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17/4/14 (Thu)    >>

HOLY THURSDAY - The new Familia et Vita has been published - Pontificium Consilium pro Familia (Pontifical Council for the Family) ... Marc Coleman Show on RTÉ BIAS etc with Sen Jim Walsh, Brendan O'Regan et al (SEE below) ... Martyn Turner cartoon (SEE below) ... Good Friday Way of the Cross with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin @ noon tomorrow, from the Wellington Monument, Phoenix Park, Dublin to the Papal Cross


Chrism Mass Homily of His Excellency Archbishop Charles J Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland - Holy Thursday 17th Apr, 2014 - Irish Bishops

The Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who have been such an influence on me in my priesthood, pray every morning after receiving Holy Communion in the following words: “Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly, that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through us, and be so in us, that every person we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul […] Let us preach you without preaching: not by words, but by our example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear for you”. This is what it means to be a Christian: to spread the fragrance of Christ, symbolised by the fragrance of the Chrism with which we have been anointed; by the way we live, by the choices we make, by our courage in professing our faith, by our love for others, by our forgiveness of injuries.


Music for Holy Week and Easter - supporting a Dominican project.

www.celide.ie/ - "Célí Dé collective" - Hymns of Passion & Resurrection


Letters - Martyn Turner cartoon - FR COLM KENNY - FR PHILIP CURRAN - Holy Thursday - 17th Apr, 2014 - I Times

"bigoted, nasty and downright disgraceful cartoon" ... "offensive in the extreme to every priest"


A bewildering and sad tale of deceit and betrayal - Michael Kirke - Thu 10t Apr, 2014 - Garvan Hill

Re: John Waters and the Irish Times


Six One News - European Parliament hears petition over stem cell research - Thu 10th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ 1

COMMENT: This report by Tony Connelly is really about the One of Us petition against the destruction of human embryos in research. But this is not made at all clear by RTÉ. The report includes an interview with Patrick McCrystal of Human Life International (Ireland)


The Marc Coleman Show - Part 1 - Sun 13th Apr, 2014 - Newstalk

*** Marc Coleman: "Has the public been herded into a brainless consensus by having heard only one side of the argument?" ... TCD and the bible ... Should gay adoption be decided by referendum? Is RTÉ coverage of social issues biased? Are non pc views censored? ( TWITTER [1] ) and Betty Purcell's new book "Inside Rte". Discussion about the far left's influence on RTÉ ( TWITTER [2] ) with, among others, Betty Purcell, Sen Jim Walsh [2] and Brendan O'Regan of the Irish Catholic ... COMMENT: Reference made to work done by the Family and Media Association in divorce referendum ...Part 2: Sen Paul Bradford enters the discussion on adoption & gay marriage



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Prime Time - Tue 15th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ One

Pure in Heart


Crucifix conflict splits Kerry county council - Wed 16th Apr, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: Discussed briefly (with negative spin) at end of Morning Ireland



15/4/14 (Tue)    >>

Re: The seal of the confessional: The Law of God comes ahead of the law of the land - Fr Brian D'Arcy on Newstalk Lunchtime ... RTÉ to broadcast Good Friday and Holy Saturday services from the Diocese of Limerick - Irish Bishops ... Can religion help lower the risk of death by suicide? - Prof Patricia Casey - I Independent


Religion not just for Easter or Christmas, Welby tells broadcasters - Tue 15th Apr, 2014 - Telegraph


14/4/14 (Mon)    >>

Sinead O'Connor defends John Waters - Savage Sunday - Today FM ... Ger Brennan on his 'gay boyfriend' speech and on Christian faith - John Murray Show - RTÉ Radio 1


John Waters: 'We're talking about two different Irelands' - Mon 14th Apr, 2014 - Independent.ie [VIDEO]


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Pope: "I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests, quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests, to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children. " ... Life Institute: National Convention for Life - Dublin Castle TOMORROW Sat 12th Apr @ 9am



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Pope Francis: There is no limit to the Divine Mercy - News.va: "But listen well: there is no other limit to the divine mercy offered to all! There is no other limit to the divine mercy offered to all! Remember this phrase. And we can all say it together: “There is no other limit to the divine mercy offered to all!” Let us say it together: “There is no other limit to the divine mercy offered to all!” The Lord is always ready to take away the tombstone of our sins, which separate us from Him, the light of the living. " - News.va / Vatican Radio ... Yesterday's FAITH IN THE MEDIA (Caroline Farrow on the current nature of the same sex marriage debate) ... Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown at the Mass of his Episcopal Installation as Bishop of Derry - Irish Bishops


Immigration reform becomes a Catholic ‘pro-life’ cause - A new twist in the Vatican bank mystery. And should reporting abuse be mandatory for the church? - John Allen - Sat 5th Apr, 2014 - Boston Globe

SEE also Cardinal Seán O'Malley (blog) [highlighted in yesterday's Faith in the Media (Saturday 5/4/2014)]


Songs of Praise @ 3:55pm TODAY - Sun 6th Apr, 2014 - BBC One

"Sally Magnusson is in conversation with the recently appointed head of the Catholic church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, as he shares his memories of being a young priest in Wigan and talks about his hopes for the future. With music from the St Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith RC Church in Ashton-in-Makerfield." (emphasis added)


Holy See emphasizes family's role in poverty eradication - Sun 6th Apr, 2014 - CNA

Quoting Pope Francis, he asked that the role of the family not be "exploited by a rhetoric which cheapens" its role. Archbishop Chullikatt warned that an "obstinacy in (not) recognizing the obvious role of the family in eradicating poverty" which does not bolster the most basic unit of society “is highly irresponsible and ultimately counter-productive on the part of governments.” ... SEE also below (emphasis added)


Marian Finucane Show - Sun 6th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

(1hr 23 mins into audio) ... *** Marian Finucane: "What motivated you to write this particular book?" ... Former US President Jimmy Carter: "Well, The Carter Center where my wife and I have worked since I left the White House, has had programmes in 80 different countires in the world and for the last three years we have been concentraing on the subject of the abuse of women and girls which is the worst single uncorrected problem that the world faces and we ignore it basically and this horendous example of the violation of human rights continues unabated not only in the poor world of Africa but also in Europe and the United States" ... Marian Finucane: "On reading your book, one can see that you have a profound faith yourself and yet you say that for political or religious reaons more females have been murdered worldwide than all of the people who have died in evey war during that same span of time ... President Carter: "That is certainly correct. There are almost 10 million little babies that are killed every year by their parents in countries where the governemnt either mandates that they can only have one or two children or because the families are so poor they can't support their families, they can't feed any more children and since they want a boy, to help support them when they get into their old age, they murder their daughter, sometimes with the understanding or even the approval of their governemnts and this has been exacerbated in recent years since sonograms became available in the very poor communities because now they can detect the sex of a developing foetus and they abort the foetus if it's going to be female. So this is what goes on and it goes on unabated and it's just one of those things, perhaps the worst thing of all, that is being perpetrated against girls and women!" (emphasis added)


How the Internet Is Taking Away America’s Religion - Fri 4th Apr, 2014 - MIT Technology Review

Holy Land Catholic leaders: Stop speaking of Christian persecution - Fri 4th Apr, 2014 - Vatican Radio

"Repeated references to persecution of Christians, "usually referring only to what Christians suffer at the hands of criminals claiming to be Muslims, plays into the hands of extremists," said Catholic leaders in the Holy Land. "In the name of truth, we must point out that Christians are not the only victims of this violence and savagery."


Are priests happy? A licensed psychologist has the answer - Sun 6th Apr, 2014 - Rome Reports

"Every study that’s been done, again and again, not just by people in the Church but by secular people toothe happiness rate is very high, about 90 percent and actually they are higher than the laity.”


Pope: May Church in Rwanda be an example of reconciliation - Fri 4th Apr, 2014 - Vatican [YouTube]


05/4/14 (Sat)    >>

Caroline Farrow & same sex marriage debate: "You are speaking for most of us who are too scared! ... Daddy, 2 men getting married, that's horrible!" - Celtic Connections - EWTN (see also Faith in the Media - 28/3/2014) ... Pope Francis interview with young people - Vatican Radio / VRT (Belgian TV) ... GK Chesterton: Defender of the family! A talk by Dale Ahlquist in Dublin (original Chesterton footage) ... Papal Nuncio, Sr Briege McKenna: Drimnagh Lenten Mission - Sun 6th Apr - Thu 10th Apr ! ... "these people were not statistics, but people that I knew" - Cardinal Seán O'Malley (details below!)


Faith in the Media (yesterday) - Fri 4th Feb, 2014 - Family and Media Association

(Important!)


Letters - (Media) Ignoring views of family values voters - Jim Stack - Sat 5th Apr, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: This is one in a series of letters. SEE also Wednesday's Faith in the Media (Important!)


‘Conscious uncoupling’: why it’s not always the answer to an unhappy marriage Opinion: Paltrow and Martin’s public separation is a personal tragedy - Breda O'Brien - Sat 5th Apr, 2014 - I Times

Liberian President speaks about the Pope's powerful voice on poverty - Sat 5th Apr, 2014 - Vatican Radio

One by One Ministries

Talk on the life & works of Pope John Paul II, this Sunday 6th Apr by Fr Maurice Colgan OP, Dominicans, Newbridge College @ 4pm. Free admission. All welcome.


Mourne Road Parish is hosting a Lenten Healing Mission from Sunday 6th – Thursday 10th of April details at - Archdiocese of Dublin

Lenten Mission in Our Lady of Good Counsel Mourne Rd Drimnagh Dublin 12 Led by Fr Kevin Scallon CM & Sr Briege McKenna OSC Sunday 6th April - Thurs 10th April Opening Mass @12 noon on Sunday 6th followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament Mission Mass each morning @10am Monday Tues Wedns & Thurs. Evening Mission Mass @7.30pm on Tues Wedns Thurs. On Monday 7th @7.30pm Sacrament of Reconciliation @ 7.30pm.On Tues 8th Mass wth Annointing of the Sick @ 3pm. On Wedns 9th after 10am Mass there will be a gathering for the Youth. Thurs 10th Concluding Mass will be said by Papal Nuncio followed by a Eucharistic Healing Service led by Sr Briege. All are welcome Come along & bring ur friends! Plenty of parking space Pubic transport: Buses 122 & 123 + Luas red line 'Drimnagh' stop Church 5 mns walk along Sperrin Rd.


Pope says preaching of the Gospel invites persecution, misunderstanding - Fri 4th Apr, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Pope Francis on Friday urged Christians not to fear misunderstanding and persecution, saying it is inevitable with those preaching the Gospel, like the Lord.


Mass on the U.S.-Mexico border - Fri 4th Apr, 2014 - Cardinal Seán O'Malley

Italian priests and Canadian nun kidnapped in Cameroon: Vatican radio - Sat 5th Apr, 2014 - Reuters

Pope Francis prays for kidnapped priests, nun - EWTN


Catholics and Muslims fast and pray together for Asia Bibi and Sawan Masih - Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Mozilla CEO booted out for backing marriage - Fri 4th Apr, 2014 - MercatorNet

Maher: "There Is A Gay Mafia -- If You Cross Them, You Do Get Whacked" - Real Clear Politics Video ... What Mozilla Means - First Things


The unspeakable link between family stability and prosperity - Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 - MercatorNet

Get Religion - About that ‘complex’ doctrine Catholic teachers must follow - Fri 4th Apr, 2014 - Patheos


04/4/14 (Fri)    >>

Confession initiative announced for Dublin - Catholic Ireland - SEE also last Friday's Faith in the Media and this week's Irish Catholic ... "Would a modern audience accept a movie in which God wipes out mankind for sinning against Him? Definitely not. But would a modern audience accept a movie in which mankind is wiped out for sinning against nature? Absolutely." - David Quinn, writing in today's Irish Independent ... The Vatican’s symbolic messaging v. the White House spin - George Weigel ... INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON WORLD YOUTH DAY - News.va / VIS


Radio item on sexual health gets all clear - STD discussion on ‘Mooney’ would not have been understood by children, regulator says - Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 - I Times

Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth II: shared Christian heritage - Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 - Vatican Radio

The People's Debate with Vincent Browne - The Liberation of Women in Ireland Has Yet to be Accomplished - Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 - TV3

Panorama - The Pope's Revolution - Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 - BBC One

Shroud of Turin depicts Y-shaped crucifixion - Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 - New Scientist

COMMENT: This actually corresponds to claims made by Anne Catherine Emmerich in her description of Our Lady's House at Ephesus (Meryem Ana Evi) ... COMMENT #2: There is a misleading claim in this article: "... carbon dating suggests the Shroud is a medieval forgery." To understanding just how misleading, PLEASE WATCH THE FOLLOWING 2009 DISCOVERY CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY, if you have not already done so: Unwrapping The Shroud of Turin New Evidence (Please watch from 23 minutes, in particular)


Padraig Keogh is jumping out of a plane for Mary's Meals - Sponsor Padraig Today! - Fri 4th Apr, 2014 - Spirit Radio

Sky dive for Mary's Meals on Sun 6th June ... idonate.ie


Gerard Butler helps Crieff schoolchildren raise cash for kids in Africa - Fri 28th Mar, 2014 - TheCourier

Article about actor Gerard Butler in Mail (3/4/2014)


Gerard Butler swaps LA for Liberia to see the work of Mary’s Meals - Mary's Meals

Legion of Mary receives official Vatican approval - Thu 3rd Apr, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Members of the Legion of Mary worldwide gathered in Rome last week to celebrate receiving official Vatican recognition as an international lay association



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02/4/14 (Wed)    >>

The family is the basic unit of society; if the family falls apart, the whole of society will fall apart. - Dale Ahlquist GK Chesterton lecture tonight! - Catholic Ireland ... GOD'S 'MIRROR' ! ♡ Pope: Marriage, the heart of God's loving plan for humanity (audience) - News.va / Vatican Radio, VIS and CNA ... 50 TODAY: The Pontifical Council for Social Communications! (SEE below) ... World Autism Day - News.va ... Youth Director Advertisement - Archdiocese of Tuam ... TV3 TONIGHT @ 10pm - 'The Liberation of Women in Ireland Has Yet to be Accomplished' ... The Pope's Revolution - BBC One Panorama TONIGHT @ 11:05pm


Pontifical Council for Social Communications marks half century - Tue 1st Apr, 2014 - Vatican Radio [AUDIO]

Communicating the Good News of the Gospel to the ends of the Earth! ... News.va / Vatican Radio


Letters - (Media) Ignoring views of family values voters - Mary Stewart - Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: Important! Referrng to Monday's letter by Jim Stack


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Tue 1st Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Mothers at Work ... COMMENT: An unusually wide range of views were aired here, in what was a balanced and respectful discussion ... Contributors: Roisin O’Hara, Evanna Boyle, Sen Jillian Van Turnhout, Theresa Heaney, Chairperson of the Mothers’ Alliance Ireland, David Quinn


Johnston Press sells 14 Irish titles to Iconic Newspapers - Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 - I Independent

Special Report - The bishop who stood up to China - Tue 1st Apr, 2014 - Reuters

Mississippi: Bill to Shield Religious Practices Passes - Tue 1st Apr, 2014 - AP / NY Times

The Ray D'Arcy Show - Mon 31st Mar, 2014 - Today FM [AUDIO]

12 mins in ... 'Do people pray to saints for anything anymore?' ... COMMENT: Interesting, light and positive story from a listener about the intercession of St Jude in her life! ... Phone: 1850 715 100 / Text: 53102 / Email: ray@todayfm.com


Ireland AM - Mon 31st Mar, 2014 - TV3 [VIDEO]

"Same-sex couple Lucille Furlong and Elaine Grange and their son Caodhan on the challenges they face to have their family recognised by law." ... COMMENT: This item is almost ridiculously biased, even by Irish media standards! Prayers for all those involved ... SEE below!


The first harm is the biggest harm A bioethics expert argues that laws ensuring that every child knows its mother and father are unethical. - Tue 1st Apr, 2014 - MercatorNet

Why 'admitting' you are a Christian at work is so very hard - Mon 31st Mar, 2014 - Telegraph

Women of Grace - Johnnette Benkovic - Tue1st Apr, 2014 - EWTN Radio [AUDIO]

From Ireland (Dublin)!


Study finds parental monitoring of children’s media use is beneficial - Tue 1st Apr, 2014 - PsyPost

We must not stand idly by in face of genocide threat in Central African Republic - Wed 2nd Apr, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: But what is the Church doing? What is the Pope doing? SEE below!


Central African Republic: When the Church becomes a “field hospital” - Mon 31st Mar, 2014 - Vatican Insider

'Acting on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Fr. Justin has taken more than a thousand Muslims into his parish and has put his life at risk to defend them from Anti-balaka attacks' ... SEE also this brief article in Vatican Radio (26/3/2014) regarding the Pope's meeting with Catholic, Evangelical and Muslim representatives of the Platform of Religious for Peace ... SEE above


Lifestyle - Ship to shore: Why I was driven to help the victims of killer cyclone - Susan Gately - Sat 29th Mar, 2014 - I Independent

COMMENT: An inspiring story of a Good Samaritan ... "Her mother, Clare, had links to a group called Focolare which helped the poor of the Philippines." ... ... ... Listen also to Audrey Hallahan's interview on yesterday's John Murray Show - RTÉ Radio One



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"It will be a festival of forgiveness"!!! - POPE FRANCIS! - ’24 Hours for the Lord’ - Irish Bishops - TODAY & TOMORROW! - 28-29 Mar! ... The value of confession - I Times ... Joy of forgiving, being forgiven are 'united' in confessional ... "In Jesus’ time, the leading class had distanced itself from the people, abandoning them by pursuing their own ideologies and sliding ever downwards into corruption. " - Pope to Italy's Parliamentarians: no to slaves of duty, yes to God - News.va / Vatican Radio ... WEDNESDAY'S FAITH IN THE MEDIA


Pope Francis raises 'right to life' in Obama talks - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - BBC News

News.va / Vatican Radio - Chris Altieri ... NOTE also this TWEET by Fr Rosica: "When you are old you will stretch out your hands & someone else will dress you & lead you where you do not want to go"


Johnnette Benkovic to help restore and strengthen Catholic Faith in Ireland - Mar, 2014

EVENTS: Johnnette Benkovic of EWTN speaks: YESTERDAY THURSDAY 3-9pm in the Drummond hotel, LIMAVADY, on "Conquering the battles we all face"; SATURDAY in KNOCK on "unmasking the dangers of New Age movement" 10am-4:30pm; SUNDAY in KNOCK on "The majesty of women in the Divine Plan, YOUR role in the coming triumph", 10am-4pm; ... and TUESDAY evening in the Green Isle hotel, Dublin 7:30pm, on "Catholics transforming the Culture." ... SEE www.humanlife.ie


Savita's Story: A Silent Killer - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - TV3 [VIDEO]

COMMENT: Finally, cracks beginning to emerge in the media's wall of misinformation (<< Note these general comments of Pope Francis about the media) surrouding the death of Savita Halappanavar RIP, and the truth, finally, beginning to trickle out!


Pope Francis receives US President Barack Obama - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio

RTE chief says 'Pantigate' led to a better debate on equality - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk

Noel Curran ... SEE below


Noel Curran: No individual settlement will weaken RTE - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - Irish Independent

Director General speaking to Oireachtas Joint Committee (TRANSCRIPT)


RTÉ calls for reform of defamation law - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - Irish Times

'The broadcaster is seeking clarity on ‘honest opinion’ defence following ‘Pantigate’ payouts' ... SEE above


Archbishop warns against ‘constant criticism’ of gardaí - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin says spin ‘a huge business in Ireland but rarely a friend of transparency’ ... SEE also David Quinn in today's Irish Independent


Doctor faces court over alleged illegal supply of abortion drugs - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - Telegraph

Catholic Church child protection board rejects criticisms of audit by Ian Elliott - Patsy McGarry - Fri 28th Mar, 2014 - The Irish Times

About Those Nine Great Priest-Scientists.... John Farrell - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - Forbes

Pro-gay anti-discrimination laws will one day ban teaching Christianity: Irish singer Dana Scallon - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - LifeSite

SEE Dana on EWTN Live ... You may also like to read: Mainstream media campaign in US "to normalize transgenderism and sex-changes for schoolchildren!"


Gay weddings: 'Fifth of Britons would turn down invitation' - Fri 28th Mar, 2014 - BBC

"But Catholic Voices, which represents the Catholic Church, said the findings of the survey reflected the reality that people remained "deeply uncomfortable" with being honest about their true feelings on the meaning of marriage." ... SEE BBC Radio 4: Today (also contains clip on requiring pornography sites to carry out age checks before granting access) ... SEE also this blog entry from Caroline Farrow of The Universe and Catholic Voices who appeared on BBC Question Time, last night


The value of confession - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - The Irish Times

Joy of forgiving, being forgiven are 'united' in confessional - Fri 28th Mar, 2014 - CNA

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, said sinners should not be afraid of the Sacrament of Confession because in the confessional “the joy of forgiving and the joy of being forgiven are united.” ... SEE articles on '24 hours for the Lord', above



27/3/14 (Thu)    >>

"It will be a festival of forgiveness"! - POPE FRANCIS! - ’24 Hours for the Lord’ - Irish Bishops - TODAY & TOMORROW! - 28-29 Mar! ... The value of confession - I Times ... Joy of forgiving, being forgiven are 'united' in confessional ... "In Jesus’ time, the leading class had distanced itself from the people, abandoning them by pursuing their own ideologies and sliding ever downwards into corruption. " - Pope to Italy's Parliamentarians: no to slaves of duty, yes to God - News.va / Vatican Radio


Pope Francis raises 'right to life' in Obama talks - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - BBC News

News.va / Vatican Radio - Chris Altieri ... NOTE also this TWEET by Fr Rosica: "When you are old you will stretch out your hands & someone else will dress you & lead you where you do not want to go"


Johnnette Benkovic to help restore and strengthen Catholic Faith in Ireland - Mar, 2014

EVENTS: Johnnette Benkovic of EWTN speaks: YESTERDAY THURSDAY 3-9pm in the Drummond hotel, LIMAVADY, on "Conquering the battles we all face"; SATURDAY in KNOCK on "unmasking the dangers of New Age movement" 10am-4:30pm; SUNDAY in KNOCK on "The majesty of women in the Divine Plan, YOUR role in the coming triumph", 10am-4pm; ... and TUESDAY evening in the Green Isle hotel, Dublin 7:30pm, on "Catholics transforming the Culture." ... SEE www.humanlife.ie


Savita's Story: A Silent Killer - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - TV3 [VIDEO]

COMMENT: Finally, cracks beginning to emerge in the media's wall of misinformation (<< Note these general comments of Pope Francis about the media) surrouding the death of Savita Halappanavar RIP, and the truth, finally, beginning to trickle out!


Pope Francis receives US President Barack Obama - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio

RTE chief says 'Pantigate' led to a better debate on equality - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk

Noel Curran ... SEE below


Noel Curran: No individual settlement will weaken RTE - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - Irish Independent

Director General speaking to Oireachtas Joint Committee (TRANSCRIPT)


RTÉ calls for reform of defamation law - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - Irish Times

'The broadcaster is seeking clarity on ‘honest opinion’ defence following ‘Pantigate’ payouts' ... SEE above


Archbishop warns against ‘constant criticism’ of gardaí - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin says spin ‘a huge business in Ireland but rarely a friend of transparency’


Doctor faces court over alleged illegal supply of abortion drugs - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - Telegraph

Catholic Church child protection board rejects criticisms of audit by Ian Elliott - Patsy McGarry - Fri 28th Mar, 2014 - The Irish Times

About Those Nine Great Priest-Scientists.... John Farrell - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - Forbes

Pro-gay anti-discrimination laws will one day ban teaching Christianity: Irish singer Dana Scallon - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - LifeSite

SEE Dana on EWTN Live ... You may also like to read: Mainstream media campaign in US "to normalize transgenderism and sex-changes for schoolchildren!"


Gay weddings: 'Fifth of Britons would turn down invitation' - Fri 28th Mar, 2014 - BBC

"But Catholic Voices, which represents the Catholic Church, said the findings of the survey reflected the reality that people remained "deeply uncomfortable" with being honest about their true feelings on the meaning of marriage." ... SEE BBC Radio 4: Today (also contains clip on requiring pornography sites to carry out age checks before granting access) ... SEE also this blog entry from Caroline Farrow of The Universe and Catholic Voices who appeared on BBC Question Time, last night


The value of confession - Thu 27th Mar, 2014 - The Irish Times

Joy of forgiving, being forgiven are 'united' in confessional - Fri 28th Mar, 2014 - CNA

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, said sinners should not be afraid of the Sacrament of Confession because in the confessional “the joy of forgiving and the joy of being forgiven are united.” ... SEE articles on '24 hours for the Lord', above



26/3/14 (Wed)    >>

Previous editions of Faith in the Media: Tuesday (Feast of the Annunciation - Conception of Jesus - 25/3); Monday (24/3); Sunday (23/3) ... Media misinformation more "dangerous" than calumny and defamation - Pope! (SEE below!) ... What religious wouldn't do 'for all the money in the world' - Fr Tony Byrne (SEE below!) ... Now schools are told to give free morning-after pills and condoms to teenage girls to cut unwanted pregnancies - Mail (SEE also yesterday's FAITH IN THE MEDIA regarding HLI Ireland controversy over Morning After Pill survey and an effective trivialisation of the use of the Morning After Pill on 2FM: Tubridy) ... FRANCIS TO THE FAITHFUL: HELP YOUR PASTORS NOT TO BE MEDIOCRE - VIS


Pope speaks of media’s sins, warns against clericalizing laity - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - CWN

"In extemporaneous remarks to members of Corallo, an Italian association of broadcasters, Pope Francis said that the “sins of the media” are misinformation, calumny, and defamation. The last two, he said, “are grave, but not as dangerous as the first.”" ... SEE also Faith in the Media (Mon 24/3) and Vatican Radio (Sat 22/3) ... SEE also below


Il clericalismo, uno dei mali della Chiesa, il laico sia laico: così il Papa all'Associazione "Corallo" - Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio (IT)

Pope: We need to "seek the truth with the media, but not only the truth" - he said - "truth, goodness and beauty, all three together. Your work must be carried out on these three roads: the road of truth, the way of goodness and the way of beauty. " ... SEE also above


President of Pont. Council for the Family presents 8th World Meeting for Families - Feast of the Annunciation (Conception of Jesus) Tue 25th Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio

"the beauty of the family and of marriage" - Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia ... SEE also yesterday's Fait in the Media (Feast of the Annunciation - Conception of Jesus - Tue 25/3)


Bishop Conley: Contraception Disrupts the 'Language of Love' - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - NC Register

SEE also above


Fr Tony Byrne: Positive contribution of senior religious must be recognised - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - Irish Times

"He looked astonished at an elderly religious sister nurse dressing the gaping wounds of a poor leprosy patient. “I wouldn’t do that for all the money in the world,” he said. “Neither would I,” said the sister with a smile on her face."


Priests warned to wear panic buttons to combat burglars - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - Irish Independent

In the Diocese of Meath ... SEE also Irish Examiner


Oscar winner Russell Crowe jetting into Dublin this weekend for Noah premiere - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - Irish Independent

Cardinal hopes for papal visit to Ireland - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - Irish Independent

Cardinal Seán Brady


Recognition of Qualifications to Teach Catholic Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools in the Island of Ireland - Feast of the Annunciation Tue 25th Mar, 2014 - Irish Bishops

THE VIRGIN MARY IN ISLAMIC-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - VIS

THE POPE ENTRUSTS TO MARY ALL THE CITIZENS OF LEBANON - Wed 26th Mar, 2014 - VIS


25/3/14 (Tue)    >>

Pro abortion agenda of Irish media finally acknowledged in last night's TV3's Savita documentary! (Mon 24th Mar) ... Aborted & miscarried babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals! - Channel 4: Dispatches [VIDEO] (SEE also below!) ... PRESS RELEASE: Row Erupts Over Abortifacient Pill Survey - Human Life International (Ireland) (SEE also below and www.positivepharmacy.org) ... MONDAY'S & SUNDAY'S FAITH IN THE MEDIA (NB!) ... PRESENTATION OF THE NEXT WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES - VIS ... Time for Editor-in-chief of Independent News & Independent.ie Stephen Rae to consider his position? (SEE below)


Osteoarthritis treatment breakthrough using (adult fat) stem cells at NUI Galway - Feast of the Annunciation (Conception of Jesus) Tue 25th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ

Laity: communicators not commentators - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - PCCS News

Newsletter - Mar, 2014 - Catholic Radio and Television Network (CRTN)

PRESS RELEASE 25 March 2014 Row Erupts Over Abortifacient Pill Survey - Feast of the Annunciation (Conception of Jesus) Tue 25th Mar, 2014 - Human Life International (Ireland)

Re: Pharmacy Mailing Controversy ... "In his article, Mr McCrystal described how he ceased dispensing abortifacients as a pharmacist when he realised the implications of the loss of human life through the dispensing of these life destroying drugs." ... "Pharmacists and all healthcare professionals are thrust into the frontline of a moral quagmire that university clinical training does not equip them to deal with." ... SEE www.positivepharmacy.org


Letter to the Editor - Reason better than knee jerk response - Patrick McCrystal (BSc Pharmacy) Executive Director, Human Life International (Ireland) - Mar, 2014 - Irish Pharmacist

COMMENT: Listen also to yesterday's discussion about the Morning After Pill on Tubridy 2FM which failed to acknowledge that the pill is an abortifacient and seemed to treat its use as something trivial. There were also several negative references made by presenter Ryan Tubridy to aspects of the Church's teaching on human sexuality. The item was irresponsible journalism, at best.


Press conference on the World Meeting of Families - Feast of the Annunciation (Conception of Jesus) Tue 25th Mar, 2014 - Vatican [YouTube]

Curran Affairs: Propping Up a Nation - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk

"More than half of the subjects were deemed to exhibit more liberal and left wing ideals after watching the selected films."


Irish police chief's resignation vindicates sacked investigative journalist - Feast of the Annunciation (Conception of Jesus) Tue 25th Mar, 2014 - Guardian (Greenslade Blog)

"In the light of today's developments and the report by the independent Garda Inspectorate, it is surely time for Stephen Rae to consider his position and for Independent News & Media to consider reinstating O'Doherty." (Re: Gemma O'Doherty)


Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - Telegraph

The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as 'clinical waste' by hospitals in Britain with some used in 'waste to energy' plants


Warning over burning aborted foetuses - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - BBC News

Foetal incinerations at hospitals are ‘the fruit of fifty years of legal abortion in the UK,’ says MP - Feast of the Annunciation (Conception of Jesus) Tue 25th Mar, 2014 - Catholic Herald

Catholic Herald View: We have to stop Britain becoming the ultimate ‘throwaway culture’


Amanda Holden leads campaign to stop NHS hospitals secretly burning miscarried foetuses without parents’ knowledge - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - Mail

Amanda Holden on NHS "burning babies" scandal: Hospitals heated wards with fetal remains - parents thought they were cremated - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - Mirror

Lunchtime - Part 1 - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk [AUDIO]

Part 1 includes an interview (11 mins into audio) with homeschooler Monica O'Connor who has been convicted, along with her husband, for failing to cause their children to attend the local primary school


Faith in the Media - Archive - Family and Media Association

Tuesday (Feast of the Annunciation - Conception of Jesus 25/3) ... Monday (24/3 - JUSTIN BIEBER, BARBARA DICKSON, DOROTHY DAY, OBAMA'S CATHOLIC ROOTS - NY TIMES) ... Sunday (23/3 - 24 HOURS FOR THE LORD, SENNA, THE SNARE OF WORLDLY LANGUAGE) ... Saturday (22/3) ... Friday (21/3) ... Thursday (20/3) ... Wednesday (19/3)



24/3/14 (Mon)    >>

Singer Barbara Dickson: "I am a NATURAL Catholic, a NATURAL Roman Catholic. It's the continuity from St Paul to me that I like ... I also LOVE the Liturgy. I LOVE the Mass. I love the Mystery. I love the Transubstantiation. It's EXTREMELY powerful for me and I just love it. It's fantastic!" - BARBARA DICKSON talks about her musical career and faith - BBC Radio Scotland ... JUSTIN BIEBER: "Forgiveness is powerful, forgive as Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins." - Daily Mail ... DOROTHY DAY (who once had an abortion, later became a Catholic, and is now a Servant of God!) - Newstalk: Talking History ... 'A call from the Pope for abuse survivor Marie Collins' - Morning Ireland, Newstalk Breakfast (Also in I Independent and the I Times) ... YESTERDAY'S FAITH IN THE MEDIA (NB!) ... The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism - NY Times (FRONT PAGE!) ... 'Coralo' (SEE below!) ... Hope at Capistrano (SEE below)


Pope exhorts ‘Coralo’ members to be ‘fishers of men’ - Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio

'Founded in 1981, Coral aims to "be the reference point of private broadcasting declaring adherence to the principles of Christian society."' ... Pope to 'Coralo': give ‘oxygen to the mind and soul’ of individuals.


Sunday Morning with... - Sun 23rd Mar, 2014 - BBC Radio Scotland [AUDIO]

"This Sunday Cathy is joined by a legend of music. Barbara Dickson talks about her musical career and faith." ... AUDIO clip


Mae Leonard: An Irishwoman's diary: The Swallows of Capistrano - An Irishwoman’s Diary on the Old Mission at San Juan Capistrano - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - The Irish Times

"The religious rule there was strict to the point of severity but the benefit to the locals was huge. " ... "It was in 1909 that Fr John O’Sullivan, an Irish-American priest, came across the ruined mission. He was suffering from tuberculosis and had been sent to California to recover. The place so enthralled him that he vowed to restore it and in the process restored his health. To his delight he discovered the swallow phenomenon when they returned to nest in the mission on March 19th – the feast of St Joseph – and Fr Sullivan’s birthday. Thus on that day it became the tradition for his friends and neighbours to rise at dawn and sit with Fr O’Sullivan in front of the mission waiting for “The Return”." ... ... ... "They migrate every autumn to Goya, Argentina, some 24,000 kilometres away to winter, and in January they begin the return flight that takes 30 days, to arrive, on March 19th, at the San Juan Capistrano Mission." ... ... ... "The announcement of the swallows return is printed in newspapers every year and they have become symbol of hope."


The Samaritan Woman and Sr. Cristina #suorcristina - Sr. Mary-Louise PDDM - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - Pilgrim Progress

Gregory Mertz: Demand the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - CitizenGo

PETITION


Nigerian Catholics risk violence, lives to attend Mass - Sun 23rd Jun, 2014 - CNA

Gunmen kill six in attack on Kenyan church - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - Reuters

REUTERS SUMMIT-Philippine finmin says govt must get more revenue from mining - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - Reuters

"Anti-mining groups, including the Roman Catholic Church leadership in the Philippines, say local communities have not benefitted from mining revenue and have been left with denuded mountains and silted rivers."


Third time's a charm: Russell Crowe finally gets his meeting with Pope Francis... and the Vatican's blessing for Biblical epic Noah - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - Mail

Fr. Barron comments on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - Fr Robert Barron

"Religion rightly construed is the ground and foundation of the sciences"


'It was difficult': Justin Bieber's tattoo artist Bang Bang discusses inking the pop superstar while on a 'shaking' private flight - Mon 24th Mar, 2014 - Mail

"The As Long As You Love Me singer opted for a giant cross on his chest and the word 'Forgive' on the right hand side of his stomach as a tribute to his belief in Jesus Christ and his ability to forgive people of their sins. Bang Bang said that Bieber sent him a text explaining the meaning after the tattoo was done, which read: 'Forgiveness is powerful, forgive as Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins.'"



23/3/14 (Sun)    >>

Upcoming day of reconciliation announced by Pope - CNA - March 29-30: “24 hours for the Lord”! ... "Nada pode me separar do amor de Deus (Nothing can separate me from the love of God)." - Ayrton Senna's 54th birthday: Remembering a towering talent that would have delivered so much more - (London) Independent (cf Romans 8:38-39 and see this morning's TWEET from @Pontifex) ... Intervention by God, conversion and freedom from addiction! From peronal testimonies to singing religious, this has been a strong week for Christians witnessing to their Faith, in the media (SEE below and also the recent 'Faith in the Media' ARCHIVE) ... The snare of worldly language - L'Osservatore Romano ... "Some of the media who are criticising pure in heart probably underestimate the capacity of our young people to make their own decisions" (SEE below!) ... Marie Collins appointed to new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors - Vatican Radio ... Mother who was told to abort her child after being diagnosed with cancer gambles on life-saving operation and gives birth to a healthy daughter - Mail


Late Lunch - Wed 19th Mar, 2014 - LMFM Radio [PODCAST]

An interview with Damien Richardson ... COMMENT: This is an important story of Intervention by God, conversion and freedom from addiction ... See also www.communitycenacolo.ie and listen to Fr Adrian Crowley's interview on Spirit Radio, a link to which can be found in Thursday's Faith in the Media ... Damien will be speaking in St Joseph's Redemptorists in Dundalk on Sun 6th April @ 7pm


Nun Rocks It On Italy's 'The Voice' Singing Competition And No One Can Believe It: Sister Cristina Scuccia Wows - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - The Huffington Post

RECOMMENDED! (Note: Switch on 'captions')


Priest in communion with homeless - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - CNS

"Jesuit Father Peter McVerry helps lift up Ireland's homeless and is receiving one of his country's highest honors for it." (Freeman of the City of Dublin) ... See Irish Independent (19/3/2014)


ROJO In The Morning - School principal speaks out on sexuality education - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - Spirit Radio

"Jacki (Ascough) talks to Eric Gaughran, Principal of Curragh Post Primary School in County Kildare, about the recent controversy about sexuality education in schools and the work of the group Pure In Heart who have been speaking in schools about abstinence before marriage. " ... Controversy probably "a little bit manufactured"


Barbara Dickson: I am a natural Roman Catholic - Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 - BBC News

Listen to BBC Radio Scotland: Sunday Morning with Cathy Macdonald today Sunday @ 7:05am ... "Scottish singing star Barbara Dickson has told BBC Scotland she is a "natural Catholic" despite being brought up in the Church of Scotland. The 66-year-old singer, whose hits include "I know him so well" and "January, February", said she loved the tradition of the mass and the liturgy of Roman Catholic worship." (link added) ... COMMENT: Unlike that song (see link), He is with you CONSTANTLY, HE is COMPLETELY on your side


The Pat Kenny Show - The man who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge & lived - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk

"Kevin Hines wrote a book about his experience with attempted suicide" ... He attributed his survival and FULL RECOVERY to an INTERVENTION by God: "In 4 seconds, my only thoughts were, 'What have I just done. I don't want to die. God, Please save me!' ... Listen to how God also intervened in Damien Richardson's life (SEE above)


Marie Collins appointed to Vatican commission on protecting children from abuse - Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 - RTÉ

SEE also Vatican Radio, above


Friday's Faith in the Media (Friday) - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - FMA

NB ... COMMENT: This publication includes a link to an article about the Christian witnessing of the 'Catholic Comment' group, AND SEVERAL OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS!


Thursday's Faith in the Media (Thursday) - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - FMA

NB ... COMMENT: This publication includes a link to Spirit Radio's interview with ex-atheist Fr Adrian Crowley, who also talks about Cenacolo (see Damien Richardson's same day [Wednesday] interview above), AND SEVERAL OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS!


The Late Debate - Do Men Fare Badly in the Family Courts System? - Wed 19th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Sen Rónán Mullen and John Waters are among those who took part in this discussion


Moncrieff - Part II - Wed 19th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk [AUDIO]

Includes 'What's it like to live in the Vatican', an interview with Fr Michael Collins ... The previous item in Part 1 was about 'The future of newspapers', an interview with Hugh Linehan, Digital Development editor of the Irish Times


Futureproof - Jonathan McCrea - Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 - Newstalk [AUDIO]

This episode included a discussion about the possible recent discovery of gravitational waves and a quick reference to Fr Georges Lemaitre (38 mins into audio). The point was also made by TCD's Professor Peter Gallagher that there is no scientific evidence for the existence of an expanding-contracting universe (which recycles itself)


The snare of worldly language - Wed 12th Mar, 2014 - L'Osservatore Romano

"The language of the world is a trap that we cannot fall into if we wish to testify to the love of God ..."


Down syndrome researcher’s sainthood cause a 'witness to life' - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - CNA

Re: Prof Jérôme Lejeune


Pope Warns Mobsters They Risk Going to Hell - NICOLE WINFIELD - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - AP / ABC


22/3/14 (Sat)    >>

"Nada pode me separar do amor de Deus (Nothing can separate me from the love of God)." - Ayrton Senna's 54th birthday: Remembering a towering talent that would have delivered so much more - (London) Independent (cf Romans 8:38-39 and see this morning's TWEET from @Pontifex) ... Intervention by God, conversion and freedom from addiction! From peronal testimonies to singing religious, this has been a strong week for Christians witnessing to their Faith, in the media (SEE below and also the recent 'Faith in the Media' ARCHIVE) ... The snare of worldly language - L'Osservatore Romano ... "Some of the media who are criticising pure in heart probably underestimate the capacity of our young people to make their own decisions" (SEE below!) ... Marie Collins appointed to new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors - Vatican Radio


Late Lunch - Wed 19th Mar, 2014 - LMFM Radio [PODCAST]

An interview with Damien Richardson ... COMMENT: This is an important story of Intervention by God, conversion and freedom from addiction ... See also www.communitycenacolo.ie and listen to Fr Adrian Crowley's interview on Spirit Radio, a link to which can be found in Thursday's Faith in the Media ... Damien will be speaking in St Joseph's Redemptorists in Dundalk on Sun 6th April @ 7pm


Nun Rocks It On Italy's 'The Voice' Singing Competition And No One Can Believe It: Sister Cristina Scuccia Wows - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - The Huffington Post

RECOMMENDED!


Priest in communion with homeless - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - CNS

"Jesuit Father Peter McVerry helps lift up Ireland's homeless and is receiving one of his country's highest honors for it." (Freeman of the City of Dublin) ... See Irish Independent (19/3/2014)


ROJO In The Morning - School principal speaks out on sexuality education - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - Spirit Radio

"Jacki (Ascough) talks to Eric Gaughran, Principal of Curragh Post Primary School in County Kildare, about the recent controversy about sexuality education in schools and the work of the group Pure In Heart who have been speaking in schools about abstinence before marriage. " ... Controversy probably "a little bit manufactured"


Barbara Dickson: I am a natural Roman Catholic - Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 - BBC News

Listen to BBC Radio Scotland: Sunday Morning with Cathy Macdonald tomorrow Sunday @ 7:05am ... "Scottish singing star Barbara Dickson has told BBC Scotland she is a "natural Catholic" despite being brought up in the Church of Scotland. The 66-year-old singer, whose hits include "I know him so well" and "January, February", said she loved the tradition of the mass and the liturgy of Roman Catholic worship." (link added) ... COMMENT: Unlike that song (see link), He is with you CONSTANTLY, HE is COMPLETELY on your side


The Pat Kenny Show - The man who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge & lived - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk

"Kevin Hines wrote a book about his experience with attempted suicide" ... He attributed his survival and FULL RECOVERY to an INTERVENTION by God: "In 4 seconds, my only thoughts were, 'What have I just done. I don't want to die. God, Please save me!' ... Listen to how God also intervened in Damien Richardson's life (SEE above)


Marie Collins appointed to Vatican commission on protecting children from abuse - Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 - RTÉ

SEE also Vatican Radio, above


Yesterday's Faith in the Media (Friday) - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - FMA

NB ... COMMENT: This publication includes a link to an article about the Christian witnessing of the 'Catholic Comment' group, AND SEVERAL OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS!


