A motion to censure calling for the resignation of Michael Lowry been passed without a vote in the Dáil today.
Independent TD for Tipperary North responded: "I am not a criminal."
He reiterated that he will not resign and has again lashed out at the Moriarty Tribunal report, saying it is flawed and not grounded in fact.
The former Minister pleaded with the Tánaiste to ensure any Garda inquiry is dealt with expeditiously and that the scrutiny of him is brought to an end.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
New official American government figures have shown that White people will be a minority in America by 2050. It is also claimed that white Britons will be a minority by 2066. The sad reality is that already Whites are a minority in parts of America and Britain. What can be said of the Irish Nation? Immigration here needs to be halted. Immigrants, foreign criminals, and asylum seekers ought to be deported and repatriated. The Irish public are certainly opposed to mass-immigration and the influx of cheap foreign labour.
Again prayers and support are requested for Gerry Mc Geough. Gerry should be released from Maghaberry Prison.
April 1st sentencing for Gerry McGeough
Gerry McGeough's sentencing on April 1st will take place by video-conferencing so that he will not be subject to a forced strip search, as his attorney and family fear for his health.
On March 21st, date of original sentencing, Gerry wound up in the hospital with chest pains, and his family was not advised of his whereabouts until 7:00pm that evening. His wife and children were not allowed to visit with him in the hospital either, as he was held under heavy prison guard until they returned him to the prison the next afternoon.
Gerry is not in good health, and we must make every effort to see that he is not harmed while in prison, and that every effort is made to free him. He doesn't belong in prison, and this is a totally politically motivated persecution.
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Questions must be answered as to why the Superior General of the Society founded by the late Archbishop Lefebvre is censoring the public sermons and statements of the Archbishop.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Many readers will be familiar with King John’s Castle in Limerick with fantastic views of the River Shannon.
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Many, who have watched footage of the protests earlier today in London will be wondering if there is an alternative to be found to the current system. The following book and many others outline a system that goes beyond Capitalism and Socialism.
The weekly column of His Lordship,Bishop Richard Williamson SSPX.
ELEISON COMMENTS CXCIII (March 26, 2011) : QUAKING RESPONSIBILITY
Many people today have such a sentimental idea of God, or such a poor idea of his power, that they cannot imagine him punishing, let alone using the material universe or its weather to punish. Yet there is a strong argument that the very instability of the earth's tectonic plates, giving rise to disasters such as we have just seen in Japan, was a result and punishment of men's sin. Here is the argument (of which I for one never learned anything in school) :--
Before Adam and Eve sinned, human nature was a glorious creation of God, strong and stable, but not unbreakable. Revolt against God could break it. So when Adam and Eve committed original sin, all their descendants (except Our Lord and Our Lady) inherited a wounded nature, so that all of us can suffer, have to die, and only with difficulty control our lower nature. Similarly with the physical nature of our planet. Before the Flood in the time of Noah, it was like a paradise garden, a glorious creation of God, strong and stable, but not unbreakable. The universal corruption of mankind (Gen.VI,5,11,12) could and would break it.
Now many geologists today may have no faith in the Flood as described in the Bible, but they do believe in some almighty prehistoric convulsion of the earth's surface as a way to explain, for instance, the fossil evidence of marine animals to be found today high in some of the earth's mountain ranges, such as the Rockies in North America. Originally, they speculate, the rocky circumference of the earth was kept farther out from the earth's centre by huge subterranean chambers of water, on which the rock pressed down by gravity. If then that spherical shell of rock began anywhere to crack, the water would burst upwards, flooding the open surface above, and the rock would crush downwards to take its place. The huge tensions involved could spread the flooding and collapsing all over the world. (Note that from Scripture it seems clear that the waters that made the Flood not only rained down from above but also burst up from beneath: Genesis VII, 11; VIII, 2.)
But it is obvious that if all around the earth its circumference of rock collapsed inwards to form a smaller circumference, there would be too much rock for too little space, so that it would not only crack, to form the clashing tectonic plates, but it would also crumple, to form, amongst other observable features of our planet's geology today, the huge mountain ranges, lifting marine animals way above the sea. Mount Everest is still being lifted a few centimeters each year, by the plate of India being pushed beneath the Eurasian plate of China and Tibet.
Thus as original sin generated from then on punitive tensions within human nature, so mankind's prehistoric corruption generated tensions within the earth's crust which underlie all such historic earth- and seaquakes as we have just seen in Japan. "Nature", said Our Lady at La Salette in 1846, "is asking for vengeance because of man, and she trembles with dread at what must happen to the earth stained with crime. Tremble, earth, and you who proclaim yourselves as serving Jesus Christ and who, on the inside, only adore yourselves, tremble, for God will hand you over to his enemy, because the holy places are in a state of corruption."
Let us tremble. Let us pray !
Friday, 25 March 2011
Today is the feast of The Annunciation but also the 20th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Archbishop Lefebvre, pray for us!
O Jesus, Eternal High Priest, who deigned to elevate Thy faithful servant Marcel Lefebvre to the episcopal dignity and to grant him the grace of being a fearless defender of the Holy Mass, of the Catholic Priesthood, of Thy Holy Church, and of the Holy See, of being a courageous apostle of Thy Kingdom on earth, of being a devoted servant of Thy Holy Mother, and of being a shining example of charity, of humility, and of all virtues; bestow upon us now, by his merits, the graces we beseech of Thee, so that, assured of his powerful intercession to Thee, we may one day see him elevated to the glory of the altar. Amen.
Archbishop Marcel lefebvre, pray for us!
Thursday, 24 March 2011
An excellent letter is republished below.
