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  • Savita's Story: A Silent Killer - watch last night's TV3 documentary
  • mothersandfathersmatter.ie
  • Parents are the first and best teachers: Bishop Doran
  • Exorcists praised by Pope in war on evil
  • Why is X Factor adding to the pressure by sexing things up?
  • Check recent Faith in the Media publications: yesterday - Monday

TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive




Links

Savita's Story: A Silent Killer - Tue 28th Oct, 2014 - TV3



Parents are the first and best teachers: Bishop - Sarah MacDonald - Wed 28th Oct, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin


mothersandfathersmatter.ie - Welcome to Mothers and Fathers Matter - Register your protest



Exorcists praised by Pope in war on evil - Nick Squires - Thu 29th Oct, 2014 - I Independent / Telegraph



Why is X Factor adding to the pressure by sexing things up? - Wed 28th Oct, 2014 - Herlad

"A sort of an arresting stillness came over the studio as the young singer made the public aware that these performers are at the beginning of a journey on which they will have to sell their souls and their bodies."




Events

THIS WEEK Friday 31 October - Sunday 2 November - Esker Retreat Centre Galway - Our Lady's School of Evangelization Autumn session - "OLSE Autumn session takes place from this Fri 31st of October - Sun November 2nd 2014 in Esker Retreat Centre Galway. Topics include Freedom in Christ, Gods Plan For Your Life, and My Mission and God. Join us for Prayer and Worship, Inspiring Teachings , Celebration of Sacraments and Fellowship. Cost €85 inc. bed and full board. Contact Caroline 086 347 4608."

NEXT WEEK Monday 3 November - Friday 7 November - St. Matthew's Church, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot - 7:30pm - Parish Mission: "John Pridmore and St.Patrick's Community will be leading a Parish Mission in St. Matthew's Church, Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot from Mon 3rd - Fri 7th of November at 7.30pm each evening. John Pridmore will be sharing his amazing story at 7.30pm on Monday. Please come along for a wonderful grace filled week. All welcome."




Books

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




TV

TODAY Wednesday 29 October - RTÉ One - 19:30 - Jigs & Wigs: The Extreme World of Irish Dancing - 'Documentary following the lives of male Irish dancers who take part in a fairy-tale pageant to rival all other shows on America’s Las Vegas strip during Gay Pride Week.'

TODAY Wednesday 29 October - UTV - 20:00 - Surprise Surprise - 'Holly Willoughby joins forces with Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon to reward a charity campaigner who has helped save the lives of many unborn babies.'

TODAY Wednesday 29 October 2014 - Discovery History - 23:00 - The Book That Changed the World - 'In a documentary from 2011, actor John Rhys-Davies presents a history of the King James Bible to mark its 400th anniversary, revealing how it has influenced many international cultures and societies.'

TODAY Wednesday 29 October - EWTN



28/10/14 (Tue)    >>



  • A Silent Killer: Savita's Story - TV3 tonight
  • Activists take train to Belfast to get abortion pills – and say they plan to take them
  • Assisted suicide / euthanasia - David Quinn on Newstalk Pat Kenny Show

TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive




Links

Candlelight vigils will mark second anniversary of Savita’s death - Tue 28th Oct, 2014 - Journal

See also today's I Independent and tonight's TV3 documentary (00:05)


Activists take train to Belfast to get abortion pills – and say they plan to take them - Tue 28th Oct, 2014 - Journal



The Pat Kenny Show - Tue 28th Oct, 2014 - Newstalk

(40 mins into audio) David Quinn and Tom Curran (husband of Marie Fleming) on euthanasia / assisted suicide ... See also David Quinn in today's Events


Moncrieff - Danish Party wants to Outlaw Marriage - Mon 27th Oct, 2014 - Newstalk

(11 mins into audio)




Events

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - St John's Rest & Care Centre, KNOCK Shrine - 7:30pm - Talk: PRO MARRIAGE ARGUMENTS - David Quinn, Ashley Crouch




Books

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




TV

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - National Geographic - 13:00 - Ancient X Files -

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - Discovery History - 14:00 - The Holy Grail - documentary

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - Discovery History - 15:00 - Time Team - Investigation of a former monastery

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - BBC Four - 21:00 - Architects of the Divine: The First Gothic Age

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - VIVA - 21:00 - Scrubs (comedy series) - a doctor 'has to ask a man to choose between his pregnant wife and their unborn child.'

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - TV3 - 00:05 - A Silent Killer: Savita's Story

TODAY Tuesday 28 October - EWTN

TOMORROW Wednesday 29 October - RTÉ One - 19:30 - Jigs & Wigs: The Extreme World of Irish Dancing - 'Documentary following the lives of male Irish dancers who take part in a fairy-tale pageant to rival all other shows on America’s Las Vegas strip during Gay Pride Week.'

TOMORROW Wednesday 29 October - UTV - 20:00 - Surprise Surprise - 'Holly Willoughby joins forces with Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon to reward a charity campaigner who has helped save the lives of many unborn babies.'




27/10/14 (Mon)    >>



  • 'Alegria!' - Fr Tim Bartlett, fulsome in his praise for this weekend's Faith of Our Fathers family conference in Knock, spoke about his joy of being a priest and in particular his joy of being a celibate priest ...
  • Ebola survivor Nina Pham: I believe in the power of prayer
  • Archbishop Chaput rejects 'false' media reports on synod comments
  • 'What is being proposed is not marriage' – Pope calls for defense of family
  • Crazy Anti-Catholic Political Attack Site
  • "It was as though there was an idealized vision of every imperfect situation" - John Smeaton at the Faith of Our Fathers conference, quoting Cardinal Pell who was talking about aspects of the interim report of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family
  • The Family is the heart ❤️ of the culture of Life - Most Rev Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe, in his homily for the closing Mass of the Faith of Our Fathers conference in Knock

Reports TV Books Links Events Secular Religious Yesterday Last Week Archive




Media Report

Faith of our Father's Family Conference, Knock - Sat-Sun 25-26 Oct 2014



'Alegria!' - Fr Tim Bartlett, fulsome in his praise for this weekend's Faith of Our Fathers conference in Knock, spoke about his joy of being a priest and, in particular, about his joy at being a celibate priest. The vocations crisis is not so much a vocations crisis but a deeper crisis of faith, hope and even love in the faith community. Defending the meaning of priestly celibacy, Fr Bartlett pointed out that the association between the priesthood and celibacy has its origins in the old and the new testaments. Fr Bartlett also questioned the involvement of a significant number of religious order priests in calls for the removal of priestly celibacy. How is religious life possible at all without celibacy? The number of priests worldwide is increasing without the introduction of married priests, he noted. For those who are called, he said, yes, there will be pain but there will also be "immense joy" because you are committed to the One who is the very Origin of of Love and Joy




Links

Ebola survivor Nina Pham: I believe in the power of prayer - Fri 24th Oct, 2014 - CNA



Archbishop Chaput rejects 'false' media reports on synod comments - Fri 24th Oct, 2014 - CNA



'What is being proposed is not marriage' – Pope calls for defense of family - Sun 26th Oct, 2014 - CNA



Madonna backs nun in 'Like a Virgin' hit song row - Sat 25th Oct, 2014 - I Independent

Watch Sr Cristina's version on YouTube / VEVO


Crazy Anti-Catholic Political Attack Site - Sun 26th Oct, 2014 - N C Register





Events

Tuesday 28 October - St John's Rest & Care Centre, KNOCK Shrine - 7:30pm - Talk: PRO MARRIAGE ARGUMENTS - David Quinn, Ashley Crouch




Books

"This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger




TV

Monday 27 October - National Geographic - 13:00 - Ancient X Files - Investigating hidden lettering on the Shroud of Turin

Monday 27 October - BBC One - 15:45 - Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman - recreating a family holiday from 1955

Monday 27 October - BBC Two - 19:30 - Children's Hospital: The Chaplains

Monday 27 October - BBC One - 20:30 - Baby P: The Untold Story (documrntary)

Monday 27 October - RTÉ One - 21:30 - Movie (2009): Angels & Demons

Monday 27 October - BBC One - 22:40 - True North: Five Get Ready for Big School (documentary) - quintuplets

Monday 27 October - BBC Four - 00:50 - Ancient Apocalypse - Sodom and Gomorrah



26/10/14 (Sun)    >>

'Alegria!' - Fr Tim Bartlett, fulsome in his praise for this weekend's Faith of Our Fathers family conference in Knock, spoke about his joy of being a priest and in particular his joy at being a celibate priest ...




'Alegria!' - Fr Tim Bartlett, fulsome in his praise for this weekend's Faith of Our Fathers conference in Knock, spoke about his joy of being a priest and in particular about his joy at being a celibate priest. The vocations crisis is not so much a vocations crisis but a deeper crisis of faith, hope and even love in the faith community. Defending the meaning of priestly celibacy, Fr Bartlett pointed out that the association between the priesthood and celibacy has its origins in the old and the new testaments. Fr Bartlett also questioned the involvement of a significant number of religious order priests in calls for the removal of priestly celibacy. How is religious life possible at all without celibacy? The number of priests worldwide is increasing without the introduction of married priests, he noted. For those who are called, he said, yes, there will be pain but there will also be "immense joy" because you are committed to the One who is the very Origin of of Love and Joy


Madonna backs nun in 'Like a Virgin' hit song row - Sat 25th Oct, 2014 - I Independent

Sr Cristina's version




Books

"This is the most important book for Catholics for the 21st Century" - Joseph Ratzinger




Today's TV (Sunday)

Sunday 26 October 2014 - RTÉ 2 - 15:50 - Made in Jersey - Martina Garretti works on the case of a surrogate mum suing for custody of a baby when her sister, the biological mother of the child, goes into a coma. Drama, starring Janet Montgomery.



25/10/14 (Sat)    >>



The ‘media synod’ has eclipsed the real one - Fr D Vincent Twomey - Fri 24th Oct, 2014 - Catholic Herald




24/10/14 (Fri)    >>

Yesterday's Faith in the Media ... Ireland's libel laws to be discussed on Today with Seán O Rourke from 10am


Oilithrigh Medjugorje ar a mbealach abhaile ar deireadh - Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 - RTÉ




23/10/14 (Thu)    >>

❤️

Publicising the availability of abortion pills - RTÉ One Prime Time - TONIGHT @ 21:35 (see below) ... ... ...
Speaking notes of Archbishop Eamon Martin at the 2014 Radharc Trust awards ceremony - Irish Bishops :
"In my view it is now time for us to build afresh mutual respect and trust between the Church and the media in Ireland ... In many ways we have a common mission – vocation even – to interact with society and the world in order to promote truth, ask hard questions, multiply goodness, enhance beauty and to serve the common good." - Archbishop Eamon Martin
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Synod on Morning Ireland ... ... ... Also on Morning Ireland, RTÉ again accused of being unbalanced, this time by Peadar Tóibín ... ... ...
Euthanasia discussion on Today with Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio One
"The most fundamental paradigm shift in the way in which clinicians have engaged with patients over the ages" - Prof Tony O'Brien
Family conferences on this weekend (see 'Events' below)




Other higlighted links


Press Release- Review Reports of safeguarding practice published today - Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 - The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church

Congregations response to victims 'inconsistent' - RTÉ


For a nation of talkers there is a real poverty of public debate in new Ireland - John Waters - Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 - I Independent



I am a Catholic seminarian. I have terminal brain cancer. This is my response to Brittany Maynard. -Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 - LifeSite

Listen also to the report and discussion on Today with Seán O'Rourke, above.

The programme also included:
an item on the involvement of children in the process to select the new children's ombudsman; and
revelations of HSE money being spent on new age practices (also discussed on Liveline BUT recall Fr Eammonn McCarthy on the RTÉ Mooney programme, last year on 18th July, 2013 - Faith in the Media)


Gay Byrne gets it badly wrong on the subject of euthanasia - David Quinn - Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Read also another relevant article above and listen to the excellent interview with Prof Tony O'Brien, Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine, also above


Parents want the best for their children - Andrew O'Connell - Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 - Irish Catholic



Taylor Swift praises Catholic college music video - Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 - Catholic Herald

"The video features teachers, pupils and even priests dancing to the song around the grounds of the school, with statues of the Virgin Mary in the background of some shots." ... YouTube




Today's TV (Thursday)

RTÉ One - 21:35 - Prime Time - "Eithne O'Brien reports on a campaign to publicise the availability of abortion pills over the Internet and finding out if they are being bought in Ireland" COMMENT : Publicising a campaign to publicise the availability of abortion pills is publicising the availability of abortion pills. Once again, RTÉ is complicit




Events

Knock - 25-26 October - Faith of Our Fathers Conference -
Speakers include: Mother Miriam OSB, Dr. Eanna Johnson, Fr Michael Shields, Fr Tim Bartlett, Bishop Philip Boyce OCD (closing Mass)
Connacht Hotel, Galway - 25 October - Marriage in Irish Society



22/10/14 (Wed)    >>



Mercy Without Truth Is Not Mercy ... ... ... Today is the Feast of St John Paul II ... ... ... Sister Cristina Scuccia : “I came here because I have a gift and I want to share that gift. I am here to evangelize” (see below) ... ... ... Portrayal of traditional believers as homophobic is "dishonest and evil." - Archbishop Chaput  (quoted in N C Reporter)


Archbishop Kurtz on the Synod: ‘Mercy Without Truth Is Not Mercy’ - Edward Pentin - Tue 21st Oct, 2014 - N C Register

'People are unbelievably inspired by a saint. These were the words of Archbishop Fulton Sheen: He said it is a lot easier to crowd evil out than to drive it out.'


