Irish Abortion Bill Passed…

Irish Abortion Bill Passed…

 Update – article submitted by blogger Leo…

For He must reign, until He hath put all His enemies under His feet – 1 Corinthians 15:25

“With God and Jesus Christ excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated. The result is that human society is tottering to its fall.” – Pope Pius XI, Quas Primus, 1925

July 12 2013 will surely enter Irish history as a day of unsurpassed treachery and shame. On that day, one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the western world to protect the inalienable right to life of the unborn was breeched by the battering rams of the kingdom of satan. The cackles from hell can almost be heard. On that day, the democratically elected Irish parliament voted to permit the direct, intentional killing of unborn children up to birth; children created by God to know, love and serve Him, and, by means of His sanctifying grace, one day enjoy the Beatific Vision. This descent into the barbarism which permits the unspeakably reality of abortion, a crime which cries out to Heaven, can only be described as demonic.

Indeed, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking who he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8

The term, “banality of evil” springs readily to mind, given the public discourse that has taken place in recent months. Out of 158 members of parliament to vote, just 25 were prepared to stand in front of the abortionists’ tanks.

Thou shalt not follow the multitude to do evil: neither shalt thou yield in judgement to the opinion of the most part (majority) to stray from the truth. – Exodus 23:2

The forces of the international abortion industry have certainly been screeching through the keyhole for decades. That does nothing to lessen the shame and bitterness at this time. A generation ago, the prospect of unborn children being butchered in Irish hospitals would have been considered unthinkable by the vast majority of the populace. It would most certainly have been considered unthinkable by our ancestors would rose in the middle of the night to attend the Holy Sacrifice offered by a hunted priest at a Mass rock in woods and glens, and on windswept hillsides.

The sixteenth century chieftain Shane O’Neill proclaimed that the Irish people bow to no one but God. Well, the Fine Gael Party, by far the largest partner in the governing coalition, have certainly bowed to lucifer’s minions in the abortion industry. This is a party that made assiduous efforts to court the pro-life before the last election, efforts that included a formal assurance not to legislate for abortion.

Within months, there were grounds for suspecting deception, when the State’s health service funded a so-called “masterclass” entitled “Termination of a pregnancy: A lawful choice”. The deceit and obfuscation has accompanied the carefully orchestrated assault against the rights of the unborn ever since. Amidst an actively campaigning media, the voices of those standing up for the unborn in the public square have been almost drowned out. Over the last year, law of God that is written in men’s hearts has been battered on an almost daily basis by the servants of the father of lies. The assault against truth culminated in the naming of the legislation, the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill; surely an outrageous distortion of language of which Joseph Goebbels would have been proud.

Lies and totalitarianism make comfortable companions of course. Those Fine Gael members of parliament who stood for the unborn, are, at the time of writing being threatened with de-selection at the next election, for doing exactly what they undertook before the electorate to do.

The plotters’ attention to detail and the totalitarian nature of this legislation is demonstrated in a very significant provision that has received very little public attention, namely the fact that Catholic hospitals will now be compelled to kill unborn children under threat of losing their public funding. This is how “liberated” and “tolerant”, and hostile to divine law 21st century Ireland has become.

None of this should come as surprise in view of this government’s kulturkampf agenda. Two years ago Enda Kenny infamously misled parliament and the whole country in an unsubstantiated tirade against the Church and a truly scurrilous attack against Pope Benedict in particular. Since then his government has closed Ireland’s embassy to the Vatican, has carried a children’s rights referendum, which provides for the state’s supplanting of the place of parents, and is attempting to gradually push the Church out of education. Further attack on the family in the form of so-called same sex “marriage” is very likely to be on agenda before long.

In May,Enda Kenny, who claims to be a practising Catholic, reportedly gave us the following example of the endemic confusion and aversion to reason found amongst post Vatican II Catholics:

“Everybody’s entitled to their opinion here but as explained to the Cardinal and members of the church my book is the constitution and the constitution is determined by the people. That’s the people’s book. We live in a Republic and I have a duty and responsibility as head of Government to legislate in respect of what the people’s wishes are.”

Kenny and his supporters need to read the Irish Constitution. It opens with the following lines:

“In the name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred.

We, the people of Eire,

Humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial.”

