and love and attention that’s given to a child that determines a child’s happiness.”


Dr Paul Sullins – Emotional Outcomes for Children with Same Sex Parents (March 2015)

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/emotional-outcomes-for-children-with-same-sex-parents-dr-paul-sullins/

Wendy Grace: What did your study look at? And what sample did you look at for this study?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“What I’ve done is to find a very large government data set, 1.6 million cases and out of those I have extracted 512 children. I didn’t collect the data, the data were collected by the US census on behalf of the US government. This is the National health interview survey. .. It’s very objective data…”

Wendy Grace: What did your study find?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“(The census) comes up with a predictor of serious emotional problems. So I took that measure. And on that measure I found that the rate of serious emotional problems for children who have opposite sex parents was 7.4% .. I found that it was 7.4% among children with opposite sex parents; among children with same sex parents it was 17.4%. So it was more than twice as large.”

Wendy Grace: How does your study differ from previous studies, both in methodology and results?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“Well the average sample size of the studies that find no difference is 39 persons. My sample is 512 persons. It’s several times, more than 10 to 15 times, as large. And all but four of those prior studies don’t involve samples that are representative of the population. So you really can’t infer their results to any population in the real world. ... So I’ve published a follow up study that compares the random sample research with all of the convenient sample research, and find that there is huge bias in the convenient samples.”

Wendy Grace: What can you conclude from these findings?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“…What I did find that explains the difference.. is that when a child is with his own mother or father, that is 'joint biological parents' as we call it in the literature, children in those settings do better than children in any other setting. So if you think about it, there are only three options: either both parents are biological parents or one of the parents is a biological parent (like in a step parent family), or none of them is (like when a child is adopted). And I found that the rate of serious emotional problems differs dramatically in those three scenarios. If you are with joint biological parents, about 4% of kids have emotional problems - much lower than the average overall.”



Dr Pat Fagan – Are marriage and religion good for society – Spirit Radio, November 2014

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/are-marriage-and-religion-good-for-society-dr-pat-fagan/

Re: In all the other religions marriage is deeply tied to a sense of the sacred.

“There were 17 different religions there (attending the Humanum Conference Rome), if you count Christianity…you know Catholics, Protestants, all that, count Christianity as one, Judaism and Muslim, aside from that there were fourteen other religions. And what came across, very clear among all, was the naturalness of man finding the woman, of woman finding the man, the complementarity of man and woman coming together and raising their children. But here’s what struck me most, outside of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim - which I think we are all very familiar with - in all the other religions marriage is deeply tied to a sense of the sacred, to the divine. If you take Buddhism, which doesn’t have the sense of the one God, but they do have very much the sense of the transcendental, of the supernatural there also; across all is this intimate connection between the goodness of marriage, the strength of marriage, and the practice of people’s faith as they understand it.”

Public Policy in the West is Anti-Marriage.

“The sad way to sum up most of public policy in the developed West is ‘anti-marriage’, not totally but fundamentally and increasingly it is displacing marriage as the fundamental core unit… Essentially, I let the data now do the speaking because there is so much ideology in public policy. It has become very unreasonable and it holds in Ireland, it holds in the US, it holds right across Europe – the European parliament; I track these things. The West is in deep crisis. The West is disappearing, demographically.”

Marriage is best for adults for children and for society.

“Amongst scholars, liberal and conservative in the United States, everybody agrees that marriage is best for adults, for children and for society. The disconnect comes in the media and then in the ideologies of different parties and what they’re pushing and how they get voted and how they get re-elected. Those things trump the good of family, the good of marriage and particularly the good of children.”

Findings from analysing US federal surveys - adults and Children do best in an intact married family.

“Well here’s the way I’d sum up; every federal survey in the United States, on every outcome – now these are huge statements - I’m saying every survey, every outcome, from health through happiness and mental health, income savings, longevity… all the negative things… on every single outcome, adults and children do best in an intact married family.”






Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



19/5/15 (Tue)    >>

Kevin Cross of Refcom on Morning Ireland






Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV

TODAY Tuesday 19 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Wednesday 20 May - EWTN





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Spirit Radio

Some recent interviews on Spirit Radio re Marriage Referendum



Don’t vote YES on my account – Paddy Manning

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/paddy-manning-no-vote-in-marriage-referendum/


The Government’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage - Regina Doherty TD (Fine Gael)

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/the-governments-case-for-same-sex-marriage-regina-doherty-td/


Why I am voting NO - Michael Aherne of The Commitments

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-i-am-voting-no-michael-aherne-of-the-commitments/


A Cross-Denominational Response to Marriage Referendum - Paddy Monaghan

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/a-cross-denominational-response-to-marriage-referendum-paddy-monaghan/


Growing up with Two Mothers – Heather Barwick

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/growing-up-with-two-mothers-heather-barwick/


Professor Helen Alvaré – a US perspective on Marriage Debate

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/professor-helen-alvare-a-us-perspective-on-marriage-debate/


Legal Implications of Marriage Referendum – debate involving Senator Ivana Bacik and Dr Tom Finegan

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/referendum-panel-legal-implications-of-marriage-referendum/


Mattie McGrath TD - Atlantic Philanthropies and Ireland's Marriage Referendum

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/mattie-mcgrath-td-atlantic-philanthropies-and-irelands-marriage-referendum/


Atlantic Philanthropies' document ‘Catalysing LGBT Equality and Visibility in Ireland” claims they have effectively financed the development of “a full time highly professionalised lobbying machine working inside the machinery of government” to bring about same-sex marriage in Ireland.

Mattie McGrath TD:

“You don’t give 8 million (dollars to Tusla) to any organisation or charity without having a vested interest.”

“What should be done is an examination of who else are they funding. They are funding bodies that are involved in the campaign. They have given 4 million to Marriage Equality. I don’t know where the Referendum Commission is, and SIPO, because there are very strict guidelines on what can be spent. .. and 3 million to Amnesty International, who are out campaigning. This is like confetti at a wedding! .. they also gave 7 million to the Irish Council for Civil Liberties… This has to be questioned. Our democracy is being subverted.”



Open Letter to An Taoiseach – Bruce Arnold http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/open-letter-to-an-taoiseach-bruce-arnold/

“For almost 15 years before the Referendum was put before us Atlantic Philanthropies… poured money into this country, allegedly charitable money, and focused on the small organisations where human rights or sexual rights or other rights connected with the same sex marriage minority were contained. But that was then. Now, it has changed fundamentally, in that once the Referendum was decided on, they should have withdrawn and their people should have withdrawn from the combat.”

“we’ve done it without a Green Paper, without a White Paper, without any discussion with the people. And we have the spectre of a Minister responsible, Frances Fitzgerald, who bears the full brunt of what’s going on, running along behind the Referendum debate, trying to put in legislation which was overlooked because she hadn’t thought of it or to change legislation quickly enough that it would be in force by the time the Referendum comes.”

“The first Lisbon Treaty was lost… A year later they put it before the people. They did a cook-up on it and they made promises and in return the EU put in ‘protocols’ into the document. And the protocols protected Ireland in certain aspects including pro-life protection. Those will be swept away if we pass this Referendum… The EU will then be able to walk in and do anything it likes with our Constitutional rights. And to me that is yet another horror story which I wanted to highlight and emphasise for Enda Kenny.



Children’s Rights in Marriage Referendum – Senator Ronan Mullen http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/childrens-rights-in-marriage-referendum-senator-ronan-mullen/

ON SURROGACY:

“Only in the last few days, Wendy, we have seen images coming from the tragic earthquake in Nepal, and one of the images that you may have seen, and that others will have seen, were photographs of surrogate children being airlifted to safety to Tel Aviv, as it happens….. So, a company brings impoverished Indian women into Nepal, and using eggs donated from places like South Africa, America I think, and also Indian women's eggs are harvested, and these eggs then are fertilized and carried to term by the surrogate mothers. And then that's the last bit of mothering those children will ever have because those babies are being produced for same sex male couples in Israel.

“L.G.B. Diversity in a survey in 2011 of gay people pointed to the fact that the trend in the future would be same sex couples having children. And for same sex male couples that would involve donated eggs and the use of surrogate mothers and indeed they have made the link with bringing Marriage in as necessary in order to access those rights.”

“The point is that if the referendum passes, same sex couples being married will have all the constitutional rights of married couples and that includes the right to found a family. So what the Government without telling us much about what was involved in the Children and Family Relationships Bill and having told us nothing except that they're going to bring in surrogacy, what they're asking us to do is give the constitutional stamp to all of that. It will be impossible if the amendment passes -if marriage is redefined- it will be impossible for an Oireachtas in the future, even if you get the majority together, to adjust this situation to say that there can be either no sperm or egg donation or if it is to happen it must always be in a situation where the child is given a father and a mother.”



ON THE CHILDREN AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS BILL

The point you’re asking me; hasn't it (Children and Family Relationships Bill) already passed? It is passed but now we're being asked to reward the government by pushing it beyond the reach of the Oireachtas ever to change it.



ON THE CHILDREN’S RIGHTS GROUPS CALLING FOR ‘YES’ VOTE

“I would regard the Children's Rights Lobby in general as having become completely captured by political correctness..”

“Frankly they've got a very limited view, a somewhat hobbled view of what children's rights are. They seem to think that a child's rights begin when a child is born and of whatever situation the child is brought into the world doesn't matter, that the adult right seemed to prevail for them when it comes to the begetting of children.”

“I'm shocked and surprised at the assembly of children's rights group. I think they're in a major dereliction of their duty actually, to promote children's rights fully. I think they've just got one massive blind spot …”

“The fact that they're not even able to say that, all things being equal, it would be better for the child to have their father and their mother in their lives, or at least a father and mother, I think tells an awful lot about just how far astray these organizations are gone.”



Professor Ray Kinsella on IDA Ireland's call for a YES vote - on Spirit Radio 11th May 2015 http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/ida-and-the-marriage-referendum-professor-ray-kinsella/



WENDY GRACE:

Were you surprised at Martin Shanahan making this statement?



PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“I was very surprised.…. You’d have to ask a couple of questions, and the first on is: Is it appropriate that any multi-national company should seek to influence the decisions of the Irish people, one way or another, on an issue such as this? Secondly we’d have to ask: Are we to infer from what the IDA said that our constitutional values are for sale to the highest bidder? Thirdly I’d ask: Are multi-national companies, and they are important…, are they really in a position to lecture the Irish people on their values? In the Constitution?”

“…The majority of countries in the EU and the vast majority of countries globally do not have same-sex marriage. They see marriage in the same terms as the United Nations Charter, that it’s a man and a woman and it’s a special relationship. So are we to infer from the IDA that these countries are not inclusive? And open? And don’t promote diversity? It’s a very extraordinary intervention and these are really serious questions.”



WENDY GRACE:

It is IDA Ireland’s job to present Ireland in as positive light as possible… if the Irish people chose to vote NO, has he made his own job more difficult by already giving a negative interpretation of a NO vote?



PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“It wasn’t a thought through intervention. And it sells the Irish people, and the seriousness in which we should approach this debate, well short. And it does seem to me, in a careful reading of what’s in it, that what the IDA seems to be saying is that they can sit in judgement on how your vote will be signalling whether or not Ireland is an open, diverse and inclusive society. Have they forgotten that we rightly welcomed the Vietnamese boat people? Have they forgotten that we welcomed, far more than most countries in Europe, people from Eastern Europe who were in search of a new life? I mean, where is Mr Shanahan coming from?!”

“…Companies come to Ireland because of our skilled young people… they come because of our corporation tax regime… they come to Ireland because we are an innovative people with a 5,000 year old history. That’s why they come to Ireland. And for the IDA to make this extraordinary intervention seems to me to be enormously counter-productive and one which sells our industrial policy, and which sells multi-national companies, very short.”



Gráinne Long (CEO, ISPCC) – Why ISPCC called for YES vote

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-ispcc-called-for-yes-vote-in-marriage-referendum-grainne-long/

GRAINNE LONG

“as a charity we would never advocate anything that undermines the rights of children”

GRAINNE LONG

“The professionals within the ISPCC are very clear that it is the type and stability of relationships within a household, rather than the form of that household, that determines a child’s welfare. So it is not our view that you need a mother and a father working together to care for children and that that’s a preferred family type. In our view it’s not about a preferred family unit, it’s about the nature and the level of care and love and attention that’s given to a child that determines a child’s happiness.”


Dr Paul Sullins – Emotional Outcomes for Children with Same Sex Parents (March 2015)

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/emotional-outcomes-for-children-with-same-sex-parents-dr-paul-sullins/

Wendy Grace: What did your study look at? And what sample did you look at for this study?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“What I’ve done is to find a very large government data set, 1.6 million cases and out of those I have extracted 512 children. I didn’t collect the data, the data were collected by the US census on behalf of the US government. This is the National health interview survey. .. It’s very objective data…”

Wendy Grace: What did your study find?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“(The census) comes up with a predictor of serious emotional problems. So I took that measure. And on that measure I found that the rate of serious emotional problems for children who have opposite sex parents was 7.4% .. I found that it was 7.4% among children with opposite sex parents; among children with same sex parents it was 17.4%. So it was more than twice as large.”

Wendy Grace: How does your study differ from previous studies, both in methodology and results?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“Well the average sample size of the studies that find no difference is 39 persons. My sample is 512 persons. It’s several times, more than 10 to 15 times, as large. And all but four of those prior studies don’t involve samples that are representative of the population. So you really can’t infer their results to any population in the real world. ... So I’ve published a follow up study that compares the random sample research with all of the convenient sample research, and find that there is huge bias in the convenient samples.”

Wendy Grace: What can you conclude from these findings?

Dr Paul Sullins:

“…What I did find that explains the difference.. is that when a child is with his own mother or father, that is 'joint biological parents' as we call it in the literature, children in those settings do better than children in any other setting. So if you think about it, there are only three options: either both parents are biological parents or one of the parents is a biological parent (like in a step parent family), or none of them is (like when a child is adopted). And I found that the rate of serious emotional problems differs dramatically in those three scenarios. If you are with joint biological parents, about 4% of kids have emotional problems - much lower than the average overall.”



Dr Pat Fagan – Are marriage and religion good for society – Spirit Radio, November 2014

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/are-marriage-and-religion-good-for-society-dr-pat-fagan/

Re: In all the other religions marriage is deeply tied to a sense of the sacred.

“There were 17 different religions there (attending the Humanum Conference Rome), if you count Christianity…you know Catholics, Protestants, all that, count Christianity as one, Judaism and Muslim, aside from that there were fourteen other religions. And what came across, very clear among all, was the naturalness of man finding the woman, of woman finding the man, the complementarity of man and woman coming together and raising their children. But here’s what struck me most, outside of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim - which I think we are all very familiar with - in all the other religions marriage is deeply tied to a sense of the sacred, to the divine. If you take Buddhism, which doesn’t have the sense of the one God, but they do have very much the sense of the transcendental, of the supernatural there also; across all is this intimate connection between the goodness of marriage, the strength of marriage, and the practice of people’s faith as they understand it.”

Public Policy in the West is Anti-Marriage.

“The sad way to sum up most of public policy in the developed West is ‘anti-marriage’, not totally but fundamentally and increasingly it is displacing marriage as the fundamental core unit… Essentially, I let the data now do the speaking because there is so much ideology in public policy. It has become very unreasonable and it holds in Ireland, it holds in the US, it holds right across Europe – the European parliament; I track these things. The West is in deep crisis. The West is disappearing, demographically.”

Marriage is best for adults for children and for society.

“Amongst scholars, liberal and conservative in the United States, everybody agrees that marriage is best for adults, for children and for society. The disconnect comes in the media and then in the ideologies of different parties and what they’re pushing and how they get voted and how they get re-elected. Those things trump the good of family, the good of marriage and particularly the good of children.”

Findings from analysing US federal surveys - adults and Children do best in an intact married family.

“Well here’s the way I’d sum up; every federal survey in the United States, on every outcome – now these are huge statements - I’m saying every survey, every outcome, from health through happiness and mental health, income savings, longevity… all the negative things… on every single outcome, adults and children do best in an intact married family.”






Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



18/5/15 (Mon)    >>

  • "I can tell by yer manner that ye're all going to vote 'yes' - caller to RTÉ Radio One : Liveline, talking about RTÉ's radio presenters and other media presenters or personalities
  • PRESS RELEASE: Education Minister’s assurances concerning what Church schools can teach ‘almost worthless’ - Iona Institute






Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV

TODAY Monday 18 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Tuesday 19 May - EWTN





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



17/5/15 (Sun)    >>



16/5/15 (Sat)    >>

  • Presentation of the project "The Gospel of Family" - 2015.05.16 - Vatican [YouTube]
  • Galway boy’s Medjugorje miracle - Connacht Tribune -- Miracle of Medjugorje: Galway schoolboy gets cancer all clear two months after making pilgrimage to the holy site - Irish Mirror (mentioned in the 9:10 AM edition of RTÉ Radio One : It Says in the Papers)
  • Archbishop Diarmuid Martin : Careful reflection needed before marriage is changed forever and we are being asked to change it - I Independent
  • Benedict Ó Floinn : Same-sex marriage referendum: Legal loopholes may cast long shadow - I Times
  • Breda O'Brien : Think about intolerance of thought police before you vote - I Times
  • Paddy Monaghan : Same-sex marriage: It’s a David and Goliath struggle for the soul of Ireland - I Times
  • Yes camp has spread 'palpable climate of fear' says Hanafin - I Independent
  • 'Fr Ted' star Ardal and brother at odds over marriage vote - I Independent

ReportsTV / RADIO Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links


Yesterday's Faith in the Media

Contains several important links


Teachers group fear 'Yes' outcome could force them to teach material against their beliefs - Thu 14th May, 2015 - I Independent



PRESS RELEASE : Iona Institute welcomes Referendum Commission’s latest comments on surrogacy, adoption and AHR - Fri 15th May, 2015 - Iona Instirute

Comments confirm that it will become very difficult for a preference to be given to motherhood and fatherhood in certain laws should referendum pass


Dutch psychologist links homosexuality to conspiracy theories - Thu 14th May, 2015 - I Times

" No campaign meeting hears about wealthy organisations, freemasonry and feminism " ... See events (directly below)






Events

  • Catholic Voice Conference on Marriage Referendum in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, on Saturday, May 16, 2015. The speakers are:
    Dr Gerard van den Aardweg, a Dutch Catholic psychologist and expert on homosexuality
    Kathy Sinnott, former MEP, activist on family rights, and broadcaster with EWTN's 'Celtic Connections’
    Father David Marsden,
    Anthony Murphy, Editor of Catholic Voice.
    The Conference is to run from 10.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M. . There will be some time for questions and answers.

  • Retreat : on Divine Mercy / holy angels this weekend http://pallottines.ie/event/divine-mercy-holy-angels. Thurles

  • Profession Faith Saturday 16th h May Saints Peters & Pauls Church Athlone. Mass at 4.00pm Celebrant Bishop Kevin Doran

  • This Sat 16th 4pm Irish Society for Christian Civilisation, Public Rosary, Dublin, Saturday 16th May, 4pm. O'Connell St/North Earl St junction.






Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV / RADIO

TODAY ** Saturday 16 May - 13:00 - Mattie McGrath on RTÉ Radio One : Saturday with Clare Byrne at 1:00 PM (Radio)

TODAY Saturday 16 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Sunday 17 May - EWTN

TOMORROW ** Sunday 17 May - 07:10 - BBC Radio 4 - Sunday - "Two Palestinian nuns are canonised at the #Vatican tomorrow - we speak to Rev Father Daniel Neuhaus who will visit their shrine in Jerusalem"





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



15/5/15 (Fri)    >>



  • Communicating the Family : Radio Maria [ From Day #1 pilot broadcasting - Radio Maria Ireland - Feast of Our Lady of Fatima - 13th May, 2015 - Listen LIVE here ]
  • FORGIVENESS! Interview with mother who has forgiven driver of car that killed her daughter - RTÉ Radio One : Today with Seán O Rourke (SEE Mum forgives motorist who killed her girl - Tue 12th May, 2015 - Herald -- ALSO on Newstalk : Lunchtime)
  • "..it is not our view that you need a mother and a father working together to care for children" - Grainne Long ISPCC on Spirit Radio (SEE below ... AND read Page 23 (Family Structure) of this UNICEF report)
  • Fr. John Hogan - Novena Prayer on the Irish Marriage Referendum - EWTN Ireland (SEE below)
  • Statement by Bishop Nulty on the decision by Tusla to withdraw funding for Accord’s marriage preparation courses - Irish Bishops (Gordon Jeyes of Tusla interviewed on Morning Ireland ... See also I Times, I Independent, Irish Catholic, Catholic Ireland)
  • Patrick Treacy debates legal issues in marriage referendum - RTÉ Radio 1 : Today with Seán O Rourke
  • Aoife De Clár whose 10-year-old daughter went into anaphylactic shock after being hit by an egg at a NO campaign event - Newstalk : Pat Kenny Show (15 mins in) - "... And it just proves that I can't have an opinion. I wasn't arguing with anybody. I didn't do anything. I just stood there supporting these people who were voting no and that's why I was targeted, that's why my child was targeted" - Aoife de Clár (SEE : Girl with allergy suffered anaphylactic shock after egg pelted at No campaigners - I Independent)
  • Dublin football star Ger Brennan: Why I'm voting No - I Independent ( ALSO interviewed on yesterday's Newstalk : Pat Kenny Show and on today's RTÉ Radio One : Morning Ireland -- SEE also Dublin GAA star Ger Brennan: I’m no homophobe, and I’m voting ‘no’ - Irish Catholic)
  • "The Oireachtas' hands will be very significantly tied" - Tom Finegan on RTÉ Radio 1 : Drivetime (1 min 42 secs in -- SEE also : Anger as psychologist likens No voters to Nazis - Catholic Ireland, The “no difference” theory is dead - Mercatornet and Press release from The Iona Institute - Gaffney comments indefensible - Maureen Gaffney needs to withdraw remarks likening No voters to Nazis and racists - Iona -- Watch RTÉ One : Primetime)
  • Enda Kenny - Newstalk : Pat Kenny Show
  • Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin at Mass in Lourdes on his first pilgrimage to the Marian shrine as Archbishop of Armagh - Irish Bishops (SEE also : Primate reiterates opposition to referendum proposal - Catholic Ireland)
  • The Meaning of Marriage - Newsletter for dioceses and parishes - Issue 9, Sunday 17 May 2015, The Ascension of the Lord and World Communications Day - Catholic Communications Office of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

NOVENA Radio Maria Spirit Radio TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links


Faith in the Media - Tue 12th May, 2015 - FMA

Contains several important links


Faith in the Media - Mon 11th May, 2015 - FMA

Contains several important links


Sides in marriage referendum continue campaign - Thu 14th May, 2015 - RTÉ One



A most life-affirming programme - Brendan O'Regan - Thu 14th May, 2015 - Irish Catholic



The Marriage Referendum: 22 May 2015 - Mon 11th May, 2015 - Catholic Ireland



This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—May 10 - Ed Whelan - Sun 10th May, 2015 - National Review

Happy Mother’s Day! No thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who in 1974 co-authored a report proposing that Congress abolish Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and replace them with an androgynous Parents’ Day. Observing Parents’ Day would, she explained, be “more consistent with a policy of minimizing traditional sex-based differences in parental roles.”


Dutch psychologist links homosexuality to conspiracy theories - Thu 14th May, 2015 - I Times

" No campaign meeting hears about wealthy organisations, freemasonry and feminism "


The Late Debate - Thu 14th May, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Panel includes Fr Joe McDonald PP, St Matthews Parish, Ballyfermot






Events

  • Catholic Voice Conference on Marriage Referendum in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, on Saturday, May 16, 2015. The speakers are:
    Dr Gerard van den Aardweg, a Dutch Catholic psychologist and expert on homosexuality
    Kathy Sinnott, former MEP, activist on family rights, and broadcaster with EWTN's 'Celtic Connections’
    Father David Marsden,
    Anthony Murphy, Editor of Catholic Voice.
    The Conference is to run from 10.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M. . There will be some time for questions and answers.

  • Retreat : on divine mercy / holy angels this weekend http://pallottines.ie/event/divine-mercy-holy-angels. Thurles

  • Profession Faith Saturday 16th h May Saints Peters & Pauls Church Athlone. Mass at 4.00pm Celebrant Bishop Kevin Doran

  • This Sat 16th 4pm Irish Society for Christian Civilisation, Public Rosary, Dublin, Saturday 16th May, 4pm. O'Connell St/North Earl St junction.






Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV

TODAY Friday 15 May - EWTN - 4:30 PM - WOMEN OF GRACE - SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD: THE CALL AND GIFT OF WOMAN, pt 4 Hosted by Johnnette Benkovic, Women of Grace encourages and affirms women in their dignity as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity.

TODAY Friday 15 May - EWTN - 8:00 PM - WORLD OVER LIVE, THE (ENCORE) 05/14/15 Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ed Royce on hearings of ISIS' persecution of religious minorities; Mark Morano and Carol Andress discuss climate change; Rod Dreher on life-changing wisdom of Dante's "The Divine Comedy," and more.

TOMORROW Saturday 16 May - EWTN





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Spirit Radio

GRAINNE LONG: “as a charity we would never advocate anything that undermines the rights of children”

...

GRAINNE LONG: “The professionals within the ISPCC are very clear that it is the type and stability of relationships within a household, rather than the form of that household, that determines a child’s welfare. So it is not our view that you need a mother and a father working together to care for children and that that’s a preferred family type. In our view it’s not about a preferred family unit, it’s about the nature and the level of care and love and attention that’s given to a child that determines a child’s happiness.”

...

WENDY GRACE: Have you talked to donor conceived children, or children who were conceived through surrogacy to understand their experiences growing up ... have you actually talked to children who have had those experiences, which would be important to take into account?

GRÁINNE LONG: Absolutely. All of the conclusions that we come to as an agency and as an organisation are based on the children who call us, and also the child and family support services that we run around the country. We are an organisation that is full of child care and child protection professionals. So our view would be based on the professionals and their opinion, that’s based in turn listening to those children and literally decades of working with children...

WENDY GRACE: ... Article 41.. pertains to ‘The Family’; the wider question is, should we have a system... marriage, which encourages biological parents to stay together and raise their children? Yes or no? Do we think that that’s a good thing, that we as a society encourage parents to stay together to raise their children?

GRÁINNE LONG: (after pause) And that point about guardianship is a really, really important point. It’s a point that was raised time and time again as part of the debate on the Children and Family Relationships Bill which became law and is now the Children and Family Relationships Act. So there absolutely is a very very important debate to be had about guardianship in Ireland...

WENDY GRACE: Going back to the question, do you think that it’s good as a civil society, we have a system that encourages parents to stay together to raise their biological children? Yes or no? Simple question.

GRÁINNE LONG: There’s absolutely no question. There’s absolutely no question, that where there are families, that stability is key. And if it is the case that it brings a more stable relationship to a child for families to stay together of course that stability should be encouraged. But I would always say there isn’t a preferred, and shouldn’t ever be a preferred, family type. Because anybody listening to this programme who is not within that preferred, that so-called preferred family type, would simply say, hold on, what does that say about me and my family unit? And there is no evidence to suggest that a preferred family type, or a particular type of family unit, is better for children....

WENDY GRACE: ... all things being equal, do you not think it is better, where possible, for a child to be raised by a mom and a dad?

GRÁINNE LONG: The ISPCC always say, on the basis of the evidence and on the basis of the professionals that work in our organisation and have done this for many, many years , the stability of the relationship in a household that determine a child’s welfare.

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-ispcc-called-for-yes-vote-in-marriage-referendum-grainne-long/

Spirit Radio





Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



14/5/15 (Thu)    >>



  • Communicating the Family : Radio Maria [ From Day #1 pilot broadcasting - Radio Maria Ireland - Feast of Our Lady of Fatima - 13th May, 2015 - Listen LIVE here ]
  • FORGIVENESS! Interview with mother who has forgiven driver of car that killed her daughter - RTÉ Radio One : Today with Seán O Rourke
  • "..it is not our view that you need a mother and a father working together to care for children" - Grainne Long ISPCC on Spirit Radio
  • Fr. John Hogan - Novena Prayer on the Irish Marriage Referendum - EWTN Ireland
  • Statement by Bishop Nulty on the decision by Tusla to withdraw funding for Accord’s marriage preparation courses - Irish Bishops (Gordon Jeyes of Tusla interviewed on Morning Ireland ... See also I Times, I Independent)
  • Patrick Treacy debates legal issues in marriage referendum - RTÉ Radio 1 : Today with Seán O Rourke
  • Aoife De Clár whose 10-year-old daughter went into anaphylactic shock after being hit by an egg at a NO campaign event - Newstalk : Pat Kenny Show - "... And it just proves that I can't have an opinion. I wasn't arguing with anybody. I didn't do anything. I just stood there supporting these people who were voting no and that's why I was targeted, that's why my child was targeted" - Aoife de Clár (SEE : Girl with allergy suffered anaphylactic shock after egg pelted at No campaigners - I Independent)
  • Dublin football star Ger Brennan: Why I'm voting No - I Independent ( ALSO interviewed on yesterday's Newstalk : Pat Kenny Show and on today's RTÉ Radio One : Morning Ireland)
  • "The Oireachtas' hands will be very significantly tied" - Tom Finegan on RTÉ Radio 1 : Drivetime (1 min 42 secs in)
  • Enda Kenny - Newstalk : Pat Kenny Show
  • Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin at Mass in Lourdes on his first pilgrimage to the Marian shrine as Archbishop of Armagh - Irish Bishops

NOVENA Radio Maria Spirit Radio TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links


Faith in the Media - Tue 12th May, 2015 - FMA

Contains several important links


Faith in the Media - Mon 11th May, 2015 - FMA

Contains several important links


Sides in marriage referendum continue campaign - Thu 14th May, 2015 - RTÉ One



The Marriage Referendum: 22 May 2015 - Mon 11th May, 2015 - Catholic Ireland







Events

  • Catholic Voice Conference on Marriage Referendum in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, on Saturday, May 16, 2015. The speakers are:
    Dr Gerard van den Aardweg, a Dutch Catholic psychologist and expert on homosexuality
    Kathy Sinnott, former MEP, activist on family rights, and broadcaster with EWTN's 'Celtic Connections’
    Father David Marsden,
    Anthony Murphy, Editor of Catholic Voice.
    The Conference is to run from 10.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M. . There will be some time for questions and answers.

  • Retreat : on divine mercy / holy angels this weekend http://pallottines.ie/event/divine-mercy-holy-angels. Thurles

  • Profession Faith Saturday 16th h May Saints Peters & Pauls Church Athlone. Mass at 4.00pm Celebrant Bishop Kevin Doran

  • This Sat 16th 4pm Irish Society for Christian Civilisation, Public Rosary, Dublin, Saturday 16th May, 4pm. O'Connell St/North Earl St junction.






Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV

TODAY Thursday 14 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Friday 15 May - EWTN





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Spirit Radio

GRAINNE LONG: “as a charity we would never advocate anything that undermines the rights of children”

...

GRAINNE LONG: “The professionals within the ISPCC are very clear that it is the type and stability of relationships within a household, rather than the form of that household, that determines a child’s welfare. So it is not our view that you need a mother and a father working together to care for children and that that’s a preferred family type. In our view it’s not about a preferred family unit, it’s about the nature and the level of care and love and attention that’s given to a child that determines a child’s happiness.”

...

WENDY GRACE: Have you talked to donor conceived children, or children who were conceived through surrogacy to understand their experiences growing up ... have you actually talked to children who have had those experiences, which would be important to take into account?

GRÁINNE LONG: Absolutely. All of the conclusions that we come to as an agency and as an organisation are based on the children who call us, and also the child and family support services that we run around the country. We are an organisation that is full of child care and child protection professionals. So our view would be based on the professionals and their opinion, that’s based in turn listening to those children and literally decades of working with children...

WENDY GRACE: ... Article 41.. pertains to ‘The Family’; the wider question is, should we have a system... marriage, which encourages biological parents to stay together and raise their children? Yes or no? Do we think that that’s a good thing, that we as a society encourage parents to stay together to raise their children?

GRÁINNE LONG: (after pause) And that point about guardianship is a really, really important point. It’s a point that was raised time and time again as part of the debate on the Children and Family Relationships Bill which became law and is now the Children and Family Relationships Act. So there absolutely is a very very important debate to be had about guardianship in Ireland...

WENDY GRACE: Going back to the question, do you think that it’s good as a civil society, we have a system that encourages parents to stay together to raise their biological children? Yes or no? Simple question.

GRÁINNE LONG: There’s absolutely no question. There’s absolutely no question, that where there are families, that stability is key. And if it is the case that it brings a more stable relationship to a child for families to stay together of course that stability should be encouraged. But I would always say there isn’t a preferred, and shouldn’t ever be a preferred, family type. Because anybody listening to this programme who is not within that preferred, that so-called preferred family type, would simply say, hold on, what does that say about me and my family unit? And there is no evidence to suggest that a preferred family type, or a particular type of family unit, is better for children....

WENDY GRACE: ... all things being equal, do you not think it is better, where possible, for a child to be raised by a mom and a dad?

GRÁINNE LONG: The ISPCC always say, on the basis of the evidence and on the basis of the professionals that work in our organisation and have done this for many, many years , the stability of the relationship in a household that determine a child’s welfare.

http://podcasts.spiritradio.ie/why-ispcc-called-for-yes-vote-in-marriage-referendum-grainne-long/

Spirit Radio





Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



13/5/15 (Wed)    >>

  • Fr. John Hogan - Novena Prayer on the Irish Marriage Referendum - EWTN Ireland
  • Statement by Bishop Nulty on the decision by Tusla to withdraw funding for Accord’s marriage preparation courses - Irish Bishops (Gordon Jeyes of Tusla interviewed on Morning Ireland ... See also I Times, I Independent)
  • Dublin football star Ger Brennan: Why I'm voting No - I Independent

NOVENA FOR IRELAND Radio Maria TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links


Faith in the Media - Tue 12th May, 2015 - FMA

Contains several important links


Faith in the Media - Mon 11th May, 2015 - FMA

Contains several important links


The Marriage Referendum: 22 May 2015 - Mon 11th May, 2015 - Catholic Ireland







Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV

TODAY Wednesday 13 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Thursday 14 May - EWTN





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



12/5/15 (Tue)    >>



  • William Binchy: Same-sex referendum Yes would affect child welfare laws - I Times
  • How to buy an Irish Referendum - yesfundingexposed ( Recall : Breda O'Brien - Sat 9th May, 2015 - I Times )
  • Pope Francis reflects on the family in his message for World Communications Day 2015 - Irish Bishops - "Welcoming this year’s World Communications Day message, Archbishop Eamon Martin said: ..."
  • Archbishop Eamon Martin Statement on the Irish Marriage Referendum youtube for EWTN Ireland - EWTN [YouTube] - "It's very important to vote. The effects of this proposed amendment will be far reaching for this and for future generations. So, I invite you, especially in this month of Mary, to pray the Rosary for all the families of Ireland, remembering especially those who are in particular need at this time. May all our families be models of Faith, Love and Generous Service"
  • Marriage 'not just a social construction' - (Archbishop Diarmuid) Martin - I Independent ( See : Homily Notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for Newbridge Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help - Irish Bishops )
  • Marriage Equality Referendum: Why I’ll tick that níl box in a pink glitter pen - Paddy Manning - I Examiner
  • "Don't forget: Chairman of Referendum Commission will answer your #MarRef questions on #morningireland (TODAY). Any Qs?Email: referendum@rte.ie" on RTÉ Radio 1 : Morning Ireland [ Listen back ]
  • Cork councillor calls for removal of LGBT rainbow flag - I Examiner
  • Live referendum debates on UTV Ireland - UTV
  • Two heterosexual men will be allowed to marry if marriage referendum passes - Iona Institute "“If voters come to understand just how radical what is really being done to marriage is they will certainly vote No on May 22”."
  • Who is your King? - Word on Fire

NOVENA FOR IRELAND Radio Maria TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links


Faith in the Media - Mon 11th May, 2015 - FMA

Contains several important links


Life Matters - Sun 10th May, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Self control ... Next week's topic is Prayer


Sleeping No vote awakens as polling day looms - Tue 12th May, 2015 - I Times

A Mother's Love is irreplaceable VOTE NO


Claire Byrne Live - Mon 11th May, 2015 - RTÉ One



The Pat Kenny Show - Tue 12th May, 2015 - Newstalk

Book: Who Owns Marriage?


