60 PAGE REPORT DETAILS US BISHOP’S PRESATORY SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR AND RECKLESS SPENDING

Doug Mainwaring Lifesite News

WHEELING, West Virginia, January 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A recently released report concerning the misconduct of former Wheeling-Charleston Diocese Bishop Michael Bransfield reveals instances of predatory sexual behavior against seminarians and young priests as well as the reckless misuse of diocesan funds to finance his lavish lifestyle.

Published online Dec. 23 by the The Washington Post, the 60-page “privileged and confidential” investigative report – produced at a reported cost of $500,000 to the beleaguered diocese – pulls back the curtain not only on the out-of-control prelate but on a dysfunctional chancery where senior staff turned their eyes away from Bransfield’s behaviors, enabling him to treat diocesan funds as a personal piggy bank and “to operate the chancery as his personal fiefdom.”

Chief among the findings reported by the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder, which spearheaded the investigation on behalf of Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, who served as apostolic administrator after the disgraced Bransfield’s 2018 resignation:

Bishop Bransfield subjected multiple seminarians and priests to unwanted sexual overtures, sexual harassment and sexual contact. Numerous witnesses reported classic “grooming” behaviors by Bishop Bransfield, which included inserting sexual subjects into conversation; bestowing cash and other gifts and favors upon young men in whom he was interested; bringing victims into his confidence and trust by sharing sensitive Church matters with young seminarians and priests; and initiating touching that began as hugs or touches to the face, and if he was not rebuffed, escalated to increasingly sexualized touching. None of these behaviors were either welcomed or encouraged by the victims, which had a profound negative psychological effect on them.

Despite witnessing multiple instances of harassing and abusive behavior over several years, none of the vicars took action to address Bishop Bransfield’s behavior. The vicar general and judicial vicar, in particular, acknowledged that they were aware of Bishop Bransfield’s tendencies and sexual harassment but took no steps to prevent it based on a combination of fear and loyalty toward the bishop.

No conclusive evidence was found that Bishop Bransfield committed sexual misconduct with minors. Several troubling incidents, however, were reported that cause concern that the bishop may also have targeted minors, particularly altar servers.

Bishop Bransfield’s abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs likely contributed to his harassing and abusive behavior. Although Bishop Bransfield’s sexual harassment and intimidation occurred both during the day and night, multiple instances of abuse were reported when the bishop was heavily intoxicated and/or under the influence of prescription pain medication.

Principles of corporate governance were not followed during the period Bishop Bransfield was bishop, which allowed him to spend the diocese’s money as he saw fit without any meaningful review or approval from the diocese’s finance council or the boards of the various entities controlled by the diocese, (all of whom deferred routinely to Bishop Bransfield’s wishes as to how diocese funds would be utilized).

During the period of his episcopacy, the operating expenses of the diocese exceeded its income by $187 million, causing the bishop to draw from the diocese’s endowment and mineral rights account to make up the deficit and pay for various projects initiated by the bishop.Bishop Bransfield exhibited a pattern of using diocese funds as if they were his own without regard to need or whether the diocese could afford a particular project.

Bishop Bransfield adopted an extravagant and lavish lifestyle that was in stark contrast to the faithful he served and was for his own personal benefit. The bishop traveled frequently, almost exclusively by first class airfare or private jet. He spent large sums on gifts, flowers and alcohol, and authorized the renovation of his personal residences at unreasonably high cost.”

Vicars general served as enablers
In response to the report’s findings, Archbishop Lori removed Vicar General Fred Annie, Judicial Vicar Kevin Quirk, and Vicar for Clergy Anthony Cincinnati from their positions.

In their testimony to the investigative team, the trio made stunning statements revealing how and why Bransfield was able to last so long as head of the diocese.
Annie — who essentially served as second in command, overseeing the diocese’s day-to-day operations – excused his non-intervention concerning the bishop’s predatory sexual behavior, intimating that the young men accosted by Bransfield were adults who could make their own choices, and that they were not entirely innocent victims because “everyone knew (Bishop) Bransfield’s inclinations.”

Annie also reasoned that if had filed a complaint against Bransfield with the papal nuncio, it would have been a “career-ending” move for him.
The vicar for priests told the investigators that the several handsome young priest-secretaries who served closely under Bransfield “were broken by the experience,” a phenomena he witnessed, but took no action to address, nor made any outreach to the young men affected by the bishop.

Perhaps more outrageous, investigators said “none of the priests we interviewed who were affected by Bishop Bransfield’s conduct viewed the vicar for clergy as someone they could go to with reports of harassment and abuse by the bishop.”
Bransfield’s obsession with seminarians and young priests extended to male altar servers and boys receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The judicial vicar and one other person interviewed “described Bishop Bransfield’s conduct toward altar servers who served in the cathedral in Wheeling as “predatory.” One stated that he observed Bishop Bransfield grooming certain altar servers by increasing his level of familiarity and physical contact with them week by week … and he told the delegate for administrative affairs that he believed parents should be warned against having their children serve as altar servers for the bishop.”

