The Obama principle that a crisis is too good to waste is clearly being applied in the case of the clerical child abuse scandal in Ireland. A spin is being put on the shocking revelations in the report on abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin to implicate the “pre-Conciliar” Catholic Church in the wrongdoings of post-Vatican II pederasts. In the process, the name of a good man has been dragged into the cesspit, for political purposes.
The Most Reverend John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin (1940-1972) was a great Catholic prelate. Under his pastoral leadership, the numbers of clergy and religious increased by more than 50 per cent, he created over 60 new parishes and built over 80 new churches and 350 schools. But he was a Vatican II sceptic who implemented reform conservatively, in accordance with what would now be called the “hermeneutic of continuity”. So he is a bogey figure to radicals.
Most unjustly, his name has been dragged into this scandal. The official Commission’s Report states: “During the period under review, there were four Archbishops – Archbishops McQuaid, Ryan, McNamara and Connell.” Not so. The “period under review” is set out in the Commission’s Terms of Reference as “the period 1 January 1975 to 1 May 2004”. Archbishop McQuaid retired in 1972. The Report very misleadingly claims that by 1987 three Archbishops – McQuaid, Ryan and McNamara – had between them complaints against 17 priests.
But only one of them, the anonymous “Father Edmondus”, was suspect during McQuaid’s watch and even the report concedes that, of the 320 complaints relating to those priests, only three dated back to the McQuaid era, presumably against “Father Edmondus” and in a period prior to that covered by the Commission’s Terms of Reference. On the basis of that isolated allegation they attempt to align Archbishop McQuaid with his negligent successors.
Revealingly, the Report says: “As is shown in Chapter 4, canon law appears to have fallen into disuse and disrespect during the mid 20th century.” Yes; and we all know why – the post-Vatican II anarchic denunciations of “legalism”, of “oppressive” sexual morality and Church teaching generally, promoted by the modernists. As regards implementing canon law against abusers, the Report concedes that Archbishop McQuaid “set the processes in motion but did not complete them [difficult to do when you are dead]. Archbishops Ryan and McNamara do not seem to have ever applied the canon law.”
Well, who ever did, in the trendy, let-it-all-hang-out 1970s and 1980s? The image that has sedulously been propagated is of Irish child abuse perpetrated by priests in soutanes and birettas, cowled monks muttering Latin incantations and nuns in starched wimples and mediaeval habits.
On the contrary, the nightmare orgy of relentless mortal sin recorded in this report was committed by modern priests, with a strip of white celluloid in place of a Roman collar – if they deigned to wear clerical dress – devastating their church sanctuaries as badly as they devastated childrem’s lives, abolishing all the devotions such as Benediction, the Rosary, regular confession, devotion to saints, etc that had sustained Irish faith for centuries. One priest admitted to abusing over 100 children. For that he was indulged; but if he had celebrated the Latin Tridentine Mass his feet would not have touched the ground.
The BBC (to turn to light relief) has exploited this scandal in a style that vindicates its claim to have succeeded Pravda as the leading disseminator of disinformation. A radical priest was produced on Radio 4 to testify that an excessively strict code of sexual morality in the Church was to blame: one shudders to think what excesses would have been committed if the code had been more lax.
Was clerical celibacy the problem? prompted a BBC interviewer. Of course it was. We all know that what a priestly abuser of boys (and this is mainly a homosexual scandal – the Report records a ratio of 2.3 boy victims to 1 girl) needs is a wife – ask any of the Anglican vicars who have provided a living to the red-top tabloids for generations.
Let us set the record straight. This filthy abomination was a scandal of the post-Vatican II, open-windows, relevant, touchy-feely (often, it seems, inappropriately so) Catholic Church. So let the ecumaniacs, the liturgical animators, the Easter People take ownership of it and desist from blackening the reputation of a decent prelate and, by implication, of the unchanging Church that sustained Ireland through centuries of oppression.
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Let's get it straight: Irish child abuse was perpetrated by the trendy, modern post-Vatican II Catholic Church
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Catholics and indeed people in general are foolish to believe in Evolution. Earth is between 6,000-10,000 years old. Our Earth is young. Evolution theory is just theory. Do check out:
The Days of Creation
The Belief of the Fathers and Doctors
of the Church
In memory of Gerry Keane, Requiescat in Pace
There is good news for the many informed Catholics and scientists who have been dismayed by the Church’s seeming surrender to Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. His theory posits the gradual development and mutation of species through geological ages that span — according to his fantastic ideas — “millions of years”.
St. Pius V University in Rome is sponsoring a conference in November under the title: “The Scientific Impossibility of Evolution.”
This year marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species. This theory is arguably unequaled in the amount of harm it has worked on the general belief in God as Creator as infallibly taught by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and shared by other religions.
The notion that life formed gradually in the course of countless millennia and that species are in a continual state of evolution is opposed to the biblical account of creation in Genesis. Darwin’s idea has virtually been unchallenged in recent decades. The result has been an undermined faith in Sacred Scripture and an ever increasing tendency to exclude God from natural phenomena which are alleged to have originated and to exist independently of an intelligent Creator.
The late John Paul II gave encouragement to evolution theorists by his remark that “evolution is more than a theory.” The late pontiff adduced no evidence to support his claim, nor did he have any standing as an authority in the scientific fields that bear on the question.
Now, his unfortunate statement appears about to be redressed by a conference set to begin Nov. 9 at St. Pius V University, according to a Remnant Press release. The conference will feature presentations by an international panel of experts in the fields of geology, genetics, physics and geophysics.
Recent discoveries in geology confirm that rocks and the fossils they contain were formed in a relatively short period of time – about 10,000 years – rather than the 10 million years required by evolution theory, according to U.S. biophysicist Dr. Dean Kenyon.
Evolution theory may soon go the way of the dinosaurs, so to speak.
Catholics who have stayed the course and held to the faith during this long siege by evolution theorists can take heart. Their long wait for vindication appears to be close at hand.
