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A JOYOUS WEDDING MASS FOR BRENDAN AND STEVEN.

On Friday I had the most wonderful privilege of celebrating a wedding Mass for Brendan and Steven with my colleague Father Paul concelerating.

The Congregation consisted of the couple’s family and friends including parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.

It was a wonderful celebration of love.

And I have always marvelled on these occasions at how very diverse generations – from the youngest to the oldest, throw themselves wholeheartedly into the occasion.

The occasion becomes all about love, celebration, acceptance and the desire to recognise love in all its forms and rejoice over that love.

I have been celebrating same sex blessings for 36 years.

Now, with the legislation changed North and South I can preside over such weddings as both a priest and a state officiant – making the ceremony complete – a marriage in the eyes of the Good Lord and fully legal from the point of view of the state.

I reminded all present of the words of John:

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love“.

Wherever there is LOVE, God is there.

Today I give thanks to God that we live in wonderful new times of love and acceptance and that love of all kinds can be recognised, embraced and celebrated.

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HAS “ITS MY BODY” ANY LIMITS?

Strident pro abortion women often use the catch cry: “It’s my body. I can do what I want with it”.

This may be a legal fact in many jurisdictions.

But it’s not always a MORAL FACT.

CAN I ALWAYS DO WHAT I WANT WITH MY OWN BODY?

The short answer is NO.

It is illegal for me to use my body to murder or assault another person.

It is illegal for me to urinate or defecate in public.

It is illegal for me to masturbate in public as Fr Jerry Carey of Killaloe discovered.

It is illegal for me to be naked in public.

It is illegal for me to put certain drugs in my body.

It is illegal for me to smoke tobacco in certain places.

It is illegal for me to drink alcohol in certain public places.

So, the “principle” that I can do what I want with my body does not stand up to scrutiny.

ABORTION

No one can say that a pregnant should not have a great deal of control over her own body and bodily integrity.  Thats a right that all men and women should have.

But nearly always our rights come with obligations.

And in abortion there is:

The rights of the unborn baby.

The rights of the baby’s father.

And for those of us believe there is the moral question and the question of doing or not doing the Will of God.

The “ITS MY BODY” catch cry does not at all do justice to the very serious and complex abortion debate.

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CARDIOLOGIST SAYS HE HAS ANALYSED JESUS’ BLOOD IN EUCHARIST MIRACLES.

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In this astounding book, prominent cardiologist and author Dr. Franco Serafini walks us through the extensive medical and scientific research into five Eucharistic miracles, unveiling the stunning testimonies of hematologists, oncologists, neurologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, and more who all concluded the same thing: the five Eucharistic miracles are undeniably authentic.

In surprising and fascinating ways, each of these miracles relates to the others: all reveal heart muscle tissue, many reveal a heart that was experiencing extreme suffering, and some reveal a heart still enduring tissue trauma.

You’ll learn how the human DNA found in Eucharistic substances was identified, what kept a revered eighth-century relic alive until the twenty-first century, and how the identical blood group recurred in the unique miracles to provide contemporary man with a thrilling statistical fortress. Best of all, you’ll be armed with the scientific data to prove not only that God is still active in the world but that He desires all of us to be in union with Him through His Most Precious Body and Blood.

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In general, reported Eucharistic miracles usually consist of unexplainable phenomena such as consecrated Hosts visibly transforming into myocardium tissue, being preserved for extremely long stretches of time, surviving being thrown into fire, bleeding, or even sustaining people for decades.

DR SERAFINI

Dr Franco Serafini grew up, received his education and still lives in Bologna, Italy. He is an ordinary Catholic without any particular attributes or group affiliations except for his local home parish. He and his wife are happily married and have two children. Dr Serafini enjoys his work as a cardiologist at a local country hospital he rides his bicycle to on most days, weather permitting. So far, none of his colleagues living in Bologna have taken up the same commuting habit yet!

Around 2015, an unusual medico-scientific interest in a number of Eucharistic miracles overwhelmed the routine of his professional life, made of hospital ward rounds and outpatient clinics. He immediately realized the subject had an enormous importance in terms of its apologetic potential, although no one had ever systematically analyzed it with scientific rigor before. He wondered: “How could this be? Our Lord revealed his physical presence in the Eucharist and allowed forensic medicine to perform medical investigations on himself? Did CSI scientists actually describe his Flesh and Blood and nobody talked about it?”

