Veritable bloodletting by the Irish media on
all things Catholic
I must admit when I come to write these letters I’m at a loss as to how to proceed. To write up on the media is not a pleasant task. To write upon the media after their ‘homosexual marriage’ legislation referendum victory is something else. Its now a free for all. Its a veritable bloodletting the media along with the vast majority of politicians can’t contain themselves. As regards balance in treatment of the church well that's all but gone out the window. Need I point out all the instances where the catholic church and its teachings have been undermined. If there is not an outright attack on the church then it is an insidious one and this can be even worse because its hard to hold it to account as regards balance etc. Their attitude now it seems, as regards Catholicism is, lets mop the floor with them.
The coverage of the pope’s visit in America was abhorrent or better still not at all. The one time I did hear any reporting on it was focused on the Pope’s failure to mention and sympathise with victims of sex abuse. Of course they are always able to find the one priest who will get stuck into the pope as they did with an American based priest Fr Tom Doyle. Who said he was furious with the pope for not sympathizing with sex abuse victims and on he went for about ten minutes with his tirade, RTE only too happy to let him rant, without any perspective. When the pope spoke to the American senate RTE television reported that the pope spoke about immigration and poverty. But the pope also spoke about pro life and family values this was omitted from the RTE report. I heard this in a sermon. The priest went on to accuse RTE of censorship, not giving the full picture but only what suited their agenda.
Meanwhile you may be interested to know that one of the news presenters on RTE Jonathan Clinch or should I say Jonathan Rachel Clinch has announced that he is trans fluid gender (what's that) as announced by RTE. Jonathan doesn’t know if he is a man or a woman or maybe he thinks he is a man and woman. It was announced he (sorry she)??? Jonathan Rachel will be seen working around the newsroom office wearing women’s clothes. This poses some ethical questions such as does he use the men's loo or the women’s. Will RTE give him a women's clothes allowance or a man’s. Will it be Mr or Mrs or Miss. So we may have been wondering why RTE was so in favour of one view in the ‘marriage equality referendum’. I think we should pray for people like this who are mixed up and most likely have not had proper contact with the faith, that they will find God’s peace.
Basically there has been no let up. With RTE giving prominent air time about thirty minutes to Roisin Ingle an Irish times journalist and Tara ? who have had abortions. Roisin Ingle who had an abortion about 15 years ago said she had no regrets about her abortion and that she did the right thing. It was getting in the way of her career, to paraphrase her. This is so sad to have done this but to have no misgivings about it and to campaign that other women should be enabled and encouraged to go down such a disastrous road, well it's just the type of thing that RTE would serve up. No prizes for guessing RTE never under any circumstance give airtime to women who regret their abortions, who are in the vast majority.
Michael - from Wikipedia|
St Michal the Archangel protect us in our day of battle.
Skellig Michael has been hosting none other than the sequel to Star Wars that was made there a year or so ago. They have come back again the return of the Jedi. Of all the Islands in all the whole world they had to come to, Skellig Michael! This is the Island that was home to the Irish monks who lived there from the 8th century it is a Holy place and shouldn’t be utilised for such trivial events. There was one politician who spoke out against it, Michael Healy Ray which of course is a good thing but he was coming at it mostly from the perspective that it was a bird sanctuary and their natural habitat was being destroyed. Though a govt environmental agency said this was not the case. There was one priest who spoke out against it, publically anyway, he stated that it was a Holy site for centuries and shouldn’t be given over to such filming. It amounted to desecration. Amen. The govt of course had no problems with it. It was bringing in jobs to the area they said. Everything with them is weighed in pounds shillings and pence.
Just last week a 91 year old woman was fined 1500 euros by Dublin county council for having a satellite dish on the front of her house. She had just gotten it from her children as a birthday present. A bit harsh one would think given that Dublin county council is so remiss in carrying out its own responsibilities to go after a vulnerable 91 year old and drag her through the courts. As for this 91 year old, cable TV has brought unnecessary woes upon her, at this stage of her life she could have done without in fact at any stage of our life we can do without.
The BBC has for many years had religious programmes. Sunday worship I think it is called. RTE has been imitating them in this area as they like to do. Though I have noticed that it is a convenient cloak for attacking the church and passing off all sorts of spurious notions that they seek to pass as religious. As RTE demotes its airing of the Catholic Mass, its new dish that it is serving up is the programme ‘the leap of faith’. On it were; Patsy McGarry, the Irish times religious affair correspondent, no friend of the Catholic Church. Talking about pope Francis then the next half of the programme to give its listeners more ‘religious’ helping was a former RTE presenter Bibi Baskin who has just come back from India to talk about her experience of Ayuverdic Indian head massage, (just exactly what every Irish Catholic needs at the moment especially if you're sick and housebound and can't get to mass, the next best thing an Ayuverdic Indian head massage RTE would have us believe anyway).I could go on and on with similar instances.
If there is anyone here reading this who pays the TV licence especially if your Catholic or other Christian how can you in all honesty in all good conscience pay a TV licence. How can you reconcile it with your faith with the teachings of the Gospel to hand over your hard earned money to those who are going to attack the faith. The very faith you profess. In the book of 2 Macchabees 10,14-24 we read that Maccabeus sent Jews, soldiers of his army under his brother Simon to besiege the Idumeans who were harassing the Jews. 9000 of them (The Idumeans) barricaded themselves into two towers. When they were besieging them some of the men under Simon were were hungry took bribes from the Idumeans and let them escape. When Maccabeus found out he was angry and he accused these men of freeing the enemy to fight against them and he slew them. In a sense when we pay the TV licence we are aiding the enemy to fight against us. We may have to admit we are addicted to it. Well at least that's a start. Acknowledging the problem. It's the first step. Then take the next step or jump to the final step and just chucking the tv out. No more under the obligation to aid the enemies of the faith.
Anyway I shall finish here just a final word , to say that the media (according to the sermon ive heard)will be twisting the synod statements this way and that. Don’t depend on them for information go to good independent catholic sources for the outcomes.Prayer Crusader, St Rita - Dublin