Mum forgives motorist who killed her girl - Tue 12th May, 2015 - Herald

"A mum who lost her only child in a horrific collision has said she forgives the driver of the car that smashed into her family."


Pope Commemorates Coronation of Our Lady of Mercy - Mon 11th May, 2015 - Zenit

Says Virgin Mary's Message of Mercy is "More Valid Than Ever In Our Age"


Today with Seán O Rourke - Support for Children of Priests - Tue 12th May, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Discussion with Prof Patricia Casey and Harry Browne


Letter to the Editor - The effect of the referendum on Irish education - Tue 12th May, 2015 - Wexford People



Every child should have its ‘mammy and daddy’ - Tue 12th May, 2015 - Catholic Ireland



Bishop of Limerick ‘cannot support’ Yes vote on marriage equality - Tue 12th May, 2015 - Limerick Leader



Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger






TV

TODAY Tuesday 12 May - 9:30 PM - EWTN - OUR LADY OF FATIMA: INTERNATIONAL ROSARY AND CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION - Groups throughout the world participate in an international rosary recitation and a candlelight procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

TOMORROW Wednesday 13 May - EWTN





Radio Maria

"Request for prayers and protection for Radio Maria Ireland due to transmit nationally in the near future. The radio station will initially have a period of test runs (pilot stage) commencing on the 13th May running until its official launch to be announced shortly. Yours in Christ. RM Ireland"

Radio Maria Ireland (FACEBOOK)





Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



11/5/15 (Mon)    >>



  • World Communications Day 2015 – Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of LoveIrish Bishops
  • Growing up with two mothers – Heather Barwick - Spirit Radio
  • Yes vote may impact on ACCORD bishop warns - Catholic Ireland
  • Bishop Brendan Leahy statement on marriage referendum - Irish Bishops [ The destruction of marriage is only a half-way house for gender ideologists - Garvan Hill ... Bishop of Limerick wants discussion of "serious implications" of same-sex amendment - Newstalk ]
  • Pastoral Statement of Bishop Ray Browne on the marriage referendum - Irish Bishops [ Bishops call for No vote in upcoming Marriage Referendum - Newstalk ]
  • Pastoral Letter on the marriage referendum to the people of Clonfert Diocese by Bishop John Kirby - Irish Bishops
  • Homily of Archbishop Michael Neary in support of Christian view of Marriage - Irish Bishops [ Bishops step up opposition to gay marriage - Sarah MacDonald - I Independent ... Marriage referendum about family, not equality - Archbishop - I Times ]
  • Pastoral message by Bishop Phonsie Cullinan Marriage is Important – please think before you change it - Irish Bishops
  • Bishop Leo O’Reilly’s pastoral statement Marriage is Important – Think before you vote - Irish Bishops
  • Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on RTÉ Radio One : This Week
  • A 'Yes' to the introduction of post-parent parenting? - John Waters - Sunday Independent
  • Mothers and Fathers Matter - Soundcloud
  • Bishop Denis Brennan - Pastoral Letter to the people of the Diocese of Ferns - Diocese of Ferns
  • Murray Case blows a huge hole in simplicity of Yes case - Prof Bill Tormey

NOVENA FOR IRELAND Transcript TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links


Faith in the Media - FMA

Saturday ... Thursday ... Wednesday


It would be “insane” to pass this referendum – former Fine Gael councillor - Sat 9th May, 2015 - Journal

Prof Bill Tormey


Bishop urges people to 'reflect before they change' marriage - Sun 19th May, 2015 - Wexford People

Bishop Denis Brennan


A Baby Is Not a Chattel - Fri 8th May, 2015 - Huffington Post



'The Catholic Church is a cult' and Ireland is 'backward' - polyamorous Irish Big Brother contestant Jade-Martina Lynch - Mon 11th May, 2015 - I Independent



New Study On Homosexual Parents Tops All Previous Research - Family Research Council



'Silent No': Fears of shock defeat in marriage referendum grow - Mon 11th May, 2015 - I Independent

Mentioned in RTÉ Radio One : It Says in the Papers (8:10 AM) along with Una Mullally article in I Times ...

Eamon Gilmore on RTÉ Radio One : Morning Ireland claiming Same-sex marriage has no implications for children - Journal Comment : !


The Green Room - Orla Barry - Sat 9th May, 2015 - Newstalk

24 mins in : Interview with film maker Lisa Fingleton who is gay and trying to have a baby with a woman, using IVF


WATCH: Blind pregnant woman meets her unborn son in the shape of 3D-printed ultrasound - Sat 9th May, 2015 - Newstalk



Prisoner dies in Midlands Prison Portlaoise - Sat 9th May, 2015 - Newstalk



Kenny confident same-sex marriage referendum will be passed - Mon 11th May, 2015 - RTÉ

Listen also to end of RTÉ Radio One : Drivetime






TV

TODAY Monday 11 May - EWTN

TODAY Monday 11 May - BBC Four - 20:00 - Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death - A Good Death - "... for the people of the Middle Ages death wasn't an end but a doorway to everlasting life. The Church taught that an eternity spent in heaven or hell was much more important than this life's fleeting achievements and there was much you could do to prepare for the next life in this one. " (Source: BBC website) Last in the series.

TODAY Monday 11 May - RTÉ One - 9:35 PM - Claire Byrne Live - Marriage Referendum

TODAY Monday 11 May - 9 PM - UTV Ireland - Pat Kenny in the Round - Guest : Mickey Harte

TOMORROW Tuesday 12 May - EWTN




Transcript


The Morning Show - Wendy Grace - IDA and the Marriage Referendum – Professor Ray Kinsella - Mon 11th May, 2015 - Spirit Radio

WENDY GRACE:

Were you surprised at Martin Shanahan making this statement?

PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“I was very surprised.…. You’d have to ask a couple of questions, and the first on is: Is it appropriate that any multi-national company should seek to influence the decisions of the Irish people, one way or another, on an issue such as this? Secondly we’d have to ask: Are we to infer from what the IDA said that our constitutional values are for sale to the highest bidder? Thirdly I’d ask: Are multi-national companies, and they are important…, are they really in a position to lecture the Irish people on their values? In the Constitution?”

“…The majority of countries in the EU and the vast majority of countries globally do not have same-sex marriage. They see marriage in the same terms as the United Nations Charter, that it’s a man and a woman and it’s a special relationship. So are we to infer from the IDA that these countries are not inclusive? And open? And don’t promote diversity? It’s a very extraordinary intervention and these are really serious questions.”

WENDY GRACE:

It is IDA Ireland’s job to present Ireland in as positive light as possible… if the Irish people chose to vote NO, has he made his own job more difficult by already giving a negative interpretation of a NO vote?

PROFESSOR RAY KINSELLA

“It wasn’t a thought through intervention. And it sells the Irish people, and the seriousness in which we should approach this debate, well short. And it does seem to me, in a careful reading of what’s in it, that what the IDA seems to be saying is that they can sit in judgement on how your vote will be signalling whether or not Ireland is an open, diverse and inclusive society. Have they forgotten that we rightly welcomed the Vietnamese boat people? Have they forgotten that we welcomed, far more than most countries in Europe, people from Eastern Europe who were in search of a new life? I mean, where is Mr Shanahan coming from?!”

“…Companies come to Ireland because of our skilled young people… they come because of our corporation tax regime… they come to Ireland because we are an innovative people with a 5,000 year old history. That’s why they come to Ireland. And for the IDA to make this extraordinary intervention seems to me to be enormously counter-productive and one which sells our industrial policy, and which sells multi-national companies, very short.”





Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



10/5/15 (Sun)    >>



09/5/15 (Sat)    >>



  • ‘Groupthink has been exalted to an Irish sacrament’ - Breda O’Brien: Asking questions about funding for referendum campaign - Irish Times [ Recall : Breda O’Brien: Garda body’s call for a Yes vote undermines democracy - Irish Times ]
  • Government refuses to respect 'No' side in marriage debate - David Quinn - Irish Independent [ Recall : Media bias is distorting public debate and eroding our democracy - Irish Independent ]
  • StandUp4Marriage - New No vote campaign group formed - RTÉ News [ Stand Up for Marriage launch ‘no’ campaign - UTV ]
  • Senator Jim Walsh accuses government of pressuring state agencies into Yes vote - Newstalk
  • Head to Head: Mattie McGrath TD argues against same-sex marriage - Irish Times
  • Senator Rónán Mullen on Newstalk : Moncrieff ( with Tara Duggan ) [ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! -- see also Thursday's Faith in the Media for background on the NO campaign stock photo, discussed here ... Comment : The 'story' was being regenerated on Marian Finucane with Áine Lawlor, today ]
  • Open Letter to An Taoiseach – Bruce Arnold - Spirit Radio
  • We must protect marriage for the sake of children - Alive
  • Fianna Fáil urge ‘tolerant’ approach to Accord funding - Irish Catholic

Novena for Marriage TV Links Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive





Links


Faith in the Media - Thu 7th May, 2015 - FMA

Contains important links


Faith in the Media - Wed 6th May, 2015 - FMA

Contians important links


Parish Prayer Resources for ExamTime - Thu 7th May, 2015 - Irish Bishops



Novena responds to call for prayers for marriage - Thu 7th May, 2015 - IrishCatholic

SEE www.novena4ireland.wordpress.com


The Pope shows his love for the GAA as he gets to grips with an O'Neill's ball - Fri 8th May, 2015 - I Independent



Priest goes against his bishop to back 'Yes' campaign - Sat 9th May, 2015 - I Independent



Diarmaid Ferriter: Marriage needs to be redefined – the referendum will do that - Sat 9th May, 2015 - I Times

Comment (NB) : As well as including some misleading yes vote propaganda, this page also contains an interesting audio discussion consisting in part of liberals, who are yes voters, challenging other liberals, who are voting yes, over issues like Ashers Bakery


Bishops divided on same-sex marriage, say CoI Archbishops - Fri 8th May, 2015 - I times

But recall Faith in the Media - Wed 22nd Apr, 2015 'Presbyterian Church urges No in marriage equality referendum - Presbyterian Church joins Catholic and Methodist in call for faithful to vote No - I Times ( Belfast Tekegraph )'


Will 2015 be the last Mother’s Day ever? - Carolyn Moynihan - Fri 8th May, 2015 - Mercatornet

The family is evolving, so perhaps we have finished with this celebration.


What's unprecedented about Pope Francis' Year for Mercy - Fri 8th May, 2015 - CNA



Secrets of Fatima ‘lift veil’ on anti-Christian persecution, says Vatican cardinal - Sat 9th May, 2015 - Catholic Herald

"There is no fourth secret and there are no other hidden secrets," says Cardinal Amato


Beauty will save the world – Gaudi's basilica inspires conversions - Thu 30th Apr, 2015 - CNA

Gaudi's Basilica of the Holy Family was featured on Francis Brennan's Grand Tour on Tue at 16:10 on RTÉ 1





TV

TODAY Saturday 9 May - EWTN

TODAY Saturday 9 May - RTÉ One - 15:45 - Father Brown (G K Chesterton)

TODAY Saturday 09 May - BBC Two - 23:40 - The Way - "A conservative American ophthalmologist travels to Europe to recover the body of his deceased son, who died while attempting to make the pilgrimage from France to Spain's Santiago de Compostela. Once there, he resolves to take the journey himself, in an effort to understand both himself and his late son."

TOMORROW Sunday 10 May - EWTN





Novena for Marriage : Dates : 13th – 21st May 2015

Novena Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection
the cause of marriage and family life.
May the peace which reigned in your home
take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth
so we may recognise what is good and right
and reject all that hinders life
and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens
that we may witness to the truth
in forming the laws governing our society.
Bless those who work for the protection
of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Holy Family of Nazareth,
We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

Amen



08/5/15 (Fri)    >>



07/5/15 (Thu)    >>



  • Sharing Pastoral Resources for the 2015 World Communications Day - News.va / Vatican Radio [ Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love ]
  • The Meaning of Marriage - Newsletter for dioceses and parishes - Issue 8 for Sunday 10 May 2015, Sixth Sunday of Easter - meaningofmarriage.ie
  • Mass-goers will thank priests who speak out on marriage referendum - David Quinn - Irish Catholic
  • Paul explains why he is voting "No" - Mothers and Fathers Matter [YouTube]
  • Emotion often triumphs over reason - Brendan O'Regan - Irish Catholic
  • Why we should Vote No in Marriage Referendum - Iona Institute
  • Bruce Arnold : Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum: ‘one-sided, reckless and divisive’ - Mercatornet

TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links


Yesterday's Faith in the Media



State funding for ACCORD could end with Yes vote - Fri 1st May, 2015 - Iona Institute



Tonight with Vincent Browne - Wed 6th May, 2015 - TV3

Referendum debate - Tom Finegan, Kathy Sinnott v David Norris, George Hook


Pressure on Labour and SF TDs as abortion bill set to come before Dáil - Thu 7th May, 2015 - I Independent



Pope to allow absolution of abortion during Holy Year - Paddy Agnew - Thu 7th May, 2015 - I Times

Interview with Paddy Agnew on Newstalk : Pat Kenny Show at 10:35 am today


Care for the Covenant of Marriage – Archbishop Eamon Martin - Sat 2nd May, 2015 - iCatholic

Video interview with Wendy Grace


Family seen in No poster stock photo say Yes to same-sex marriage - Thu 7th May, 2015 - Newstalk

An email from Mothers and Fathers Matter is read out after the interview with Colm O'Gorman on Newstalk : Lunchtime today

Comment : It goes without saying that the couple in the photo knew that they would be free to make their statement today, safe in the knowledge that, in this case, there would be no media backlash. Listen, below, to another revealing item on the same issue ...

Ray D'Arcy Show Comment : Today's show also featured an interview with Fr Tony Flannery - "Despite the fact that Fr. Tony Flannery was silenced by the Vatican, in the past few years he has never been more vocal" (RTÉ website)


Ahead of Ireland's marriage referendum, Dublin archbishop looks to Pope Francis - Thu 7th May, 2015 - CNA



Can the rosary defeat one of the world’s deadliest terror groups? - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - Catholic Herald



French court orders removal of St John Paul II statue - Thu 7th May, 2015 - Catholic Herald



Wendy Grace - Referendum Panel (Petra Conroy & Tiernan Brady) – Marriage Referendum - Thu 7th May, 2015 - Spirit Radio

Petra Conroy : People say all we're doing is adding 11 simple words but you have to look at where we're adding them in!






TV

TODAY Thursday 7 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Friday 8 May - EWTN



06/5/15 (Wed)    >>




TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links


Presentation of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy - Tue 5th May, 2015 - VIS

See Jubilee Year of Mercy: a re-awakening for all Christians - Vatican Radio


Life on the Rock - Tue 5th May, 2015 - EWTN

Catholic Psychologist Timothy Lock on same-sex attraction and the group Courage


Children’s Rights in Marriage Referendum – Senator Ronan Mullen - Tue 5th May, 2015 - Spirit Radio

Senator Rónán Mullen responds to comments by former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter about children and the upcoming Marriage Referendum. He also gives a frank reaction to last week’s call by a number of leading children’s charities for a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum.


Price of Irish Government’s rushed referendum on marriage laid bare - Tue 5th May, 2015 - Garvan Hill

See also MassResistance presents powerful 26-minute video on what 'gay marriage' did to Massachusetts - Mass Resistance ;

Freedom of Expression, a victim of Same Sex Marriage debate, but does it matter in a democracy? Healy Eames and

An Orwellian future for Ireland too? - Garvan Hill


“I ached for my father”: woman raised by lesbians - Susan Gately - Sun 3rd May, 2015 - Catholic Ireland

Heather Barwick


Matt Cooper - Adults Raised By Gay Couples Speak Out - Tue 5th May, 2015 - Today FM

"Conor Prendergast and Kathy Faust were both raised by lesbian parents. However, they both have very different views on gay marriage. They talk to Matt Cooper."


Louisa Leontiades – The Husband Swap - Tue 5th May, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

"Louisa Leontiades lives on a remote granite island in Sweden with her two partners and two children. Louisa is part of a polyamorous relationship."


Morning Ireland - Tue 5th May, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Gráinne Healy of Yes campaign interviewed ... Listen to : Archbishop Eamon Martin on RTÉ Radio One : Morning Ireland on Monday

Alan Shatter on Newstalk : The Pat Kenny Show (+ vox pop)

Ken Murphy on Newstalk : Lunchtime (7 mins 47 secs in -- and see below)

The Law Society of Ireland calls for equality, supports the Marriage Referendum - Law Society of Ireland

GPA and WGPA back Yes Vote in Marriage Referendum - Newstalk

Pat Carey on Newstalk : Right Hook (20 mins 45 secs in - Pat Carey campaigning for YES vote outside cathedral in Kilkenny - being accused of intimidating churchgoers)


A Message on the Marriage Referendum: ‘Care for the Covenant of Marriage’ by Archbishop Eamon Martin - Sun 3rd May, 2015 - Irish Bishops



Reflection on the marriage referendum: ‘Marriage Matters’ by Bishop Denis Nulty - Sun 3rd May, 2015 - Irish Bishops



‘Marriage is important: Be informed before you vote’ – Statement of Bishop Michael Smith on marriage referendum - Sun 3rd May, 2015 - Irish Bishops



Bishop Philip Boyce: Pastoral Catechesis on Marriage and the Family - Sun 3rd May, 2015 - Irish Bishops







Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger




Events

TODAY Wednesday 6 May (and other dates) Irreplaceable-the-film (pro-family documentary film) 7.30pm St.Canice Parish centre, (by kind permission) 2 Grove road, Finglas East, Dublin 11 For further details contact St.Canices Parish office Tel: 01 8343110 or Martin Deegan Tel: 0851500034

Friday 8 May - MARRIAGE - GOD'S DESIGN - WE NEED HIS HELP TO PROTECT IT!!! ALL NIGHT VIGIL for the Protection of Marriage and in reparation for offences against Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament OUR LADY OF VICTORIES. SALLYNOGGIN, CO DUBLIN THIS FRI 8th MAY Begins with Holy Mass 6.30pm Fri, guided Holy Hour & Benediction, Eucharistic Adoration through the night and concluding with Holy Mass at 9am Sat. Car parking, toilets and refreshments available. "BEHOLD I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW" Contact: Mairead Bernal 085 861 7884

Saturday 9 May - Not to be missed day with Frances Hogan .Theme " let God be God " . Mount St. Joseph's Monastery Roscrea Saturday 9th May starting 10 am finishing with mass at 4pm .Cost 20 euro (incl. lunch, tea/ coffee ) .Seperate collection Frances Hogan donation only .Her cd's will be on sale .Please reply A.S.A.P by text to following number John 0876878418 .Need to book numbers by Tuesday as places limited . " may God's will be done" Pass on

Saturday 16 May - "A Profession of Faith" for the sanctity of Marriage and the Protection of family Life and values will take place at: St Peters & Paul's Church Athlone on Saturday 16th of May 2015 Starting at 2.00pm. With Prayer, Eucharistic Adoration 4.00pm Holy Mass. Celebrant : Bishop Kevin Doran. All are most welcome. Further details from Kathleen O Connor or Paul Woods on 087 7828283






TV

TODAY Wednesday 6 May - EWTN

TODAY Wednesday 06 May - TV 3 - 23:00 ( & 06:05 Thursday )- Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Debate With Vincent Browne

TOMORROW Thursday 7 May - EWTN



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Links


Presentation of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy - Tue 5th May, 2015 - VIS

See Jubilee Year of Mercy: a re-awakening for all Christians - Vatican Radio


Life on the Rock - Tue 5th May, 2015 - EWTN

Catholic Psychologist Timothy Lock on same-sex attraction and the group Courage


Children’s Rights in Marriage Referendum – Senator Ronan Mullen - Tue 5th May, 2015 - Spirit Radio

Senator Rónán Mullen responds to comments by former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter about children and the upcoming Marriage Referendum. He also gives a frank reaction to last week’s call by a number of leading children’s charities for a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum.


Price of Irish Government’s rushed referendum on marriage laid bare - Tue 5th May, 2015 - Garvan Hill



Matt Cooper - Adults Raised By Gay Couples Speak Out - Tue 5th May, 2015 - Today FM

"Conor Prendergast and Kathy Faust were both raised by lesbian parents. However, they both have very different views on gay marriage. They talk to Matt Cooper."


Louisa Leontiades – The Husband Swap - Tue 5th May, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

"Louisa Leontiades lives on a remote granite island in Sweden with her two partners and two children. Louisa is part of a polyamorous relationship."


Morning Ireland - Tue 5th May, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Gráinne Healy of Yes campaign interviewed ... Listen to : Archbishop Eamonn Martin on RTÉ Radio One : Morning Ireland yesterday


A Message on the Marriage Referendum: ‘Care for the Covenant of Marriage’ by Archbishop Eamon Martin - Sun 3rd May, 2015 - Irish Bishops



Reflection on the marriage referendum: ‘Marriage Matters’ by Bishop Denis Nulty - Sun 3rd May, 2015 - Irish Bishops



‘Marriage is important: Be informed before you vote’ – Statement of Bishop Michael Smith on marriage referendum - Sun 3rd May, 2015 - Irish Bishops



Bishop Philip Boyce: Pastoral Catechesis on Marriage and the Family - Sun 3rd May, 2015 - Irish Bishops







Events

Friday 8 May - MARRIAGE - GOD'S DESIGN - WE NEED HIS HELP TO PROTECT IT!!! ALL NIGHT VIGIL for the Protection of Marriage and in reparation for offences against Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament OUR LADY OF VICTORIES. SALLYNOGGIN, CO DUBLIN THIS FRI 8th MAY Begins with Holy Mass 6.30pm Fri, guided Holy Hour & Benediction, Eucharistic Adoration through the night and concluding with Holy Mass at 9am Sat. Car parking, toilets and refreshments available. "BEHOLD I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW" Contact: Mairead Bernal 085 861 7884

Saturday 9 May - Not to be missed day with Frances Hogan .Theme " let God be God " . Mount St. Joseph's Monastery Roscrea Saturday 9th May starting 10 am finishing with mass at 4pm .Cost 20 euro (incl. lunch, tea/ coffee ) .Seperate collection Frances Hogan donation only .Her cd's will be on sale .Please reply A.S.A.P by text to following number John 0876878418 .Need to book numbers by Tuesday as places limited . " may God's will be done" Pass on






TV

TODAY Tuesday 5 May - EWTN

TOMORROW Wednesday 6 May - EWTN



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  • Marriage referendum debate : Tiernan Brady and Eileen King on Spirit Radio at 9:30am






Links


Children’s rights groups urge Yes vote in same-sex marriage referendum - I Times

Fergus Finlay interviewed on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, just before 9 am






TV

TODAY Wednesday 29 April - EWTN

TOMORROW Thursday 30 April - EWTN



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  • Pope Francis Plans to Visit Fatima in 2017 - Zenit
  • ‘Marriage and the Family’ – A Pastoral Letter by Bishop John Buckley - Irish Bishops
  • Over 75? Sign here if you're ready for death: GPs to ask ALL older patients if they'll agree to a 'do not resuscitate' order - Mail
  • Irish monks “On the Pathways of the World” - Vatican Radio
  • Gay Marriage: Newest Poll shows Yes side down 8% as No side starts to gain traction - TheLiberal (the Business Post poll findings were discussed by a yes voter on RTÉ Radio 1 : Morning Ireland)
  • Stormont rejects same-sex marriage proposal - Breaking News
  • Tom Finegan and Regina Doherty - Today FM
  • "Marriage Equality Debate" - RTÉ Radio 1 : Today with Seán O Rourke (Sen Rónán Mullen and Minister Simon Coveney TD)
  • The Taoiseach has said that it would be the making of us as a nation if the same-sex marriage referendum is passed, next month (sources : Today FM, Newstalk etc.)
  • [ Comment : This is, actually, not a joke ]

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Northern Ireland minister who said children of gay parents are more likely to be abused steps down - Mon 27th Apr, 2015 - Independent

... and discussed on Morning Ireland


Anti-Gay Bakers Told To Pay $135,000 To Couple - Sat 25th Apr, 2015 - Sky News

... and see : After Receiving Over $100K in Donations, Bakers’ Crowdfunding Page Shut Down - Sat 25th Apr, 2015 - The Daily Signal


Judith Woods: Where do we draw the line between playing Darwin and playing God? - Sat 25th Apr, 2015 - Telegraph

The fact that Chinese geneticists have taken the first steps to creating designer babies should fill us with horror


Rescue and relief efforts underway after Nepal quake - Sun 26th Apr, 2015 - Vatican Radio



Pope sends telegramme to Divine Mercy Conference - Sun 26th Apr, 2015 - Vatican Radio



Death with dignity: A friend recalls last minutes of John Paul II's life - Mon 27th Apr, 2015 - CNA



Morning-after pill ‘discrimination’ - Mon 27th Apr, 2015 - I Examiner

... and discussed on Newstalk : Lunchrime






TV

TODAY Tuesday 28 April - EWTN

TOMORROW Wednesday 29 April - EWTN



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  • ‘Marriage and the Family’ – A Pastoral Letter by Bishop John Buckley - Irish Bishops
  • Over 75? Sign here if you're ready for death: GPs to ask ALL older patients if they'll agree to a 'do not resuscitate' order - Mail
  • Irish monks “On the Pathways of the World” - Vatican Radio
  • Gay Marriage: Newest Poll shows Yes side down 8% as No side starts to gain traction - TheLiberal (the Business Post poll findings were discussed by a yes voter on RTÉ Radio 1 : Morning Ireland)
  • Stormont rejects same-sex marriage proposal - Breaking News
  • Tom Finegan and Regina Doherty - Today FM
  • "Marriage Equality Debate" - RTÉ Radio 1 : Today with Seán O Rourke (Sen Rónán Mullen and Minister Simon Coveney TD)
  • The Taoiseach has said that it would be the making of us as a nation if the same-sex marriage referendum is passed, next month (sources : Today FM, Newstalk etc.)
  • [ Comment : This is, actually, not a joke ]

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Northern Ireland minister who said children of gay parents are more likely to be abused steps down - Mon 27th Apr, 2015 - Independent

... and discussed on Morning Ireland


Anti-Gay Bakers Told To Pay $135,000 To Couple - Sat 25th Apr, 2015 - Sky News

... and see : After Receiving Over $100K in Donations, Bakers’ Crowdfunding Page Shut Down - Sat 25th Apr, 2015 - The Daily Signal


Judith Woods: Where do we draw the line between playing Darwin and playing God? - Sat 25th Apr, 2015 - Telegraph

The fact that Chinese geneticists have taken the first steps to creating designer babies should fill us with horror


Rescue and relief efforts underway after Nepal quake - Sun 26th Apr, 2015 - Vatican Radio



Pope sends telegramme to Divine Mercy Conference - Sun 26th Apr, 2015 - Vatican Radio



Death with dignity: A friend recalls last minutes of John Paul II's life - Mon 27th Apr, 2015 - CNA



Morning-after pill ‘discrimination’ - Mon 27th Apr, 2015 - I Examiner

... and discussed on Newstalk : Lunchrime






TV

TODAY Monday 27 April - EWTN

TODAY Monday 27 April - UTV - 20:00 - Wild Ireland - following the pilgrims’ trail to Croagh Patrick

TOMORROW Tuesday 28 April - EWTN



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  • Supreme Court verdict due on 2012 Children's Referendum challenge - RTÉ
  • Head to head: A daughter of a lesbian mother argues against same-sex marriage - I Times [Heather Barwick]
  • David Quinn : The secret life of a 'No' voter may haunt Official Ireland yet - I Independent

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Nine News - Over a million Armenian ‘genocide’ victims canonised - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - RTÉ One



Have your say: Should Irish voters pass the same-sex marriage referendum? - Fri 24th Apr, 2015 - I Times

Head to Head: Readers are invited to join the conversation


We need to hear both sides on upcoming referenda - Harry McGee - Thu 16th Apr, 2015 - Connacht Tribune



Chinese team claims genetic blueprint success - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - RTÉ News



Why I'm giving up my academic career to become a nun - Fri 24th Apr, 2015 - Telegraph



Father Gerry Campbell to undertake four day cross-border run to raise awareness of human trafficking - Tue 21st Apr, 2015 - Irish Bishops







TV

TODAY Friday 24 April - EWTN

TOMORROW Saturday 25 April - EWTN



23/4/15 (Thu)    >>

  • Mary’s Meals founder makes TIME 100 - Irish Catholic
  • David Quinn : "To date, however, our media seem much happier to broadcast Yes side accusations against the No side without properly examining the claims being made by the Yes side." - Irish Catholic
  • Same-sex marriage ‘human right’ claim laid bare - Irish Catholic
  • Bishop McKeown - marriage referendum - UTV Live Tonight
  • Teddy's story: Youngest ever organ donor saved a stranger's life just moments after being born - Mirror (Sky News; Independent)
  • Referendum Panel – Legal Implications of Marriage Referendum - Spirit Radio (Tom Finegan v. Ivana Bacik)
  • Fianna Fáil Backs Pro-Life Amendment - Prolife.ie

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Fianna Fail members urged to endorse abortion ban - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - I Independent



Sister Act: how nuns are staging a surprise comeback in UK - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - Telegraph

The unexpected revival of convent life in 21st Century Britain


Why women are flocking to religious orders in England and Wales - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - Catholic Herald



Marin Catholic nuns boycott classes due to gay awareness day - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - Marin Independent Journal (California)



Spanish film brings story of 'Three Rebel Monks' to life - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - CNA



What's in a name? CARD Stafford on 'Francis' on George's Day - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - Vatican Radio

Comment : And funeral of Cardinal Francis George, tomorrow ...

OEMC warns of traffic delays during Cardinal George funeral procession - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - Chicago Sun Times


Armenian Archbishop in Argentina Proud of Pope - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - New York Times



Marriage march in DC expects diverse, wide-ranging support - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - CNA



Breakfast - Part 4 - Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 - Newstalk

Keith Mills on referendum posters


Father Patrick Martin Gifted With Blindness







Events

TODAY Thursday 23rd April 7:30 PM - Fr Pat Martin, (blind priest) from America, author and preacher on God's Love, in St John the Evangelist Church, Kilbarrack, Dublin 5 at 7:30pm. Commencing with Holy Mass @ 7:30pm (SEE Father Patrick Martin Gifted With Blindness)






TV

TODAY Thursday 23 April - EWTN

TOMORROW Friday 24 April - EWTN



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  • Pope: the social devaluation of the alliance of man+woman in the world today is a loss for everyone. There's a need to reaffirm marriage+family - Wednesday Audience [YouTube]
  • Presbyterian Church urges No in marriage equality referendum - Presbyterian Church joins Catholic and Methodist in call for faithful to vote No - I Times (Belfast Tekegraph)

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Mass at Santa Marta - The Church of martyrs - Tue 21st Apr, 2015 - News.va / L'Osservatore Romano



Pope: our vocation is to care for the covenant of marriage - Wed 22nd Apr, 2015 - News.va / Vatican Radio







TV

TODAY Wednesday 22 April - EWTN

TOMORROW Thursday 23 April - EWTN



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Morning Ireland - Watch @morningireland #MarRef debate with Aodhán Ó Ríordáin who's pro-amendment & Tom Finnegan who's anti-amendment." - Tue 21st Apr, 2015 - RTÉ News Now [Twitter - Video]"



Garda union urges members to vote ‘Yes’ in referendum - Tue 21st Apr, 2015 - I Independent

Mentioned on Newstalk : Breakfast paper review : "a senior member gave her approval to do it"


Pope: avoid the temptation of transforming faith into earthly power - Tue 21st Apr, 2015 - Vatican Radio







TV

TODAY Tuesday 21 April - EWTN

TODAYTuesday 21 April - UTV - 15:00 - Dickinson’s Real Deal - items include a Russian religious icon

TOMORROW Wednesday 22 April - EWTN



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  • WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that Radio Maria Ireland will begin broadcasting on Wed 13th May, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Radio Maria asks for prayers for protection and that it will be a true instrument of Our Lady in the world today.
  • The Supreme Court is expected to give Judgement in the Childrens Rights Referendum Challenge Friday next, 24th April at 12 noon (and see Greg Daly in the Irish Catholic - 19/3/2015)
  • Mothers and Fathers Matter launch campaign - RTÉ Radio One : Morning Ireland (Interview with Keith Mills) and see theliberal.ie
  • The right finds a fresh voice on same-sex marriage - Washington Post
  • Greg Daly : Harmless fun or mocking scorn? - Irish Catholic
  • Groundbreaking research : Exposure to explicit images of sex, torture and self-harm online is putting children at risk of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder similar to the experience of combat veterans - RCSI’s director of cyberpsychology Professor Mary Aiken - RTÉ Radio One : Today with Seán O Rourke
  • Media Apostle: The Father James Alberione Story - mediaapostle.com
  • BREAKING: Cardinal Francis George of Chicago dies at 78 - CNA News


The Cardinal's Column - A tale of two churches - Sun 7th Sep, 2014 - Catholic New World (Newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago))

Cardinal Francis George RIP - 17th Apr, 2015 Comment: "May he rest in peace. A real gentleman"


A fresh voice for marriage - Michael Cook - Fri 17th Apr, 2015 - MercatorNet

Ryan T. Anderson


The Meaning of Marriage Newsletters - Thu 16th Apr, 2015 - Irish Bishops

Newsletter for dioceses and parishes


Liveline - Fri 17th Apr, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Discussion about the mural which is being used to promote a YES vote in the marriage referendum


Barnardos 'Da Project' highlights important role of fathers in children's lives - 30th Oct, 2008 - Barnardos

"Dr (Martin) McAleese spoke about the "dangerous blind spot" of ignoring the role of fathers in the lives of their children." ... Comment: !






