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Letters – April 2008

1 Aibreán, 2008
Issue: 24 – April 2008
Letters – April 2008
The Lisbon Treaty
Sir,
�In the name of the Most Holy Trinity�, so begins the Irish Constitution. The Lisbon Treaty will not mention God. What mental gymnastics are our political leaders asking us to exercise to believe that to exclude God and put our trust in a man-made utopia is going to be in the best interests of our nation. Exclude God, exclude truth.

As the Lord Jesus told Pontius Pilate, �all who are on the side of truth listen to My voice.� Are we being told the full truth since 80% of our legislation now comes from Brussels. What happens when it becomes 100%. Look at the legislation contrary to the Law of God already passed in Ireland. Give away the final 20% and say goodbye to the Constitution.

See I set before you today a blessing and a curse. A blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I enjoin on you today. A curse if you disobey the commandments of the Lord your God (Deuteronomy Ch11 V26-27). Giving someone else the power to do it deserves the Pontius Pilate award, denying what we know to be true, washing one�s hands in a basin of water by denying knowledge of truth. At the battle of Lepanto, a Christian fleet defeated a much larger Turkish fleet saving Christian Europe from destruction. The Holy Father with the faithful were praying the Rosary. That crisis was imminent, this one is apparent and probably more dangerous because we could leave it until voting day before we act.

An army of eight hundred men faced an army of one hundred thousand in the crisis of the Albanian heresy. Saint Dominic stood praying behind the eight hundred and they won. At this time we do not have a Saint Pius V or a Saint Dominic and yet we have the opportunity to defeat this treaty. There is a Rosary Novena of 54 days, 27 in petition and 27 in thanksgiving, which can do for us what Saint Pius V and Saint Dominic did. Our numbers may by God�s Mercy through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother Mary make up for our lack of sanctity. If God be for us who is against us (Romans Ch 8 v31). By the Grace of God let us begin on the 16th of April, the feast day of Saint Bernadette Soubirous.

Patrick Mackle,
Co Meath

Great Publication
A chara,
Well done on the great publication that you come up with. It is a real source of truth and I really look forward to the next edition every month.

Your articles on the New World Order are brilliant. Would there be any chance you could cover organisations like Roundtablers, Rotary, Lions Clubs, Orange Order, Freemasons in Golf Clubs etc in future editions? I think Golf Clubs etc. are very fertile recruiting grounds for Freemasons.

Yours in Jesus Christ,
God Bless.
Brian Simpson, Co Waterford.

Disgusted
Sir,
What’s wrong with Cardinal Brady? Watching him on TV prancing about with the English queen in a Protestant church (one they stole from us) on Holy Thursday of all days just makes me want to puke.

Does the Cardinal not know that Catholics are banned from sitting on the English throne? Until that discrimination is ended, no Prince of the Church should have truck with these people. Apart from that, she was behaving as if she had some right to be in our country, after all that her soldiers have done to us. Why has the Cardinal let us all down by playing second fiddle to an English queen in front of a bundle of Protestants? Will them or her help him out at the next collection?

It’s about time our Bishops remembered who they are and where they come from. Sucking up to an English Protestant queen won’t put Catholics back in the chapels.

Disgusted, Armagh Diocese.

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The times they aren’t a-changin’

1 Aibreán, 2008
Author: Alan Robinson
Issue: 24 – April 2008

The times they aren�t a-changin�
There is a satirical and amusing magazine called Private Eye, on the cover there is always a funny and genuine picture, with a spoof headline or speech bubble.

If it�s not worth buying it is usually worth having a look at the cover; in fact you can buy a book called Private Eye Covers and I strike a blow against puritanism and Jansenism by having a quick look at them and enjoy a merry laugh in Easons. I think that you can do the same thing with The Irish Catholic, a useful and informative paper, but a recent cover was too close to Private Eye for comfort �Rehabilitation of Luther far fetched – Pope�s former student says Luther was a genius�. Now I am not too old, not really Dickensian, but I did grow up in the pre-Good Friday agreement county of Armagh. If that cover had been put inside our history books, we would all have had a long and hearty laugh. Private Eye often puts in an exclamation after a particularly outrageous piece: �Shurely shome mishtake, ed.?� Is there a mistake in this month�s The Hibernian or in the Irish Catholic, is this a delicious April Fool? No, there was a piece in the Irish Times on the 8th March which claimed that the Pope was going to have a study week in the summer, together with forty churchmen, all about……. Luther, and then possibly in September there would be a rehabilitation and who knows, a statue outside St Peter�s to fill up the few empty niches. However, Fr Vincent Twomey, Ireland�s conservative theologian and former Ratzinger pupil has said that although they are going to have a theological Lutherfest in August, a full rehabilitation is unlikely. I am sighing with relief, I thought I might be going off to join a little chapel of extremist you-know-whats come September; batten down the hatches, get the wind up radio ready, dried food and bottled water, guns, gold and groceries…it�s going to be a hard winter. It is strange that when you think of all the wonderful saints, theologians and holy bods there are, that the Pope should choose Luther as his summer holiday reading. I have to admit that I am puzzled. Maybe the Vatican will issue a simple sixty-page elucidation for us all in October, which will explain it all away. If one of my children said he was going off for a two week holiday by the sea to study Luther, I�d have something to say and you�d hear the screams in Mullingar. However, I think that we need to pray seriously for a great miracle between now and August, that the Pope will once again declare that Luther�s teachings and opinions are directly and in every way contrary to the Catholic faith.

The times aren�t a-changin� and there is now some kind of official acknowledgement that we are short of priests.The bishops are launching a campaign to get more folk to sign up for seven years� hard in Maynooth. I am more interested in why there are few vocations here and then I am interested (in my positive and optimistic way) in why there are places with large numbers of vocations. It is worth thinking about. In Ireland people blame the �priest scandal� as the cause of the drop off in vocations and I am sure that it is part of the picture. People also blame the increased wealth and materialism in Ireland, but post-War America was wealthy, growing and materialistic and yet there were many vocations to the priesthood. I still say that it�s all theological. In the early days of the Church there was the risk of persecution, mockery and martyrdom and still they were producing vocations and converts. I blame the theology. There seems to be a reluctance to talk theologically. People will not argue about the traditional Mass theologically. People will not argue about the House Of Prayer and Christina Gallagher theologically.They will talk about her cars and houses and riches, but no-one seems to say that we ought to study the so-called messages in the light of Catholic doctrine. If they did all those books of many �messages� would be soon washed up on the sands of Achill�s shores and the adjacent seas. I believe that there are few priests because people are not taught why we need priests and what a priest is, what the Mass is and ultimately what the church is and why it�s necessary. People think of a priest in terms of what he does and not of what he is. Until our bishops produce a very simple, modern and completely orthodox small catechism, which will contain a clear statement of what we are committed to as truths of faith and morals and enforce it in all Catholic schools, we are lost. This little catechism should contain the popular errors taught in the Irish Times and their answers. This can be done. One Corkman has done it. His name is Patrick O�Donoghue and he happens to be Bishop of Lancaster. He has woken up from a post-Vatican II dream and discovered that the Catholic Faith isn�t being taught and so he has produced Fit For Mission, which gives a pretty good outline of what should be taught in schools. It won�t be the cure-all, but he has made a big effort. Good English Catholics have been writing to him and congratulating him, because even if it�s not perfect it is a good beginning and it is on sale at the Knock bookshop.

