VATICAN ARCHBISHOP WAS A WOMANISER AND BULLY AT THE UNITED NATIONS.

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt is alleged to have maintained an inappropriate romantic relationship with a woman.

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An archbishop who served as the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations is accused of financial and professional misconduct, including the use of Vatican staff and influence to assist and support financially a woman with whom he had a romantic relationship.
Sources say that although Vatican officials were informed of the man’s conduct, he was quietly reassigned to a new diplomatic post without facing sanctions.
Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, 65, now apostolic nuncio to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, is alleged to have maintained an inappropriate romantic relationship with a woman during his time as the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations in New York, a post he held from July 2010 until June 2014.
Errant texts
Three priests who were members of the diplomatic staff at the Vatican mission in New York told CNA that Chullikatt would frequently send the woman “inappropriate” and “romantic” text messages from his phone, and that the Holy See’s mission staff assisted her in obtaining a visa to come to New York.
One priest-official said this was “the most unfortunate part of the story having to do with Archbishop Chullikatt.”
Former staff members told CNA that on several occasions, Chullikatt mistakenly sent these text messages to staff members, who were left confused and concerned.
“The messages were, frankly, very inappropriate in content and clearly romantic in nature,” one priest told CNA. “At least three members of the mission staff received them that I know of, including me.”
“The first time this happened, he managed to send it to a member of staff who didn’t know what to make of it. As [the recipient] was a layman, it was doubly concerning to us,” the priest said.
Another former official said that every time Chullikatt mistakenly sent a romantic message to the wrong person, he would “abandon his phone and get a new cell phone or a new cell phone number.”
Another priest said the archbishop was obliged to change his phone “ridiculously often.”
A third priest who also served at the Holy See’s mission to the U.N. during Chullikatt’s time also recalled the messages.
“I cannot think how he managed to keep doing this,” he told CNA. “I can only surmise he must have been drinking when he would send them to the wrong people.”
“They were of an obviously romantic character, really outlandish, and usually sent very late at night.”
As romantic messages continued to be sent to priests, lay employees, and religious sisters, it became apparent who their intended recipient was.
According to multiple sources, the woman is a consecrated virgin who Chullikatt met during a previous diplomatic assignment. Staffers say they were expected to assist her in securing a visa and coming to the U.S., and later, in finding employment.
The office of the Holy See’s mission to the United Nations did not respond to requests from CNA for comment.
One former official at the mission, also a priest, told CNA that the woman had served as the archbishop’s interpreter during a prior diplomatic posting.
“That was my understanding of how they met,” the former Vatican diplomat told CNA.
A woman of the same name, also a consecrated virgin was previously an auditor at a special assembly of the synod of bishops in Rome, and was identified at that time as a university professor.
CNA did find reports that the woman studied for three months at a U.S. university in 2008 or 2009, apparently while working toward a Ph.D.
The university where the woman reportedly teaches did not respond to a request for confirmation. CNA was unable to contact the woman directly.
After she came to the U.S., the woman was, according to multiple accounts, a regular visitor at the mission’s offices.
“She was around, we all knew of her. She was a very significant figure in Chullikatt’s life, I think we can put it that way,” a priest-official told CNA.
The priest told CNA that the woman would visit Chullikatt at the mission in New York “quite frequently,” and that he behaved with “impunity.”
“She was there, that was it,” he told CNA. “In any normal situation, let alone one like this, you would expect there to be some sort of backstory given – we met in school, she’s a family friend, something – but he gave no explanation, he just carried on.”
Financial questions
The same priest said the nuncio’s relationship with the woman was part of a pattern of dysfunctional and unprofessional conduct during his time in New York. Another priest said the relationship fit a pattern of “indifference” to immorality, which included financial impropriety.
A March 11 report from Crux alleged that Chullikatt had mistreated staff at the Holy See’s mission to the U.N. and imposed arbitrary wage cuts on the salaries of lay staff members. The priests who spoke with CNA confirmed those allegations
