From Irish Society For a Christian Civilization: "Can I approve of the Treaty of Lisbon?
The violation of non-negotiable principles raises a grave question of conscience for
Irish Catholics in the face of this referendum.
A spectre is haunting Europe—it threatens you, the Christian future of your family, of Ireland, and of the Continent. It is a European Union without God and without moral principles.
The Treaty of Lisbon seeks to reform, for you and for all Irish Catholics, the fundamental values which govern the functioning of the European Union. These new values are in stark contrast to the non-negotiable principles given by Pope Benedict XVI.
The Pope insists that, in the construction of Europe, there are three areas in which the Church defends “non-negotiable principles”:
* “the protection of life at Read More...
"This is holy Church, the one Church, the true Church, the Catholic Church, fighting against all heresies; she can fight but she cannot be conquered. All heresies are expelled from her as if they were dead branches pruned from the vine; she herself however remains fixed in her root, in her vine, in her charity. The gates of hell shall not prevail against her." St Augustine (4th cent)
I wonder what would have happened to this man had he condemned Mohammed as a messenger of Satan?
FROM INDEPENDENT.IE "An unholy row on yesterday's 'Joe Duffy show' began innocently enough, when the chief aide to Nigel Dodds, the North's Enterprise Minister, voiced his objections to the sale of Catholic rosary beads inside St Patrick's [Anglican] Cathedral, in Dublin.
"Wallace Thompson challenged the Anglican Dean of St Patrick's, Dr Robert MacCarthy, for selling rosaries not sanctioned in Holy Scripture, in the cathedral gift shop.
"The Dean explained that the beads were sold because the shop attracted visitors of all denominations, and revenue from the sales helped finance the cathedral's upkeep.
"During an hour-long phone-in, Mr Thompson castigated Read More...
"A federation of Christians is inconceivable in which each member retains his own opinions and private judgment in matters of faith.
Pope Pius XI.
From Independent Catholic News via Michael Kelly, Deputy Editor The Irish Catholic: "Three Church of Ireland parishes have asked to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church The Irish Catholic newspaper reports this week.
The parishes, in counties Down, Tyrone and Laois are members of the 'traditional rite' within the Church of Ireland.
The Irish Catholic newspaper, has learnt that the members of these parishes, along with traditional Anglicans from twelve other countries, have signed a letter to the Vatican seeking "full, corporate, sacramental union" with the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The dramatic move would see the entire parish communities received in to the Catholic Church.
While only a few hundred Anglicans
I suppose the increase in materialism and consumerism that was brought about by the "Celtic Tiger" boom obliterated the closeness to the earth and much of the faith.
DUBLIN (AFP) — There has been a fivefold increase in marital breakdown in Ireland in the last 20 years, according to a new study released Friday.
The Iona Institute, an organisation dedicated to the strengthening of society through marriage and religious practice, said that by 2006, 200,000 people had seen their marriage fail, compared with 40,000 Read More...