Events

TOMORROW Saturday 18 April - Lecture on perinatal & paediatric palliative care for healthcare workers, but all welcome. Saturday 18th April 10am-1pm. Maldron hotel Dublin airport.

Freedom In Christ - Unbound Seminars, based on the 5 Keys of Unbound from Neal Lozano's book, Unbound, www.heartofthefather.com - 6 Wednesday evenings from 15 April starting at 7.30pm each evening, Johnstown Pastoral Centre Hall, Killiney, Co. Dublin. Continues 22, 29 April, and 6,13, 20 May. Join us this Easter season to learn how to use the 5 Keys of Unbound to unlock the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in your life. All Welcome. Presented by the Irish School of Evangelisation, www.esatclear.ie/~isoe,

"MAKE IT A MILLION FOR MARY'S MEALS" fundraiser concert and raffle taking place on Fri April 24th in the Hogan Suite Croke Park 7:30pm. Concert includes Fr Ray Kelly and Fr Marino Nguekam. Raffle prizes include 2 FREE trips to Medjugorje.

An Teaghlach Naofa - The Lamb Will Conquer - Mass for Ireland on Sat 25th April, Knock Basilica. 2 p.m. Stations and Rosary, 3 p.m. Mass. For the protection of the sanctity of marriage, family and human life and for our country.

Dublin - "As the Father loves me so I also love you. Remain in my love" Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for Men: 23rd-26th April(7pm Thurs-3pm Sun) Directed by Fr Fergal O Duill LC. Call Kasia 01 2889317 or faithandfamilycentre@arcol.org for info

Friday 8 May - "Dear Donal, Following a horrendous desecration of our Adoration chapel, we have been called to prayer in a special way, I would be very grateful if you could circulate the following: ALL NIGHT VIGIL IN REPARATION for offences against Our Lord and the threat against the sanctity of Marriage. OUR LADY OF VICTORIES. SALLYNOGGIN FRI 8th MAY Begins with Holy Mass 6.30pm Fri, guided Holy Hour & Benediction, Eucharistic Adoration through the night and concluding with Holy Mass at 9am Sat. .. "

Litany of Reparation in honour of the Blessed Sacrament - Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus 15/4/2015

Course on Catholic Philosophy, in Cork, June 1st-6th. Contact 085 2258773 or muiris777@gmail.com






TV

TODAY Friday 17 April - EWTN

TOMORROW Saturday 18 April - EWTN

TOMORROW Saturday 18 April - Channel Four - 19:00 - Walking Through History: Northumbria - "Tony Robinson explores the history of the ancient kingdom on a walk from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to Holy Island off the coast of Northumberland. Over five days, he goes on the trail of one of Northumbria’s greatest sons - Saint Cuthbert. Through the Tweed Valley and across the Cheviot Hills, it’s a journey through a murky history laden with myth. However, by investigating the communities, power bases and landscape of seventh-century Northumbria, Tony aims to understand the pagan land in which Cuthbert spread his simple brand of Celtic Christianity."



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Morning Ireland - Petition calls for conscience clause - Wed 15th Apr, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Richard Kimball, a Quaker, discusses a petition he has authored calling for a "conscience clause" to be included in the marriage equality referendum






TV

TODAY Wednesday 15 April - EWTN

TODAY Wednesday 15 April - BBC Two - 21:00 - Kill the Christians - "Christianity is facing the greatest threat to its existence in the very place where it was born. Jane Corbin travels across the Middle East to some of the holiest places in Christendom and finds that hundreds of thousands of Christians are fleeing Islamic extremists, conflict and persecution. From the Nineveh plains in Iraq to the ancient city of Maaloula in Syria, Kill the Christians reveals the story of how the religion that shaped Western culture and history is in danger of disappearing in large parts of its ancient heartland."

TOMORROW Thursday 16 April - EWTN



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EXCLUSIVE: Mary McAleese calls for Yes vote in same-sex marriage referendum - Mon 13th Apr, 2015 - Newstalk

But listen to Breda O'Brien on Newstalk Breakfast, this morning, shortly after the 8am News


Bishops’ threat over non-signing of civil wedding forms - Mon 13th Apr, 2015 - I Times

If same-sex vote carried, the church’s view on marriage and that of State radically different. Listen to Joe Little talking about this on RTÉ Radio One : Morning Ireland and Cathal Barry of the Irish Catholic on BBC : Good Morning Ulster




TV

TODAY Tuesday 14 April - EWTN

TOMORROW Wednesday 15 April - EWTN



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  • It should have been called ‘Abortion: Britain’s guilty secret’ - Life Institute
  • RTÉ Broadcasts Pro-Abortion Propaganda Dressed Up as “Debate” - LifeNews

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Why have we forgotten the Easter story? - Good Fri 3rd Apr, 2015 - Telegraph



Event : Way of the Cross with Archbishop Diarmaid Martin - Phoenix Park, Dublin, Wellington Monument - Noon - Good Fri 3rd Apr, 2015





TV

TODAY Good Friday 3 April - EWTN

TOMORROW Holy Saturday 4 April - EWTN




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  • 'Vatican Weekend' March 28, 2015 - Vatican Radio (includes reference to Seamus Heaney)
  • Emotional outcomes for children with same-sex parents – Dr Paul Sullins - Spirit Radio [SEE also 'links' section below]
  • Govt accused of ‘groupthink’ on children’s bill - Catholic Ireland
  • Fianna Fáil senator Jim Walsh resigns from party over his opposition to Children and Family Relationship Bill - I Independent [Harry McGee - I Times]
  • I am a liberal but I will be voting No in referendum - I Independent (James Downey)

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The Morning Show - Wendy Grace - Emotional outcomes for children with same-sex parents – Dr Paul Sullins - Fri 27th Mar, 2015 - Spirit Radio

EXTRACTS

Wendy Grace: Tell us about yourself and your interest in this topic? Dr Paul Sullins: ‘’I’m a Catholic Priest. I teach at the Catholic University of America… but in addition to that, I’m one of the very few Catholic Priests in the world who are married. I have a family, and I have three children. Two of my children are adopted. So I have a lot of personal interest in what affects good outcomes for children.”

Wendy Grace: What did your study look at? And what sample did you look at for this study?

Dr Paul Sullins: “What I’ve done is to find a very large government data set, 1.6 million cases and out of those I have extracted 512 children. I didn’t collect the data, the data were collected by the US census on behalf of the US government. This is the National health interview survey. .. It’s very objective data…”

Wendy Grace: What did your study find?

Dr Paul Sullins: “(The census) comes up with a predictor of serious emotional problems. So I took that measure. And on that measure I found that the rate of serious emotional problems for children who have opposite sex parents was 7.4% .. I found that it was 7.4% among children with opposite sex parents; among children with same sex parents it was 17.4%. So it was more than twice as large.”

Wendy Grace: How does your study differ from previous studies, both in methodology and results?

Dr Paul Sullins: “Well the average sample size of the studies that find no difference is 39 persons. My sample is 512 persons. It’s several times, more than 10 to 15 times, as large. And all but four of those prior studies don’t involve samples that are representative of the population. So you really can’t infer their results to any population in the real world. ... So I’ve published a follow up study that compares the random sample research with all of the convenient sample research, and find that there is huge bias in the convenient samples.”

Wendy Grace: What can you conclude from these findings?

Dr Paul Sullins: “…What I did find that explains the difference.. is that when a child is with his own mother or father, that is 'joint biological parents' as we call it in the literature, children in those settings do better than children in any other setting. So if you think about it, there are only three options: either both parents are biological parents or one of the parents is a biological parent (like in a step parent family), or none of them is (like when a child is adopted). And I found that the rate of serious emotional problems differs dramatically in those three scenarios. If you are with joint biological parents, about 4% of kids have emotional problems - much lower than the average overall.”


Vatican newspaper runs article supporting France’s ‘stealth euthanasia’ bill - Fri 27th Mar, 2015 - LifeSite







TV

TODAY Saturday 28 March - EWTN

TODAY Saturday 28 March - CATHOLIC LIVES - EWTN - 17:00 - DR. SR. MIRIAM DUGGAN - David Kerr is joined by doctor Sr. Miriam Duggan, Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, as she recollects her work as a gynecologist during Uganda's most troubled times.

TODAY Saturday 28 March 2015 - BBC One - 17:50 - Pointless Celebrities - Eurovision edition of the quiz. Competing are former Bucks Fizz singers and 1981 winners Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan; Johnny Logan and Dana, who both won the title for Ireland; and Martin Lee - of 1976 victors Brotherhood of Man - teaming up with Sonia, who came second in 1993 with Better the Devil You Know. The final pair is Chris Cromby and Gemma Abbey, who as Jemini scored nul points in 2003.

TOMORROW Sunday 29 March - EWTN



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  • Pope: “Where there is no mercy there is no justice” - Vatican Radio




Links

Media criticised on 'Yes vote bias' on gay marriage - Mon 23rd Mar, 2015 - Herald



Today with Seán O Rourke - Keelin Shanley - Association of Catholic Priests on Marriage Equality Referendum - Tue 24th Mar, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

"This morning the Association of Catholic Priests released a statement stating that they decided not to adopt a position in favour for or against the Marriage Equality referendum. Fr. Brendan Hoban joined Keelin on the line."


Today with Seán O Rourke - Keelin Shanley - School Enrolment Policies - Tue 24th Mar, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

"Many non-religious parents are facing a dilemma: should I baptise my child just so they can get into school or should I stick to my beliefs and face discrimination? It’s a topic of the latest campaign by the Humanist Association of Ireland, Brian Whiteside and Patt Goff of the Irish Primary Principals Network joined Keelin."


Matt Cooper - Should businesses be free not to serve certain people? - Mon 23rd Mar, 2015 - Today FM

"The Archbishop of Dublin suggested last week that the consciences of people troubled by any legislation on same sex marriage should be respected. We debate the issue"

Comment : The title misrepresents the issue


Moncrieff - David Quinn - Mon 23rd Mar, 2015 - Newstalk





TV

TODAY Tuesday 24 March - EWTN

TOMORROW Wednesday 25 March - EWTN



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  • SOMETHING ELSE IS NEEDED! - Archbishop Eamon Martin - In depth interview - Fr Tim Bartlett - EWTN : Celtic Connections [ SEE below ]

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EWTN Celtic Connections - Archbishop Eamon Martin - In depth interview - Fr Tim Bartlett - EWTN Radio

On this post St. Patrick's day special, Celtic Connections talks to Archbishop Eamon Martin, new Primate of all Ireland and successor of St. Patrick. On his first St. Patrick's day as Primate, Archbishop Martin reflects on difficult times for Ireland, including the legalisation of abortion under certain circumstances and the forth coming referendum on "same sex marriage". Archbishop Eamon also talks about the New Movements in Ireland, signs of hope he sees in the New Evangelisation, and he shares his thoughts on the pontificate of Pope Francis. Fr. Tim Bartlett interviews Archbishop Eamon for Celtic Connections on location in Armagh, ecclesial capital of Ireland. Fr. Tim is Secretary to the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland.



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Pope Francis: The Sinner. Would You Believe? Special | RTÉ One | Monday 16th March 9.35pm - RTÉ TV Promotions [YouTube]

SEE rte.ie/tv/wouldyoubelieve


Press Release - Archbishop of Canterbury voices sense of powerlessness" in face of ISIS - Fri 13th Mar, 2015 - SAT-7"



Archbishop of Canterbury shares his heart for Middle East on SAT-7 - Fri 13th Mar, 2015 - SAT-7

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What we would need to strip from marriage… - Thu 5th Mar, 2015 - Fr. Brian McKevitt O.P.



Dolce and Gabbana face calls for boycott after criticising ‘wombs for rent’ - Mon16th Mar, 2015 - Catholic Herald

"A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother." (SEE, also, above )


The Morning Show - AHR Bill passes Dáil – Dr Tom Finegan - Fri 13th Mar, 2015 - Spirit Radio

“Well it was initiated on the 17th of February… and will be going to Seanad in the next couple of weeks. And there’s a very strong chance it will be passed by the Seanad by the end of March and certainly by early April, which means in total from it being first initiated in the Dáil to being passed by both houses in order to go to the President to be signed, It’s going to take no longer than six or seven weeks. Which is an extraordinarily short period of time for a bill of this length, complexity, and indeed importance. To give you an example, The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 took thirteen months to pass by both houses of the Oireachtas. And it was indeed a shorter bill than the Children and Family Relationships Bill.”

It’s a massive piece of legislation. It covers whole vast areas of family law, children’s law, indeed assisted human reproduction law. It’s an exceptionally complex and important piece of legislation, but I am not aware of a precedent existing for something as complex as this being rushed through as quickly as this. I mean, if it was any other type of legislation you’d imagine the Opposition would be expressing grave concern to the Minister and to the Government over the way this is being handled.

If it was any other piece of legislation I would reckon that there would be calls for the Minister to explain publicly why legislation as complex and as substantive as this is being railroaded through so quickly. But again that really hasn’t happened in this instance. I mean I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there needed to be an amending piece of legislation relatively quickly down the road, if this is passed, just because of the lack of scrutiny it’s getting.

So there has been some pockets of descent from within the Dáil, but not a lot. And that’s due to two factors. It’s due to the fact that all parties were on board with the Government’s express purpose of getting this piece of legislation through the houses as quickly as possible; and also because of the fact that the Bill is moving so speedily through the Oireachtas that it’s just very hard to sit down, analyse, go through the bill section by section and become aware of the difficulties surrounding the legislation.

Well we’re looking to ensure that in relation to donor assisted human reproduction and adoption that a child has, where practicable, both a legal mother and a legal father. We’re looking to ensure that the practice of anonymity in donor assisted reproduction is completely suppressed as far as possible, to ensure so that at the very least a child knows as well as they can know who their natural parents are, their mum and their dad. Ultimately we’re looking to ensure that the practice of donor assisted human reproduction is prohibited so to ensure that children born through assisted human reproduction not only know who their natural parents are but to be able to have a real, caring relationship and be brought up by their natural parents.

Saint Patrick 2015 - Basilique du Sacré Coeur - Sanctuaire de L'Adoration Eucharistique et de La Miséricorde Divine

Comment: God has a Heart for Ireland! ❤️ GOD / FAMILY / Father, Son and Holy Spirit




TV

TODAY Monday 16 March - EWTN

TODAY Monday 16 March - RTÉ ONE - 21:35 - Pope Francis: The Sinner. Would You Believe? Special

TODAY Monday 16 March - BBC TWO - 22:00 - An Coláiste Éireannach - Salamanca - Episode 1 of 4 - Dr Art Hughes examines the rich history behind the establishment of Irish Colleges across Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. In this first episode in the series, he travels to Salamanca in Spain, home of St. Patrick's College, an important sanctuary for many people fleeing Ireland.

TOMORROW Tuesday 17 March - EWTN



15/3/15 (Sun)    >>



14/3/15 (Sat)    >>



  • The Pope announces an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy - VIS (L'Osservatore Romano)
  • Revived by the power of love: Incredible moment 'dead' premature baby came back to life after mother begged to cuddle him for a few last moments and ordered baby's dad to take off his shirt and help - Daily Mail (SEE also Mail - 27th Aug, 2010)
  • Archbishop Eamon Martin on BBC One : Songs of Praise tomorrow, Sunday, at 5pm
  • Archbishop Eamon Martin congratulates Pope Francis on the second anniversary of his Petrine Ministry - Irish Bishops
  • Friday's Faith in the Media [Transcript - Bishop Doran interview / 2nd anniversary - election of Pope Francis]

TV Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive


Marian Finucane Show - Eamonn Coghlan - Sat 14th Mar, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

"Eamon Coghlan talks about his emotional reaction when he discovered his son Michael was gay. Marian also talks by phone to Michael, Eamon's son, who is living in America"


Marian Finucane Show - Keith Mills - Gay Man Voting No in Referendum - Sat 14th Mar, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

"As the public debate on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum got under way in earnest last week, you could be forgiven for thinking that the two opposing sides consisted of the entire gay community and all political parties in favour of redefining marriage, with the only opposition coming from the Catholic Church and Catholic organisations such as the Iona Institute. The truth, however, is more complex. Keith Mills, a gay man, is voting no. He talks to Marian"


24 hours for the Lord 2015: ‘God rich in mercy’ (Eph 2:4) - Thu 5th Mar, 2015 - Irish Bishops

[Friday 13th and Saturday 14th]


Six-One News - Mothers and Fathers Matter protest against Children and Family Relationships Bill - Fri 13th Mar, 2015 - RTÉ One



Christians ARE too scared to admit beliefs - because they fear being mocked or treated like bigots, say equality chiefs - Wed 11th Mar, 2015 - Daily Mail







TV

TODAY Saturday 14 March - EWTN

TOMORROW Sunday 15 March - EWTN

TOMORROW Sunday 15 March 2015 - BBC One - 17:00 - Songs of Praise - "For Mothering Sunday, Diane Louise Jordan meets a mother who chose to adopt rather than have biological children, and as we approach St Patrick's Day we hear from Eamon Martin - the Archbishop of Armagh and spiritual leader of Catholics in Ireland."



13/3/15 (Fri)    >>



  • Today is the second anniversary of Pope Francis' election ( SEE also (grey) links section below ) Comment : The Family and Media Association's mobile phone provider cancelled FMA's mobile phone number and refused to restore it, immediately after we sent a text to all our supporters with that good news.on 13th March, 2013 (a coincidence? ... Perhaps)
  • RIP Tony Fenton
  • Pro-Life march: ‘Media bias on abortion has reached a point we cannot ignore’ - Journal.ie
  • Large crowd gathers to ‘challenge media bias’ on abortion issue - I Times
  • 1,500 at Pro Life Campaign rally to protest media bias on abortion - RTÉ
  • Brendan O'Regan (TV and Radio) : No escaping same-sex marriage debate - Irish Catholic
  • Launch of Catholic Primary Schools in a Changing Ireland: Sharing Good Practice on the Inclusion of all Pupils - Irish Bishops ... Fr. Michael Drumm and RuairiQuinn TD on guidelines for inclusiveness in Catholic schools - RTÉ Radio One : Today with Seán O'Rourke (and read the I Independent's agenda-driven news report)
  • Read a transcript of Bishop Kevin Doran's Newstalk interview (without the spin). SEE below (grey) links section
  • Final statement of the Spring 2015 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference - Irish Bishops

ReportsTV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive




Links

The John Murray Show - Thu 12th Mar, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Comedian Al Porter joked : "... hopefully, we can vote yes in both referendums. I can marry him and we'll be the first openly gay couple in Áras an Uachtaráin." ... John Murray, jokingly, responded : "Lovely, lovely ..."


Today with Seán O Rourke - Thu 12th Mar, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Poet Paul Durcan explains that his latest publication, 'The Days of Surprise' takes its title from an expression used by Romans and Italians to the describe the days following the election of Pope Francis on 13th March, 2013 (today, two years - SEE red section above) ... This point is also discussed on yesterday's Arena


Breakfast - Part 4 - Mon 9th Mar, 2015 - Newstalk

Including an interview with the Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran ... Here is a transcript of that part of the interview relating to same-sex marriage :

Chris Donoghue : Let’s talk first about the marriage referendum. (Mentions Bishop Doran’s Donaghmede talk) - the idea that you can believe in equality and vote No on May 22nd, tell me more.

Bishop Kevin Doran : The point is that all people are equal both in eyes of God and in eyes of the State, there is no question about that - when people come in to Mass on Sunday their sexual orientation is not relevant. We believe in fact there is in the Irish legal system already marriage equality - everyone over a certain minimum age is entitled to marry - but with restriction on various relationships - I can’t marry my sister or my mother and by the same token, I can’t marry someone of the same sex. “The term, ‘marriage equality’, which is being used a lot is misleading in the sense that what people are actually campaigning for here is not marriage because, by definition a same-sex relationship includes some of the elements of marriage such as love, care, affection and perhaps a long-term commitment and so on. But it doesn’t include the openness to procreation which is one of the essential dimensions of marriage. And I’m not just saying that, from the perspective of the Catholic Church or Christian tradition. I think if you look at cultures, older than any of the main religions, you find that part and parcel of the whole reason for marriage and for the reason for the State or, if you like, society getting involved in marriage was because it had to do with the important business of children.

Chris Donoghue : “OK, well look, first of all, the referendum, we are not being asked about marrying our mothers or our sisters, the exact wording is ‘marriage may be contracted, in accordance with the law, by two persons without distinction, as to their sex’ but I just want to go back to Church teaching because you have been, I think in that comment, and any gay person listening to that, will know that you’ve been friendly, you’ve been friendly and open in your comment. But what is the Catholic church’s view of gay people? Where do gay people come from or are some people just born, and they’re gay?”

Bishop Doran : “Well I don’t think the Catholic church is particularly expert on that, I think the jury is out. My own personal perspective would be, some people perhaps have a predisposition, genetically, to being gay. Perhaps, in some cases, people are gay because of contexts, circumstances related to their own experience of life as young people. One of the things I’d suggest also, from my own experience, as working as a university chaplain, would be that many young people in their late teens are confused about their sexuality, understandably and I think I’d have to say I was myself, and the thing about it is, some young people get drawn into a gay relationship because, some how or other, they don’t feel that they’re sure about being heterosexual, so they’re trying this out..”

Chris Donoghue : “They experiment..”

Bishop Doran : “So there’s an element of that involved in it as well.”

Chris Donoghue : “But do you accept, cause you’ve said both things there, you’ve said nurture and you’ve also said nature, that some people are born and they just are gay, just like some people are born and they just are straight.”

Bishop Doran : “I did say that I’m not an expert on this but the point about it is, I think the jury is out on it. The reality is not so much about the way people are born as when you look at the meaning of human sexuality, it has both an emotional dimension to it and it has a very clear physical and biological dimension to it, which is oriented towards the generation of new life.”

Chris Donoghue : “You see, because Bishop Kevin, what I’m getting at, in listening to the Church on this debate is, the previous pope, Pope Benedict, said, in 2005, “homosexuality was an intrinsic disorder”. One of your peers, Bishop Aguilar in Spain, last year, said that homosexuality was a mental disorder that could be treated’. I’m just trying to get at where the church is at, is it a sin to be gay?”

Bishop Doran : “No. No, it’s not. It goes back to the kind of conversation you were having with Ivan earlier on, that sometimes technical, philosophical language is not the best way to communicate what we’re talking about. There’s obviously a difference between orientation and the way people behave and in reality, you see, what the church asks of people who are homosexual, by orientation, is exactly the same as what the Church asks of people who are heterosexual, that they reserve sexual relationships to marriage. Now it’s a completely different question then to say that we believed marriage is between a man and a woman and we believe that this is not something that’s is just a religious view but is something that is part and parcel of what cultures, for thousands of years, have recognised as being important to society.”

Chris Donoghue : “You see the reason I was asking about what is the Church’s belief on where being gay comes from because if some people are born and they are straight and others are born and they are gay, then that’s as God intended.”

Bishop Doran : “That would be to suggest that if some people who are born with Down syndrome or Spina Bifida, that that was what God intended either. I mean I think the thing about it is, I can’t see into the mind of God…”

Chris Donoghue : “But the things you mentioned Bishop, to be fair, are conditions, they are disabilities, your sexual orientation is not a disability.”

Bishop Doran : “Well I’m not entering into that, I’m just simply saying that it would be wrong to suggest that everything that happens, happens because God intended it, I mean if that were the case, we’d be kind of talking about a very different kind of god to the God that Christianity believes in.”

Chris Donoghue : Let me ask you if people vote yes and if this referendum on May 22nd is accepted that that will fundamentally change the definition of marriage and that is why marriage needs to be maintained as is, tell me more…

Bishop Doran : If you put into the Constitution that marriage is effectively any committed relationship for as long as both parties consent to it and which is between any two people then obviously that changes the meaning of marriage because that’s not what marriage is understood to be not just in the Constitution but in the whole body of family law which in many ways is based on the Constitution.

Chris Donoghue : What people are voting for is civil marriage, Catholic marriage will not change. It’s state marriage people are voting on…

Bishop Doran : Absolutely. Yes. Catholic marriage in the sense of the sacrament of marriage wont change but it doesn’t mean it wont make any difference to Catholics because obviously Catholics who marry, marry civilly as well and in fact those like myself who celebrate marriage in the Church are required also to act as civil solemnisers which means it has an impact on what we do and the meaning of what we do as well…

Chris Donoghue : I was reading some parts of the Bible on marriage, in expectation of speaking to you, and in parts of the Bible, women are very subservient in the marriage and that would not be my experience of observing the marriages around me or probably your experience of the marriages you have celebrated, that they would be much more equal in the partnerships. (Chris Donoghue mentions ‘Book of Peter, the Book of Ephesians, “wives be obedient to your husband”, the Book of Leviticus…. So I’m just wondering if straight people have already redefined the Church’s prescription of marriage…

Bishop Doran : Was it Shakespeare or Christ that said, ‘The Devil can quote scripture’… The thing is that we’re not making our case based on scripture, it’s based on human rights and the common good. But just to return to what you’re saying, the bit where St. Paul says wives be obedient to your husbands he goes on immediately to say, husbands love your wives as Christ loved the Church giving yourself fully for her, so what is actually being said is about a relationship of mutual self giving but as I say we’re not actually basing our position in the referendum on the scriptures except in so far as our own view of the importance of faithful love and of the relationship between love and life giving is obviously influenced by the scriptures.

Chris Donoghue : On love, the love between two women who are gay and two men who are gay, do you see that as being the same as the love between a man and a woman, do you see it as the same love, that life-long partnership?

Bishop Doran : I’m not even sure if you take two heterosexual couples who are married to say that their love is the same .. that’s a very personal…

Chris Donoghue : As strong, is as strong as possible …

Bishop Doran : I can’t talk from inside the experience of another relationship. The point about it is, we’re not into judging the emotional bond there is between people or the care that people have for one another, what we’re talking about is the difference between the orientation, or the purpose is a better word perhaps, of two relationships. One is of its very nature is directed towards the care and upbringing of children and the other isn’t and therefore they can’t be said to be the same.

Chris Donoghue : You’ve mentioned children, let’s talk about that. (References talk in Roscommon for Iona) You said, that marriage as it currently exists is special because it is where the State gets conscientious citizens from, from the marriage of a man and a woman procreating. Tell me more about that …

Bishop Doran : I think the quotation was from someone else and it wasn’t quite like that but basically what it was saying was the State depends on the family and that’s what the Constitution effectively says, it talks about the family, the importance of the family as the building block of society which brings stability into the lives of children and helps them to grow into mature citizens. That’s what we’re talking about. It’s about helping young people to have the best possible start in their lives.

Chris Donoghue : But are you talking about families where the man and the woman are married specifically or all families?

Bishop Doran : It’s interesting at the most recent synod of Bishops in Rome and Pope Francis himself has remarked this, while we would argue that a man and a woman should be married before they have children because that gives the stability to their relationship and the commitment that will help to nourish and strengthen the lives of their children … the Bishops remarked at the Synod that in many relationships that are not marriage there still remains goodness, sacrifice, self-gift, lots of positive values but what Pope Francis has also said and what we would be saying is that children benefit greatly from having a father and a mother who model for them both maleness and femaleness not just biologically but in the whole of who they are and who are also committed to one another and whose love for one another becomes a model for their children.

Chris Donoghue : But last year 25,000 children were born outside marriage in Ireland, hundreds of thousands of people have been raised by single parents, perhaps a widowed parent, your mother or your father or a lone parent. You seem to say that the Bishops have recognised that those people can do just as good a job as a married couple for conscientious citizens.

Bishop Doran : The first thing is that children irrespective of who their parents are or how they’re born are worthy of respect and of love and care on the same basis - that’s without question. In relation to parents, I think most people would say it’s not the ideal situation for a child or indeed for the parent. Parents have hugely more challenges facing them, hugely more sacrifices to make in a situation where there is only one parent.

Chris Donoghue : “Can we just be clear? Do you accept, Bishop,that May the 22nd has nothing to do with children? May the 22nd the referendum is about redefining marriage.”

Bishop Doran : “Oh no, I don’t accept that at all and the Government has been trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes, saying this, because what’s actually happening in the referendum on May 22, if it were to be passed, would be because there’s a redefinition of marriage, it’s also a redefinition of parenthood because, while the Government is currently putting through legislation, the Children and Family Relationships Bill, which redefines parenthood, that would still only have only the force of law but it would gain the force of the constitution in a referendum that would change the meaning of marriage.”

Chris Donoghue : “But the referendum says nothing - the wording: ‘Marriage may be contracted, in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

Bishop Doran : “Yeah, but you obviously haven’t heard what I’m saying - there’s an essential relationship between marriage and the giving of life to, and caring for, children.”

Chris Donoghue : “What I’m saying is…”

Bishop Doran : “And so when you change the meaning of marriage, you change the relationships of parents because if children are now, to have say, two parents who are of the same sex, that…”

Chris Donoghue : “But children do, Bishop. As in lesbian people, lesbians, gay men they are already parents..”

Bishop Doran : “They’re not parents. You see the point about it is…”

Chris Donoghue : “But they are, all over Ireland. They have children.” Doran: “They may have children but that’s the difference, you see that’s the point, people who have children are not necessarily parents. This legislation that the Government is introducing, the Children and Family Relationships Bill, seems primarily focused about making it possible for people in various different relationships to have children. It’s not about ensuring that children have their parents.”

Chris Donoghue : Final question on the referendum, Alex White said this, nobody in Ireland loses any rights if marriage rights are extended to every person as in gay, straight, regardless, nobody is actually losing anything, is being asked to give up anything on May 22nd, would you agree with the Minister?

Bishop Doran : No, I wouldn’t, absolutely not. First of all children lose the right to have a relationship with parents. Children are being brought into situations where one of the two people who would be entrusted with responsibility for their care, at least one, will not be their parent. They may be recognised in law as their parent but the whole relationship between life giving and parenthood is being separated.

Chris Donoghue : Do you think two women or two men could do a good job raising a child? Lesbians or a gay couple?

Bishop Doran : I’m sure they possibly could, this is not about comparing the goodness of people. It’s about saying…

Chris Donoghue : No, but do you think that child will have all the love he or she needs, all of the care, all of the guidance if that child has two Dads?

Bishop Doran : The difference is, irrespective of what couple you’re talking about, you’re going to find some couples manage the rearing of children better than others and this is not about saying that people who are gay are not able to love but it’s about saying that children need a mother and a father.

Chris Donoghue : We’ve had three political conferences recently and all three have discussed extending the law on terminations … Obviously you’re one of the Catholic bishops so I wouldn’t have to guess too long what your position on this is, but for example, whereby a child will not survive outside the womb, what do you say as we head into a general election about the suggestions of extending the laws on terminations?

Bishop Doran : I wasn’t aware we were heading into a general election..

Chris Donoghue : Well ok 12 months, it’s a short time

Bishop Doran : I thought you were making an announcement there …

Chris Donoghue : Well for example the Fine Gael manifesto will be ready this September

Bishop Doran : I think the whole thing of care of children in the womb who are let’s call them terminally ill is a very important thing for us to consider and it should be considered in much the same way as we consider the care of people who are terminally ill who are not in the womb. It’s extremely difficult - I’ve done this myself and I’ve supported in recent times other people who have don't this - it’s very very difficult to sit by the bed of a relative who’s dying and you know there’s nothing you can do except be there and you being there is solidarity with them. We don’t suggest under those circumstances that it would be better to give the person a lethal injection and in much the same way it is extremely difficult, I acknowledge this, for parents who have a child who is terminally ill in the womb to sit with that and to know that maybe the child will not be born alive or that if the child is born alive may die very soon afterwards. But to suggest that therefore the life of the child should be terminated is obviously straight away to deny the value of that life while it’s there. What we would be saying as Bishops is there are alternatives that need to be put in place and if government were interested in doing something like this they would be enhancing hospice care for children and there is one hospice in Ireland for..

Chris Donoghue : Even if the baby might only survive a couple of hours?

Bishop Doran : The length of time is not really relevant the important thing is the value of life, the care that is given to that life. If the baby is only going to last a few hours in life it’s not going to cost the government a huge amount of money, but the amount of…

Chris Donoghue : I don’t think it’s about money though

Bishop Doran : It is about money there is one hospice for children in this country for neo-natal care and it is paltry the amount of public funding that is given to support it.

Chris Donoghue : Another issue is that when a woman is raped and she becomes pregnant from rape should she have to bear that child?

Bishop Doran : Well, the child is still a human being and that’s the issue. You don’t destroy a life in order to get back at the mother’s rapist. I think again, women themselves vary in their view of this. I had the experience many years ago of talking to a woman who had been raped and had become pregnant and she called me one evening and told me that the baby died in the womb, she had a miscarriage. And I kind of thought maybe in some way you would have been relieved and she said no, you don’t understand - the only good thing that I had was that child.

Chris Donoghue : But Bishop 4,500 Irish women gave Irish addresses at UK abortion clinics last year. The number is probably higher if they gave a friend’s address in the UK. Did those women commit sin?

Bishop Doran : Objectively speaking, to kill another human being is sinful. The person under the circumstances who acts in this way may do so under all kinds of duress, fear, pressure therefore I can’t issue a judgment in relation to the personal sinfulness… - this is one of the things that has been happening in all the debate; the separation between private morality and public morality has been broken down. For instance what I as a priest might say to someone who had an abortion or a gay relationship or whatever would be between me and them and God and it wouldn’t be about a public debate and what has happened in the same sex referendum for example it’s the State that’s actually turned it into a public issue.

Chris Donoghue : But isn’t that the nail on the head Bishop, that in my life church men and women have been so kind to me and one on one interactions be it a gay person, or a woman who has had an abortion or someone who’s in trouble, or whatever it might be the humanity is very kind but the doctrine is very cruel when it comes to the Church opposing two men getting married or the position women are in by having had an abortion …

Bishop Doran : But even to say the Church is opposing two men getting married - the Church is simply saying that marriage is such that two men can’t do it or two women can’t do it and the State by raising this as a possibility within the public forum is turning this into an issue of public morality which it wasn’t. Ivan: Bishop Kevin, we’re out of time, but just two points. I’ll be married this December 30 years to Deirdre and it was the best decision I ever made in my life.

Bishop Doran : Fair play to you Ivan: I just don’t get how if there is same-sex marriage legalised, how it undermines my marriage?

Bishop Doran : Because it changes the Constitutional meaning of marriage and that obviously applies to everybody who’s married Ivan: But it doesn’t impact on me one way or another.