“I would say that swinging cuts [to salaries] were a mark of his tenure,” one priest told CNA.
“He treated staff as inferiors, across the board. There was no spirit of collaboration, no sense of working ‘with’ anyone.”
The priest also told CNA that in additional to subjecting employees – both priests and lay people – to frequent and “humiliating” outbursts of temper, Chullikatt was also known to dismiss staff at a moment’s notice.
“It was alright for us priests, I suppose,” he told CNA. “We always have a diocese to go home to, but for the lay staff, they were often left stranded with no means of support.”
One priest told CNA that Chullikatt would often bemoan the salaries paid to lay staffers, suggesting that they ought to volunteer their time without concern for being paid. Because they were paid, a priest said, Chullikatt questioned their loyalty.
A source recalled a particular instance in which a lay expert was recruited by the mission for a three month contract.
“This man was a tenured professor who arranged to take three months of unpaid leave from his post to serve the Church. Chullikatt sacked him within two weeks, leaving him without a salary for the rest of his sabbatical.”
“There was only ever room for one opinion, one voice in the room with Chullikatt – even adult conversation was impossible with him, let alone professional collaboration.”
Terrence McKeegan, a former legal advisor to the Holy See’s mission to the U.N., told CNA that after he signed a one-year contract to work for the mission, Chullikatt arbitrarily cut his wages.
“On or about December 10 of 2013, I myself was informed by the nuncio that starting in 2014, he would only pay me half of the salary we had contractually agreed upon,” McKeegan told CNA.
McKeegan also noted that, beyond his contracted position, he was expected to serve, unpaid, as legal advisor to the non-profit Path to Peace Foundation, a legally distinct U.S.-based private foundation affiliated with the U.N. mission. McKeegan said he was not given access to records for the foundation, or invited to attend meetings.
The foundation, he said, helps fund mission operations and staff salaries. It also, according to its tax filings, has funded scholarships, seminars, and a U.N. internship program founded by Fr. Thomas Rosica.
“Surreal” conditions
One priest told CNA that may lay employees were reticent to complain because some were in the U.S. only on diplomatic passports, and because many of them love the Church and wanted to support the U.N. mission.
Former staff members said that the imposition of arbitrary cuts to wages and the dismissal of staff were linked to Chullikatt’s relationship with the woman he maintained a relationship with.
“I would say his need to be tight-fisted with the mission’s finances was, at least partly, because he had a secret need. I believe he was supporting this woman: room, board, everything,” one priest, who was directly involved in the mission’s finances, said.
The priest recalled an example in which the archbishop budgeted money for “bonuses” for the mission’s staff, but then only distributed a portion of the money.
“The rest? Well, [Chullikatt] knows where it went,” he told CNA.
Another priest, who also was involved in the mission’s financial administration, also told CNA that Chullikatt was supporting the woman financially.
McKeegan spoke to CNA about what he called the “surreal” working conditions under Chullikatt.
In a statement, McKeegan said that in his time in New York he heard “voluminous allegations of highly improper and scandalous behavior by Archbishop Chullikatt.”
“I know that the longest-tenured cleric on staff had already brought many of most serious allegations against the nuncio to the attention of then-Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominque Mamberti, in a meeting they had around Mamberti’s visit to the U.N. in late September of 2012,” McKeegan said.
Report to Rome
Concerns about Chullikatt’s behavior, regarding both the woman and the office finances, were reported in a “dossier” of complaints delivered to the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, in December 2013, former staffers told CNA.
This dossier included a letter signed by McKeegan detailing numerous instances of financial malpractice by Chullikatt, including the unjust treatment of staff and the near-systematic withholding of agreed salaries.
“I was, and still am, absolutely certain of the serious moral violations that were being committed by the nuncio regarding the withholding of just wages,” McKeegan’s letter said.
“However, based on my experience with high-ranking officials in the Church, I knew that even sins that cry out for vengeance would likely go unheard in Rome, so I stressed in my letter to Archbishop Parolin that the unjust withholding of Mission staff salaries could constitute potential criminal violations of US visa and labor laws.”
