Deepest Sympathy (Brad King RIP)

1 Bealtaine, 2008
Issue: 25 – May 2008
Deepest Sympathy (Brad King RIP)
It is our sad duty to report the death of Brad King. Regular readers of The Hibernian will recall Brads contributions to this magazine and the insight he provided on developments within the world of international finance.

A larger than life character, the Texas-based Gold Consultant was a devout traditional Catholic who is greatly missed by his wife Teresa, their family and many friends across the world. Reared as a protestant, Brad saw action during the Vietnam war and once told The Hibernian how he went through a long-haired hippy period upon his return to the United States following a stint in South-East Asia.

In time he converted to the Catholic Faith and eventually ended up on Wall Street, where he worked for ten years. The experience helped him gain an understanding of the type of forces that control the ways of the world and he shed tremendous light on this during the course of an interview with The Hibernian in March. Brad was said to have been delighted with the interview.

Last summer he correctly predicted that gold prices would rise dramatically and he consistently warned that an economic/financial crash was on the horizon, and that this was largely being manipulated for the benefit of the New World Order.

Sadly, Brad died on March 29th. Speaking from their home in Dallas his wife told The Hibernian of his having woken during the night saying that he didnt feel well. She recalled how they prayed together before going back to sleep and that he died during the night.

His passing is greatly mourned by all who had the honour of knowing him.

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US Elections Update

1 Bealtaine, 2008
Author: Karl Howe
Issue: 25 – May 2008

US Elections Update
The U.S. primary election cycle continues going into May for the Democrats. That being the case, though, there is a winner: Hillary Clinton.

Clinton has regained momentum after her 10 percentage point win over Obama in Pennsylvania on April 22. This win in Pennsylvania adds to Clintons streak of winning the big, Democrat states that are essential for a Democrat to win in November. Realclearpolitics.com notes that Clinton has also gained a lead in the overall popular vote with 15.1 Million votes to Obamas 14.9 Million votes when counting her Michigan and Florida totals.

Ah, Michigan and Florida. Expect to hear more about these states as we inch closer to the Democratic National convention in late August. As it sits now, the delegates from both states forfeited their say at the conventions by moving their primaries into January to make a larger impact on the momentum of the primary race. With neither delegate slate allowed to have seats at the convention Obama opted to not compete in either state, even going so far as to not have his name on the ballot in Michigan (a state tin which he would have expected to do reasonably well given the 81% black population in Detroit). Clinton won both primaries by substantial margins and gained the lions share of the ghost delegates. In a normal election year, when the nominee would have been decided by March at the latest, the consequences of not having a states delegation vote at the convention would be minimal. This year, it will be critical.
How will this be resolved? The possibility was explored that both states might run a do-over primary but it proved too expensive and too cumbersome to facilitate. The question remains: will the Democrats allow Michigans and Floridas delegates to vote or will they be shut out of the convention? If they are shut out, as it stands now, they will be abiding by the deal they entered into but will be negating the outcome of the free and fair elections in both states. This would certainly favor Obama at the convention but how democratic is the outcome when two populous states votes are not counted? If they are counted (advantage Clinton), does that mean that the rules do not have to be followed? Didnt the state Democrats in both instances sign up to not have their votes counted how can they change the rules now?

The situation from the Republican standpoint is rich with irony after the Election in 2000 where they felt the Democrats did not like the outcome so they worked to change the rules in order that all the votes would be counted. There is a sense of smugness now that a similar situation has the Democrats fighting each other about the same issues in an election year that should have been more of a coronation than an election.

With that backdrop, the overarching themes of race and gender and the coarsening tone from both camps continue to create deep and personal fissures within the Democratic Party. For those who have waited for either a black presidential candidate or a woman presidential candidate: this is their year! The activists who have been working and waiting since 1968 for their President can not be denied but, in this election, one group is headed for disappointment. As the months roll on and the rhetoric gets hotter and hotter there is a sense that while this has moved from coronation to election, it may continue to degenerate from election to street fights to all-out riots.

Denver has made preparations to import police from other Colorado cities to help manage the situation and maintain order while protestors plan their descent on the city. Former Presidential candidate and Obama supporter Al Sharpton has stated that if Clinton was selected in some backroom deal over Obama that you not only would see people like me demonstrating, you may see us talking about whether or not we can support that ticket. While Sharpton implies his will be peaceful demonstrations, other groups have begun invoking the notorious 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, where clashes between protestors and police took center stage, as the guide for what awaits Denver.

One such group, the Re-create 68 Alliance (Website: http://www.recreate68.org) suggests that Denver could face a dangerous situation. An organizer for the group, Glenn Spagnuolo, stated after not receiving a city permit to protest the convention that when things blow up because the police have to enforce a permit that the Democrats got, dont blame us for that. Blame the Democrats for trying to silence dissent in the city of Denver.
In the meantime, the next primaries in North Carolina, Indiana, and West Virginia are expected to be split with neither candidate able to proclaim victory for too long knowing that nothing will be settled for some time. We will have to see how the campaign continues but the intense circumstances may well lead one to believe that it will only continue to get more heated.

1608: An Bliadhna Dochartaigh

1 Bealtaine, 2008
Author: Garid Mac Manus
Issue: 25 – May 2008

1608: An Bliadhna Dochartaigh
The Rebellion of Sir Cathaoir Dochartaigh in the year 1608 was one of the most amazing rebellions and uprisings in Irish history. The bravery of Dochartaigh and the forces of rebels and Ceithearn or Kerne under his command played a vital part in the near success of the rebellion which came close to driving the Sasanach heretics out of Ireland once and for all.

