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24/7/14 (Thu)    >>



23/7/14 (Wed)    >>

Christians worldwide mobilize for Iraqi Church: #WeAreN - Emer McCarthy - Vatican Radio - SEE #WeAreN on Twitter


Pope Francis marks Day for Life in UK, Ireland with call to cherish life - Tue 22 Jul, 2014 - News.va

Pope Francis calls Patriarch in solidarity with Iraqi Christians - Tue 22 Jul, 2014 - News.va

Please see above



22/7/14 (Tue)    >>

Pope Francis marks Day for Life in UK, Ireland with call to cherish life - Vatican Radio



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18/7/14 (Fri)    >>


Tonight with Vincent Browne (Tom McGurk) - Thu 17th Jul, 2014 - TV3

Fr Vincent Twomey referred to the Associated Press apology for the media distortion of the Tuam baby 'story' [ Mother and baby home inquiry ] 16 mins into video


Now 'I have my Nollaig back' - Fri 18th Jul, 2014 - The Impartial Reporter

"In an incredible coincidence, described by Mrs. O’Connor as “miraculous”, the 37-year-old was found in Murcia in Spain last Friday by Fermanagh couple Nicky and Tara Cassidy (over a year after going missing)"


Missing Dublin teen located safe and well - Fri 18th Jul, 2014 - Journal

CASE OF HÄMÄLÄINEN v. FINLAND - Wed 16th Jul, 2014 - ECHR

Human rights court: Europe cannot be forced to redefine marriage - CNA


Trans-woman must file for divorce to get gender change recognized, ECHR rules - Fri 18th Jul, 2014 - Russia Today


17/7/14 (Thu)    >>

Lough Derg - In a new documentary to be broadcast on 'Irish TV'. 'Ireland's Pilgrim People' will air at 9.00pm TODAY Thursday, 17 July "and can be seen across Ireland, the UK, and Europe on Sky Channel 191, Freesat 400" - Irish Bishops (source: FACEBOOK) ... So-called 'Assisted Dying Bill' : COMMENT: A Chief Rabbi actually alludes to the holocaust in Telegraph article opposing proposed UK so-called 'assisted dying' law! (SEE below) ... Jesus's name used more often now "deliberately and blasphemously” - Bishop O'Reilly (SEE below) ... Is someone playing games with the Pope's interviews? - Michael Kelly - Irish Catholic (COMMENT: Irish Catholic Editor believes Vatican criticism of La Repubblica journalist is unfair) ... [ Today's TV available on request ]


Kilmore diocese celebrates Year of Holy Name - Sarah MacDonald - Thu 17th Jul, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

*** Jesus's name used thoughtlessly and carelessly but more often nowadays "deliberately and blasphemously”: Bishop O'Reilly.


Ephraim Mirvis: Instead of promoting assisted dying, we should help the living - Thu 17th Jul, 2014 - Telegraph

*** The Bill before the House of Lords fails to recognise that life is a gift from God and not ours to cut short ... COMMENT: "Assisted Dying" or the "Final Solution"? Alluding to the holocaust, UK Chief Rabbi Mirvis says, Life "is a gift from God and it is not ours to cut short"


Deaneries in Kildare and Leighlin cut by half - Ann Marie Foley - Thu 17th Jul, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

*** Full–time vocations director and vicar to support and care for priests appointed.


Yesterday (16/7)

Tuesday (15/7)

Monday (14/7)

Saturday (12/7)


16/7/14 (Wed)    >>

Minister for Communications, Alex White - Newstalk Breakfast (Re: Abortion: "I would support a Constitutional referendum" ... "I think it would be difficult to get it into the Government programme before the general election" - Alex White) ... Today's TV (SEE below) ... (Child and Family Agency) Reports into deaths of children in care to be published today - Justin McCarthy (Tanya Ward) - Morning Ireland - RTÉ Radio One (SEE also below) ... Mother Dolores Hart: From Hollywood to Holy Vows TODAY @ 2:30 PM - EWTN


Ian Elliot - How does the Pope know one in 50 clergy is a paedophile? Is that fact or opinion? - Wed 16th Jul, 2014 - Independent

COMMENT: Confusion building on confusion. Ian Elliot uses the term "incidence" of sexual abuse in this article. Incidence, however does not appear to be addressed by the Pope in what, in any case, does not appear to have been an "interview" in the usual sense. The La Repubblica article is at best ambiguous in a number of other ways also, some of which have been pointed out by Director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi SJ


Morning Ireland - Wed 16th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Dr Niamh Hourigan and Gordon Jeyes interviewed separately, just before 9 AM


The John Murray Show - Wed 16th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Outdoor weddings discussed


Today with Seán Ó Rourke - Wed 16th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Reports detail cases of four children who died in State care - Wed 16th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ

See also above


More Than 600 Paedophile Suspects Arrested - Wed 16th Jul, 2014 - Sky News

"Those held include doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers."


Head woman quits British sex abuse inquiry - Tue 15th Jul, 2014 - Sky News (Australia)

TODAY'S TV (continued) - True North - The Miraculous Tales of Mickey McGuigan TODAY @ 10:35 PM - Wed 16th Jul, 2014 - BBC ONE NI

*** "Do miracles exist? Mickey McGuigan, a 73-year-old Northern Irish farmer-turned-writer, is going to take us on a journey to find out." ... TODAY'S TV CONTINUED: Comedy: Everybody Loves Raymond - Channel Four - TODAY WED @ 8:00 AM : "Debra decides it is Ray's turn to take charge of birth control, but he backs out of having a vasectomy and buys a less drastic form of contraception - which Frank somehow mistakes for sweets." ... Ancient X Files - National Geographic - TODAY WED @ 1:00 PM : "An investigation into one of the biggest conspiracy theories in history - that Mary Magdalene was Jesus' wife and the mother of his child." ... Flog It! - BBC ONE - TODAY WED @ 4:30 PM : "Plus, Paul finds out what the people of Tyneside make of Anthony Gormley's Angel of The North 15 years on" ... Soap: Raising Hope - RTÉ TWO - TONIGHT WED @ 7:30 PM : "Sabrina asks Jimmy to hang out with her gay best friend and his partner, so he asks Burt to check out the local gay bar. When Burt keeps going back, Virginia wonders if he is enjoying his time there a little too much and tracks him down in costume on Halloween night." ... Part 2 of a 2-part "social experiment" : Nick & Margaret: Too Many Immigrants? - BBC ONE - TONIGHT WED @ 9:00 PM : Faith and religion is one of the issues discussed ... Series : One Born Every Minute - CHANNEL FOUR - TONIGHT WED @ 9:00 PM : Ducumentary about couples going through pregnancy and childbirth ... Crime soap: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - RTÉ TWO - TONIGHT WED @ 9:00 PM : Serial killer 'inspired' by Dante's The Divine Comedy ... Movie: Evan Almighty - RTÉ ONE - TONIGHT WED @ 9:35 PM : Comedy sequel to Bruce Almighty


If Campaign Ads Told the Truth, They Would Sound Like This - Tue 15th Jul, 2014 - TIME

Saturday (12/7)

Monday (14/7)

Tuesday (15/7)

Minimally invasive surgery for obstructed labour: a review of symphysiotomy during the twentieth century (including 5000 cases) - Dr Kenneth Björklund, Division of International Health (IHCAR), Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden - Mar, 2002 - NCBI (BJOG - An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)

*** "CONCLUSION: If valid conclusions can be drawn from one hundred years of retrospective studies, there is considerable evidence to support a reinstatement of symphysiotomy in the obstetric arsenal, for the benefit of women in obstructed labour and their offspring." - Dr Kenneth Björklund ... "BJOG is an editorially independent publication owned by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). The Journal publishes original, peer-reviewed work in all areas of obstetrics and gynaecology, including contraception, urogynaecology, fertility, oncology and clinical practice." ... Note, also, comments by Dr Peter Boylan quoted in Irish Examiner (18/6/2003) [Research by Ireland Stand Up]... COMMENT: Just how agenda-driven . Has the line of questioning of the UN body and much of the subsequent media coverage been disingenuous and misleading?



15/7/14 (Tue)    >>

Exposure: Don’t Take My Child - UTV tonight @10:40pm - " This new documentary in ITV’s flagship Exposure current affairs strand investigates how and why social workers are increasingly prepared to remove children from their birth parents through forced adoption." (ITV website)


Yesterday (14/7)

Saturday (12/7)

THE POPE CALLS FOR URGENT INTERVENTION IN THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS OF MIGRANT CHILDREN - Tue 15th Jul, 2014 - VIS

Vatican Radio


Family of knife frenzy man pray for his victims - Tue 15th Jul, 2014 - Herald

'Right to die will give way to duty to die': Vatican denounces assisted dying as 'false and misguided mercy' days before legislation is discussed in House of Lords - Tue 15th Jul, 2014 - Mail

Knights of Columbus Pledge $1.4 Million for Special Olympics - Tue 15th Jul, 2014 - NC Register

Irish prelate: Church must become a place where abuse victims can find healing - Tue 15th Jul, 2014 - Catholic Culture

Re: article by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in L'Osservatore Romano


N. Korean Catholics asked to attend Pope's mass - Tue 15th Jul, 2014 - Mail / AP


14/7/14 (Mon)    >>

"I value my life. I value being alive ... I'm in love with this life and it's worth every hardship to me" - Simon Fitzmaurice - Saturday Night with Miriam - RTÉ One : "Miriam talks to the inspirational couple Simon and Ruth Fitzmaurice about Simon's Motor Neuron's Disease and how they have chosen life and hope despite their battles. They discuss his new book "It's Not Yet Dark" and his plans to make a movie." [ Recall the inspirational movie: The Human Experience ] ... Vocations: Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin on Newstalk Breakfast ... Fr Lombardi: “A lapse of memory or an explicit acknowledgement the naïf reader is being manipulated?” (SEE below) ... Episcopal Ordination today of Father Kevin Doran as Bishop of Elphin - Irish Bishops


Pedophilia and mafia in Pope's conversation with journalist - Sun 13th Jul, 2014 - Vatican Radio

PLUS 'Note by Father Lombardi SJ regarding the article in ‘La Repubblica’'


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Mon 14th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Interview with BBC Rome ('Vatican Affairs') Correspondent David Willie about the recent Pope Francis article / interview (?) in 'La Repubblica' (SEE above)


Abuse survivor welcomes Pope's comments on abuse - Mon 14th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ

Marie Collins on Morning Ireland


Govt to defend Ireland's human rights record - Mon 14th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ

Call for more abortion by the IFPA (reported on Newstalk News) and mother & baby homes (on Today with Seán O'Rourke) ... Lorcan Price of the Pro Life Campaign was heard on the News at One ... Symphysiotomy survivors’ ‘dreadful situation’ highlighted - I Times


Former Archbishop of Canterbury expresses support for British assisted suicide bill - Sat 12th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ

Topic discussed / debated on Sunday Morning Live - BBC One @ 10am (13/7) ... SEE Saturday Night with Miriam (above)


Faith Schools Undercover: No Clapping in Class - Dispatches - Mon 14th Jul, 2014 - Channel 4

OTHER TV : TV3 tonight @ 12:05am : Drama: Without a Trace - "Jack and the team search for a missing priest in desperate need of a liver transplant, but begin to suspect he is actually involved in wrongdoing rather than being the possible victim of a crime." (COMMENT: Negative representation of priest in fiction) ... OTHER TV : National Geographic today @ 1pm : Ancient X Files (evidence about the Flood [Noah])


Homily of Bishop Nulty at the Ordination Mass today of Father Seán Hyland - Sun 13th Jul, 2014 - Irish Bishops

SEE also '67-year-old ordained for Kildare & Leighlin' - Sarah MacDonald - Catholic Ireland



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“We believe that PDG treatment should be funded by the HSE and it should also be mandatory for people with CF” - I Times ... COMMENT: A form of embryo screening / embryo killing. In this case, what is being advocated is not 'pro-choice' but 'NO-choice' and shows a chilling rejection of the value of the lives of children who suffer, at the very time when they are at their most vulnerable. ... Man who has taken vow of poverty wins $259m - Catholic Ireland


Bert and Ernie’s romance offers a lesson in tolerance - Breda O'Brien - Sat 12th Jul, 2014 - I Times

"Why was Ashers reported to the Equality Authority, and threatened with legal action? Given that gay marriage is currently illegal in Northern Ireland, how can there be any grounds for claiming discrimination?"


Case of the ‘gay cake’ reveals worrying double standards among liberals - Opinion: Seeking to compel others to observe particular cultural standards is totalitarian - Fionola Meredith - Fri 11th Jul, 2014 - I Times

"Refusing to serve a customer because he or she is gay is self-evidently discriminatory and is rightly a prosecutable offence. Refusing to write a political slogan, requested by that customer, is an entirely different matter."


Lord Patten appointed to oversee Vatican communications - Vatican Radio - Wed 9th Jul, 2014

CPSMA congratulates Minister Jan O’Sullivan on her appointment as Minister for Education and Skills - Fri 11th Jul, 2014 - Irish Bishops

"A former RTE producer is Communications Minister? That's cosy. Just like making people too close to the banks, bank regulators " - David Quinn (TWITTER)

Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final - Fri 11th Jul, 2014 - CNA

Faith in the Media - Thu 10th Jul, 2014 - FMA

Major reforms to Vatican financial, media organs - News.va - Irish Mons. Paul Tighe (Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications) will act as Secretary of new committee to propose reforms for the Vatican Media! ... Former chairman of the BBC Trust Chris Patten will head a committee to advise Pope Francis on how to re-vamp and modernise the Holy See's media strategy ... Polish hospital chief sacked for blocking abortion


Faith in the Media - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - FMA

Vatican Press Conference on the meeting of the Pope with victims of sex abuse ... Thousands at Belfast city centre anti-abortion rally ... Cardinal in call to help Christians in the Holy Land ... Fri (11/7) ... Wed (9/7) ... Tue (8/7)



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10/7/14 (Thu)    >>

Major reforms to Vatican financial, media organs - News.va - Irish Mons. Paul Tighe (Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications) will act as Secretary of new committee to propose reforms for the Vatican Media!


Vatican plans to re-vamp media strategy - Wed 9th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ

Former chairman of the BBC Trust Chris Patten will head a committee to advise Pope Francis on how to re-vamp and modernise the Holy See's media strategy ... See


Polish hospital chief sacked for blocking abortion - Thu 10th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ

'Don't endanger your souls by taking yoga classes' - priest warning to parishioners - Thu 10th Jul, 2014 - I Independent

Fr. Padraig O'Baoill ... Topic on RTÉ Radio One Liveline


Tonight with Vincent Browne (Ivan Yates) - Tue 8th Jul, 2014 - TV3

"On Tonight with Ivan Yates, Mark Vincent Healy, a survivor of clerical abuse who met the Pope on Monday"



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07/7/14 (Mon)    >>

Vatican Press Conference on the meeting of the Pope with victims of sex abuse (See below - Reports on BBC, RTÉ, Reuters etc.)


Thousands at Belfast city centre anti-abortion rally - Sat 5th Jul, 2014 - BBC News

Reports also in I Times, UTV, Belfast Newsletter, Irish News etc.