According to one staff member familiar with the delivery of the complaints in Rome, direct mention was made of allegations that Chullikatt was supporting the woman financially, and that he had directed mission staff to arrange a visa for her to travel to New York.
In January 2014, Chullikatt was summoned for an extended meeting in Rome, for what a former senior mission staffer called “a dressing down.”
Chullikatt remained in Rome for nearly two months, while his absence from New York went unexplained to staff.
“He was supposed to be removed then and there,” one priest said, “but he was able to run around to enough of his friends in Rome to stay on [in his position] a little while longer.”
One staff member told CNA that Chullikatt had “exploited” the pope’s well-known disposition toward mercy, in order to avoid being removed from his position.
Another staffer told CNA that Chullikatt demanded a stay of his removal, insisting that members of the Spanish royal family were scheduled to visit the U.N. in June at his personal invitation, and that he needed to be in place to welcome them.
In June 2014, Queen Sofia of Spain visited the U.N. in New York. Chullikatt’s resignation from the U.N. position was accepted July 1 of that year.
“He used that time [between December and June] to clear out the opposition to him, dismissing staff and generally making life even more miserable before he went,” one former mission staffer told CNA.
During the final six months of Chullikatt’s tenure, several mission staffers were dismissed from their posts. Sources told CNA that Chullikatt waged a “vendetta campaign” because of the complaints to the Secretary of State.
The pontifical secret
Several staff members told CNA that Chullikatt would remind them that their obligation to maintain “pontifical secrecy” included his behavior. This, they said, prevented staff from speaking out.
One former priest diplomat told CNA that “I’m sure he thinks everything we saw and had to endure is covered by the secret.”
“In reality, it refers to the sensitive diplomatic work undertaken on behalf of the Church. It certainly doesn’t cover the fact that he’s a nasty little man.”
The pontifical secret, which was defined by Pope St. Paul VI in the 1974 instruction Secreta continere,obliges clerics, lay employees, and even volunteers to keep confidential information obtained in service to the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. Violation of the secret can be punished with an excommunication.
But the former priest-officials of the U.N. mission told CNA that the secret is formulated without clarity, and can lead employees and volunteers to think they are beholden to keep confidential things they ought to report. They told CNA that Chullikatt’s situation is evidence it would be to the Church’s benefit to reform its policies governing the pontifical secret.
In recent months, Cardinals Blase Cupich and Reinhard Marx have both called for reforms to those policies.
“Pontifical secrecy shouldn’t protect bad people and their bad behavior,” one former priest-official of the U.N. mission told CNA. “It should protect properly professional and confidential information.”
Kazakhstan
After he resigned from his role New York, Chullikatt spent nearly two years without an assignment before being sent to Kazakhstan in June 2016 – a post one former member of the Vatican diplomatic corps characterized as “the back end of beyond as far as the diplomatic service goes.”
One former official of the U.N. mission told CNA simply “he doesn’t deserve to be anywhere.”
McKeegan described the handling of the allegations against Chullikatt, and his eventual rehabilitation as part of an “all-too-familiar pattern.”
“Rome followed a very specific playbook with its handling of Archbishop Chullikatt. Although giving the impression (never directly but via back channels and rumor) to the whistleblower or accuser that Rome was dealing with the problem, the Vatican was instead maneuvering to protect yet another high-ranking official who had “played ball” with the corrupt leadership in the Church.”
“Archbishop Chullikatt was quietly given a sabbatical. This sabbatical period was not used by Rome to fully investigate the serious allegations against him, of which my letter only constituted a small portion, but rather to wait out mission staff accusers like me to give up in frustration,” McKeegan said.
Another former senior member of the mission’s staff told CNA he was unsurprised that the allegations went without formal response, and that Chullikatt had been restored to the diplomatic service.
“You have to understand the culture of the diplomatic service, and the curia more widely,” he told CNA.
“There is a powerful incentive to keep a problem like Chullikatt under wraps. You aren’t just touching one man by speaking out, you touch a whole genealogy of those who have covered for him, and those who he’s covered for and been promoted by in turn,” the priest said.
The Vatican press office acknowledged receipt of questions from CNA regarding the allegations against Chullikatt, but did not respond before deadline.
Despite repeated attempts, Chullikatt could not be reached for comment.