Bishop Doran : It may not feel as if it impacts on you, I don’t know but it does change the meaning of marriage. Ivan: And the other point is, I happen not to be a Catholic. And I would have seen issues of contraception and divorce and so on. What about the point that it is absolutely proper that you give your doctrine to your flock, what about the business of the state, that the politicians and the voters have to address the secular issues, what about that point?

Bishop Doran : That’s something I absolutely believe, we’re not here asking the State to legislate for a Catholic position, we’re asking the State to recognise the meaning of marriage in the nature of our humanity and in the history of our civilisations going back thousands of years and not to mess with something that fundamentally has worked for society for thousands of years.

Chris Donoghue : Bishop Kevin - your job as priests, when you marry a couple in the Catholic tradition, you also register the civil part of their marriage, the signing of the register. In the Constitutional Convention the Bishops gave a submission that this part could no longer be done by a Catholic priest, couples would have to do the civil part of their wedding in a registry office and if they’re Catholic have the Church wedding. Is that still the position of the Catholic Bishops?

Bishop Doran : There hasn’t been a formal discussion or decision because we’re not assuming the referendum is going to pass but if the referendum were to pass it would radically change the meaning of what we’re signing and I think it would be very hard to see how we could continue doing that. Now having said that that’s the situation that exists in France and it works perfectly well so …

Chris Donoghue : No it was just that I re-read the Convention thing and was wondering where it was at. The other thing, if the referendum passes, I know a lot of gay Catholics, I know a lot of gay men who go to Mass and if a gay couple comes to you asking you to baptise their child, would you?

Bishop Doran : My issue in relation to the baptism of children is to ask whether there’s a reasonable possibility that this child is going to be brought up in the Catholic faith. There are all sorts of circumstances where people come to have a child baptised. Some are married, some are not married, in some cases you get grandparents. I don’t normally accept requests from grandparents for baptisms because I think the parents are the people who are responsible for the child.. I think pastoral decisions that are made in every…

Chris Donoghue : But a specific example, two gay men who are of faith who believe in the Lord and say will you baptise our little girl or our little boy?

Bishop Doran : Yes - the fact is - I don’t know what the nature of their relationship is, you could have two gay men who are actually observing the teaching of the Church but who still adopted a child. You can’t make a judgment of a kind of global or general nature in relation to a particular individual.

Chris Donoghue : Finally Bishop, the conference starts today, you described it in the break as a bit like a big cabinet meeting. You’ll obviously have some things to say. What is the plan between now and May the 22nd for the Bishops Conference? Are you going to be vocal, are you going to be debating, are you going to be in Church, what’s the plan between now and the referendum?

Bishop Doran : I suppose that will materialise a little bit more in the course of today. Again it’s important to say that while the bishops would see ourselves as offering leadership particularly to people of our own faith we wouldn’t see ourselves as mounting a political campaign. There are a lot of other people out there who have an interest in and a concern about marriage and it’s very important that their voice would be heard.

For a preliminary analysis, please see Wednesday's Faith in the media




TV

TODAY Friday 13 March - EWTN

TOMORROW Saturday 14 March - EWTN



12/3/15 (Thu)    >>

  • RIP Tony Fenton
  • Pro-Life march: ‘Media bias on abortion has reached a point we cannot ignore’ - - Journal.ie
  • Large crowd gathers to ‘challenge media bias’ on abortion issue - I Times
  • 1,500 at Pro Life Campaign rally to protest media bias on abortion - RTÉ
  • Brendan O'Regan (TV and Radio) : No escaping same-sex marriage debate - Irish Catholic
  • Launch of Catholic Primary Schools in a Changing Ireland: Sharing Good Practice on the Inclusion of all Pupils - Irish Bishops ... Fr. Michael Drumm and RuairiQuinn TD on guidelines for inclusiveness in Catholic schools - RTÉ Radio One : Today with Seán O'Rourke (and read the I Independent's agenda-driven news report)
  • Final statement of the Spring 2015 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference - Irish Bishops



11/3/15 (Wed)    >>



  • 33 to 1 Event Challenging Media Bias TODAY Dáil Éireann, 11th March, 7-8pm (Irish Catholic)
  • New BAI and Compliance Committee members ( SEE below ) Note : Majority nominated by Minister White
  • ‘Marriage is important – Reflect before you change it’ - Irish Bishops "We invite people of faith to bring this decision to prayer. In the coming weeks, and particularly in May, the month of Mary, we call for prayer for Marriage and the Family."
  • "Marriage Equality? What about equality for kids?" - Australian Marriage Forum 2015
  • David Quinn : Government's experiment with the lives of Ireland's children is a scandal - I Independent
  • Gay marriage vote 'open to legal review'- Stephen O'Brien - Sunday Times [Front Page]
  • Irish version of proposed amendment to allow for gay marriage to be rephrased - RTÉ (SEE also Bruce Arnold etc., Faith in the Media - 25 Feb 2015)
  • Gay marriage promotion on RTÉ One : Saturday Night Show
  • Katie Taylor on RTÉ One : Late Late Show
  • Fr Donal Neary SJ on St Francis Xavier SJ - RTÉ Radio One : Risin Time : A Living Word
  • 'Safeguard Your Heart' ( Pope Francis and Confession )
  • Company refuses to print gay wedding invitations - RTÉ ( SEE below for other reports )
  • Morning Ireland (Kevin Macnamara TD -- Lab -- on his abortion bill; also: two priests interviewed on opposing the expected executions of Australians in Indonesia and the recent Ireland-England rugby match!)
  • Donor assisted babies and same-sex marriage on Today with Seán O Rourke
  • Ryan Tubridy tells emailer who is obsesed about '50 Shades of Gray' : "First of all, there's nothing wrong ... You just got a little glimpse of a possibility of taking your love life somewhere else entirely ... Embrace it ... So sort yourself out and enjoy it ... Nothing to see here! Everything is fine!" - RTÉ 2FM (1 hr 4 mins into audio)
  • Near death experiences : Dr Mary Neal on RTÉ 2FM Tubridy and Roisin Fitzpatrick on Newstalk : Right Hook (Comment : somewhat new age? Watch Fr Robert Spitzer on significance of near death experiences)
  • André Spicer : The Wellness Syndrome - RTÉ Radio One : John Murray Show (47 mins into audio)
  • [ Recommended Comment : Anti new age / anti self-indulgence : 'The world has become a place where feeling good is now indistinguishable from being good' ]
  • Sen Rónán Mullen interviewed on Newstalk : Moncrieff [ Recommended ]
  • Austen Ivereigh : The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope - Newstalk : Pat Kenny (36 mins into audio) [ Recommended ]

ReportsTV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive




Links

Cork printer offers to help gay couple after wedding invite snub - Fri 6th Mar, 2015 - I Examiner

I Examiner( Front page view )

Belfast Telegraph

Morning Ireland

Tubridy


Celtic Connections - Kathy Sinnott - Sat 28th Feb, 2015 - EWTN

Recommended : Sr Briege McKenna on her message to Divine Mercy Conference 2015

Fr Michael Ross on Radio Maria Ireland


The Morning Show - Wendy Grace - John Newton - Aid to the Church In Need (Conflict in Syria) - Thu 26th Feb, 2015 - Spirit Radio

Wendy Grace : What reports have you heard coming from (the Khabour region of Syria)?

John Newton : Only this morning we’ve received another communique from Archimandrite Emmanuel Youkhana who is our contact in the region. He himself has a contact in Hassake City. And we now have accurate figures for the people who have been taken by IS over the past few days. Basically we’re looking at a hundred and twenty three people who have been captured, we’re talking an additional 51 families that we’re not sure how many there are per family but they’re estimating somewhere in the 250 region. So were looking at well over 350 people having been taken captive. And the latest news as of this morning is that fifteen of the captives have been killed by IS.

Wendy Grace : Do you think internationally there is awareness of this current situation?

John Newton : To be honest, no. Watching the evening news on the BBC, there’s been practically no mention of it. I know that BBC World, which is the international channel of the BBC, did run with this as a very top story last night. But when you look at what is in the national media in the UK and in Ireland it’s not really making any coverage whatsoever. Which is ridiculous, you know. This is a tragedy unfolding and there is great interest in the conflict in the region. But it seems once again that the fate of Christian villages is something that just isn’t on the media radar in western Europe.


The Morning Show - Wendy Grace - Kate Bopp (Mothers and Fathers Matter) - Surrogacy Bill - Thu 26th Feb, 2015 - Spirit Radio

Wendy Grace : Could (Minister Varadkar) take an alternative approach? What has been done in other countries?

Kate Bopp : Other countries in Europe … France, Germany, Italy and Austria have imposed outright bans on surrogacy in all its forms. This is very important for us as a nation to look at that, because we are being led to believe that we’re trailing behind the rest of Europe and the rest of the world, and talking about this brave new world and these things that we should be leaders in. Ireland will not be a leader if we ignore the decisions of these huge jurisdictions in Europe like France, Germany, Italy and Austria who have banned surrogacy in all its forms -commercial and also so called ‘altruistic surrogacy’.

Wendy Grace : What stage is the preparation of surrogacy legislation at?

Kate Bopp : … I would be interested to know, during this period of public consultation, who will be discussing the Draft Heads? And will they be speaking to the ‘result’ of surrogacy? Because this is what we have to look at, where we don’t have to look at now the immediate and perhaps the idea that we should do everything possible (for) people who consider that they want to have their own genetic child without considering the long term consequence.

Without considering (that) perhaps in two decades we have massive Redress Systems, which we’re great at doing in this country, of people asking: ‘why did you allow this to happen?’ ‘I became the subject of a contract’. ‘I am here because somebody paid fifteen thousand euros for me’.

This is a legacy that I’m not sure that any administration wants to leave.


PRESS RELEASE - PRESS CONFERENCE STATEMENT: We're launching a global campaign to end disability discrimination caused by the 'incompatible with life' label - Mon 9th Mar, 2015 - Every Life Counts

THE TEXT OF THE STATEMENT READ OUT BY MOTHERS OF BABIES WHO HAD LIFE LIMITING CONDITIONS AT TODAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE MERRION HOTEL.


World Over - Raymond Arroyo - Thu 5th Mar, 2015 - EWTN

ENCORE INTERVIEWS with: MOST REV. ROBERT MORLINO, bishop of Madison, Wisconsin on the Pope Francis’ efforts at Reform the Vatican and the upcoming Synod on the Family. GARTH CALLAGHAN, husband and father, and the author of the new, heartwarming book Napkin Notes: Creating A Daily Connection With Those You Love, in which he features lunchbox notes he's written to his now teenage daughter throughout his diagnosis. RICK SANTORUM, former US Senator from Pennsylvania and possible GOP candidate for president, his wife KAREN, and daughter ELIZABETH discuss their new book, BELLA'S GIFT: HOW ONE LITTLE GIRL TRANSFORMED OUR FAMILY AND INSPIRED A NATION, an uplifting family memoir about their special needs little girl, Bella. MOTHER ASSUMPTA LONG and SR. JOSEPH ANDREW, of the Dominicans of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist on their new musical project, THE ROSARY: MYSTERIES, MEDITATIONS and MUSIC, featuring beautiful renditions of the prayers of the rosary set to their own sacred music.


Marian Finucane - Sun 8th Mar, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

(Note: SEE new BAI, below) ..

THE PANEL

"The Panel: Conor Skehan - Chairman of the Housing agency,Prof. Christine Loscher - Director Health Technologies at DCU, Clare Duignan - Former MD of RTE Radio, member of several boards including the BAI & the Digital Hub Development Agency, Denis Staunton - Deputy Editor at The Irish Times, Paul Mc Neive - Motivational Speaker & Irish Independent Columnist and they are joined on the line by Gerry Beades of the New Land League & Ger O'Neill who is a solicitor from Limerick"

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

"Marian is joined by Terry Prone of the Communications Clinic, columnist Carol Hunt, former MD of RTÉ Radio Clare Duignan & former RTÉ producer Patrick Farrelly who discuss International Women's Day."

NIMROD DESTRUCTION

Former director of the Irish National Museum, Pat Wallace joins Marian in studio to talk about the destruction of Nimrod by the group known as the Islamic State.


Breakfast - People who have children are not necessarily parents" - Tue 10th Mar, 2015 - Newstalk"

"Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin joins Chris and Ivan on Newstalk Breakfast to discuss the upcoming Marriage Equality Bill, same sex parenting and abortion." ... Comment : On the face of it, this may sound like a fair interview. But it was not even-handed. According to Ivan Yates of Newstalk, this interview was to balance an interview with Dustin Lance Black, on Friday (SEE also TWITTER). However, whereas Mr Lance Black was not asked any difficult questions, Bishop Doran was. Mr Lance Black's answers were not challenged. Bishop Doran's were. During Mr Lance Black's interview, interviwer Chris Donoghue, at times, advanced arguments for a 'yes' vote. During Bishop Doran's interview, Mr Donoghue did not advance arguments for a 'no' vote. And that's just the interviews themselves. How the interviews were followed up on, also demonstrated a complete failure in even-handedness. Whereas Mr Lance Black's interview was not later misrepresented nor was it followed up with further interviews taking issue with what was said nor was it the subject of countless negative comments, which by and large took what he had said out of context, Bishop Doran's was. Even the title of the podcast, above, is somewhat indicative of the failure on the part of the station, in what it highlights and what it fails to highlight. See Newstalk's own Code of Practice on Complaints Handling which includes the following : "We will ensure that our current affairs programming is: - reported and presented in and objective and impartial manner and without any expression of the broadcasters our views; and - will treat the subject matter and all interests concerned fairly. If we cannot achieve fairness, objectivity and impartiality in one current affairs programme, we will do so in related broadcasts that will be broadcast within a reasonable period of each other."Note also the headings given by RTÉ to some of its reports, below.


Catholic church publishes position on marriage equality referendum - Tue 10th Mar, 2015 - News At One

"Augustinian priest Father Iggy O'Donovan and Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin"

RTÉ Radio One : It Says in the Papers

'Archbishops hold press conference after controversial comments by Bishop of Elphin' - RTÉ One : One News

Bishop of Elphin regrets any hurt his comments may have caused – Archbishop Eamon Martin - RTÉ One : Nine News

Comment : The Irish media art of taking out of context and highlighting a peripheral comment in order to further the Irish media's own agenda of promoting a 'yes' vote in the same-sex marriage referendum by trying to put and keep the 'no' side on the defensive. Compare also Newstalk's interviews with Bishop Doran and Dustin Lance Black, plus follow up.

Derek Davis and Sinead O'Carroll - Tonight with Vincent Browne ... Comment : Derek Davis implies that being a celibate and knowing (only) the teaching of the Church about parenthood is tantamount to being in "profound ignorance" about it


We led the fight for family values - Despite the warnings of the Marriage Police this country was finally civilised by change - Gene Kerrigan - Sun 8th Mar, 2015 - Sunday Independent

SEE below


Government set to revert to habit on RTE and BAI - As the Government breaks its promise on appointing State boards, Colum Kenny sees a better way for RTE and the BAI - Colum Kenny - Sun 2nd Nov, 2014 - Sunday Independent

SEE below


Authority & Committee Members - BAI ( Broadcasting Authority of Ireland )

Some information on the four members appointed by the Government on the nomination of the Minister (Alex White TD) to the eight member Compliance Committee of the BAI :

PATRICK GAGEBY SC

PAULA MULLOOLY

NIGEL HENEGHAN

BRIAN O'CALLAGHAN

SEE also : Minister White Announces BAI Board and Compliance Committee Appointments - Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

and

Minister White Announces BAI Compliance Committee Appointments - Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

The remaining four members are appointed by the Authority, comprising of two members of the Authority and two members of the BAI Executive.

SEE also : Government approves appointment of RTÉ and BAI Board members - Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

and

Minister White nominates BAI Chair and Board Members - Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources




TV

TODAY Wednesday 11 March - EWTN

TOMORROW Thursday 12 March - EWTN



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Cork printer offers to help gay couple after wedding invite snub - Fri 6th Mar, 2015 - I Examiner

COMMENT : Front page of I Examiner

Belfast Telegraph

Morning Ireland




TV

TODAY Friday 6 March - EWTN

TOMORROW Saturday 7 March - EWTN



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Today with Seán O Rourke - Abortion debate - Fri 27th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

"Abortion is back on the agenda – certainly for the Labour Party conference. An internal party report, obtained by The Irish Examiner, recommends abortions should be allowed in cases of insest and rape. It also says abortions in later stages of pregnancy where a woman’s health is at risk of disabling damage should also be allowed. Joining Sean this morning were Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, who helped write the report, and Professor Patricia Casey, Consultant Psychiatrist."



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BBC Four - 21:00 - Saints and Sinners: Britain’s Millennium of Monasteries


Morning Ireland - Thu 26th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Alan Shatter interviewed on Children and Family Relationships Bill (critical) and surrogacy


John Murray Show - Thu 26th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Michael Murphy interviewed



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  • Brother of Egyptian Christians murdered by Islamic State prays for killers live on SAT-7 (Families of Christians murdered by ISIS are "congratulating one another" and not in despair !) Comment : Faith in the media!
  • [Skellig Michael] Saints and Sinners: Britain's Millennium of Monasteries - BBC FOUR tonight @ 21:00 (New series - SEE today's TV)
  • Tom Finegan on RTÉ Radio One: Morning Ireland (Recommended!) and Spirit Radio (see, also, transcripts below) on the CHILDREN AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS BILL (See also It Says in the Papers with Valerie Cox 7:10am and 8:10am) ... Mothers and Fathers Matter
  • John Waters: Why I expected nothing from a Family Bill that does nothing for fathers, or their family relationships - I Independent
  • David Quinn: Humanity of unborn barely got a look-in during debate over Daly's abortion bill - I Independent
  • Breda O'Brien: It’s time we provide couples with perinatal hospices - I Times
  • Bishop Kevin Doran, Ben Conroy - RTÉ Radio One: Saturday with Claire Byrne
  • Children of same sex parents have more problems - Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland
  • William Binchy on abortion of ill unborn children - RTÉ Radio One: This Week
  • (Recommended)
  • Catholic Church to be vocal in debate on family bill - Sarah MacDonald - I Independent (Re: Bishop Kevin Doran)
  • Archbishop Eamon Martin launches new Facebook page for Lent 2015 - Irish Bishops (More Bishops' links ... Vatican Radio links : Pope Francis: trust in Lord, conversion of heart ... Coptic martyrs were poor 'but near to God' )
  • Liz McDermott of One Day More - RTÉ Radio One: Late Debate (Media unfairness challenged regarding abortion of ill unborn children ... Listen also to William Binchy, above and read Tracy Harkin, below)

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Links


Fair Play - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - The Thinking Man's Gambit

Fair play in the media

www.thethinkingmansgambit.com


Morning Irealnd - It Says in the Papers with Deirdre Purcell - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

See Catholic Church to be vocal in debate on family bill - Sarah MacDonald - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - Irish Independent (Re: Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran)


Today with Seán O Rourke - Bill on Surrogacy - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

"Deirdre Madden, Senior Lecturer in Medical Law at UCC and Breda O'Brien of the Iona Institute joined Sean to discuss the Children and Family Relationships Bill. "


Drivetime - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

The Children and Family Relationships Bill :
News Report - Martina FitzGerald (34 mins in)

Interview with Frances FitzGerald (40 mins in)

Karen Kiernan (1family) and Ray Kinsella of Mothers and Fathers Matter (143 minutes in)

Call for ‘radical’ amendment to proposed Child Bill - Opposition from newly-established Mothers and Fathers Matter organisation - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - I Times)
Surrogacy :
Interview with Dr Adam McAuley on surrogacy (70 mins in)

'Baby Ava' - An Irish Surrogacy Story [An interview with Niall O'Flaherty] (99 mins in)

(Leo Varadkar) Claire Byrne Live - Panel discussion on surrogacy - Mon 16th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ One


Nine News - Govt approves Children and Family Relationships Bill - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ One

Comment : Propaganda, only

Six One News - Cabinet approves legal changes in Children and Family Relationships Bill - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ One

Six One News - Interview with Geoffrey Shannon, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ One


Prime Time - Analysis and discussion on gay adoption - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ One

Rónán Mullen and Colm O'Gorman


The Late Debate - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ One

"On tonight's show, Keelin is joined in studio by Deputy Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy, Senator Averil Power, David Quinn from the Iona Institute, Keith Mills from Mothers and Fathers Matter, Niall O' Connor, Political Correspondent for INM and Beatrice Cronin, Legal Officer at Treoir. "


Nine News - Carey says Fianna Fáil must take a lead in same-sex marriage referendum - RTÉ One

Comment: Propaganda for forthcoming Marriage Referendum

The Saturday Night Show

'I got a lovely text from Leo when I came out' - Lise Hand - Sat 14th Feb, 2015 - Irish Independent


My child was diagnosed as ‘incompatible with life’ but I’m glad Clare Daly’s bill was voted down - Tracy Harkin - Sun 15th Feb, 2015 - Journal.ie

Listen also to Tracy Harkin on Celtic Connections (below). Listen to William Binchy (above) and Liz McDermott (above)


VICTORIA WHITE: It is a step too far to obliterate the rights of a biological mother - Thu 19th Feb, 2015 - I Examiner



Wendy Grace - Children and Family Relationships Bill – Dr Thomas Finegan - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - Spirit Radio

“The Government has set sail on a particular course in relation to children and the right to mum and dad and the rights of embryonic human beings. It's unlikely at this stage that the Government is going to pay too much heed to what the electorate have to say. The only way that people will have a direct say on these matters is really through the forthcoming referendum. That referendum in effect will be about the Children and Family Relationships Bill, will be about adoption, assisted human reproduction and about a child's right to a mum and dad. And that's because the referendum, the core legal effects of the referendum, pertains to those areas.” - Dr Tom Finegan
Wendy Grace - Children and Family Relationships Bill – Dr Thomas Finegan (Legal Advisor to Family & Life) - Thu 22nd Jan, 2015 - Spirit Radio
Wendy Grace : (What is the Bill?)

Tom Finegan : "It’s a very extensive piece of law reform in the area of family law. It’s extremely comprehensive. It sets out to do an awful lot of things, among which are related to the issues of assisted human reproduction. For instance it sets out to regulate assisted human reproduction; it sets out to widen the scope of those eligible to apply for adoption; and those two are probably two of the more controversial aspects of the bill. It also sets out to amend the civil partnership law of 2010 to provide a maintenance liability on the part of civil partners where they are in a relationship – a civil partnership – where they have a non-biological child as part of that relationship. And that would of course protect the biological child in the case of his or her dependency in that circumstance. It also seeks to widen the scope of guardianship generally, to not only civil partners but to unmarried biological fathers and indeed co-habitees and it seeks to widen access to custody and indeed access arrangements to children in non-traditional family types. So it seeks to do a lot. The general scheme itself, which isn’t the full bill – the full bill hasn’t been published - the general scheme runs to over 120 pages and that’s only an outline of what the final bill will contain. So there is an awful lot to it. It is very comprehensive. It’s probably the most important reform in family law in the history of the Irish State, with maybe the exception of the Civil Partnership Act of 2010."

Wendy Grace : (Are there positives that are welcomed by everyone?)

Tom Finegan : "I certainly think so. Aspects of the bill dealing with guardianship, custody, access, maintenance liability, those sort of things are to be certainly broadly welcomed. I mean, no doubt, some amendments will be required to fine-tune those provisions in the finalised bill, but generally they’re very important. The Civil Partnership Act was controversial for a number of reasons so as to simulate marriage rights on behalf of same-sex civil partners, but one of the great omissions in that particular piece of legislation was the fact that it didn’t give any real legal or financial certainty to children who are part of same-sex civil partnered relationships. And there was no real justification for that because there is no problem providing for children in those relationship types, it doesn’t mean that the Oireachtas will be altering the definition of marriage in so doing. And so this piece of legislation seeks to fill that gap and in so doing is to be welcomed. I suppose one of the problems people may have in trying to understand this piece of legislation is that there are so many different issues intertwined within it which makes any one line judgement of the legislation vacuous really because you would have to pick out the different pieces of the legislation and it could be broken down into four broad pieces and analyse those separate pieces on their merits."

Wendy Grace : (AHR is already happening; what effect will this law have on that?)

Tom Finegan : "Well, what this law does is to facilitate and provide a legal underpinning to what’s already happening. Now, just because something is happening doesn’t mean that the law should simply facilitate it. I mean, once the Oireachtas decides to legislate on anything it can take any number of approaches to what’s currently happening in practice. It can decide to simply give the entire practice a ‘thumbs-up’ or it can decide to restrict elements of that practice. So obviously there’s no justification just to say if something is happening the law should follow suit. But essentially this is what the law pertaining to assisted human reproduction and this bill does - it simply follows suit. It simply surveys the landscape at the moment in the assisted human reproduction industry and provides an underpinning to pretty much everything that is happening, with perhaps the only notable exception being the issue of surrogacy which will be dealt with separately in another piece of legislation which will be published, I imagine, within the next couple of months as well."

Wendy Grace : (What impact will this bill (in its present state) have on children?)

Tom Finegan : "Well, for the first time the Irish State will create a legal framework which will intentionally deprive a child of either a mother or a father in the circumstance of assisted human reproduction and adoption, because both assisted human reproduction and adoption are being opened up to be availed of by not just married couples, not just co-habiting couples, but also to be availed of by civil partners, and even by single women in the case of assisted human reproduction. It means that children created or adopted in those circumstances won’t have a father figure or even a mother figure in some circumstances. So it’s a rather radical change in Irish law. It’s not something that is mandated by our constitution. It’s not something that is being forced on us by something like the European Court of Human Rights or a UN treaty monitoring body. It is the Oireachtas’ own free decision to do this. It is not restricted in any way. It could legislate entirely differently. It could follow, for instance, the models that exist in Austria and Germany at the moment, where things like assisted human reproduction are restricted to couples only, to heterosexual couples only, so that the child will have a mother and a father. And even in Austria there is no provision made for donated gametes. This law proposes to allow for sperm and eggs to be donated, which means that any children created in this circumstance won’t have a knowledge of, or a relationship with, their natural parents – the genetic parents. Now it’s possible, of course, to create a law that would simply prohibit donation of gametes. But this law doesn’t do that. So in a sense it is one of the most liberal laws dealing with these areas in Europe, even more liberal, actually, than Sweden which would restrict provision of AHR to couples."

Wendy Grace : Is it too late for people to talk to their public representatives on this bill?

Tom Finegan : "No, it’s not too late at all. The bill itself hasn’t been published. The general scheme has been published, which is like a summary-overview of what the bill will contain. The bill itself will be published in the next couple of weeks and then it goes either to the Dáil or the Seanad first. And the Government hope to have it passed before the referendum because they would like to take the issue of children out of the referendum and make the ‘Yes’ campaign’s job a little bit easier. But it’s not too late to have a word with the politicians by any means, and I think it would be important to do so for this and any legislation in general that people may have concern with. It is also important to note that just because this may be law before the referendum, it doesn’t mean that the referendum then has nothing to do with children. Because a ‘Yes’ in the referendum to redefine marriage would enshrine within the Constitution this legislation and would tie the hands of any future Oireachtas for repealing or amending this law to provide for a child’s right to a mum and a dad."


Celtic Connections - Kathy Sinnott - Sat 14th Feb, 2014 - EWTN

"British members of Parliament vote three to one for 'three parent embryos' . Scotish midwives face six figure legal costs. Irish Fatal Foetal Abnormality Private Members' Bill vote and the push to liberalise abortion in Ireland. Judicial review of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. Bishops elected to attend 2015 Synod. Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth puts diocese on evangelisation footing. Polish Catholics in London commemorate 75th anniversary of mass deportations to Soviet Union. Part 2 This week in the Irish Parliament a Private Members' Bill called the Fatal Foetal Abnormality Private Members Bill was voted upon. The failed bill targeted unborn children with fatal conditions. Kathy talks to Tracy Harkin (SEE www.Journal.ie above) from "Every life Counts". Tracy's little girl Kathleen Rose has a condition called Trisomy 13, a condition that comes within the jurisdiction of the Bill. "






Events

TOMORROW Friday 20 February - The Miracle Hour is a time of prayer, praise, adoration & healing. Next one is on Fri Feb 20th in Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Bachelor's Walk at 8pm. All welcome!

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 February - Divine Mercy Conference, RDS LIVE WEBCAST






TV

TODAY Thursday 19 February - EWTN

TODAY Thursday 19 February - BBC One - 14:15 - Father Brown - The mayor is electrocuted while speaking at the Kembleford village fete, and Father Brown suspects he was the victim of a deliberate act. Meanwhile, Mrs McCarthy’s past comes back to haunt her. Mystery, starring Mark Williams and Sorcha Cusack.

TODAY Thursday 19 February - BBC TWO - 14:45 - Britain's Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones - The actor and five companions follow the route thousands of medieval pilgrims took from Holywell, Flintshire, to St Davids in Pembrokeshire. They forage for food, face fast-flowing rivers and sometimes walk barefoot in sackcloth as they come to understand the lengths people in the Middle Ages went to for their religious beliefs. The travellers also encounter grand manor houses, ancient churches and relics, while Griff explores how the British holiday has its roots in the observance of holy days. Last in the series.

TODAY Thursday 19 February - BBC Two - 21:00 - Reinventing the Royals - First of a two-part documentary in which Steve Hewlett tells the inside story of the battle between the monarchy and the media over personal privacy and public image during the past 20 years. After the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, Prince Charles hired Mark Bolland - a former director of the Press Complaints Commission - to be his new media adviser. Bolland’s main challenge was to create a degree of public acceptance for Camilla Parker Bowles, but his methods were not universally popular among other royals and courtiers. Postponed from January 4.

TODAY Thursday 19 February - BBC Four - 21:00 - Saints and Sinners: Britain's Millennium of Monasteries (Episode 1 of 3 - Duration: 1 hour) - Dr Janina Ramirez explores how monasteries evolved from a cult of extreme isolation and self-deprivation into powerhouses of Anglo-Saxon art, industry and learning. Janina begins her journey on the desolate rock of Skellig St Michael off the east coast of Ireland, home to the oldest surviving monastery in the British Isles. She investigates the harsh lives led by these early monks, and tells the story of the arrival of hermetic Irish monasticism in Anglo-Saxon Northumberland. Monasteries such as Lindisfarne and Whitby became beacons of civilisation and literature in the barbaric Anglo-Saxon world, creating wondrous works of art including the Lindisfarne Gospels and St Cuthbert's pectoral cross. A rival form of regimented, communal monasticism was imported into southern Britain from Rome, and Janina reveals the holy struggle that ensued between these two opposing monastic ideals. The victors would transform the culture and landscape of England, until they too were destroyed by a new wave of barbarian invaders.

TOMORROW Friday 20 February - EWTN

Sunday 22 February - RTÉ Radio One - 19:30 - Life Matters



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Tom Finegan on RTÉ Radio One: Morning Ireland (Recommended) on the CHILDREN AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS BILL (See also It Says in the Papers with Valerie Cox 7:10am and 8:10am)


Drivetime - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

The Children and Family Relationships Bill : News Report - Martina FitzGerald (34 mins in) ... Interview with Frances FitzGerald (40 mins in) ...


Fair Play - Tue 17th Feb, 2015 - The Thinking Man's Gambit

www.thethinkingmansgambit.com



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Moncrieff - The birth of the contraceptive pill and Margaret Sanger - Thu 12th Feb, 2015 - Newstalk

An interview with the author of a new book. Comment: A sanitised account with respect to the activities of Margaret Sanger in particular. Eugenics not mentioned initially. See Tweet






TV

TODAY Friday 13 February - EWTN

TOMORROW Saturday 14 February - EWTN



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Samsung warns viewers: Our smart TVs could be snooping on your private conversations - Mon 9th Feb, 2015 - Mail

Featured on Morning Ireland and Newstalk Lunchtime


Claire Byrne Live - Discussion on fatal foetal abnormality bill - Tue 10th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ ONE

COMMENT: Institutionalised bias ( TWITTER :

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RECALL : ‘Doctors advised abortion – I'm glad I said no’, reveals mum. - Herald (Front Page) - 10/5/2013
"“Doctors are pressuring people to go to England if there is a foetal abnormality and then punishing them if they don't make that decision.

“I think it was a eugenic attitude, that people who are disabled are a drain on resources.

“When the cardiologist saw us, he was the first one to call her a baby and said, ‘I give this baby a very good prognosis'. I found that much harder to get over, that she wasn't treated like a baby."


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Review of safeguarding practice in the Irish Province of the Order of Friars Minor (The Franciscan Friars ) undertaken by The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI)

Interviews with Teresa Devlin on RTÉ Radio One: News At One and Newstalk : Lunchtime ... See also report on RTÉ website


The John Murray Show - Tue 10th Feb, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

John hears about an LGBT initiative which comes 'straight from the kids in Cork' (RTÉ promo at 8:45) ... But the item was not included on today's show


Dear Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent - Tue 10th Feb, 2015 - MercatorNet

"I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage."






Events

Tuesday 17th February - Marriage, Family & Society A Talk by Bishop Kevin Doran - Sligo Park Hotel at 8 PM






TV

TODAY Tuesday 10 February - EWTN

TOMORROW Wednesday 11 February - EWTN



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  • Irish Times forced to admit abortion case did not exist - The Sunday Times
  • BAI Launches Revised Code of Programme Standards - BAI
  • BAI revises Code of Programme Standards - Catholic Ireland
  • Interview: Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI - Newstalk (includes a question about "high profile complaints" upheld in the run up to the so-called 'same-sex marriage' referendum)
  • Homeless Jesus - RTÉ Radio One :Today with Seán O Rourke (Matthew 25) Comment: Recommended!
  • Interview: The Taoiseach on the referendum against marriage etc. - Newstalk: Pat Kenny
  • 'I'm 28 and I still derive great strength from attending Mass' - Claire McCormack - Sunday Independent
  • MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 49th WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY - Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love - Vatican.va
  • Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day - Irish Bishops
  • Coláiste Eoin row: Schools need to respond on parents’ concerns - Irish Times (SEE also tuairisc.ie)
  • Explicit, repeated and unchallenged 'plugs' for gay marriage on RTÉ Radio One on the day the wording for the gay marriage referendum was announced! SEE below!
  • "The only way they can call 'Mommy' in the middle of the night is by picking up a mobile phone" - Joe Duffy encapsulating the point made by a pro traditional marriage caller to Liveline about the Constitutionally-supported child deprivation that so-called 'gay marriage' would be!
  • “People will be asked to decide whether the following new wording should be added to the Constitution: ‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex'.” - Minister Frances Fitzgerald (taken from Press release of the Department of Justice and Equality - emphasis added)
  • Minaj's regrets over teen abortion - Irish Independent
  • Pope Francis: ‘Large families are a gift from God’ - Catholic Herald
  • The Meaning of Marriage - Irish Bishops
  • Children and Family Relationships Bill – Tom Finegan - Spirit Radio
  • Pope worries about impact of absent fathers - Catholic Ireland
  • Pope tells fathers to be examples of love and dignity - Vatican Radio

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Links


The Marty Morrissey Show - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

(Audio - 32 mins in) Donal Og Cusack and Valerie Mulcahy interviewed about Donal Og's documentary Coming Out Of The Curve which is to do with coming out as gay.
Marty Morrissey: On Monday night last, Coming Out of the Curve documentary aired on RTÉ One. It followed former Cork footballer Donal Og Cusack as he travelled to different parts of the world to discover what it is to be gay in this day and age and the programme carried a variety of views on homosexuality. Well this programme will also explore different views later in the week as we are aware there are a variety of issues to discuss and explore. Today, though, for the very first time, after Monday night's broadcast, to talk about what the reaction has been to the RTÉ One programme, we are joined by Dónal Óg Cusack and also by Cork ladies' football legend Valerie Mulcahy who's here with me in the studio who came out on the documentary Coming Out of the Curve. You are both very welcome to the Show, Valerie and Donal

... (Later at 37 mins in) ...

