November 29, 2014

About Martha of Ireland

Is the Pope a Catholic? (part 2)

Read part one of Is the Pope a Catholic? * * * So who is this liberal, progressive, modernising pope with no hang-ups about sex and contraception and divorce and abortion, who constantly preaches on the value and necessity of the Sacrament of Confession and the reality of the Devil, who came back from studying […]

Is the Pope a Catholic? (part 1)

This March is the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, the former Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires.  Reactions have, in the main, been of two kinds: He’s the greatest thing that ever happened to the Catholic Church! He’s the worst thing that ever happened to the Catholic Church! We’ve heard very few […]

What Is Advent?

We are now in the third week of the liturgical season of Advent.  Okay, what does all that mean?  What is Advent?  To quote from my 1964 Mass missal (from the days when Mass was still said in Latin): The ecclesiastical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent.  The season of Advent is a […]

The Feast of All Saints

We’ve finally arrived at the end of October when Hallowe’en is upon us, though it seems to have morphed into a month-long festival – the same way that Christmas gets earlier and earlier in the year, now Hallowe’en seems to be the next candidate for increasing commercialization. Leaving all that behind, thankfully, with the attendant […]

Anger, Wrath and Sloth

Wanting to punch people in the nose is probably not a good attitude with which to go around.  I’m fairly sure it’s also not a particularly Christian attitude, not if I take the “Turn the other cheek” bit seriously. I’ve been angry lately.  I’ve been angry for a while, in fact, and I notice I’m […]

The Importance Of Being A Spear Carrier

We all know them, or rather, we don’t know them but we’re aware they are there.  The bit part characters.  The ones that fill up the crowd scenes in television and movies.  The chorus in operas, where a miscellaneous crowd of villagers or brigands or courtiers ‘tra-la-la’ away in the background (often with the kinds […]

How Not To Be A Disciple

A couple of weeks ago, I read a post on my nephew’s blog that made me rear up and do my best Church Lady impression.  It wasn’t what my nephew said, it was the post he linked to that stoked my ire.  And boy, did my ire get stoked, to the point where my nephew asked to […]

Selt Or Kelt?

This is more or less a rant on a personal bug-bear of mine.  While I hope I am not quite attaining to the level of nit-picking as evidenced by Lynne Truss’s book on grammatical errors, “Eats, Shoots and Leaves”, I am about to relieve my mind as to why the use – or rather, the […]

Demons Under The Bed

You may have read something in your local or national newspaper about “Pope Francis performs an exorcism”.  Even the more sober types over at “First Things” have got in on the act. “On Pentecost Sunday all hell broke loose in Rome. Following Mass that day, the unpredictable Pope Francis laid hands on a demon-possessed man […]

Sex and Power: An Irish Perspective on the Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church

Exactly a week ago, Chaplain Mike asked me if I had any insights I would like to share on the Catholic sex abuse scandals. I said I’d try and have something in by the end of the week, and I made some preliminary notes. Then I left them sitting there on top of my desk […]