PAT SAYS

The only good aspect of the Chullikatt case is that was into a female adult – and not children!

He gives the distinct impression that he regards himself as superior to all others and is happy to treat others in a bullying – and certainly un-Christian manner.

The woman in question – “a consecrated virgin” does not seem t have objected to the nuncio’s attention.

But the priests who worked at the mission found it all very disturbing.

So did the people whose wages he cut!

And yet, I’m sure he lacked for nothing.

If he was in any other job he would have been sacked.

Instead, the Vatican just packed him off to a remote nunciature.

Who are these guys?

What makes them so corrupt and so nasty?

90 thoughts on “VATICAN ARCHBISHOP WAS A WOMANISER AND BULLY AT THE UNITED NATIONS.

  1. A womaniser? It is so hard to believe, Bp Pat.

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    1. Yes, I agree.

      Those lead-man, movie-star looks.

      Those killer cheekbones.

      Swooningly gorgeous.😍

      😆

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  2. Happy St. Patrick’s Day Pat..Maybe a little time given to our national saint might give us some hope, inspiration and mercy……Even a break from all the nasty vitriol exchanged between some commenters. What might this saint say to us today?

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    1. Fr George Rutler’s sobering St Patrick’s day reflection on the current deplorable state of the church in Ireland and Maynooth:
      https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/st.-patrick-sparked-a-fire

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      1. 8.36
        You don’t expect anything else from that website. If that’s the source of your information and inspiration you are a lost cause. You’ll get more out of a decade of the Rosary than all the time you log in there. Right wing thrash!

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      2. 10:10 – You are a little slow it seems.

        The article was written by a very holy and erudite priest, Fr George Rutler.

        Go back and read it again.

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      3. 8:36

        Yes, I read that portent of evil.

        Odd, isn’t it, that clerics like Rutler find their niche in periods of apparent spiritual decline; they seem to thrive…to be in their element, in fact…when drawing attention to themselves, not to Jesus, as the solution to the world’s (or, more specifically, to Ireland’s) being spiritually ‘in a state of chassis’? Perversely, they actually seem to ‘get off’ on it, so, really, ending the ‘chassis’ is the last thing on their minds.

        And proof for this is that they miss the one, vital contributing cause of the apparent decline, the moral degeneration of the institutional Roman Catholic Church itself and the shifting ground upon which it is built: Roman clericalism. (Rutler suggests that Ireland’s failure to heed the homoletic wisdom of JP II back in the papal glory days of his visit here in 1979 is key to her spiritual demise: a queer taoiseach and his husband, hallowed empty halls at Maynooth, etc. It’s a litany almost longer than a full rosary.)

        Rutler’s proposal for spiritual revival is a re-run of Groundhog Day, only this time the plot is the seemingly endless cycle of clericalism-followed-by-spiritual-degeneration-followed-by-clericalism…

        Rutler is a prophet of doom posing as a latter-day Moses.

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      4. 10:10

        Fr George Rutler is a priest faithful to God, the Church and his vocation.

        Please desist from using worldly political terms when discussing faith issues.

        There is no ‘left wing’ or ‘right wing’ in the Church, only fidelity and obedience.

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    2. 11:28
      Fidelity and obedience? Ah, but to whom and what? Christ? Nah! It was rarely Christ, otherwise the institutional Church, through clerics like Rutler, would not be in its current, repulsive state.
      Rutler isn’t canvassing for Jesus, but for himself and his spiritually ugly kind

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      1. Magna
        I made my response to 10:10
        I already know your viewpoint, which you are entitled to.

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  3. Nothing anymore surprises me about the Unholy See, its shocking leniency with this tyrant another brick in the wall of evidence that damns this place for its favourtism towards clerics. And the more senior they are, the more their hedonistic tendencies are excused and indulged.
    Chullikatt reportedly took advantage of Pope Francis’ tendency to show mercy. But mercy without wisdom and justice is just being soft and gullible. And Francis’ papacy is distingquihed by neither wisdom nor justice.
    Join the dots.😕

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  4. Chilli’s behaviour is very similar to what I experienced in the Dublin diocese in recent years. Flagging superiors, esp the archbishop is a complete waste of time and would degrade anyone’s mental and spiritual health. Leave them with their money and rank and their deception. These guys will probably never repent, but the Lord sees everything.

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    1. Fr 1:21
      You should man-up and go to the media or secular authorities then.
      Even if it means sacrificing your clerical career, at least you will have a clear conscience.

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    2. 1.21: Another malcontent priest. Have courage and speak your mind publicly…….what information have you that we might accept as TRUTH as distinct from gossip, hearsay…and personal disgruntlement?

