When many comment makers on this blog blog about Jesus they invariably talk about his humility, his gentleness, his compassion and his submission to his father6will.

And of course, there is that side to Jesus – the lamb side – Jesus the Lamb of God.

People are always lecturing me to become like the lamb of God and to practice his compassion and forgiveness to all – especially to priests, clergy and hierarchy.

BUT there is another side to Jesus – the Jesus who is the Lion of God.

A lion is known for his power his roar, his anger, his ferociousness, his prowl and his ability to pull apart and anhiliate.

Jesus, as the Lion of God, expresses his anger, power, condemnation and judgementalness.

And Jesus calls each of us to have within us the qualities of both the lamb and lion of God.

We have an immature and imperfect spirituality when we only have the lamb of God within us or only the lion of God.

A Christ centred spirituality and faith when we have both the lamb and lion in us.

The lamb part of Jesus expressed itself in Jesus with his approach to the poor, the oppressed, the sick, the blind, the dead, the crippled etc.

But when it came to dealing with other types – the religious and political hierarchies of his day Jesus became the Lion of God.

He called Herod a fox.

He called the Pharisees a brood of vipers and whitened sepulchres.

And the moment in his ministry we see him as the Raging Lion of God, was when he entered the Temple consumed with the righteous anger of God and overturned the tables of the corrupt and sought to whip out the hypocrites.

This Lion of God is the one we need today to explode upon the RC institution, with its clergy and hierarchy, and upturn their tables of corruption and to whip the clerical aabusers of all kinds and the Pharisaic hierarchy that keeps all the rottenness covered up.

Corruption does not need forgiveness first. It needs the fire that Jesus claimed to set upon the earth.

Abuse does not need compassion first. It needs to be whipped out of the Temple.

So let these mealy mouthed callers for the humility and forgiveness approach towards the RCC be called out for what they are – enablers and co-abusers.

Instead, let us make way for the Lion of God and offer him our cooperation in his cleansing mission.




Today when I was in Belfast for my annual optician visit I was approached by a relative of a catholic teacher. She told me one of the most horrific stories I have ever heard coming out of a Catholic Council for Maintained School (CCMS). As someone formally involved in the Catholic School System I stunned by what I was told.

The story concerns the ill-treatment of devoted catholic teachers who have given their lives to catholic education. At this time I cannot name the school or the people involved but that may change. But I am going to bed tonight very concerned about the mental health and well being of these teachers and the effects this is having them and on their families.

From what I have heard a great wrong was done and a great injustice is continuing to be perpetrated. It is my intention to write to Bishop Noel Treanor about this matter for it is an injustice. that needs to be put right and properly.

The effects of this great wrong on these teachers has had such a serious effect that they have been placed on medical sick pay for the last six months, and to make matters worse these teachers are having their pay cut in half? How is this morally right when these teachers have done no wrong?

The relative told me that these teachers are receiving trauma counselling in the aftermath of disgraceful events that happened to them. The woman who told me this story was crying and was in great distress about their relative and is coming to see me in the next few days with more information.

If this case results in a tragedy whose hands will have the blood on them?

41 replies on “JESUS – LAMB OR LION?”

Pat, you are very good at promoting yourself, very good at justifying your nastiness and vengeance. You keep pointing many fingers of accusation, judgment and condemnation at clerics. Yes, we deserve criticisms, judgment and condemnation, but I don’t believe we all deserve to be condemned. I truly believe that we are, as a Church, being cleansed by the courage of lay people who challenge and question the modus operandi of many activities, decisions and approach to understanding of life, morally and spiritually. When I was ordained almost 40 years ago I had absolutely no intimation of what lay ahead as the years unfolded. I took one year out to rediscern my life which was hugely beneficial. I now approach ministry in a completely different way. To survive with some honour and integrity of purpose I apply my energies to ensuring the most vulnerable and wounded are cared for, firstly in the parish and after that wherever I can be of assistance to charities. I believe we must each make radical choices to recreate true ministry as intended by Jesus. I do not know the answers to all our problems and crises but I have to find my way through it and do my work as required. I now accept that the present model of being Church – people of God – has to be reshaped, redefined and reimagined by people and priests together in parishes. I admire those who are energetic in creative ministry and I admire those who dare to be different. In this regard I have admiration for you Pat in walking the lonely journey but I believe many of us try to do our best. We know we are presiding over a sinking boat whose destiny is crashing on to the rocks, if it doesn’t first sink totally. Can we find God in all of this? As for the school incident: I hope the teachers are given support, caring, understanding and justice. While I have encountered some very awkward and difficult teachers I have always respected, supported and given every pastoral assistance to teachers. They deserve our ministry of support and care.


