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Sr ANNE LYONS PBVM, writes a letter in today’s Irish Times. She suggests that women don’t boycott Mass on the 26th September, as suggested by the monk’s mother from Cork. Sr. Anne is also from Cork. She intends to send a postcard to the Cardinal!

Her issues:

A cluster of issues needs to be addressed collaboratively: the church’s style of governance, its use of power, decision-making, the role of women, and the use of inclusive language.

i.e. woman priests.

She goes on to say:

Although women are moving into positions of leadership and collaboration in our secular institutions, the Catholic Church lags behind. It preaches equality, but practises exclusion. Pope John Paul II apologised to women and spoke passionately about their inclusion, but women have no place at the table where decisions are made that shape the church and their own lives. It has been said that if the sin of men is pride, the sin of women is passivity! I can no longer be passive or silent regarding systemic injustice to women in the church.

I have been an active member of the RCC for quite a while now and have never suffered an injustice as a woman. I have always felt included and when decisions are made in the parish, all parishioners are invited to take part at parish councils etc and parish meetings. If some women choose not to take part, that their choice. But to say we suffer an injustice is absolutely untrue. What does she want? To live in the presbytery?

Finally, she says that she longs to be more fully respected, valued and included. She says:

Years of patient study have made us ready to play our part in nourishing the impoverished soul of the church but offers of service are met with rebuff or deafening silence.

What exactly has she offered to do? Say Mass? There are great religious sisters all over the country doing tremendous work and are greatly appreciated for the work they do: just to name a few areas they work in – Addiction Centres, Formation, Catechetics, Healthcare, Chaplaincy, Justice, Prison Ministry, Counselling/Psychotherapy, Refugees/Advocacy, Education, Spirituality and Family Ministry. That’s pretty included.

Finally, she says

As long as the official church ignores women, it will continue to fly on one wing and to flap round in endless circles, and its soul will wither. – Yours, etc,

With all due respect to Sr. Anne, it is some of the nuns who are flying around on the wings of new age angels and flapping round in endless ‘circles’ of new age dancing on airy fairy notions of a false spirituality of ‘Sacred Circle Dance’ and the ‘Dances of Universal Peace’ as advertised on one religious sisters website. Oh, and Cosmology. Sorry what? that’s right – Cosmology!

I hope she reads this.


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Serving Tea.

I know a woman who did a degree in theology. Following her primary degree, she decided to do a Masters. On obtaining her Masters she announced she was going on mission to Africa, and hoped to be working in a university. When I asked about her work, she replied, “oh, I don’t mind if I just get to make the tea, I just would love to be in the university environment.”
As it happened the mission was put off for a while and in the meantime she ended up in another country where she went to a Catholic conference. She introduced herself to the organisers and told them about her qualifications and if in any way she could help, she would be delighted. The organisers thanked her and asked her if she wouldn’t mind helping out with the teas as they had no one to serve the tea. She left the conference and reported that it was the worst conference she ever went to, not what she had expected at all.

Ambition is a terrible thing.  To serve or to lecture, that is the question!


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Bah! Humbert!

What’s happening?

August 2010:  Humbert Summer School has its annual gathering of hacks to discuss politics and culture and the Church. It was set up by John Cooney, a columnist with the Irish Independent newspaper. Cooney has been writing articles in his column about the Catholic Church hierarchy and his dream to erase the current group of bishops and replace them with his ‘chosen few’ and above all to oust Cardinal Seán Brady. His inside contacts in Rome inform him who should take the seat of Armagh and he writes about it. Groupies?

He belongs to a group of like minded individuals who oppose Church teaching on many issues especially women priests and the way bishops are appointed. They want democracy!  This year he has invited from America  ‘bishop’ Bridget Mary Meehan and the keynote speaker was Robert Blair Kaiser who has told Irish Catholics to ” Tell bishops to ‘get the hell out of our cathedrals.”