Not surprisingly, Bishop Bransfield did not want female altar servers assisting him at Mass. He just wanted boys.

Buried in a footnote: “Multiple witnesses expressed concern about the bishop’s contact with male candidates for confirmation that they observed during confirmation ceremonies he performed. Bishop Bransfiled would not simply lay his hand on a young man’s head but would in some cases stroke the young men’s cheeks in a manner that witnesses described as ‘creepy.’”

Diocesan accounts were Bishop Bransfield’s private piggy bank
The investigative report’s findings regarding Bransfield’s plundering of diocesan assets in order to support his luxurious lifestyle are mind-boggling.
A fire broke out in the bishop’s residence shortly after Bransfield’s accession in 2005. Despite the damage being confined to a single upstairs bathroom, Bishop Bransfield had the entire house remodeled, ultimately spending a total of $4,617,000. He then spent more than $722,000 on a second residence in Charleston. Construction work on a third residence – Bransfield’s planned retirement home – was halted after his resignation, but not before more than $697,000 had been spent.

Expenditures for Bishop Bransfield’s luxurious accommodations total $6,036,699, and the operating expenses for his residences averaged an additional $384,000 per year.

Bransfield’s extravagant tastes went far beyond his penchant for sumptuous accommodations.

Fresh flowers: The bishop directed that fresh flowers be delivered to the chancery every day he was in office. During the period from 2014 to 2018, the bishop spent $185,685 on flowers for the chancery ($133,890) and his residence ($47,795).

Jewelry: Records show that the bishop made 87 purchases at his favorite jewelry store in Washington, D.C., charging a total of $61,785.

Liquor: During his tenure as bishop, Bransfield directed the purchase of more than $145,000 of liquor.

Fine dining: Bransfield “frequented premium Italian and steakhouse restaurants,” charging more than $140,000 on his credit card for restaurant meals.

Personal chef: Bransfield also employed the services of a personal chef who cooked his meals every day.

First class travel: Bransfield’s personal travel expenses were staggering.

“While it was not always clear when his travel was for diocesan business, it was evident that the vast majority of his travel was of a personal nature, sometimes with a companion whose travel expenses were covered by the DWC. Bishop Bransfield’s routine vacation travel was to Florida, the Caribbean and multiple European locations including London, Paris and Switzerland where he usually stayed in exclusive hotels.”

Bransfield’s travel expenses totaled $2,352,425, including:

Chartered private aircraft: $997,000

First class commercial airfares: $662,000

Rental cars: $75,000

Private car services (LimoLink): $68,000

Suspension from public ministry and restitution

Before the report had been submitted, Pope Francis had already decided that Bransfield would no longer preside or participate publicly in Masses and other liturgical celebrations as priest or bishop. In addition, he may not again reside in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

The new bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Mark Brennan, has already imposedsome of the sanctions proposed in the investigative report on his predecessor, ordering Bransfield to pay back nearly $800,000 of the diocesan funds that he had appropriated, cutting off his retirement benefits, and denying Bransfield’s right to be buried in a diocesan cemetery.

Bishop Brennan also informed Bransfield that he must apologize to the people he sexually harassed and for the “severe emotional and spiritual harm his actions caused.”

PAT SAYS

This story shows another RCC bishop hitting the dust over sex and money.

There have been so many now we are losing count.

Up until now bishops have had total say over church finances and have proven they cannot be trusted.

A bishop or a priest should have a declared annual salary and declared expenses and allowances.

Annual audits should be done.

And, as for sexual misconduct, that’s for the police.

121 thoughts on “60 PAGE REPORT DETAILS US BISHOP’S PRESATORY SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR AND RECKLESS SPENDING

  1. Boris and Leo are in Belfast in the morning. Anyone able to cook them a fry! In the case of Leo he prefers granola and natural yoghurt. Curry my yoghurt

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    1. hmmm kinda racist

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      1. Is there anything more racist than “Brits Out”?

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      2. Why is Leo in Belfast? We don’t have Joint Authority in Ulster yet!

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  2. Interestingly a posting on the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston website where Bransfield rails against gay marriage is mysteriously no longer available. There is a pattern of abusive behaviour which has its origins deep in the kind of denial discussed the other day. Archbishop John Nienstedt late of Minneapolis is another one, so is former Bishop of Augsburg, Walter Mixa … and the Vatican is full of them. Nor is it just the Catholics: how often has some rabid anti-gay Evangelical preacher been caught out with a rent boy, or tapping his feet in a cubicle in an airport? ( Actually that was a Republican Congressman, but you get the picture. ) Then just before Christmas there was this charmer among the Episcopalians, who was so disgusted at his church’s tolerance for gays that he founded his own cathedral in protest. And now, what do you think could have happened… ?
    https://eu.tallahassee.com/story/news/local/2019/11/26/eric-dudley-st-peters-founder-subjected-men-sexual-misconduct/4290537002/

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  3. Pope Benedict has only just released a book, ‘From the depths of our hearts’ along with conservative cardinal Sarah. It defends celibacy and it is seen as an appeal to Francis not to dilute the church discipline on the matter. Yet the same Benedict allowed many Anglicans to bring their wives and children over into the RC Church in England – this is just naked hypocrisy. The single Anglican queens have been allowed to wreck havoc in Westminster, Birmingham and elsewhere – is it any wonder a few Anglican bishops said at the time they were glad to get rid of the queens. Double standards, hypocrisy.