Cardinal in call to help Christians - Sarah MacDonald - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - I Independent

Pope warns youth against “culture of the temporary” - Sat 5th Jul, 2014 - Vatican Radio

The Pat Kenny Show - Inside the Lough Derg Pilgrimage - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - Newstalk

Also flagged at the end of Newstalk Breakfast


Sufism Religious Symbol Used as Marketing Logo Causes Controversy - Sun 6th Jul, 2014 - Guardian Liberty

"The doctors who nearly killed an unborn baby" - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - Irish Daily Mail

[NOT ONLINE] Young mother given chemical abortion following miscarriage after unborn twin not detected ... Mirror


Child in alleged Westminster paedophile ring traced to U.S: Man now in his 40s said his abuser worked in 'the big house' after he was rescued more than 30 years ago - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - Daily Mail

See also Mail (6/7), Telegraph and listen to the end of Drivetime (James Kirkup - Telegraph)


Morning Ireland - Pope to meet survivors of clerical abuse - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Joe Little interviewed (see also Vatican Press Conference, below) ... Marie Collins interviewed on Drivetime


Moncrieff - Part 1 - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - Newstalk

Patsy McGarry interviewed ... COMMENT: It is remarkable the amount of commentator airtime Patsy McGarry has continued to receive notwithstanding his role in the recent events involving John Waters. McGarry was asked, at length, about today's meeting between the Pope and some victims of abuse (see below). Also note the following article Benedict XVI and Francis Both Decline Castel Gandolfo - Edward Pentin - NC Register which relates to one of the topics discussed on Newstalk today


Vatican Press Conference on the meeting of the Pope with victims of sex abuse - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - Vatican (YouTube)

First 2 questions at Press Conference from Joe Little (RTÉ - 16 mins into video) and Paddy Agnew (I Times - 18 mins in)


Pope meets sex abuse survivors in 'profound spiritual encounter' - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Pope Francis’ homily at Mass with sex abuse survivors - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Pope begs forgiveness for "sacrilegious cult" of Church sexual abuse - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - Reuters

Pope: Bishops will be accountable for sex abuse - Kansas Ccity Start / AP


Irish abuse survivor describes meeting with Pope as a 'huge vindication' - Sarah MacDonald - Mon 7th Jul, 2014 - I Independent


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04/7/14 (Fri)    >>

RALLY FOR LIFE, BELFAST, TOMORROW @ 2PM! ... An extraordinary miracle ( ? ) of the Eucharist ( ❤️ ) ... Archbishop still seeking clarity on abortion - Irish Catholic [ Re: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and the Mater Misericordiae ( ❤️ ) Hospital ] ... Having better fights about religion - Leah Libresco - iCatholic ... Sen Rónán Mullen on gay marriage Newstalk: Lunchtime (11 mins 20 secs into audio - Listen also to Petra Conroy, below) ... Cardinal Brady and Bishop Smith to lead procession for the Feast of Saint Oliver Plunkett - Mass Sun 6/7 at 4 PM - Saint Peter`s Church, West Street, Drogheda


Petra Conroy: Marriage Referendum - Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 - BBC Radio Ulster

Jedward's mum blasts 'sick' satirical website that mocked Coast Guard rescue of sons - Fri 4th Jul, 2014 - Goss.ie

Also reported on Morning Ireland


We need to know that the State is using its child-protection powers in a responsible way - David Quinn - Fri 4th Jul, 2014 - I Independent

Vatican approves of exorcisms - Holy See formally recognises demon-fighting group of priests and their practice - Fri 4th Jul, 2014 - Times of Malta

Vatican Insider


Church must investigate abuse culture - expert - Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Fr Vincent Twomey ... 'We have nothing to fear from the truth'


Abortion Comedy “Obvious Child” Flops at the Box Office - Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 - LifeNews

Irish Government Misleading Public With New Abortion Guidelines - Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 - LifeNews

YD ... PLC ... RALLY FOR LIFE


Moncrieff - Part 2 - Fri 4th May, 2014 - Newstalk

Discussion about digital media (its reliability etc.) ... Discussion about swearing on the Bible


WYD2016: Logo and prayer launched - Fri 4th May, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Faith in the Media - Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 - FMA

Fri (4/7) ... Thu (3/7) ... Wed (2/7) ... Tue (1/7) ... Mon (30/6) ... Sun (29/6) ... Sat (28/6) ... Fri (27/6) ... Thu (26/6) ...


Evangelii Gaudium continues to sell out - Sarah MacDonald - Fri 4th Jul, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

Alegria



03/7/14 (Thu)    >>


Detailed guidelines on legal abortion released - Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 - I Times

Examiner ... Independent



02/7/14 (Wed)    >>

Archbishop Eamon Martin (TWITTER): "The media 'vocation': to promote truth, multiply goodness, enhance beauty and serve the common good." [ AMEN! ] ... Full text of the Pope Francis interview with Il Messaggero - Zenit


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin appoints new Head of Diocesan Curia - Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Mgr. Paul Callan


Tribute to Mercy nun by TV star (Carol) Vorderman - Sarah MacDonald - Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

'The Vow' Real Couple Hoped for More Faith in Film - Fri 17th Feb, 2012 - Christian Post

Movie: 'The Vow' on RTÉ One 9:35 PM tonight


Media exaggerated horror tale at Irish orphanage - Mon 23rd Jun, 2014 - AP

Also from AP


If you don't like Facebook, why don't you just leave? - Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 - Telegraph

As the fallout over Facebook's 'psychological experiment' continues, Chas Newkey-Burden says he has a much better relationship with friends who aren't slaves to social media


Yesterday (Tue 1/7) - FMA

Monday (30/6) - FMA

Religious leaders support law used in Hobby Lobby ruling - Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 - CNA

Toronto cardinal: Catholic teaching on divorce not changing - Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 - CNA

Cardinal Thomas Collins


New teaching institute sparks religious row - Sarah MacDonald - Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 - I Independent

A ROW is brewing over plans for a new multidenominational Institute of Education at Dublin City University, which will train Catholic and Protestant teachers together for the first time


RTE fears UTV threat despite its first profit in seven years - Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 - I Independent


01/7/14 (Tue)    >>

Tweet success for the Pope: Francis beats Obama into second place as he is named the most influential user on the planet - Mail ... Helping Irish women to get abortions in the UK (see below)


Breakfast - Part 4 - Tue 1st Jul, 2014 - Newstalk

Abortion in UK


Hobby Lobby case: Court curbs contraception mandate - Mon 30th Jun, 2014 - BBC News

Breakfast - Re: Dhara Kivlehan [Podcast] - Tue 1st Jul, 2014 - Newstalk

'The family of a young mother who died after giving birth at Sligo Regional Hospital has been put through hoops in their efforts to get answers.'




30/6/14 (Mon)    >>

Pope Francis receives the new Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults from Director of Veritas, Maura Hyland - Irish Bishops ... Having Better Fights About Religion - Talk By Leah Libresco-Donnybrook-2/7/14


Moncrieff - Part 1 - Mon 30th Jun, 2014 - Newstalk

Interview with Michael Kelly, Editor of the Irish Catholic newspaper


Humanists take government to court over ban on outdoor weddings - Mon 30th Jun, 2014 - Irish Central

Breakfast - Part 4 - Mon 30th Jun, 2014 - Newstalk

(33 mins into audio) Interview with the Imam of the Clongriffin Mosque about the Ramadam fast


The sad business of trying to disprove God - Mon 30th Jun, 2014 - Telegraph

Charles Moore reviews 'Atheists: The Origin of the Species' by Nick Spencer


Four die in Mullingar road crash - Mon 30th Jun, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Fr Brendan O'Sullivan



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Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :-) ❤️ ... Pope Francis: To have a dialogue with God we need to make ourselves like a small child - Vatican Radio


Vatican Ex-Ambassador Convicted of Sex Abuse - Fri 28th Jun, 2014 - TIME


27/6/14 (Fri)    >>

Feast of the Sacred Heart! ... Global Rosary Relay takes place today! / Catholic Ireland ... "And talk about misinformation!" - Kevin Cullen of The Boston Globe tells Newstalk Lunchtime, concerning the Tuam 700 dead babies claim (11 mins 33 secs into audio)


Catholic bishops defend right to teach about family life, marriage and children - Paddy Agnew - Fri 27th Jun, 2014 - I Times

McAleese ‘bonkers’ comment ‘a compliment’, says Vatican synod secretary


Breakfast - Part 4 - Fri 27th Jun, 2014 - Newstalk

* MEDIA BIAS ALERT! ... ** Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue abandon journalism for cheerleading in this promotion of gay marriage (and this w/e's [gay] Pride, the organization BelongTo and the actions of 'Panti' / Rory O'Neill on the Saturday Night Show) [Between 12 and 22 mins into audio] ... [PODCAST]


David Quinn: FF needs to shed light on excommunication of Crowley for going over to the 'dark side' - Fri 27th Jun, 2014 - I Independent

Massachusetts abortion law repealed as protesters given right to air views - Fri 27th Jun, 2014 - I Independent

Contrast with LifeNews report


The Right Hook - Are 'New Atheists' Dangerous? [PODCAST] - Tue 24th Jun, 2014 - Newstalk

CEO of Atheist Ireland Michael Nugent and lecturer of Philosophy at Trinity, Dr Robert Grant, debate how some atheists put forward their argument. Is it dangerous? ... See TCD's Dr Robert Grant in the I Times: New Atheists . . .‘shallow’, ‘naive’, ‘dangerous’ - Scientific and moral progress do not walk hand in hand


Faith in the Media (Thursday) - Thu 26th Jun, 2014 - FMA

Fri (27/6) ... Thu (26/6) ... Wed (25/6)



26/6/14 (Thu)    >>

How the world's media misreported the Tuam story - David Quinn - Irish Catholic: "Journalists are supposed to check facts. That is absolutely basic to journalism." - David Quinn ... "Frankly flabbergasted at Indo presenting our 3 yr old exposé on babies used for anatomical research as their own in front page splash today." - Katie Hannon ... Vatican releases working document for Synod on Family - Vatican Radio ... Press conference on the Instrumentum Laboris of the Synod on the Family - Vatican (YouTube) ... Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October 2014 - Irish Bishops


Drivetime - Thu 26th Jun, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Michael Kelly interviewed about the Pope Francis meeting with Irish abuse survivors


PRESENTATION OF THE INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS FOR THE NEXT SYNOD ASSEMBLY IN OCTOBER - Thu 26th Jun, 2014 - VIS

See Vatican Radio, Vatican (YouTube) and Irish Bishops (above) and RTÉ: Vatican: Church should be less judgemental of gays; Independent; Reuters; CNN (Blog); and AP / Daily Mail / ABC News - Nicole Winfield: Vatican: Many Catholics Ignore Teachings on Sex; Guardian AND Zenit


PLC welcomes rejection of assisted suicide by UK Supreme Court - Wed 25th Jun, 2014 - PLC

TV3 to air insightful documentary into Ireland’s Mother and Baby Scandal. - Tue 24th Jun, 2014 - TV3

Re: A Secret Buried: The Mother and Baby Scandal which is to be broadcast TONIGHT Thursday 26 Jun at 9 PM (SEE also Irish Independent: 'We suffered as much as those in Catholic homes'; and Herald) ... ALSO tonight: Meet the Mormons - Channel 4 at 10 PM


Challenges faced and overcome - Brendan O'Regan - TV and Radio - Thu 26th Jun, 2014 - Irish Catholic

We need to up our game in passing on the Faith - Andrew O'Connell - Thu 26th Jun, 2014 - Irish Catholic

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling a Win for Sidewalk Counselors - Thu 26th Jun, 2014 - NC Register

The Pope's audience with the Vatican Observatory and the participants of the astronomy and astrophysics summer school - Thu 26th Jun, 2014 - News.va / L'Osservatore Romano

VIS


Yesterday's Faith in the Media - Wed 25th Jun, 2014 - FMA


25/6/14 (Wed)    >>

AP issues massive correction on Ireland child burial story - CNA ... “A Christian does not announce himself, he lowers himself for God” - Vatican Insider (Re: the Feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist ... and see below) ... COMMENT: AMEN


The Real Scandal Behind the Tuam Home for Unwed Mothers - Michael Kelly - Tue 24th Jun, 2014 - Catholic World Report

While the media rushed to exaggeration, misinformation, and fabrication, the real societal ills behind the deaths of 800 Irish children were largely overlooked.


Pope: Announce Christ Like John the Baptist - Tue 24th Jun, 2014 - NC Register / CNA / EWTN

The Ray D'Arcy Show - Part 2 - Wed 25th Jun, 2014 - Today FM

Comedian Brendan O'Carroll talks about the use of the 'F' word and about giving money to the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul (57 mins in)



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16/6/14 (Mon)    >>

Short film: Catch (about fathers) - EWTN: World Over ... Heaven is for Real: interview with Colton Burpo (whose son's experiences are the subject of the movie and a book) on Newstalk: The Picture Show (31 mins in)


The Marc Coleman Show - Sun 15th Jun, 2014 - Newstalk

Mother & baby homes: what are the (real) facts? Interview with Susan Lohan. Norella Broderick of the PLC is a panellist. ... "It's a fact that if you put children into any institution, the death rate goes up!" - Bill Tormey



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14/6/14 (Sat)    >>

Rosalind Moss (Jewish convert to Catholicism - formerly of EWTN) now Benedictine Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God interviewed on LMFM Radio about her NEW APOSTOLATE FOR THE FAMILY in Ireland ... ‘Heaven is for real’ opens in cinemas today (Fri) - Sarah MacDonald - Catholic Ireland ... European Court of Human Rights supports right of Church to deal with dissent - Catholicus Nua ... Effort by sections of Irish media to link the illegality of abortion in Ireland with mother and baby homes (Ivan Yates of Newstalk Breakfast, and see below) ... David Quinn: Single mothers were forcibly sterilised in Sweden. We don't hear much about that. ... Peter Feeney (previously Head of Compliance at RTÉ) announced as new Press Ombudsman (COMMENT: A questionable appointment given Mr Feeney's RTÉ background and given his link to former Irish Film Censor, John Kelleher)


Drivetime - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Philip Boucher Hayes report on new evidence which suggests that ONE OF THE TUAM SITES 'COULD NOT HAVE BEEN A SEPTIC TANK.'


Scotland Yard apologizes for threatening pro-lifers outside London abortion facility - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - LifeSite

Matt Cooper - Former Bessborough resident had a positive experience - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - Today FM

It’s time to stop pretending and to allow abortion in Ireland - Alison O'Connor - Fri 13th Jun, 2014 - I Examiner

COMMENT: This author and others are relying on some people's media-related 'dumbed down' analytical abilities to try to sneak through an almost breathtakingly weak analagy between the culture of mother and baby homes in the early and mid 20th century and Ireland's reluctance today to allow children to be murdered here in larger numbers than at present.