The fact that English and pro-English writers and historians have played down the rebellion should make all true Gaels even more determined to honour it and commemorate those that fought in it. Had the Earls managed to return in time with Spanish aid then the Rebellion of Cathaoir Dochartaigh could well have ignited a war similar to the Nine Years War, but also with a far greater chance of success as England was totally crippled by her endless wars against Ireland, Scotland and Spain.

If anything, this rebellion and near revolution shows that after An Imeact Na nIarla in 1607, that Ireland was a powder keg ready to explode should proper help arrived from abroad.

The Clann Dochartaigh were a deeply Catholic clan that had played a big part in nearly every war, revolt, uprising and rebellion that took place in ire from the time of the Sasanach invasion of 1169. Their Tuath was in Inis Eoghain in modern Tr Chonaill, which is the most Northern part of the island. Cathaoirs father and uncle had led the Dochartaighs into war against the hated Sasanach under Aodh Mac Uidhir, Prince of Fear Manach in the 1580s and 1590s and into open widespread national war from 1593 onwards in the Nine Years War that raged across ire.

After the defeat at Cionn tSaile in 1601-1602, the Sasanach inflicted a terrible scorched earth policy especially in Tr Eoghain, Ard Mhaca, Tr Chonaill and of course Inis Eoghain. This was waged from 1602-1603 and left over 60,000 Ulster Gaels dead.
Inis Eoghain was one of the places worst hit, and with his father and uncle dead, Cathaoir now made peace with the Sasanach in late 1602 in order to save his clan from complete annihilation. After the war ended in late 1603, Dochartaigh was named the Queens Dochartaigh and given mock rank and status so that he would (they hoped) turn and fight the Neills and Domhnaills if and when they ever rose up in arms again.

But after the shock and surprise of An Imeacht Na nIarla on 14 Mean Fomahir 1607, the harsh treatment and utter disrespect which had been ongoing from 1603 became even more vicious and aggressive towards Cathaoir and his clan. The disrespect, dishonour and personal insults had grown so bad that by ibrean 1608, Cathaoir Dochartaigh could take no more and so rose up in arms against the Crown.

He first of all proclaimed himself The Dochartaigh and abandoned his English title of Sir. He then moved on Cl Mr fort in modern Dire which was the main Sasanach arsenal in Ulster. He gathered over 200 men and used the wife of the garrison commander along with the dead body of the Commander-Captain Hart- to lure the soldiers out of the fort before ambushing them. After leaving almost 800 Sasanach dead, the Gaels then moved quickly to take the now undefended fort at Cl Mr. They took it with ease two days later and moved off with over twenty cannon and artillery pieces and hundreds if not thousands of rifles, muskets and pistols along with a huge supply of swords and rapiers. This took place on 17 ibrean 1608.

Dochartaigh then moved fast southwards towards the new Sasanach settlement at Dire. Even though it was considered small by the Sasanach and had no walls, it was very well defended. On the night of 18 ibrean 1608 the Gaels attacked. Dochartaigh attacked from both sides with over 500 Gaels under his command. In what has been called, the First Siege of Dire, the Gaels over-ran the heavy fortifications in a matter of minutes leaving 200 Sasanach soldiers dead at their posts. The Gaels then moved throughout the city killing Sasanach officials and plantation undertakers; putting all to the sword. During the 18 to 20 ibrean, Dochartaigh killed and executed over 2,000 Sasanach males who were of military age and training as he knew that they would be used by England to fight him and kill his people. He personally killed George Paulet, the English appointed Mayor of Dire as he had insulted him the most. Dochartaigh then burnt the city to the ground, destroying the settlement and even burnt the library of the Protestant Bishop Montgomery. The burning of Montgomerys library was carried out because it was known to hold books of a heretic nature, despite the Bishops offer of 100 to keep them. The planters library was said to have held over 20,000 books. But despite all that, the Fall of Dire was a severe blow to the Sasanach and soon the rebellion spread throughout Ulster.

After the great victory at Dire, Dochartaigh now moved to retake Doe Castle. Using an ingenious ploy he got a shepherd to approach the garrison and tell them that there was a huge pack of wolves attacking the cattle and sheep. The garrison came out in mounted cavalry and between 50-60 of them were ambushed and killed by Dochartaighs men. Six of these dead troopers were very high up in the English establishment. Dochartaigh then marched in and retook the castle and restored it to the Mac Suibhne clan. This again was an ingenious move as it brought all of the Mac Suibhnes into the rebel ranks. It is also important to note that throughout the rebellion Dochartaigh openly declared himself to be fighting for the Catholic Faith as much as for Irish freedom.

Further good news arrived when Dochartaighs brother-in-law, Eochaidh g hAonlain, rose up in south Ulster, burning Ard Mhaca and Newry and killing 1,700 Sasanach occupiers in the process. After hearing of this, Dochartaigh marched into the heart of Ulaidh with 400 men in order to link up with Eochaidh g hAonlain with a view to invading the Pale and attacking Dublin. Together they invaded the Pale on 24 Bealtaine 1608 with 700 men.

They did incredible damage to the Sasanach in the Pale by destroying crops and livestock in revenge for the scorched earth policy and famine in Ulster from 1600-1603. It is said that tens of thousands of Sasanach died as a result of this destruction and that the Pale never recovered until the late 1630s. It was a fitting response for the destruction of Ulster from 1600-1603 and especially an Gorta Mr na hUlaidh during which an estimated 60,000 Irish people died.
However as the rebellion was raging in Ireland, the exiled Earls were putting pressure on the Spanish to aid the war in Ireland. Aodh Mr Nill met with the Pope and together they set about getting Spanish aid to the Irish Rebels. After a few weeks, the Spanish agreed and Irish soldiers were to lead the invasion force. The only problem was that the Spanish coffers were empty, which meant that it would take a bit of time before aid would come, but it was on the way. The Irish soldiers gathered at the Port of Corunna and waited for the sea winds to bring them home.

