YESTERDAY ON THIS BLOG I SAID THAT I WOULD BE PUBLISHING A BLOG TODAY ABOUT RORY COYLE AND HIS CURRENT LIFE IN LONDON.
I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND AND I AM NOT PUBLISHING THAT BLOG.
What has changed my mind?
I had a confidential telephone call and the caller asked me not to publish the blog I had planned.
At the beginning of the call the called ask for confidentiality and I promised. I cannot break that promise.
The main treason they gave me was that the staff and volunteers in the Irish Centre are all lay people and that it would be unfair of me to publish their pictures and drag those private people into controversy.
I must make it absolutely clear that:
- I was not promised any benefit of any kind for not publishing the blog.
- I was not threatened in any body by anybody if I did publish the blog.
- The person who rang me is not an official at any level in the Roman Catholic Church.
- No one got to me.
On this blog people see the strong, campaigning, challenging side of me.
But there is another me.
There is the listening, compassionate and caring side. And there is the pastoral me that feels for people in difficulty.
People may feel that there is a contradiction there. And there is. All of us are contradictions.
Someone once advised priests to be “Like a lion in the pulpit and like a lamb in the confessional”.
The Bible talks about the lion and the lamb lying down together.
There is a lion and a lamb inside me.
The lion comes from my father – a life long socialist and trade union official.
The lamb comes from my mother Jo, who incidentally was 13 years dead yesterday.
I have been believable told that Rory is in London, is a simle volunteer in the Irish Centre and is not conducting Mass or the Sacraments and working on his future.
People will find this blog today confusing and maybe inadequate.
I ask readers to trust my judgement.
I am expecting comments from people who will be very curious.
I am also expecting the usual attacks.
So be it!
I decided not to publish the planned blog for Christian and priestly reasons.