The Pat Kenny Show (presented by David McWilliams) - Fri 13th Jun, 2014 - Newstalk

Re: Tuam: Tom Clonan (Irish Times): "The story is being spun now" ("since the nuns -- in this case -- employed the services of a public relations professional") ... COMMENT: On the contrary, what is happening, now, is that some facts are beginning to emerge from what was originally, primarily, spin without a story and without real context. So we are not going in the direction of 'spin' from 'story' but in the direction of 'story' from 'spin'.


Matt Cooper - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - Today FM

(20 mins into audio) Niamh Uí Bhriain, Life Institute and Mark Murphy, Doctors for Choice


EU religious leaders call on Sudan to release Meriam Yahya Ibrahim - Wed 11th Jun, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Plight of Russians who are Catholic - Sat 14th Jun, 2014 - Telegraph

Sacred Mysteries: Russians who sought reunion with Rome felt the pinch


New York firm sued for making employees say 'I love you' to managers - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - RTÉ

Gates Foundation to stop funding abortion? Claim is disputed - Fri 13th Jun, 2014 - Catholic Culture

But Father Shenan Boquet of Human Life International said that the Gates Foundation “has in the past and will continue to give tens of millions of dollars to the largest abortion providers in the world, including International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International.”


Faith in the Media - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - Family and Media Association

Family shows man's destiny is L O V E ! :-) ❤️ ... Rosary Sunday, Day for Life, Synod on the Family ... South East Radio Sat 14 Jun @ 10am - Simply Divine [ which includes an item about the Family and Media Association ]


When science gets it wrong - Let the light shine in - Sat 14th Jun, 2014 - The Economist

Two big recent scientific results (including one relating to pluripotent stem cells) are looking shaky—and it is open peer review on the internet that has been doing the shaking


Pope voices fears over Scottish independence - Fri 13th Jun, 2014 - Telegraph

Bishop John McAreavey asks for prayers for peace in Iraq and Ukraine - Sat 14th Jun, 2014 - Irish Bishops


13/6/14 (Fri)    >>

‘Heaven is for real’ opens in cinemas today - Sarah MacDonald - Catholic Ireland ... European Court of Human Rights supports right of Church to deal with dissent - Catholicus Nua ... Effort by sections of Irish media to link the illegality of abortion in Ireland with mother and baby homes (Yates of Newstalk Breakfast, and see below) ... David Quinn: Single mothers were forcibly sterilised in Sweden. We don't hear much about that. ... Peter Feeney (previously Head of Compliance at RTÉ) announced as new Press Ombudsman (COMMENT: A questionable appointment given Mr Feeney's RTÉ background and given his link to former Irish Film Censor, John Kelleher


Drivetime - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Philip Boucher Hayes report of new evidence which suggests that 'ONE OF THE TUAM SITES COULD NOT HAVE BEEN A SEPTIC TANK.


Scotland Yard apologizes for threatening pro-lifers outside London abortion facility - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - LifeSite

Matt Cooper - Former Bessborough resident had a positive experience - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - Today FM

It’s time to stop pretending and to allow abortion in Ireland - Alison O'Connor - Fri 13th Jun, 2014 - I Examiner

COMMENT: This author and others are relying on some people's media-related 'dumbed down' analytical abilities to try to sneak through an almost breathtakingly weak analagy between the culture of mother and baby homes in the early and mid 20th century and Ireland's reluctance today to allow children to be murdered here in larger numbers than at present.


Matt Cooper - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - Today FM

(20 mins into audio) Niamh Uí Bhriain, Life Institute and Mark Murphy, Doctors for Choice


EU religious leaders call on Sudan to release Meriam Yahya Ibrahim - Wed 11th Jun, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Late Lunch - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - LMFM Radio

[Podcast] ... Benedectine Mother Miriam


New York firm sued for making employees say 'I love you' to managers - Thu 12th Jun, 2014 - RTÉ

Gates Foundation to stop funding abortion? Claim is disputed - Fri 13th Jun, 2014 - Catholic Culture

But Father Shenan Boquet of Human Life International said that the Gates Foundation “has in the past and will continue to give tens of millions of dollars to the largest abortion providers in the world, including International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International.”


Yesterday


12/6/14 (Thu)    >>

Bishops designate 6 October as Rosary Sunday and Day for Life (theme: protecting & cherishing life) - prayers asked for Synod on the Family - Irish Bishops ... Pontifical Council's for the Family Archbishop Paglia: Re: World Meeting of Families - Family shows man's destiny is L O V E ! :-) ❤️


Beautiful Model Gives Up Flourishing Career To Become Nun - Wed 11th Jun, 2014 - NC Register

Spanish woman, Olalla Oliveros


Movie: The Nun's Story - 7:30 AM - Sat 14h Jun, 2014 - RTÉ One

Some other weekend TV: BBC One Sun 15 June @ 10am - The Big Questions; ... BBC Two Sun 15 Jun @ noon - Two Greedy Italians - Saints and Miracles (a culinary pilgrimage with a believer and a skeptic, including a visit to Saint Padre Pio's shrine); ... Radio: South East Radio Sat 14 Jun @ 10am - Simply Divine (including a piece about the Family and Media Association)


Parents save independent Catholic Fernhill School - Wed 11th Jun, 2014 - BBC Scotland

Archbishop Chaput Unveils Plans for 2015 World Meeting of Families - Wed 11th Jun, 2014 - NC Register

Pope Francis is expected to attend the September 22-27, 2015 meeting in Philadelphia.


Andrea Pirlo seeks help from priest over fears his love life will affect his football - Tue 10th Jun, 2014 - Mail

World Cup


Nigerian cardinal supports offer of amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents - Wed 11th Jun, 2014 - Catholic Herald

Abuse royal commission probes the Vatican - Wed 11th Jun, 2014 - Mail / Australian Associated Press

Shock Video Catches Planned Parenthood Teaching Teens S&M Sex: Gagging, Whipping and Asphyxiation - Tue 10th Jun, 2014 - LifeNews

St Patrick's: Orange Order 'hymns only' instruction at flashpoint church - Wed 11th Jun, 2014 - BBC

Mom Reacts to Billboard Unveiling Featuring Daughter With Down Syndrome - Wed 4th Jun, 2014 - ABC News

*** RECOMMENDED! ... "What Makes You Different Makes You Beautiful"


Great news: Slovakia protects marriage through a constitutional amendment - Wed 4th Jun, 2014 - Turtle Bay and Beyond


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10/6/14 (Tue)    >>

The Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults - Irish Bishops ... SEE 'Spiked' and Newstalk below on Tuam babies!


The Tuam tank: another myth about evil Ireland - The obsession with Ireland’s dark past has officially become unhinged - Brendan O'Neill - Mon 9th Jun, 2014 - Spiked

NB *** "a modern media that seems more interested in titillating readers with gorno than giving us cool facts, and thanks to a Twittermob constantly on the hunt for things it might feel ostentatiously outraged ..." - Brendan O'Neill ... See also below


The Right Hook (presented today by Shane Coleman) - Part 1 - Tue 10th Jun, 2014 - Newstalk

NB *** "Some of it is not reality" ... Interview with Brendan O'Neill (11 mins into audio) ... See also above [NOTE: This interview was followed in Part 2 with a 'balancing' interview with Amnesty's Colm O'Gorman in Part 2 ... COMMENT: Such interviews in the cause of balance are seldom considered necessary when the original contribution is an anti-Catholic one! NOTE ALSO Ivan Yates' comments on Newstalk Breakfast below]


Letters - Mother-and-baby home deaths - Tue 10th Jun, 2014 - I Times

SEE also Saturday's Letters (7/6): "The media should be very wary of using the term “septic tank” to describe the structure containing the child burials at St Mary’s mother-and-child home at Tuam. It is offensive and hurtful to all those involved. The structure as described is much more likely to be a shaft burial vault, a common method of burial used in the recent past and still used today in many part of Europe." - Dr FINBAR McCORMICK School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, University Road, Queen’s University, Belfast.


Breakfast - Part 4 - Tue 10th Jun, 2014 - Newstalk

*** IRISH MEDIA BIAS ALERT! ... (22 mins 30 secs into audio) Ivan Yates: "As far as I'm concerned we should stop pussyfooting around with these different groups of nuns. And we should simply send the criminal assets bureau in to seize whatever assets they have." ... COMMENT: Populism of the worst kind, a national affront to democracy and the rule of law? Complaints to complaints@bai.ie


50% of aborted Down’s Syndrome babies missing from official records - Mon 9th Jun, 2014 - PLC

PLC calls revelation “truly shameful”


92% of Babies With Down Syndrome in England Are Killed in Abortions - Cora Sherlock - Tue 10th Jun, 2014 - Life News

Catholic Church not affected by new same-sex marriage law in Denmark - Tue 10th Jun, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Fíor Scéal - Global Gay - Tuesday, 10/06 @ 10:45pm

"A global revolution is underway to obtain the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. Homosexuality is forbidden in almost half of the world. Of 196 UN member states, there are 7 where it is punishable by death. In 84 others, it can merit prison and physical punishment. But today, momentum is building and the debate on gay rights is everywhere - whether it's regarding legalization in the Middle-East and Africa or gay marriage laws in the West. We follow this battle for decriminalization through the lives and work of some of its fearless pioneers." - TG 4 ... (Repeated - Thursday after midnight)


Yesterday's Faith in the Media - Mon 9th Jun, 2014 - Family and Media Association

Tom McGurk (on Twitter): "Worst ever week in Irish journalism. No attempt to check a Tuam claims"; ... Half of babies aborted for Down's syndrome are missing from records - Mail ... ; and Mgr Paul Tighe World Communications Day 2014 lecture at Heythrop College, University of London on 5 June 2014 - Pontifical Council for Social Communications



09/6/14 (Mon)    >>

Tom McGurk (on Twitter): "Worst ever week in Irish journalism. No attempt to check a Tuam claims" ... Half of babies aborted for Down's syndrome are missing from records - Mail


Mgr Paul Tighe gave the World Communications Day 2014 lecture at Heythrop College, University of London on 5 June 2014 - Mon 9th Jun, 2014 - Pontifical Council for Social Communications


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07/6/14 (Sat)    >>


Tonight with Vincent Browne (Tom McGurk) - Thu 5th Jun, 2014 - TV3

John Waters, Martin Mansergh, Fr Michael Collins, Sinead O'Carroll (Journal.ie), Susan Lohan, Derek Davis ... See also Michael Cook - Mercatornet: "But the fires of indignation burn hottest and highest when they are uncontaminated by facts" ... COMMENT: Excellent contribution from John Waters, in particular


Bethany infants buried in unmarked graves - Tue 25th May, 2010 - RTÉ

COMMENT: Recall ... Recall also DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND EQUALITY - Private Member's Business - Bethany Home, Address by Kathleen Lynch T.D. Minister of State at the Departments of Health and Justice and Equality, 10 December 2013


Letters - Mother-and-baby home deaths - Liam Carroll - Fri 6th Jun, 2014 - I Times

"Cohorting infants in institutions puts small infants at risk from cross-infection, particularly gastroenteritis. Early infection to the gastrointestinal tract can cause severe bowel damage. Without the availability of recent technology, many such infants would die from malabsorption resulting in marasmus [severe malnutrition]. " ... "In foundling homes in the US in the early 20th century, mortality was sometimes reported as greater than 90 per cent among infants cared for in such institutions."


Abortion Rom-Com Romanticizing Infanticide Hits Theaters… - Sat 7th Jun, 2014 - Patheos

No guidelines drawn up on abortion, says Irish Council for Civil Liberties - Fri 6th Jun, 2014 - I Times

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Can abortion be funny? - Sat 7th Jun, 2014 - Aljazeera

COMMENT: Strongly pro abortion opinion piece carried by Aljazeera



06/6/14 (Fri)    >>



05/6/14 (Thu)    >>

Statement of Archbishop Neary in Support of Home Inquiry - Archdiocese of Tuam (extensive coverage on Morning Ireland)


Experienced lawyer to be next US ambassador to Ireland - Thu 5th Jun, 2014 - Independent

Described here as "a devout Catholic". The new ambassador's Catholicism was also referred to on Morning Ireland



04/6/14 (Wed)    >>



03/6/14 (Tue)    >>

New political party plans to recruit Independents - Party to emerge from Reform Alliance group - I Times (See also David Quinn 30/5... Mentioned also in RTÉ Radio One: It Says in the Papers by Valerie Cox and discussed with Harry McGee on Morning Ireland 3/6) ... 'Why I have Faith' TODAY from 9am! - RTÉ Radio One: John Murray Show ... Francis at Rome’s Olympic Stadium: “The devil wants to destroy the family” - Vatican Insider


Nicole Scherzinger was nervous meeting Pope - Mon 2nd Jun, 2014 - TV3

''And I don't know if it's because of the Pope, but I'm finding that I'm gravitating more towards peace.'' - Nicole Scherzinger


Breakfast - Betty Purcell on being 'Inside RTE' - Mon 2nd Jun, 2014 - Newstalk

* RECOMMENDED! ... "Former RTE journalist and producer Betty Purcell joined Ivan to discuss her new memoir 'Inside RTE'"


Francis at Rome’s Olympic Stadium: “The devil wants to destroy the family” - Sun 1st Jun, 2014 - Vatican Insider

“The elderly are the Church’s wisdom and yet we cast them aside”


Jimmy Savile: The Power to Abuse - Panorama, BBC One, review - Mon 2nd Jun, 2014 - Telegraph

"Panorma's latest Jimmy Savile exposé revealed the prolific nature of his sex offences and an equally unnerving cover-up at the BBC, says Ben Lawrence"



02/6/14 (Mon)    >>

"I applaud those in Ireland who witness to their love of Jesus on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and a host of other digital platforms" - Archbishop Eamon Martin - Archbishop backs Pope's call to spread message of faith online - Irish Independent (World Communiations Day)


Friday's Faith in the Media - Fri 30th May, 2014 - Family and Media Association


01/6/14 (Sun)    >>




31/5/14 (Sat)    >>

"Widespread condemnation" reported of death sentence passed on Meriam Ibrahim - RTÉ Radio 1 News (8am, 9am, 10am) BBC (COMMENT: US lawmakers and also UK political leaders David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have united. Where are the voices of Ireland's discredited political and media leaders? TODAY, the Feast of the Visitation, the unborn child, John the Baptist was the first to witness to Jesus as Lord, when he leapt for joy!)



30/5/14 (Fri)    >>

Pope at Mass: Joy in hope - News.va ... World Communications Day / Feast of the Ascension - June 1st - Irish Bishops ... Mullen eyes Dail seat at next general election - I Independent ... TOLKIEN'S "THE LORD OF THE RINGS" A CATHOLIC WORLDVIEW - EWTN this Sunday 1 June @ 8 pm / Details of other upcoming TV broadcasts below


THE COMMISSION VETOS THE CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE “ONE OF US” - Wed 28th May, 2014 - oneofus.eu

A decision contrary to ethical and democratic requirements


High Court rules RTÉ must provide documents to Sean Gallagher - Thu 29th May, 2014 - RTÉ

HSE cannot contact home-schooled girls to provide HPV vaccine - Fri 30th May, 2014 - Journal.ie

"The HSE are ‘not in a position’ to do so because of data protection issues." ... COMMENT: It should go without saying that this 'news' article is highly ideological.


