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Marie Stopes advertise vasectomies on beer mats in Dublin pubs. Should I laugh or cry?

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Blimey, I’m out of touch with what’s happening in Ireland. Or maybe I’m just out of touch. Marie Stopes have started an advertising campaign in Dublin pubs – advertising vasectomies on beer mats. I thought it was a joke – it sounded so vulgar. So, the marketing idea is that the next time some Dubliners go for a pint, they will see Marie Stopes vasectomies advertised under the glass. What I would like to know is that what pub or any respectable business advertises medical procedures on their counters and tables? It shows that they don’t really respect their customers; why else would they flagrantly put adverts for a contentious medical operation under their noses? It’s a very sensitive, private topic. Perhaps the Dublin pubs will have the good sense not to use these beer mats – they risk making the atmosphere in the pub uncomfortable. And this would be especially true for Irish pubs. In Ireland such topics remain acutely controversial. I haven’t been able to find any pictures of these …

Let’s recognize Sr. Myra’s false ‘comparison’ between Pope Benedict and the BNP for what it is: fantasy and fancy. There is nothing but contrast between Pope Benedict’s papacy and the BNP.

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Pardon me for writing more on “Catholic” Voices for Reform, and for making the next obvious point, because I’m beginning to wonder why we are taking them seriously. But I think we ought to understand this slur for what it is.
In October 2009 Sr. Myra wrote in The Church Times:
“The only unity Pope Benedict XVI and his advisers want is the unity with those who are “right-wingers”, to use a political term. If the Pope had to appear on the BBC’s Question Time, he would get an even worse reception than the British National Party leader."
According to Sr. Myra, Pope Benedict has the same reputation as Nick Griffin. And Sr. Myra thinks that Pope Benedict would be treated like the leader of a neo-fascist, xenophobic party? So, Sr. Myra places Nick Griffin (Griffin’s sanity is in doubt) on a par with Pope Benedict? Benedict XVI, the greatest intellectual of this era and the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics of every race and ethnicity? This is pure fantasy and myth-making. It's not a …

As we prepare for the papal visit, it is more essential than ever to learn more about our Pope’s life. PART ONE

“Catholic” bullies attempt mischief during the papal visit and to harass Vincent Nichols and the Pope with childish letters. This gang hold us in the same contempt that a bully holds its victim. Because of what we believe, we deserve this rude nastiness.

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I know sighing is impolite – but really I can’t help it. This ‘new’ “Catholic” group is just so passé. A faction called ‘Catholic Voices for Reform’ plan small-time mischief for the papal visit. During Benedict’s visit they hope to grab the media spotlight! Are they opportunists or what? Their name – ‘Catholic Voices for Reform’ – isn’t a fluke. They have set themselves up as the phony opposition to the admirable ‘Catholic Voices’. The Guardian is in hallucination heaven giving this group favourable coverage. But The Guardian is oblivious to the fact that this reform group seek to bully ordinary, loyal Catholics.

This reform group claim to want a liberal revolution. They want the Catholic Church to encourage homosexual acts, allow married priests and ordain women. This group are entitled to their opinions – but they actually care very little about these issues and are merely using these hot topics to get publicity – for themselves. And as I will explain – this group is not Liberal.

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The Sorrowful mysteries with St. Therese of Lisieux

Finally finished my Rosary after a long day…Whenever I need a little inspiration to help me concentrate on the mysteries, I find a good You-Tube video to help me meditate. In line with Our Lady’s request at Fatima, I have just finished my five decades.

Catholic gays who stick to Church teaching may have more to suffer than the rest of us Part One

Stuart Reid has started a very interesting debate (click here to join in) on whether some homosexuals are dealt a tougher hand of cards than the rest of us. Stuart Reid received a letter from an anonymous Catholic homosexual where the man politely rebuked Stuart Reid. Reid had previously written that some homosexuals form ‘a rich and privileged minority.’ Here I reproduce most of the letter sent to Reid: “… I can’t for the life of me understand why you think that some homosexuals are ‘a rich and privileged minority’. Often the opposite is true. I, for example, am not rich. I live a rather empty and lonely life, never fully able to be who I am, for, yes, I encounter prejudice often (especially at church). I will never have the privilege of fathering children, or of having a loving relationship…
“Many ‘gays’ such as myself go to church and try to lead a good (and chaste) life. I try to live by the precepts of the Church I love.
“It is quite hurtful when our priests talk of ‘the evil of h…

St. Zephyrinus: he abolished wooden chalices, and replaced them with glass ones for the Holy Sacrifice

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“But why can’t we use wooden chalices in the Mass today? Huh, I mean shouldn't we do as Jesus did?” is an oft-heard query from people who think that the Catholic Mass should be more like common pictures of The Last Supper. But the use of wooden chalices was abolished by St. Zephryninus, who replaced them with glass ones in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice.  Also, reading up on the history of chalices used for Holy Mass, I was surprised to learn that apparently, it is not certain that Our Lord used a wooden chalice.It may have been silver or onyx. This is especially interesting when you consider that the current law of the Church is that a chalice (or at the very least the cup of it) must be either silver or gold. A silver cup must be gilt on the inside. In times of poverty or persecution, a pewter chalice may be allowed, but the bowl of it must be gilt. 