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    1. Father Eric, the cleric, who doth protesth too much!

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    2. 11:32, you were the kind of child that would break their neck in the door to the teacher or mammy, and tell all the tales about the other children

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      1. Actually, Lotttie, when I was a kid, we tended to put up with whatever dysfunctional shit was dumped on us, and adults didn’t want to know. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

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    3. Benedict just can’t let go. He’s always trying to undermine Francis at every turn. If he is a holy man he would have let go ages ago but he needs to be reminded he is no longer Pope. Cardinal Sarah needs to be pit in her place too.

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      1. I suggest you read Canon 212.

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    4. 6.10

      Why didn’t you make a specific point about this canon instead instead of leaving everyone to scratch his head?😕

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      1. Canon 212 is available online, you twat.

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    5. 8.41

      I know this, you prune.

      But (and let me spell this out for you) w-h-a-t i-s y-o-u-r s-p-e-c-i-f-i-c p-o-i-n-t a-b-o-u-t i-t?

      Er, since none of us can read your ever-so-tiny mind.

      (Just coddin’, like.😆)

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      1. Just read canon 212, it’s obvious.

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      2. Magna did you study Canon Law under Cremin, Teeps, the Bishop of Dromore or Fanny? I’d ask for my money back as they were piss-poor teachers if you aren’t acquinted with the important Canon 212.

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  4. Not relevant to today’s topic but I came across this gem entitled ‘A Shepherd who smells like his sheep’ tonight. A promotional video for a future Archbishop?
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1hp_VbGEV9M

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    1. When Phonsie got the call from the papal nuncio he says he thought ‘’Oh, either I’m in big trouble or….’’
      Interesting……. why would she think that……

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      1. False modesty, I’d say he knew well what they were calling about. This is on a par with Tom Deenihan’s tale of sleepless nights when he was called.

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      2. Opus Dei put all their eggs in one basket.

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    2. 11.36
      What a video! And what a tit Phonsie makes of himself!😅
      I encouage everyone to watch even just the introduction of this ‘I am Phonsie’, self-aggrandising, clericalist claptrap: it’s all Phonsie in slow motion, walking, talking, playing golf. It really looks as if its an attempt to… dare I say it?…make Phonsie look a sex-charged, Hollywood heartthrob.😅😅😅😅
      It’s a laugh a nano-second.😅
      And the dolled-up dame doing the interviewing looks like she wouldn’t be out of place in a Miss Marple episode.
      The whole thing is a monumental flop artistically, and genre-wise.
      But as comedy, its absolutely priceless! 😅😅

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      1. A few Father Ted moments there all right.
        I was hoping it was part of a series but unfortunately it seems to be a one-off. Is Shalom World an Opus Dei operation and that’s why it was just Phonsie?
        I never realized that he was a late vocation and went from ordination to bishop in 20 years, a fairly meteoric rise in church terms.
        Interesting to see former Nuncio Charlie Brown after the credits too…

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    3. The Miss Marple interviewer is only 29. She got married last year. She is a Youth 2000 product.

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  5. the police are very thorough in their job, especially Scotland yard and the PSNI. if there are clerics breaking the law they will pursue them to the ends of the earth and make an example out of them, and of course, rightly so. Our boys and girls in the force will pursue charges no matter who the person is. of course, it is always sad where you see a cleric coming out of court having been found guilty of whatever crime. it stays with them forever and so it should. happy Monday to everyone and stay safe from the storm

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    1. Thank you for your kind words @ Storm and God bless x

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    2. Joseph Lollard 13th Jan 2020 — 3:42 pm

      The police and the courts need to be far tougher with criminal paedophiles, Their crimes should be treated as on on a par with murder.
      Think about it.
      The victims’ lives are destroyed, They often become alcoholics and drug addicts.
      They die young.

      Have a look at The The Australian Royal Commission – Case Study 28 – Findings Report – Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat.
      Go to page 432 – Suicide and premature death
      https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/case_study_28_-_findings_report_-_catholic_church_authorities_in_ballarat_catholic_church_authorities_in_ballarat2.pdf

      A few years back Fr D’Arcy wrote a very sensible piece about the victims of Brendan Smyth, several of whom did commit suicide.
      https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/irish-priest-sex-abuse-victims-lost-suicide-could-have-been-saved

      So effectively Smyth was a serial-killer.
      And the various prelates who enabled him to continue with his crimes were accessories to murder.

