ITALIAN ABUSE VICTIM “DEFEATED” AFTER VATICAN TRIAL.

Claire Giangravè CRUX NOW

Italian clerical abuse victim Arturo Borelli stands before St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican after a Feb. 15 meeting with Church authorities. (Credit: Claire Giangravè/Crux.)

ROME – Only two months ago Arturo Borelli, a clerical sex abuse victim from Italy, was beaming while walking down the avenue that leads to St. Peter’s Square. After 20 years knocking on the Vatican doors, they had finally opened.
On Feb. 15, during a meeting with members of the Roman curia, he was told that his case would be reopened, that he would be informed every step of the way, that things had changed in

In the wake of the February summit of bishops on the protection of minors.
More importantly for Borelli, a devout Catholic, he was told that Pope Francis knew about his case and cared about him.

Today, Borelli says he feels “defeated” in a phone conversation with Crux April 2. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Vatican department that handles matters of clerical sexual abuse, won’t answer his calls. His alleged abuser has been found innocent, but he was not informed of the sentence nor will he ever be able to know the details of the ecclesiastical trial.
“I cannot understand how they can speak of transparency!” Borelli said. “Is this Pope Francis’s transparency?”
Borelli’s case follows an unfortunate arc that Vatican observers have seen repeat itself over and over again, where initial efforts by the Catholic Church to bring forward welcoming, listening and closure for sexual abuse victims often results in sour disappointment and disenchantment.
Borelli, 40, claims to have been sexually abused about thirty years ago on the peripheries of Naples, Italy, by his religion teacher Father Silverio Mura. After the abuse was reported to the Archdiocese of Naples, Mura was moved from parish to parish, only to be found under a false name and teaching catechism to more than 40 children.

After chaining himself to the Porta Sant’Anna – the main entrance to Vatican City – on Feb. 4 in a desperate attempt to be heard by Church authorities, the Vatican agreed to meet with him and his lawyer to reopen the case against Mura. The priest who greeted Borelli promised that “everything has changed” in the Vatican and that the matter would be resolved quickly.
“Once the sentence came out no one answered me anymore,” Borelli said, adding that the sentence “doesn’t seem credible to me because it’s a ghost sentence.”
Borelli and his lawyer were never informed by the CDF about the sentence and learned the result from Mura’s lawyer, who told the local press that his client had been found innocent. No press release or official document was published by the Vatican.

A lawsuit is being brought against Mura in the Italian courts, but Borelli had an emotional investment in seeing the matter resolved within the Catholic Church.
“For me, the ecclesiastical trial is very important, very important,” he said. “Because the Church must begin a major cleanup.”
The “contradictory” and “secretive” nature of the Church’s legal proceedings have been a tough blow for the Italian abuse victim, who said that his “pain is doubled, because the Church should welcome me as a mother.”
According to Borelli’s lawyer, Carlo Grezio, there are several reasons why Mura may have been found innocent, which could range from insufficient evidence to exceeding the statute of limitations since the events took place more than 30 years ago.
“Borelli was considered a witness and not a part of the trial,” Grezio told Crux in an April 2 phone interview, which means that “we are cut off from knowing the content of this sentence by the ecclesiastical tribunal.”
Grezio met Feb. 15 with two officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – a disciplinary section head Father John Kennedy, and undersecretary Father Matteo Visioli, who he claims promised him transparency and that they would be informed of the sentence.
“I am a bit disappointed,” he said, “I find that the Vatican can never make facts follow words.”
The lawyer looks to the civil proceedings now instead of the Vatican’s “castle of words” and promised “to never again have contact with the Vatican due to its behavior, which offends victims.”
Borelli, a big fan of Francis and his reform, still insists that the Vatican take action on these matters and looks to the Church for closure, but on the other side of the fence victims of clerical abuse have lost all faith in ecclesiastical proceedings.
“The canonical trial is not conclusive,” said Francesco Zanardi, a clerical sexual abuse survivor and president of the only Italian clerical abuse victims’ network Rete L’abuso, “unless the victim is satisfied by something like this.”
“If the pope really wanted to put this thing to rest overnight, we would impose on the bishops to report sexual abuse to civil judicial authorities,” he told Crux April 2.

PAT SAYS

Two weeks ago I stood in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and thought about the 2000 years it has taken the Vatican become as evil as it is.

I could sense the evil standing there that day.

I wanted to have nothing to do with – and certainly not go inside it.