Embryonic stem cell research: I just hope we're not destroying anyone important...

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U.S. Judge Rules Against Obama’s Embryonic Stem Cell Policy. Judge Lamberth writes "(embryonic stem cell) research is clearly research in which an embryo is destroyed"

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From LifeNews.Com: "A federal judge on Monday issued a decision forcing the Obama administration to stop funding embryonic stem cell research with taxpayer funds. The judge ruled the executive order Obama issued allowing such funding contravened a federal law prohibiting taxpayer funding of the destruction of human embryos.U.S. district court Judge Royce Lamberth granted a preliminary injunction against the funding. Judge Lamberth's ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by stem cell researchers who said the Obama executive order and subsequent funding from the National Institutes of Health violated the Dickey amendment.

Judge Royce Lamberth noted that the imposition of an injunction required that those challenging the government's funding demonstrate a substantial likelihood of success on the merits for their arguments. Apparently, they succeeded. "(Embryonic stem cell) research is clearly research in which an embryo is destroyed," Lamberth wro…

Essential book: 'Pope Benedict XVI and the Sex Abuse Crisis'

The book described in this Rome Reports video should be essential reading as we get our facts together to defend our Pope. Also, it may encourage us to pray for our Pope, as we learn more about his battle to combat sexual abuse. The book does seem to concern the situation in the US more so than Europe, but I will read it, and see.

Aug 22 1679 - St John Kemble at age 80 suffered prolonged hanging and was then beheaded

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From The Catholic Herald website: “In 1679 he was sentenced to be hanged under an Elizabethan statute which defined being ordained a Catholic priest overseas as treason.
First, though, the 80-year-old was strapped on to a horse like a pack, facing backwards, and taken to Newgate in London for interrogation. Kemble disdained to win his freedom by disclosing a non-existent plot. The old man was then obliged to walk back to Hereford.
Informed on August 22 that he would be executed that day, he asked to be allowed to finish his prayers and smoke his pipe.
After being dragged on a hurdle to Widemarsh Common, Kemble declared on the scaffold that he died for the religion that had made this country Christian, and that he forgave all his enemies. He was then obliged to encourage the executioner, who had no stomach for his task.
The hanging was horribly botched, so that Kemble took half an hour to die. Subsequently he was beheaded, and his left hand cut off: this may still be seen at the church …

Pope St. Pius X- Pope of the Blessed Sacrament

I would advise watching this on full screen

I might tattoo this Pius X quote to my forehead

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“All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics.” (Pope Saint Pius X, Discourse at the Beatification of St. Joan of Arc, Dec. 13, 1908) If you should see an emaciated girl/waif with the above quote in black gothic lettering tattooed across her forehead and she is attending a Tridentine Mass at the Oratory, well you’ll know it’s me. But I might go for blue ink, as in Our Lady’s blue Mantle. The blue may look slightly more becoming with my whiter-than-white skin. Yet, whenever I feel like criticising a non-Catholic, I read this quote and scold myself with, “it’s time to go to Mass and pray for them and your fellow Catholics.”

“How does anyone know that my kid won’t go to a gay couple?”

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‘There’s no way that I can keep this baby myself. I share a bedroom with my mother and the money mom makes from waitressing isn’t enough as is. But let me tell ya, I don’t want the abortion’ said ‘Latoya’, an articulate teenager who was three months pregnant. She wore a serious older woman’s face and kept a very straight posture.
She had popped into the New York pregnancy centre where I worked, and she had many questions. Primarily, what hope was there for ‘the kid’ if she did give birth? Latoya was perceptive – she was only fifteen but had seen her friends go through abortion after abortion and was clear that, ‘I don’t want it in my book o’ life that I killed my first….I wanna bring the kid out into the world! And I can’t raise him, so maybe there’ll be a nice family who will…’
Some might find it strange that it is 'these girls' from the gang-land, New York black spots who think of adoption. ‘These girls’ are accustomed to raw, emotional pain. Their father is with another wo…

One month for the beatification of Cardinal Newman

Escape from Planned Parenthood!

