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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Has Francis dressed down Cardinal Sarah over issue of translations of the liturgy?

On a Sunday, (October 15) of all days, Pope Bergoglio issued a letter to Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments on the matter of translations. 

Father Zuhsdorf has his take on it; particularly on the scumbags known as Massimo Faggioli, James Martin and Robert Mickens.

Pope tells Sarah power is indeed shifting from Rome to the bishops

Pope tells Sarah power is indeed shifting from Rome to the bishops
In a rare move, Pope Francis has issued a public letter to one of his own cardinals correcting their interpretation of one of his decisions. In a missive dated Oct. 15, Francis tells Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, head of the Vatican's liturgical department, that the pope's recent document 'Magnum Principium' does indeed mean a power shift away from Rome and toward local bishops' conferences.

Not all is OK in Oklahoma

Since the retirement of Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa and his replacement with David Konderla, there has been some controversy. First, there was the departure of exorcist Father Chad Rippenger and then that of the removal of a fledgling group of nuns, the Daughter of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope. 

The article below is a guest post by Laramie Hirch of The Hirsch Files.


The original modernist design 
of Sts. Peter and Paul.  Bare bones, 
vacuous, empty...modern.
I'm doing my best to try to not post much about the local Tulsa Catholic ordeal.  I never set out to be a reporter or any such thing.  Yet, if I don't document what has been happening in this particular diocese, I don't think anyone will.  And recently, something so beautiful--and, perhaps, even sad--has been occurring over the past month, and I think I would be neglectful to not share it.

But first, a few things.  I want to thank my online colleague, Vox Cantoris, for allowing me to share this information with you.  My blog, The Hirsch Files, is still currently down for various reasons, and I would otherwise have no way of sharing this story.  (Anyone who wishes to still view my blog and its archives can obtain an invitation by mailing me at nobious1 at gmail dot com.)

Next, some background.  Since September of last year (2016), I have been covering the incremental dismantling of the Traditional Catholic network in the Tulsa diocese.  This has been ongoing ever since the pro-Traditionalist Catholic Bishop Slattery went into retirement under Pope Francis, and was replaced with the young Bishop Konderla--a former college chaplain for Texas A&M University.  Since then, under this new bishop, Tulsa has witnessed the ouster of famed exorcist, Fr. Paul Ripperger, as well as the ouster of an order of nuns called the Daughters of Mary, led by Mother Miriam, host of Heart to Heart With Mother Miriam.  A wave of subtle and not-so-subtle changes against Tradition has been sweeping across the diocese.  For example, Vespers and ad orientum have been cancelled at the downtown Cathedral, much to the delight of the modernist priests in the diocese.

Another recent piece of sad news was the sabbatical of Fr. Timothy Davidson from Sts. Peter and Paul, the location of Tulsa's diocesan Latin Mass.  At this parish, Fr. Davidson oversaw Mass for the Novus Ordo English and Spanish communities, as well as the Tridentine Latin Mass.  Not only was Fr. Davidson loved by the community he worked for, but the conversion of his heart towards Tradition became known even to The Remnant.  It has been stated that Fr. Davidson left to take care of family out of state; however, one wonders if that is common practice for priests, and if perhaps something else is going on.  Fr. Davidson's absence has left the future of the diocesan TLM hanging on life support.

Which brings us to the recent phenomenon.


Before Fr. Davidson left Sts. Peter and Paul, he made sure to have a legacy plan in place.  Out of love for the communities that have formed around the parish, including the Latin community, Fr. Davidson made plans to perpetuate what he tried to build up for the glory of God.

Now, in order to perpetuate the TLM, Fr. Davidson made sure to teach another parish priest how to say the Latin Mass.  However, there was a problem.  This second priest did not speak English.  Therefore, an English-speaking deacon would give the homily.  This arrangement certainly has felt a bit dicey for that parish, and understandably, a few families have left the parish for the seemingly more secure FSSP parish across the Arkansas River.

The Latin community's continuation is also dubious because the Bishop of Tulsa has placed a priest in charge of the parish who is not, exactly, friendly to Tradition.  His approach, it has been said, has been rough around the edges, and it appears the new pastor has a hesitation to accept the new parish, being averse to Tradition.

Why do I say this about the new priest, and what has happened?