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      1. I don’t often agree with apostate Joe Lollard or that other heretic Darcy but both are right to refer to the quick deaths by suicide and the slower death by alcoholism of the victims of sexual abuse. Shame on the perpetrators.

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    3. Actually they’re not thorough when it comes to ‘historic’ child abuse – not least because of the lack of evidence after decades these cases rarely result in a conviction and as a result the police shy away from them.

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    4. Phonsie was a late vocation in Maynooth, a place unsuited to mature students, who like him had no sense of humour or irony. The Fonz took the Maynooth Song Contest far too seriously and he won it singing “My Way”. He was never known to smile.

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  6. Another one bites the dust! Praise ye the Lord!
    I hope his victims can now begin to find peace and healing, now that he has been stopped. Our seminaries and our seminarians need to be kept safe from sociopaths and sexual predators. Enough is enough. It has to stop 🛑

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  7. I was reading your blog Bp Pat from Jan 2017. Three years ago!! What struck me was Magna Carta was abusing people back then, nasty, horrible and filth. Has anything changed? Do tell. Well 3 years without Stormont but 3 years later we still have Magna creep. You do love his nasty remarks, you do, because if you didn’t they would be long gone.

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    1. Free Speech? We do not live in a dictatorship….. unless you are in a seminary, that is!

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    2. MournemanMichael 13th Jan 2020 — 5:41 pm

      Anon@12:49: An objective and fair assessment of Magna ‘s comments over the last three years would acknowledge that he has very considerably moderated his abusive criticisms and language. Indeed his comments are often very critical of the RC INSTITUTION and it’s clerical ranks. The extent to which that is justifiable is one we may all debate. For my own part I find many of his observations accurate and appropriate, while noting the very limited abilities of those who protest his revelations.
      While I view religious matters from a fundamentally different perspective, I have to acknowledge the breadth of his knowledge from which he rightly pours scorn on the shibboleths of traditional RC beliefs and practices.
      MMM

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      1. If they (MC) have tempered their rhetoric in the last 3 years it is because they were starting from a low baseline.

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      2. MMM never uses one word when a thousand will do.

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    3. I love Magna’s posts. They can be near the knuckle, but they are never boring.

      Keep them coming Magna.

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      1. Salt Of The Earth Type (So Who's The Pepper?) 13th Jan 2020 — 8:56 pm

        Me too.

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  8. Bransfield is / was a disgrace. Such extravagance and waste of other peoples’ money (ie our money !).
    Clerical entitlement is inbred in to clergy. They seem to think that because they have been chosen and supposedly made sacrifices, they should be treated specially and are entitled to do what they want.
    I see Benedict 16 is sounding off about one aspect of the clerical life – the idiocy of mandatory celibacy. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51086626
    If Bransfield had a wife and family, perhaps he wouldn’t have had the time or the room to be so extravagant. Maybe a wife and kids would have grounded him a bit more ?
    Just saying…..

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  9. Sadly this type of behaviour and extravagant style of living amongst senior members of the RCC is becoming more of the norm. It is telling that the vicars general remained quiet for fear of committing career suicide. This is shocking. How many VG’s in Ireland remain quiet because they are more worried about their own career advancement than they are of following the teachings of Christ. Greed,abuse and ambition are now so deeply rooted within Dioceses that the RCC has become a run away train out of control. A run away train that will not allow anything to stand in its way. Expensive wines, millions spent on renovations. Where have we heard this before? Truly this is sickening and an affront to every member of the faithful seeking spiritual direction. The damage that these senior members of the church are doing to people should not and cannot be under estimated. These charlatans are not of Christ. They are out for themselves and have found a nest where they can live this lifestyle. We hear of the ones who are being exposed. How many more of them are getting away with it? How many of them are living extravagant lifestyles off the backs of the poor and needy? How many are covering up for these bastards in the mistaken belief that their own careers are more important ? What we have found out is only the tip of the iceberg. The whole system is a swamp.

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  10. Let us sing the song of the hierarchy: me me me me me!
    The most extraordinary thing, behaviourally, about this is the way the vicars are suddenly singing like canaries when they have actively supported the bishops behaviour: presumably they want to cut their own losses if someone says they facilitated the behaviour, or else loathe the bishop so much they want to do him as much damage as possible.
    See how these Christians love each other!
    It’s also strange how ‘everyone knew’ but this just carried on, and nothing happened to stop the train. Actually it’s not strange: baaaaaa!

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    1. Not one Romanist-priest-coward publicly, and openly, objected to Noel Treanor’s obscene expenditure on his home two or three years ago

      Not one.

      Why some Catholic clowns continue to support financially these self-serving spongers is a mystery deeper than the christological hypostasis. 😕

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      1. Magma.
        Anselm’s ontological argument, rather!