22nd March, 2011
Editor, Today, BBC Radio 4, London
GADDAFI IS NOT MAD OR A DICTATOR
Gaddafi may be mad at what is happening to his beloved country but he is not mad psychologically. He wrote the Third Universal Theory of politics which outlines the flaws in representative democracy – under-representation (only a quarter to a third of people are usually represented by the Party taking power), manipulation of policy by donors and powerful elites etc. and supervision of the law-makers by themselves. We could add; indulging in wars that are not in any manifesto, palpably illegal and likely to incite retribution rather than ‘destroy’ terrorists.
Generally known as his Green Book, it suggests a solution is for everyone to represent themselves. He set up People’s Congresses, National, Regional and Local, so that individuals could voice their concerns and proposals for policy. I have seen them in operation, it is a breath of fresh air. It is also a delicate experiment, especially in a nation of diverse tribal interests. But it kept the peace for 40-odd years. It also kept people’s minds active where our democracy numbs them by distancing people from government. So they are alert to foreign manipulation where we are blissfully ignorant of it.
So Gaddafi was not mad or a dictator when he gave everyone the right to participate in policy. Would we had it here!
He was not mad when he demanded fair price for Libyan oil in 1969.
He was not mad when he rightly criticized the UN last year for being run by a Security Council which did not represent the developing world.
He was not mad when he criticized the US for manipulating the Security Council by vetoing any motions it did not like, especially those condemning Israeli atrocities against Palestinians.
He was not mad when he pointed out that 80% of global wealth was in the hands of about 400 families.
He was not mad when he criticized Israel for bombing innocent civilians in Gaza without being sanctioned by the Security Council.
And he was not mad or a dictator when he asked the rioters, “Do you want to be occupied by America?” and advised them to seek out traitors and defend themselves.
In all these cases he was mad enough to expose the really mad megalomaniacs who control most of the world using violence, fraud and deception. Indeed, his exposure of them is likely to account for the second disproportionate and inhuman bombardment of his country.
Incidentally, the first bombing raid in 1986, we now know, was predicated on false information about so-called terrorist plots by Libya. These were actually invented by Mossad. Psychological Warfare Department (LAP) of Mossad was behind the defamation of Ghaddafi. Victor Ostrovsky, ex-Mossad officer, details how Mossad tricked the ‘west’ (US, UK et al.) into bombing Libya in 1986 using 'Operation Trojan', in his ‘The Other Side of Deception' (p113-7). Trojan was a re-broadcasting device planted in Tripoli to put out false messages as if Col. Ghaddafi was planning terrorist attacks. An IDF ship offshore, beamed the coded messages into his HQ from which they were re-broadcast, giving the impression they were coming from Tripoli. So when the US and UK surveillance teams picked them up they believed they were genuine Libyan plots. Mossad was able to 'confirm' the reports! The bombing raid got Thatcher and Regan to commit war crimes by killing innocent people including Ghaddafi’s adopted daughter.
I would be grateful if you could salvage the BBC’s credibility for broadcasting the truth rather than parroting the disinformation by enemies of the people, by at least airing this side of the story, preferably mounting a discussion of it. Otherwise, our brave pilots and possibly the Prime Minister himself may be drifting into a bloody conflict in which they could be found guilty of War Crime. For, despite UN Resolutions 1970 & 1973, this war is not under UN control which the Charter stipulates, nor has the UN called on the parties to settle their dispute first (Chapter VI Art.33), required before action under Chapter VII when there is no threat to international peace and there is no authority to depose or murder the Head of State. So this is an unlawful interference in the domestic jurisdiction of a sovereign state, prohibited under Chapter I (Art.2(7)). Thus, sending in cruise missiles with their notorious inaccuracy and inevitable death to anyone near them, could be a War Crime.
So it is not Gaddafi who is mad, but our Leader and his entourage, falling for an irrational plot to unseat a falsely demonised ‘dictator’ whose only crime is to threaten and punish those who de-stabilize the country for no discernible benefit except possibly, to themselves. The dissidents over here have a different agenda: they can stay as long as they claim to be persecuted if they go home, so they have to propagate stories about torture and death.
Finally, Gaddafi is not the ‘dictator’ Mossad would like you to believe. He is not even the ‘President’ having retired as ‘Leader’ in 1996 and adopted the title ‘Father of the Revolution’. But he is so popular and revered by most of the population, that he is still given the authority to speak for his nation, just as the Queen might do if she was allowed to.
Is there any chance you might try to balance the demonization with some facts about his brave attempts to give power to the people and hold a disparate nation together? I look forward to hearing from you.
Dr James B Thring (founder Ministry of Peace & Legal Action Against
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
TAXPAYERS could be facing multi-million euro compensation claims from losing bidders for the state’s second mobile phone licence after the Moriarty Tribunal found that former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry had helped Denis O’Brien’s Esat consortium win the lucrative competition
A series of findings against Mr Lowry has led to calls for his resignation from the Dáil after the tribunal found he had passed on sensitive information to Mr O’Brien during the licence process in 1995.
The explosive report also heaped pressure on Taoiseach Enda Kenny, after the tribunal criticised Fine Gael for failing to reveal a $50,000 donation it received from the consortium just two months after Esat had won the competition.
In its 2,400-page second and final report, the tribunal described Mr Lowry’s actions as "reprehensible" and likened them to former Taoiseach Charles Haughey.
The tribunal concluded that Mr Lowry had "beyond doubt" imparted "substantive information to Mr O’Brien of significant value and assistance to him in securing the licence".
It found Mr Lowry had benefited from a number of British property deals worth in excess of stg£720,000 which were linked to Mr O’Brien.
It also revealed how Mr Lowry, when communications minister, unsuccessfully tried to ensure that Telecom Éireann paid higher rent on a building owned by Ben Dunne, which would have benefited the businessman by £7.35m.
The tribunal said the actions of Mr Lowry and Mr Dunne were "profoundly corrupt to a degree that was nothing short of breathtaking".