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“The following is a story of the humble beginnings of my son Nicholas and me. We thank God daily for the Pro-Lifers who were present in body, mind, spirit, and prayer so the life of my son was spared.  As a young woman, abandoned at the church altar after seven years of engagement, and with a child in the womb, I was fearful of telling angry parents displeased that their eldest daughter was the first in the family tree to become pregnant out of wedlock.  Three turmoil-filled weeks later, the father of the baby returned to escort me to the abortion clinic. After sitting through a slide show of how my child would be suctioned out of my body to end this "untimely pregnancy," I was assigned the state-mandated "professional counseling." The clinic worker asked if my parents could help me with the pregnancy, then if the father of the baby might. After only those two questions, she closed my folder, sighed, and said, "Well, it's decided then."  In the waiting r…

St Clare: An extremely brave bride of Christ, and not a hippie-Barbie-on-speed!

Happy Feast of St. Clare! St. Clare certainly had fervour-in-faith when she stood up to the army that attacked Assisi and surrounded her convent! Taking the Blessed Sacrament, she went to the walls of her convent and facing the army she prayed to God, “Does it please you, oh Lord, to deliver into the hands of these beasts the defenceless children that I have nourished with Your love?” The army were seized with terror and fled.

The same St. Clare depicted above doesn’t quite match the flower-child, winsome and willowy girl in this Brother Sun Sister Moon clip. We must be mindful that an entire generation of 1970’s Catholics’ experience of St. Clare was probably informed by watching Brother Sun Sister Moon. The young Clare looks delusional and madly enamoured (even infatuated) with St. Francis, as opposed to Our Lord. Clare is illustrated as more hippie-Barbie-on-speed than Bride of Christ. I’ve come to agree with my parents, “on reflection…that film made St. Clare look like she was …

St. Padre Pio and the Cure of Ar’s Devotion to St Philomena

Two years ago I interviewed various elderly nuns who had known Padre Pio, and who had received spiritual counsel from Padre Pio. One nun was a mother superior, and Padre Pio had told her that she had a vocation to be a nun. The nuns explained to me that St. Pio held St. Philomena in great esteem, and never doubted her intercessory powers. During his lifetime Padre Pio said to an Irish lady, Mary Philomena Mulcahy, "Saint Philomena is in Paradise, the confusion is the work of Satan."

The Curé of Ars used to bless cords of St Philomena, and gave them as gifts. He also composed the following litany to her.

PS - Happy Feastday of St. Philomena to one and all!

'Why Audrey Hepburn was a real star'

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After Emma Thompson criticised Hepburn as not having been able to act or sing, Frederic Raphael has leaped to Audrey’s defence, and offers an impassioned and gallant rebuttalof Thompson’s vituperative comments.

We commemorate the horrific martyrdom of St. Philomena this day, August 10th

St. Philomena wasbeheaded on the 10th of August, but we celebrate her feast day tomorrow the 11th of August.

The epic task of finding respectable clothes for little girls, when the shops stock such ‘tarty’ dresses

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Recently padded bikinis aimed at young children were removed from Primark; the selling of such ‘sexy’ clothing to little girls was called “disgraceful” by David Cameron. Marks and Spencers have been caught out too; in recent months they ran a range of “bra tops” for six year olds, but thanks to campaign pressure these items are gone from Marks. But really, Marks would want to do something about the low-cut dresses and the achingly tight t-shirts for little girls. It’s my God-child’s birthday today, and during the past two weeks, I spent hours flicking through their rails of clothes in an effort to find her decent present. Half-exhausted I almost succumbed to buying a M&S flowery top until I saw the see-through, ‘sheer’ quality of the material…

And why is some of the material so patchy and scruffy in parts, like it’s been washed a million times already? Oh, it’s the grunge look for five year old. I see. Also, what’s with little girl dresses that are cut in weird angles across the…

"Stop calling me pro-abortion! I'm pro-choice!"

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‘It’s rude to call me ‘pro-abortion’, you should know by now, I mean you’ve known me for long enough, that I’m….’ cue self-satisfied smile and proud-of-oneself tone, ‘I’m pro-choice’ said ‘S’. ‘But you were telling me that you believe with all your heart that abortion should be ‘a right’ throughout pregnancy, and even during the labour…?’ I asked. ‘Yes, but it can only be a proper choice if abortion is allowed all the way through pregnancy. It stops being a choice if the mother can only abort up to twenty four weeks.’  I’ve known ‘S’ for many years, and while I’m a pro-lifer, and openly anti-abortion, ‘S’ detests being called ‘pro-abortion’ and while she champions ‘brave, defiant women’ who tell the world about their abortions, ‘S’ will always refuse to say yes or no to whether she has had an abortion. ‘Ah, why are you using words such as ‘the mother’?! I don’t mean to sound like a kindergarten teacher, but if you are a pregnant human mother, you must be pregnant with a human baby…And…

