IICSA SERVITE PRIEST – CINNECTED TO NICHOLS QUIZZING – STEPS DOWN FROM MINISTRY.

Salford church leader voluntarily steps down after concerns raised about what he knew about ‘sexual abuse’ of a teenager by a priest

Second priest steps down from duties at Servite church on Bury New Road

BY DAMON WILKINSON, NEAL KEELING Manchester Evening News.

Our Lady of Dolours RC Church, Bury Old Road, Kersal, Salford(Image: Google)

A prominent member of a Catholic religious order in Salford has voluntarily stepped down from his duties after concerns about what he knew about a colleague’s ‘grooming and sexual abuse’ of a young woman.

Father Vincent Coyne

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was told that Father Vincent Coyne, who is prominent figure in the Servite Order was present, but not involved, when Father Peter Conniffe began grooming a 15 year-old girl.

Father Coyne has now stepped aside voluntarily while the Catholic Servite Order investigates.

Earlier this year the Manchester Evening News revealed that Father Conniffe had pleaded for forgiveness from the woman who he had ‘sexual activity’ with when she was a teenager.

Father Conniffe, formerly priest at Our Lady of Dolours in Kersal, Salford, apologised to the woman in a letter seen by the M.E.N.

He was investigated by police after the woman – who met him after going to confession as a schoolgirl – made a complaint of historic sexual abuse.

The case was not pursued to criminal action, and Father Conniffe denies ‘any accusation of sexual assault’.

However, the woman has been compensated by the religious order he belongs to, the Servite Order.

PAT SAYS

A deceased priest friend of mine, Father Michael Keane, always said that the RC crowd never act when you challenge them but when the dust settles they will slyly slither sideways like the snakes they are.

The IICSA is pouring vitally needed light into the very dark corners of sexual abuse and corruption and cover up in the RCC in England.

Priests are resigning.

Cardinals are in disgrace.

Religious orders are being forced to vomit up their long protected child abusing members.

All of this is further proof, not that any more proof is needed, that the RCC CANNOT and must not be allowed to police themselves any longer.

The UK and Ireland must legislate to take safeguarding totally out of the hands of the RCC.

We need professional secular safeguarding commissioners to police RCC safeguarding and chase down and punish RCC abusers and Episcopal and religious cover up merchants.

Bishops and religious superiors who cover up need to go to prison!

82 thoughts on “IICSA SERVITE PRIEST – CINNECTED TO NICHOLS QUIZZING – STEPS DOWN FROM MINISTRY.

  1. Sorry I must be thick. Just trying to work out the connection between the Cardinal and the priest as suggested by your headline.

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    1. Sorry to say, you are naive. We need to be kind on this blog.

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  2. Bishop Pat, you suggest that the Church needs professional secular safeguarding commissioners. I agree. However, some dioceses within England and Wales (although you only suggest England) have had and continue to have secular commissioners that you recommend. Quite a few of them are non Catholic and don’t subscribe to Catholicism. The big problem is they are manipulated by the big salaries, the travel expenses, mileage, credit cards to buy lunches out etc. That’s the problem. They protect the employer because the employer is too good to them and totally pamper them. Money talks. Even the secular can be bought and the unbeliever.

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  3. Joseph Lollard 26th Nov 2019 — 1:38 am

    As you’ve said this stepping-down has been triggered by the recent IICSA Hearings and the evidence given by the anonymous victim A711.
    That was at a closed hearing so there’s no video, just a transcript.
    But it’s referred to by Richard Scorer in his Opening Statement here.
    You’ll need to go 1 hour 18 minutes along.


    Mr Scorer relates a really shocking story; of course referring to the victim as A711.
    Then, following on from Mr Scorer, the video concludes with a similar blistering attack by barrister William Chapman who represents another set of victims.
    Please, people definitely need to watch this.

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    1. People need to read this, where Richard Scorer says Anglican heirarchs were “perfect accomplices”.
      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/23/establishment-rallied-to-help-ex-bishop-later-jailed-for-abuse

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    2. Has MACSAS given evidence yet?
      https://www.macsas.org.uk/

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  4. Joseph Lollard 26th Nov 2019 — 1:49 am

    URGENT – CORRECTION to my previous post – Richard Scorer’s Opening Statement starts at 49 minutes into the video.
    I’ll repeat that, please. Richard Scorer’s Opening Statement starts at 49 minutes into the video.
    Sorry for the blunder. I’m a non-smoking teetotaller, but I’m old and it’s late.

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    1. Silver surfer alert.

