Ireland

The Holy Name of Jesus: Use Sparingly, Please…

For some time, I've meant to post a thread on the (sadly) casual use of the Holy Name of Jesus, especially when used as an expletive. This is something which is especially noticeable among Irish Catholics - certainly in Ireland itself. Some years ago, a non-Catholic remarked on this, saying that, in his view, nothing is...

Ireland/UK: Why The Loud Silence From The Catholic Hierarchy On Creeping Totalitarianism?

In the above thoroughly engaging conversation, having pointed out that there is no medical or other logical reason for vaccine passports, the ministers go on to reflect on the lack of leadership within Christianity at this time of "creeping totalitarianism". Personally, I think it's already crept... unarguably, we're now living in a totalitarian state. ...

Irish Government to Bishops: Cancel Summer Communions & Confirmations…

Ireland's HSE tells Catholic Church to cancel Communions and Confirmations IRELAND'S Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned the Catholic Church not to hold First Communions or Confirmations in Midwest counties this summer. In a letter to to the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Kieran O’Reilly, HSE chiefs suggested that the ceremonies be deferred to September instead. The...

Irish Bishops Reaping What They Have Sown: Government Persecuting Church…

St Patrick didn't manage to kick ALL snakes out of Ireland - evidently... DUBLIN, Ireland, April 21, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Irish Catholics have faced months of persecution from the national government, with public worship banned since December and attempts to host services punishable by fines and prison time for ministers. Now, a new law has been passed which further...

Happy St Patrick’s Day 2021 – Please Pray for Formerly Catholic Ireland Today…

https://youtu.be/jJbbkai2rak For those of you who may think that I was baptised "Editor" allow me to explain that I am proud to claim St Patrick as my patron saint - I am, therefore, sometimes called Patricia, sometimes Pat and very often other things as well.  Say no more... As always with devotional threads, feel free to...

What’s Wrong With The World? Climate Change? Nope… I am! – GK Chesterton…

https://youtu.be/YNUVWgSmQZs Comment:  Enjoy the above excellent talk by Irish priest, Father David Sherry, SSPX, Superior of the District of Canada. At 46 minutes, it's a bit longer than we usually post, but well worth watching right through.  Father Sherry served in the Scottish SSPX churches for a while (not long enough!) soon after his ordination. As evident...

A Happy & Holy Christmas Everyone!

https://youtu.be/ITIaYoWCPkE Comment:  Since singing is frowned upon at this time ("the virus" apparently isn't the musical type!) we invite bloggers to post their favourite Christmas carols / songs on this thread, as well as favourite prayers and stories about Christmas. One of my own favourite short stories is the beautiful, classic Gift of the Magi by...

Irish Police State: What Kind of Catholic Would Report Priests For Offering Mass?

CAVAN, Ireland, November 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Irish police are threatening a Catholic priest with prosecution because of his refusal to turn people away when they arrived for Mass. Under the current law, the Irish government is expressly forbidding gatherings for “religious or other reasons” and threatening priests with a fine of €2,500 and/or six months imprisonment should they...

Ellen Organ aka Little Nellie of Holy God – A Future Saint of the Catholic Church?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap2rCqBdPUQ Comment:  I received an email today from a Glasgow reader, enthusing about the story of Ellen Organ, popularly known as "Little Nellie of Holy God".  I was intrigued, and decided to search for a video.  The above is the best I could find, not least because others are either far too  sentimentalized or a tad...

Ireland: Latest Blasphemy – Muslim Call to Prayer Permitted in Catholic Church…

COUNTY MAYO, Ireland April 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Tuam, Ireland, invited local Muslims to offer an Islamic prayer during a Mass last Friday that was live-streamed by the parish and broadcast over local radio.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=AwTEkfLgtpo&feature=emb_logo While the prayer was reportedly offered for an end to the coronavirus, Catholic sources have...