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DANCING PRIEST SAYS HE HAS HAD DEATH THREATS.

Melanie Finn Irish Independent

Dancing with the Stars’ priest Fr Ray Kelly has complained to gardaí after receiving an abusive phone call at his parochial house.

It comes after the singing cleric (66) received a slew of cards and letters at his home in Oldcastle, Co Meath, following his appearance on the RTÉ show.

While many have been surprised by his level of support from the voting public, he has also been sent lots of negative messages calling on him to step down from the show.

“One particular card said: ‘Remember what happened to John the Baptist when a woman danced for him? He was beheaded’,” said Fr Kelly.

“There was one [card] last week that came in: ‘Fr Ray, wouldn’t it be a wonderful witness with Lent coming, if you now for the nation decided to pull out of DWTS and show the nation just the sacrifice you’re making by pulling out?'”

The cleric, who found fame in 2014 thanks to his rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ at a church wedding, was recently forced to take action after receiving a “very abusive” expletive-filled phone call.

2Targeted: Fr Kelly said the criticism he had received could be down to him ‘stepping out of my field a little bit’.

“Every second word was the F word… priest, parish, parochial house, housekeeper, fat effing belly dancing around the floor.

“The man left his number on the phone and his name.

“His number showed up on the landline. I answered the phone and went into my messages and there it was.

“An hour or two later, I was in the house and I answered the phone again. He said: ‘Can I speak to Fr Ray Kelly please’ and I was suspicious about it.

“I said: ‘He’s not here, can I take a message?’ He said: ‘Can you tell him from me…’ and the whole spate again.”
After consulting with the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ production team, Fr Kelly was advised to make a formal complaint to the gardaí.

He said it was “hard” being on the receiving end of such negativity and he was trying not to let it affect him personally.

“For a while there, I was letting it come in [to my head]. As a priest, I’ve worked hard for 31 years. I’ve never gotten a huge amount of criticism for anything I’ve done. This is going back to singing ‘Hallelujah’ or doing ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.”

Asked why he thought he provoked such a strong reaction, Fr Kelly said it could have been down to him “stepping out of my field a little bit”.

PAT SAYS

Why in the Name of God would anyone want to harm Ireland’s own Fred Astaire?

I know that there are Cathbots who would love harm to come to me. After all I expose Cathbotology all the time.

I get letters from good Catholics saying that they offered up their Holy Communion that I’d get cancer.

But why Sugar Ray?

He is a PP. He tows the party line on everything.

Maybe people hate priests in Ireland that much now that the very sight of a priest sends people dolally?

I can understand people being embarrassed by the sight of Big Ray trying to dance.

It is cringe worthy.

But maybe Ray has some form of attention deficit disorder and needs all the attention he can get.

A bit like the other guy Darcy O’Donnell.

146 replies on “DANCING PRIEST SAYS HE HAS HAD DEATH THREATS.”

I would call myself Patrick. St Patrick was ordained a bishop without a papal mandate too 😊

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The tradition in Ireland is that St Celestine I was the pope who sent St Patrick to Ireland. He condemned the Nestorian heresy. And he is credited as the pope who introduced the responsorial psalm into the Mass in Rome.

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The ministers of the sacrament of Marriage are the bride and the groom. The minister being but just a witness, as are the congregation

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6.19
No, I did not post at 6.14. That person did not know marriage was not a sacrament in the Romanist Church until hundreds of years after St Patrick’s death. Magna, however, did. 😆

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The man is doing no harm to anyone and it’s unlikely that he will win it overall unless he gets the sympathy vote it certainly won’t be for his dancing skills. So many haters and keyboard warriors out there , it’s sad times we live in

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Bishop Buckley. I rarely agree with you at all. I only ask one very innocent question. Is this part of the publicity seeking?

