The Carthusians in Ireland

By W. H. Grattan Flood [From The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 4th Series, Vol. XXII, No. 477, September 1907]   JUST eighteen years ago, in his excellent History of the Charterhouse, Dom Lawrence Hendriks, monk of St. Hugh’s Charterhouse, Sussex, devoted one paragraph to the ‘Irish Charterhouse,’ as follows:- The Irish Charterhouse is the next in…

Winter Approaches

The spiritual equivalent of the approaching demographic winter in Europe and the world has surely taken a firm hold in Ireland. A recent report (April 03 2018) in the Irish Examiner on the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland paints a very grim picture of the future for the Faithful in this country. Contrast…

CDC: Youth Suicide Skyrockets 70% Over Last Decade. Here’s Why.

By Ben Shapiro According to the Centers for Disease Control, youth suicide is in the midst of a precipitous and frightening rise. Between 2006 and 2016, suicides by white children between ages 10 and 17 skyrocketed 70%; while black children are less likely than white children to kill themselves, their suicide rate also jumped 77%….

Selling Murder to the Rubes

On the 7th of March the Irish Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that the unborn child has no constitutional rights beyond the right to life contained in the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. The Irish Independent reported that “…the seven member court unanimously rejected a High Court ruling which found the unborn had…

Never Let a Crisis go to Waste The Limerick Synod of 2016

An historic Diocesan Synod was held in Limerick over three days in April of 2016.  It was the first synod to be held in Ireland for 50 years and 400 delegates took part.  50 years ago such an event would have been unremarkable, an instance of ecclesial and clerical housekeeping that would have made it…

Liberalism – the real threat to Truth

The following is a letter authored 42 years ago by a man of God and the Church.  I pray I live to see him vindicated. Dear Friends and Benefactors: It seems to me at that the moment has come to bring to your knowledge the latest events concerning Econe, and the attitude which in conscience…

Fr. Amorth Speaks of St. Pio

It is quite interesting that even now the consecration of Russia still excites so much controversy.  I place this here without comment but with the fervent hope that this year proves the turning point for a world on the point of calamity and Christ’s Church which in human terms at least, seems likewise close to…

My Dear Son

There follows a letter first printed in the district magazine of the Society of St. Pius X in the November/December issue.   If I had a son about to choose his vocation in life I could not better this advice.  May the good Lord have mercy on the souls of Mr. Barry and his son Peter….

Instructing the Ignorant

The subject of Ireland’s primary schools is in the news at the moment.  The minister in charge of education, Richard Bruton, is looking at the problem of access to school for the irreligious.  The problem in a nutshell is that the Catholic Church is patron of most catholic schools in Ireland and as patrons expect…

Putting the Fun Back Into Fundamental

The Irish Times, that bastion of journalistic integrity, has printed an article in today’s edition by a priest of the Clogher diocese maintaining that ‘fundamentalist Catholics are turning people off Church in Ireland’.  The author of the article, Fr. Joe McVeigh, never specifies what he means by the label ‘fundamentalist’ but it is quite clear…

A whiff of schism: when different Catholics hold radically different beliefs

At a Catholic parish in Athy, Ireland, a lesbian couple who resigned from parish ministry after entering a legal marriage has returned to active participation—and to loud applause. So now everyone is welcome in St. Michael’s parish, right? Wrong. Anthony Murphy, the editor of Catholic Voice—the man who objected to the lesbian couple’s prominent role…