Thursday's Faith in the Media (Thursday) - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - FMA

NB ... COMMENT: This publication includes a link to Spirit Radio's interview with ex-atheist Fr Adrian Crowley, who also talks about Cenacolo (see Damien Richardson's same day [Wednesday] interview above), AND SEVERAL OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS!


The Late Debate - Do Men Fare Badly in the Family Courts System? - Wed 19th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Sen Rónán Mullen and John Waters are among those who took part in this discussion


Moncrieff - Part II - Wed 19th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk [AUDIO]

Includes 'What's it like to live in the Vatican', an interview with Fr Michael Collins ... The previous item in Part 1 was about 'The future of newspapers', an interview with Hugh Linehan, Digital Development editor of the Irish Times


Futureproof - Jonathan McCrea - Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 - Newstalk [AUDIO]

This episode included a discussion about the possible recent discovery of gravitational waves and a quick reference to Fr Georges Lemaitre (38 mins into audio). The point was also made by TCD's Professor Peter Gallagher that there is no scientific evidence for the existence of an expanding-contracting universe (which recycles itself)


The snare of worldly language - Wed 12th Mar, 2014 - L'Osservatore Romano

"The language of the world is a trap that we cannot fall into if we wish to testify to the love of God ..."


Down syndrome researcher’s sainthood cause a 'witness to life' - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - CNA

Re: Prof Jérôme Lejeune


Pope Warns Mobsters They Risk Going to Hell - NICOLE WINFIELD - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - AP / ABC


21/3/14 (Fri)    >>

Interview with Dom Mark Daniel Kirby of The Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration, yesterday - Newstalk: Pat Kenny Show (SEE also yesterday's I Independent and Faith in the Media) ... Philomena Lee interviewed on TV3: Ireland AM today ... ‘The Greening’, a new novel about Julian of Norwich ("and all manner of things will be well"); and a new movie about the Nicene Creed and the Council of Nicaea - RTÉ Radio 1: The God Slot ... CATHOLIC COMMENT Group of lay Catholics fight for their faith by having their voices heard - I Examiner


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Re: Threatened abortion of terminally unborn baby


Christians deserve more respect, says top judge - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - (London) Independent

Lady Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court in a speech, at Yale Law School, titled Religion and Sexual Orientation: The clash of equality rights ... See also yesterday's Telegraph


Put the Sex Back in Sex Ed - When public schools refuse to acknowledge gender differences, we betray boys and girls alike - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - TIME

Baby girl born at the legal abortion cut-off point after mother suddenly went into labor at 24 weeks is so small her parents cannot hold her yet - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - Mail

ATM guard rapes minor, forces abortion - Mon 17th Mar, 2014 - Times of India

Justice minister ordered to hand over documents to nun who was falsely convicted of rape - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - I Independent

Vocations crisis sees Church prepare for lay ministers - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - I Examiner

St Joseph: Patron and protector - Wed 19th Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Yesterday's Faith in the Media (Thursday) - Thu 20th Mar, 2014 - FMA

Today with Seán O Rourke - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

'The Future of the LGBT Community' - Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk ... Keelin Shanley presnting today.


The John Murray Show - Fri 21st Mar, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Interview with Fr Aidan Troy



20/3/14 (Thu)    >>

"Beauty, Joy, Presence .. the medicine for the world .. healing for the world" - Fr Adrian Crowley, a former atheist, who gave his testimony on Spirit Radio ... Mass in honour of Pope Francis in Pro-Cathedral ... Pope Francis celebrates the FEAST OF ST JOSEPH with special greetings for all fathers - News.va ... Enclosed order break silence in appeal to save cash-strapped monastery - I Independent / Dutch donor pledges €100,000 to help save Irish monastery - I Examiner (Re: Benedictines of Stamullen, Co. Meath) ... Censor panel appointed for Alan Shatter's steamy novel - I Independent [discussed in RTÉ: It Says in the Papers] ... A father’s love… - Mercatornet ... Presenting intermirifica.net (See below)


Prime Time - Surrogacy - Breda O'Brien - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ One

Drivetime - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ One

Dr RODDY FLYNN, DCU: MEDIA OWNERSHIP IN IRELAND MORE CONCENTRATED THAN IN ANY OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRY ... SEE also, yesterday's Faith in the Media for other links relevant to this item


Yesterday's Faith in the Media - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - Family and Media Association

What do you think of the producers' version of the relationship between science and religion in episode 1 of the new Cosmos series? - March, 2014 - Magis Centre

Let the fate of Richard Dawkins be a lesson to you all – Twitter brings out the worst in humankind - Brendan O'Neill - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - Telegraph (Blogs)

Vatican expels Newark, N.J., priest Michael Fugee from priesthood - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - NCR

The Francis Revolution: The Papacy at the One-Year Mark - John Allen - March, 2014 - 2014 - LA Religious Ed Congress [VIDEO (scroll down)]

Group Funding Abortions for Poor Women Offers Coat Hanger Pendant for Donors - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - LifeNews

"The coat hanger is supposed to be a symbol for abortion activists who oppose making abortions illegal because they falsely claim women will die from illegal abortions in massive numbers."


In 2011, I attended Toronto Pride, but I couldn’t stomach showing you what I saw, until now - Mon 17th Mar, 2014 - LifeSiteNews

Poll: People still seek meaty news on media buffet - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - AP

COMMENT: Some of the conclusions reported in this article are not safe. The article seems indicative of a relatively unsophisticated understanding of what actually generates, constitutes and upholds a media bubble. See also above and yesterday's Faith in the Media for further context


Lawsuit filed after praying family escorted from Empire State Building - Wed 19th Mar, 2014 - CNN

"Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, released a statement Wednesday, which read in part: "Muslims who pray in public, including in public accommodations, are simply exercising their constitutional rights. In play are two First Amendment rights: freedom of speech and freedom of religion. We hope that Hines investigates the extent to which security guards are expected to censor religious speech. We wish him, and this innocent Muslim couple, well.""


Post-Congress Interviews with Fr. Rob Galea, Liam Lawton and Sr. Edith Prendergast - March, 2014 - 2014 - LA Religious Ed Congress [VIDEO]

Irish bishops: Vatican synod questionnaire reveals challenges families face - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - NCR

Statement of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference regarding the questionnaire from the Synod on the Family - Irish Bishops (13/3/2014)


Presentation video for InterMirifica.net - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - InterMirifica.net [YouTube]

Msgr Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications


Pope tells fathers to always be by their children’s side, on the Feast of St Joseph - Wed 19th Mar, 2014 - Catholic Herald


19/3/14 (Wed)    >>

"Beauty, Joy, Presence .. the medicine for the world .. healing for the world" - Fr Adrian Crowley who gave his testimony on Spirit Radio today ... Mass in honour of Pope Francis in Pro-Cathedral TODAY Wednesday, March 19th at 5:45pm celebrated by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown; Homily: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ... Pope Francis celebrates the FEAST OF ST JOSEPH with special greetings for all fathers - News.va ... Enclosed order break silence in appeal to save cash-strapped monastery - I Independent (Re: Benedictines of Stamullen, Co. Meath) ... Censor panel appointed for Alan Shatter's steamy novel - I Independent [discussed in RTÉ: It Says in the Papers] ... A father’s love… - Mercatornet ... Presenting intermirifica.net (See below)


Prime Time - Surrogacy - Breda O'Brien - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ One

Drivetime - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ One

Dr RODDY FLYNN, DCU: MEDIA OWNERSHIP IN IRELAND MORE CONCENTRATED THAN IN ANY OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRY ... SEE also, yesterday's Faith in the Media for other links relevant to this item


Yesterday's Faith in the Media - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - Family and Media Association

What do you think of the producers' version of the relationship between science and religion in episode 1 of the new Cosmos series? - March, 2014 - Magis Centre

Let the fate of Richard Dawkins be a lesson to you all – Twitter brings out the worst in humankind - Brendan O'Neill - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - Telegraph (Blogs)

Vatican expels Newark, N.J., priest Michael Fugee from priesthood - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - NCR

The Francis Revolution: The Papacy at the One-Year Mark - John Allen - March, 2014 - 2014 - LA Religious Ed Congress [VIDEO (scroll down)]

Group Funding Abortions for Poor Women Offers Coat Hanger Pendant for Donors - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - LifeNews

"The coat hanger is supposed to be a symbol for abortion activists who oppose making abortions illegal because they falsely claim women will die from illegal abortions in massive numbers."


In 2011, I attended Toronto Pride, but I couldn’t stomach showing you what I saw, until now - Mon 17th Mar, 2014 - LifeSiteNews

Poll: People still seek meaty news on media buffet - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - AP

COMMENT: Some of the conclusions reported in this article are not safe. The article seems indicative of a relatively unsophisticated understanding of what actually generates, constitutes and upholds a media bubble. See also above and yesterday's Faith in the Media for further context


Post-Congress Interviews with Fr. Rob Galea, Liam Lawton and Sr. Edith Prendergast - March, 2014 - 2014 - LA Religious Ed Congress [VIDEO]

Irish bishops: Vatican synod questionnaire reveals challenges families face - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - NCR

Statement of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference regarding the questionnaire from the Synod on the Family - Irish Bishops (13/3/2014)


Presentation video for InterMirifica.net - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - InterMirifica.net [YouTube]

Msgr Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications



18/3/14 (Tue)    >>

Fr Adrian Crowley will give his testimony on Spirit Radio tomorrow (Wednesday) morning @ 9.30am ... Mass in honour of Pope Francis in Pro-Cathedral Wednesday, March 19th at 5:45pm celebrated by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will preach the Homily ... "Terminations for fatal foetal abnormality challenged" - Newstalk Lunchtime / COMMENT: Unambiguous promotion of abortion by Newstalk on today's Lunchtime programme ... Breda O'Brien discussing surrogacy on RTÉ One: Prime Time ... Dr RODDY FLYNN, DCU: MEDIA OWNERSHIP IN IRELAND MORE CONCENTRATED THAN IN ANY OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRY - RTÉ Radio One: Drivetime


Making waves: the other biggest scientific discoveries - St Patrick's Day Mon 17th Mar, 2014 - Channel 4 News

"the concept of the Big Bang - the idea that the universe began with an explosion from a single point at a definitive moment in time - was the brainchild of a Belgian cosmologist and Catholic priest called Georges Lemaitre in the 1920s." ... You may also like to watch Fr. Georges Lemaître -- Father of the Big Bang (YouTube) and The Expanding Universe – Credit To Hubble Or Lemaitre?


Nicole Winfield: Retired Pope Benedict Critiqued Francis' Interview - Tue18th Mar, 2014 - AP

"Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, Benedict's personal secretary and head of Francis' papal household, told German broadcaster ZDF that Francis had solicited Benedict's input on the interview, which was published in September in 16 Jesuit journals around the globe and helped define Francis' agenda."


Moncrieff - Tue18th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk

(33 mins into audio) Ann Widdecombe interviewed about Lent ... Colm O'Gorman was also interviewed by Seán Moncrieff in Part 1 from 1:30-2:00pm


The Pat Kenny Show - Tue18th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk

(47 mins into audio) Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick "in relation to the changes that he forsees in the Church" ... Senator David Norris was also interviewed by Pat Kenny today, also in Part 2 (21 mins 40 secs into audio)


Separated fathers and those on social welfare suffer disproportionately - Tue18th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk

This article includes an audio clip of Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Editor Irish Independent on today's Pat Kenny Show, Part 1 (31 mins 38 secs into audio)


Why do so many so-called liberals fail to defend free speech? - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - (London) Independent

"There’s a clear difference between speech that merely offends and speech that truly harms. I am offended every time I hear someone say that wealth and poverty reflect innate differences of ability, that feminism has gone too far, or that homosexuality is a disease that can be “cured”. But I don’t want those views banned."


Problems flagged with school patronage in post-primary schools - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

COMMENT: This item carries an ongoing theme and is part of an agenda which is being promoted by RTÉ Morning Ireland. Despite the euphemistic content of the text on the RTÉ web page, the item, as broadcast, is in reality a thinly disguised attack on Catholic schools and Catholic schooling in Ireland. Notwithstanding the above, the closing remarks by reporter Emma O'Kelly that "religious education is obligatory in the non religious schools ... So this could happen in any school" shows that the title of the item is misleading.


A Safe Place for Unwanted Babies Is Overwhelmed - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - NYTimes (Blog)

About a government-run 'baby hatch' in China


Journalism ‘infected by corporate public relations’ - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - I Times

"Journalism has been “infected” by “corporate public relations” and the media is part of a “seamless troika” involving governments and corporations, according to the British war correspondent Ed Vulliamy."


Rabbitte says concentration of media ownership not desirable - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - I Times

Listen to today's related Drivetime item, in the red section, above


'Insensitive and disrespectful': L'Wren Scott's social media team criticised after Facebook and Twitter pages continued to post updates after her death - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - Mail

Documentary on One - St. Patrick's Purgatory Lough Derg Pilgrimage - RTÉ Radio One - St Patrick's Day Mon 17th Mar, 2014

This was originally broadcast in 1991


CARDINAL SARAH IN MISSION IN GUATEMALA - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - VIS

Homes for 19 homeless families in Guatemala thanks to Papal gift - Vatican Radio / News.va


The abuse survivor who reminds me that we are suppopsed to be a light to the world -

The abuse survivor referred to here is Dawn Eden


Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) proves to be an Irish bestseller - Tue 18th Mar, 2014 - Irish Bishops


17/3/14 (Mon)    >>

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! ... Synod on the Family and attempts to liberalise abortion in Northern Ireland: Kathy Sinnott talks to Edmund Adamus & Bernadette Smyth - Celtic Connections - EWTN ... ‘I had to terminate my pregnancies because I was carrying girls’ - the story of a woman forced into gender-selective abortions - (London) Independent ... Irish bishops’ message for the Solemnity of Saint Patrick 2014


Campbell orders outspoken deacon to stop blogging - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - Tablet

Re: Deacon Nick Donnelly and Bishop of Lancaster, Michael Campbell OSA


The Tablet’s statement about Deacon Nick Donnelly - Sun 16th Mar, 2014 - Protect the Pope

"The Tablet appears to be implying that the bishops’ concerns are over the blog highlighting where things are ‘at odds’ with Church teaching – though I’m happy to be corrected if this is not the right interpretation." - M Donnelly


Diocese of Lancaster’s statement about Deacon Nick Donnelly - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - Protect the Pope

Pope Francis on parish visit: "Listen to Jesus!" - Mon 17th Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio

The Saturday Night Show - Sat 15th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ One

Fra' Alessandro: Panis Angelicus and trusting Jesus! ... COMMENT: A wonderful example of Christian witnessing, which included an eloquent defence of Pope Emeritus Benedict with particular reference to his humility


Newstalk Breakfast - Part 4 - Mon 17th Mar, 2014 - Newstalk

COMMENT: Irish media losing the plot on gay issues? Talking about Enda Kenny's decision to march in today's New York St Patrick's Day parade, Chris Donoghue mentioned the parade in the same breath as a North Korea military pageant. This certainly seems insulting to Irish people, to Americans and, indeed, to the Korean victims of the North Korean regime ... You may like to read the following article for some context (and indeed some balance): De Blasio wins no fans with St. Patrick’s Day Parade boycott - Mon 10th Mar, 2014 - New York Post


Mass For St. Patrick's Day - RTÉ

Celebrant: Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary - St Mary's Church, Westport, Co Mayo


Celtic Connections - Dr. Andrew Beards & Renate Schreiber - Kathy Sinnott - Sun 16th Mar, 2014 - EWTN

*** Britain's newest Catholic college at Buckfast / The spirituality of L'Arche, Trosly-Breuil, France (SEE ALSO ABOVE, IN THE RED SECTION)


People with Down Syndrome explain what their life is like in a moving video - Sun 16th Mar, 2014 - Rome Reports

"Don't be afraid!"


Faith in the Media - ST PATRICK'S DAY - Mon 17th Jan, 2014 - FMA

Sunday ... Saturday ... Friday



16/3/14 (Sun)    >>

Panis Angelicus: Marvellous witness of Fra' Alessandro on The Saturday Night Show... *** Joy is a 'bestseller' (SEE below!) ...


Faith in the Media (Saturday) - Sat 15th Mar, 2014 - Family and Media Association

Faith in the Media (Friday) - Fri 14th Mar, 2014 - Family and Media Association

Christian guesthouse owners go to Strasbourg over 'discrimination' case - Sat 15th Mar, 2014 - Telegraph

Pope joins bestseller list as faithful flock to buy book - Sun 16th Mar, 2014 - Sunday Independent

Evangelii Gaudium, which translates as The Joy of the Gospel


Gunmen kill over 100 people in Nigeria - Sun 16th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ

COMMENT: 100 Christians slaughtered in Nigeria


Firefighters discover church's Bible in the ashes of Harlem explosion - Sun 16th Mar, 2014 - CNN

Pope says it's important to keep hope alive, have a sense of humor - Cindy Wooden - Fri 14th Mar, 2014 - CNS / NCR

Social media, smartphones give young people a new look at Lent - Fri 14th Mar, 2014 - CNS / NCR

Crowd Sets Fire to Hindu Center in Pakistan - Sun 16th Mar, 2014 - AP

How Uganda was seduced by anti-gay conservative evangelicals - Fri 14th Mar, 2014 - (London) Independent

Irish bishops focus on migrants for St Patrick’s Day - Sat 15th Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Bishop Brendan Leahy. See also Zenit and Irish Bishops' Emigrant Information Pack - 2014


Did Pope Francis just diss apologists? 9 things to know and share - Jimmy Akin - Sun 9th Mar, 2014 - NC Register


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Yesterday's Faith in the Media (Friday) - Fri 14th Mar, 2014 - Family and Media Association

"She has played her last scene and life's curtain has fallen....but the lights have not dimmed." - Fr Jim Noonan at funeral of Eileen Colgan RIP - Independent.ie and quoted in 'It Says in the Papers' by Valerie Cox on 'Morning Ireland' - RTÉ Radio 1 (SEE also Friday's Faith in the Media) ... *** Death of former MEP’s Kathy Sinnott's son inspires establishment of Catholic university in Ireland - TheJournal.ie ( SEE ALSO Praying for a Catholic education - The Sunday Times 9/3/2014 AND *** New Catholic university could open this year - Plans well underway for Newman College - Irish Catholic ) *** ... Ben Conroy of the Iona Institute talking about Pure in Heart: on Matt Cooper (with a dreadfully biased, prejudiced and misleading lead in) - Today FM; on Drivetime - RTÉ Radio One; and on Kildare Kfm ... Jacki Ascough of Catholic Comment on Pope Francis: Vincent Browne ... Yet more lack of balance on RTE - Brendan O'Regan ... FaithArts: Previews ... Friar Alessandro: tour of Ireland - begins in Merchant's Quay 7:30pm on St Patrick's Day - Saturday Night Show - friaralessandro.com ... Shroud of Turin exhibition, St Mary's Pro Cathedral Dublin continues today until 17th March www.shroudofturinexhibition.com ... "G.K. Chesterton: Defender of the Family." - Dale Ahlquist - Mont Clare hotel in Dublin, on April 2nd at 8pm. ... John Waters Profile - The Phoenix ... *** Abuse in same sex relationships not being reported! Listen to clip from TV3, on Friday's Faith in the Media ... *** Real condom failure rate even higher than the figure quoted by Pure in Heart! SEE FRIDAY'S FAITH IN THE MEDIA ... *** Pope Francis: "Please pray for me"


Breda O'Brien: Why Pope Francis inspires us - Sat 15th Mar, 2014 - I Times

Michaela Summer Camp at Knock Shrine - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - Archdiocese of Tuam

"Knock Youth Ministry are delighted to announce that The Michaela Summer Camp is coming to Knock Shrine on the 21st-25th of July." ... "Activities include, new fashion styles, cupcake design, making rose bath bombs, healthy eating, Irish singing, understanding the rosary and a lot more"


A letter to … a kind stranger on the train - Sat 15th Mar, 2014 - Guardian


14/3/14 (Fri)    >>

"She has played her last scene and life's curtain has fallen....but the lights have not dimmed." - Fr Jim Noonan at funeral of Eileen Colgan RIP - Independent.ie and quoted in 'It Says in the Papers' by Valerie Cox on 'Morning Ireland' - RTÉ Radio 1 (SEE also below) ... *** Death of former MEP’s Kathy Sinnott's son inspires establishment of Catholic university in Ireland - TheJournal.ie ( SEE ALSO Praying for a Catholic education - The Sunday Times 9/3/2014 AND *** New Catholic university could open this year - Plans well underway for Newman College - Irish Catholic ) *** ... Ben Conroy of the Iona Institute talking about Pure in Heart: on Matt Cooper (with a dreadfully biased, prejudiced and misleading lead in) - Today FM; on Drivetime - RTÉ Radio One; and on Kildare Kfm ... Jacki Ascough of Catholic Comment on Pope Francis: Vincent Browne ... Yet more lack of balance on RTE - Brendan O'Regan ... FaithArts: Previews ... Friar Alessandro: tour of Ireland - begins in Merchant's Quay 7:30pm on St Patrick's Day - Saturday Night Show - friaralessandro.com ... Shroud of Turin exhibition, St Mary's Pro Cathedral Dublin continues today until 17th March www.shroudofturinexhibition.com ... "G.K. Chesterton: Defender of the Family." - Dale Ahlquist - Mont Clare hotel in Dublin, on April 2nd at 8pm. ... John Waters Profile - The Phoenix ... *** Abuse in same sex relationships not being reported! Listen to clip from TV3, below ... *** Real condom failure rate even higher than the figure quoted by Pure in Heart! SEE BELOW ... *** Pope Francis: "Please pray for me"


David Quinn: Sex education should stress importance of a committed relationship - Fri 14th Mar, 2014 - Irish Independent

"no one ever seems to worry about the parents who don't want their children to attend Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) classes" ... "out there in the real world where use is not perfect, the (condom) failure rate is a staggering 18pc, which is actually higher than the figure quoted by Pure in Heart."


De Blasio wins no fans with St. Patrick’s Day Parade boycott - Mon 10th Mar, 2014 - New York Post

"Let me clear up one misconception" ... "All can attend — provided they don’t carry signs identifying themselves as gay. Or straight. Or vegan, neo-Nazi or pro-gun, to name just a few categories" ... "If the parade opens up to groups whose members identify themselves by bedroom activities, then how can parade organizers justify stopping skinheads, abortion foes or members of the North American Man/Boy Love Association from waving banners?" (link added)


Matt Cooper - Wed 12th Mar, 2014 - Today FM

(6 mins 48 secs into audio) Celine Humbert, Fr Brian D'Arcy and David Quinn discuss the 1st anniversary of the elecion of Pope Francis


Today with Seán Ó Rourke (Keelin Shanley presenting) - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Fr Tony Flannery, Paul Vallelly and Gerard O’Connell


Tonight with Vincent Browne - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - TV3

Pope Francis: Jacki Ascough, Patsy McGarry, Fr Gerry O'Connor


In her final act of forgiveness, brave Christine brings survivors to church - Fri 14th Mar, 2014 - Irish Independent

"They had been shocked when they realised the funeral was to be held in a church, they admitted"


She has played her last scene and life's curtain has fallen' - *Hundreds - including Fair City stars - join family of late actress Eileen Colgan at funeral today - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - I Independent

"Fr Noonan said the 80-year-old actress discovered a new deep level to her Christian faith in the 1990s ... "


Paglia: "Open the floodgates of mercy," for remarried divorcees as well - Tue 11th Mar, 2014 - Vatican Insider

"I have given the following interview to "Vatican Insider" La Stampa. The headline should be read with caution. " - Archbishop Paglia - Twitter


"The Great Beauty" raises deep issues about meaning and purpose - Mon 10th Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Midday - ("Same sex couples have really high rates of domestic violence and very little of it gets reported") - Tue 11th Mar, 2014 - TV3

[AUDIO] TRANSCRIPT OF AUDIO: "I'm a lesbian woman 30 now but my very first relationship was violent. It started off as verbal, her putting me down all the time and isolating me from my friends and family but it escalated into violence, the worst attack being an argument -- when I got the courage to leave her, she stabbed me in the arm with a scissors, something I still bear the scar of today. I never told anyone as I didn't feel it would be taken seriously, as we were two women. I was 17. Through to 19 it changed everything about me. I became a shell of who I was and it altered the person I became ultimately. Same sex couples have really high rates of domestic violence and very little of it gets reported as people don't take it seriously as within the same sex couples. It's every bit as serious and for a long time it destroyed me. In the long run though, I'm a much stronger person" - Aoife ... ... "And the children that witness it?" - Midday - TV3 (25 mins into video)


Pope Francis asks prayers on his first anniversary - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - Vatican radio

Pope Francis - Twitter (@pontifex)


Woman forced to travel to UK for abortion takes case to UN - New-York-based Center for Reproductive Rights says Wexford woman had been subjected to ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment’ - Fri 14th Mar, 2014 - I Times

Also in the I Times: Unthinkable: Should the nation be divorced from the state? National identity plays a role in binding citizens but, as with religion, should the state stand above it?


Mom Who Poisoned Disabled Baby Had 'No Remorse': Cops - Thu 13th Mar, 2014 - Huffington Post

COMMENT: She might have been listening to Pat Kenny. Read the relevant transcript from The Pat Kenny Show here (16/1/2014)


Vatican Radio signs accord with Malta’s Public Radio and TV, PBS - Fri 14th Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio

*** Accord signed in Valletta this week by Fr Federico Lombardi


Catholic journalists and bloggers have a duty to tell the truth about Francis The secular media are in love with a pope of their own creation - Fri 14th Mar, 2014 - Mary O'Regan

See also Monthly Musings - Alive



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08/3/14 (Sat)    >>

40 Days for Life campaign gets underway over Lent - Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland - Organiser appeals for volunteers to 'give witness to life and pray' outside Dublin clinic. ... Sex norms skewed by porn-saturated culture - Breda O'Brien ... Women's Day at the Vatican - Vatican Radio (see also Ann Marie Hourihane, below) ... Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI remembers Bl. John Paul II - Vatican Radio ... Abortion provider BPAS fined £200,000 for data breach - BBC News (I Times)


Pope praises church action on child abuse - Ruth Gledhill - Sat 8th Mar, 2014 - The Times (of London)

"Victims of child sex abuse have reacted with fury ..."


The Conversation: Charlotte Church on her love of physics, curtailing the swearing, and why she won't let her children watch Katy Perry videos - Sat 8th Mar, 2014 - (London) Independent

Diocese sex abuse concerns 'omitted from official report' - Sat 8th Mar, 2014 - I Independent

Last night, the board (National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church) issued a statement and said that it "rejects any implication that any external pressure was brought to bear on the authors of the report. The allegations made by Ian Elliot appear to question the professionalism and integrity of our board, our CEO and our staff. Consequently, we are seeking legal advice regarding our options and will make no further comment at this time" ... See also Patsy McGarry: 'Former head of child abuse audit may sue bishop', in I Times


Who needs an international day for women? - There has always been something self-conscious and forced about event - Ann Marie Hourihane - Sat 8th Mar, 2014 - I Times

"This is the reality: International Women’s Day has never become relevant to ordinary women’s lives here. For the most part it remains the property of professional agitators and a fig leaf for an officialdom which will do nothing practical – on childcare, on maternity services, even on public lighting and policing to make our streets safer – in order to improve women’s lives."


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Fri 7th Mar, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Brian O'Connell: Lent and attending Daily Mass


Resources for Lent - FaithArts

Archbishop Paglia: "Fri Gospel:Begin Lent by remembering that it's a time to overcome sin but not a time to be sad. Jesus the bridegroom brings joy and hope" (8/4/2014)


‘Changes to adoption law have shattered my hopes of becoming a parent’ - Rosita Boland - Sat 8th Mar, 2014 - I Times

"Adoption in the Republic has become a Kafkaesque process that is almost impossible to explain or to understand"


He may be a bit of a dude, but the Pope is definitely a Catholic - David Quinn - Fri 7th Mar, 2014 - Irish Independent

Ireland remains silent on anti-Christian persecution - Paul Keenan - Thu 6th Mar, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Repeated failures to highlight Christian plight


Church needs to invest in education – Vatican expert - Thu 6th Mar, 2014 - Irish Catholic

'Undersecretary of the Holy See’s Congregation for Catholic Education, said more resources needed to be made available for teacher training and further education for teachers.'


English Translation of Pope Francis' Corriere della Sera Interview - Wed 5th Mar, 2014 - Zenit

See, also Faith in the Media (Wednesday 5/3/2014)


Pope’s tweet reminds Christians of the joy of following Jesus - Fri 7th Mar, 2014 - Vatican Radio

See also Archbishop Paglia tweet on Lent ... Pray for Cardinal George


Archbishop Fulton Sheen Alleged Miracle Passes Major Vatican Test - Fri 7th Mar, 2014 - Register

The healing of a stillborn baby!



07/3/14 (Fri)    >>

Pope urges priests to have hearts of mercy and compassion - News.va / Vatican Radio ... Pope Francis: there is no "Christian style" without Jesus or the Cross - News.va / Vatican Radio



06/3/14 (Thu)    >>


It drives me mad that feminists won't fight for stay-at-home mothers: The sisterhood has won every battle but there's still one group of women treated like second-class citizens, says KATHY GYNGELL - Thu 6th Mar, 2014 - Mail

'Do it yourself' surrogate pregnancy ends in legal chaos with three-year-old boy effectively having two mothers - Thu 6th Mar, 2014 - Mail


05/3/14 (Wed)    >>

Pope Francis: The Church is the only public institution to have moved “with transparency and responsibility” (against child abuse, "tremendous violence against children", the vast majority of which "takes place in the milieu of the family and those close to them") no one else has done as much as it, “but the Church is the only one to be attacked”. - cf. Gerard O’Connell in Vatican Insider re: interview in Corriere della Sera



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03/3/14 (Mon)    >>

God's "graced my life with opportunities that are out of my hand." - Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey during his acceptance speech, last night - Hollywood Life / TIME ... Pope calls for understanding for couples experiencing failure in marriage - Vatican Radio / News.va (Vatican Radio) / Vatican Radio / John Thavis ... *** !!! Teachers should 'not stop pupils watching pornography' - Telegraph - "New guidance recommends lessons in the dangers of pornography, but charities say pupils can't be stopped from viewing explicit images" (SEE also TES) / COMMENT: The alternative to Pure in Heart? Recall from Tuesday's Faith in the Media this I Examiner editorial and article. The words of the Prophet Isaiah come to mind (cf. Media Report - Dec' 2008) *** ... !!! BAI upholds complaint of Catholic Communiations Director against RTÉ Liveline - Journal / See the latest BAI Decisions / Diocese of Meath / Catholic Ireland / RTÉ / I Times / COMMENT: This was the second time in six months that Joe Duffy's Liveline produced programmes that, even in the BAI's view, were unfair to a high profile Irish Catholic cleric! (the last one, against Fr Brian Mckevitt, was on 5th March, last year). This is in spite of the BAI's dismal record when it comes to acknowledging the unfairness of anti-family programming, generally - SEE, e.g., BAI loses fig leaf! - ALIVE / BAI decision (acknowledging unfairness by RTÉ against the Bishop of Meath) expected to be read out, on air, @ 1:45 pm TODAY Mon 3rd March on RTÉ Radio 1


The Marc Coleman Show - Sun 2nd Mar, 2014 - Newstalk

Listen also to Part 2 ... Abortion, euthanasia for children, Harriet Harman and PIE discussed as aspects of the Civil Liberties agenda / Mary Kenny, Michael Dwyer, Susan Philips, Jenny O'Reilly (PLC) etc. ... / SEE also (London) Independent: PIE controversy: Harriet Harman has got this one wrong


Pope tweets on importance of Eucharist - Fri 28th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Friday's Faith in the Media - Fri 28th Feb, 2014 - Family and Media Association

! BAI upholds complaint against RTE Liveline - the complaint was made by Martin Long, Director of the Catholic Communications Office of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference. COMMENT: This was a fair and, even, a straightforward decision which is nevertheless remarkable, giving the consistently poor record of the Broadcasting Authority in adjudicating on complaints where unfair media coverage of the Church and basic social moral issues is concerned. ALSO in today's www.faithinthemedia.net 2. Bishop MacDaid warmly welcomes Pope Francis' Letter to Families - Irish Bishops 3. Speaking up for persecuted Christians - Why is Christian persecution largely unreported? Michael Kelly 4. Sharing the Good News! * Irish Catholic Bishops Parish Newsletter - * Former football hooligan turned Catholic Evangelist convert: Niall Slattery on The John Murray Show, RTE Radio 1 [LISTEN BACK! RECOMMENDED Parish Mission in Lucan, St Mochta's - March 8-15] * John McAreavey talks about his Faith etc. on Newstalk Pat Kenny [LISTEN BACK! RECOMMENDED]. 5. Sculpture of Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench - Mail 6. Recent talk on apologetics and the Joy of the Gospel [text and audio available] 7. CNS report on the Galway Novena: "a respite from the storm giving people the courage to face the future" 8. David Quinn re Pure in Heart (Indo) & The New sectarianism-IC NOTE: RTE will read out, on air, the BAI's decision against RTE, at the beginning of Liveline on RTE Radio One at 1.45pm next Monday March 3rd ... Friday


Countrywide - Damien O'Reilly - Sat 1st Mar, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Cherry Orchard's Fr Seán Duggan on how his parish is ofering anti austerity candlelit weddings to engaged couples. Fr Byrne is also questioned about Archbishop Martin's comments. See also, below and yesterday ... Shrove Tuesday and Lent also discussed, later


The Right Hook - Fri 28th Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

Interesting discussion on all male comedy panels prompted by comments from Dara Ó Briain followed by another interesting discussion -- prompted by comments from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin -- about a 'theory-practice gap' in the Church. Great praise for John McAreavey who was interviewed by Pat Kenny [1], [2] yesterday / The front page of Saturday's Irish Mirror was "SHE WAS SENT TO ME BY GOD" (John McAreavy - mentioned on Marian Finucane Show)


Breda O'Brien - Why Pokémon players dream of an electric saviour - Sat 1st Mar, 2014 - I Times

"Maybe the Twitch Plays Pokémon people are just doing the equivalent of consuming soma, the drug that Aldous Huxley’s characters take in Brave New World because it helps them avoid pain and deeper questions. Or ... "


Katy Perry's 'Blasphemous' Video Is Edited - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - Sky News

Pope’s new financial fixer has instincts of linebacker - John Allen - Sun 2nd Mar, 2014 - Boston Globe

Interview with Cardinal Pell


RTÉ broadcast of BAI decision re: Liveline

[when link available] / SEE ALSO red section above



02/3/14 (Sun)    >>



01/3/14 (Sat)    >>

Pope calls for understanding for couples experiencing failure in marriage - Vatican Radio / News.va (Vatican Radio) / Vatican Radio / John Thavis ... *** !!! Teachers should 'not stop pupils watching pornography' - Telegraph - "New guidance recommends lessons in the dangers of pornography, but charities say pupils can't be stopped from viewing explicit images" (SEE also TES) / COMMENT: The alternative to Pure in Heart? Recall from Tuesday's Faith in the Media this I Examiner editorial and article . Remember: This is March 1st not April 1st! The words of the Prophet Isaiah come to mind (cf.Media Report - Dec' 2008) *** ... !!! BAI upholds complaint of Catholic Communiations Director against RTÉ Liveline - Journal / See the latest BAI Decisions / RTÉ / I Times / BAI decision expected to be read out, on air, @ 1:45 pm on Mon 3rd March, RTÉ Radio 1


Pope tweets on importance of Eucharist - Fri 28th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Yesterday's Faith in the Media - Fri 28th Feb, 2014 - Family and Media Association

! BAI upholds complaint against RTE Liveline - the complaint was made by Martin Long, Director of the Catholic Communications Office of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference. COMMENT: This was a fair and, even, a straightforward decision which is nevertheless remarkable, giving the consistently poor record of the Broadcasting Authority in adjudicating on complaints where unfair media coverage of the Church and basic social moral issues is concerned. ALSO in today's www.faithinthemedia.net 2. Bishop MacDaid warmly welcomes Pope Francis' Letter to Families - Irish Bishops 3. Speaking up for persecuted Christians - Why is Christian persecution largely unreported? Michael Kelly 4. Sharing the Good News! * Irish Catholic Bishops Parish Newsletter - * Former football hooligan turned Catholic Evangelist convert: Niall Slattery on The John Murray Show, RTE Radio 1 [LISTEN BACK! RECOMMENDED Parish Mission in Lucan, St Mochta's - March 8-15] * John McAreavey talks about his Faith etc. on Newstalk Pat Kenny [LISTEN BACK! RECOMMENDED]. 5. Sculpture of Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench - Mail 6. Recent talk on apologetics and the Joy of the Gospel [text and audio available] 7. CNS report on the Galway Novena: "a respite from the storm giving people the courage to face the future" 8. David Quinn re Pure in Heart (Indo) & The New sectarianism-IC NOTE: RTE will read out, on air, the BAI's decision against RTE, at the beginning of Liveline on RTE Radio One at 1.45pm next Monday March 3rd ... Friday


Countrywide - Damien O'Reilly - Sat 1st Mar, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Cherry Orchard's Fr Seán Duggan on how his parish is ofering anti austerity candlelit weddings to engaged couples. Fr Byrne is also questioned about Archbishop Martin's comments. See also, below and yesterday ... Shrove Tuesday and Lent also discussed, later


The Right Hook - Fri 28th Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

Interesting discussion on all male comedy panels prompted by comments from Dara Ó Briain followed by another interesting discussion -- prompted by comments from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin -- about a 'theory-practice gap' in the Church. Great praise for John McAreavey who was interviewed by Pat Kenny [1], [2] yesterday


Why Pokémon players dream of an electric saviour - Sat 1st Mar, 2014 - I Times

"Maybe the Twitch Plays Pokémon people are just doing the equivalent of consuming soma, the drug that Aldous Huxley’s characters take in Brave New World because it helps them avoid pain and deeper questions. Or ... "


Katy Perry's 'Blasphemous' Video Is Edited - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - Sky News



28/2/14 (Fri)    >>

Bishop MacDaid warmly welcomes Pope Francis’ Letter to Families ... Speaking up for persecuted Christians - Why is Christian persecution largely unreported - Michael Kelly ... Sharing the Good News March 2014 - 2014.02.26. - Parish Newsletter - Irish Catholic Bishops Conference ... Sharing the Good News! Niall Slattery: conversion story of an ex football hooligan - John Murray Show - RTÉ Radio One (SEE also Journal.ie - 22/2/2014 and details of parish mission, below) ... Why should idea of staying chaste provoke wave of shock and awe? - David Quinn - Independent (David Quinn, who also has an article in The Irish Catholic, below, was interviewed on Spirit Radio, this morning, about last week's Pure in Heart 'story' etc.) ... New Derry bishop ‘energised’ by challenge ... John McAreavey shares his Faith on Newstalk (Part 1); Part 2 ... Previews - FaithArts


Nine News - 'Archbishop of Dublin says church teaching disconnected from real life' - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ One

RTÉ / Journal


Archbishop: Church has lost its sense of fun - Sarah MacDonald - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin


David Quinn - The new sectarianism - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - Irish Catholic

See also red section above


Clones councillor to resign from Fine Gael over abortion stance - Seamus Enright - Tue 25th Feb, 2014 - Anglo Celt

Nine News - 'Legislation on the way to allow people refuse essential medical treatment' - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ One

Why sexual identity politics have taken centre stage - Mary Kenny - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - Irish Catholic

"Ah, G.K. Chestertonís prophesy fulfilled: when men stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing - they believe in anything!" - Mary Kenny ... See also below, a Talk on Apologetics and the Joy of the Gospel, with Particular Reference to G.K. Chesterton


David Norris accused of ‘double standards’ in homophobia row - Cathal Barry - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Prof. Patricia Casey claims it is unfair of Mr Norris to criticise the national broadcaster for making payment to others while seeking damages himself


How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations - Glenn Greenwald - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - The Intercept

Call for rethink on identifying accused priests - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - Irish Catholic

In view of recent reporting which appears to reveal a double standard


Address by Father Tom Deenihan, General Secretary of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association, at the CPSMA Annual General Meeting - Fri 28th Feb, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Theme: 'Catholic Schools serving the community with dignity and care' ... Today's Telegraph: 'Nick Clegg: faith schools risk being 'silos of segregation''


Enduring attraction of a good novena - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - CNS

The Galway Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help - "The Galway Novena is like a respite from the storm giving people the courage to face the future" - Susan Gately


Parish Mission St. Mochta's Church, Porterstown, Lucan Co. Dublin Sat, March 8, 12am – Sat, March 15, 12am - St Patrick's Community

SEE also above, the interview with Niall Slattery on today's John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio 1


Talk on Apologetics and the Joy of the Gospel, with Particular Reference to G.K. Chesterton - Maolsheachlann Ó Ceallaigh - Tue 25th Feb, 2014 - The Blog of the GK Chesterton Society of Ireland

Text and audio of a a talk given to the Blessed John Paul II Theological Society in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth


Sculpture of Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench (that the Pope loved) sparks outrage in North Carolina - Thu 27th Feb, 2014 - Mail

Wednesday's Faith in the Media


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"Simply absurd" - Pope Benedict in letter to Andrea Tornielli, describes speculation concerning the validity of his resignation - La Stampa: Vatican Insider (SEE below for Vatican Radio report) ... Pope Francis: Catholic communicators are increasingly challenged to present the wisdom, truth and beauty of the Gospel in a language that is capable of touching the minds and hearts of countless people who thirst for meaning and direction in their lives - SIGNIS World Congress 2014 - Vatican Radio


Faith in the Media (yesterday) - Tue 25th Feb, 2014 - Family and Media Association

NB! Tuesday's Faith in the Media contained several important stories and comments, including: 1. Pope asks families to "pray intensely to the Holy Spirit" - SEE Pope Francis' 'Letter to Families', released yesterday in preparation for the Synod on the Family 2. New Bishop of Derry: Donal McKeown, Auxiliary Bishop of Down & Connor. Interview on BBC Radio Ulster's 'Talkback' 3. ! *** Vincent Browne: "There is a statutory requirement to be fair and balanced. That goes out the window. There's no fair and balanced reportage of anything to do with economics, indeed with politics, to do with social affairs! That doesn't happen in television in Ireland!" ... "And the mechanism that is there to regulate it has the same effectiveness as the Garda Complaints Board!" (!!!) ***** 4. Peter Matthews' Conscience Bill - Marc Coleman Show, Newstalk ... CLICK HERE to read or listen to these and other important stories


Faith in the Media (Monday) - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - Family and Media Association

NB! Monday's Faith in the Media contained several important stories and comments, including: "an irredeemably dishonest media" - John Waters ... Pope appoints Cardinal Pell to head new department to oversee Vatican finance ... "truth and beauty": Pope's message to SIGNIS ... "Christ and the Church are united!" - Pope Francis ... CLICK HERE to read or listen to these and other important stories


Moncrieff - Fionn Davenport - The woman who tweeted her abortion story - Tue 25th Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

"Using the @Ireland Twitter account Janet Ní Shuilleabháin tweeted about her own abortion which she had twenty years ago. She joined Fionn to talk about her story." / Recall also this story Tweeting an abortion (24/2/2010) ... COMMENT: There appears to be a horrific attempt, here, to desensitise people to a real and utterly brutal evil: the deliberate killing of an innocent and defenceless human being


The Right Hook - Part 2 - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

Patsy McGarry and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin on derogation sought from EU by religious groups regarding a right of schools to discriminate with respect to gay teachers etc. / COMMENT: Clearly not a balanced item. How often have you heard, for example, John Waters and David Quinn being interviewed together, with no opposing voices, on a Irish radio station?