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  11. The last year or so the focus has grown on bishop scandals. Is it any wonder so little action was taken by bishops in relation to priestly-misconduct.

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    1. Bishop scandal….. coming to a cinema near LIVERPOOL SOON!

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      1. No surprise. Liverpool, like Westminster, has not had a Metropolitan who cut the mustard since John Carmel Heenan, who has been much more sympathetically reassessed in recent years, by, amongst others, the philosopher and former Liverpool priest Anthony Kenny. Your Liverpool source is pretty reliable on past record.

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      2. As I look back over many decades, I have to say that there have not been any very inspiring or noteworthy bishops around. I guess Basil Hume had the reputation, but I’m not so sure. I think he just fitted the bill at the time, was establishment and spoke in the right way and could mix in the right circles. Kindly, maybe, but with hindsight not impressive. CMOC was a bumbling idiot trying to sound Irish. Couve de Murville was out of his depth. Going back further, George Patrick Dwyer of Birmingham was, I think, quite outstanding, intelligent, robust, characterful, even if a bit grumpy at times. But, he knew his business. Other than that there is nobody outstanding, and the present crew are pretty unimpressive, not the characters to stand out as bishops who will be remembered long after they have gone. Of the current crop: Nichols = ambitious, cunning. McMahon = a great lumbering buffoon. The new man in Southwark = untested, but a company man. Stock of Leeds = bright, intelligent, wise, but oh so boring. As for the rest ?

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      3. 1.31
        Can you elaborate on Liverpool’s M. McM? Your potted summaries are interesting.

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  12. This shepherd has become the wolf!
    He was protected by the culture of secrecy and cover up. He has been exposed by means of publicity. More failed shepherds will be exposed by means of further publicity. this is not slander or libel or gossip. This is essential for the purification of the church.
    A truly humble man would admit his faults and repent. A man of faith would trust in God and expect to be forgiven.

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    1. Yes, all these comments regarding collusion hit the nail on the head. RC clergy operate as one dysfunctional body within a body. We’ve all been conditioned to believe we need them and depend upon them as they facilitate our own spiritual good. What if that’s all a Matrix like delusion, and the corporate clergy are more like a parasitic growth which drains us and slowly kills us? I’m hardly the first to say this, but in religion as in politics, most of us are addicted to junk. Just look at how the right wing UK press are pouring out non-news concerning the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk ( who? ) which sugars us up nicely to forget once again that we are going precisely nowhere with Brexit. So in the Church we are offered Years of Mercy, WYD, Family Summits, Canonizations and so on which cost a bomb, provide prelates Club Class flights to Rome, and achieve nothing except a statement warning the world over its addiction to materialism. Jesus wept!

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    2. George Patrick Dwyer of Birmingham was a humble bishop and a gentleman.

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      1. I totally agree about George Patrick. He was an outstanding man and did a lot of unheard of charitable things for people and priests on the quiet. He had a wicked sense of humour. He wasn’t ashamed of his middle name when the Irish were being treated like shite at that time in Brum. Unlike other bishops who dropped their name Patrick completely to sound more English – Leo McCartie the auxiliary in Birmingham.

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      2. Very touching to read tributes to John Carmel Heenan and George Patrick Dwyer on this site. They bridged the old Catholic world of the fifties into the new. Both were realists rather than fantasists, and we shall not see their like again. One poster was too hard on Leo McCartie – not a bad man but possibly out of his depth when appointed to Northampton.

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    3. 7.56
      Wrong.
      These men never were shepherds; none of them are; none of them can be. There is only one shepherd, Christ. And he alone is truly good.
      The Romanists are impostors: wolves.
      Always were, and always will be.

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  13. Fly On Th Wall 13th Jan 2020 — 8:39 am

    Drink frustration and no accountability. Fekn wasp in a jam jar set to self destruct. The church is a jam jar with too many wasps hi

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  14. What alarms me, as a priest, is that lessons are not being learned from this appalling and deviant priest. In fact, it’s getting worse. The younger the priest is, the more rigid a powder keg ready to burst, the more extravagant their lifestyle, Gucci, Gamarelli etc.

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    1. …don’t forget the Levi 501s for the trips down the bars and saunas…..

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  15. Dorris Gay 🥰 13th Jan 2020 — 10:30 am

    +Pat, when are the Sister Wragg Carmel Gay Icon Dolls on sale?
    I want one! Can you please put one aside for me.
    Can you bless it for me!
    Can you post a pic so we can see what they look like! I think they will fly off the shelf!
    Ps one of my old ladies from church said she will sew me together a little silk handbag and a pair of shoes for my new doll.

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  16. Has any redeeming feature ever been noted concerning Bransfield? I am not aware that he has even apologized.

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    1. The likes of predators such as Bransfield and McCarrick don’t do apologies. They lie nonchalantly without regard for the people they have destroyed. If they don’t repent before they meet God their judgement will be very severe.