Since then, in his spare time, Dr Serafini began collecting and appraising all available clinical evidence about five Eucharistic events officially recognized as miraculous by the Catholic Church. In the process, he made connections with the Polish, Mexican and Argentinian scientists who were involved in the most recent investigations. He also often travelled around the world to meet these experts along with local eye witnesses in person.

The book Un cardiologo visita Gesù – A Cardiologist Examines Jesus published in 2018 by Edizioni Studio Domenicano was the result of his hardheaded personal and comprehensive research. After the unexpected success of his book, Dr Serafini effectively became known as a reference person and medical expert in this mysterious and fascinating subject at the interface between science and faith.

Since 2018, Dr Serafini had to practically reinvent himself as a public speaker on this topic, as invited to give talks around Italy, release multiple radio and television interviews and participate in film and documentary shoots.

This is not over yet: his book has been recently published in Polish and is also due to be published very soon in both Spanish and English.

PAT SAYS

From what I understand Dr Serafini has tested five Eucharistic miracles – in which it is claimed that blood is the blood of Jesus Christ.

He is a cardiologist and has involved other specialist doctors in his research.

Dr Serafina claims that he has discovered heart tissue in these miracles.

Dr Serafini’s claims are new and surprising.

As a Catholic Christian I do believe that in the Eucharist I receive the real Body and Blood of Jesus under the forms of bread and wine.

It will be interesting to see if Dr Serafini”s claims are backed up by the whole scientific community.

I wonder how MMM will react to this news?

Will he re-embrace his Catholic faith?

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WHEN PRIESTS WERE PRIESTS AND PANSY WAS THE NAME OF A FLOWER.

The above poem / prayer was sent to me by blog reader BD. Thank you.

This poem was in my prayer book all through my childhood, youth and seminary years.

It is a highly romanticised view of the specialness, holiness and purity of the priest.

When I went out to sweep the streets in Belfast in the early 1980s, parishioners were shocked that I was using my anointed hands for such lovely purposes. I always reminded them that we priests are Anointed as servants and not superiors.

Even though I saw of of my seminary priest professors showing very human traits – Tom March and his hundreds of Dunhills and whiskey , I did leave the seminary with a genuinely exalted notion of the priest.

I was a reader of St John Vianney, the patron Saint of priests, who said:

“If I met a priest and an angel on the road I would genuflect firstly to the priest”.

AND THEN

Out in the priesthood and in Wales:

My first parish priest was a total bully and an Irish hating bastard.

My second parish priest was an alcoholic with a female sexual partner.

My third parish priest was a sadistic bully.

And this was in the middle and late 1970s and long before we knew about the sexual abuses and all the other scandals.

And when I went back to say Mass for my former seminarian colleagues in Waterford – and before Mass began – Monsignor Shine whispered in my ear: “Don’t tell them what it’s really like out there – it will frighten them and put them off”.

AND THEM DOWN AND CONNOR

For my first year in D&C things were good and peaceful.

But then I was faced with a horrible dilemma.

D&C was obviously as clerical as all Irish diocese.

I literally had to decide to be friends with the clergy elite or be friends with the people.

I did not make a firm intellectual decision.

But by my words and action I was on the side of the people.

That led to vicious clergy anger and resentment.

I became a persona non grata.

The 4 other priests I Iived with at the time ( with one Tridentine exception) were either gamblers or womanisers or both; everyday golfers, work drones etc.

Eventually the clerical club dumped me permanently in 1986 – 36 years ago.

I didn’t realise it at the time, but it was a great blessing and freeing.

But did I still want to genuflect to priests before angers ?

I don’t think so 😀

THE MYTH OF THE PURE PRIESTHOOD.

The priesthood is made up of human men.

Some of those men try and do their best for a while but then get disillusioned and tired and overcome by all caca floating around them.

Others are cynical from the beginning and live the priesthood to their own advantage and profit.

And then there are the thoroughly evil bastards.

I have met more evil men in the priesthood than I’ve met anywhere else.

