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The Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar are a monastic family serving the Holy and Undivided Trinity under the sixth-century Rule of Saint Benedict. They are established at Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, Co. Meath, Ireland, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Meath. They are traditional benedictines led by Prior Dom Mark Daniel Kirby.

It is many years since I have lived in Ireland, therefore I am not aware of all the developments in restoring the faith to this fair land. I was pleased to hear that the priory’s constitution and canonical norms were approved by the Holy See earlier this month.

“Bishop Michael Smith signed a Decree on 25 February “erecting the Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar as a monastic Institute of Consecrated Life of diocesan right in the Diocese of Meath”.

This Decree is believed to mark the first formal establishment of a monastic community in the Diocese of Meath since the suppression of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1536.”

Holy mass is offered according to the 1962 missal  daily at 11am and on 10am on Sundays and Holy days.

I was also surprised that the monks of Silverstream came from the diocese of Tulsa Oklahoma, which is home to another traditional benedictine priory – Clear Creek Abbey. This abbey, a daughter of Fontgombault was erected at the invitation of Bishop Dr Edward James Slattery in 1999.

It seems Dr Michael Smith asked for the Bishop of Tulsa to play nice and share some of this water with Ireland.

I must say I was personally very encouraged by the erection of this priory in Co Meath. I don’t really know much about the Bishop of Meath, other than that he was ordained in 1963 and attended the whole of the second vatican council. However I think this bodes well, given my overall impression of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

I hope to get the chance to visit Silverstream in the near future.

P.S I was rather disappointed that on my first blog post in a long time, Fr Z has written on the same topic an hour later – How rude!

O memorable time, when St. Aidan and the Irish monks went up to Lindisfarne and Melrose, and taught the Saxon youth, and when a St. Cuthbert and a St. Eata repaid their charitable toil! O blessed days of peace and confidence, when the Celtic Mailduf penetrated to Malmesbury in the south, which has inherited his name, and founded there the famous school which gave birth to the great St. Aldhelm! O precious seal and testimony of Gospel unity, when, as Aldhelm in turn tells us, the English went to Ireland “numerous as bees;” when the Saxon St. Egbert and St. Willibrod, preachers to the heathen Frisons, made the voyage to Ireland to prepare themselves for their work; and when from Ireland went forth to Germany the two noble Ewalds, Saxons also, to earn the crown of martyrdom!

Such a period, indeed, so rich in grace, in peace, in love, and in good works, could only last for a season; but, even when the light was to pass away from them, the sister islands were destined, not to forfeit, but to transmit it together. The time came when the neighbouring continental country was in turn to hold the mission which they had exercised so long and well; and when to it they made over their honourable office, faithful to the alliance of two hundred years, they made it a joint act. Alcuin was the pupil both of the English and of the Irish schools; and when Charlemagne would revive science and letters in his own France, it was Alcuin, the representative both of the Saxon and the Celt, who was the chief of those who went forth to supply the need of the great Emperor. Such was the foundation of the School of Paris, from which, in the course of centuries, sprang the famous University, the glory of the middle ages (‘Idea of a University’, Introductory).

Telling the truth about Ireland is not very pleasant to a patriotic Englishman; but it is very patriotic [. . . .] The truth about Ireland is simply this: that the relations between England and Ireland are the relations between two men who have to travel together, one of whom tried to stab the other at the last stopping-place or to poison the other at the last inn. Conversation may be courteous, but it will be occasionally forced. The topic of attempted murder, its examples in history and fiction, may be tactfully avoided in the sallies; but it will be occasionally present in the thoughts. Silences, not devoid of strain, will fall from time to time. The partially murdered person may even think an assault unlikely to recur; but it is asking too much, perhaps, to expect him to find it impossible to imagine. And even if, as God grant, the predominant partner is really sorry for his former manner of predominating, and proves it in some unmistakable manner – as by saving the other from robbers at great personal risk – the victim may still be unable to repress an abstract psychological wonder about when his companion first began to feel like that (‘The Crimes of England’, chapter V, AD 1914).