Our Lady of Fatima said that in the end Her Immaculate Heart would triumph. This means that truth, in all its clarity and beauty, will soon shine like the sun that once danced in the heavens.
Friday, 27 November 2009
Protesters gathered in New York on Sunday demanding accountability and transparency of the Federal Reserve Bank and joining what seems to be a nation-wide movement that calls for an audit of the Federal Reserve System.
“I don’t know what they’re doing and that’s the whole point. They can be doing their job very well. They could be doing it very poorly. We just don’t know and we have the right to know,” said Anthony Lombard at the Campaign for Liberty.
Flocking in Wall Street, the protestors vehemently urged for legislation that would facilitate independent auditing of the Bank, a process it has never undergone before.
The 96-year old Bank is one of the most powerful players in the US financial system, tasked with overseeing interest rates, currency and the allocation of bank bailout funds. But while all Americans are subject to meticulous tax scrutiny, the Bank seems to remain exempt from such a practice.
“They’re in secrecy, just like JFK and Eisenhower said. You have to be aware of these secret societies,” one onlooker noted, referring to President John F. Kennedy’s admonition of the dangers of secret societies during a 1961 address to the American Newspaper Publishers Association.
Following the tumult of the past year, which wreaked havoc on the financial stability of the US, Americans are now attempting to assert their prerogative for reliability and accountability.
Distrust for the system is thus deepening. “Just because it has a pretty little logo that looks real patriotic with an eagle, and it calls itself the Federal Reserve, really means nothing. We don’t control it. We have nothing to do with it,” says Jason Hulhan, a former banker.
The Irish Prime Minister met with the people of Athlone yesterday during his publicity stunt in regard the recent flooding in the town. Cowen and his Fianna Fail ilk, are the same lot in bed with the bankers and developers, and doesn’t give a damn about the people whose houses are flooded. Atleast the locals know this. Local people have worked well together to help each other out. Spare a prayer and do lend your assistance.
In order to highlight once more the unique delinquency of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), two weeks will not be too many to reply to a reader's reasonable objection to the argument of "Eleison Comments" of three weeks ago (Oct. 31). That argument maintained that the sacramental Rites of the Newchurch, introduced in the wake of the Council, are of a nature to invalidate the Church's sacraments in the long run, because they were designed by their ambiguity to erode the Minister's sacramental Intention, without which there can be no sacrament.
The reader objected with the Church's classic teaching that personal failings of the sacramental Minister, even his lack of the Faith, can be made up for by the Faith of the Church in whose name he is administering the sacrament (cf. Summa Theologiae, 3a, LXIV, 9 ad 1). Thus - classic example - a Jew who has no Catholic faith at all can nevertheless validly baptize a dying friend so long as the Jew both knows that the Catholic Church does something when it baptizes, and means to do that thing that the Church does. This Intention to do what the Church does he shows by saying the words and performing the actions laid down in the Church's Rite of baptism.
Therefore, argued our reader, the Newchurch may have corrupted the Minister's Catholic faith, but the Eternal Church will make up for any lack of his faith, and the sacraments he administers will still be valid. To which the first part of the reply is that if the Newchurch's sacramental Rites attacked only the Minister's faith, the objection would be valid, but if they also undermine his sacramental Intention, then there will be no sacrament at all.
Another classic example should make the point clear. For water to flow down a metal pipe, it does not matter if the pipe is made of gold or lead, but for the water in either case to flow, the pipe must be connected to the tap. The water is sacramental grace. The tap is the main source of that grace, God alone. The pipe is the instrumental source, namely the sacramental Minister, through whose action flows from God the grace of the sacrament. The gold or lead is the personal holiness or villainy of the Minister. Thus the validity of the sacrament does not depend on the personal faith or unfaith of the Minister, but it does depend on his connecting himself to the main source of the sacramental grace, God.
This connection he makes precisely by his Intention in performing the sacrament to do what the Church does. For by that Intention he puts himself as an instrument in the hands of God for God to pour the sacramental grace through him. Without that sacramental Intention he and his faith may be of gold or lead, but he is disconnected from the tap. It remains to be shown next week how Vatican II was designed and is liable to corrupt not only the Minister's faith, but also any sacramental Intention he may have.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
A GROUP of academics and students at NUI Maynooth has called on the university to suspend its appointment of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a visiting professor pending the outcome of the Mahon tribunal.
Campaigners said up to 1,000 signatures opposing the appointment had been collected among the student body and a public meeting on the issue took place last week.
Some 36 academics, including professors and senior lecturers, have written to NUIM president, Prof John Hughes, expressing “profound opposition” to Mr Ahern’s presence on campus, in light of the tribunal evidence over his finances.
Prof Hughes described these arguments as “irrelevant and prejudicial”, adding that, “in Ireland as elsewhere, people are innocent until proven guilty”.
Mr Ahern is expected to give his inaugural lecture shortly but the university said no date had been set. The appointment, which is unpaid, was originally announced in March.
A spokeswoman for NUIM said last night it was “entirely appropriate” to appoint Mr Ahern as honorary adjunct professor of mediation and conflict intervention in the school of business and law, whose courses include a diploma and master’s degree in mediation and conflict intervention. She said the professorship acknowledged the former taoiseach’s “mediation skills” and his “unique experience” in the context of the Nice Treaty and the Northern Ireland peace process.
In a letter dated June 12th, prior to the summer break, the group of academics from a range of faculties wrote to Prof Hughes expressing “profound opposition” to the appointment. Their main objection arose from the “continuing ambiguity surrounding Mr Ahern’s financial affairs, and the implications of these financial affairs for his conduct while in public office”.
In a reply marked “Strictly Private Confidential” on June 17th, Prof Hughes wrote: “A strong case was put to me by the head of business and law based on the extensive experience and reputation of this individual in conflict resolution and mediation, and his potential contribution to the new diploma and master’s programmes in this area.”