Adidas pulls raunchy World Cup T-shirts at Brazil's request - Wed 26th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI: Theories surrounding resignation are 'absurd' - Wed 26th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

*** See also above, La Stampa



25/2/14 (Tue)    >>

"... pray intensely to the Holy Spirit" - Pope Francis: Letter to Families! - News.va / Vatican Radio (English) - SEE also below for another Vatican Radio audio report on the Pope's Letter which was realeased today ... !!! Vincent Browne: "There is a statutory requirement to be fair and balanced. That goes out the window. There's no fair and balanced reportage of anything to do with economics, indeed with politics, to do with social affairs. That doesn't happen in television in Ireland ... and the mechanism that is there to regulate it has the same effectiveness as the Garda Complaints Board" - Vincent Browne on Tonight with Vincent Browne (9 mins 45 secs into video) ... Bishop Donal McKeown (Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor) has been appointed as the new Bishop of Derry - Read articles in Irish Bishops, RTÉ, Irish Catholic, Derry Journal, BBC, BBC Radio Ulster: Talkback (interview), Vatican Radio, Diocese of Down and Connor, Down and Connor (2 - Statement from Bishop Noel Treanor)


Faith in the Media (yesterday) - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - Family and Media Association

NB! Yesterday's Faith in the Media contained several important stories and comments, including: "an irredeemably dishonest media" - John Waters ... Pope appoints Cardinal Pell to head new department to oversee Vatican finance ... "truth and beauty": Pope's message to SIGNIS ... "Christ and the Church are united!" - Pope Francis CLICK HERE to read, listen to these and other important stories


Nine News - Organisers of New York's St Patrick's Day parade disappointed - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ One

*** COMMENTS: Why do some gay activists NOT want to be treated like everyone else. Banners / Signs of group identification not allowed in general. Why has the Irish media repeatedly failed - again here - to address the fundamental realities of this story? ... "There's no fair and balanced reportage ... " (see Vincent Browne, above) ... RECALL the comments on a St Patrick's Day Parade article in Faith in the Media (15/2/2014) ... SEE ALSO Enough with the Gay Mania - National Review (24/2/2014)


Talkback - Tue 25th Feb, 2014 - BBC Radio Ulster

Re: Dara O'Briain's comments (see Independent - London). Can women do comedy? / This programme also contains an interview with the newly appointed Bishop of Derry, Bishop Donal McKeown *** SEE red section, above


'Pantigate' row rumbles on as journalist takes extended leave - Sun 23rd Feb, 2014 - Independent

Re: John Waters with references also made to Breda O'Brien


Mirror Editor John Kierans apologises for Sharon pics - Tue 25th Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

Listen also to yesterday's Liveline


Vatican sex, money scandals subject of PBS documentary - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - N C Reporter

Bombs target church, restaurant in Zanzibar - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - Reuters

A bomb went off near a Cathedral. Little coverage


Harriet Harman denies Daily Mail paedophile 'smear campaign' – but paper says deputy Labour leader has 'failed to answer charges' - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - (London) Independent

Harriet Harman expresses 'regret' after Daily Mail claims - BBC News (25/2/2014)


The Marc Coleman Show - Part 1 - Sun 23rd Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

*** NB. Peter Matthews' Conscience Bill in Part 2


Vatican theologians recognize miracle attributed to Paul VI - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - CNA

Pope: The challenges facing the Family - Tue 25th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

*** See also red section above



24/2/14 (Mon)    >>

Pope Francis has written a letter to families which is to be released tomorrow (source: CNS) ... "an irredeemably dishonest media" - John Waters ... Pope appoints Cardinal Pell to head new department to oversee Vatican finance - RORATE CÆLI; Reuters; Catholic Herald, RTÉ, ABC / AP, VIS, PRESS RELEASE: NEW COORDINATION STRUCTURE FOR ECONOMIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS OF THE HOLY SEE AND THE VATICAN STATE


Pope Francis: daily Mass on Monday - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

"Christ and the Church are united!" - Pope Francis


UN: Syrian refugee crisis intensifying - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Ohio Gay-Marriage Push Divides Some Advocates - Sun 23rd Feb, 2014 - NY Times

Man who punched his pregnant girlfriend in stomach given suspended sentence - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - I Times

Today with Seán O'Rourke - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Pure in Heart


Pope Sends Message to SIGNIS World Congress 2014 - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

“Catholic communicators are increasingly challenged to present the wisdom, truth and beauty of the Gospel in a language capable of touching the minds and hearts of countless people who thirst for meaning and direction in their lives as individuals and as members of society.” - Pope Francis


Iona action against RTÉ criticised by priests’ group - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - I Times

Fr Brendan Hoban, ACP. Recall ACP take no stance on abortion bill


Religious education subjected to 'rank discrimination' - Mon 24th Feb, 2014 - Telegraph

Ministers are accused of discriminating against RE in schools


The Marian Finucane Show - Sat 22nd Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Breda O'Brien interviewed



23/2/14 (Sun)    >>



22/2/14 (Sat)    >>

Breda O'Brien on the Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ Radio 1 ... Family of Marie Fleming interviewed on last night's Late Late Show ... Pope to create 19 new cardinals TODAY - Vatican Radio



21/2/14 (Fri)    >>

Archbishop Eamon Martin: "‘We need a bigger beach’ ..." (see below) ... 59% in new poll think you’re not homophobic if you oppose gay marriage - Journal.ie / Prime Time (Pat Leahy): Soft support for same-sex marriage / Morning Ireland ("Opinions change" - Richard Colwell, CEO of Red C ) ... Inexcusable: Leading abuse charity demands apology from Labour trio with links to vile paedophile group - Mail / "Yet, astonishingly, the BBC has not touched the story" - Mail


Arizona Legislature approves controversial religion bill - Fri 21st Feb, 2014 - AzCentral

Religious Freedom Bill Riles Gay Rights Supporters - AP/ABC


POPE FRANCIS GREETS UKRAINIAN CARDINALS AND PRAISES CARDINAL KASPER'S “KNEELING THEOLOGY" - Fri 21st Feb, 2014 - VIS

Archbishop saddened by rate of depression among the young - Sarah Mac Donald and Katherine Donnelly - Fri 21st Feb, 2014 - Irish Independent

A "prevalence of depression" among young people is "the most saddening feature of recent years" - Archbishop Eamon Martin


Catholic Schools and the New Evangelisation – ‘A most valuable resource’ (Pope Francis) - Address by Archbishop Eamon Martin at The Edmund Rice Schools Trustees (NI) Annual Foundation Lecture, Saint Mary’s University College, Belfast - Thu 20th Feb, 2014 - Irish Bishops

"‘We need a bigger beach’ ran a newspaper headline last July on the morning after World Youth Day 2013. It was an amazing sight – two and half miles of Rio’s Copacabana beach crammed with three million young Catholics from all over the world, including Ireland." - Archbishop Eamon Martin


Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton, book review - Thu 20th Feb, 2014 - (London) Independet

Together to the end: Husband holds hands with his beloved wife of 60 years as they died hours apart - Fri 21st Feb, 2014 - Mail

A tricky balance between Church and state - Thu 20th Feb, 2014 - Telegraph

The Media Will Never Report What Pope Francis Just Said - John White - Thu 20th Feb, 2014 - CatholicVote.org

Pope: Go to Confession! Don't wait! / See yesterday's Faith in the Media


Faith Formation Series - DVD: “New Evangelization” - “New Methods” @ 8-9pm TONIGHT - Fri 21st Feb, 2014 - Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen


20/2/14 (Thu)    >>

Pope highlights importance of the family and greets cardinals at the Consistory - Vatican Radio ... Pure in Heart 'story' is akin to: 'Man scandalised to find apple in a fruit shop!' (see below, yesterday and Tuesday) ... Coverage remains biased - Brendan O'Regan - (same-sex marriage) Irish Catholic ... Go directly to confession, don't wait, pope says at audience - CNS (see also below) ... The women whose abortions robbed them of their only chance of motherhood - Mail ... Pope Francis: Irish senators want papal visit - BBC ... "Today, the family is looked down upon and mistreated. We are called to acknowledge how beautiful, true and good it is to start a family, to be a family today; and how indispensable the family is for the life of the world and for the future of humanity. We are called to make known God’s magnificent plan for the family and to help spouses joyfully experience this plan in their lives, as we accompany them amidst so many difficulties." - Pope Francis / News.va


Yesterday's Faith in the Media (Wednesday) - Wed 19th Feb, 2014 - Family and Media Association

A lucid debate is vital ahead of referendum on marriage - Rónán Mullen - Irish Times (P. 14 and highlighted on front page - also mentioned in It Says in the Papers, John S Doyle - 8:10am) ... Pure in Heart report on Today with Seán Ó Rourke / COMMENT: “The Beatitudes of Jesus are new and revolutionary” - Pope Francis ... Irish Times Newspaper Bans Term “Pro-Life” / Anatomy of a smear – the Irish Times abortion story that isn’t / Tyrants are using UK press controls to justify repression / University of the Holy Cross prepares international seminar on Church Communication (Cardinal Dolan and Joaquín Navarro-Valls) / Labour's child sex apologists: How three of the party's most senior figures campaigned for a vile paedophile group now being probed by police for 'abusing children on an industrial scale' / 'The truth about Labour apologists for paedophilia: Police probe child sex group linked to top party officials in wake of Savile' / Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors in illegal mercy killings, claims retired GP / Inside Wall Street's most secret society: The billionaire banker fraternity where cross-dressing new members make jokes about Hillary Clinton and drunkenly mock the financial crisis / Colette Browne: What is the point in preaching abstinence to sexually active teens? / Ministers go to war with UK's leading Catholic: Welfare comments 'were ill-informed' ... Wednesday


Faith in the Media (Tuesday) - Tue 18th Feb, 2014 - Family and Media Association

Killing the messenger! Media try to shut the ears of public to the Truth proclaimed by Pure in Heart ... Tuned to God's frequency - Independent - 'Run on a shoestring, Christian station Spirit Radio is refreshingly upbeat, finds Darragh McManus' ... BBC Radio 4 Today - Archbishop Nichols (Pope Francis "is very radical in the sense that he demands that our lives, those who are the disciples of Christ, are focused on Christ and on nothing else" - Archbishop Vincent Nichols) / The King's Dilemma (Fr John Hogan on Euthanasia and King Philippe of Belgium) / Prenup laws 'would hit marriage': Bishop says proposed changes to the law would shatter tradition that marriage is for life (Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury) ... Tuesday


Graham Norton's verdict on RTE, Panti and homophobia - The BBC star pulls no punches in an incendiary Hot Press interview - Wed 19th Feb, 2014 - Hot Press

I Times (Conor Pope) ... BUT SEE below


‘My good name has been demolished’ Breda O’Brien - Breda O’Brien - Thu 20th Feb, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Breda O'Brien reflects on the 'homophobia' affair / Recall also last Thursday's Faith in the Media


A Time to Die? - Wed 19th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ 1

Euthanasia - 11:30pm Wednesday


Chastity group rejects claims of ‘strange practices’ - Pure in Heart rejects claim it made students 'uncomfortable' - Thu 20th Feb, 2014 - Irish Catholic

And see below


Faith issues - Schools need to include all - Thu 20th Feb, 2014 - I Examiner

Pure in Heart / COMMENT: The underlying theme behind this misleading editorial comment is, essentially, 'The Irish Examiner doesn't like Catholicism and it won't tolerate Catholicism in a Catholic school' / In other breaking news: MAN SCANDALISED TO FIND APPLES IN A FRUIT SHOP! / See also yesterday and Tuesday


Drivetime - The Beaten Path - now serving God - Wed 19th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Anti Catholic etc. evangelical pub. Interview with Olivia McGreal etc.


Pre-marriage course take-up too low says Bishop - Thu 20th Feb, 2014 - I Examiner

Number of couples signing up for pre-marriage courses “unacceptably low” — Bishop - Journal.ie (19/2/2014) / Drivetime - RTÉ (19/2/2014 - end of programme)


The Best Argument for Marriage I’ve Ever Heard - Natalie Plumb - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - Encourage & Teach – Catholic Diocese of Arlington

“If the biggest social problem we face right now in the United States is absentee dads,” he paused, “How will we insist that dads are essential when the law redefines marriage to make fathers optional?” - Ryan T Anderson


Parishes report surge in numbers attending Confession - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Irish Catholic

The Pat Kenny was to run an item today on a new contribution from John Cornwell (recall: Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII): The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession ... SEE ALSO The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII And His Secret War Against Nazi Germany (book) and (YouTube) - Rabbi David Dalin


Pope Francis: Be courageous, go to confession - Wed 19th Feb, 2014 - CNA

Facebook Values WhatsApp Like Miracle Drug: Real M&A - Thu 20th Feb, 2014 - Bloomberg

Facebook buys WhatsApp message service for $19bn - RTÉ



19/2/14 (Wed)    >>

A lucid debate is vital ahead of referendum on marriage - Rónán Mullen - Irish Times (P. 14 and highlighted on front page - also mentioned in It Says in the Papers, John S Doyle - 8:10am) ... Pure in Heart report on Today with Seán Ó Rourke (see also below and yesterday: NB!) / COMMENT: “The Beatitudes of Jesus are new and revolutionary” - Pope Francis


Irish Times Newspaper Bans Term “Pro-Life” - Steven Ertelt - Tue 18th Feb, 2014 - Life News

Twitter / See also below


Anatomy of a smear – the Irish Times abortion story that isn’t - Mon 17th Feb, 2014 - Life Institute

John McGuirk / See also above


Tyrants are using UK press controls to justify repression: Freedom groups call on Cameron to scrap media regulation law - Wed 19th Feb, 2014 - Mail

University of the Holy Cross prepares international seminar on Church Communication - Sat 15th Feb, 2014 - Rome Reports

Apr 28-30, 2014 - Cardinal Dolan and Joaquín Navarro-Valls


Labour's child sex apologists: How three of the party's most senior figures campaigned for a vile paedophile group now being probed by police for 'abusing children on an industrial scale' - Wed 19th Feb, 2014 - Mail

'The truth about Labour apologists for paedophilia: Police probe child sex group linked to top party officials in wake of Savile' - Mail


Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors in illegal mercy killings, claims retired GP - Sat 15th Feb, 2014 - Mail

Inside Wall Street's most secret society: The billionaire banker fraternity where cross-dressing new members make jokes about Hillary Clinton and drunkenly mock the financial crisis - Tue 18th Feb, 2014 - Mail

'Kappa Beta Phi'


Colette Browne: What is the point in preaching abstinence to sexually active teens? - Wed 19th Feb, 2014 - Irish Independent

Also mentioned in RTÉ Radio 1 It Says in the Papers (8:10am), and Brian O'Connell is doing a report on Today with Seán O'Rourke after 10am today / See also yesterday's Faith in the Media


Ministers go to war with UK's leading Catholic: Welfare comments 'were ill-informed' - Wed 19th Feb, 2014 - Mail

Vatican Radio (18/2/2014)



18/2/14 (Tue)    >>

Killing the messenger! Media try to shut the ears of public to the Truth proclaimed by Pure in Heart (see Journal.ie and Telegraph ) ... Tuned to God's frequency - Independent - 'Run on a shoestring, Christian station Spirit Radio is refreshingly upbeat, finds Darragh McManus'


BBC Radio 4 Today - Archbishop Nichols - BBC Radio 4

Pope Francis "is very radical in the sense that he demands that our lives, those who are the disciples of Christ, are focused on Christ and on nothing else" - Archbishop Vincent Nichols


The King's Dilemma - Mon 17th Feb, 2014 - Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus

Euthanasia and King Philippe of Belgium


Prenup laws 'would hit marriage': Bishop says proposed changes to the law would shatter tradition that marriage is for life - Mon 17th Feb, 2014 - Mail

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury



17/2/14 (Mon)    >>



16/2/14 (Sun)    >>

Catholic bodies 'curtailed probes by covert means' - Religious groups cut abuse watchdog's funds - Sunday Independent: "The sensational claims were made by Ian Elliott" ... Sign of the times as Russian Olympic athlete shows her Orthodox faith - Reuters


Celtic Connections - Catholic teaching and pastoral provision for those with same sex attraction - Kathy Sinnott - Sat 15th Feb, 2014 - EWTN

[Audio] Kathy Sinnott talks to Fr Dominic Allain about Fr Timothy Radcliffe's, OP, contribution to the Anglican bishops recently published report on human sexuality called the Pilling Report / "I'm a great admirer of a lot of what Fr Timothy Radcliffe writes and says ... clearly a man of great prayer and reflection but a lot of what he says in his submission I would say isn't actually standard Catholic teaching on sexual ethics; it's him hypothesising ... " ... "I don't have a problem at all with the statement that gay sexuality, in the broadest sense, can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. Of course. ... That's not the question, though. He's mixing that, in there, to confuse things, I think" - Fr Dominic Allain


Statement from Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP. - Divine Mercy Conference

"I addressed the Anglican Commission on Sexuality, which prepared the Pilling report. The key issue was ‘gay marriage’ which I opposed. Nothing that I said was against the teaching of the Church." - Fr. Timothy Radcliffe ... "I feel very honoured to have this chance to share some thoughts on sexual ethics from a Catholic perspective. I must confess that I also feel rather unqualified. I can make no claim to being a moral theologian." - Fr. Radcliffe's opening remarks from the full text of his presentation given to the Church of England's Working Group on human sexuality


The Big Questions - TODAY @ 10am - Sun 16th Feb, 2014 - BBC One

Should Christians rise above their differences? (same sex issues mentioned) / "Should assisted dying be legal?" / COMMENT: Note use of word 'dying' instead of 'suicide'. 'Assisted killing'?


Pat Leahy: Some campaigners for same-sex marriage rights could find that their current triumphalism may cost them dearly later on - Sunday Business Post

Strip clubs get Whitehall cash - Sun 16th Feb, 2014 - The Sunday Times

Ugandan President Says He Will Sign Tough Antigay Measure - Sat 15th Feb, 2014 - New York Times

Why did floods agency spend hundreds on 'equali-tea' gay awareness mugs... and £30,000 on gay pride marches? As Britain counts cost of shoddy defences, we reveal bizarre spending by quango bosses - Sat 15th Feb, 2014 - Mail

Valentine's Day advice from Pope Francis - Sun 16th Feb, 2014 - CNN

Yesterday's Faith in the Media

Saturday / Friday / Thursday / Wednesday / Tuesday / Monday


90% of Radio Veritas fans in Bangladesh are Muslim - Sat 15th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio


15/2/14 (Sat)    >>

The savagery of online comment is coarsening all public discussion - Breda O'Brien - Irish Times


Thirty thousand in St Peter's Square - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - L'Osservatore Romano

St Valentine - Dublin - CNS (YouTube)


News Nightly - Vatican Expert John Allen on Pope Benedict - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - EWTN

Donal spoke from the heart and that's why school kids are listening - Sat 15th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

Youngsters spreading Walsh's 'Live Life' message on walking tour of country


Yesterday's Faith in the Media

Saturday / Friday / Thursday / Wednesday / Tuesday / Monday


Men sought to Knock on marriage bureau’s door - Sat 15th Feb, 2014 - I Examiner

Clarence Thomas is right about race - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - CNN

"The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites,"


Vatican Radio interviews Archbishop Georg Gänswein - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Key aide to Benedict: Resignation as (of) pope opened door to Francis’s ‘enormous impact’ - Washington Post


New Cardinal Vincent Nichols: welfare cuts ‘frankly a disgrace’ - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - Telegraph

Pope Pius and the Virgin Queen - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - Telegraph

Protests in Spain over plan to reduce access to abortion - Sat 15th Feb, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: No mention of how many. Other reports mention "thousands". Contrast this with the 1 million (1,000,000) who protested the original pro-abortion law in 2009! (referred to here as 'pro-life protesters' by the BBC.)


US Patrick’s Day marches out of step with Ireland - LGBT bans in New York and Boston reflect a conservatism that lags behind the homeland - Simon Carswell - Sat 15th Feb, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: Really? 'Conservatism' or common sense? Hidden in the middle of the article is the following: "Bill Donohue, president of the New York-based Catholic League and an Irish citizen, says LGBT groups want to “impose their own identity” on the parade. He notes anti-abortion advocates are also welcome to march, but they are not allowed to carry anti-abortion signs: “It is not about barring gays – it is about barring any contingent, group, banner or sign that brings attention to any cause other than what is being celebrated on the day.”", a point that the Irish media, with some honourable exceptions (e.g. George Hook - 10/2/2014 and George Hook - 6/2/2014), are stunningly reluctant to hear and relay!



14/2/14 (Fri)    >>

On the Feast of St. Valentine, with Pope Francis! / WATCH LIVE! @ 10am Irish Time (11am in Rome) / A VERY special Valentine's date! - Mail / More than 20,000 engaged couples expected to attend! Pontifical Council for the Family! ... "@familyandmedia A wonderful day! As the Pope counseled, we say Thank You--to him, to Our Lord and to all who made this meeting possible!!" - Archbishop Paglia President of the Pontifical Council for the Family (Twitter) ... Interview: Cardinal Seán O'Malley - EWTN World Over: "I see my job as advising the Pope, not lobbying him" ... "In the Church, we must let The Holy Spirit lead us" - Cardinal Seán


Yesterday's Faith in the Media

NB! *** Faith in the Media...RTE’s liberal bias is colossal and getting worse - David Quinn - Irish Catholic ... Sen Ronan Mullen re: Europe, RTE and Breda O'Brien - Moncrieff & CI ... Michael Gannon, Vatican Radio & Mooney! ... St Valentine's Day & Pope! etc. [RECOMMENDED] ... See also Tuesday [RECOMMENDED]


Cardinal Wuerl hits U.N. report on Catholic sex abuse scandal - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - The Washington Times

[Video] "We take all of the Beauty of the Church for granted" ... "this world of beauty" ... "How do we strengthen the family, marriage and family?" - Cardinal Wuerl


Olympic figure skater who can't always afford coach turns to prayer - Tue 11th feb, 2014 - Catholic Courier

Media’s toxic world enough to make us all mad as hell - Opinion: We’ve gone so far beyond the scenario depicted in ‘Network’ that we should be scared as hell - Mon 10th Feb, 2013 - The I Times

Being homosexual is only partly due to gay gene, research finds - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - Telegraph

Facebook Users, Others React to Gender Options - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - Facebook

Jindal to warn of government assault on religious liberty - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - CNN

A 'silent war'


Veronica O'Keane: Anti-choice psychiatrists undermine abortion law - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - The I Times

COMMENT: What an ugly article!


World Radio Day: Nancy McGirr - caring for the cast-offs of society - Wed 12th Feb, 2014 - News.va

Daniel O'Connell's dying wish - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - Irish Independent

Pope Francis receives Catholic Education plenary participants - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Religion & Ethics - Can a scientist believe in miracles? - By Prof Jacalyn Duffin, Queen's University, Canada - Fri 14th Feb, 2014 - BBC

*** "Peering down the microscope, I saw a deadly leukaemia cell and decided that the patient whose blood I was examining must be dead" ... "That first patient is still alive some 30 years after her brush with acute myeloblastic leukaemia, and I cannot explain why. She can." - By Prof Jacalyn Duffin ... COMMENT: Prof Jacalyn Duffin, who is an atheist, also says that the Church has "not shrunk from science in its deliberations over the miraculous" ***



13/2/14 (Thu)    >>

RTÉ’s liberal bias is colossal and getting worse - David Quinn - Irish Catholic ... Re: Saturday Night Show incident: "For me, that was an open and shut case of defamation" - Rónán Mullen on Moncrieff - Newstalk, who also referred to the Breda O'Brien Irish Times interview. (see below) / / "There are new prejudices, Seán. There are people who feel self-conscious about blessing themselves in a public place before they start a meal ... There are clergy going around the place who are self-conscious about wearing their collar. It doesn't seem to exercise whole sections of the media that that should happen" - Rónán Mullen ... Rónán Mullen launches campaign for Europe - Ann Marie Foley ... Increase in demand for ACCORD’s two key services: marriage preparation and marriage counselling - Irish Bishops / "@familyandmedia Thank God and St. Malachy for inspiring young Irish couples to prepare for Sacramental Marriage." - Archbishop Paglia ‏@PagliaTW, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family (website - see also below) / 20,000 YES FOREVER - Pope Francis with the world’s engaged couples (tomorrow for St Valentine's Day! See also Irish Bishops) ... Michael Gannon who has Down Syndrome and who worked for Vatican Radio and interviewed the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Msgr. Paul Tighe, last month, was interviewed on Mooney, RTÉ Radio 1, today (Vatican Radio & Rome Reports) ... Bible Hunters 1/2 - BBC 2 @ 9pm tonight Thursday


Dáil becoming cold-house for Catholics, TD warns - Dáil 'swiftly becoming a Godless place' - Cathal Barry - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Re: Mattie McGrath TD


Yesterday's Faith in the Media - Wed 12th Feb, 2014 - Family and Media Association

COMMENT: NB! *** "Mammy, Are we in danger ... ?" - Breda O'Brien quoting her 15-year-old! (audio)


UN report was a missed opportunity - Report is tarnished by an ideological agenda - Michael Kelly - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Recall John Allen - 5/2/2014 & John Allen - 6/2/2014


Tolerance is not enough to learn the art of living with others - Supporting gay marriage is an obvious good. But we should be confident enough to face up our differences too - Timothy Radcliffe - Sun 16th Dec, 2012 - Guardian

See also 'Divine Mercy stands by Fr Radcliffe in ‘bullying’ claim - Guest speaker will appear this month, organisers insist' - Irish Catholic


We are not the same. That’s why the ideal is acceptance of sexual diversity - Victoria White - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - I Examiner

Spain’s restrictive abortion Bill survives secret vote - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: The IT's headline writers doing their best to put a 'positive' spin on what for them is very 'bad' news


Church ‘moving towards acceptance’ of gay people, says Buttimer - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - I Times

Ian O'Doherty: It was just like watching Martina Luther King - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

"What has been hailed as a brilliant piece of courageous civil rights oration was, in reality, an example of someone quite literally playing to the crowd."


Six One - Belgian parliament passes legislation on child euthanasia - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ One

More 'balanced' than previous RTÉ reports (see, e.g., yesterday)


Russia bans adoptions from countries that allow gay marriage - Decree aimed at 'protecting children's psyche' from the 'undesirable effects' of exposure to unconventional sexual relationships - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - Telegraph

Vatican official rejects claims that he endorsed same-sex unions - Fri 7th Feb, 2014 - CNA

Re: Archbishop Paglia (see red section, above)


Mary Kenny: Our less repressive world tolerates empty vessels and their noise - Mon 10th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

A Beacon of Light in a Dark Place: An Interview with Exorcist Rev. Michael Maginot - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - Catholic to the Max

EWTN News Nightly - Why Cardinal Dziwisz did not not burn Pope JP II's letters - Wed 12th Feb, 2014

*** Brian Patrick for Colleen Carroll Campbell ... Includes part of a video interview with Cardinal Dziwisz, the recent UN report, a weeping statue (see yesterday), World Marriage Day, online dating, the St Valentines Day meeting of engaged couples with the Pope (see above) etc. ***


Pope Mass: Faith in the word of God leads to salvation - Thu 13th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Zenit ... Pope: A vain believer can lose his faith, but a humble pagan can find it - Vatican Radio



12/2/14 (Wed)    >>

Crisis pregnancy centres ‘scandal’ - Caroline Farrow (see Telegraph, below) ... Breda O'Brien (Audio: 6 mins 40 secs in) on Saturday Night Show defamation issue (Note: Recall the World Communications Day Message of Pope Francis!) ... Turin Shroud may have been created by earthquake from time of Jesus - Telegraph / I Independent ... Pope's Audience: Three practical ways in which the Eucharist can improve daily life - Rome Reports (see also below)


Persecution is wrong whether it’s targeting Christians or gays - Caroline Farrow - Tue 11th Feb, 2014 - The Catholic Universe

Government unveils plans for largest ever global St Patrick's Day - Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, discusses plans for this year's St Patrick's Day celebrations - Wed 12th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Reuters: Berlin Film Festival film about the horrific, brutal killing of two gay men ... Timothy Radcliffe sets the right tone on same-sex marriage - David Quinn - Iona Institute


Morning Ireland - News (7am) - Wed 12th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Re: Proposed liberlisation of Belgium's Euthanasia law: "Under the proposed change, terminally ill children would also be able to avail of the procedure" - RTÉ News presenter / COMMENT: "avail" of the "procedure" ?? !! The use of this sort of language distorts and hides the barbaric reality of the killing of children. RTÉ is failing to be a neighbour (recall Pope Francis: World Communications Day message on The Good Samaritan) / / Belgian lower house to debate euthanasia for minors - RTÉ (website) / / The Right Hook (Part 2 - George Hook refers to Hitler's use of so-called 'mercy killing' ***) / / Newstalk / / Telegraph


THE EUCHARIST INSPIRES FORGIVENESS AND ENCOUNTER WITH OTHERS - Wed 12th Feb, 2014 - VIS

Audience with the Plenary of the Congregation for Catholic Education (scheduled for tomorrow morning) - Thu 13th Feb, 2013 - Vatican (YouTube)

'My faith helped me survive the pain of losing my daughter and wife to cancer' - Pierce Brosnan - Wed 12th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

Journalist who broke news of resignation recalls her 'panic' - Tue 11th Feb, 2014 - CNA

COMMENT: Latin not such a 'dead language' after all!


Women - Women Health - 'Abortion will make women child sex abusers' independent clinics warn - Emma Barnett, Claire Newell, Holly Watt and Ben BryantcTelegraph

and in I Examiner today / / COMMENT: Important to read The Universe's Caroline Farrow's analysis above (red section) ***


Abortion laws 'among worst in the world' - Wed 12th Feb, 2014 - The Age

Victoria, Australia / Geoff Shaw MP


Moncrieff - Part 2 - Wed 12th Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

(52 mins in) 'Exorcisms by Skype'


Hundreds flock to ‘weeping’ Mary statue in Israel - Tue 11th Feb, 2014 - Washington Post


11/2/14 (Tue)    >>

"Today I ask you to join me in prayer for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility." - Pope Francis (on Twitter) ... Pope Benedict’s Resignation ‘revolutionary’: His Personal Secretary - Vatican Radio ... How Benedict XVI set the stage for Pope Francis - John Allen (see also below) ... What makes him a spokesman for the Irish people? George Hook again crtitical of Rory O'Neill's call for same-sex marriage legislation without a referendum and of the media attention he is being given [ Right Hook - 1 ]; [2] / See also The Marc Coleman Show, below and Michael Graham on LGBT and St Patrick's Day ... Pope softening tone, not stance, O’Malley says - John Allen ... Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, World Day of the Sick ... Courage head sees Christ in Pope's 'non-judgment' remarks - CNA / EWTN


This Week - Sun 9th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Enda Kenny / COMMENT: It's funny, isn't it. Some people say religion is irrelevant. Yesterday, RTÉ's This Week programme, separately, interviewed the Taoiseach and the Archbishop of Dublin. Guess who grabbed all the headlines: I Examiner COMMENT: Now there are about 1.2 billion Catholics (1,200,000,000) in the world and the Archbishop of Dublin says that SOME of them MAY be homophobic and that makes the top of the front page. Religion is really irrelevant, isn't it? / See also I Times etc. / Fintan O'Toole - I Times / Washington Post / AP & ABC / AP: 'O'Neill, as is his style, had a quip to capture the absurdity of his situation. "I love the fact that the archbishop has essentially come out for Team Panti"' ***


The Marc Coleman Show - Sun 9th Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

Part 2 ... Derek Byrne, Matt Carthy SF, Niamh Bhreathnach (former Labour Minister for Education), John McGuirk, Cllr Dermot Lacey (Lab), Sheila Reilly (Ed. Longford Leader)


Turning personal discomfort into open prejudice - Panti Bliss talks to Ray about homophobia, RTE and asks Enda Kenny to "grow a pair" - Mon 10th Feb, 2014 - Today FM

The Marian Finucane - Sun 9th Feb 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Lucinda Creighton, Stephen McNamara, Michael Vaughan, Sebastian Hamilton - Editor in Chief, Irish Mail


Sunday with Miriam - Rory O'Neill - Sun 9th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

COMMENT: Fairness and balance alert!


Nun killed in shooting at cathedral - Sun 9th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

COMMENT: Scant media coverage for this


St. Patrick and Ireland - Michael Voris - Mon 10th Feb, 2014 - ChurchMilitantTV

Archbishop Gänswein discusses Pope Benedict’s life a year after his resignation - Mon 10th Feb, 2014 - CWN

Big data and society - The measure of man - How to re-engineer the world - Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from a New Science - Sat 8th Feb, 2014 - Economist

"Often the examples underscore the importance of social ties. One study in the Swiss town of Poschiavo found that local householders were more likely to use energy-saving schemes if they offered gift points to the householders’ neighbours instead of to the householders themselves."


Parolin lays out his roadmap for diplomacy - Sat 8th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Insider

Poll: Should children be allowed on social networks? - Invaluable communication tools or avenues to bullying and harmful content? - Tue 11th Feb, 2014 - Journal

Pope Francis invites to live the mystery of God's presence in the Mass - Mon 10th feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Utah's Mormons celebrate as polygamy restrictions are struck down - Tue 11th Feb, 2014 - (London) Independent

Letters - Tue 11th Feb, 2014 - Irish Independent

'Gay marriage row' / Luison Lassala: "Should we not find it unfair and extremely damaging if politicians were to be called anti-Semitic because they expressed their views about Palestinians having a right to protect their land, not agreeing with Israeli settlements being built in Gaza?" / / Same letter in I Times



10/2/14 (Mon)    >>


This Week - Sun 9th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin


The Marc Coleman Show - Sun 9th Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

Part 2


Turning personal discomfort into open prejudice - Panti Bliss talks to Ray about homophobia, RTE and asks Enda Kenny to "grow a pair" - Mon 10th Feb, 2014 - Today FM

Sunday with Miriam - Rory O'Neill - Sun 9th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One


09/2/14 (Sun)    >>



08/2/14 (Sat)    >>



07/2/14 (Fri)    >>

Fr Lombardi SJ: Note on children's rights Committee findings - Vatican Radio ... Mullen says ‘strong social values’ underpin campaign to be MEP - I Times / Seán Ó Rourke ... John Waters made alternative offer to RTÉ - RTÉ: News At One ... Pope Francis’ Motorcycle Fetches $327,000 - Proceeds to a soup kitchen and hostel for homeless - TIME ... The Catholic church isn't the only institution to close ranks in a scandal - Guardian


What terminology is acceptable to use in the gay marriage debate? - Thu 6th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ One

David Quinn, Paddy Manning / Morning Ireland (7/2/2014)


Liveline - Thu 6th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

COMMENT: Liveline: using the suffering of some of its callers to engineer a Liveline ideologically congruent context for David Quinn's words, later. RTÉ once again showing itself to be a mirror which reflects some things but not others, according to its clear ideological agenda / Liveline (7/2/2014) (COMMENT: Quite a clear attack on religion!)


Beaten, spat at and harassed: Buttimer tells Dáil in homophobia debate - Fri 7th Feb, 2014 - I Examiner

Front Page (pic) / Jerry Buttimer: "I will not — in a tolerant, respectful debate — allow people who spout hatred and intolerance to be let go unchecked." / COMMENT: Who is spouting hatred? Has the FG TD, in a sense, abused Dáil privilege by misrepresenting those who support (traditional) marriage as spouting hatred? / RTÉ: Nine News / "He urged Taoiseach Enda Kenny to make RTÉ accountable to the Dáil after a number of parliamentary questions by him and others were rejected because they do not fall within the rules of the Oireachtas." - Examiner (6/2/2014) / Taoiseach rules out making RTÉ accountable for Iona Institute payout - Times (7/2/2014) / The Pat Kenny Show / Morning Ireland


Sarah Carey: Gay rights groups have to rise above trading of insult - Thu 6th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

De Rossa libel award `penalises free speech' - Wed 9th Dec, 1998 - IIndependent

RTÉ: Six One News: COMMENT: Communications' Minister Pat Rabbitte bizarrely accuses some of double standards; but, what did he have to say about the De Rossa case?


The Right Hook - Part 2 - Thu 6th Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

* George Hook on St Patrick's Day (Part I - 8 mins in), critical of recent LGBT actions and of proposed laws allowing men to use women's toilets and vice versa. British media's handling of Bill Roache trial also criticised (see also Kitty Holland on Vincent Browne)


RTÉ ‘homophobic’ remarks prompt Rabbitte to relax broadcasting rules - Fri 7th Feb, 2014 - I Times

Meeting Pope lifted my guilt: Philomena - Fri 7th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

Catholic Voices: Jack Valero on BBC News about the UN Report on the Vatican - Thu 6th Feb, 2014 - Catholic Voices

* [YouTube] / How the Holy See was ambushed by a UN kangaroo court - Austen Ivereigh - Catholic Voices


Shakira is 'a danger to children' and 'promotes lesbianism', Colombian politician petitioning for ban on singer claims - Thu 6th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

David Quinn: Hostility towards faith schools goes against what many parents demand - Fri 7th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

Pope at mass reflects on Christian death - Thu 6th Feb, 2014 - Vatican Radio

"...ask for the grace to die at home, to die in the Church; ask for the grace to die in hope, with hope, and ask for the grace to leave a beautiful legacy, human legacy, a legacy made ​​by the witness of our Christian life. May St. David grant us all three" - Pope Francis



06/2/14 (Thu)    >>



05/2/14 (Wed)    >>

UN committee bizarrely critcise one form of child abuse while recommending another, namely: abortion! (re: non-binding UN committee report regarding the Holy See and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) / See, also below for 2 other apparent contradictions in UN, State or media attitudes, on contemporary issues ... See also yesterday's Faith in the Media (details below) ... We can never thank the Lord enough for the gift of the Eucharist - Pope - News.va ... Book published containing private notes of Pope John Paul II - RTÉ: Six One News (also discussed on Pat Kenny Show with Paddy Agnew) ... “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien - Pro Life Youth


UN Denounces Vatican on Sex Abuse, Abortion - Wed 5th Jan, 2014 - ABC News (AP)

"the committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of, the perpetrators" / "By making specific recommendations to review Vatican policies on abortion and contraception, the committee waded deep into core church teaching on life." / COMMENT: The recommendations are non bindinding and there is no mechanism for enforcement.


News at One - Michael Kelly, Editor of the Irish Catholic, on the UN's criticism of the Vatican over child sexual abuse - Wed 5th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Why is abortion appearing in a report investigating child abuse? Concern that there is something ideological going on? / RTÉ: One News / RTÉ Drivetime (56 mins in / COMMENT: No attempt at balance) / RTÉ: Six One News / RTÉ: Nine News / Vatican Radio: Archbishop Tomasi / VIS: Press Release / TV3: Tonight with Vincent Browne: Patsy McGarry, Marie Collins, Fr Gerry O'Connor / Boston Globe: John Allen: UN report on Vatican and sex abuse may hurt reform cause


MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2014 - He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich (cf. 2 Cor 8:9) - Vatican.va

AN INVITATION TO EVANGELICAL POVERTY IN OUR TIME - VIS


Scottish Catholic adoption agency wins right to only place children with heterosexual married couples - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - Protect the Pope

St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society has won the right to only place children with heterosexual married couples in a unanimous verdict by the Scottish Charity Appeal Panel, overturning an earlier ruling.


Vatican spokesman: Francis won’t watch Philomena - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - Catholic Herald

! 'Fr Lombardi has said that the Pope will not be watching it and criticised the producers for using Francis as a “marketing strategy”.' / But, see below


Pope Francis meets Philomena Lee and Steve Coogan - Wed 5th Feb, 2014 - Guardian

See above / Also reported on RTÉ: Six One News and RTÉ: Arena


Prime Time - Should the (State's legal) age of consent be lowered? - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ One

Audience and panel discussion. The audience included a large number of teenagers / / COMMENT: The point that the lowering of the age of consent would suit ephebophiles and even paedophiles, did not receive any emphasis. A similar point about sexual predators was only introduced late to the discussion (21 mins) by an audience member, Jackie Ascough. Even this was not properly explored. Why? Would doing so have exposed A CONTRADICTORY POSITION IN THE MEDIA which decries some child abuse, particularly where it has involved clergy, but, in a sense, facilitates others? (see also above and below) / / Fiona Neary, Rape Crisis Centre: "We are addicted to binge drinking in this country; we're in complete denial and we're failing teenagers wholesale if we don't talk about that" ... "teenagers are sexually abused in very different ways to younger children." ... "They (teenagers) told us in research launched last week that they are not equipped by our society and by our schools to talk about consent or to talk about sex and yet they are binge drinking, they are drunk and they are sexually active. It's a complete failure and lowering the age of consent solves nothing" .. "There is a lot of speculation in this debate and there needs to be a much clearer evidence base." ... "But, you've no data and the problem is that the Child and Family Agency is currently closing down our data gathering systems" / / Brian Crowe: "(Because of social media, from a really young age) they (young people) know exactly how sex works (mechanically). What they don't understand is the emotional aspect of sex and the relationship. And relationship and sexuality education is absolutely key to this ... !" / / COMMENT: At least implicit in Miriam O'Callaghan's preamble/introduction was the notion that the Government were reluctant to address this issue. But, by not lowering the age of consent, surely the Government is addressing the issue, though not in the way that perhaps some in RTÉ would appear to want. Note, also, previous comment! / / Paedophiles rented boys from charity - I Independent (31/1/2014)


Nine News - Priest appeals to young people not to take part in drinking game - Wed 5th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ One

Irish Bishops


Nine News - Supreme Court hears submissions in surrogacy appeal - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ One

State is appealing the High Court ruling supporting children's rights to have the link to their genetic parents recognised / COMMENT: On the other hand RTÉ and other media regularly criticise Catholic adoption services for having prevented children's access to genetic information about biological parents (see also above for other apparently CONTRADICTORY UN, STATE OR MEDIA POSITIONS). / News At One


Church must adjust to reality of divorce and remarriage – cardinal - Fri 31st Jan, 2014 - Tablet

“People are on the way. They live together, have children, some then get married in a register office and later perhaps in church. The important thing is to accompany them on their way” - Cardinal Christoph Schönborn


News at One - RTÉ's Head of Television Glen Killane defends the payment and apology made to the Íona Institute - Wed 5th Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

"Based on advice we received both internally from legal and from very senior counsel, externally, with significant experience in this field ... we took the view that this was the most prudent course of action in the public interest" ... "The advice was that we were very, very unlikely to win a case should it go to the courts" / The Journal / RTÉ: Six One News / Nine News


Faith in the Media - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - FMA

Another epic fail from the Irish Times on abortion - Life Institute ... Changes in Irish hierarchy will continue, nuncio says - Catholic Culture ... Mark Dooley on the effects of the internet - Irish Daily Mail, It Says in the Papers (8:05am) ... Michael Voris of ChurchMilitant.TV speaking in Holy Trinity Church, Cork City on Sat 8th Feb @ 7pm ... Queen to make 'informal' visit to the Pope ( Telegraph Mail ): "Expected to offer Queen a cup of tea in simple Vatican boarding house" ... The Francis Factor: Why worshippers are returning to Catholic churches - (London) Independent / RTE boss Noel Curran to get four more years as station chief ( I Independent ) ... Same-sex parents in a Coca-Cola ad? - (London) Independent ... Bomb attack kills five at cinema ( I Examiner )


Oireachtas seeks RTE explanation on its approach to libel complaints - Wed 5th Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

Pat Rabbitte on Newstalk Breakfast ... COMMENT: Minister Rabbitte inappropriately pressurising pro-family commentators not to have recourse to the country's defamation laws. If the Minister was doing his job properly, perhaps they wouldn't have to! Also, does the Minister not believe in having fairness, the truth and just debate on our State airwaves, free of false allegations. Furthermore is this not a double standard from the Minister. Did he complain about former Social Welfare Minister Proinsias de Rossa suing the Sunday Independent? SEE: De Rossa libel award `penalises free speech' - Independent (9/12/1998)!