THE BEAUTIFUL HANDS OF A PRIEST is a myth.

The whole notion of ontological change is a cynical myth drawn up by clerics who try to fool all of the people all of the time.

The whole notion of priesthood has to be totally reviewed if it is to be maintained at all.

Jesus call rough fishermen and tax collectors to spread his simple message.

Then along came a movement of socio politico schemers who saw a whole new opportunity to form a new THEM / US institution that would give them prestige, profit and power.

And hey presto we get The Church of Rome Incorporated.

And then the priests hands were no longer on the altar. They were in children’s underwear, the groins of women and men, the corsets of nuns and in the various swollen coffers

And, as they say, the rest is history……..

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ANTI GAY LARNE PREACHER IS CHARGED.

Businessman Ryan Williamson, 44, regularly preaches against homosexuality in messages he delivers across NI and the Republic of Ireland.

Police were called to investigate claims he was committing hate speech in Larne on 10 August last year. However when approached by police, he refused to stop preaching and was arrested for disorderly behaviour.

His case came before Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday, where his solicitor entered a not guilty plea. The case is adjourned until 20 May, to fix a date for a trial.

PAT SAYS

I have no problem with people preaching even if I do not agree with what they are saying.

We call that free speech.

But these speakers were using equipment that was greatly exceeding the allowed public decibels and it was causing a major disturbance.

And I object to them bawling out that;

All homosexuals were going to hell.

And

Disabled children were a curse from God.

As a 37 year priest resident of Larne I felt I had the obligation to publicly challenge their hate speech.

To date no one in Larne has disagreed with my challenge.

Some of these preachers were also ex prisoners with a hatred for the PSNI.

One of the ones arrested had 150 convictions

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ACCUSED US BISHOP DIES. HIS SUCCESSOR PRAISES HIM AS “A PASTOR AND SERVANT LEADER”.

Retired San Diego bishop Robert Brom died yesterday. He was accused of homosexual predation as well as covering up clerical sex abuse.

Church Militant’s Aidan O’Connor reveals Brom’s scandalous past.

San Diego’s current bishop, Robert McElroy, praised Brom in a press release, calling him “a pastor, teacher and servant leader.”

But Brom is also remembered as a bishop who covered up for clerical sex abuse. Even worse, he is accused of being a “sexual predator,” even a “rapist.”

PAT SAYS

Brom was an abuser of a semibarian himself.

He also covered up sexual abuse in the two dioceses he.led as bishop.

He never suffered any real consequences.

He lived a luxurious retirement.

At his death other bishops, ignoring his abuse and cover up praised him as a great pastor and leader!

This is RCC behaviour everywhere in the world.

VICTIMS

Ignored, not believed, messed about without an apology.

Abuser bishops and priests protected, moved about internationally and cared for, for life.

John Paul II who covered up for mega abuser Marciel, was canonised when he died.

Good for ever on the scaffold,

Evil always on the throne.

But God stands within the shadows,

Keeping watch upon their own

NORTHERN IRELAND

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IS DERMOT LEDWITH FARRELL CONDUCTING A FINANCIAL WAR AND WORKING “MIRACLES” FOR DUBLIN AND ALL 26 IRISH DIOCESAN FINANCES ?

LEDWITH FARRELL

Word on the Clerical Street says that Farrell of Dublin has come to a settlement with an insurer for what is termed “A CONSEQUENTIAL CLAIM” because of loss of church income due to Covid

Apparently all 26 dioceses have sued an insurer with DLF being the bare knuckle negotiator?

A source told the Blog: “Dermot has signed off for a one year pay out and a year two will then be claimed. Dublin will get millions. All 26 dioceses are in for big claims. The money will go to dioceses and will then be passed on to parishesthat’s if Dermot, being the money man he is, passes it on”.

Apparently, dioceses have hired the services of another insurance supremo to fight their case.

ANOTHER DLF FINANCE SCHEME:

PAT SAYS,

DLF is not a pastor. He is an operator. He is an EMS – an Ecclesiastical Mover and Shaker.

He is also a company man and a man who puts the RCC Mafia before all else.

Rare bishops desire to leave their diocese spiritually better after their reign.