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Buckley, some sad news for you – most people regard Sugar Ray Kelly, Brian D’Arsey, Fr Jack Hackett, Fr Chewie Lewie, Horny Andy X, Fr Todd Unctuous, Amy and Coddle Martin, “Gorgeous” Byrne, Rev Fr “Magna Carta”, the Trolley Dolly, Fanny Mullaney, Jockstrap Jones, Rev Sean Fly on Th Wall/Magwa Page, the entire cast of Gaynoof/Alice Hall/Oscott/Wonersh/inspector Hamish McTavish, all the wee wailin an greeting Scotties, et alia., AND YOU KING BUCK, as all part of the exact same CIRCUS. Different acts – same buffoonery.

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I’m sorry to say this but the Irish are so gullible and will swallow any shite by men with funny hats on their heads. Just look at Eamon Casey and that slime ball Michael Cleary. They have learnt no lessons.

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Pat, surely tge issue that needs discusding is the dangers and cruelty of social media abuse not the cringe aspect (your cynicism) of Fr. Kelly’s dancing. Somehow you are hoping for a deluge of comments against this man. You stoop very low at times in your motivations. I hope Fr. Kelly’s abuser is named, shamed and prosecuted. Pat, you of all people should be aware of how horrible nastiness can trigger a fatal decision in vulnerable people. I am saddened that you are so mean spirited in printing this article with one purpose only: to evoke an outpouring of vitriol.

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Could it be people think Fr Ray is taking the p out of those who have been abused. It’s not just clerics who are loopy loo. There are some quare types on civvy street too. They stand hi and pontificate. When someone actually does something they condemn them out of frustration. Ray is up front and centre. These gobshites are frustrated cowards shouting from behind closed doors hi

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Totally agree fly. So many quare hawks shouting from the side lines. Let’s call it for what it is and don’t be shy about the fact that Fr Ray Kelly is the biggest self centered egotistical nancy boy gobshite on the telly.

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If what Ray Kelly says about himself is true, then I utterly condemn it.
It is wrong, WRONG. It is morally inexcusable.
However, I still think the man an utter, useless, self-serving Romanist prick.

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12.33: A drin fuelled rant. Magna, you are a pathetic piece of hateful humanity. Fr. Kelly achieves much for the well being of many, many people. I know. You are a slug. A viperous specimen, ready to use your vulgarity, abusiveness and hatred to smash all before you. Reprehensible. Coward.

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8.57

If you’ve finished ranting, provide evidence for your statement about Kelly’s largesse, because I don’t believe one word you have said about it.

You’re a liar. And it isn’t the first time on this blog that you’ve told these lies about Kelly.

I asked some time ago whether Kelly was continuing to sponge off his hard-pressed parishoners. And guess what? It all went quiet. Suddenly, cheerleaders for Kelly, like you, disappeared into the shadows of cyberspace.

As for calling me a coward, you wouldn’t say that to my face; I can guarantee you that.

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Magna at 12:51pm – Oh I would say it to your face. Just you name the time and the place. Fair dig. You and me and an audience of each of our choosing. Go wan go wan go wan go wan go wan go wan go wan. Ach sure ya will ya will ya will. What? Scared ain’t ya? Brave keyboard warrior soft as shite behind all the front 😁 I’d beat seven different coloured shades of the brown stuff outa ya. Coward! There said it again! 😂

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3.12: Brilliant. A super laugh, all at Carta’s expense. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to slap the s***e out of him, then place it in the ditch. It would quickly kill the unwanted weeds. A great comment.

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I don’t think we should underestimate Fr Surgar Ray, Bp Pat. I imagine he will get his own day-time-type talk show on Irish television, or one of the Freeview channels, especially if he ends up winning DWTS.

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9.08
Best of luck to him? Seriously?
Another Romanist priest seeks a parallel career, and you wish him luck??
What of the people he is supposed to be ‘serving’ as a priest? Suddenly it seems they no longer matter in Kelly’s eyes, because those eyes are saucers now with the lure of celebrity and money.
Speaking of money, is Kelly still taking a stipend for the ‘service’ he is no longer rendering his parishoners?

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Haven’t a clue Magna but the man is entitled to have some Ray time and a hobby. I doubt the singing and dancing is making him a fortune. Show me where in the gospel or canon law that this is forbidden? Don’t be mean spirited Magna it is beneath you.