The tribunal also presented the Government with its first major controversy after criticising Fine Gael over its failure to disclose to the legal team the $50,000 donation.
Tribunal chairman Mr Justice Michael Moriarty said such an omission was "regrettable" and "betrayed a marked reluctance to engage with the tribunal".
Taoiseach Enda Kenny — who in 1996 defended Mr Lowry following his resignation from Cabinet as "a man of the highest integrity and honour" — was accused of evading questions on the report yesterday.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin insisted the Taoiseach had serious issues to explain regarding the money, which was eventually handed back by Fine Gael.
But Mr Kenny said he had not yet read the report and needed time to do so.
Among the report’s main findings were that:
* Mr Lowry had "irregular interactions" with interested parties at the most sensitive stages of the competition.
* Esat had a copy of a letter sent by the European Commission to Mr Lowry which contained crucial information on the weighting criteria used to assess the bids.
* Mr Lowry and AIB officials "knowingly and improperly" concealed details of his offshore bank accounts from the authorities.
But Mr O’Brien last night denied ever paying "one red cent" to Mr Lowry and lashed out at the tribunal.
The businessman, who made a personal profit of €292 million after he later sold Esat Digifone to British Telecom, described the report as "fundamentally flawed".
In a statement, Mr Lowry said the tribunal’s findings were "factually wrong and deliberately misleading".
But there are now fears the findings about Mr Lowry’s "insidious and pervasive" role in the licence process could trigger legal actions against the state.
One unsuccessful bidder, the Persona consortium, will begin a Supreme Court challenge tomorrow against the awarding of the licence to Esat based on evidence uncovered by the tribunal. Another losing bidder, Comcast, which is linked to businessman Declan Ganley, is considering a similar action.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
Our support and prayers are with Gerry Mc Geough and his family at this moment of time.
March 21, 2011
Gerry's sentencing hearing didn't take place today. He had chest pains this morning prior to court. The prison doctor referred him to an external hospital. His attorney is pressuring the prison for further details.
March 20, 2011
Maghaberry Prison Rosary Crusade
Gerry McGeough, along with other republican prisoners, have embarked on a Rosary crusade today within Roe House. They have asked everyone to join them in the rosary, on a daily basis, for a timely withdrawal of the British from Irish soil and the re-unification of Ireland.
GERRY MCGEOUGH SENTENCING CHANGED TO MONDAY, MARCH 21ST
Republican Prisoner, Gerry McGeough is due to attend court on Monday March 21st 2011 for sentencing in relation to an attack on a British soldier 30 years ago.
Gerry as a republican will be refusing the degrading and humiliating strip searches he would be expected to go through both going to and returning from court.
Gerry is married with four young children and has an underlying medical condition having suffered 2 heart attacks in the past. Gerry has 5 stents inserted to help alleviate his condition.
It is feared any attempt to forcibly strip Gerry could have life threatening consequences.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
The FC title expresses the sentiment and truth about the Zionist warmongers attack on Libya.
Saturday, 19 March 2011
The weekly column of Bishop Richard Williamson SSPX.
ELEISON COMMENTS CXCII (March 19, 2011) : WHY SUFFERING ?
The latest dramatic shifting of tectonic plates off the east coast of Japan, causing both inland the biggest earthquake Japan has known for many years and along its eastern coast an absolutely devastating tidal wave, must be raising in many minds the classic question : if God exists, if he is all-powerful and all-good, how can he possibly allow so much human suffering ? The classic answer is not too difficult in theory, at any rate when one is not suffering oneself ! --
Firstly, suffering is often a punishment for sin. God does exist, sin does offend him. Sin takes souls to Hell whereas God created them for Heaven. If suffering on earth will put a brake on sin and help souls to choose Heaven, then God, who is certainly in command of the tectonic plates, can without difficulty use them to punish sin. Then were the Japanese people especially sinful ? Our Lord himself tells us not to ask that question, but rather to think of our own sins and to do penance, otherwise "you will all likewise perish" (Lk. XIII, 4). Would it not be astonishing if there were no Japanese people now wondering whether Western-style materialism and comfort are really what life is all about ?
Secondly, human suffering can well be a warning, to turn men away from evil and keep them from pride. Right now the whole godless West should be questioning its own materialism and prosperity. By the steadily increasing rate of earthquakes and other natural disasters all over the world over the last several years, the Lord God is certainly trying to get the attention of all of us, maybe in the hope that he will not have to inflict on us the worldwide "rain of fire" of which his Mother warned us at Akita (in Japan) in 1973. But right now, is there not every likelihood that because they are doing the suffering, the Japanese are profiting more from their disaster than is the distant West ? Those countries may in fact be lucky which are getting now a foretaste of the Chastisement threatening to come.
Thirdly, God may use human suffering to highlight the virtue of his servants. That was the case with Job, and with Christian martyrs down all the ages. Few Japanese people may today have supernatural faith, but if the Japanese now humble themselves beneath what they sense to be the mighty hand of God, they will earn natural merit and at least on the natural level give him glory.
Finally, there is God's own answer to Job, who by Chapter 36 of his Book is still not satisfied with any explanation for his suffering that he or any of his family or friends have been able to come up with. I paraphrase : "Where were you, Job, when I laid down the foundations of the earth ? Did you design the tectonic plates ? Who do you think keeps the sea normally within its bounds, and stops it from flooding dry land ? Can you really think I did not have my own good reasons to let it just now wash over the north-east coast of Japan ?" See the Book of Job, Chapters 38 and 39. And Job at last submits. He is satisfied with the answer, and confesses that he was wrong to be calling in question the wisdom and goodness of God (Job 42, 1-7).
Let us ourselves do penance, be warned by Japan's disaster, hope to give glory to God in our own trials to come, and recognize above all that God alone is God !
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
Disturbing new information has emerged in relation to Maximilian Krah and can be viewed by visiting the following link. The document concludes with a question for Bishop Fellay.