My priest friend begged me to go with him to the tomb of John XX111. I gave in and went in and Satan, who is lord of that place, saw to it that I was detained by the temple police.

I am sad, but realistic, when I think of the 60 year journey I have undertaken to see that what I was looking at all those years ago was a whited sepulchre – nice looking on the outside but inside full of putrid decay.

Thank God I have never lost my basic Christian faith – nor indeed my determination and joy to try and serve God and others.

But for so many Catholics, their faith is about Pope, bishop and priest worship.

These people are quite literally “papists” and not really Christians.

Reading the above case is another reminder of the corruption of the clergy and their secret trials.

It’s more like the Mafia or Mossad than it is like a Christian community.

I cannot understand why God did not wipe it out years ago.

Maybe he is giving Satan his way and time with men?

I love being a priest. But I thank God that I do not have to do it all over again.

“As you go through life dear brother,

Whatever be your goal;

Keep your eye upon the doughnut

And not upon the hole”.

For me, Jesus is the doughnut.

And that Vatican, with tentacles all over the globe is the big, dark, deep, dirty hole.

May God continue to deliver people who are captive in that hole.

59 thoughts on “ITALIAN ABUSE VICTIM “DEFEATED” AFTER VATICAN TRIAL.

  1. Would Jesus condone church corruption; not for a second! The clergy conveniently
    forgot the Lords imperative regarding children, simply in order to protect the clerical brotherhood. 😡

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  2. Read about this guy before.😯
    Not surprised at the outcome of the, er, ‘trial’😅
    Destroy Roman Catholic clerical parasites by depriving them of the oxygen of donations. They are bone-idle, work-shy, parasitical leeches, who suck wealth from the poorest in society, yet rape or sodomise their children with impunity, society’s most vulberable, and sexually exploitable. Hence the, er, interest by Roman Catholic priests in general. 😆

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    1. Magna at 12.53: Abuse….emm…emmm. What is the cause of such poisonous vitriol? Thought Pat was suppose to keep a control on this leech! What abuse and poison! Horrendous.

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      1. 10:47

        ‘What is the cause of such poisonous vitriol?’😅

        Er, what do you think?😕

        Would it have anything to do with the sexual criminality of Roman Catholic priests, the general moral corruption in the Church, and the deliberate concealment of child-sexual abuse by bishops? Oh! And add to the mix the financial extravagance of Christ-betrayers like Noel Treanor? I have massive respect for this guy.

        Whaddaya think?😆

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    2. You’ve commented about withholding money before.
      One wonders whether you do a day’s work. I suspect not. Your postings indicate you’d find collaboration difficult.

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    3. 2:22

      As if I care what YOU wonder, and what YOU suspect.😅

      😆

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      1. 3.18: The problem with you Magna is that, sadly, you Don’t care what people think? You are too abusive and vulgar in your comments. You’d have greater influence on genuine debate and conversation if you calmed down and responded with some modicum of respect towards others. There is no justification for you nasty, unkind and hate inciting vitriol towards all priests. There are many who are genuinely trying to live their ministry with generosity of heart and faithful witness to Christ. It is difficult to be in ministry at this juncture in history. I share some of your views but not your abuse, vitriol and nastiness. It is unfair and unjust to the many who are doing their utmost to hold on to the ideals of priesthood…And such people exist. Pat might point you in their direction if you come out from your small world.

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  3. Poor guy, and even more so because he has kept hold of his faith that the church would do something about his abuse. As usual he has been greeted with lies and further abuse.
    Hopefully this will open his eyes.

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    1. 6:07
      ‘All is necessary for evil to triumph is for men of good will to do nothing.’

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  4. Pat, what hyperbole – sensing evil! Such imagination. Only you would pen such a phrase. Not remotely true. I’ve been to the Vatican and gazed at the beauty, magnificence and splendour of St. Peter’s. It all depends on ‘where you’re coming from’ in your perceptions. If you have an abhorrence and hatred of all things Catholic, then all you will visualise is evil…I abhor all wrongs, corruption and abuse by Church personnel, but I am not so stupid as to define all personnel as evil. Your sense of ‘evil’ didn’t stop you enjoying the dolve vita of the Vatican streets!…You don’t do irony!!

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    1. 9:04
      You’re right. It ‘all depends on where you are coming from in your perceptions’. I’m sure looking at the splendor of St. Peter’s , having been abused by a cleric, will colour a persons perception.
      Here’s a bit of news for you;
      all humans have a propensity for evil. There’s plenty of manifest and latent evil in all
      of us and in all institutions, including church’s and States. By the way, some people can sense evil, in both people and places.
      It known as discernment.