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12.58: Best of luck to Fr. Kelly. Gid bless his good work and fundraising for charitable causes. Loved by all. F..k the begrudgery, atheist Carta. Marge, go play with yourself – it will give you a little momentary pleasure which seems all too lacking in your poor, delicate, fragile, lonely world. 🥒🥒🥒🥒🥒🥒🥒🥒 Have ago!!! Then you’ll smile…😁😁😁😁🍒🍒🍒😋😋😋😋😋

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12.58; Jealous rage, forlorn and forgotten, unloveable, sad, depressed, addicted to harmful drugs…..All these combine to create a disturbed, crazy ranger whose banter us hate filled. Magna, go home to your mumsy, sit on her knee and suckle on her breasts…and in her absence, I’ll supply. Oh, the erotica of such! Call me, your sister.

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3.05
If the Romanists truly believe themselves shepherds, then the Gospel speaks of the shepherd giving his life for the sheep. This is what makes a good shepherd, according to JC. Poor Ray, it seems, isn’t prepared to give the sheep even his time.
Ultimately, it isn’t a question of being mean-spirited; it’s a question of doing the right thing. Not a question of doing one’s own thing.
As for that stipend, I’d bet Ray is still collecting it.
The poor sheep: are they being fleeced?😕

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If you want to talk about attention deficit disorder Pat why don’t you get the guy you see in the mirror every morning to blog about it, he displays all the symptoms, examine yourself before you start criticizing other people. Ray is having a bit of harmless fun

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Bp Pat, a certain type of man, e.g., Liberace, Darcy, Daniel, and Cliff always attract a large female following. It seems Sugar-Ray is no exception.

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10.00am totally agree 100%. LarryGrayson and Lionel Blair go way back too as big stars. Ladies flocked to them. A big friend of Brian’s (Who wants to get wed) is the young buck who has moved to Enniskillen (Mr Carter) now he is very much a ladies man.

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Deenihan had Ray in a few months back and told him to cop on. He’s a personal embarrassment to Meath. Phonsie did the same with Shirley. Expect a quick exit for Raymond too.

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There would be a huge outcry, especially if Sugar-Ray ends up winning. The winners usually do residences on cruise ships for at least a year afterward. He would be very popular onboard I think, although I am not sure if he could take his dogs.

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Oh no he didn’t. Liar liar pants on fire at 11:08am. Neither did Phonsie have “Shirley” in. Bishops calling people “in”these days in any case would be told to go f**k theirselves. Those days are long long gone.

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I’m sure Phonsie and Fr Shirley has a conversation and agreed on a way forward.

I thought that Shirley look class as Shirley Bassey.

Ray hasn’t got the looks.

It’s hard for a PP to get nice tights these days:-)

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Pat Mullaney is a big fan of Nathan Carter he is Pat. He’s bullin Pat when anything is said about Brian and Nathan’s friendship Pat

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Och sure a can’t help meself. She’s a wee stunner is Fanny but she knows it. Wee coy smiles across the Cafe Bum Bum. Little coquettish glances in the Roost pub and the few drinks in her. And then she’d walk past ye in Pugin Refectory and the big puss on her. She’s playin with me heart so she is.

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Pat Mullaney do have a great big poster of Nathan above her Queen Ann Divan bed with the built in vanity case. She do have another little framed signed portrait resting atop her hope chest. Sure tis’ obsessed I am to be sure says Mullaney Pat.

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Feel the love. Peace ☮️ to all hi. Maybe some of these puffin padres should try some of this legal cannabis oil stuff on sale on the hi street hi. The God stuff seems to have gone out th window

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I hear Larry had it out with Darcy lately. Summoned to Monaghan and scolded him for swanking about Fermanagh as if he owned it. Told to stay in Crossgar and keep his mouth shut. Has gone fierce quiet since. Old Joe couldn’t stand the shite but didn’t have the balls to tackle him

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All these celebrity priests are very needy people, craving attention and adulation all the time. That includes the singing trio, who go on about the great gift they have been given and that they are sharing this blessing with others, and wrap all their stuff up as a outreach of their priesthood – what twaddle. They like themselves, they are in it for themselves, and they have no compunction about putting upon other clergy and people to ensure that they are able to get away and do their own thing. Bishops should be calling in all these Boyos and telling them to settle down and get on with their job. Or move along. And, if nothing, else, it is cringe making to watch these idiots. Spare us, please !