An absence of theological and Catholic thinking can be seen in the furore about Archdeacon Dermot Dunne�s appointment to the deanery of Christchurch in Dublin. As far as I can see, the only priest who has written publicly stating that it is a calamity when any Catholic gives up his faith and even more when a priest abandons his priesthood, is a Fr John McCallion from the Primatial See of Armagh (genuflect at the mention of its name). Instead of all the �nice� talk about faith communities and faith journeys and personal fulfilment, Fr McCallion has broken ranks and dared to write like a Catholic. Despite what people say about change and ecumenism, the fact is that members of the Church of Ireland are not taught any definite or binding doctrine about anything, they do have dignified and beautiful worship and sometimes nice buildings. They are unlike Catholics who are taught very little about anything but don�t usually have either dignified worship or nice buildings. There is, of course, a clear body of Catholic doctrine and moral teaching, it�s just that nobody pays much attention to it.

I do hate �The Latin Mass�. By that I mean, the use of the name or adjective �Latin�. Let us be clear. There is the Novus Ordo Missae, the new Mass of Paul VI which can be said entirely in the vernacular or entirely or partly in Latin. Many people don�t realise this; it is possible, if you like dignity, Latin and dressing up to find churches, cathedrals and abbeys where they have the new Mass in Latin, said eastward facing, with Gregorian chant. The New [English] Mass is not a translation or version of the Old Latin Mass. It is, just that, a New Mass. Can we stop using the expression Latin Mass? It does sound snobbish,elitist and culturally divisive. We can say The Old Mass, the Traditional Mass. There is an Irish bishop who is convinced that Traditionalists fancy the old Mass because they are academics pretending to be better educated than others. This is true, I�m afraid. He thinks that they want to be better than other Catholics. We are not a language preservation society. Traditionalists are happier with the traditional and Tridentine Mass in Japanese rather than a done up Pauline Mass in Latin. Our arguments are theological and are based on Catholic theology and emphases that have been eliminated from the new rite. Most people never used a Missal nor did they actively dialogue the Mass and so they never really knew the doctrinal riches of the traditional Mass. Archbishop John Charles McQuaid wrote �Thankfully we have been spared the Dialogue Mass here� ; maybe if we had not and people knew their Mass, there would have been, as there was in France, a robust Catholic reaction in favour of the traditional Mass here in Ireland. As it is, hardly anybody knows that there are major differences between the two rites and what�s more, they�re not bothered.

How can I continue the uplifting and optimistic tone of this month�s article? We have the feast of St Benedict Joseph Labre, a lovely �little man� saint. He wanted to be a monk and everyone thought over and over again he was not at all the thing and asked him to go. He became a pilgrim, what the Russians call a �Fool for Christ� [maybe that�s why his feast is in April] and he dressed in smelly and grotty clothes. He went from shrine to shrine, eventually living in Rome. He was, I suppose, a little bit like Matt Talbot. He was so smelly his confessor heard his confession in the sacristy so as not mess up the box. He is the apostle of counter cultural dressing; the apostolate of not being well dressed. We do need to show people in this age of image and celebs. that it is not too important to be well dressed. It is not the important thing and yet we don�t need to emulate St Benedict Joseph Labre and be all flea infested; neat clean and decent are probably OK. It is good to see the variety of saints that the Lord provides. We do also, as I have written, have the sanctity and sanity of our homes. We can say or sing the Regina Caeli instead of the Angelus in the glorious season of Easter. There�s a treat on RTE Lyric every Sunday, with Tim Thurston�s Gloria programme, it really is a feast for the ears. Every Sunday in Easter tide is glorious and I often think of my fav [as the young say] story, the Road to Emmaus and it�s a good thing to think about when you are out for a walk. If you can get hold of that great Corkman Alfred O�Rahilly�s book Gospel Meditations, with good old +John Charles�s 1957 Imprimatur, it helps a great deal to grasp so many details of the Easter stories. Despite all the awful things that churchmen have done and are doing, we still have the Holy Presence of God, both really in our souls and brought home to us by the prayer of aspirations and holy actions. We can pray before a Cross or an Easter garden in our own homes and forget, for a time, the mad, mad world out there. A happy Easter-tide to all our readers.

Jokes

1 Aibreán, 2008
Issue: 21 – January 2008
Jokes
It is just before England v Brazil at the World Cup. Ronaldino goes into the Brazilian changing room to find all his teammates looking a bit glum.

�What’s up?� he asks.

�Well, we�re having trouble getting motivated for this game. We know it’s important but it’s only England. They�re useless and we can�t be bothered�.

Ronaldino looks at them and says �Well, I reckon I can beat these by myself, you lads go down the pub.�

So Ronaldino goes out to play England by himself and the rest of the Brazilian team go off for a few jars.

After a few pints they wonder how the game is going, so they get the landlord to put the teletext on. A big cheer goes up as the screen reads �Brazil 1 – England 0 (Ronaldino 10 minutes)�.

He is beating England all by himself!

Anyway, a few more pints later and the game is forgotten until someone remembers �It must be full time now, let�s see how he got on�. They put the teletext on.

�Result from the Stadium:…

Brazil 1 (Ronaldino 10 minutes) – England 1 (Owen 89 minutes)�.

They can�t believe it, he has single handedly got a draw against England!!

They rush back to the Stadium to congratulate Ronaldino.

They find him in the dressing room, still in his gear, sat with his head in his hands.