One of the first things that occurred with the arrival of the new priest was that ad orientum was abolished in the English and Spanish Masses.  The altar is a modernist "supper table" once more.  Furthermore, the new priest has insisted that it's okay for the laity to stand to receive communion irreverently in the hand.  And, I could be wrong, but I think the new priest intentionally does not help the Spanish-speaking priest with the TLM during communion--though he will dart in and give a homily now and then, darting out again when he's finished.

Beauty Under Siege

There is still a Spanish-speaking priest officiating the Universal Mass of the Ages at Sts. Peter and Paul.  The Anglos at the TLM don't understand him much, but they do understand his intentions--and struggles--to keep Traditional Catholicism alive.  The pressure upon the Spanish-speaking priest must be great, as he has not only the weight of the official parish priest to bear, but also the weight of Bishop Konderla's disdain for the TLM and the Traditionalist community.

Consequently, as a result of the undoing of the loving work of the former pastor, some families from the Spanish community have come over to the Latin Mass.  These families are tired of the modernist subversion tactics, and they seem to be going against the New Order that is being forced upon them by the new parish priest.  They are retreating towards Universalism.  They are escaping to the true Catholicism that once united the entire world.  And, I say again, these families are Spanish-speaking parishioners.  They have replenished the numbers of the Latin community.

For years, I can tell you, Fr. Davidson sought to do his best to merge the English-speakers and the Spanish-speakers into one community that would be universal.  That is the reason why the Mass was always in Latin.  Because it was a universal language that people of different cultures and languages could mutually understand together.  Yet, Fr. Davidson just couldn't pull it off during his tenure.  There were hang-ups in the past, for whatever reason.  Perhaps the Hispanic community was hesitant about the idea of the TLM, which was something they didn't understand.  Perhaps they were too comfortable with Mass being said in the vernacular.  Perhaps they took Fr. Davidson for granted when he was still in the parish.

However, now it is being demonstrated that a Spanish-speaking priest is trying to carry out the universal mission of the Catholic Church with the TLM.  And the Hispanic community at Sts. Peter and Paul are beginning to see that this priest--who can speak their language and understand their culture--is under a sort of attack.  And so they come to his aid with their numbers.  Are they acting out of love for true Catholicism, which they are beginning to understand now under the duress of struggle?  Is this merely a tribal reaction to show support for the Spanish-speaking priest?  I cannot tell which is the case, but this phenomenon is happening, and there is much potential for friendship and solidarity between the Hispanic and Anglo community.  

This little event at Sts. Peter and Paul is a microcosm of what the Universal Church is all about.  It is sad that it takes soft persecution, veiled threats, and struggle in order to come to something like this.  But it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in a church community in my entire life.


At long last, the Anglo and Hispanic communities at Sts. Peter and Paul are finding a place to have common ground.  They are uniting under the Latin Mass.

Will Sts. Peter and Paul return to
its spartan, blank style?
I pray that Bishop Konderla, the new priest at Sts. Peter and Paul, and all modernist priests in the Diocese of Tulsa consider this wonderful thing that has happened in the diocesan TLM community.  It is said that Bishop Slattery was once a sort of Baby Boomer bishop whose heart converted.  Dear Lord, please let it be the same with this parish's new priest and bishop.

There is more to the Catholic Faith than just liberal novelties stemming from the late 1960s.  The Faith can be as deep as the ocean if you allow it to be.  There is no end to the number of profound things that can occur in a Tradition that has been built up for 2,000 years.  Catholicism holds a vast arsenal of incredible truths and much potential beyond our imaginations--if only our modern pastors would stop fighting against it. 

There is nothing wrong with a Renaissance.  

Friday, 20 October 2017

Francis Bergoglio corrects Jesus Christ and manipulates the words of Holy Scripture

Greg Burke, the Bishop of Rome's spokesman, owes it to the Catholic faithful to state whether Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica is telling the truth in his statement of what Jorge Bergoglio said:
“Pope Francis has abolished the places where souls were supposed to go after death: hell, purgatory, heaven. The idea he holds is that souls dominated by evil and unrepentant cease to exist, while those that have been redeemed from evil will be taken up into beatitude, contemplating God.”
This is heresy. The heresy of "Annihilationism." It denies the eternal soul and the eternity of Hell. 

The second heresy is "Universalism." This is the heresy that everyone is saved. 

Sandro Magister has written this morning about the various times Jorge Bergoglio has either "corrected" Our Lord Jesus Christ or the Holy Apostles, or he has manipulated the words of Our Lord and Holy Scripture by not finishing the sentence.