“Why is this pornographic lusting creep allowed access to the St. Therese Girl's School in Germany?”
“Maximilian Krah publicly claimed that he was an "unimpeachable Catholic."
When his public Facebook presentation was noted by outraged Catholics some very interesting insights into the diabolical character that is Maximilian Krah mysteriously disappeared from his Facebook account.”
So, for the public record:
Has anyone viewed the facebook page of M. Krah? https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=125...iends&v=friends
I personally find a few interesting things on the page of a reported practicing Catholic and a 'traditionalist' at that. And among his 'friends' he is linked to the Israel Embassy of Berlin. I suppose that would make sense in his profession? And in Activities/Interests he lists Donald Rumsfeld. Very interesting indeed. He also is friends with the old chamber pot keeper J. Christopher Pryor.
Interesting also is that he lists Madonna among his favourite artists and the 'erotic drama' 9 1/2 Weeks as among his favourite movies, a description of which I will not post here as it is quite explicit! Those who are interested may read Wikipedia's article on it. If he is a Traditional Catholic then certainly he has given in to the world!
Public admiration of [sic]Madonna is an endorsement of pure blasphemy, not to mention pornography.
Someone has apparently taken notice of the publicity generated due to M. Krah's FACEBOOK page...
9 1/2 weeks is absent from the page - REMOVED
Madonna is no longer a 'musical' entry - REMOVED
Saturday, 12 March 2011
The weekly column of Bishop Richard Williamson SSPX.
ELEISON COMMENTS CXCI (March 12, 2001) : CASSOCKS WEIGHED
To affirm, as did last week's "Eleison Comments" (190, March 5), that whoever possesses the fullness of Catholic Truth is in the driving-seat of the Catholic Church, may seem a statement at best risky, at worst untrue. After all, 1/ who is in the driving-seat of the Church if not the drivers -- the Church authorities -- put there by Our Lord ? 2/ Since when did Our Lord design his Church to be led by any claimant to the Truth ? 3/ Is not the direction of the Church going to any claimant of Truth a recipe for chaos in the Church ?
The best answer is in Scripture. When St Paul preached the true Gospel of Jesus Christ to the peoples of Galatia (think of today's Turkey), they accepted the Gospel with rejoicing and great fruit (Gal. II, 14-15; III, 5). But soon after he left them to preach elsewhere, enemies of God came amongst them to preach salvation not by faith in Jesus Christ but by the works of the Old Law, notably circumcision (V, 2, 11). By falling for this perversion of the true Gospel (I, 6; III,1), the Galatians provoked from St Paul the glorious Epistle to the Galatians. Here are some key verses from Chapter I :--
"(verse 6) I wonder that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel. (v.7) Which is not another, only there are some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. (v.8) But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. (v.9) As we said before, so now I say again: if anyone preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema." ("Anathema" means, utterly condemned and excommunicated.)
Now it is obvious that any angel appearing to the Galatians would appear with all the authority of a true messenger from Heaven. And if St. Paul himself were to return amongst them, he would appear with all the authority of his prior evangelizing amongst them as Doctor of the Gentiles. In either case the appearances of authority could hardly be stronger. Yet St. Paul says, and repeats, that the Galatians would have to put, as one might say, content before cassock, so that if he were ever to change the content of his preaching, they were not to believe a word of it, whatever the colour of his cassock upon his return !
In answer therefore to the three objections laid out at the start, let us say: 1/ Our Lord puts, ultimately, Truth-tellers and not cassocks in the driving-seat of the Church. 2/ These drivers will be Truth-tellers and not just Truth-claimants. Claims do not make the Truth, but Truth makes its telling (this is what few modern people can grasp). 3/ The Truth being one, then all Truth-tellers will be united in the Truth, and the only chaos will come from souls that reject or pervert that Truth.
The greatness of Archbishop Lefebvre lay in his discerning that Vatican II was sliding into "another" gospel than that of Jesus Christ or St. Paul, a gospel of justification by the works of modern man, and that even white cassocks were not to be followed if they preached it. Is today's white cassock any different ?
Friday, 11 March 2011
Thursday, 10 March 2011
d. 10th March, 2001
Requiescat in pace
These words are certainly not enough to summarize what all those who knew Massimo Morsello, as a family man, as the captain of a great company, as a lowly waiter and taxi-driver, as a politician, or even as an opponent, remember during his final journey.
Politically active since the age of fourteen, he faced the difficulties of the time with a youthful zeal and humanity that, in time, would become proverbial. He lost his father at a young age and this served to propel him with even more determination and generosity into the political struggle of that period, which he expressed in the militancy of FUAN Via Siena.
Involved in the protests at Centocelle (which later led to his only conviction), he witnessed policemen, who still remain unconvicted, murder Alberto Giaquinto in cold blooded execution. His insistence upon giving evidence in a court of law resulted in the judges, with perverse logic, to issue a warrant for his arrest for 'subversive association'! As we have said that was his only conviction; a price to pay for loyalty to a comrade and to the truth.
In August, 1980, he began his Way of the Cross, arising from the arrest warrant that later ended in the dustbin of history. Morsello escaped from Italy and began to rebuild his life in London where economic hardship and menial jobs awaited, but he faced up to these difficult times with a moral vigour and a coherent ideal.
And there, with other comrades, he began a political, economic and spiritual adventure that would upset the rules designed by the will of corrupt political elites, and that would provide the opening words to a most amazing comeback of both a human person and of a political world.
Hounded, slandered, persecuted, the comrades in London sowed the seeds of a genuine economic, political and spiritual reconquest of which the fruits, in time, will be enormous.
The economic and managerial capabilities of Morsello, mirrored the best of Italian traditions. They created over time the largest company of its field in Europe; under the circumstances a true social and economic miracle.