He refuses to look at them. �I�ve let you down, I�ve let you down.� �Don�t be daft, you got a draw against England, all by yourself. And they only scored at the very, very end!�

�No, No, I have, I�ve let you down… I got sent off after 12 minutes.�

Time is money!
Shopping in a clock store, I found a grandfather clock marked 25% off. It was exactly what I wanted, so I paid for it and had it delivered the next day.

When it was delivered I set it up in a prominent place in the living room. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that it ran slow! No matter how I adjusted it, the clock lost 15 minutes every hour.

Returning to the clock store, I complained to the manager �The grandfather clock I bought loses 15 minutes every hour.�

He replied, �Well, what did you expect? It was clearly marked 25% off!�

Good Business Sense
Before going to Europe on business, a man drove his Rolls-Royce to a downtown NY City bank and went in to ask for an immediate loan of $5,000. The loan officer was quite taken aback, and requested collateral. �Well, then, here are the keys to my Rolls-Royce�, the man said. The loan officer promptly had the car driven into the bank�s underground parking for safe keeping, and gave him $5,000.

Two weeks later, the man walked through the bank�s doors, and asked to settle up his loan and get his car back. The loan officer checked the records and told him, �That will be $5,000 in principal, and $15.40 in interest.� The man wrote out a check, thanked the loan officer, and started to walk away.

�Wait sir,� the loan officer said, �while you were gone, I found out you are a millionaire. Why in the world would you need to borrow?�

The man smiled. �Where else could I securely park my Rolls-Royce in Manhattan for two weeks and pay only $15.40?�

On our duty to the poor

1 Aibreán, 2008
Author: Gary Brady
Issue: 24 – April 2008

On our duty to the poor
Read again the title of this article. On our duty to the poor.
How much these six words grate on our teeth. Our duty to the poor, as Fr Webber reminds us, seems to be always an idea, a nice thought; but doesn�t Our Lord tell us in the Gospel that salvation hinges on the works of mercy? Catholics have lost the ways of the Gospel. We talk nice, pious ideas, and sometimes the rigours of doctrine and practices of Christ, but in the end we seem to be trapped by our bourgeois way of life. No-one can remove us from our comfort and pleasant life, not even the fires of hell. This softness has permeated the world and the Church, which only makes one sick and sad, for no-one will do anything to ruffle the feathers of the status quo. The world talks about making poverty history, and the Church speaks about �chawity� and yet the poor – the ambassadors of God – are abandoned, and we, as Catholics, stand all the day idle in our warm, cosy, mediocre, small lives.

The late great Cardinal Bacci tells us that; The description of the Last judgement in the twenty-fifth chapter of St. Matthew�s Gospel would shock many people if they were to read it. The principles in accordance with which Christ will pronounce sentence are inescapably clear. Did you feed and clothe the poor for My sake, He will ask, because you recognised Me in them? If you have done so, you will certainly be saved. If you have neglected to do so, you will be condemned for all eternity. Christ does not ask about anything else, because everything else is subordinate to the precept of charity. Where there is charity, everything else follows. Where charity is lacking there is nothing else, because Christianity is synonymous with charity. Charity, says St. Paul, is the bond of perfection. (Col. 3:14)

Has there ever been a period since before Christ when people were so driven by material cravings? Yet many have never been more flush with cash, but happy? Bishop Sheen once said that an overemphasis on temporal security is a compensation for loss of the sense of eternal security. When the soul becomes poor through the loss of its wealth, which is virtue, its owner seeks luxury and riches to atone for his inner nakedness. The richer the soul, the less store it sets on the material. It is not poverty that makes men quarrelsome and unhappy, as the Communists claim; it is an over fondness for the things that money buys. Poor monks are usually friendlier and far happier than millionaires. And it is also an error to say that, if economic conditions were good, there would be no proponents of Communism. Those who make this statement forget that: (i) Poor economic conditions are only an occasion for embracing Communism, not a cause; in some instances, economic trials are, instead, an occasion for renewed spiritual living. (2) Economic conditions were excellent in the Garden of Eden, but the first �Red� got in and made a shambles of it. (3) What makes an unstable society is not the fact that people do not have enough but that they always want more. There is no limit to man�s demands, once the earth is made the be all and end all of living; soon they are willing to use every means available to possess as much of it as they can win. The real cause of such unbounded lust for what is often called �security� is fear of the eternal void within. Never before in history was the Gospel warning about God and Mammon as clearly fulfilled as today for the soul that has lost its God must worship Mammon.

How much do we take such words to heart? Once again Fr Webber shocks us into reality �All too often one hears complaints from many that, �the destitute, the poor, the tramp get what they deserve� or �I�m not my brother�s keeper� or �God helps those who help themselves�. These are often the words of fellow Catholics, and their own words prove their ignorance and, God forbid, their malice. Remember what kind of people followed Our Lord. They were lepers, tramps, harlots – anyone and everyone except the sophisticated Scribes and Pharisees, who �knew their religion,� and they knew it not to recognise the promised Messiahs. Remember it was Cain who said to God, �Am I my brother�s keeper?� God said to him, �What have you done?� Abel�s blood cries to Heaven. Do we, by not looking after our neighbour, deaden their souls for eternity? Who in the world ever deserves anything good? The answer is no-one! We have all sinned and offended the infinite majesty of God, and if it were not for His mercy we all, without exception, would be condemned to the fires of Hell. Let us bite our tongues before we say such things or think them likewise.�

Fr James Doran, a highly eloquent Traditionalist Priest from Geneva tells us �But some complain that to take the Gospel so literally would mean drastically changing ones lives, but the Church teaches that Catholics must think radically different from those who live non-Catholic lives. Why would you expect non-Catholics to live by principles that are Catholic? That a Catholic should be living a life that is more or less identical with the non-Catholics who live down the street would be anathema to people like Peter Maurin. It would simply be a sign that one had not assimilated the teaching of the Gospel. The Gospel principles that we live by are transcendent and are completely different from those notions of pagan prudence and worldly wisdom.�

We are all members of the Mystical Body of Christ consequently our actions can affect other parts of the Body. St John Chrysostom describes it thus if a thorn gets in to the sole of the foot, the whole body feels it and is solicitous for it: the back bends, the hand reach down to draw it out, the head is lowered, and the eyes watch very carefully and anxiously. The good we do will affect the others members of Christ�s mystical Body. It is clear that our faith is not simply personal and private, but exactly the contrary: both communal and public. The way of salvation brought by Our Lord is for all without exception, and yet, as Catholics, what do we often do with this pearl of great price but hide it?!