Donal Og Cusack: ... "I was delighted for ... Aoife Kavanagh who was the real driving force behind it" ...

(... Later at 41 mins in ...)

Marty Morrissey: And Donal Og, I mean, over the last couple of years obviously you have done a lot of research on this, you've a documentary and been on various programmes, but where do you think the debate about this is going to go from here? Where do you see it?

Donal Og Cusack: Well, I Suppose, obviously Marty, 2015 is going to be a big year in terms of the whole debate in Ireland and I just very much hope that it'll will take part in a, or take place under a, if you like, an environment and a spirit of respect for different people's views and I think you know fundamentally for me, it's about equality and as a citizen of this State I think it's, it's a very fair thing to ask for, that you have equal rights as a citizen of this State and I think fundamentally for me that's what this whole question is about

Marty Morrissey: And obviously, Donal, there will be lots of debate--we saw it starting on, on Monday night--at least I saw it on Clare Byrne's great programme and I'm sure there'll be a lotofdebate over the next couple of weeks and months but there has to be a respect for different views as well, obviously?

Donal Og Cusack: Tha's absolutely it, Marty, you know, if someone, em, you know, I think I've learned enough about life to understand that just because someone has got a different viewpoint or different belief than you have doesn't mean that they believe in it any less than you believe in your own beliefs but I'd just like to think that the ah, the discussion focuses on what is the issue in hand and doesn't, you know there isn't a need to draw in any other subjects or areas into the whole debate and that it's for me, like I say, will come back to a debate around, you know, as a citizen of this State, having equal rights

Marty Morrissey: And Valerie Mulcahy, I know you have a partner indeed and you're planning to get married in June

Valerie Mulcahy: Yeah, we're going to go ahead with things. For personal reasons, we'd like to go ahead within June and, em, you know I suppose, I can't be waiting around forever so I just hope, I'm just going to go ahead with it, get married in a civil partnership and hope that the referendum will bring in the actual mariage that we all hope for

(... 46 mins ...)

Donal Og CusackYou know, Valerie is talking about herself getting married this summer and surely it's just love is love and you know that's the most important thing and it doesn't matter whetether that love exists between a man and a woman or a woman and a woman and there are institutions there are you know and in what way, in what way can Valerie and her partner expressing their love for each other in this way harm anybody else's life. It's ah, for me, I would find that hard to understand

Valerie Mulcahy: Yeah, I find that hard to understand too. Why would it bother anyone else, you know?

Marty Morrissey: "Hm. Well I want to thank Donal Og and indeed Valerie Mulcahy. Thank you both very much. As I said at the top of this interview, this programme will also explore different views on homosexuality later in the week as we are aware there are a variety of issues to discuss and explore so stay tuned in here to the Marty Morrissey Show but in the meantime, Valerie Mulcahy and Donal Og Cusack, thank you both very much"


Comment: Notwithstanding Marty Morrissey's closing comments (above) the fact remains that repeated, explicit and unchallenged 'plugs' for gay marriage were made on RTÉ Radio One on the day the wording for the gay marriage referendum was announced by the Government

Link to clip


MPs vote to allow 'three-parent' IVF babies - Tue 3rd Feb, 2015 - RTÉ News

Comment: A biased written report on the RTÉ website and a biased video report on RTÉ TV News: the objections to allowing the method are not properly explored in the written report and the child featured in the opening sequence of the video report will in no way benefit from the proposed change in the law.

Listen to Today with Seán O Rourke - Caroline Simons and Deirdre Madden - Tue 3rd Feb, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Tue 3rd Feb, 2015 - Vatican Radio


Pure in Heart appoints new general manager - Sarah MacDonald - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - Catholic Ireland



Union of Soviets in Ireland - Wed 31st Dec, 2014 - Trinity News

Irish student leaders found themselves at the centre of an ideological tug of war from the 1960s onwards.


Claire Byrne Live - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ One

Breda O'Brien, Keith Mills, John Lyons and Una Mulally debate gay marriage


Tonight with Vincent Browne - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - TV3

Jerry Buttimer, Sandra Irwin-Gowran, Petra Conroy, Fidelma Healy Eames


The Pat Kenny Show - My partner and I are not parents of last resort - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - Newstalk

Colm O'Gorman and David Quinn debate same sex marriage in studio with Shane Coleman.

Comment: A 'yes' vote will make it impossible for same-sex couples to be anything other than parents of joint 'first resort' - in other words, a 'yes' vote would make it impossibe to legally recognize and give legal effect to the fact that: mothers have something distinctive to add to parenting; fathers have something distinctive to add to parenting. Mothers and Fathers Matter

Matt Cooper - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - Today FM

David Quinn and Dominic Hannigan (Lab TD - Meath East) debate gay marriage

Six-One News - Wording of same-sex marriage referendum published - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - RTÉ One

Includes a clip of an interview with Sen Rónán Mullen

Six One News - Bishops say Church opposes same-sex marriage - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - RTÉOne

Bishop Liam MacDaid

Six-One News - Interview with Kieran Rose, GLEN; David Quinn, Iona Institute - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - RTÉOne

Kieran Rose and David Quinn debate same-sex mariage

Leo's sexuality is irrelevant to the debate on marriage - David Quinn - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - Irish Independent
"Every child has the right to a mother and a father and, as much as possible, the State should vindicate that right. That is a much more important right than that of two men or two women having a family" - Leo Varadkar (Dáil, 2010)

Today with Seán O Rourke - Gay Teachers - Fri 23rd Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Two gay teachers talk about their experiences. ... Listen also to Matt Cooper (Schools to lose right to sack gay staff - Mon 26th Jan, 2015 - Today FM)

Today with Seán O Rourke - The Gathering - Fri 23rd Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Senator Rónán Mullen

Liveline - Same Sex Marriage Referendum - Fri 23rd Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

(Audio link) ... (Whole programme) ... Comment: Inoculation against persuasion

Marian Finucane - The Panel - Sun 25th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Ben Conroy - Iona Spokesman, writer Irish Catholic

Breakfast - Mon 26th Jan, 2015 - Newstalk

Following a vox pop, Dominic Hannigan (gay marriage campaigner and Labour TD for Meath East) is INTERVIEWED ON HIS OWN ABOUT THE GAY MARRIAGE CAMPAIGN ... Comment: BIAS!

Moncrieff - Mon 26th Jan, 2015 - Newstalk

Michael Kelly interviewed

The View - Same-sex marriage poll is dry run for repeal of the pro-life amendment - Martin Mansergh - Irish Catholic


Pope to dads: Play with your kids, be strong, loving, moral role models - Wed 4th Feb, 2015 - Catholic San Francisco



Letters - Funding of IVF fertility treatments - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - I Times

Dr BRIAN CANTWELL, Consultant Medical Oncologist (retired)


Asking about sexuality is inappropriate, says priest - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - Irish Independent

Fr Michael Drumm, Chair of the Catholic School Partnership
'Fr Drumm said that while it was legitimate for interviewers to bring up adherence to a school's ethos, and that applied to all schools not just those under religious patronage, "what you don't probe is a person's inner loyalty to the ethos".'


The needs of a 24-hour news cycle bring only meaningless mantras and dull repetition - John Waters - Wed 14th Jan, 2015 - Irish Independent







Events

Sun 8th February - Cork Conference on the Importance of Marriage and the Defence of the Family. Speakers: Rev Fr Gabriel Burke a priest of the Cloyne Diocese. Anthony Murphy, Catholic Voice Newspaper Dr Tom Finnegan, Fathers and Mothers Matter. Catherin Wiley, Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association Venue: Conference Centre, Silver Springs Hotel, Cork. Sunday Feb 8th at 2:45pm. "Important to see you all on the day"

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd February - Divine Mercy Conference - The 24th Divine Mercy Conference takes place on the weekend of the 21st & 22nd February, 2015 at the RDS, Dublin. Our theme for this year is, "Forgive us our Trespasses...". www.divinemercyconference.com






TV

TODAY Wednesday 4 February - EWTN (Including: PAPAL AUDIENCE 9 AM; Women of Grace - Christianity in the Crosshairs 4:30 PM; ST. LUKE'S GOSPEL FINDING THE CHILD JESUS IN THE TEMPLE 5 PM and later at 12:30 AM; CATHOLIC LIVES DR. PHIL BOYLE 7 PM; FORGOTTEN HERITAGE: EUROPE AND HER SAINTS ST. BENEDICT: THE RULE, MONASTICISM AND THE GROWTH OF EUROPE 7:30 PM; HE DARED SPEAK THE TRUTH: DIETRICH VON HILDEBRAND AND THE THIRD REICH CONCLUSION 8 PM; MOTHER ANGELICA LIVE CLASSICS GOD'S MERCY 9:30 PM)

TODAY Wednesday 4 February - Channel 4 - 07:35 - 3rd Rock from the Sun - Dick begins to socialise in a gay bar, convinced it is a haunt for fellow aliens trying to avoid detection, while Sally, Tommy and Harry decide to rob a bank - but soon fall victim to mutual suspicion as their plan progresses. With John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston and French Stewart.

TODAY Wednesday 4 February - BBC One - 14:15 - Father Brown - The priest is unconvinced when a recently returned PoW is accused of killing his uncle, and it seems that someone will stop at nothing to keep Father Brown from the truth. Fifties-set crime drama, starring Mark Williams.

TODAY Wednesday 4 February - RTÉ One - 15:30 - Jigs & Wigs: The Extreme World of Irish Dancing - Documentary following the lives of male Irish dancers who take part in a fairy-tale pageant to rival all other shows on America’s Las Vegas strip during Gay Pride Week.

TODAY Wednesday 4 February - Discovery History - 18:00 - Seven Ages of Britain - Bettany Hughes considers the sixth age of Britain, from 1350 to 1530AD, a period which saw Henry VIII provide land for the country’s peasantry and begin the dissolution of the monasteries. The programme reveals how the power of the old nobility was weakened as new aspirational groups emerged - capital farmers in the countryside and merchant adventurers in the cities.

TODAY Wednesday 4 February - BBC Three - 21:00 - Abortion: Ireland’s Guilty Secret? - Terminations are against the law in Northern Ireland, unlike the rest of the UK, but this programme shows how many Irish women will travel to England to access a safe and legal abortion. The right-to-life of unborn children is enshrined in the constitution of the Republic, and the issue has divided many of the country’s young people. Reporter Alys Harte follows 24-year-old Tara as she heads to England for a termination, and Sarah, who turned from being pro-life to a campaigner for change after her first child was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

TODAY Wednesday 4 February - BBC Three - 00:30 - Abortion: Ireland’s Guilty Secret?

TOMORROW Thursday 5 February - EWTN (Including: CONVERSATIONS THE WORLD OVER WITH RAYMOND ARROYO CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER PT. 2 - 5 PM)

TOMORROW Thursday 5 February - - BBC One - 14:15 - (GK Chesterton's) Father Brown - A death on a local farm is blamed on a Kembleford doctor through a series of poison pen letters, and Father Brown must try to find out who sent them to save his friend from the gallows.



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  • BAI Launches Revised Code of Programme Standards - BAI
  • Interview: Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI - Newstalk (includes a question about "high profile complaints" upheld in the run up to the so-called 'same-sex marriage' referendum)
  • Coláiste Eoin row: Schools need to respond on parents’ concerns - Irish Times (SEE also tuairisc.ie)



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  • BAI Launches Revised Code of Programme Standards - BAI
  • Interview: Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI - Newstalk
  • (includes a question about "high profile complaints" upheld in the run up to the so-called 'same-sex marriage' referendum)
  • Interview: The Taoiseach on the referendum against marriage etc. - Newstalk: Pat Kenny



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  • “People will be asked to decide whether the following new wording should be added to the Constitution: ‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex'.” - Minister Frances Fitzgerald (taken from Press release of the Department of Justice and Equality - emphasis added)
  • Minaj's regrets over teen abortion - Irish Independent
  • Pope Francis: ‘Large families are a gift from God’ - Catholic Herald
  • The Meaning of Marriage - Irish Bishops

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Links


Pure in Heart appoints new general manager - Sarah MacDonald - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - Catholic Ireland



Union of Soviets in Ireland - Wed 31st Dec, 2014 - Trinity News

Irish student leaders found themselves at the centre of an ideological tug of war from the 1960s onwards.


Claire Byrne Live - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ One



Tonight with Vincent Browne - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - TV3



The Pat Kenny Show - My partner and I are not parents of last resort

Colm O'Gorman and David Quinn debate same sex marriage in studio with Shane Coleman.

Comment: A 'yes' vote will make it impossible for same-sex couples to be anything other than parents of joint 'first resort' - in other words, a 'yes' vote would make it impossibe to legally recognize and give legal effect to the fact that: mothers have something distinctive to add to parenting; fathers have something distinctive to add to parenting. Mothers and Fathers Matter

Matt Cooper - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - Today FM

David Quinn and Dominic Hannigan (Lab TD - Limerick East) debate gay marriage

Six-One News - Wording of same-sex marriage referendum published - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - RTÉ One

Includes a clip of an interview with Sen Rónán Mullen

Six One News - Bishops say Church opposes same-sex marriage - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - RTÉOne

Bishop Liam MacDaid

Six-One News - Interview with Kieran Rose, GLEN; David Quinn, Iona Institute - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - RTÉOne

Kieran Rose and David Quinn debate same-sex mariage

Leo's sexuality is irrelevant to the debate on marriage - David Quinn - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - Irish Independent


Coming Out Of The Curve - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ One



Letters - Funding of IVF fertility treatments - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - I Times

Dr BRIAN CANTWELL, Consultant Medical Oncologist (retired)


Asking about sexuality is inappropriate, says priest - - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - Irish Independent

Fr Michael Drumm, Chair of the Catholic School Partnership
'Fr Drumm said that while it was legitimate for interviewers to bring up adherence to a school's ethos, and that applied to all schools not just those under religious patronage, "what you don't probe is a person's inner loyalty to the ethos".'


The needs of a 24-hour news cycle bring only meaningless mantras and dull repetition - Wed 14th Jan, 2015 - Irish Independent




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  • “People will be asked to decide whether the following new wording should be added to the Constitution: ‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex'.” - Minister Frances Fitzgerald (taken from Press release of the Department of Justice and Equality - emphasis added)
  • Minaj's regrets over teen abortion - Irish Independent
  • Pope Francis: ‘Large families are a gift from God’ - Catholic Herald

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Pure in Heart appoints new general manager - Sarah MacDonald - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - Catholic Ireland



Union of Soviets in Ireland - Wed 31st Dec, 2014 - Trinity News

Irish student leaders found themselves at the centre of an ideological tug of war from the 1960s onwards.


Claire Byrne Live - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ One



Tonight with Vincent Browne - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - TV3



The Pat Kenny Show - My partner and I are not parents of last resort" - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - Newstalk"

Colm O'Gorman and David Quinn debate same sex marriage in studio with Shane Coleman.

Comment: A 'yes' vote will make it impossible for same-sex couples to be anything other than parents of joint 'first resort' - in other words, a 'yes' vote would make it impossibe to legally recognize and give legal effect to the fact that: mothers have something distinctive to add to parenting; fathers have something distinctive to add to parenting. Mothers and Fathers Matter

Matt Cooper - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - Today FM (gay marriage: Dwvid Quinn and Dominic Hannigan (Lab TD - Limerick East)


Leo's sexuality is irrelevant to the debate on marriage - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - Irish Independent



Coming Out Of The Curve - Mon 19th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ One



Letters - Funding of IVF fertility treatments - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - I Times

Dr BRIAN CANTWELL, Consultant Medical Oncologist (retired)


Asking about sexuality is inappropriate, says priest - - Wed 21st Jan, 2015 - Irish Independent

Fr Michael Drumm, Chair of the Catholic School Partnership
'Fr Drumm said that while it was legitimate for interviewers to bring up adherence to a school's ethos, and that applied to all schools not just those under religious patronage, "what you don't probe is a person's inner loyalty to the ethos".'


The needs of a 24-hour news cycle bring only meaningless mantras and dull repetition - Wed 14th Jan, 2015 - Irish Independent




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  • "It was such a surreal thing to feel a life inside of you ... It's an amazing phenomenon" - Danielle de Niese (Australian-American opera singer talking about her baby 'punching' her when she was pregnant) - RTÉ Radio One: John Murray Show (50 mins into audio)


Mass in solidarity with the people of France, Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin - Tue 13th Jan, 2015 - Irish Bishops




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  • The Great Divorce between heaven and hell - C S Lewis comes to the stage, and leads the audience into deep waters. - MercatorNet
  • Abortion Activist Convicted of Possessing More Than 7,000 Images of Child Porn - LifeNews
  • Gay marriage debate - Today with Seán O Rourke - RTÉ Radio One
  • Near death experience of Brazilan TV host and model - Daily Mail (WARNING! Graphic content)
  • Muslim communities share guidelines on how to deal with cartoons - TheJournal




Links


Abortion Activist Convicted of Possessing More Than 7,000 Images of Child Porn - Mon 12th Jan, 2015 - LifeNews

Irish pro-abortion activist


Same Sex Marriage debate - Mon 12th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

'Petra Conroy, Project Coordinator at Catholic Comment, and Rory O’Neill, performer and author join Sena in studio to discuss.'


Drivetime - I just want to be buried with my baby" - Mon 12th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One"

RTÉ Agenda? ... 'Philip Boucher-Hayes talks to a former resident of Bessborough Mother & Baby home. '


Muslim communities share guidelines on how to deal with cartoons - Tue 13th Jan, 2015 - TheJournal




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  • Paddy Prenderville, editor of The Phoenix magazine : "I'm just trying to point out that when you satirise people, it's, to put it very simplistically, the big people, not the little people and certianly not on the basis of race, creed or gender" (emphasis added - see below) - RTÉ Radio One : Marian Finucane (20 mins 40 secs into audio)
  • XIV ORDINARY GENERAL SYNOD OF BISHOPS (October 2015) - The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World - The Archdiocese of Armagh
  • Brendan O'Connor and RTÉ on The Saturday Night Show essentially (and bizarrely) try to paint Lucinda Creighton in a bad light for being pro-life / anti-abortion! (the programme also contained a number of foolish references to the Holy Mass)
  • The tiny baby saved by his mother's love: Woman who was told to abort her 'non-viable' son after her waters broke at just 20 weeks celebrates his first birthday after ignoring doctors' advice - Mail
  • Archbishop claims pro-life views excluded in NI's abortion debate - RTÉ
  • Baby born ONE week before the legal abortion limit weighing just 1lb finally goes home after six months in hospital - Mail

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Links


Marian Finucane Show - 'Panel discussion on the happenings in Paris and the possible implications' - Sat 10th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

(Audio) Recommended listening "Marian Finucane is joined by John O'Brien, former national head of Interpol Europol, Karen Creed formally of France 24 and now RTE News, Paddy Prenderville, editor of The Phoenix magazine, Aonghus Collins, political cartoonist, and RTE reporter Richard Downes over the phone from Paris. "
Paddy Prenderville : "I think that healthy satire, by and large, pitches at the rich, the powerful, the famous, the pompous and so on."
Marian Finucane : "The Catholic Church took a terrible hammering here ..."
Paddy Prenderville : Well that's interesting, you see ... But I do remember, I mean, Martyn Turner had an article in the Irish Times the other day about freedom of expression in cartoons and satire and so on. Martyn Turner had, well not Martyn Turner, The Irish Times had to apologize for saying or implying that all priests are paedophiles, if you remember that, that's a few months ago, I think. I remember way back, The Irish Times printed a cartoon called Jewrassic Park, only they spelt it 'JEW' ... Total free speech? I mean ... I'm just trying to point out that when you satirise people, it's, to put it very simplistically, the big people, not the little people and certianly not on the basis of race, creed or gender". If you do that, then you're just, I mean, the Sun newspaper or worse does that! ...
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Marian Finucane Show - Sun 11th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Including further discussion about the Charlie Hebdo Paris case and blasphemy


“I am not Charlie Hebdo” - Fri 9th Jan, 2015 - Mercatornet



Paris shootings rekindle debate on blasphemy law - Susan Gately - Sat 10th Jan, 2015 - Catholic Ireland



News At One - Implications of using religious images in media - Thu 8th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

'Ali Selim, from Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, & Colum Kenny, Professor at DCU, discuss media's use of religious images'


Today with Seán O Rourke - The Gathering - Fri 9th Jan, 2015 - RTÉ Radio One

Comment : RTÉ panelist Aodhan O’Riordain, the Labour Party Minister with Responsibility for New Communities, Culture & Equality said today that he believed in freedom of speech when it comes to criticising people's religious beliefs but not when criticising 'communities' in general! In doing this, he tried to make a false distinction between who Catholics ARE and what Catholics BELIEVE. We are Catholics after all by virtue of what we believe, that is to say, our Faith. We are 'Believers' (a 'non believer' is a 'non Catholic'). It is 'THE Faith', THE 'Catholic Faith' which determines THE 'Faith Community' (THE Church or Family of God).


GAA football hero ministers to the Word - Sat 10th Jan, 2015 - Catholic Ireland

Alan Larkin


Ireland's airwaves get Christian spirit - Thu 8th Jan, 2015 - CNS

Spirit Radio is four years old - Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland (1/1/2015)


Theology of the Family Emphasizes Domestic Church - Sun 11th Jan, 2015 - NC Register

Joseph Atkinson


Victims of the Church care home Dr Mengele: For Teresa and her children, the damage of horrific drug experiments inflicted on girls in Church of England care homes 30 years ago can never be undone - Sat 10th Jan, 2015 - Mail

"... scores of children at a CofE institution were force-fed huge quantities of prescription drugs ..."


Francis: economy must have human person at its heart; this is not communism, but Gospel - Andrea Tornielli - Sun 11th Jan, 2015 - Vatican Insider

Pope Francis Says Church Has Cared for Poor Since Beginning, hence long before communism - Wall Street Journal


Irish archbishop appointed Nuncio to Haiti - Sarah MacDonald - Sun 11th Jan, 2015 - Catholic Ireland

Archbishop Eugene Nugent




Events

Friday 23 January - Vigil with family tree healing Mass at Rialto church from 5:30pm to 9pm. Services will be led by Fr Michael Ross and SRM team

Saturday 21 February & Sunday 22 February - Divine Mercy Conference with Sr Briege McKenna in RDS Simmonscourt




TV

TODAY Monday 12 January - EWTN

TODAY Monday 12 January - EWTN - 14:00 - MY COUNTRY, MY FAITH: IRELAND GRANPARENTS, GRANDCHILDREN AND THE EUCHARIST - A NEW REVOLUTION - Fr. Owen Gorman and his guest, Catherine Wiley, talk about The Catholic Grandparents Association.

TODAY Monday 12 January - BBC One - 14:15 - Father Brown (G K Chesterton)

TODAY Monday 12 January - BBC One - 20:30 - After Paris: The Battle for British Islam - Panorama

TODAY Monday 12 January - RTÉ One - 21:35 - We Need to Talk About ____ - Part two of two. Documentary examining the scale and impact ...

TOMORROW Tuesday 13 January - EWTN



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Marty in the Morning - Christmas Eve - RTÉ Lyric FM

Interview with Celine Byrne - including: how the singer was accused of propaganda for saying: "JESUS is the reason for the season"


JUST ONE OF THE COUNTLESS, ALMOST INTERCHANGEABLE ARTICLES IN THE IRISH MEDIA THIS CHRISTMAS

Comment: As we joyfully await the birth of One unborn baby at Christmas, JESUS, there no hint of a welcome for another. Such hypocrisy. Matthew 25 etc.






Events

Sunday 28 December (Feast of The Holy Family) - Family Tree Healing Mass with Fr Cathal Price next Sunday 28th December, the FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY at 7pm in Kilbarrack Church






TV

TODAY Wednesday 24 December - EWTN

TOMORROW Thursday 25 December - EWTN



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  • O Root of Jesse (O Radix Jesse), standing as a sign among the peoples... Come and deliver us, and delay no longer. - Archbishop Eamon Martin
  • Is the latest controversy really an abortion controversy? Watch William Binchy on RTÉ: Prime Time
  • Good News! December Newsletter - Pontificium Consilium pro Familia
  • Bishop Francis Duffy reopens Saint Mel’s Cathedral five years after devastating fire

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Links


Prime Time - William Binchy and Susan McKay - Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ ONE

Right to life

Selected extracts
"... a key expression: 'that the State guarantees to protect, as far as practicable that right' ... " - Prof William Binchy (followed by an interruption from Miriam O'Callaghan - one of several disproportionate interruptions by the RTÉ presenter)

"My prediction is that the court will decide this case on the basis of practicability" - Prof William Binchy (followed by another inappropriate interruption by Miriam O'Callaghan/Susan McKay) ...

"... I think that most people in this country are in fact against liberalised abortion. That however has got nothing to do with this case and if you'll allow me to get back to this particular case, my prediction is that the court will focus on the expression practicability. I would be surprised if the court in these circumstances were to make an order which would distress Susan" - Prof William Binchy

"I will say one thing about Mr Varadkar in these circumstances. I think he has jumped the gun and jumped the gun, with respect, irresponsibly. He should have waited to see what the court says in this case and see whether what the court says is a reason for being critical of the amendment, at all. Mr Varadkar may have his own agenda in regard to the amendment but that's a different matter" - Prof William Binchy ...

"I think that is an abuse of what this really is about. This is not about abortion. It's about medical treatment" - Prof William Binchy (emphasis added)
Comment: Note: Prof Binchy was not allowed to complete his opening point until 5 minutes into a discussion which was less than 9 minutes in duration!


Joan Burton: Our abortion laws do not serve women well - Fri 19th Dec, 2014 - Journal

"“In my view the eighth amendment does not actually serve women well when issues of their life, their safety, their health, are in question,”" - Tánaiste, Joan Burton
Comment: It should be noted that this statement by the Tánaiste makes no sense in relation to the present controversy as there is no possible impact on the "life", "safety" or "health" of the mother in question who has, tragically, already died ... See also Prof William Binchy on yesterday's Prime Time (above) ... and yesterday's Faith in the Media


YESTERDAY'S Faith in the Media (Thursday)

NB!


Hard cases occur under every abortion regime but our law saves many lives - David Quinn - Fri 19th Dec, 2014 - I Independent

"The usual ground offered for abortion is the 'health' ground, including mental health. This has led to the obscenity of babies being aborted simply because they have a cleft palate. It is much better therefore to have a law that errs on the side of life. If the Eighth Amendment is repealed, the Government will offer a so-called 'restrictive' abortion law in its place but in a relatively short time the grounds for abortion would become ever more permissive. We must therefore retain the Eighth Amendment because the Eighth Amendment undoubtedly saves lives." - David Quinn


Decision on baby of brain dead woman “prudential” - Susan Gately - Fri 19th Dec, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

All factors must be considered says moral theologian (Fr Vincent Twomey)


RTÉ's longwave service extended until 2017 - Fri 19th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ

Listen to yesterday's (pseudo) interview of former RTÉ current affairs producer, Communications Minister Alex White, by former RTÉ presenter Pat Kenny -- particularly insofar as it fails to accurately address the issues around the/a proposed Universal Broadcasting Charge (Faith in the Media - Thursday)


Letter from Archbishop Eamon Martin to Bishop Francis Duffy on the reopening of Saint Mel’s Cathedral - Fri 19th Dec, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Reopening reported on in RTÉ Radio One: News At One (37 mins in)

Comment: RTÉ are also doing a special programme called 'The Longford Phoenix' about the restoration of St Mel's Cathedral, on Tue 30th Dec, 2014 at 6:30pm ... The Bells of St Mel's - RTÉ Radio One - Christmas Eve at 10pm ... Midnight Mass - RTÉ One Television - Christmas Eve at 11.00pm (and on Christmas Day at 10am) - Irish Bishops ... Archbishop Eamon Martin on TWITTER




Books

The Little Red House (Fiction) - Gerry Hickey (Re: Edith Stein, St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross - discussed at the beginning of today's RTÉ Radio One: Liveline)

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger




TV

TODAY Friday 19 December - EWTN

TOMORROW Saturday 20 December - EWTN



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  • Media onslaught on the innocents
  • New Universal Broadcasting Charge - Alex White

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Links


Legal advice sought over pregnant woman with brain trauma - Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ (website)



Breakfast - Part 4 - Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - Newstalk

Abortion

Interview with Ruth Fletcher

Comment: The Irish pro abortion media establishment and, in particular, Newstalk Breakfast are implicitly and explicitly using the following misleading claims/mantras to promote abortion in this present tragic case:
  • The Irish Constitution and the Irish Law is preventing best medical practice.
    RESPONSE: On the contrary, allowing an innocent child to die in circumstances where she can, in fact, be saved can never be considered "best medical practice" (Note, also, Prof Patricia Casey's comments below)
  • The equal right to life -- as interpreted by the law -- of what soem like to call "the foetus" is the critical factor preventing doctors from turning off life support for the mother.
    RESPONSE: In fact, even if a lesser right were accepted, even that lesser right would protect the unborn baby as there is NO additional threat, whatsoever, either to the mother's life OR to her health, in this case, which could logically arise from any attempt to save the life of the unborn child (Note, also, Prof Patricia Casey's comments below)
  • The often used mantra that your views on abortion are irrelevant in this case. (By implication, only the media's spin and lightweight argumentation is to be given any weight at all)
    RESPONSE: The people are sovereign: You have rights both to your views on abortion and not to be intimidated by the partisan behaviour of Newstalk and other media presenters

What sad, 'hopeless', biased, dreadfully poor journalism!


The Pat Kenny Show - Part 1 - Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - Newstalk

Abortion

Interview with Prof Patrica Casey
"It is very strange that most of the focus has been in this on the 8th Ammendment which I think is probably, to some extent, peripheral to it ..." - Prof Patricia Casey


Abortion - Proposed Universal Broadcasting Charge

Interview with Alex White
"I think it's still a live runner - a Public Service Broadcasting Charge" - Minister Alex White


Morning Ireland - Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Abortion
(Morning Ireland 18/12/2014) Doctors seek legal advice over pregnant woman, clinically dead

(Morning Ireland 18/12/2014) Was Health Minister aware of tragic pregnancy case when he gave Dáil speech?

(Morning Ireland 18/12/2014) It Says in the Papers - Fiona Kelly (7:10am) ... (8:10am)

Legal advice sought over pregnant woman with brain trauma - Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ (website)


Today with Seán O Rourke - Abortion - Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Abortion - On Tuesday night in the Dáil Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said that in his opinion abortion should be allowed here in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and where there is a risk to the long term health of the mother. Yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny distanced himself from the comments stressing that Mr Varadkar was speaking in a personal capacity. When the Health Minister spoke in the Dáil its highly likely that he was aware of the tragic case of a pregnant woman who is brain dead but is being kept on life support in the Midlands Regional hospital in Mullingar because she is pregnant. Dearbhail Mc Donald legal affairs editor of the Irish Independent joined Sean. Pat Leahy, political editor at the Sunday Business Post, joins later. Read More: Ireland is now facing into another right to life dilemma Dearbhail McDonald, Irish Independent, 18th Dec 2014


A nervous moment in court as the campaigner in killer heels awaited her sentence - Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - Belfast Telegraph

Abortion

Comment: A sexist ad-hominem article bizarrely labeled 'News' - the 'report' refers to yesterday's court hearing involving Berni Smyth of Precious Life

BBC

Belfast Telegraph (17/12/2014 - earlier article)

UTV


TD helped ‘dozens’ of women take abortion pills - Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - Journal

Abortion

Re: Ruth Coppinger


Catholic midwives lose UK abortion case - Wed 17th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ (website)

Abortion


Oireachtas Twitter account removes abortion re-tweet - Mary Minihan - Wed 17th Dec, 2014 - I TImes

Abortion

Anti-abortion campaigner’s tweet criticising Varadkar re-tweeted by @OireachtasNews Re: Cora Sherlock tweet


Woman searches for newborn baby she found 21 years ago - Thu 18th Dec, 2014 - Newstalk







Events

TOMORROW Friday 19 December - This Friday evening at 8 pm, there is a Mass at St Martin's prayer group. Location is St Martin's Oratory, Parnell Square West. Entrance to the rear of building on Granby Place. Social gathering afterwards






TV

TODAY Thursday 18 December - EWTN

TOMORROW Friday 19 December - EWTN



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Links


Breakfast - Part 2 - Wed 17th Dec, 2014 - Newstalk

Same-sex marriage referendum - Interview with Gina Menzies (Comment: Newstalk contempt for recent BAI decision?)


Morning Ireland - Wed 17th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Discussion of Leo Varadkar abortion comments etc.


Letters - Abortion and the law - Barry Walsh - Wed 17th Dec, 2014 - I Times



Mourning, condemnation of Pakistan school attack - Wed 17th Dec, 2014 - Vatican Radio







TV

TODAY Wednesday 17 December - EWTN

TODAY Wednesday 17 December - EWTN - 11 AM and 5 PM - St LUKE

TODAY Wednesday 17 December - EWTN - 2:30 PM - A STAR SHALL RISE - STAR SHALL RISE (A) - A classic retelling of the story of the three Wise Men featuring Raymond Burr and other well-known actors.

TODAY Wednesday 17 December 2014 - BBC Four - 20:00 - Christmas with Val Doonican - A performance by the presenter, plus seasonal music and guest appearances by newsreader Jan Leeming, virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie, snooker star Dennis Taylor and the Arts Educational School Choir. First broadcast in 1986.