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  5. What’s new!
    Recently, Cardinal Sarah claimed, spiritual and religious collapse is enveloping the world, and the west is guilty of rejecting God. He said, Europe is the source of the spiritual crisis. He also said, the Church needs a profound
    radical reform that must begin with reform of the life of her priests.
    I wonder if he had a particular location in Europe in mind when he made those comments.

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    1. 9:24
      Cardinal Sarah couldn’t give tuppence for either God or his church. What he does care about is a particular model of church (pre-Vatican II) and a particular ecclesiology (again, pre-Vatican II).
      If he said what you stated about him, then he is right. But the collapse is coming about precisely because of such mindsets as his: men who have made the church their God rather than the God of the church.

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      1. 11:58

        That’s a good way of putting it, MC. ‘They made the church their
        God rather than the God of the church.’
        I’m of the view, a lot of these individuals have made membership of the clerical fraternity their idol, regardless of models of church. Protecting the clerical fraternity, and all its associated benefits,
        was, and still is, but to
        a lessening extent, the primary concern.
        There has been endless
        rationalizations, attempted justifications and excuses made to cover up child rape on a grand scale.
        A model of ‘mother church’ may concern some, but I suspect it’s more base. I suspect the covering up of corruption is about protecting perks, position, power, privilege, sense of entitlement, deference, the double life of hypocrisy. etc. Now, the main preoccupation of the hierarchy seems centered on money and protecting church assets.

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      2. Vatican II was supposed to be the New Pentecost. How did that work out in your family?

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      3. @11.58
        Your judgement of Cardinal Sarah tells us more about you. He is a holy, wise and clear thinking pastor.

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      4. I appreciate what you say about Cardinal Sarah. He wants to turn the clocks back. However as a contemplative, I really enjoyed his book “The Power of Silence”

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    2. Sarah is not taken seriously by thinking commentators. Why does Francis leave him in office after the blunders he’s had to be publicly admonished for!

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      1. @2.26
        I pray Cardinal Sarah will be our next Pope, and very soon.

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    3. 3:53
      Of course he is.😆 All of these things, and much more. And top of the list, clericalist…about as much use to a Christian seeking the road to salvation as one of those blind guides Jesus never grew tired of excoriating.

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  6. Sean Hickey and David Dysky are both paying for their own counselling therapy after the abuse incidents in Maynooth. Why is Michael Mullaney this monster continuing to block any compensation to these abuse victims.

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    1. It’s obvious you care nothing for the two people you bame. You’ve been challenged before to put up or dhut up if you have rvidence of criminal activity.
      What appears to drive your interminable drivel is unresolved resentment. Move on! It’s Lent 5!

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    2. 3:58
      The next four of five Popes will have their work cut out for them. This mess ain’t going anywhere regardless of whose the next Pope.

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  7. Pat, I’ve passed Larne Oratory on a few occasions. I stood and wondered if I should make a visit but my faith deterred me. It wasn’t any whiff of holiness I sensed, but a stench of hypocrisy, malice and deliberate mischieviousness. I am not inspired but instead find great inspiration in my own Catholic Church and despite institutional corruption and malfeasance I will always look for the goodness which is at the heart of my parish Church, a goodness personified in abundance by priests and parishioners. God bless Pope Francis.

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    1. Yes long may he, er, ‘care about’ the victims of his clergy.

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    2. 9:34
      You’ll find plenty of inspiration and goodness
      in agnostics, humanists and atheists. 😝

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      1. 12.41: The people who mostly give generously of themselves for the good and betterment of the parish where I reside are all Church goers. I have encountered non religious people and I respect all backgrounds. I have met them working for their community. I respect all people. I believe respect and tolerance are the key to mutual goodwill, community hiding and conversation. Each person has something to offer.

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  8. Will you say mass in Hungary today?

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    1. I have my usual Mass in Larne today.

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  9. I’m off to Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral Glasgow. Not many people will be at Holy Communion as the clergy often refuse absolution at confession there, yet many of their colleagues frequent the Gay Sauna not 200 metres from the Cathedral front door. The Cathedral Dean was getting leg over for years before leaving recently to live with his lady friend. A nice man but not the point. Double standards all across the RC Church. Wish I was resident in Larne rather than Glasgow Pat. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Oh, the ex Seminarian from Glasgow is on again. I know who you are. You got kicked out before being ordained Deacon because you never heeded warnings to stop your door knocking in the night, and it wasn’t for cups of sugar I recall!

