Absolutely brilliant concept album. Catholicism, Irish tradition, history and culture. The themes of the songs often carry the pains and the triumphs of Irish history from the celebrated battle of Clontarf extolled in ‘Pláit agus Domhnaill’, through the Catholic persecutions of the 16th and 17th centuries, the overall suppression and poverty of the indigenous people in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Famine and then into the 20th century and the fight for freedom of Home Rule. If you love Ireland, and love Catholicism, and only buy one album during the whole of this year …… make it this one! The complete presentation which includes the CD and wonderful 116 page book costs €20 with postage nationally at €6. You can purchase ‘An Bhuatais and the Meaning of Life’ here: http://www.lorcanmacmathuna.com
We’re raising funds to furnish our chapel.
As a prelude to illegally annexing the occupied Jordanian-Arab land of the West Bank the Israeli State has just announced it will fund an illegal settlement called “Trump Heights” for Jewish ‘settlers’ in the illegally-seized and occupied Syrian Golan.
45 years ago today……….
Israel Shamir has some interesting observations about President Putin’s state visit to the Vatican on 4th July.
“As long as Moscow had been Red and atheist, the Church had no choice but to stick with Washington. Now it makes no sense” ……… read more
In his recent interview with the Financial Times, President Vladimir Putin condemned the attack of Liberalism on the Catholic Church and the attempt to replace Christianity with Liberal ‘values’.
“Sometimes, I have the feeling that these liberal circles are beginning to use certain elements and problems of the Catholic Church as a tool to destroy the Church itself. This is what I consider wrong and dangerous.”
He went on to say that “traditional values are more stable and more important to millions of people than this liberal idea.”
872 Catholic churches were desecrated in France during 2017. In comparison vandalism against 72 mosques and 28 synagogues was reported.
Between 3rd and 11th February this year, “nine Catholic churches were subject to severe vandalism, ranging from the smashing of statues and stained-glass windows to the overturning of tabernacles. One church in Yvelines, the church of Saint-Nicolas de Houilles, was vandalised three times in seven days.”
The Catholic Herald further reports that “Vandals in Catholic churches throughout the country have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist, burnt altar cloths and torn down crosses, among other acts of desecration of religious items.”
But throughout Europe attacks against churches and against Christians are not normally recorded as “hate crimes”.