Italy's 'singing nun' covers Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' - Tue 21st Oct, 2014 - N C Reporter

Sr Scuccia, 26, says her version of the salacious pop song is a "testimony of God's capacity to turn all things into something new" as well as her personal calling to be a nun


The John Murray Show - Wed 22nd Oct, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

This programme had an interesting interview with Daniel O'Donnell's wife Majella this morning which touched on the significance of her annulment




Today's TV (Wednesday) :

Discovery History - 10:00 - Time Team - Archaelogical investigation of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

National Geographic - 13:00 - Ancient X Files - An investigation of the outlandish and also blasphemous conspiracy theory upon which the Da Vinci Code was based

BBC Two - 15:00 - Cagney & Lacey - the storyline for this programme involves a detective who is also a model for a gay pornographic magazine

BBC Two - 21:00 - Gunpowder 5/11: The Greatest Terror Plot - documentary

BBC One - 00:05 - My Brother the Terrorist - documentary about how someone became a Muslim terrorist



21/10/14 (Tue)    >>



Sr Mary Sweeney - originally from Donegal - discussed her work in a quarantined area of Sierra Leone - Morning Ireland - RTE Radio One ... ... ... Starting Again from the Family - Pontifical Council on the Family


Pirolas: promoting the sacredness of sex in marriage - Mon 20th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

"And by the way, I'd just like to add that this is a joyful message. This is a message of joy. It should enthuse people and encourage them. People get the idea that the Church says no when it comes to sex but the Church says 'yes', 'yes' because it is a wonderful gift from God but it has to be cared for like all great gifts, like your health, like anything else" - Ron Pirola (emphasis added) ... ... ... "And it's just a way of reaffirming the beauty and sacredness of marriage" - Mavis Pirola


First drive out the Devil, then set to work - Tue 21st Oct, 2014 - Telegraph



Cardinal Burke: The Relatio Synodi



Cardinal Kasper apologizes: journalist says fiasco shows the power of social media - Hilary White - Mon 20th Oct, 2014 - LifeSite





Today's TV (Tuesday) :

National Geographic - 12:00 - Legend of the Holy Spear

National Geographic - 13:00 - Ancient X Files -
A search for Sodom and Gomorrah



20/10/14 (Mon)    >>



'Ite Missa est' (homily of Pope Francis) : Mission Sunday - Closing of Synod on the Family - Beatification of Pope Paul VI - Recall 40th Anniversary of "Humanae Vitae" ... ... ... CONTEXT LACKING IN MEDIA (one of 3 points important for summary document listed by Synod Father Archbishop Paul-André Durocher : It “is the feeling that we could end up responding to the media rather than responding to the actual situation of families in the world. And what we need to be doing is focusing on what we are here about. It is the families and it is the challenges of the Christian families in the context of new evangelization.” - Archbishop Paul-André Durocher) ... ... ... “The Church is pretty much alone in caring for them” - Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees - CNA ... ... ... Internet’s impact on families raised at Synod - Vatican Radio ... ... ... Register Radio - Marriage & Family Synod and Parish Communication - N C Register ... ... ... When I Met the Pope and Saw Him Burn with Joy - Austen Ivereigh - Reader's Digest ... ... ... See links at: Irish Bishops, Vatican Radio, The Vatican on You Tube, VIS


Synod14 - Relatio Synodi" of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: " The pastoral challenges on the family in the context of evangelization" ( 5 to 19 October 2014) , 10/18/2014 - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Bolletino (Bulletin) - Holy See Press Office"

see reports and analysis below ...


Synod approves “relatio synodi”: Remarried divorcees remain a controversial topic - Andrea Tornielli - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Insider - La Stampa



Family synod’s final report leaves controversial questions open - Francis X Rocca - Sun 19th Oct, 2014 - Catholic Herald

see link to the actual report, above ...

Here are some other perspectives from :

John Allen,

Andrea Gagliarducci (CNA), same author (20/10/2014)

John Thavis and,

from the sublime to the ridiculous (COMMENT),

RTÉ, Paddy Agnew on/and the Marian Finucane Show and Morning Ireland

John Allen on Today with Seán O'Rourke

Also :

Archbishop Kurtz urges more transparency at next family synod - Sun 19th Oct, 2014 - CNS (video)

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement that he was “grateful that the clarifications and deepening of scriptural and theological reflection shine consistently” through the final report. “Now the real work begins!” (Francis Rocca, Catholic Herald)


Pope Francis speech at the conclusion of the Synod - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Pope highlights twin temptations of "the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and "the so-called “progressives and liberals.”" cf Jer 6:14 ... ... ... Analysis from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ... Archbishop Diarmuid Martin talks to Wendy Grace on iCatholic


Synod14 - Message of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops , 18.10.2014 - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Bolletino (Bulletin) - Holy See Press Office

News.va (same address, with some context) ... Analysis from Catholic Herald (Francis Rocca)


Synod on the Family: Reports of English language working groups - Emer McCarthy - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

These are comprised of:

Relatio - Circulus Anglicus "A" Moderator: Em.mo Card. Raymond Leo BURKE Relator: S.E. Mons. John Atcherley DEW ... ... ...
Relatio - Circulus Anglicus "B" Moderator: Em.mo Card. Wilfrid Fox NAPIER, O.F.M. Relator: S.E. Mons. Diarmuid MARTIN ... ... ...
Relatio - Circulus Anglicus "C" Moderator: S.E. Mons. Joseph Edward KURTZ Relator: S.E. Mons. Stephen BRISLIN


Cardinal Napier: Synod document highlights all main concerns - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

A tale of 2 synods? ... "the danger of using language loosely" ... audio (Cardinal Napier)


Synod fathers on updating church language [Video] - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - CNS



Cardinal: Synod says no to 'secular agenda' [Video] - Thu 16th Oct, 2014 - CNA

Cardinal Pell


Synod feeds secular agenda hostile to traditional family - Fr Vincent Twomey - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - I Times



I am who I am, says gay priest in property row with his former lover - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - I Independent

"I am who I am." (Exodus 3:14 ... see also John 8:58)


Playing by ‘The Rule’ - Sun 19th Oct, 2014 - N C Register

New documentary chronicles a Benedictine success story at a Newark prep school


Pope Paul VI : of miracle and relics - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Recall : Paul VI’s “miracle” receives medical approval - Vatican Insider (13/12/2013)


The Smoke Of Satan? - Thu 16th Oct, 2014 - Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus



Letters - Science and religion - Mon 20th Oct, 2014 - I Times




19/10/14 (Sun)    >>



'Ite Missa est' (homily of Pope Francis) : Mission Sunday - Closing of Synod on the Family - Beatification of Pope Paul VI - Recall 40th Anniversary of "Humanae Vitae" ... ... ... CONTEXT LACKING IN MEDIA (one of 3 points important for summary document listed by Synod Father Archbishop Paul-André Durocher : It “is the feeling that we could end up responding to the media rather than responding to the actual situation of families in the world. And what we need to be doing is focusing on what we are here about. It is the families and it is the challenges of the Christian families in the context of new evangelization.” - Archbishop Paul-André Durocher) ... ... ... “The Church is pretty much alone in caring for them” - Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees - CNA


Synod14 - Relatio Synodi" of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: " The pastoral challenges on the family in the context of evangelization" ( 5 to 19 October 2014) , 10/18/2014 - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Bolletino (Bulletin) - Holy See Press Office"

see reports and analysis below ...


Family synod’s final report leaves controversial questions open - Francis X Rocca - Sun 19th Oct, 2014 - Catholic Herald

see link to the actual report, above ...

Some other perspectives from :

John Allen,

Andrea Gagliarducci (CNA),

John Thavis and,

from the sublime to the ridiculous (COMMENT),

RTÉ and Paddy Agnew on/and the Marian Finucane Show

Also :

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement that he was “grateful that the clarifications and deepening of scriptural and theological reflection shine consistently” through the final report. “Now the real work begins!”


Pope Francis speech at the conclusion of the Synod - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Pope highlights twin temptations of "the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and "the so-called “progressives and liberals.”" cf Jer 6:14 ... ... ... Analysis from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin


Synod14 - Message of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops , 18.10.2014 - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - Bolletino (Bulletin) - Holy See Press Office

News.va (same address, with some context)


Synod on the Family: Reports of English language working groups - Emer McCarthy - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

These are comprised of:

Relatio - Circulus Anglicus "A" Moderator: Em.mo Card. Raymond Leo BURKE Relator: S.E. Mons. John Atcherley DEW ... ... ...
Relatio - Circulus Anglicus "B" Moderator: Em.mo Card. Wilfrid Fox NAPIER, O.F.M. Relator: S.E. Mons. Diarmuid MARTIN ... ... ...
Relatio - Circulus Anglicus "C" Moderator: S.E. Mons. Joseph Edward KURTZ Relator: S.E. Mons. Stephen BRISLIN


Cardinal Napier: Synod document highlights all main concerns - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

A tale of 2 synods? ... "the danger of using language loosely" ... audio


I am who I am, says gay priest in property row with his former lover - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - I Independent

"I am who I am." (Exodus 3:14 ... see also John 8:58)


Playing by ‘The Rule’ - Sun 19th Oct, 2014 - N C Register

New documentary chronicles a Benedictine success story at a Newark prep school


Pope Paul VI : of miracle and relics - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Recall : Paul VI’s “miracle” receives medical approval - Vatican Insider (13/12/2013)




Today's TV (Sunday) :

BBC Two - 16:30 - Restoring England's Heritage -
RTÉ One - 17:15 - All-Island School Choir Competition -
From Armagh's St Patrick's Cathedral



18/10/14 (Sat)    >>



Feast of St Luke (see also below, 'Thinking Anew') ... ... ... Fr Vincent Twomey: Synod feeds secular agenda hostile to traditional family - I Times  (listen also to Cardinal Napier below)


Synod on the Family: Reports of English language working groups - Emer McCarthy - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio



Cardinal Napier: Synod document highlights all main concerns - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

  A tale of 2 synods?    ... "the danger of using language loosely" ... audio


I am who I am, says gay priest in property row with his former lover - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - I Independent

"I am who I am." (Exodus 3:14 ... see also John 8:58)


Pope Paul VI : of miracle and relics - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Recall : Paul VI’s “miracle” receives medical approval - Vatican Insider (13/12/2013)


Thinking Anew - Compassion – the heart of the ministry of Jesus - Gordon Linney - Sat 18th Oct, 2014 - I Times

St Luke (see also above)




Today's TV (Saturday) :

RTÉ One - 10:10 - Call the Midwife

RTÉ One - 11:15 - Nationwide -
Meeting three people who offered their help to developing countries ahead of Mission Sunday and Mary Fanning visits the 45th Annual Irish Church Music Summer school in Maynooth, where young people are participating in choirs and learning to play the organ. watch
RTÉ One - 15:45 - Father Brown -
Series based on the stories of G K Chesterton's crime solving cleric detective
BBC Two - 19:00 - Restoring England's Heritage -
includes a visit to a dockyard church in Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey
National Geographic - 23:00 - I Escaped a Cult -
Four people reveal why they severed their connection to dangerous and brainwashing cults, and what it was like to live in a locked world shrouded in fear and abuse.
BBC Two - 23:15 - The Way -
(2010, General Movie/Drama) Premiere. A conservative American ophthalmologist travels to Europe to recover the body of his deceased son, who died while attempting to make the pilgrimage from France to Spain's Santiago de Compostela. Once there, the ophthalmologist resolves to take the journey, the ancient Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) himself, in an effort to understand both himself and his late son -- starring Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt and Emilio Estevez, who also directed.



17/10/14 (Fri)    >>

Synod on the Family: Reports of English language working groups - Vatican Radio (Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Cardinal Napier etc.) ... ... ... Today's Synod on the Family press briefing


Synod on the Family: Reports of English language working groups - Emer McCarthy - Fri 17th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

(Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Cardinal Napier etc.)


Today's TV:

RTÉ ONE - 10:55 - Dr Phil - Interview with Michelle Knight, one of the women abducted by Ariel Castro. She has highlighted the need to forgive, linked to the need - common to all of us - to be forgiven
BBC TWO - 1pm - A Taste of my Life - John Barrowman discusses the difficulties of coming out to his family"
Discovery History - 2pm - The Mummy Detective - an examination of the skulls in Cologne Cathedral believed to be those of the Magi
TV3 - 3pm - Emmerdale - topic of online abuse addressed
Discovery History - 6pm - Time Team - searching for a Norman Cathedral under and English school
RTE ONE - 7pm - Nationwide - Meeting three Irish missionaries in advance of Mission Sunday - ALSO includes the 45th Annual Irish Church Music Summer School in Maynooth
BBC THREE - 8pm - Don't drop the baby
Film Four - 9pm - Movie : Dogma (comedy about 2 fallen angels)
History - 11pm - Vikings
UTV - 11:40pm - Movie : Couples Retreat (comedy) "



16/10/14 (Thu)    >>



15/10/14 (Wed)    >>

Feast of St Teresa of Avila ... ... ... Today's readings: What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control" ... ... ... Synod press briefings: Wednesday ... Tuesday ... Monday ... ... ... Catholic Communications Office welcomes RTÉ’s decision to postpone closure of its Longwave transmitter - Irish Bishops"


Cuts at Vatican Radio could leave the world’s poorest worse off - Emer McCarthy - Tue 14th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio



Synodal fathers meet the Press 2014.10.14 - Tue 14th Oct, 2014 - Vatican [YouTube]



US Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion restrictions - Wed 15th Oct, 2014 - BBC News

The US Supreme Court has blocked key parts of a controversial Texas law enforcing restrictions on abortion.


Letters - Abortion and the law - Wed 15th Oct, 2014 - I Times



Bishops’ synod: intermediary report on marriage and homosexuality causes perplexity - Wed 15th Oct, 2014 - Turtle Bay and Beyond

Today's TV :

Wednesday 15 October 2014 - Discovery History - 09:00 - Time Team - Search for Anglo-Saxon monastery of St Hilda
Wednesday 15 October 2014 - Discovery History - 10:00 - Time Team - Includes the discovery of part of a monastic hospital
Wednesday 15 October 2014 - Discovery History - 18:00 - Time Team - Investigation of Downpatrick
Wednesday 15 October 2014 - Discovery Science - 23:00 - The Unexplained Files - A participant in the exorcism that inspired the movie The Exorcist reveals his experience


Please pray for Fr Rory Brady who was due to undergo surgery, this morning



14/10/14 (Tue)    >>

Declaration of the director of the Holy See Press Office on behalf of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops : Vatican City, 2014 (VIS) – The General Secretariat of the Synod, in response to reactions and discussions following the publication of the Relatio post disceptationem, and the fact that often a value has been attributed to the document that does not correspond to its nature, reiterates that it is a working document, which summarises the interventions and debate of the first week, and is now being offered for discussion by the members of the Synod gathered in the Small Groups, in accordance with the Regulations of the Synod.""