We must also never forget that to quote Pius XII, : �The poor in their turn are in many ways benefactors.� For charity always rebounds to the benefit of the one that does it. In truth, the best way to do good to ourselves is to do good to others. The benefactor is always the first to benefit. From the book of Tobias we read Tobias giving his son this advice: �Give alms out of thy substance, and turn not away thy face from any poor person; and it shall come to pass that the face of the Lord shall not be turned from thee.� [Tob. 4: 7]. Our Lord said: �Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.� [Matt. 5: 7]. Wherefore Manzoni is right when he puts these words in the mouth of Lucia: �God forgives many things for an act of mercy.� [The Betrothed, 21].

Charity does indeed hide a multitude of sins. In the superb book �The Brothers Karmazov by Dostoevsky, he gives the following �parable�…

Once upon a time there was a peasant woman and a very wicked woman she was. And she died and did not leave a single good deed behind. The devils caught her and plunged her into the lake of fire. So her guardian angel stood and wondered what good deed of hers he could remember to tell to God; �She once pulled up an onion in her garden,� said he, �and gave it to a beggar woman.� And God answered: �You take that onion then, hold it out to her in the lake, and let her take hold and be pulled out. And if you can pull her out of the lake, let her come to Paradise, but if the onion breaks, then the woman must stay where she is.� The angel ran to the woman and held out the onion to her. �Come,� said he, �catch hold and I�ll pull you out.� he began cautiously pulling her out. He had just pulled her right out, when the other sinners in the lake, seeing how she was being drawn out, began catching hold of her so as to be pulled out with her. But she was a very wicked woman and she began kicking them. �I�m to be pulled out, not you. It�s my onion, not yours.� As soon as she said that, the onion broke. And the woman fell into the lake and she is burning there to this day. So the angel wept and went away.

The story of the onion is a �parable� on God�s generosity of grace – God�s forgiveness of, and love for, someone who has sinned, in spite of their deserving little. The wicked woman in the lake only does one good thing in her life, yet she is offered eternal bliss for that one thing. It is only the woman�s own selfishness which prevents her from claiming her heavenly reward.

True Catholic charity should be the complete opposite of the new philanthropy where big business men, football stars and politicians sing from the rooftops of their deeds in helping those �less fortunate�. Our Lord said �Therefore, when thou dost an alms-deed sound not a trumpet before thee . . . let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth. ..and thy Father, who seeth in secret, will repay thee.� [Matt. 6:2-4]. Our love and our kindness are all the more meritorious in the sight of God the less they are deserved and acknowledged by men. Cardinal Bacci tells us that �Our almsgiving should not be dictated simply by natural feelings of compassion, however, nor by mere philanthropy. It should be pre-eminently a religious act, springing from supernatural motives. Because we see the person of Christ in the poor man, we should love and help him as we should our Divine Redeemer, of Whose Mystical Body he is a suffering member (..) A proud man may also be liberal in giving away money in order to draw attention to himself. But this is not Christian almsgiving, which is never the product of self-love but of the love of God. Let us be more generous in giving, therefore, but let us always give from the supernatural motive of Christian charity.

Some falsely argue that almsgiving is useless and degrading. It is useless, it has been said, because the implementation of social justice should be sufficient to provide for the needs of everybody; and it is degrading, it has been held, because it places the poor man in a position of inferiority to the rich man, and makes him beg for that which is really his right.

Cardinal Bacci replies to such thinking thus: This is a false line of reasoning. Social justice can and should do a great deal to achieve a more equal distribution of wealth among men. But social justice cannot do everything (..) It cannot be said that almsgiving is degrading because it makes the receiver inferior to the giver. This may be so if alms are given from motives of mere philanthropy. But when almsgiving is accompanied by charity and understanding and the donor sees in the poor man the person of Jesus Christ, there is no difference of status between the two individuals. They are brothers who wish to love and help one another, since both are members of the mystical Body of Christ. In this case it is more blessed to give than to receive. Christian almsgiving is the fulfilment of an obligation and is a source of merit for the giver. As for the receiver, not only are his wants relieved, but he is the means by which his wealthier brother can acquire merit and fulfil his obligations.

How different is such thinking when compared to the modern concept of charity! We must love God for Himself, but we must love our neighbour not for himself, but for the love of God: that is, because God commands it, because in every man there is the image of God, because every Christian is a son of God and our brother. These claims to our love are present in all men, even in those who in themselves are not at all deserving of our love. As GK Chesterton said �Love means loving the unlovable – or it is no virtue at all.� – Heretics, 1905

Consequently, we must take a personal responsibility and make a difference to those around us becoming a go-giver and not a go-getter by practising the Works of Mercy and making a personal sacrifice in response to Our Lord�s words in St Matthew Ch 25 � Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in: naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in; or naked, and covered thee? Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee? And the king, answering, shall say to them: Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.

Father P. Marco Sales observes in his comments on the Gospel�the poor in spirit are �Not only those who, following the counsel of the Saviour, freely strip themselves of everything in order to follow Him, but also the poor in fact who bear their poverty with patience, and all those whose hearts are not set on riches and pomp, and who do not make their happiness consist in piling up wealth:�

If we are not called directly to take care of the ambassadors of God but have been gifted with family life then we must form our children to think always on the line of the works of mercy, living for the world to come. We should not pursue careers, �How many people wear themselves out in pursuit of promotion within the advertising agency, the insurance company or the banking corporation without ever a thought of the afterlife?� What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul? Who thinks of that any more? As Catholics we must; for we are meant to bring the Gospel to the world. If the Catholic community keeps this ever before their mind then they can count on success, eternal success, but in the meantime must find their consolation of being crucified to the world and a spectacle to men, which will truly bring society the possibility of redemption and men who are blessed because their hearts will be resting in Almighty God.

One simple way in which we can all begin to give our time to those in need is by visiting those elderly neighbours we have. Often their lives are often extremely lonely and yet a simple regular visit by ourselves could make a huge difference to an otherwise miserable existence.

Those who wish to give alms to organisations which look after the poor, the homeless and unfortunate may wish to take the following into consideration. In Ireland; The Regina Coeli Hostel, Morning Star Avenue, North Brunswick St, Dublin 7. (looking after the homeless) Cenacolo The Community in Knock can be contacted on 094 93 88286 or on 086-3412047. (curing drug/drink addiction). Mother and Child 60A Capel Street Dublin 1. (defending the unborn). In England, readers may consider donating to the League of the Kingship of Christ, 14 Coppin St, Deal, Kent, CT14 6JL England (Soup kitchens etc for the homeless).