Tonight with Vincent Browne - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - TV3

Panel discussion including Kevin Brophy, solicitor Iona Institute and Paddy Manning / / / COMMENT: Some excellent points, very well made, by Paddy Manning / / / Today FM: Matt Cooper: Paddy Manning etc.


George Hook calls it right on free speech in ‘homophobia’ debate - Ben Conroy - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - Iona Institute

See also Monday COMMENT: Emperor's new clothes: George Hook is one of the few journalists to correctly identify the true attempt to shut down debate on same-sex marriages which is being waged by radcial same-sex marriage supporters and large sections of the media, not, as they would want you to believe, by the Iona Institute. The downplaying of violent threats to the supporters of traditional marriage and the virtual media blackout, in this country, of the significant pro-family gatherings in France are a shameful and harmful sign of the extent of #groupthink and anti-family bias in the Irish media



04/2/14 (Tue)    >>

Another epic fail from the Irish Times on abortion - Life Institute ... Changes in Irish hierarchy will continue, nuncio says - Catholic Culture ... Mark Dooley on the effects of the internet - Irish Daily Mail, It Says in the Papers (8:05am) ... Michael Voris of ChurchMilitant.TV speaking in Holy Trinity Church, Cork City on Sat 8th Feb @ 7pm


Queen to make 'informal' visit to the Pope - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - Telegraph

Mail: "Expected to offer Queen a cup of tea in simple Vatican boarding house"


The Francis Factor: Why worshippers are returning to Catholic churches - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - (London) Independent

RTE boss Noel Curran to get four more years as station chief - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - I Independent

Same-sex parents in a Coca-Cola ad? - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - (London) Independent

Bomb attack kills five at cinema - Tue 4th Feb, 2014 - I Examiner


03/2/14 (Mon)    >>

‘We only sought damages from RTE after they refused to apologise over claim of homophobia’ - I Independent ('quoting' Breda O'Brien - see also Irish Times and below) ... Church officials express 'deep concern' over same-sex marriage bill - BBC Scotland ... Payment for surrogacy to be outlawed - Pat Leahy - Sunday Business Post / COMMENT: Approving surrogacy under the guise of disallowing certain forms of it? ... Finbarr Walsh, father of Donal Walsh talks about the Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation and mentions the help given by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown - Sunday Sports (40 mins in) on RTÉ Radio 1 ... French conservatives march against government 'family-phobia' - Reuters


RTE paid out €85,000 in 'homophobe' row - Sun 2nd Feb, 2014 - Sunday Independent

Front Page ... 'Family-phobia' (see above) ... 'Is suing to protect your good name censorship of free speech?' - George Hook, Newstalk - interview with Ivana Bacik ... George Hook: "It seems to me that the only censorship here is done by" LGBT Noise and you and Sen Averil Power ... - George Hook to Ivana Bacik (see I Times for context)


The Saturday Night Show - Sat 1st Feb, 2014 - RTÉ 1

Noel Whelan, Susan Philips, Averil Power, Colm O'Gorman


Gay-marriage debate takes new twist in Oregon: religious exemption - Sun 2nd Feb, 2014 - Reuters

Surrogacy appeal to Supreme Court underway - Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 - I Independent

RTÉ (website article) / RTÉ Radio 1: News At One / Newstalk (website article)


The Pat Kenny Show (Shane Coleman) - Part 3 - Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

Questions relating to the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2013: Surrogacy; Adoption by same-sex civil partners (jointly) / COMMENT: Strong slant of approval expressed towards Minister Alan Shatter's bill


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

*** Interview with Physiatrist Jim Lucey / (COMMENT: Note Prof Lucey's positive comments on the impact of girlfriends and mothers on drink culture ... "Culture will beat strategy every time. We need to try to address our culture" - Prof Lucey) ... Interview with Ruairí Quinn - school patronage etc. / Fr Michael Drumm on Morning Ireland (27/1/2014) / *** Minister’s call to cut back religion for maths doesn’t really add up - Breda O'Brien - IT: Opinion: Schools in North excel despite same time given to RE as in the Republic ***


Vaccine can save children - Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 - Guardian (Trinidad & Tobago)

"The Catholic Education Board of Management and other groups had initially resisted an attempt by the Ministry of Health a year ago to introduce the HPV vaccination programme among pubescent girls in the school system. As a result, the Government suspended the programme, only to reintroduce it in September following a change of heart by earlier opponents." / Safety of some vaccines also discussed, today, on The Right Hook


Would You Believe? Leap of Faith - Sun 2nd Feb, 2014 - RTÉ 1

" Documentary examining the story of Graham Jones, who gave up a legal career to run a community development charity in the Liberties area of Dublin."


Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York apartment - Sun 2nd Feb, 2014 - Journal

Morning Ireland


PETER HITCHENS: The BBC just loves swearing - until it gets a dose of its own @!X*! medicine - Sun 2nd Feb, 2014 - Mail

Comiskey's successor in Ferns says disgraced bishop 'has a big heart' - Sarah MacDonald - Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 - Irish Independent

This Week - 'We have a special report on Vladimir Putin' - Sun 2nd Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Putin's closeness to Orthodox Church criticised ... See also The Saturday Night Show (above - interview with 'Pussy Riot') ... Newstalk: The Sunday Show with Shane Coleman: Discussion on the use of the term 'homophobia' etc.


Judge warns internet drinking games will lead to 'tsunami of prosecutions' - Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 - Newstalk

See, also, Today with Seán O'Rourke, above



02/2/14 (Sun)    >>



01/2/14 (Sat)    >>

Powerful homily by Pope Francis quoting PopePius XII: "The greatest sin today is that men have lost the sense of sin" - Vatican Radio [1], [2] ... RTÉ Radio One CountryWide mentions St Brigid's Day and St Brigid's Cross - Limerick Leader / COMMENT: 'RTÉ as láthair agaibh!' (cf Gen 3.9b) / ... Pope John Paul ll blood-soaked relic found in Italy - BBC [DG] ... Yesterday (Through the looking glass of an iPhone re: World Communications Day Message 2014 - L'Osservatore Romano etc.)


RTÉ payout over homophobia row tops €10k - Sat 1st Feb, 2014 - I Examiner

Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte: “It ('homophobe') is too loaded a term to be used to categorise those who hold contrary views on what is a matter for legitimate public debate” / Statement by Pat Rabbitte TD / I Independent / I Examiner (31/1/2014) / I Times / Newstalk ... COMMENT: Note how the headlines, in particular, in 3 Irish dailies fail to emphasise or even mention Minister Rabbitte's cautioning against using the term 'homophobe'. In addition, BOTH THE MEDIA AND MINISTER RABBITTE are guilty of spinning the events referred to as an attempted clamping down on debate by those opposed to gay 'marriage'. How ironic, given the fact that even RTÉ, in its apology, implied/admitted (as is clear from Noel Whelan's article in the I Times published earlier that day) that the Saturday Night Show interview was an attempt to silence, instead, the pro traditional marriage voice!


Man charged with murder of Tom O’Gorman has ‘serious mental condition’, court told - Fri 31st Jan, 2014 - I Independent

847 complaints over Miss Panti show - Fri 31st Jan, 2014 - I Independent

Priests say Church out of touch on family planning - Sat 1st Feb, 2014 - I Examiner

COMMENT: Misleading headline. Also reported in It Says in the Papers.


Sins of priests force bishop to live in anonymity - Child-abuse scandal that rocked his diocese 12 years ago still haunts retired cleric - Paul Williams - Sat 1st Feb, 2014 - I Independent

Front Page re: former Bishops of Ferns, Brendan Comiskey / Reported on, in John S Doyle's It Says in the Papers


For all his faults, Bishop is right – sexual abuse is not confined to Catholicism - Dearbhail McDonald - Sat 1st Feb, 2014 - Independent

*


Playback with Marian Richardson (Fiona Kelly) - Sat 1st Feb, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

RTÉ Playback selectively plays back a part of last Wednesday's The Late Debate where Aodhán Ó Riordáin and Colm O'Gorman attacked the Iona Institute, who were represented on the show by Breda O'Brien and John Murray.


Pope: Christians must "feel with the Church" - Thu 30th Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

'Recalling the words of Pope Paul VI, he said it’s absurd to claim that we love Christ without the Church, that we listen to Christ but not the Church, that we are with Christ but on the margins of the Church. The Gospel message, Pope Francis said, comes to us through the Church and our path to holiness must be found within the Church.' / COMMENT: AMEN




31/1/14 (Fri)    >>

Can we have a respectful debate on same-sex marriage? I don't think so - David Quinn - I Independent ... Breda O'Brien & John Murray - The Late Debate - RTÉ Radio 1 ... European Parliament PETITION! (Lunacek) ... RTE's 'The Saturday Night Show' to host debate on homophobia - Independent ... Pussy Riot are Saturday Night Show guests / COMMENT: an attempt by RTÉ to deflect the rage of extremist gay rights commentators? ... Spirit Radio celebrates three years on the air - Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland ... Irish Times Education Editor, Seán Flynn RIP: "... fair and just in his coverage and reportage" - Bishop Brendan Kelly (Chair of the Council for Education of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference) ... Through the looking glass of an iPhone - L'Osservatore Romano (News.va): *** 'The call of Pope Francis to take the Gospel to the streets also includes the digital ones. The first message of Pope Francis for World Communications Day is consistent with the Holy Father’s concern for reaching individuals where they are. Today that often means the virtual confines of the digital environment. ' ***


Senator Jim Walsh takes the Iona Institute's side. - Thu 30th Jan, 2014 - It Only Encourages Them (YouTube)

COMMENT: Well said, Senator!


Shatter publishes draft bill on 'radical reform' of family law - Thu 30th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ

See below


Government begin bid to allow same-sex couples to adopt The consultation process on the Child and Family Relationships Bill will now begin in the Oireachtas - Thu 30th Jan, 2014 - TheJournal.ie

See above and below ... Newstalk Breakfast: Child & Family Agency launches today


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Fri 31st Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Interview with Minister Alan Shatter ... See above


Liveline - Thu 30th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Including: item on Remembering Ann Lovett, which included promotion of condom use.


Who’s ‘godless’ now? Russia says it’s U.S. - Putin seizes on issue of traditional values - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - The Wshington Times

N.Y. Judge Alarms Gay Parents by Finding Marriage Law Negates Need for Adoption - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - New York Times

NY Daily News


LGBTQ finance director avoids jail sentence after stealing €10,000 from Dublin-based firm - Wed 29th Jan, 2014 - Independent

Previews - Fri 31st Jan, 2014 - FaithArts

*** Upcoming TV and radio programmes


Both Sean O’Rourke and Pat Kenny make gains – but Sean O’Rourke is winning in ratings war - Fri 31st Jan, 2014 - I Independent

COMMENT: The headline, perhaps, does not adequately reflect the reality: Today with Seán O'Rourke: 327,000 listeners; The Pat Kenny Show: 96,000 listeners


Prime Time - Thu 30th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ One

NB *** 'Fatal Failures' Prime Report on the death of newborn babies at the Maternity Unit in Portlaoise ... Also Front Page of yesterday's Irish Daily Mail, Today with seán O'Rourke, TheJournal.ie, Morning Ireland (1), Morning Ireland (2), Morning Ireland (3), RTÉ News at One, Newstalk Lunchtime, Newstalk breakfast, Newstalk News etc. ... COMMENT: Was there an unnecessary focus on and linking of religious symbols and Catholicism in general, to the events in Portlaoise, in RTÉ's reporting on Prime Time?


The God Slot - Fri 31st Jan, 2014 @ 10pm

Fr. Gerard O’Connor, ACP on The Association of Catholic Priests issueing of a statement critical of Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn’s remarks about teaching religion in school time.


Pope Francis: Doctrine is not abstract but must serve the people of God

Pope Francis on Friday addressed participants at the Plenary meeting of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ...


Vatican Spokesman Calls Rolling Stone Article 'Superficial Journalism' - Wed 29th Jan, 2014 - Zenit

COMMENT: a point not taken up by the panel on The Pat Kenny Show (Shane Coleman) / See Wednesday for background


Pope to Notre Dame: Be uncompromising witnesses - Thu 30th Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio / News.va

COMMENT: A timely challenge. The headline on VIS News reads THE POPE PRAISES THE WORK OF THE NOTRE-DAME UNIVERSITY



30/1/14 (Thu)    >>



29/1/14 (Wed)    >>

First ever genuine 'Rock' star to make cover of 'Rolling Stone' magazine (see Mail, below)! ... RTE apologises to Iona Institute for 'homophobia' remark - Iona Blog (see also Journal.ie, Metro Herald, yesterday, Sunday and previous Faith in the Medias) ... Sexy women who wear red lipstick are BANNED from children's TV says BBC editor - Mail ... Stem cell 'major discovery' claimed - BBC / RTÉ / Nature (Journal) ... Gay Sex Is a Crime and Will Stay a Crime, Says India’s Top Judges - TIME ... Letters: (Minister Ruairí) Quinn needs to educate himself on faiths - Prof Ray Kinsella - Independent ... Bid to dismiss Cardinal Brady - BBC NI ... Pope's blood may have been stolen to order say police - Telegraph (see, also, yesterday)


Too many couples receiving unnecessary IVF, study warns - Mark Hennessy - Wed 29th Jan, 2013 - I Times

Pat Kenny Show (Prof. Siladitya Bhattacharya - a report author - starts at 07:17) / Newstalk Lunchtime (Prof. Sheena Lewis - who disagrees with aspects of report) / RTÉ Radio One: News At One (Prof. Siladitya Bhattacharya)


'Eating disorders on the rise in young people' - Wed 29th Jan, 2013 - BBC News

"Charities blame a number of factors, but they say society's obsession with weight and social media sites, all play a part. " / COMMENT: Where does society's obsession with weight come from? The media, in general, reflects a false and distorted image of man, who is made in the image of God. When we look in the mirror that is the media we do not see ourselves but the lie of a shabby media generated mask. Our value is a gift from God, not a crude function of our body weight!


Graffiti celebrates 'SuperPope' - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

I Independent (2)


El Papa is a Rolling Stone! Pope Francis graces the front page of rock and roll magazine as he continues his break from Vatican tradition - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Rolling Stone / COMMENT: Not so much a 'rolling stone' as solid 'Rock' ('Cephas'), the magazine's first GENUINE 'Rock' star!


Female student becomes the first in China to win a sex discrimination case after language school stated they wanted a man for the job - Wed 29th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Faith Matters Autumn 2013: Archbishop Augustine Di Noia OP - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - Diocese Westminster

*** Contemporary Challenges to Proclaim the Catholic Faith


House expected to pass bill banning taxpayer funds for abortion - Wed 29th Jan, 2014 - CNN

US House of Representatives


Teachers told to find and delete 'sexting' images on pupils' phones to stop them being shared online - Wed 29th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Catholic priest who juggles his parish with property developing strikes £20MILLION deal to transform office block into homes - Wed 29th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Russia's leading state television company fires ENTIRE department after its Facebook page lauds top Nazi Joseph Goebbels as a 'great' - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Our astonishing near-death stories... by some of the thousands of you touched by our thought-provoking series by an intensive care nurse - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Mail (2) / See also Fr Robert Spitzer


How we saved our grandchild from a forced adoption: Couple came within 48 hours of losing three-month-old baby India forever - Wed 29th Jan, 2014 - Mail

*Baby girl was taken into care because of her mother's mental health issues *Grandparents Lee and Katrina Parker applied for custody but were refused *Essex County Council claimed their family of seven children was too big *So social workers barred them from secret court proceedings *Judge overturned the 'manifestly unjust' ruling after a last-minute appeal *Mrs Parker, 39: 'We are not conventional, and I don’t think they liked that'


Premature babies three times as vulnerable to developing asthma - Wed 29th Jan, 2014 - Mail

COMMENT: More problems for Irish Abortion Act


Nigerian bishop tells of church 'slaughter' in Adamawa - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - BBC News

Prayer of praise makes us fruitful: Pope Francis - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

*** '“The joy of praise,” said Pope Francis, “leads us to the joy of the feast - the feast of the family.”' / COMMENT: ALEGRIA!



28/1/14 (Tue)    >>

Is believing in God good for your health? - I Independent ... European Court of Human Rights finds State liable for sexual abuse - RTÉ ... More on 'homophobia' and same-sex marriage (see below)


Mother wins compensation from hospital that refused to resuscitate her baby as he died in her arms - because he was too premature - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Birth of the genetically modified HUMAN: Babies born with tweaked DNA could be in the UK next year - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - Mail

'(UK) Parliament is poised to vote on whether a new form of IVF treatment, which uses DNA from three parents, will become legally available to couples'


Thieves steal John Paul's blood - Police search for relic after possible 'Satanic' raid on rural mountain church - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

Mail (27/1/2014) / (London) Independent / Catholic Herald / Sky (27/1/2014)


Is this really what little girls should aspire to, Beyoncé? Parents attack 'vile' display at Grammys - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Warning! Explicit content


Inability to discuss sex ‘a key factor in rape cases’ - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

Referred to in It Says in the Papers / discussed on Newstalk Lunchtime


Orla Barry: Childless by choice - the final taboo - Health - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

"I think the subject has become a contested one in Ireland because of the abortion debate." - Niamh Hourigan


Fertility doctor’s son who gave girlfriend abortion pill because he had another woman is sentenced to 14 years in jail - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - Mail

LifeSiteNews co-founder Steve Jalsevac on ChurchMilitant.TV - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - LifeSite

Lunacek-Report is based on flawed research - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - Turtle Bay and Beyond

Member of European Parliament finds Opposition against Lunacek-Report “impressive and irritating” - Turtle Bay and Beyond (28/1/2014)


‘Homophobia’ and same-sex marriage - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - I Times

NB *** COMMENT: Excellent letter from Patrick Treacy SC. Recall, also the wording of RTÉ's Saturday Night Show APOLOGY in the light of Noel Whelan's article in the I Times on Sat 25th Jan, 2014, the same day that Brendan O'Connor read out the RTÉ apology. COMMENT: Choreography? Did RTÉ feel, at some level, that it had to justify its apology on the grounds of being, ultimately, in the interests of promoting so-called 'gay marriage'? The gay activist campaign AGAINST a tweet about a PRO-gay item on 'The God Slot' may, also, have served as something of a wake-up call for the station


Daily Telegraph publishes advert attacking 'pro-gay' Times columnist Libby Purves - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - Guardian

Bible show back after U-turn: Council lift ban on controversial comedy show based on the Bible - Tue 28th Jan, 2014 - Belfast Telegraph


27/1/14 (Mon)    >>

Yesterday's Faith in the Media: RTÉ's apology for Saturday Night Show comments [AUDIO here] / Women's "irreplaceable" role in family - Pope / Catholic Schools Week - Archbishop Eamon Martin ... Cliodhna Johnson of 'One Day More' and her moving story about baby John Paul - Irish Dail Mail (P. 14) / see also Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland


Pope invites the young to go beyond Mediocre life - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

“Dear young people, let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life. Be amazed by what is true and beautiful, what is of God!”


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Dr James Sheehan, the man who received the first standing ovation at Saturday's Reform Alliance Conference


Newstalk Breakfast - Lucinda Creighton on the Reform Alliance - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

Reform Alliance not recruiting, despite approaches - Newstalk News (contains audio link to Lucinda Creighton interview)


Shambolic Labour hitches a ride on the Pope's back - Eilis O'Hanlon - Sun 26th Jan, 2014 - Sunday Independent

"If relations sour again before the summer, meanwhile, they can always get bolshie once more and appoint a lesbian atheist to the Vatican job. It hardly matters anymore as they have zero credibility to lose. That's the great thing about principles. Once everyone sees that you haven't actually got any, there's no end to the number of times you can ditch them."


Stem cell facility to open in Co Galway - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ

*** COMMENT: That these are ADULT stem cells AND NOT EMBRYONIC stem cells is made clear in this Morning Ireland interview. However, earlier news reports were ambiguous on the same point and an Irish Times report even contains the following confusing (at best) online photo caption: "EMBRYONIC stem cells have been highly valued for their ability to turn into any type of cell in the body." (capitalization added for emphasis) / Independent


Thirty-three couples marry on Grammys stage to Macklemore and Lewis duet - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

Including Gay / same-sex 'marraige' / Morning Ireland / Mail


Study reveals 'contraceptive pill could raise the risk of breast cancer' - Sun 26th Jan, 2014 - Mail

*** "A study by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has revealed that women who marry at a later age, don't breastfeed their babies for long, have higher number of abortions, and use oral contraceptive pills have higher chances of having breast cancer."


'It's a sad day when our kids can't even watch the Grammys': Beyoncé slammed by parents after VERY risqué performance - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Warning: explicit content


Chapter Twenty-One: The Fairy Tales of Orwell and Wilde - Sun 26th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

London transport's ban on anti-gay ad put in doubt by court of appeal - Judge orders investigation into whether Boris Johnson acted against Christian bus ad 'for improper purpose' - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - Guardian

***


Morning Ireland - Catholic Schools Partnership defends religion teaching in schools - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

"Fr Michael Drumm, chair of the Catholic Schools Partnership, says the Minister for Education took a cheap shot at religion by suggesting primary schools should use time allocated for the subject on improving literacy instead" ... COMMENT: This is inaccurate. The term 'cheap shot' was not used by Fr Drumm and he clarified this point in the interview.


Priests blast Quinn over 'insensitive' religion views - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

Priest has gun put to his head during robbery - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

Also on Today with seán O'Rourke


Shock as brother of TD McGrath dies at 41 - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

Seán McGrath RIP


ANGELUS: GOD PREFERS TO START OUT FROM THE PERIPHERIES, TO REACH EVERYONE - Mon 27th Jan, 2014 - VIS

'Setting out from Galilee, Jesus “teaches us that no-one is excluded from God's salvation; on the contrary, God prefers to begin in the periphery, with those who are last in line, to reach everyone. He teaches us a method, His method, which however expresses the content, the mercy, of the Father. … We are all invited to heed this call, to come out of our own comfort zone and reach out to the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel”.'



26/1/14 (Sun)    >>

RTÉ apologises for ‘distress’ caused by Saturday Night Show guest’s comments - Journal ... Irreplaceable role of women in the family, greater role in the Church and Society: Pope - Vatican Radio ... Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for Catholic Schools Week



25/1/14 (Sat)    >>

Reform Alliance Conference (see below) ... Lucinda Creighton talking to Matt Cooper - Today FM ... Vatican sources: Pope Francis intends to visit US in 2015 - John Allen - NCR


EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell - March for Life Special - Tue 22nd Jan, 2014 - EWTN

The real threat to religious freedom - Tom O'Gorman - Fri 10th Jan, 2014 - Iona Institute

Tom O’Gorman’s ‘honesty and passion’ remembered at funeral - Fri 24th Jan, 2014 - Irish Times

Fr Stephen Kelly: “This isn’t a memorial service. It’s a Catholic funeral. The difference lies in this. A memorial service is about the past. This funeral is about the future, the future of a life with God promised to those who follow him. We believe that death is not the end.”


Family request privacy at funeral of Tom O’Gorman - Fri 24th Jan, 2014 - Journal

"In a statement, his family asked for no cameras or recordings inside the church or graveyard and asked journalists to keep a respectful distance from the mourners."


UPDATE 3-Nuns get partial win in U.S. Supreme Court contraception fight - Sat 25th Jan, 2014 - Reuters

Little Sisters of the Poor Mail / CNA / NY Times / ABC News


Why do women 'count theirblessings' more than men - Fri 24th Jan, 2014 - Telegraph

Priest 'bullied' out of parish for challenging binge drinking culture among worshippers - Thu 23rd Jan, 2014 - Telegraph

Teach less religion and more reading – (Ruairí) Quinn - Sat 25th Jan, 2014 - Irish Independent

RTÉ Radio 1 It Says in the Papers: "We must stop teaching religion in school" - Irish Daily Mail ... Any such move would suggest that religion is irrelevant - Fr Kevin Doran


Sorry BBC, Cardinal Richelieu was not a beard-stroking evil genius - Fri 24th Jan, 2014 - Catholic Herald

Rojo in the Morning - Reform Alliance Conference - Lucinda Creighton - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - Spirit Radio

Rónán Johnston (Spirit Radio): Other media outlets, particularly over the last week or so, they’re kind of reporting that the Reform Alliance are trying to distance themselves from the initial pro-life stance that set you apart at the beginning. Would you think that’s a true or fair comment? Lucinda Creighton (Reform Alliance): No, and I have to say it really.. not only does it anger me but it also completely perplexes me.. because I mean.. why on earth would we have taken the position that we did, and stood to frankly to lose a lot as we did in terms of the comfort zone of our political parties and so on.. only to decide a few months later that we wanted to bury it or hide it or something? I think we’re very much associated with the decision that we took last July. I don’t think that that will change. ” “I mean some people would like us to only talk.. and I mean I’ve heard a few Oireachtas members from the Labour Party and elsewhere saying, almost, - how dare they discuss the economy, they should only talk about social issues like abortion – and I think that that’s bizarre. I’ve been an Oireachtas member since 2007. I have very strong views on the future of the country in every sense, in terms of society, community, economy.. and my colleagues do too... ”


Matt Cooper - Lucinda Creighton Profile Interview - Fri 24th Jan, 2014 - Today FM

"I think Faith is a good thing ... And I just think that there has been such a reaction we've almost gone to the other extreme now, where it's almost a slur on somebody's character to call them a Catholic, which I find quite bizarre" - Lucinda Creighton


Reform Conference Details - Reform Alliance


24/1/14 (Fri)    >>

Today is the Feast of St Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists ... Pope Francis: "The impartiality of media is merely an appearance; ..." ... John Waters resigns from Broadcasting Authority of Ireland BAI - BAI FACEBOOK statement - leave a comment / Radio Ireland / RTÉ / I Times / Journal / BAI / Irish Independent


Faith in the Media (yesterday)

***


Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day 2014 - Thu 23rd Jan, 2014 - Irish Bishops

A CHURCH WHO WISHES TO COMMUNICATE - Thu 23rd Jan, 2014 - VIS

*** “Journalists, and also academics, must decide which side they are on: the world is injured and journalists depict this, by their 'right to inform', claiming neutrality and objectivity, then pass on to the next story. Or worse, they can be scoundrels who manipulate and distort reality, without giving due consideration to the consequences of their actions and their words, in order to obtain personal advantage. Or, on the other hand, they can be like the good Samaritan, who looks benevolently upon the wounded … who tries to help him as best he can, and calls others to action, giving rise to a chain reaction on the basis of his witness”.


Too old to be given cancer treatment: NHS is 'writing off' patients who are over 75 - Fri 24th Jan, 2014 - Mail

We’re a laughing stock as Bible comedy banned - Fri 24th Jan, 2014 - Belfast Telegraph

Front Page ... Also reported on, in RTÉ News


Forgiveness is what Tom would have wanted, mourners told - Nicola Anderson - Fri 24th Jan, 2014 - Irish Independent

'The Pardon'



23/1/14 (Thu)    >>

Share with others the beauty of God ... MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 48TH WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY - Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter - Vatican.va / Press Conference (YouTube) / Irish Bishops ... Pope tweet backs US anti-abortion rally - Sydney Morning Herald (Vatican Radio) ... Why Hollywood is embracing God again - I Examiner ... Pentagon's new religion policy - I Independent ... Journal: Tom O’ Gorman RIP: funeral arrangements: removal today to Our Lady Mother of the Church, Castleknock at 5.30pm; Requiem Mass Friday at 11.30am


Why progressives should be pro-life - Wed 22nd Jan, 2014 - CNN

Hundreds of thousands take part in annual March for Life - Wed 22nd Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Cardinal: joy and compassion are at heart of pro-life movement - Thu 23rd Jan, 2014 - CNA News

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston


Thousands of abortion foes brave cold to join March for Life in Washington - Thu 23rd Jan, 2014 - Washington Post

Pope at mass: Jealousy divides and destroys Christian communities - Thu 23rd Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

“Jealousy leads to murder" ... ... "poison" - Pope ... Pope Francis at weekly General Audience: the scandal of division - Vatican Radio (22/1/2014)


Pope John Paul's personal notes to be published - Thu 23rd Jan, 2014 - I Independent

Pope Francis: Communication must promote culture of encounter - Thu 23rd Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

*** World Communications Day MESSAGE ... See also Rocco Palmo: Francis on media ... John Allen: Pope to media: ‘For God’s sake, slow down!’ ... Reuters: Slow down and try a little tenderness, pope tells digital world ... (London) Independent: Pope Francis calls the internet a 'gift from God' ... Catholic Herald: Pope Francis: The internet is a gift from God ... CNA ... Vatican Radio: An Irish heart to heart (Mons Paul Tighe: Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications) *** SEE above, also


New film inspired by work of crisis pregnancy centers - Wed 22nd Jan, 2014 - CNA

*** EWTN World Over Live - TONIGHT (Thu) / TOMORROW (Fri) @ 1am: interview with Vanessa Hudgens, star of 'Gimme Shelter', (also Fr. Tad Pacholczyk on bioethical issues)


Six surprising changes to the anti-abortion March for Life - Tue 21st Jan, 2014 - CNN Belief Blog

Catholic Church saves a dozen children from human trafficking - Wed 22nd Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Embassy re-opening is good news - Michael Kelly - Thu 23rd Jan, 2014 - Irish Catholic

"Praise is due to the many individuals and groups like Ireland Stand Up who led opposition to the move" ... "It is understood that the Government – including Taoiseach Enda Kenny – was surprised by the international feedback they received about the decision, including from many governments with warm relations with the Vatican." ... See also Faith in the Media (12/3/2013): "Australian ambassador to Holy See makes implicit criticism of Irish Govt. decision to close its own embassy, on EWTN"



22/1/14 (Wed)    >>

Embassy - Statement by Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland ... March for Life coverage on EWTN ... Pope Francis at weekly General Audience: the scandal of division - Vatican Radio ... Pro-life film highlights crisis pregnancy centers - CNA News


Pope Francis' message to World Economic Forum in Davos - Tue 21st Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Pope urges Davos elite to serve humanity with wealth - Reuters (21/1/2014)


Newspapers warned over coverage of man charged with murdering Dublin journalist Tom O'Gorman - Mon 20th Jan, 2014 - Press Gazette

Shared grief can help heal in a time of true suffering - Patricia Casey - Mon 20th Jan, 2014 - Irish Independent


21/1/14 (Tue)    >>



20/1/14 (Mon)    >>

Pope Francis: public broadcasting is 'for the common good' - News.va (see also below) ... Pope warns Christians against selling their dignity as God’s children - Vatican Radio (putting soap operas ahead of the Word of God!) ... FG-Labour rows risk bringing down Coalition - Independent (Today with Seán O'Rourke; It Says in the Papers)


Pope Francis addresses Directors and staff of Italian TV - Sat 18th Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

See also, red link, above


Vladimir Putin: gay people at Winter Olympics must 'leave children alone' - Russian president vows no discrimination but says gay people must observe law banning 'homosexual propaganda' - Fri 17th Jan, 2014 - Guardian

"We do not have a ban on non-traditional sexual relationships. We have a ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and paedophilia. I want to underline this. Propaganda among children. These are absolutely different things – a ban on something or a ban on the propaganda of that thing."


Savile abused 1000 children on BBC premises, report finds - Mon 20th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

COMMENT: Will those who covered this up, i.e. the media, be held accountable?


Is Pope still a Catholic? Yes, he sure is - But hype about Francis being a Marxist or a liberal reformer can only lead to disappointment, writes Colum Kenny - Sat 18th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

COMMENT: Why should the Pope's not being a Marxist be assumed to be a matter of 'disappointment'?! ... Prof Colum Kenny is a member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, BAI


Pope Francis baptises Irish baby girl - Mags Gargan - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Baby continues fight for life after crash that killed mum - Mon 20th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

One in four Irish children has taken part in 'sexting' - Clodagh Sheehy - Mon 20th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

COMMENT: Just one of the effects of the media's abuse of children


Verdict on Medjugorje nears as Commission claims apparitions are “no hoax” - Giacomo Galeazzi - ANDREA TORNIELLI - Sun 19th Jan, 2014 - Vatican Insider

A Living Word - Fr. Tom Cahill (RIP) - Mon 20th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Baptism


Bishop Denis Nulty launches Catholic Schools Week 2014 - Mon 20th Jan, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Nigel Farage says Silvester row shows main parties are 'scared witless' of Ukip - Leader says councillor's comments linking floods and gay marriage became news only when he 'defected' from Tories - Mon 20th Jan, 2014 - Guardian

Farage accused media of unfairness


Editorial: Reform Alliance - Who needs an Irish tea party? - Mon 20th Jan, 2014 - Irish Examiner

Mentioned in Morning Ireland: It Says in the Papers by John S. Doyle (7:05am)



19/1/14 (Sun)    >>



18/1/14 (Sat)    >>

GENDERCIDE! Sex-selection abortions: why are some British Asians aborting female foetuses - Telegraph ... Breda O'Brien: I will remember a man who was kind and witty and not the crass headlines - I Times - Opinion: The sordid and detailed reports added greatly to the suffering of Tom O’Gorman’s friends ... Pope Francis: Don't forsake the gift of being God's children - News.va / Vatican Radio


Faith in the Media - Fri 17th Jan, 2014 - FMA

Saturday (today) ... Friday (yesterday) ... Thursday ... Wednesday ... Tuesday ... Monday


The lost girls: Thousands of ‘missing’ girls revealed by analysis of UK’s 2011 census results - Steve Connor - Science Editor - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - Independent

Re: Independent's front page (15/1/2014)


i Editor's Letter: Proof for gender-based abortion - Oliver Duff - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - Independent

Re: Independent's front page (15/1/2014) (including image of front page)


Gendercide: the silence of the so-called 'feminists' - Cristina Odone - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - Telegraph

Spain’s Alarming Abortion Debate - Fri 17th Jan, 2014 - NY Times

New York Times Editorial!


Late Late Show - Fri 17th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ 1 TV

Surrogacy ... See also Tuesday (RTÉ documentary and subsequent reaction)


Rev. Anne Robertson And Cardinal Sean O'Malley's Moving Photo Sends Shock Waves Through Internet - Sat 18th Jan, 2014 - Huffington Post

Photo ... Cardinal Seán's Blog ... In Huffington Post: "Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley surprised many people when he asked Rev. Anne Robertson, a pastor in the United Methodist Church, to anoint his forehead with consecrated water in an ecumenical baptism reaffirmation ritual ..."


Revealed: Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests for sexually molesting children in just two years - Mail

COMMENT: The so-called Irish Times replaced the words 'Pope Benedict' with 'Vatican' in its headline


We are poorly served by the media’s uncritical support for austerity Opinion: Survey found preponderance of articles in newspapers supporting Government’s approach to economic crisis - Fri 17th Jan, 2014 - I Times

Recall: "“Peace is also threatened by every denial of human dignity, firstly the lack of access to adequate nutrition ..." - Pope Francis to the diplomatic corps ... ... ... 'Newstalk show rapped for linking Kenny to Mao' - I Times (Re: Newstalk Breakfast and the BAI)


Pope Francis: Don't forsake the gift of being God's children - Fri 17th Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio / News.va


17/1/14 (Fri)    >>

Yesterday's Faith in the Media (NB - Note abortion promotion on The Pat Kenny Show, Newstalk - read partial transcript / listen to audio) ... Abortion on demand in UK! (see below) ... RTE in hot water over tweet on 'gay cure' - I Independent (see yesterday COMMENT: Ironic! The thought police appears to have developed something akin to an autoimmune disorder!)


NEWSNIGHT: Nigeria's anti-gay legislation - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - BBC 2

NOTE: The programme also included a discussion on abortion BETWEEN ABORTION ADVOCATES! [ @BBCNewsnight tweets: Is the Abortion Act 1967 still fit for purpose? @zoeconway1 examines the issue tonight at 22:30 on BBC Two #Newsnight - Newsnight Tweet ... Now on #Newsnight Zoe Conway on the 1967 Abortion Act and whether it needs reform. Lord Steel, its architect, thinks so. - Newsnight Tweet ... Lord Steel says: difficult to take 1967 Abortion Act back to parliament because he fears it would be hijacked by pro-life groups #Newsnight - Newsnight Tweet ... Ann Furedi @bpas1968 : abortion should be carried out by those clinically competent to do it, be that nurses or doctors #Newsnight - Newsnight Tweet ... @clarecgp is concerned about some politicians' views making it harder to access safe abortions #Newsnight - Newsnight Tweet ] ... ... ... *** Women wanting abortions will not have to see doctor ('Abortion on demand' gets Government 'green light'') - Abortion guidelines proposed by ministers state that there will be NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT that a woman must consult a doctor before terminating a foetus - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - Telegraph ... Majority of abortions are approved by doctors who haven't met the patient: Campaigners' anger as pregnant women are only seen by doctors in 46% of cases - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - Mail ... ... ... COMMENT: RECENT DAYS HAVE SEEN A STEPPING UP OF ATTEMPTS TO WIDEN, GREATLY, THE GROUNDS FOR ABORTION, IN BOTH THE UK AND IRELAND! (see yesterday)


Prime Time - Vatican officials face questions on clerical child abuse at UN hearing - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ 1

COMMENT: 'Fr Tom Doyle, Canon Lawyer', a man with form + no one else, in interview following brief report! No attempt at a balanced analysis! ... Nine News ... Six One News COMMENT: including a fanciful analysis from Joe Little. With a very few exceptions, the station keeps sinking back into its own groupthink! ... See yesterday's Faith in the Media (several articles))


David Cameron says British press play 'vital' role in democracy - Fri 17th Jan, 2014 - Telegraph

COMMENT: Playing but not playing well


Philosophers must oppose arrogance of scientism - Opposition to religion stems from the fact that many of these scientists are fundamentalist materialists - William Reville - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - I Times

See yesterday's Faith in the Media for William Reville interview on The Right Hook - Newstalk (at end of audio)


Evidence of abortion-breast cancer link explodes on the Asian subcontinent - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - LifeSite

Journalists editing Pope Francis: Who are we to judge? - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - GetReligion

MRC Plans 'March for Life' Documentary - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - NewsBusters

"Each year, the March for Life is by far the largest annual rally in Washington, D.C., and each year, it’s met with a near-black-out from major media."


Morning Ireland - New scheme for abuse victims - Mary Higgins, CEO of Caranua, discusses a new scheme to assist people who were abused in Irish institutions - Fri 17th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

COMMENT: The fund comes from the religious orders who ran the institutions in question but this is not mentioned in the title or description of the item on the RTÉ website. This is a way of helping abuse victims 'where they are at', depending on their needs, independent of how much they have already been given. caranua.ie


David Quinn: The deep love that hundreds had for my friend Tom is what will linger - Fri 17th Jan, 2014 - Irish Independent

"Twitter, which is often a cesspit, put aside ideological differences this week" - David Quinn



16/1/14 (Thu)    >>

RTE cuts part of show after legal complaint from Waters - I Independent ... See Monday's Faith in the Media and below ... Archbishop Tomasi on the Holy See's committment to protecting children - News.va / Vatican Radio (see also below) ... Depression-promiscuity link - new research (see below) ... ! Significant new abortion propaganda by the Pat Kenny Show (see below) ... Newlywed primary school teacher dies just hours after discovering she had a blood clot 'caused by contraceptive pill' - Mail ... Prof William Reville criticises arrogance of scientism on Right Hook (end of audio -- IT) ... Patsy McGarry on Moncrieff - Newstalk ... Pope Francis: scandals happen when there is no true relationship with God - News.va / Vatican Radio (see also below) ... Fr Lombardi SJ: Holy See committed to child welfare - News.va / Vatican Radio (see also below) ... VOCATIONS - VIS


RTE cuts part of show after legal complaint from Waters - Brian Byrne - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - Irish Independent

Saturday Night Show (11/1/2014) - cut applied at 16 mins 47 secs ... See, also, Monday


Baby to be taken off life support following court order - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

Reported on extensively: I Examiner ... RTÉ TV News (15/1/2014) ... Morning Ireland (report at 7:16am) ... It Says in the Papers ... Simon Mills on Today with Seán O'Rourke


Statement from the Diocese of Down and Connor in response to the not guilty verdict and acquittal in the case against father Peter Donnelly - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - Irish Bishops

VACANCY: Newstalk is looking for freelance Producers & Researchers - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

Why plural marriages make sense - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - CNN Blog

'Polyamory: When three isn't a crowd' COMMENT: The race is well and truly on, now, to try to 'normalise' polygamy following the 'success' of the long and expensive media campaign to normalise sodomy-based 'unions' through the undermining of individual sexual morality and the distortion of public perception


The God Slot - Fri 17th Jan, 2014 @ 10pm - RTÉ Radio One

Gay conversion therapy - an undercover report from the perspective of journalist Patrick Strudwick and RTÉ


UN panel to hear Vatican over child sex abuse - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - BBC News

Interview with Nick Squires of The Telegraph - Morning Ireland ... Vatican Acknowledges 'No Excuse' for Child Abuse - AP/ABC ... See yesterday ... Sky ... TIME; BBC (2) ... RTÉ News ... ... ... Church response to abuse: sorrow, solidarity, change - News.va / Vatican Radio: Re: Pope Benedict: "His most powerful statement against the abuse of children by clergy was his Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, dedicated entirely to this issue and released officially on 19 March 2010. ..." ... NB See also red section, above and main section, below ... Vatican: Responsibility for Magdalene Laundries scandal rests with Irish authorities - Newstalk ... Six-One News - RTÉ with (COMMENT) a creative, even fanciful, analysis from Joe Little!