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    2. “Joseph Lollard” – all you, Mullaney and Connolly have to do is issue a public apology for the good men’s reputations and vocations you have destroyed along with greatly diminishing their faith and affecting their lives and health in every facet and manner.
      You were warned to keep off this blog.
      Your psychological games and efforts at emotional manipulation will not work here.

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    3. What’s with the “URGENT – CORRECTION”? Do you think you’re Breaking News on the BBC?

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  5. Vincent Coyne OSM quite probably has worked in various Servite parishes around Britain.
    We simply do not know at present what he may have done during that time. Asking the Safeguarding Officer for each diocese is probably a monumental waste of time with the default pro forma fob offs with the letter ending with the “Hope that satisfies” formulary. Shutting inquiries down has become a twisted art form for such people
    “Stepping Back” from duties is simply not enough for Coyne and other co conspirastors.
    Walking away is no longer an option. Until mandatory reporting is made legal then the likes of Coyne may just slither away into the long grass.
    Of course we go full circle as the offences took place in the Westminster Archdiocese and we once again scrutinize the role of Cardinal Nichols
    It is probably now true to say that the Roman Catholic Church is the worlds largest paedophile ring

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    1. Joseph Lollard 26th Nov 2019 — 7:17 am

      Going by what Richard Scorer says in that video all Servite priests in any English or Welsh Diocese will always come under Westminster Diocese for Child Protection matters.

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  6. Fly On Th Wall 26th Nov 2019 — 7:47 am

    Ok hi make safeguarding a state responsibility. Who will then watch the watchers but

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  7. The ice cold Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, recently announced that in a further blast of post-Vatican II renewal, 22 churches in the diocese will close and 100 of its 150 parishes will merge.

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    1. There is nothing about that man that has a remnant of connection to the priesthood he’s like someone who’s paid job is to be an English Bishop who’s principal task is managing decline and avoiding abuse cases, nothing else whatsoever is going on what a waste of a life totally joyless

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    2. Thauld bishop o Salford is following the example of governments and co councils rationalise and work at arms length management. Mindya Church of theEngland seems to be thinking the same way. Maybe it’s got to fall to rebuild Iget knocked down but I get up again🎶 Hi

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  8. Argentinian priests sentenced for abusing deaf children. The details of this case are repulsive and repugnant to any known form of basic human morality or decency.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.lifesitenews.com/mobile/news/priests-found-guilty-of-sex-abuse-of-argentina-deaf-children-in-case-ignored-by-pope-francis

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  9. Bishop Zanchetta, the latest pervert, fraud and disgrace to the priesthood and Church due in court this week:
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.catholicnewsagency.com/amp/news/zanchetta-will-return-to-argentina-due-in-court-on-thursday-92075

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    1. The more Bishops, or other hierarchs, go before the courts for sexual abuse or covering up, protecting abusers,
      the better. It’s the only way to put manners on these arrogant men.

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  10. The Servites have managed to extract grants from the National Lottery, Dungannon council and others to do up Benburb Priory, which is a waste of public money as they have no vocations and it will close in a few years.

    Meanwhile, in Maynooth, a few days ago Mullaney and Surlis put on hard hats and hi-vis jackets to go on the new roof to bless it. More good money after bad, squandering donations from the faithful on buildings the seminary is leaving.

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  11. Bishop, who enjoys “special trust” with the Vatican and charged with investigating priests in US, is now himself facing charges of sexual abuse:
    https://nypost.com/2019/11/23/pope-francis-wants-sex-abuse-claims-against-brooklyn-bishop-cleared-up-quickly/

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  12. There’s no end of links that could be put up on this blog of abuse by clerics world wide.

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  13. The bishops are only now finally getting around to implementing with regard to Maynooth what was suggested on this blog three years ago: Build a small modern seminary suited for the overseeing of seminarians by holy, wise priests who do not suffer from psycho-sexual problems themselves.

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    1. Yeah. And where are they going to find such holy wise priests?

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      1. Why not hand over English seminaries to the Ordinariate? That should straighten everybody out!

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    2. They’re only floating it in public now. I wouldn’t put money on it becoming reality in the next 5 years.

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    1. Nothing surprising here: just an account of normalised standard seminary life. The idea that homosexuals are the problem is in denial of homosexual clergy in denial being the problem. In fact there is no other type of priest.

