Ireland’s Tragic Abandonment of Catholic Teaching

Discussion in 'Spirit of Ireland' started by garabandal, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    Yes, it is easy to overlook that these men are attacked particularly severely by Satan. The world is full of such incredible heresies these days but truly none of them bring peace. Prayer can save these men.
  2. djmoforegon

    djmoforegon Powers

    I pray that this is one statistic that is correct.

    95% of Doctors in Ireland are Refusing to Kill Babies in Abortions
    International Micaiah Bilger Jan 7, 2019 | 11:09AM Dublin, Ireland

    Fewer than 5 percent of doctors in Ireland have told the government that they are willing to abort unborn babies.

    Abortions became legal on Jan. 1 in Ireland, but 95 percent of doctors are not willing to do them, the Southern Star reports.

    While abortion activists blame a fear of pro-life protests for the lack of abortionists, the more likely reason is that most doctors do not think killing a human being should be part of the medical profession.

    Leading medical groups also have said the abortion law was pushed through too quickly, creating an “unacceptable and unsafe” environment for women in Ireland.

    The Irish health department said 179 general practitioners have signed up to do abortions, but about 30 of them asked that their names not be shared through the government abortion hotline, according to the report.

    Offaly Express reports at least four counties do not have any abortionists: Offaly, Leitrim, Carlow and Slingo.

    Ireland’s new abortion law, which was rammed through parliament in December, allows abortions for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide variety of circumstances. It also forces taxpayers to pay for abortions and forces Catholic hospitals to provide them. The new law strictly limits conscience protections for medical professionals, and hundreds of doctors and nurses fear being forced to help abort unborn babies or lose their jobs.

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    The first abortions of unborn babies in Ireland are expected to take place this week.

    The National Association of General Practitioners, Ireland’s largest association of GPs, said doctors have serious concerns about a lack of equipment and unclear clinical guidelines for abortions, Euro News reports.

    “The National Association of GPs believes that the rushed manner in which termination of pregnancy services are being introduced is unacceptable and unsafe,” it said in a statement last month.

    The doctors said pro-abortion Minister for Health Simon Harris was pushing abortion for politically-motivated reasons.

    “The women of Ireland will not forgive the health system, if an unsafe service is brought in, for the sake of political expediency,” the doctors said.

    Other leading medical professionals also have said the premature start date could put women’s lives at risk. Many hospitals have said they are not ready to begin abortions. They point to a lack of ultrasound machines, clinical guidelines and trained staff as reasons why the government should have delayed legalizing abortion.

    Doctors also criticized government guidelines that allow girls ages 15 and under to abort their unborn babies without their parents’ knowledge or consent. One doctor accused the minister for health of taking “leave of his senses” by allowing this.

    Southern Star reported problems with the government abortion hotline as well this week. One caller said she was left on hold for 45 minutes before a receptionist asked for her name and phone number to return her call at a later time. The woman said she thought it was a breach of privacy, but she left her information anyway and then waited several hours for a return phone call. She said she never received one.

    Meanwhile, pro-life advocates have started to peacefully protest at facilities where unborn babies may be aborted. On Monday, a small group of people stood outside of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda with signs urging women to choose life for their unborn babies, according to the Evening Echo.

    “I deeply and profoundly care about the right to life of every human being…” pro-life advocate Charles Byrne told the local news. “We are here because we believe hospitals need to be places of care through compassion.”

    However, abortion activists already are demanding that the government censor pro-life speech by enacting buffer zones around abortion facilities.

    Abortions became legal on Jan. 1 in Ireland, ending decades-old protections of the human rights of unborn babies.
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  3. padraig

    padraig New Member

    Not a millionth as bad a place as they're gonna wind up in if they don't wise up.

    We must pray for them .

    Pray for them.

    Always pray for them. Grind our teeth at them as we may.

    Poor people they are already in hell already. What is hell on Earth but to have no Faith?

    The Message of Fatima and the Priesthood

    One hundred years ago, Our Lady spoke to three shepherd children at Fatima, “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to pray and sacrifice for them.” In our Crusade for Priests, we are dedicated to praying for priests, for good and holy priests, as well as for the tempted and falling. Many Crusaders offer their daily Rosary, their daily Crusade prayer, their Holy Mass and Holy Communion for priests. This is of great benefit to the Church! But do we realize that this is only half the battle?

    At Fatima, Our Lady came to teach mankind once again the way to peace and salvation. Hers was a message of faith, conversion and prayer, but also of sacrifice. It was directed towards those in need of conversion, but also towards those who were already living the faith, that they might learn to do more, to bring also their brothers home to the Father’s house. The Church and the world are in need of such souls who are willing and able to “seek and save those who are lost”, to bear the burden of others. At present, our little Crusade is 6000 strong. What a powerhouse of strength we can become in the Church for the good of the priesthood, if together we strive to become even more generous, sacrificial souls who stand in fidelity and love behind our priests, praying, sacrificing and making reparation.