Dochartaigh and hAonlain spent from Bealtaine to Man Fomhair plundering and laying waste to the Pale. In late Man Fomhair news reached them that an enemy force was rampaging through Inis Eoghain and currently laying siege to Burt Castle, where Dochartaighs wife and children were holding out. Dochartaigh then gathered his men and marched back to Tr Chonaill to attack the enemy. Sadly, Cathaoir was too late. Burt Castle had fallen and his entire clan was almost wiped out. Luckily his wife and one of his children managed to escape the massacre. Unaware of this at the time and believing them to be dead, Cathaoir flew into a blind rage attacking Strabane on 1 Samhain 1608 with 350 Galloglaigh and killing 700 Sasanach planters after the town was taken. He then marched east into Tr Eoghain, attacking and burning Cionn Ardaigh or Kinard which was the home of the traitor, Sir Henry Nill, in East Tr Eoghain. Dochartaigh then rampaged throughout East Tr Eoghain attacking traitors and crown forces alike. Dn Geannain was spared only because it was believed that Aodh Mr Nill would not be impressed with the destruction of his hometown and castle.
Dochartaigh then marched back to Tr Chonaill in search of an enemy that would fight him. He surprise attacked and wiped out a force of between 800-900 Sasanach soldiers at Clan Manach that were to be used to attack the Gaels of tIarthar lba. Then on 19 Samhain, Cathaoir Dochartaigh with only 500 men launched an assault against a massive English force of 2,400 at Cill Mhic Ranin.

The enemy had two artillery pieces as well as cavalry and infantry. The Gaels were on the high ground West of Bile Cill Mhic Ranin. While the Sasanach were on low-lying ground with their backs to the bhainn Leanainn. The Gaels had completely surprised the Sasanach by their sudden appearance and savage attack. The battle raged bloodily for half the day and it looked as if victory would be with the Gaels again, until suddenly Dochartaigh was killed by a stray bullet fired by the enemy. After Dochartaighs death, the battle turned in favour of the English. Feidhlimidh Riabhach Mac Dhaibhid, Dochartaighs second-in-command, tried several times to recover the young Chieftains body but was eventually forced to withdraw with the rest of his force.

In the Battle of Cill Mhic Ranin, the Gaels lost maybe 200 while the Sasanach invaders are believed to have suffered 1,000 casualties. Feidhlimidh Riabhach Mac Dhaibhid then became Commander-in-Chief of the Gaelic forces. From late 1608 until 1610, the Sasanach waged a savage and bloodthirsty campaign of genocide and extermination across Tr Chonaill. The Gaels under Mac Dhaibhid now fought a ferocious defensive campaign. It took the enemy two full years to make it from Cill Mhic Ranin to Gaoth Dobhair and ilean Toraidh. This bloody march or invasion of West Tr Chonaill left tens of thousands of Gaels dead.

Elsewhere in Ulster, the war raged on until 1614, as the Sasanach attempted and failed to wipe out the Catholic Gaels. Mac Dhaibhid was caught and killed some time in late 1609 or 1610 while hundreds of rebels were executed in Lifear, Dn Geannain and other places. The extermination was still ongoing at the beginning of the Plantation of Ulster with Sasanach planters and colonists. The reason that the brutal and bloody war that broke out in ibrean 1608 lasted as long as it did until 1614 had as much to do with Sasanach savagery as it had with the Gaels determination to resist the murderous and genocidal campaign that was waged against them by the English.

As Ulster lay broken and bleeding, it must have seemed Gaelic Catholics were broken and crushed forever, yet in 1615 the Ceithearn once again rose in arms against the Crown.

As for Cathaoirs wife and only surviving son, well they took to the mountains after escaping the massacre of Burt Castle. They were viciously hunted by the Sasanach until they escaped to Spain in 1612. Cathaoir g and his mother and aunt were taken in and cared for by the Nills, with Cathaoir g becoming a solider and officer in Eoghain Rua Nills regiment in the Spanish army. Cathaoir g or Cathaoir of the Sword as he became known, landed with Eoghain Rua during the Filleadh Na nIarla on the 6 Iil 1642 at Doe Castle in Tr Chonaill in order to lead and continue the fight for Irelands freedom and independence.


Saint Dymphna – A Role Model for our Youth

1 Bealtaine, 2008
Author: Martina Caffrey
Issue: 25 – May 2008

Saint Dymphna – A Role Model for our Youth
Ireland was once known as the Land of Saints and Scholars.

Our Catholic faith was strong and kept alive through all difficulties over the centuries through the faith of the people. It is a source of national pride for us as Irish people to know that our country was seen as such a devoted and spiritual place for so long. Ireland spread the Good News to so many different countries bringing our Catholic faith with us wherever we went and succeeding in bringing countless numbers to the True Faith. It is true that in recent years this devotion has faded. The Ireland we live in today is but a shadow of what it once was. What a fitting time then for us to turn to those saints, those heroic Catholic martyrs and teachers who once spread the True Faith to the world and ask for their intercession and help in bringing the Catholic religion back into Ireland. We all know the more famous Irish saints such as Saint Patrick and Saint Brigid. They are our primary patron saints and we should turn to them in prayer for our country more often. However there are hundreds of other saints who are not so well known and who we should consider in our prayers. I have to admit that when I tried to think of the names of some of the other Irish saints, I struggled. We need all the help we can get in this battle to keep the Catholic faith alive in Ireland, so some knowledge and some thought towards our lesser known Irish saints might inspire and remind us just how many saints we Irish have in Heaven who are all eager to help us if we just ask them.