An appeal to Irish Patriots

1 Aibreán, 2008
Author: Cathal � Broin
Issue: 24 – April 2008

An appeal to Irish Patriots
We are entering a battle in which the stakes are very high. If the Irish say Yes to the Lisbon Treaty, we will have signed away the last real vestiges of our sovereignty.

We are facing a daunting prospect. We are facing a Federal EU, controlled by bureaucrats. If we let the Lisbon Treaty pass we will have allowed the EU to take political control of our future, and the future of our children. Not only will we have fed the monster once more, we will have let the monster loose, to do as he wishes.
But, let us have no doubt, we can defeat this treaty. Unless the powers that be rig the vote (which I wouldn�t put past them), unless they do that, the victory of this vote is well within our grasp. The Yes side have nothing to give. There are no positives for this treaty. So, what will they tell us? Well, a recent �report� on RTE�s �This Week in Politics� programme, gives us a fair idea of what the Yes side will say. They will tell us that this treaty is all about �making the EU institutions more efficient.� This, of course, is completely misleading, though not entirely false. The essence, the primary goal, of this treaty is the creation of a Federal EU. It is true that this treaty, if passed, will make the EU more efficient. But why? Well, because they won�t have the bother, the inefficiency, of consulting so much with individual nations, of consulting so much with the peoples of Europe.

What we face is, �a federal EU, unrepresentative of and unanswerable to the people.� We should remember and repeat those words or similar to everyone we meet from now until the vote. It is not a federal �Europe�, because the EU is not Europe. The EU is a power-grabbing institution run by self-serving bureaucrats and retired politicians.

Let us have no doubt, that we can win this vote. We should be very positive. There are many reasons to vote No. Armed with the truth about this treaty we should be able to convince almost anyone that this proposal is a disaster for Ireland, that this proposal is a disaster for Europe.

So, what is our problem? The answer is apathy, well, that and the media. But, don�t these two things seem to go hand in hand? It would appear the more time people spend hypnotised in front of �the box�, the more lulled to sleep they seem to be. Our job, as well as to state the facts clearly, is to sound a great alarm bell. Our job is to wake up this nation, to call the people of Ireland to defend their nation�s sovereignty.

One reason why people are apathetic, particularly about politics, is of course, politicians. If we truly had leaders of great merit, people would become inspired, they would be excited and energised. When we tell people that they will lose their sovereignty, their voice, their freedom, they do not fully understand, because their politicians have not shown them true sovereignty, have not listened to their voice, and have not given them true freedom. The only substantial thing most politicians seem to do is to look after themselves and their friends � they seem to have no other long term strategy than to keep their cushy jobs for as long as is possible.
It is important that we show people that even though most of our politicians are bad, really bad, this is no reason to abandon sovereignty. It is like throwing away the engine of a car because it has ran out of fuel. There is nothing wrong with the engine, it is just that it has to be filled. There is no reason why the next generation of Irish politicians cannot use their power better, cannot use their power for the good of the people. Let us have hope. Sovereignty is worth keeping. Sovereignty must be kept.

It may seem that people nowadays care more about football than they do about their future. It may seem as though they would more readily vote on a television show like �Your a Star� or �Big Brother� than they would on important referenda like the Lisbon Treaty. There is no doubt that modern political leaders have followed the Roman Empire in its tactic of �give the people bread and circuses�. The Romans knew that once the general population were well fed and entertained, they were much less likely to rise up and challenge those in power. It was a good strategy from their point of view, and it usually worked. If we look today, we see the same thing. Entertainment and professional sport are being given increasing prominence in news bulletins and throughout the media in general. They are treated with a weight that they simply do not merit. Most people nowadays, in the Western World at least, are not starving, and they do have many different luxuries and gadgets to keep them occupied and amused. But more and more we see real power being taken from the people. Life has become more stressful. Houses are more difficult to buy. The working week seems to get longer and longer. There is no reason in this highly automated world, why the working week of modern man could not be half of what it is today, no reason, that is, but the greed of the rich and powerful.

Life is often tough in this age. As well as bread and circuses to keep us quiet, we now have the modern suburban lifestyle. When people are overworked, when they have to spend their early mornings and late evenings commuting to and from their place of employment, when they have the looming threat of a heavy mortgage hanging over their heads – when they have all these things, they are much less likely to cause a fuss against the plans of those in authority.
It is quite likely that the Yes side in this referendum will do as they usually do, it is probable that they will try to bully and frighten the people into accepting the Lisbon Treaty. They are already coming out with vague warnings that a No vote would �look bad for Ireland� and would �turn foreign investment away from our shores.� We cannot let these people away with such talk. It is our job to instil confidence in everyone we meet, to remind them that we, Irish people, are a strong race who have come through many trials in our past. The government will threaten us, telling us that a No vote will bring us ridicule and sanction from our fellow members of the EU. We need to appeal to people to be brave and independent, to �accept or reject the Treaty based on the Treaty itself�. If it is good, then fine, but if it is not (and this is clearly the case), then we must reject it. Ireland must now stand up and be counted, or Ireland will simply not count any more. She will become a province, a region, and we, her people, will simply be, subjects of the Empire.

We need to emphasise the importance of this vote. There have been so many EU referenda over the years. The danger is that people will think, �ahh, sure this is just another vote, we�ve heard the No side before, with their doomsday predictions, and sure, it hasn�t ever turned out all that bad.�

We�ve already heard our Taoiseach challenge those who reject the Treaty to �come up with an alternative�. This will be a main strategy of theirs – the tactic of deflection. They will want to take the focus off the actual Treaty. We shouldn�t get too bogged down in such discussions. They, the political elites, did not ask us �for an alternative� when they were formulating this thing. No, that was done behind closed doors, well away from anyone who could interfere with their sinister plans. All we can do now, on this occasion, is to reject this Treaty, because it is bad. After that, we will be more than happy to give our fresh ideas about the future of Europe, that is if, such political elites are willing to listen to our voice.