    Sr. Lucia always had great respect for priests, even though along the way she had met many who were not faithful. Throughout her Memoirs, she recounts her experience with different priests and Bishops who came to question her regarding the apparitions. Some who did not believe were a great trial for her, but others were kind and helpful, teaching her how to correspond to the extraordinary graces she was receiving and leading her in the paths of the spiritual life with great wisdom. Sr. Lucia writes, “If we should happen to see some priests who seem to have lost their way and have gone astray, let us not be surprised! They, too, are human, subject to frailty like ourselves. In the course of time, we have met many who have lost their way and been unfaithful to God and to the mission entrusted to them by the Lord” (Calls from the Message of Fatima, p. 147). These priests are a thorn in the crown of Our Lord. How we could console Him if, through prayer and sacrifice, we would bring back even one of these chosen, privileged sons of His!

    Even good and holy priests are in need of our prayers in order to increase the fruits of their labors and to help them to remain faithful. Their vital mission in the Church makes them a target of the infernal enemy. Sr. Lucia writes further, “The fact that some priests fall away must not mean that our respect, our esteem and our veneration for those who persevere should be any less; rather, the weakness of some should heighten the merit of the rest. Therefore, we should always listen with faith to the priest, because he is a light for our path, a guide for our life and a source of strength for our weakness” (Calls, p. 147). In order to remain faithful, every priest needs the prayers and spiritual support of the faithful. Our Lady and the Angel at Fatima lead us on this way of generous self-giving and reparation.
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  4. padraig

    padraig New Member

    The Angel of Portugal and the Little Way of Reparation
    In preparation for the apparitions of Our Lady, the Angel of Portugal first appeared to the three children in 1916 to teach them the foundations of the spiritual life. He taught them prayer and sacrifice in order to make reparation. “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You.” Later, appearing to the children busy at play, the Angel exhorted them, “What are you doing?! Pray, pray very much! ...Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.... Make of everything you can a sacrifice to God in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for sinners. In this way, you will bring peace to our country, for I am its Guardian Angel, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, bear and accept with patience the sufferings God will send you.”

    Here the Angel teaches the children to make use of all the circumstances of daily life for the salvation of souls: “make of everything a sacrifice”! We can offer up the little inconveniences, the moments when we are tempted to lose our patience, the difficult personalities we need to deal with – all these can be converted into gold! As Our Lady later taught the children, with a sincere act of the will we can consciously offer all these things, small and large, with the prayer, “O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” In our Crusade, we want to add, of course, “and for our priests”! This voluntary acceptance of small trials will win great merit for the sanctification of priests and, like St. Jacinta and St. Francisco, we ourselves will grow daily in our strength of will to sacrifice out of love. Hence, we will grow rapidly in charity, as “there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for our friends” (Jn 15:13). The Angel says to offer “everything” as a sacrifice. We can, then, offer even our joys to God with thanksgiving for priests!

    Another means of reparation taught by the Angel is Eucharistic Adoration and Communions of reparation. Before the Precious Body and Blood suspended in the air, the Angel instructed the shepherd children to pray:

    “Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

    He then gave the Host to Lucia and the Precious Blood to Francisco and Jacinta saying, “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.” We, too, can offer our Holy Communions and our Adoration hour for priests, for good and faithful priests, but even more importantly, for those who are straying and leading others astray.

    Willingly Sacrificing for Souls, for Priests: A Promise to Our Lady!
    Following the Angel’s instructions, the children grew rapidly in their practice of penance and sacrifice, and prayed almost continuously the prayers the Angel had taught them. They began by giving up their lunch and wearing a tight cord about the waist. They were well prepared when, at her first apparition, Our Lady asked them, “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?” And in the name of all, Sr. Lucia makes the solemn promise, “Yes, we are willing!” This same question Our Lady asks us today. Do we want to offer up our trials and sacrifices for priests, to atone for their sins and to strengthen them in their mission? Do we want to deny ourselves in little things, in order to give our priests and Bishops the strength to be faithful in great matters? Do we want to yield to others in irrelevant matters for the sake of peace, in order to strengthen the Church in unity?

    Later, the shepherd children realized that the more difficult way was to offer up what the Lord Himself allowed them to suffer: misunderstanding, disbelief and false accusations. In all trials of illness, humiliations and reproaches, they faithfully made the offering as Our Lady had taught, “O Jesus, for love of you, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary...” We, too, need not look for extraordinary penances or fasts. If we are gener- ous with the Lord and faithful in our daily trials, He will lead us step by step to accept with peace and submission all the hardships, sorrows and separations which He, in His divine wisdom and loved, has planned for our lives. This conformity with His holy will, will bring us peace and joy, even in the Cross. For we will grow ever more in the confidence and experience that He works all things for the good of those who love Him (cf. Rom 8:28).