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All you need to know about the clerical singing trio is watching them singing in front of James Galway. Even Galway the wee prod from east Belfast looked affronted by their mega gay carry on.

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1.55: What a cringe inducing crappy comment, dude. Wonder what marvellous gift you have….an ugly face, mind and heart!

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12.51: Poor auld Mags. Getting all upset over a priest who enjoys great popularity, is a particularly good pastoral priest, raises much for charity, is well respected and loved. What is it about you Maggie dear that you go into a volcanic rage about unimportant issues. As for calling you a coward to your face and you wouldn’t dare call me a liar to my face. You are an empty vessel, spiritually dead and morally bankrupt. Your hatred nullifies any goodness you may want us believe you possess. Magna, I am not a friend of Fr. Ray, do not live in his parish but know of him through friends who live in Oldcastle. He is respected by all. Respected in a way that your tiny little mind couldn’t imagine. Sad that you are the personification of all that rottenness of mind and heart is. Rotten. Lying, abuse and bullying are your main hobbies. Rage without purpose achieves nothing but ensures that you become the distasteful, miserable, broken human being you are. Mags, how about meeting at the nearest crossroads for a dance? I have a black belt in judo!! Bring a medic with you.

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The best thing to do about “Magna Carta” is just ignore it completely. You’re wasting your time responding. You will never make the slightest difference to the sad critter behind all that bullshit. Let it rant on.

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3.34

I love it when halfwits accuse me of cowardice for posting anonymously when they themselves are doing precisely the same.

Surely, you can’t be THAT stupid, can you?

Tell you what: you show me yours, and I’ll show you mine.

Deal?😕

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3.02
You still haven’t provided evidence for your claims about Ray Kelly’s much-vaunted largesse. It seems that is the only ‘evidence’ for it…that it is much vaunted.
You’re all sound and fury, aren’t you? Signifying absolutely…nothing.😆
(Or as me straight-talkin’, shoots-from-the-hip brother wud say: ‘Yer fulla s***e, pal. 😃)

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he scared. he can’t tell his identity. he’s ashamed of what he writes on here. kinda feel sorry for him in a way

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4.54: Magna, does drunk have this life changing effect on you? You’re off your rocker with hatred. All so very sad that your brain is deadened by booze. We’ll pray for you. (Love from Your local Priests).

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5.10
A-hah, hah, hah 😅😅😅
Yet another ‘Anonymous’ halfwit calling ME out for my anonymity.
I swear, pal, you’d have made Jesus bellylaugh on the Cross. 😅

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Almost everyone on here is anonymous. You. Me. Everyone. It’s how it works for most of us. The difference with “Magna Carta” is that’s it’s a complete moron – hatred spewing jerk and attempting to portray itself as something it is not. Most of us have our say and leave it at that. The anonymous troll behind “Carta” however invents a whole world for itself and it’s not one most of us would care to inhabit with it.

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6.02: Magna, all that is required to dwell in your world is LOTS OF HATRED and an insatiable thirst forbgin and tonics. Simple as that. Intelligence is alien to your world.