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  5. Concerned person 17th Mar 2019 — 1:59 am

    My dad is 68. Roughly the same age as you. I would be mortified if he spent his days obsessing with other people’s sex lives and publishing it online. I mean, what kind of person does that? Seriously, are you ok, Pat? Because if you were my dad I’d be taking you aside and having a word!

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    1. ‘Concerned Person’, Is English not your first language? Or did you imbibe too many beverages last night?

      This article is about bullying, abuse of power, breaking of vows, withholding just wages and coverup.

      Your comprehension skills appear to be grossly impaired.

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  6. ‘A consecrated virgin’
    ha ha ha 😆 and her
    sugar daddy! 😂

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  7. “However, based on my experience with high-ranking officials in the Church, I knew that even sins that cry out for vengeance would likely go unheard in Rome, so I stressed in my letter to Archbishop Parolin that the unjust withholding of Mission staff salaries could constitute potential criminal violations of US visa and labor laws.”
    McKeegan described the handling of the allegations against Chullikatt, and his eventual rehabilitation as part of an “all-too-familiar pattern.”
    “Rome followed a very specific playbook with its handling of Archbishop Chullikatt. Although giving the impression (never directly but via back channels and rumor) to the whistleblower or accuser that Rome was dealing with the problem, the Vatican was instead maneuvering to protect yet another high-ranking official who had “played ball” with the corrupt leadership in the Church.”
    “Archbishop Chullikatt was quietly given a sabbatical. This sabbatical period was not used by Rome to fully investigate the serious allegations against him, of which my letter only constituted a small portion, but rather to wait out mission staff accusers like me to give up in frustration,” McKeegan said.
    The above is a typical war of attrition strategy implemented by the Vatican and dioceses around the world when faced with complaints.
    They only act when pressured by the media or secular authorities. They do not have the ability to police themselves because so many of them are compromised:
    “There is a powerful incentive to keep a problem like Chullikatt under wraps. You aren’t just touching one man by speaking out, you touch a whole genealogy of those who have covered for him, and those who he’s covered for and been promoted by in turn,” the priest said.

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  8. Makes a change from the men. I heard yesterday that Fr Michael Seed, who left Westminster Cathedral in a bit of a hurry, now has dementia and is in a nursing home.
    Pat could also usefully report on the case of Michael Molloy of Kilnacrott Abbey.

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    1. I can’t see any update about his health on his Wikipedia page. He’s only sixty-two but he was as mad as a March hare.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Seed

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  9. “However, based on my experience with high-ranking officials in the Church, I knew that even sins that cry out for vengeance would likely go unheard in Rome, so I stressed in my letter to Archbishop Parolin that the unjust withholding of Mission staff salaries could constitute potential criminal violations of US visa and labor laws.”
    McKeegan described the handling of the allegations against Chullikatt, and his eventual rehabilitation as part of an “all-too-familiar pattern.”
    “Rome followed a very specific playbook with its handling of Archbishop Chullikatt. Although giving the impression (never directly but via back channels and rumor) to the whistleblower or accuser that Rome was dealing with the problem, the Vatican was instead maneuvering to protect yet another high-ranking official who had “played ball” with the corrupt leadership in the Church.”
    “Archbishop Chullikatt was quietly given a sabbatical. This sabbatical period was not used by Rome to fully investigate the serious allegations against him, of which my letter only constituted a small portion, but rather to wait out mission staff accusers like me to give up in frustration,” McKeegan said.
    The above is a typical war of attrition strategy implemented time and time again by the Vatican and dioceses around the world upon receipt of complaints.
    They only act when forced to do so by the media or secular authorities. They do not have the ability to police themselves because so many of the clergy are compromised.
    “There is a powerful incentive to keep a problem like Chullikatt under wraps. You aren’t just touching one man by speaking out, you touch a whole genealogy of those who have covered for him, and those who he’s covered for and been promoted by in turn,” the priest said.

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  10. Monsignor Peter Canon Smith of Glasgow Archdiocese was on attachment to work for this man during most of this period. Peter isn’t in the best of health, but he is a good and honest man. Perhaps he can be contacted to contribute to this blog.

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    1. A couple of years ago, he told a hearing of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in Edinburgh that child sex abuse was seen as “a sin that could be sorted with prayer and retreat.”