The writings of Father Denis Fahey, an Irish Holy Ghost priest who died sixty years ago tell us much about the Church’s traditional teaching on the Social Kingship of Christ. In his foreword to Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked, by Monsignor George Dillon, Father Fahey summarized the French Revolution’s Declaration of the Rights of Man (“a Masonic production”) as a formal renunciation of allegiance to Christ the King, of the supernatural life, and of membership in Christ’s Mystical Body:

“The French State thereby officially declared that it no longer acknowledged any duty to God through Our Lord Jesus Christ, and no longer recognized the dignity of membership of Christ in its citizens. It thus inaugurated the attack on the organization of society under Christ the King which has continued down to the present day.”

Father Fahey must be turning in his grave to see how the dark workshops have set about his own land, a land where in 1936 Mullingar cathedral was the first one in the world dedicated to Christ the King, following Pope Pius XI’s 1925 encyclical, Quas Primas. The current rulers of Ireland, whether or not they are taking instruction from unseen forces, are openly rebelling reign of Christ over Society. Church teaching leaves no doubt on the matter.

“For since God is the source of all goodness and justice, it is absolutely ridiculous that the State should pay no attention to these laws or render them abortive by contrary enactments.”- Pope Leo XIII, in Libertas Praestantissimum, #18

“…Civil society must acknowledge God as its Founder and Parent, and must obey and reverence His power and authority. Justice therefore forbids, and reason itself forbids, the State to be godless…” ibid, #21

“That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error…” – Pope Saint Pius X, Vehementer Nos, #3

“Once the authority of God and the sway of His law are denied in this way, the civil authority as an inevitable result tends to attribute to itself that absolute autonomy which belongs exclusively to the Supreme Maker. It puts itself in the place of the Almighty and elevates the State or group into the last end of life, the supreme criterion of the moral and juridical order, and therefore forbids every appeal to the principles of natural reason and of the Christian conscience.” – Pope Pius XII, Summi Pontificatus, #53

And yet can we really be surprised by the imposition of the demonic killing of unborn children on Ireland? Over the course of a middle aged lifetime the ever increasing apostasy has become less and less silent. Who would argue about the withdrawal of graces in the face of the dwindling practice of saying the family rosary, or the fact that the number of times that the Mass which Saint Patrick brought to Ireland was offered, was but a tiny fraction of that in times of vicious persecution?

Who can deny the role that the Vatican II innovations of ecumenism, religious liberty and collegiality have played?

Ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue has surely inculcated the mindset that everyone has their own version of the truth, with no such thing as one, God-given truth that is not up for discussion. The mantra about respecting the great god child of moral relativism, “choice” is given a constant hearing in the abortion debate.

Since the Conciliar novelty of religious liberty, we no longer hear Prelates talk about the State’s duty to promote and protect the one true religion and enact laws in accordance with the law of God. Again, the bitter fruits of a “neutral” state in matters of morality, the exultation of individual conscience, and the accordance of rights to error are obvious to everyone when it comes to the horrors of abortion.

“…the city cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be set up unless the Church lay the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilisation is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is the Christian civilisation, it the Catholic city.” – Pope Saint Pius X, Our Apostolic Mandate, #11

Vatican II’s program of collegiality and its undermining of the hierarchical structure of Christ’s Church appears to have played a very significant part in the Church in Ireland failing to mount a vigorous, effective battle against the forces of satan and the supreme example of child abuse, abortion.

Constant talk of the merits of anti-clericalism and democratization, and the Church as the “people of God” can’t but lead Catholics into the temptation of believing that doctrine is not immutable, and is almost a matter of public opinion. A passing familiarity with the outpourings of the press, both Catholic and secular, is sufficient to understand the grave dangers.

The Church in Ireland now appears to have the combative strength of the French Army in early June 1940. Instead of the Church Militant and Catholic Action we now have the Church discussing and proposing a point of view. Instead of proclaiming the law of God we hear talk of persuasion and freedom of conscience.

Without being privy to episcopal discussions on the matter, there are grounds for very serious concerns on the matter of collegiality and refusing Holy Communion to politicians described by Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin on 10 July as being guilty of “co-operation in evil”.

In May, Archbishop Martin, who succeeds Cardinal Sean Brady next year, said that legislators who supported abortion were excommunicating themselves.

“You cannot regard yourself as a person of faith and support abortion,” he told the ‘Sunday Times’. “If a legislator comes to me and says, ‘Can I be a faithful Catholic and support abortion?’ I would say no. Your communion is ruptured if you support abortion.

“You are excommunicating yourself. Any legislator who clearly and publicly states this should not approach looking for communion.”