13/10/14 (Mon)    >>

“We didn’t even have to talk about it” : 'Doctors wanted me to have abortion at 23 weeks - but look at my little girl now' - Irish Mirror : “It was one of those things we would never have even considered. It didn’t even enter our thoughts.” ... ... ... But Comment : More abortion shenanigans from Newstalk, and of course, the Irish Times ... ... ... Autumn 2014 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference concludes in Maynooth - Irish Bishops : New President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference : Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland - Synod on the Family - World Communications Day 2015 - Day for Life 2014 - Prayers for persecuted Christians - Rosary Sunday - RTÉ’s decision to cease broadcasting on its LW transmitter (Bishops crtical of RTÉ's decision) [Serving its audience – especially a marginal audience – should be the priority for the national public service broadcaster. RTÉ’s decision to close its Longwave 252 transmitter from 27 October on the grounds of cost, the environment and due to obsolete technology, will mean the end of broadcasting of worship programmes on this frequency. It is also likely that the short-notice given by RTÉ will result in a net loss of listenership. Bishops are concerned that the audience affected will be mostly rural, older, less well-off, living in the North of Ireland, as well as the elderly Irish in Britain. Bishops ask RTÉ to consider postponing it decision and to undertake an audience survey ... "]"


Baby survives after being trapped under dead father for days - Mon 13th Oct, 2014 - Newstalk



Breakfast - Interview with Dr Tony Holohan - Mon 13th Oct, 2014 - Newstalk [Audio]

From 5 mins 10 secs into the audio until 14 mins - the interview was on the topic of ebola ...
From 14 mins until 18 mins 25 secs - the interview was on the topic of the abortion of terminally ill children and the reporting by Katie Hannon on Prime Time that Dr Sam Coulter Smith had written to Dr Holohan to tell him about incidents of abortions being initiated in the UK but not completed until the mothers and their unborn children had returned home to Ireland ...

Comment : At 16 mins 50 secs there is an outrageous attempt by Newstalk, Newstalk Breakfast and Chris Donohoe in particular to get Dr Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, to utter a soundbite comparing 'inaction' on ebola with (what is being misrepresented in a pejorative way as) 'inaction' on legalising the abortion of terminally ill children - a soundbite which the station would no doubt have used repeatedly in its ongoing campaign to legalise this brutal murder of a vulnerable group of innocent people.


British woman who killed her disabled children will not face murder trial - Mon 13th Oct, 2014 - Newstalk



Majority of voters want abortion law liberalised - Mon 13th Oct, 2014 - I Times

Comment : Another misleading front page headline from the I Times - even though, in this case, it relates to their own poll ... The Journal's more accurate headline reads: Most voters want a referendum to decide if Ireland’s abortion laws should be liberalised


The gay divide - Sat 11th Oct, 2014 - Economist

Under the section 'Human Rights' (comment : misleadingly so)


Rockstar’s ex speaks out against abortion in Dublin - Mon 13th Oct, 2014 - Catholic Ireland



The vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world: theme of the next Synod - Mon 13th Oct, 2014 - VIS

Synod on Family: Midterm report presented, 2015 Synod announced - Vatican Radio


Relatio post disceptationem: listen to the family and discuss pastoral perspectives, with a gaze fixed on Christ - Mon 13th Oct, 2014 - VIS



Coptic Christian landmark church restored in Cairo - Sat 11th Oct, 2014 - BBC News



Friday's Faith in the Media - FMA



Mass - Most Rev Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe - Sun 12th Oct, 2014 - RTÉ ONE

500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila


Catholic schools seeking end to 'unjust' treatment by State - Mon 13th Oct, 2014 - I Independent



The Miracle of the Sun in Fatima October 13, 1917

The 13th Day (movie)


Today's TV

Monday 13 October 2014 - Sky Movies Family - 14:45 - Movie: The Prince of Egypt (animated) - Moses
Monday 13 October 2014 - Channel 4 - 21:00 - 24 Hours in Police Custody - paedophilia and Luton's Safeguarding Investigation Unit



12/10/14 (Sun)    >>

Mass celebrated today by Most Rev Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe, for the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila - RTÉ ONE / RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW 252 at 11 PM ... Pro Life Campaign criticises ‘extremely biased’ media - I Times (PLC Conference)


Friday's Faith in the Media - Fri 10th Oct, 2014 - Family and Media Association


Today's TV

Sunday 12 October 2014 - BBC One - 10:00 - Sunday Morning Live - Ebola and Is Pope Francis a revolutionary?
Sunday 12 October 2014 - RTÉ One - 11:00 - Mass - Most Rev Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe ... for the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila

Sunday 12 October 2014 - BBC One - 16:15 - Songs of Praise - The Venerable Bede
Sunday 12 October 2014 - BBC Four - 20:00 - Rome: A History of the Eternal City



11/10/14 (Sat)    >>

Yesterday's Faith in the Media


Thinking Anew - Presumption is a sin against hope - Sat 11th Oct, 2014 - Irish Times

WEEKEND TV :

Saturday 11 October 2014 - Discovery History - 09:00 - Time Team - An archeological investigation of Downpatrick
Saturday 11 October 2014 - RTÉ One - 10:15 - Call the Midwife
Saturday 11 October 2014 - RTÉ One - 15:45 - Father Brown ( GK Chesterton )

Sunday 12 October 2014 - BBC One - 10:00 - Sunday Morning Live - Ebola and Is Pope Francis a revolutionary?
Sunday 12 October 2014 - RTÉ One - 11:00 - Mass - Most Rev Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe ... for the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila

Sunday 12 October 2014 - BBC One - 16:15 - Songs of Praise - The Venerable Bede
Sunday 12 October 2014 - BBC Four - 20:00 - Rome: A History of the Eternal City



10/10/14 (Fri)    >>

TODAY Oct 10th : NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR CHILDREN ... ... ... ❤️ 'To ponder his death and his life eternally' (Mary Black) : Martina Purdy to leave BBC NI for new life in religious congregation !!! ❤️ ... ... ... Family synod: Married couple ask Pope to clear up ‘confusion’ on contraception - Catholic Herald ... ... ... COMMENT : 'There will be hell to pay' (Peter Boylan) : On Newstalk Breakfast this morning Peter Boylan continued his (and the media's) campaign for abortion, here in Ireland, of very sick, terminally ill unborn children. This followed the revelation of the contents of a letter by the Master of the Rotunda Sam Coulter Smith on last night's Prime Time (Studio discussion involving Caroline Simons and Peter Boylan [Note : Caroline Simons' robust attack on Peter Boylan and on RTÉ Prime Times' imbalanced abortion campaigning] | Report: by Katie Hannon | includes contributions from Niamh Uí Bhriain | Report introduced by Miriam O'Callaghan) | Coverage also on Morning Ireland and Morning Edition's paper review ... ... ... COMMENT : Excellent response to Patsy McGarry's question at the Synod (below) | Note the less than obvious link between the attack on terminally ill unborn babies by the Irish media and rogue doctors, on the one hand, and Synod14, Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI and the process that will lead to his beatification, on the other!


Marriage as a Place of the Growth of the Human Person - Pontifical Council on the Family

Second day of the Synod’s debate. Among the many proposals: committed renewal to accompanying married couples


Cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage - Thu 9th Oct, 2014 - Reuters



Inside the Synod - Highlights from Day 4 - Thu 9th Oct, 2014 - Salt and Light



29-year-old terminally ill woman and right-to-die campaigner moves to Oregon for assisted suicide - Thu 9th Oct, 2014 - RTE

COMMENT : This, apparently, is considered a news item in Ireland and yet the trial of mass murderer Kermit Gosnell in the US was all but ignored by the world's mainstream media. It was even ignored by the United States' own media. The publically funded RTÉ #groupthink would seem to dictate what stories are news, depending on their usefulness for advancing RTÉ's own private agenda (RTÉ eventually relented on the Gosnell Story)


Synod seeks to model God's marriage of justice and mercy - Fri 10th Oct, 2014 - News.va



SYNOD - Today's Press briefing - Fri 10th Oct, 2014 - Vatican [YouTube]

COMMENT : Note the question on Humanae Vitae by Patsy McGarry of the Irish Times, and the excellent response by two lay representatives ... ... ...

Listen back, also, to this Vatican Radio interview on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae ... ... ...

and read Paul VI’s “miracle” receives medical approval - Vatican Insider (13/12/2013)

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"


Vatican synod should be ‘based on gospel’ - Private secretary to Pope Benedict says solutions ‘should not be oriented on spirit of times’ - Fri 10th Oct, 2014 - Irish Times

COMMENT : 'spirit of times' = 'zeitgeist' in German


WHO in Sierra Leone: Horrendous scenes of suffering among Ebola victims - Fri 10th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio



Synod issues message to families in conflict zones - Fri 10th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio



Holy See at UN laments health policies detrimental to the unborn - Fri 10th Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio


WEEKEND TV :

Saturday 11 October 2014 - Discovery History - 09:00 - Time Team - An archeological investigation of Downpatrick
Saturday 11 October 2014 - RTÉ One - 10:15 - Call the Midwife
Saturday 11 October 2014 - RTÉ One - 15:45 - Father Brown

Sunday 12 October 2014 - RTÉ One - 11:00 - Mass - Most Rev Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe ... for the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila

Sunday 12 October 2014 - BBC One - 16:15 - Songs of Praise - The Venerable Bede
Sunday 12 October 2014 - BBC Four - 20:00 - Rome: A History of the Eternal City



09/10/14 (Thu)    >>

TODAY is the optional memorial of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (Cor ❤️ ad ❤️ cor loquitur) ... ... ...
DAY 4: Synod Press Briefing at noon ... ... ...
TODAY'S TV: Discovery History - 16:00 - Time Team - The excavation of a medieval cathedral destroyed by Henry VIII ... ... ... Brazilian couple to Synod14: natural family planning has an unfair reputation for being ineffective, because badly taught and used ... ... ... The meaning of the expression 'step by step', at the Synod ... ... ... Synod: the Church, a place for families in crisis - Vatican Radio ... ... ... Watch Nationwide special on Lourdes ... ... ... Archbishop Paglia: We Are in a ‘De-Familied’ Society - N C Register ... ... ... World Communications Day focuses on family - Catholic Ireland ... ... ... Robust debate is welcome but such a lack of balance is wrong - Cathal Barry - Irish Catholic


Northern Ireland abortion law: public consultation on proposed changes - Wed 8th Oct, 2014 - BBC News



Nationwide - Wed 8th Oct, 2014 - RTE One

LOURDES PROGRAMME
'This is a Nationwide special from Lourdes where we joined the 65th Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage'


African archbishop frankly criticizes Western attitudes at synod - Wed 8th Oct, 2014 - N C Reporter



The synod's key twist: The sudden return of gradualism - John Allen - Wed 8th Oct, 2014 - Crux



Call for Australian inquiry into commerical surrogacy - Thu 9th Oct, 2014 - RTE News




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06/10/14 (Mon)    >>



05/10/14 (Sun)    >>

DAY FOR LIFE 2014, TODAY SUNDAY 5th October ... ... ... Building a culture of life – homily for ‘Day for Life’ Sunday by Archbishop Eamon Martin - Irish Bishops ... .. ... Homily of Pope Francis for opening of Synod on Family ... ... ... Pope : "A bible in every family" - Sunday Angelus : the family needs to be nurtured by ❤️ the Word of God ❤️ ... ... ... The Importance of prayer (the Rosary) in bereavement support for children was (inadvertently) highlighted in a report on RTE Radio One Morning Ireland on Friday (just before 8am). ... ... ... But, Clare Daly says Dail prayer "offensive" and has no place in modern Ireland - I Times. COMMENT : Jesus, mercy! See Matthew 11:6 etc.


ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN PREVIEWS SYNOD ON THE FAMILY - Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 - iCatholic

Synod on the family - Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Fr Vincent Twomey – Open Letter to the Synod on the Family - Wed 30th Sep, 2014 - Spirit Radio

"... how countercultural Christian marriage is; above all how countercultural chastity is" - Fr Vincent Twomey ... MP3 ... RSS (Spirit Radio)


Synod to tackle wide range of challenges to modern families - Breda O'Brien - Sun 4th Oct, 2014 - I Times

The 'craic' is not always endearing - Brendan O'Regan - Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Media review


Saturday with Brian Dowling - Sat 4th Oct, 2014 - RTE Radio One

** Strongly pro-life statements made on this programme, by South Leitrim / Roscommon by-election candidate Des Guckian : "Abortion is a smear on the good name of this country" - Des Guckian (15 mins 33 secs into broadcast)


The ‘obedience of faith’ binds every Catholic, from the Pope in Rome, to lay faithful in their parish church - Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 - Catholic Voice

Pope to CCEE: The healing power of Jesus for Europe and families - Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

The Late Late Show - Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 - RTE ONE

IncInterview with John and Diane Foley, parents of murdered journalist James (Jim) Foley


Faith in the Media - Wed 1st Oct, 2014 - FMA

Archbishop Celli: family is where we learn to communicate - Vatican Radio / News.va ... Family is theme for 2015 Social Communications Day - Vatican Radio (SEE Monday) ... Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary - Tue 7th October : Special Celebration in St. Bernadette’s Parish, Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12 at 8 PM (Rosary, Adoration, reflection and song - Dana, Fr. James Kelleher) ... Newstalk : Lunchtime - ABORTION PROPAGANDA SCANDAL


Faith in the Media - Mon 29th Sep, 2014 - FMA

Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love - Vatican Press Office : theme for next year's World Communications Day, Sun 17th May 2015 (In Ireland, Feast of the Ascension)


The Saturday Night Show - Sat 4th Oct, 2014 - RTE ONE

Includes an interview with an Irish couple who decided to go to England to have a termination when they found out that their unborn baby had a terminal medical condition. The couple want to have abortion introduced into Ireland for other couples facing similar circumstances ... Read Ronan Mullen TWITTER comment ... SEE also Wednesday's Faith in the Media (link above) for background


Marian Finucane - Sun 5th Oct, 2014 - RTE Radio One

Marian Finnucane, Paddy Agnew, Gemma Hussey et al ... COMMENT : Re : The synod on the Family : Quite a cynical and typically homogenous discussion on a Catholic topic, by RTE and its commentariat where their #groupthink is, as ever, evident. ... Excellent, accurate TWITTER contributions from Michael Kelly and scary_biscuits


This Week - Sun 5th Oct, 2014 - RTE Radio One

Interview with Bishop John McAreavey of Dromore about the conditions in direct provision centres ... SEE also Irish Bishops