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      1. Yes but he also said that offenders should be sent to jail, so keep in context please

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      2. Child sexual abuse CANNOT be sorted
        with prayer and retreat.
        It’s also a CRIME as well as a sin.

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  11. Pat, the reason why they are so corrupt and nasty is that they know, with invincible certainty, that they can act as they wish with impunity inside the Church structures.
    This is what makes so many abusive clergy feel as if they are completely untouchable and gives them an accentuated arrogance that is hard for people in other spheres of life to fathom.
    And as they never have to face any disciplinary measures for their immoral behaviour, their hubris, nastiness and corruptness thereby increase exponentially.
    Sure why feel any fear? when you know that the other guy always has your back…

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  12. Thank God for Pat, the media and the secular authorities without whom these guys would continue to destroy people with reckless abandon.

    “Other people’s sex lives” – Sorry, I will not be funding supposedly chaste and celibate clerics and their illicit romantic liaisons henceforth.

    If you make a public vow to serve God and His people via chastity, celibacy, obedience and simplicity of life, you had better brace yourself for public exposure should you break same.

    Your choice, dodgy clerics!

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    1. Comment @ 8:46 is in response to “Concerned Person”.

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  13. The Vatican could be renamed the ‘land of make believe’! What happened to the ‘consecrated virgin’ ?
    Did she make her way
    to Kazakhstan or was she ‘reconsecrated’? This is an unwritten episode of Fr. Ted. 😆

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  14. “The only good aspect of the Chullikatt is that was into a female adult – and not children!”
    Will wonders never cease!

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  15. “… now apostolic nuncio to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.”

    Bp Pat, I suppose it will make a change from the customary nancio’s.

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  16. ‘The Church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes…she will lose many of her social privileges…As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members…
    It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek…The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain…But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.
    And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.’
    Pope Benedict XVI, Faith and the Future (Ignatius Press 2009)

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    1. Prophetic words.

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    2. Amen. So be it. The Lord is at work.

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    3. 9:11

      Ratzinger was, and remains, a major reason for the Church’s demise, in particular, spiritually. So if those words of his (if indeed they are his and not cut-and-paste from someone wiser), he must have been in a trance to allow the Spirit to speak through him, because the words could not have come from any accumulated wisdom on his part.

      The man is a rogue and a coward.

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      1. 9.11 Ratzinger may not have been much of a Pope, but his books are very good.

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  17. Magna Carta's Mum 17th Mar 2019 — 10:26 am

    Magna darling, do you think they’d let me be a consecrated virgin?

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    1. Mommie Dearest, it’s a lovely thought, for a much earlier time, but that horse bolted long ago.😆

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      1. People don’t feed this troll. Please starve him of any attention

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    2. 1:44

      Thank you ever so much for giving me your attention, and for kindly drawing attention to me.😆

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  18. Pat, your missing the big question here, how did a heterosexual man get ordained, let alone get promoted to archbishop?

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    1. He must have acted gay to get through the seminary and meet Vatican criteria in relation to the ordination of bishops. He is a rarity in the modern church.

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      1. Cynicism and no wit.

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  19. Sadly, it is what we have come to expect. I can feel a certain ennui coming on. How many nuncios are there ? Over the last period of time I can think of two who have accusations of inappropriate behaviour against them, and a number of lesser nunciature staff who have run in to trouble. I’m just wondering if the Secretariat of State does proper due diligence before it recruits these men to represent the Vatican and the Church ? By the way, what happened to Brown ? What did he do to get sent to Albania, I think it was ??!!

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    1. There are 160 + nuncios, I think.

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      1. 160 dirty fingers in wholesome pies?

        My-oh-my! 😕

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      2. There are 205 Vatican diplomatic post. Some of these are doubled or tripled or more under the same nuncio.

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    2. You have changed your tune “JS”! You are easily set on new trajectories. Well done, just stay now on your current course…

      Where are the strict Church thresholds for abuse now?

      Have you forgotten you little faux pas from last week?

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      1. 11.32: JS is a confused and contradictory person. He should read his prolific comments and lectures before he prints any more. They are insanely boring and repetitive. Get real JS……

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      2. Just Saying... 17th Mar 2019 — 2:50 pm

        WTF are you going on about ? You have lost me. And probably many others.