‘It’s time to do something’ – The forgotten mass grave of 800 babies in Galway - Tue 27th May, 2014 - Journal.ie

Discussed on RTÉ: Liveline and Newstalk: Lunchtime // In an unrelated item, celibacy was also discussed on today's Liveline


Prime Time - Thu 29th May, 2014 - RTÉ One

Adoption Authority reacts to criticism over intercountry adoptions


Vatican: Israel, Palestinian Peace Prayer June 8 - Thu 29th May, 2014 - TIME / AP

Pentecost ... Reuters


Pollster suggests Trudeau’s losing support over abortion edict - Fri 30th May, 2014 - LifeSite

Cuomo’s cardinal sin: Did the governor lie to the bishops? - Fri 30th May, 2014 - New York Post

Should religions get out of education? - Fri 30th May, 2014 - I Times

Deputy Bishop of London in Jersey 'freemasons' claim - Thu 29th May, 2014 - BBC News

The Late Late Show - TONIGHT @ 9:35 PM - Fri 30th May, 2014 - RTÉ One

(Twitter) ... This programme is to include an Interview with a sex party organiser called Emma Sayle (SEE Mail) ... Sunday World


Murdered Saints Mystery - Sun @ 9 AM - Sun 1st June, 2014 - National Geographic

The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne - Sun @ 10:35 PM - Sun 1st Jun, 2014 - RTÉ One

"Presenter Gay Byrne talks to inventor, investor and former Dragon Sean O'Sullivan about his life, faith and spirituality. The entrepreneur, who made millions through venture capitalism and his own IT designs, coining the term `cloud computing', talks about being raised in poverty by a devoutly Catholic mother, and reveals he is more interested in values than profits "


City of Faith - Mon @ 10:35 PM - Mon 2nd Jun, 2014 - BBC One

"An Armagh farmer remembers the joyous moment as a young boy when he became a Christian and a woman tells how she was inspired to turn to God after her brother-in-law's murder."


Panorama - Savile: The Power to Abuse - Mon @ 8:30 PM - Mon 2nd Jun, 2014 - BBC One

Other programmes which might possibly be of interest: Movie: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - Sat @ 9 PM - Channel 4 ("As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.") ... Stephen Hawking's Science of the Future - Sat @ 8 PM - National Geographic ... I Escaped a Cult - Sun @ 10 PM - National Geographic (Polygamy!) ... The Family Project - Mon @ 7:30 PM - RTÉ ONE (helping a family to cope better with their daily challenges) ... Bibeanna Mheiricea - Mon @ 7:30 PM - TG 4 (Women's stories of marriage after emigrating) ... Movie: Gran Torino - Mon @ 9:30 PM - TG4 ... SEE ALSO FaithArts



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28/5/14 (Wed)    >>

FORGIVENESS (SEE Newstalk Lunchtime, below) ... Good News: Newsletter of the Pontifical Council for the Family - Pope Francis: “He’s the pope of the family” (Saint John Paul II) - SEE also below


Lunchtime - "They were the loves of my life" -"We are heartbroken" - Tue 27th May, 2014 - Newstalk

*** "Elber Twomey remembers her family who died after a suicidal driver crashed into their car in Devon in 2012. Elber also lost her unborn daughter Elber Marie." ... (5 mins into audio) "There was a priest friend of mine who asked me in September, when he came to visit, did I pray for Marek and I said, 'jeepers, no.' And he said he'd pray for him, every day, on my behalf, until I'd be able to. And sure enough by the month of November, I was lighting a candle for him. So he just planted the seed. So really I have him to thank that I ever started looking at it from this point of view and that I came about to forgive him"


Faith in the Media (Tuesday) - Tue 27th May, 2014 - Family and Media Association

Wed (28/5) ... Tue (27/5) ... Mon (26/5)


A Living Word - Eamonn Maher - Wed 28th May 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Topic: Pope Francis. Analysis of John Waters discussed briefly. Waters represented (COMMENT: surely misrepresented) here, as an opponent of Pope Francis ... Listen also to (Monday - Eamonn Maher) and Tuesday - Fr. John Littleton


Archbishop of Canterbury to meet Pope in Rome next month - Wed 28th May 2014 - BBC

Mercy and Law in Mariage - Wed 28th May, 2014 - Pontifical Council for the Family

The Synod will be on the Family! - Wed 28th May, 2014 - Pontifical Council for the Family

The Texts of the Magisterium - Tue 27th May, 2014 - Pontifical Council for the Family

Selection of texts on the subject of the family


Christian Family? - Tue 27th May, 2014 - Pontifical Council for the Family

Msgr. Paglia in Belgium for a meeting on the family and globalized society


For the "Primacy" of the Family - Fri 23rd May, 2014 - Pontifical Council for the Family

Pope Francis: "Be ever vigilant and work with governmental authorities and other religious leaders to ensure that the dignity and primacy of the family is upheld."


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Book: Family Breakdown - Wed 28th May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Interview with Kieron Wood


Breakfast - Part IV - Wed 28th May, 2014 - Newstalk

(50 mins into audio) The movie Jimmy's Hall is "a very powerful addition to the catalogue of films having a serious punch at the Church ... " - John Kelleher ... The film's director Ken Loach will be interviewed on RTÉ One Nationwide, tonight, @7pm ... Also on RTÉ One tonight @ 12:40am: 'My Love': "The story of Poul, a Danish fisherman who experienced a profound crisis several years ago when he felt he had to choose between coming out as gay or taking his own life" ... RTÉ Two, TONIGHT, @ 7:30PM: 'Meet the Amish' (Five Hamish teenagers' encounter with pagan and sexually liberal UK culture)


Abortion: why aren't men allowed to have a say - Wed 28th May, 2014 - Telegraph

Scott Hahn explores power of saints, angels in modern life - Wed 28th May, 2014 - CNA

“I realized more powerfully that all this theory is true, and all this truth is real and all this reality is really beautiful and absolutely indispensable to get through everyday life.”



27/5/14 (Tue)    >>

Fury over gay dad’s outburst over 'designer son' frizzy hair - Star ... Archbishop Paglia: "The Pope's homily in Bethlehem where Jesus was born:A society, a nation, can be known by how it welcomes children/babies, how it treats them" (SEE yesterday) ... “America’s biggest serial killer”: Irish journalist to make movie about Kermit Gosnell - Ulster Herald


Faith in the Media (yesterday) - Mon 26th May, 2014 - Family and Media Association

Prof Ray Kinsella on Labour and abortion in Irish Examiner / Archbishop Eamon Martin and the 10 Commandments of Social Media / Arnold O'Byrne on the John Murray Show about his mother's Marian Eucharistic Faith and Ireland's qualification for Euro '88! AND SEE ABOVE!


City of Faith - TONIGHT @ 10PM - Tue 27th May, 2014 - BBC Two

"Inspirational and uplifting series in which the people of Armagh, Ireland's ecclesiastical capital, explore their faith" ... EPISODE #1: "A recovering alcoholic who lost his son to suicide and a young dynamic couple whose first child was born with its organs outside his body describe how their faith helped them to cope with their troubles."


Pope to meet abuse victims with Boston’s O’Malley - Tue 27th May, 2014 - John Allen

Archdiocese of Boston (Facebook)


Pope Francis says child sex abuse like 'satanic mass' - Tue 27th May, 2014 - RTÉ

Pope Francis: homily in the Upper Room - Mon 26th May, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Liberal MP criticizes Justin Trudeau over abortion edict - Mon 26th May, 2014 - The Star (Canada)

BUCHANAN: Backlash to EU strengthens Putin - Tue 27th May, 2014 - APP.com

"Putin is the anti-Obama, moving to occupy the cultural-moral vacuum left by America. As we celebrate multiculturalism, LGBT rights, and abortion on demand, Putin repudiates Hollywood values.


Toni Braxton Believed God Gave Her Son Autism Because Of Her Past Abortion - Mon 26th May, 2014 - Celebrity Scoop

Why we need a new women's revolution - sUN 25TH maY, 2014 - Guardian

* COMMENT: A feminist criticises sex-selected abortions!


Fr. Pavone and other Catholic leaders respond to Italian bishop who criticized pro-lifers - Mon 26th May, 2014 - LifeSite

“In the annals of history, any failures of the institutional Church in regard to the sex abuse crisis – and those failures are not to be minimized – will nevertheless pale in comparison to the failure to stand up, preach vigorously, and mobilize courageously to end child-killing in the womb”


Loyalty not an issue as voters show their dissatisfaction - Gary Murphy - Tue 27th May, 2014 - I Examiner

"Social concerns are peripheral. There is no evidence that abortion can be a galvanising force for any significant proportion of the population. And a liberalising social agenda based around the legalisation of gay marriage is not going to save Labour." ... Reform Alliance also mentioned



26/5/14 (Mon)    >>

"The Pope's homily in Bethlehem where Jesus was born:A society, a nation, can be known by how it welcomes children/babies, how it treats them" - Archbishop Paglia (Twitter) ... "This will be a sign for you: you will find a child ..." - Pope's homily in Bethlehem - News.va ... Labour: where did it all go wrong? - I Independent ... Prof Ray Kinsella: "At a time when the focus of Government should have been on the economy, they engaged in a damaging, divisive and wholly unnecessary campaign to legislate for abortion on the X case. " - I Examiner ... The founder of Mary's Meals, Magnus MacFarlane Barrow will speak TONIGHT @ 7:30pm in St Clare's and Holy Cross Church, Graiguecullen Killeshin Parish, Carlow. All welcome!


‘The New media and the work of Evangelisation’ – Archbishop Eamon Martin - Tue 20th May, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Let there be light: Catholic Church gives blessing to digital smiley face - Wed 21st May, 2014 - Telegraph

Archbishop offers ‘10 commandments’ for Catholics online - Thu 22nd May, 2014 - Catholic Herald

The 10 commandments of the Internet according to the Archbishop - Sun 25th May, 2014 - Sunday Independent

Referred to by Michael Kelly on Today FM: Savage Sunday (56 mins in)


John Murray Show - Mon 26th May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

RECOMMENDED! Arnold O'Byrne (formerly of Opel) tells about the unlikely link between the strong faith of his mother in the efficacy of her prayers to Our Lady and the goal by Scotland's Gary McKay which put the Irish soccer team into the finals of Euro '88!


Church launches new service for victims of abuse - Sarah MacDonald - Mon 26th May, 2014 - I Independent

Catholic family branded 'bigoted' by social workers for not wanting their children to be adopted by gay couple - Fri 23rd May, 2014 - Mail

Prof Ray Kinsella: Surge of support for Independents more than a protest - Mon 26th May, 2014 - I Examiner

COMMENT: A prophetic article, particularly in light of the Pope's homily at Bethlehem

" ... both Fine Gael and Labour have been willing, in the interest of power, to ditch their traditional values. At a time when the focus of Government should have been on the economy, they engaged in a damaging, divisive and wholly unnecessary campaign to legislate for abortion on the X case. For anyone who actually took the trouble to read the ECJ judgement on the ABC cases — or who listened to the informed views of the medical and psychiatric evidence — this was an exercise in ideological ‘power broking’ and one that the country could ill-afford."

Listen also to yesterday's Marian Finucane Show regarding pressure on FG politicians etc. to vote against conscience ...


Middle East leaders accept Vatican invitation - Mon 26th May, 2014 - I Independent

Pope makes peace plea during Bethlehem visit - Sun 25th May, 2014 - RTÉ


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22/5/14 (Thu)    >>

Papal Nuncio and Poor Clares honouring the Holy Name - Galway Advertiser (Facebook)


Yesterday

Archbishop Eamon Martin on new media, evangelization and World Communications Day etc.; Elections; Fr Bartlett


United Nations Pushing Abortion on Overwhelmingly Christian Nation - Wed 21st May, 2014 - LifeNews

Papua New Guinea


Archbishop: Europe’s governments ignore attacks on Christians - Thu 22nd May, 2014 - CNA

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein


A Living Word - Fr Michael Ruddy - Tue 20th May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Bridges - stepping out in Faith ...

COMMENT: @Pontifex / Bridge builder


When Boko Haram was 'merely' killing Christians the world looked the other way - David Quinn - Thu 22nd May, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Cheap comedy at the expense of faith - Brendan O'Regan - Thu 22nd May, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Recommended ... complaints@rte.ie !



21/5/14 (Wed)    >>

Be the change. Vote Pro-Life - Life Institute - Pro Life Campaign ... "Jesus died on the cross because he refused to do the popular thing!" - Fr Tim Bartlett - BBC Radio Ulster on Bishop Noel Treanor's PRO LIFE, PRO NATURAL MARRIAGE statement concerning European elections ( 1 hr 8 mins into audio ) ... ... Report: Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe ... Monday [ The RTÉ agenda - Rónán Mullen on Prime Time - Edited highlights ] ... *** World Communications Day - Sunday 1 June 2014 - Irish Bishops *** ... ‘The New media and the work of Evangelisation’ – Archbishop Eamon Martin - Irish Bishops


'Protect children from internet', says cardinal elect - Sarah MacDonald - Tue 20th May, 2014 - Independent

Archbishop Eamon Martin ... "We can see how lost that world can be with the pervasive prevalence of pornography polluting the spirit of so many of people – where human sexuality is degraded and relationships are cosmetic" ... SEE ALSO above and below


Church evangelisers must engage with social media - Sarah MacDonald - Tue 20th May, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

Bishop Trevor Williams and Archbishop Eamon Martin address Soul Waves Radio conference ... SEE ALSO above and below


Fatima Movie: The 13th Day - Tue 20th May, 2014 - the13thday.com

St Genesius Film Club


World Communications Day 2014 (1st June, 2014) - Tue 20th May, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Communications Prayer: "Holy Spirit, you blessed the first disciples with the power to spread God’s love throughout the world. Give me a new power to proclaim your word through my own unique gifts and through the channels of clear communication. Make me willing to receive that word as it enters my daily life. Bless all who use their talents in the field of communications. Guide those who send out the message and those who receive it, so that all people may come to know your truth and be renewed by your love. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen" - Saint Francis de Sales ... SEE ALSO above and below


Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter - Archbishop Eamon Martin - June 2014 - Intercom

*** Archbishop Eamon Martin, Chair of the Irish Bishops' Council for Communications ... SEE ALSO Archbishop Eamon Martin above, and below


Children exposed to violence more likely to be cyberbullies - Wed 21st May, 2014 - Irish Examiner

[ Top of Front Page - Print edition ] ... SEE also Archbishop Eamon Martin, above, and below ... SEE ALSO above and below


Author John Banville hits out at violent crime dramas on television - Tue 20th May, 2014 - Guardian

Re: Booker Prize winner John Banville and his recent Radio Times interview ... 'Too many woman are victims in TV dramas, says Booker-prize winning author John Bannville' - Mail ... 'Banville slams level of violence in crime drama' - BreakingNews.ie ... 'John Banville concerned about TV violence' - RTÉ (ten) ... RTÉ Radio One: Arena (in 'Arts News' at beginning of programme) ... SEE ALSO above and below


Game of Thrones, Hannibal.. Do we need so much shock and gore on TV? - Gerard Gilbert - Mon 19th May, 2014 - I Independent / (London) Independent

SEE ALSO above


56th International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2014 - Chaplaincy Service Defence Forces Ireland

Mentioned on RTÉ Radio One Liveline (20/5/2014) ... "Ann was in Lourdes at the weekend. It was a military weekend and would like to congratulate the Irish army…..they represented Ireland with such dignity."