#dayforlife - TWITTER

Also : synod14 - TWITTER



04/10/14 (Sat)    >>

The Importance of prayer (the Rosary) in bereavement support for children was (inadvertently) highlighted in a report on RTE Radio One Morning Ireland yesterday (just before 8am). ... But, Clare Daly says Dail prayer "offensive and has no place in modern Ireland - I Times. COMMENT : Jesus, mercy! See Matthew 11:6 etc. ... On Morning Ireland, Joe Little reported on the Synod on the Family (SEE also Vatican Radio and below), which is about to begin in Rome. (the report includes clips from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Gina Menzies and David Quinn. Listen to Fr Vincent Twomey, below)


ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN PREVIEWS SYNOD ON THE FAMILY - Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 - iCatholic

Synod on the family - Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Fr Vincent Twomey – Open Letter to the Synod on the Family - Wed 30th Sep, 2014 - Spirit Radio

"... how countercultural Christian marriage is; above all how countercultural chastity is" - Fr Vincent Twomey ... MP3 ... RSS (Spirit Radio)


The 'craic' is not always endearing - Brendan O'Regan - Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Media review


The ‘obedience of faith’ binds every Catholic, from the Pope in Rome, to lay faithful in their parish church - Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 - Catholic Voice

Pope to CCEE: The healing power of Jesus for Europe and families - Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Faith in the Media - Wed 1st Oct, 2014 - FMA

Archbishop Celli: family is where we learn to communicate - Vatican Radio / News.va ... Family is theme for 2015 Social Communications Day - Vatican Radio (SEE Monday) ... Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary - Tue 7th October : Special Celebration in St. Bernadette’s Parish, Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12 at 8 PM (Rosary, Adoration, reflection and song - Dana, Fr. James Kelleher) ... Newstalk : Lunchtime - ABORTION PROPAGANDA SCANDAL


Faith in the Media - Mon 29th Sep, 2014 - FMA

Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love - Vatican Press Office : theme for next year's World Communications Day, Sun 17th May 2015 (In Ireland, Feast of the Ascension)



03/10/14 (Fri)    >>

The Importance of prayer (the Rosary) in bereavement support for children was (inadvertently) highlighted in a report on RTE Radio One Morning Ireland today (just before 8am). ... But, Clare Daly says Dail prayer "offensive and has no place in modern Ireland - I Times. COMMENT : Jesus, mercy! See Matthew 11:6 etc. ... On Morning Ireland, Joe Little reported on the Synod on the Family, which is about to begin in Rome. (the report includes clips from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Gina Menzies and David Quinn)


Fr Vincent Twomey – Open Letter to the Synod on the Family - Wed 30th Sep, 2014 - Spirit Radio

MP3 ... RSS (Spirit Radio)



02/10/14 (Thu)    >>



01/10/14 (Wed)    >>

Archbishop Celli: family is where we learn to communicate - Vatican Radio / News.va ... Family is theme for 2015 Social Communications Day - Vatican Radio (SEE Monday) ... Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary - Tue 7th October : Special Celebration in St. Bernadette’s Parish, Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12 at 8 PM (Rosary, Adoration, reflection and song - Dana, Fr. James Kelleher)


Prime Time - What can the Government do to combat crippling childcare costs? - RTÉ One

COMMENT: Another groupthink / propaganda driven title / report. Any lessons learned from the Father Kevin Reynolds affair are now a distant memory. In the subsequent panel discussion, Marc Coleman makes good points about tax individualization and the value of the work of women in the home, in particular.


Lunchtime - Wed 1st Oct, 2014 - Newstalk

Peter Boylan on unborn children diagnosed with a terminal illness


Lunchtime - 'We had to leave him in the boot - it was heartbreaking' - Tue 30th Sep, 2014 - Newstalk

COMMENT: ('Fatal foetal abnormality') The deliberate killing propaganda continued on Newstalk yesterday. Listen also to yesterday's Newstalk Breakfast (48 mins in) and Monday's Newstalk Lunchtime. Incredibly, the Monday interview was also run as a news item on Newstalk afternoon news broadcasts. Newstalk would appear to have abandoned any pretensions of being a news station in order to become a campaigning station, a macabre 'grim reaper' voice for death, so to speak. What a sad perversion of genuine talent.


Don't dump gran in a care home, urged Pope: Francis says practice of putting elderly into care is form of 'hidden euthanasia' - Wed 1st Oct, 2014 - Mail

LifeNews (29/9/2014)


Six-One News - Bishop pays tribute to nuns killed in car crash - Tue 30th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ News

Young sexual offenders move from downloading images to sexually harming children - Wed 1st Oct, 2014 - Journal

COMMENT: The vast majority of sexual abuse takes place in the family and the broader family circle. This has ALWAYS been the case. Clerical sexual abuse -- while utterly reprehensibe -- accounts for only a tiny minority of all abuse cases. These facts continue to be obscured, to a greater or lesser extent, in today's reporting ... See also RTÉ, I Times, I Independent and Newstalk


Average age of brides and grooms rises by nine years since 1978 - CSO - Tue 30th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ



30/9/14 (Tue)    >>



29/9/14 (Mon)    >>

Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love - Vatican Press Office : theme for next year's World Communications Day, Sun 17th May 2015 (In Ireland, Feast of the Ascension)


Communicating the family: a privileged place of encounter with the gift of love - Mon 29th Sep, 2014 - VIS

The Right Hook - Part 1 - Mon 29th Sep, 2014 - Newstalk

Newstalk : Lunchtime ('Fatal foetal abnormality') / COMMENT: Why are people expressing surprise at the idea of a foetus being put in a box? (Listen to George Hook) ... It is, in fact, perfectly consistent with the logic of abortion and our throwaway culture. Recall the Amanda Holden story below.


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

COMMENT: This story was hardly reported at all in the Irish media, last March.


Irish granny addresses Pope Francis - Mon 29th Sep, 2014 - I Independent

Catherine Wiley, Catholic Grandparents Association


Incest and pornography: more similar than we think - Mon 29th Sep, 2014 - Mercatornet

Incest remains taboo, but pornography also corrupts marriages and families


Celebrating the Archangels: 7 things to know and share - Sun 28th Sep, 2014 - N C Register


28/9/14 (Sun)    >>



27/9/14 (Sat)    >>

Bishops ask faithful to support worldwide day of prayer on Sunday for the Synod of Bishops on the Family - Irish Bishops ... Holy See Scolds UN Committee - Turtle Bay and Beyond


Pope sends clear, strong message on sex abuse - Francis gives go-ahead for archbishop to be tried on paedophilia charges - Fri 26th Sep, 2014 - Paddy Agnew - I Times

"... there is no doubt that, in their different ways, both John Paul II and Benedict attempted to confront the problem of clerical sex abuse. Yet ..." ... ... ... See also Joaquín Navarro-Valls - La Repubblica: "...the decision of Pope Bergoglio ... is the logical consequence of acts initiated by his predecessors" (Thu 25/9 - Italian)


Legal and political considerations may lie behind removal of surrogacy plans - Ruadhán Mac Cormaic - Fri 26th Sep, 2014 - I Times

See below


News at One - Child and Family Relationship Bill published - RTÉ's Political Correspondent Martina Fitzgerald looks at the new legislation - Thu 25th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

The Bill was to be discussed on RTÉ Prime Time, but this item was later cancelled ... See below ... Read, also David Quinn on TWITTER


Her Body, Our Babies - Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 - RTÉ One

[REPEAT] ... "Documentary following a couple as they travel to India to meet the surrogate mother who will enable them to start their own family." / COMMENT: Ironically, on the RTÉ website immediately following this piece of pro-surrogacy spin, the next words we read are "MORE FROM FACTUAL" / COMMENT: #GROUPTHINK ... See also these responses from Sinéad Ryan - I Independent : "disturbing and unpleasant" and Donum Vitae ... ... ... RTÉ One broadcasted a separate item on surrogacy in 'Caroline Quentin: A Passage Through India' on Sun 21 Sep at 16:50


The Late Late Show - Fri 26th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ One

The Rosary and Medjugorje discussed in an interview with Kelly McDonagh Mongan and her family


Liveline - Fri 26th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

The call for a forensic examination of the Tuam mother and baby home / SEE below I Times efforts to salvage its reputation ... ... ... There was a short discussion about obscene language and obviously anti-social behaviour on Tuesday (23/9)


Tuam mother and baby home: the trouble with the septic tank story - Catherine Corless’s research revealed that 796 children died at St Mary’s. She now says the nature of their burial has been widely misrepresented - Sat 7th Jun, 2014 - I Times

[ RECALL ]


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

[ RECALL ]


Francis Gives 3 Guidelines to Focolare Movement - Fri 26th Sep, 2014 - Zenit

Listen also to: 'Pope meets leaders of the international Focolari movement' - Vatican Radio


Thursday's Faith in the Media - Thu 25th Sep, 2014 - FMA

Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God's Creation - Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley ... Lord Patten outlines vision for reform of Vatican communications - Vatican Radio ... Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) upholds complaint against sexually "exploitative" ad - ASAI ( See also [ the predictable ] media reaction, below, and PLEASE TAKE PART IN THE ASAI 'Review of the Manual of Advertising Self-Regulation including the Code of Standards for Advertising, Promotional and Direct Marketing in Ireland' [ SURVEY ] )


News At One - Drogheda sacristan's hunger strike enters its fourth day - Elaine Keogh speaks to Declan Hanratty about his protest over the closure of the Dominican Church in Drogheda - Thu 25th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Later... with Jools Holland - Fri 26th Sep, 2014 - BBC

Includes quick references by Marianne Faithfull first to her dislike of the media and, later, to what she herself described as very "anti-family" comments


Entertainment - Tubridy rules out BBC move as Montrose goes silent on Mooney future - Fri 26th Sep, 2014 - I Independent


26/9/14 (Fri)    >>



25/9/14 (Thu)    >>

Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God's Creation - Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley ... Lord Patten outlines vision for reform of Vatican communications - Vatican Radio ... Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) upholds complaint against sexually "exploitative" ad - ASAI ( See also [ the predictable ] media reaction, below, and PLEASE TAKE PART IN THE ASAI 'Review of the Manual of Advertising Self-Regulation including the Code of Standards for Advertising, Promotional and Direct Marketing in Ireland' [ SURVEY ] )


Antiques Road Trip - today at 4:30 PM - Thu 25th Sep, 2014 - BBC ONE

"Christina finds out the story behind the 400-year-old hand of a Catholic saint."


Pressure is on to repeal our pro-life amendment - David Quinn - Thu 25th Sep, 2014 - Irish Catholic

Socialist TDs call for ‘medieval’ 8th Amendment to be removed from Constitution - Thu 25th Sep, 2014 - Journal

"Ruth Coppinger and Joe Higgins will introduce the Bill (today), with support from pro-choice groups ROSA and the Abortion Rights Campaign."


Why resistance remains among black Democrats for gay marriage - Wed 24th Sep, 2014 - Washington Post (blog)

'A significant chunk of African Americans say Democrats are "too willing to accept same sex marriage"'


Support for gay marriage dips below 50 percent in Pew study - Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 - Reuters

"The survey also found that 47 percent of Americans believe wedding-related businesses, such as caterers and florists, should be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons." ... See also Salon


Farming special - Day 3: Majority of farmers in favour of gay marriage - Thu 25th Sep, 2014 - I Examiner

Reported on Newstalk Breakfast paper review


Pope urges action to fight Ebola - Wed 24th Sep, 2014 - I Independent

Complaint: Newbridge Silverware - Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 - Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI)

COMMENT: PLEASE ADD YOUR VOICE to this 'Review of the Manual of Advertising Self-Regulation including the Code of Standards for Advertising, Promotional and Direct Marketing in Ireland'


Down with this sort of thing (even if it offends just one Irish person) - Thu 25th Sep, 2014 - Herald

See above


Style - Roz Purcell's Newbridge ad banned for being 'exploitative' ... after just one complaint - Wed 24th Sep, 2014 - I Independent

See above


Committee on the Rights of the Child Intent on Promoting Abortion - Thu 25th Sep, 2014 - Turtle Bay and Beyond

"Below is one of the worst recommendations to ever come out of a UN committee"


Don't Be 'Soap Bubble' Christians, Pope Exhorts in Morning Homily - Warns Against Vanity and Being Beautiful Only for a Second - Thu 25th Sep, 2014 - Zenit

"Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!" ... Also, compare with Cardinal Seán O'Malley, above



24/9/14 (Wed)    >>


The Men with Many Wives - tonight at 10pm - Wed 24th Sep, 2014 - Channel 4

"This revealing documentary explores the world of polygamous marriages among British Muslims. While polygamy is illegal under British law, it is permitted under Sharia law, and while it's unusual, some estimate that there are as many as 20,000 polygamous marriages among Muslims in the UK today."


Her Body, Our Babies - Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 - RTÉ One

"Documentary following a couple as they travel to India to meet the surrogate mother who will enable them to start their own family." (!)



23/9/14 (Tue)    >>

Heartless


Prime Time - Draft report on Ms Y case - Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 - RTÉ One

COMMENT: (Heartless) Another piece of sloppy, heartless abortion propaganda from RTÉ Prime Time. How is it possible for a mother and journalist to look at a baby (the baby who along with her mother is at the heart of the Y case, the baby who, along with her mother, in fact, is the heart of the Y case) and not see her, and not see the baby! How?


Yesterday's Faith in the Media - Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 - FMA

** IMPORTANT ... Mother who refused abortion after her waters broke at 16 weeks gives birth to 'miracle' baby boy... after amniotic fluid REPLENISHES itself in the womb - Daily Mail ... Day for Life 2014: Protect and Cherish Life #livelife - Irish Bishops ... Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults - Irish Bishops


Health agencies constrained by abortion legislation - draft report - Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 - RTÉ

! COMMENT : We are all constrained by laws. Thank God that the Health agencies, in this instance, were constrained by laws. Otherwise a baby, an innocent baby, would now be dead and innocent blood would be on the hands of all


Your children will ask you what you did to defend life, says bishop - Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 - Catholic Herald

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury


Poll based on reality of abortion law would paint entirely different picture says PLC - Sun 21st Sep, 2014 - PLC

"My concern is not with today’s poll results but with the unbelievably one-sided debate that is going on in the media at present on this issue. It is a pretend debate not a real one." - Cora Sherlock


Woman at centre of abortion row ‘sad, depressed but not suicidal’ - Eilish O'Regan - Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 - I Independent

Truth has 'power of attraction,' Pope says to religious leaders - Sun 21st Sep, 2014 - CNA

“The more men and women are at the service of others,” he said, “the greater their freedom!”


APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO TIRANA (ALBANIA) - Sun 21st Sep, 2014 - Vatican.va

"With the power of the Gospel and the example of your ancestors and the martyrs, you know how to say “No” to the idolatry of money – “No” to the idolatry of money! –, “No” to the false freedom of individualism, “No” to addiction and to violence; you also know how to say “Yes” to a culture of encounter and of solidarity, “Yes” to the beauty that is inseparable from the good and the true; “Yes” to a life lived with great enthusiasm and at the same time faithful in little things. In this way, you will build a better Albania and a better world, in the footsteps of your ancestors." ... SEE Archbishop Eamon Martin


Catholic Radio and Television Network newsletter - September 2014 - CRTN

The Right Hook - Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 - Newstalk

Paddy Agnew on Pope Francis and marriage ... COMMENT: One of the most notable features of this interview was the remarkable failure, on the part of Paddy Agnew in particular to distinguish between nullity and divorce, a distinction which should be understood by everyone, even at the civil level


TV - Her Body, Our Babies - Tonight at 10:35 PM - Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 - RTÉ One

"Documentary following a couple as they travel to India to meet the surrogate mother who will enable them to start their own family" (RTÉ website) ... COMMENT: Another example of the customary propaganda which appears on the website of the publically funded State broadcaster



22/9/14 (Mon)    >>

Mother who refused abortion after her waters broke at 16 weeks gives birth to 'miracle' baby boy... after amniotic fluid REPLENISHES itself in the womb - Mail ... Day for Life 2014: Protect and Cherish Life #livelife - Irish Bishops ... Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults - Irish Bishops


UN Day of Peace homily 2014 - Sun 21st Sep, 2014 - http://militarychaplaincy.ie

From RTÉ MASS (21 Sep, 2014) ... Listen back here ... "Croke Park could be filled thirty or forty time over by the amount of people who have left their homes in Iraq and Syria." - Fr Robert McCabe [Programme produced by Rosemary Lucero, Instruments of Peace]


Lord Patten chairs first meeting of Vatican media commission - Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 - Catholic Herald

‘Named Person is ultimate insult to loving parents’ - Thu 18th Sep, 2014 - The Christian Institute


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Faith in the Media - Fri 19th Sep, 2014

The 'Walk to Church' initiative - THIS Sunday 21st Sep


‘Walk to Mass’ in solidarity with Iraq’s Christians - Sat 20th Sep, 2014 - Catholic Ireland


19/9/14 (Fri)    >>

Prayer service this Sunday 21st Sep, UN International Day of Peace 2014 @ 9:30 AM, UN Veterans Garden at Arbour Hill followed by Walk to Church (in solidarity with the Christians of Iraq) for Mass at 10:00 AM with Bishop Eamonn Walsh ... Mass from the RTÉ studios at 11 AM on Sunday 21st Sep - with "Fr Robert McCabe, Chaplain to the Irish Defence Forces, marks the UN International Day of Peace from the studios. Featuring an international congregation of Irish, Iraqi, Argentinean, Australian, Philippino, Swiss, British, German, Polish and Icelandic people offering their prayers in a variety of languages." (source : RTÉ)



18/9/14 (Thu)    >>

Listen to a clip from yesterday's Morning Ireland on All Hallows; then, read the revealing discussion which ensued on TWITTER.


Morning Ireland - All Hallows seeking partners or sale of campus - Wed 17th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Fr Patrick McDevitt, President of All Hallows College, discusses the proposed sale of the campus at Gracepark Road in Drumcondra


Yesterday (Wednesday)

Gardasil ... BBC: 'Ireland's Lost Babies' ... Christy May testimony


Tuesday

"I met great joy. I met people who had come through with a great sense of hope" ... "They have done great things, the Sisters of Charity ... there are great things in Ireland done by the nuns"


Monday

'Prison to praise' ... Cardinal George


Council of Cardinals focuses on family, peace, justice - Wed 17th Sep, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Important announcements expected regarding the statutes and membership of the Commission for the Protection of Minors ... First meeting of the Commission on Vatican Media to convene on 23rd Sep, 2014


Abortion regulations to be published on Friday - Kenny - Wed 17th Sep, 2014 - I Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is expected to publish abortion regulations on Friday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. ... COMMENT : Note, in this article, the amazing invisibility of a baby, baby 'Hope' (where the Irish Times and An Taoiseach are concerned!) There was a time when members of the pro-life movement used to identify the unborn child as having a 'PR problem' - you could not see or hear her. It seems that the IT and the Taoiseach would like - as far as they are able - to extend this PR problem from unborn to born babies. ... SEE Oireachtas (debates - Wed 17 Sep, 2014)


Deanery changes in Dublin Archdiocese to increase the role of lay people in Diocesan Planning - Wed 17th Sep, 2014 - Irish Bishops


17/9/14 (Wed)    >>

Gardasil HPV Cancer vaccine warning (I Examiner - August 2010)


Christy May (interview) - Mon 15th Sep, 2014 - Spirit Radio

This World - Ireland's Lost Babies - today @ 9 PM - Wed 17th Sep, 2014 - BBC TWO

Documentary - "Martin Sixsmith goes on a journey to investigate the Irish Catholic Church's role in an adoption trade which saw thousands of illegitimate children taken from their mothers and sent abroad, often with donations to the Church flowing in the other direction". ... "With no one willing to help and information scarce, for some it feels like after all these years the Catholic Church is still trying to keep them apart." (Source : BBC website) ... Also on RTÉ ONE - 22:15 - Thu 18th Sep, 2014 - and on BBC TWO - 23:20 - Thu 18th Sep, 2014



16/9/14 (Tue)    >>

"I met great joy. I met people who had come through with a great sense of hope" ... "They have done great things, the Sisters of Charity ... there are great things in Ireland done by the nuns" - Marie Louise O'Donnell reporting on Hope House on Today with Seán O'Rourke - RTÉ Radio One ... Pope to focus on grandparents after newlyweds - Daily Mail ... Catholic body insists its schools are 'most inclusive' - I Independent ... and listen to Joe Humphreys (I Times) on Today with Seán O'Rourke


Faith in the Media (yesterday) - Mon 15th Sep, 2014 - Family and Media Association

COMMENT : Important - Includes a significant article by Francis Cardinal George


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Latin Mass - Mon 15th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

"Paddy O'Gorman attened Mass at St. Kevin's Church, Harrington Street in Dublin"


The World Over Live - Thu 11th Sep, 2014 - EWTN

"HEADLINES, plus: BILL DONOHUE, president of the Catholic League, on the controversy over the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade and the reason for the Catholic League's decision NOT to march in next year's event. CONGRESSMAN CHRIS SMITH, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights on the joint House hearing on the ISIS genocide against Christians and Minorities in Syria and Iraq. HARRY CONNICK, JR, MORGAN FREEMAN AND ASHLEY JUDD in a special preview of the new family film, Dolphin Tale 2."


Theresa Heaney (Mothers’ Alliance Ireland) – HPV Vaccination [Podcast] - Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 - Spirit Radio

Maureen Fitzgerald – Mary’s Meals Backpack Project - Sat 6th Sep, 2014 - Spirit Radio

Support for Christians in Iraq and the Middle East - Mon 15th Sep, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Addressing the John Carroll Society - Fri 12th Sep, 2014 - Cardinal Seán's Blog

Cardinal Seán O'Malley: "We are very pleased that Msgr. Robert Oliver was appointed this week as Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. This is a very important step forward in the organization of the office and the work of the commission."


Hospital Review further confirmation Savita’s death was about mismanagement not abortion, says PLC - Thu 11th Sep, 2014 - Pro Life Campaign

"These journalists and politicians were happy to hard wire a false account of what happened into people’s minds and to this day they have no intention of disturbing their original narrative. "The public discussion on abortion in Ireland at present is deeply dishonest"


Bishop backs down over plan for male-only lay ministers - Sarah MacDonald - Tue 16th Sep, 2014 - I Independent

Isil want to assassinate the Pope, says Iraq's ambassador to Vatican - Tue 16th Sep, 2014 - Telegraph

Study Links Increased Drilling With Earthquakes - Mon 15th Sep, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Missionary Ebola survivor donates blood to another infected physician - Tue 16th Sep, 2014 - The Christian Century (USA Today / RNS)

Pope marries couples 'living in sin' in Vatican ceremony - Sun 14th Sep, 2014 - Telegraph

COMMENT: Headline somewhat misleading


Pope Francis: Marriage is not fiction, Christ's love sustains couples - Lydia O'Kane - Sun 14th Sep, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Archbishop Chaput: 2015 Meeting of Families a celebration - Tue 16th Sep, 2014 - Vatican Radio

VIS ... The Vatican [YouTube]



15/9/14 (Mon)    >>

'Prison to praise' - What made a leading Dublin criminal turn from crime? Listen to Christy May on Spirit Radio at approx. 11 AM [ and in Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge at 8 PM, TONIGHT ] ... Francis Cardinal George: A tale of two churches : "The “ruling class,” those who shape public opinion in politics, in education, in communications, in entertainment, is using the civil law to impose its own form of morality on everyone."


'Most families wait until their baby is born to start making memories, but our time could be limited': Couple complete 'bucket list' for their severely disabled unborn son - Fri 12th Sep, 2014 - Daily Mail

Pro-life governor of Maine recounts how father’s abuse killed his unborn sister (Audio) - Fri 12th Sep, 2014 - LifeSite News

Baby at centre of abortion controversy to remain in State care - Sat 13th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ

Personal Testimonies of Finding Faith - TONIGHT AT 8 PM - Mon 15th Sep, 2014

Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge (Spirit Radio 11 AM)



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12/9/14 (Fri)    >>

RTE Voice 'way too sexy' - Bressie fuming as watchdogs blast show - Sun (lead story) [RTÉ : It Says in the Papers]



11/9/14 (Thu)    >>

BAI upholds complaint against RTÉ: 'The Voice' - RTÉ; Journal ... Praveen Halappanavar's solicitor on RTÉ Radio One Morning Ireland ... Homeschooling - Today with Seán O'Rourke


Disciplinary action taken against nine staff in Halappanavar case - RTÉ

Pat Kenny - Taoiseach says abortion issue "won't be revisited" - Newstalk

Interview



10/9/14 (Wed)    >>

New Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin talks about challenges facing him - Vatican Radio ... Synod: The Church assembles for the family - Vatican Radio


Tonight with Vincent Browne - Tue 9th Sep, 2014 - TV3

'the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland today' - Marie Collins, Joe McDonald, Patsy McGarry ... COMMENT: Although Marie Collins was introduced (twice) as herself an abuse survivor, Fr Joe McDonald was not introduced as 'himself an abuse survivor'


Transmisconceptions - Sat 6th Sep, 2014 - Sexual Authenticity


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08/9/14 (Mon)    >>

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary ... Irish Bishops on the acceptance by Pope Francis of the resignation of Cardinal Brady ... New data analysis of study finds that the happiest people are: "... those with children and religion as a part of daily life." - I Times; RTÉ Radio One : It Says in the Papers; I Mirror; Newstalk Breakfast: Interview with Dr Edel Walsh [51 mins in] (ISNE Conference - Page 10)


Faith in the Media - Saturday

NB ... More on the topic of forgiveness on Today with Seán O'Rourke, today


Moncrieff (Tara Duggan presenting) - Mon 8th Sep, 2014 - Newstalk

Interview with David Quinn (25 mins)


Resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady - Lough Derg - Mon 8th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Patsy McGarry ... Also, Marie Collins on Newstalk : Lunchtime


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Lough Derg - Mon 8th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

MARY: MODEL OF MOTHERLY COURAGE FOR THE CHURCH - Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 - VIS

POPE'S TELEGRAM FOR THE THREE NUNS KILLED IN BURUNDI - Mon 8th Sep, 2014 - VIS


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06/9/14 (Sat)    >>

Two families ... - Breda O'Brien - I Times [ Call for better communication ! ] ... FMA Appeal : Dr Ivo O'Sullivan


Faith in the Media - Thu 4th Sep, 2014

Among other significant items, this includes a VERY IMPORTANT DISCUSSION ON FORGIVENESS - RTÉ Radio One : Seán O'Rourke ... Listen also to Prof Casey on the importance of religion in coping Today with Seán O'Rourke (5/9/2014) [Examiner (Prof Patricia Casey's comments on the need for truth, referred to by Marian Finucane - Breda O'Brien's article mentioned on RTÉ Radio One, 9am, It Says in the Papers)]


Liveline - Thu 4th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

More on homeschooling from John, Thérese and Jacqi ... Friday's Liveline included a discussion on secular graves


Drivetime - Fri 5th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Petra Conroy of Catholic Comment on Bishop Martin Drennan and St Vincent de Paul grant for LGBT group ... SEE also some TWITTER comments from Paddy Manning


David Quinn : Nazis were the first to ban home-schooling for kids - Fri 5th Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Home-schooling parents Monica O'Connor and her husband Eddie O'Neill are lucky they are not living in Germany


Irish Christians show solidarity to brothers and sisters in Iraq - Lydia O'Kane - Sat 6th Sep, 2014 - Vatican Radio

*** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (short) AUDIO INTERVIEW ... Fr Robert McCabe talks about several issues, including : Baptism and the Ice Bucket Challange, the 'Walk to Church' initiative, Aid to the Church in Need and also YOUNG FAMILIES' NEED TO FILTER WHAT THEY SEE ON TELEVISION [ Better communication needed ! ]


FMA Appeal : Dr Ivo O'Sullivan

W/E TV : MASS for Peace - TOMORROW SUNDAY at 11:15am - RTÉ One

Mass for Peace on Sunday 7th September on RTÉ One at 11am comes from Our Lady's Cathedral, Antwerp in Belgium, at the start of a three-day conference of some 300 religious and political leaders, aimed at building peace through mutual understanding, respect and dialogue. Meetings of this nature have taken place every year since 1986, when Pope John Paul II facilitated a meeting of world religious leaders in Assisi. They are organised by the Community of Sant'Egidio The celebrant is Monsignor Johan Bonny, Bishop of Antwerp, who is joined by His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch & Supreme Head of the Syriac Orthodox Church. Christianity is under threat in Syria and Iraq at the moment, so his presence, appealing for peace, has a special poignancy. Commentary and translation is by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP ... [ SEE also below ]