Hundreds of families and individuals benefit from this project that as well as offering an interesting alternative economy, also provides a measure of the man primarily responsible for it.
The investment of funds and co-operative opportunities that allow employees and people close to the project to take advantage of its economic and social network are implemented in the Catholic Corporatist and Distributist spirit.
But then, during the years that the London operation began to take deep root the unfathomable divine plan made apparent the outbreak of cancer in Massimo.
In the political vacuum that was left in Italy came the creation of Forza Nuova, a movement that masterfully combines the best of the Fascist heritage and the Catholic vision of the world to new and modern circumstances.
It was also the time when Morsello took the decisive step of his life, returning with faith and humility to the Catholic Faith. Faith lived with consistency, rigour, but also with great humility and humanity. Massimo, until the very last remained faithful to the Tridentine Mass and unadulterated Catholicism, Roman and eternal.
The outbreak of the cancer coincided with the official launch of the political project in Italy, a work patiently developed over time. But Massimo never gave up or sought to sit back, or make excuses. His attitude toward the malady, light-hearted and virile, was summarized when he was informed of the frightening pace of the disease: "I do not care!"
And so towards the end of Massimo's earthly journey, times when the disease affected him ruthlessly, the response of Massimo continued to be dictated by an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ.
That faith accompanied his last moments and the decisive battle. His last words were: "I am ready ... I am ready. "
And the fighter who never knelt in front of anybody knelt to his only king, a king Who blessed Massimo Morsello with many gifts, whose inspiration will surely lead to many conversions, and perhaps with the honour of having contributed to the return of Jesus Christ to Italy and of Italy to Christ the King.
(Adapted from a tribute paid to Massimo by Roberto Fiore).
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
In the past twenty four hours new information about Maximilian Krah has emerged. Do visit http://z10.invisionfree.com/Ignis_Ardens/index.php?showtopic=6755&st=100 for the details.
Monday, 7 March 2011
Readers are reminded that tomorrow (March 8th) is the birthday of Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of St. Pius X. We extend greetings to His Lordship and assure him of our prayers and support.
Sunday, 6 March 2011
It is certainly true that those who voted in the recent general election only exchanged Tweedledum for Tweedledee.
Ireland needs to leave the eurozone, float the punt and settle debt in due course for the sake of survival, writes Frederick Forsyth
SO the Irish have had their general election. Patrick has spoken. But I fear he has only exchanged Tweedledum for Tweedledee. The useless Brian Cowen was a solicitor. The new Taoiseach was a teacher. Neither has the scarred knuckles needed to take on the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.
Mr Kenny says he will seek to renegotiate the utterly disastrous settlement Mr Cowen conceded to the EU to bail Ireland out of its mind-numbing debts. I can confidently predict that Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt and Brussels will consume Mr Kenny for breakfast and spit out the buttons.
The Irish may have been foolish, but by heaven, they were massively encouraged to be foolish. And the biggest fools of all were the leaders -- the bankers and the politicos who have escaped with minor inconveniences.
The ordinary man and woman across the land did no more than believe what they were told. Now they are being ordered to live on their knees.
They were told a unified bank lending rate would suit everybody. A lie. From Day One 10 years ago Germany needed a low rate to encourage lending (by banks to applicants) to pump-prime their economy. The Celtic Tiger needed a penally high rate because it was over-heating. Frankfurt only exists to please Germany, but the Irish did not realise that. So they borrowed like drunken sailors. Now they can't pay it back.
So Mr Cowen swallowed a €72bn bailout based on an austerity programme of €13bn a year. That is costing every Irish family €3,900 a year, plus massive redundancies. The blurb says all this is to 'save Ireland'. Piffle. It is to save the Irish banks rather than let them go into receivership.
But why should the Germans and the Frankfurt-based ECB care abut Ireland? They don't. Chancellor Angela Merkel doesn't care a stuff about Ireland, her bankers or her bakers. It is all because the Irish banks borrowed from other EU banks and if they are allowed to go to the wall, (as they should, like any other insane businessmen) the EU banks will take the hit for their equally imprudent lending.
There is a perfectly good argument: you go down to the Curragh, bet heavily on a horse, and after a couple of circuits in the lead, it stumbles, falls and loses. Can you then tell the Irish taxpayer, 'I expect you to reimburse me everything I lost, plus interest as if I had won?' That, effectively is what is happening.
For the Euro banks poured their loans into the Irish banks who poured it all into the pockets of some dodgy property speculators, bloated like bullfrogs on a bubble of their own creation. If the money cannot be squeezed out of the Irish people, even if it means poverty and debt for a generation, the Irish banks go into liquidation like any street-corner gastropub when it fails.
But if that happens, they cannot pay their own creditors, the so-called 'bond-holders' who, let's face it, were just very bad investors who picked the wrong horse. Ah, says Berlin and the ECB, but banks mustn't go bankrupt. Why not? Across the Atlantic Bear Stearns and Lehmann Brothers did and I don't see the Americans being crucified. So why the Irish?
The short answer is because Ireland is seen as small and biddable, and Ireland came after Greece. Greece scared Ms Merkel badly. It lied and lied and lied, and then went bankrupt. The Greeks also rioted and threatened to bring down the Germans' beloved euro. And never forget the euro is only the Deutschmark in a different shape.
Greece should never have been in the eurozone in the first place, but Germany let it in for entirely political, not economic, grounds. So Germany took the hit. The German taxpayers bailed out Greece but then let Ms Merkel know in no uncertain terms: NEVER AGAIN. That's why the ECB team, representing Germany, has been so merciless with the Irish. They had a premier who trembled and they were not going to riot. Well, not so far.
I could be mistaken, but I get the impression even from across the Irish Sea that Patrick is very close to rebellion. It's the injustice of it all that sticks in the craw. But is there anything that, in practical terms, the helpless Irishman can do? As a matter of fact, yes.