Saint Dymphna is one of those lesser known Irish saints. Her feast day of May 15th makes it fitting to mention her now. There are many prayers and devotions to this virgin martyr and many people will probably know or recognise her name. Saint Dymphna is the patron saint of people afflicted with nervous or mental disturbances. This makes her a fitting saint to pray to in these times as she may be able to help those in our country who are suffering the emotional or mental problems that are spreading more widely in our society. We have seen the levels of alcohol, drugs, suicide and mental health problems rise in recent times here in Ireland. By interceding with Saint Dymphna for those troubled with these problems we may be able to bring some healing to our youth and to those in need of our help. Saint Dymphna is also an example to the youth on the virtue of purity and how important it is to try and keep this virtue no matter how difficult the circumstance. She was born in the seventh century. Her father was a pagan chieftain and her mother was a very beautiful and devout Christian. Dymphna mirrored her mothers beauty and all throughout the land commented on how beautiful she was. When she was only fourteen, her mother died and her father was so heart-broken that he became inconsolable. This grief led to him suffering a mental collapse. His advisers suggested that he should find himself a second wife. The king agreed to this but only on the condition that his second wife look exactly the same as his first wife. Messengers were sent all over Ireland to try and find a noble woman who looked like the former queen. These attempts were fruitless as none could be found. It was then that his advisers had the idea that he should marry his own daughter as it was widely known that she was a living likeness of her mother. At first the king resisted but then his mental turmoil and his need for a wife drove him to agree to this scheme. He brought the subject up with Dymphna who was appalled and disgusted with the very idea. She refused and chastised him for even suggesting such an idea. She told him that she was a Christian and that she would not give in to his pagan beliefs. The king tried everything from flattery to pleading to threats to try and make her change her mind but she was firm in her faith and would not be tempted.

Saint Dymphna turned to her priest for advice and he told her that it would be best to flee from the castle. This she did along with her priest, Fr. Gerebern, and two friends. They found loyal sailors who rowed them across the sea to Antwerp in modern Belgium. The small group then settled in Gheel which was a little village near a shrine dedicated to Saint Martin de Tours. Over the next three months, Dymphna soon endeared herself to the local people through her kindness and acts of mercy. She was seen by them as an angel of mercy. Soon however spies from her fathers kingdom arrived in Gheel and as they used the same coins which Dymphna used in the local inn, the inn keeper innocently revealed to them where Dymphna lived. The king was informed and he immediately set out for Gheel. Again he pleaded and tried to coax Dymphna into agreeing to a marriage with him with the promises of riches and power and then turned to threats but it was still to no avail. She told him that she would rather die than to break the vow of virginity which she had made with her confessors guidance. In his mental affliction, an idea formed in his head that if the priest was killed, Dymphna would no longer have him there as a moral support. The king gave orders for Fr. Gerebern to be beheaded. This plan did not work as he had intended however and Dymphna remained steadfast in her faith telling her father that Nothing will induce me to offend Jesus Christ. The king had to admit defeat but he had promised vengeance if she refused him and so he carried this out. He ordered his men to kill her but they refused. They loved their princess for her gentleness of mind and heart and could not bring themselves to harm her. The king was furious and jumping up he took hold of his sword and beheaded his daughter. Saint Dymphna along with her confessor Fr. Gerebern were martyred in the year 620 when Dymphna had just turned fifteen. They were buried side by side in Gheel and over the centuries their graves have become a shrine and a place of pilgrimage for those who wish to seek Saint Dymphnas intercession for a loved one who is mentally afflicted.

Saint Dymphnas steadfastness in the face of temptation and danger should inspire us in our lives. We are often told to turn to the example of the saints for guidance in our daily lives and Saint Dymphnas story is one of those which should be used to inspire young people in their attempts to live a good Catholic life. Young people have so many distractions and temptations all clamouring for their attention and it is easy to lose their way. If we take some of our saints and use them as role models for our young people, we can give them the inspiration they need in times of trial. Saint Dymphna did not give up her beliefs and did not forsake her vow of virginity even in the face of death. How many more role models could we find if we took some time to read the life stories of our other Irish saints?

The Death of Christian Culture…

1 Bealtaine, 2008
Author: Gary Brady
Issue: 25 – May 2008

The Death of Christian Culture…
The Death of Christian
culture & The Restoration of Christian culture
By John Senior

Your great-great grandfather cleared the earth
Your great-grandfather laboured on the earth
Your grandfather turned a profit from the earth
Then your father sold the earth to become a bureaucrat

Now you, my little man, you dont know what to do
In your little 3 room apartment – too expensive and cold in the winter
You want something to call your own
And you dream at night of having your own little piece of earth.

Your great-great grandmother, she had 14 kids
Your great grandmother had about as many
Then your grandmother had three, that was enough for her

Your mom didnt want any, you were an accident
Now you, my little lady, change partners all the time
When you screw up you save yourself by aborting
But there are mornings you awake crying
When you dream in the night of a large table surrounded by little ones.

The lyrics to this surprise hit in Canada for the Quebecois folk band Mes Aieuxand will shock many for their portrayal of the culture of death in which they live today.