Pope cleans up Vatican bank by demoting four cardinals - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

Listen also to end of Nick Squires interview above


Newsnight Debate: Alex Crawford And Kelvin MacKenzie On Value Of Foreign News Stories (VIDEO) - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - Huffington Post

Last night's BBC Newsnight


Hundreds of teachers accused of sex abuse - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - The Times

Also discussed on last night's BBC Newsnight (report): "'We can't have teachers afraid of teaching', says @MaryBoustedATL of new teacher-pupil sexual relationship statistics on #newsnight" (Twitter) COMMENT @BBCNewsnight @MaryBoustedATL Interesting how the discussion is more balanced and reasonable when those accused of abuse are not priests (Twitter) ... See also Telegraph ... Mail


Women who sleep around at university are 'more likely to become depressed' - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - Mail

New research from Syracuse and Brown Universities ... COMMENT Another example of research beginning to catch up with Catholic Theology


When surrogacy turns sour: Louise is expecting a baby that'll bring joy to a desperate childless couple - but only after five failed pregnancies, wrangles over money and bitter fallings-out - Mail

Today with Seán O'Rourke - Gay clergy - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Report (Francis Fitzgibbon): Gay in the Catholic Church - Pat Kenny Show - Newstalk (14/1/2014) ... Letters: Gay 'haven' (as an alternative to marriage) - Cork Evening Echo (15/1/2014)


The Pat Kenny Show - Part I - Thu 16th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

NB *** MEDIA BIAS AND PROPAGANDA WARNING! Fergal Malone, Rotonda (38 mins into audio): Prenatal abnormality scans (Ireland "lags behind" the rest of the world - Pat Kenny introducing the views of Prof Malone) !! ... ... ... At 49 mins 50 secs: PAT KENNY: "But of course, If they couldn't afford, for example, to travel to the United Kingdom for an abortion, there is an issue there of an inequality, if you like" ... FERGAL MALONE: "Very much so. There is no doubt but there is an issue there. In fact, it becomes even more complex when we have syndromes that we don't actually have a label or a name for. When we find a f(o)etus with multiple abnormalities and we haven't quite figured out yet prenatally what the true diagnosis is, we rely on our pathology colleagues afterwards to do a very thorough autopsy and provide us with the answer. That costs money and if the patient choses to go to the United Kingdom for a pregnancy termination and finances are a significant limitation, she may not have the funds to pay for an autopsy and she would be left with no information at the end. So she may have gone through a pregnancy termination for a pregnancy with many abnormalities and have no answer at the end: Why did it happen? What are the chances of it coming back again? All because of a lack of finances" ... PAT KENNY: "Do we have any statistics on how people handle the information that they are carrying a Down Syndrome child?" ... FERGAL MALONE: "We do have. We keep a track of these numbers and we have found that, unlike conditions like Edward's Syndrome that are lethal, we have found that the majority of patients, perhaps 60-70% who are given a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome doactually travel for a termination" ... ... COMMENT Strong pro-abortion bias in this interview on the part of both interviewer and interviewee, seeking to advance a liberal abortion regime on the grounds of non fatal foetal abnormality such as Down Syndrome. The Pat Kenny Show has 'form' on this matter and support for the programme, in any form, should seriously be questioned ... ... ... 'The lonely death of Ann Lovett' - Diarmuid Ferriter [podcast] in Part II


Faith in the Media - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - FMA

Thursday ... Yesterday (Wednesday) ... Tuesday ... Monday



15/1/14 (Wed)    >>

Forgiveness and Jesus forsaken: important themes from vigil for Tom O'Gorman RIP ... Mail


Vatican Facing UN Showdown on Sex Abuse Record - NICOLE WINFIELD and JOHN HEILPRIN - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - AP / ABC

No sex please, it's Call The Midwife: Show's creator says lack of raunchy scenes is the secret to its popularity - Tue 14th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Telegraph ... Also, in yesterday's Herald


Faith in the Media (yesterday) - Tue 14th Jan, 2014 - FMA

Faith in the Media (day before yesterday) - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - FMA

Slain journalist was 'full of fun and decency', vigil is told - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - Irish Independent

"FRIENDS of murder victim Tom O'Gorman were told to "pray for the strength to forgive" at a memorial vigil last night." ... Independent


Going to church can keep you away on the straight and narrow, criminology study suggests - Wed 15th Jan, 2014 - Telegraph

NI abuse inquiry: Two Catholic orders apologise - Tue 14th Jan, 2014 - BBC News NI


14/1/14 (Tue)    >>

The Tom I knew was a brilliant man who loved people and won friends easily - Richard Waghorne - Irish Daily Mail / in Broadsheet: 'Tributes to Tom O'Gorman' (see also yesterday) ... Memorial prayer vigil for Tom O'Gorman RIP 7-8pm today Tue 14th Jan, St Teresa's church Clarendon St. Funeral details later ... DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Censors who refuse to fight for decency - Mail (see also below)


Faith in the Media (yesterday)

NB *** Deep sense of loss and disbelief at Tom's death ... Pope Francis to diplomats on 'throwaway culture' ... RTÉ insensitivity


Pope says ‘throwaway culture’ behind abortion and famine - Tue 14th Jan, 2014 - I Examiner

51 abortions performed in Northern Ireland - BBC


Pope condemns the ‘horror’ of abortion and blames it on today’s ‘throwaway culture’ - Tue 14th Jan, 2014 - Mail

"* Made his toughest remarks to date on abortion in address to diplomats * 'Often human beings themselves are discarded as unnecessary,' he said" ...See yesterday


Slaughter of the Innocents - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - Zenit

Doctor convicted of trafficking newborns - Vatican Radio


Her body, our babies - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ 1

presspack (RTÉ) ... COMMENT "fetal reduction"! How prophetic were those Pope Francis words on our "throwaway culture" (see yesterday) ... Twitter (re: cold, heartless and brutal Orwellian use of language)


Her Body, Our Babies: It was disturbing and unpleasant viewing - One wonders what might have happened if something had gone wrong, or they had decided to keep, or abort them all - Sinéad Ryan -Tue 14th Jan, 2015 - Irish Independent

Earlier online headline for the same article: 'Her Body, Our Babies: Seedy, tawdry and downright offensive' ... Couple who had twins tell of regret after embryo aborted in surrogacy - I Independent (13/1/2014)


Prime Time - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ 1

'The ethics around Surrogacy': Report followed by panel discussion with video link, based on 'Her body, our babies' (see above): Dónal Ó Mathúna, Gerri Emerson, Deirdre Madden


Irish resident among 202 people to have had an assisted suicide last year - Swiss-based organisation Dignitas records record number of assisted suicides in 2013 - Tue 14th Jan, 2014 - I Times

Censors to clamp down on raunchy music video after viewers express 'special worries' about sexual content - Tue 14th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Warning! Contains explicit image ... "* Videos by artists such as Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are likely to be targeted * Vow to crack down on the videos comes after the British Board of Film Classification surveyed 10,000 people across the UK * The body also announced plans to allow children as young as 15 to watch films filled with obscenities ... Note red section, above


Surrender on film swearing: Children can see films full of obscenities as censors relax rules - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - Mail

* Films aimed at teenagers will be allowed to feature more bad language under new guidelines unveiled by the BBFC * Parents have previously complained about swearing in PG and 12A films * Board is set to crack down on horror over fears of 'psychological impact' * Public consultation revealed concerns over sexual content in films


How religion cuts crime: Church-goers are less likely to shoplift, take drugs and download music illegally - Tue 14th Jan, 2014 - Mail

"* Study found people who visit places of worship commit fewer crimes * The more frequent the visits, the lower the chance of delinquent behaviour * Crimes ranged from littering and music piracy up to the use of illegal drugs"


The God Gap - Will we regret pushing Christians out of public life, asks Cristina Odone - Fri 10th Jan, 2014 - New Statesman

Cover story


Schooling, sex and segregation - Fri 10th Jan, 2014 - The Eonomist

British Ambassador Reflects on Pope's Address to Diplomatic Corps - Tue 14th Jan, 2014 - Zenit

Australia's ambassador reflects on diplomatic speech - Vatican Radio



13/1/14 (Mon)    >>

We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Tom O'Gorman RIP ... Please do not buy today's Irish Independent whose front page report, today, is unnecessarily sensationalistic ... It was also, at the very least, highly insensitive of RTÉ to replay, on Sunday night, the Saturday Night Show, in view of the station's earlier news report about Tom, and the offensive interview in the Saturday Night Show (still online) which included highly unfair and offensive comments directed explicitly against the Iona Institute. You may want to contrast those comments with the one made yesterday on Twitter by Richard Waghorne, who is a self-described gay man - FMA (see below) ... Remembering Tom O'Gorman - David Quinn - Iona Institute: My deep sense of loss and disbelief at Tom's death ... Pope Francis to diplomatic corps ON OUR “THROWAWAY CULTURE”: "Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as “unnecessary”. For example, it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day ... " AMEN


**** the lot of them - 11th Apr, 2013 - Pantibar

! WARNING The article referred to, here, contains highly offensive material. It is included here to show that RTÉ and The Saturday Night Show should have been well aware of the views held by their guest and of the ways that guest sometimes expressed these views


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Michael Kelly interviewed about his friend and colleague Tom O'Gorman


Tragic death of our colleague Tom O’Gorman - Sarah MacDonald - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - CatholicIreland.net

Pope announces the Cardinals of the upcoming Consistory - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - Vatican (YouTube)

Vatican Radio


Meet the Irish couple who travelled across the world to find a surrogate mum - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - Mirror

‘Her Body Our Babies’ - RTE One tonight @ 9.35pm ... Prime Time debate @ 10:35


Six One News - Inquiry into allegations of child abuse under way in Northern Ireland - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ

Year of the Holy Name - Sat 11th Jan, 2014 - FYI Galway

(YouTube) ... Sr. Faustina of the Poor Clares speaks to Stella Meehan about The Year of the Holy Name ... discussed briefly, but disrespectfully by Ivan Yates, on the paper review on Newstalk Breakfast ... www.holyname.ie/ (described as a "cyber sanctuary fro the soul") ... Poor Clares ... Galway Franciscans and Poor Clares celebrate launch of www.holyname.ie - Galway Advertiser (5/12/2013)


Talking History - The life and legacy of Rene Descartes- Fr Brendan Purcell - Sun 12thJan, 2014 - Newstalk

"In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all."

! NB cf Dr Alice Von Hildebrand on Mother Angelica Live, talking about suffering! This was re-broadcast on Sun 12th Jan at 1am


Pope's annual discourse to diplomatic corps - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

*** “Peace is also threatened by every denial of human dignity, firstly the lack of access to adequate nutrition. We cannot be indifferent to those suffering from hunger, especially children, when we think of how much food is wasted every day in many parts of the world immersed in what I have often termed the 'throwaway culture'. Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as 'unnecessary'. For example, it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; and children being bought and sold in that terrible form of modern slavery which is human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity.” - VIS


TO BE PART OF THE CHAIN OF FAITH IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL INHERITANCE A CHILD CAN RECEIVE - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - VIS

*** Pope Francis to Parents: 'Be Transmitters of Faith' - Zenit ... ANGELUS: WE NEED A SUPPLEMENT OF CHARITY IN OUR TIME - VIS ... THE POPE'S CONCERN FOR THE PROBLEMS OF DISABILITY - VIS


God has a 'handmade' love for everyone, says Pope - Mon 13th Jan, 2014 - CNA

God is not afraid of our sinfulness ... God’s unfailing love for us is not general but individual and particular - Vatican Radio



12/1/14 (Sun)    >>



11/1/14 (Sat)    >>

Late Late Show: Faith testimony (Rosary & Medjugorje) of Irish family devastated by suicide (1 hr 20 mins in) AND "like living in a scientific monastery" - astronaut Chris Hadfield on his time in space (see also Faith in the Media - 15/12/2013 on Hadfield's understanding of the importance of religious faith) ... Lucinda Creighton in Mail (re: Reform Alliance - mentioned in 'It says in the Papers' - 9:07am) ... Why I was so disappointed by Mary McAleese’s comments on gay priests - Breda O'Brien - I Times ... With few words on abortion, Pope Francis shows a new way to be pro-life - Francis Rocca - CNS / NCR


Pope Francis: Christian love is concrete - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

David Quinn: Why Enda of Arabia raps church but not human rights abuses in Middle East - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Irish Independent

See also Tuesday's Faith in the Media and David Quinn's interview on The Right Hook


Psychiatrists need support dealing with Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act – IMO - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Journal.ie

But recall: Patricia Casey: Pregnancy should not change the way we assess risk of suicide - Irish Independent (9/1/2014)


I guess you just can't cure stupid - Ian O'Doherty - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Irish Independent

See also (London) Independent: '... Is it wrong to make children kiss their grandparents?'


John Waters: All points of view must be treated as equal before people decide in a referendum - Opinion: It is not for anyone to decide in advance that such and such a position is a minority one - Fri 10th Jan, 2014 - I Times

Estrela-Report: Socialist MEPs launch new attempt to push abortion - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Turtle Bay and Beyond

Priest shot dead in Brazil church - Fri 10th Jan, 2014 - BBC

[1] * (see below)


Street preacher arrested and held in custody for mentioning sexual sin - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Christian Concern

[2] * COMMENT: Arrested for mentioning 'the elephant in the room' (see above and below)


Newstalk Breakfast - Fri 10th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

[3] * (39 mins into audio) Chris Donoghue: "Imagine being called a sinner?!" (comment made in support of what Chris Donoghue supposed would be Mary McAleese's (implicit) rejection of the sentiments: 'hate the sin, not the sinner' ('‘love the sinner, hate the sin’' - Mary McAleese) which Donoghue suggested were contained in a statement by the Catholic Communications Office. He may have been referring to the comment made by Martin Long to Patsy McGarry in the I Times ... COMMENT: Gen 3:9b. RECALL ALSO "I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.” - Pope Francis COMMENT #2: Many of us do not know, do not want to know will and, in increasing numbers, will not even let other people tell us where we are, that we are sinners. That being said, a deeper truth and a "magic deeper still" (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis) is articulated in this TWEET (see above and below) ... COMMENT #3 The question may not so much be: 'Is the Church in denial over homosexuality?' (RTÉ etc.) as 'Is the media establishment in denial over sin?' ... See also Breda O'Brien (above) on Mary McAleese comments


Tubridy - Email - Sexting - Fri 10th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ 2fm

[4] * COMMENT: Callers talk about the destructiveness of this particular sexual sin, although the word 'sin' is never mentioned. (see above)


Pope Francis Is a Good Man for All Religions - Kirk Douglas - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Huffington Post

"I am a Jew who loves the Pope" ... "He is a man who wants us to understand each other no matter what our differences may be and to do our best to help one another"


How did an astronaut come to be carved into the portico of Salamanca's cathedral? A learning experience: Salamanca and sister cities Alcalá and Ávila are full of enriching surprises - Sat 4th Jan, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: More astronauts (in the context of Faith) in the Media


The Pope and the Salvation Army Sacred Mysteries: Christopher Howse finds some common ground between the uniformed evangelists and the man in the Vatican - Sat 11th Jan, 2014 - Telegraph

Recall BBC 4 (7/1/2014): God's Cadets - Joining The Salvation Army


Pope Francis: Friday Mass at Casa Marta - Fri 10th Jan, 2014 - Vatican Radio

“Faith makes all things possible,” but we must place our trust completely in God.



10/1/14 (Fri)    >>

Attempt to Conceal Leaked Documents on Gates/USAID Contraception Fail - C-FAM


Religion forms buffer against work stress - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Telegraph


09/1/14 (Thu)    >>

Patricia Casey: Pregnancy should not change the way we assess risk of suicide - Irish Independent ... Abortion In Ireland: Not So Much Debate, As Debacle - Cora Sherlock - TheLiberal.ie ... ‘I thank God for my career’ – Ronan O’Gara - Irish Catholic ... 'The Scottish Play' - Copious and delayed media coverage of the Mary McAleese homosexuality comments (see below for examples) ... Ireland safer than UK for maternal care - Irish Daily Mail (not online - 8/1/2014) ... EWTN News Nightly (8/1/2014) - China 1-child policy: what it means! ... World Exclusive: Pope Francis and the Second Vatican Council - EWTN ... Islamic extremism to blame as Christian deaths nearly double in a year – report - Russia Today ... People who are religious are: *healthier; *take fewer sick days; *are less anxious at work - Mail


Abortion panel doctors will be paid €120 an hour - Eilish O'Regan - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

COMMENTS: "A job for death!"; "Blood money!" ... See, also, Patricia Casey above


Billy Timmins tells constituents why he voted against abortion - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - Youth Defence

Belgium divided on euthanasia for children - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - BBC

Chilling propaganda from the BBC


Jesus can make you a ‘better lover’, London commuters told -Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - Telegraph

Christian dating agency


Last word - Fintan O'Toole (for Matt Cooper) - Part 2 - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - Today FM

Includes discussion (10 mins into audio) with Fr Tony O'Riordan PP, Moy Ross and John Murray, Iona Institute about Mary McAleese and her homosexuality comments (Recommended ... See Tuesday) and a Reform Alliance debate involving Paul Bradford and Finian McGrath


Drivetime - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Gerard O'Connell with more on the McAleese phenomenon, at the end of the programme


Hitzlsperger: 'Why I decided to come out' - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - The Local (Germany)

Story (?) about German footballer - widely reported on radio sports news and some news broadcasts yesterday. Discussion on Off the Ball, Newstalk. Promotion of homosexual behaviour as a good, implicit and explicit throughout ... 'Nigel Owens talks about homosexuality within sport' - Newstalk Breakfast (9/1/2014): "Nigel Owens, an openly gay referee looks at why more atheletes should cmoe out as being gay in professional sports" ...Shane Byrne on Moncrieff


News At One - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Mary McAleese and homosexuality: John Murray, Fr Tony Flannery ... RTÉ (website) - see also above and below


The Pat Kenny Show - Reaction: Fr Paddy Byrne and Dr. John Murray - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

"Fr Paddy Byrne and Dr. John Murray joined Pat to react to former president Mary McAleese's comments on homosexuality" - see also above and below ... Also on the programme: Reform Alliance discussion with Billy Timmins TD and Finian McGrath Part 3


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Patsy McGarry on 'Mary McAleese and The Church' - see also above and below ... Head of RTE TV Glen Killane also interviewed about RTÉ TV


Lunchtime - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

Mary McAleese comments - including 'vox pop' of some massgoers outside the Pro Cathedral, Dublin followed by an interview with Colm O'Gorman - see also above and below


Newstalk Breakfast - 'Fr Tony Flannery says a lot of priests are gay' - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

"Fr Tony Flannery says a lot of priests are gay and agrees with what Mary McAleese says" - see also above and below


The Right Hook - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

George Hook says he thinks that if you're in a club you should accept the 'rules' - see also above ... Part 2


Dublin child unit has 'serious issued', HIQA report shows - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Kildare Nationalist

RTÉ


Army ‘should not have apologised’ for chaplain’s homily - 'Form of Censorship' evident in row - former officer - Thu 9th Jan, 2014 - Irish Catholic

*** COMMENT Where, now, is the media outcry at the effective censorship of a priest? Will it be decried as a Joe Duffy low point for 2014? ... Also in Irish Catholic: Irish missionaries escape ‘war-zone’ in South Sudan



08/1/14 (Wed)    >>

POPE FRANCIS: FOLLOW THE GREAT DESIRES OF THE HEART AND DO NOT SETTLE FOR A MEDIOCRE LIFE - VIS


Prime Time - Tue 7th Jan, 2014 - RTÉ One

Includes an interview with Lucinda Creighton on the Reform Alliance


Shot Egypt Christian Dies After Hospitals Refuse Treatment - Tue 7th Jan, 2014 - Boston News Life

How woman bullied for being 'ugliest in the world' turned the tables on her tormentors - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - Telegraph

I was kidnapped by a child abuser - but it helped to save my life - Wed 8th Jan, 2014 - Mirror


07/1/14 (Tue)    >>

Bishop who protected Chinese girls from Japanese soldiers could become patron saint of sex abuse victims - Telegraph Bishop Frans Schraven was killed after resisting demands by Japanese troops that he hand over Chinese girls to serve in the military's brothels ... Fr. Lombardi: current debate over Papal comments on education “forced” and “manipulated” - Vatican Radio ... ‘Big Brother’ May Face Government Investigation Over (Evander) Holyfield Saying Homosexuality ‘Ain’t Normal’ - COMMENT: Big Brother is watching Big Brother! ... God's Cadets: Joining The Salvation Army Tonight @ 9pm - BBC4 ... ... ... YESTERDAY's Faith in the Media (Feast of the Epiphany)


Barred from the lives of our grandchildren for seven years: In a story that appalled Britain. Yet this blameless Christian couple STILL face torment at the hands of social services - Mon 6th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Newborn Baby's Body Found Dumped In Rubbish - Tue 7th Jan, 2014 - Sky News

The Right Hook - Part I - Mon 6th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

Donie Bolger - 'Drunk tank' at the Wesley Disco ... Billy Naughton - Can Lucinda break the mould in Irish politics? (see yesterday)


The Right Hook - Part II - Mon 6th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

*** "Dysfunctional, narcisistic and elitist" - David Quinn on Enda Kenny's double standards regarding his visit to Saudi Arabia and that country's human rights abuses ... I Times (7/1/2014) ... I Times (6/1/2014)


The Right Hook - Part III - Mon 6th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

Billy Timmins, Reform Alliance ... Drivetime (6/1/2014) ... I Independent (7/1/2014) (Brian Walsh TD on hope of rejoining FG parliamentary party - Today with Seán O'Rourke (7/1/2014))


SYNOD OF BISHOPS - III EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY - PASTORAL CHALLENGES TO THE FAMILY IN THE CONTEXT OF EVANGELIZATION - Preparatory Document - Vatican City 2013

*** Including questionnaire ... Irish Bishops ... Protect thhe Pope: Pope Francis is NOT expecting the world’s Catholics to answer questionnaire about contraception, divorced & re-married and gay marriage – Vatican spokesman


French mother sues couple for filming her drunk son stumbling along because they did not stop him later falling into a river and drowning - Mon 6th Jan, 2014 - Mail

Siri Says the ‘Opening Gates of Hades’ is July 27, 2014: Users Question Why - Sun 22nd Dec, 2013 - Epoch Times

God's Doorkeeper: St. Andre of Montreal


The Coming Demographic Winter - Regis Martin - Tue 7th Jan, 2014 - Crisis Magazine

Peru: Cardinal Cipriani responds to criticism by Mario Vargas Llosa - Tue 7th Jan, 2014 - Peru This Week

U.S. Supreme Court halts Utah gay ‘marriages’ - Mon 6th Jan, 2014 - LifeSite

Shamed Cardinal urged to tell life story by former Irish leader - Tue 7th Jan, 2014 - Herald Scotland

"CARDINAL Keith O'Brien has been urged to tell his life story to help gay people in all walks of life who have felt the need to pretend to be heterosexual ... The call came from former Irish President Mary McAleese, who said the Catholic Church had been in denial over homosexuality for decades and that it was "not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants"."


Pope Reaches out to 'Indifferent' Catholics - Mon 6th Jan, 2014 - ABC News / AP


06/1/14 (Mon)    >>

Pope Francis's 'wake up' call! (see below) ... Lucinda Creighton's 'Monster Meeting' in RDS - Sunday Independent (Reform Alliance - Sat Jan 25 -- see below) ... Pope announces papal visit to Holy Land - News.va (May 24-26 -- see below) ... 'President's religion is none of your business' - Sunday Independent (see below)


Lucinda Creighton's 'Monster Meeting' in RDS - McWilliams, Ed Molloy to speak at rally to gauge appetite for new party - DANIEL McCONNELL - Sun 5th Jan, 2013 - Sunday Independent

*** RTÉ: website; *** Billy Timmins TD on RTÉ: This Week (COMMENT: Most ironically, RTÉ's introduction referred to the "so-called" Reform Alliance but did not use the same "so-called" qualifier when it would have been appropriate to do so, while referring to the so-called "Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill" - Conor Brophy, Colm Ó Mongain presenting) ... *** Billy Timmins TD interviewed on The Sunday Show ... Follow-up analysis by studio panel which included Carol Hunt ... COMMENT: Excellent journalism by Shane Coleman in challenging the outrageous fact-free claim by Carol Hunt that the Irish people twice voted in referendums for the abortion legislation which has just been introduced by the Irish governement ... COMMENT: The game plan from both FG and the media today seems to be to try to give the (false) impression that they're not that liberal #marian etc. Twitter (see below) ... ... ... Monday (6/1/2014): Lucinda Creighton on Today with Seán O'Rourke ... David McWilliams: "I am a dyed-in-the-wool pro-choice liberal. I'm on the liberal end of liberal" - Irish Independent ... Newstalk: Breakfast (analysis: Ivan Yates)


'President's religion is none of your business' - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - Sunday Independent

Also discussed by Michael Kelly and others on Today FM Savage Sunday (presented today and next Sunday by Angela Flannery) and on Newstalk's The Sunday Show with Shane Coleman. ... COMMENT: The Sunday Independent headline somewhat obscures, again, the significant content of the article ... Note that even Carol Hunt disagrees with Enda Kenny's failure to mention Christianity in his Christmas message ... ... ... Monday (6/1/2014): *** Michael Brennan: 'When he was inaugurated in St Patrick's Hall in Dublin Castle in 2011, he took a religious oath containing references to "Almighty God"' - Irish Independent ... *** RECALL ALSO last week's Liveline discussions, Fidelma Healy Eames's article in the Sunday Business Post and David Quinn's article in the Irish Independent. See last week's Faith in the Medias: Sunday ... Saturday ... Friday ... Thursday ... Wednesday


Teenage ‘drunk tank’ introduced at Wezz disco - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - Sunday Independent

Lead story in Sunday World (personal anecdote added by Marian Finucane COMMENT: The game plan from both FG and the media today seems to be to try to give the (false) impression that they're not that liberal #marian etc. Twitter -- see above and below) ... ... ... Monday (6/1/2014): Newstalk: Breakfast (7 mins 24 secs into audio) ... Newstalk: Lunchtime


Fine Gael TDs resist plan for legal sex at 16 - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - Sunday Times

COMMENT: The game plan from both FG and the media today seems to be to try to give the (false) impression that they're not that liberal #marian etc. Twitter (see above) ... See also I Independent (1/1/2014) regarding Beyoncé


Schism in the atheist church, already - Mon 6th Jan, 2014 - CNN Blog / Patheos

'Rise in occult' spurs church to train exorcists - Nick Squires - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - I Independent / Observer

COMMENT: The difference between denying or rejecting Satan, on the one hand, and being in denial about Satan, on the other (see below)!


Words 'devil' and 'sin' cast out of new Baptism service - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - ITV

Devil exorcised as baptism vows ‘dumbed down’ - Sunday Times (5/1/2014) ... BBC (5/1/2014) ... Telegraph (see above)


Pope announces papal visit to Holy Land - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - News.va / Vatican Radio

Vatican (YouTube) ... BBC ... Reuters etc. ... Vatican denies Pope Francis is open to recognition of same-sex civil unions - RTÉ (5/1/2014)


Faith in the Media

NB *** Sunday ... Saturday ... Friday ... Thursday ... Wednesday


Irish Mail on Sunday (NO LINK)

Page 64: San Diegos quarterback, Philip Rivers - I love to play football but wanted to be able to attend Mass as well. . . once I've received The Eucharist, then Im prepared to go out and play. - see also Catholic Quarterback Philip Rivers Passes On the Faith Read - NC Register (20/1/2012) ... Mail p15. We believe he was an Angel and God had bigger hopes for him. We believe God is with us - family of Thomas Keaney - see also Mail (30/12/2013); Journal (29/12/2013)


Pope Francis: Christmas reveals the love God has for humanity - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - Vatican (YouTube)

The Light of God's Love is a Star that Shines today and is a Gift that never ceases ... "Then, as now, the Pope concluded, man often prefers to remain in the shadow of their mistakes and anguish of their sins. But " Jesus does not give up and never ceases to offer himself and his grace that Saves us"


HSE inability to provide data on sepsis raises questions about hospitals - Muiris Houston - Mon 6th Jan, 2014 - I Times

Talking History - Thomas Merton - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - Newstalk

! Fr Brendan Purcell


Pope Francis on the Feast of Epiphany - Mon 6th Jan, 2014 - News.va / Vatican Radio

Pope Francis tells Religious Orders to "Wake up the World" - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - News.va / Vatican Radio

*** Watchman! ... POPE FRANCIS's 'WAKE UP' CALL!



05/1/14 (Sun)    >>

Wake up! (see below); Lucinda Creighton's 'Monster Meeting' in RDS - Sunday Independent (Reform Alliance Sat Jan 25 ! -- see below) ... Pope announces papal visit to Holy Land - News.va (May 24-26! -- see below) ... 'President's religion is none of your business' - Sunday Independent (see below)


Lucinda Creighton's 'Monster Meeting' in RDS - McWilliams, Ed Molloy to speak at rally to gauge appetite for new party - DANIEL McCONNELL - Sun 5th Jan, 2013 - Sunday Independent

*** RTÉ: website; *** Billy Timmins TD on RTÉ: This Week (COMMENT: Most ironically, RTÉ's introduction referred to the "so-called" Reform Alliance but did not use the same "so-called" qualifier when it would have been appropriate to do so, while referring to the so-called "Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill" - Conor Brophy, Colm Ó Mongain presenting) ... *** Billy Timmins TD interviewed on The Sunday Show ... Follow-up analysis by studio panel which included Carol Hunt ... COMMENT: Excellent journalism by Shane Coleman in challenging the outrageous fact-free claim by Carol Hunt that the Irish people twice voted in referendums for the abortion legislation which has just been introduced by the Irish governement ... COMMENT: The game plan from both FG and the media today seems to be to try to give the (false) impression that they're not that liberal #marian etc. Twitter (see below)


'President's religion is none of your business' - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - Sunday Independent

Also discussed by Michael Kelly and others on Today FM Savage Sunday (presented today and next Sunday by Angela Flannery) and on Newstalk's The Sunday Show with Shane Coleman. ... COMMENT: The Sunday Independent headline somewhat obscures, again, the significant content of the article ... Note that even Carol Hunt disagrees with Enda Kenny's failure to mention Christianity in his Christmas message


Teenage ‘drunk tank’ introduced at Wezz disco - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - Sunday Independent

Lead story in Sunday World (personal anecdote added by Marian Finucane COMMENT: The game plan from both FG and the media today seems to be to try to give the (false) impression that they're not that liberal #marian etc. Twitter -- see above and below)


Fine Gael TDs resist plan for legal sex at 16 - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - Sunday Times

COMMENT: The game plan from both FG and the media today seems to be to try to give the (false) impression that they're not that liberal #marian etc. Twitter (see above) ... See also I Independent (1/1/2014) regarding Beyoncé


'Rise in occult' spurs church to train exorcists - Nick Squires - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - I Independent / Observer

COMMENT: The difference between denying or rejecting Satan, on the one hand, and being in denial about Satan, on the other (see below)!


Words 'devil' and 'sin' cast out of new Baptism service - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - ITV

Devil exorcised as baptism vows ‘dumbed down’ - Sunday Times (5/1/2014) ... BBC (5/1/2014) ... Telegraph (see above)


Pope announces papal visit to Holy Land - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - News.va / Vatican Radio

BBC ... Reuters etc.


Faith in the Media

NB *** Sunday ... Saturday ... Friday ... Thursday ... Wednesday


Pope Francis tells Religious Orders to "Wake up the World" - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - News.va / Vatican Radio

Watchman!


Pope Francis: Christmas reveals the love God has for humanity - Sun 5th Jan, 2014 - Vatican (YouTube)

The Light of God's Love is a Star that Shines today and is a Gift that never ceases ... "Then, as now, the Pope concluded, man often prefers to remain in the shadow of their mistakes and anguish of their sins. But " Jesus does not give up and never ceases to offer himself and his grace that Saves us"



04/1/14 (Sat)    >>

I have forgiven the poor man who killed my family - Irish Daily Mail (see also yesterday's Faith in the Media in the Irish Independent) ... Brendan O'Connor - Marian Finucane Show (re: his daughter Mary who has Down Syndrome)


John Murray Show - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Mitch Albom author of Tuesdays with Morrie is interviewed about his new novel, also to do with life after death, The First Phone Call From Heaven


I’m a British character actor – not a comedian - Sat 4th Jan, 2014 - Chorley Guardian

Father Brown - GK Chesterton


Flaws in law starting to reveal themselves says Pro Life Campaign - Reports emerge the College of Psychiatrists advised members not to participate in review panels for abortion in the absence of clinical guidelines - Sat 4th Jan, 2014 - I Times

Ruth Cullen ... See also yesterday


GP group adds voice to worries about abortion Act - Doctors “surprised and concerned” at enactment of abortion legislation without guidelines - Sat 4th Jan, 2014 - I Times

(Kitty Holland)


Priests can become 'little monsters', warns Francis - Sat 4th Jan, 2014 - I Independent

RTE stars, judges and rugby elite who owe Anglo millions - Sat 4th Jan, 2014 - I Independent


03/1/14 (Fri)    >>

Fidelma Healy Eames on Joe Duffy's Liveline today defending her article on Labour's secular agenda (see yesterday -- segment)


College tells psychiatrists not to do abortion assessments (until guidelines in place) - Psychiatrists say implementation of new abortion Act ‘completely unsatisfactory’ - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - I Times

(Kitty Holland) ... Mentioned in It Says in the Papers (8:10am) and also 7:10am ... Presenter Valerie Cox also reported in the 8:10am edition: "... in the Irish Daily Mail, Tanis Carey tells the chilling truth about the video games your children got for Christmas ... In the same way as our children are becoming desensitised to violence, we have become desensitised to the risks this entertainment carries with it" ... Daily Mail


Coca-Cola chiefs blasted for cutting gay marriage scene from latest Irish advert - Mon 30th Dec, 2013 - Irish Mirro

What the Pope meant to say - William McGurn - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - New York Post

'‘It’s official: Pope has not abolished sin, says Vatican.” Well thank you, Reuters.'


Parishioners Mourn Death of Slain Calif. Priest - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - ABC News

Authorities capture man they believe killed popular California priest - CNN


TX law overrules family, keeps pregnant mom on life support - Thu 2nd Jan, 2014 - Fox News

Pope Francis could address Seanad - Cathal Barry - Thu 2nd Jan, 2014 - Irish Catholic

'Nurses were angels but some turn out to be witches': Paddy Ashdown in dire warning of 'crumbling' trust in NHS, BBC and politics - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - Mail

COMMENT: RTÉ might take note! ... ‘The BBC is revealed as an organisation which can't manage its own affairs, misspends public money and seems to have been complicit in aggrandising someone [Savile] whose proclivities would be rejected by most people.’ - Paddy Ashdown (The Times)


Mother who lost family in police chase welcomes UK changes - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - Irish Independent

"The north Cork woman lost her son, Oisin (16 months) and her unborn baby girl, Elber Marie ..."


David Quinn - David Quinn: The liberals now have too much sway on government thinking - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - Irish Independent

*** See yesterday's Faith in the Media


Assange: Governments 'aspire to god-like knowledge' - Thu 2nd Jan, 2014

Re: BBC Radio 4's Today programme


Talking Point - Sarah Carey - Irish missionaries: will we miss this dying breed? - Sat 28th Dec, 2013 - Newstalk

Fr Eamon Aylward, Sr Eileen Rabbitte and Michael Kelly ... Additional Newstalk link Newstalk link with text


The Right Hook - Mon 30th Dec, 2013 - Newstalk

David Quinn - 18 mins into audio - reception of Holy Communion by remarried divorcees? ... Meisner ‘clarifies’ Francis’s views on divorced and remarried - Tablet (3/1/2014)


The Bible - final part - Sat 28th Dec, 2013 - TV3

"I Am coming soon" ... cf Rev 22:12 ***


POPE FRANCIS: THE STRENGTH OF THE CHURCH IS CONCEALED IN THE DEEP WATERS OF GOD - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - VIS

MARY, SOURCE OF HOPE AND TRUE JOY - Fri 3rd Jan, 2014 - VIS


02/1/14 (Thu)    >>

Delay in abortion guidelines not our fault, say medical professionals - Independent ... RTÉ Radio One Liveline on Head Army Chaplain's criticism of Pres. Michael Higgins for not mentioning Christianity in Christmas message (Article: Fidelma Healy Eames: Labour is remaking our society while Fine Gael sleeps -Sunday Business Post mentioned ... "I die the king's good servant, but God's first" - Caitriona Lynch - caller)


'I had an abortion - but I'm STILL pregnant three months later': Teenager, 19, discovers pills failed to work after feeling 'movements' in her stomach - Tue 31st Dec, 2013 - Mail

"Now Miss Skinner, 19, says she is delighted to be five months pregnant and is looking forward to the birth of her second daughter in early May"


People who are religious or spiritual have 'thicker' brains which could protect them against depression - Tue 31st Dec, 2013 - Mail

Kidnapped French priest freed on 'compassionate grounds' - Wed 1st Jan, 2014 - France 24

Dead priest in supermarket car park went undiscovered for three days' - Wed 1st Jan, 2014 - Guardian

Pope stresses strength, courage, hope in new year - Thu 2nd Jan, 2014 - I Examiner

Morning Ireland - RTÉ Radio 1

Children's Rights Alliance, Child and Family Agency and Children's Rights Referendum


Yesterday

Faith in the Media



01/1/14 (Wed)    >>

Celebrating World Day of Peace through fraternity - News.va (Irish Bishops) "May Mary, the Mother of Jesus, help us to understand and live every day the fraternity that springs up from the heart of her Son, so as to bring peace to each person on this our beloved earth." (See Luke 19:41-46)


Irish law clarifying abortion grounds comes into force - Wed 1st Jan, 2014 - BBC

COMMENT: The cynical and disastrous answer of the Irish Government to the call for Peace ... See Luke 19:41-46


Vatican denies the Pope has 'abolished sin' - Wed 1st Jan, 2014 - I Independent

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY: CHRIST CHOSE TO BELONG TO A FAMILY THAT EXPERIENCED EXILE SO THAT NO-ONE IS EXCLUDED FROM GOD'S LOVING CLOSENESS - Mon 30th Dec, 2013 - VIS

Pope: “three key words for peace and joy in family life: 'excuse me, thank you, sorry'”


Justice Blocks Contraception Mandate on Insurance in Suit by Nuns - Tue 31st Dec, 2013 - NY Times

"WASHINGTON — Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Obama administration from forcing some religious-affiliated groups to provide health insurance coverage of birth control or face penalties as part of the Affordable Care Act."




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29/12/13 (Sun)    >>

Feast of the Holy Family


Pope shocked by same-sex adoptions legislation - Sun 29th Dec, 2013 - Times of Malta

This Week - today @ 1pm - Sun 29th Dec, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

What effect has the papacy of Francis had on his own continent? Interview with Daniel Levine ... ... Daniel Levine - RTÉ Radio 1 (17/3/2013) ... Ben Wedeman - CNN (followed by Pope Francis, 'Best Dressed Man of the Year')


Vatican encourages renewed missionary zeal in Catholic schools - Wed 26th Dec, 2013 - CNA

Pope Francis lunches with Benedict XVI - Fri 27th Dec, 2013 - News.va


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23/12/13 (Mon)    >>

Church's message unchanged by new abortion bill - I Independent (Cardinal Brady interview -- see below!) ... Christian freedoms are worth fighting for - Telegraph ... Pope Francis: may every family have a home


Labour: We must 'do God’ to fight anti-Christian persecution - Sat 21st Dec, 2013 - Telegraph

UK Labour Party ... Douglas Alexander, Labour's shadow foreign secretary, says politicians should speak out about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, and not be put off doing so for fear of causing offence


Christian freedoms are worth fighting for - Sat 21st Dec, 2013 - Telegraph

Before 2003, there were over one million Christians in Iraq. Today, there are as few as 200,000


Douglas Alexander: Christians left by the world to sufferr - Sat 21st Dec, 2013 - Telegraph

The Government must do more to address the threat to Christians abroad ... Catholic Herald: 'Anti-Christian violence in the Middle East: the answer is more secularism, not multiculturalism'


Church's message unchanged by new abortion bill - Sarah MacDonald - Mon 23rd Dec, 2013 - I Independent

I Independen interview with Cardinal Brady


Cardinal considers return to parish duty - Sarah MacDonald - Mon 23rd Dec, 2013 - I Independent

I Independen interview with Cardinal Brady


Priest to sleep out in addicts’ squat - Mon 23rd Dec, 2013 - I Examiner

*** "This is also about the poor that aren’t noticed by media ... "


Is faster and easier adoption necessarily better? - Mon 23rd Dec, 2013 - Guardian

ACCORD forced to cut its Maynooth central office staff due to 42.4% cut in Government funding - Thu 19th Dec, 2013 - Irish Bishops

Archbishop thanks parishioners for extraordinary response to food appeal - Sun 22nd Dec, 2013 - Irish Bishops

Pope warns against mediocrity, gossip in Vatican - Mon 23rd Dec, 2013 - AP / Jamaica Observer


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19/12/13 (Thu)    >>

"The Pope wasn't talking at all about so-called same sex marraige" - Cardinal Francis George on EWTN News Nightly @ 5:30pm ... 'Wall of Hope' - Knocknacarra Parish, Galway - Fr. Tadhg Quinn PP - Morning Ireland


Yesterday's Faith in the Media

(updated ... Fr Robert Barron's "CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization" on EWTN @ 9pm tonight! Interview with Fr Barron @ 8pm)


New Pope's massive adoration - Thu 19th Dec, 2013 - I Independent

Vatican’s representative seeks diplomatic immunity from inquiry - Thu 19th Dec, 2013 - Guardian

Pope Francis encourages mother to breast-feed in public - Thu 19th Dec, 2013 - (London) Independent

Opinion - Why the Pope is shaking up bishops - Alice L. Laffey - Wed 18th Dec, 2013 - CNN

Opinion - How I learned to love polygamy - Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio - Wed 18th Dec, 2013 - CNN

Pope invited for Uganda Martyrs 50th anniversary - Wed 18th Dec, 2013 - New Vision (Uganda)

Royal Commission hears Vatican told priest to offer a Mass every Friday for his victims - Thu 19th Dec, 2013 - Sydney Morning Herald


18/12/13 (Wed)    >>

'My faith is the most important part of my life': Mark Wahlberg the devout Catholic reveals he often attends church TWICE on Sundays - Mail ... THE POPE CELEBRATES HIS 77TH BIRTHDAY (with homeless) - VIS (secular media coverage -- see below) ... Abortion news! (see below) ... Clowns' pilgrimage to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Irish Independent (The Fools' Guide to Reality?) ... Archbishop Eamon Martin on Today with Seán O'Rourke this Fri 20th Dec @ 10am - RTÉ Radio 1 ... Mini series: 'The Bible' starts on TV3 this Sat 21st Dec @ 9pm ... Premiere of Father Robert Barron's ‘Catholicism: The New Evangelization' this Thu 19th Dec (Wed night) @ 2am - EWTN (see below)


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Tony O'Brien, HSE - Wed 18th Dec, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

Savita Halappanavar referred to briefly ... Newstalk Lunchtime


Hospital early warning system could have saved Savita Halappanavar, says Reilly - Proper handwashing is key to combating potentially deadly MRSA bug - Ronan McGreevy - Thu 12th Dec, 2013 - I Times

COMMENT: This article received only two retweets in the course of a week -- Minister Reilly's comments would have been welcomed even less by the mass media abortion establishment, had they been made, earlier in the year


Abortion legislation yet to be commenced - Wed 18th Dec, 2013 - I Examiner

Newstalk Lunchtime (19 mins in: brief clip of Minister James Reilly speaking in the Dáil, today) ... *** COMMENT: See a long standing Twitter question to RTÉ and Kevin Bakhurst


Teacher rapes student, forces abortion, arrested - Wed 18th Dec, 2013 - Business Standard (India)

Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell gets 30 years for pill mill - Tue 17th Dec, 2013 - CNN

'Mega lolz... I don't know why everyone is so freaked out': How unrepentant Lostprophets pervert Ian Watkins described his crimes in phone call to woman from prison - Mail


Pope approves miracle attributed to American nun - Wed 18th Dec, 2013 - Vatican Radio

"The miracle that opens the way for the beatification of (Sr) Miriam Teresa Demjanovich invloves the restoration of perfect vision to a boy that had gone legally blind because of macular degeneration ... all opthalmologists know that this condition cannot be totally healed"


A Pop Star And A Priest: mtvU's Man And Woman Of The Year Revealed mtvU's honors go to the pontiff for his progressive outlook and the singer for her boundary-breaking success - Tue 10th Dec, 2013 - MTV

U.S. gay magazine names Pope Francis 'person of the year' for famously saying he would not 'judge' homosexuals - Mail


Former Gay Activist Marries Woman; Addresses Critics Who Condemn His New Heterosexual Lifestyle - Fri 13th Dec, 2013 - Christian Post

Utah Polygamy Court Ruling On 'Sister Wives' Case Confirms Fears Of Social Conservatives - Huffington Post


Faitharts

*** Advent and Christmas TV previews!


Faith in the Media Archive - Family and Media Association

Yesterday (Tue 17/12): The suffering of Christians in Syria - RTÉ Radio 1: Morning Ireland ... Pope Francis: without prophecy, (there is) only clericalism - Vatican Radio: "All those who are baptised are prophets" ... Age of consent ... ... ... Monday (16/12):Medical approval of Pope Paul's VI's miracle cure of unborn child ... ... ... Sunday (15/12): Faith and strength! Astronaut Chris Hadfield ... ... ... Saturday (14/12): "After damaging souls through rock and roll I tried to retrieve my own!" - The Business - RTÉ Radio 1 ... ... ... Friday (13/12): How chastity became a controversial ‘lifestyle choice’ - Iona ... ... ... Thursday (12/12): 'The Moment of' ... propaganda!