Eamon Ryan backs away from attack on Catholic education - Mon 19th May, 2014 - Irish Catholic

See also Pro Life Campaign: Eamon Ryan "supports the provision of abortion in certain circumstances." - PLC


Prime Time - Sun 18th May, 2014 - RTÉ One

The strongly pro-life, pro-family candidate RÓNÁN MULLEN, other pro-life candidates and other candidates on Prime Time - Midlands-North-West Constituency ... SEE Life Institute / Pro Life Campaign


Prime Time - Mon 19th May, 2014 - RTÉ One

The strongly pro-life, pro-family candidate THERESA HEANEY, other pro-life candidates and other candidates on Prime Time - South Constituency ... SEE Life Institute / Pro Life Campaign


Prime Time - Tue 20th May, 2014 - RTÉ One

The pro-life candidate RAYMOND WHITEHEAD and other candidates on Prime Time - Dublin Constituency ... SEE Life Institute / Pro Life Campaign


Pope at Mass: Let not your heart be troubled - Tue 20th May, 2014 - News.va / Vatican Radio

[ Text and audio ] ... Those who welcome the Holy Spirit will have a solid and endless peace, unlike those who choose to “superficially” trust in the tranquility offered by money or power.


Pope at Audience: If we destroy Creation, it will destroy us - Wed 21st May, 2014 - News.va / Vatican Radio

“With the gift of knowledge, the Spirit leads us to grasp the value and beauty of people and the realities that surround us, but also their limitations”



20/5/14 (Tue)    >>

Be the change. Vote Pro-Life - Life Institute - Pro Life Campaign ... "Jesus died on the cross because he refused to do the popular thing!" - Fr Tim Bartlett - BBC Radio Ulster on Bishop Noel Treanor's PRO LIFE, PRO NATURAL MARRIAGE statement concerning European elections ( 1 hr 8 mins into audio ) ... Yesterday [ The RTÉ agenda - Rónán Mullen on Prime Time - Edited highlights ]


'Protect children from internet', says cardinal elect - Sarah MacDonald - Tue 20th May, 2014 - Independent

Archbishop Eamon Martin


Church evangelisers must engage with social media - Sarah MacDonald - Tue 20th May, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

Bishop Trevor Williams and Archbishop Eamon Martin address Soul Waves Radio conference.


Fatima Movie: The 13th Day - TONIGHT at 7pm - Tue 20th May, 2014 - the13thday.com

St Genesius Film Club - 7pm tonight in 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2



19/5/14 (Mon)    >>

Prime Time: Ronan Mullen calls out RTE on their left wing agenda - TheLiberal.ie [ RECOMMENDED! See also TheJournal.ie ]


Bishops urge voters to make their views heard - Sarah MacDonald - Catholic Ireland

Celtic Connections - Kathy Sinnott - Bernadette Smyth / Diane Ward / Br. Loarne Ferguson OFM Cap - Sun 18th May, 2014 - EWTN

Part 1. Next week Europe goes to the polls. This year same sex marriage was legalised in Great Britain and abortion legalised in Ireland. WIll christians take into account these and other issues of faith in the voting booth? Kathy talks to Bernadette Smyth, director of Precious Life Ireland about the European elections. . . . Part 2. Seekers Teams is a new initiative that engages ordinary people in the New Evangelisation. Based at the St. Pio Shrine of England and Wales Pantasaph, Seeker Team founders Diane Ward and Br. Loarne OFM talk to Celtic Connections about evangelising Britain.


FROM THE MEP ELECTION CAMPAIGN TRAIL - Sun 18th May, 2014 - Diarmuid O'Flynn

Pro life ... Pro so-called gay marriage


‘Christian Citizenship and the Local Council and European Parliamentary Elections in Northern Ireland’ - A Pastoral Reflection by Most Rev. Noel Treanor Bishop of Down & Connor - Fri 16th May, 2014 - Diocese of Down and Conor

The Marc Coleman Show - Part 1 - Sun 18th May, 2014 - Newstalk

Part 2


Was Protect the Pope really divisive? Or was it rather those whom Deacon Nick believed were undermining the teachings of the Church? - William Oddie - Mon 19th May, 2014 - Catholic Herald

Read PRESS RELEASE FROM THE BISHOP OF LANCASTER - Bishop Campbell did not close down Protect the Pope (2/5/2014)



18/5/14 (Sun)    >>



17/5/14 (Sat)    >>

When did being a liberal mean you had to be a crank? - Ian O'Doherty - Independent


Breda O'Brien: How did Jackie Kennedy come to place such trust in Fr Joseph Leonard? - Opinion: Such an exchange between an elderly priest and a famous woman is hard to imagine today - Sat 17th May, 2014 - I Times

Drivetime - Wed 14th May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Interview with Bishop-elect Kevin Doran at end of programme (2 hrs 26 mins into broadcast)



16/5/14 (Fri)    >>

The Family at the Heart of Human Development - Address given by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family On the Occasion of the 2014 International Day of Families at UN Headquarters, May 15, 2014


David Quinn: RTE should get over the liberal agenda – it's why conservatives like me get less airtime - Fri 16th May, 2014 - Irish Independent

NB! *** "In other words, RTE was (and is) used as an instrument to drive a particular point of view and that point of view was (and is) frequently liberal/left and secular. "Purcell is commendably honest about why she joined RTE. She saw her work as "politics by other means".


New York roommates find $40,000 in sofa and return cash to owner - Fri 16th May, 2014 - Guardian / AP

Risin Time - Fri 16th May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

A well known (but 'sick') pop song from the 70's about the seduction (abuse!) of a 17-year-old by a 32-year-old was played at about 6:10am, this morning. It is highly significant that this event should not even 'raise an eyebrow' whereas incidents of sex between priests and 17 year old minors are included in the John Jay Report on The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002. IN FACT, the 15-17 age range accounts for 27.3% of all the incidents in the report, more than the 1-7 (5.8%) and the 8-10 (16%) age ranges combined.


Sudan's apostasy death sentence condemned - Fri 16th May, 2014 - Vatican Radio

The Avengers unite in support of Catholic writer - Fri 16th May, 2014 - Catholic Herald

"CAPTAIN AMERICA FOR STRAT" (Stratford Caldecott)


Ann Maguire Funeral: Teacher Laid To Rest - Fri 16th May, 2014 - Sky

Faith in the Media - YESTERDAY - Thu 15th May, 2014 - Family and Media Association (FMA)

Friday (16/4) ... Thursday (15/4) [ FMA accuses RTE Two of blasphemous content ] ... Wednesday (14/4) [ Bishop-elect Kevin Doran ] ... Tuesday (13/4) [ Pope to U.N. Heads: Unborn Children are “Our Brothers and Sisters” ] ... Monday (12/4) ... Sunday (11/4) ... Saturday (10/4) ... Friday (9/4)



15/5/14 (Thu)    >>

FMA accuses RTE Two of blasphemous content - Ann Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland ... "Raise up vocations for this multi-media apostolate, and inspire all people of good will to contribute with prayer, action and offerings ..." - Praying with Fr. Alberione [ including media prayers ]


Bishop seeks to diffuse school enrolments row - Thu 15th May, 2014 - I Examiner

The Bishop of Cork and Ross John Buckley


Vocation is 'never static,' reflects newly appointed Irish bishop - Wed 14th May, 2014 - CNA

Re: Fr Kevin Doran, the newly appointed Bishop of Elphin / SEE Faith in the Media (yesterday) ... Vatican Radio ... Fr Kevin Doran on 'legally assisted suicide' - The Pat Kenny Show - Newstalk (6 mins 50 secs into audio - Re: I Independent - Sarah Mac Donald)


Doctors escaping abortion charges on ‘utterly preposterous’ pretext, MP - Mon 12th May, 2014 - Telegraph

Former Abortion Clinic Owner: We Pushed Sex Ed on Kids to Create a Market for Abortion - Wed 14th May, 2014 - LifeNews

Re: Carol Everett


Missing: Prayer keeps hope alive - Mon 12th May, 2014 - CNS

Mother of Philip Cairns still hopes for ‘conclusion’ - Catholic Ireland (10/5/2014)


Unfunny comedy and cracking crime - Brendan O'Regan - Thu 15th May, 2014 - Irish Catholic

UN’s treatment of Vatican and Ireland shows its ideological bias - David Quinn - Thu 15th May, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Some remain ‘deaf and blind’ to Church safeguarding efforts


A significant minority of voters now feel politically homeless - Sun 11th May, 2014 - I Times

Many Irish voters are socially conservative, but are not particularly right-wing economically. Where is the party that represents them?


Emmerdale - tomorrow @ 7pm - Fri 16th May, 2014 - TV3 / UTV

Storyline which includes abortion


TELEGRAM FOR THE ASIAN CONFERENCE ON THE FAMILY - Thu 15th May, 2014 - VIS

“Asian Conference on the Family” - 13 to 16 May on the theme “Families of Asia: Lights of Hope”. ... Pope: Family is Fundamental Cell of Society - Zenit


Jim Caviezel Returns in Faith and Football Drama - Thu 15th May, 2014 - NC Register

New movie: When The Game Stands Tall


Today with Seán O'Rourke - European elections - Rónán Mullen - Thu 15th May, 2014 - RTE Radio One

Read about some pro-life and pro-family candidates on ELN - Pat Buckley ... Catholic Democrat Theresa Heaney is standing in Munster and was interviewed by Valerie Cox for Today with Seán O'Rourke (Tue 13 May)


Twenty escort ads found in home of beloved Catholic school teacher, 61, stabbed to death 14 times 'by a prostitute he hired online' - Thu 15th May, 2014 - Mail

Doctors sign up to hear appeals from women refused an abortion - Thu 15th May, 2014 - I Independent

COMMENT: The Protection Rejection of Life During Pregnancy Act


Woman sentenced to death in Sudan for converting to Christianity - Thu 15th May, 2014 - RTÉ

Twitter ... CNN ... SEE also May Position Papers re Christian persecution etc. (print version: Veritas / Knock Shrine / church bookshops etc. - PDF: info@positionpapers.ie)



14/5/14 (Wed)    >>

CONGRATULATIONS to Fr Kevin Doran - appointed Bishop of Elphin! [Several articles - SEE IRISH BISHOPS and below] ... Papal Audience: The gift of fortitude in times of trial - Emer McCarthy - Vatican Radio


Doing nothing enables other side - May, 2014 - Alive

Republic of Telly - Mon 12th May, 2014 - RTÉ Two

Facebook ... COMMENT: This episode is scheduled to be repeated on RTÉ Two, tonight @ 11:25pm


Aggressive Secularism: lessons for Ireland from Scotland - A talk by Professor Tom Gallagher - Davenport hotel, Dublin 2 - 8pm TOMORROW - Thu 15th May, 2014 - Iona Institute

Talk to be chaired by Finola Bruton


The new National Maternity Hospital will open in 2019 – and here’s who’s designing it

COMMENT: 150 Million 'pieces of silver' ... SEE also an article by Paul Cullen of the I Times referred to in Life in the Media (28 May, 2013)


Fr Kevin Doran is new Bishop of Elphin - Michael Kelly - Wed 14th May, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Priest resigned from Mater Hospital over abortion stance [SEE also the red section, above]


Joy in family life underlined during National Week for Life and Family in Canada - Wed 14th May, 2014 - Vatican Radio


13/5/14 (Tue)    >>

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima ... 33rd anniversary of the assassination attempt on St John Paul II ... 33rd anniversary of the birth of the Pontifical Council for the Family ... Exceptionally blasphemous programme on RTÉ television


Harvard Club Cancels “Black Mass” Reenactment - Mon 12th May, 2014 - CBS Boston

Harvard Crimson / A 'black' mass reportedly took place off-campus


Amid outcry, black mass at Harvard is called off - Tue 13th May, 2014 - Boston Globe

Attempt to find alternate site fails ... "There's great fascination with evil in the world but it doesn't lead to anything good" - Cardinal Seán O'Malley


Saint John Paul II and Our Lady of Fatima - Tue 13th May, 2014 - Vatican Radio

"In a symbolic key, the vision of Fatima concerns, above all, war against the Catholic Church by atheistic regimes ... It highlights the immense suffering endured by witnesses to the Faith in the final century of the second millennium" - Cardinal Sodano ... Recall also last Tuesday's Faith in the Media


Media Watch - Doing nothing enables other side - May, 2014 - Alive

Witness to Hope - 100 Masses for the Holy Souls (Fr Richard Gibbons) - Knock Shrine

Cure of Vittorio Micheli in Lourdes slideshow - ST FERGAL'S PARISH - Mon 12th May, 2014 - Bray People

Vittorio Michelli is officially the 63rd Mira​cle of Lourdes ​; he will give testimony on his miraculous cure of Sarcoma of the Pelvis in 1963. Mario Botta, Cardiologist, Member of A. ​M .I.L. ​ (International Medical Association of Lourdes)​ will also present a slide show on the miraculous healing. ...​ St Fergal's Parish Church on Monday 19th May at 7pm ... Cullies (Co. Cavan) Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, ​ Wed 21st May​ 7.30pm Holy Mass, ​8​ .30pm Guest Speakers followed by refreshments. ​ ​ ​ Knock (Co. Mayo) Knock House Hotel, ​​ Thurs 22nd May at 8pm Talk followed by refreshments.​ ​ Drumcondra ​ (Dublin) ​ Fraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen Hampton, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra Friday 23rd May at 8pm followed by refreshments.


Pope to U.N. Heads: Unborn Children are “Our Brothers and Sisters” - Fri 9th May, 2014 - Turtle Bay and Beyond


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11/5/14 (Sun)    >>



10/5/14 (Sat)    >>

Moms' Night Out - EWTN ... Former ‘Independent’ reporter’s (Gemma O'Doherty's) unfair dismissal case adjourned - I Times (RTÉ / I Examiner / I Independent - SEE also below!)


Bishop Denis Nulty issues pastoral letter to parishes on Vocations - Fri 9th May, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Totally Missing the Pope Francis Story, Yet Again - Kathryn Jean Lopez - Fri 9th May, 2014 - National Review Online

Faith in the Media

Sat (10/5) ... Fri (9/5) ... Thu (8/5) ... Wed (7/5) ... Tue (6/5) ... Mon (5/5) ... Sun (4/5) ... Sat (3/5)


Vatican tells U.N. Abortion is a Form of Torture - Fri 9th May, 2014 - C-FAM

Amen!


Roman Catholic bishops condemn violence in Argentina - Sat 10th May, 2014 - BBC News

Roy Greenslade - Former Irish police chief called as witness at Gemma O'Doherty tribunal - Mon 5th May, 2014 - Guardian

*** "I pointed out then, as I had before, that the rest of Ireland's mainstream media failed to cover O'Doherty's sacking and Rae's penalty points deduction. It is also noticeable that the O'Doherty's coming EAT appearance was reported only in the Sunday Business Post."