Yet the fact that the song continues and ends up suggesting that we forget all about it and dance the night away is a classic example of the narcissism that is rampant amongst many of todays youth, including the Irish. The realisation that something is very wrong indeed is commonplace among the young; the increasing workload and lack of leisure time to enjoy any financial benefits, the lack of accountability of politicians elected, the housing crises and the frightening debt to which the young are expected to chain themselves to, are not completely lost on them. Yet they look around and see no answers to their plight. Does it lay with Fianna Fails shallow political philosophy which appears to be grab what you can while the going is good or perhaps Sinn Feins wrapping of a tri-colour around a failed Marxist ideology may appeal to some, but not many. The young soon grow out of believing in a Socialism which means nothing in practical reality and once married with children often leave behind even the imbibed politically-correct philosophies which always seem to be aligning ones-self with the perpetrators rather than the victims of crime.

Yet the answers are out there, hidden amongst the dusty bookshelves of our Fathers, in those books chucked in skips parked next to the latest convent being renovated to make way for more flats, in the Catholic libraries on sale for one euro to make way for the latest Hans Urs von Balthasar monstrosity. The Faheys, McNabbs, Cahills and dozens of other Irish heroes await fresh converts to the cause of the social teaching of the Church and the awakening that follows.
IHS Books continue to fight the good fight in the reprinting of two such works by someone whose name arguably deserves to be mentioned alongside such men. John Senior, was best known for his outstanding work as leader of the University of Kansas Integrated Humanities Program, which he developed and ran with two colleagues at the University. The programmes aim was to convince students that there is a truth, and that the truth is worth knowing; its controversial method was the cultivation of poetic knowledge, through real-life immersion in reading, memorisation, and discussion of the classics of Western thought, art, and literature. Its controversial outcome was hundreds of conversions to Catholicism.

However Senior is best known for two outstanding books he wrote titled The Death of Christian culture and The Restoration of Christian culture. They have been printed and reprinted on a number of occasions by different publishers, always ending up out of print due to high demand and just when the publishers think that there is no more interest, a new generation of converts to the cause mature and once again there is a thirst for these two gems.

Seniors Thomistic style of writing is enjoyable, often positing a negative view before putting forward a positive, for example on home schooling:

Although there is a certain degree of looking inward that is necessary to families at times, it seems to me that home schooling can lead to a unique danger of looking inward too much in a way that can stir up pettiness and concerns growing way out of proportion with their reality. For our family, home schooling makes it easier to look outward because were doing it as a family and helping our children begin to understand how to live out their faith in charity to others and to begin to see that the Church has the answers to what troubles people in the world. How does one look outward? Sometimes it involves allowing the book-learning to be less-than-perfect in order to spend time on other important things – community involvement, Church activities, works of charity, etc. Many of these will provide opportunities to gain that wonderful thing called Perspective. Another aspect of this is books and movies that make us think and grow – especially those that require some sorting out and making distinctions… together.

These books can in some ways be compared to a series of sermons on topics social, cultural, and political. They sound the alarm regarding the continuing extinction of the cultural patrimony of ancient Greece, Rome, medieval Europe, and the early modern period of Western civilization, owing to the pervasive bureaucratisation, mechanisation, and standardisation of the increasingly materialistic lives of those living in the first world. Moving beyond mere criticism, however, the sermons offer challenging and provocative ideas for recapturing the cultural traditions bequeathed to the West and to the world by its giants of classical and Christian history. The admirable aim of these two books is the bringing of the wisdom of Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, to note just a few, into touch with the social, political and personal life of the modern citizens of Western civilisation.

In his moving introduction to the Restoration volume, Seniors son Andrew remarks:

The printing of this new edition is the cause of great delight and renewed hope that all is not yet lost. The fact that there has been so much interest in and finally a demand for it is itself a sign of the efficacious nature of this work. It is hoped that this book will provide a vision of Christian culture, and light the way for yet another generation.

Available from IHS.com

Benedict in America

1 Bealtaine, 2008
Issue: 25 – May 2008
Benedict in America
Pope Benedict XVIs visit to America began on a sensitive note before even touching down on U.S soil: by addressing the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the faith of Catholics in America in recent years saying that he was deeply ashamed of the pedophile priests actions.

He emphasised the importance of the message in his remarks to the U.S. Bishops and his meetings a day later with abuse victims from Boston. While many American Catholics will wait for action, the promise to absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry is nonetheless encouraging. While the Holy Father set the stage for his visit by putting the abuse scandal front-and-centre, he came with messages for different constituencies as he met and addressed each in turn.

From the personal greeting at Andrews Air Force Base and the 21-gun salute to the singing of happy birthday by the 13,500 person crowd (the largest reception ever at the White House) and the U.S. Army Chorus moving performance of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, Americans were enthralled with the scene on an absolutely perfect day in Washington. For a man famous for disliking pomp and state functions, President Bush pulled out all the stops to welcome the Pope to America. Remarks by the Holy Father were equally welcome: From the dawn of the Republic, Americas quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order based on the dominion of God the Creator. For an increasingly secular country, to have God so present was a welcome sight.

The Popes meetings with various interreligious representatives and address to the United Nations stressed the importance of human dignity and religious freedom and the links between the two. The Holy Father stressed that human rights are increasingly being presented as the common language and the ethical substratum of international relations. At the same time, the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of human rights all serve as guarantees safeguarding human dignity.

While many may debate whether the Papal visit was successful, the impression made on Catholics, America, and the World community through his actions and speeches may well have a lasting effect.


The plot against the Church

1 Bealtaine, 2008
Issue: 25 – May 2008
The plot against the Church
The Evil Plans of Freemasonry Directed Against the Catholic Church

Official Guidelines to Inaugurate the Golden Age of Blessed Peace from Office for Antichrist!