It is a revealing and damning indictment of Bergoglio and the lapdog minions like Greg Burke who help him sell his snake oil.

What follows below are the highlights of the Gospel According to Bergoglio, the rest of this indictment can be read at:


On Wednesday, October 11, at the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square, Francis said that such a judgment is not to be feared, because “at the end of our history there is the merciful Jesus,” and therefore “everything will be saved. Everything.”

In the text distributed to the journalists accredited to the Holy See, this last word, “everything,” was emphasized in boldface.


At another general audience a few months ago, on Wednesday, August 23, Francis gave for the end of history an image that is entirely and only comforting: that of “an immense tent, where God will welcome all mankind so as to dwell with them definitively.”

An image that is not his own but is taken from chapter 21 of Revelation, but from which Francis was careful not to cite the following words of Jesus:

“The victor will inherit these gifts, and I shall be his God, and he will be my son. But as for cowards, the unfaithful, the depraved, murderers, the unchaste, sorcerers, idol-worshipers, and deceivers of every sort, their lot is in the burning pool of fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”


And again, in commenting during the Angelus of Sunday, October 15 on the parable of the wedding banquet (Matthew 22: 1-14) that was read at all the Masses on that day, Francis carefully avoided citing the most unsettling parts.

Both that in which “the king became indignant, sent his troops, had those murderers killed and their city burned.”

And that in which, having seen “one man who was not wearing the wedding garment,” the king ordered his servants: “Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the darkness; there shall be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth.”


On the previous Sunday, October 8, another parable, that of the murderous vine dressers (Matthew 21:33-43), had undergone the same selective treatment.

In commenting on the parable during the Angelus, the pope left out what the owner of the vineyard does to those farmers who killed the servants and finally the son: “He will put those wretches to a miserable death.” Much less did he cite the concluding words of Jesus, referring to himself as the “cornerstone”: “He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but when it falls on any one, it will crush him.”

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Gregory Baum is dead

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Gregory Baum is dead at 94.

Canada's peritus at the Second Vatican Council, theologian, priest, betrayer of his call, husband, sodomite, Protestant, father of the Winnipeg Statement, heretic, -- has gone to his judgement. 

Steve Jalsevac of LifeSiteNews has written:

"Msgr. Foy, whom I personally knew very well, possessed documents which claimed that Gregory Baum was a Marxist spy sent to Canada to infiltrate and corrupt the Catholic Church. That cannot be verified, but it is not beyond reason to consider the claim could be true, given the devastation that Baum caused in the Church."

I don't think there is any doubt that if Bella Dodd was telling the truth, this man was one of their "better" plants.

Whatever prayer can do him good at this time, - "may God have mercy upon his soul," for now, Gregory knows the terrible truth.

For more on Baum.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Well then George, if the Church must listen and respond to questions, then answer the Dubia!

Better to say nothing that I am thinking.  

Pope on interviews: Church must listen, respond to people’s questions

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Yerevan, Armenia, to Rome last year. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Yerevan, Armenia, to Rome last year. (CNS/Paul Haring)
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Replying to questions and giving interviews are a “pastoral risk” Pope Francis said he is prepared to take, because it is the best way to know and respond to people’s real concerns.
“I know this can make me vulnerable, but it is a risk I want to take,” the pope wrote in the introduction to a new book collecting transcripts of question-and-answer sessions he has held all over the world.
The collection in Italian, “Adesso Fate le Vostre Domande” (“Now, Ask Your Questions”), was edited by Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro and scheduled for release Oct. 19. The pope’s introduction was published Oct. 17 in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
“I want a church that knows how to enter into people’s conversations, that knows how to dialogue,” Pope Francis wrote.
The model is the Gospel account of the risen Lord’s meeting with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. “The Lord ‘interviews’ the disciples who are walking discouraged,” he said. “For me, the interview is part of this conversation the church is having with men and women today.”
The interviews and Q&A sessions “always have a pastoral value,” Pope Francis said, and are an important part of his ministry, just like inviting a small group of people to his early morning Mass each day.
The chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, “is, let’s say, my parish. I need that communication with people.”
And, in interviews, the journalists often ask the questions that are on the minds of the faithful, he said.
The most regular appointment he has for responding to questions is on the flights back to Rome from his foreign trips when he holds a news conference with the journalists who travel with him.
“There, too, on those trips, I like to look people in the eye and respond to their questions sincerely,” he wrote. “I know that I have to be prudent, and I hope I am. I always pray to the Holy Spirit before I start listening to the questions and responding.”
His favorite interviews, he said, are with small, neighborhood newspapers and magazines. “There I feel even more at ease,” the pope said. “In fact, in those cases I really am listening to the questions and concerns of common people. I try to respond spontaneously, in a conversation I hope is understandable, and not with rigid formulas.”
“For me,” he said, “interviews are a dialogue, not a lesson.”
Even when the questions are submitted in advance, the pope said he does not prepare his answers. Watching the person ask the question and responding directly is important.
“Yes, I am afraid of being misinterpreted,” he said. “But, I repeat, I want to run this pastoral risk.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Monday, 16 October 2017

