Monday, 10 November 2014

Pope speakes with forked tongue.

Do you remember the old "Cowboys and Indian" films. One of the Indians would say "white man speak with forked tongue".

Well now we know that Pope Francis "speak with forked tongue". He told the Synod Fathers they could be free in what they said. Don't be afraid speak what is truly on your mind.
Yeh right as they say in Dublin. He demotion of Cardinal Burke proves the opposite. Any one who speaks in defense of Tradition be afraid, be very afraid.

Cardinal Burke is seen as the leader of the traditional faction and has received his punishment for speaking freely. He has been sacked as president of the Apostolic Signatura and given the nominal position of Patron of the Order of Malta.

There is though a silver lining , now that His  Eminence is not tied to any Roma Curial position it frees him up considerably. He is now free to say what he wants and long may he do so.

Make no mistake, Cardinal Burke is a genuine son of the Church. He speaks clearly and lives his life simply. Unlike the Holy Father who says one thing and means another. Francis is a consummate  politician who lacks true humility. He  projects a particular lifestyle but that is all it is.

There are already enough myths around the Pope . First he lives simply in St. Marthas. Not really this pope has more space than all his predecessor. He now has both the Apostolic Palace which he works in and also his rooms in St Martha's.
He refuses to wear the papal shoes but his so called simple black shoes cost more as they are a special orthopedic shoes.
He drives around in a Ford Focus in between 3 to 4 large 4x4 police cars. Sorry but if you wanted to live a simple life would it not be easier to sit in one of the police cars.
His famous who am I to judge when it comes to gays was preceded by a letter as Bishop of Buenos Aires calling gay marriage diabolical.

I don't always agree with Cardinal Burke but at least with him you get what you see. He says what he means. Unlike the Pope who speaks with forked tongue. Our Lord taught us to speak  simply " Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil".

We ought to pray for Cardinal Burke, pray that the Lord will give him the strength to continue to be a Paul to Peter.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Traditional Latin Mass Pilgrimage to Knock

The Traditional Latin Mass pilgrimage will take place in Knock on September 6th .
The pilgrimage will begin with a Missa Canatata at 2pm followed by Stations of the Cross and then Benediction. All ceremonies take place in the Parish Church.

Knock Shrine has a traditional Latin Mass every second Sunday of the month at 5.30pm in the Parish Church.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Cloyne Diocesan changes 2014

Most Rev William Crean has accepted the resignation from office of V. Rev Tom Browne, PP Youghal, V. Rev. Dan Gould, PP Killavullen, and V Rev. Neilus O’Donnell, PP, Rathcormac,to come into effect on 6th September.

Bishop Crean has made the following appointments in the Diocese of Cloyne with effect from Saturday September 6th:

V Rev David Herlihy, PP Newmarket, to be PP Youghal
Rev Francis Manning, CC Macroom, to be PP Newmarket
Rev Eamon McCarthy, CC Freemount, to be CC Macroom


V Rev Michael Leamy, Adm Cobh, to be PP Rathcormac
Rev John McCarthy, CC Cobh, to be Adm. Cobh

Rev Gerard Condon, Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education, to be PP Killavullen and Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education (Post-Primary)


Rev Jim Killeen, Pastoral Coordinator, to further studies
Rev Jim Moore, CC, Mallow, to be Diocesan Secretary
Rev Paul Bennett, further studies, to be CC Mallow


Rev Patrick Relihan, Chaplain, Colaiste na Trionoide, Youghal, to further studies
Rev Michael Murphy, CC Youghal, to sabbatical leave                     
Rev Patrick Corkery, CC Inch, to be CC Youghal
Rev Damien Lynch, CC Fermoy, to be chaplain Colaiste na Troinoide, Youghal
Rev Mark Hehir, seconded to Diocese of Cork and Ross, to be CC Fermoy

Rev Gabriel Burke, CC Carrigtwohill, to be CC Mitchelstown
Rev James Greene, CC Mitchelstown, to be CC Carrigtwohill


Rev Sean Corkery to be Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education (Primary) and Director of Adult Faith Formation