Dear Father, your comment is excellent.
I think you would be very shocked by the details of this school crisis.
Clergy and the CCMS are at the heart of this crisis.


Bishop P., I presume that certain Romanists (priests) are the epicentre of this alleged abusiveness and injustice against teachers in Catholic maintained schools. And I presume (from your intention to contact Bishop Noel Treanor about the matter) that these schools are in Down and Connor diocese.
In fairness, there are at least two sides to every story, so I should expect those being accused to have the opportunity for self-defence; I don’t doubt that this is your wish, too.


According to the Book of Revelation, the expression ‘Lion of Judah’ is theologically interpreted as an allusion to Christ himself, though the phrase has Old Testament lineage and refers here to the Israelite tribe of Judah.
The word ‘lion’ conjures up images, not just of ferocious strength, but of unbridled and unempathetic savagery. We must be mindful of the limits of metaphor (and ‘lion’ here is metaphor) in expressing the nature of God.
All human comparisons attempting to bridge the epistemological chasm between God and men are necessarily limited and open to be misleading about the nature of God, since they are inevitably influenced by ideology and politics. (Ask Michael Voris, of Church Militant.)
Men have always attempted to use God for their own selfish ends by misappropriating scriptural verse.


I am talking about ONE school.
You would be shocked by the details of this crisis.
Yes, the school is is in Down and Connor.


Don’t start dishing out scriptural interpretations from Wikipedia which do not pass through any evaluative faculty.
Stick to what you know best: vulgarity, prejudice, bile and blister.


I think Anon 8.33 is very with “the program” 10.10, (and 4.33am if as I suspect, you are the same). Perhaps he recognised that your three word (same word X3) at 4.33 indeed indicates someone needing help, bearing in mind the many previous repetitions of the same word X3.


And another thing, the church is only interested in life in the womb. The instant you’re out of there you become church fodder and they treat you like shit.


Not at all, and your lack of respect perfectly embodies the Cathbots’ lack of value for life outside of the womb. Thank you for reinforcing my point so perfectly.


4.38: Another thing….you sound intellectually challenged. Maybe do a lu6ttle intelligent reading and research.


What a good idea! When you post something of that nature here Iu will read it with great interest!


Pat, the strategy of treating illness caused by work as ordinary sickness absence is a common one. I myself am a nurse and once got a sickness warning in an NHS hospital as a result of a workplace injury.
This strategy is of course iniquitous and is calculated to get rid of people, who will then be so worn out that they will likely not take the employer to a tribunal. Even if they do, in reality they will just get a certain payout, if the employer doesn’t get off by using the ‘bastard defence’ of saying that they have treated them all the same. It is also very difficult to prove a direct causation of stress in the workplace. Nor are unions likely to be helpful often.
All of this of course merely demonstrates that the ethos in ‘Catholic’ schools is not good, in fact these teachers would probably be better off out of it.


I agree these teachers would be better off out of the Catholic ethos. That might be one way of resolving the issue.

I am sorry to hear of your own suffering in the nursing profession.

In the teachers case there are already two very damning reports of how they were treated.


I have asked the CCMS press officer Andrew Aiken for a statement on the big school scandal.
He has passed on the request to the Senior Leadership Team at CCMS

Senior Leadership Team

Gerry Campbell Chief Executive

Eugene O’Neill Director of Workforce Planning and Governance

Emma Devlin Personal Assistant to DWPG & DoE

Majella Corrigan Director of School Planning and Provision

I will share the response with readers.