Other W / E TV of possible interest

S A T U R D A Y ... Call the Midwife - RTÉ One - Sat at 09:10 - The nuns find a newborn baby on the steps of the convent. The discovery prompts the community to rally round, providing food and clothing for the unexpected arrival. But the question remains - who is his mother and why did she leave him there? While the investigation gets under way, Jenny gets caught up in the mystery surrounding semi-vagrant local Mrs Jenkins, and the newly married Chummy pulls out all the stops to mount a successful children’s nativity play. Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Pam Ferris and Jenny Agutter star. ... Curiosity - Discovery Channel - Sat at 15:00 - Courteney Cox explores human foetal development, presenting an insight into pregnancy and birth. ... Malibu Country - RTÉ 2 - Sat at 16:10 - Reba is surprised when she discovers she and Kim are both auditioning for the same solo in the church Christmas show, and is even more shocked when her neighbour wins the part, despite her atrocious singing voice. Meanwhile, June confides in Cash that she no longer believes in God. Comedy drama, starring Reba McEntire. ... Come Dine with Me - Channel 4 - Sat at 16:40 - Business development manager Iyesha Atkins hosts the second dinner party in Huddersfield, hoping her sophisticated event will win her the £1,000 prize. However, the evening does not go to plan when Virginia finds fault with Iyesha’s main course, and the two women fall out following a discussion about religion. ... (GK Chesterton's) Father Brown - RTÉ One - Sat at 16:55 - Lady Felicia is horrified to find an injured man stuck in a tree on her estate, apparently thrown there from a passing train on an overhead viaduct. When Sid is implicated as the guilty party, Father Brown is left to clear his name - but only if he is truly innocent. Mystery drama, starring Mark Williams. ... Inside 9/11 - National Geographic - Sat at 19:00 - A look at the evolving story of radical Islam’s war against the West and Osama Bin Laden’s ruthless attempt to encourage a generation of men to wage war against the US. (SEE also below : RTÉ One - Sunday) ... The Dark Knight - RTÉ 2 - Sat at 21:00 - (2008, Detective/Thriller) In the sequel to Batman Begins, the masked hero finds a new ally in his war on organised crime in Gotham City’s crusading new district attorney, Harvey Dent. However, both men are pushed to their limits by the rise of the Joker, a criminal mastermind spreading chaos and destruction throughout the city for his own amusement. Comic-book thriller, starring Christian Bale, Aaron Eckhart and an Oscar-winning Heath Ledger. ... Knocked Up (Movie : Comedy : 2007) - UTV - Sat at 23:35 - Ambitious journalist Alison’s one-night stand with directionless layabout Ben has unexpected consequences when she discovers she is pregnant. However, the unlikely parents decide to give the relationship a try for their baby’s sake, forcing Ben to face the challenge of accepting responsibility for the first time in his life. Romantic comedy, starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl and Paul Rudd. ... (FYI only) Now and Then: How the Irish Have Sex - Variety Is the Spice of Life - TV3 - Sat night/Sun morning at 00:20 ... S U N D A Y ... Curiosity - Discovery Channel - Sun morning at 11:00 - Stephen Hawking presents a personal vision of the creation of the universe, exploring who or what was responsible. (COMMENT: BUT READ and WATCH Fr Robert Spitzer) ... Who framed Jesus? - Discovery - Sun at Noon 12:00 - The motives of the main suspects behind the death of Jesus are examined to solve the mystery of who the culprit really was. (FYI only) ... Songs of Praise - BBC One - Sun at 17:30 - Private chapels ... Children of 9/11 - RTÉ One - Sun at 23:30 - A year in the lives of 11 children from across America who lost parents in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. They share their recollections of the events of the day, and reveal how their lives have been affected by the tragedy. Among the interviewees are Fahina Chowdhury, whose father was one of 60 Muslims who died during the attacks, Rodney Ratchford, the son of a woman killed at the Pentagon, and three sisters whose father died on the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 ... [ SEE also above ]


FaithArts


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04/9/14 (Thu)    >>

Bishop (of Galway Martin Drennan) demands answers from SVP on gay donation - Cathal Barry - Irish Catholic (Lead) [ Newstalk : Lunchtime includes brief clip of Bishop Drennan on Galway Bay FM ] ... World Meeting of Families Preparatory Catechesis - 2015 World Meeting of Families ... FORGIVENESS - Today with Seán O'Rourke (Jayne Olorunda, Prof Patricia Casey, Prof Jim Lucey - COMMENT: VERY IMPORTANT DISCUSSION!) ... POPE: RECOGNIZE YOUR SINS AND BE TRANSFORMED BY CHRIST - Vatican Radio ... Mother of three poised to lead the BBC - Telegraph ( Businesswoman Rona Fairhead the preferred choice for next BBC Trust chairman - Telegraph ) ... Prince of Wales' impassioned personal message to Iraqi Christians as they face "diabolic evil" - Telegraph ... Abortion : Caroline Simons, Dr Máire Nesta Nic Gearailt of Every Life Counts & Peter Boylan on TV3 : Tonight with Ger Colleran (Vincent Browne)


Faith in the Media - Tue 2nd Sep, 2014

MEDIA DI S T ORTION (Emily Logan - also in today's Irish Catholic), The BAI-NUJ discussion, Eugenics & 'Black Genocide' (Marc Coleman Show)


Should I protect my daughter from Radio 4? - Thu 28th Aug, 2014 - Telegraph

As horrible tales of war and sex abuse clog up the news, Richard Holt asks whether BBC Radio 4 should come with a content warning for parents with young children


People: BBC flouts its own rules on bad language – again - Mon 1st Sep, 2014 - Telegraph

The Rotherham sex abuse scandal puts clerical sex abuse into perspective - Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 - Catholic Voice

"Those who have been criticised in the independent inquiry into the Rotherham scandal are refusing to accept responsibility. Contrast this with Pope Francis’s apology in July to the victims of clerical sex abuse."


Lunchtime - Husband of woman arrested over home schooling fine: We want assistance, not assessment - AUDIO: Monica O'Connor was taken from her home by gardaí earlier - Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 - Newstalk

See below


Liveline - Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

See above ... COMMENT: Includes at least one moment of what appears to be barely concealed hostility by Joe Duffy when he accuses Monica O'Connor of being disingenuous ... Also on TV3 : Ireland AM today, with her husband Eddie O'Neill - TWITTER


Bangladesh: Revoke Draconian Media Policy - Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 - hrw.org

The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion - Thu 28th Aug, 2014 - NY Times

CARDINAL DOLAN STATEMENT ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2015

SEE also DECREE on same-sex marriage (18th Oct, 2011)


Gays to march in NYC Parade, with Cardinal Dolan as 2015 Grand Marshal - Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 - I Central

I Central (2) ... NY Times ... I Times [Note: Compare the contents of these articles with the above statement] ... RTÉ Radio One: Morning Ireland ("NBC gay employees to march in NY parade") ... NC Register


Passion: A Would You Believe special - RTE 1 - Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 - Sacred Space102fm

RTÉ Documentary about a Passion play in Limerick to be shown on Sun 14th September at 10:30 pm on RTÉ One


South Sudanese civilians fleeing violence and facing famine - Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Pope Francis: the Church is our mother, we are not orphans - Vatican Radio

General Audience


Pope: Iraq's persecuted Christians are true, bold witnesses of Christ - Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 - CNS

Prince of Wales 'heartbroken' for Christians in Iraq - Wed 3rd Sep, 2014 - Telegraph

Prince’s impassioned personal message to Iraqi Christians as they face "diabolic evil"



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02/9/14 (Tue)    >>

Emily Logan: "I think it's because there has been such a huge predominance in the media about the coverage of clerical sex abuse, it has slightly distorted the picture." - COMMENT: "Slightly"? (See below)


Lunchtime - The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan [Podcast] - Mon 1st Sep, 2014 - Newstalk

"I think it's because there has been such a huge predominance in the media about the coverage of clerical sex abuse, it has slightly distorted the picture. The last picture we had was in the SAVI report and in fact clerical sex abuse accounts for only 6% of child abuse and in fact much more worrying is children, the statistics of 20-25% of children are abused by somebody that's known to them" - Emily Logan ... COMMENT: 6%? In fact, the '6%' (5.8%) mentioned by Emily Logan appears to refer to the percentage of all boys sexually abused. As the percentage of all girls sexually abused is given as 1.4% in the SAVI Report (Page 88), the overall figure is 3.6% (assuming that boys and girls were abused - horrifically - in equal proportion)


The Marc Coleman Show - Sun 31st Aug, 2014 - Newstalk

Prof Patricia Casey and later Clenard Childress (Black Genocide) discuss eugenics (from 6 mins)


Tonight with Vincent Browne (Ger Colleran) - Mon 1st Sep, 2014 - TV3

Cora Sherlock


Man charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered with Thai surrogate - Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 - I Independent

ANGELUS: THE DANGER OF BECOMING “WATERED-DOWN” CHRISTIANS - Mon 1st Sep, 2014 - VIS

L'Osservatore Romano


NUJ goes wild on Mooney decision as BAI cries foul - Fairness ruling on RTE same-sex discussion protects free speech in the run up to a referendum - Colum Kenny - Sun 31st Aug, 2014 - Sunday Independent

Colum Kenny: "Irish law has long required that “the broadcast treatment of current affairs, including matters which are either of public controversy or the subject of current public debate, is fair to all interests concerned and that the broadcast matter is presented in an objective and impartial manner,” and without any expression of a broadcaster’s own views." ... Recall also : Statement by Professor Kenny on NUJ and Mooney - NUJ (26/8/2014) : "The NUJ last week issued a misleading statement about a decision of the Broadcasting Compliance Committee (BCC), of which I am a member" - Colum Kenny ... BAI member rejects criticism of same-sex marriage debate ruling - I Times (27/8/2014) : Colum Kenny: "Why did you rush into print? Why did the NUJ? Who put you up to this? I mean, there was no internal discussion that I'm aware of" (Colum Kenny, BAI to Séamus Dooley, NUJ)


Pope Francis calls priest serving at Iraqi refugee camp - Mon 1st Sep, 2014 - Vatican Radio


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30/8/14 (Sat)    >>


Faith in the Media - Thu 28th Aug, 2014 - Family and Media Association

* Archbishop Eamon Martin praying the Rosary for the Family on the Day for Life; St Vincent de Paul €45,000 Maureen O'Connell fund grant for LGBT group in Galway (Source: Connacht Sentinel); NUJ-BAI civil war etc. Thursday


Parishes urged to support ‘Walk to Church’ initiative - Sarah MacDonald - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

THIS SUNDAY 31st AUGUST!


FG deputy wants abortion article removed from Constitution - Mary Minihan - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - I Times

* (Olivia Mitchell) In Morning Ireland It Says in the Papers along with the next 2 articles below COMMENT: Media Narrative, Part 1 = (Protagonist 1 #call-to-action) We want this to happen! ... Olivia Mitchell later interviewed on RTÉ Radio One: News At One ... RTÉ (website) [COMMENT: How to present the brutal killing of an innocent and defenceless unborn baby as a brave act. Note the earlier headline below: 'Call for politicians to tackle abortion issue']


Abortion amendment didn’t happen by accident - Noel Whelan - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - I Times

* COMMENT: Media Narrative, Part 2 = (Protagonist 2 #being-honest-about-anxieties-arising-from-this-call-to-action-while-confirming-its-good-in-principle) We want this to happen (if we're the really good people) but we can't make it happen


Citizen’s Assembly an ideal way to take heat out of abortion issue - Alison O'Connor - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - I Examiner

* COMMENT: Media Narrative, Part 3 = (Hero's entrance #To-the-rescue!) We want this to happen and YES WE CAN make it happen! Problem solved. Everyone happy.


Fine Gael TD backs colleague’s call for abortion referendum - Sat 30th Aug, 2014 - I Times

Regina Doherty


The closeness of the pastor - Pope Francis receives the parish priest from Gaza - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - L'Osservatore Romano

Commercial surrogacy is a disaster and must be banned - David Quinn - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - I Independent

"So yes, eugenics is very much alive and well in the name of "choice"." ... "It's time we woke up to the fact that the ideology of choice is making victims of untold numbers of children."


Lessons from the Rotherham child abuse report - Breda O'Brien - Sat 30th Aug, 2014 - I Times

SEE ALSO Stolen Childhoods: The Grooming Scandal - BBC ONE : Panorama, NEXT MONDAY 1st Sep at 8:30 PM ... and ... Pakistan's Hidden Shame - Channel 4, NEXT MONDAY 1st Sep at 11 PM


Knights co-launch film on hope among Haiti's young amputees - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - CNA

FaithArts - TV (Previews of Upcoming TV/Radio programmes)

ALSO: TV for 30th-31st AUGUST : 1. Nationwide (repeat of Friday's edition) on RTE ONE, SAT at 11 AM ... 2. G K Chesterton's Father Brown on RTE ONE, SAT at 3:45 PM ... 3. Now and Then: How the Irish Have Sex - Sex on a First Date? No Way! on TV 3, SAT NIGHT at 12:35 AM - Documentary on how attitudes towards sex have changed since the 1950s [COMMENT: Do not be surprised if this programme is misleading, desensitising and contains anti family propaganda] ... 4. Sunday Morning Live on BBC ONE, SUN at 10 AM (TWITTER) ... 5. Muintir na Mara on RTE One, SUN at 10:35 AM - Includes a discussion about the ruins of White Strand's monastery. Athair Padraic O Maille examines sustainable farming on Clare Island. ... 6. Back to School on TV3, SUN AFTERNOON at 12:05 PM - Documentary series about the Church's influence on Irish education, [COMMENT: Do not be surprised if this programme is misleading and contains a grossly unfair, negative assessment of the Catholic Church] ... 7. Movie: Junior on RTÉ TWO, SUN at 5:35 PM - As part of a fertility research project, a male scientist agrees to carry a pregnancy in his own body.


Australian Catholic newspaper refuses ad for Mary McAleese event due to her support of gay people - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - I Independent

IS THIS HEADLINE LIBELLOUS? ... SEE also Irish Echo (28/8/2014), The I Times and Catholic Ireland (30/8/2014) ... "On the matter of homosexuality, he said “neither I nor the Church see homosexuality as a sin, nor homosexual men and women as somehow being not as good as the rest of society." - Peter Rosengren, Editor of The Catholic Weekly, the Australian Catholic newspaper in question. ... COMMENT: What exactly is support of gay people? Support for gay marriage, for example, however well-intentioned, is not support of gay people. In fact, in a certian sense, it is the opposite to support for gay people, as can be inferred from Mr Rosengren's comments reported in the Irish Echo ... SEE also DESIRE OF THE EVERLASTING HILLS (Movie)



29/8/14 (Fri)    >>


Faith in the Media (yesterday) - Thu 28th Aug, 2014 - Family and Media Association

Archbishop Eamon Martin praying the Rosary for the Family on the Day for Life; St Vincent de Paul €45,000 donation for LGBT group in Galway; NUJ-BAI civil war etc.