A further letter from the objectors states that “the political track record of Mr Ahern is one that, on balance, renders him unworthy of the prestigious position that he has been afforded”. In addition, the letter states that, “given the pivotal role of Mr Ahern in squandering the unanticipated riches of the Celtic Tiger era, the decision of NUI Maynooth [to appoint him] as an honorary professor simply beggars belief”.
Efforts to contact Mr Ahern for comment last night were unsuccessful
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Seventy-two percent of us want to see a reduction in the number of non-Irish immigrants.
Of this figure, 43% would like to see some, but not all, Irish-born immigrants leave Ireland, while 29% would like to see most of them leave.
In contrast, a total of 26% say they would like to see the figure remain as it is.
The figures are revealed in today's Irish Times, in a behaviour and attitudes poll.
In previous polls, younger people have been more positive towards immigration.
This poll, however, shows the trend has reversed with 38% of those between 18 and 24 years of age saying they would like to see most immigrants leave.
The antics of the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales will astound many. I think we know who the heretics, schismatics are. In the picture below we see Pope John Paul II (THE GREAT) only there was nothing great about him. Let us remember also that Benedict XVI is not a Traditional Pope.
Archbishop Nichols at the temple (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org)
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Take the time to offer your assistance, food,clothes, water etc etc to those who might need them. People have been very good in the various parts of the country.
It is good to see the friendly nature but above all, Christian nature of the Irish people alive and well in the towns and villages around the country. The community focus is very much alive and well. Deo Gratias!
Monday, 23 November 2009
A new generation of people are discovering the works of Belloc, Chesterton, Penty and others. Students regularly contact us after finding such material in their college library or local bookstore. They are always delighted with the wisdom and above all true words of the writers.
by Hilaire Belloc
The phrase “small distributor” is a pompous but accurate way of saying “small storekeeper.” He also was an economically free man as was the unencumbered farmer of his own land. The small storekeeper was an independent citizen under no master. He is threatened with disappearance like his brother the small owner: the craftsman, the farmer. He is more menaced than the small owner and is in danger of disappearing altogether sooner even than the small owner will.
There are two sets of causes for his misfortune. A moral set and a material set.
On the moral side, there is the lack of natural excuse for, and natural sympathy with, the small distributor as compared with the small craftsman or farmer. The craftsman or farmer produces directly things which are necessary to our lives: food and clothing and furniture and the rest. When we think of him, we think of work necessary and useful for everybody. But the storekeeper is only a middleman. He passes on what the small owner has made or, nowadays, what the big manufactory has made, to the consumer; and there is no apparent natural argument for this function of “passing the goods” being in the hands of small business more than big business. Indeed, if we could get the necessaries of life direct, without having recourse to middlemen at all, we should think it a good thing.
Then there is the fact that the wage-earners have no special sympathy with the small storekeeper. Some few of them may have the sense to feel rather vaguely that they are all in the same boat together against the big capitalists. But the wage earning masses will buy what they need wherever they can get it cheapest and do not trouble particularly about supporting the small dealer.
As for the wealthier people, they find the small storekeeper inconvenient, compared with the large store. It seems to them squalid, compared with the comfort and luxury to which they are accustomed, and it is necessarily less able to provide at a moment’s notice what they happen to want.
Now this last point: the opinion of the wealthier people is very important, for they have a great deal to do with the making of general opinion.
So much for the moral forces working against small business. The material forces are even stronger. You have among these material forces some that are working against small business for the same reason that they are working against small ownership. Small business has less information than big business. It has less variety or perhaps none, selling only one thing, where the big store sells a number of different things, therefore it cannot make up for loss on one kind of sales by profits on another. It has no “spread over.” Then again, like small ownership, small business has less command of credit than large business. Very often the bank will not listen to it at all and when it does it changes more in proportion for a small loan than it does for a large one.
In all these ways small business is handicapped in its struggle to live, precisely as small ownership is handicapped.
But there are also special enemies to small distributors which attack them as distributors and from which the small owner is free.
Big business has proportionately smaller “overhead” than small business, even the rent it pays is often heavier in proportion to the turn-over than the rent paid by the big stores; while the clerical expenses and pretty well all the running expenses are proportionately heavier.
Then there is the cost of advertisement, which has become so enormously important in modern capitalist distribution. A hundred thousand dollars spent in a given time on large advertisements has far more than a hundred times the effect of a thousand spent on petty advertisement. In practice, small business hardly advertises at all, while big business shouts at us everywhere.
Then there is the giving of contracts. For instance, in the catering trade. A big catering firm will get the order for banquets for the feeding of great numbers of men in institutions, or the armed forces; a small catering firm will not, and a little store can never find anything of the sort coming its way.
Then there is the extra cost of supply; small business has to pay far more in proportion for getting its petty stock delivered to it than has big business.
Meanwhile, every added facility for rapid transport and rapid communication of orders, increases the power of the chain stores. So all along the line. Under free competition small business goes to the wall. The small distributor is sinking fast. The human instinct for independence desperately maintains his hopeless struggle, but hopeless it is as things are, and he is going under.
All the observers in his own line of life, especially the big distributors, see this clearly. It is more instructive to listen to the conversation of big business men on the shortcomings and misfortunes of the old fashioned single storekeeper. The newspaper (with whom the small man cannot advertise) are equally certain of his doom.
Now, as in the case of the small owner, the loss of economic independence means that the man and his family become proletarian.
A friend in the trade assures me that within his own lifetime some forty thousand independent grocers in one European country are now replaced by four thousand salaried managers living on a wage, the servants of one big company and at its mercy. This flood of proletarianism grows and grows, and with it there comes to clog the whole community what may be called, “the proletarian mind.” This proletarian mind is, as I have said, the real danger of our time. Capitalism is but a product thereof.
Taken from The Way Out by Hilaire Belloc
It will be interesting to see what effects these strikes will have on “public opinion”.