Christmas 'miracle' brings joy to couple as they are reunited with baby who survived Philippines typhoon - Wed 18th Dec, 2013 - Irish Independent

*** Irish family's Christmas dream came true ... adopted toddler son miraculously survived the Philippines typhoon by sheltering in a shattered church


EWTN Presents the World Television Premiere of Father Robert Barron's ‘Catholicism: The New Evangelization' Wednesday, December 18 - Sun 15th Dec, 2013 - EWTN

*** @ 2am on Thursday morning (Fr Barron will be on EWTN Live @ 1am) ... ST. LUKE'S GOSPEL THE INCREDIBLE BIRTH OF JESUS @ 12:30am (Francis Hogan)


Francis: “We are, each of us, the name of God” - Tue 17th Dec, 2013 - Vatican Insider

God's surname!


LAST AUDIENCE OF 2013: THE BIRTH OF JESUS DEMONSTRATES THAT GOD IS ON THE SIDE OF HUMANITY - Wed 18th Dec, 2013 - VIS

Pope Francis dedicated the final general audience of 2013 to the birth of Jesus, “celebration of trust and hope, which overcome uncertainty and pessimism”



17/12/13 (Tue)    >>

The suffering of Christians in Syria - RTÉ Radio 1: Morning Ireland ... Pope Francis: without prophecy, (there is) only clericalism - Vatican Radio: "All those who are baptised are prophets"


New York Archdiocese Wins Ruling on Contraception - Mon 16th Dec, 2013 - NY Times

Cabinet to discuss lowering age of consent - Enda Kenny previously said change would ‘send wrong signal to our children’ - Tue 17th Dec, 2013 - I Times

Mentioned in 7:10am It Says in the Papers - RTÉ Radio 1


Priest brushes off being tied up by masked robber - Tue 17th Dec, 2013 - I Independent

Fr Paul Hampson


Sister Wives TV Polygamists Win Bigamy Case - Tue 17th Dec, 2013 - Sky News

See also yesterday


Pope Replaces Conservative U.S. Cardinal on Influential Vatican Committee - Mon 16th Dec, 2013 - NY Times

Cardinal Burke replaced by Cardinal Wuerl ... CWN ... Pro-life leaders shocked by removal of Cardinal Burke from important Vatican post - LifeSite



16/12/13 (Mon)    >>


Federal judge declares Utah polygamy law unconstitutional - Sat 14th Dec, 2013 - Salt Lake City Tribune

The following comment received 207 'likes' on a CNN Facebook page, "Polygamy should be lawful as should same sex marriage. The government has no place in defining relationships besides ensuring that financially all married people have the same benefits regardless of what kind of marriage they have or are." !


China's Illegal Detention Of Christian Pastor - Mon 16th Dec, 2013 - Sky News

Pope Francis shrugs off allegations of Marxism - Mon 16th Dec, 2013 - Independent

The wide reporting of this story was mentioned in the 8:10 version of RTÉ Radio One's It Says in the Papers ... See also yesterday's Faith in the Media


Was Noah's Ark round? Scholar says 3,700-year-old clay tablet reveals boat was a coracle made out of reeds and bitumen - Sun 15th Dec, 2013 - Mail

Paul VI’s “miracle” receives medical approval - Fri 13th Dec, 2013 - Vatican Insider

*** Curing of an unborn child ... "This healing was perfectly in line with the magisterium of Paul VI, who wrote the “Humanae Vitae” in defence of human life, but also in defence of the family because the document talks about conjugal love, not just about unborn life. This healing fits in with Montini’s way of thinking." - Postulator of Paul VI’s cause, Fr. Antonio Marrazzo


Pope’s Crackdown on Order Alarms Traditionalists - Nicole Winfield - Sun 15th Dec, 2013 - AP / TIME


15/12/13 (Sun)    >>

Faith and strength! Astronaut Chris Hadfield on Sunday with Miriam! (see below) ... "Never be afraid of tenderness" Pope Francis interview - Andrea Tornielli / La Stampa / Vatican Insider ... Francis shoots down women cardinals - John Allen


The Sunday Show - Shane Coleman - Eamon Delaney, Mary McEvoy - Sun 15th Dec, 2013 - Newstalk

Including a discussion about an article in today's Sunday Times (Pgae 1), on the Catholic marriage agency Accord not giving counselling to same-sex couples (25 mins into audio)


Sunday with Miriam - Sun 15th Dec, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Including an interview with astronaut Chris Hadfield ... COMMENT: 'Faith and Strength': Astronaut Chris Hadfield strongly stressed the importance of having a religious faith. It was necessary to give you strength, he said. Astronauts need to be strong and therefore they come from a variety of faith backgrounds. They don't choose weak people to become astronauts!


Marian Finucane - Sun 15th Dec, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Patsy McGarry, Rome-based Mons John Kennedy and Tom Kington talk about Pope Francis ... Patsy McGarry, Sen Catherine Noone FG. ... Discussion about 'selfies' and Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt: ‘I won’t be Prime Minister for ever, but I will be a mother for ever’ statement was recalled



14/12/13 (Sat)    >>

"After damaging souls through rock and roll I tried to retrieve my own!" - August Turak, author of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks and a founding employee of MTV, speaking on RTÉ Radio 1: The Business (Forbes)


THE POPE: CHRISTMAS TREE, SIGN AND REMINDER OF DIVINE LIGHT - Fri 13th Dec, 2013 - VIS

The Business - Conor Brophy - Sat 14th Dec, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

"It is in your own self interest to forget your self interest" - August Turak ... COMMENT: an appropriate statement made on the Feast of St John of the Cross ... See above



13/12/13 (Fri)    >>


Yesterday's Faith in the Media

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Beautiful homily from Pope about the tender Love of God ...“This is the music of the language of the Lord, and we, in the preparation for Christmas, ought to hear it: it would do us so much good. Normally, Christmas seems to be a very noisy holiday: it would do us good to have a little silence and to hear these words of love, these words of such nearness, these words of tenderness ... " ... Calling all pro life pharmacies - HLI ... Message of Pope Francis for World Day of Peace


Tuesday's Faith in the Media

Perpetuating a Church abuse media myth ... COMMENT: "It is almost beyond belief and DEEPLY worrying that such apparently well informed, intelligent and experienced journalists as Pat Kenny (Newstalk) and Patsy McGarry (Irish Times) could, in good faith, make so profound an error, as they did this morning, in implying that child sexual abuse is more prevalent in the Catolic Church than it is elsewhere. There is simply no evidence to support this media myth, and it is extemely difficult, if not impossible, to see how Mr Kenny and Mr McGarry could, after all this time, be unaware of this fact!"


How chastity became a controversial ‘lifestyle choice’ - Thu 12th Dec, 2013 - Iona

Reflection by David Quinn on the work of Pure in Heart


Francis isn't asked about abuse because he reminds us of Jesus - David Quinn - Fri 13th Dec, 2013 - I Independent

Catholic Bishops’ online Advent calendar proves popular with over 5,000 hits - Thu 12th Dec, 2013 - Irish Bishops

Rare snowstorm shuts Jerusalem - Fri 13th Dec, 2013 - I Independent

Advent reflection: "'Let the clouds rain down The Just One, and the earth bring forth a Saviour'" ... Vatican Radio



12/12/13 (Thu)    >>

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE ... Pope at audience: Americas, open your arms to poor, immigrants, unborn - CNS (Vatican Radio) ... Positive Pharmacy: Promoting Life: "An unprecedented survey arrives in EVERY pharmacy in Ireland today and tomorrow, North and South." - HLI Ireland ... ... ... Pope Francis, The People’s Pope - Time (Vatican Radio | Morning Ireland | Pat Kenny Show | Today with Seán O'Rourke) ... ... ... BAI Conversation on programme standards in the broadcast media ! @BAItweets ! #baitalk ... ... ... Pope Francis homily: Be silent, so we can hear the tenderness of God ... MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE ... (Press Conference)


Post-abortion counselling soars - Thu 12th Dec, 2013 - AP / I Independent

IFPA focused report ... COMMENT: What a strange concept: receiving post abortion counselling from the IFPA, of all people.


Ombudsman for Children calls for end to religious discrimination by schools - Thu 12th Dec, 2013 - Irish Times

COMMENT: Unborn baby health warning: this report appears in the Irish Times newspaper


The Moment of Truth - Danielle - Sun 15th Dec, 2013 @ 10:30pm - RTÉ 1

"Every year, thousands of Irish women travel to the UK for an abortion, but hardly anyone talks about it publicly. Now, one Irish woman is willing to do just that. When Danielle was in her late teens she accidentally became pregnant and travelled to England to have an abortion. It is a choice that has marked her life, but which she still does not regret."


Good News: St. Catherine’s will re-open it's doors on Sunday 15th December 2013 - St Catherine's, Meath St

A procession will leave from John’s Lane Church arriving at Meath St. for Mass 12.15p.m. Bishop Eamonn Walsh has agreed to return to the parish for this wonderful occasion." ... Article in the I Times referred to in It Says in the Papers (RTÉ Radio 1)


Tributes paid to popular Liverpool city centre priest - Sun 8th Dec, 2013 - Liverpool Echo

Father Gary Walsh ministered the Blessed Sacrament Shrine


Australian High Court overturns gay marriage law in ACT - Thu 12th Dec, 2013 - RTÉ

COMMENT i.e. Australian High Court overturns law allowing gay marriage ... News at One ... Colm O'Gorman - Newstalk: Moncrieff ... ... ... India criminalises gay sex - (London) Independent | Newstalk Breakfast | India Supreme Court upholds law against sodomy - Lifesite


Alain Courtois: No Euthanasia in Europe - CitizenGo

Online petition against euthanasia


Pope Francis: The immaculate is the fruit of the love of God - Sun 8th Dec, 2013 - Vatican [You Tube]

"Full of grace, full of grace, full of grace" - Pope Francis repeats the words of St Luke



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10/12/13 (Tue)    >>

Estrela defeated! ... Safeguarding children audits (see below) ... Debate: Future of the Catholic Church in Ireland - Prime Time - RTÉ 1, tonight @ 9:35pm


Review of Safeguarding Practice in the Diocese of Ossory - Tue 10th Dec, 2013 - Irish Bishops

Cardinal Brady: Armagh ... Bishop Kelly: Achonry ... Bishop Treanor ... Archbishop of Cashel & Emly


The Pat Kenny Show - Tue 10th Dec, 2013 - Newstalk

Interview with Patsy McGarry ... COMMENT: "It is almost beyond belief and DEEPLY worrying that such apparently well informed, intelligent and experienced journalists as Pat Kenny (Newstalk) and Patsy McGarry (Irish Times) could, in good faith, make so profound an error, as they did this morning, in implying that child sexual abuse is more prevalent in the Catolic Church than it is elsewhere. There is simply no evidence to support this media myth, and it is extemely difficult, if not impossible, to see how Mr Kenny and Mr McGarry could, after all this time, be unaware of this fact!" ... Michael Kelly - Newstalk Lunchtime ... Joe Little, Cardinal Sean Brady, Br Anthony Mc Donnell, Maeve Lewes - RTÉ Radio 1: News at One


'Pope Francis' most talked about Facebook topic in 2013 - Mon 9th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ


09/12/13 (Mon)    >>

Pope Francis and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Vatican Radio; CNA ... Sign petition: Reject the Estrela Report!



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07/12/13 (Sat)    >>


Marian Finucane - Sat 7th Dec, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

Guest: Mary Kenny


RESCUE VIDEO released months after Nigerian man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic Ocean - wxyz.com

COMMENT: The sign of Jonah (Matthew 12:38-45) ... "I started calling on the name of God," Okene told the Nation. "I started reminiscing on the verses I read before I slept. I read the Bible from Psalms 54 to 92. My wife had sent me the verses to read that night when she called me before I went to bed." ... Image (theworldtomorrow.ca)


The World Over - Thu 5th Dec, 2013 - EWTN

Former US ambassadors Ray Flynn and Jim Nicholson ... Former US Ambassador to the Holy See in Bush administration Jim Nicholson says move to new compund mooted before (during Bush administration) but blocked by him, at that time


The God Slot - Fri 6th Dec - RTÉ Radio 1

Pope's Apostolic Exhortation - Bishop Brendan Leahy; Medjugorje



06/12/13 (Fri)    >>

"Power of Forgiveness"! Reformed killer of nun gets invite from Pope - Times of India ... Pope Francis at Mass: Praying is a bit like “annoying” God - News.va ... Miracle man underwater for three days - Times of Malta ... Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick on 'The Joy of the Gospel' (EVANGELII GAUDIUM - La alegría del Evangelio) - The God Slot RTÉ Radio 1 @ 10pm - tonight's programme also contains a report on Medjugorje ... Saint Nicholas & Jesus' Law of the Gift


THE POPE TO CREATE A COMMISSION FOR THE PROTECTION OF MINORS, UPON REQUEST BY THE COUNCIL OF CARDINALS - Thu 5th Dec, 2013 - VIS

*** Vatican Radio (Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston answers questions from the media: journalists Frank Rocha, CNS; Gerard O'Connell, Vatican Insider & The Universe; Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter; Naomi O'Leary, Reuters; Nicole Winfield, AP etc. -- "The pastoral response of the Church is very very important and the Holy Father is concerned about that ..." - Cardinal Seán O'Malley) -- Vatican (YouTube) ... RTÉ


Catholic counselling for gay students? Banned! - Thu 5th Dec, 2013 - Telegraph

*** Galway University's Affront To Free Speech - Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus ... Listen to this revealing exercise in GROUPTHINK from RTÉ Radio 1 News (5/12/2013) ... ... ... "COURAGE is doing the work of God!" - Pope John Paul II quoted in Courage website ... ... ... (RTÉ; I Independent) ... COMMENT: A spate of 'Homophobic-phobic' bullying? Read about recent campaigns against James Arthur (X-Factor) and actor Alec Baldwin who more than hints at double standards


Faith in the Media - Thu 5th Dec, 2013 - Family and Media Association

*** Yesterday's Faith in the Media: New team to deal with complaint on Shatter's racy novel - I Independent ... Winter 2013 General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference concludes in Maynooth - Irish Bishops ... ... ... Wednesday's Faith in the Media: Vatican II's decree on mass media communications, 'Inter Mirifica' : 50 years on ... Archbishop Eamon Martin's Advent Calendar


Northern Ireland May OK Abortions on Disabled Babies, Those Conceived in Rape - Thu 5th Dec, 2013 - Life News

*** "This consultation is not the result of public opinion but the result of a propaganda campaign orchestrated by the pro-abortion lobby and its willing accomplices in the media, most notably Stephen Nolan. Abortion is not a compassionate response to the diagnosis of fatal disability. Babies with fatal disabilities are no less human than other children and share the same right to life as all other human beings." ... ... ... I Times ... I Independent ... Belfast Telegraph ... RTÉ ... News at One - RTÉ Radio 1


Alive - Dec, 2013

The Pat Kenny Show - Fri 6th Dec, 2013 - Newstalk

*** (6 mins, 20 secs into audio) Interview with Fr Patrick Devine, SMA, founder of Shalom ('Irish priest receives top honor in Washington for peace work in Kenya' - Irish Central; Journal 30/10/2013) ... "I was inspired by various people throughout my life, and as Mandela is an iconic figure, you look back to people like Gandhi and their approach to non violence, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul and a variety of others and something was moved within me ..." - Fr Patrick Devine ... Fr Devine spoke, in his acceptance speech, about Nelson Mandela's "courage to forgive for the sake of peace""


Sister Mary Nerney, Advocate for Women in Prison, Dies at 75 - Thu 5th Dec, 2013 - NY Times

Irish American Catholic nun


Witnesses to Apartheid and After... Fri 6th Dec, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Nelson Mandela ... ... ... *** Pope Francis pays tribute to Nelson Mandela - News.va


Pontifical Council reflects on Proclaiming Christ in the digital age - Thu 5th Dec, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Obama calls pope 'soulful messenger' of peace, justice - Fri 6th Dec, 2013 - Reuters

On MSNBC's 'Hardball'


Unthinkable: Is scepticism a sustainable philosophy? Sceptics have the upper hand these days but are they hiding values of their own? - Joe Humphreys - Fri 6th Dec, 2013 - I Times

"The decline in the influence of the church seems to have boosted scepticism in Irish society. Has it become a default position in public discourse?" ... "Is there a “freeloading” aspect to sceptics whereby they smuggle in their own values in public debate while pretending to be neutral?"


TV and Radio Previews - Dec, 2013 - Faitharts

Also: Song for Missing Persons "A Candle for You" sung by Celine Byrne released today 6th Dec


Moncrieff - Colombia Farc rebels to Croatia and same sex marriage - Mon 2nd Nov, 2013 - Newstalk

*** COMMENT: Perhaps because the news of Croatia's anti same-sex marriage vote has been given so little oxygen by the Irish media, Seán Moncrieff gets the story the wrong way around here? ... ... ... Pope (Benedict) on weekend visit to Croatia to celebrate family - Vatican Radio (Archive: 3/6/2011)


John Murray Show - Fri 6th Dec, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

COMMENT: Listen out for a brief but bizarre comparison between Nelson Mandela and Pussy Riot


Moncrieff - The man who carries a cross everywhere. - Thu 5th Dec, 2013 - Newstalk


05/12/13 (Thu)    >>

New team to deal with complaint on Shatter's racy novel - I Independent


Winter 2013 General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference concludes in Maynooth - Wed 4th Dec, 2013 - Irish Bishops


04/12/13 (Wed)    >>

4th Dec, 1963 - Vatican II's decree on mass media communications, 'Inter Mirifica' : 50 years on: GET ANALYSIS, HERE, WITH: Bishop Brendan Leahy (You Tube); The Pontifical Council for Social Communications; and Vatican Radio ... ... ... Advent Calendar - Archbishop Eamon Martin - 4th Dec, 2013


Gilmore offers two Ambassadors in one building for Vatican Embassy - Tue 3rd Dec, 2013 - I Independent

A terrible act of inhumanity that shows why justice must never be secret - Christopher Booker - Tue 3rd Dec, 2013 - Mail

Who stands to gain from secret justice? - Mail (3/12/2013). See yesterday


Parents' outrage at e-cigarette advert during I'm a Celebrity... that appears to be a woman talking about oral sex - Tue 3rd Dec, 2013 - Mail

UK "Advertising watchdog launches an investigation after complaints"


Pope calls for prayer for nuns kidnapped in Syria - Wed 4th Dec, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Catholic Connection - Teresa Tomeo - Wed 4th Dec, 2013 - Ave Maria Radio

*** Former US Ambassador to the Holy See, Ray Flynn: "We don't need bigger government. We need stronger families!" -- re: decision of US Government regarding its Vatican embassy! (Faith in the Media Friday - 29/11/2013) ... Former ambassador Flynn, along with former ambassador Nicholson, will also be interview on The World Over - EWTN this Friday 6th Dec @ 1am ... (See links in the red section above with regard to the Irish embassy to the Holy See)


Vatican rebuffs United Nations sex abuse inquiries - Tue 3rd Dec, 2013 - BBC News

U.N. Measure Would Send Forces to Aid Central African Republic - Tue 3rd Dec, 2013 - NY Times

"Diplomats and rights groups have attributed the main source of instability to the Seleka, a mostly Muslim coalition of armed groups that overthrew the government and that has terrorized the (Christian) populace"


Psychologist: Most Abortions in Britain Illegal - Wed 4th Dec, 2013 - Zenit

UK doctors still practicing after child porn convictions - Tue 3rd Dec, 2013 - LifeSite

DECREE ON THE MEDIA OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS INTER MIRIFICA SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI ON DECEMBER 4, 1963 - Wed 4th Dec, 1963 - Vatican website

"Among the Wonderful Things" ... "The Church recognizes that these media, if properly utilized, can be of great service to mankind, since they greatly contribute to men's entertainment and instruction as well as to the spread and support of the Kingdom of God. The Church recognizes, too, that men can employ these media contrary to the plan of the Creator and to their own loss. Indeed, the Church experiences maternal grief at the harm all too often done to society by their evil use."


Faith in the Media - Tue 3rd Dec, 2013 - Family and Media Association

*** NOTE: 'Macedonia: State anti-abortion ad faces criticism' and abortion promotion on The Ray D'Arcy Show, Today FM etc.



03/12/13 (Tue)    >>

Pope: TIME OF ADVENT, GUIDED BY MARY - VIS


FG TDs hope Vatican embassy will reopen in new year - Tue 3rd Dec, 2013 - Irish Independent

"Shutting down the Vatican embassy caused a lot of unnecessary bad publicity." - Pat Breen FG TD, Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade which is due to discuss the embassy situation, when it meets tomorrow @ 2.30pm ... Independent (2)


Explain why you snatched baby girl at birth: Judge's order to social workers behind forced caesarean - Mon 2nd Dec, 2013 - Mail

*** "The case shines light on murky secrecy of Court of Protection" ... Spero


Croatians Ban Same-Sex 'Marriage' in Referendum - Mon 2nd Dec, 2013 - LifeSite

Croatian Government to Pursue Law Allowing Civil Unions for Gay Couples - NY Times (2/12/2013)


Bishops Sued Over Policies on Abortion at Hospitals - Mon 2nd Dec, 2013 - New York Times

American Civil Liberties Union sue United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Horror: Violent mob of topless pro-abort feminists attacks praying men defending cathedral (VIDEO) - Mon 2nd Dec, 2013 - LifeSite

Buenos Aires - Nov 24: "After unsuccessfully trying to get into the building, the women burned a human-sized effigy of Pope Francis. “If the pope were a woman, abortion would be legal,” they shouted."


Bodleian and Vatican libraries publicise digitised ancient bibles - Tue 3rd Dec, 2013 - BBC

Elton John's tour of Russia on verge of collapse after singer makes 50 pages of demands and pledges to show solidarity with persecuted gay community - Mon 2nd Dec, 2013 - Mail

"the concerts could be called off by local officials if they believe his performances will break their ‘gay propaganda’ laws"


Four elderly patients a week are dying of hunger and thirst 'utterly scandalous' figures reveal - Mon 2nd Dec, 2013 - Mail

Nuns held hostage in Syria by jihadists as new UN report accuses Assad of crimes against humanity - Mon 2nd Dec, 2013 - Mail

Macedonia: State anti-abortion ad faces criticism - Sat 30th Nov, 2013 - LasVegas Sun / AP

Woody Allen the Moralist - Fr Robert Barron

BBC U-turn on charity probe: Corporation to screen documentary that alleges millions in donations were invested in tobacco and arms firms - Mon 2nd Dec, 2013 - Mail

The Ray D'Arcy Show (Part II) - Tue 3rd Dec, 2013 - Today FM

One-sided promotion of abortion for unborn children with a terminal illness ... "And even people, you know, who are pro life which is a word I really can't bear, because I reckon we are all pro-life, so it's kind of, you know, people who are anti-choice, I suppose, have also agreed with fatal foetal abnormalities, so it's just very infuriating that the Government won't do anything about it" (17 mins in) ... Part I (3/12/2013)



02/12/13 (Mon)    >>

Advent Calendar (see below)


Archbishop Eamon Martin launches novel online Advent calendar to mark the Church’s new year - Mon 2nd Dec, 2013 - Irish Bishops


01/12/13 (Sun)    >>

Pope Francis to Patriarch Bartholomew: world needs our common witness - Vatican Radio ... Jessie J dedicates single to God - Mirror! ... Susan Boyle and her Catholic Faith - BBC 1 TODAY @ 10am! ... Of Gods and Men - BBC 4 TODAY @ 10pm!! ... Friday's Faith in the Media


Jessie J dedicates her next single Thunder to God after giving up parties for religion - Sat 30th Nov, 2013 - Mirror

"The singer enjoys clean living and it seems her next song has a wholesome message"


The baby saved by her mother's instinct: Doctors advised Liane to abort her 'severely brain damaged' daughter...she refused and gave birth to a perfectly healthy child - Tue 26th Nov, 2013 - Mail

Fern Britton Meets...Susan Boyle - 10am TODAY - Sun, 1st Dec, 2013 - BBC One

*** "Fern discovers how her strong Catholic faith has helped sustain her during the rocky times ... "


Of Gods and Men - 10pm TODAY - Sun, 1st Dec, 2013 - BBC Four

*** "Drama: The true story of the French monks who refused to leave their monastery and continued with their vocation in a dangerous area of Algeria as tensions rise and the threat to their safety from fundamentalist terrorists increases."


World AIDS Day: Camillians work to end stigma in Thailand - Sat 30th Nov, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Dec 1




30/11/13 (Sat)    >>



29/11/13 (Fri)    >>

"a gigantic Rorschach test" - George Weigel: Pope Francis the Revolutionary - Wall Street Journal ... Persecution of Christians, a prelude to the final victory of Jesus: Pope - Vatican Radio ... "In the last days, there's been a frightening amount of misinformation and rumor mongering out there about the moving of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See" ! ! ! Just the Facts: The Future U.S. Embassy to the Holy See - US Department of State official blog - (see also CNN blog and compare with comments in John Allen article - NCR (20/11/2013)


Patsy McGarry: UN watchdog asks State to clarify abortion policy - United Nations Committee Against Torture (Uncat) queries limitations in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act - Fri 29th Nov, 2013 - I Times

COMMENT: Orwellian use of language ... Why is there no concern for unborn children "the most defenceless and innocent among us" (P. 165) ... Journal


Ian O'Doherty: Newsflash, gay people - Alec's not out to get you - Fri 29th Nov, 2013 - Independent

See Wednesday's Faith in the Media


Well Done, Good & Faithful Servant - Fri 29th Nov, 2013 - Women of Grace

(Johnnette Benkovic presents Women of Grace) ... ... ... “I guess that is what dying must be like; to be finished and to be able to look back at the struggles of life, and know that God was your constant companion.” - Mother Angelica ... ... ... "For Reflection: How has God been my companion through the struggles of my life? Pray for the spiritual eyes to see this reality."


MEETING WITH THE SUPERIORS GENERAL: THE POPE ANNOUNCES THAT 2015 WILL BE DEDICATED TO CONSECRATED LIFE - Fri 29th Nov, 2013 - VIS

US bishop dresses up as homeless man to expose congregation's lack of compassion - Fri 29th Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

Groupthink controls what RTE investigates - Nov, 2013 - Alive


28/11/13 (Thu)    >>

Four Tiers of Failure: How the LGBT Lobby Dominates (Twitter) ... Yesterday's Faith in the Media (Intriguing Philippines interview! Peter Murtagh, Irish Times Foreign Correspondent on Today with Seán O'Rourke)


The Report - Inside the Vatican - TONIGHT @ 8pm Thu 28th Nov, 2013 - BBC Radio 4

TONIGHT 8PM ... See also below


Why did Pope Benedict XVI resign? Mark Dowd - Thu 28th Nov, 2013 - BBC News Magazine

See above


Pity the Pope wasn't in charge of Central Bank during the boom - Martina Devlin - Thu 28th Nov, 2013 - I Independent

Sabina is 'truly proud' as she praises great reputation of Irish missionaries - Sarah MacDonald - Thu 28th Nov, 2013 - I Independent

Wife of President Higgins


Christian B&B owners attack 'new orthodoxy of political correctness' - Wed 27th Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

Pope sets out his radical blueprint for a 'bruised, hurting and dirty' church - Poverty could 'explode' into violence -- Francis' - Wed 27th Nov, 2013 - I Independent

Full page ... See yesterday's Faith in the Media



27/11/13 (Wed)    >>

ALEGRIA: EVANGELII GAUDIUM - Pope issues first Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium - News.va (For context, see also Homily of Fr. John Paul Mary MFVA (26/11/2013) - EWTN and Faith in the Media (26/7/2013)) - John Allen ... Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal ... !!! Priest "just shone in the way he spoke!" - Peter Murtagh to Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio 1 (see below) ... THOSE WHO PRACTICE MERCY DO NOT FEAR DEATH - VIS ... The country where exorcisms are on the rise - BBC News (BBC Newsnight (25/11/2013) ... Euthanasia against Belgium's children - RTÉ ... 12 Must-Read Quotes From Bishop Paprocki’s Same-Sex Marriage Exorcism - CV ... Cliff Richard - John Murray Show - RTÉ Radio 1 ... EVERY LIFE COUNTS: Campaign for a PERINATAL hospice in Ireland - Drivetime - RTÉ Radio 1


The Saturday Night Show - Sat 23rd Nov, 2013 - RTÉ One

COMMENT: Unusually, for the media in general and RTÉ in particular, this programme was in many ways a 'platform for hope', not the 'anti-evangeliical' call to despair which has come to characterise much of today's television entertainment. ... WELL DONE to Brendan O'Connor for continuing to highlight the silent heroism of so many, living with disabilities: Katie O’Halloran gave hope to many when she spoke about what it was like to live with Femur Fibula Ulna Syndrome; Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson helped to put fame into better perspective, spoke about his desire to use his celebrity to help people and how this led to his work for GOAL in Haiti; and singer and actress Bronagh Gallagher was, allowed, free from ridicule, to express non 'PC' views about some of the negative effects of TV and, in particular, about the desensitising impact of TV violence ... Listen also to Newstalk Lunchtime (Gael scoil warns parents about negative impact of some media on children - 26/11/2013 - 12 mins into audio Irish Independent - 26/11/2013 International Business Times - 27/11/2013)


Niamh Ui Bhriain: Parents deserve truth about fatal foetal abnormalities - Mon 25th Nov, 2013 - I Independent

RECOMMENDED ... In 2011, the actual figure was nowhere near 1,200 abortions. It was actually 36. ... Listen also to Drivetime - RTÉ Radio 1 (27/11/2013)


World Over - Thu 21st Nov, 2013 - EWTN

Recommended ... Also includes an interview with Joseph Pearce about C S Lewis, and an interview with Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ), who is, currently, starring in Person of Interest


The God Slot - CS Lewis Special. - Fri 22nd Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Recommended ... Interview with Douglas Gresham, the stepson of C S Lewis


Prime Time - 'As the Government plans to allow same-sex couples to adopt is this an issue of civil rights or a threat to family structures? (Part 2)' - Tue 26th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ 1

Recommended: A generally fair and well moderated debate. Panellists: John Murray (Iona Institute), Paddy Manning. Audience comments: Petra Conroy (Catholic Comment), Kate Bopp ... ... ... 'Growing Up Transgender in Ireland' - Part 2 - Drivetime - RTÉ Radio 1 (26/11/2013)


Alec Baldwin blames gay activists for US show being pulled - Wed 27th Nov, 2013 - Guardian

*** '"You've got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy – Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan – they're out there, they've got you," he (Alec Baldwin) told the news site Gothamist. Ferraro is a spokesman for the mainstream campaign group Glaad, and Sullivan is a popular blogger whose views are not widely regarded as extremist.' - The Guardian ... ... ... *** COMMENT: According to the Guardian, the views of Andrew Sullivan "are not widely regarded as extremist"! It is worth noting, then, the following comment by Stanley Kurtz: "In his book Virtually Normal, Sullivan argued that the "openness of the contract" in many gay unions would actually strengthen heterosexual marriages: The rather free gay unions would show straights that their marriages need not be threatened by adultery." !!! ... ... ... Alec Baldwin's TV show cancelled after homophobic comment - Irish Independent


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Wed 27th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED *** Priest "just shone in the way he spoke!" - Peter Murtagh of the Irish Times speaking about his experience of going to Mass in the Philippines, following the typhoon disaster, there (11:30am approx) ... UTV Media’s Group Chief Executive, John McCann on launch of new Irish TV channel


The Pat Kenny Show - Wed 27th Nov, 2013 - Newstalk

Baroness Warsi on the plight of Christians (12:20pm approx) ... Interview with Lucinda Creighton re VHI and with John Crown re HIQA


Morning Ireland - Priest asked parishioners to pray for not guilty verdict for sex offender - Tue 26th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Eoin English (I Examiner): "The priest was in fact a visiting Augustinian friar ... the Order is taking it very seriously" ... Christopher McKevitt: "The Bishop of Cork and Ross Dr John Buckley is distancing himself, today, from comments made at a funeral in the Diocese, last week"


Priest says he resigned from Mater Hospital board over Ireland’s abortion law - Simon Caldwell - Wed 27th Nov, 2013 - Catolic Herald

Scottish independence: BBC would be replaced by new broadcaster - Tue 26th Nov, 2013 - Guardian

CBS suspends Lara Logan over faulty Benghazi report - Tue 26th Nov, 2013 - Guardian

‘I pity vegetarians in the same way I pity virgins, teetotallers and men who are not interested in sport’ - Fri 22nd Nov, 2013 - I Times

'Like a vegan' ... IT journalist apparently "driven from Twitter by a mob over an article" ... "This article has been closed to comments due to the high volume of posts which violated our community standards. We have deleted those posts. Gary Quinn, Features Digital Editor" (see Monday's Faith in the Media)


Faith in the Media - Mon 25th Nov, 2013 - Family and Media Association

*** ('Nuns say critical scene in ‘Philomena’ was made up' - IT)


The Holy See as a global (soft) power - Nigel Baker, UK Ambassador to the Holy See - Wed 27th Nov, 2013 - Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Recommended



26/11/13 (Tue)    >>



25/11/13 (Mon)    >>

Putin to Meet Pope Francis as Church Relations Warm - The Moscow Times ... Nuns say critical scene in ‘Philomena’ was made up - IT COMMENT: The Irish Times 'headlinist' could have left out the "Nuns say" part of this headline, given that "the meeting couldn’t have happened. Sr Hildegarde died in 1995. Mr Sixsmith did not start helping Philomena Lee find her son until 2004."


Pope Francis shows 'St Peter's bones' to public for first time - Mon 25th Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

Reported extensively


Church's response to abuse victims was too slow, says Archbishop - Mon 25th Nov, 2013 - Independent

"Sexual predators will seek out our weak points and break through the weaknesses of our systems. We cannot afford to let our guard down."


STOP IT: Estrela Report back in EU


24/11/13 (Sun)    >>



23/11/13 (Sat)    >>



22/11/13 (Fri)    >>

Moscow Patriarchate hopes Putin's Vatican visit will make Orthodox-Catholic ties stronger - Voice of Russia ... CS Lewis: "I saw how stories of this kind could steal past a certain inhibition which had paralysed much of my own religion in childhood" - The religious symbolism behind the Chronicles of Narnia - BBC (CS Lewis's stepson Douglas Gresham interviewed on The God Slot, RTÉ Radio 1, tonight at 10pm) ... Dublin-born bishop to preside over John F. Kennedy memorial in Dallas - Irish Central (Vatican Radio on JFK)


Clare Daly introduces new Bill on abortion - Fri 22nd Nov, 2013 - I Times

"The Government will not oppose the introduction of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy (Amendment) (Fatal Foetal Abnormalities) Bill." ... Clare Daly’s new Bill exposes the hopeless quality of debate in the Dáil on abortion issue – Pro Life Campaign (21/11/2013)


Mark Shea: The Human Person and Beauty - Thu 21st Nov, 2013 - NC Register

Sec. Kerry Prioritizes Transgender over Children - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - Turtle Bay and Beyond

COMMENT: Sounds all too familiar, unfortunately!


Vatican Under Fire From UN Committee on the Rights of the Child - Fri 22nd Nov, 2013 - C-FAM

Popular Norwegian anchorwoman ordered not to wear cross necklace on air - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - Lifesite

Influential peace process figure Fr Alec Reid dies - Fri 22nd Nov, 2013 - RTÉ

Recall, also, the role of Fr Robert Spitzer in the peace process (starting at 33 mins 33 secs into audio)


Drivetime - Thu 21st Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

*** Fairness and balance ALERT X 2 ! ... COMMENT: One sided promotion of euthanasia, here (2 hr 12' 44'' into audio), with a proponent of 'assisted suicide' (in this case, Stephen Donnelly) interviewed, on their own and in a sympathetic manner. ... There was a similar one-sided promotion on The Right Hook - Newstalk (21/11/2013 - 6' 40'' into audio), yesterday evening, where Dr Adam McCauley was interviewed, on his own, again in a largely sympathetic manner (X Case and 'the right to travel' issue also raised in the Newstalk interview)


Newstalk Breakfast - 'A step closer with IVF' [podcast] - Fri 22nd Nov, 2013 - Newstalk

Nine News - Pope Francis commanding attention with distinctive new tone for the Catholic Church - Thu 21st Nov, 2013 - RTÉ One

"The Francis effect"


The PR genius who helped make the Pope popular: Francis's marketing mastermind, an ex US journalist who belongs to Opus Dei - Thu 21st Nov, 2013 - Mail

Greg Burke


'Keep things constructive,' Pope's social media manager advises Pinoys - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - GMA News

Irish Msgr, Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (see below)


Dos and dont’s for ‘Yolanda’ posts from Pope’s social media manager - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - CBCP News

Msgr Paul Tighe in Manila


Pope Francis sends golden rose to Our Lady of Guadalupe - Fri 22nd Nov, 2013 - CNA


21/11/13 (Thu)    >>

Murphy Report: 'Human errors' and an 'unbalanced assessment'! Fr Pádraig McCarthy interviewed by Newstalk's Shane Coleman (27' 45'' into audio) about his new book The Unheard Story: Dublin Archdiocese and the Murphy Report ... Shatter’s attack on the family: A forthcoming law will be the most far-reaching attack on the family - David Quinn - Irish Catholic ... "Massive downgrade" in U.S./Vatican ties, says former U.S. Ambassador - John Allen on plans to move the U.S. embassy to the Vatican, away from the Vatican!


Cathal Barry: The other side of Murphy Report - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Irish Catholic

Fr Padraig McCarthy tells Cathal Barry the Murphy Report needs further examining


Newstalk Breakfast - Fionnbar, Donal Walsh's father, spoke to Breakfast - Thu 21st Nov, 2013 - Newstalk

Dublin woman charged with assisting suicide of another woman in 2011 - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ

Newstalk Breakfast


Brendan O'Regan: Inspired by missionary tales - Thu 21st Nov, 2013 - Irish Catholic

Ireland's legacy to the devloping world was examined this week, writes Brendan O'Regan


Thomas G. Casey, SJ: Why we need Purgatory, with C.S. Lewis - Thu 21st Nov, 2013 - Irish Catholic

NY Times ... CS Lewis's stepson Douglas Gresham will be interviewed on The God Slot, RTÉ Radio One, tomorrow, Friday at 10pm ... COMMENT: He really should be on the Late Late Show, under the circumstances. See yesterday, Tuesday and Wednesday 13th Nov, 2013


Deirdre O'Shaughnessy: If selfies are a window into the soul, you might not like what you see - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - I Independent

See yesterday


The Pat Kenny Show - Fionn Davenport: Jim Jones Jonestown massacre - Thu 21st Nov, 2013 - Newstalk

*** (at end of today's programme) IMPORTANT: COMMENT: Re Jim Jones: Aren't we doing something similar, as societies, when we, too, reject organised religion and buy into abortion and euthanasia? ... Clearly, it wasn't intended by Newstalk, but this report, including an eerie audio of Jim Jones encouraging mothers to allow their children to be taken away and killed, was followed, on Newstalk Lunchtime, by a similarly eerie audio of Eamon Gilmore, encouraging the Oireachtas to 'deal with' 'the issue' of "assisted suicide". ... In addition to the other points of comparison, something that both of these incidents had in common is that the local culture of death, into which the false messages were delivered, served to 'occult' or obscure from the vast majority of the listeners, the real horror of what the gurus (see the Pope's words) were (or are) proposing.


Log on to Happier - it’s like Facebook and Twitter, without the snarking. But can this new social network help us feel better about ourselves? - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - Independent (London)

How Google is rotting our memories: Young people today have 'worse memories than their parents' - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - Mail

WE MUST NOT RESIGN OURSELVES TO IMAGINING A MIDDLE EAST WITHOUT CHRISTIANS - Thu 21st Nov, 2013 - VIS


20/11/13 (Wed)    >>

French pro life websites targeted by French government. Please visit for 3 or more minutes ... Septuplets at 16 - Bobbi and her husband Kenny famously declined selective reduction after learning they were pregnant with seven children following fertility treatment, saying it was 'in God's hands' - also in today's Irish Daily Mail (p. 21) ... Interview with Jim Caviezel on EWTN The World Over - Friday @ 1am. ... Stepson of CS Lewis on The God Slot (see below) - Friday @ 10pm ... Pro-abortion violence escalates as window smashed in pro-life office - Youth Defence


The Holy Father has just fervently declared his support for Benedict XVI’s vision of the Church, and has issued a clear rejection of the so-called ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - Catholic Herald

COMMENT: Interesting analysis, here by Dr William Oddie, including comments section. See also yesterday and Monday ... Twitter


For Those at Death’s Door, a Case for ‘Life Panels’ - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - NY Times

! ... 'War is peace. Ignorance is strength ... ' etc.


‘No Makeup November’ inspires women to focus on inner beauty - Mon 18th Nov, 2013 - RNS

Twitter in response to The Journal ... Selfie-obsessed (Mail)


The Triumph of C.S. Lewis - Fr Robert Barron - Mon 18th Nov, 2013 - RealClearReligion

COMMENT: Douglas Gresham, stepson of CS Lewis, will be thw special guest in this Friday’s edition of The God Slot, on RTÉ Radio 1 at 10pm, marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Lewis.


Woman charged with assisted suicide of another woman in 2011 - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ

COMMENT: Of course, 'assisted suicide' really means deliberately killing another human being, whom we have not created.


Despite our secularist enemies, we are on the brink of a Christian Spring - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

Cristina Odone, former editor of the Catholic Herald. See also another article by Cristina Odone ... Sunday Times ... See article by another former editor of the Catholic Herald, Dr William Oddie, above.


Nine News - Inquest in Devon hears details of fatal crash involving Cork family - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ 1

The terms "unborn daughter" and "unborn sister" used here. Similar terminology also used on yesterday's News at One, today's I Independent


Nine News - Special Rapporteur on Child Protection calls for an absolute ban on alcohol sponsorship - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ 1

‘Grandparents are a treasure,’ says Pope Francis - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - Catholic Herald

Pope warns no future without respecting elderly - Vatican Radio ... VIS


‘I felt only love’: Disfigured man embraced by Pope Francis speaks out about the experience - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - I Independent

Mail (19/11/2013)


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

"Fr Pat Seaver, will speak about his experiences supporting families who have been bereaved by suicide" (also on Newstalk Lunchtime) ... Mail ... Fr. Harry Bohan (Céifin) also on Today with Seán O'Rourke, today


We fiddled the crime numbers, admit police - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - The (London) Times

! Sexual offences categorised as “no crimes” ... Rupert Murdoch (Twitter)


'Cruelty became the norm and no one noticed': Health Secretary condemns NHS failings and outlines drastic reforms to patient care and hospital inspections - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - Mail

Desperate call by dying grandmother


Sleeping Beauty as an alcoholic and Mulan struggling with gender identity: Cartoonist explores how classic fairy tales would look in the modern world - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - Mail

Transgender promotional item on Drivetime yesterday evening ... Tweet


Let us remember those who pray – Bishop Philip Boyce - Wed 20th Nov, 2013 - Irish Bishops

Every 21 November, the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the annual day that the Catholic Church commemorates the hidden life of cloistered and contemplative religious throughout the world.