If I were the Irish I would immediately join at constituency level the party of the government TD who now holds that seat, regardless of how I voted. Once inside the party, the majority can take over the constituency and demand to be heard.
And what they might say to their TD, re-elected or brand-new is: "Just look here. You are not in office to do what the Germans want. You are not in office even to do what Enda Kenny wants. You are here to do what we want, or you will not be nominated again."
Now any TD who has just arrived in the Dail would like to stay there for 10 years, at least. Faced with that threat, they tend to become really democratic. Meaning they want to please the people. And the message should be: "We want you to go back to Dublin and with others force through a Referendum Bill. We want it by late spring. And the question must be: 'Do we want to abide by the German terms or do we want to let our rogue banks and their bond-holders go to the wall?'"
There is no need to be more explicit. The rogue banks you are now supposed to save would be replaced, as they have been before, with new banks set up by hard-headed businessmen with charters to go back to first principles and behave like people-serving banks, not casinos.
Then you could instruct your government to leave the eurozone, let the punt float (and depreciate) and settle the reduced debt in due course. That is what (without any publicity) Iceland is doing, outside the euro and outside the EU. And she is coming back from the abyss.
Is the above a terrifying course of action? Too right. Absolutely frightening. Taking on Berlin and its Frankfurt bank? It's David and Goliath. And there will be pain. But the Irish can take the pain as masters in their own land or as conquered serfs. And there is one ace in the hole.
Behind the facade of German steel, Berlin is frightened by Ireland. It is not the economic power -- Ireland doesn't have any. It's the contagion. Rebellion can be catching; defiance might spread. Letting Ireland go could save Berlin's beloved euro. A long dogfight could trigger imitators. The key would be the result of the referendum. A massive vote against the bailout terms would leave no doubt about the preparedness to fight once again for the emerald isle. And maybe, just maybe, somewhere in the darkness, the spirit of Michael Collins still dimly flickers.
Frederick Forsyth is the author of The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, and The Fourth Protocol, and other bestsellers and is patron of Better Off Out, a group calling for Britain's withdrawal from the EU
- Frederick Forsyth
Shane Ross: The deal has been stitched up. The boys will have jobs and old politics will be restored
WAGS in Leinster House were at their cynical worst on Friday. "The deal has been stitched up for days," volunteered one senator.
"Big Phil Hogan, Pat Rabbitte, Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin have been playing bridge for three nights in a row to relieve the boredom," responded an Independent TD.
Of course the negotiators felt compelled to paint a fraught atmosphere at the ultra-smooth Fine Gael/ Labour talks. Word kept leaking about the "difficulties". The tangible harmony inside the Sycamore Room in Government Buildings could cause unease among party foot soldiers. The faithful, watching from the sidelines, expected skin and hair to be flying by now as the two teams traded long treasured principles.
Not this hardened bunch. They threw them out the window into Merrion Street on day one.
Well-placed whispers to the media revealed a few titbits. The Irish Times obligingly helped to convey an atmosphere of conflict with Friday's strap line that "Tensions over the Finance post threatened to derail process".
No one really doubted that Fine Gael's Michael Noonan would win the plumb portfolio, but as there was never the remotest danger of the horse-trading breaking down on matters of policy, a row over the cabinet posts was the only good yarn.
So certain were the two party leaders of a happy conclusion that they coolly left the country for fringe meetings in Europe. Enda Kenny headed for Helsinki in the hope of another photo op with Angela Merkel, while Eamon Gilmore took a flight to Athens to mingle with his dull Greek socialist friends. Enda was due back yesterday afternoon to rubber-stamp the deal. Eamon will ram it through a party conference, probably tomorrow.
These guys fell into each others arms months ago. Any observer of the camaraderie in Leinster House over the years knows that their 14 years in the political wilderness of opposition have united them in one common mission: power. To hell with policy, it is time to divide the spoils.
Spoils first, policy later.
As a newly elected Independent TD, I have not been hanging around the telephone in expectation of a call from Enda or one of his minions. There is little doubt that he could cobble together a deal with the necessary seven Independents if he was so minded. But he is not. He will wed the Labour Party. Some believe it is a little strange that he has not made a few calls to Independents simply to put pressure on Labour. It might put the fear of God into them. On past history one or two independents could be picked off with constituency cuddling, while others among us could talk turkey if Enda was prepared to concede radical policy shifts and to embrace the new politics.
Enda and Eamon do not do "radical". It could mean Enda standing up to Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. It could mean a referendum on the EU deal. It could mean stinging the bondholders or, as Enda prefers to call it, "burden sharing".
On Friday, it was apparent that Fine Gael had thrown in the towel on "burden sharing". On RTE's nine o'clock news, Enda -- speaking from Helsinki -- was openly acknowledging the resistance from fellow right-wing parties in Europe to his recent election claims that the EU/ IMF deal could be changed. His European Peoples' Party friends had despatched him with a flea in his ear. So, instead, he held out the lame prospect of an interest rate cut to ease our repayments.
He was rebuffed. On the same bulletin his one-time friend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, made almost bellicose noises, insisting that countries seeking aid must give something in return. Angela was launching a veiled attack on Ireland's 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate.
Enda is in no mood for challenging Angela. Nor is Eamon, by all accounts. They want to butter up, not to irritate, their respective colleagues in Europe.
Neither man has looked at the "independent" option. They have eyes only for each other. Which may seem a little odd, considering that Enda allies himself with the right in Europe while Eamon mixes it with the socialists.
The coalition deal will be a monumental fudge. It will not fool anyone but it will be signed, sealed and delivered by noon on Wednesday.
Last week, when I was being "inducted" as a new TD, I spoke to several Fine Gael and Labour backbenchers. One Labour newcomer told me that he was unsure whether he would vote for the programme for government. A Fine Gael TD was adamant that Enda could -- and should -- be talking to the 19 Independents before he stitched up a deal with Eamon and his lefties.