Well, collegiality appears to have scuppered any intentions by the Irish bishops to issue a united, unequivocal warning to politicians on this issue. Before the vote there was no such “collegial” warning. Truly lamentable, but not exactly surprising, given that earlier in May, Cardinal Brady stated publicly that amongst the bishops, “there would be a great reluctance to politicize the Eucharist.”  Click here to read this report in full 

Ignorance or lack of instruction can’t be offered as an excuse for this gross dereliction. In March, Pope Francis gave written support to the Argentine Bishops’ instruction that legislators, heads of government, and health professionals “cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act with deeds or words against the commandments, particularly when abortion, euthanasia, and other grave crimes against life and family are encouraged.” Cardinal Ratzinger spelt everything out to the US bishops in 2004, and earlier this year Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest legal tribunal, came to the aid of any bishops whom might be suffering from amnesia.

Are Saint Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 11:27 to mean anything at all in Ireland? Is human respect to outweigh concern to avert sacrilege? Say a prayer for those good and faithful priests who will be faced with the outstretched hands of pro-abortion politicians who approach them for Holy Communion.

How many Irish politicians would have had their consciences awoken to oppose this legislation if the bishops had been willing to speak the words of one of the Church’s great champions in the battle against hostile secular powers?

“He who asserts that he cannot be bound by the Church’s bonds, confesses that he cannot be loosed by her authority. And he who makes such an assertion, separates himself wholly from Christ.” – Pope Saint Gregory VII, Letter to Bishop Hermann of Metz, 1076 AD

Anyone still inclined to illusion about the “New Springtime” ought to come and see the devastation wrought in Ireland by the modernist frenzy of self-destruction otherwise known as Conciliar kenosis. Cromwell was a total failure in comparison. Come and look in the eye the broken hearted and despairing parents and grandparents of apostates and tell them this is all the work of the Holy Ghost.

So, what now for the “freedom and exultation of the Church” in Ireland? Will we be faced with a hitherto unthinkable prospect of some kind of Erastian, national Church as in Tudor England? Will there some sort of Constitutional clergy, loyal to the revolt of man against God, as in France little more than two centuries ago?

The words of Pope Pius XI in his 1937 condemnation of Nazism in Mit Brennender Sorge bear repetition at this time of temptation to despair:

“…the enemies of the Church, who think that their time has come, will see that their joy was premature, and that they may close the grave they had dug.”- #42

The battle to protect the mothers and children of Ireland from the scourge of abortion will go on for as long as necessary, as will the task of restoring the Social Kingship of Christ. The Catholic remnant in Ireland now look to our ancestors who clung to the Faith through dungeon, fire and sword, and who through the Penal Laws and starvation refused to consider apostasy. We look to our martyrs for the faith, in the coming times of white persecution; those martyrs such as Saint Oliver Plunkett, Archbishop of Armagh, Bishop Dermot O’Hurley of Cashel, and Margaret Ball protector of hunted priests. We call on the help of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all our evangelizing saints.

But if doing well you suffer patiently; this is thankworthy before God.  1 Peter 2:21

The furnace trieth the potter’s vessels, and the trial of affliction just men. Ecclesiasticus 27:6

In the face of the “spirits of wickedness in the high places” (Ephesians 6:12) all those who hold to the faith handed down to us must implore the intercession of Saint Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family: “Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness.”

Amidst the dark clouds overshadowing the island of Ireland, we cling to our rosaries, as did the dead generations, and pray with absolute confidence in Mary, Mother of God and Mediatrix of all graces. We pray with certain knowledge that in the end Her Immaculate Heart will triumph.

Our Lady of Knock, ora pro nobis.

Original Report…

Lawmakers in the Republic of Ireland have voted to allow abortion under certain conditions for the first time, following a marathon debate.

In a 127-31 vote, they backed allowing a termination when doctors deemed that a woman was at risk of taking her life.

The debate revealed deep splits over the issue in the predominantly Catholic country, with a government minister resigning earlier.

Anti-abortion activists say the measure could lead to more widespread abortion..  Read more

Laughably, one report described Kenny as “privately a devout Catholic” – yeah right.

Will Canon Law # 915 be applied to this scoundrel?  A man now personally responsible, on the passing of this evil law, for the murder of countless innocent lives?  Or is it more “charitable” not to “pass judgment” on him at the moment of receiving Holy Communion?  Of course… why not just ignore those terrifying words in Scripture about the damning (literally) consequences of eating and drinking the Lord’s Body and Blood unworthily? 