19/11/13 (Tue)    >>


Pope warns against dangers of 'adolescent progressivism' - Mon 18th Nov, 2013 - CNA / EWTN

"“What do you think?” he (the Pope) pressed, “that today human sacrifices are not made? Many, many people make human sacrifices and there are laws that protect them.”"


Ireland's birth rate continues to decline - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - ESRI

Lead morning news story on RTÉ Radio 1


Nano Nagle's remarkable journey towards sainthood - Lifestyle - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - I Examiner

Today with Pat Kenny - Mayor of Tralee: "Gender quotas are damaging" - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - Newstalk

The programme also contained an interview with Fr Michael Sinnott (37 mins in) ... Pat Kenny's intro: "Many of Ireland's unsung heroes are missionaries ... "


The Triumph of C.S. Lewis - Mon 18th Nov, 2013 - Fr Robert Barron

Letters - Misplaced antipathy for religious intelligence - Tue 19th Nov, 2013 - I Independent


18/11/13 (Mon)    >>

Pope Francis Promotes Year of Faith ‘Spiritual Medicine’ - NC Register / CNA / EWTN - DIVINE MERCY!!! (see below) ... Fr Spitzer in UCD (RECOMMENDED -- See below) ... 'Hardtalk' - Surrogacy - Dr Nayna Patel - BBC World Service (COMMENT: Horrific exploitation of surrogates powerfully revealed; but see The Journal, today)


Vatican Removes ‘La Repubblica’ Interview From Its Website - Mon 18th Nov, 2013 - NC Register / CNA / EWTN

“The information in the interview is reliable on a general level but not on the level of each individual point analyzed: This is why it was decided the text should not be available for consultation on the Holy See website” - Fr Federico Lombardi


Pope Francis ‘leaves the exposition of doctrine to others, and reserves for himself the merciful style of the care of souls’: is he playing a dangerous game? - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Catholic Herald

He has, says Sandro Magister, inaugurated a ‘twofold communicative register’, the existence of which the Press has simply not caught up with. Maybe it never will.


World Over - 2013-11-14 -- Newt Gingrich on Obamacare, George Weigel, USCCB with Raymond Arroyo - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - EWTN

World Over (7/11/2013) ... World Over (31/10/2013)


Bishop to perform “exorcism” over gay marriage law - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - Patheos

Pope Francis Promotes Year of Faith ‘Spiritual Medicine’ - Sun 17th Nov, 2013 - NC Register / CNA / EWTN

*** “This little box contains the medicine, and some volunteers will distribute it to you as you leave the square. Take it! It’s a rosary with which one can pray also the chaplet of Divine Mercy, spiritual help for our souls and for spreading love, forgiveness, and brotherhood everywhere.”


Pope close to persecuted Christians, cautions faithful against false messiahs - Mon 18th Nov, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Beginning his reflection on Jesus’ warning about the end of time, Pope Francis warned people not to place their trust in "gurus, false messiahs and sorcerers"


The Father of the Prodigal Son (33 mins in) - Fr Robert Spitzer

*** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ... [Audio -- about God's unconditional LOVE] ... ALSO CONTAINS IMPORTANT CONNECTION to the NORTHERN IRELAND PEACE PROCESS ... "If this is who God is, then count me in"



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15/11/13 (Fri)    >>

Interview: Cardinal O’Malley on Vatican Reform and Other Key Church Issues - Register ... China abolishes its labour camps and finally eases its one-child policy ... - Mail ... China To 'Loosen' Its One-Child Policy - Sky News


Academic selection 'damages Catholic education sector' - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - BBC News NI

Archbishop urges Catholics to take 'modern life' survey - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - BBC News

The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols ... Independent


Archbishop: 'Christianity faces extinction in Middle East' - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

Telegraph, Guardian, BBC, Independent and Irish Independent re Warsi comments


Palin apologizes for her 'liberal' Pope remarks and admits to not having 'done her homework' on the subject - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - Mail

FACEBOOK (Sarah Palin's Facebook post, with comments)


Noah: first trailer released - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

Pope Francis Not in Danger From Mafia, Vatican Says - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - ABC

'Revenge Porn' Victims Press for New Laws - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - ABC / AP

Gardai called to remove man from priest's chair - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - I Independent

GARDAI were called to a church after a man refused to vacate the priest's seat as Mass was about to start. (St Peter and Paul's, Portlaoise)


Catholic bishop of Springfield, IL to do `exorcism` on day governor signs gay marriage bill - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Americablog

Pro gay marriage site


Did Pope Francis just tip his hand on Medjugorje? (10 things to know and share) - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - NC Register

See Vatican Radio


Pope Applauds Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s Loyalty to Rome - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - NC Register / CNA

On their 25th anniversary


David Quinn: Personal freedom and commitment are rarely comfortable bedfellows - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - I Independent

John Waters: If the Oireachtas is to be asked to rule on in-camera proceedings it must first be enabled to examine them - Fri 15th Nov, 2013 - I Times

John Waters: The law and the media are allowing abuses in childcare cases to stay hidden - I Times (8/11/2013)



14/11/13 (Thu)    >>

Baby of brain dead mother saved - Vatican Radio ... Poll: "Poll: Should Ireland allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities?" - www.thejournal.ie ... Statement on Review of Child Safeguarding Structures and Processes in the Diocese of Down and Connor - Irish Bishops


Meeting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications, with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to consider THE FUTURE FUNDING OF PUBLIC BROADCASTING [AUDIO] - Wed 13th Nov, 2013

See also FACEBOOK ... Twitter


Belgian alliance against euthanasia - Wed 13th Nov, 2013 - Tablet

Seven Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders in Belgium have denounced the planned extension of the current euthanasia law to cover minors and mentally ill people


Tony Abbott defends Cardinal Pell's role in church handling of abuse - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended Cardinal George Pell's role in the Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse cases, saying he deserved credit for being the first senior churchman to act.


Irish missionaries lead typhoon relief efforts - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Irish Catholic

*** See yesterday


Sarah Palin 'taken aback' by Pope Francis's 'liberal' statements - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - CNN

"I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media." - Sarah Palin ... Sarah Palin fears 'liberal' Pope Francis being influenced by the 'sneering media' - The Independent


Church schools are moving away from religious selection, says Welby: Archbishop believes faith-based entry tests are no longer the best way to choose students - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Mail

Telegraph


Surge in gonorrhoea infections in Ireland - Wed 13th Nov, 2013 - Independent

Why is the UK making it so difficult for religious couples to adopt? - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

French Parish Priest Kidnapped in North Cameroon - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - ABC (AP)

France 24 ... BBC


Jesus statue unscathed by Typhoon Haiyan - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - CNN (Blog)

Catholics Will Likely Relive Past Persecutions - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Crisis Magazine

Archbishop Parolin to Begin Work as Secretary of State - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Zenit

Archbishop of Dublin launches Diocesan Food Appeal - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Irish Bishops

Trade-off made between budget cuts and the introduction of abortion - Lucinda Creighton [PODCAST] - Thu 31st Oct, 2013 - Spirit Radio

“The reality was also that you had a junior coalition partner in the doldrums in terms of opinion polls, under pressure because of the very difficult economic decisions we had taken as a government. And they needed something. And I think it’s pretty horrific to think that a trade-off could be made between budget cuts and the introduction of abortion, but that’s actually what happened, let’s be frank about it. So the trade-off was to keep the Labour Party happy that people in Fine Gael who were deeply uncomfortable with the idea of legalising abortion or legislating for a more liberal abortion regime in Ireland would just have to, as somebody said in the corridors of Leinster House, they’d just have to “suck it up”. And, you know, the Labour Party backbenchers were feeling pain on the economy so therefore Fine Gael backbenchers would just have to suck it up on the issue of abortion. And that’s basically what happened.” - Lucinda Creighton


Homily of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Feast of Saint Laurence of ‘Toole, Saint Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin - Thu 14th Nov, 2013 - Irish Bishops

"The Church today must become more courageous in addressing the challenges of the day. That is what it means to be pro-life. Being pro-life is about defending human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death – but also of defending life at every moment in-between. The Church must learn more and more to be a recognisable place where integrity is encountered and where pretence and emptiness are exposed. The Church must win and regain trust and confidence in society by being the place where people truly encounter the loving care of Jesus Christ." - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin



13/11/13 (Wed)    >>

Every Life Counts - www.everylifecounts.ie - RTÉ 1 Prime Time on the latest attempts to 'legally' kill unborn children who have terminal illnesses ... The Brave New World - BBC Radio 4 ... Recognising the great work being done by Missionaries - Today with Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio 1 ... With close to 1.9 million signatures, “One of Us” is Europe’s most successful citizen’s initiative! ... ALL NIGHT EUCHARISTIC VIGIL - KNOCK SHRINE - 7th/8th DEC: Guest Homilist: Fr Michael Shields, Magadan, Russia, speaking particularly about his pro-life work, with Rachel's Vineyard as a follower of Blessed Charles de Foucauld in Siberia! ... BAI-Oireachtas meeting (FACEBOOK)


The Brave New World - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - BBC Radio 4

Approaching the 50th anniversary of the deaths of C S Lewis and Aldous Huxley


“Müller cannot stop discussions” relating to remarried divorcees - Mon 11th Nov, 2013 - Vatican Insider La Stampa

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and a member of the Pope’s Council of Cardinals


French movement to protect marriage is welcoming of all - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - CNA

Marry Yourself For Just $300 - TIME ... Environment activist 'marries' tree - Independent ... Croatia to hold a referendum aiming to rule out same-sex marriage - Pink News


Archbishop Martin reflects on work of WCC Assembly in Korea - Mon 11th Nov, 2013 - Vatican Radio

World Council of Churches and Christian Unity ... Pope Francis and the mission in Ireland also discussed


Vatican: Pope to Meet With Putin This Month - Thu 7th Nov, 2013 - ABC

25th Nov ... Moscow Times (AP) ... Ria Novosti ... Sir John Tavener ... For Unity - St Josaphat ... La Repubblica


Peter’s relics to be officially exhibited for the first time - Mon 11th Nov, 2013 - Vatican Insider La Stampa

24th Nov


Faith is back at the heart of government, says Baroness Warsi - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

COMMENT: And gay marriage? ... 'Christianity Light'?


News at One - The UN appeals for millions of dollars in aid to help survivors of supertyphoon Haiyanl - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

Sr Anne Healy live from Cibu in the Philippines


From Argentina to the Vatican: Tevez the latest footballer to meet Pope Francis - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - Mail

Rome Reports


Hugh O’Flaherty, Ireland’s Shining Priest - Mon 11th Nov, 2013 - First Things

John Paul - Ours for a time - Mon 12th Nov, 2012 - Every Life Counts

1 year to the day before the Prime Time debate (see above)


INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IN THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - VIS

Frances Hogan "Path to Healing a Nation" - Fri 8th Nov, 2013 - EWTN Ireland

Also on The Marc Coleman Show - Newstalk


Francis to the families - Pontificium Consilium pro Familia

Abortion was cause of Dublin woman’s death: but where is the Irish Times now? - Niamh Uí Bhriain - Mon 11th Nov, 2013 - LifeSite


12/11/13 (Tue)    >>

Every Life Counts - www.everylifecounts.ie - RTÉ 1 Prime Time on the latest attempts to 'legally' kill unborn children who have terminal illnesses ... The Brave New World - BBC Radio 4 ... Recognising the great work being done by Missionaries - Today with Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio 1 ... With close to 1.9 million signatures, “One of Us” is Europe’s most successful citizen’s initiative!


The Brave New World - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - BBC Radio 4

Approaching the 50th anniversary of the deaths of C S Lewis and Aldous Huxley


“Müller cannot stop discussions” relating to remarried divorcees - Mon 11th Nov, 2013 - Vatican Insider La Stampa

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and a member of the Pope’s Council of Cardinals


French movement to protect marriage is welcoming of all - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - CNA

Archbishop Martin reflects on work of WCC Assembly in Korea - Mon 11th Nov, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Vatican: Pope to Meet With Putin This Month - Thu 7th Nov, 2013 - ABC

25th Nov


Faith is back at the heart of government, says Baroness Warsi - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

COMMENT: And gay marriage? ... 'Christianity Light'?


Peter’s relics to be officially exhibited for the first time - Mon 11th Nov, 2013 - Vatican Insider La Stampa

24th Nov


News at One - The UN appeals for millions of dollars in aid to help survivors of supertyphoon Haiyanl - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

Sr Anne Healy live from Cibu in the Philippines


From Argentina to the Vatican: Tevez the latest footballer to meet Pope Francis - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - Mail

Hugh O’Flaherty, Ireland’s Shining Priest - Mon 11th Nov, 2013 - First Things

John Paul - Ours for a time - Mon 12th Nov, 2012 - Every Life Counts

1 year to the day before the Prime Time debate (see above)


INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IN THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - Tue 12th Nov, 2013 - VIS

Frances Hogan "Path to Healing a Nation" - Fri 8th Nov, 2013 - EWTN Ireland

Also on The Marc Coleman Show - Newstalk


Francis to the families - Pontificium Consilium pro Familia

Abortion was cause of Dublin woman’s death: but where is the Irish Times now? - Niamh Uí Bhriain - Mon 11th Nov, 2013 - LifeSite


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06/11/13 (Wed)    >>

Bishop Nulty: "The debate at the heart of the referendum announced today by the Government is not about equality .. " (See below) ... ALSO: Listen to Preserve Marriage's Paddy Manning, a gay man against gay marriage, on Morning Ireland, this morning; ... and Sen. Rónán Mullen's challenge to the media on RTÉ Radio 1 Drivetime News, yesterday


Bishop Denis Nulty statement on the decision by Cabinet today to hold a referendum on same sex ‘marriage’ in 2015 - Tue 5th Nov, 2013 - Irish Bishops

*** RECOMMENDED ... "The debate at the heart of the referendum announced today by the Government is not about equality or about the false separation of a religious view of marriage from the civil view of marriage. It is about the very nature of marriage itself and the importance society places on the role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children. With others, the Catholic Church will continue to hold that the differences between a man and woman are not accidental to marriage but fundamental to it and that children have a natural right to a mother and a father and that this is the best environment for them where possible." - Bishop Denis Nulty


Drivetime - Rónán Mullen - News (6:05pm) [audio clip] - RTÉ Radio One

*** RECOMMENDED ... "There is a real responsibility on the media to treat everybody with respect, and indeed on the protagonists in the debate as it's happening."


Nine News - Taoiseach claims there is strong support for same-sex marriage referendum - Tue 5th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

Contains brief clips from Sen Rónan Mullen, Dr John Murray, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD SF and an initial reference to Bishop Denis Nulty's statement above.


Nine News - Inquest into death of pregnant woman returns verdict of death by medical misadventure - Tue 5th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

Dr. Ciaran Craven


Kenny defies church in gay marriage vote - Bishops throw down gauntlet on referendum - Wed 6th Nov, 2013 - Independent

COMMENT: But not everyone agrees that same-sex marriage is solely a Church issue or that it should be characterised as such. Watch Paddy Manning of Preserve Marriage take on Vincent Browne at the beginning of Tonight with Vincent Browne -TV3 (31/10/2013) [RECOMMENDED]


Ireland AM - Jerry Buttimer talking about same-sex marriage - Wed 6th Nov, 2013 - TV3

YESTERDAY's Faith in the Media - Tue 5th Nov, 2013 - FMA

Important reports from Vatican Information Services - VIS ... Preparatory Document of the Synod on Families released - Vatican Radio (several misleading reports in the media -- see rest of publication)


Morning Ireland - Online safety for children (and other stories) - Wed 6th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

UTV to create 100 jobs with new Irish TV channel - Wed 6th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ

TALK: 'Mary, Woman of Faith', Dr Mary McCaughey in the upper room of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Dublin 4, TODAY @ 8 PM - Wed 6 Nov, 2013 - merrionroadchurch.ie

RECOMMENDED: Lumen Fidei



05/11/13 (Tue)    >>

Pope: our strength, hope is in the mercy of God - CNA ... PREPARATORY DOCUMENT OF THE SYNOD ON PASTORAL CHALLENGES FOR THE FAMILY - VIS ... EXPLOSION AT THE NUNCIATURE IN DAMASCUS: NO CASUALTIES - VIS


'Abortion 'mob' hounds consul from his office' - Front page - Irish Daily Mail:

Also discussed in last night's Tonight with Vincent Browne newspaper review, on TV3 and this morning's It Says in the Papers on Morning Ireland RTÉ Radio 1


Tonight with Vincent Browne - Mon 4th Nov, 2013 - TV3

Muslim panelist wants blasphemy prohibition retained. David Quinn content to see it removed, due to potential for misuse, in particular. David Quinn also expressed no particularly strong feelings, one way or the other, with respect to the preamble in the Constitution referring to the Holy Trinity, and to which Vincent Browne made repeated references. ... Twitter


Two Christian families in Pakistan falsely accused of blasphemy - Mon 4th Nov, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Fr. Philip Scott interviewed on Spirit Radio - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - Human Life International

[Audio]


Kenny to give gay marriage vote green light - Tue 5th Nov, 2013 - I Independent

Reported on RTÉ Radio 1 News on Morning Ireland


UCC students bullied over Facebook photos - Tue 5th Nov, 2013 - I Examiner

YESTERDAY

NB



04/11/13 (Mon)    >>

"This is just nonsense" - Fr Federico Lombardi - Vatican dismisses reports of women cardinals - Former president Mary McAleese one of two Irish women named in media reports - Paddy Agnew - Irish Times ... ... ... "secret files which show that the government knew for decades that children's homes and schools covered up abuse." - BBC 1 PANORAMA: After Savile: No More Secrets? TONIGHT Mon at 8:30 PM!


Lady in red: Linda Hogan tipped to be cardinal - The Catholic world is abuzz with rumours that the Pope may soften the church’s stance on women - Justine McCarthy - Sun 3rd Nov, 2013 - Sunday Times

Sunday Times (2/11/2013) ... Mail ... Irish Central ... Independent - Sarah MacDonald ... NY Daily News ... Pat Kenny Show - Newstalk (Gina Menzies) ... Irish Examiner ... COMMENT: "This is just nonsense . . . It is simply not a realistic possibility that Pope Francis will name women cardinals for the February consistory." - Papal spokesperson Fr Federico Lombardi (quoted in the I Times by Paddy Agnew)


Marc Coleman Show - Sun 3rd Nov, 2013 - Newstalk

Cora Sherlock on BPAS ad ... See Saturday's Faith in the Media


Still on the pulpit ... it's preacher Pee - Front Page - Mon 4th Nov, 2013 - Irish Daily Mail

Re: Pádraig Flynn reading at Mass ... COMMENT: It is perhaps an indication of Irish media bias that Derek Keating acting as Minister for the Eucharist was not the object of a similarly indignant front page headline


The Marian Finucane Show - Sun 3rd Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

Newspaper headlines in Marian Finucane Show: Trinity professor tipped for cardinal - Sunday Times ... Judge tried to meddle in family case - Sunday Times ... Ireland's first genetically screened baby - Independent (COMMENT: How many unborn babies are killed in these "screening" processes?). Panelists include Leo Varadkar, Richard Downes, Shane Ross, Sebastian Hamilton (Editor in Chief, Irish Mail Group of Newspapers) and Andrea Martin (media lawyer). The News of the World Brooks-Coulson bugging and corruption case was also discussed.


This Week - Gender Recognition Bill - Sun 3rd Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

Report contains some comments from David Quinn who also appears on Six One News - RTÉ 1 TV yesterday, commenting in a report on same-sex marriage ... Elton John uses the expression 'daddy & papa' (as opposed to 'daddy & mummy') on The Graham Norton Show (2/11/2013)


MindFeed - Norah Casey - Sun 3rd Nov, 2013 - Newstalk

Kitty Holland ... COMMENT: Well named: 'mindfeed', 'brainwash' ...


The Sunday Show - Shane Coleman - Sun 3rd Nov, 2013 - Newstalk

Pope Francis discussed re his influence on the world and the women cardinals question. Same-sex marriage was also discussed (this was prompted by a Sunday Independent article). There was a same-sex marriage advocate/campaigner on the newspaper panel but no one expressing a pro traditional marriage position. The issue of the BPAS ads was brought up by Brenda Power. A David Quinn article in the Sunday Times was referred to by Shane Coleman. In the article, it was pointed out that, in Slovenia, the advance gay marriage polls proved to be wrong.


Morning Ireland - Vote finds in favour of replacing blasphemy offence - Mon 4th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

"Tom Arnold, Chairman of the Constitutional Convention, explains the recommendation of the convention following their discussions on blasphemy" ... COMMENT: 38% voted against the removal of the reference to the offence of blasphemy as currently contained in the Constitution (a high percentage for a body whose representativeness has been questioned. For example, even Mick Clifford stated, on Newstalk Lunchtime, last Friday, that "the Constitutional Convention isn't necessarily a reflection of the electorate") ... Submission to the Convention on the Constitution for its consideration on the removal of blasphemy - Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter-Church Meeting - Irish Bishops ... Six-One News: "The Convention recommended that it should be replaced with a general provision which would include incitement to religious hatred. However its 100 members voted by a majority of just 1 vote to cease criminalising blasphemy by means of legislation" ... On Saturday, RTÉ Radio 1 News reported the opposition by the Knights of St Columbanus to the removal of the blasphemy reference in the Constitution


BLOG: Marriage Isn’t For You - Sun 23rd Nov, 2013 - Seth Adam Smith

POPE FRANCIS: LET THE LORD MAKE YOUR LIFE INTO A GIFT OF LOVE - VIS


Child Safeguarding Statement by Bishop Leo O’Reilly 3rd November 2013 - Sun 3rd Nov, 2013 - Diocese of Kilmore

"It is important to stress that the priest enjoys the right to the presumption of innocence whilst these matters are being investigated." ... Mentioned on Morning Ireland. Several articles: I Examiner ... I Times ... I Independent ... RTÉ ... Newstalk ... Journal ... Mirror


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Mon 4th Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio1

Protecting privacy online ... Media bias in reporting on economic issues: 'The Role of the Media in the European Economic Crisis: The Case of Ireland' - Julien Mercille


Two icons and a question - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - L'Osservatore Romano

"The Pope’s Mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in the Vatican Basilica"


A queen and a pauper with lots in common - Philomena is a story of loss and disappointment. Yet it does not feel like that - Charles Moore - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - Telegraph

*** Review: "Yet it is complacent to condemn the inhumanity of former times and look so little at our own. We think it disgraceful that Irish nuns took babies from the arms of their mothers, but we do not seem to mind that, every year, abortionists in our own country take 200,000 from their wombs. There will be some tough films made, in 50 or 60 years’ time, about the way we live now. "


In the clamorous battle for adult rights, we’ve overlooked the child - 'Philomena', starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, highlights the way children's rights are often ignored - Charles Moore - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

Judi Dench on Graham Norton Show ... RTÉ Liveline (4/11/2013) re Philomena. Joe Duffy attempts to raise questions about the McAleese report in the context of the new movie. ... ... ... Cameras to target mums on school run - Sunday Times (3/11/2013)


The Saturday Night Show - Katie Taylor - Sat 2nd Nov, 2013 - RTÉ One


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02/11/13 (Sat)    >>

UK provider backs abortion campaign - Independent (British abortion provider starts battle to bring abortion clinics to Ireland - Independent - Examiner - The Journal) - BPAS with advertisement in Irish Times ... ... ... It Says in the Papers (55 mins in): "Also, on the front of the Examiner, it is reported that 7 medical students attending Irish universities did an externship at the British Pregnancy Advisory Services in Richmond last year, where they got to witness abortion procedures being carried out" - Fiona Kelly - RTÉ Radio 1


Court Rules Contraception Mandate Infringes on Religious Freedom - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - NY Times

For Interfaith Gay Couples, Just One Obstacle Is Cleared - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - NY Times

Ian O'Doherty: 'They are all individuals. But I'm not' - Sat 2nd Nov, 2013 - I Independent

"And yet, so many of those who now define their lack of belief through the not very brave kicking of the Catholic Church when it's down, are just as rigidly conformist and vituperatively orthodox as their religious opponents."


Online disputes could do with more light and less heat - Sat 2nd Nov, 2013 - I Times

Varadkar favours 2014 for same-sex marriage poll - Sat 2nd Nov, 2013 - I Examiner

Vatican orders unprecedented Catholic poll - Opinions to be sought on issues including same-sex marriage and contraception - Sat 2nd Nov, 2013 - I Times

More to the man: Richard Harris Richard Harris may be most often remembered as a womanising drinker, but he was also a deeply spiritual man and a published poet - Sat 2nd Nov, 2013 - I Times

"“Do I believe in Jesus of Nazareth? Absolutely. Do I think he was the son of God? Yes ..." - Richard Harris



01/11/13 (Fri)    >>

David Quinn: High standards aren't easy or popular but we need them - Independent (moral relativism as a facilitator of low standards) ... Fine Gael's pro same-sex 'marriage' ard fheis motion "was passed by not allowing anybody against the motion to speak" - Paddy Manning Same-sex marriage debate - TV3: Tonight with Vincent Browne: Paddy Manning, Averil Power, Tiernan Brady - COMMENT: Recommended! (in spite of 2:1 panel bias!) See also yesterday's Faith in the Media and listen to David Quinn on Today with Seán O'Rourke ... oneofus.eu petition


Ex-BBC host jailed over sex abuse - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - Independent

Presentation Sisters founder Nano Nagle one step closer to canonisation by the Vatican - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - I Independent

VIS:DECREES OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE CAUSES OF SAINTS ... Mentioned in It Says in the Papers (8:10am)


Cork-born founder of Presentation Sisters declared ‘Venerable’ - Nano Nagle was a pioneer of Catholic education for the marginalised in Ireland and abroad - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - I Times

Founder of Presentation Sisters bestowed as Venerable - Thu 31st Oct, 2013 - RTÉ 1

Story reported first on Drivetime just after 4:30pm, with the first full report by Joe Little after the 5pm News


Catholic Church might reinvent itself as Fianna Fáil has done, says priest - Catholicism crisis in Ireland ’far more serious’ than Church leaders recognise - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - Irish Times

Front page ... Msgr Dermot Lane, President Mater Dei ... Mentioned in It Says in the Papers (8:10am)


The Right Hook - Thu 31st Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

(26 mins into audio) - Recommended - 'If you don't want to work on Sundays becuase of religious reasons, should you be penalised by your employer?' ... 'If your Faith says, you don't want to work on a Sunday, should your emploer respect you?.' ... Telegraph (re Celestina Mba)


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Gathering - Terry Prone, John Drennan, Mick Clifford - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

(at end of audio) - Re: same-sex marriage and yesterday's debate between David Quinn and Ciara Conway on Today with Seán O'Rourke: "David Quinn always puts a very good case forward from his point of view (...) this is 'the Alamo' for these people ..." - Mick Clifford ... "Gay marriage will not save Labour." It ill be the equivalent of someone falling to the ground, grasping onto a feather and hoping it will save him - John Drennan ... Mick Clifford was also talking about same-sex marriage on Newstalk Lunchtime today: "The Constitutional Convention isn't necessarily a reflection of the electorate" (COMMENT: a more balanced discussion -- albeit between 2 supporters of same-sex marriage (!) -- than Lunchtime has been producing, of late) ... At the end of The John Murray Show with Miriam, this morning, the presenter Miriam O'Callaghan (and series producer Margaret Curley) included an item which was, in effect, another one-sided promotion of same-sex marriage by the programme


CONSISTORY FOR THE CREATION OF CARDINALS IN FEBRUARY 2014 - Thu 31st Oct, 2013 - VIS

Doing church without God - By Robert Pigott Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - BBC News

Newstalk Breakfast (COMMENT: Highly offensive of Christian belief in Holy Communion) ... "The Sunday Assembly Comes to Dublin" ( http://www.littlemuseum.ie/wanted-joyful-godless-types ) ... BBC Breakfast ... Covered in It Says in the Papers (8:10am) ... COMMENT: Twitter comments. Sad and "pointless"


Lovers 'oversaw decade of illegal activity at tabloids' - Brooks and Coulson affair key to conspiracy, court told - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - I Independent

Also discussed on the Gathering - RTÉ Radio 1 (see above) and on The Pat Kenny Show - Newstalk


Appointments at Irish Independent - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - I Independent

Cormac Bourke has been appointed Executive Editor (News) of the Irish Independent ... Dearbhail McDonald has been appointed Associate Editor of the Irish Independent ... Also, Fiach Kelly moving to the I Times


It's early days, but radio rivals happy with figures - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - Independent

COMMENT: Both RTÉ and Denis O'Brien controlled news outlets appear to be spinning these results to suit their own ends, in news articles / broadcasts. Covered in It Says in the Papers (8:10am)


Lou Reed knew how to speak to the listener’s hidden heart - The Velvet Underground singer rendered ugliness beautiful and beauty sad beyond belief - John Waters - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - Irish Times

Pope Francis says Mass ad orientem – shock horror! Liberals will be shaking in their clown shoes - Fri 1st Nov, 2013 - Telegraph

Faith in the Media (web link)

Thursday ... Wednesday ... Tuesday ... Monday ... Sunday ... Saturday ... Friday




31/10/13 (Thu)    >>

Hero priest who saved thousands from Nazis is honoured - I Independent ... Should same sex couples be allowed to marry? - The Late Debate - RTÉ Radio 1 (Iona Institute promotional clip played) - John Lyons, Gerry Fahy, Kieran Rose, Niamh Hourigan - COMMENT: Biased: 3:1 (4:1 if you include presenter) ... "Same-sex marriage" debate - Today with Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio 1 - David Quinn, Ciara Conway - COMMENT: Balanced: 1:1 ... Media reporting on school funding criticised - Irish Catholic


Sweden: the “One of Us” Initiative reaches the mainstream media. Anti-Life Politicians get aggressive. - Wed 30th Oct, 2013 - Turtle Bay and Beyond

Tributes for first Catholic premier - Wed 30th Oct, 2013 - Tablet

US 'spied on Pope Francis' during Vatican conclave - Thu 31st Oct, 2013 - Independent

Newstalk Breakfast ... Examiner


Poll Finds Strong Opposition to Referendum Changing Marriage - Tue 29th Oct - Family and Life

Re: Journal.ie poll


Courts ‘no longer Christian’ - Wed 30th Oct, 2013 - Tablet

The story was also the front page lead in The Times (of London) ... Mail


The John Murray Show with Miriam - Thu 31st Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Dolly Parton on importance of Faith etc.


Does same-sex parenting really make ‘no difference’? - Thu 10th Oct, 2013 - LifeSite

See same-sex marriage debates, above


Midday - Wed 30th Oct, 2013 - TV3

Egg donation


My grand-uncle, the brave priest who defied the Nazis - Thu 31st Oct, 2013 - Independent

*** RTÉ 1 NATIONWIDE (30/10/2013) [Recommended!]


Belgium Considering New Euthanasia Law for Kids - Thu 31st Oct, 2013 - AP / ABC News

Pope Francis says mass near tomb of Bl. Pope John Paul II - Thu 31st Oct, 2013 - News.va

Archbishop Charles J.Brown homily at Wexford Opera Festival Mass of Thanksgiving - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - Irish Bishops

Statement from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - Irish Bishops

Colette Brown: Sexy Halloween women's outfits are scary – but not in a good way - Thu 31st Oct, 2013 - I Independent

"Ascribing every choice a woman makes to female empowerment sounds great but, it seems to me, lofty notions of empowerment are being used as a marketing elixir to sell tawdry products." ... COMMENT: Other 'choices' made in the name of "empowerment" are even more reprehensible


Mass resignations at Maryvale Institute. What's going on? [Blog] - Mon 28th Oct, 2013 - Telegraph


30/10/13 (Wed)    >>

Setting the record straight on World War II - Catholic Church support for the Jewish people - Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty: RTÉ 1 TV Nationwide special TODAY Wed @ 7 PM - The Pat Kenny Show, Newstalk - BBC News NI - Irish Independent ... The Meaning of Life with Celine Byrne - RTÉ 1 ... Clonmacnois - Today with Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio 1 ... Pope Francis marks festival of families - Vatican Radio ... Exclaim! Young People's Guide to 'Sexual Rights: An IPPF declaration' - IPPF - COMMENT: Scandalous!


The Pat Kenny Show - 'The Story of...Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty' [Podcast] - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

*** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Fionn Davenport: "By the end of the year, he (Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty) and Sam Derry were hiding people in monasteries and convents, in the Vatican summer palace at Castel Gandolfo and hosts of private residences. Support for the Organization grew steadily, as priests, the Roman gentry and other well disposed citizens risked their lives to protect O'Flaherty's refugees. One prominent supporter was Delia Murphy, wife of the Irish Ambassador to The Holy See. There has long been a question mark over the Vatican's role in the fight against fascism but it seems impossible that his superiors weren't aware of what O'Flaherty was doing ..."; "... a man who did so much to advance the cause of humanity". Newstalk site: "Fionn Davenport tells the story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty on The Pat Kenny Show" ... Catherine O'Flaherty: My grand-uncle, the brave priest who defied the Nazis - Irish Independent ... Hero priest Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty honoured in Kerry - BBC News NI ... Book: The Vatican Pimpernel - The Wartime Exploits of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (Brian Fleming) ... Movie: The Scarlet and the Black ... Hugh O'Flaherty Memorial Week (50th Anniversary) ... See also RTÉ ONE NATIONWIDE SPECIAL TODAY WED 7 PM ... Future link to NATIONWIDE SPECIAL


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Pilgrimage to Clonmacnois (Marie Louise O'Donnell) - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne - Celine Byrne [RTÉ Player] - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ One

*** VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ... COMMENT : This is a very positive interview, in particular, with respect to unplanned pregnacy, marriage & the family, Knock, Our Lady, Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, Divine Mercy, the Eucharist and the Catholic Faith ... Celine Byrne: "And I don't think that priests become paedophiles. I think that paedophiles become priests"


Beyond Belief - Mon 28th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ One

The Pat Kenny Show - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

Fr Paddy Byrne and Fr Declan Foley talk about responding to tragedies and, also, about vocations and the nature of the priesthood (16 mins into audio)


Kenny says same-sex marriage decision is coming soon - Wed 30th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ

Government considers referendum on same sex marriage and other constitutional questions in 2014 (Tom Arnold) - Morning Ireland - RTÉ Radio 1 (29/10/2013) ... Oliver Callan makes an odd comparison between justice for the Magdalens and gay marriage on The John Murray Show with Miriam - RTÉ Radio 1 (30/10/2013) ... Teresa Reidy UCC: "Obviously I'm an enthusiast of the referendum..." - Drivetime - RTÉ Radio 1 (29/10/2013 - 2 hrs 12 mins into audio) ... "Adoption rights for gay couples" (Susan Lohan) - Newstalk: Lunchtime - Shona Murray (29/10/2013) (*** COMMENT: One-sided promotion with regard to gay marriage and ultimately gay adoption (in spite of Susan Lohan's stated concerns), including an interviewer-supported criticism of the Church, but also featuring a paradoxical call to uphold the rights of adopted children. A hint of "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him". See next link) ... "FG TD Jerry Buttimer on gay marriage referendum" plus analysis from Shane Coleman - Newstalk: Lunchtime - Shona Murray (28/10/2013) (COMMENT: Judging from her line of questioning and her comments, Shona Murray seems, here, to be unusually biased, even by Irish Media standards. See, also, previous link)


Archbishop Eamon Martin pays tribute to the late Father Martin Clarke RIP - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - Irish Bishops

The Pat Kenny Show - REPORT: From Homeless to Hollywood - Tue 22nd Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

Glenn Gannon - "Reporter Naomi Linehan joined Pat to present her report of the man who went from homeless to Hollywood"


Proposals on new online copyright laws presented to Government - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - Journal

Benedict XVI TV

Faith in the Media

Monday ... Sunday (!) ... Saturday (!) ... Friday (!) ... Thursday (!)


Drivetime - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Fr Seán McDonagh of the ACP regarding the Murphy Report: "As an itstrument, it is flawed, yes" (17:50 - 1 hr 23 mins into audio)


Pro – Life Group Members Plan to Leave Students’ Union if Demands Not Met - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - College Tribune

Mexican priests threatened with extortion - Wed 30th Oct, 2013 - Catholic World News

Pope Francis marks festival of families - Mon 28th Oct, 2013 - Vatican Radio


29/10/13 (Tue)    >>

Setting the record straight on Catholic Church support for the Jewish people during World War II (Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty) ... The Meaning of Life with Celine Byrne ... Clonmacnois


The Pat Kenny Show - 'The Story of...Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty' [Podcast] - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

*** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: "By the end of the year, he and Sam Derry were hiding people in monasteries and convents, in the Vatican summer palace at Castel Gandolfo and hosts of private residences. Support for the Organization grew steadily, as priests, the Roman gentry and other well disposed citizens risked their lives to protect O'Flaherty's refugees. One prominent supporter was Delia Murphy, wife of the Irish Ambassador to The Holy See. There has long been a question mark over the Vatican's role in the fight against fascism but it seems impossible that his superiors weren't aware of what O'Flaherty was doing" - Fionn Davenport. Fionn Davenport tells the story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty on The Pat Kenny Show" ... Book: The Vatican Pimpernel - The Wartime Exploits of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (Brian Fleming) ... Movie: The Scarlet and the Black ... See also below


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Pilgrimage to Clonmacnois (Marie Louise O'Donnell) - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne - Celine Byrne [RTÉ Player] - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ One

*** VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Very positive interview regarding unplanned pregnacy, marriage & family, and the Catholic Faith


Beyond Belief - Mon 28th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ One

The Pat Kenny Show - Tue 29th Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

Two priests talk about vocations and the nature of the priesthood



28/10/13 (Mon)    >>

Priest to bless runners before they hit 'wall' in marathon - Independent -- Fr Philip Bradley was also interviewed on The John Murray Show with Miriam O'Callaghan today (just after 10am)



27/10/13 (Sun)    >>

Lucinda has full backing of FG's EU allies ... FF seeks to scrap censorship board ... Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor: Laws created in the name of tolerance must not become themselves intolerant of some sections of society ... Former religious skeptic believes she talked to God during the 9 minutes she was dead etc. ... St Jude storm


Lucinda has full backing of FG's EU allies - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - Sunday Independent

"LUCINDA Creighton says Fine Gael's sister parties across Europe are bemused she was punished for her voting against abortion."


FF seeks to scrap censorship board - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - Sunday Independent

Cardinal warns against intolerance - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - Sunday Telegraph

"Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, said that governments must be wary of the impact that laws enshrining “freedom and tolerance” and their impact on the Church."


Former religious skeptic believes she talked to God during the 9 minutes she was dead - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - Mail on Sunday

Crystal McVea, 36, died for nine minutes after doctors overdosed her on pain medication in the hospital ... The married school teacher and mother of four says she was sexually-abused as a child and underwent an abortion when she was a teen which led her to believe God didn't love her or didn't exist


Mother Antonia Brenner - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - Sunday Independent

See also Monday's and yesterday's Faith in the Media


Marian Finucane - Don Baker - Sat 26th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Marian Finucane: "Do you believe in God?"; Don Baker: "Oh very much so. Yeah, I believe in a higher power ...I pray a lot ... One of the books I've read that was very very helpful to me was a book by a Jesuit priest, Fr Anthony de Mello ... " [podcast] ... (Don Baker also sang the song 'Lord have Mercy', which is on his new album, My Songs My Friends)


Air Force makes 'God' optional in honor code - Fri 25th Oct, 2013 - CNN

The Boys in the Band - Sat 26th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Military Bases Open Their Doors to Home-Schoolers - Sat 26th Oct, 2013 - ABC/AP

Marian Finucane - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Discussion on abuse reporting, etc. for first half hour of show. (Maureen Gaffney, John Lonergan etc ...) ... Significance of storm being named after St Jude discussed quickly (also referred to by RTÉ Radio 1 news reporter, this morning) ... "We've reviewed all the Church State institutions but we haven't touched the asylums and I don't know why" ! (the Church was not involved in the asylums) ... Care for children is "being squeezed out by the rigidity of regulation ... People (particularly men) are afraid to be kind"


Michael McDowell: Church and politics both need doctrine of reform - Opinion - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - Sunday Independent

Lengthy references to The Irish Catholic, Protect the Pope etc.


Sunday Sequence - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - BBC Radio Ulster

Michael Kelly discussing: ' Is Ireland missing out by not having an Ambassador at the Vatican?'


Polyamory: When three isn't a crowd - Sun 27th Oct, 2013 - CNN


26/10/13 (Sat)    >>

Vatican’s weekend celebration of family - Vatican Radio


Pope warns against abandoning children, marginalizing elderly - Fri 25th Oct, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Family based on marriage: 'the motor of the world and of history' ... 'special attention and love for families in difficulty, those forced to flee their homelands, the broken, the homeless the unemployed, or those that suffer for many reasons, couples in crisis and those separated. “We want to be close to all” (Pope Francis)' ...VIS


Pope Francis to married couples: You must 'waste time' with your children - Fri 25th Oct, 2013 - Rome Reports

Mother of cancer victim Donal Walsh says harsh reality of suicide must be highlighted - Sat 26th Oct, 2013 - I Times

Media plans biggest clean-up in history of industry - Fri 25th Oct, 2013- I Independent

Socialite who became a nun and dedicated life to prisoners' rights - Obituary - Mother Antonia Brenner - Sat 26th Oct, 2013 - I Independent

See last Monday's Faith in the Media


Flanagan concerned at publication of child images - FG chairman says children have right to privacy under Constitution and UN Convention - Sat 26th Oct, 2013 - I Times

COMMENT: But not a right to life, in some cases?


Higgins returns to scene of massacre with clear message: never forget - Sat 26th Oct, 2013 - I Times

Mention of role of Poor Clare sisters in getting information about killings to then Labour TD Michael D. Higgins, among others.


Events to mark anniversary of Savita Halappanavar death - Kitty Holland - Fri 25th Oct, 2013 - I Times

Author still brazenly hammering the "Catholic thing" line ... Olivia O'Leary


Top media lawyer escaped IRA kidnap by copying TV show - Sat 26th Oct, 2013 - I Independent

Described here as a "devout Catholic"


Emmanuel House Saturday Healing Day - Sat 26th October, 2013 - Emmanuel House

"Starting at 10.30am - Finishing with Mass at 4pm - Bring a packed lunch - all welcome!"