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      1. 1.30
        You need a refresher course in writing plain English: your second sentence is gobbledygook.
        I presume you were struggling to say that ‘it is homosexual priests themselves who are problematic for the Church’. This is the chestnut offered again and again, by ex-fruit Michael Voris 😅, as the credited explanation for the recent history of sexual criminality in the Church.
        Dear Jesus, when will people learn to distinquish between the abstract and the concrete: between sexual orientation and the person?
        Homosexuality is an orientation, not a person: it cannot choose sin. Only persons can.
        Homosexuality is no more responsible for the rape of minors and children than is heterosexuality. And there is statistically a far greater incidence of this among heterosexuals than homosexuals.
        The problem in the Church, and for the Church, is lack of credible spirituality among priests and among those admitted to seminary. There is little genuine and sustained aspiration to follow Christ. How could there be? From the get-go, ordinands pledge their loyalty not to Christ, but to an institution which Dr David Starkey accurately described as ‘corrupt, and riddled with corruption’.

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      2. The full report into the Boston seminary is gripping reading and it is an unsparing account of strange goings on, obnoxious faculty, sex-obsessed moral theologians, sexting, Grindr, out of control deans, drunkenness and waste. Sounds very like Maynooth though the reports from the Apostolic Visitations of Maynooth and the Irish College have never been published.

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  14. And they are all current 10:42 – contrary to the hackneyed narrative that the bulk of abuse cases are “historical in nature”.
    The Catholic Church has been infiltrated by wicked, evil demented maniacs whose only gods are sex, money and power.

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    1. 11:32
      I’m well aware they are all current.
      I’m not arguing with you. However, I’m not so sure about the infiltration notion.

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    2. His demons can appear as an angels of light. They will portray lying reputations.
      A liar from the start, his minions will be deceptive, slithery and speak with forked tongues. You can recognise them by their love of money; their pride; their arrogance and their vanity, their greed and their lust. Many will have long finger nails to disrespect and blaspheme the blessed sacrament in the eucharist.
      What is the only sin that cannot be forgiven?

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    3. 2:20pm
      Good post. You’ve hit a couple of nails on the head in your comment. Moral corruption is the problem, not sexual orientation. Undoubtedly, a credible spirituality among priests is a very serious core issue, at the heart of such widespread corruption within the Rcc. Jesus continues to weep.

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      1. I never said at 1:30pm that homosexuality is the problem. On the contrary my meaning is perfectly clear that the problem is, as is pretty well established by now, homosexual priests in denial of their sexual orientation who create an ambience of phoney piety and moral intransigence as a cover for their own activities. The post you erroneously praise at 2:20pm is rather the usual bag of wind from an all too frequent commentator who is incapable of discerning the views of anybody but himself; a sad prisoner of his own monstrous and grossly inflated ego. Please don’t encourage this popinjay: kinder to ignore him.

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      2. Let me have a go at explaining the subtle sentence by Anon@1:30pm to the poster at 2:20pm who has a problem with basic comprehension. The meaning is actually clear enough, though some may struggle. The notion frequently expressed by the likes of lifesitenews that homosexuality itself is the dysfunction within seminary life is wrong. The problem is a lack of integrity arising from the fact ( for which the evidence is overwhelming ) that seminaries attract men who are homosexual yet either join because they are on the run from their true nature or perversely wish to continue active sexual encounters with other men while joining a cadre who define themselves by opposition to “a gay lifestyle”. The tensions and contradictions of this double life fuelled by drink is unsurprisingly at the heart of all our woes. The blaming by the trad right of “gays in the seminary” is a cover up job for the real problem of gays who deny they are gay, yet whose covert actions demonstrate a different reality. Anon@1:30pm expressed all this far more succinctly – too difficult for some.

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    4. 5.43

      You’re smarting, aren’t you?

      But do rise above it.

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  15. Holy priests are there 11:59 am. Admittedly, they are few in number in the contemporary modernist-infested Church; but they are there all the same.

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  16. 1:16
    Well if they are there, they are keeping a very low profile.

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    1. 2.00
      I’m afraid they don’t exist.
      Their loyalty is to the institutional Church, which is why they are keeping a low profile. In this sense, they are indeed holy.

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      1. Willie WackTail 26th Nov 2019 — 4:03 pm

        my loyalty is to you Magna. bend over big boy 😉

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  17. Tom Surlis is in grave danger from Michael Mullaney and Michael Collins. Surlis is aware of the true reality of the abuse network, Fanny and Mick the lick are threatening his position.

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    1. More of this nonsense

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    2. 💤

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  18. @2:43. You are somewhat correct in your statement, except that you impute far more decisiveness to the bishops than they deserve. Make it ten years…

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  19. Who are you MC to pass comment on what type of spirituality Catholic priests should have? A seminary reject from the days when seminarians and formators were mainly hetero. 💪💪💪Even Pope Francis said if in doubt homosexuals should be barred from formation houses. I will listen to the church before listening to a fruitcake like you.😘😘😘 Big boy!