Issued by the Masons in Italy just prior to Vatican II. Here is how it reads:

Effective March 1962 (The Aggiormento of Vatican II). All warlocks (officers) shall report on the progress of these critical directives!

1. Remove St. Michael, the protector of the Catholic Church from every prayer whether inside or outside of the Mass, once and for all. Remove all of his statues. Say that it detracts from Christ.

2. Put a stop to practice of penance during Lent, such as eating no meat on Fridays, or fasting. Halt any acts of self-denial. Replace by acts of joy, happiness and love of neighbour. Say that Christ already won Heaven for us and that the efforts of humans are to no avail.

3. Assign Protestant Ministers to revise and de-sacredlise the Mass. Instigate doubts suggesting that the Eucharist is closer to the Protestants belief, that it is only bread and symbolic.

4. Stop all Latin in Mass Liturgy, and devotions and songs. It lends a feeling of mystery and respect. Show it up as mumbo-jumbo of soothsayers. People will then stop thinking that priests are of superior intelligence.

5. Encourage the ladies to remove their hats in Church:- hair is sexy. And demand to be Acolytes and Priestesses. Base it on the Constitution. Start a womens liberation.

6. Stop Communicants from kneeling to receive the Host. Tell nuns to stop the children from folding their hands to and from Communion. Tell them that God loves them as they are, and wants them to be perfectly relaxed.

7. Stop sacred organ music. Bring in guitars, jews harps, drums and stomping of the feet. This will prevent any personal prayer or conversation with Jesus. Dont give Jesus time to call children to religious vocations.

8. Profane hymns to the Mother of God, St. Joseph. Call it idolatry. Replace with Protestant songs. This will imply that the Catholic Church is finally admitting that Protestantism is the true religion, or at least equal to the Catholic Church.

9. Replace all hymns, even to Jesus. This reminds people of their sweet childhood, which will in turn remind them of the peace that came from living a rigorous life of self-denial and penance for God. Bring in only new songs to convince people that the former rites were somehow wrong. Be sure to have at least one song in each Mass that never mentions Jesus but only love of humans. The young will be enthusiastic about love of neighbour.

10. Remove all saints relics from altars and then remove the altars themselves. Replace with pagan unblessed tables which will be used to offer live sacrifice at Satan Masses. Repeal the Church law that says that Mass in Churches can only be said on altars containing saints relics.

11. Stop the practice of saying Mass before the Holy Eucharist in the Tabernacle. Do not allow any tabernacles on the tables used for the Mass. Make the table look like a dinner table. Make it portable, to imply that it is not sacred, but could do double duty for anything such as a conference table or for playing cards. Later put at least one chair at this table. Make the priest sit in this after Communion to signify that he rests after his meal. Never let the priest kneel at Mass, nor genuflect-people dont kneel at meals.

12. Remove saints from the Church calender, a few at a time. Forbid the priests the right to talk about saints unless mentioned in the Gospel. Say that there might be Protestants in the Church who would not like it.

13. When introducing the Gospels, drop the word saint in Gospel according to Saint John or any other saint. Simply say, Gospel according to John. This will imply that people should not honour them any more. Keep rewriting Bibles until identical to Protestants!

14. Remove and destroy all personal prayer books. This will stop Litanies to the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and preparation for Communion. It will also effectively reduce thanksgiving after Communion to a sham.

15. Remove all statues and pictures of angels. Why have statues of our enemies around? Call it a myth or a bedtime story.

16. Eliminate the Minor Order of Exorcist for expelling devils. Work hard on this one. Sell the idea that there is not a real Devil. Say it is the Bibles way of representing evil and there cant be a good story without a villain. Then they will not believe in Hell either and will never be afraid of going there. Say that Hell is nothing more but being away from God and what is so bad about that?

17. Teach that Jesus was only a human, who had brothers and sisters and He hated the establishment. Say that He loved the company of prostitutes especially Mary Magdalene. Say that He had no use for Churches or Synagogues.

18. Remember that you can cause nuns to quit by appealing to their vanity, charm and beauty; make them change their habits which will automatically make them throw away their rosaries. Show the world that there is dissension in their convents and vocations will dry up.

19. Burn all Catechisms. Tell religion teachers to teach love of Gods people instead of love of God. Tell them it is mature to love openly. Make sex a common word in religion classes. Make sex a new religion.

20. Close all Catholic schools by reducing the number of nuns vocations. Say that nuns are just underpaid social workers and the Church is getting rich off of them.

21. Destroy the Pope by destroying his empire of universities. Separate universities from the Pope by saying that the government would then be glad to give them grants of money. Change the names of religious institutions to profane names such as Immaculate Conception School to Compton Heights School. Call it ecumenical.

22. Attack the Popes authority by setting an age limit on his services. Reduce this gradually. Say that you are keeping him from being overworked.

23. Be bold, weaken the Pope by setting up a Bishops Synod. The Pope will then be a figurehead as England is ruled by the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The King takes orders from them. Then weaken the bishops authority by setting up a counterpart at the priests level. Say that the priests are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Then weaken the priests authority by setting up lay groups to boss the priests. There will be so much hatred developed that even Cardinals will leave the Church. Say that the Church is now democratic. Praise the New Collegiality.

24. Reduce priests vocations by losing the respect of the laity. One scandal of a priest in politics will lose thousands of vocations. Praise fallen away priests who give up everything for the love of a woman. Call them heroic. Honour laicised priests as true martyrs who were being so oppressed that they couldnt take it any longer.

25. Start closing churches because of lack of priests. Call it economising and good business practise. Say that God listens to prayers anywhere so churches are extravagant.