Novena in honour of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary..better late than never

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I learned of a novena that Priests for Life are circulating. The novena was officially meant to start on the 7th of August, but I will begin today, the 8th of August. There is alsoa brief form on the Priests for Life website; which allows them to make a tally of who is reciting the novena.The more who say the novena the merrier! The novena is also available en Espanol.
The Novena Prayer Lord Jesus Christ,
 You have conquered the power of death
And opened for humanity
The hope of eternal life in body and soul. You granted your Mother
A share in heavenly glory,
And did not allow decay to touch her body. As we prepare for the Feast of the Assumption,
Grant us new confidence in the victory of life over death,
And renewed reverence for the human body. As we honor Mary, Assumed into Heaven,
                                                                       May we proclaim the hope of Your Gospel:
                                                                         That you wa…

Reflections on the First Saturday Devotions

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At this time of writing, I have almost completed my First Saturday Devotions.
At Mass, my intention was to offer reparation for many friends of mine who have had abortions, especially friends who really struggle (ten years on) with the consequences of their ‘choice’; the extreme heavy drinking and their shattered relationships, and most of all the lifelong regret of having aborted the child of their first love. It’s very difficult for some of my friends to accept that I help out in a pro-life centre that gives people practical help, so that they may chose against aborting. Very old acquaintances of mine say things like, “why are some people being given the choice not to abort, when our parents just smilingly and gushingly took us to abortion clinics?”



So, I prayed today that others may be given the encouragement they need so that they may keep the life of their unborn child.
I must complete the fifteen minutes of meditating on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, which I will do in the …

Us Catholics and our 'hideous tat'

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Earlier this week The Catholic Herald (online version) ran an article ‘no one does hideous tat quite like us Catholics’. I’m still laughing after reading it three times. The author Milo Yiannopoulos has a favourite piece of ‘tat’; the Virgin Mary USB stick (pictured above). The manufacturer’s description defies comment. ‘Is there anyone who hasn’t sometimes wished for holy backup to protect their most precious data? It’s finally available in the form of the Maria USB!

She’s appeared in modern guise to secure and safely store what is most important and precious to us, offering heavenly support next to the computer; especially for those situations where prayer is the only solution.Standing dignified on her socket, enshrined in Plexiglas, when work calls she frees herself of her surroundings. Connected with the computer she comes to life, her red LED heard starts to beat – in passive state slowly, quicker whilst connecting or saving data. On her halo is engraved the prayer – “Oh M…

"It’s summer, and I'm gonna wear my hot pants ‘round the Vatican"

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Anyone who has queued to enter St. Peter’s Basilica knows the scene, "c’mon, it’s summer I’m only wearing my bikini because it’s August. It’s not my fault that the heat is unholy…" while a Vatican security guard shakes his head, and directs her to come back when she is wearing more. Or the man who has two pasty legs on display under tight red shorts and says, "in my ‘ome church at ‘ome, I can wear shorts, no matter how short, whenever I want." Eventually woman-in-bikini and man-in-shorts go to buy shawls or these capes. One journo described this as; ‘turning St Peter's Square into a giant open-air changing room’ They gain entry, only to try and discard the shawls and the capes when they are inside St. Peter’s. Gee, is this the only way they get their jollies, flouting modesty conventions when flouncing around the sacred precincts of St. Peter’s? According to some news reports, as of this summer, the Vatican Swiss Guards appeared to have taken a more stringent at…

New blog; a man travelling to Mother Church and trying to bring his wife with him

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I found a new blog ‘Quam Angusta Porta’. It’s a very sincere and from-the-heart blog, and the writer has chosen the name ‘Malvenu’ as his blogger-name as it means out-of-place, because he is 'outside the Catholic Church, wanting to come home. But my other half doesn't want me to, doesn't understand why I want to and I can't give her the answers...'
Aspects of his journey swimming the Tiber include; “Watching the funeral of Pope John Paul II I was struck by the manifest demonstration of the universality of the Catholic Church (it may have been at this point that I began to despise the insular nature of my former, Church of England Church)…

Whilst reading ‘The Story of a Soul’ I was struck by St. Thérèse’s description of the Holy Eucharist in which, she says, Jesus comes into your Heart to make his home there. At last, I had the answer to a question I had despaired over for fifteen years or more, ‘How does Jesus get into my heart?’ These moments also seemed to affirm…