As most of you are aware this Treaty, and the Constitution on which it is based, is completely humanistic � it has not even one mention of Our Creator. But then, you know, if you are doing something wrong, the last thing you want do is to talk about God. No, that only causes unease of the conscience. Agnosticism, which is to not be sure about God, is in practice, often really more like �I don�t want to be sure�. When we acknowledge our Creator we remind ourselves of His supreme dominion over all things. The EU has already shown, on countless occasions, its contempt for the Catholic Church, the church founded by Jesus Christ. We can be sure that if the door to federalism is opened, if this Treaty is passed, it is only a matter of time until the heinous crime of abortion is �legalised� in this country, or should I say �in this region�. All laws on important social issues will be standardised – and we can be sure that they will all reflect an outlook that is humanistic to the core. The traditional family, which as you know is the bedrock of society, will be undermined even further. It is very likely that the EU will continue in its bureaucratic love for regulations and laws, and so, they may well make it more difficult, or impossible, to bring up a family as one sees fit. Already we see, throughout the world, the promotion of perversion in schools, usually along with the excuse of �equality�. Home schooling or small private schools are becoming increasingly more necessary, just to safeguard one�s children from a barrage of �mandatory� anti-Christian propaganda. What happens if public schools become intolerable to us, and the last resorts of home-schooling and private Catholic education are regulated out of existence? In the end, there is no reason why the EU should not want to standardise the minds of our children in the same way it seeks to standardise just about everything else.

Some will of course say that such scenarios are merely conjecture � they will say that we do not know the future path of the EU, that we are merely citing the worst possible outcome. But, really, we can already see where this institution is going. The EU has not fully shown its horns yet. It has not really had to. It is an evil man, courting a woman (the people). It is as nice as it has to be. Just wait �till after the wedding day.

No, let us not wait! We cannot allow our freedom to be squandered in this way. Our politicians are asking us to throw away freedom, and not just our freedom, but the freedom of future generations. Freedom is not ours to give away. It is in fact our duty to safeguard it, as best we can, for our children, for the children of Ireland.

As we fight this campaign let us remind the people of Ireland that they have a privilege unique among the peoples of Europe. We are the only ones, on this occasion, allowed to vote on this important issue – and this is only because our government is legally bound to put such matters to the people in a referendum. The Yes side will, of course, try to use this fact, the fact that we are the only ones, to put pressure on our people into accepting the Treaty. They will tell us that we would be �setting the whole of Europe back�, if we said No. But, we are not the first country to have a say on this issue. Referenda in France and Holland have already rejected what was essentially the same proposal, packaged at that time, as the EU Constitution. What did the EU do? They simply changed the name and ignored the votes of these two countries. We now have a chance, and we shouldn�t let it pass. We don�t just hold the torch of hope for ourselves, we hold it for all of Europe.

Some might say, �but they will ignore our vote, or they will just make us vote again�. This is not a reason to accept the Lisbon Treaty – it is a feeble excuse for doing nothing. It is a slavish mentality which ought to be quickly countered with a chilling dose of reality – �let us exercise our freedom while we still have it, or else we shall not have freedom for much longer.� The fact that our government and the EU have such contempt for the people of Europe should not deter anyone from fighting this campaign, on the contrary, it should spur us all on to do everything we can to make sure that this awful proposal is resoundingly rejected.

We are soon approaching a decisive hour. Now is the time to stand up for Ireland. Now is the time to stand up for Europe. Let us use our voice while we can, and let us speak out for ourselves and for the many many people whose voices are being ignored.

I really do believe that we can win this vote, but if we are to succeed, it will take heroic effort from all true Irish patriots. Of course, it will not be easy. The media and the establishment will play their usual games. Such is the battle that we now face. The rules are unfair, but we can safely say that we have got truth on our side.

I thank you, dear patriots, for listening to my plea. I know that you truly are the salt of the Earth. I hope that during this campaign, you all act like smelling salts, wakening up as many people as possible from ignorance and apathy.

We embark on a heroic mission. We continue the cause of our forefathers in the fight for Ireland�s freedom. Let us place this, our endeavour, in the hands of the Blessed Trinity, and with genuine hope and trust in God, let us do all we can in the weeks and months ahead. Let us believe, and let us act as we believe. Let us try to realise the honour of this struggle and let us go out and convince our people about the importance of their vote.

Ian Paisley: Good Riddance

1 Aibreán, 2008
Issue: 24 – April 2008
Ian Paisley: Good Riddance
The announcement by Ian Paisley, the so-called First Minister of the Six-Counties, that he is to depart from politics in May is to be greeted with cheers by all true Irishmen and women.

Unlike other publications and those who lead Sinn F�in, The Hibernian will not be singing the praises of this scallywag.
Regarded by many Irish Catholics as a loud-mouthed windbag, Paisley built his career in both politics and �religion� through attacking and demeaning the Catholic Faith and the concept of independent Irish Nationhood.

What Catholic could forget his antics at an Oxford debate when he held up a host and, to the guffaws and hoots of the English heretics present, made a blasphemous mockery of the fact that Catholics believe that a Consecrated Host is comprised of the �bones and blood and flesh etc.� of Jesus.

Many people regard Paisley as having been almost single-handedly responsible for sparking the bloodshed and misery that convulsed the North and many other places for three decades. They argue that had Terence O�Neill, the plummy Stormont unionist �prime minister� of the 1960s, been allowed to quietly introduce reforms that would have given Civil Rights to Catholics that there would never have been any Troubles. The IRA of the day was a spent force and few Nationalists had much stomach for anything beyond peaceful protest.

At a crucial time Paisley thundered onto the scene roaring and bawling hate-filled anti-Catholic rhetoric and crushing O�Neill�s fairly timid advances with poisonous invective. In the process, he whipped-up and inflamed sectarian passions among the protestant lower orders, which eventually resulted in a violent fury being turned on innocent Catholics. Acting in defence of besieged Nationalist enclaves, a reinvigorated IRA emerged from near obscurity. The rest is recent history.

It should not be forgotten that at various times during the Troubles when a settlement could have been reached, Paisley turned-up to scupper all progress. Throughout, he never lost his flare for anti-Catholic hatred and was even flung out of the European Parliament for screaming �anti-Christ� at the late Pope John Paul II during the latter�s visit there.

Had Paisley�s antics been based on sincere motivation there might have been some twisted understanding of his behaviour. As it has transpired, however, all his vicious, dangerous buffoonery was driven by plain old self-serving greed and ambition. Paisley�s only goal was to make himself top dog, both of his free presbyterian �church� sect and the post Good Friday Assembly at Stormont. Now, just as the dupes who served and followed him have begun to cop-on to his game, he has elected to cut and run. What charlatan would not be proud of a game like that?

Ironically, Paisley could never have become First Minister without the active support of the Sinn F�in leadership, which secured him in power last year. For months now, all self-respecting Republicans have squirmed at the images of a tittering Martin McGuinness scurrying after Paisley while being treated like a whipped pup; more Deputy Dog than Deputy First Minister.