Sadly this deal is being struck deep in the two leaders' comfort zone. The older civil war politicians of Fine Gael and the stale socialists of Labour are too timid to embrace the real change championed by some in the independent group. Fine Gael will prefer to prop up the Croke Park Agreement to confronting the friends of Labour in the trades unions. They will happily surrender on the 2014 target date for reducing the budget deficit. They will succumb to a Labour Party demand for another layer of taxation. They may even agree to a property tax. Their promises to cut 145 quangos might have to be shelved to protect Labour sensitivities.
Never mind, Michael Noonan will land the Finance prize. Joan Burton will be given the pick of the other ministries. Big Phil will take Enterprise and Employment before sailing off as European Commissioner when Maire Geogheghan-Quinn retires. Pat Rabbitte is set for Justice. Richard Bruton can suffer a bit of purgatory in Education, while Brian Hayes may be punished for earlier sins of sedition by forcing him to take Health.
Job allocations will be the only disputed decisions while policies take a back seat, dictated elsewhere, but rubber-stamped during breaks in the game of bridge.
Policy was well taken care of by both parties with their 'Get out of Jail' card printed a few years ago. Fine Gael and Labour negotiators looked at the nation's books last week and ran from the Sycamore Room kicking and screaming to the media that the figures were "worse than they thought".
Manifestos are on the back burner. Promises are postponed. The boys will have jobs. Old politics will be restored.
Shane Ross is a newly elected TD for Dublin South.
The question is how long will this new Irish government last? Who is surprised FG/Labour would betray the people?
By JODY CORCORAN
Sunday March 06 2011
In what will amount to the most barefaced breach of election promises ever perpetrated by an incoming Government, the coalition partners' programme for government will cause uproar when it is published today.
While an attempt will be made to dress up the programme as a new plan by a new Government, when it is analysed it will be seen for what it is -- the continuation of the economic policies of Fianna Fail and the Greens, virtually in minute detail, as laid down by the EU-IMF.
If anything, Fine Gael will be seen to have capitulated more as it is handing over responsibility for reform of the public sector to Labour, whose core support is drawn from the public sector.
The programme envisages no more than 22,000 voluntary redundancies in the public sector, a long way short of Fine Gael's election promise to reduce the numbers employed by 30,000.
Fine Gael is expected to defend this U-turn by stating that 2,500 voluntary redundancies have already taken place in the public sector since January 2010.
However, the Fine Gael decision to hand reform of the public sector to Labour will provoke fury among many Fine Gael TDs, and cause uproar among the huge numbers who voted for Fine Gael.
Furthermore, it reduces the Government's chances of re-negotiating the EU-IMF bailout since our public spending excess is seen as a chronic problem in Europe.
The new Government will place heavy emphasis on its intention to renegotiate the bailout plan, as imposed on the outgoing Government, but the possibility of such a renegotiation is at least two, maybe three years away.
The omens are not good in this regard as the incoming Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has already prepared the ground to pull back from his demand for "haircuts" on senior bank debt, saying other ways must be found to cut the cost of Ireland's bank bailout if losses are not imposed on bondholders.
"There is no way we are going to survive as a country unless we successfully renegotiate the EU-IMF deal," a senior Fine Gael source, familiar with the negotiations to form a Government, told the Sunday Independent yesterday.
The new Government will cite briefings on the dire state of the economy, and the banks to explain its decision to slip into the straitjacket imposed by the EU-IMF, just vacated by Fianna Fail and the Greens.
Yesterday, however, a well-placed Fine Gael source did not even attempt to disguise the fact that the new programme for government represents a rip-off of the outgoing Government's four-year plan as signed off on by the EU-IMF.
"Yes, we are going to have to stick with the four-year plan, at least for two or three years, and maybe even go further and deeper than the austerity measures envisaged in that plan," he said. "There is no getting away from that. I cannot deny it.
"The country is banjaxed, worse than we ever imagined. We have no choice."
In effect, the programme for government negotiated between Fine Gael and Labour will represent a middle-ground compromise on the respective election promises of FG and Labour, particularly in relation to the economy.
However, Fine Gael has ceded to Labour the issue of reform of the public sector, which is certain to anger the hundreds of thousands of private sector workers who voted for Fine Gael in the General Election.
An analysis of voting patterns carried out by the Sunday Independent reveals that only 16 per cent of Fine Gael voters gave their second preference to Labour candidates, while Labour transfers to Fine Gael amounted to just 35 per cent.
The analysis, therefore, shows that Fine Gael voters made it clear that they were not supporting a Fine Gael/Labour coalition; while there was greater Labour support for this form of Government, a majority of Labour voters did not favour coalition with Fine Gael either.
In the Sunday Independent today, Independent TD Shane Ross, who had offered up to eight Independent TDs to support a minority Fine Gael Government, writes: "These guys fell into each other's arms months ago.
"Any observer of the camaraderie in Leinster House over the years knows that their 14 years in the political wilderness of opposition have united them in one common mission: power. To hell with policy, it is time to divide the spoils. Spoils first, policy later."
However, it is the specifics of policy, as contained in the programme for government, which are now certain to provoke the anger of the electorate.
In the election campaign, Fine Gael promised to reduce numbers working in the public sector by 30,000, through a scheme of voluntary redundancy, under the Croke Park deal. But Labour said a voluntary reduction of the order of 18,000 would suffice.
The Sunday Independent has learned that the new government programme commits to reducing employment in the public sector by, at most, 22,000 through the Croke Park deal, a concession by Fine Gael which represents a huge victory for Labour.
Yesterday, a senior Fine Gael TD who is not party to the negotiations said: "If we hand over the public sector to Labour the game is up, we will be finished before we start. It is one of the most central issues, if not the main issue. This will lead to deep divisions in Fine Gael."