    A Model of Sacrificial Self-giving: Blessed Alexandrina da Costa
    The fame of the apparitions of Our Lady spread quickly throughout the world. One soul particularly touched with love for the Immaculate Heart of Mary was Blessed Alexandrina da Costa of northern Portugal (1904 – 1955). In 1918, just one year after the apparitions, she had jumped from a 2nd story window of her home to escape being molested. From the injuries sustained, she eventually became completely paralyzed. Gradually, with the help of Our Lady, she learned to accept and offer up her sufferings in a spirit of reparation. “Our Lady has given me an even greater grace [than a cure]” she writes. “First abandonment; then, complete conformity to God’s will; finally, the thirst for suffering.” Once she had accepted her vocation to victim- hood for souls, she had many mystical experiences and lived the last 13 years of her life solely on the Holy Eucharist. The Congregation for the Clergy relates her offering for priests:

    In 1941, Alexandrina wrote to her spiritual director, Fr. Mariano Pinho, telling him that Jesus told her, “My daughter, a priest living in Lisbon is close to being lost forever; he offends Me terribly. Call your spiritual director and ask his permission that I may have you suffer in a special way for this soul.” Once Alexandrina had received permission from her spiritual director, she suffered greatly. She felt the severity of the priest’s errors, how he wanted to know nothing about God and was close to self-damnation. She even heard the priest’s full name. Poor Alexandrina experienced the hellish state of this priest’s soul and prayed urgently, “Not to hell, no! I offer myself as a sacrifice for him, as long as you want.”

    Fr. Pinho inquired of the Cardinal of Lisbon whether one of the priests of his dio- cese was of particular concern. The Cardinal openly confirmed that he was, in fact, very worried about one of his priests, and when he mentioned the name of the priest, it was the same one that Jesus had spoken to Alexandrina.

    Some months later, a friend of Fr. Pinho, Fr. David Novais, recounted to him an unusual incident. Fr. David had just held a retreat in Fatima, which was attended by a modest gentleman whose exemplary behavior made him pleasantly attractive to all the participants. On the last night of the retreat, this man suddenly had a heart attack. He asked to see a priest, to whom he confessed and received Holy Communion. Shortly thereafter he died, fully reconciled with God. It turned out that this man was actually a priest—the very priest for whom Alexandrina had suffered so greatly.

    Although we may not be called to suffer in the way this chosen soul was called, still let us take her as an example of generous self-offering for priests. Our Mother Gabriele encourages on this little way:

    Let us not be apprehensive: Every emptiness becomes in GOD a fullness, every renunciation becomes a gift, every giving becomes a receiving, every suffering becomes a joy, every dying becomes a rising. The Cross and the Cross alone thrusts Heaven open and then there is... joy! (Easter, 1960)

    We want, therefore, to accept every trial and make every sacrifice, forgetting our- selves, and supporting the priests! And Jesus will be grateful!
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  5. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    Great post Padraig ..a much needed reminder...thank you.
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  6. padraig

    padraig New Member


    It looks like many Cardinals and Bishops have gone over to Satan. There is no other way to put it. There was a time if a Cardinal ,Bishop or even priest spoke you pretty well took it as Gospel. I am afraid those days are gone to the wind.

    I so wish this were not so ; but it is. Many of them are very evil. I am afraid that is a fact.

    All we have to do is look at the graphics:

  7. Sanctus

    Sanctus "Pray, pray ,pray!"

    Marino restrepo says that demons feed on abortions in a big way. Ireland better brace itself.
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  8. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    Yes, the evidence is clear. We cannot ignore facts. Even in the face of this evidence, efforts to clean house is superficial at best. Those charged with cleaning house are suspect themselves. It’s the laypeople who are exposing the truth....and it’s the laypeople who need to demand it is done. There is no confidence that we can trust the hierarchy to do this. They are not the solution...they are the problem!
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  9. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    Marino’s video are great.
    Yes, Ireland, sadly is no longer catholic. I’m Irish and always wanted to visit longer...very sad.
  10. Sanctus

    Sanctus "Pray, pray ,pray!"

    There is still much goodness here Beth. I see it every day thank God. However I feel Ireland has been lost.
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  11. AED

    AED Powers

    Perhaps the government and a portion of angry deluded people--much like here in recent years--but I believe the true soul of Ir eland runs so deep it cannot be destroyed or lost. Too many saints known and unknown pleading with heaven.
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  12. Sanctus

    Sanctus "Pray, pray ,pray!"

    I hope so AED!
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  13. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    It really is heartbreaking seeing good Catholics like yourself having to watch the fall of the faith in one of the previously most faithful catholic countries in the world. Watching my own nation lose faith is equally sad.’s temporary! Our Lady is crushing Satan’s head! Hope I’m around to see him go down!
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  14. Sanctus

    Sanctus "Pray, pray ,pray!"

    You will beth! Many believe Our Lady's triumph is very close.
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  15. Sanctus

    Sanctus "Pray, pray ,pray!"

    Once Love survives everything else will thrive.
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  16. Beth B

    Beth B Beth Marie

    Well, when his ugly head is pulverized, I’ll book a trip to good old Ireland and come visit yah! We’ll ring some church bells and celebrate together!!
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    Sanctus "Pray, pray ,pray!"

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