DLF wants to leave Dublin and other diocese in the black after his “rain”.

There are all kinds of reasons why the RCC is in decline.

But one of the principal reasons is that the RCC’s clergy are wolves in shepherd’s clothing.

And wolves neither believe or pray.

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POPE FRANCIS ON CLOSED MINDS

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Pope Francis says the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council are being resisted by groups with “closed mindsets” who call into question the authority of bishops to preserve the Church’s tradition. 

Francis’ remarks, made during a speech to a group from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant’Anselmo in Rome, can be read as a defence of his decision to issue restrictions on the use of the pre-Vatican II liturgy. The Pope also hit back at those creating divisions over the liturgy saying they were doing the devil’s work. 

Traditionis Custodes (Guardians of the Tradition), issued in July 2021, handed authority to local bishops to oversee celebrations of the Traditional Latin Mass and overturned Benedict XVI’s 2007 ruling which had made it much easier for priests to celebrate the Old Rite. But many of those attached to the pre-Vatican II Mass have responded to Traditionis Custodes with furious hostility and resistance. 

“Closed mindsets use liturgical schemes to defend their own point of view,” the Pope said during his address. “This is the drama we are experiencing in ecclesial groups that are distancing themselves from the Church, questioning the Council, the authority of the bishops…to preserve tradition. And the liturgy is used for this.”

When he issued his restrictions on the Old Rite, Francis said he was seeking to preserve the unity of the Church, saying that support for the pre-Vatican liturgy often includes “a rejection not only of the liturgical reform, but of the Vatican Council II itself, claiming, with unfounded and unsustainable assertions”. An ecumenical council is the highest form of legislation in the Church and at Vatican an overwhelming majority of bishops voted to reform the liturgy. 

PAT SAYS

I am not a particular fan of Pope Francis. I cannot make up my mind about him.

But he was elected by the College of Cardinals.

And of course there was “politics”. There always is.

I don’t believe that the Holy Spirit plays any role in papal elections.

The Holy Spirit does not involve him/ her self in evil matters.

But Francis IS the RCC pope.

And the Second Vatican Council is as legitimate a General Council as there ever has been.

Right wing RC people, hankering after the Latin Mass is rather like the Amish preferring to use horses for transport instead of cars.

The horse and cart is quaint and romantic. But out of date.

I am not part of the RC anymore.

But how can you claim to be a faithful and loyal RC and refuse to accept the pope and a General Council?

Is that not the road to schism?

NON NORTHERN IRELAND READERS MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND THIS

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53 BURIAL SITES OF NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN FOUND.

A US government investigation into the dark history of Native American boarding schools has found “marked or unmarked burial sites” at 53 of them, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has said.

Ms Haaland, the first Native American cabinet member, announced the investigation last year.

In releasing preliminary findings during a press conference in Washington, she spoke through tears and in a choked-up voice.

“The federal policies that attempted to wipe out Native identity, language and culture continue to manifest in the pain tribal communities face today,” Ms Haaland said.

“We must shed light on the unspoken traumas of the past.”

Until Wednesday, the US government had yet to provide any true accounting of the legacy of the schools, which used education to change culture so tribal land could be taken.

Families were forced to send their children to the schools.

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PAT SAYS

Foolishly, at the beginning, I thought the burial of children in unmarked graves was peculiar to Ireland and Irish nuns.

And then came along the story of the unmarked graves of Canadian indigenous babies.

And now the unmarked graves of Native American Indian babies.

So this is a worldwide phenomenon.

And while others than the RCC were involved, the RCC has played a role in this Mass Grave phenomenon in many countries around the world.

And what’s worse, they did it in the name of God!

They even put statues of their “VIRGIN MARY” overlooking it all !!!

All of this BABY MURDER – INFANTICIDE – gives the RCC and its spokesmen ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIBILITY ON THE MORALITY OF ABORTION.

How could it – when it’s bishops, priests and popes have MURDERED hundreds of thousands, if not millions of babies worldwide?

Jesus said:

“It is by their fruits that ye shall know them”.

Sexual abuse of babies.

Sexual abuse of women and men.

Sexual abuse of seminarians and young priests.

Rape of nuns.