26. Use lay commissions and weak faith priests to quickly condemn and disapprove of any new apparitions of the Blessed Mother or any alleged miracles especially of St. Michael the Archangel. Be absolutely certain that none whatever get approval after Vatican II. Then call it disobedience to authority if anybody follows messages or repeats them or even thinks about them.

27. Pass a law to disband the Curia each time a new Pope comes in. This is certain to ensure that the Curia will contain many radicals and modernists.

28. Elect an Anti-Pope. Say that he will bring the Protestants back into the Church and maybe even the Jews. Anti-Pope can be elected by giving the vote to the bishops. There will be so many Popes nominated that an Anti-Pope will get in as a compromise Pope.

29. Eliminate confession before First Holy Communion for 2nd and 3rd grade children so they will not bother about confession before communion when they get into 4th or 5th or higher grades either. Confession will then disappear.

30. Get women and laity to give Communion. Say that this is the Age of the Laity. Start giving Communion in the hand like the Protestants instead of on the tongue-say that Christ did it this way. Collect some for Satan Masses. Then replace individual Communion by a bowl of wafers to be taken on leaving the church. Say that they will then carry Gods gift into their daily lives. Install Communion vending machines, call them Tabernacles.

31. After Anti-Pope reigns, disband Synod of Bishops, Priests Unions, and lay advisor groups. Forbid any religious to engage in politics without permission. Say that God loves humility and hates glory seekers.

32. Give supreme power to Pope to select his successors. Order the Mark of the Beast on all true lovers of God under pain of excommunication.

33. Declare all former Church Dogmas false except the Dogma of Infallibility. State that Jesus Christ was a revolutionary that didnt make it. Say that the true Christ will soon come.

34. Order all subjects of the Pope to fight in Holy Crusades to spread the One World Religion. Satan knows where all lost gold is! Ruthlessly conquer the world. This will give to humanity what they have always yearned for-the Golden Age of Peace.

Look at how many items the Masonic forces have already accomplished. We must fight the changes in the Church with all our might for they are coming from Satan himself.

Please in your own personal way and by your example try to rectify these grave errors by doing exactly what they do not wish you to do, and in so doing, continue to give respect, glory and honour to God and His Saints.

Song: Queen Of The May

1 Bealtaine, 2008
Issue: 25 – May 2008
Song: Queen Of The May
Queen Of The May

Bring flowers of the rarest,
Bring blossoms the fairest,
From garden and woodland, and hillside and dale,
Our full hearts are swelling,
Our glad voices telling,
The praise of the loveliest Flower of the Vale

Chorus:
O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today
Queen of the angels and Queen of the May
O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today
Queen of the angels and Queen of the May
Their lady they name thee.
Their mistress proclaim thee,
Oh grant that thy children on earth be as true,
As long as the bowers
Are radiant with flowers,
As long as the azure shall keep it’s bright hue.
Chorus.

Sing gaily in chorus,
The bright angel’s o’er us
Re-echo the strains we bring upon earth.
Their harps are repeating,
The notes of our greeting,
For Mary herself is the cause of our mirth.

Mary our model

1 Bealtaine, 2008
Author: Cathal Broin
Issue: 25 – May 2008

Mary our model
The modern world needs to look less to pop stars and fashion models and more to true role models model people people who truly set the standard of how a person ought to be. Our Catholic Faith teaches us that we were created to know, love and serve God. To be reasonably happy in this life and perfectly happy in the next.

Our models are the saints, and to whom could we better look to as a model person (after Christ of course), than to Mary, the Mother of God. All of humanity can find in her the measure of what it is to be a perfect person. Whether they be man or woman, rich or poor, married, religious or single, all peoples of all ages can find in Mary more wisdom than a thousand books. She is a constant source of inspiration to those who pray to her and meditate on her life. In her we find hope. For she is our heavenly hero, a mother of mercy for all who turn to her. As she waits, with her maternal heart, watching over the world, she is forever ready to impart extraordinary graces to all those who seek her intercession.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that saints are people too. If they are different to others it is only that in life they loved God as He ought to be loved. Mary was created in Gods plan to be the Mother of Christ, and so was given the special privilege of an Immaculate Heart. But she still had to live. It wasnt all simply predestination. She had to choose. She had to struggle – even though we know that she never sinned. Do you think that she did not have to suffer any temptations? Of course she did, but it was how she responded that mattered. The Angel Gabriel saluted her as being full of grace. Her heart was full of love of God, and so, had no room in it for worldly attachments. It is love of ourselves and love of the world that can easily pull us down in the time of temptation. If we are truly full of the love of God, then no temptation, no matter how violent or persistent, can have power over us.

Everybody suffers temptations. They should not be a cause of shame or worry to us. They are simply the promptings of hell, trying to lure us from our heavenly destiny, to ensnare us in sin. It is only how we respond that matters.

We would most likely be shocked if we knew the assaults that Mary suffered. We can be very sure, as is the nature of good and evil that just as she was picked out by God to bring Goodness Himself into the world, so she was targeted, more than anyone else ever was, by the devil and his legions, to suffer, like no other mere human ever had to or ever will.

May is known as the Month of Mary. It is traditionally a time of special devotion to She who is the greatest of saints. There are of course many excellent things we can do. The Rosary, the Scapular, the Miraculous medal, etc., are all gifts from the Mother of God to help us to grow as Her spiritual children. We can be sure that we will gain extraordinary graces from all these things, to help us in our lives but it doesnt stop there. We must play our part we must try to imitate Her great virtues. We must be living children of Mary, living examples of Faith, hope and charity of chastity, humility and obedience.

