Joined Nov 25 2009
I am married with five children and four grandchildren. For the last 34 years I have been a high school teacher in Australia. I was born in Galway in 1951, educated by the Patrician Brothers and obtained a B.Comm Degree and Dip in Education from University College Galway. In Australia I studied Religious Education (Graduate Diploma) at Sydney Catholic Teachers College.
My wife and I have been active in pro-life and pro-marriage and family organisations in Australia and internationally. I have written several books including:
1. Crisis in Religious Education: Published by Association for Renewal of Religious Education, 2003.
2. A Generation Betrayed: The Deconstruction of Catholic Education In the English-Speaking World: Published by Hatherleigh Press, New York, 2002. Preface by Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz.
3. The Brave New World of Therapeutic Cloning: Published by Human Life International (Australia and United States, 2001). Preface by Lord David Alton.
4. Humanae Vitae – Wisdom for All Ages: Published in 1998 by Human Life International. Foreword by Fr. Paul Marx, OSB. Launched by Bishop Kevin Manning.
5. The Ordained Priesthood – The Real Issues: Published by Human Life International, 1996. Foreword by Fr. Matthew Habiger OSB.
6. Population and Development: Published by Human Life International, 1994. Foreword by Bishop George Pell.
7. Population Control: Published by the Foundation for Human Development, Sydney, 1993. Launched by Cardinal Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
A more recent publication was 'Dignitas Personae: Pro-Life and Pro-Science' which was published in various magazines and on the websites of USA TODAY and Renew America. In 2009 I taught a course to catechists of the Archdiocese of Sydney on 'The Legacy of Pope John Paul II'.
For several years I have been reading articles written by Fr Twomey and have just finshed his book 'Pope Benedict XVI: Conscience of Our Age'. I have drawn much benefit from Fr Twomey's writings and promote his work to my students and friends here in Sydney.
My wife and I have just returned from a three week trip back to Ireland. We had a great time catching up with friends and relatives. However, we were disheartened to see how easily theological dissidents are able to plant their published materials in parishes and other Catholic institutions. Fr Sean Fagan's book 'What Happened To Sin?' (2008) is available for sale at Knock Shrine, while Fr Tony Flannery's book 'Responding to Ryan Report' is available at Galway Cathedral (Fr Fegan's. and Fr Flannery's essays in this book attack Church teaching on marriage and sexuality). Fr Fegan's book attacks the Church's moral doctrine, especially that articulated in Humane Vitae and Veritatis Splendor. Fr Flannery has a monthly column in Rality Magazine where he often gives voice to his dissent. This magazine is targeted at Catholic families and was available for sale in all the churches we visited.
I will have holidays soon and am considering writing a review of this material with a view to illustrating the way in which it presents a mere caricature of the Church's teaching. In particular, I will be stating that the authors of such attacks on the Church's moral doctrine, irrespective of their subjective dispositions, are acting as protagonists for the 'culture of death'. However, I would appreciate your opinion as to whether or not it would be useful to produce such a work (15000 words estimate). It would be published by HLI in the US, made available in Ireland and able to be accessed free on the internet.
Once again, thanks for your publications over the years and keep up your great work.