It was Martha - the story of a woman who sought the pearl of great price

For twelve years now, I've republished this memorial to my late mother. How terrible of me, I had totally forgotten until early this afternoon, around the time of her passing, I saw a Tweet referring to the fact that today is the Feast of St. Hedwig and for reasons you will discover shortly, that made me recall this day. There are no coincidences.

Putting aside the insanity of Rome, may this lift your heart as it continues to life mine.


On October 16, 2006 in her 92nd year, my mother was called home to the LORD. She was a woman of great faith in God and taught many lessons to all those who came into contact with her. This was especially true in her last few years. She suffered the loss of her first grandson and then her first son from cancer and bore much physical suffering with faith, trust and humility.

October 16 is, according to the calendar for the Traditional Latin Mass, the Feast of St. Hedwig a medieval Polish duchess; she died on October 14, 1243. She was also maternal aunt of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, incidentally my maternal grandmother's name. So it was then for me a serendipitous moment when at the Mass that morning, the Epistle from the First Letter of Blessed Paul the Apostle to Timothy was read:

Dearly beloved: Honour widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children, or grandchildren, let her learn first to govern her own house, and to make a return of duty to her parents: for this is acceptable before God. But she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, let her trust in God and continue in supplications and prayers night and day. For she that liveth in pleasures is dead while she is living. And this give in charge, that they may be blameless. But if any man have not care of his own, and especially of those of his house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel. Let a widow be chosen of no less than threescore years of age, who hath been the wife of one husband having testimony for her good works, if she have brought up children, if she have received to harbour, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have ministered to them that suffer tribulation, if she have diligently followed every good work.

The Gospel was the parable about the "pearl of great price." Martha spent her life auctioning all for that pearl and I believe she found it.

A few days before she died it was my 50th birthday. We sat at the kitchen table eating dinner. I was feeding her and told her that 50 years ago we were in the same kitchen and at the same places at table except she was feeding me and now I was feeding her. We had a conversation and she told me that she was ready to go whenever God was to call her. Often we hear or read of those things that are “unexplained” except by coincidence, of course. To those who know and love God, “there are no coincidences.” Not even the fact that the Epistle read that day was one of the two options from the "Common of Holy Women."

That day started as many others. I woke my son for school, I got ready for work and before dashing out the door and bidding her adieu the home care assistant was there to help her get ready for the day and stay with her whilst I was at work.

I had gone to Mass at the Oratory on my lunch hour. I had just gotten back to work around 1:00 PM as the second aid arrived for the shift-change back at home. Her name was Bridget and as she arrived she went into the family room. My mother had only moments earlier complained to Cora, the morning aid, of difficulty breathing and then closed her eyes. Bridget yelled out her name, “Martha, Martha!” and gently slapped her. She stirred and let out a long breath.

My mother Martha, died.

I got the call moments later and on the way home it was clear from speaking to the paramedics that she was gone. She suffered a merciful cardiac arrest, yet because I refused to post a Do Not Resuscitate as experience taught me that would include choking to death, the paramedics were working on her with Adrenalin and heart paddles but were not having any success. I spoke to Bridget and told her that a priest from the local parish was on his way (the Sacrament of the Sick, what we used to call Extreme Unction had already been administered by one of her faithful Oratorian Priests a few weeks earlier.) I asked Bridget to go to my mother’s bedroom and retrieve the sick visit Crucifix from the wall above her bed. (This is a Crucifix which slides off and is placed in a stand; on either side are then candle holders and some of the necessary items for the Sacrament).