NI is the last part of the British Isles where the unborn child enjoys the protection of the law. All the powers of hell are no doubt conjoined in the struggle to remove this protection. The latest stratagem is to point out the horrible fact that disabled untermenschen are permitted to draw breath in NI who might have been hygienically destroyed in mainland Britain. The leader of NI Alliance Party has called for a ‘consultation’ about the extending of eugenic cleansing to Ulster.

Updated  and expanded 19th AugustImageIn April this year, Sinn Féin effectively became a pro-abortion party, voting to support the legislation to sanction abortion in case of maternal suicide risk (as a doctor, it seems perverse that abortion is considered an appropriate therapeutic option for suicidal ideation). During its annual gathering, the Ard Fhéis, Sinn Féin supported a motion calling on the Government to enact legislation to give effect to the 1992 judgement of the Supreme Court in the X case. They also passed a motion preventing party members from voting according to conscience on the issue. Sinn Féin’s Meath West TD, Peadar Toibín, who voted against the motion when it came before the Dáil was subject to disciplinary action by the party, and has been suspended from the parliamentary party for 6 months.

Furthering their Anti-Catholic credentials, Sinn Fein proposed a motion in the Northern Ireland Assembly to support the introduction of same sex marriages in Northern Ireland (Thanks Alyoshenka!).

This is all relevant because it is only relatively recently that Sinn Féin have received mainstream support in Northern Ireland, shifting away from the  SDLP. Sanitised Sinn Féin can now expect the vote of a majority of Catholics in Northern Ireland.

I think it is now impossible for a practicing Catholic to support Sinn Féin, who must now be considered an all-Ireland, Pro-Abortion, Anti-Catholic organisation. They have divorced themselves completely from their typically Catholic support base.

Sinn Féin voters will now need to decide whether they put republican aspirations above God’s law: or do they prefer this neo-Sinn Féin – Nationalsozialistische Irländisch Arbeiterpartei?

The final vote on the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill 2013 was 127 for and 31 against. These are the 31 MPs who voted against and should be included in our prayers, especially the 6 pro-choice MPs who voted-against, because the bill didn’t go far enough.

Fianna Fáil was the only party where members were allowed a free vote on the issue, and 14 members voted against the bill:

  • Michael McGrath (Cork South Central)
  • John McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny)
  • Seamus Kirk (Louth)
  • Dara Calleary (Mayo)
  • John Browne (Wexford)
  • Éamon Ó Cuiv (Galway West)
  • Charlie McConalogue (Donegal North East),
  • Brendan Smith (Cavan Monaghan)
  • Sean Ó Fearghail (Kildare South)
  • Willie O’Dea (Limerick)
  • Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath)
  • Michael Kitt (Galway East)
  • Seán Fleming (Laois Offaly)
  • Michael Moynihan (Cork North-West)

Five Fine Gael TDs voted against the change in legislation and were effectively sacked from the parliamentary party:

  • Lucinda Creighton (Dublin South-East)
  • Brian Walsh (Galway West),
  • Peter Mathews (Dublin South),
  • Billy Timmins (Wicklow)
  • Terence Flanagan (Dublin North-East)

One Sinn Féin member voted against the bill:

  • Peadar Tóibín (Meath West)

Eleven independents opposed the bill:

  • Michael Healy-Rae (Kerry South)
  • Michael Lowry (Tipperary North)
  • Mattie McGrath (Tipperary South)
  • Colm Keaveney (Galway East)
  • Denis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim)
  • Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (Roscommon-South Leitrim) PRO-CHOICE
  • Clare Daly (Dublin North) PRO-CHOICE
  • Joan Collins TD (Dublin South Central) PRO-CHOICE
  • Richard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire) PRO-CHOICE
  • Joe Higgins (Dublin West) PRO-CHOICE
  • Mick Wallace (Wexford) PRO-CHOICE