Gemma O’Doherty: Truth about Fr Molloy's murder will rock the State - Mon 3rd Dec, 2012 - Irish Independent

Re Gemma O'Doherty: Faith in the Media (27/8/2013) ... Faith in the Media (17/1/2013) ... Faith in the Media (25/3/2014)



09/5/14 (Fri)    >>

I Forgive My Kidnapper, Every Human ‘Needs To Be Loved’ - AP ( Michelle Knight - NBC Today [VIDEO] ) ... Pope Francis’s envoy warns of ‘horrible consequences’ of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill - Telegraph


Disappointment at Northern Ireland abortion ruling - Thu 8th May, 2014 - BBC News NI

Prime Time - Thu 8th May, 2014 - RTÉ One

Forced adoption in UK for spurious reasons ... COMMENT: Is the term 'child protection' increasingly being used to mean the removal by force of children from their families in order to ensure better child indoctrination outcomes in accordance with prevailing State ideologies?


Satanic Mass at Harvard Marks Double Standard for Catholic Beliefs - Thu 8th May, 2014 - NC Register


08/5/14 (Thu)    >>


Vatican to beatify Pope Paul VI after recognising 'miracle' that he cured an unborn baby of an untreatable illness - Tue 6th May, 2014 - Mail

Britain becoming a nation of Good Samaritans - Wed 7th May, 2014 - Telegraph

BAI rejects complaints over Saturday Night Show apology - Wed 7th May, 2014 - RTÉ News

Woman defends decision to film her own abortion - Wed 7th May, 2014 - BBC News

Emma Madigan appointed as Irish ambassador to the Vatican - Tue 6th May, 2014 - I Independent

Synod Secretary General Wants Change in Church's Teaching on Marriage - Wed 7th May, 2014 - NC Register

Homily of Bishop Eamonn Walsh at the Annual Mass for all who died in 1916,Church of the Sacred Heart, Arbour Hill, Dublin - Wed 7th May, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Mentioned on Liveline


Florida man demands right to wed computer - Wed 7th May, 2014 - Telegraph

Man sues for the right to marry his porn-laden Macbook, arguing that if gays are allowed to marry then so should other sexual minorities ... His argument was referred to on Newstalk Breakfast, shortly before 9am, this morning



07/5/14 (Wed)    >>



06/5/14 (Tue)    >>

"There is a sort of martyrdom atmosphere in this field (the field of the family)" - Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family [see EWTN World Over, below] ... TV and First Holy Communion [See David Coleman, below]


Town Meetings Can Have Prayer, Justices Decide - Mon 5th May, 2014 - New York Times

World Over - Raymond Arroyo - Thu 1st May, 2014 - EWTN

Interviews with Cardinal Raymond Burke and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family ... Discussion about the 2015 World Meeting of Families and a Papal phonecall ("We are not in search of a new law ... We will find a pastoral solution [not a Theological one]" - Archbishop Paglia)


NARAL lied: There were no ‘deceptive’ pregnancy center ads on Google - Jill Stanek [Blogs] - Mon 5th May, 2014 - LifeSite

Meeting of the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) - Opening Remarks By Cardinal Gerhard Müller - Wed 30th Apr, 2014 - Vatican.va

Faith in the Media - Mon 5th May, 2014 - Family and Media Association

Tue (6/5/2014) ... Mon (5/5/2014) ... Sun (4/5/2014) ... Sat (3/5/2014)


Lay people are key to Catholic education – Martin - Sarah MacDonald - Tue 6th May, 2014 - I Independent

Vatican is 'turning a corner' in fight against child sex abuse - Nick Squires - Tue 6th May, 2014 - I Independent

From Here to Maternity - TODAY @ 4:05PM - Tue 6th May, 2014 - RTÉ One

First Communion season highlights body image issues - David Coleman - Tue 6th May, 2014 - I Independent

*** NB! David Coleman: "In the last 20 years, there is increasing evidence that media and images from media are having a hugely destructive impact on girls and women with regard to body image and dieting."


Communion Day - TODAY @ 11:25PM - Tue 6th May, 2014 - RTÉ One

Son of Rambow - TONIGHT (Wed morning) @ 12:15AM - Tue 6th May, 2014 - BBC One

IMDB SUMMARY ... This is about a boy who, for religious reasons, had never been allowed to watch TV, and was then shown a pirate copy of Rambo by a school companion


Happy Soul Project Wins Billboard - Mon 5th May, 2014 - Indie88.com

Jo Frost Family Matters - TODAY @ 2PM - Tue 6th May, 2014 - UTV

Judge cites 19th Century philosopher John Stuart Mill in blood transfusion case - Tue 6th May, 2014 - RTÉ News

Women conceived in rape seek to inspire others in choosing life - Tue 6th May, 2014 - CNA

Italy's March for Life



05/5/14 (Mon)    >>

Is Childhood Shrinking? - Newstalk (documentary - see below)


Holy See presents report to UN Committee on Torture - Mon 5th May, 2014 - Vatican Radio

L'Osservatore Romano ... See also a report on Saturday's meeting


News At One - Mon 5th May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Paddy Agnew from Rome on Holy See UN presentation


Vatican: States must tackle child abusers among clergy - Mon 5th May, 2014 - BBC News

ITV ... Global News ... Daily Beast ... Reuters


EWTN Bookmark - Race With the Devil - Joseph Pearce - Wed 30TH aPR, 2014 - EWTN

Richard Dawkins was "the darling of the National Front" - Joseph Pearce ... Anti Catholicism in N.I. discussed


Final straw as Alan Shatter breaks law on Mick Wallace - Sun 4th May, 2014 - Independent

Data Protection Commissioner made adverse finding against the minister


Is Childhood Shrinking? - Part 1 of documentary ('Part 2') - Mon 5th May, 2014 - Newstalk

*** Documentary - starts 33 mins into audio ... Part 2 of documentary ('Part 3') ... See also today's I Independent - Co-producer and presenter Sheena Horgan: "What is clear from 'Is Childhood Shrinking?' is that Irish childhood is tainted by consumerism and sexualised imagery, accelerated by a mobile technology that is often unsupervised by parents."


The John Murray Show - Fr Ray Kelly - Mon 5th May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

"I love being a priest!" - Fr Ray Kelly ... Over 30 million hits on YouTube for Fr Kelly's version of the pop song: 'Alleluia' ... Some negative questioning from John Murray in relation to Bishop Michael Smith of Meath and the Diocesan directives in relation to eulogies


The John Murray Show - David McSavage - Mon 5th May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

More on RTÉ's decision not to screen one of Mr McSavage's skits (about nuns)


Catholic bishop: Sudan tried to bomb hospital - Mon 5th May, 2014 - Mail / AP

Germaine Greer: online trolling shows men now even less tolerant of women - Sun 27th Apr, 2014 - Telegraph


04/5/14 (Sun)    >>

"...truth and beauty. I find that in the Christian message" - BBC One: The Big Questions: Is it more rational to believe in God? (Twitter) ... Pope says he wept for Christians crucified - Vatican Radio ... Pope Francis: Mass of thanksgiving for St. John Paul II - Vatican Radio ... RTÉ views dressed up as news - hearbothsides.ie [VIDEO]


Thousands of Pro-Lifers Line the Streets of Dublin to Protest Abortion - Sat 3rd May, 2014 - LifeNews

I Times (Kitty Holland) ... Journal ... RTÉ


Sunday with Miriam - Sun 4th May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Miriam O'Callaghan to Ben Dunne: 'Does Faith remain an important part of your life?' Ben Dunne: Oh yes ... I have a direct line ...Listen also to John Spillane: "Well done, everyone!"


Rome Pro-Life March Grows in Participants, Significance - Sat 3rd May, 2014 - NC Register

An interview with Virginia Coda Nunziante, the founder and chief organizer of the event, now in its third year.


Lucinda Creighton moves to bury political hatchet with Michael McDowell - John Drennan - Sun 4th MAy, 2014 - Independent

U.S. anti-abortion groups inspire movement in Europe - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - Politico

Facing fresh UN grilling, Vatican envoy pushes back - John Allen - Boston Globe - Sun 4th May, 2014

Also: An interview with Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, a Vatican envoy to the United Nations; exorcism and left v. right; and Pope Francis on ecology.


Paul VI, first pope to visit Philippines, to be beatified soon - Sun 4th May, 2014 - Philippine Inquirer

Raising Paul VI to the status of “blessed” has become a strong possibility after medical and theological experts reportedly approved as a miracle a United States case in the 1990s involving a fetus with brain damage whose mother had refused physicians’ advice that it be aborted. After reportedly praying to the late Pope, the mother gave birth to the child, who grew up healthy and normal. ... According to the Italian weekly magazine Credere of the Pauline Fathers, cardinals and bishops who are members of the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints will meet on May 5 to confirm the miracle.


TV: Pope love-in's piety brought me back to simple times - John Boland - Sat 3rd May, 2014 - I Independent

The Marc Coleman Show - Part 1 - Sun 4th May, 2014 - Newstalk

Part 2



03/5/14 (Sat)    >>

Be bold in proclaiming truth, Cardinal Dolan tells media - CNA ... NATIONAL VIGIL FOR LIFE - TODAY @ 3PM - MERRION SQUARE, DUBLIN ... Family of Donal Walsh; Solicitor, Gerry Keane (talks about his near-death experience!) on The Saturday Night Show TONIGHT @ 9:55pm [See below for details of other programmes this w/e and for more information about the new movie: 'Heaven Is for Real']


Story of four-year-old’s near-death experience transfixes America - Mon 28th Apr, 2014 - Telegraph

Film of Colton Burpo’s claim to have sat at Jesus’s knee is US box office sensation (SEE above and also Easter Sunday's Faith in the Media, for several relevant links on EWTN and RTÉ Radio One)


Josie Cunningham abortion U-turn: Feeling baby's first kick and unborn baby pictures changed her mind - Wed 30th Apr, 2014 - Christian Today

Josie Cunningham, glamour model who announced her plans to abort her baby for the sake of an appearance on reality show Big Brother ...


‘Gosnell’ and ‘Irreplaceable’: The people’s films - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - MercatorNet

Hollywood has a lot of power. But people are increasingly going around them to get stories told. - See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/sheila_liaugminas/view/14003#sthash.lj8S6RUa.dpuf


Archbishop Aquila: teaching on marriage must be rooted in Christ - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - CNA

China denies declaring war on Christians after mega-church is razed - Tue 29th Apr, 2014 - Telegraph

Huffington Post (2/5/2014)


South Sudan Facing Genocide Risk Amid Personal Power Struggle, U.N. Officials Warn - Sat 3rd May, 2014 - Huffington Post / Reuters

S Sudan leaders agree to direct peace talks - Aljazeera


How atheists can still believe in God - Joe Humphreys - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - Irish Times

The Big Questions - TOMORROW @ 10am - Sun 4th May, 2014 - BBC One

Nicky Campbell asks, is it more rational to believe in God?


The Balance of Being - TOMORROW @ 5:45pm - Sun 4th May, 2014 - RTÉ 2

Dublin Buddhist Centre


Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking - TOMORROW @ 10pm - Sun 4th May, 2014 - Discovery

Love for Sale with Rupert Everett - MONDAY @ 10pm - Mon 5th May, 2014 - Channel 4

"Rupert Everett meets men who pay for sex, from self-confessed sex addicts to a happily married man, and speaks to Russell Brand ..."


Internet porn and children: body and soul - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - MercatorNet

Your opinion of how pornography can harm children will depend on what you think children are.


Rare footage of a birth control pioneer - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - MercatorNet

"In my view, I believe that there should be no more babies" - Margaret Sanger


Holy See warns against ideological agenda in UN torture hearing - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - CNA

Independent Woman - Peaches Geldof 'obsessed' with late US musician's tales of drug addiction before tragic death - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - Irish Independent


02/5/14 (Fri)    >>

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Today with Seán O'Rourke ... REMINDER: NATIONAL VIGIL FOR LIFE @ 3PM TOMORROW SAT 3RD MAY - MERRION SQ., DUBLIN [VIDEO]


Kenny's up by 18,000 but O'Rourke retains top spot - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - I Independent

COMMENT: Although the 18,000 increase is reported widely, the 137,000 figure quoted in the I Independent article is difficult to understand, given that the January figure for the Pat Kenny Show was 96,000. See, for example, I Times (JNLR)


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Interview with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ... Photo


Savita’s husband relocates to the US - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - I Examiner

Mentioned on Newstalk Breakfast paper review


The John Murray Show - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Interview with Tommy Tiernan


Breakfast - Dave McSavage speaks with Breakfast - Part 4 - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - Newstalk [PODCAST]

See TUESDAY (Faith in the Media - Matt Cooper: "Let's talk a little bit about what's alleged to be censorship or maybe it's just a question of good taste on the part of RTÉ, deciding to ban one of David McSavage's skits from the first episode of the Savage Eye")


Bishop MacDaid urges all road users to be safe and recommends prayer for motorists - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Faith in the Media - Thu 1st May, 2014 - FMA

NB! “That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace” - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for May ... “That Mary, Star of Evangelisation, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations” - Pope Francis' intention for evangelisation ... Galway TD Brian Walsh readmitted to Fine Gael after abortion expulsion - Irish Independent ... David Quinn and Michael Kelly on possible Papal visit ... Interview with Teresa Devlin of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church ... A revisionist journalistic lapse regarding abortion reporting on Morning Ireland ... UTV: Wanted: A Family Of My Own - IVF and adoption - 2 gay men in UK civil partnership ... Feast of St Joseph the Worker


National Vigil for Life this Saturday - Merrion Square, Dublin @ 3pm TOMORROW - Sat 3rd May - Pro Life Campaign

NB! "National Vigil for Life this Saturday 3rd May The Government would be thrilled if pro-life people stayed at home this Saturday. But they would be rattled by a big turnout at the National Vigil for Life from 3-4pm on Merrion Square. The Taoiseach, as we can see from the news, is desperately trying to woo back some pro-life votes (inviting Pope Francis to Ireland and reopening the Vatican Embassy) in the hope that people will forget about the injustice of the new abortion law. We can’t let this happen. A big crowd would also give great encouragement to the TDs who were thrown out of their parties for voting against abortion and lift pro-life morale so we can seriously challenge political promise-breaking and groupthink in the media going forward. So please do your utmost to be there for this one-hour vigil and encourage family and friends also. Thank you."