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      1. If the poster is the,
        eh, exSeminarian from Glasgow, one of many
        I’d say, wasn’t he the fortunate one to be , eh, kicked out! 🤪
        Look at how many who were not kicked out, but kept on, and are now in the, eh, clink! 😝

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    2. Frank you must have been very disappointed at Saint Andrew’s today and I take it was the Noon mass well Saint Andrew’s has 5.45 on Saturday’s 10am, Noon and 5.15 on Sunday’s and three week days Holy Masses.
      People can see your lies on the internet as Saint Andrew’s Cathedral is Live Streamed 24/7.
      And it is sad that you do not go there for Holy Mass but to condemn the Holy Priests.

      As for the sauna and things the next Archbishop will clear Glasgow from this evil as +Philip seems to turn a blind eye however he is 68 and not too healthy and may retire on ill health as Glasgow has not had an Auxiliary bishop since +Mone.

      Please pray that + Philip is not Scotland’s next Cardinal.

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  10. Swamy’s the shovel 7th Apr 2019 — 11:38 am

    Hi Pat. I am about to open a big envelope i have been sent. Should I invite Fr Brian D’Arcy to its opening. I don’t want to feel offended if he says no. I’m only an unknown labourer from Ballymena.

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    1. Is it a brown envelope?

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    2. If the Merc can withstand the journey from Bellanaleck please await confirmed bachelor Brian Darcy CP.

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  11. The main concern of the hierarchy at this point is
    money and avoiding pay-outs in compensation to victims. Apparently the American hierarchy are doing financial gymnastics to protect finances for fear of Rico legislation being implemented. That’s very likely to happen.
    Large numbers of committed American catholics want the US dept. of Justice to use Rico legislation against the church. The laity recognizes the church is corrupt, can’t clean up its act and is being ruined by clerical corruption.

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    1. The main laugh not concern of the hierarchies of England & Wales, Scotland and above all, Ireland, is the arrest of Pat Buckley by the Swiss Guards in Rome and thrown into a Cell whilst being watched live on TV by Pope Francis himself. Lots of jokes and laughter on the phones among the My Lords and Your Graces. The biggest laugh the Bishops could have yet.

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      1. 7:00
        They won’t be laughing in the near future when the FBI raid chancerys and diocesan offices in the US. Apparently, the Vatican are very fearful of this impending development. It’s only a matter of time before similar action is taken in this neck of the woods.

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      2. 7.00 Don’t believe that for a minute. If Pope Francis has got time to watch such rubbish, he has gone right down in my estimation.

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  12. I came across a website odan.org, run by people who had been members of opus dei. Apparently, members take a cold shower every day, among other sadomasochist practices, to attain holiness. However, some of the rot in their membership is coming
    to light (water wasn’t cold
    enough). Opus Dei, a small institution within the church, have assets of over 3 billion. Maybe they could offer a loan to strapped for cash dioceses around the country.

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  13. Mungo McKentigern 7th Apr 2019 — 2:40 pm

    If the priests in Glasgow cathedral won’t give absolution locally then the locals should invite a priest over from crossger who was alleged to hear confessions at places of entertainment in days gone by. His arrival might also generate some media interest and lift the profile of the Glasgow rc church

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    1. Glasgow has no actively gay Priests now Mr ex-Sem. Sorry to disappoint. All Scottish Dioceses are squeaky clean thanks to our great Bishops.

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      1. Our Great Bishops in Scotland are well aware of what is going on and some are c/o diocesan offices for reasons and rightly so.
        God Bless our Bishops as they tackle the actively sexual clergy.

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  14. Glasgow sounds like a clericalist den of iniquity.

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    1. Yes 1531 it is. Still a nice place to live and work though. Anything goes!

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  15. Hey, Bishop Pat! Do a blog, please, on the report that three Romanist priests in clericalist-ridden Poland burned a number of artefacts and books, including at least one Harry Potter novel, in the superstitious belief that they had evil forces emanating from them.😅 This happened only days ago (March 31).
    A Hello Kitty umbrella, incredibly, was burned, too.😅😅
    A Roman Catholic evangelical foundation, SMS From Heaven, celebrated this public ritual on Facebook, with emojis of fire and with biblical quotations from both the Old and New Testaments.
    One critic posted a reply on the Facebook page of SMS From Heaven:
    ‘I have not met anyone yet who would rape, murder and steal in the name of Harry Potter. In the name of the Bible, yes. Bad news, gentlemen!’