Widespread and global theft and corruption.

Clergy found dead in brothels.

Clergy found dead in gay saunas.

Murder.

Crusades.

Inquisitions.

INSTRUMENT TO BE PLACED IN VAGINA AND OPENED OUR – DESTROYING INTERNAL ORGANS
WHOLE BODY TORTURE CHAMBER

Witch burning.

Antisemitism.

Fruits of God? Fruits of Satan?

LAST SUPPER IN VIENNA

VEG SOUP WITH CALVES HEAD – EDDIE
SALMON, QUAIL EGG, SALMON ROE
BEEF GOULASH WITH EGG AND GERMAN SAUSAGE – EDDIE
VEAL SNITZHEL WITH LEMON
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Vatican synod website celebrates homosexuality and child adoption by same-sex couples.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vaticans-synod-on-synodality-website-celebrates-adoption-of-children-by-same-sex-couples.

In a sharp and monumental departure from Catholic Church teaching, the Vatican celebrated “testimonies” of child adoption by homosexual couples as well as homosexuality itself.

The Synod on Synodality website, overseen by the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, on Friday highlighted as praiseworthy three stories of homosexual adoption that were shared by Noelle Therese Thompson, the synod leader of Immaculate Conception Parish in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

The first, titled “Parker’s pro-life story,” tells how a woman who was on the verge of having an abortion decided to give her child up for adoption when she saw that a friend of hers, who was in a same-sex relationship, wanted a child. The story credits the homosexual relationship for being responsible for saving the child’s life, concluding, “Today, Parker is an eight-year-old boy with two loving parents, Karl and Diego, whose relationship saved this child from abortion.”

The second, titled “The story of a sexuality that gives life,” shares how a “married” homosexual couple adopted local teenagers with mental disabilities. It is noteworthy, considering that it is impossible for a gravely disordered sexuality to “give life” that the website page itself makes clear regarding the stories, “The titles are our own.”

The last story tells how a man who teaches at a Catholic school and his “married” partner  “decide to foster, love and adopt young children internationally and, in doing so, lift them out of extreme poverty.”

The teacher’s “greatest sadness is that he has to hide his sexuality in order to keep his job in a church institution and that he does not feel welcome in the Catholic Church precisely because of his sexuality which he considers God-given, and this despite his attempt to love the poor and destitute through his pro-life decision to adopt,” the story concludes.

The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has stated, according to then-CDF prefect Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, “Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in [same-sex] unions would actually mean doing violence to these children” by placing them “in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development.”

PAT SAYS

For the Christian, the great test of everything is LOVE.

God is LOVE.

Wherever there is Love  their is God.

Too often on the Blog we see lust, permissiveness, abuse, using etc.

But people must never forget that there are.many homosexual couples are not motivated just by sex. These couples love each other. And that Iove is acceptable to the Loving God and pleasing to God.

For many heterosexual and homosexual couples sex is vitally important at the beginning and for a long time.

But many couples find, that as sex decreases in their relationship love and companionship grows

That is the essential difference between lust and love. Lust decreases. True love increases.

The Church cannot write off love in any form.

And if they do, they are writing off, at least one aspect of God.

THE CHALLENGE

In these days the Church is being challenged to rethink some of its traditional and unenlightened approaches to human sexuality.

It’s not a matter of abandoning everything. It’s a matter of allowing things to evolve through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, which is also reflected in human and scientific progress.

As Jesus said – the wise merchant brings put from his wares things both new and old.

I am sometimes uncomfortable by strident gays insisting on calling their partners husbands or wives.

Are these not terms associated traditionally with heterosexual marriage?

Same sex marriage is a new phenomenon.

Can we not find new terms?

I always introduce my “other half” as my partner.

Neither he or I see ourselves as husbands or wives.

I don’t think we can expect the RCC soon to regard same sex marriage as traditional marriage.

But the RCC must recognise where love is and and find ways to celebrate that love.

Next week, as I’ve done before, I will celebrate a full legally recognised same sex marriage for two Catholic men who are in love.

By agreement that marriage will take place in the context of the Mass.

I fully believe that what we will be doing will be fully pleasing to Almighty God.

LAST NIGHT AT THE KURSALON