Tell us your thoughts on this unbelievable legislation being passed by  “Catholic” politicians in a once great and truly Catholic country. I look forward to reading your comments – mine are unprintable.

Comments (35)

  • Margaret Mary


    I agree that it is a very hopeful sign. Maybe Our Lady is taking control, right enough. It’s a bit like locking the stable door, though, it would have made more sense for the Irish bishops to do the consecration before the abortion law was passed. Still, I suppose we can only see good come out of it.

    July 27, 2013 at 10:09 pm
  • crofterlady

    Mater Hospital’s principled position on abortion defines the cultural divide

    John Waters

    Last Updated: Thursday, August 8, 2013, 19:15
    Were a government to punish a medical institution for declining to implement a law repugnant to its ethos – by, for example, withdrawing State subventions or tax breaks – wouldn’t citizens who shared that institution’s ethical outlook have a moral right to withhold their taxes until such bullying ceased?

    In other words, Mater hospital board member Fr Kevin Doran may have raised more than one provocative hare in suggesting the hospital “cannot comply” with the provision of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act because its ethos forbids abortions. The hospital, part-owned by the Sisters of Mercy and managed independently of the Health Service Executive by its own board of governors, is one of 25 named in the legislation as “appropriate institutions” where abortions “may” take place.

    This is being presented in the media as, yet again, a power struggle between church and State. But this is a secondary aspect, since the principle at stake may conceivably extend to other categories of ethos. Moreover, it is not Catholicism that defines the cultural divide about abortion but something far deeper.

    St Vincent’s hospital, another “Catholic” hospital listed as an “appropriate institution” in the legislation, has said it will “as always, be following the law of the land”. But the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act is no ordinary law. What it proposes is not, for example, like changing the maximum speed limit. It introduces something fundamentally repugnant to the thinking of many Irish people, including many who are not Catholic.

    For any sentient person, the abortion question is central to the perception of what a human life is and is worth. Even many who disagree with the pro-choice position accept the integrity of someone who supports “abortion rights” on the basis of a certain view of when human life begins. Pro-life advocates decide the question otherwise but I have never encountered anyone who decided simply on account of being a Catholic.

    Catholic teaching holds essentially that abortion amounts to the killing of a human life, although this may in certain circumstances be unavoidable and therefore permissible as the lesser of evils. (The Mater will continue to extend care on this basis.) But the Catholic position is the distillation of a fundamental moral perception: a repugnance of killing. It is not, for example, the statement of an ideological tenet or some arbitrary and arcane rule to which the church demands adherence.

    Eminently reasonable position
    Liberal agitators present the Catholic standpoint as unreasonable, reactionary and incoherent. But opposition to abortion is an eminently reasonable position, with the same entitlement to he heard as such as, for example, opposition to the death penalty, which liberals regard as self-evidently reasonable.

    Fr Doran has raised the issue in the context of a Catholic hospital defending its specific ethos. Really, though, what’s at stake is the right to hold in conscience a different view, to dissent from even the majority on an issue fundamental to the understanding of human reality at the most essential level. An obligation to obey “the law of the land”, then, cannot be the end of the matter.

    The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill was, in effect, an ideological “present” by Fine Gael to its junior coalition partner, the Labour Party. The legislation had no context in any urgent public need and was not canvassed before the electorate. Public representatives were denied freedom of conscience to oppose it, and those who persisted in their dissent were ruthlessly punished. Its passage was effected with the assistance of assiduous media bullying and cultural intimidation. It is a law, therefore, that has been railroaded into place, over the heads of at least a sizeable minority of the population, citizens who have every right to claim they have been disenfranchised.

    In other contexts we have seen instances of radical new provisions which go against the most basic instincts of human beings being pushed through in a similar bullying fashion by regimes brooking no dissent to their ideological agendas. There have been numerous instances in other jurisdictions of public officials who disagreed fundamentally with homosexual marriages or adoptions by homosexual couples being forced to comply with such innovations or lose their employment. I know of a university in the United States that fears the imminent introduction of homosexual marriage will mean it will be forced to allow such marriages to take place in its on-campus cathedral or lose state funding and tax concessions.