7.21: And rightly so. Pat shoukd have no role in this matter. His interference may very well compromise the effort to resolve the issues. School problems are often a mixture of complex dynamics, jealousies, mistrust and incompetence. Of course misuse or abuse of power or authority must be condemned. Pat has no role in this whatsoever. He may have heard a partial, one sided narrative. Having been chairperson for many school boards, I have dealt with some very challenging situations but we slways managed a good resolution. The last thing a school needs is an outsiders interference. My niece worked in a good Catholic school which was ruined and wrecked beyond recovery by a bullying male principal, who eventually was ousted. However, his union supported him for far too long until the parents and staff protested together. Pat, since you probably haven’t worked in a school or been chairperson, you need to be very wise and circumspect in the narrative you print. There are always two sides to every conflict. Any form of bullying or abuse of power must be condemned. Let the proper mediation bodies (which schools can avail of) be part of the solution not this blog which will rejoice to be able to say “Catholics again” and is thrilled to put the boot in if possible. We must await the full story.


I already know the full story.

It will shock you when it come out very soon.


Jesus Lion or Lamb. Kit kat biscuit or bar. Tis a bit of both hi Tis is that quantify & qualify & mess things up. If things were so bad in the school why did it take it take so long to come to the surface and why to you-not that I am complaining hi Superbish to the rescue Gooo onhi


It will be of massive public interest when people find out who the Cathilic Church was in cahoots with!!!


Pat, it’s just a thought but I think this lamb business is not quite right. What the hierarchy actually want is sheep.
Baaaaaa 🐑



Bring it on, + Pat.
The laity need to wake up en masse to the covering up of scandal through a code silence.


Another disrespectful, hate-filled comment by a Cathbot. You have no grounds for saying I had a hangover, it’s the usual strategy of trying to discredit anyone who doesn’t just baaaa with the sheep.
Get real!


7.18: Keep digging your hole. I’m not even a Catholic. Once was….it’s your type that are the laptop warriors of venom.


People’s lives have been ruined, literally destroyed, in order to avoid scandal or potential scandal.
A code of silence among clerics has and continues, to enable, facilitate, and assist covering up scandal, supposedly for the sake of the Church, when in fact it’s for the sake of the clerical fraternity, the brotherhood!
It has nothing whatsoever to do with God. The clergy are NOT a superior form of life following ordination.


Pat, seriously, do something about the tit for tat pointless insults.
My own opinion is that your many enemies comment on here with the express intention of making this blog a slanging match and putting people off it.
You will also notice the recurring theme of throwing various addiction or medical conditions.
You have commented before that you want to be so open that your enemies can criticise you here, and I respect that. However I am sure you will agree that your enemies in the church will happily stoop to underhand means to stop your ministry, including comments left on this blog.
If someone wants to criticise you or question you I can see why you would want to publish that. But my advice would be to be much stricter on what gets through and junk all comments calling other people stupid, calling people alcoholics or implying that people are paedophiles. And these are just a few examples off the top of my head!


7.50: You make good points. The sad reality is that blogs acting as conduits for opinion by anonymous contributors invariably carry offensive, derogatory, scurrilous and horrible judgment about others. Blogs can become a serious form of bullying pushing some, sadly, over the edge. We know of tragedies. To even infer that someone is an alcoholic, an abuser, a paedophile is potentially dangerous. To engage in name calling, deliberate insult, sharing of personal stories for “fun and mockery” may be a catalyst for a tragedy to occur. The reciprocal threatening language often used by some is scary. I trust Pat will endeavour to dump all one liner, silly, abusive, semi pornographic and demeaning comments. And, I wish too that Pat would prevent the ‘gay girlie’ brigade from insulting one another.


I agree entirely with the comments at 7.50 & 8.51. Pat, those puerile one liner insulting comments should have no place here, and, as said by others and myself, simply demean your blog. Please just bin them.


Hello Bishop Buckley,

Have you an update? I am a parent whose family has been put through the most horrendous time at a Catholic school. Schools have the backing of the CCMS; Inspector; EA and Department.

Complaining to the authorities is like swimming in sludge: you get nowhere. My story is in the public interest too: but to protect our family I would find it difficult to do that. I am a year and a half working at my problem with the school. If your experience is like mine, you’ be stonewalled and told to go away.

Update us on your progress.


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