“You’re not a homosexual. You’re a man.”

I posted an article on Twitter last week called I’M A MAN to which I received a reply from @tomlowe and @fihyde.

Interesting questions. 1) Am I a woman first and a Catholic second? 2) It seems that I have admitted there is such a thing as sexual orientation so this means that heterosexual orientation is not the only biological option. Firstly, I am not my beliefs. I am a woman. I have certain beliefs. My beliefs shape the person that I am. Secondly, yes, of course there is such a thing as sexual orientation, otherwise the world would not be populated, (SEXUAL ORIENTATION: describes a pattern of emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to men, women, both genders, neither gender, or another gender – ref. wiki)
Thirdly, re the reference to biology – the scientific study of the natural processes of living things – it seems that the psychologists, scientists and the professionals cannot say exactly what causes sexual orientation but they do say the following:

research suggests that it is by a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental influences, with biological factors and a complex interplay of genetic factors and the early uterine environment.

It is a fact that some people have different sexual orientations to others. Of course that’s true. But what I found interesting from the article ‘I’m a man’ is the distinction the young man makes between having a particular sexual orientation and being a man.

The article is to do with a young, Catholic professional who recently came out as a homosexual to friends and family.
The young man says:

I don’t believe that “gay” is a valid category, the way “male” and “female” are. I used to think being gay meant being a different kind of person altogether—like a third gender. These days I think that it’s something I have, not something I am…..The best way to sum it up is something a very good priest once said to me in confession. He said, “You’re not a homosexual. You’re a man.”

If you take the meaning of ORIENTATION as: the particular preferences, tendencies, beliefs or opinions that a person has, then your understanding of sexuality is very different to the meaning of being of a certain sexual orientation.


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Dear Moriarty

Dear Moriarty,

I’ve been thinking. In reply to your tweet re my tweet, we don’t have an Independence Day nor do we have a national holiday to celebrate the 1916 rising. We have a commemoration as far as I know. It’s different. From what I understand we won’t be having an Independence Day national holiday until we have a united Ireland. Now that could be another 100 years or so but it would have to be one that is wanted by the people of Northern Ireland through democratic means. If they choose not, that’s their choice.

However, we do have a National Day. It’s called St. Patrick’s Day. I think we should stick to this, as St. Patrick unites all Christian denominations in Ireland. This is where real unity lies. When we say the ‘Our Father’ together, we are sons and daughters, not of Eire, not of Ulster, but of the Father, the Almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth.


An Irish Catholic

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The Ministry of One

In the Year of Enlightenment 1 D.C.

The Ministry of One hereby declares the following:

From this day forward,  there will be no distinction between man and woman.  The Ministry of One has enacted a new law declaring it illegal to discriminate against men so, it is forbidden to call them men. Equally, it is forbidden to discriminate against women and so it is forbidden to call them women. Instead, the Government has introduced new terms to address this discrimination. The former is to be called ‘nam’, the latter, ‘mowan’. The Bill was passed without a vote – there was no need for a vote as the entire Government was one in agreement. There was no opposition as all members have agreed to sign an agreement to obey the party before they are chosen as candidates, and all party leaders agree to agree in unity with the Enlightened One. Consequently, there is no longer any need for opposition parties.

The members of  The One Party have also issued the following decrees.

1.  Nams can live with Nams and Mowans can live with Mowans, but in order to avoid all forms of discrimination, it is forbidden for Nams to live under the same roof as Mowans. There is no limit to the number of Nams living under the one roof or Mowans living under the one roof.

2. No little Nams or little Mowans can be ‘produced’ outside the State Laboratory.

3. If Nams or Mowans want little Nams or little Mowans, ( from now on called ‘Little Ones’), they must apply for a licence to the Minister for Little Ones.  On receiving the licence, whereby they agree to agree with all the regulations, they can proceed to the State Laboratory, to choose the design of the Little One.  However, they do not own the copyright © to the design as the design has been patented by the creator/designer/engineer, but they do have a right to choose the design.  They must only choose a Little One according to their own status as ‘Nam’ or ‘Mowan’. This is to ensure that there will be no breeding of discrimination in the future.

4. Nams and Mowans will receive Medicare benefits should they choose to assist in the reproduction of Little Ones on the State Reproduction Ranches.

5. All houses from this day forward will be designed and built on the same design by the State Architect. This is to avoid offending those who do not have the same as their neighbour.

6. All workers will receive the same salary in the name of equality, as to do otherwise would be to discriminate.  We are all one and the same.

7. The Ministry of One has set up a new Foundation to educate the Little Ones in the ways of One. Although the engineers have done everything possible to extract all dissenting genes from the gene pool, it has not been perfected yet. So, in order to avoid discrimination under the guise of dissent, all Little Ones  will be taught to discern and listen for any dissenting voices within themselves and should they find any, they agree to be sent to the Higher Level Re-Education Centres, (from this day forward to be called ‘Centres of Excellence’), to perfect the gene.

8. If any Nam or Mowan hears a dissenting voice among co-workers they must immediately report it to the Minister.

9. In the name of The Enlightened One, Freedom, Liberty and Equality,  we hereby issue a uniform to all citizens of One to be worn immediately. Nams and Mowans will wear the same uniform for obvious reasons. 

10. From this day forward, in the Year of Enlightenment, 1 D.C., it is forbidden to mention the word ‘G-d’.  Believing in ‘G-d’ is in fact the root cause of all discrimination. It clouds your judgement. From now on, we are all one.


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The Road to Jericho

GOSPEL: Luke 10: 25-37
There was a lawyer who, to disconcert Jesus, stood up and said to him, ‘Master, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?’

Jesus answers the question with a question.  Why?  Because the lawyer was testing him.  He said to him, ‘What is written in the Law?  What do you read there?’   

He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself’. ‘You have answered right,’ said Jesus,  ‘do this and life is yours.’

 The lawyer answered so promptly because it was a prayer that the Jews recited three times a day.  It’s called the Shema. He knew it off by heart.  He was a fellow Israelite but was certain that Jesus would give an answer different to this narrow limitation and leave himself wide open to a charge of heresy.

 For this reason the lawyer wasn’t content to leave it there.  He wanted to justify himself and so asked another question. ‘And who is my neighbour?’ 

Jesus was ready for him and tells him instead the story of the ‘Good Samaritan’.

You can’t argue with that!

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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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