OTWOMD blog has lots of photos of World Youth day.
Ah but like an earlier vote, this is a vote by Ireland to join the secular European Union, where a court could order them to institute abortion and euthanasia and same sex marriage etc. as a "human right".
The Maastricht Treaty is the agreement that founded the European Union. This treaty is described by the messages of Christina Gallagher as if it were evil and the beginning of some future set of evil events. Here is one of several such messages:
“The uniting of the currency through Maastricht would be suppressed. A work of the Devil. Not that they would have a choice. There would be no money to keep the old or the handicapped. Only those who could support themselves would be able to live. The world would become a living hell of sickness, death, hunger, mourning and tears.”
This attempt to play on people's fears about current events is characteristic of false private revelation. They take an event from the news, one that certainly has its pros and cons, but then they exaggerate its importance to an extreme, as if it were to be the cause of dire future events. The claim that this treaty, uniting Europe to a limited extent, will cause the world to become “a living hell of sickness, death, hunger, mourning and tears” is absurd and is contrary to the teaching of Scripture. In the Book of Revelation, the severe sufferings of those future events are caused by sin (cf. Rev 9:20-21), not by one particular political treaty.
August 24, 2011
The former vicar general of Ireland’s Cloyne diocese has conceded that he should have resigned in 1996, since he was unwilling to enforce the sex-abuse policies adopted by the Irish hierarchy.
Msgr. Denis O’Callaghan said, in a letter to the Irish Catholic, that he objected to the mandatory reporting of sex-abuse charges, which was an important aspect of the bishops’ guidelines. That requirement, he said, conflicted with the “Christian duty of pastoral care” for accused priests. He pointed out that in some cases, mandatory reporting would have required taking action against priests who were elderly and/or terminally ill. “The literal guidelines did not allow for any discretion to bishops and their delegates,” he said.
Msgr. O’Callaghan—who had handled sex-abuse complaints for Bishop John Magee--reported that the Murphy Commission, which issued a scathing report on the failure of the Cloyne diocese to report sex-abuse charges, was aware of his “commitment to pastoral care.” He complained that the commission’s report nevertheless concentrated on the failure to follow the mandatory-reporting rule.
And the right wing blogosphere in the US now reports about those who are doing the groundwork to make pedophilia just another lifestyle choice.
Some of those involved seem to be voices in the past who helped get the US Catholics into this mess.
Then I wondered about this:
McGinnity was appointed Junior Dean at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland's national seminary, when he was 26 years old. He was appointed Senior Dean at the age of 32 in 1978, decades younger than previous holders of the post.
In 1984, he was approached by students who had concerns about the behaviour of the college's Vice President, Dr Michael Ledwith, including concerns of a sexual nature. He was abruptly dismissed from his position by Tomás Ó Fiaich, archbishop of his home diocese, acting on behalf of the Trustees (17 bishops) of the College, after he raised concerns with the bishops on behalf of six seminarians about the extravagant lifestyle of Ledwith.
Then there was Merton’s interest in religion in Asia: had he lived to see the vast persecution wrought by communists on Catholics and Buddhists alike in Vietnam, Tibet, and China, the cause of religious freedom might have been for him, as it was for Richard John Neuhaus, a pathway out of “The Movement.”
As Southerners, we know that a man with a chain saw is worth 10 with a clipboard, that there is no hurt in this world, even in the storm of the century, that cannot be comforted with a casserole, and that faith, in the hereafter or in neighbors who help you through the here and now, cannot be knocked down.
The administration's proposed exemption defines a religious employer as one whose purpose is to instill religious values, which primarily employs and serves people who share its religious tenets, and which is nonprofit.
Three of those four tests don't work for Catholic hospitals and their 640,000 employees, said Keehan. "Catholic hospitals have never discriminated about employment," she explained. Likewise, the 5.6 million patients they admit annually can be of any religious faith, or none. And while patients might see a crucifix, they're not going to get a sermon.
It's not just Catholic hospitals that would be ineligible for an exemption, said Jeanne Monahan, a policy expert at the conservative Family Research Council. "Any religious group that is not focused on proselytizing will not receive this exemption," she said. "Educational institutions, groups that are focused on serving the homeless, feeding the hungry, they won't receive it."