Another Fine Gael TD told the Sunday Independent: "Already today I have had two businessmen on to me about this. If Fine Gael lets Labour have the public sector, it's over for us, game, set and match."
The Sunday Independent understands that the new government will embark on a programme of the sale of non-strategic state assets, ostensibly to provide for a job stimulus package as promised by Fine Gael in the election campaign.
However, there is growing concern within Fine Gael that the sale of semi-states will take place to spare greater savings in the public sector.
In relation to the economy, both Fine Gael and Labour have compromised their election promises to, in effect, bring them closer to the commitments of Fianna Fail's four-year plan.
For example, the new programme for government commits to reducing the national deficit to three per cent of Gross Domestic Product by 2015: in the election campaign, Fine Gael said its aim was to reduce the deficit by 2014 and Labour said by 2016.
Fine Gael will claim victory insofar as the new programme commits to no new or increased taxes on work, not even on those who earn in excess of €100,000 a year, as proposed by Labour during the election.
However, a raft of stealth taxes will be contained in the government programme, such as water charges and property taxes. Other, more obscure stealth taxes are also expected.
It is also understood that Fas is to be abolished and its functions absorbed into the workings of the Department of Social Protection.
The issue of public sector reform will move centre stage when the new Government is in power. The credibility of Fine Gael and Labour on this issue, however, will be damaged by a decision not to cut the number of ministers of state.
While the new government programme contains a range of proposed political reforms, the Sunday Independent understands that all 14 junior ministers are to be retained.
Further briefings indicate the possible make-up of the Cabinet: the Fine Gael contingent will include Enda Kenny (Taoiseach); James Reilly (Health); Phil Hogan (Environment); Alan Shatter (Attorney-General or Justice); Richard Bruton, Michael Noonan, Leo Varadkar; Simon Coveney; and Frances Fitzgerald. Sean Barrett is expected to be made Ceann Comhairle.
The Labour contingent will include Eamon Gilmore; Joan Burton; Brendan Howlin; Ruairi Quinn; and Pat Rabbitte. The Labour portfolios will include a new department for public sector reform; and Foreign Affairs, Enterprise & Employment and Education. It is expected Labour will also have a 'super-junior' minister at Cabinet, either Jan O'Sullivan from Limerick or Sean Sherlock from Cork.
The Fine Gael parliamentary party is to discuss the programme for government tomorrow; the programme will also go before a Labour special delegate conference in Dublin today.
Shortly before 10pm last night, Fine Gael's chief negotiator Phil Hogan emerged from the talks to say that the parties would reach a deal by the end of the night. He said that there were just "three or four policy issues" remaining to be sorted out, and added that the shape of the Government -- meaning the dividing out of the ministers' portfolios -- had yet to be agreed upon.
Sources close to the talks said that negotiations were prolonged into the early hours because Mr Gilmore was demanding six full ministers at Cabinet table -- while Mr Kenny was adamant that Labour could only have five, plus one "super junior".
Coming close to midnight, both sides were still deadlocked on the issue.
Saturday, 5 March 2011
The weekly column of Bishop Richard Williamson SSPX.
ELEISON COMMENTS CXC (March 5, 2011) : FUTURE DISCUSSIONS
To the relief of some, to the disappointment of others, it looks as though the doctrinal Discussions held over the last year and a half between theologians of Rome and representatives of the Society of St Pius X will after all come to an end this spring, because the main subjects of discussion will by then have been covered, without any real prospect of agreement opening up. Such is the conclusion tentatively to be drawn from remarks of the Society's Superior General, Bishop Fellay, made in the course of an interview he gave on February 2.
Now let anyone disappointed be sure that there are Romans and important priests of the SSPX who will hardly give up their efforts to build a bridge between the churchmen of Vatican II and the churchmen of Catholic Tradition. But howsoever it be with such strivings to unite all Catholics of good will, strivings that ebb and flow, yesterday, today and tomorrow, Our Lord's words are an anchorage: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away" (Mt. XXIV, 35). For on his life the Church's life is modelled, and in his life there was an ebb and flow of human strivings and sufferings, culminating in the dreadful crucifixion, but while he felt every human urge to shy away from the crucifying will of his Father - "Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me..." - still his human mind and heart were anchored in that divine will - "...nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt" (Mt.XXVI, 39).
So the same unchanging divine will that directed and anchored Our Lord's human mind and will, must anchor also the life of his Church. So Popes, Councils, religious Congregations and Societies may come and go, but in order to be Catholic they must submit to that divine will to which Our Lord submitted, and they must tell the exact same truths that Our Lord transmitted from his Father to his Church. Like no other institution upon earth, the Catholic Church is so built around Truth that its survival is proportional to its fidelity to that Truth. Because the Conciliar Church is putting human interests in the place of divine Truth, it is disintegrating, and any Catholic Congregation or Society that would do the same will likewise fall apart.
It follows that whoever is faithful to the fullness of revealed Truth is in effect - not in principle, but in practice -- in the driving-seat of the Church (See "Letters from the Rector" Vol. IV, p.164). Furthermore, whoever has that Truth and pretends he is not in the driving-seat would be what Our Lord would have called himself, had he denied his Father, "a liar" (Jn.VIII, 55). That is because any messenger disowning the divineness of his divine message is no true lover of his fellow-men, as he and they may like to think, but he has for his father the father of lies (Jn.VIII, 44).
There is a Truth, even if most people can barely recognize it. The right and ability of the Romans to govern the Church depends on their being faithful to that Truth. The right and ability of the SSPX to stand up to unfaithful Romans depends on the SSPX's own faithfulness to the Truth. For now the SSPX has been faithful, so for now the SSPX will survive, but may Rome, by returning to the Truth, make that survival unnecessary !