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    1. ‘Hey sunshine!’ ‘You miss the point, bud!’ 😳
      Most don’t have a type of spirituality. This issue is years old, buddy. Pre -Vatican II.😝

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      1. Ohh big boy MC, ya really turn me on.😍😍😍

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      2. 6:44
        ‘Oh’, ‘Yeah’?’. ‘Unless you rival Pamela Anderson, forget it, luv’! You don’t rival her, do you’! 😂

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    2. And we are sure are reaping the whirlwind now by allowing homosexuals infest seminaries.☹️

      The Church is a laughing stock.

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  20. Having read the report into seminary in Boston, one wonders how (Gay)Maynooth doesn’t qualify for similar scrutiny, given the even more grave allegations there – of sexually inappropriate behaviour by formators –
    and violent sexual assaults, perpetrated by seminarians on other seminarians.
    Then there was the summer of the “strange goings on” and the antics of Cowboy Connolly, Mick “the Extractor” Collins and the whole motley crew.
    (May)Gaynooth seems even more dysfunctional than Boston – given Paulie the Pry-er, “Fanny”, Mick the “Extractor”, “Gorgeous” Byrne, Horny Andy X, Jockstrap Jones, et alia, etc. It’s quite incredible.
    At least Sean O’Malley took action even though he is criticised for not following through on some complaints.
    What did the weak-kneed and lily-livered Archbishop of Dublin do? Apart from briefly exporting some of the dramatis personnae to Roma, a whole great big load of NOTHING.
    One fears a suppurating, toxic and heaving undercurrent of rancid corruption in the Irish Church, about to erupt like Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. One suspects that some purple cassocks will end up spattered in the poop storm.

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    1. @ 5:50pm
      I think you might be right. The Irish geyser might be ready to blow!

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      1. The sooner D Martin waddles off the better.

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      2. Depending on who replaces DM he might be missed!!!

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    2. Conman scarpered over to Paris and the Pryer legged it to the gay Js.
      Fanny and Collins survived the ‘goings on’ but their reputations are now muck.
      Keep the hell away from Gaynooth.

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  21. There are hetero priests 1:30pm. It’s a massive fallacy of some to suggest that the priesthood is completely homosexualised.

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    1. A massive fallacy? So when was the last time a strapping young seminarian ran off with the local barmaid? In everything we have heard about life at Maynooth, the Irish College, the VEC, Allen Hall, Oscott, Wonersh, St John’s Boston …. has a single known heterosexual ever been identified? Have women been smuggled over the walls to attend wild parties? If you don’t recognize this culture, and particularly if you a priest yourself – and I’m quite prepared to believe you are an isolated heterosexual – you are part of the problem. And I am far from anti-gay, just demanding some honesty and integrity. Indeed I am one who who would like to see Michael Byrne rehabilitated, as whether or not he has a place in the Church and even in ministry will determine whether we continue in this mass self-deception.

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      1. Because 7:25 it’s the hetero guys who normally take celibacy seriously in the current ecclesiastical epoch.
        You seem to have scant regard for the effects of God’s grace and prayer on a man’s ability to control his lower faculties; or is everything about sex for you?
        I would suggest you need rehabilitation along with Byrne.

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      2. The last straight Maynooth seminarian enrolled in 2002.

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      3. Can you both leave me out of your petty arguments. Thanks x

        -Gorgeous

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      4. Talking about Wonersh, any updates about what’s going on there?

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  22. 5.25
    Who am I NOT to pass such comment, ‘Father’?
    Your question expresses the clericalist arrogance that is morally supturating the heart of Roman Catholic priesthood: that neither I, nor anyone else, you, and your kind, rank inferior to yourselves has the right or authority to react to the behaviour of priests these days, behaviour with which we all are now shockingly familiar. You plainly consider yourselves to be above criticism. Well, you know what you can do with that attitude, ‘Father’.
    As for spirituality, there is obviously, from the gathering scandal of sexual criminality in the Church and its systemic concealment, very little you, and your kind, know of its practice, otherwise the institutional Church would not have willingly turned itself into a moral charnel house. Someone needs to point you all in a better direction, but it can’t be priests themselves, since most people on the planet know that, like the under-fives, priests are not to be trusted to fend for themselves morally, never mind for anyone else. An embarrassing fact, I know; but truth here is better than fiction. (And we all know where the fiction of clerical propriety has led, don’t we ‘Father’?)
    And no again, I am not a seminary reject; far from it. But if you insist on upholding this lie (as others here have done), then be mature enough to accept moral culpability for it, and eventual accountability.
    Pope Francis is not the Church. No pope is; no pope can be. You really ought to take a refresher course in Ecclesiology.
    Any pope who acts unjustly departs, at least in this instance, the doctrinal authority supposedly given him by Christ through apostolic succession. Banning gay candidates from seminary admission simply because they are gay is unjust in itself, but also because it implies that homosexuality is an orientation that inevitably and irresistably drives gay men to paedophilia and to ephebophilia, as well as to sexual criminality. Yet, there is not one ounce of credible science to support this outrageous slur. So much for the Catechetical admonition to avoid unjust discrimination against homosexuals. If a pope refuses to observe his own teaching, why would anyone else even think of bothering to do so?