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      3. JS – ignore these knaves attacking and insulting you. Don’t take them under your notice and keep posting. You make sense and are balanced – unlike the rabid demagogue “Magna Carta” and it’s other minions and manifestations.

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    3. Brown was sent to Albania for filing a scathing report to the Vatican re Maynooth.
      Let’s not try to blacken a good man’s name now, JS.

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      1. 11:34
        I doubt that many would agree with you on that count. Brown was catapulted into the ranks from the curia of the CDF. I’m not sure what diplomatic training he received by way of preparation. If little or none, it tells you how important that’s considered there.

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      2. Some of the appointments made during his tenure are doing well. Denis Nulty is an example.
        Bartlett would not be good for Dublin.

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      3. How would you know that Brown did any such thing?
        And even if he did, what evidence do you have to connect that hypothetical action with his transfer to Tirana?

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      4. 2.50: Simply put JS – you are predictably boring now. You are full of contradictions. Reread your lectures on this blog….make a name for yourself doing more fruitful, worthwhile things. Waster.

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    4. JS at 2:50
      ‘WTF’? 😮
      Really?
      Your rapid moral deterioration is noted…with alarm!😲
      You should be self-composed, like me.😇
      😆

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    5. 3:57
      205 filthy fingers in as many wholesome pies?!!!😲
      My, my, my 😕
      😆

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  20. The bold Hugh ‘No Paper Trail’ Connolly will be flew back from Paris, when the dust has settled, and awarded with a purple hat for his role in asphyxiating Maynooth of genuine vocations.
    Of course, they have to scrape the bottom of the barrel these days to fill Irish bishoprics.

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    1. Hugh will make a great bishop.

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      1. Well it won’t be his native Dromore for Hugh as they don’t want him and Rome can’t risk another scandal there. Even though they did appoint that old cover up merchant tosser from Donegal, appointing Hugh there or anywhere is pie in the sky.

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  21. Timmy’s Wife 17th Mar 2019 — 1:55 pm

    Timmy loves bacon and cabbage on St Patrick’s Day and I’ve the green ice cream in the fridge as well

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  22. Fly on Th Wall 17th Mar 2019 — 3:09 pm

    God and st paddies bless us all hi. Shure popes in past history were doing quare things. As were kings and queens Lords & Ladies and Ladies so on. Not an excuse but is a reality. Soooo what’s the root cause and what’s the cure. Comon Superpriesht show us what ur made of Go on ya boy ya

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    1. Which popes in particular were you thinking of, at 3:09?

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      1. 4:25
        Which ones wasn’t he thinking of?😆
        They all are much of a muchness (though the Borgia pope, Alexander VI, might stand out, just a little mind, in the debauchery stakes😆).

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      2. Really at 4:25?
        A major lack of nuance there. Sounds as if you are viewing Rodrigo de Borja through the lens of Machiavelli. There were many edifying aspects to Alexander VI. He was a man if his time when most monarchs had mistresses and children from these liaisons. Your summary dismissal of in the region of 300 individuals, most of whom we may assume you have never heard of, would cause you to be laughed out of the roomin an undergraduate seminar.
        Wikipedia is useful only if one is in a position to evaluate what one finds there.

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      3. The comment at 6:55 is in response to Magna Carta @ 4:43.

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    2. 6:25
      Did you forget to wear your reading glasses for the post at 6:25? You did, didn’t you?😅 And then you remembered you couldn’t see well without them😅 and wore them for your second post at 6:57, to correct your, er, embarrassing earlier blunder?😆
      Far be it from me to milk your unreliability, but if your intellect is as dependable as your eyesight and memory, I shouldn’t have to try hard to wipe the floor with you at any undergraduate seminar; in fact, I shouldn’t have to try at all…cos you’re more than capable of letting yourself down.😅
      😆

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      1. Actually, ‘Magna Carta,’ at 9:44, the post was at 6:55 not 6:25.
        Hoist with your own petard!
        Now, deal with the substantive issue. Not keen? It’s easier to comment on a typo.

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    3. Hello fly, hi.
      The snakes are back Fly
      and need banishin again.
      Who we gonna call?
      Super Duper Priesht and
      d’ dynamic Deaconn!
      Bring em on.
      Bye fly hi.

