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Basilica of Saint Mary Podcast

Mar 29, 2019

"Beyond the Vote: Is Catholic Ireland Dead?" with Dr. Timothy O'Donnell

For centuries, Ireland was a defender and promoter of the Catholic faith. But last year, over 66% of Irish voters chose to repeal the right to life extended to unborn persons in their constitution. How did Ireland get to this devastating point? Dr. Timothy O’Donnell examined that and the links to those issues here in the United States during a lecture on March 27, 2019 in our Lyceum Auditorium.

Dr. Timothy O’Donnell is the President of Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. He was the first layman to receive a doctorate in Ascetical and Mystical Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. In 2002, he was appointed a consulter to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI renewed that appointment in 2009. He is the author of Heart of the Redeemer and Swords Around the Cross. He has produced numerous theological and historical programs for EWTN.

Founded in 1795, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Old Town Alexandria is the first Catholic parish established in Virginia. Pope Francis named the church a minor basilica on December 6, 2017 due to its important role in the growth of the Catholic Church in North America.