Protection of Children: Last weekend the Diocese published its Safeguarding Children
Newsletter, highlighting a deep awareness of the need to safeguard all our children
– thank God for all the work done and the co-operation of all volunteers.
While the revelations of recent years have alerted us all, a recent Prime Time R.T.E.
programme revealed a shocking access of children to inappropriate contact with adults
on the internet. While all these new safeguards are put in place, our children could
be exposed to more sinister dangers on the internet, without parents even being aware
of it. It is necessary for parents to educate and guard their children against these
dangers and to be on guard at all times.
Christmas is a special Feast for all children and young people, because our God was
born among us as a child. May the Christ Child bless and protect all our children
and our families.
Christmas 2014: As the special day of December 25th approaches, the Church’s Liturgy
present the important role and co-operation of the Virgin Mary with the will of God.
God entered the world as a human being, through the consent of Our Lady to be His
mother, by the power of the Holy Spirit. God wanted to come into humanity and Our
Lady’s consent changed the whole course of human history. Mary teaches us to open
our hearts to the invitation of God. God respects our free will. Like Our Lady, God
needs our “yes” and our “consent” to fulfil His will on earth as it is in Heaven.
Through our consent to the will of God, the power of evil and his control over the
world is weakened and destroyed. Without our consent to the will of God, evil gains
control and power over the affairs of the world. This is why Our Lady is appealing
to us through her many apparitions to return to God and to prayer at this time. Let
us reflect anew this holy time and follow the example of Mary and surrender our will
to God in trust and prayer. Now is the time to return to God, this is our opportunity.
Marriage is a unique relationship different from all others: Married love is a unique
form of love between a man and woman which has a special benefit for the whole of
society. The Catholic Church, with other Christians and those of no particular religious
view, regard the family based on marriage between a woman and a man as the single
most important institution in any society. To seek to re-define the nature of marriage
would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society. The Church
seeks with others to reaffirm the rational basis for holding that marriage should
be reserved for the unique and complementary relationship between a woman and a man
from which the generation and upbringing of children is uniquely possible. This understanding
of marriage is deeply rooted in all cultures: it is not intended to exclude or disadvantage
anyone. Children have a natural right to a mother and a father, and this is the best
environment for them where possible. It is therefore deserving of special recognition
and promotion by the State