Parishes urged to support ‘Walk to Church’ initiative - Sarah MacDonald - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

THIS SUNDAY 31st AUGUST!


FG deputy wants abortion article removed from Constitution - Mary Minihan - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - I Times

* (Olivia Mitchell) In Morning Ireland It Says in the Papers along with the next 2 articles below COMMENT: Media Narrative, Part 1 = (Protagonist 1 #call-to-action) We want this to happen!


Abortion amendment didn’t happen by accident - Noel Whelan - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - I Times

* COMMENT: Media Narrative, Part 2 = (Protagonist 2 #being-honest-about-anxieties-arising-from-this-call-to-action-while-confirming-its-good-in-principle) We want this to happen (if we're the really good people) but we can't make it happen


Citizen’s Assembly an ideal way to take heat out of abortion issue - Alison O'Connor - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - I Examiner

* COMMENT: Media Narrative, Part 3 = (Hero's entrance #To-the-rescue!) We want this to happen and YES WE CAN make it happen! Problem solved. Everyone happy.


Knights co-launch film on hope among Haiti's young amputees - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - CNA

Australian Catholic newspaper refuses ad for Mary McAleese event due to her support of gay people - Fri 29th Aug, 2014 - I Independent

IS THIS HEADLINE LIBELLOUS? ... SEE also Irish Echo (28/8/2014) and I Times ... "On the matter of homosexuality, he said “neither I nor the Church see homosexuality as a sin, nor homosexual men and women as somehow being not as good as the rest of society." - Peter Rosengren, Editor of The Catholic Weekly, the Australian Catholic newspaper in question.



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Professor Kenny on NUJ and Mooney - NUJ: "The NUJ last week issued a misleading statement about a decision of the Broadcasting Compliance Committee (BCC), of which I am a member. The union went wild on Mooney." - Prof Colum Kenny (BAI), writing in a personal capacity ... “I invite people to pray the Rosary for the intention of the ‘Family’ and thereby linking with those gathered in Rome for the Synod on the Family in October” – Archbishop Martin - Archbishop Eamon Martin promotes Rosary Sunday prayer initiative - Irish Bishops (Rosary Sunday: 5 October 2014 - Day For Life) ... SVP fund grant brings LGBT resource centre a step closer - The Connacht Sentinel - Society (of St Vincent de Paul in Galway) gives allocation of €45,000 from the Maureen O'Connell Fund ... Italian man accused of killing Tom O'Gorman (RIP) sent forward for trial - I Independent


The Sunday Show - The Sunday Paper Review Show - Sun 24th Aug, 2014 - Newstalk

VICTORIA WHITE: "We can look to ... our media which takes an uninformed and polarised view of this all the time" ... "I am looking at a tiny baby in an incubator with a ventilator going up-down up-down up-down, trying to keep that baby alive as we're sitting here having this conversation and that is where my mind, and I have to say that I lie awake at night thinking about that baby, because I know a lot of people who have had babies, unwillingly had babies at that time and I know, I know the absolute trauma that they have gone through and I cannot believe that the State health services of this country willingly took a baby out of the environment of the womb and put it in an incubator. I mean I have a disabled child ..." ... IAN O'DOHERTY: "There's no logic in this debate anymore" ... " ... I would have had skirmishes with Youth Defence going back 20 years but at some point along the way, the pro-choice people became the crazies ..." SEE also below and British mother rejected disabled twin because she was a 'dribbling cabbage,' says surrogate - Telegraph


No-one seems to have responded to the pregnant woman on a human level - Breda O'Brien - Sat 23rd Aug, 2014 - I Times

Opinion: ‘There are two very vulnerable people in this nightmare who have been let down by our selective indignation’


Marian Finucane - The Panel - Sun 24th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

"Stephen O’Byrnes - Former Gov. Press Secretary & Director MKC Communications, Mary O’Rourke - Former FF Minister, Sean Duignan - Former Government Press Secretary to Albert Reynolds, Brian Dowling - RTE political staff, Dearbhail MacDonald - Associate Editor, Legal Editor, Irish Independent and Breda O’Brien - Teacher and Irish Times Columnist and they are joined by Tim Ryan - Author of ‘The Longford Leader’" ... The ABORTION DISCUSSION includes some references to this Sunday Times story (TWITTER) ("Sunday Times News: DPP decision imminent after pro-life campaigners do "sting" operations on crisis pregnancy clinics")


Woman at centre of abortion debate unfairly exploited - Paddy Murray - Sun 24th Aug, 2014 - Sunday World

Woman at centre of latest abortion controversy exploited by "those on the pro-choice side who have, despite insisting that any mention of her is prefixed by the words ‘vulnerable’ and ‘young’ have hijacked her and her plight to further their own cause."


War of words over NUJ stance on Mooney complaint - Wed 27th Aug, 2014 - I Examiner

RECALL also Martina Devlin - Irish Independent (16/8/2014)


NUJ sticks to its guns on Mooney programme dispute - Tue 26th Aug, 2014 - NUJ

BAI member rejects criticism of same-sex marriage debate ruling - Authority upheld complaint of bias on RTE radio programme - Wed 27th Aug, 2014 - I Times

Audio debate chaired by Hugh Linehan between Séamus Dooley (NUJ) and Colum Kenny (BAI). Also available here


Moncrieff - Wed 27th Aug, 2014 - Newstalk

John Lyons interviewed with substantial time given (again) to the BAI ... 'Lib-Lab pact'


The Iraq crisis - Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 - Cardinal Seán's Blog

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston ... Watch also James Foley's parents: 'He was a light in the dark' - video - Channel 4 News (Interview with Jon Snow) 'James Foley's parents on their son, faith and forgiveness'


Walk to Mass for Iraqi Christians - Irish Catholic

Gesture of solidarity to persecuted Christians - NEXT Sun 31st Aug


Mosul Foretold - Tue 26th Aug, 2014 - Catholic Answers

"In 2003, then Cardinal Ratzinger told to the editors of 30 Days that neither he nor the man to whom he reported believed that the American invasion of Iraq passed the just-war test."


HARDtalk - 'No realm for reconciliation' with Islamic State - Wed 20th Aug, 2014 - BBC World News

[VIDEO interview] Bishop Angaelos, the General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK


Exclusive: Computer and television screens are blighting family life, warns children’s tsar - Sun 24th Aug, 2014 - Chris Green - (LONDON) Independent

FRONT PAGE ... Reg Bailey: Mothers’ Union boss says he is ‘terrified by what violent images do to our children’s minds’ - (LONDON) Independent (24/8/2014)


Ian Burrell: Religion is a hot topic in the wider world but, with a few exceptions, television is sorely neglecting it - Sun 24th Aug, 2014 - Ian Burrell - (LONDON) Independent

Religious coverage needs to go beyond the bizarre and the dangerous ... IAN BURRELL (TWITTER)


If the Catholic blogosphere is to survive then our bloggers must become more Catholic - Mary O'Regan - Tue 26th Aug, 2014 - Catholic Herald


27/8/14 (Wed)    >>

Professor Kenny on NUJ and Mooney - NUJ: "The NUJ last week issued a misleading statement about a decision of the Broadcasting Compliance Committee (BCC), of which I am a member. The union went wild on Mooney." - Prof Colum Kenny (BAI), writing in a personal capacity ... “I invite people to pray the Rosary for the intention of the ‘Family’ and thereby linking with those gathered in Rome for the Synod on the Family in October” – Archbishop Martin - Archbishop Eamon Martin promotes Rosary Sunday prayer initiative - Irish Bishops


The Sunday Show - The Sunday Paper Review Show - Sun 24th Aug, 2014 - Newstalk

Victoria White: "We can look to ... our media which takes an uninformed and polarised view of this all the time" ... Victoria White: "I am looking at a tiny baby in an incubator with a ventilator going up-down up-down up-down, trying to keep that baby alive as we're sitting here having this conversation and that is where my mind, and I have to say that I lie awake at night thinking about that baby, because I know a lot of people who have had babies, unwillingly had babies at that time and I know, I know the absolute trauma that they have gone through and I cannot believe that the State health services of this country willingly took a baby out of the environment of the womb and put it in an incubator. I mean I have a disabled child ..." ... Ian O'Doherty: "There's no logic in this debate anymore" ... " ... I would have had skirmishes with Youth Defence going back 20 years but at some point along the way, the pro-choice people became the crazies ..."


War of words over NUJ stance on Mooney complaint - Wed 27th Aug, 2014 - I Examiner

RECALL also Martina Devlin - Irish Independent (16/8/2014)


NUJ sticks to its guns on Mooney programme dispute - Tue 26th Aug, 2014 - NUJ

Moncrieff - Wed 27th Aug, 2014 - Newstalk

John Lyons interviewed with substantial time given (again) to the BAI



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Barnardos chief (Fergus Finlay) likens Dawkins to Hitler over abortion comments - I Independent- ... Vigil for Baby Hope 4 PM GPO


HSE publishes Terms of Reference in abortion case - Sat 23rd Aug, 2014 - RTÉ

Today with Seán O'Rourke - Gathering - Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Aodhán O’Riordain, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture; Brenda Power, columnist with The Irish Daily Mail and The Sunday Times; Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History in UCD; and Cora Sherlock, solicitor and Deputy Chairperson of the Pro-Life Campaign.


Dear Pope Benedict: We Are Sorry - Thu 21st Aug, 2014 - Acton Institute


22/8/14 (Fri)    >>

Happy Feast of the Queenship of Mary, Queen of Heaven ... Equal Care Vigil this Friday 22nd August in Dublin - Pro Life Campaign 7:30 PM - 8:15 PM ... Reminder: BAI Code of Programme Standards Consultation - BAI [submissions close at 5 PM today] ... Vigil for Baby Hope (tomorrow 4 PM)



21/8/14 (Thu)    >>

Why all eyes should be on the baby who survived our abortion laws - Dr Ruth Cullen - I Times - ‘The barely concealed logic of the pro-choice commentariat is as ugly as it gets’


Abortion case analysis: LEFT WITHOUT A VOICE - Thu 21st Aug, 2014 - I Examiner

COMMENT: Following on from Tuesday, another ironic headline : No mention of the baby at the centre of this case as being without a voice. Where is this blood lust coming from and why is opposition to it being represented as insensitive extremism? See also above.


Jewish and Catholic schools evacuated after bomb scares - Thu 21st Aug, 2014 - Guardian


20/8/14 (Wed)    >>

Pope: I may be forced to quit - Irish Daily Mail (Front Page) ... Enda has questions to answer says independent T.D. Lucinda Creighton - Deaglan De Breadun - Sun


Matt Cooper - Tue 19th Aug, 2014 - Today FM

Interview with Senator Jim Walsh (14 mins 15 secs into audio) preceded by interview with Priscilla Lynch (Medical Independent - 3 mins 40 secs in) and Fiona De Londras (10 mins in)


Tonight with Alison O'Connor (Vincent Browne) - Tue 19th Aug, 2014 - TV3

Abortion / 'Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act' - Caroline Simons, Kitty Holland and Clare Daly



19/8/14 (Tue)    >>

Abortion Case: "She's young and seems so fragile" - COMMENT: Irony that title of this interview with Kitty Holland of the Irish Times does not in fact refer to a precious baby that is now struggling for life


Tonight with Vincent Browne - Mon 18th Aug, 2014 - TV3

Cora Sherlock, Ivana Bacik, Dearbhail MacDonald, Prof Veronica O'Keane


Morning Ireland - Tue 19th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Kitty Holland etc


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Mon 18th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Breda O'Brien (Iona), Harry McGee (IT), Sam Coulter Smith (Master of the Rotunda)


Today with Seán O'Rourke - Tue 19th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Sen Rónán Mullen and Clare Daly TD


News At One - Mon 18th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Caroline Simons and Ivana Bacik ... Minister Jan O'Sullivan


Newstalk Breakfast - Part IV - Tue 19th Aug, 2014 - Newstalk

Interview with Kitty Holland ... Part III ... Part II ... Part I


The Pat Kenny Show - Part I - Tue 19th Aug, 2014 - Newstalk

Ivana Bacik, Dr Peter Boylan


Pilgrimages respond to need in human heart, bishop says at Knock - Tue 19th Aug, 2014 - I Times

Bishop Philip Boyce - Tom Shiel


Opinion: Support for suicidal woman was complicated, not assisted, by abortion legislation - Mon 18th Aug, 2014 - Journal

Using force against Iraq extremists is justified says Pope: Francis backs military action to stop persecution of Christians by Islamist fanatics - Tue 19th Aug, 2014 - Mail


18/8/14 (Mon)    >>

Baby's delivery in abortion case 'unethical' - bishop (Kevin Doran) - I Independent (See also below) ... Bishop of Leeds accuses Cameron of turning his back Iraqi Christians - Cranmer / Observer


Baby's delivery in abortion case 'unethical' - bishop - Mon 18th Aug, 2014 - I Independent

Bishop Kevin Doran (mentioned as first item in It Says in the Papers (Valerie Cox)


Breakfast - Mon 18th Aug, 2014 - Newstalk

Interview with Bishop Kevin Doran - Mentioned also in paper review


Abortion law will add to strain 
on maternity services - Dr Sean O Domhnaill - Mon 18th Aug, 2014 - I Independent

UN committee’s view on abortion contradicts core ethical value of human rights - Prof William Binchy - Mon 18th Aug, 2014 - I Times

Opinion: Legislation that violates human rights can find no true justification by recourse to a system of positive law


Mooney and the Ministry of Truth - Brendan O'Connor - Sun 17th Aug, 2014 - Sunday Independent

(Front Page - Credited to Donal Lynch in the print edition - COMMENT: Misleading on several levels)


Marian Finucane - Sun 17th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Includes (32 mins into audio) panel discussion of the above article, (COMMENT) which was ironically one-sided reflecting perhaps a sort of obtuse groupthink (SEE below for contrasting views from gay marriage supporters) ... Abortion and Cliff Richard also discussed


I don't agree with opponents of same sex marriage but they have a right to be heard - Sat 16th Aug, 2014 - I Independent

"Intrigued, I listened back to the programme, expecting to be offended by the BAI's misjudged finger-wagging. In fact, the BAI called it correctly." - Martina Devlin (who is a supporter of same-sex marriage)


The BAI, Media and Fairness - Fri 15th Aug, 2014 - Johnny Fallon (Blog)

Marian Finucane - Baby Gamy - Sun 18th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

Surrogacy



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"In fact, the BAI called it correctly." - I don't agree with opponents of same sex marriage but they have a right to be heard - Martina Devlin - Irish Independent ... Pope Prays at Korean Cemetery for Aborted Children - Zenit ... Baby delivered as woman refused abortion under law - I Independent (Dearbhail McDonald and Fionnan Sheahan) ... Yesterday's Faith in the Media re: BAI decision; Feast of the Assumption (Bishop Brendan Leahy); Knock novena (Marion Carroll healing in Knock, Liveline, Fr Richard Gibbons PP); David Quinn on Matt Cooper show; Newstalk presenters' crusade against BAI; Fr Brian McKevitt on Matt Cooper show; the weekend's TV; Derek Mooney goes back to 'the Beginning'! ... Pope: Crisis in family calls on Church for better outreach - CNA


Statement by Cardinal Seán Brady on offering his resignation as Archbishop of Armagh - Fri 15th Aug, 2014 - Irish Bishops

Displaced Iraqi Christians: Charity describes scenes of suffering - Sat 16th Aug, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Charity : Aid to the Church in Need ... COMMENT: And still inadequate coverage from/in Irish media ن . Exception below.