TODAY Wednesday 17 December 2014 - Discovery History - 22:00 - Who Was Jesus? - Portraying the early years of Jesus’ life, using archaeological and historical evidence to take a journey through the Holy Land. [Note: Various other programmes today on Discovery History]

TOMORROW Thursday 18 December - EWTN



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Links


UNICEF gives up children, and instead promotes “gay rights” - Mon 15th Dec, 2014 - Turtle Bay and Beyond



Morning Ireland - St Vincent de Paul: helping people for 170 years -Tue 16th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Joe Little, Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent, reports on the 170th anniversary of St Vincent de Paul Society in Ireland


Homelessness crisis: 'Troubled lives of those living on the margins' - Tue 16th Dec, 2014 - I Examiner



Rare collection of William Shakespeare’s play discovered in France

"The discovery of a rare collection of William Shakespeare's plays in a small French town has set the literary world alight and has reignited the debate about whether Shakespeare may in fact have been a Catholic"


Moncrieff - Part 1 - Interview with Sen Rónán Mullen - Tue 16th Dec, 2014 - Newstalk

Same-sex marriage etc. ...
"These media-saturated days" - Sen Mullen


Media viewing and press conference at the restored Saint Mel’s Cathedral, Longford - Tue 16th Dec, 2014 - Irish Bishops



Woman at centre of abortion controversy wants to halt a HSE inquiry - Mon 15th Dec, 2014 - I Independent



Presentation of the report on congregations of US women religious - 2014.12.16 - Tue 16th Dec, 2014 - Vatican [YouTube]







Events

TODAY Tuesday 16 December - Talk in Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Tuesday 16th Dec 7:30pm in Tara Suite. 'Meaning of Marriage and the rights of children' by journalist Breda O Brien.






TV

TODAY Tuesday 16 December - EWTN

TODAY Tuesday 16 December - Living Right with Dr Ray - 9:30 PM - Protect - How a husband's most important role is to protect; Also: healing and hope after abortion; and FORGIVENESS

TOMORROW Wednesday 17 December - EWTN



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  • Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Champion of the unborn
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe is model for communicators - Pontifical Council for Social Communications President
  • 'We pray for suspended staff of Aras Attracta who have received death threats' - "The Garvan family believe that forgiveness is the way forward." IMPORTANT

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Links


Our Lady of Guadalupe is model for communicators, says Vatican official - Fri 12th Dec, 2014 - EWTN

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications


'We pray for suspended staff of Aras Attracta who have received death threats' Family of abused resident Mary Garvan issue statement to say everyone is innocent until proven guilty - Thu 11th Dec, 2014 - I Independent

"The Garvan family believe that forgiveness is the way forward."
"We, Mary Garvin’s family – Sheila Ryan, Kathleen Healy, John Paul and Patrick Gavin – wish to make the following statement to be aired this morning: “We want due process. We want the inquiries that have been instigated to proceed. This includes a garda investigation. We want the people that are on suspension to be allowed due process and the opportunity of telling their side of the story and explaining their actions. They must be given time and space to do that. We want to thank sincerely the many carers, nurses and other professionals who are today and have been in the past working quietly, caringly and professionally in Aras Attracta. They deserve our support, encouragement, appreciation and thanks. We want them to know that they are doing a good job in a very challenging profession. Under no circumstances, do we want mob rule. We abhor violence in every shape or form. Everyone is innocent until they are proven guilty and we want all the people on suspension to be afforded the time and the space to tell their story and explain their actions. Finally, and very importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with all of these people now on suspension. They have families and relatives too, and we know they are all suffering. We want them treated humanely and with respect and the Garvin family believe in forgiveness as a way forward.”
Incomplete Newstalk audio (Newstalk audio [RECOMMENDED!] containing parts missing from previous audio)

Aras Attracta family: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of these people now on suspension” - Journal.ie

"We are certainly very open to offering the olive branch" Sister of Áras Attracta resident speaks about forgiveness - Newstalk - The family of Mary Garvin, a resident from Áras Attracta, released a statement today


Baby Jesus takes on John Lewis in battle for the soul of Christmas - Thu 11th Dec, 2014 - Telegraph



'Teaching humanism in religious studies will fail pupils' - Fri 12th Dec, 2014 - Telegraph



The crisis that helped change Pope Francis - Paul Valley - Fri 12th Dec, 2014 - I Examiner

Mentioned on Morning Ireland's It Says in the Papers


The Right Hook - Part 2 - Wed 10th Dec, 2014 - Newstalk

Euthanasia / assisted suicide discussed with Tom Curran and Dr. Denis Donohoe


Today with Seán O Rourke - Gay Asylum Seekers - Fri 12th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Gay Asylum Seekers


The Right Hook - Part 3 - Wed 10th Dec, 2014 - Newstalk

Senator Katherine Zappone on the BAI, gay marriage and Una Mulally ...

Comment: Although the BAI clarified that in its view "an automatic requirement for balance is considered unnecessary and inappropriate by the BAI", elsewhere, it has also indicated that IN REALITY, it is difficult to achieve fairness without balance. If in doubt, try convincing politicians during an election campaign to be happy with less than equal airtime to that afforded opponents.


New media merger guidelines underline past failures to protect media diversity - Séamus Dooley - I Times

NUJ seeks public commission on the future of the media to examine not just ownership but editorial control


Today's readings

"I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is good for you, I lead you in the way that you must go. If only you had been alert to my commandments, ..."






Events

TODAY Friday 12 December - Come celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with HLI Ireland in Knock this Friday 12th December. 11.45am: Mass in Apparition Chapel, Knock. 12.30pm: Followed after by tea & sandwiches.

TODAY Friday 12 December - Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - 5:45pm - St Joseph's Church, Berkeley Road

TODAY Friday 12 December - Hampton, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 - 7.00-10.15pm - DVD NIGHT "THE BIG SILENCE"






TV

TODAY Friday 12 December - EWTN

TOMORROW Saturday 13 December - EWTN



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Links


Publication of the Lineamenta of the next Synod on the Family - Tue 9th Dec, 2014 - VIS

Lineamenta (Italian) (Not available in English) ... COMMENT: 'Nature abhors a vacuum': Here is some English-language spin from AP


Secretariat publishes 'Lineamenta' for next Synod on Family - Tue 9th Dec, 2014 - Vatican Radio



Will a host of pontifical councils be merged into two congregations? - Tue 9th Dec, 2014 - CNA

Congregation for Laity and Family (new)


BAI partially upholds complaint against Newstalk over Gay Pride item

BAI statement read out, on Newstalk Radio this morning at 9:28am






Events

Friday 12 December - Come celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with HLI Ireland in Knock this Friday 12th December. 11.45am: Mass in Apparition Chapel, Knock. 12.30pm: Followed after by tea & sandwiches.

Friday 12 December - Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - 5:45pm - St Joseph's Church, Berkeley Road

Friday 12 December - Hampton, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 - 7.00-10.15pm - DVD NIGHT "THE BIG SILENCE"






TV

TODAY Wednesday 10 December - EWTN

TODAY Wednesday 10 December - RTÉ One - 14:25 - EastEnders - Mick tries to make Linda change her mind about the abortion.

TOMORROW Thursday 11 December - EWTN



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Links


Prayers to Mary on the feast of the Immaculate Conception - Mon 8th Dec, 2014 - Vatican Radio



Pope Decries 'Material Slavery' as Holidays Start - Mon 8th Dec, 2014 - AP

See above


Families go hungry as supermarkets send millions of tonnes of food for landfill - Mon 8th Dec, 2014 - Telegraph



Will a host of pontifical councils be merged into two congregations? - Tue 9th Dec, 2014 - CNA

Congregation for Laity and Family (new)






Events

TODAY Tuesday 9 December - St Audoen's Church - 1:15pm - Holy Mass celebrated by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown

Friday 12 December - Hampton, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 - 7.00-10.15pm - DVD NIGHT "THE BIG SILENCE"






TV

TODAY Tuesday 9 December - EWTN

TODAY Tuesday 9 December - EWTN - 9am - AT HOME WITH JIM AND JOY DEACON KEITH FOURNIER The Pintos welcome Deacon Keith Fournier, Founder of The Catholic Way, a program designed to help Catholics live their faith in a dynamic way and the Gospel in its fullness.

TODAY Tuesday 9 December - EWTN - 10:30am & 9pm - THE CLOAK OF JUAN DIEGO - THE STORY OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE - A look at the history of the appearance of the Blessed Mother to Juan Diego and her devotion at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

TODAY Tuesday 9 December - RTÉ One - 19:30 - EastEnders - Mick tries to make Linda change her mind about the abortion.

TOMORROW Wednesday 10 December - EWTN



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Links


Doctor 'forced woman to take abortion pill' when she told him she was pregnant - Fri 5th Dec, 2014 - I Independent



Cardinal Pietro Parolin [Interview in Italian - with subtitles] - Fr. Thomas Rosica- Sat 6th Dec, 2014 - Salt and Light



Spadaro on Vatican journalism and digital media - Sat 6th Dec, 2014 - Vatican Insider

The editor of “Civiltà Cattolica” speaks at the conference to launch Vatican Insider in Chinese and Arabic about the challenges of digital media to religious information




TV

TODAY Saturday 6 December - EWTN

TOMORROW Sunday 7 December - EWTN



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Links


The Meaning of Marriage - Wed 3rd Dec, 2014 - Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference

Recommended
"a contradiction in terms" ... "equality of individuals is not in question here" ... "you're comparing two different things"
- Bishop Kevin Doran


Catholic Church cuts links with adoption service over same-sex ruling - Fri 5th Dec, 2014 - BBC News

The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland said it was "with regret" that they were ending their relationship with The Family Care Society NI. The DUP have said the decision shows the need for a conscience clause for religious groups in legislation.

Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland on the future of Adoption Services with the Catholic Church - Irish Bishops (4/12/2014)


Vatican finds millions 'tucked away', says Cardinal Pell - Fri 5th Dec, 2014 - BBC News



Three Popular Movies With Accidental Pro-Life Messages - LifeNews



Pope: the hidden holiness of the saints of daily life - Fri 5th Dec, 2014 - Vatican Radio / News.va



Anti-dairy campaign billboard poster by Peta removed from public for being too sexual - Thu 4th Dec, 2014 - (London) Independent



Real Madrid tifosi in rivolta: “Non toglieteci la croce” - Thu 4th Dec, 2014 - La Stampa

Real Madrid fans in revolt: "Don't take away the cross"

Real Madrid lose Christian cross from club crest to appease Abu Dhabi bank - Telegraph (26/11/2014)

See also below


Carrauntoohil cross reinstated by volunteers - Ann Marie Foley - Thu 4th Dec, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

Journal (2/12/2014)

See also above


Fee-paying Terenure College Junior School set to close - Fri 5th Dec, 2014 - I TImes

Principal says number of students in primary school has almost halved since 2009


Ratzinger's retraction: the fruit of 42 years of theological maturation - Thu 4th Dec, 2014 - CNA



Pregnant woman accuses anti-abortion protesters outside London clinic of making women feel guilty - Thu 4th Dec, 2014 - (London) Independent

Abort67




Events

TODAY Friday 5 December - Family Healing Mass - Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church - Seán McDermott Street @ 3 PM - celebrated by Fr Michael Ross SDB - All welcome

TODAY Friday 5 December - 1st Fri to Sat VIGIL of ADORATION Dec 5th St John Vianney Church Artane Dublin 5 Mass 7.30pm Fr Marian. Silent/guided hours thru the night till 5am. Kitchen open. Parking. Come for some or all

TODAY A new vigil starts today Fri Dec 5 @ St Agatha's Church North William Street. The vigil begins 9:30/10pm approx and ends @ 7am in the Oratory. It includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Chaplet & Reflective Music. Holy Mass will not take place during the vigil. However Fr Brian Lawless will celebrate the 1st Friday Mass @ 7:30pm in the Church. Tea making facilities will be available. Please ring Oratory bell to get in or call Brian @ 086 816 4806




VIDEOS

Highly recommended short video for the Year of Consecrated Life featuring young Irish religious. Watch online at http://youtu.be/LFRSRsmu1Xw




TV

TODAY Friday 5 December - EWTN

TOMORROW Saturday 6 December - EWTN



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Links


The Pope Has a Point - Wed 3rd Dec, 2014 - Bloomberg

"In a speech last week at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis denounced a materialistic Europe that had grown indifferent to human dignity and to the "transcendent dimension.""


Doctor Who ‘most prolife drama ever shown on TV’ - Mon 1st Dec, 2014 - Alive





Events

Friday 5 December - Family Healing Mass - Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church - Seán McDermott Street @ 3 PM - celebrated by Fr Michael Ross SDB - All welcome




TV

TODAY Wednesday 3 December - EWTN

TOMORROW Thursday 4 December - EWTN



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Links


Unthinkable: Has Cardinal John Henry Newman’s vision for universities died? - Joe Humphreys - Tue 2nd Dec, 2014 - I Times

The UCD founder believed tutorials, not exams, produced flourising students


Christmas: no room at the inn for baby Jesus in school nativities - Tue 2nd Dec, 2014 - Telegraph

As annual school nativity play season gets under way, survey shows baby Jesus being edged out to make room for Elvis, spacemen, footballers and Lord Sugar


World Aids Day 2014: Closing the gap on the epidemic - Mon 1st Dec, 2014 - Vatican Radio





Events

Friday 5 December - Family Healing Mass - Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church - Seán McDermott Street @ 3 PM - celebrated by Fr Michael Ross SDB - All welcome




TV

TODAY Tuesday 2 December - EWTN

TOMORROW Wednesday 3 December - EWTN



01/12/14 (Mon)    >>




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Links


Revisiting the highlights of Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey - Sun 30th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio



Speech shows that Pope Francis is definitely a Catholic - Ruth Dudley Edwards - Sun 30th Nov, 2014 - Sunday Independent

The Pope bluntly told many home truths to the EU elite last week, says Ruth Dudley Edwards


Can religion find its voice and preach to the masses again? - TP O'Mahony - Mon 1st Dec, 2014 - I Examiner

"The crisis besetting Irish Catholicism will undoubted be greeted with schadenfreude by some. We shouldn’t blind ourselves, however, to the awful repercussions of the fracturing of the social cement that religion provided for so long."




Events

TODAY Monday 1 December - Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You




TV

TODAY Monday 1 December - EWTN

TODAY Monday 1 December - EWTN - 14:00 - My Country, My Faith: Ireland - Knock - Shrine of the Eucharist

TOMORROW Tuesday 2 December - EWTN




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Links


Pope Francis in Turkey: Day 1 highlights - Fri 28th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio



Marriage and the Common Good - Bishop Kevin Doran - Thu 27th Nov, 2014 - Iona Institute





Events

TODAY Saturday 29 November - Pro-Life MASS today Saturday @ 3PM and Pro-Life Holy Hour every Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and special prayer in relation to abortion. Silent Adoration continues afterwards. All welcome.




TV

TODAY Saturday 29 November - EWTN

TOMORROW Sunday 30 November - EWTN



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Links


Pope Francis to encourage Turkey's tiny Catholic community - Tue 25th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio



Pope Francis' visit to Turkey: its political and religious dimensions - Thu 27th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio





Events

TOMORROW Saturday 29 November - Pro-Life MASS this Saturday @ 3PM and Pro-Life Holy Hour every Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and special prayer in relation to abortion. Silent Adoration continues afterwards. All welcome.




TV

TODAY Friday 28 November - EWTN

TODAY Friday 28 November - EWTN - 09:30 - CATHOLIC VIEW FOR WOMEN - WHO AM I TO JUDGE, pt. 2

TODAY Friday 28 November - EWTN - 12:30 - APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO TURKEY APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO TURKEY: WELCOMING CEREMONY AND VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE DIYANET AT ANKARA

TODAY Friday 28 November 2014 - FILM FOUR - 16:40 - It’s a Wonderful Life - '(1946, Fantasy) A hard-working, small-town businessman comes to think his life has been a complete waste of time and tries to commit suicide. At the last minute, his guardian angel pays him a visit and makes him realise his true worth by showing him what would have happened to those around him had he never been born. Fantasy drama, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell and Frank Faylen.'

TODAY Friday 28 November 2014 - VIVA - 17:00 - That ’70s Show - 'Eric and Laurie stop going to church, prompting Kitty to set out on a crusade to save their souls'

TODAY Friday 28 November 2014 - RTÉ One - 19:00 - Nationwide - 'Mary Fanning visits Clongowes Wood College in Clane, Co Kildare, an all boys, seven day Jesuit boarding school which celebrating its bicentenary. Meanwhile Brian Walsh attends the 150th anniversary ceremony at Rockwell College, Co Tipperary and explores the history of the great institution.'

TODAY Friday 28 November - EWTN - 19:00 - THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS WITH FR. BERNARD MCGUCKIAN SJ - THE SACRED HEART AND THE PIONEER TOTAL ABSTINENCE ASSOCIATION

TODAY Friday 28 November 2014 - Discovery History - 20:00 - Zero Hour - 'An account of Mehmet Ali Agca’s attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II as he rode through the crowds in St Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981. The programme explores the theory that the attack was a conspiracy plot organised by the Bulgarian Secret Service.'

TOMORROW Saturday 29 November - EWTN



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  • Former atheist JENNIFER FULWILER
  • EWTN World Over Live
  • Seminarians - Today with Seán O Rourke
  • Reforms may make 2,000 children eligible for adoption
  • Reflections on my '60 Minutes' interview - Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley
  • Pope Francis: Address to European Parliament
  • Lucinda Creighton on Tonight with Vincent Browne tonight Thursday
  • ‘Stop saying fetuses with disabilities are incompatible with life’
  • Every Life Counts




Links


Seminarians - Today with Seán O Rourke - Thu 27th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

"The number of young men going into the priesthood is declining – rapidly so. It is leading to talk of collective funerals and weddings as priests struggle to meet to the needs of not one flock, but several. There are some still however who feel that call to religious life and Sean spoke with three men who are at different stages of their studies at the seminary at St Patrick’s College in Maynooth. They are Sean Jones, Vincent Stapleton and Leo Creelman."


Reforms may make 2,000 children eligible for adoption - Carl O'Brien - Thu 27th Nov, 2014 - I Times

However, (the planned changes) may prove controversial among some campaigners who regard it as an encroachment on parents’ rights.
A Supreme Court judge recently ruled authorities were free to reform adoption laws regardless of the outcome of the referendum.

Recall, also, the following :

Boy, 5, forced into adoption with gay couple pleads: 'We want to stay with our gran and grandad' - Mail (29/1/2009 - emphasis added)


Reflections on my '60 Minutes' interview - Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley - Wed 19th Nov, 2014 - TheBostonPilot.com

"As a Church, the safety of children must be our priority. At the same time, we need to provide justice for all and avoid crowd-based condemnations." - Cardinal O'Malley (emphasis added)


Pope Francis: Address to European Parliament - Tue 25th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio

"Men and women risk being reduced to mere cogs in a machine that treats them as items of consumption to be exploited, with the result that – as is so tragically apparent – whenever a human life no longer proves useful for that machine, it is discarded with few qualms, as in the case of the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned and uncared for, and children who are killed in the womb." - Pope Francis (emphasis added)


Pope to religious: creative fidelity to tradition - Thu 27th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio



EWTN LIVE - JENNIFER FULWILER - Wed 26th Nov, 2014 - EWTN

Note former atheist's Jennifer Fulwiler's comments on self-serving spirituality in the light today's discussion on the writing of Michael Harding on Today with Seán O Rourke. She also points out and makes some interesting comments about the inappropriateness of assigning valueto life based on cognitive ability and an 'atheist's prayer'. Comment : Interesting viewing for believers and atheists, alike.


The World Over Live - Thu 20th Nov, 2014 - EWTN

Important
HEADLINE NEWS OF THE WEEK: RICK WARREN, pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California who is attending the Vatican Colloquium on marriage this week, joins us from Rome to talk about the conference and the importance of protecting the institution of traditional marriage between a man and a woman. FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, archbishop emeritus of Chicago, on his tenure as archbishop, the recent controversy over the Synod of Bishops in Rome, and his reflections on his battle with cancer and the great gift of life...we spoke to him recently at the Fall Meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. MARTHA WILLIAMSON, the former executive producer and writer of Touched by an Angel on her new film, Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas and the importance of great storytelling and creating inspirational family entertainment.
This episode also contains brief reports about Cardinal Burke at the Catholic Voice conference in Limerick and comments by Fr Vincent Twomey in the Irish Times on Cardinal Kasper, Pope Benedict and the reception of HOLY COMMUNION


‘Stop saying fetuses with disabilities are incompatible with life’ - Tue 25th Nov, 2014 - I Times

'Term is medically meaningless and hurtful, says Every Life Counts campaign calling for halt' (see also below)


Every Life Counts - The Pat Kenny Show - Tue 25th Nov, 2014 - Newstalk

Tracy Harkin, spokesperson for “Compatible for Life, Compatible with Love” campaign with Every Life Counts joined Pat in studio.
(see also above)




Events

Saturday 30 November - Pro-Life MASS this Saturday @ 3PM - Pro-Life Holy Hour every Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and special prayer in relation to abortion. Silent Adoration continues afterwards. All welcome.




TV

TODAY Thursday 27 November - EWTN

TODAY Thursday 27 November 2014 - Discovery History - 15:00 - Time Team - "The archaeological enthusiasts visit a Yorkshire Dales farm where grazing cows have uncovered stone walls in the fields. The team searches for clues that the medieval grange was owned by a religious order before Henry VIII instructed the dissolution of the monasteries."

TOMORROW Friday 28 November - EWTN



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Joanna Rose Spirit Radio Ray Kinsella Cardinal Robert Sarah FMA

  • Being a Donor-Conceived Child – Dr Joanna Rose - "It’s not about child production it’s about child protection"
  • 'Donor laws fail to protect child'
  • Surrogacy ruling: Children cannot be made ‘to order’ - Prof Ray Kinsella
  • Court rules Italian couple cannot keep child born to surrogate mother and must be put up for adoption
  • True charity gives people God, not bread alone, cardinal says
  • See tonight's TV (below)
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Being a Donor-Conceived Child – Dr Joanna Rose - Wendy Grace - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - Spirit Radio

EXTRACTS
Records Destroyed
“Oneof the things that these clinics tended to do and the doctors tended to do was as soon as donor offspring wrote and asked for information about where they came from, they would destroy them. Most of my friends have been told that their records have been destroyed in fires or some nonsense”.

Situation in England
“I mean the thing is once you start thinking in terms of people defining a right to have a family as the right to have a family by any means… that is what is happening in England. And there is a whole climate set up, where it is very difficult to criticize how any child is created, even though in the long run there is an incredible amount of loss intentionally factored into that child’s life.”

You know it’s really sad. There’s a strong, strong push to get more and more people to donate eggs to donate sperm. It’s defined as a ‘crisis’ in England where there’s a shortage of donated sperm and eggs… and there’s a huge push to make people feel very special if they donate… and obviously I don’t think that’s healthy. Because you really want people to grow up believing that the children you conceive matter.. and that who you conceive with matters.. and that you want to raise those children in the best ways you can. You only relinquish your right to know and love your children as a last resort in a terrible crisis, not for any other reason. Not for money, not for empathy”.

No Voice for Children
“What you’ve got is you’ve got this massive business, huge amounts of money and a very vocal body of people who want access to this… there is a strong body of people arguing that they have to have access to this as a resource, as a reproductive technology resource. And obviously the children don’t have a voice at that time. And even when they grow up and become adults it is very very difficult to actually have a say. Often you have really offend the family you were raised in to actually form your own position and talk about your own needs and rights. And it’s really a fraught dynamic to be born into…”

Warning to Ireland
“…This is why I’m here, is to warn that this is the likely consequence and just to kind of alert people to the fact that you cannot presume that either the commissioning parents nor the industry.. or even the Government, on their own, are going to protect the rights of the children of reproductive technologies because I had to take a court case against my own Government…and I won; they were arguing against my human rights.

Message to Irish legislators
“Please remember international human rights and that the rights of the child need to be paramount.
It’s not about child production it’s about child protection”.
(emphasis added)


'Donor laws fail to protect child' - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ

A woman who was born as a result of assisted reproductive technology has warned that draft legislation in Ireland fails to adequately protect the best interests of the child.


Surrogacy ruling: Children cannot be made ‘to order’ - Prof Ray Kinsella - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - I Examiner

The party whips may not find it quite so easy to enforce politically expedient legislation on TDs who will reflect on the legacy they wish to be remembered by in this most sensitive area. ... www.mothersandfathersmatter.org


Court rules Italian couple cannot keep child born to surrogate mother and must be put up for adoption - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ



Facebook is Much Less Addictive When You Remove the Numbers - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - ideapod



UTV Media upbeat on Irish economy on higher radio sales - Thu 13th Nov, 2014 - I Independent



True charity gives people God, not bread alone, cardinal says - Elise Harris - Thu 13th Nov, 2014 - Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Cardinal Robert Sarah






Radio


John Murray Show - Thu 13th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Discussion about 'the end of the world' at the end of the programme






Events

Saturday 15 November - Pro-Life Holy Hour every Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and special prayer in relation to abortion. Silent Adoration continues afterwards. All welcome.

Monday 17 November - Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You

Monday 17 November - Wednesday 19 Novembar - Humanum - An Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman - Nov 17-19 - Vatican City

Friday 21 November - Holy Hour for Vocations - 21 November at 19:15 - Carmelite Priory, Moate, Co. Westmeath

Friday 12 December - Sunday 14 Decembar - YOUTH 2000 NATIONAL CHRISTMAS RETREAT 12th -14th Dec 2014 ... What: Youth 2000 National Christmas Retreat. When: 12th - 14th December 2014. Where: Newbridge College, NEWBRIDGE, Co. Kildare. Contact: (01) 6753690 or email: dublin@youth2000.ie. Theme: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me" Is 61:1







TV

TODAY Thursday 13 November - EWTN

TODAY Thursday 13 November - Channel 4 - 19:55 - Rory Peck Awards 2014 - Three years into Syria’s revolution, the rebel forces of the Free Syrian Army are not just fighting the Assad regime - they are also up against Islamic State. Film-maker Muhammad Ali talks about following an FSA battalion as it sets out to take back the town of al-Atareb from the militant group’s control. Last in the series.

TODAY Thursday 13 November - TV3 / UTV - 20:00 - Emmerdale - Robert announces to everyone that Lawrence was once sent to prison for being gay.

TODAY Thursday 13 November - VIVA - 22:40 - Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps - Janet resorts to deception after she finds a love letter from an old flame. Flo decides to start a massage parlour, and Louise experiments with lesbian sex. (FYI)

TOMORROW Friday 14 November - EWTN



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Food, blankets and hopeDavid QuinnYasser ArafatEmma MadiganAbie Philbin BowmanBreda O BrienHoly Mass offered on World War I battlefieldsVenerable Fr John Sullivan SJ (Pioneer)Youth2000 Christmas Retreat - Newbridge Pioneer Total Abstinence Association FMA

  • Food, blankets and hope – nuns risk lives to serve Syrian refugees
  • Surrogacy - David Quinn talks to Seán Moncrieff - Newstalk (today's radio)
  • Ireland's ambassador to Holy See accredited - invites Pope to Ireland
  • Should we try to police social media?
  • Viewpoint: Why God was not killed by the Great War
  • "There are now 3 pioneers venerable"
  • Yasser Arafat 'found Jesus' before death, claim
  • New radio advertising campaign to put spotlight on those who exploit and abuse women
  • Damien Richardson on RTÉ Radio One Liveline (end of programme)
  • Spotlight - See tonight's TV (below)
  • Check recent Faith in the Media publications: YESTERDAY - Monday - Sunday - Saturday - Friday - Thursday - Last Wednesday - Last Tuesday - Last Monday

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Food, blankets and hope – nuns risk lives to serve Syrian refugees - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Christians provide an important buffer between different Muslim communities


Irish Ambassador to Holy See: Developing long standing relations - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio

SEE also Our new Vatican envoy has invited the Pope to Ireland (again) - Tue 11th Nov, 2014 - Journal"Ambassador Madigan underlined that Ireland is a strong advocate for the freedom of religion or belief"


Prime Time - Should we try to police social media? - Tue 11th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ ONE

"We now have a thing where it's perfectly respectable to go for the person rather than to go for the argument" - Breda O'Brien

"An awful lot of social media is fueled by narcicism" - Abie Philbin Bowman


Viewpoint: Why God was not killed by the Great War - Tue 11th Nov, 2014 - BBC

"Religion was the environment in which the World War One generation lived. The main meeting points of their lives and the parameters of their identities were defined by religion. It was not just how they made sense of what was happening to them, it was where they met, how they communicated, how they measured time."


Veneration of Jesuit Priest - Today with Seán O Rourke - Tue 11th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

"It’s not every day an Irish priest is put on the path to becoming a saint but last week Pope Francis declared the Jesuit priest Fr John Sullivan venerable. Joining Sean this morning was Fr. Barney McGuckian who works in the church in Clongowes where Fr. Sullivan also worked."


Holy See creates new judicial body for abuse cases - Tue 11th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ

RTÉ Report


Brittany Maynard and Lauren Hill will leave very different legacies - Breda O'Brien - Sat 8th Nov, 2014 - I Times

Opinion: More and more patients request euthanasia because they are fearful of being a burden, as the ‘right to die’ becomes the ‘duty to die’


Yasser Arafat 'found Jesus' before death, claim - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - Telegraph

Palestinian leader Arafat may have become a Christian before he died, claims evangelical friend


Unions condemn sex workers’ exploitation - Ann Marie Foley - Tue 11th Nov, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

A new radio advertising campaign from the Immigrant Council of Ireland aims to put the spotlight on those who exploit and abuse women in the sex industry.



Earlier Today on Radio


Moncrieff - Part 1 - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - Newstalk

Interview with David Quinn about surrogacy


News At One - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Human Rights Commissioner "raises concerns" about the symphysiotomy redress scheme

Comment: But recall this Faith in the Media publication (16th Jul, 2014 - last grey link)


Lunchtime - Wed 12th Nov, 2014 - Newstalk

(13 mins 30 secs into audio) A call for surrogacy legislation following last week's Supreme Court decision

See our Faith in the Media publications for Friday (7th Nov, 2014) and Sunday (9th Nov, 2014)



Books

Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It - Jennifer Fulwiler

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The Simplest Prayer (Franciscans)






Events

TODAY Wednesday 12 November - Evening of Reflection for Men in the Faith and Family Centre, Dal Riada, Avoca Avenue, Blackrock, tonight, 12th November 8-9:30pm preached by Fr Daniel Reynolds LC. Theme: Ecclesial Identity of the Laity. Mass and Confession available.

Saturday 15 November - Pro-Life Holy Hour every Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and special prayer in relation to abortion. Silent Adoration continues afterwards. All welcome.

Monday 17 November - Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You

Monday 17 November - Wednesday 19 Novembar - Humanum - An Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman - Nov 17-19 - Vatican City

Friday 21 November - Holy Hour for Vocations - 21 November at 19:15 - Carmelite Priory, Moate, Co. Westmeath

Friday 12 December - Sunday 14 Decembar - YOUTH 2000 NATIONAL CHRISTMAS RETREAT 12th -14th Dec 2014 ... What: Youth 2000 National Christmas Retreat. When: 12th - 14th December 2014. Where: Newbridge College, NEWBRIDGE, Co. Kildare. Contact: (01) 6753690 or email: dublin@youth2000.ie. Theme: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me" Is 61:1







TV

TODAY Wednesday 12 November - EWTN

TODAY Wednesday 12 November - EWTN - 7PM - CATHOLIC LIVES - FRANK CARSON - Host David Kerr welcomes one of Ireland's best loved comedians, Frank Carson. Hear about his personal meetings with Pope John Paul II and his award of the Papal Knighthood for the Order of St. Gregory for his charitable work.

TODAY Wednesday 12 November - EWTN - 7:30 PM - FORGOTTEN HERITAGE: EUROPE AND OUR LADY - WALSINGHAM, ENGLAND: SHRINE OF THE INCARNATION - Fr. Owen Gorman and Fr. John Hogan relate the storied history of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in England, including its resurgence in recent years after having been destroyed in the Reformation.

TODAY Wednesday 12 November - Channel 4 - 7:55 pm - Rory Peck Awards 2014 - The Central African Republic is being torn apart in a brutal war between Muslim and Christian militias. Local film-maker Pacome Pabandji has covered both sides of the conflict since it first began. Here, he gives an insight into working in such a hostile environment so close to home.

TODAY Wednesday 12 November 2014 - BBC Four - 10:30 pm - Treasures of the Anglo-Saxons - Historian Dr Nina Ramirez investigates the development of Anglo-Saxon art. Examining the Sutton Hoo treasures, the Franks Casket, the Staffordshire Hoard and the Lindisfarne Gospels, she uncovers the secret codes and symbols that reveal the pagan past and Christian future of the Anglo-Saxon people,

TODAY Wednesday 12 November - BBC Two - 11:15 pm - Spotlight - Ciaran Tracey investigates the world of ’revenge pornography’, revealing how photos of Irish teenagers are ending up on internet sex sites.(SEE RTÉ News)

TOMORROW Thursday 13 November - EWTN



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  • "There are now 3 pioneers venerable"

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Veneration of Jesuit Priest - Today with Seán O Rourke - Tue 11th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

"It’s not every day an Irish priest is put on the path to becoming a saint but last week Pope Francis declared the Jesuit priest Fr John Sullivan venerable. Joining Sean this morning was Fr. Barney McGuckian who works in the church in Clongowes where Fr. Sullivan also worked."






TV

TODAY Tuesday 11 November - EWTN

TOMORROW Wednesday 12 November - EWTN



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Florida Woman Survives 45 Minutes With No Pulse - Sun 9th Nov, 2014 - TIME / AP

"Doctors had no immediate explanation for her survival, (hospital spokesman) Chakurda said, calling her case one of “divine providence.”" ...

Recall that in Janaury 2004 "For over 20 minutes (Fr Benedict Groeschel) had no measurable heartbeat, blood pressure, or pulse" - OSA


Pope Angelus: We need bridges not walls - Sun 9th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio







Books

Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It - Jennifer Fulwiler

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The Simplest Prayer (Franciscans)






Events

TODAY Monday 10 November - Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You

Saturday 15 November - Pro-Life Holy Hour every Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and special prayer in relation to abortion. Silent Adoration continues afterwards. All welcome.

Monday 17 November - Wednesday 19 Novembar - Humanum - An Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman - Nov 17-19 - Vatican City

Friday 21 November - Holy Hour for Vocations - 21 November at 19:15 - Carmelite Priory, Moate, Co. Westmeath






TV

TODAY Monday 10 November - EWTN All of today's programmes

TODAY Monday 10 November - EWTN - 2pm - MY COUNTRY, MY FAITH: IRELAND - SR. BRIEGE MCKENNA OSC - RENEWAL OF THE PRIESTHOOD Fr. Owen Gorman welcomes Sr. Briege McKenna, who discusses the centrality of the Eucharist to the priesthood.

TODAY Monday 10 November - EWTN - 7pm - EXILE AND RETURN - A GOOD FAMILY - TOBIT 4-9 - Fr. Ponessa continues his examination of the Old Testament story of Tobit, focusing on chapters 4-9.