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The fact is that these singing/dancing priests aren’t much better(if at all) from the regular pub singers/dancers. What they have done is prostitute their Roman collar for fame and fortune. They are novelty acts and haven’t the wit (or don’t care) to see that they are being used by television/record companies. People in the media are stroking their already large egos .Without their Roman collars they wouldn’t get anywhere near a recording studio or television studio. All they are doing is making fools of themselves and leaving themselves open to ridicule. I don’t understand where they get the time from. Since these men have been ontologically changed(what is that all about), has the Holy Spirit guided them to seek fame and fortune? Are they now part time priests and part time performers(sic)? They must take their responsibility lightly and expose, yet again, the fallacy that is the RC priesthood. Whilst it is right for any individual to either support or criticise them, threats against anyone are abhorrent and must be condemned

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3:02pm. Your comments are wired to the moon and your last comment suggests that you are threatening Magna. Can you explain why you would wish to threaten anyone who holds an opposite view from you? Are you incapable of adult debate/ disagreement? What relevance is your black belt in judo? Is this in keeping with your Catholicism ? No wonder a lot of us don’t want anything to do with the disease ridden self serving RCC. Black belt in judo ? I think that if you did possess this you would be aware of the dangers of using this illegally. Word of advice: Grow up you balloon

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Good to see that Lollipop Josie continues to spew his verbal diarrhoea . Haven’t seen one useful comment from him yet on this blog.

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Good to see someone from Fr Ray’ s parish reading the blog. Is he resident there? Annie didn’t get her first Friday communion yet.

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No. The N Ireland Office gave me £500 for it years ago as part of the removal of guns from N I society.

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I can imagine Fr Sugar-Ray on celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Bp Pat, or Celebrity MasterChef. He is certainly making a name for himself on DWTS.

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Pat, isn’t is very strange and a matter of serious concern that whenever a story about a priest using his God given gifts to bring some enjoyment to others or uses them for the good of others is denigrated, abused, condemned and subjected to bullying and abuse? Instead of discussing the awful and horrendous issue of on-line abuse and its consequences, some commentators, led by chief hate-inciter, Magna, let go in outbursts of condemnation, scurrilous innuendo and merciless accusations. Why? This is a nasty blog at times. Pat, why did you print what is already known since Liveline yesterday? What is your motivation?

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4.15
When words or phrases are overused, they lose their power to influence: they become meaningless rather than meaningful; they become clichés.
I have been accused, so often on this blog, of inciting hatred that I now just laugh when the words appear in criticism of me. In fact, I am laughing at you, right now. 😅
I asked entirely appropriate questions about Ray Kelly concerning his stipend as parish priest. If he is making enough money to support himself as a telly (minor) celebrity, then he is, in my opinion, behaving immorally if he is continuing to collect his stipend from parishoners, of whom many are likely elderly, and on state pensions.
I have no time for Romanist priests in general, and I hold in contempt those who are egocentric enough, and faithless to their parishoners, by seeking a second and parallel career out of personal vanity and ambition.
Ray Kelly isn’t using his ‘God-given gifts’ for others, but for himself.
Don’t be an UTTER jerk. 😕

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5.12: Poor old Maggie Carta, she has taken to the drink, poor old Maggie Carta, she has taken to the drink….ah, the sadness of her, the senseless waste of rage, the obnoxious crap spoken, the hatred spouted and incited…..the devil incarnate. Magna, please mind yourself. Your imploding about all the wrong issues. Go out and take part in a soup run and open your eyes to REAL LIFE. I’ll bring you on a run….But first ask God for belp and grace.

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5.51: Totally irrelevant to the issue for discussion. Have you used your perverted sexual talents on such sites? I suspect you have.

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Alright Lollipop, I’ll admit it, yes I have been on grindr, but then I am not celibate and not even a Christian. I am not so sure about the ‘lecturer’ with ginger pubes who shared his with me…

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8.01

Are you the guy that called out Rory Coyle for exposing his hits and bobs to you on Grindr?

Good for you if you are. 👍

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5.12: Magna, you are the biggest JERK on this blog but your brain is so dead that you can’t see it. You are absurd, meaningless, a poison, avhater. You are the monster hate inciting slug on this blog. Yes, a hate inciters. Your questions about Fr. Kelly are superfluous and silly. Your ranting comment is indicative of your in-going dysfunctionality. You, Magna, are a loser, devoid of moral decency. You are decaying spiritually. Your words are insidiously dangerous and spoken out of a jealous, envious, bullying personality. Would being thrown out ignominiously from the seminary be part off your stunted growth? Fr. Ray – ignore the haters, the begrudgery, the anonymous trollopes like Mags Cartwheel. Fr. Ray, God has given you great gifts: use them, as you are presently doing, for the joy, good, entertainment and contentment of others and for charitable causes. Laugh at the subhumans like Bunty Carty.