Tens of thousands of benefits recipients will have their payments delayed this week because of the national strike, it was confirmed today.
The one-day action by public sector workers tomorrow will shut down all social welfare offices around the country.
Around 35,000 people expecting maternity, illness, jobseekers and supplementary welfare payments into their bank on Wednesday will not be paid until one day later.
Another 20,000 who receive cheques for the same benefits will also be affected, said a Department of Social and Family Affairs spokeswoman.
“The loss of a full day’s processing time for a system as large as the Department of Social and Family Affairs will regrettably mean that some 55,000 customers who are in receipt of a weekly payment by cheque or directly to their financial institution on Wednesday will be delayed by one day,” she said.
Those in receipt of disability allowance who are due to collect their payment on Wednesday should not be affected, according to the spokeswoman.
Claimants paid by a social services card through their post office are also not expected to be affected.
The strike tomorrow will significantly disrupt services across a range of other areas including health, education, local authorities, the courts and public administration. Commercial State companies will not be affected.
In the civil service the majority of staff are expected to take part in the stoppage. In the main, contingency cover will only be provided in areas such as the Coastguard or in Met Éireann, where there could otherwise be a potential threat to life. The Department of Finance said that discussions were continuing on provision of a limited customs service at airports and ports.
Court sittings will be cancelled, except in emergency cases. In the country’s jails, prison officers will strike for one hour at different times across the country between 9am and 11am. In the Oireachtas, the Seanad will not sit and some operations of the Dáil will be curtailed. There will be no adjournment debates.
The Department of Finance has said no public offices or telephone line services such as those run by the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Social and Family Affairs or the Passport Office would be operational.
In local authorities the majority of staff are expected to take part in the strike. Trade unions have withdrawn plans for thousands of their members to take part in five local authority areas which have been the worst hit by flooding.
Elsewhere in local authorities, minimum emergency/essential cover will be provided in fire and water services. No local authority offices will be open to the public.
The Department of Finance said virtually all schools and educational institutions will be, in effect, closed.
Over 16,000 people face having their hospital appointments or procedures deferred. All non-emergency hospital procedures will be cancelled today and tomorrow. Day case activity will continue as normal today, but procedures which require admission to hospital will not take place in the lead up to tomorrow’s strike. All out-patient clinics scheduled for tomorrow will be postponed.
Emergency departments and ambulance services will operate a limited service tomorrow. It is anticipated that there will be a “Christmas Day” level of cover in hospitals on the day. The HSE’s swine flu vaccination clinics will be closed on Tuesday.
The Department of Justice said on Friday that all services provided by gardaí will operate as normal.
Gardaí may not issue penalty point or fixed charge notices to motorists on Tuesday, as part of the industrial action.
Payment to some 55,000 social welfare customers who were due to collect their weekly payment on Wednesday, November 25th, will be delayed by one day.
The Department of Social and Family Affairs said yesterday that all its offices will be closed to the public tomorrow.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
The book and subject matter did feature before on the blog but important to highlight it again. It is particularly important to establish study groups for men, under well-formed Traditional Catholic priests to restore the Social Order. An Ignatian retreat is recommended. It is also imperative to restore the Guilds. This book is obligatory reading.
A unique edition of Pope Pius XI's encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, On the Reconstruction of the Social Order. Contains an introduction by Bishop Richard N. Williamson and four color graphs and charts by Bishop Williamson to help the reader gain a deeper understanding of the text. An invaluable study guide.
Written partially in response to the Great Depression, the Holy Father sets forth the principles of Catholic social order. This includes the right of a worker to a just wage, the proper balance of capital and labor, the principle of subsidiarity, the twin dangers of economic individualism and collectivism, the inherent problems of Socialism, the proper distribution of productive property and the restoration of the guilds.
"The present state of affairs...clearly indicates the way in which We ought to proceed. For We are now confronted, as more than once before in the history of the Church, with a world that in large part has almost fallen back into paganism. That these whole classes of men may be brought back to Christ Whom they have denied, we must recruit and train from among them, themselves, auxiliary soldiers of the Church who know them well and their minds and wishes, and can reach their hearts with a tender brotherly love. The first and immediate apostles to the workers ought to be workers; the apostles to those who follow industry and trade ought to be from among them themselves."
57pp, softcover, color charts.
Friday, 20 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
60% of those polled by the Irish Times newspaper do not support the nomination of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to the European Commission. The Fat Cats sure know how to “reward” their friends. They people of the country see them for what they are.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Ireland needs to save our indigenous populations and mass immigration must be halted. It is interesting to note that the Government in Ireland has launched a voluntary repatriation programme for these immigrants and asylum seekers. They are offered cash to return to their country of origin.Application forms will be available for non-EU nationals in the main immigration centre on Burgh Quay, Dublin.
Immigration is a massive problem in Ireland and voluntary repatriation only goes so far. Multi-Culturalism is a failed experiment and we only have to look to Britain or France to see this failure. 1/5 of Ireland is not Irish and by 2050, the Irish will be a minority people in parts of Ireland.
Our country must only accept asylum seekers if Ireland is the nearest safe country to the refugees’ country of origin. There needs to be a crackdown on all illegal immigrants. Those who break the law ought to be deported straight away.
Immigration is a burning issue and the politicians know this. The vast majority of people in Ireland do not want mass- immigration here. They don’t want this forced multi-racism.
There is nothing racist about wanting to save our indigenous population and seeking to keep Ireland, Irish.
The Life Society on campus are hosting this speaker. All are welcome.
The NUI Galway Life Society will be hosting a talk by Lila Rose, a pro-life student activist from the University of California Los Angeles, on Wednesday 18th November at 7:30 in the Fottrell Theatre (Arts Millennium 200) at NUI, Galway.
Rose is the founder of LiveAction.org, a US youth movement which uses new media and investigative journalism to educate the public about the unborn child and to expose irregularities within the abortion industry.