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    2. Bransfield stated last year that his accusers were out to destroy him. Another case of a predator presenting himself as the victim. Deluded and utterly detached from reality are all these narcissistic/sociopathic clerical predators.
      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.inquirer.com/news/michael-bransfield-bishop-lawsuit-west-virginia-clergy-sex-abuse-20190327.html%3foutputType=amp

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    3. Collared predators are the antithesis of Christ, their supposed Exemplar. Instead of imparting life, healing, hope and salvation, they mete out death, destruction, despair and annihilation.
      These predators preach the Scriptures every day without it ever penetrating their souls and hearts because of their hardness of heart. But God will not be fooled.
      Numbers 32:23
      “and be sure your sin will find you out”.

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      1. Anonymous at 2:13pm
        I strongly gather, from the nuance of your post, a certain LYDIATE man. No?
        Antithesis of Christ is the perfect description in this instance.
        Let us just hope and pray the damage can be reversed; on the ex seminarian that is.

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      2. 2.13
        EVERY Romanist sponger is the antithesis of Christ: while Jesus was obedient to his Father, these parasites are obedient instead to an institution ‘corrupt, and riddled with corruption’.
        It isn’t the intellectual conundrum of the millenium.😕

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  17. Hi Storm Brendan, How are you girls?

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  18. Are you ok above in Larne with the Storm Brendan, Pat? It’s wild here in Newtownards and I expect to lose a few roof tiles before the day’s out. It’s a day to have a fire lit.

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      1. what a reply 😂😂😂

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  19. I thought Anthony Kenny was dead. Wasn’t he finally an agnostic and he refused the Viaticum on his deathbed, just as George Basil Hume did. Thinking of English archbishops there’s a lot to be said for Heenan of Liverpool and Westminster, and Amigo of Southwark. They upheld the Old Faith and had no time for the antics and affectations of Anglicanism.

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    1. Had Basil Hume lost his faith on his death bed?

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      1. Yes, Anthony Howard’s biography of Basil reports that Basil objected when the Cardinal’s Private Secretary Mgr Jim Curry brought the Viaticum. Basil was such a fraud.

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      2. I cannot understand a believing Catholic and priest not wanting Viaticum. At that stage God is our only hope.

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      3. Celebrity priest blogger Fr Ray Blake of Brighton reports that more of his aged parishoners refuse the Last Rites and that distresses him. Has that ever been your experience, Bishop Pat, did you ever meet the finally impenitent? I wouldn’t like to die that way.

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      4. Joseph Lollard 13th Jan 2020 — 4:50 pm

        Anonymous, 13th Jan 2020, 4:19 pm, wrote, “Yes, Anthony Howard’s biography of Basil reports … ”
        ……..
        I wouldn’t trust Anthony Howard to correctly tell me what day of the week it was.
        He was a treacherous little rat.
        As a National Service Army officer he wrote nasty little tell-tale items for Private Eye, anonymously and pretending that the author was a private-soldier., .

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    2. Joseph Lollard 13th Jan 2020 — 4:36 pm

      I encountered Archbishop Peter Smith twice. Once was at the AGM of a charity that he’d saved from bankruptcy. He was very effective; sensible, down-to-earth and no-nonsense..
      He was famous for forever warning people that he was a Battersea boy.
      And I always thought of Christopher Budd, of Plymouth, as a very decent man.

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      1. Peter Smith has his secrets.

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      2. Budd was a decent man and although he was liberal Hollis was also quite decent. Couve managed to get rid of him from Birmingham. Peter Smith is decent too but his predecessor Amy was a complete shit.

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    3. Good assessments at 1:31 and 3:57. Anthony Kenny is still very much with us and in his most recent book, Brief Encounters, writes warmly and sympathetically of Cardinal Heenan, noting that the energy with which he cracked down on clerical idlers when in Leeds earned the diocese the nickname The Cruel See. BUT he quotes Bishop Christopher Butler’s identification of Heenan’s single debilitating fault:
      “He thinks ( almost unconsciously ) of the faithful as a crowd of uneducated East Londoners of the first decade of this century; and any lay person who shows more than a purely passive acceptance of the penny catechism is, for him, a tiresome person who does not understand his proper position in the Church.”
      Humanae Vitae showed just how true that was for the Church in general, causing Heenan himself to do a volte-face, and we live today with the consequences of failing to implement Vatican II.
      Incidentally, Hume ( Ampleforth ), Couve de Murville and Bowen ( both Downside ) and Hollis ( Stonyhurst ) were all pushed by the then Apostolic Delegate, a crashing Swiss snob called Bruno Heim, who was a friend of the Queen Mother ( you get the picture! ) and wanted Oxbridge educated Catholic public school boys as bishops. The results were mixed.

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      1. Heenan could never stand clerics who were lazy. Bruno Heim omg that’s a blast from the past. He often drank with Eliazabeth Angela Maguerite Bowes-Lyon. Some English Bishops were appointed at that time under the influence of the Court of St James with Heim at the Helm.