The first act of disobedience came when the devils fell from Heaven, after Lucifer said non serviam to God I will not serve. Then came the fall of Adam and Eve, when they disobeyed a simple commandment given to them to test their loyalty to God. Through these prideful acts of disobedience, all evil was unleashed unto creation. How could anything be saved, one might wonder, after such defiance of the Creator?

Mary was the pivot, the gate of mercy. She brought to the world a second chance, one that it did not deserve. She became the second Eve, and Her words were the opposite of what had set the world and all of creation wrong. She said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord! Be it done unto me according to Thy word. She said that She was the handmaid, the servant, and with this spirit, She said yes! She gave herself entirely to God, so that He could do with her whatever He wished. We need to try to imitate this heroic self-giving. We need to try to surrender our will, our freedom completely to Our Creator. Rather than be slaves to the world, we should freely became servants of God, and who knows what He will accomplish in us. Where thy heart is, there also is thy treasure. If our treasure is in Heaven we shall have riches beyond measure!

So, Mary obeyed God She said yes in a life of total surrender. Obedience is born of, and lives with, humility. These two virtues must both go together. Obedience is essentially to act as a servant with the humility to know that God is first, that God is King. The devil said that he would not serve because he thought he knew better than God Himself. Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit because they wanted to be like unto Gods. They did not trust in God, but they trusted a serpent. How could they be so blind? Temptation brings distortion, and sin casts darkness on the mind and heart.

What use would it be to make a beautiful May altar if our hearts are ugly, consumed in worldliness? and , what good would it do to decorate such an altar with the choicest of roses, if our hearts are choked with weeds and thistles? All our devotion is shallow if we are not willing to amend our lives. Let our gift to Mary in this month of May be our hearts. Let us ask Her in humility to help us to become better people.

What would it cost us to meditate on the life of Mary during the month of May, even for five minutes a day, and to pray for her virtues? And what about a few acts of faith, of humility, of kindness in honour of the Blessed Virgin? We followers of Christ are supposed to be living witnesses to the goodness of God, but unfortunately, all too often, the only thing that the world sees from a so-called Christian is an impatient Pharisee sitting in judgement. This is not supposed to be so. We need our prayers as a means of sanctification, and we also need our neighbours. Every insult borne with patience, every fault ignored, every inconvenience swallowed when we accept the penance that comes from simply interacting with other people, we can show charity, acquire virtue and accumulate treasure in Heaven.

Little things do make a big difference. Take everyday situations. One could easily think why should I let that person go in front of me in the queue? or why should I give the nicer cream bun to my brother? I quite fancy the one on the right, it has more jam topping! What do we gain when we always seek to get our own way, when we always put ourselves first? We soon become like spoilt children, and every slight thing that goes against our wills becomes an excruciating torture. Then, the faade we have draped over our ego always seems to be slipping down, and we are always on the defensive, terrified that we might be seen as less than we suppose ourselves to be.

Modern pop-psychology teaches us to be confident in ourselves. True confidence can only be in found in Christ. What cause have I of confidence in my own goodness? It is like being confident in a horse without legs, to think that it can somehow win a race. We cannot be saints by our own. Without God with can do nothing.

Mary shows us the true way to success. It was not that She was clever, it was that She had Faith, for God alone occupied Her mind and heart it was not that She was self-confident, it was that She had Hope, for in Her humility She could see the Greatness of God and it wasnt that She was calculating, it was that She had Charity, for She listened for the voice of God and obeyed Him in everything.

Mary our model teach us how to be good.

Day of the Loolah

1 Bealtaine, 2008
Issue: 25 – May 2008
Day of the Loolah
The surprise announcement by Bertie Ahern that he is stepping down as Taoiseach this month has provoked a tsunami of speculation.

Amid crocodile tears and lavish praise for the man they hounded, the controlled media has been happy to put the sudden resignation down to the exposure of Aherns alleged financial irregularities, following his sundry appearances at the on-going Mahon Tribunal.
While the Tribunal undoubtedly left Ahern in a weakened position, it was hardly serious enough to warrant his immediate departure from the office of leader; a move that was widely expected to take place later this year.

The largely pro-EU media has been notably reluctant to highlight the obvious reason for Aherns sudden bail-out; namely, the Establishments concern over the impact Berties shenanigans were likely to have on the result of the upcoming Lisbon Treaty referendum.

Had he continued in office, the negative coverage seeping out of Mahon was guaranteed to undermine Ahern, and by extension the Yes campaign, in the eyes of voters. The concern was that this would lead to a backlash at the polls and hand an easy victory to the No campaign.

Sure enough, his announcement, amid a miasma of schmaltz, had the effect of winning a wave of sympathy for the man as well as providing a surge of goodwill for his successor Brian Cowen. For a time it seemed as if the Yes to Lisbon folk had pulled off a master stroke and that the referendum was in the bag.

As events have transpired Ahern, who once famously described opponents of Lisbon as loolahs, may have jumped too soon. The man who once determined to rail-road homosexual marriage legislation into Irish law may have fallen foul of a prominent practitioner of the vice.

Peter Mandelson, the English homosexual who once lorded over the Six-Counties as British Home Secretary there, now swans around Brussels in his capacity as EU Commissioner for Trade.

The notoriously haughty Mandelson has incensed Irish farmers by his offer to cut EU supports on agricultural exports by 70 per cent as part of a concessions deal in World Trade Organisation talks. Such a deal would devastate Irish agriculture, putting tens of thousands out of work and costing the Irish economy 4 billion.

The overall effect has been to drive the once staunchly pro-EU Irish Farmers groups into the No to Lisbon camp. Unless the Irish government can persuade Mandelson to bend the other way, the growing legion of loolahs may well have the last laugh in this matter.