Four Popes, no shortage of opinion - Brendan O'Regan - Thu 1st May, 2014 - Irish Catholic

FaithArts


Traditional values are secret of our success, say Scouts as membership soars - Fri 2nd May, 2014 - Telegraph

Order of Malta in the forefront in rescuing and assisting migrants in Lampedusa - Thu 1st May, 2014 - Vatican Radio

JPII's links to Limerick - Bishop Brendan Leahy - Susan Gately - Wed 23rd Apr, 2014 - CNC

"He (Saint John Paul II) then referenced, in particular, the family, as an agent of culture" - Bishop Brendan Leahy



01/5/14 (Thu)    >>

“That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace” - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for May ... “That Mary, Star of Evangelisation, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations” - Pope Francis' intention for evangelisation ... Galway TD Brian Walsh readmitted to Fine Gael after abortion expulsion - Irish Independent ... David Quinn and Michael Kelly on possible Papal visit [SEE below] ... Feast of St Joseph the Worker


Pope Francis' prayer intentions for May - Wed 30th Apr, 2014 - News.va / VIS

“That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace”


The General Prayer intention for the month of May - Wed 30th Apr, 2014 - Vatican Radio

"In his message for the 48th annual World Communications Day, Pope Francis challenges us to consider how the media can either create understanding and unity or divide people."


News At One - Thu 1st May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

(Alternative link) ... Includes an interview with Teresa Devlin CEO of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church ... Also, RTÉ One: One News (1/5/2014) [Analysis from Joe Little and short clip of Teresa Devlin]


Galway TD Brian Walsh readmitted to Fine Gael after abortion expulsion - Wed 30th Apr, 2014 - Irish Independent

See below


Morning Ireland - Thu 1st May, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

COMMENT: Revisionist, journalistic lapse on Morning Ireland in relation to issue of readmittance of Brian Walsh to FG parliamentary party - 5 FG TD's, not just Brian Walsh, kicked out, on 1 ISSUE ONLY: ABORTION!


Healy Eames cuts ties with FG but Walsh readmitted - Daniel McConnell - Thu 1st May, 2014 - Irish Independent

1916 families appeal for Mass ban to be lifted - Cathal Barry - Thu 1st May, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Wanted: A Family Of My Own - Episode # 2 - TONIGHT @ 9pm - Thu 1st May, 2014 - UTV

Episode #2 tonight includes reporting on two gay men, in a UK civil partnership, who have already adopted and now want to adopt again


Taoiseach's overtures towards the Vatican - Michael Kelly - Thu 1st May, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Mr Kenny performed quite a turnaround in Rome


Archbishop accuses politicians over patronage - Wed 30th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ News (website)

See also a story in today's Catholic Ireland


A papal trip must not be exploited by Government - David Quinn - Thu 1st May, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Rome would be prudent to delay any papal trip here




30/4/14 (Wed)    >>


Doctors - TODAY @ 13:45 Wed 30th Apr, 2014 - BBC One

Gender confusion


John Murray Show - TODAY @ 9am Wed 30th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

"A different type of Catholicism" and gender issues


Liveline - Tue 29th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

'faith healers'


Pro-life doctors excluded from RCOG diploma - Wed 30th Apr, 2014 - Catholic Ireland


29/4/14 (Tue)    >>

'I had four abortions - but termination isn't right' - BBC News (Health) ... Nuncio's 'great joy' after Taoiseach invites Pope to Ireland - Sarah MacDonald - I Independent ... Alegria (joy) ... "Annuncio vobis gaudium magnum" - Papal 'Nuncio' Charles Brown 'announces' great joy at Knock Divine Mercy celebrations for canonization of 2 popes! ... SUNDAY (Divine Mercy Sunday - National Vigil for Life this Sat 3rd May @ 3pm in Merrion Square, Dublin ... Climb for Life - see below)


David Quinn: Vatican's canonisation of two popes a signal that renewal they set in motion will continue - Mon 28th Apr, 2014 - I Independent

"John XXIII did indeed want to open the windows of the Church to the world but he would never have anticipated some of the things that happened subsequently ... (John Paul II) was saving it (Vatican II) from those who had grossly misinterpreted it to justify things the council itself never mandated."


Cardinal Seán Brady supports Taoiseach's initiative to invite Pope to Ireland - Mon 28th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ

"The embassy was closed for economic reasons in 2011" (COMMENT: reported as fact!?)


John Paul II and John XXIII declared saints - Divine Mercy Sun 27th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ

Includes several related video clips -- with, e.g., Joe Little, Tony Connelly etc. -- from RTÉ News ... Joe Little states that "the subsequent reportage" of Vatican II "did a lot to really change the culture in a country like Ireland and many other countries like it" COMMENT: Not Vatican II but the "subsequent (media) reportage" of Vatican II. COMMENT #2: Joe Little's report was unusually fair for RTÉ, particularly with respect to his brief analysis of Saint John Paul II and his pontificate. Following on from yesterday's 'gaudium magnum' ('great joy' - alegria), the main themes from today's Morning Ireland appear to be calls to replace the leader of the Labour Party in Ireland and the Taoiseach's call, welcomed by Irish Church leaders, for Pope Francis to visit Ireland


World Over - JPII, JXXIII Canonization - EWTN - Thu 24th Apr, 2014

Interviews with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, a former Swiss guard, Andreas Widmer and two actors who played Saint John Paul II, Jon Voight and Cary Elwes ... See also George Weigel - EWTN LIve (23/4/2014)


Marian Finucane - Canonisations in Rome - Divine Mercy Sun 27th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

COMMENT: Generally a very poorly-informed and, even, bigoted analysis by Marian Finucane and her panel. However, the following exchange was enlightening: (12 mins into audio) PADDY AGNEW: "He (Pope Francis) even came by the Press Office. He didn't stop to admonish us, although we were wondering if he would" ... MARIAN FINUCANE: "What would he be admonishing you for, Paddy?" ... PADDY AGNEW: "He sent us a message this morning calling on us to do our jobs properly and present the positive image of man and basically not be always trying to knock things" (emphasis added - recall Pope Francis on the "fear of joy"). ... Paddy Agnew also pointed out that Pope Francis called Pope John Paul II the Pope of the family, drawing attention to the Synod on the Family, next October, 5-19. (VIS)


The John Murray Show - Mon 28th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Concerns about children swearing / using bad language ... SEE How can we stop our kids using swear words that'd shame even Colin Farrell? - Opinion: Niamh Greene - Herald.ie (Independent.ie)


Matt Cooper - Part 3 - Mon 28th Apr, 2014 - Today FM

(22 mins 48 secs into audio) Matt Cooper: "Let's talk a little bit about what's alleged to be censorship or maybe it's just a question of good taste on the part of RTÉ, deciding to ban one of David McSavage's skits from the first episode of the Savage Eye" - 'Telly Time' discussion with Emer Mclysaght (Daily Edge) and Patrick Freyne (I Times) ... The Irish Times apology for its priest cartoon also mentioned.


Drivetime - Mon 28th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

(Last 10 minutes of programme) Vox pop (COMMENT: positive) about the possibility of the Pope visiting Ireland. This is followed by an interview with Michael Kelly, where the Irish Catholic editor indicates that those he has spoken to in Rome were of the opinion that a papal visit would not take place in advance of the next general election, given the present Irish government's position on abortion. COMMENT: It is noteworthy that the RTÉ interviewer, Mary Wilson, did not take Michael Kelly up on this important point, which might well have been missed! (Michael Kelly also discussed the possible papal visit on UTV Live Tonight (TWITTER)


Life is Fragile (including the Climb for Life) - Fri 2nd May - Sun 4th May, 2014

“Life is Fragile” will be hosted in Westport, Co Mayo, Friday May 2nd to Sunday May 4th, 2014 ... Friday, 2nd May at The Ashleigh Suite, Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo. Topics include; Life and Economics. Panel Declan Ganley: Entrepreneur, Business Man and Political Activist. Senator Ronan Mullen: is an independent Irish Senator re- elected for a second term in 2011. Michael Holmes: Independent Mayo County Councillor for Belmullet. ** No Cover charge/Free entry to event! ** For further information visit: facebook.com/lifeisfragile or sites.google.com/site/lifeisfragilemayo "Climb for Life" Saturday the 3rd of May at Croagh Patrick (Meeting at the foot of the Reek @ 8.00am.) Led by Father Fintan Monahan P.P Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. Bring warm clothes, strong footwear, packed lunch a nd good raingear. ** Free event ** For further information visit: facebook.com/lifeisfragile or sites.google.com/site/lifeisfragilemayo “Surviving Suicide” Understanding the Human Condition Sunday the 4th May At Hotel Westport Panel Dr John Connolly: Consultant Psychiatrist. Dr Patricia Casey: Professor of Psychiatry. Michael Egan: The founder of ‘Living Links’ -An organization that provides assertive outreach support to bereave d families of victims of suicide. Nuala Duignan: Is a qualified Life Coach, Introducing Sunday’s panel, Nuala has recently publ ished “Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World : Choose Happiness Daily”. (Copies will be available on the day) Brunch served during forum, 11.30am to 1.30pm Admission Fee for Sunday is €10 For further details telephone 087-6311381. A Big Welcome to Everybody!


Morning Ireland - Commentary restrictions lifted on Marist priest - Tue 29th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

'Fr Sean McDonagh, Association of Catholic Priests, discusses the lifting of restrictions on Marist priest Fr Sean Fagan' ... Michael Kelly: 'Very poor from @morningireland on Fr Sean Fegan. Linking his silencing to comments on abuse inquiry simply untrue.' - TWITTER



28/4/14 (Mon)    >>

Nuncio's 'great joy' after Taoiseach invites Pope to Ireland - Sarah MacDonald - I Independent ... Alegria (joy) ... "Annuncio vobis gaudium magnum" - Papal 'Nuncio' Charles Brown 'announces' great joy at Knock Divine Mercy celebrations for canonization of 2 popes! ... Yesterday (Divine Mercy Sunday)


David Quinn: Vatican's canonisation of two popes a signal that renewal they set in motion will continue - Mon 28th Apr, 2014 - I Independent

"John XXIII did indeed want to open the windows of the Church to the world but he would never have anticipated some of the things that happened subsequently ... (John Paul II) was saving it (Vatican II) from those who had grossly misinterpreted it to justify things the council itself never mandated."


Cardinal Seán Brady supports Taoiseach's initiative to invite Pope to Ireland - Mon 28th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ

"The embassy was closed for economic reasons in 2011" (COMMENT: reported as fact!?)


John Paul II and John XXIII declared saints - Divine Mercy Sun 27th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ

Includes several related video clips -- with, e.g., Joe Little, Tony Connelly etc. -- from RTÉ News ... Joe Little states that "the subsequent reportage" of Vatican II "did a lot to really change the culture in a country like Ireland and many other countries like it" COMMENT: Not Vatican II but the "subsequent (media) reportage" of Vatican II. COMMENT #2: Joe Little's report was unusually fair for RTÉ, particularly with respect to his brief analysis of Saint John Paul II and his pontificate. Following on from yesterday's 'gaudium magnum' ('great joy' - alegria), the main themes from today's Morning Ireland appear to be calls to replace the leader of the Labour Party in Ireland and the Taoiseach's call, welcomed by Irish Church leaders, for Pope Francis to visit Ireland


The John Murray Show - Mon 28th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Concerns about children swearing / using bad language ... SEE How can we stop our kids using swear words that'd shame even Colin Farrell? - Opinion: Niamh Greene - Herald.ie (Independent.ie)



27/4/14 (Sun)    >>

HAPPY DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY ... Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II - The Vatican [YouTube] ... National Vigil For Life 2014 - Pro Life Campaign ... National Vigil for Life on May 3 - Family and Life ... National Vigil for Life & Climb for Life event May Bank Holiday weekend - Life Institute ... Canonisation reflects exemplary lives of Pope John Paul II and John XXIII - Opinion: Media does not reflect complexity of papal story - Breda O'Brien - I Times ... wordfromrome.com - Fr Robert Barron - The Canonization of Pope John XXIII & Pope John Paul II [special YouTube website] ... Divine Mercy Sunday in Knock with Archbishop Charles Brown


Canonization: Pope John Paul II’s biographer George Weigel on importance of canonization - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - Vatican Radio

The Theology of Human Love: John Paul II Presented Dramatic New Insights on Church Teaching - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - NC Register

Can you afford to stay single? - Unshackled by the bonds of marriage, you might feel free to do as you please. But beware: you pay a huge price in tax - Sat 26th Apr, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: IT continues its many-faceted war against the family


Vatican Prepares To Declare Popes As Saints - Divine Mercy Sun 27th Apr, 2014 - Sky News

Faith in the Media - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - FMA

Divine Mercy Sunday (27/4) ... Easter Sat (26/4) ... Easter Fri (25/4) [Pilgrims walking to Clonmacnois for Popes; Fr Vincent Twomey on canonisation - Morning Ireland / Divine Mercy Sunday in Knock with Archbishop Charles Brown / The "fear of joy" - Pope / Special year for the family - MercatorNet / David Quinn] ... Easter Thu (24/4) [John Waters on Today with Seán O'Rourke / Canonisations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II - Irish Bishops] ... Easter Wed (23/4) ... Easter Tue (22/4) ... Easter Mon (21/4) ... Easter Sun (20/4) ["the beautiful special nature of marriage between a man and a woman open to the procreation of children." - Archbishop Eamon Martin / Movie: 'Heaven is for Real' and near-death experiences / Cistercian Monastery, Glencairn - RTÉ 1] ... Holy Sat (19/4) [ Dominican puts Christ at no 1 for Easter / I Times apologises for priest cartoon] ... Good Fri (18/4) ... Holy Thu (17/4) [Familia et Vita - Pontifical Council for the Family / RTÉ Bias - Marc Coleman Show / Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta - Archbishop Charles Brown]



26/4/14 (Sat)    >>

National Vigil for Life on May 3 - Family and Life ... Canonisation reflects exemplary lives of Pope John Paul II and John XXIII - Opinion: Media does not reflect complexity of papal story - Breda O'Brien - I Times


Canonization: Pope John Paul II’s biographer George Weigel on importance of canonization - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - Vatican Radio

The Theology of Human Love: John Paul II Presented Dramatic New Insights on Church Teaching - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - NC Register

That's a bad sign: 100ft crucifix built in honour of John Paul II collapses and crushes a man to death just two days before he is declared a saint - Thu 24th Apr, 2014 - Daily Mail

Climb for Life event May Bank Holiday weekend - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - Life Institute

Can you afford to stay single? - Unshackled by the bonds of marriage, you might feel free to do as you please. But beware: you pay a huge price in tax- Sat 26th Apr, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: IT continues its many-faceted war against the family


Faith in the Media - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - FMA

Easter Sat (26/4) ... Easter Fri (25/4) [Pilgrims walking to Clonmacnois for Popes; Fr Vincent Twomey on canonisation - Morning Ireland / Divine Mercy Sunday in Knock with Archbishop Charles Brown / The "fear of joy" - Pope / Special year for the family - MercatorNet / David Quinn] ... Easter Thu (24/4) [John Waters on Today with Seán O'Rourke / Canonisations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II - Irish Bishops] ... Easter Wed (23/4) ... Easter Tue (22/4) ... Easter Mon (21/4) ... Easter Sun (20/4) ["the beautiful special nature of marriage between a man and a woman open to the procreation of children." - Archbishop Eamon Martin / Movie: 'Heaven is for Real' and near-death experiences / Cistercian Monastery, Glencairn - RTÉ 1] ... Holy Sat (19/4) [ Dominican puts Christ at no 1 for Easter / I Times apologises for priest cartoon] ... Good Fri (18/4) ... Holy Thu (17/4) [Familia et Vita - Pontifical Council for the Family / RTÉ Bias - Marc Coleman Show / Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta - Archbishop Charles Brown]



25/4/14 (Fri)    >>

Pilgrims walking (to Clonmacnois) for Popes - RTÉ Radio 1: Morning Ireland ... Fr Vincent Twomey on canonisations - RTÉ Radio 1: Morning Ireland [SEE also below] ... Divine Mercy Sunday in Knock with Archbishop Charles Brown ... Irish Bishops


The Pope's Mass at Santa Marta No fear of joy - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - L'Osservatore Romano

ALEGRIA! ... “the fear of joy is a Christian illness” - Pope


A special year for the family - but who knew? - Wed 23rd Apr, 2014 - MercatorNet

2014!