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    1. 7:28 pm
      You’re on a roll, MC. 👍
      Have a bit of compassion!! 😇

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    2. Re 7:54pm, what hetero guys? Do you mean the one who enrolled at Maynooth in 2002? So what happened to him? Still straight … or did he wisely do a runner? Secondly, what the hell do you mean by “lower faculties”? There are no such things: even cracked Catholic teaching insists that a human being is an integrated body, and it is the body in its entirety ( all the naughty bits too ) which is raised; outside time there is no separated soul. Sex and sexuality are who we are. We have to integrate them into our sense of self; otherwise – as is patently obvious – you get fuck-ups rather than persons becoming who they really are. Religion has a horrible capacity to stunt people’s moral, intellectual and spiritual growth. Rabbi Lionel Blue used to say that most of his work consisted in repairing the damage done by his colleagues in the business.

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      1. Bucko ya bitchy boyo!!!

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      2. PK, C****** diocese, I Div, 1989-90 broke an ankle climbing over the over the wall back into the college after a night out with his girlfriend. He was a favourite of the Middle Dean so there was no punishment.

        Lots of Maynooth seminarians had girlfriends then though obviously not the choir member who died of AIDS obvs, nor the nocturnal visitor to Junior Infirmary, the couple from Derry diocese who threw their ordination vestments onto a bonfire when they eloped, the Armagh deacon transferred from Rome who prowled St Mary’s at night and got a good hiding from a Cloyne sem he tried to seduce, or the cottager kicked out by Frank Duhig.

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      3. Thanks be to God Buckley that you and your miasmic mind are now outside the bounds of the Holy Roman Catholic Apostolic Church. Every illicit Mass that you offer only adds more mortal sin to your sick impenitent soul. I pray that you will repent before you meet God.

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  23. Footnote from the Boston seminary report shows exactly why homosexuals destroy seminary life.

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    Several individuals we interviewed related various incidents of heterosexual and homosexual activity at the Seminary prior to 2012 that were reported to us as consensual. Two persons told us that there were seminarians who attended the Seminary with them in the 1990’s who were active homosexuals and that this created an often turbulent and negative atmosphere.

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    1. This type of nonsense used to be presented as a reason for not admitting gay men and women to the armed services – as if there never had been gay soldiers. Once equality went ahead, dire warnings evaporated because there were no problems arising from a soldier’s sexuality. So why are we still banging on about gays in seminaries when in every single other walk of life sexuality is unremarkable? It comes down to the weird culture which is in denial about an ordinary aspect of human life, so is obsessed with the subject. Can you imagine the likes of Fr Marsden giving soldiers pep talks about the dangers of masturbation. Yet we actually require of seminarians that they believe and practice this crap. No wonder the lads think it’s all one big game, because IT IS A F*****G JOKE!

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      1. Apply comment at 9:12 to your sick soul also.

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    2. 8.50

      So an entire seminary student body of strapping heteros couldn’t deal with two openly and actively gay guys in the 1990s in Boston. OFFS!

      Give me a break. I had guys hit on me in both The Wing AND Maynooth. There was no turbulent atmosphere in either place: I just took their attention as a compliment, and carried on regardless.

      What a bunch of wimps in Boston!

      This shit you mention is just more American, right-wing, anti-gay, black propaganda.

      Would you ever FO and take your homophobic BS with you?

      Arse. 😕

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      1. Ohh Big Boy MC had all the girls hitting on him. Betcha ya loved it ya big bitch!😍😍😍

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    3. It seems seminary life is not up to much anyway nowadays. Only recently +Turtle announced plans for a new sort of new seminary formation in Ireland based on a smaller modern building for smaller numbers of gays (presumably).

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  24. Another fruitcake with no real vocation to the priesthood.👎

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  25. Thanks Anon@9:10pm. So though there have been seminarians suspected of heterosexuality since, the last recorded sighting was PK 1 Div. in 1989 – 90? I think we get the picture.

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    1. They’re as rare as hens teeth! 😂

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  26. FYI 9:10pm PK from C****** left the ministry to get married and has done very well for himself.

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