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      2. Cardinal Heenan witnessed the Novus Ordo being celebrated for the first time in the Vatican. He observed, correctly that it would lead to congregations of children and old women. His correspondence with Evelyn Waugh is well worth a read and he was scaging about his old seminary Ushaw and his two bios are great. At his ordination in Brentwood at the reception a priest said “today, my Lord, you have ordained your successor”, which down like a fart in a spacesuit.

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    4. 4.27

      How on earth does refusing the so-called ‘Last Rites’ equate with being impenitent?

      Your assumption is more parasitical Romanist clericalism.

      I have left clear instuctions in my funeral arrangements that under absolutely no circumstances do I want a paedophile Ronanist parasite to preside.

      Are Irish Catholics as thick as pig s**t? The Romanist sponging vermin, parasites to the very end of a Catholic’s life, expect to be paid for their mumbo-jumbo and hocus-pocus for the dead. Currently, their fee here is £50. If you are paying these leeches to pray, they aren’t praying, but performing.

      I’d rather wipe my a**e with a fifty-pound note than have it given to one of these perverts.

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      1. Oh Maggers yer a caution so y’arr! 😂😂😂

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      2. MournemanMichael 14th Jan 2020 — 9:48 am

        Certainly agree with such an arrangement Magna. Have read recently of a new straightforward no nonsense/frills cremation service being started in Belfast. They take the body away, arrange cremation with no attendance etc, and return the ashes to family who can arrange whatever memorial service/party they wish.
        Sounds good for me.
        MMM

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      3. MournemanMichael 14th Jan 2020 — 12:03 pm

        A further thought just came to me.
        The body is like a bottle of fine whiskey: its spirit is disliked by some but appreciated by many. But when that spirit is gone, why make such a fuss about the empty bottle?
        MMM

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  20. Why are (apparent) clerics expressing surprise that lessons haven’t been learnt? Have you not read the papers over the past twenty years?
    The spin on bad publicity put out by the hierarchy is:
    It’s anti-Catholic;
    We are poor innocents;
    Please don’t stop giving us money.
    You can hear this bollocks pedalled on this blog on a daily basis by priests telling Pat he is anti-Catholic and so on.
    Your church is totally determined not to learn lessons and you, Father, need to get with the programme.

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    1. I am anti Catholic Institution – but pro Catholic spirituality which has been hijacked by the episcopal / clerical caste.

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      1. 4.13: Pat, your own ‘catholic spirituality’ is very shallow, un Christ like, very vindictive and one full of venomous judgment and condemnation of the many Catholic Priests and Bishops whom you despise and for whom you only have utter disdain. Your ‘spirituality’ is in need of repair, sadly.

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  21. Pat, I can’t imagine as a Catholic making the reckless decision to refuse the Sacraments at the end and imagine a Cardinal doing that though there was a Pope on his death bed who said “the cometivy is over. He went to Hell, surely?

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    1. Basil, having refused the Viaticum yet got a big send-off in Westminster Cathedral, broadcast live on BBC1 and in a final act of hubris he got his final request to be buried in the St George’s chapel in the cathedral, despite not believing in a central tenat of the Faith.

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      1. Basil refused the sacrament not because he didn’t believe in it – let’s not get carried away here. He refused it because he had that smug English arrogance where he felt he didn’t need it because he was convinced he would get to his final destination sacrament or no sacrament. Big difference! Let’s not confuse this issue.

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  22. Peter Smith certainly kept secrets. My sister-in-law was a researcher on BBC Radio 4’s “File on Four”, known within the Beeb as “Files on the Floor”. They tried to examine his East Anglia diocese but said it was like nailing jelly to the wall and the diocese was more obstructive and secretive than Amazon or Facebook.

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    1. I was not referring to diocesan secrets.

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      1. Ah, right, he was another of the non-marrying kind. They were legion.

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      2. Oh dear, no. I too always thought old Smithy was okay.

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  23. That old dirty Anglican Bishop Ball and the cover up by the Anglican church is on BBC2 tonight at 9pm. Let’s not fool ourselves by thinking this is only an RC issue.

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  24. Where is Taggart and co? A Scottish opinion on this will be appreciated?

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    1. Taggart is a fraud, bee n caught out on his lies and now doesn’t post on hete because of it. Keep up.

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      1. Inspector Taggart 13th Jan 2020 — 8:19 pm

        7.22 I am not a fraud and I haven’t lied. I have reasons why I never published those photos. You will see them soon enough. You appear to be on here looking for scandal and nothing else, no other contribution. In any case, I have given lots of exclusives on here such as the news that Secretary to the Bishops’s Conference of Scotland left his post after only a few months, the Cathedral Dean was about to leave his post to marry, another Priest was under investigation etc etc. I am whistleblower and always do my best to out wrong doing and double standards . Difference is that I always call the alleged offender first for comment, and if they accept wrongdoing then we agree next steps together. I am not in the business of ruining lives if I can help it.