TOMORROW Tuesday 11 November - EWTN



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  • Catholic fear and loathing in our universities - Fr David Barrins interviewed for Sunday Independent
  • Surrogacy: Minister Leo Varadkar interviewed - The Sunday Show
  • Doctor to appear in court in UK’s first gender abortion prosecution
  • New Venerable For Ireland - Fr John Hogan talks about Fr John Sullivan SJ
  • The Jeweler’s Shop (Pope-Inspired Productions)

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RECOMMENDED Catholic fear and loathing in our universities - Sun 9th Nov, 2014 - Sunday Independent

RECOMMENDED : Former chaplain says students are labelled 'bigots', 'homophobes' and 'backward' for being Catholic

"... Fr David Barrins tells it as he sees it" (text read out on Newstalk's The Sunday Show by Shane Coleman, in response to Bernice Harrison's comments here -- 11 mins 50 secs into audio - emphasis added)


The Sunday Show with Shane Coleman - 'Leo Varadkar joins Shane on The Sunday Show' [Podcast] - Sun 9th Nov, 2014 - Newstalk

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar interviewed about surrogacy (4 mins into podcast) and other issues ...

PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT
Shane Coleman ... Some European countries, Germany, Sweden, France, I think as well, ban surrogacy, completely. Would you be of a mind to do that?
Minister Varadkar I've heard that. I haven't actually checked that up yet as to whether they ban it outright. They certainly may ban commercial surrogacy and I would be very much opposed to commercial surrogacy, you know which is surrogacy for money. What I would not be opposed to is the idea that perhaps somebody's sister carries... I think that's entirely reasonable quite frankly
Shane Coleman Because the Iona Institute released a statement on Friday (see David Quinn) and they said and I'm paraphrasing here but, essentially, what they said is that a child should never be the subject of a contract, even if that contract is a non-commercial one, they said. You would disagree agree with that.
Minister Varadkar 'Look at', when is a child ever subject to a contract? People have kids all the time and they have them in all sorts of ways and it's not about contracts. I think the first thing must always be the best interests of the child. That must be the overriding principle in any legislation we do. But, look at, you know, there's two ways you can approach these things, like, I've read up on this in the last couple of months and where technology is now, it's just extraordinary, the things that can be done, scientifically now, are even way beyond anything that I thought could be done. You know you can actually have three genetic parents now. I didn't believe that but you actually can and you can either take the view that we're going to pretend that technology doesn't exist and that people don't travel and people don't do things anyway and live like the Amish and make it all go away or you can accept the fact that we live in a different world now and try and legislate around that and try and regulate for it, legislate against the things that are bad and regulate for the things that we think are acceptable

Shane Coleman Just, lastly on this, Frank Clarke, the one judge who dissented in the Supreme Court -- I think it was six to one -- he spoke of a 'least bad solution' for both birth and genetic mother to be registered. Is that something that the Government might consider? It seems like, as he described it, a 'least bad solution', doesn't it?
Minister Varadkar Well, no, it happens at the moment, which I think people find very difficult is that, where surogacy occurs, a lot of people, of course, travel, go overseas for surrogacy, is that essentially parents have to adopt their own child. So you know, they are the genetic father or genetic mother of this child -- a surrogate carried the child for them -- and then they have to adopt their own child and some of them find that offensive, quite frankly, and what we would propose to do, not in my legislation -- now this would be in different legislation that Frances Fitzgerald is doing -- is to allow for the transfer of parentage using a different legal mechanism to adoption. In many ways, it is much the same thing but, I think, emotionally, it's different for people, because they don't like the idea of having to adopt their own flesh and blood
Later, in relation to a question on Irish Water ...
Minister Varadkar ... The difficulty with putting something in the Constitution is that the people may well put certain words in the Constitution but it's the courts that then decide in perpetuity what those words mean and we've run into all sorts of difficulties because of that, because of other things that were put in our Constitution ...
Alternative link ... Part 1 includes an interview with John Walshe, Ruairí Quinn's former advisor


Doctor to appear in court in UK’s first gender abortion prosecution - Sun 9th Nov, 2014 - Sunday Telegraph

Doctor exposed in Telegraph investigation served summons to face conspiracy allegation in landmark sex-selective abortion private prosecution


New Venerable For Ireland - Sat 8th Nov, 2014 - Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus

Fr John Sullivan SJ (convert)


Ministering in the Media Spotlight - Fri 31st Oct, 2014 - N C Register

Father Jonathan Morris discusses his priestly calling, his bestselling books and his unanticipated role as a high-profile Catholic analyst on Fox News


Pope-Inspired Productions - Sun 9th Nov, 2014 - N C Register

Catholic Theater Is Alternative Entertainment for Believers and Nonbelievers ... The Jeweler’s Shop - a play written by Pope John Paul II


Card Burke new Patron of Sovereign Military Order of Malta - Sat 8th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti appointed Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura


She considered having an abortion...Now, she's thankful she didn't - Sun 9th Nov, 2014 - Rome Reports







Books

Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It - Jennifer Fulwiler

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The Simplest Prayer (Franciscans)






Events

TOMORROWMonday 10 November - Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You

Saturday 15 November - Pro-Life Holy Hour every Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and special prayer in relation to abortion. Silent Adoration continues afterwards. All welcome.

Monday 17 November - Wednesday 19 Novembar - Humanum - An Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman - Nov 17-19 - Vatican City

Friday 21 November - Holy Hour for Vocations - 21 November at 19:15 - Carmelite Priory, Moate, Co. Westmeath






TV

TODAY Sunday 9 November - EWTN

TODAY Sunday 9 November - My Wife and Kids - VIVA at 13:00 and 14:00 - soap

TODAY Sunday 9 November - All-Island School Choir Competition - RTÉ ONE at 17:20

TODAY Sunday 9 November - Parental Guidance - Sky Movies Family at 18:10 - comedy - Billy Crystal and Bette Midler

TODAY Sunday 9 November - Catfish: The TV Show - VIVA at 18:30 - soap - Jasmine thinks Mike could be an ideal stepfather for her son.

TODAY Sunday 9 November - Police Under Pressure - BBC TWO at 21:00 - documentary - emphasising the difficulty in investigating and prosecuting the perpetrators of grooming and sexual abuse.

TODAY Sunday 9 November - Primal Fear - RTÉ ONE at 21:00 - movie - courtroom thriller about the murder of a sinful bishop by an altar boy

TODAY Sunday 9 November - Brave New World - BBC TWO at 22:00 - story of a Co Down preacher in New Zealand and also, the rebuilding of the city of Christchurch

TODAY Sunday 9 November - Vikings - History (channel) at 22:00 - drama series - Rathnar makes peace with the death of his unborn son. Athelstan discovers how strong his Christian Faith still is.

TODAY Sunday 9 November - Contraband - Channel 4 at 22:05 - movie (crime thriller) - a man turns his back on a life of crime to raise a family - stars Mark Wahlberg (who 'came out' in Hollywood as a practicing Catholic and family man)

TODAY Sunday 9 November - The Irish Asylum Seeker Scandal - TV3 at 23:00 - documentary - experiences of people living in direct provision centres

TODAY Sunday 9 November - The Revolution Will Be Televised - BBC Three at 00:30 (Monday morning) - same-sex marriage, a gay pride march and anti-abortion campaigning.

TOMORROW Monday 10 November - EWTN



08/11/14 (Sat)    >>



  • Protestants and Catholics unite against quango
  • France and Germany ban surrogacy - so should we - David Quinn
  • Bill addressing assisted reproduction to be drawn up by end of the year
  • 'Mater semper certa est' - Supreme Court says only the birth mother – not genetic mother – can appear on birth cert
  • Marty Morrissey talks about the importance of his Catholic Faith (Today with Seán O Rourke - Life Lessons)
  • Priest, scholar and champion of Medjugorje shrine - Fr John Chisholm RIP

TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Thursday Last Week Archive






Links


Protestants and Catholics unite against quango - Thu 6th Nov, 2014 - Newsletter

See also Thursday - on Ashers Bakery and Fr Timothy Bartlett, and this YouTube video from Daniel McArthur, manager of Ashers Bakery


France and Germany ban surrogacy - so should we - David Quinn - Sat 8th Nov, 2014 - Irish Independent

"To cut a long story short, surrogacy creates an automatic and unavoidable ambiguity about who the mother of a child really is. Is the mother the woman who gave birth to the baby (the surrogate), or is it the genetic mother who provided the egg? The answer is that both women have a valid claim to be the child's mother because motherhood has been split between two women." (emphasis added)


Supreme Court says only the birth mother – not genetic mother – can appear on birth cert

Majority decision ... RTÉ ... I Independent ... Today with Seán O Rourke (Simon Mills interviewed by Seán O Rourke)

Liveline (gay couples and surrogacy)

Drivetime


Leo Varadkar promises legislation on surrogacy and egg and sperm donation - Fri 7th Nov, 2014 - Journal

RTÉ


Today with Seán O Rourke - Life Lessons - Fri 7th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Including Marty Morrissey on his Catholic Faith


Cardinal Tauran denounces murder of Christian couple in Pakistan - Thu 6th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio



The Late Late Show - Fri 7th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ One

Graham Norton interviewed (some gay issues discussed) ... Today - RTÉ One (Michael Murphy)


World Over - 2014-10-30 – Author, blogger, and former atheist Jennifer Fulwiler with Raymond Arroyo - Thu 30th Oct, 2014 - EWTN

(see books, below) Recommended


Priest, scholar and champion of Medjugorje shrine - Sat 8th Nov, 2014 - Irish Times

Fr. John Chisholm RIP: January 25th, 1922 - October 25th, 2014


UN hosting exhibition of St Francis of Assisi manuscripts - Thu 6th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Interview with the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Kenneth Hackett


Assisted dying: judges could decide whether terminally ill should be allowed to die - Fri 7th Nov, 2014 - Telegraph



Government bows to Christian pressure over religious education - Fri 7th Nov, 2014 - Guardian

"Education department waters down proposal for pupils to study a minimum of two religions in wake of ‘Trojan horse’ scandal"



Books

Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It - Jennifer Fulwiler

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The Simplest Prayer (Franciscans)






Events

TODAY REMINDER: Indulgences to be gained for the holy souls from 1-8 November, if you visit a cemetery, pray for the Pope's intentions (pray both the Our Father and the Hail Mary, for example), recite the creed, receive Holy Communion and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (see also Fr Thomas Casey SJ in the Catholic Herald and the following note from a member of our prayer group: "To gain a plenary indulgance you must do a "work" & fulfill 3 conditions. 1. Pray for Pope. 2. Receive Holy Communion. Need not be on same day as the "work". 3. Confession. Can be 8 days (at least) before or after the "work". Max of 1 plenary indulgance per day. The "works" meriting a plenary indulgance under above conditions include any one of these: 1. visit to a grave November 1-9 saying Our Father+Creed. 2. 30 minutes adoration. 3. 30 min reading Bible. 4. Stations of Cross. 5. Family or public rosary. Authority: Catholic Church Decree on Indulgances, 1968. A plen. ind. allows a soul to be released from Purgatory")

TODAY Saturday 8 November - Pro-Life Holy Hour every Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and special prayer in relation to abortion. Silent Adoration continues afterwards. All welcome.

Monday 10 November - Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You

Monday 17 November - Wednesday 19 Novembar - Humanum - An Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman - Nov 17-19 - Vatican City






TV

TODAY Saturday 8 November - EWTN

TODAY Saturday 08 November - RTÉ One - 10:00 - David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul - Two thousand years ago, St Paul helped transform the teachings of Jesus into a new global religion and the dominant force in Western civilisation. Not bad for a man who started out as an active persecutor of Christianity. Actor David Suchet begins the first of a two-part journey in search of this most enigmatic of figures, tracking Paul’s early life and career, his conversion on the road to Damascus and the start of his missionary work, when he challenged the world of the classical gods and established the first churches.

TODAY Saturday 08 November 2014 - Discovery History - 11:00 - Time Team - the search for a lost Anglo-Saxon monastery presided over by St Hilda

TODAY Saturday 08 November - RTÉ 2 - 13:45 - Drop Dead Diva - Kim and Grayson deal with the case of a surrogate mother who is looking for the missing parents of the child she is about to deliver.

TODAY Saturday 8 November - EWTN - 3:30pm - HEROIC MEDIA - A weekly pro-life news and commentary program which discusses news-related moral issues including abortion, traditional marriage and euthanasia.

TODAY Saturday 8 November - EWTN - 7pm - PATRICK'S PEAK: AN IRISH PILGRIMAGE Bob Dolan follows St Patrick's footsteps in the "Tochar Padraig" walk, a pilgrimage on Ireland's west coast from the 800-year old Ballintubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick (St Patrick's Mountain) 22 miles away, where St Patrick spent 40 days in fast

TODAY Saturday 08 November - FILM FOUR - 21:00 - Shooter - (2007, Thriller) A former Marine sniper is coaxed back into action when government officials need his help to prevent an assassination attempt on the US president. However, the intended target is in fact an African archbishop

TODAY Saturday 8 November - EWTN - 10pm - THEOLOGY OF THE BODY FOR TEENS - CREATED FOR LOVE - Teens learn that God desires an intimate, intense relationship with each of us and how our bodies actually reveal His eternal plan for humanity.

TODAY Saturday 08 November - National Geographic - 22:00 - Sex for Sale: American Escort - Mariana van Zeller investigates the country’s booming escort business, discovering the truth about the women trapped in a violent and abusive underworld.

TOMORROW Sunday 9 November - EWTN



07/11/14 (Fri)    >>



  • Protestants and Catholics unite against quango
  • 'Mater semper certa est' - Supreme Court says only the birth mother – not genetic mother – can appear on birth cert
  • Marty Morrissey talks about the importance of his Catholic Faith (Today with Seán O Rourke - Life Lessons)

TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive




Links

Protestants and Catholics unite against quango - Thu 6th Nov, 2014 - Newsletter

See also yesterday - on Ashers Bakery and Fr Timothy Bartlett


Supreme Court says only the birth mother – not genetic mother – can appear on birth cert

Majority decision ... RTÉ ... I Independent ... Today with Seán O Rourke (Simon Mills interviewed by Seán O Rourke)


Today with Seán O Rourke - Life Lessons - Fri 7th Nov, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Including Marty Morrissey on his Catholic Faith


Cardinal Tauran denounces murder of Christian couple in Pakistan - Thu 6th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio



World Over - 2014-10-30 – Author, blogger, and former atheist Jennifer Fulwiler with Raymond Arroyo - Thu 30th Oct, 2014 - EWTN

(see books, below) Recommended






Books

Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It - Jennifer Fulwiler

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The Simplest Prayer (Franciscans)






Events

TODAY REMINDER: Indulgences to be gained for the holy souls from 1-8 November, if you visit a cemetery, pray for the Pope's intentions (pray both the Our Father and the Hail Mary, for example), recite the creed, receive Holy Communion and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (see also Fr Thomas Casey SJ in the Catholic Herald and the following note from a member of our prayer group: "To gain a plenary indulgance you must do a "work" & fulfill 3 conditions. 1. Pray for Pope. 2. Receive Holy Communion. Need not be on same day as the "work". 3. Confession. Can be 8 days (at least) before or after the "work". Max of 1 plenary indulgance per day. The "works" meriting a plenary indulgance under above conditions include any one of these: 1. visit to a grave November 1-9 saying Our Father+Creed. 2. 30 minutes adoration. 3. 30 min reading Bible. 4. Stations of Cross. 5. Family or public rosary. Authority: Catholic Church Decree on Indulgances, 1968. A plen. ind. allows a soul to be released from Purgatory")

TODAY John Pridmore and St.Patrick's Community Parish Mission in St. Matthew's Church, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot - Mon 3rd - Fri 7th November at 7.30pm each evening. John Pridmore will be sharing his amazing story at 7.30pm on Monday

TODAYTODAY is the 1st Friday of November. Catholics are invited to take part in Mass and Holy Communion on the 1st Friday of each month (Ictus Friday) and to abstain from meat each 1st Friday for the protection of all human life. They are also asked to invite others to be part of the Ictus Movement. Further information about the Ictus Movement: ICTUS MOVEMENT is a new pro-life initiative which invites all Catholics to take part in Mass and Holy Communion and to abstain from meat on the 1st Friday of each month FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN LIFE AT ALL STAGES. Please, consider joining and inviting others to join as well. What Is Asked of You: PRAYER: take part in Mass and Holy Communion on the 1st Friday of each month (Ictus Friday) FASTING: abstain from meat each 1st Friday MISSION: invite others to join the Ictus Movement Request to receive a reminder via email before each 1st Friday at: ictus.movement@gmail.com

TODAY Friday 7 November - Fundraiser in aid of Gianna Care fri 7th Nov 7.30pm til late, Na Fianna Gaa club Glasnevin D11 Tickets €10 Free food, Live band, raffle great prizes. 37 babies and mammies saved since Jan. Spread the word. This is the main fundraiser for the year. Want tickets to sell text me your add.Tks Jacinta 0870569205.

TODAY Friday 7 November - NEW! St Martin's prayer group in St Martin's Oratory Granby Row, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, starts on Fri 7th November at 8pm. Mass followed by Adoration. 1 hour 20 minute duration. For those aged 30 and over

TOMORROW Saturday 8 November - Pro-Life Holy Hour every Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and special prayer in relation to abortion. Silent Adoration continues afterwards. All welcome.

Monday 10 November - Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You

Monday 17 November - Wednesday 19 Novembar - Humanum - An Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman - Nov 17-19 - Vatican City






TV

TODAY Friday 7 November - EWTN

RED Friday 7 November - EWTN - 2:30PM - CATHOLIC LIVES - DR. PHIL BOYLE - David Kerr welcomes Dr. Phil Boyle who has been at the forefront of NaPro technology in Europe. From his fertility clinic in Galway, he has helped countless couples conceive.

TODAY Friday 07 November 2014 - FILM FOUR - 15:45 - The Robe - (1953, Literary Adaptation) A callous Roman centurion is assigned to oversee Christ’s crucifixion, an experience he finds so moving that he decides to convert to the Christian faith in a bid to redeem himself. However, his new loyalties incur the wrath of the insane Emperor Caligula. Drama based on the novel by Lloyd C Douglas, starring Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature and Michael Rennie

TOMORROW Saturday 8 November - EWTN



06/11/14 (Thu)    >>



  • Ictus
    "praying and fasting for the legal protection of human life at all its stages"

TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive




Links

Christian bakery owner who refused to make gay slogan cake told to offer compensation or face litigation - Thu 6th Nov, 2014 - Independent

Telegraph ... Sky ... (and below)


'Gay cake' row: Fr Tim Bartlett withdraws engagement with gay groups over cake case - Thu 6th Nov, 2014 - BBC News



‘Amicable’ divorce as bad for kids as bitter separation - Nov, 2014 - Alive



Vatican Responds to Brittany Maynard’s Suicide - Wed 5th Nov, 2014 - N C Register / CNA / EWTN



Vatican consultant ‘absolutely’ favours women priests - Thu 6th Nov, 2014 - I Times

"Senior Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi told The Irish Times yesterday that he could not comment on Fr d’Ors’ remarks. He said he did not know the Spanish priest, adding that although Fr d’Ors may indeed have some function to perform for the PCC, he certainly was not speaking on behalf of the Vatican on this occasion."


To the bishops of Malawi: the apostolate of the family will bring inestimable benefits to the Church and society as a whole - Thu 6th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Information Service - VIS News







Events

TODAY REMINDER: Indulgences to be gained for the holy souls from 1-8 November, if you visit a cemetery, pray for the Pope's intentions (pray both the Our Father and the Hail Mary, for example), recite the creed, receive Holy Communion and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (see also Fr Thomas Casey SJ in the Catholic Herald and the following note from a member of our prayer group: "To gain a plenary indulgance you must do a "work" & fulfill 3 conditions. 1. Pray for Pope. 2. Receive Holy Communion. Need not be on same day as the "work". 3. Confession. Can be 8 days (at least) before or after the "work". Max of 1 plenary indulgance per day. The "works" meriting a plenary indulgance under above conditions include any one of these: 1. visit to a grave November 1-9 saying Our Father+Creed. 2. 30 minutes adoration. 3. 30 min reading Bible. 4. Stations of Cross. 5. Family or public rosary. Authority: Catholic Church Decree on Indulgances, 1968. A plen. ind. allows a soul to be released from Purgatory")

TODAY John Pridmore and St.Patrick's Community Parish Mission in St. Matthew's Church, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot - Mon 3rd - Fri 7th November at 7.30pm each evening. John Pridmore will be sharing his amazing story at 7.30pm on Monday

TOMORROWTomorrow is the 1st Friday of November. Catholics are invited to take part in Mass and Holy Communion on the 1st Friday of each month (Ictus Friday) and to abstain from meat each 1st Friday for the protection of all human life. They are also asked to invite others to be part of the Ictus Movement. Further information about the Ictus Movement: ICTUS MOVEMENT is a new pro-life initiative which invites all Catholics to take part in Mass and Holy Communion and to abstain from meat on the 1st Friday of each month FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN LIFE AT ALL STAGES. Please, consider joining and inviting others to join as well. What Is Asked of You: PRAYER: take part in Mass and Holy Communion on the 1st Friday of each month (Ictus Friday) FASTING: abstain from meat each 1st Friday MISSION: invite others to join the Ictus Movement Request to receive a reminder via email before each 1st Friday at: ictus.movement@gmail.com

TOMORROW Friday 7 November - Fundraiser in aid of Gianna Care fri 7th Nov 7.30pm til late, Na Fianna Gaa club Glasnevin D11 Tickets €10 Free food, Live band, raffle great prizes. 37 babies and mammies saved since Jan. Spread the word. This is the main fundraiser for the year. Want tickets to sell text me your add.Tks Jacinta 0870569205.

TOMORROW Friday 7 November - NEW! St Martin's prayer group in St Martin's Oratory Granby Row, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, starts on Fri 7th November at 8pm. Mass followed by Adoration. 1 hour 20 minute duration. For those aged 30 and over

Saturday 8 November - Pro-Life Holy Hour every Saturday afternoon at 2:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and special prayer in relation to abortion. Silent Adoration continues afterwards. All welcome.

Monday 10 November - Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You

Monday 17 November - Wednesday 19 Novembar - Humanum - An Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman - Nov 17-19 - Vatican City






TV

TODAY Thursday 6 November - EWTN

TODAY Thursday 6 November - EWTN - 9am - PATRICK'S PEAK: AN IRISH PILGRIMAGE - Bob Dolan follows St Patrick's footsteps in the "Tochar Padraig" walk, a pilgrimage on Ireland's west coast from the 800-year old Ballintubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick (St Patrick's Mountain) 22 miles away, where St Patrick spent 40 days in fast.

TODAY Thursday 06 November 2014 - Discovery History - 13:00 - Who Was Moses? - 'Documentary exploring the identity of the biblical figure, the truth behind the exodus of the Israelites, and the origins of the Ten Commandments.'

TODAY Thursday 6 November - EWTN - 4PM - MY TIME WITH JESUS - THE GUARDIAN ANGELS - Christine, Eva, Enrique and Joseph travel to witness the important role of angels in Sacred Scripture. Sister Lucia teaches the Guardian Angel prayer while Fr. Luis discusses with them about their Guardian Angel.

TODAY Thursday 6 November - EWTN - 5pm - CONVERSATIONS THE WORLD OVER WITH RAYMOND ARROYO - JOHN O'SULLIVAN - For the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Raymond Arroyo talks with John O'Sullivan, author of The President, The Pope and the Prime Minister - the story of how Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Margaret Thatcher battled Communism.

TODAY Thursday 06 November 2014 - RTÉ One - 20:30 - Ear to the Ground - programme exploring issues affecting farmers and rural residents. 'Helen Carroll speaks to a farmer’s widow in Co Cavan who has taken steps in the community to overcome the stigma surrounding suicide.'

TODAY Thursday 06 November 2014 - Channel Four - 00:15 - One Born Every Minute - A woman with limited movement on her left side, resulting from a car accident when she was a teenager, prepares to give birth for the first time following many rounds of IVF treatment. Emotions run high as she fears her disability will lead to the baby being taken into care.

TOMORROW Friday 7 November - EWTN

TOMORROW Friday 7 November - EWTN - - CATHOLIC LIVES - DR. PHIL BOYLE - David Kerr welcomes Dr. Phil Boyle who has been at the forefront of NaPro technology in Europe. From his fertility clinic in Galway, he has helped countless couples conceive.



05/11/14 (Wed)    >>



  • RISE OF THE ROSES - REDISCOVERING THE BEAUTY OF A LIFE PROMISED TO GOD
  • General audience: a Church separated from her bishop is an ailing Church
  • The Holy Father: the annulment process must be kept separate from economic interests
  • Pope to honour Holy Shroud, St John Bosco in visit to Turin

ReportsTV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive




Links

MPs vote overwhelmingly in favour of Bill to make sex-selective abortion illegal - Tue 4th Nov, 2014 - Catholic Herald

"The overwhelming support for the Bill means that it will now proceed to a second reading in the House of Commons.The second reading will take place on January 23, 2015, although it is unlikely to be given time for debate in this Parliamentary session due to the fact a general election is set to take place in May."


Pope to honour Holy Shroud, St John Bosco in visit to Turin - Tue 4th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio



Page three girl date advert banned - Wed 5th Nov, 2014 - I Independent



Letters - Abortion and the law - Wed 5th Nov, 2014 - I Times



Letters - Same-sex marriage - Wed 5th Nov, 2014 - I Times



The Holy Father: the annulment process must be kept separate from economic interests - Wed 5th Nov, 2014 - VIS



Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Homily at St. Laurence's Church, DIT Grangegorman - Tue 4th Nov, 2014 - Archdiocese of Dublin

"I am quite surprised at the remarks of some commentators within Church circles about the recent Synod of Bishops ..."


Vatican condemns woman's suicide - Wed 5th Nov, 2014 - I Independent



Ombudsman for Children - publicjobs.ie

Job description - Applications close: 20/11/14


Finance and Development Director - Elphin Diocese

Job description - Applications close: 17/11/14


General audience: a Church separated from her bishop is an ailing Church - Wed 5th Nov, 2014 - VIS







Events

TODAY REMINDER: Indulgences to be gained for the holy souls from 1-8 November, if you visit a cemetery, pray for the Pope's intentions (pray both the Our Father and the Hail Mary, for example), recite the creed, receive Holy Communion and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (see also Fr Thomas Casey SJ in today's Catholic Herald)

TODAY John Pridmore and St.Patrick's Community Parish Mission in St. Matthew's Church, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot - Mon 3rd - Fri 7th November at 7.30pm each evening. John Pridmore will be sharing his amazing story at 7.30pm on Monday

Friday 7 November - Fundraiser in aid of Gianna Care fri 7th Nov 7.30pm til late, Na Fianna Gaa club Glasnevin D11 Tickets €10 Free food, Live band, raffle great prizes. 37 babies and mammies saved since Jan. Spread the word. This is the main fundraiser for the year. Want tickets to sell text me your add.Tks Jacinta 0870569205.

Friday 7 November - NEW! St Martin's prayer group in St Martin's Oratory Granby Row, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, starts on Fri 7th November at 8pm. Mass followed by Adoration. 1 hour 20 minute duration. For those aged 30 and over

Monday 10 November - Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You

Monday 17 November - Wednesday 19 Novembar - Humanum - An Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman - Nov 17-19 - Vatican City






Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The Simplest Prayer (Franciscans)






TV

TODAY Wednesday 5 November - EWTN

TODAY Wednesday 5 November - EWTN - 7pm - CATHOLIC LIVES - DR. PHIL BOYLE - David Kerr welcomes Dr. Phil Boyle who has been at the forefront of NaPro technology in Europe. From his fertility clinic in Galway, he has helped countless couples conceive.

TODAY Wednesday 5 November - EWTN - 7:30pm - FORGOTTEN HERITAGE: EUROPE AND OUR LADY - LORETO, SHRINE OF THE HIDDEN YEARS - Fr. Owen Gorman and Fr. John Hogan relate the historical tradition of the Holy House of Loreto, reputedly the home of the Holy Family in Nazareth.

TODAY Wednesday 5 November - EWTN - 8pm - HE DARED SPEAK THE TRUTH: DIETRICH VON HILDEBRAND AND THE THIRD REICH - THE EARLY YEARS - John Henry Crosby and Dr. Alice von Hildebrand discuss Dietrich's upbringing in a secular family, how God came into his life at age five and how his desire and love for God grew.

TODAY Wednesday 5 November - EWTN - 10pm - G. K. CHESTERTON: APOSTLE OF COMMON SENSE - A SOCIETY OF PARENTS Host Dale Ahlquist explores the thoughts of the great 20th Century thinker G.K. Chesterton on the greatness of Christian Marriage.

TODAY Wednesday 05 November 2014 - UTV - 08:30 - Lorraine - To mark National Adoption Week, ice-skater Jayne Torvill discusses her experiences of adopting after being unable to conceive through IVF treatment

TODAY Wednesday 05 November 2014 - Channel 4 - 18:30 - Hollyoaks - Grace is worried that Esther's new romance may scupper their surrogacy deal - so she turns saboteur

TODAY Wednesday 05 November 2014 - Discovery History - 19:00 - Time Team - searching for archeological evidence of a lost monastery presided over by St Hilda

TODAY Wednesday 05 November 2014 - UTV - 00:05 - The Unforgettable Frankie Howerd - A tribute - Howerd's guilt about his homosexuality is discussed

TODAY Wednesday 05 November 2014 - BBC Three - 00:30 - People Like Us - documentary - includes an insight into the lives of Kevin and Keri, whose baby is facing life-threatening surgery.

TOMORROW Thursday 6 November - EWTN

TOMORROW Thursday 06 November 2014 - Discovery History - 13:00 - Who Was Moses? - 'Documentary exploring the identity of the biblical figure, the truth behind the exodus of the Israelites, and the origins of the Ten Commandments.'

TOMORROW Thursday 06 November 2014 - RTÉ One - 20:30 - Ear to the Ground - programme exploring issues affecting farmers and rural residents. 'Helen Carroll speaks to a farmer’s widow in Co Cavan who has taken steps in the community to overcome the stigma surrounding suicide.'

TOMORROW Thursday 06 November 2014 - Channel Four - 00:15 - One Born Every Minute - A woman with limited movement on her left side, resulting from a car accident when she was a teenager, prepares to give birth for the first time following many rounds of IVF treatment. Emotions run high as she fears her disability will lead to the baby being taken into care.

TOMORROW Thursday 6 November - EWTN - 9am - PATRICK'S PEAK: AN IRISH PILGRIMAGE - Bob Dolan follows St Patrick's footsteps in the "Tochar Padraig" walk, a pilgrimage on Ireland's west coast from the 800-year old Ballintubber Abbey to Croagh Patrick (St Patrick's Mountain) 22 miles away, where St Patrick spent 40 days in fast.



04/11/14 (Tue)    >>

humanum

  • Humanum - An Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman - Nov 17 - 19 - Vatican City
  • Men, women, and the power of marriage: Pope Francis to give key address
  • Lack of religion linked to teen depression
  • Playing with a Ouija board isn’t funny. It’s stupid and dangerous (C S Lewis reference)
  • Climate change is nothing but the new religion for a discredited United Nations
  • The state of religious freedom in 2014
  • The Christian New Media Conference 2014
  • Musical envangelizer Sr Cristina interviewed at her convent in Milan
  • Check recent Faith in the Media publications: YESTERDAY - Sunday - Saturday - Thursday - Wednesday - Tuesday - Monday

TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive






Links


Humanum - An Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman - Nov 17 - 19 - Vatican City



Men, women, and the power of marriage: Pope Francis to give key address - Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 - EWTN / CNA



Lack of religion linked to teen depression - Tue 4th Nov, 2014 - I Examiner

"Rising levels of depression and self-harm among teenagers are linked to the absence of religion in young people’s lives, a Catholic bishop’s adviser on religious education has claimed. Fr Gerard Condon also said he believes society has, in many respects, tried to forget or hide God." recommended - reported in the 7:10am edition of It Says in the Papers by Deirdre Purcell on Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio One

Interview with Fr Gerard Condon on the Pat Kenny Show - Newstalk (35 mins into audio)


Playing with a Ouija board isn’t funny. It’s stupid and dangerous - Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 - Catholic Herald

"The genesis of The Screwtape Letters is described by Walter Hooper in his recent CTS booklet “CS Lewis: Apostle to the Sceptics”. Lewis wrote to his brother on 20th July 1940, mentioning that he had been listening to Hitler over the radio and finding that “Statements which I know to be untrue all but convince me…if only the man says them unflinchingly”. Still thinking of Hitler’s persuasiveness, he told his brother the next morning “Before the service was over…I was struck by an idea for a book which I think might be both useful and entertaining. It would…consist of letters from an elderly retired devil to a young devil who has just started work on his first “patient.”"


Climate change is nothing but the new religion for a discredited United Nations - Ian O'Doherty - Tue 4th Nov, 2014 - I Independent

"Why would the national broadcaster start the news with a survey rather than actual news? Isn't that just a little bit odd?" - Ian O'Doherty


'Thank you, Australia!': UN chief Ban Ki-moon apologises after confusing Aussies with Austria during official visit to Vienna - Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 - Mail

"Perhaps it was nerves before being serenaded by cross-dressing Eurovision singer Conchita Wurst, but UN chief Ban Ki-moon today fell into the trap of confusing Austria with Australia during a visit to Vienna." ...

Comment : On the other hand, the Mail, itself, on Sunday, confused Cardinal Burke with Archbishop Chaput and hadn't corrected its mistake by noon today, at least! ... see yesterday's Faith in the Media


Dying Is Terrifying, Which Is Why We Need Courage - Christians Meant to Fly to Greater Heights Than Assisted Suicide - Tue 4th Nov, 2014 - Zenit



The state of religious freedom in 2014 - Tue 4th Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Listen to Lydia O'Kane's interview with John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need


The Christian New Media Conference 2014



Pope idol: Sister Cristina Scuccia and The Voice of Italy - Tue 4th Nov, 2014 - Guardian

Report of an interview which took place at her convent in Milan

“I’d call it counter-risque. I felt I was batting the song back. The lyrics spoke to me: I gave myself to God, and that’s what they say. I feel I’ve turned the song upside-down. I’m giving it a new interpretation from a faith standpoint. We can all feel incomplete. I felt that when I was touched by God, then I felt loved like I’ve never been loved before.” - Sister Cristina Scuccia on her choice of the Madonna 'Like a Virgin' single






Events

TODAY REMINDER: Indulgences to be gained for the holy souls from 1-8 November, if you visit a cemetery, pray for the Pope's intentions (pray both the Our Father and the Hail Mary, for example), recite the creed, receive Holy Communion and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (see also Fr Thomas Casey SJ in today's Catholic Herald)

TODAY John Pridmore and St.Patrick's Community Parish Mission in St. Matthew's Church, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot - Mon 3rd - Fri 7th November at 7.30pm each evening. John Pridmore will be sharing his amazing story at 7.30pm on Monday

Friday 7 November - Fundraiser in aid of Gianna Care fri 7th Nov 7.30pm til late, Na Fianna Gaa club Glasnevin D11 Tickets €10 Free food, Live band, raffle great prizes. 37 babies and mammies saved since Jan. Spread the word. This is the main fundraiser for the year. Want tickets to sell text me your add.Tks Jacinta 0870569205.