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  16. It would take a lot more than a visit from one who preaches Christ crucified to lift the fortunes of Glasgow. The quicker they get Big Phil to retire or go to Rome and get Joe Toal in from Motherwell the better

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    1. Monsignor Paul Murray will be next Archbishop of Glasgow? Also what about the Auxiliary? Big Phil announced 3 years ago that Frankie had accepted his request for an Assistant? Surely someone wants it?

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      1. Paul Murray will NEVER be a Bishop do you remember the incident in Saint Vincent’s Street some of us have a long memory and how +Philip moved Paul into Clyde street surprised a lot of people.

        Yes many are desperate for the mitre but want right of succession and Rome is not willing to do that so + Philip picks his successor.

        Glasgow is not in a Good place far too many parishes and the finances are not healthy again shortage every year so parishes MUST close and look at Edinburgh was 103 parishes now 72 and same in Motherwell but it takes STRONG Leadership.

        And John Keenan has spent Thousands on a Synod that so far has produced NOTHING but a talking shop but he was trying to pass the buck for parish closures as Paisley town does not need 5 parishes not 5 in Greenock and three in the port but it takes Leadership and Scotland lacks that.

        Only one leading light and that is Archbishop Cushley see’s it as it is.

        None of the Paul’s in the Curia will be Auxiliary’s.

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    2. Wee Jim sadly you are not up to date as you say Big Phil he is not too fit has cardiology problems and they even have a gym in his basement to try and help him but he is just back yesterday from Rome so likely pleading again for and Auxiliary bishop.
      However he want them to have the right of succession but Rome says NO.
      Joe Toal sadly will not becoming to Glasgow as sadly his eyesight is deteriorating and he has to use an i pad for all Masses as he cannot see small print and has to be driven around Motherwell diocese.
      So it will Be Nolan, McGee or Keenan for Glasgow or Motherwell.

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      1. Rubbish. A Coajator will never be appointed at his age anyway. Too young. The fact is 3 have already been offered auxiliary and none have taken in. Any Tom Dick or Harry can be appointed. An Archbishop does not necessarily need to have been a Bishop before.

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  17. Glasgow sounds a right place! Even putting Ireland to shame! Pat’s Scottish correspondents must be on overtime! Actively gay Priests, a senior Priest leaving to move in with his girlfriend, one found on an altar with as sex toy up himself, another senior Priest moving his housekeeper in and throwing the previous housekeeper out of Mass, a gay Priest moved his boyfriend in to the Presbytery, another arrested for allegedly having it off with a vulnerable 17 year old, gay night clubs, saunas, blackmail scandal of gay Priest and rent boy in the park, several moved to Dioceses abroad. Lots of scoops on this blog over the years and nearly every story later covered in the Press. Pray for the Archbishop and clergy there that things may settle down and become a little less scandalous at least. Should be renamed Archdiocese of Glasgay by the sounds of it!

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    1. Every credit to Pat as you say. Correspondents everywhere.

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  18. Mr. Borelli found out the hard way, the personnel of Holy Mother Church and it’s kangaroo courts, doesn’t give a monkeys about abuse victims.
    There’s an interview on Ewtn audio of Bishop Cullinan from the Waterford diocese, rambling on about a number
    of topics, including the new evangelization. The strategy is to save one soul at a time. Is Bishop Cullinan the hierarchical equivalent of Rambo? Or has he a crack SS squad to save souls in Waterford?
    He’d do well to start with the clergy.

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    1. I watched him doing Confirmations on Friday and my oh my it was a step back in time and it was like video’s you would see in the SSPX and really it was stunning to watch back to the 60’s.
      God help us if he is appointed to Dublin as he would need at least five Auxiliary’s to assist him.
      I still think it will be the Archbishop who is in the Vatican for Dublin.
      Be interesting in 6 weeks if + Fields resignation is accepted and how quickly as he is 75 in May.

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  19. Wyndford Willie 7th Apr 2019 — 11:00 pm

    God preserve us from wee Keenan

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    1. Could be worse you could get Nolan that NO one in the Diocese knows as Wullie McFadzean runs Galloway.

      or Big Brian from Argyll and Isles.

      Looks like three choices for Glasgow Keenan, Nolan or Big Brian however do not rule out the VG of Edinburgh as it seems he said NO to Galloway.

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      1. Isn’t Willie an old Queen? Big Brian is down to 18 Priests. One left suddenly yesterday. He is forced to cover Parishes himself

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