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  25. I think you’ll find, Joe Lollard, that Anthony Howard was a respected Guardian and Observer journalist. He had no reason to make up stuff about Basil Hume. He had no dog in that fight theologically and was mostly interested in Basil as an Establishment figure who didn’t believe in the Church Basil had spent his whole life as a privileged member.

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    1. Lollard is off his head. Yesterday is but only one example calling the Protestant female Bishop of London an Archbishop. The poor man hasn’t a clue. Best ignored as he likes to rant and rave lol.

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  26. Joseph Lollard 13th Jan 2020 — 6:20 pm

    Pat,untant
    Your post today – I’m very much in disagreement with what you’ve said in your “Pat says” comments on the news-report.
    I’m very close to eighty and in poor health, but I’ll maybe send you an email in the next week or so. But in a few words I was shocked that you expect so little from the RCC.
    As just one example, you spoke of annual audits. If that’s to mean anything they would have to be proper audits; by an independent auditor ;not by the diocese’s accountants who prepares the annual accounts for submission to the Charity Commission.
    Suppose the National Bishops Conferences set up national Catholic Audit Boards. They’d oversee all Catholic charitiies, similarly to the Charity Commission, but people could take any worries to them without feeling that they were ratting on the Church to the Civil Authorities.

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  27. Boris has left Stormont en route to RAF Northolt and then the quick dash down the A40 into central London. No doubt, Pat, on-board his RAF jet he will say (like a former SOS for NI) “get me a bloody large scotch”

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    1. Northolt!!! Will Fr Monty Montgomery CC of Northolt be available with a drinks trolly when Boris gets of the plane or will it all be drunk beforehand.

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      1. Monti – is he still around? He likes a drink and a twink our Thomas Montgomery

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      2. So is Monty also chaplain to the boys in blue?

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    2. Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet and a notoriously gauche SOSNI regretted that during an economy drive her Labour predecessor Shaun Woodward did away with the NIO’s private jet (known as “the clipper”) which landed in RAF Northolt. Poor Theresa was forced to go on BA to Heathrow and she never met the CC.

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    1. The larger than life Clogher priest who visits the Belfast sauna late on a Sunday night maybe!!!

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  28. The Queen Mum was indeed a friend of the Nuncio and coat of arms enthusiast (though that interest didn’t harm John Osborne the former chaplain of Cambridge) and through him and her friend the Duke of Norfolk she promoted non-Paddy clerics such as Hollis and the uber-fraud Hume. Lesser sees such as Liverpool were filled by magic circle appointees such as Worlock. Her Maj was a poor judge of character and with her pal Lady Fermoy matched up Chuck & Di with disastrous consequences.

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    1. Couve in Brummie land was another major appointment influenced by the British Establishment because he was chaplain to Cambridge University and he was a total snob and disaster for Birmingham. It’s like putting the Royals in charge of Birmingham. Totally out of touch. The Royals also influenced the appointment of the Cardinal in Arma years back.

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      1. You mean Armagh! The British establishment wanted Cahal Daly in Armagh to suit them. Cardinal Tomas was regarded as an IRA Cardinal. Daly was a British appointment. More fool him. He was used by the British to stop tricolours on coffins and gunfire over the coffins. Thank God Fr Pat, you were more on our side and we’ve never forgotten it ye know and we haven’t gone away ye know Fr Pat.

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      2. Cahal Daly to Armagh was another British Establisment appointment. Look at the FOI. He always epitomizes British rule

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  29. BP Pat thanks for alerting me to the Bishop Ball programme on BBC2 earlier. Total outrage and sickening. Someone who craved attention and the company of public celebrities. He turned up to their weddings and funerals. Someone who got the Royal Family to recognise and reward them. Someone who hoodwinked the public by them saying he was a nice and humble man. People are still hoodwinked by these well known so-called celebrity cleric charlatans

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  30. Pat, if you are banning comments, you should consider the hate inciting, horrendous comments today by Magna. You’ve shown yet again that he speaks your poison and hatred. You both are in the same camp.

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    1. MC must be suffering from a split personality syndrome. On the one hand they (There must be more than one poster behind the pseudonym.) they delve into subjects such as biblical studies, in which, admittedly, they show little evidence of any depth of knowledge. And, on the other, there is the crass vulgarity on display here and also recently. And they don’t appear to see any incongruity between both sets of behaviours.

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      1. 11:29
        Ignoramus. There’s no such ‘syndrome’ as split personality. Your ignorance discredits your post.

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  31. Pat Mullaney going round with a great big puss on her the last few weeks

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    1. 12:37
      There’s no such syndrome as split personality!

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      1. 12.52
        Repeating yourself without substantiating your point and failing to deal with the opposing arguments is a waste of your time and that of others.

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  32. 8:27pm…..what ‘larger than life Clogher priest’ are you referring to?

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