Dear Eire, With much joy and celebration you have decided that it is compassionate and caring to kill the unborn and so enter into the 21st Century and all that this means. Welcome to the Culture of Death.
Of all nations you indeed had all the information and freedom of choice, denied to us in the UK who had to accept the dictates of Government. You alone, dear Eire, God allowed true freedom of choice: pro-choice as you called it, and some 70% of you took full advantage of that freedom to choose death. Death of babies but also death of the dignity of women, of marriage, of being true men and women, of sanity, of truth, and finally of Faith and God.
Welcome to "We are Church" and farewell to "Christ's Church". Welcome to the cost you will have to pay in so much suffering to come.
Pope Francis has emphasized from the beginning the urgent need to reach-out and evangelize so that the true Faith spreads.
The UK Government has to refused to lift the CAP on our schools so they could take in less non-catholics. Our Bishops wring their hands, saying that Catholics have been betrayed and the Government has broken an Election promise to them.
This all may be very true, but are we not forgetting something very important this Pentecost? Are we so blind? The Holy Spirit presents the Church in this country with a massive gift and opportunities to evangelize. The Holy Spirit provides our schools with 50% non-catholic pupils and we are so weak, lacking in Faith, and not living in accordance with the fruits of the Holy Spirit: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity. As a consequence few if any of the non-catholic pupils are converted and we lose many of our own.
The purpose of the devil is obvious: fill our schools with non-catholics and thereby, as in many mixed marriages, dilute the faith of the catholics so that the outputs act according to his will and not God's.
The Holy Spirit brings a host of fish to us and our nets of Faith are so full of holes that we lose most of them and many of our own. It is blindingly obvious to those who can see: mend our nets by putting our own schools in order so as to bring the multitude of fish of all kinds ashore.
If catholic parents, teachers and children preached by living lives according to the fruits of the Holy Spirit, what a difference this would make. The net holes would be mended, our children strengthened in their faith and many of the non-catholic pupils, seeing such examples of exemplary lives, be converted.
Should some 25% (maybe less) of non-catholics in our schools be converted every year, and Ofsted could find no reason for this except for the exemplary behaviour of Catholics, the UK Government would wring its hands instead of our Bishops. The Government would find the CAP no longer fit for (the devil's) purpose.
Want the CAP to be lifted from our schools then live lives according to the fruits of the Holy Spirit – if too hard then live with the CAP. Until this happens please don't fall into the trap of preaching hypocrisy.