Meanwhile, Sinn F�in�s never-ending president, Gerard Adams, has emerged from hibernation to praise Paisley and beg him to stay on.
Let it not be forgotten that this crowd put a man with a track record of anti-Catholic, anti-Irish Unity bigotry into power rather than opt for the alternative of Joint Authority, which would have seen for the first time the Irish government having a direct say in running the North. And they call themselves Irish Republicans?

Interview: Anthony Coughlan

1 Aibreán, 2008
Issue: 24 – April 2008
Interview: Anthony Coughlan
�The State may ratify the Treaty of Lisbon signed at Lisbon on the 13th day of December 2007, and may be a member of the European Union established by virtue of that Treaty. No provision of this Constitution invalidates laws enacted, acts done or measures adopted by the State that are necessitated by membership of the European Union, or prevents laws enacted, acts done or measures adopted by the said European Union or by institutions thereof, or by bodies competent under the treaties referred to in this section, from having the force of law in the State.� (emphasis added) – 28th Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 2008 � What people will be voting on in June

Why should Irish voters reject the Lisbon Treaty?
Because Lisbon would set up a new European Union in the form of a supranational Federal State and would turn Ireland into a province or region of this EU State, with our independence and democracy as a sovereign country abandoned. It would make Ireland a province, not a nation, once again.

That Lisbon would do this is clearly shown by the two key sentences of the Constitutional Amendment which the people are being asked to put into the Irish Constitution to enable the Treaty to come into force.

The first sentence of this Amendment states that Ireland may be a member of the European Union established by the Treaty of Lisbon. This EU which would be established by Lisbon would be constitutionally, legally and politically fundamentally different from the European Union which was established by the 1993 Treaty of Maastricht, which established the EU that we are currently members of. The same name, the European Union, would be used for the pre-Lisbon and post-Lisbon EU, to prevent people realising what is happening.

The second key sentence of the proposed Amendment would then say that nothing in the Irish Constitution prevent the laws, acts and decisions of this new European Union for having the force of law in the State. �No provision of this Constitution invalidates etc.�
These two sentences would make the Irish Constitution and laws wholly subordinate to the Constitution and laws of this new European Union. Lisbon would make us real citizens of this new Federal EU for the first time. That means that we would have to obey the laws and give loyalty to the authority of the new EU over and above the Irish Constitution and laws in any case of conflict between the two, for EU law would be superior.

The second main reason for opposing Lisbon is that the Treaty is a power grab for control of this new Union by its big Member States. Under Lisbon EU laws would be made primarily on the basis of population size, in which the Big States have an obvious advantage.
For an EU law to pass post-Lisbon there would have to be 15 out of 27 States in favour, as long as that 15 contained 65% of the total EU population of some 500 million people. This would double Germany�s voting weight in making EU laws, from 8% to 17%. It would increase France�s voting weight from 8% to 13% and increase Britain�s and Italy from 8% to 12% each, while it would reduce Ireland�s voting say from 2% to 0.8%.

Lisbon would also abolish our right to have a permanent EU Commissioner, so that Ireland would have no one on the EU Commission, the body which proposes all EU laws to the Council of Ministers, which then makes them, for five out of every 15 years.
Having a fellow-national on the EU Commission has always been specially important for smaller States like Ireland, as the Big Countries have other ways of making their influence felt. Lisbon would also take from us our right to decide who Ireland�s Commissioner would be when it comes to our turn to have a member of the Commission, for our present right to propose someone would be replaced by a right to make �suggestions� only.

In addition Lisbon would give the new Union which it would establish the power to make EU laws in 32 new policy areas, including crime and justice, immigration, sport, culture, energy, public health, transport etc. Dail Eireann and the Irish people would lose the power to decide these matters.

Lisbon would also give the new Union the power to decide the human rights of all EU citizens by making the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights legally binding. This would give the EU Court of Justice the final say in what our rights are in all areas of EU law, including Member States when implementing EU law.

This would enable the new Union to impose a common standard of rights on 500 million EU citizens, even though many countries have special rights standards of their own on such sensitive issues as the right to life, the right to strike, marriage and the family, children�s rights, legalising hard drugs and prostitution, habeas corpus, the presumption of innocence until proved guilty etc.
Lisbon would confirm the Laval judgement of the EU Court of Justice of 18 December last, which makes it illegal in European law for Member States and their Labour movements to try to maintain a national standard of wages for immigrant workers, as against the minimum wage rate. At the same time Lisbon would hand over full control of immigration policy to the EU.

The Treaty would also open the way for the EU Court of Justice to abolish our special low rate of company taxation, which has been so important in bringing foreign firms to Ireland over the years and so fundamental to our modern economic development.

It would militarise the EU further and make us members of a mutual EU defence pact, required to defend other EU countries if attacked, although we could still stay out of a full European Army with joint officers on the lines of the current Franco-German brigade.
Finally, this Treaty has already been rejected by the peoples of France and Holland when it was presented to them in the form of the EU Constitution in 2005. Ireland should reject it as they did and send it back to the EU Prime Ministers and Presidents to get a better deal for Ireland and for Europe.

The bulk of the Irish body politic appears to be in support of the Treaty and its ratification. Why is this the case, in your opinion?
Most TDs and media people do not really know what is in the Lisbon Treaty, for if they did they would oppose it. One reason for this is that Lisbon has been made deliberately obscure by the EU Prime Ministers and Presidents who drew it up. It consists of a long series of amendments to the existing EU Treaties, but these cannot be understood on their own without referring to these other treaties and there is no official text available which shows how the Lisbon amendments would affect these.

Although Lisbon is the EU Constitution which the French and Dutch rejected in another form, at least the Constitution was readable and people could understand it. Of course that was one reason why the French and Dutch turned it down.

A second reason why many Irish politicians support Lisbon is that Irish TDs always take a follow-my-leader stand on EU matters. In Ireland�s 35 years membership of the EEC/EC/EU not a single TD of any party has openly dissented from his or her party leadership on an EU-related issue, not to mind rebelling or resigning the party whip. This could not be said of the politicians of any other EU country. It is a comment on the character of Ireland�s politicians and political parties.

A third reason for the leaders of the big parties to back Lisbon is that Government Ministers and aspiring Ministers on the Opposition benches generally welcome the shift of law-making powers to Brussels from the Dail and the Irish people who elect the Dail.