David Quinn: If 'inclusive' faith schools aren't broken, Ruairi, don't keep on trying to fix them - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - Irish Independent

High Court Guts Contraception Bill - Stefano Gennarini - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - C-FAM

"The Supreme Court of the Philippines struck down key provisions of a new contraception law in order to protect human life in the womb, as well as safeguard parental rights and conscience rights for health workers."


News At One - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

NB! COMMENT: Listen to interview with Prof. Kirsten Sandberg, Chair of UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, who speaks very positively about Pope Francis and the Vatican and who does not take the opportunity afforded her by the presenter to say something negative about the soon to be canonised Blessed Pope John Paul II. The Children First legislation is also mentioned. She also somewhat bizarrely, ambiguously and ultimately worryingly, talks about a goal of ensuring that children are treated as "equal partners" within the family ... ... ... Listen also to Luke Harding, Journalist with the Guardian who says that Vladimir Putin is on a sort of self-proclaimed messianic mission


Canonisation of Blessed Pope John Paul II - 8:45AM Divine Mercy Sun 27th Apr, 2014 - CineWorld

*** 8:45AM Sunday morning, 3D, Parnell St, Dublin


Vatican journalists remember John Paul II in new book - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - CNA

Pope Francis: ‘Abortion compounds the grief of many women’ - Fri 25th Apr, 2014 - LifeSiteNews

*** 'Pope Francis emphasized that “abortion compounds the grief of many women” and that marriage, which he said is a "lifelong covenant of love between one man and one woman," is “disintegrating under tremendous pressure from the secular world.”'


Faith in the Media - Thu 24th Apr, 2014 - FMA

Easter Fri (25/4) ... Easter Thu (24/4) [John Waters on Today with Seán O'Rourke / Canonisations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II - Irish Bishops] ... Easter Wed (23/4) ... Easter Tue (22/4) ... Easter Mon (21/4) ... Easter Sun (20/4) ["the beautiful special nature of marriage between a man and a woman open to the procreation of children." - Archbishop Eamon Martin / Movie: 'Heaven is for Real' and near-death experiences / Cistercian Monastery, Glencairn - RTÉ 1] ... Holy Sat (19/4) [ Dominican puts Christ at no 1 for Easter / I Times apologises for priest cartoon] ... Good Fri (18/4) ... Holy Thu (17/4) [Familia et Vita - Pontifical Council for the Family / RTÉ Bias - Marc Coleman Show / Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta - Archbishop Charles Brown]



24/4/14 (Thu)    >>

John Waters on Today with Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio One (audio clip on RTÉ Radio Player) COMMENT: RTÉ didn't react with degree of gravity? This is a deeply engrained, long-standing and ongoing problem ... Information for media on the preparations for the canonisation ceremonies for Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II - Irish Bishops ... Special web feature to mark the canonisations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II - Irish Bishops


10 things we learned during John Waters’ RTÉ interview - Thu 24th Apr, 2014 - TheJournal.ie

Portraying saint a chance to share message of God's mercy, says actress - Good Friday 18th Apr, 2014 - CNS (PCCS)

Pope’s telephone call re-opens debate over communion for remarried divorcees - Wed 23rd Apr, 2014 - Vatican Insider

NB: SEE STATEMENT OF THE HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE


What the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II tell us Also: Should popes be saints, Vatican vs. UN round two, ‘Pope of the Elderly’, and is Hell empty? - John Allen - Holy Sat 19th Apr, 2014 - Boston Globe

Faith in the Media - Wed 23rd Apr, 2014 - FMA

Thursday (24/4) ... Wednesday (23/4) ... Tuesday (22/4) ... Easter Sunday (20/4) ... Holy Saturday (19/4)



23/4/14 (Wed)    >>

"'Nervous lawyers' pulled the Waters interview- pre-recorded on Mon- within minutes of @TodaySOR starting today (Tuesday). Strange.Will it air on Wed?" - Village Magazine (Twitter)



22/4/14 (Tue)    >>

JOHN WATERS on Today with Seán O'Rourke after 10am


Writer hits out at former friend McGarry over his role as 'phantom tweeter' - Daniel McConnell - Easter Sunday 20th Apr, 2014 - Independent

John Waters


I'm not Osama bin Laden': Waters - Columnist accuses 'Irish Times' of having a 'toxic culture' at its heart - Niamh Horan - Easter Sunday 20th Apr, 2014 - Independent

Quinn challenges Catholic schools to cater for all faiths - Easter Tue 22nd Apr, 2014 - I Examiner

Also on cover of Irish Daily Mail, in the I Times, RTÉ Radio One Morning Ireland and Newstalk Breakfast etc. ... COMMENT: A cynical diversionary tactic?


Josie Cunningham abortion: 93% of Mirror Online readers would boycott Big Brother if she took part - Easter Sunday 20th Apr, 2014 - Mirror

"The wannabe celebrity who has admitted appearing on Big Brother would be worth more than her unborn child’s life has come in for a barrage of criticism on Twitter - with the majority of furious fans making it clear they will turn off the Channel 5 show if she is unveiled as a contestant"



21/4/14 (Mon)    >>



20/4/14 (Sun)    >>

HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ... John Waters answers the liberal establishment and the craven Irish Times - Village ... Holy Saturday's Faith in the Media (NB!) ... Easter Vigil & Urbi et Orbi from the Vatican


Pope Francis urges prayers for victims of S. Korean ferry disaster - Holy Saturday 19th Apr, 2014 - News.va

See also 'Pope Francis decries Syrian suffering at Easter' - Telegraph


Violence at levels not seen since Troubles – Martin - Sarah MacDonald - Holy Saturday 19th Apr, 2014 - Irish Independent

"On the debate on same-sex marriage, the archbishop (ARCHBISHOP EAMON MARTIN), who has six sisters and five brothers, described himself as "a little bit disappointed" that anyone who argues in favour of the traditional understanding of marriage in the public forum "will often be attacked as being bigoted or homophobic". He said this was "far from the truth". The church "must always speak out against any victimisation or bullying or harassment of people" and talk about the dignity of people, he said. "I would dearly love to see a greater public debate in a calm and reasonable manner which respects the voices of people on both sides of the debate," added the prelate, who was appointed by Pope Benedict in January, 2013. "A debate which at least allows people to speak positively about what we in the church see as the beautiful special nature of marriage between a man and a woman open to the procreation of children."" ... ... ... NB: Recall Melinda Selmys on Life on the Rock - Sexual Authenticity (1/4/2014)


Cardinal Burke reflects on Easter in Rome [Audio & Text] - Holy Saturday 19th Apr, 2014 - Vatican Radio / News.va

EWTN Live - Sr. Angela de Fatima Coelho - "Fatima Children" - Spy Wednesday 16th Apr, 2014 - EWTN

Sr. Angela is the Postulator for the Cause of Canonization of Francisco and Jacinta Marto


What's It All About? - Life, Death and Beyond - The near-death experience - Sun 6th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

SEE also 'Scientific Evidence for God's Existence' - Fr Robert Spitzer (1 - 1 hr 55 mins) and Q&A from 9/10/2010 Larry King Live show with Robert J. Spitzer - Fr Robert Spitzer (2 - 7 mins 54 secs) (NB!)


World Over - Mother Angelica birthday tribute - Holy Thursday 17th Apr, 2014 - EWTN

Today, Easter Sunday, is the 91st birthday of Mother Angelica. COMMENT: This 4 minute video clip is taken from the 17th Apr World Over programme which includes an important interview relating to 'Heaven is for real' a new movie about a young boy's near-death experience, which was written by Randall Wallace (the writer of Braveheart). It will be uploaded here


Costa Rican a Celebrity After Certified Miracle - Holy Saturday 19th Apr, 2014 - AP / ABC News

A Special Mass of thanksgiving for the Canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be celebrated on 27th April, Divine Mercy Sunday in Knock Basilica at 3pm. Chief Celebrant and Homilist, Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio


Nationwide - Archbishop Eamon Martin - Good Friday 18th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ One

"Mary Fanning meets Monsignor Eamon Martin, who is to be ordained as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, later this month" (repeat - the first anniversary of ARCHBISHOP MARTIN's episcopal ordination is tomorrow)


32nd Atonement Sunday for Mercy - Divine Mercy Sunday 27th Apr, 2014 - Knock Shrine

A Special Mass of thanksgiving for the Canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be celebrated on 27th April, Divine Mercy Sunday in Knock Basilica at 3pm. Chief Celebrant and Homilist, ARCHBISHOP CHARLES BROWN, Apostolic Nuncio.


'Love has triumphed over hatred,' says Pope on Easter - Easter Sunday 20th Apr, 2014 - CNA

From the Pope's Urbi et Orbi message and blessing


Blessed John Paul II : an Easter message - Easter Sunday 20th Apr, 2014 - News.va

SEE below


Blessed John XXIII: an Easter message - Easter Sunday 20th Apr, 2014 - News.va

SEE above


School of Love - A Would You Believe? Special - TONIGHT @ 10:35PM, Easter Sunday 20th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ One

"On Easter Sunday, in School of Love, RTÉ's Would You Believe? spends a year behind the scenes in Ireland's only women's Cistercian Monastery. Nestled in the lush valley of the Blackwater, in Co Waterford, the nuns of St Mary's Abbey, Glencairn, dedicate themselves to a way of life first laid down by St Benedict in the 6th Century. It is a life of silence, solitude and prayer." ... ... ... Songs of Praise: 'Bill Turnbull meets Hanka Stanislawska and Marcin Zajaczek who are members of the Polish Catholic community in Leeds.' - BBC One TODAY @ 5:10pm ... ... ... Lent Diaries: 'This series of short films provides an insight into the lives of people who worship in Britain's West African churches, from young people with troubled backgrounds who've been saved by the church, to the gay pastor fighting for human rights.' - Channel 4 TODAY @ 6:05pm ... ... ... Arena: Ken Dodd's Happiness: 'A tribute to the Liverpudlian comic Ken Dodd, in which he discusses his 50-year career and the influences of his comedy style. ' - BBC Four TONIGHT @ 11:45pm ... ... ... and various programmes related to Christianity on Nat Geographic Channel. ... ... ... ALSO, recall this documentary, of particular relevance for Easter Sunday: Unwrapping The Shroud of Turin New Evidence (Ray Rogers etc.) - Discovery Channel


News Feed - Easter Sunday 20th Apr, 2014 - IRISH BISHOPS


19/4/14 (Sat)    >>

Dominican puts Christ at no 1 for Easter - Catholic Ireland ... An editorial lapse - I Times (and SEE Breda O'Brien below"): "... Turner also took an unfortunate and unjustified sideswipe at all priests, suggesting that none of them can be trusted with children. This has, unsurprisingly, caused considerable offence and we regret and apologise for the hurt caused by the cartoon whose use in that form, we acknowledge, reflected a regretable editorial lapse." - COMMENT: Unfortunately, the 'lapse' in 'form' appears to be reflective of, and a window into, the actual content of the IT's ideology. If you have not already done so, please purchase a copy of VILLAGE and read John Waters' frightening article about the Irish Times, behind the scenes ... Pope Good Friday service underscores plight of the suffering - Reuters ... Pope Francis: In the Cross we see the monstrosity of man and greatness of God’s mercy - Vatican Radio [AUDIO]


Bishop attacks moves to legalise 'assisted dying' - Holy Sat 19th Apr, 2014 - Independent

Bishop of Shrewsbury, Mark Davies


Breda O'Brien: Where is political outcry over cartoon attacking priests? - Opinion: Tiny percentage of religious involved in abuse - Holy Sat 19th Apr, 2014 - Irish Times

SEE also above


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reflects on past decade - Patsy McGarry - Holy Sat 19th Apr, 2014 - Irish Times

"I know where my abilities and talents are and where my lackings are and as time goes on I’m more aware of these."


Archbishops lead Good Friday Walk of Witness - Sarah MacDonald - Holy Sat 19th Apr, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

In his reflections, Archbishop Martin said the Christian life should be one of “absolute coherence and integrity”. But he warned that often we use the language of integrity to cover our lack of integrity. “We live in a culture of spin in which we believe that we can spin our words in any direction and give the impression that what we say is really what we believe, when we know that it is only a camouflage to cover our own interests.” Expressing concern over the culture of violence, the Archbishop said, “We encounter violence in our families; we encounter violence on our streets; we encounter violence which only provokes reprisals and further violence.”(emphasis added)


Faith in the Media - Good Friday 18th Apr, 2014 - Family and Media Association

Holy Saturday (19/4) ... Good Friday (18/4) ... Holy Thursday (17/4) ... Spy Wednesday (16/4/2014) [SEE also this Spy Wednesday TWITTER conversation relating to PURE IN HEART in light of the Prime Time (15/4) programme] ... Tuesday (15/4) ... Monday (14/4)


Previews - FaithArts

Previews upcoming TV and Radio Programmes


Holy Week, the Easter Triduum 2014 - Irish Bishops

David Quinn: ‘Gender-bending’ comes to your local primary school - Holy Thursday 17th Apr, 2014 - Irish Catholic

We have now lost the plot


Marian Finucane - Holy Sat 19th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Fr Michael Collins (briefly at 12:52pm) on when Lent ends


Talking Point with Sarah Carey - Holy Sat 19th Apr, 2014 - Newstalk

Mark Dooley et al, on "Forgive them, Lord, they know not what they do"


Irish Times apologises for controversial priest cartoon - Sat 19th Apr, 2014 - RTÉ

SEE above


Violence at levels not seen since Troubles – Martin - Sarah MacDonald - Sat 19th Apr, 2014 - I Independent

TWO of the country's most senior Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the escalating levels of violence and aggression in Irish society as well as the lack of integrity. ... ... ...


Successor to Brady would 'love to see visit by Pope' - Sarah MacDonald - Sat 19th Apr, 2014 - I Independent

On the debate on same-sex marriage, the archbishop (ARCHBISHOP EAMON MARTIN), who has six sisters and five brothers, described himself as "a little bit disappointed" that anyone who argues in favour of the traditional understanding of marriage in the public forum "will often be attacked as being bigoted or homophobic".


Photo - Good Friday 18th Apr, 2014 - Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin in the shadow of the Cross



18/4/14 (Fri)    >>



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



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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


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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]


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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


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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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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



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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


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



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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


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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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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



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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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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



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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 I