She has gained international recognition for her work uncovering illegal activities of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the biggest abortion provider in the world. Live Action was responsible for the Racism Project, which taped the controversial and much publicised conversation of a Planned Parenthood grant director who was willing to accept money from a racist would-be donor requesting that his money go specifically for the abortions of African-American babies in order to "lower the number of blacks in America."
She will be speaking at the university about the undercover investigative journalism and field research she has undertaken for the past few years, exposing many US abortion clinics and their attitudes toward the young girls who attend with crisis pregnancies. "Planned Parenthood is looking at these young girls as a plumbing problem: 'We'll get you that abortion and send you on your way,'" Rose told Reuters in an interview. "And that's disrespecting two human lives. It's destroying her pre-born child and sending her back to an abuser."
Lila will take questions and comments from the audience at the conclusion of her presentation. A reception will follow. This talk is open to the public and all are welcome.
The Army is gearing up to deal with possible public disorder on our streets.
The Defence Forces are to get new anti-riot equipment at a cost of €300,000. The new kit has been bought to protect soldiers who have to deal with rioters in Ireland or on peace keeping missions abroad.
But the equipment will only be used here when gardai are unable to cope with demonstrations and call on the Army for support. It will also be used in routine training for soldiers.
Asked if the equipment was being procured to cope with large-scale public demonstrations over government cutbacks and policies a Defence Forces spokesman said: "No. It's being bought to replace existing stocks."
He explained that the Army has a crowd control anti-riot role if needed but "since the Troubles we have had a stock of anti-riot equipment in barracks, its been that way since the Seventies".
"But, no, we have not been told to be ready for November 24," he said, referring to the the proposed national strike on that day.
The order, placed with Daniel Technologies of Dublin, includes protective knee and armpads, helmets and visors, while soldiers also have access to body armour, batons and shields. Enough material has been ordered to equip 500 soldiers.
The equipment will be kept in barracks near locations where public order disturbances could break out. These are likely to include the Dail, the border and Shannon Airport. The last order for such equipment was in 2000.
Tender documents show the order was for the "supply of public order blunt trauma personnel protective equipment for use in public order, crowd and riot control operations at home and abroad".
Training in such equipment was put to the test in March 2004 when riots broke out in Kosovo and Irish soldiers were praised by KFOR for their role in containing the violence.
Soldiers were backed up by Irish Mowag armoured vehicles, while sniper/spotter teams with AI 96 sniper rifles in overwatch positions protected them against gunmen among the rioters.
Monday, 16 November 2009
The following is very important reading. It is true of society today. Let us seek to defend true womanhood. Bishop Williamson is “spot on” in these comments. A true Catholic woman should realise her true nature just as a true Catholic man should. God Bless our women folk indeed.
When a walled town is being besieged, and the enemy are continually attacking one part of the walls, the townspeople must continue to defend that part of the walls. Today the Enemy of mankind, Satan, is continually attacking true womanhood, because without true women there can be no true mothers, no true family life, no truly happy children and finally no truly human beings. I wish I could quote the complete testimony of another ex-feminist who wrote to me several months ago to thank me for, as she now sees it, "affirming and supporting our true nature as women". The following is a cruelly brief summary of her classic letter:--
Born in the mid-1960's, I had a violent and abusive father, and I have lacked a father figure ever since. After he died when I was 14, I rejected my Catholic faith and left the Church - it is difficult to believe in a loving God when you are not loved by your own parents. Away from the Church I embraced radical feminism and paganism, and I came to hate dresses because they were portrayed as an inferior form of clothing to what boys wore. I wonder where I got the idea that women are weak ? I now understand that women aren't weak at all, but we are strong in different ways from men.
I went to college determined to prove that I could do anything a man could do, but in my next seven years as a police officer I realized that the aggressiveness and dominance needed by the job just did not come naturally to me, and that I could never be as physically strong as the men. So I equated any sign of femininity in me with weakness. At the same time, as a radical feminist, I hated men, and wanted not to need one, and because of all that feminist garbage, I almost never married. But in my mid-thirties I realized I ran the risk of being alone for the rest of my life, so I decided to date. Soon afterwards I met my future husband.
When he asked me to wear a dress because it was more attractive, I exploded ! However, I did try it just to please him. Then my behaviour slowly changed, and as I began to act and to feel more feminine, I discovered that I liked feeling feminine because it felt natural to me. When after some time we married, my priorities changed and I wanted so much to stay at home. At work I can be assertive, but I don't enjoy it. I now understand that it is normal for me as a woman to prefer not to lead, because that is the way God designed me. I have spent my entire working life trying to compete with men and to be like men, and it has made me unhappy and feel like a failure because try as I might, I am not like men and never will be, because I am not a man.
It was my husband's love that enabled me after 26 years to return to the Church, kicking and screaming, but God was calling ! There I found everything somewhat different from what I remembered, and to begin with I disagreed with the Church's position on all questions involving women. But as I read more, my eyes were opened, and I realized amongst other things how the way I dress shapes my feelings and even my personality. When I wear dresses or skirts I feel gentle and feminine, more natural. My on-going education on the Church's teachings on the role of women, which includes "Letters from the Rector", has helped me to gain respect for myself as a woman and not as a pseudo-man. It is to the detriment of everyone that feminism has become ingrained in our culture. (End of the testimony.)
Blessed Mother of God, please obtain for us manly men, without whom we will hardly have womanly women.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
See video below of Eamon O’ Cuiv during the campaign on the Lisbon Treaty.
A GOVERNMENT minister spent €20,000 on chauffeur services while on foreign trips over the past two years.
Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Eamon O Cuiv racked up the bill during 12 of his 16 official trips abroad. The lavish spend on limousines, SUVs and other luxury chauffeur services included tips totalling €1,500 during three US visits.
Mr O Cuiv last night defended the amounts, but admitted some of the car hire was "very expensive" and that costs would have to be cut in future.
