In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred,
We, the people of Éire,
Humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial,...
Article 44 of the Constitution originally read,
Article 44and whilst the second section was repealed by the Fifth Amendment in 1973, the first remains part of the Constitution.
- The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour religion.
- The State recognises the special position of the Holy Catholic Apostolic and Roman Church as the guardian of the Faith professed by the great majority of the citizens,
Originally, the Constitution contained no mention of abortion. Of course, in 1937, no civilised country allowed it and the very idea that a Christian country would 'legalise' the murder of the unborn was almost literally unthinkable. However, by 1983 it had become obvious that not only was the idea thinkable, but previously Christian countries like the United Kingdom had passed laws allowing it.
As a result, in that year the people of Ireland added the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, protecting the unborn. It was that Amendment which was repealed last month, making the people of Ireland the only people on the face of the earth to 'legalise' the murder of the unborn by a vote of the people.
As written, the Constitution pledged the State to protect the family, outlawed divorce, pledged to 'endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home', because 'the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved.' Most of the provisions on the family remain, but sodomite 'marriage' has been recognised, divorce legalised, and other perversions introduced.
How did a Catholic country with a Constitution almost 100% in conformity to the Social Magisterium of the Church descend so far into the evil abyss of the Culture of Death? As the friend of mine who posted this article on Facebook said, 'Satan is in Ireland!' Of course, he's everywhere, but it has become obvious over the last few years that in Ireland he is winning the battle!
St Oliver Plunkett and all ye Blessed Irish Martyrs, Pray for Ireland! You shed your blood to keep Ireland free of the evil of heresy, now pray to free her from the corruption of the Culture of Death!