    This will very likely be the next stage of the abortion wars here also, with hospital and doctors informed that, whatever their personal principles they must obey the “law of the land”. But this will raise the issue of the moral entitlement of those whose most fundamental outlooks on human reality are now being ignored and overridden by the reigning ideologues. For who in conscience would pay taxes to support the deliberate killing of innocent human beings?

    © 2013

    August 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm
  • crofterlady

    Heart and soul of Mater at risk from legislation

    DAVID QUINN – 09 AUGUST 2013

    The Church and the State are on another collision course. Anyone who is interested in a genuinely liberal and pluralist society should be backing the church for once. At one level the clash is over abortion. But at another level it is about the right of an institution to receive public funds and still have an ethos of its own.
    Why won’t Pat Rabbitte do more to help parents protect children?Legislating for X Case is just beginning of this sagaFrom a liberal point of view, therefore, the question is not so much about abortion as it is about whether the State should be allowed to use public funds to bend every institution in receipt of those funds to its will.

    The newly passed Protection of LifeDuring Pregnancy Act names 25 different hospitals around the country and requires each of them to perform abortions under the terms of the new law. One of them is the Mater in Dublin, a Catholic hospital part-owned by its founder, the Sisters of Mercy.

    Fr Kevin Doran, a medical ethicist and member of the board of directors and the board of governors of the Mater has said: “The Mater can’t carry out abortions because it goes against its ethos. I would be very concerned that the Minister (James Reilly) sees fit to make it impossible for hospitals to have their own ethos.”

    The Mater is an excellent hospital and its ethos currently requires it to save both mother and child. The new law will severely compromise that ethos. Under certain circumstances the new law will require the Mater to kill an unborn child even when the hospital believes this will not save the mother.

    Let’s look at the sort of scenario that could pit the ethos of the Mater against the new law.

    Let’s imagine that a pregnant woman in the psychiatric unit of the Mater hospital is deemed to be suicidal, in need of an abortion to save her life, and the hospital management does not agree on both practical and moral grounds.

    The practical ground would be that there is no evidence that abortion will help a suicidal woman. The moral ground is that it is wrong in itself to directly kill a pre-born child.

    However, under the new law, it would have to perform the abortion if the HSE ordered it to do so.

    Mr Reilly has previously insisted that any hospital in receipt of public funds and that is named in the new Act must perform abortions under the terms of the Act.

    He has said: “We could not have a situation where a service funded by the taxpayer could deprive a citizen of their rights.” This is where we get to the essential illiberalism of the government position. The State has ordained that a woman must be allowed to receive a ‘life-saving’ abortion even when a given hospital believes it will not save her life at all, but will only kill her baby.

    This is bad enough. But what happens if tomorrow the State decides that women have a ‘right’ to an abortion on wider grounds than the law currently allows?

    Suppose it decides a woman also has a ‘right’ to an abortion where her baby is severely handicapped? Will a future James Reilly then insist: “We could not have a situation where a service funded by the taxpayer could deprive a citizen of their rights”?

    When the State takes this sort of absolutist approach to rights, then beware because the freedom of the rest of society to take a different view will shrink and shrink.

    Some will say that the Mater can take the view of Fr Kevin Doran, but if so then it should lose public funds. But that would force it to close down altogether or else become a non-Catholic hospital.

    Running a hospital is a very expensive business. The Mater Public wants to be exactly that, public not private. There is already a Mater Private.

    Running a public hospital with private funds only would be completely beyond it.

    The main reason for this is that the State takes away so much from us in the form of tax. That makes it very hard for ordinary citizens to support as expensive a venture as a public hospital out of what they have left after tax and making ends meet.

    Thus the State has an institution like the Mater in a double bind. It has passed a law that will force it to violate its ethos. It has also told it, in effect, that the only way to avoid this law is to refuse public funds or stop being a Catholic hospital.

    In a truly liberal and pluralist society, the autonomy of civil society is respected by the State. It doesn’t simply use its vast power to force every institution that has become dependent on public funds to bend to its will in the name of a particular view of ‘rights’.

    I hope the Mater works up the nerve to mount a constitutional challenge in defence of its ethos. Not only will it be defending itself, it will also be defending the independence of civil society, and that is why genuine liberals should be supporting the Church this time around and should put aside their traditional dislike of it.

    Irish Independent

    August 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    • editor


      Many thanks for the above two articles updating us on the situation in Ireland post-legislation on abortion. Fr Doran is a very brave priest. Let’s hope he is fully supported by the bishops and all right-thinking people.

      August 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm
  • Arkenaten

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    August 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm

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