Friday 7 November - NEW! St Martin's prayer group in St Martin's Oratory Granby Row, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, starts on Fri 7th November at 8pm. Mass followed by Adoration. 1 hour 20 minute duration. For those aged 30 and over

Monday 10 November - Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You






Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The Simplest Prayer (Franciscans)






TV

TODAY Tuesday 4 November - EWTN (all of today's programmes)

TODAY Tuesday 4 November - EWTN - 5pm - G. K. CHESTERTON: APOSTLE OF COMMON SENSE A SOCIETY OF PARENTS - Host Dale Ahlquist explores the thoughts of the great 20th Century thinker G.K. Chesterton on the greatness of Christian Marriage. recommended

TODAY Tuesday 4 November - EWTN - 9:30PM - LIVING RIGHT WITH DR. RAY MEN AND WOMEN - Dr. Ray discusses issues concerning Catholic couples. Guest includes Dr. Margarita Lassaletta, OB/GYN, a pro-life physician.

TODAY Tuesday 04 November - BBC Three - 22:30 - The Revolution Will Be Televised - 'Dale Maily struggles to comprehend same-sex marriage at the Gay Pride celebrations in New York, before later feeling more at home with anti-abortion campaigners in Texas. Meanwhile, ’Nature Doc Guy’ observes a herd of cosplayers in their natural habitat at an anime convention. Satirical sketches, performed by Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein.'

TOMORROW Wednesday 5 November - EWTN (all of tomorrow's programmes)



03/11/14 (Mon)    >>



  • One of the most wildly inaccurate religious stories seen in the mainstream media in recent times
  • Santorum: Religious persecution in U.S. could escalate as high as it did under Nazi Germany
  • Cash for gold appeal by Moyross parish priest
  • Examiner Front Page: Church ‘leaving falsely accused priests in limbo’
  • (Down with this sort of thing!) Mirror /Star - Horror of Love/Hate copycat knifing as prisoner is stabbed in the eye
  • Check recent Faith in the Media publications: yesterday (Sunday) - Saturday - Thursday - Wednesday - Tuesday - Monday

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Links

Leading US cardinal slams Pope Francis for turning Roman Catholic Church into 'a ship without a rudder' that is leaving the faithful 'feeling a bit seasick' after Vatican suggests softer approach to homosexuality - Sun 2nd Nov, 2014 - Mail

Comment : This is one of the most wildly inaccurate religious stories seen in the mainstream media in recent times...

It contains comments, some of which had been attributed elsewhere to Cardinal Burke and some of which had been attributed to Archbishop Chaput. Some of the comments had been inaccurately reported at the time, according to Archbishop Chaput. But, the Daily Mail article goes further, and piles confusion upon confusion, not only holding on to the original comments, in an uncritical manner but also misattributing all of the comments, disputed or otherwise, to Archbisop Chaput, exclusively, implying, in the process, that the Archbishop is, in fact, also a cardinal. Cardinal Burke, on the other hand, is not mentioned.


Santorum: Religious persecution in U.S. could escalate as high as it did under Nazi Germany - Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 - CNN



Moyross priest makes cash-for-gold appeal to fund vacant teaching post - Fr Tony O'Riordan -

Fr Tony O'Riordan interviewed on Morning Ireland


Church ‘leaving falsely accused priests in limbo’ - Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 - I Examiner

FRONT PAGE - comment : An 'each-way' bet from the media. One the one hand, the media creates the very environment which makes it difficult for priests to receive fair treatment - this has been a temptation for the Church; on the other hand, the media then accuses the Church when individuals give in to that temptation


Horror of Love/Hate copycat knifing as prisoner is stabbed in the eye - Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 - I Examiner

WARNING - Graphic material ... comment : 'Down with this sort of thing!' - An irresponsible media trumpets Love Hate as though it represented some sort of success for the country. In reality, the effects of mediagenic desensitisation and aggressive bahaviour when adults, and not just children, are exposed to such material in the media, have been well documented for years, now.


Moncrieff - Part 1 - Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 - Newstalk

Interview with Sen Averil Power about her new adoption bill which is co-authored by Sen Jillian van Turnhout and Sen Fidelma Healy Eames






Events

TODAY REMINDER: Indulgences to be gained for the holy souls from 1-8 November, if you visit a cemetery, pray for the Pope's intentions (pray both the Our Father and the Hail Mary, for example), recite the creed, receive Holy Communion and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation

TODAY Night of testimonies Fr Svet from Medjugorje and Damien Richardson, former heroin methadone addict - Monday, November 3rd at 8pm, Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin 4 - tickets 10 euro - call John 0876187037 - all proceeds for charity

TODAY John Pridmore and St.Patrick's Community Parish Mission in St. Matthew's Church, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot - Mon 3rd - Fri 7th November at 7.30pm each evening. John Pridmore will be sharing his amazing story at 7.30pm on Monday

TODAY Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You






Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The Simplest Prayer (Franciscans)






TV

TODAY Monday 3 November - EWTN (all of today's programmes) - 8pm - PATRICK'S PEAK: AN IRISH PILGRIMAGE

TODAY Monday 03 November 2014 - FILM Four - 12:40 - The Robe (1953) - Movie about the Roman centurion at Jesus' crucifixion who converted to Christianity - cast includes Richard Burton as the centurion (note the later item)

TODAYMonday 03 November - BBC Two - 19:30 - Children’s Hospital: The Chaplains - A man stepping in to save his baby daughter’s life by donating part of his liver is given support by chaplains at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and the team also offers spiritual strength to the family of a seven-year-old boy battling a cancerous tumour for the third time. Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

TODAY Monday 03 November 2014 - Discovery History - 20:00 - Unsolved History: Hitler and the Spear of Destiny - An investigation into an ancient spearhead said to have been used to pierce the side of Christ at the Crucifixion, and which was once coveted by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. (note the previous item)

TODAY Monday 03 November - RTÉ 2 - 00:05 - Second Captains Live - Paul McGrath joins the panel for a discussion on homosexuality in sport, with Dónal Óg Cusack, Shane Horgan and Nikki Symmons ... (Note in the light of Sen Rónán Mullen's comments yesterday about the promotion of a same-sex marriage agenda using the vehicle of RTÉ light entertainment programmes. Listen back to audio )

TOMORROW Tuesday 4 November - EWTN (all of tomorrow's programmes)



02/11/14 (Sun)    >>



  • MPs poised to declare gender abortion illegal
  • "The first issue will be fairness" - Rónán Mullen - same-sex marriage referendum debate
  • Fr Paul Check, Courage and same-sex attraction on EWTN Live
  • Elber Twomey: ‘I forgive the man who killed my family’
  • Check recent Faith in the Media publications: yesterday - Thursday - Wednesday - Tuesday - Monday

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Links

MPs poised to declare gender abortion illegal - Sun 2nd Nov, 2014 - Telegraph

MPs move to end uncertainty over prosecuting doctors for abortion on grounds of gender, branding it ‘the ultimate form of discrimination’


Saturday with Brian Dowling - Water Charges and Gay Marriage - Sat 1st Nov, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

"This afternoon Brian Dowling is joined by Clare Daly United Left Alliance TD, Ronan Mullen Independent Senator, Gerald Nash Minister of State, Katherine Zappone Independent Senator, Fr Vincent Twomey Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology, Derek Byrne academic and journalist to discuss water charges and gay marriage " (same-sex marriage debate is 23 mins 30 secs in, approx)


EWTN Live - Sun 2nd Nov, 2014 - EWTN

(Video) FR. PAUL CHECK - Fr. Mitch welcomes Fr. Paul Check, Director of Courage, a ministry to people with same-sex attractions and how to move past it to a more complete identity in Christ.


Life on the Rock - Myths about Marriage - Fr. Mark with the Kaczors - Fri 31st Oct, 2014 - EWTN

(Video)


Elber Twomey: ‘I forgive the man who killed my family’ - Thu 9th Sep, 2014 - Irish Examiner

Elber Twomey appeared on the Saturday Night Show, last night


Pope at Angelus: Pray for the world’s forgotten souls - Sun 2nd Nov, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Feast of All Souls ... see also below






Events

TODAY REMINDER: Indulgences to be gained for the holy souls from 1-8 November, if you visit a cemetery, pray for the Pope's intentions (pray both the Our Father and the Hail Mary, for example), recite the creed, receive Holy Communion and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation

TODAY Divine Mercy Retreat, Sunday All Souls Day, 2nd November in Dominican Retreat House, Tallaght.Holy Mass, Adoration, speakers Fr Joe McDonnell,Gerard Duff, Celia Doran, Don Devaney. Cost 25 Euro includes lunch Phone Anita 014048189 between 9.30 to 1.30pm.

TODAY Monthly Charismatic Mass tonight in Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Bachelor's Walk, Dublin. The evening begins with prayer & praise @ 7:30pm. Holy Mass is @ 8pm and is followed by a short healing service. Tea & biscuits available afterwards. All welcome!

TOMORROW Night of testimonies Fr Svet from Medjugorje and Damien Richardson, former heroin methadone addict - Monday, November 3rd at 8pm, Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin 4 - tickets 10 euro - call John 0876187037 - all proceeds for charity

TOMORROW John Pridmore and St.Patrick's Community Parish Mission in St. Matthew's Church, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot - Mon 3rd - Fri 7th November at 7.30pm each evening. John Pridmore will be sharing his amazing story at 7.30pm on Monday

TOMORROW Divine Mercy devotions - every Monday evening starting at 7:45pm in the Adoration Chapel, Divine Master Convent, Whites Cross, at the top of Newtownpark Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Programme: Novena prayers and Divine Mercy chaplet at 7:45pm. Holy Mass at 8pm followed by 15 minutes silent Adoration and finishing with benediction at 9pm approx. All welcome. Jesus I trust in You






Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The Simplest Prayer (Franciscans)






TV

TODAY Sunday 2 November - EWTN (all of today's programmes)

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - RTÉ One - 11:00 - Mass - The Rev Leo McDonnell P.P. celebrates Mass on the Feast of All Souls in the RTE studios with a congregation from St Michael’s Parish, Limerick. With music by the Limerick Gospel Choir, directed by David Idioh. The liturgical co-ordinator is Celine Ryan.

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - Discovery History - 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 18:00, 19:00 & 20:00 - Seven Ages of Britain - including the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - BBC One - 14:00 - Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman - Ainsley Harriott goes to Blackpool, where, in 1974, he saw his father perform on stage for the first time

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - Sky Movies Family - 14:40 - The Prince of Egypt - (1998) Animated movie about Moses

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - BBC One - 15:15 - Escape to the Country - searching for a family home

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - Channel 4 - 15:55 - The Simpsons: Maggie - Lisa has to go undercover as a nun and infiltrate a convent when Maggie goes missing after being left on its doorstep.

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - BBC One - 16:15 - Songs of Praise - Claire McCollum explores the countryside of Mid Ulster, where she hears inspirational stories and sings hymns with the congregation of St Michael’s Church in Lissan. Plus, music by the Priests and Voices of Ireland.

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - BBC One - 20:00 - Antiques Roadshow - The Somme battlefields - families with stories of courage and humanity in wartime

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - BBC Two - 20:00 - Wonders of the Monsoon - includes as a topic: the impact of organized religion

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - BBC Four - 21:00 - Exposed: Magicians, Psychics and Frauds - Storyville - Documentary chronicling magician James Randi’s attempts to expose supposed faith healers, fortune-tellers and psychics who have borrowed tricks from magicians to swindle the masses. The programme examines his rivalry with spoon-bending illusionist Uri Geller, as well as how he exposed evangelist Peter Popoff’s use of in-ear receivers in the 1980s.

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - TV3 - 22:00 - Long Lost Family - a hidden pregnancy, adoption, a mother and baby home, family breakdown

TODAY Sunday 02 November 2014 - Channel 4 - 22:05 - Shame - (2011 Movie) Premiere. Sex addiction (warning: graphic material)

TOMORROW Monday 3 November - EWTN (all of tomorrow's programmes)

TOMORROW Monday 03 November 2014 - FILM Four - 12:40 - The Robe (1953) - Movie about the Roman centurion at Jesus' crucifixion who converted to Christianity - cast includes Richard Burton as the centurion (note the next item)

TOMORROW Monday 03 November 2014 - Discovery History - 20:00 - Unsolved History: Hitler and the Spear of Destiny - An investigation into an ancient spearhead said to have been used to pierce the side of Christ at the Crucifixion, and which was once coveted by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. (note the previous item)



01/11/14 (Sat)    >>



  • Céad míle failte! Private joke lands Italian father and his family in custody BUT publically taking abortion pills wins media admiration
  • Families invited to All Saints prayer vigil
  • Sorry, But Media Coverage of Pope Francis is Papal Bull

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Links


Families invited to All Saints prayer vigil - Fri 31st Oct, 2014 - News.va / Vatican Radio



Sorry, But Media Coverage of Pope Francis is Papal Bull - Elizabeth Dias - Wed 29th Oct, 2014 - TIME

"It is official: the media has gone bananas in its coverage of Pope Francis."


Rick Santorum: We’re losing on gay ‘marriage’ because the Church has been silenced - Fri 31st Oct, 2014 - LifeSite

“We are losing in this particular area among young people not because we’re out there and competing, it’s because they have effectively silenced the church on a lot of those issues and young people don’t even know what the opposing view is on these issues.”


Why Tim Cook’s Coming Out Is the Most Meaningful to Date - Thu 30th Oct, 2014 - TIME

CEO of Apple ... FYI


Family seeks injunction over image use in horror film - Thu 30th Oct, 2014 - RTÉ

"The use of the image, taken from a family photograph, in a film containing a lot of violence and sex has caused the family much distress, and has breached their privacy, counsel added."






TV

TODAY Saturday 1 November - EWTN - 9PM - JOHN PAUL THE GREAT: A POPE WHO MADE HISTORY

TODAY Saturday 01 November 2014 - RTÉ One - 12:00 - Garrow’s Law - Legal drama - defending a would be assassin of George III, who claimed that God had spoken to him

TODAY Saturday 01 November 2014 - RTÉ 2 - 00:30 - Connected - A holiday in Ibiza and Elayne becomes interested in gender issues (FYI only)

TODAY Saturday 01 November 2014 - BBC Three - 00:30 - Family Guy - Lois agrees to be a surrogate mother for a friend - who promptly dies unexpectedly, leaving her facing a dilemma surrounding the future of the unborn child.

TOMORROW Sunday 2 November - EWTN




31/10/14 (Fri)    >>



30/10/14 (Thu)    >>




29/10/14 (Wed)    >>



  • Savita's Story: A Silent Killer - watch last night's TV3 documentary
  • mothersandfathersmatter.ie
  • Parents are the first and best teachers: Bishop Doran
  • Exorcists praised by Pope in war on evil
  • Why is X Factor adding to the pressure by sexing things up?
  • Check recent Faith in the Media publications: yesterday - Monday

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Links

Savita's Story: A Silent Killer - Tue 28th Oct, 2014 - TV3



Parents are the first and best teachers: Bishop - Sarah MacDonald - Wed 28th Oct, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin


mothersandfathersmatter.ie - Welcome to Mothers and Fathers Matter - Register your protest



Exorcists praised by Pope in war on evil - Nick Squires - Thu 29th Oct, 2014 - I Independent / Telegraph



Why is X Factor adding to the pressure by sexing things up? - Wed 28th Oct, 2014 - Herlad

"A sort of an arresting stillness came over the studio as the young singer made the public aware that these performers are at the beginning of a journey on which they will have to sell their souls and their bodies."




Events

THIS WEEK Friday 31 October - Sunday 2 November - Esker Retreat Centre Galway - Our Lady's School of Evangelization Autumn session - "OLSE Autumn session takes place from this Fri 31st of October - Sun November 2nd 2014 in Esker Retreat Centre Galway. Topics include Freedom in Christ, Gods Plan For Your Life, and My Mission and God. Join us for Prayer and Worship, Inspiring Teachings , Celebration of Sacraments and Fellowship. Cost €85 inc. bed and full board. Contact Caroline 086 347 4608."

NEXT WEEK Monday 3 November - Friday 7 November - St. Matthew's Church, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot - 7:30pm - Parish Mission: "John Pridmore and St.Patrick's Community will be leading a Parish Mission in St. Matthew's Church, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot from Mon 3rd - Fri 7th of November at 7.30pm each evening. John Pridmore will be sharing his amazing story at 7.30pm on Monday. Please come along for a wonderful grace filled week. All welcome."




Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger




TV

TODAY Wednesday 29 October - RTÉ One - 19:30 - Jigs & Wigs: The Extreme World of Irish Dancing - 'Documentary following the lives of male Irish dancers who take part in a fairy-tale pageant to rival all other shows on America’s Las Vegas strip during Gay Pride Week.'

TODAY Wednesday 29 October - UTV - 20:00 - Surprise Surprise - 'Holly Willoughby joins forces with Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon to reward a charity campaigner who has helped save the lives of many unborn babies.'

TODAY Wednesday 29 October 2014 - Discovery History - 23:00 - The Book That Changed the World - 'In a documentary from 2011, actor John Rhys-Davies presents a history of the King James Bible to mark its 400th anniversary, revealing how it has influenced many international cultures and societies.'

TODAY Wednesday 29 October - EWTN



28/10/14 (Tue)    >>



  • A Silent Killer: Savita's Story - TV3 tonight
  • Activists take train to Belfast to get abortion pills – and say they plan to take them
  • Assisted suicide / euthanasia - David Quinn on Newstalk Pat Kenny Show

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Links

Candlelight vigils will mark second anniversary of Savita’s death - Tue 28th Oct, 2014 - Journal

See also today's I Independent and tonight's TV3 documentary (00:05)


Activists take train to Belfast to get abortion pills – and say they plan to take them - Tue 28th Oct, 2014 - Journal



The Pat Kenny Show - Tue 28th Oct, 2014 - Newstalk

(40 mins into audio) David Quinn and Tom Curran (husband of Marie Fleming) on euthanasia / assisted suicide ... See also David Quinn in today's Events


Moncrieff - Danish Party wants to Outlaw Marriage - Mon 27th Oct, 2014 - Newstalk

(11 mins into audio)




Events

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - St John's Rest & Care Centre, KNOCK Shrine - 7:30pm - Talk: PRO MARRIAGE ARGUMENTS - David Quinn, Ashley Crouch




Books

"Learn to read" - Our Lady of Fatima to Sr Lucia ... "This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger




TV

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - National Geographic - 13:00 - Ancient X Files -

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - Discovery History - 14:00 - The Holy Grail - documentary

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - Discovery History - 15:00 - Time Team - Investigation of a former monastery

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - BBC Four - 21:00 - Architects of the Divine: The First Gothic Age

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - VIVA - 21:00 - Scrubs (comedy series) - a doctor 'has to ask a man to choose between his pregnant wife and their unborn child.'

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - TV3 - 00:05 - A Silent Killer: Savita's Story

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - EWTN

TOMORROW Wednesday 29 October - RTÉ One - 19:30 - Jigs & Wigs: The Extreme World of Irish Dancing - 'Documentary following the lives of male Irish dancers who take part in a fairy-tale pageant to rival all other shows on America’s Las Vegas strip during Gay Pride Week.'

TOMORROW Wednesday 29 October - UTV - 20:00 - Surprise Surprise - 'Holly Willoughby joins forces with Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon to reward a charity campaigner who has helped save the lives of many unborn babies.'




27/10/14 (Mon)    >>



  • 'Alegria!' - Fr Tim Bartlett, fulsome in his praise for this weekend's Faith of Our Fathers family conference in Knock, spoke about his joy of being a priest and in particular his joy of being a celibate priest ...
  • Ebola survivor Nina Pham: I believe in the power of prayer
  • Archbishop Chaput rejects 'false' media reports on synod comments
  • 'What is being proposed is not marriage' – Pope calls for defense of family
  • Crazy Anti-Catholic Political Attack Site
  • "It was as though there was an idealized vision of every imperfect situation" - John Smeaton at the Faith of Our Fathers conference, quoting Cardinal Pell who was talking about aspects of the interim report of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family
  • The Family is the heart ❤️ of the culture of Life - Most Rev Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe, in his homily for the closing Mass of the Faith of Our Fathers conference in Knock

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Media Report

Faith of our Father's Family Conference, Knock - Sat-Sun 25-26 Oct 2014



'Alegria!' - Fr Tim Bartlett, fulsome in his praise for this weekend's Faith of Our Fathers conference in Knock, spoke about his joy of being a priest and, in particular, about his joy at being a celibate priest. The vocations crisis is not so much a vocations crisis but a deeper crisis of faith, hope and even love in the faith community. Defending the meaning of priestly celibacy, Fr Bartlett pointed out that the association between the priesthood and celibacy has its origins in the old and the new testaments. Fr Bartlett also questioned the involvement of a significant number of religious order priests in calls for the removal of priestly celibacy. How is religious life possible at all without celibacy? The number of priests worldwide is increasing without the introduction of married priests, he noted. For those who are called, he said, yes, there will be pain but there will also be "immense joy" because you are committed to the One who is the very Origin of of Love and Joy




Links

Ebola survivor Nina Pham: I believe in the power of prayer - Fri 24th Oct, 2014 - CNA



Archbishop Chaput rejects 'false' media reports on synod comments - Fri 24th Oct, 2014 - CNA



'What is being proposed is not marriage' – Pope calls for defense of family - Sun 26th Oct, 2014 - CNA



Madonna backs nun in 'Like a Virgin' hit song row - Sat 25th Oct, 2014 - I Independent

Watch Sr Cristina's version on YouTube / VEVO


Crazy Anti-Catholic Political Attack Site - Sun 26th Oct, 2014 - N C Register





Events

Tuesday 28 October - St John's Rest & Care Centre, KNOCK Shrine - 7:30pm - Talk: PRO MARRIAGE ARGUMENTS - David Quinn, Ashley Crouch




Books

"This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger




TV

Monday 27 October - National Geographic - 13:00 - Ancient X Files - Investigating hidden lettering on the Shroud of Turin

Monday 27 October - BBC One - 15:45 - Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman - recreating a family holiday from 1955

Monday 27 October - BBC Two - 19:30 - Children's Hospital: The Chaplains

Monday 27 October - BBC One - 20:30 - Baby P: The Untold Story (documrntary)

Monday 27 October - RTÉ One - 21:30 - Movie (2009): Angels & Demons

Monday 27 October - BBC One - 22:40 - True North: Five Get Ready for Big School (documentary) - quintuplets

Monday 27 October - BBC Four - 00:50 - Ancient Apocalypse - Sodom and Gomorrah



26/10/14 (Sun)    >>

'Alegria!' - Fr Tim Bartlett, fulsome in his praise for this weekend's Faith of Our Fathers family conference in Knock, spoke about his joy of being a priest and in particular his joy at being a celibate priest ...




'Alegria!' - Fr Tim Bartlett, fulsome in his praise for this weekend's Faith of Our Fathers conference in Knock, spoke about his joy of being a priest and in particular about his joy at being a celibate priest. The vocations crisis is not so much a vocations crisis but a deeper crisis of faith, hope and even love in the faith community. Defending the meaning of priestly celibacy, Fr Bartlett pointed out that the association between the priesthood and celibacy has its origins in the old and the new testaments. Fr Bartlett also questioned the involvement of a significant number of religious order priests in calls for the removal of priestly celibacy. How is religious life possible at all without celibacy? The number of priests worldwide is increasing without the introduction of married priests, he noted. For those who are called, he said, yes, there will be pain but there will also be "immense joy" because you are committed to the One who is the very Origin of of Love and Joy


Madonna backs nun in 'Like a Virgin' hit song row - Sat 25th Oct, 2014 - I Independent

Sr Cristina's version




Books

"This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Joseph Ratzinger




Today's TV (Sunday)

Sunday 26 October 2014 - RTÉ 2 - 15:50 - Made in Jersey - Martina Garretti works on the case of a surrogate mum suing for custody of a baby when her sister, the biological mother of the child, goes into a coma. Drama, starring Janet Montgomery.



25/10/14 (Sat)    >>



The ‘media synod’ has eclipsed the real one - Fr D Vincent Twomey - Fri 24th Oct, 2014 - Catholic Herald




24/10/14 (Fri)    >>

Yesterday's Faith in the Media ... Ireland's libel laws to be discussed on Today with Seán O Rourke from 10am


Oilithrigh Medjugorje ar a mbealach abhaile ar deireadh - Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 - RTÉ




23/10/14 (Thu)    >>

❤️

Publicising the availability of abortion pills - RTÉ One Prime Time - TONIGHT @ 21:35 (see below) ... ... ...
Speaking notes of Archbishop Eamon Martin at the 2014 Radharc Trust awards ceremony - Irish Bishops :
"In my view it is now time for us to build afresh mutual respect and trust between the Church and the media in Ireland ... In many ways we have a common mission – vocation even – to interact with society and the world in order to promote truth, ask hard questions, multiply goodness, enhance beauty and to serve the common good." - Archbishop Eamon Martin
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Synod on Morning Ireland ... ... ... Also on Morning Ireland, RTÉ again accused of being unbalanced, this time by Peadar Tóibín ... ... ...
Euthanasia discussion on Today with Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio One
"The most fundamental paradigm shift in the way in which clinicians have engaged with patients over the ages" - Prof Tony O'Brien
Family conferences on this weekend (see 'Events' below)




Other higlighted links


Press Release- Review Reports of safeguarding practice published today - Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 - The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church

Congregations response to victims 'inconsistent' - RTÉ


For a nation of talkers there is a real poverty of public debate in new Ireland - John Waters - Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 - I Independent



I am a Catholic seminarian. I have terminal brain cancer. This is my response to Brittany Maynard. -Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 - LifeSite

Listen also to the report and discussion on Today with Seán O'Rourke, above.

The programme also included:
an item on the involvement of children in the process to select the new children's ombudsman; and
revelations of HSE money being spent on new age practices (also discussed on Liveline BUT recall Fr Eammonn McCarthy on the RTÉ Mooney programme, last year on 18th July, 2013 - Faith in the Media)


Gay Byrne gets it badly wrong on the subject of euthanasia - David Quinn - Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Read also another relevant article above and listen to the excellent interview with Prof Tony O'Brien, Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine, also above


Parents want the best for their children - Andrew O'Connell - Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 - Irish Catholic



Taylor Swift praises Catholic college music video - Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 - Catholic Herald

"The video features teachers, pupils and even priests dancing to the song around the grounds of the school, with statues of the Virgin Mary in the background of some shots." ... YouTube




Today's TV (Thursday)

RTÉ One - 21:35 - Prime Time - "Eithne O'Brien reports on a campaign to publicise the availability of abortion pills over the Internet and finding out if they are being bought in Ireland" COMMENT : Publicising a campaign to publicise the availability of abortion pills is publicising the availability of abortion pills. Once again, RTÉ is complicit




Events

Knock - 25-26 October - Faith of Our Fathers Conference -
Speakers include: Mother Miriam OSB, Dr. Eanna Johnson, Fr Michael Shields, Fr Tim Bartlett, Bishop Philip Boyce OCD (closing Mass)
Connacht Hotel, Galway - 25 October - Marriage in Irish Society



22/10/14 (Wed)    >>



Mercy Without Truth Is Not Mercy ... ... ... Today is the Feast of St John Paul II ... ... ... Sister Cristina Scuccia : “I came here because I have a gift and I want to share that gift. I am here to evangelize” (see below) ... ... ... Portrayal of traditional believers as homophobic is "dishonest and evil." - Archbishop Chaput  (quoted in N C Reporter)


Archbishop Kurtz on the Synod: ‘Mercy Without Truth Is Not Mercy’ - Edward Pentin - Tue 21st Oct, 2014 - N C Register

'People are unbelievably inspired by a saint. These were the words of Archbishop Fulton Sheen: He said it is a lot easier to crowd evil out than to drive it out.'


Italy's 'singing nun' covers Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' - Tue 21st Oct, 2014 - N C Reporter

Sr Scuccia, 26, says her version of the salacious pop song is a "testimony of God's capacity to turn all things into something new" as well as her personal calling to be a nun


The John Murray Show - Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

This programme had an interesting interview with Daniel O'Donnell's wife Majella this morning which touched on the significance of her annulment




Today's TV (Wednesday) :

Discovery History - 10:00 - Time Team - Archaelogical investigation of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

National Geographic - 13:00 - Ancient X Files - An investigation of the outlandish and also blasphemous conspiracy theory upon which the Da Vinci Code was based

BBC Two - 15:00 - Cagney & Lacey - the storyline for this programme involves a detective who is also a model for a gay pornographic magazine

BBC Two - 21:00 - Gunpowder 5/11: The Greatest Terror Plot - documentary

BBC One - 00:05 - My Brother the Terrorist - documentary about how someone became a Muslim terrorist



21/10/14 (Tue)    >>



Sr Mary Sweeney - originally from Donegal - discussed her work in a quarantined area of Sierra Leone - Morning Ireland - RTE Radio One ... ... ... Starting Again from the Family - Pontifical Council on the Family


Pirolas: promoting the sacredness of sex in marriage - Mon 20th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

"And by the way, I'd just like to add that this is a joyful message. This is a message of joy. It should enthuse people and encourage them. People get the idea that the Church says no when it comes to sex but the Church says 'yes', 'yes' because it is a wonderful gift from God but it has to be cared for like all great gifts, like your health, like anything else" - Ron Pirola (emphasis added) ... ... ... "And it's just a way of reaffirming the beauty and sacredness of marriage" - Mavis Pirola


First drive out the Devil, then set to work - Tue 21st Oct, 2014 - Telegraph



Cardinal Burke: The Relatio Synodi



Cardinal Kasper apologizes: journalist says fiasco shows the power of social media - Hilary White - Mon 20th Oct, 2014 - LifeSite





Today's TV (Tuesday) :

National Geographic - 12:00 - Legend of the Holy Spear

National Geographic - 13:00 - Ancient X Files -
A search for Sodom and Gomorrah



20/10/14 (Mon)    >>



'Ite Missa est' (homily of Pope Francis) : Mission Sunday - Closing of Synod on the Family - Beatification of Pope Paul VI - Recall 40th Anniversary of "Humanae Vitae" ... ... ... CONTEXT LACKING IN MEDIA (one of 3 points important for summary document listed by Synod Father Archbishop Paul-André Durocher : It “is the feeling that we could end up responding to the media rather than responding to the actual situation of families in the world. And what we need to be doing is focusing on what we are here about. It is the families and it is the challenges of the Christian families in the context of new evangelization.” - Archbishop Paul-André Durocher) ... ... ... “The Church is pretty much alone in caring for them” - Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees - CNA ... ... ... Internet’s impact on families raised at Synod - Vatican Radio ... ... ... Register Radio - Marriage & Family Synod and Parish Communication - N C Register ... ... ... When I Met the Pope and Saw Him Burn with Joy - Austen Ivereigh - Reader's Digest ... ... ... See links at: Irish Bishops, Vatican Radio, The Vatican on You Tube, VIS


Synod14 - Relatio Synodi" of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: " The pastoral challenges on the family in the context of evangelization" ( 5 to 19 October 2014) , 10/18/2014 - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Bolletino (Bulletin) - Holy See Press Office"

see reports and analysis below ...


Synod approves “relatio synodi”: Remarried divorcees remain a controversial topic - Andrea Tornielli - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Insider - La Stampa



Family synod’s final report leaves controversial questions open - Francis X Rocca - Sun 19th Oct, 2014 - Catholic Herald

see link to the actual report, above ...

Here are some other perspectives from :

John Allen,

Andrea Gagliarducci (CNA), same author (20/10/2014)

John Thavis and,

from the sublime to the ridiculous (COMMENT),

RTÉ, Paddy Agnew on/and the Marian Finucane Show and Morning Ireland

John Allen on Today with Seán O'Rourke

Also :

Archbishop Kurtz urges more transparency at next family synod - Sun 19th Oct, 2014 - CNS (video)

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement that he was “grateful that the clarifications and deepening of scriptural and theological reflection shine consistently” through the final report. “Now the real work begins!” (Francis Rocca, Catholic Herald)


Pope Francis speech at the conclusion of the Synod - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Pope highlights twin temptations of "the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and "the so-called “progressives and liberals.”" cf Jer 6:14 ... ... ... Analysis from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ... Archbishop Diarmuid Martin talks to Wendy Grace on iCatholic


Synod14 - Message of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops , 18.10.2014 - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Bolletino (Bulletin) - Holy See Press Office

News.va (same address, with some context) ... Analysis from Catholic Herald (Francis Rocca)


Synod on the Family: Reports of English language working groups - Emer McCarthy - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

These are comprised of:

Relatio - Circulus Anglicus "A" Moderator: Em.mo Card. Raymond Leo BURKE Relator: S.E. Mons. John Atcherley DEW ... ... ...
Relatio - Circulus Anglicus "B" Moderator: Em.mo Card. Wilfrid Fox NAPIER, O.F.M. Relator: S.E. Mons. Diarmuid MARTIN ... ... ...
Relatio - Circulus Anglicus "C" Moderator: S.E. Mons. Joseph Edward KURTZ Relator: S.E. Mons. Stephen BRISLIN


Cardinal Napier: Synod document highlights all main concerns - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

A tale of 2 synods? ... "the danger of using language loosely" ... audio (Cardinal Napier)


Synod fathers on updating church language [Video] - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - CNS



Cardinal: Synod says no to 'secular agenda' [Video] - Thu 16th Oct, 2014 - CNA

Cardinal Pell


Synod feeds secular agenda hostile to traditional family - Fr Vincent Twomey - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - I Times



I am who I am, says gay priest in property row with his former lover - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - I Independent

"I am who I am." (Exodus 3:14 ... see also John 8:58)


Playing by ‘The Rule’ - Sun 19th Oct, 2014 - N C Register

New documentary chronicles a Benedictine success story at a Newark prep school


Pope Paul VI : of miracle and relics - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Recall : Paul VI’s “miracle” receives medical approval - Vatican Insider (13/12/2013)


The Smoke Of Satan? - Thu 16th Oct, 2014 - Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus



Letters - Science and religion - Mon 20th Oct, 2014 - I Times




19/10/14 (Sun)    >>



'Ite Missa est' (homily of Pope Francis) : Mission Sunday - Closing of Synod on the Family - Beatification of Pope Paul VI - Recall 40th Anniversary of "Humanae Vitae" ... ... ... CONTEXT LACKING IN MEDIA (one of 3 points important for summary document listed by Synod Father Archbishop Paul-André Durocher : It “is the feeling that we could end up responding to the media rather than responding to the actual situation of families in the world. And what we need to be doing is focusing on what we are here about. It is the families and it is the challenges of the Christian families in the context of new evangelization.” - Archbishop Paul-André Durocher) ... ... ... “The Church is pretty much alone in caring for them” - Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees - CNA


Synod14 - Relatio Synodi" of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: " The pastoral challenges on the family in the context of evangelization" ( 5 to 19 October 2014) , 10/18/2014 - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Bolletino (Bulletin