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Why would a priest want to sing, dance, or do anything other than direct ministry? I was puzzled over this until I realise it might be similar to the way police officers here in the UK do things like get on buses, go to cafes, etc… It’s a public relations exercise attempting to persuade the public that they are not monsters of corruption and bigotry, but real people like us.
This exercise is of course a complete waste of time and a complete failure – just like the parallel efforts by priests. In fact the similarities between the two cases are striking.

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I would be more prepared to take criticism from someone who could actually spell philistine, dear. What’s the matter, did you get limited to the sem course or did you get an STD while in Rome?

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5.57

You may have something there, about public relations exercise.

Ray Kelly explained his telly appearances by stating that he wanted to show people that priests were just ordinary folk, like themselves. (Ahh! Bless his meek heart.) It means, of course, that Ray, and his priest buddies, DO think that they arent just as ordinary as the plebs. A point that probably sailed right over Ray’s star-stunned head.😕

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Ah, incisive as ever, Magna, and of course the whole point is the clergy have been ontologically transformed from one thing into another by having a paedo-shuffler put his hands on him, grease him up and say the right words.
Bizarre, isn’t it.
Would anyone like to buy some snake oil? 🐍

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The comment above about some priests being very needy is very funny. I haven’t yet come across one who wasn’t, why else would they want to preside, stand at the front, wear funny clothes and so on.
One thing is very plain from the priests who comment here – it’s all about them, their privilege and their specialness. That’s why they get so enraged at Magna!

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Magna, you must make a super lover in bed! It’s very easy to get your juices flowing. The mere mention of the word priest seems a potent force for inexhaustible energy! Better than viagra. The question is: would any slug lie down beside with you? Don’t think so but I’ll have a go. Priest, Priest, Priest, Priest…. Has “it” popped up yet Magna?😗😗😗😗😎😎🍒🍒🍒🍒

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7.15: Ha, Ha, Ha, though I mispelt the word, it doesn’t alter the truth that you exemplify the fullness of being a philistine or an ignoramus. Take your pick. (I’m a Trinity College graduate for your information).

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Bp Pat, you will have to be gracious if Sugar Ray wins, or gets through to the final. He will be the toast of Co Meath.

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7.52

‘Toast of…’?

Unfortunate choice of word, that. Considering Ray’s recent brush with, er, ‘death threats’.😄

To think that anyone would take time out to bump off poor old Ray.

This is Irish high drama at its most…Laurel and Hardy-esque. 😅

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That’s very true what you say about words becoming meaningless if often repeated, Magna. I mean, look at the most meaningless words in history:
Can. 277 §1. Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and therefore are bound to celibacy which is a special gift of God by which sacred ministers can adhere more easily to Christ with an undivided heart and are able to dedicate themselves more freely to the service of God and humanity.

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7.53
Thank you for the quotation.
My brother would call it ‘a load of shit!’ ( He’s earthily more eloquent than I.) And he would be spot on. It is a load of the brown stuff.
It expresses also the self-attributed superiority clerics feel over lay Catholics base enough to engage in human sex. (Horrid creatures!)
In a nutshell, that quotation is a profile of the pathology of Romanist priesthood. It implies that sex is morally dirty (which, incidentally, is a major reason priestly celibacy was imposed in the 12th century) and a hindrance to the ‘kingdom of heaven’.
To think that Catholics are putting faith in these pig-ignorant parasites is…
Well, it’s frightening, actually. 😦

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I cannot understand why so many trolls use this blog to attack Magna when he makes legitimate comments re the blog of the day. Love him or loathe him, the guy is entitled to his opinion and attacking him shows that you are either not educated enough to comment on the topic of the day or that you are trying to sidetrack from the topic. Catch yerselves on and comment on the topic. To put it bluntly piss or get off the pot

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