The minister became the latest leading politician to become embroiled in the expenses controversy after details of his expenditure were obtained to the Irish Independent.
The revelations come just weeks after Transport Minister Noel Dempsey admitted he was "very unhappy" with €13,750 spent on chauffeur services during seven recent foreign trips.
In contrast, Mr O Cuiv last night defended his use of luxury car hire firms, stating it was often necessary as "public transport is usually not an option given the range of meetings at dispersed locations".
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed expenditure on chauffeur transport for Mr O Cuiv and his entourage since July 2007 accounted for over a quarter of the minister's overall foreign travel bill of €74,000.
This figure included flights for officials who accompanied Mr O Cuiv on foreign visits, but not their accommodation costs.
Mr O Cuiv's wife Aine accompanied him on seven foreign visits, paying her own expenses on five occasions.
Flights for Mrs Ui Chuiv cost €1,650 for the St Patrick's festival visits to Mumbai and Delhi. The couple stayed three days at the €505-a-night Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai. A further three days were spent at the luxury Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi, at €490 a night.
Documents also reveal the minister and his wife took a two-week holiday in Australia between the India and New York visits. Despite it being a private holiday, the flights from Delhi to Brisbane and Brisbane to New York were initially paid for by Mr O Cuiv's department.
Mr O Cuiv reimbursed the department for the flight costs for him and his wife, which totalled almost €4,200, a month after they returned home.
In an internal memo penned after Mr O Cuiv had reimbursed the flight costs, the minister's private secretary, Sorcha De Bruch, defended the unusual arrangement.
"It was agreed the department would initially pay for all of the flights, but the minister would then refund the department," she said.
"This was the most efficient way of booking flights at late notice, and this was agreed with the accounts branch of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs."
In a statement last night, Mr O Cuiv defended the extensive use of chauffeurs. He also said that tips were service charges built into the bill.
"In certain countries, particularly the United States, car hire can be very expensive and in many locations there may be no embassy car available. In the US, gratuities are automatically included in the invoices for car hire and are not discretionary," the statement said.
Mr O Cuiv said the possible use of train travel had been examined on some trips, but found to be not practicable.
The minister also defended the use of taxpayers' money to pay for his wife's attendance on some foreign visits.
"The attendance of spouses on St Patrick's Day trips, or where a spouse was specifically invited, has been general practice. These circumstances applied in relation to the Mumbai/New York trips. The role of spouse on such occasions has been to participate fully in social events," the statement said.
However, Mr O Cuiv said that steps were being taken to keep costs to a minimum in future.
It’s getting serious now.The majority of these people are non-political and know something is radically wrong within Irish society. They want to put things right.
DURING THE boom, it was not unknown for old socialists to wax nostalgic into their pints and long for the good old days of fiery speechifying and the monster protest march.
They would reminisce about campaigns past, affectionately recalling career highlights, and in voices tinged with sorrow, they agreed young people today are useless – too cosseted to take to the streets. Not like in their day.
This attitude still prevailed 13 months ago, when the furious pensioners of Ireland rose up and marched on Dáil Éireann in a protest over the provision of free medical cards.
“Maybe this is what the revolution looks like,” one nervous young TD was reported to have said as he watched the angry scenes from the safety of the Leinster House precincts. Rattled Government backbenchers feared the worst, while former student radicals on the Opposition side smiled indulgently as they remembered the street politics of old.
There was an embarrassing climbdown on the issue. The danger passed, but the storm clouds didn’t. Even the old socialists are having to adjust their rose-tinted designer spectacles. Things are very serious now.
Yesterday saw another big march through Dublin to the gates of Leinster House. Needless to say, there wasn’t a Government politician in sight, save for the lone Senator delegated to accept the letter of protest. The Labour Party TDs who turned out to watch weren’t swapping anecdotes during this protest.
Representatives from the newly formed Frontline Services Alliance were the ones on the march this time. Gardaí, ambulance crews, firefighters, prison officers, nurses. They are angry and say they will not accept any further cuts to their wages and allowances.
There was fighting talk from their union leaders when the 3,000 protesters reached their destination. They were joined on the platform by Siptu president Jack O’Connor, who saluted the marchers as the people “making the difference between a civilised society and barbarianism”.
He said the Government would have to be forced to take on the “5 per cent who own 40 per cent of the wealth of this country [who] have decided that they are not going to make any contribution to the resolution of the enormous problems with which we are all faced”.
“They are determined about that and we have to make it clear to them that we are equally determined that they will make a contribution whether they like it or not.” He threw in a reference to “trophy homes” for good measure.
Des Kavanagh, chairman of the alliance, addressed his words to the “persecuted public servants of Ireland”. To cheers, he declared: “You are easy to represent, you are a pleasure to defend, but I say it to Government, you will be hard to fight. Be advised Government, don’t go there.” The hardline attitude from the platform came with thinly veiled threats of further, more damaging action. “Target the wealthy and get off our backs” was the message.
What price the work of an ambulance crew at a traffic accident at 3am, asked Kavanagh.
But there is a price. That’s the problem. The march was very well organised, aimed at getting across the work done for the community by frontline staff over the years – no Civil Service pen pushers here.
An ancient fire tender and an old Ford Escort Garda patrol car trundled along at the head of the protest, with nurses dressed in old-style uniforms in the front row. Mary Delaney, who nurses at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny, wore a Florence Nightingale costume, while her 10-year-old son DJ was dressed in his interpretation of an old style policeman’s uniform.
“We’re already down by €300, if we’re cut anymore the house is on the line. My husband is a chef and working reduced hours, while I’m job sharing. I want to go back full-time, but I can’t because of the moratorium on jobs,” said Mary. The ambulance workers carried a rubber skeleton on a stretcher. “He was fine when we brought him into AE, but he wasted away waiting for a bed,” said Des Wade from St James’s Hospital. A father of three children under six, he is worried about making ends meet while paying off his mortgage.