Look of it this way. To get anything done at home, a Government Minister must have a majority in the Dail for what they want, and implicitly a majority in the country. Shift the policy area in question to Brussels however and that Minister becomes one of 27 Ministers on the EU Council of Ministers making laws for 500 million Europeans. There is a huge increase in personal power for the politicians concerned, even though it is at the expense of their own National Parliaments and peoples. It is particularly appealing for politicians from smaller countries. As someone said, it is much nicer to be running Europe than running Slovakia!

In recent months you have been travelling the country explaining the issues at stake to voters. What has been the general reaction to your message?
When people learn the facts of what is in the Lisbon Treaty, they almost always oppose it. That is why the EU Prime Ministers and Presidents agreed among themselves before Christmas on no account to have referendums on it anywhere, although they cannot avoid one in Ireland. That is also the reason why the Government and Yes-side people are doing everything they can to avoid going into the facts of the Treaty. They talk about Europe being good for us, about how well Ireland has done over the years, about making the EU stronger, better, more effective etc. Anything to avoid going into the detail of what is in the Treaty. for it is hard to put a positive �spin� on its main provisions.

What advice do you have for those who may wish to get involved in the campaign?
First, learn the basic facts about Lisbon and tell them to your friends and neighbours. Second, get involved in one of the many groups that are seeking to defend Irish democracy and national independence by opposing the Treaty � the one you find closest to your own political standpoint. Three good local web-sites which have lots of information on Lisbon are and There is also much information on the web-site of Danish MEP Jens-Peter Bonde, who has produced a Reader-Friendly Edition of the EU Treaties as they would be when amended by the Lisbon Treaty. That web-site is

Dr Anthony Coughlan is Secretary of The National Platform EU Research and Information Centre, and Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin


THE TRICKY TREATY

1 Aibreán, 2008
Issue: 24 – April 2008
THE TRICKY TREATY
For the best part of three decades Ireland, generally speaking, has perceived the European Union �project� and its precursors in a favourable light. That perception may be about to change.
Since our accession to the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973, pro-European elements in this country have constantly cited the benefits of Community membership. We were, after all, the recipients of generous grants and transfers aimed at improving our regional status and bringing local living standards into line with those of the more affluent parts of Western Europe.

Financing was provided in order to improve the national infrastructure, wider markets were made available to our producers, manufacturers and exporters and Irish workers could travel and seek employment in other member states without the bother of visas.
Small wonder then that referenda relating to a succession of European Treaties were almost guaranteed passage in a compliant Ireland with its largely EU-friendly electorate.

The fact that the old enemy, England, was as often as not at loggerheads with Europe served only to help the pro-EU lobby in this country.

Yet throughout all of this period a significant minority of Irish people remained suspicious of the European project and regularly campaigned against it. They warned that despite the apparent short-term benefits of membership, the EU was not in Ireland�s overall interests. They presented facts showing that the economic gains accrued from membership were far outweighed by the losses in major industries such as fishing. This significant asset was effectively plundered by the EU while we were obliged through protocol to stand by powerlessly.

Parallels were drawn with countries such as Norway, which remained outside the EU and yet has one of the world�s highest living standards. The Norwegians have retained national control over their fishing stocks and their oil and gas reserves benefit the Oslo exchequer. Can anyone honestly say that the vast mineral wealth that lies beneath the seas within Ireland�s national territory will be managed by the Irish People? Will these resources, like the fish, ultimately flow to Europe? In any case, thanks to the Euro, we don�t even have a currency of our own to dictate such decisions.

During the First Nice Treaty referendum in 2001, the alternative Irish viewpoint won the day. This, needless to say, did not please the Masonic elite who run the EU and the Irish people were forced to repeat the referendum until the �correct� result was attained. Can anyone recall a previous referendum having been re-run after the �yes� side won? So much for democracy.

This year, with the pending Lisbon Treaty, we are being asked to surrender whatever national sovereignty we have left to a de facto European superstate government. If we ratify this treaty, there will be no future referenda to worry about and our Constitution, which provides safeguards on issues such as an abortion-free Ireland, will eventually be superseded and rendered null and void.

The choice for all true Irishmen and women is clear: vote NO to Lisbon.

Inside view – April 2008

1 Aibreán, 2008
Author: Gerry McGeough
Issue: 24 – April 2008

Inside view – April 2008
In the course of an interview given a few years ago the playwright J. P. Donleavy stated that the �story of Ireland� was over.

He argued that our ongoing absorption into the European Union, with everything that entails, effectively meant that Ireland as a distinct nation would soon cease to exist, and our epic struggles for survival and independence down the centuries would now be a mere footnote in a wider history.

Needless to say, The Hibernian does not accept that analysis. We do however recognise the serious warning implicit in it and fully realise that this is a crucial juncture in the history of our Nation; one during which all Irish Catholic Patriots should be on full alert.

Among the traits that have distinguished us as as a people over the centuries have been our devout adherence and loyalty to the Catholic Faith and our stubborn refusal to abandon our sense of separate, independent Nationhood. We have retained these qualities through thick and thin to the point almost where they have become part of our genetic make-up.

Over the generations, our people have been prepared to endure �dungeon, fire and sword� to keep the Catholic Faith alive in our Homeland and in every generation courageous men and women have refused to accept the English crown domination of our country and have been prepared to fight for Irish Freedom no matter what the odds against them. It is unthinkable, therefore, that we would casually surrender our hard won sovereignty and independence to an external power that is the very antithesis of our Catholic culture and utterly removed from our concept of independent nationhood. Or is it?

The past few decades have witnessed a disturbing change in the character of the Irish people. We have become lukewarm in our Faith and less than spirited where our Patriotic fervour is concerned. An element of spinelessness has taken root in some quarters and surrender to the tyranny of political correctness along with the glorification of compromise at all costs has become all too common.
None of this reflects the true Irish spirit. The time has come for us to reclaim the nobility of our forefathers, who refused to accept either the domination of foreign rule or the falsehood of heresy. Not for them an Ireland of slavish cowards. They had a vision of a free and independent country that could hold her own among the nations of the earth. Do we want any less for this and future generations?

Make no mistake about it, the very future of our Nation is at stake. If the Irish electorate deliver the country into a Godless, Masonic-controlled superstate through ratification of the Lisbon Treaty then we will have rejected our hard won freedom and Ireland will become a province once again.

It is the duty of all Irish Catholic Patriots to vote a resounding No in the forthcoming referendum. Failure to defend our freedom now will condemn future generations to new rebellions and struggles to win back Ireland for the Irish. Reject foreign rule, and Keep the Faith.