Gay Couples, Choosing to Say ‘I Don’t’ - Fri 25th Oct, 2013 - NY Times

Incidents involving Roma children highlight our attitude to the dispossessed - Breda O'Brien - Sat 26th Oct, 2013 - I Times


25/10/13 (Fri)    >>

"With regard to Faith, I have never had any difficulty with Faith. I believe ALL about Christ" - songwriter Jimmy MacCarthy ('Ride On', 'No Frontiers', 'Katie', 'Bright Blue Rose') - on The John Murray Show with Miriam - RTÉ Radio1 (''Bright Blue Rose', which is about JESUS, is Jimmy MacCarthy's favourite song) ... Former Catholic bishops’ spokesman Fr Martin Clarke dies - P McGarry - I Times ... Racism is not the most obnoxious aspect of these child snatchings - John Waters - I Times ... State flouting the presumption of innocence with its seizure of children - David Quinn - I Independent ... Sister Helen Prejean, David Quinn - Today with Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio 1


The God Slot - 10 PM TONIGHT Fri 25th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

"Sr. Isabelle Smyth of the Medical Missionaries of Mary debunks many myths about ‘the missions’. ... Emer Horgan, Louise Hall and Fardus Sultan look at two takes on the dysfunctional family from this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival: Desire Under The Elms by Eugene O’Neill and The Hanging Gardens by Frank McGuinness, running at the Abbey Theatre until November 9. ... Avril Hoare reports on the visit of St. Anthony’s relics to Ireland." - (Link not available at time of editing) ... The God Slot


Duc in altum - Passing on the Catholic Faith - New Evangelisation - Every Tuesday at 8pm - Tue 8th October, 2013 to Tue 10th December, 2013 - Lay Dominicans Ireland

Dominican Connect ... "New Evangelisation which explores the following topics: The Context Today of Our Faith Proclamation The Church – Home of the Good News -Parishes – Centres of the New Evangelisation The Role of the Laity in the New Evangelisation - Radical & Intentional Discipleship The Theological Tasks of the New Evangelisation Dates: 8 October - 10 December, 2013 Time: every Tuesday evening between 7pm – 8pm Venue: St. Mary’s Dominican Priory, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Cost: € 85 for the 10 sessions OR € 10 per session *Registration will take place on the opening evening (8 October, 2013). Facilitator: Ms. MONICA RAPEANU, STL A Lay Dominican of the Irish Province, who holds a Pontifical Masters and a Licence Degree from The International Theological Institute, Austria .For more information, contact: monica@dominicansinteractive.com"


Healing the Father / Mother wound - Wed 23rd Oct - Sun 3rd Nov 2013 - Human Life International Ireland

"You are invited to Fr Philip Scott weekend 25-27th Oct. Knock Shrine. Healing and freedom as sons of God. Powerful. You are sure to gain. Men's, youth, married couples and priests retreats also. Let's build up Ireland. See www.humanlife.ie Pass on to your friends. God bless Patrick McCrystal"


Bishops in historic prayer meeting in St Thomas More's cell - Fri 25th Oct, 2013 - Tablet


24/10/13 (Thu)    >>

"HSE ORGANISED TERMINATIONS" ... Pro-life victory in European Parliament ... Young people venerate relics of St Anthony - Newstalk (end of audio) ... It was Gerry Ryan's death that made me kick the coke habit - Eamon Dunphy - Independent Woman


Drivetime - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

1 hour 57 mins into audio ... "HSE ORGANISED TERMINATIONS" - Journalist Sinéad O'Shea (Mary Raftery Journalism Fund) and Billy Timmins TD etc. re: abortion and State care of child immigrants, etc. ... COMMENT: NOTE THE LACK OF INTEREST SHOWN IN THIS STORY, in the form of follow-up coverage, discussion, articles etc, BY 'THE MEDIA', IN GENERAL.This has, so far, prevented the story from achieving 'critical mass' in public awareness. (Last week's report)


Drivetime - Lainey & Chloe's Story - Podcast - Tue 22nd Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

"Philip Boucher-Hayes reports on more victims of Child Sex Abuse failed by the HSE" ... See also below


Drivetime - HSE Response to Lainey & Chloe's Story - Podcast - Tue 22nd Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

"Gordon Jeyes, Director designate of the new Child and Family Agency"... See also above


Pro-lifers score victory in European Parliament - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - Catholic Herald

"Pro-lifers in the European Parliament scored a major victory yesterday after MEPs voted to send a pro-abortion report back to further committee." ... See also: European Parliament: The motion promoting abortion, homosexuality, and paedophilia is defeated. A great victory for Human Rights!! - Turtle Bay and Beyond


The Pat Kenny Show - Designer babies: the reality and ethics - Podcast - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

Prof Luke O'Neill, TCD ... Screening of eggs and sperm but not embryos ... 23andMe


Abort my child? No way, says bishop-elect’s mom - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - The Catholic Spirit

Bishop-elect Father Andrew Cozzens described, before he was born, as a "freak" by his mother's pro-abortion doctor!


Shambolic episode as HSE is forced to return two children - Front Page -Thu 24th Oct, 2013 - I Independent

See also front page stories in Examiner: ‘How would you feel if your child was taken?’ and I Times ... Listen also to Former child protection officer Shane Dunphy - The Pat Kenny Show - Newstalk ...Recent BAI compaint on racism upheld (re: Classic Hits 4FM - The David Harvey Show) ... View from Twitter ... Mum 'incensed'; as medical card taken off Down Syndrome child - I Independent


'Luxury bishop' ordered to leave German diocese - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - RTÉ News (Nine News)

Derek Scally - I Times


Christian goes to court to stop work on Sundays -Thu 24th Oct, 2013 - I Examiner

See also Monday's Faith in the Media


First public meeting of Constitutional Convention in Cork tonight - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - Journal

View from Twitter


BBC at risk of developing "Metropolitan bias", Lord Hall admits - Tue 22nd Oct, 2013 - Telegraph

"The new Director-General of the BBC conceded that the corporation had to "avoid groupthink" ..." ... Comment from David Quinn on Facebook: "The Director General of the BBC has admitted the corporation has a metropolitan and left-wing bias. He also is aware of the perils of group-think. Every word he says applies to RTE as well. Probably more so."


Drivetime - Youth groups protest proposals contained in Budget 2014t - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

COMMENT: Contains more media marketing of Spunout.ie


Fr. Martin Clarke RIP - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - Donnybrook Parish

Former Director of Communications for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference


Healing the Father / Mother wound - Wed 23rd Oct - Sun 3rd Nov 2013 - Human Life International Ireland

Fr Philip Scott returns to Ireland this October! Various Retreat Dates


Church and State under Enda Kenny - David Quinn - The Davenport Hotel, Dublin 2 - Admission free - TONIGHT at 8pm Thu 24th Oct, 2013 - Iona Institute


23/10/13 (Wed)    >>


Pope: God meddles with our lives and heals our wounds - Tue 22nd Oct, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Archbishop Müller: Care of remarried divorcees must not be reduced to the question of receiving the Eucharist - Tue 22nd Oct, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Archbishop Chullikatt defends rights of the child, “before as well as after birth” - Tue 22nd Oct, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Parents paying for repairs to schools - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - Independent

"PARENTS are paying "voluntary contributions" of up to €200 a year for each child to help fund school repairs and general building maintenance, according to a new report." ... COMMENT: Contrast the headline and opening sentence of the Irish Independent report with the headline and opening sentence of the the RTÉ website report: Religious-run schools likely to get more in voluntary funding - RTÉ: "Religious-run secondary schools in Ireland are more likely to receive voluntary contributions from parents." ... Emma O'Kelly - Morning Ireland ... The idea that additional State funding might be linked to ceding autonomy over religious ethos referred to.


If Tyler doesn't want religion when he's older, that's up to him - Chrissie Russell - Wed 23rd Oct, 2013 - Independent


22/10/13 (Tue)    >>

Christian persecution around world has intensified, study finds - Vatican Radio ... Archbishop Eamon Martin on Beyond Belief - RTÉ 1 ... New book on Savita Halappanavar: Interview with Kitty Holland - Today with Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio 1 ...Second Opinion: We need to change the narrative on end-of-life care - Des O'Neill - I Times


Politics has failed the Irish people - Ray Kinsella - Tue 22nd Oct, 2013 - Irish Examiner

EWTN Executives Michael Warsaw, Doug Keck, Promoted - Mon 21st Oct, 2013 - NC Register

Pope: Art Expresses the Beauty of Faith - Mon 21st Oct, 2013 - NC Register

Kathy Sinnott – The week's stories of Faith, Hope and Inspiration in the News - Sat 19th Oct, 2013 - Spirit Radio

"Faith, Hope and Inspiration from around the world ... Ireland – Presidential nominees to the Council of State – question of removing our oath to God ... UK – abortion based on wrong sex ... Faith in Schools – Minister Quinn’s public consultation in the name of inclusiveness wants to dismantle the inclusiveness in schools."


Senator Rónán Mullen – inclusiveness in primary schools - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Spirit Radio

"Rojo talks to Rónán Mullen about Minister Ruairí Quinn’s public consultation on inclusiveness in primary schools. On the Department of Education and Skills’ website it is described as an “historic initiative to consult directly with parents about how all children can be made to feel included and involved in their local primary school”. The deadline for receipt of submissions is 22 November 2013"


Francis Hogan – A path to healing a nation - Fri 11th Oct, 2013 - Spirit Radio

Book launch of Francis Hogan's 'A path to healing a nation', today in Loftus Hall, St Patrick's College, Maynooth - 7:45pm


YESTERDAY's Faith in the Media - Mon 21st Oct, 2013 - FMA

*** Contains several important links, including, talk by Msgr. Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications [VIDEO]


Relics of St Anthony - itinerary

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 - GALWAY Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas Galway Cathedral, Galway - Ph.: 91 563 577 11 am Mass 12am to 5.30 pm Veneration 6 pm Mass 7 pm to 10 pm Veneration ... WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 - DUBLIN St. Mary of the Angels Church Street, Dublin 7 - Ph.: 01 873 0599 3:30 pm Veneration 6 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 7:30 pm Mass 8:30 pm to 10 pm Veneration ... THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 - BELFAST St Peter’s Cathedral St Peter’s Square, Belfast - Ph.: 028 9032 7573 1 pm to 5.45 pm Veneration 6 pm m ass 7 pm Veneration 9 pm Benediction


Mary Kenny: Common sense is coming back into style as architects get less 'brutalist' - Mon 21st Oct, 2013 - Irish Independent

David Quinn (on Facebook): "V interesting piece by Mary Kenny Apparently the demolition of the Georgian houses to make way for the ESB offices was motivated in part by a desire to eradicate British-influenced architecture! In a similar vein we are now going out of our way to eradicate public traces of Christianity."


Feast Day Mass for Pope John Paul II - Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Navan Road, Dublin 7 - TONIGHT 7:30 PM - Tue 22nd Oct, 2013 - Facebook

"The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Brown will offer Holy Mass in Navan Road Church for the Feast Day of Blessed Pope John Paul II, and will unveil our new Parish Shrine to him - All Welcome!"



21/10/13 (Mon)    >>

Persecuted and Forgotten? – Report 2013: The situation of Christians in many countries has sharply deteriorated - Aid to the Church in Need ... 'God and the Media' - Archbishop Eamon Martin on Beyond Belief - RTÉ 1 TONIGHT at 11:15 PM !! ... "The key teachings of Jesus, by and large, many of them fitted, very easily, into 140 characters" (re: Popes' use of Twitter) - Msgr. Paul Tighe - Catholic New Media Conference ... Problems with scientific research - How science goes wrong - The Economist ... Hundreds queue outside Holy Trinity Church in Cork to venerate relics of St Anthony - RTÉ (itinerary)


Coptic church attack in Cairo leaves two dead and seven injured - Sun 20th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ

Vatican Radio ... Egypt's prime minister denounces Coptic church attack - BBC


President Michael D Higgins lays wreath in Mexico City - Irish soldiers who fought for Mexico in Mexican-American war honoured - Mon 21st Oct, 2013 - Irish Times

They died trying to protect the convent of Churubusco ... President Higgins: "It is very poignant to be gathered here this morning to pay our respects to this gallant group ..."


Paul Kimmage: How does a lie hide in plain sight? - Sun 20th Oct, 2013 - Sunday Independent

More Irish priests being trained to perform exorcisms - Sat 19th Oct, 2013 - Herald

See yesterday


Nativity plays not at risk, says Department of Education spokeswoman - Minister accused of using spending cuts ‘to remove churches from education system’ - Patsy McGarry - Mon 21st Oct, 2013 - I Times

Christian sues over Sunday shifts A Christian care worker will go to the Court of Appeal this week to argue she has the right not to work on a Sunday - Sun 20th Oct, 2013 - Telegraph

On Ireland AM - TV3 today ... Magistrates throw out plan to ditch Bible oath - Telegraph ... Jewish boy seen on video standing up to bully who challenged his religion - YourJewishNews.com


Gardaí investigate threat made against Phil Hogan - Sat 19th Oct, 2013 - I Times

Antonia Brenner, ‘Prison Angel’ Who Took Inmates Under Her Wing, Dies at 86 - Sun 20th Oct, 2013 - NY Times

RECOMMENDED ... "“Pleasure depends on where you are, who you are with, what you are eating,” Mother Antonia told The Post. “Happiness is different. Happiness does not depend on where you are. I live in prison. And I have not had a day of depression in 25 years. I have been upset, angry. I have been sad. But never depressed. I have a reason for my being.”"


Pope blesses Italian parliamentarians on pilgrimage to St. Thomas More sites - Sat 19th Oct, 2013 - Vatican Radio

European Parliament: extremist “sexual health and rights” report to promote compulsory child abuse - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Turtle Bay and Beyond

Tech Wealth and Ideas Are Heading Into News - Sun 20th Oct, 2013 - NY Times

IMPORTANT ... In this morning's printed edition of the New York Times!


Catholic New Media Celebration - Msgr. Paul Tighe, Keynote at CNMC Boston [LIVESTREAM] - Sat 19th Oct, 2013 - SQPN - Boston Catholic

RECOMMENDED! ... IMPORTANT ... "Does the Pope write his own tweets?" ... "The key teachings of Jesus, by and large, many of them fitted, very easily, into 140 characters" ... "Warm people's hearts"


Today with Seán O'Rourke - St Joseph’s Industrial School in Glin (sexual abuse) - Mon 21st Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

The Pat Kenny Show - Part III - Mon 21st Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

Re: family law, divorce, childcare issues


The Pat Kenny Show - Part II - Mon 21st Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

20 mins into audio: Women deacons ... followed by interview with David Puttnam



20/10/13 (Sun)    >>



19/10/13 (Sat)    >>

We should pray to St Anthony not just when we lose things but if we lose our Faith - Fr Mario Conti, Editor of St Anthony Magazine on Marian Finucane Show, today (see below)


John Waters: Inability to hold HSE to account exposes chronic failure of journalists - Opinion: If referendum is rerun, media will campaign again for more power for State - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - I Times

Breda O'Brien: Green shoots of renewed faith a sign that the church is coming back from the brink Opinion: New emphasis on importance of lay participation the key to revival - Sat 19th Oct, 2013 - I Times

St. Anthony’s Relics Visit Ireland

Itinerary


Polish archbishop under fire for linking pornography with child abuse - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Telegraph

The Spirit of Things Unseen: belief in post-religious Britain - Thu17th Oct, 2013 - Theos

New Statesman ... Magis Center of Reason and Faith


Martyrs need not stoke up hatred - The ultimate sacrifice for one's faith is about 'total love' - Christopher Howse [Blog] - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Telegraph

Launching a new party won't be easy, but FG has reason to worry - John Downing - Sat 19th Oct, 2013 - Independent

POPE FRANCIS COMMEMORATES 35 YEARS SINCE BLESSED JOHN PAUL II'S ELECTION TO THE PAPACY - Wed 16th Oct, 2013 - VIS

Rare copy of first ever printed British newspaper which includes article on bubonic plague death toll is up for sale - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Mail

THIRTY YEARS OF THE VATICAN TELEVISION CENTRE - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - VIS


18/10/13 (Fri)    >>

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Church should not be sidelined by state - Sarah MacDonald - Independent ... St Anthony relics bring a message of hope to Irish people, says friar - Sarah MacDonald - Independent ... Feast of St Luke!


Breda O'Brien: A frightening picture of failure - Pro-life advocates are vindicated in the 'Savita report' - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Irish Catholic

See also Latest report provides more evidence that change in law not needed to save Savita - Breda O'Brien - Sat 12th Oct, 2013 - I Times ... Letters - Halappanavar reports and reportage - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - I Times


North’s DPP seeks to assure on abortion law - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - I Times

COMMENT: Abuse of language ...


Drivetime - Philip Boucher Hayes interview of Dawn Purvis, Marie Stopes in N.I. [1 hr 14 mins into audio] - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

COMMENT: Biased one-sided pro-abortion interview


St Anthony relics bring a message of hope to Irish people, says friar - Sarah MacDonald - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Independent

Drivetime - Brian Lally - RTÉ Radio 1 [2 hrs 14 mins & 2 hrs 18 mins into audio] ... Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Church should not be sidelined by state - Sarah MacDonald - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Independent ... St Anthony relics to visit the Friary - Padraig Byrne - Tue 15th Oct, 2013 - Wexford People ... St Anthony’s relics to visit Galway Cathedral - Mary O'Connor - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Galway Advertiser ... St Anthony's relics on tour of country - Tue 15th Oct - Irish Independent ... Tour marks 750 years since St Bonaventure opened friar's tomb - Tue 15th Oct, 2013 - Irish Independent ... Relics of St Anthony arrive in Dublin - Patsy McGarry - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - I Times


Derryn Hinch escapes jail for contempt of court - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - The Australian

Re: publishing material about murderer of Jill Meagher RIP


Breakfast - Talking Vasectomy on Newstalk Breakfast - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

Recall ... COMMENT: 'World Vasectomy Day' (?) - Ironic given that today is, in reality, the Feast of St Luke, Evangelist, painter and also physician


The Right Hook (Part ILaurence Freeman OSB re: meditation [5 mins into audio] - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

Equality Authority seeks submissions on Section 37] - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Iona Institute

The Equality Authority has invited submissions on Section 37 of the Employment Equaliy Act, which protects the ethos of denominational schools.


Dad-of-two accused of cracking priest's skull during robberyt - Andrew Phelan - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Irish Independent

Behind the Scenes on Changes to a Story on Pope Francis [blog] - Margaret Sullivan - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - NY Times

David Quinn: Feeding our dependency culture is an insane policy - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Irish Independent

"If Lucinda Creighton and co go ahead and set up that new party they seem to be thinking about, reducing dependency on the State has to be one of its top priorities."


TDs, Communion and the Church by Michael Kelly October 17, 2013 - Does the Derek Keating case raise questions about faith formation - Michael Kelly - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Irish Catholic

Editorial


MEPs to vote on data sharing legislation - Fri 18th Oct, 2013 - Examiner


17/10/13 (Thu)    >>

"We will also hear how the State worked the HSE to bring some of these girls abroad for terminations" (next week) - Sinéad O'Shea - RTÉ Radio One Drivetime (2 hrs 22 mins) into broadcast ... Leo Varadkar on Newstalk Breakfast said Reform Alliance had a "very hard-line view on abortion" (8 mins in) ... The Irish budget and Catholic primary education - Vatican Radio ... World hunger a scandal says Pope - Vatican Radio


Facebook change allows teens to share information with everyone - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Irish Examiner

More than half of teens in North asked for sexual image of themselves - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Irish Examiner

'Sexting' survey shows pressure faced by teens - Wed 16th Oct, 2013 - BBC

Discussed on BBC Newsnight (note Newsnight's tw e e ts and responses below) ... BBC 2 Newsnight discussion referred to on Today with Seán O'Rourke


EWTN News Nightly - EWTN News Nightly provides a Catholic Analysis of today's biggest events. - EWTN

Recommended


Morning Ireland - International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day - Tue 15th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Recommended


The John Murray Show with Miriam - The story of Philomena Lee - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Movie: Philomena


Lisdoonvarna priest opens door for Clare couples to marry during Sunday mass - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Clare People

Referred to in It Says in the Papers - RTÉ Radio One (8:10am) and Ireland AM - TV3 (Tweet)


Elderly priest suffers fractured skull during burglary - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Irish Independent

Limerick's firstonlineradio.com

Frances Hogan interviewed Sun 20th Oct @ 9am, ahead of monthly Maranatha meeting in Raheen church, Limerick


Celtic Connections - Kathy Sinnott - EWTN

Sat 19th Oct @ 8am and Sun 20th Oct @ noon ... See Fr Robert Spitzer videos


Letters - Blinkered anti-Catholicism - Sun 13th Oct, 2013 - Sunday Independent

Lunchtime - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

Savita Halappanavar report and Tony O'Brien, HSE etc. ... Part II


Strong religious convictions are no excuse for misrepresenting research - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Irish Times

Attempt by Irish Times to undermine credibility of David Quinn, Breda O'Brien etc. ... Iona Institute


Breakfast - Part II - New Islamic centre in Cork (item selected by Guest Editor, Brendan O'Connor) - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

At beginning and end of audio ... See also Irish Times


Mooney - Lesbian IVF Film - Thu 17th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

COMMENT: No balance. No attempt at balance ... See some tw ee ts from FMA



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Celebrities talk sex on TV3 - Mon 14th Oct, 2013 - TV3

! ... [video - TV3]


What Is 'Evil' to Google? Speculations on the company's contribution to moral philosophy [Blog] - Tue 15th Oct, 2013 - The Atlantic

New Media and New Evangelization - A 20-something collaborates with Father Robert Barron - Mon 14th Oct, 2013 - Fathers for Good

Fr Robert Barron / Technology and the Mystical: A Meditation on “Gravity” - Thu 10th Oct, 2013 - Cradio


15/10/13 (Tue)    >>

AGM of the Irish Catholic Doctors' Association - Speaker: Topic: "Nature/Possibility of a Catholic ethos in healthcare" - Fr Kevin Doran - Sat 19th Oct @ 1pm - Parnell Room, Parnell St, Dublin 1 ... Pope consecrates world to immaculate heart of Mary - News.va ... The Marc Coleman Show - Fr Robert Spitzer - Newstalk (see Magis Reason Faith) ... Labour TD urges Tánaiste to re-open Vatican embassy - Catholic Ireland


Stephen Fry talks about filming his new BBC Two series Out There - BBC Media Centre

Mon 14th Oct 2013 and Wed 16th Oct, 2013


The God Slot - Pope Francis, Media Bias, Sean Freyne RIP - Fri 11th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Brendan O'Reagan and Patsy McGarry on media bias (RTÉ used the term "alleged media bias". The God Slot also decided to report as one of its few news items the attempt by some Christians in the US to block the attempts of pro life lawmakers to oppose abortion, characterising them as "pursuing an extreme ideological agenda" - COMMENT: It is a sad reflection of an element of contemporary culture when attempts to save innocent and defenceless human lives are characterised as "pursuing an extreme ideological agenda") ... Pope Francis Biographer Paul Vallely: "Benedict was much harsher and stricter on paedophile priests than is generally perceived" ... This Friday, October 18, at 22.00 on RTE Radio 1, The God Slot Debate, recorded at Rathmines College with an audience of journalism students, is chaired by Eileen Dunne. The Motion: "This house believes that, as there is a right to life, there is an equal right to a self determined death with dignity". Proposing the motion: Student Claire Whelan and co-ordinator of Exit International, Tom Curran. Opposing the motion: Student David Hollywood and journalist, author and public speaker, Mary Kenny.


The John Murray Show with Miriam - Mon 14th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

"In studio with Miriam is FG TD, Derek Keating for Dublin Mid-West, who according to a report in yesterday's Sunday Independent has been asked to stand aside as a Minister of the Eucharist in his local church, as a result of his support for the recent abortion legislation." - RTÉ website ... Irish Independent 13/10/2013


Charlotte Church slams music industry for forcing 'hyper-sexualised' and 'cartoonish' images on young female performers - Mon14th Oct, 2013 - Independent (London)

Abortion steals our future [YouTube] - Sat 12th Oct, 2013 - ProLifeIreland

'Shame, Shame' Pro-life protest heard continuously during Kenny's televised speech - Sun 13th Oct, 2013 - Youth Defence

European Parliament condemns gendercide - Fri 11th Oct, 2013 - Youth Defence

The Marc Coleman Show - Sun 13th Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

Part II -- Fr Robert Spitzer followed by Sen David Norris and questions to be answered by the media about misleading reporting of the Savita case


Joey O'Brien savouring rub of the green after injury nightmare - Wed 9th Oct, 2013 - Independent

"And that is where 27-year- old O'Brien's Catholic faith stood to him."



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11/10/13 (Fri)    >>

"And that is where 27-year- old O'Brien's Catholic faith stood to him." - Joey O'Brien savouring rub of the green after injury nightmare - Liam Kelly - Irish Independent



10/10/13 (Thu)    >>

COMMENT: HIQA report into death of Savita Halappanavar a stinging indictment of Irish media establishment! It is high time for RTÉ and the Irish media in general and to take the log out of its own eye and point its mirror at itself instead of trying to continuing to try to recreate Irish society in its own image [ENDS] ... Dr Peter Boylan on Morning Ireland


Pro Life Campaign accuses The Irish Times of rush to judgment in Savita story - Wed 9th Oct, 2013 - PLC

Priests brand Halloween Jesus costumes 'an insult' - Thu 10th Oct, 2013 - Independent

Also in It Says in the Paper - RTÉ Radio 1 (8:10am)


Ireland AM - "One Limerick school is currently at odds with parents over the date of the First Holy Communion & are trying to change it, as it clashes with the One Direction concert at Croke Park next May. A ballot is now set to be taken among the 30 parents. Are they right or is it disrespectful to the sacrament? Tell us what you think...." - Thu 10th Oct, 2013 - TV3

Re Herald article ... Also in It Says in the Paper - RTÉ Radio 1 (7:10am) and Newstalk Breakfast paper review


INM postpones paywall to focus on mobile - Media group’s digital strategy “evolves” - Thu 10th Oct, 2013 - Irish Times


09/10/13 (Wed)    >>

David Quinn interviewed on Newstalk's Moncrieff today


37% of those who commit sexual violence are children, says report - Wed 9th Oct, 2013 - Newstalk

"She (Fiona Neary of the DRCC) says we need to rethink our perception of abusers, and is blaming pornography for distorting the image of sex and consent among boys." ... This item is also being reported on Newstalk News bulletins today


The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to rule on a right to assisted suicide - Grégor Puppinck - Wed 9th Oct, 2013 - Turtle Bay and Beyond

HIQA to publish patient safety report relating to death of Savita Halappanavar - Wed 9th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ

(Also, Newstalk Lunchtime interview with Dr Muiris Houston)


Pilgrimage from Fatima to Ireland starts today! - Wed 9th Oct, 2013 - Irish Fatima Monstrance


08/10/13 (Tue)    >>

New Anthropological Horizons and the Rights of the Family” - Thursday, October 24th, 2013, in Rome - The Pontifical Council for the Family ... FRANCIS CONVENES EXTRAORDINARY SYNOD ON THE FAMILY FOR OCTOBER 2014 - VIS ... POPE FRANCIS TO WELCOME THE ORIGINAL STATUE OF THE VIRGIN OF FATIMA - VIS


HSE plans to close children's high-support unit in Monaghan after HIQA report - Tue 8th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ

COMMENT: Not a hostile headline with respect to the HSE, given the findings of the report. It is hard to imagine a similarly neutral or even favourable headline if the abuse happened under the auspices of the Church


Court rules that 16-year-old foster child is ‘not sufficiently mature’ to have an abortion… forcing her to become a single mother instead - Tue 8th Oct, 2013 - Mail

COMMENT: Clearly, the end of this headline is loaded and misleading. The mother is a single mother now. The court is not forcing her to become a single mother, anew, in the future.


Abortion motions rejected by psychiatrists - Niall Hunter - Mon 7th Oct, 2013 - Irish Health

Pro-choice groups call for abortion referendum - Mon 7th Oct, 2013 - Independent


07/10/13 (Mon)    >>

"There was an element of pro life revenge" - Charlie Flanagan TD FG on reasons for Seanad referendum result (see below) ... Eamon Dunphy criticises the Murphy Report on Today with Seán O'Rourke! (see below) ... The Marc Coleman Show: "You heard it folks: @RonanMullen is running in next year's European elections 2014" ... Eoghan Harris: "there is now a Kenny Fine Gael and a Lucinda Creighton Fine Gael" (Sunday Independent) ... Why Sharon sacrificed her retirement to be a mother to her grandchildren - Daily Mail ... GENDERCIDE motion before EU Parliament tomorrow Tue 8th Oct! ... Debate: Brendan O'Regan v. Patsy McGarry on MEDIA BIAS - The God Slot this Fri 11th Oct @10pm! Also, Pope Francis biographer Paul Vallely interviewed - RTÉ Radio 1 ... PLC Conference Sat 12th Oct


Breda O'Brien: Mater hospital nuns must stand up to bullying – as they have done before - Opinion: People would support the Mercy sisters financially with any legal costs - Sat 5th Oct, 2013 - Irish Times

Bible oath could be scrapped from courts - Swearing on the bible may be banned from court rooms under new proposals - Sun 6th Oct, 2013 - Telegraph

Blind lawyer who fled China set to join right-wing organisations - Chen jailed for four years until 2010 then kept under house arrest until fleeing after Clinton intervenetion - Wed 2nd Oct, 2013 - I Times

"However the Witherspoon Institute is sure to prove the most controversial, as the organisation, in Princeton, New Jersey, is known for its opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage." - COMMENT: But why should this be controversial?


Garda 'tried to force abortion on woman who he impregnated' - Sun 6th Oct, 2013 - Independent

Ombudsman to probe woman's abortion garda claim - Mon 7th Oct, 2013 - Independent


Morning Ireland - Charlie Flanagan TD FG - Mon 7th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

Charlie Flanagan: "There was an element of pro life revenge so there are varying reasons as to why people voted no" (4 mins 30 secs) ... "We have to deal with voter turnout, in so far as there's not much point in having a series of referendums year after year after year where the voting turnout is such that people are expressing disinterest. ... I favour the concept of a Constitutional day where 5 or 6 questions will be put to the people on the same day."


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Eamon Dunphy - Mon 7th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

COMMENT: Some criticism of the Murphy Report! ... EAMON DUNPHY: "We were fondled a little bit by this man but he was described in the Murphy Commission as a monster and ..."; SEÁN O'ROURKE: "Well, they hardly used that word!?"; EAMON DUNPHY: "Well, no, he was one of the worst, he was one of the worst cases. Now there's a range of things, as you know, in that sort of, and I had to tell the story as I found it. I would have sold more books if I had depicted him as a monster or me as a victim. I didn't want to do that. He was a man who ran schoolboy soccer. He got my father a job in the Richmond Hospital when my dad was out of work from the building. He was a good man, in my way, but he DID fondle us."; SEÁN O'ROURKE: "Maybe other people had worse experiences than you had?"; EAMON DUNPHY: "Well I read the Murphy Commission very carefully before I wrote this because I didn't want to sanitise someone who was very bad. And of course that behaviour is entirely unacceptable. I just decribed what I experienced. And when I read the Commission, most of the kind of things he was guilty of were around swimming pools, which is where it happened to me and he had swimming pools built and he was, of course, he was wrong. But I'm not anti Catholic and never have been. My mother and father were devout. I went to Mass every morning from the age of 7. And Religion is what it is for very many people in Ireland, a wonderful, beautiful thing. So, I am not a secularist and I certainly wouldn't be into gratuitous generalities about Catholic priests. Many of them, priests and nuns are very very fine people."


Outcast Lucinda rejects olive branch to rejoin FG - Claire Murphy - Mon 7th Oct, 2013 - Herald

Decision not to charge over gender-based abortions was right, DPP says - Mon 7th Oct, 2013 - BBC News

Tabernacle desecrated, fears of the actions of Satanists in India - Sat 5th Oct, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Vatican analyst warns of global 'war' against Christians - Sun 6th Oct, 2013 - CNA

Book review: The Global War on Christians by John Allen (Note: This review was commented on favourably by John Allen)


Pétition : Pas touche aux fêtes chrétiennes en France ! - Thu 26th Sep, 2013 - L'Observatoire de la Christianophobie

Petition against replacing Christian feasts with non-Christian ones


The World Apostolate of Fatima lands in Knock - Sun 13th Oct, 2013 - SCNCI

"... the official Vatican-accredited World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) is coming to Knock for this Sunday October 13th (Anniversary of the miracle of the Sun) There will be a Marian liturgy, followed by prayers and devotions in honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 10.00am in the Blessed Sacrament chapel of Knock Shrine It will be concluded by all in attendance being invited to take the official lifetime Fatima pledge of praying the daily Rosary, wearing the brown scapular, practicing the 1st Saturdays and personally consecrating themselves daily to the Immaculate Heart of Mary It marks the official launch of the permanent weekly WAF prayer group (of the WAF "cell system") here in Knock starting on the 21st of October in St John's Rest and Care ..." - SCNCI


Pilgrimage of Peace & Thanksgiving with the world famous Irish Monstrance accompanied by The Pilgrim Virgin Statue Dublin - 9th - 10th October, Kilmurray & Ballina - 11th October, Knock - 12th October, Galway - 13th October, Dublin - 14th - 15th October. FIRST PUBLIC VISIT IN IRISH HISTORY 9th - 15th October 2013

"Official Itinerary: Dublin 9th October--Pro Cathedral---arrival at noon until after Benediction at 5.30pm Dublin 10th--St. Teresa's Carmelite Church--arrival at noon until 8pm Kilmurry 11th--Kilmurry Church--arrival at 3pm until 5pm Ballina 11th--Ballina Cathedral--arrival at 8pm until 10pm Knock 12th-- Knock Shrine--arrival at noon until 10pm Galway 13th--Galway Cathedral--arrival at 11am until 6pm Dublin 14th--St. Teresa's Church--arrival at noon until 8pm"



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04/10/13 (Fri)    >>

Feast of St Francis ... Peter Matthews interviewed on Spirit Radio, this morning (see also below) ... David Quinn: If we value fatherhood, we must also value marriage - Independent ... Care for Life: It’s Worth it - Day for Life 2013 - Sun 6 Oct - Irish Bishops ... "I try to live by its teachings because this Church has given me many, many blessings in my life, and in my family for generations." (see below -- a week of integrity in Catholic public life) ... Day in Honour of Our Lady - Sat 5th Oct - Knock Shrine


EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell - Thu 3rd Oct, 2013 - EWTN

Obamacare ("an assault by the Government ... on the freedom to practice your religion and faith" - Rep Jeff Fortenberry) and Pope Francis' vision for the Church discussed


Theories on monogamy tend to be promiscuous - William Reville - Thu 3rd Oct, 2013 - Irish Times

"... the UCL group concluded that the stimulus for the evolution of monogamy in primates was the high risk of infanticide by males." ... Marriage rates fall to lowest level since 1998 - I Examiner ...Cohabitation and drop in marriages discussed on The Right Hook - Newstalk


I Am Not Homophobic I Am A Catholic - Thu 3rd Oct, 2013 - Broadsheet

Re: The owner of Daintree Paper, Camden Street, Dublin, Paul Barnes removed a same-sex cake topper from a display. ... "I try to live by its teachings because this church has given me many, many blessings in my life, and in my family for generations." - Paul Barnes www.daintree.ie/ - COMMENT: A brave businessman, one of several Catholics of integrity who have witnessed to the Innocent, this week. ... Cameron: Gay marriage push was ‘terrible’ mistake - Christian Institute


Lucinda Creighton on the Seanad Referendum - Mon 30th Sep, 2013 - Spirit Radio

Interview with Rónán Johnson


Fine Gael deputy Peter Matthews resigns from party - Thu 3rd Oct, 2013 - RTÉ

Scant coverage on RTÉ News: Nine News; Six One News COMMENT: When the IMF 'came to town' RTÉ News considered the opinions of Peter Matthews so important that they led with an interview of him on its main evening news. However when he announces his resignation from the leading government party, it barely merits a mention from the same RTÉ News. If anything, the TDs prominence has grown since the IMF intervention. So what has changed in the meantime? Oh yes, he has taken a stance against the deliberate destruction of innocent and defenceless unborn human life #irishmediabias #rtebias ... The Right Hook - Newstalk ... Matt Cooper - Today FM (38 mins 35 secs into audio)


Fine Gael Minister for Health James Reilly - Fri 4th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ Radio One

*** COMMENT: The ultimate irony from the Minister for Health (another irony): "If you gave me a choice between saving money and saving lives, you know the answer I'm going to give you: it's going to be saving lives, every time, and particularly when it's lives of children" (7 mins 23 secs)... And what does abortion do to the child, Minister??


OPEN LETTER TO MILEY CYRUS - Sinéad O'Connor - Thu 3rd Oct, 2013 - www.sineadoconnor.com

*** Recommended (notwithstanding some very foul language!) - Discussed on @colmhayes2fm 2FM - see Twitter comments from @familyandmedia ... Referred to, also, on Morning Ireland - It Says in the Papers (8:10am)


Experiment that convinced me online porn is the most pernicious threat facing children today: By ex-lads' mag editor MARTIN DAUBNEY - Mon 30th Sep, 2013 - Mail

The Last Word - The Last Word on 'Filth' - Matt Cooper - Thu 3rd Oct, 2013 - Today FM

Women of Grace - Sen Rick Santorum - Thu 26th Sep, 2013 - EWTN

*** Recommended - Rick Santorum has accepted position as CEO of Echolight Studios ... Dominance of media culture discussed ... "You're the 'watchman'" - Johnette Benkovic


“Firing of top journalist should send a shiver down our spines,” McGrath - Mattie McGrath - mattiemcgrath.ie

*** COMMENT: Another 'watchman'? See above


Doctor who renounced abortion hands Pope Francis medical instruments he used to kill babies - Deacon Nick Donnelly - Wed 2nd Oct, 2013 - protectthepope

Nine News - Clean-up after Galway storms - Fri 4th Oct, 2013 - RTÉ One

Graveyard in Clonfert and Emmanuel House of Prayer tea rooms also damaged by mini-tornado


Papal Mass draws thousands in Assisi - Fri 4th Oct, 2013 - News.va

Feast of St Francis of Assisi Assisi: The “Portiuncula”, a place of pardon and prayer - News.va


Mater ‘won’t be performing abortions’, religious board member stresses Resignation of Fr Kevin Doran from Mater Hospital a ‘great loss’, says colleague - Kitty Holland - Thu 3rd Oct, 2013 - I Times

Priest resigns from Mater Hospital over abortion stance - Michael Kelly - Irish Catholic



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02/10/13 (Wed)    >>

Day for Life next Sunday 6 October: Care for Life. It’s Worth It! - Irish Bishops


Media information for the Episcopal Ordination of Monsignor Francis Duffy as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois - Sun 6th Oct, 2013 - Irish Bishops

The Pope: how the Church will change - Tue 1st Oct, 2013 - Repubblica

'Dialogue between Francis and La Repubblica's founder, Eugenio Scalfari: "Starting from the Second Vatican Council, open to modern culture". The conversation in the Vatican after the Pope's letter to La Repubblica: "Convert you? Proselytism is solemn nonsense. You have to meet people and listen to them."'


THE IOR PUBLISHES ITS ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE FIRST TIME - Tue 1st Oct, 2013 - VIS

Jimmy Savile scandal sparks rise in rape hotline calls - Tue 1st Oct, 2013 - Reuters


01/10/13 (Tue)    >>

Theme for 2014 World Communication Day Message: "Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter"


Archbishop Martin on Catholic media and papal interview - Sat 21st Sep, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Behind the scenes of Pope Francis' exclusive interview - Mon 23rd Sep, 2013 - Vatican radio



30/9/13 (Mon)    >>

Feast of St Thérese ... Theme for 2014 World Communication Day Message: "Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter"


Day in Honour of Our Lady followed by... Festival Night! Celebrating the Culture of Life! - Sat 5th Oct, 2013 - Human Life International

Bishop Séamus Hegarty, Dana, Fr Brian McKevitt OP


Cardinal calls faithful to share pro-life message of mercy - Tue 1st Oct, 2013 - EWTN News / CNA

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston


Archbishop Martin on Catholic media and papal interview - Sat 21st Sep, 2013 - Vatican Radio

Behind the scenes of Pope Francis' exclusive interview - Mon 23rd Sep, 2013 - Vatican radio

Ed Miliband in row with Daily Mail over 'smear' on father - Labour leader Ed Miliband is locked in a row with the Daily Mail over an article on his Marxist academic father headlined "the man who hated Britain" - Tue 1st Oct, 2013 - BBC News

Statement by Bishop Lee on his resignation on health grounds as Bishop of Waterford and Lismore - Tue 1st Oct, 2013 - Irish Bishops


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28/9/13 (Sat)    >>

Marriage at the Heart of the Church - Introducing the Council for Marriage and the Family TODAY, Maynooth



27/9/13 (Fri)    >>

State has turned into a big bully, picking on religious institutions - David Quinn - Independent (COMMENT: Needless to say, this article did not grab the headlines on RTÉ Morning Ireland or Newstalk Breakfast, this morning) ... 'Celebrating diversity' is our new State religion. But don't praise the Lord! - Mail ... Abortion rules won't be ready for three months - Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent - Independent (COMMENT: So what are we to make of RTÉ Drivetime on Tuesday? 11 mins in - TRANSCRIPT in yesterday's Faith in the Media)



26/9/13 (Thu)    >>

Abortion laws may not commence until next year - The Journal (today) and Irish Health (today) - COMMENT: But listen to RTÉ Drivetime (yesterday - 11 mins into audio) where the claim was made that the Law is, now, in operation and that hospitals are operating under that law, now - see partial transcript, below) ... RTÉ presenter Keelin Shanley and late term abortionist at IFI on Sat 28th Sep (see Protect the Pope - Deacon Nick Donnelly, Irish Examiner) ... SEE Faith in the Media ( Tuesday; Monday; Sunday ) ... Science, 'Dark Energy' and God - What's really going on in the Cosmos? Fr Robert Spitzer SJ PhD: "The Evidence from Contemporary Physics for God" - Astra Hall, UCD Student Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4. Sat & Sun 12th & 13th Oct - 9am-6pm (both days). Cost: Students: 5 Euro; Others: 10 Euro. - Phone: 086 396 3685 - Mass will be celebrated both days. The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown will be the principal celebrant on Sat 12th Oct. (Fr Spitzer's media appearances include Larry King Live where he debated the views of Stephen Hawking)


Farmers agree with abortion when mother's life is at risk - Thu 26th Sep, 2013 - Irish Examiner

*** Front page - lead ... COMMENT: What is this 'story' doing on the front page? In common with most other publications in the Country, at present, the Irish Examiner cannot consider itself to be a newspaper; rather, it is a 'viewspaper'. It could be said that the Irish Examiner are adopting tactics that would (almost) make RTÉ or The Irish Times blush ... Interestingly, in the survey, women were said to be more than 50% more likely to be opposed to abortion than men. Yes, abortion is a women's issue but, not in the way it is, usually, portrayed.


Mater Hospital says it will perform abortions - Thu 26th Sep, 2013 - Irish Independent

Drivetime - RTÉ Radio 1 ... RTÉ (website) - 25th Sep, 2013 ... Irish Times ... Irish Health


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Lucinda Creighton - Wed 25th Sep, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

Éamon Ó Cuív T.D. was also on the programme, on Wednesday ... Also, revealing interview (19 mins in) of Brendan O'Connor (COMMENT: or was it of Pat Kenny) on Wednesday's Pat Kenny Show - Newstalk


Six One News - Lucinda Creighton - Wed 25th Sep, 2013 - RTÉ Radio 1

No, the Pope is not diluting the anti-abortion focus of the Church. - Fr Frank Pavone (National Director) - Mon 23rd Sep, 2013 - Priests for Life

Catholic leaders close to Francis respond to papal interview - Wed 25th Sep, 2013 - Catholic World Report (Blog)

Beyond Belief - Mon 23rd Sep, 2013 - RTÉ One

Mick Peelo: "But what if their private conscience goes against the Church, or, more to the point, the law of the land" - COMMENT: Why 'more to the point'? ... Panelists include Fr Kevin Doran, Anne Ferris TD Lab, Patricia Coyle, Fr Tony Flannery


Pope-emeritus exchanges letters with noted atheist philosopher - Tue 24th Sep, 2013 - Vatican Radio

See below


Benedict emerges to defend his record on abuse - Wed 25th Sep, 2013 - Irish Examiner

See above


Pope Francis Shocks Again: S