When I arrived home my mother’s eyes were open and she seemed semi-conscious but staring straight up to the ceiling, she was unresponsive. The priest arrived a few moments later and anointed her. She was transported to “St. Joe’s,” where my father also died, and she did not regain consciousness again. I sat with her and prayed the rosary and sang the Divine Mercy Chaplet to her. After a priest from the Oratory visited and prayed, and then after consulting with him, I instructed the medical staff to remove the respirator and all the intervention they forced upon her in my earlier absence, it was around 5:00 PM. Just after 8:00 I went outside for some air and a few minutes later my sister came to get me that our mother had died. She had just gone out of the room to the nurses desk to make a phone call. My sister was not out of the room a half-minute and no more than 5 metres away and mother passed. It was as if she could not let herself go whilst we were with her.

So, what does this have to do with coincidence?

The next day I called Bridget and asked her to stay on for a few more days to be at the house to tidy and answer the phone and assist with guests. Bridget was quite upset to be sure. She had been with my mother daily for the last year and often spoke of how well she was always treated and “their little talks.” She came to me with apprehension that she really needed to talk to me about something.

The paramedics, with all of their intervention, “brought her back.” It took 14 minutes from the time they began to get a pulse. What was disturbing Bridget was that there was no reaction to their work; nothing, until my car screeched in the driveway.

“I have a pulse!” exclaimed the paramedic. It was simultaneous with the screeching of my tires, said Bridget.

But there is more. Bridget was shaking and in tears.

“David, I had a dream Sunday night," my mother having died on Monday.

She went on to say that she as typical she had forgotten the dream; until at least she went to my mother’s bedroom to get the Crucifix. Upon seeing Jesus on the Cross the dream came back to her for just a moment and then again, it was gone. The house after all was a mass of confusion, police, fire-fighters, the paramedics, and eventually me, and the Priest; Bridget was now a bystander.

After we left for the hospital, Bridget was alone and tidying up and it was what happened then that she was so desperate to tell me.

At that singular moment in time something happened to Bridget that she will never forget. Nor will I.

Bridget recalled for me her dream.
“I was standing on a street-corner in small town with other people. We were laughing at this man dressed in a robe and with long-hair. He said his name was Jesus and we were making fun of him. Just then a young beautiful woman stepped off of the curb and started to cross the street; she turned around and looked at us, she had tears in her eyes, tears of overwhelming joy, she was happy, really happy. It was then that Jesus took her hand and walked across the road with her.”
That was Bridget’s dream, but I didn't understand.

She went on to say that when she woke up from it she was aware that she needed to be more like the woman who walked across the street. That she needed to have “more faith in Jesus.”

I told her that it seemed like a pretty plausible conclusion.

“Wait” Bridget said, “There is more, you don't understand."

I waited and listened as she started to cry.

“David, I remembered the dream only for a moment when carrying the Cross.”

“When I was tidying up I put the Cross on the end-table over there.”

“Yes, it looks nice there” I replied.

“No, David, you don’t understand, the picture, the picture beside the Cross.”

“Yes, Bridget, what is it?”

“That picture of your mother at graduation.” Bridget started to cry.

“It was her; she was the girl in my dream, it was Martha!"

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The SSPX: "But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it."

This writer does not attend the Society of St. Pius X chapel in Toronto. On Sundays, Vox and Fox drive two hours and two dioceses away to assist in developing the community there in a properly offered traditional Latin liturgy, with Gregorian chant and organ. Our choir is growing, mostly young women, our organist, at 13, can perform on the organ, and the community can sing, Mass I, II, III, IV, VI, VIII, IX, XI, XII, XV, XVII and Credo I-VI plus the Marian antiphons and sprinkling rites. That is the labour that this writer attends to on  Sundays, it is tiring and it is greatly rewarding to see how the community is growing. It is a humble group of faith. No rancour. No polemics. Only the gift by God to allow me to see where the future will be as we pass on to others what we have been given.

In full disclosure, in the past, between other cantor appointments and at other times on special request when their regular director was not available, I have assisted at the Toronto Chapel of The Transfiguration. I have great respect for what they have accomplished across southern Ontario from the St. Michael's Priory. I was a great honour to have been part of the Schola that sang the requiems for Father Nicholas Gruner and Father Stephen Somerville. I have great respect for the Society of St. Pius X and its priests and bishops. Without them, there would be on traditional Mass. The slander that they continue to put up with by people within the novus ordo culture is regrettable. When it comes by those lay pretenders to tradition, it is even more deplorable.