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    4. 11:15
      That you should even consider attempting to defend the papacy, and the legacy, of such a pope as Alexander VI, surrounded by cronyism, patronage, nepotism, debauchery, and general moral bad example says more about you that you will ever be able to work out for yourself.
      You just make an Aunt Sally of yourself.😕

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  23. Thank you for your prompt response. As you say at this point there’s not much that can be done. It’s too late for a replacement. At the time I did not have a receipt or anything
    Regards

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  24. Hi Pat
    If a strange comment about a pair of boots arrives on the blog by mistake please don’t publish it
    Also please delete this Phone playing up
    Thanks

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  25. Beautiful mass on RTE player now. Canon Niall Ahern said mass from Sligo this morning. It’s a masterclass in preaching and a masterclass in liturgy.

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    1. 3.28: I agree with you. A lovely, inspiring liturgy and a beautifully crafted homily. The wirds spoken by Fr. Niall are in sharp contrast to the empty and impoverished sentiments expressed here. Well done to Fr. Niall and the parish community of Strandhill. It was a fitting tribute to St. Patrick.

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      1. Did he happen to describe Patrick as a ‘big, burly, country lad’.?

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      2. Folks you are doing well by not responding to MC and starving him of attention. Keep it up. He’s dying to be provactive so let’s not react to this troll.

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    2. Canon Matt Hep 17th Mar 2019 — 6:47 pm

      They asked me to do it first but I knew I’d be hungover.

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      1. Fr Niall Ahern is a good man and priest. You knew where you stood with him in Maynooth. He was good to me when I left. There was none of the carry on back then that we are hearing about from deans in Maynooth nowadays.

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    3. 7:43
      You just did react to me, you moron.😅

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  26. Dublin needs a humble man who will reconcile, heal and support. The last thing it needs is an ambitious careerist. That would be like kicking someone in the teeth when they were down.

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  27. More from Joanna Bogle in Catholic Herald on masculinity. We are of course enjoined not to be daft, as the wisdom of JPII will become apparent in centuries to come. So it’s only today that it seems nonsense.

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    1. I think Joanna Bogle is a good example of Catholic masculinity.

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      1. And how!😲

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    2. If it’s nonsense today it’s nonsense tomorrow.

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  28. Any hope you can get a copy of Fr Niall Ahern’s homily as preached today on RTE? The broadcast is on the RTE Player now. It was perfect. It assumed that the congregation was educated, unlike many priests up and down the country who think they’re preaching to baby infants or to people who never went to secondary school, nevermind third level. It was a good homily. He ennunciated it very clearly too and it was nice to hear an Irish voice -as opposed to a priest who has English as his second language- give a good homily. There is also an awful lot to be said for the dumbing down of academic entry to the priesthood. It’s very well to say that it led to true Christian priests etc, but most of them can’t preach at all. If you want to know why people are not in the pews, I respectfully suggest that the child abuse issue is only part of the problem, the other part is illiterate lazy priests who cannot write their own sermons, have unique thoughts and certainly can not deliver them. Why bother going to mass to be put to sleep. There’s very few practices anymore for liturgies either. Today was actually a masterclass, well done Fr Niall Ahern.

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    1. So you’re anti-English, like most unthinking Irish?
      Jesus?

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  29. “Magna Carta” at 5:36pm “a big, burly country lad” is everything that the “brains” behind “Magna Carta” ISN’T!! 😂 A bitching, mincing, old Down & Connor Nancy is what the “Magna Carta” author is 😆

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  30. Yup 3:59.
    Hugh indeed will make a “great” bishop!
    He hit all his SLAs (service level agreements) and targets as President of Maynooth i.e. – he ran the National Seminary into the ground with historically low levels of entrants.
    5 entered last year – lowest ever – and which is a result of Hughie’s legacy which has been faithfully preserved by Fanny ‘Pervert Protector’ Mullaney.
    Hughie also helped manufacture lies against good, holy seminarians and had them ousted in a manner that would have impressed Joseph Stalin.
    All in all a wonderful candidate for the Episcopacy…

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    1. You are one of those right-wingers who are not at home with this papacy. Too bad. You’d better get used to it. The redtorationists have nothing to offer.

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