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wednesday, 5th week of Lent

Daniel 3:14-20,24-25,28
King Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, is it true that you do not serve my gods, and that you refuse to worship the golden statue I have erected? When you hear the sound of horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, or any other instrument, are you prepared to prostrate yourselves and worship the statue I have made? If you refuse to worship it, you must be thrown straight away into the burning fiery furnace; and where is the god who could save you from my power?’ Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘Your question hardly requires an answer: if our God, the one we serve, is able to save us from the burning fiery furnace and from your power, O king, he will save us; and even if he does not, then you must know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the statue you have erected.’ These words infuriated King Nebuchadnezzar; his expression was very different now as he looked at Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. He gave orders for the furnace to be made seven times hotter than usual, and commanded certain stalwarts from his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the burning fiery furnace.
  Then King Nebuchadnezzar sprang to his feet in amazement. He said to his advisers, ‘Did we not have these three men thrown bound into the fire?’ They replied, ‘Certainly, O king.’ ‘But,’ he went on ‘I can see four men walking about freely in the heart of the fire without coming to any harm. And the fourth looks like a son of the gods.’
  Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, ‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego: he has sent his angel to rescue the servants who, putting their trust in him, defied the order of the king, and preferred to forfeit their bodies rather than serve or worship any god but their own.’

John 8:31-42
To the Jews who believed in him Jesus said:
‘If you make my word your home
you will indeed be my disciples,
you will learn the truth
and the truth will make you free.’
They answered, ‘We are descended from Abraham and we have never been the slaves of anyone; what do you mean, “You will be made free”?’ Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
everyone who commits sin is a slave.
Now the slave’s place in the house is not assured,
but the son’s place is assured.
So if the Son makes you free,
you will be free indeed.
I know that you are descended from Abraham;
but in spite of that you want to kill me
because nothing I say has penetrated into you.
What I, for my part, speak of
is what I have seen with my Father;
but you, you put into action
the lessons learnt from your father.’
They repeated, ‘Our father is Abraham.’ Jesus said to them:
‘If you were Abraham’s children,
you would do as Abraham did.
As it is, you want to kill me
when I tell you the truth
as I have learnt it from God;
that is not what Abraham did.
What you are doing is what your father does.’
‘We were not born of prostitution,’ they went on ‘we have one father: God.’ Jesus answered:
‘If God were your father, you would love me,
since I have come here from God;
yes, I have come from him;
not that I came because I chose,
no, I was sent, and by him.’

In the Gospel the listeners of Jesus emphasise they are descendant from Abraham. Our faith is based on a relationship with Christ and through Him we have entered the community of love , The Blessed Trinity.
That relationship has an effect on our lives. Like the three lads in the first reading, sometimes those decisions can bring us into difficult situations. Yet through their persistence in following God's Law the three lads change the kings attitude.
We, too, can have a similar effect on people. At times we may feel that we are alone, but like the lads in the fire, we will always have God and His angels with us. Through our faithfulness to the ways of God we too can change attitudes in people and bring about conversions.

Today we pray that we may deepen our relationship with Christ and allow that relationship to be seen in our everyday life.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tuesday, 5th week of Lent

Numbers 21:4-9
The Israelites left Mount Hor by the road to the Sea of Suph, to skirt the land of Edom. On the way the people lost patience. They spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in this wilderness? For there is neither bread nor water here; we are sick of this unsatisfying food.’
  At this God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to Moses, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede for us with the Lord to save us from these serpents.’ Moses interceded for the people, and the Lord answered him, ‘Make a fiery serpent and put it on a standard. If anyone is bitten and looks at it, he shall live.’ So Moses fashioned a bronze serpent which he put on a standard, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.

God has given His people so much, He has brought them out of slavery in Egypt, He has worked mighty deeds for them, namely, dividing the Red Sea, allowing them to walk through it and then allowing the Egyptians to die in it. He has led His people by day as a cloud and at night as fire. He has fed and watered them. Yet they have turned from Him. God has punished them with the snake bite but out of love He has also given them the remedy, a bronze serpent raised up.

God has given us so much yet at times we can be like the wandering Hebrew, we turn from God. We can drift into sin which leads to the snake bite and the poisoning of our soul . We to have a remedy, not a bronze serpent raised, but Christ Himself raised on the cross.
Through His death and resurrection Christ Himself has become our healer through the sacraments. He comes especially to heal our sins through the sacrament of confession.

We can also use the passion of Christ as a preventative measure in overcoming impatience or boredom with God. We ought to meditate on the passion of Christ frequently. We should get into the habit of meditating on the Gospels passion  scenes at least weekly.
By meditating on the passion we are constantly reminded of how much Jesus has suffered for us, how great His love is for us. Meditating on the passion helps us to keep the kettle of love on the boil, it helps increase our fervour and strengthens our zeal.
Meditating on the passion of Christ will help us overcome sin and when we do sin, help us to repent.