One day when the Church emerges from this darkness, She will acknowledge before God and man the error that overwhelmed Her. She will condemn these and declare them anathema. Then, She will acknowledge the legacy of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and "restore all things in Christ." 

When one views the pictures below and at the link, I defy anyone to state that this is not the work of God. This would not be happening if the Holy Spirit were not directing it. To fail to see this is to be blind. This is not to say that the SSPX is the "Church," but that the SSPX is within the "Church." 

Those who deride them are wrong and do not know scripture.

We only need to look at the Book of Acts and the very words of Holy Gamaliel himself:

ACTS 5: 38. And now, therefore, I say to you, refrain from these men, and let them alone; for if this council or this work be of men, it will come to nought; 39. But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God. And they consented to him.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Confirmed that the masturbating Monsignor Carlo Capella is in Vatican City - extradition to Canada has not been requested

We have reported previously on Monsignor Masturbator and the preference of Carlo Capella for the naked imagery of children as slaves for his sexual gratification.

The Catholic Herald reports that Vatican spokesman Greg Burke has said that "No requests for extradition have come from Canada and no trial has been set by the Vatican," though it does appear that they are "investigating." Protected no doubt in Vatican City. Does this masturbating monsignor still have access to a computer?

Bishop of Rome Bergoglio has spoken much about child exploitation and slavery and sexual abuse. Let's see what he does with this filthy pervert.

My guess?


The Church of Christ has been taken over and infiltrated by filthy perverts, sodomites and satanists.

There is simply no other explanation.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Irish Bishop of Limerck Brendan Leahy - a corrupted, episcopal promoter of sodomy

There once was a bishop from Limerick,
Whose faith was not apostolic.
He welcomed all gays
in so many ways
From Catholicism, he's really schismatic.

Gay couples must be made welcome at World Meeting of Families, insists bishop

Celebration of family diversity: Bishop Brendan Leahy1
Celebration of family diversity: Bishop Brendan Leahy
Sarah MacDonald
Gay couples must be made welcome at next year's World Meeting of Families in Ireland, the Catholic Bishop of Limerick has said.

Bishop Brendan Leahy is the first Catholic bishop to publicly reach out to families of all hues, including those of same-sex couples.

The Catholic Church condemns homosexual acts as gravely immoral, but it also says LGBT people must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity and that any discrimination must be condemned.

However, it teaches marriage can only be between a man and a woman and believes same-sex unions are an unfavourable environment for the bringing-up of children.
The Church argues the legalisation of such unions is harmful to society. In 2015, the Irish hierarchy opposed the referendum on the legalisation same-sex marriage.

However, speaking after his diocese launched its preparation programme for WMF2018, an international event which promotes traditional Catholic teaching on marriage, Dr. Leahy said the event in August 2018 in Dublin would be a missed opportunity if the Church did not embrace family in all its variety.

"We are living in changing times and family too is changing," he said.

"We've had the referendum in favour of same-sex marriage and a lot of people voted in that referendum and all are equally welcome to join in this celebration of family.

"Everyone must be made feel welcome next year. We all want to build a good family network of support in Ireland at all levels."

Describing the World Meeting of Families as the most important gathering in Ireland for decades, he said: "It's an international event but it will have special meaning for us as Irish people because family means so much here."

Stating that the family is at Irish people's very core, he added: "It anchors us in life, defines us. It's comfort when we are in difficulty and the first place to go to celebrate.
"The World Meeting of Family is a major celebration of this."

Bishop Leahy said he was delighted by "the coming together of the full diversity of family".

"My hope for next year's event is that it will be for all families; for the traditional family, single parents, people in second relationships, people divorced and remarried, people of great faith and no faith, people of other faiths, people who agree with the Church and those who disagree."

The World Meeting of Families is held every three years by the Catholic Church at different international locations and Dublin was specifically chosen by Pope Francis for the event from August 21-26 2018.

Thousands of families from all over the world are expected to descend on Ireland for the gathering, which has been themed 'The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World' and will focus on the Pope's document on family and marriage, 'Amoris Laetitia'.

WMF2018 will incorporate a three-day congress of keynote speakers and workshops on the challenges and contribution of families.

It will culminate in a Festival of Families on Saturday, August 25.

Irish Independent