David Quinn: Islamic State more dangerous than Nazism - Fri 15th Aug, 2014 - I Independent

New guidelines to prevent repeat of Savita tragedy - Sat 16th Aug, 2014 - I Independet

COMMENT: Inexplicable lack of media interest in this story, so far, considering the outrage at death of Savita. The article would also appear to be misleading when it says, "The guide clears the way to ensure doctors should be in no doubt about the priority to save a pregnant woman's life, even in cases where the foetus still has a heartbeat present." When were doctors ever in doubt about the need to deliver the baby in the case of sepsis?!


Movie: Desire of the Everlasting Hills - everlastinghills.org

Message of Sympathy from Presentation Brothers on the tragic death of two Presentation Sisters

Yesterday's Faith in the Media (15 Aug 2014 - Feast of the Assumption)

BAI reports etc.



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Liveline - Fri 15th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

"Knock Shrine - Aug 15th is the Feast of the Assumption, and a very busy time for the parish of Knock and its Parish Priest Fr. Richard Gibbons. Marion Carroll told Joe about her miracle cure of MS at the Shrine." - source : RTÉ website


Matt Cooper - BAI decision - David Quinn, Tiernan Brady, Matt Cooper - Thu 14th Aug, 2014 - Today FM

(24 mins into audio) - "If you had an item in which people are discussing the next election and they were all in favour of a particular political party, we would see that as being imbalanced and we would see a need to balance it" - David Quinn [NOTE: Several other articles and audio clips below]


Matt Cooper - Fr Brian McKevitt [ PODCAST ] - Fri 15th Aug, 2014 - Today FM

General interview: The Editor of Alive Fr Friday McKevitt is Matt Cooper's 'Friday guest' ... Secularism and despair discussed. The Catholic view gives meaning to people's lives. Watch also clinical psychologist Dr. Ray Guarendi on EWTN Live (13/8/2014). Recall also Movie: Desire of the Everlasting Hills - everlastinghills.org


BAI upholds complaint against RTÉ's Mooney Show - Thu 14th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ (website)

BAI says Mooney Show was wrong to broadcast programme supporting same-sex marriage - Thu 14th Aug, 2014 - Journal

BAI upholds complaint against RTÉ Radio 1 - Thu 14th Aug, 2014 - Radio Ireland

Drivetime - Fri 15th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ Radio 1

Michael Kelly interviewed about the resignation of Cardinal Brady


Complaint of bias on same-sex marriage upheld against RTÉ - Thu 14th Aug, 2014 - I Times

Complaint upheld against Derek Mooney for 'supporting same-sex marriage' on air - Thu 14th Aug, 2014 - I Independent

Gay rights group fury at ruling on Mooney debate - Fri 15th Aug, 2014 - I Independent

Gay rights group criticise watchdog - Fri 15th Aug, 2014 - I Examiner

Complaint upheld over show 'supporting same-sex marriage' (Page 4)


Group criticises BAI for upholding same-sex marriage complaint - AUDIO: GLEN says this approach will restrict debates - Thu 14th Aug, 2014 - Newstalk

COMMENT: Pblueictably one-sided comments and/or discussions also by Newstalk's Moncrieff (closing comments 24 mins in - 14/8) / (with Gerry O'Regan - 17 mins 40 secs in - 15/8) and Chris Donoghue (Newstalk Breakfast - Paper review -15/8 - 47 mins and 30 secs in) - Chris Donoghue: "Page 5 of the Irish Examiner - every newspaper covers this ... a finding against Derek Mooney is I just think is absolute *!**!* from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. I think it's absolutely absurd that you are not allowed to say that you are pro equality"


Fury as RTE's Mooney show featuring gay marriage chat has complaint upheld - Thu 14th Aug, 2014 - Mirror

BAI upholds complaint against same-same sex marriage discussion on RTÉ Radio One show - Business and Leadership (15/8/2014) ... GLEN hits out at broadcasting ruling on 'balance' issue in same-sex marriage discussion - BreakingNews.ie (15/8/2014) ... Derek gets gay marriage rap - BAI upholds complaint over radio comment - The Sun (Page 2 - 15/8/2014) ... BAI upholds complaint over Mooney and gay marriage - Irish Daily Mail (Page 7 - 15/8/2014)


Pope tells bishops to be guardians of memory and hope - Thu 14th Aug, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Fr Brown - TOMORROW at 3:40 PM - Sat 16th Aug, 2014 - RTÉ One

GK Chesterton's invention ... Some other weekend TV: Access 360 World Heritage - Nat Geog - 6 PM - Sat 16/8/2014 (Preserving the cathedrals of Prague) ... Sunday Morning Live - BBC ONE - 10:00 AM - Sun 17/8/2014 (Panel discussion on ethical/moral/religious issues) ... Muintir na Mara - RTÉ ONE - 10:30 AM - Sun 17/8/2014 (Festival for Saint MacDara) ... MASS - RTÉ ONE - 11:00 AM - Sun 17/8/2014 (From Monasterevin [and Calvary]) ... Songs of Praise - Stop the World - BBC ONE - 5:30 PM - Sun 17/8/2014 (Learning how to Gregorian chant with Benedictine monks in Ampleforth Abbey)



14/8/14 (Thu)    >>

BAI upholds Family and Media Association complaint regarding an episode of the Mooney show on RTÉ Radio One - Details here (PDF) ... The Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe to the United Nations Security Council: stop the cycle of violence in Iraq - Irish Bishops



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‘Our children wake up crying in the night… Isis has stolen our lives’ - Journal.ie


Bulldozers in the Jerusalem of China - Wed 30th Jul, 2014 - ABC [Australia]

Pope Francis thanks Irish teenager for supporting mother - Wed 30th Jul, 2014 - I Times

Patsy McGarry article on bottom of front page of today's I Times and mentioned on the second edition (8:07am) of It Says in the Papers on RTÉ Radio One ... Additional article


News editor fired for criticizing ‘gay Bible’, files complaint - Mon 28th Jul, 2014 - LifeSite

The Left blind to slaughter of Christians - Tue 29th Jul, 2014 - Telegraph [Sydney, Australia]

Mainstream Media Thinks Virginity is a Shameful Status, Not a Sacred Choice - Tue 29th Jul, 2014 - LifeNews

Mexico: military force against migrant children is unacceptable - Wed 30th Jul, 2014 - Vatican Radio

Nationwide - TONIGHT @ 7 PM - Wed 30th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

TWITTER (@rte) : the "story of famed Titanic photographer Fr Browne who served on Western Front during WW1"



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YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL 2014 – INTERVIEW - iCatholic: "It's the largest Catholic event in Ireland" - youth2000.ie ( 14-17 August ) ... "The persecution of Christians throughout much of the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and elsewhere is one of the crimes against humanity of our time, and I am appalled at the lack of protest it has evoked." - former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks [ TEXT ] - [ VIDEO (YouTube) ] ... [ AUDIO ] / Telegraph - COMMENT: Where is the 'wall-to-wall' media coverage?


Rabbi Lord Sacks speaks on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights - Thu 24th Jul, 2014 - Rabbi Sacks

"What is happening to Christians in these places is the religious equivalent of ethnic cleansing." - Rabbi Sacks


Yesterday (24/7)

Government tells UN that abortion major factor in No to Lisbon vote - Thu 24th Jul, 2014 - Youth Defence

UN’s “incredibly biased” stance on abortion undermines credibility of report on Ireland - Thu 24th Jul, 2014 - Pro Life Campaign

NB! SEE ALSO this scathing T W I TT ER attack by Deputy PLC Chair Cora Sherlock on RTÉ's and Kevin Bakhurst's BIASED to the point of being "laughable" UN abortion report on RTÉ News


UN report tells Ireland to stop smacking our kids - Thu 24th Jul, 2014 - Mirror

"Deputy chair Cora Sherlock claimed the UN approaches abortion issues with a partisan attitude which undermines credibility."


Irish abortion law too restrictive: UN Committee - Susan Gately - Fri 25th Jul, 2014 - Catholic Ireland

Tanaiste rules out abortion referendum despite UN criticism - Fri 25th Jul, 2014 - I Independent

Journal


Letters - The UN and the right to life - Pádraig McCarthy - Fri 25th Jul, 2014 - I Times

Letters - The online commentariat - Fri 25th Jul, 2014 - I Times

Moncrieff - Part 3 - Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 - Newstalk

History of pilgrimages in Ireland (48 mins into audio)


Mooney - Sr Breda McCarthy (Loreto Rathfarnham) - Thu 24th Jul, 2014 - RTÉ Radio One

PRAYERS FOR PEACE – RESOURCE FROM IRISH BISHOPS - Fr Robert McCabe - Thu 24th Jul, 2014 - iCatholic

See also Irish Bishops below


Pope Meets Mum Who Faced Death For Her Faith - Fri 25th Jul, 2014 - Sky News

See also Vatican Radio section below etc.


Movie: Desire of the Everlasting Hills - everlastinghills.org

Three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith and homosexuality ... "What it means to design one’s life well, and how to know when we have really found peace and fulfillment" - Fr. Paul N. Check, Executive Director, Courage, Int. ... “I felt that there was nobody I could talk to about that at all. Certainly not my family. Certainly not my pastor. Certainly not my friends.”



24/7/14 (Thu)    >>

Bishop of Baghdad: Why is the world silent? - Vatican Radio [ COMMENT: WHY IS THE WORLD'S MEDIA, EFFECTIVELY, SILENT? ... WHY IS THE IRISH MEDIA, EFFECTIVELY, SILENT? ] ... Archbishops from Mosul in Iraq appeal for worldwide help - Aid to the Church in Need ... Purged by ISIS, Iraq's Christians appeal to world for help - FOX - For more reports on Mosul and Iraq in general, please SEE below! ... Is Britain Christian?: Tonight - UTV @ 7:30pm TONIGHT!


Christians worldwide mobilize for Iraqi Church: #WeAreN - Emer McCarthy - Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 - Vatican Radio

SEE #WeAreN on Twitter


Religion and Ethics [AUDIO 30 mins duration] - Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 - ABC Radio [Australia]

Interview with the Middle East co-ordinator of Aid to the Church in Need, Fr Andrzej Halemba


Yesterday - Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 - FMA

Insider - ISIS to Christians in Mosul: Leave, Convert to Islam or Die - Mon 21st Jul, 2014 - FOX News

Last few Iraqi Christians flee violence and threats in Mosul as Isis continues its takeover - Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 - (London) Independent

The end of Christianity in the Middle East could mean the demise of Arab secularism - Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 - Guardian

The last Christians in Iraq - Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 - FOX News

SEE also: 'Lord Alton: The world must respond to the cry of Iraq’s Christians who still pray in Aramic, the language of Jesus' - ICN


ISIS Militants Persecuting Christians in North-West Iraq – Russian Foreign Ministry - Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 - RIA Novosti

Sudanese death row woman arrives in Italy - Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 - RTÉ

The wife who's aborted two babies - because she's too selfish to share her husband: It's a shocking confession. But Rowena is utterly unrepentant - and even insists more women should follow her example - Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 - Mail

Political parties collecting at church gates is a ‘scourge’ - Thu 24th Jul, 2014 - I Examiner

Discussed on Newstalk: Lunchtime (Part 2) (13 mins into audio)


UN report slams Ireland's 'restrictive' abortion laws - Thu 24th Jul, 2014 - I Independent

COMMENT: The bizarre spectacle of a "united nations" "human rights" panel pressurising a nation to deliberately trample all over the human rights of the most innocent and defencless of all, even to the point of advocating that they be murdered ... See also: Journal; Reuters; RTÉ ... Listen also to the substantial pro abortion bias in this Newstalk: Lunchtime interview (11 mins 30 secs into audio) with Yuval Shany, a member of the ironically named UN human rights panel


Pope meets with Sudanese woman who faced death penalty for being Christian - Thu 24th Jul, 2014 - Rome Reports

Vatican Radio / RTÉ


‘Perpetrators’ of symphysiotomy should be punished, UN says - Thu 24th Jul, 2014 - I Times

COMMENT: BUT SEE Faith in the Media (16/7/2014) : '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)' ... etc. The ill-named Human Rights Committee is not now MERELY left looking ideologically biased, but also ill-informed and even foolish!



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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



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



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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


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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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12/7/14 (Sat)    >>

“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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28/6/14 (Sat)    >>

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



29/5/14 (Thu)    >>



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


12/5/14 (Mon)    >>



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



16/4/14 (Wed)    >>


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]


05/4/14 (Sat)    >>

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


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

(Important!)


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

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


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

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

One by One Ministries

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

Pope Francis prays for kidnapped priests, nun - EWTN


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

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

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


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

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


04/4/14 (Fri)    >>

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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



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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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Fr Tony Flannery, Paul Vallelly and Gerard O’Connell


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

Pope Francis - Twitter (@pontifex)


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

See also Monthly Musings - Alive



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08/3/14 (Sat)    >>

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

Brian O'Connell: Lent and attending Daily Mass


Resources for Lent - FaithArts

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


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

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


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

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

Repeated failures to highlight Christian plight


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

The healing of a stillborn baby!



07/3/14 (Fri)    >>

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



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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



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"... 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