To understand all of this nonsense you need to understand Irish History and General Humbert.  The rebellion of 1798 failed. In a strange sort of way one wonders if the hand of God was in it.  Had the French revolutionaries won – where would we be now?  We would be a Republic of the French revolution type. We would be ‘enlightened ones’. Instead Ireland had to wait more than a hundred and thirty years before freedom of a sort came. First in 1922 and finally in 1937 with the Irish Constitution.  It was very pro-Catholic. Why? Because Catholics had suffered persecution by the British for almost 300 years, persecution that tried to wipe out the Catholic Faith in Ireland, persecution of the sort that had never been seen anywhere, not even in China or Japan. The Constitution was drawn up, not to establish a secular Enlightenment ideology that some of the ‘rebels’ of 1798 had wanted, but a true Republic based on freedom of religion and the protection of Catholic/Christian/religious believers to live in peace and harmony without interference from any tyrannical, imperialistic, foreign rule.

So, it appears that Cooney is fighting the secular ‘enlightened’ side of the battle and every year he celebrates Humbert’s arrival in Killala Bay, Co. Mayo and enlists ‘enlightened’ generals from overseas to fight his battles.  Will someone please tell him that they lost and that the battle is over.


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A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself.

“Man has the right to act according to his conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters”.

Conscience means ‘with knowledge’. So we have to do our homework. You don’t just make serious decisions without weighing up the pros cons and consequences.  

The  present day government is certainly ‘without knowledge’.


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Hope – the expectation of “future good things”.

Last week the Justice Minister, Dermot Ahern, said he leaves his religion outside the door when he is legislating. Religion, he said “clouds” a person’s judgement. I wonder what his religion is?

True religion enlightens the mind and heart. According to Pope John Paul II, the Church, is the custodian of fundamental truths and values. These fundamental truths and values have given hope to people for the last 2000 years, to young and old, to the sick and the dying.

In effect, by leaving religion outside the door, he’s leaving God outside the door, while he makes decisions that will affect future generations.

In 1985, Pope John Paul addressed the Youth of the World:

In you there is hope, for you belong to the future, just as the future belongs to you. For hope is always linked to the future; it is the expectation of “future good things”.

What “good things” is the Minister offering to the future generations?

….only God is the ultimate basis of all values; only he gives the definitive meaning to our human existence.

Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul also said:

Only God is good, which means this: in him and him alone all values have their first source and final completion; he is “the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end”. Without him-without the reference to God-the whole world of created values remains as it were suspended in an absolute vacuum. It also loses its transparency, its expressiveness. Evil is put forward as a good and good itself is rejected. Are we not shown this by the very experience of our own time, wherever God has been removed beyond the limits of evaluations, estimations and actions?

So what is the Minister of Justice offering to the Youth of the World – a vacuum, where evil is put forward as a good, and good itself is rejected. Shame on him.

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Christianos esse non licet

“It is forbidden to be a Christian.”

This was a law made by the insane Emperor Nero in and around 64 A.D. While all other laws were later repealed, this one was the only one that was never officially repealed and remained in force in the Roman Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years.

Since Christianity taught obedience to lawful authorities, one would not have thought that the Roman emperors would become alarmed about it. The fact is, however, that it clashed not only with the moral standards of the day, but also with the emperor worship and the official pagan worship.

The Irish Government is bringing in a Civil Partnership Bill which is a direct attack upon freedom of conscience and religion. READ MORE The Bill imposes a €2,000 fine and up to six months imprisonment on a registrar who refuses to facilitate a civil partnership. Owners of guesthouses and B&B establishments might also be subject to penalty according to some of Ireland most senior evangelical leaders. The leaders pointed out that their sincerely held religious beliefs meant that they could not cooperate in any way with same-sex civil unions and are calling on the Minister

“to move to protect freedom of conscience and religion for Christians employed in the registry service and hospitality sector.”

Despite repeated calls, Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has refused to insert a clause into the Bill to protect freedom of conscience or religion. Obviously he has his orders from the HQ in Strasbourg.

“We are facing the imposition of an ideology that prohibits dissent”

says Gregor Puppinck, director of the European Center for Law and Justice. READ MORE

In 2007 Manuel Barosso, the president of the EU Commission said the following:

“Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organisation of the empires. The empires! Because we have a dimension of empires! ……We have the first non-imperial empire.”


They have already made laws to remove crucifixes from all public places. What will they replace them with – statues of Nero or the pagan gods they worship?

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