As in the most recent marches, the purely public sector nature of the protest was striking. Had it not been for a large contingent of student nurses from Trinity College cheering from the sidelines on O’Connell Street, the march would have taken place in a quiet atmosphere of indifference.
“We’re all going to Australia next year because there’s no jobs,” said class rep Oliver Allen from Ballymun. “There’s about 100 of us here and it’s great that everyone feels strongly enough to turn out,” added school convenor Linda Coughlan from Drumcondra.
There was a potential flashpoint on Molesworth Street when Eoghan Harris appeared on the pavement as the Garda members went past. But while they shot dirty looks at Harris, who has been highly critical of the public service campaign, not a word was shouted in anger.
“I’m very impressed by their discipline,” remarked Eoghan. “This crowd – their self-respect and discipline is so strong they would never let themselves down.”
After the speeches, the union leaders went to the gates of Leinster House to hand in their letter to the Minister for Finance. Senator Terry Leyden was sent out to accept it – he was elected to the Seanad on the labour panel, nominated by professional bodies, including the Garda Representative Association.
The Leinster House plinth was eerily quiet. When the crowd dispersed, a Government backbencher wanted to know what the mood had been like. Had there been much support from the general public? Not that we noticed. He shrugged – it was of little comfort. By the time next month’s Budget is delivered, he reckons the public/private divide will have vanished.
The cuts will not discriminate. The numbers marching will swell.
“What are we supposed to do?” he asked. “I fear there’ll be civil unrest. I really do.” Even the old socialists know the days of nostalgia are gone. The pensioners were merely a diversion. It’s getting serious now
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
America’s global influence is on the decline and by 2020 the US Empire will collapse, claims author of the book “The Fall of the US Empire - and Then What?” Johan Galtung.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Is the pro-life movement Catholic?
By J.D. Bennett
Is the pro-life movement Catholic? The answer is no. This might come as a surprise to many who have long held the notion that the Church's raison d'etre is to overturn Roe vs. Wade, but in fact the pro-life movement is at odds with the Catholic faith.
The pro-life movement is almost entirely populated by those who profess themselves Christian- and is widely perceived to be a Christian undertaking- and yet one cannot help but be struck by the near-total absence of God in it's "official" literature and attendant philosophy. To be sure, there are no shortage of Catholics who- with the worthiest of intentions- fast in reparation, and say their rosaries outside the abortuaries, and of good priests who eloquently denounce from the pulpits abortion as an abomination in the eyes of God, but outside the doors of the church the trumpeters of the pro-life philosophy dramatically change their tune. Religion is now banished from table and the argument centers around man's inherent "right to life". The matter has become secularized to appeal to a secular culture- here the Gospel and the traditions of the Church are made irrelevant in comparison to the concept of human rights, and here is where Catholics must stop and consider the true nature of the pro-life movement. Abortion is not evil because it offends the Rights of Man, but because it violates the Law of God. It is a crime not merely against the natural order, but- more importantly- against the supernatural order.
The Church has, from her earliest days, denounced abortion as murder. Its shameless and commonplace practice- vividly described in the writings of Tertullian, St. Augustine, St. Hippolytus of Rome and others- was one of the worst excesses of pagan antiquity. Yet the strongest condemnations of abortion the Church has offered are not in her proscriptions against murder, but rather in those against witchcraft. Ritual abortion and infanticide are to be found in the rites of the Gnostic sects, and were central to a number of pagan religions and to the Satanic ceremonials of the witches from the depths of history to the present day. This fact should not serve to diminish the sinful nature of the crime- quite to the contrary, it adds a new, more horrifying dimension to the matter. Let Catholics reflect on this when considering the practice of abortion in our own times, the society which condones it, and the inadequacy of the arguments of the pro-life philosophy against it.
The problems to be found in the pro-life movement are myriad. Many- perhaps even the majority- of pro-life advocacy groups have capitulated and would still lend their support to legal abortion in cases of rape or where the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother. Again, many- while proclaiming human life inviolate from conception- add a clause in their literature "until natural death", putting their weight behind the movement for the abolition of capital punishment and equating the right of legitimate authority to inflict the death penalty with abortion and infanticide.
Within the Church today adherence to the principles of the pro-life movement (as opposed to being simply anti-abortion) has become the hallmark of orthodoxy for the neoconservatives, and a deciding factor in the political arena. One of the more dangerous aspects of it, for Catholics, is the connection with ecumenism- often pro-life groups operate as "interdenominational" initiatives. Altogether this has led many to view the Church as no more than a glorified pro-life campaign.
Abortion must be recognized for what it is- a violation of the Divine Law, a symptom of the decadence and excess of our times which has made itself manifest in a society and culture totally opposed to the Christian religion. The pro-life movement, by attempting to appeal to modern culture rather than oppose it, has rendered itself useless. The answer to the errors of modern society cannot come from an errant philosophy- the response of Catholics to these ills must be the orthodox Catholic faith.
Monday, 9 November 2009
ELEISON COMMENTS CXXII (Nov.7, 2009) : FRANKFURT SCHOOL.
Valuable lessons for all friends or lovers of "Western civilisation" are to be culled from an analysis of the USA's leftwards lurch in the 1960's by a Californian Professor of Psychology, accessible at http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/articles/MacDonald-WheatlandII.html. Professor Kevin MacDonald is there reviewing the critique of mass culture in a book on "The Frankfurt School in Exile".
The Frankfurt School needs to be much better known. It was a small but highly influential group of non-Christian intellectuals who, when Hitler came to power, fled from Germany to the USA, where in conjunction with a like-minded group of New York Trotskyists they continued to exert an influence out of all proportion to their numbers. Feeling a profound alienation from the "traditional Anglo-American culture", says MacDonald, they made war on it by promoting the individual against the family, multi-culture against White leadership, and modernism against tradition in all domains, especially the arts. "Theodor Adorno's desire for a socialist revolution led him to favour Modernist music that left the listener feeling unsatisfied and dislocated - music that consciously avoided harmony and predictability". The Frankfurt School wanted "the end of the order that bore the sonata".
