Political loons may remember Kathy Sinnott as a former politician. She represented the old Ireland South constituency in Ireland in the European Parliament from 2004 to 2009. She also ran for the Dáil and Seanad.
Sinnott was never the sharpest politician to ever to be elected to anything in Ireland, not that intelligence is a requisite trait to be a politician. Keeping out of controversies is a must though and Sinnott always appeared to be in the middle of some sort of controversy. There were bullying claims by a former employee. There were anti Lisbon leaflets that claimed hard drugs would be legalised, as would prostitution and euthanasia. To say she was at the fringe would be an understatement.
Sinnott also featured in a German Television investigation on the alleged abuse of attendance expenses at the European Parliament. Sinnott was seen queuing with other MEP’s to sign on for daily allowances at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In one part of the report, Ms Sinnott tells a reporter “Be very careful about using this, and what you report about me.”
Bonus: Video of Sinnott getting door stepped about her expenses. Go to 2.28.
Sinnott is currently a presenter with an American based Catholic television channel called EWTN. According to todays article in the Sunday Times, Sinnott with others has expressed an interest in setting up a private Catholic college here in Ireland. It’s probably not an economically viable project given the size of our population, but the group is pressing ahead with trying to raise funds anyway.
Undaunted by the lack of financial resources Sinnott is turning to the power of prayer. She is campaigning for Catholics to say the Memorare prayer 3.5 million times. She told the Sunday Times –
“We have 100,00 Memorare so far. If you look around, this is the way an awful lot of projects happen all over the world. People who want it to happen pray for it, and hope the Lord will do the rest.”
So what is the Memorare prayer? For those of you who haven’t polished up on your Catholicism or (Wikipedia), the prayer is originally from a longer prayer of the 15th century and was popularized in the 17th century by a Fr. Claude Bernard, who learned it from his father.
There appears to be a couple of versions of the prayer. This is the most popular version. Although the Pete Tong remix is popular with clubbers in Ibiza.
O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do I come,
before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of thy Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy clemency hear and answer me.
I’d like to find out what other projects Jesus would like to get involved in for 3.5 million prayers? I have a mate that has a bit of land that the counci l won’t let him develop. Let’s call it 5 million prayers and we’re even. What about world hunger? 250 million prayers. World peace? Let’s call it a billion prayers and we’re quits.
Looks like Sinnott needs to pray to St Jude – the patron saint of lost causes.