Donald R. McClarey

A Sign of the Times

Rejoice!  The problems of the Church in Ireland are solved!   The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has announced that it’s to divest from fossil fuels. The process begins immediately as the Bishops’ Conference has signed the global Catholic fossil free

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Donald R. McClarey

Father Paddy McCafferty

Think the fight over abortion is ended in Ireland?  It has just begun, if Father Paddy McCafferty has anything to say about it: You cannot be a Catholic and be in favour of abortion. Deliberate abortion is so grave a

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Donald R. McClarey

Not All Priests in Ireland Are Eunuchs

This took some courage considering the worthless hierarchy in Ireland:   According to the Adrian Kennedy & Jeremy Dixon talk show on 98Fm, a Dublin priest in the area of Dublin 14/16 told the congregation attending Mass on Sunday morning

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Donald R. McClarey

Ireland Embraces Abortion

By about a two to one margin the former land of saints and scholars has decided to legalize the child murder that goes by the name of abortion.  I am saddened but not surprised.  The result mirrors the outcome of

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Saints of Lent: Saint Oliver Plunkett

    Lent is a grand time to confront evil, both that evil which stains our souls, and the evil external to us.  Throughout the history of the Church there have been saints who risked all to bravely confront the popular

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Saint Patrick and the Nations Plunging in the Night

When Caesar’s sun fell out of the sky And whoso hearkened right Could only hear the plunging Of the nations in the night. GK Chesterton, Ballad of the White Horse It is easy to lose sight of the historical Saint

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Irish History, the Short Version

  Hattip to Dale Price.  Of course it is unfair to characterize Irish history as mere drunkenness.  My sainted Mother had me listen to quite a bit of Irish music as I grew up,  and I still enjoy it, and

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The Foggy Dew

Something for the weekend:  The Foggy Dew, written by Canon Charles O’Neill, a parish priest, in 1919 and set to the tune of a popular love song.  We are just a bit over two months before the centennial commemoration of the Easter Rising in Ireland

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Ten Thoughts on the Irish Debacle

  Now that Ireland has voted to approve gay marriage, a few thoughts: 1.   Catholic Ireland is now Anti-Catholic Ireland-The Irish have always found scapegoats useful as an explanation for Irish failings.  Britain long played this role and the Church is

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800 Dead Kids, Irish Catholic Bashing and the Truth

    Catholic bashing has become the national sport of Ireland.  Blaming the Brits for every ill that has ever afflicted Ireland has become passé, and in the former land of saints and scholars the Church is the whipping boy

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Unforgettable Michael Collins

Something for the weekend. Michael Collins. A song in tribute to Michael Collins, the father of Irish independence, whose life and death symbolized the glory and tragedy of Ireland. Collins was the most talented Irish statesman and soldier of the last century. 

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Honoring A Murderer in Galway

 “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.”  G. K. Chesterton  Ah poor Ireland.  As the Faith has become weaker in the Emerald Isle, strange new gods are arising, and one of

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Rule Britannia

Something for the weekend.  Rule Britannia.  I grew up with a bit of a love-hate relationship with Great Britain and her now vanished Empire. On my father’s side the family had been in America since before the Revolution, except for the

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In Memoriam: Michael Collins

My friend Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia has a superb tribute to Michael Collins, on the anniversary of his death, the most talented soldier and statesman of Ireland of the last century.  Go here to read it. Prior posts on Michael

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Great Jesuits 3: Dynamo From Ireland

Number 3 of my series on great Jesuits of American history. A year before the colonies won their fight for independence, John McElroy first saw the light of day in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh, Ireland on May 11,1782.  At this time English imposed penal laws

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