The Frankfurt School scorned the American people's lack of desire for Revolution, and they blamed it on the people's "passivity, escapism and conformism", says the Professor, and on "late capitalist" control of the mass culture by, for instance, conservative organisations imposing moral standards on Hollywood. Yet when in the 1960's they themselves gained control of the media, universities and politics, they exploited to the full the mass culture and Hollywood and the people's on-going sleep-like condition to swing them to the left. The Professor laments the resulting vicious attack upon "White interests", "White identity" and the "traditional people and culture of the West".
The Professor is right on several counts. For instance, the war is not mainly between capitalism and communism, as the leftists originally thought, and as many Americans still think. Material comfort has lulled the American people to sleep, after the 1960's as before them. Also, on or off the leash, Hollywood and culture play a huge part in moulding minds and masses (which is why "Eleison Comments" often treat of cultural topics). Also, there does exist a small group, conscious and resolute, of highly influential enemies of "traditional Western culture".
However, to defend "White interests" the Professor needs to go well beyond White interests as such. The real problem is religious. Why did White Europeans ever have so much to give ? Because for centuries and centuries they co-operated with God's grace to profit best by the Catholic Faith. Why does this small group of leftists so hate "Western culture" ? Because it is the lingering remains of that Faith. And why did the small group become so powerful from the 1960's onwards ? Because at Vatican II the same "Whites" were mainly responsible for the Catholic officials' betrayal of the Faith which took place at that Council. Today's triumph of the leftists is no more nor less than a just punishment from God.
Professor, you are not asleep. Now pick up a Rosary !
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Up to 5 thousand people took to the streets of Galway today to voice their opposition to proposed Government cuts in the budget.
Gardaí, teachers, health workers, community group members and unemployed people were among those who turned up for the protest organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
'Stop fleecing working families' and the "Times they are a' changing" were some of the slogans painted on placards and banners as the masses marched through the city centre down to the Spanish Arch.
Many of the protestors called for Minister John Gormley and Minister Mary Harney's resignations.
They're opposed to a plan to cut 1.3 billion euro in the public sector wage bill and cuts to public services.
Former Chief Medical Officer of Lapland Warns World
Thursday, 5 November 2009
BRYAN, TX, November 5, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Abby Johnson, the ex-director of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility who recently made national headlines after converting to the pro-life position, has revealed that Planned Parenthood pushes employees to strive for more abortions to boost profits.
"There are definitely client goals," Johnson told WorldNetDaily. "We'd have a goal every month for abortion clients and for family planning clients."
Abby Johnson had worked at Bryan's Planned Parenthood facility for eight years and been its director for two when she resigned on October 6th, near the beginning of Bryan's sixth annual 40 Days for Life Campaign.
She said that she grew uncomfortable with Planned Parenthood when they told her to try to bring more abortions through the door because of the economic downturn.
"Every meeting that we had was, 'We don't have enough money, we don't have enough money - we've got to keep these abortions coming,' " Johnson said in an interview with Fox News. "It's a very lucrative business and that's why they want to increase numbers."
The latest financial report Planned Parenthood, for the year 2006-2007, shows that the abortion behemoth increased the number of abortions it committed from 264,943 in 2005 to 289,650 in 2006. Total revenue amounted to over $1 billion dollars, with the organization's profit margin - "excess of revenue over expenses" - soaring from $55.7 million in 2005 to $112 million in 2006. The organization typically receives over $300 million in taxpayer funds every year.
Johnson said she became involved with the clinic "to help women and ... [do] the right thing." The idea of increasing abortion numbers to increase revenue was repugnant to her. She said that ideally the facility's director would provide "so much family planning and so much education that there is not a demand for abortion."
But this ideal was not shared by the rest of Planned Parenthood, she said, because "abortion is the most lucrative part of Planned Parenthood's operations."
"With the family planning corporation really suffering," Johnson said, "they depend on the abortion corporation to balance their budget, help get them out of the hole and help make income for the company."
She continued, "They really wanted to increase the number of abortions so that they could increase their income."
Johnson said that the Planned Parenthood facility performed surgical abortions every other Saturday, but also began expanding access to abortion by other means.
"One of the ways they were able to up the number of patients that they saw was they started doing the RU-486 chemical abortions all throughout the week," she said.
Although Planned Parenthood's policies of pushing for abortion made her uncomfortable, Johnson said that at first she just kept "pushing down the guilt."
"I struggled with it for a long time," she told CBN.com. "But you learn to justify it somehow and I've learned over the years and through this conversion that if you're doing the right thing, you shouldn't have to justify it."
She said that she reached her "breaking point after witnessing a particular kind of abortion on an ultrasound," according to 40 Days for Life.
"I could actually see it was a 13 week old baby and I could actually see the side profile of the baby on the ultrasound," she said. "And I could see the cannula going into the uterus. And I could see the baby moving away from the cannula, trying to get away from the probe."
"I saw the baby crumple during the procedure, and that was just life-changing for me. I'd never seen that done before."
Since Abby's resignation, Planned Parenthood has retaliated by filing a restraining order against her. The injunction temporarily prevents her from releasing information until after a hearing scheduled for November 10th in the 85th district court.
Johnson has said that she is not sure why Planned Parenthood is concerned.
"Planned Parenthood is an organization that really runs on fear. If somebody crosses them, they are quick to threaten that person. I've worked for them for a long time and seen them threaten lawsuits multiple times," she said.
"I'm not sure what they're scared of. When I first got the restraining order, I was so surprised. My initial response was, what do they think I know? What are they feeling guilty about?"
Johnson is one of eight abortion industry workers who left their jobs during the 40 Days for Life campaign that concluded on November 1st; she was the highest ranking of the eight. 40 Days for Life has also received at least 534 reports of mothers who turned away from abortion appointments.