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CORONAVIRUS HAS “OBLITERATED” MULLINGAR PARISH’S INCOME.

Mullingar parish has admitted that the Coronavirus crisis has “obliterated” its income – and left it fearful of not being able to pay the bills.

“We have made big cutbacks in spending, but we still have to run the parish and maintain the vital service we offer to our community and the local hospital,” Fr Derek Darby, parish administrator, told The Westmeath Examiner today.

The parish employs a number of staff – but depends completely on the voluntary support and generosity of people each week in the offertory collection to fulfill its obligations to its staff and priests, and to pay the parish’s bills.

“We have already received calls from parishioners who are mindful the parish’s working reserves are now under pressure, wanting to donate or make a contribution,” said Fr Darby.

Stressing that he was aware that in these uncertain times everyone is now under financial pressure, he said since Masses are suspended and the church locally has no income source, any donations will be gratefully received.

“We would appreciate your support,” he said.

There are three ways of supporting the parish:

(i) Weekly envelopes: continue to drop in the weekly envelope to the cathedral. There will be a secure donation box inside the main door of the cathedral.

(ii) Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer to Mullingar Cathedral Current Account

Please include your name or envelope number (if you have one) as a reference so the church can acknowledge your donation.

(iii) Cheque or Cash Donation

Donations can be left into the parish office or the cathedral in the secure donation box inside the main door of the cathedral.

Donations received by post will be acknowledged by email/phone call.

PAT SAYS

The Roman Catholic Church is one of the wealthiest entities in the world.

At a time when are worried about the possibility of millions dying world wide I think it is disgraceful that a parish is worried about its collections and canvassing donations.

We are living through times where millions might die.

And the PP of Mullingar is worried about his bank balances going down.

This is disgraceful selfishness.

Let him sell his ostentatious cathedral to be turned into a night club or casino and give the money to the poor, the sick and the dying.

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169 replies on “CORONAVIRUS HAS “OBLITERATED” MULLINGAR PARISH’S INCOME.”

Am I bovvered?
Not a bit, and the sooner other leeching RC organisations are diminished forcing them to use the wealth they’ve built up the better.

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Did the bishop of Meath recently buy a new house in Mullingar and not sell the existing bishops house on the Dublin road?

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somebody mentioned something the other day about visiting Pat for confession. what could be a great idea is to speak with Pat via FaceTime/Skype.

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If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we’re all ok
And not to worry because worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these

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Fr Derek Darby, parish administrator of Mullingar parish has been reported as saying that the present crisis has “obliterated” its income since it depends completely on weekly offertory collection.
Is that report correct? Given the standards of present-day Irish journalism today you cannot be sure. But if it then I’m astonished and it needs to be investigated.
I’d have expected the bulk of any church’s donation-income today to be by monthly Standing Order, particularly after the allegations and doubts that have been circulating in recent years regarding Cavan Cathedral – Proverbs18 verse 17, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.”
Read through chapter 16 of Luke’s gospel – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16&version=ESV

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I agree with your comments, Bishop Pat.
Romanist parasites have lived off the people, in more ways than one, for far too long. I have zero sympathy with any Romanist parish with the brass neck to whinge about income shortfall in these, or in any other times.
Romanist parasites have always considered themselves a cut above everyone else, ontologically special, and far too exceptional to do such mundane things as work for a living.
If these men and women had to put food on their tables, provide their own homes and cars, etc instead of pressuring people with canonical ‘grave obligation to support their pastors’, it would automatically weed out unsuitable types for priesthood, and religious life. The Michael Jack Byrnes and the Sean Jones of this world.
I hope the institutional Romanist Church falls apart in this lunacy surrounding Coronavirus.
But it probably wont happen; not entirely: the Cathbots will always rally around ‘Father’.
It is interesting to note that not one Romanist parasite died of hunger during the Irish Famine. Not one of these losers. You’d have thought people would have seen through them for the charlatans, spongers and wastrels they are. But no; they didn’t.
Today, however, is different. Romanist parasites are under pressure on several fronts, not least for the sexual abuse of children and adults, its ongoing cover up, its finanancial corruption, and now exposure to the fact that even the Cathbots are ceasing to feed the Romanist Parasite with ‘donations’.
I can’t think of a demographic more despised today than the Romanist parasite. 😆

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I forgot to reflect on the words of Mullingar Parish: that it provides not just a service to its community, but a ‘vital’ service.
‘Vital’ comes from the Latin word ‘vita’ (‘life’).
It’s not usual for a parasite to tell its host (i.e. ‘the one it lives off’) that its presence is vital to the host. In other words, that the host could not live without it.
There’s hubris for you.😕

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Magna, I’m appalled by the persistent anti-clericalism of your posts.
Why aren’t you mentioning the good news, the great gift that Our Holy Father in Rome has so generously given to all the Faithful suffering from this virus, or who are caring for them –
A GENERAL ABSOLUTION, and furthermore A PLENARY INDULGENCE. https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/03/20/pope-francis-authorizes-plenary-indulgences-and-general-absolution-coronavirus
So if any of them die that’s going to save their grieving relatives a fortune in Mass Offerings I can’t understand why it’s not being more widely reported.
And now I’ll now conclude this little sermon with an appropriate hymn -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysFrt3V7nvI

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bishoppat 23rd Mar 2020 — 2:51 pm – I take my absolutions from God alone.
………………………………….
That’s a terrible thing to be saying. And You, an ordained priest!
Have regard to the wise words of Rev Fr Johann Tetzel OP, the famous theologian, as depicted in this short film-clip –

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7.58: The madness of a psychologically disfigured, broken, ugly piece of humanity speaks from the safe space of a laptop. Bully extraordinaire. Pat seems to need you like a virus to pour out hatred, evil, racism. All that is dark and vile in a human being is solidified deeply, like cement in Magna’s DNA. Now I must go and join with a caring parish group to visit the old, lonely and sick, (with their permission and of their families) of which there are many in our parish. Food parcels have been donated by parishioners and these will be given to needy families. There are great, Christ-like acts of kindness being carried out in our parish, inspired by the leadership of our P. Priest. These days are times for love, care, kindness, generosity – the kind of qualities which build up our community. The haters are destructive and morally bankrupt and dead at this time of crisis. Keep up your HATING – O dark, destructive ones..Gid loves a giver nit a hater. God bless our good priests at this time of trial for all of us as they continue ministering to the sick, housebound and bereaved. God be with them.

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12.35

WTF use are you, you self-conscious do-gooding wastrel, to the old, the sick, and the lonely? What skills have you? How can you make their lives more bearable?

BY RISKING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS!

Don’t you realise how irresponsible you, and your merry, self-congratulating little band of self-publicising narcissists really are? Do you care?

YOU SHOULDN’T BE GOING ANYWHERE NEAR THESE PEOPLE AT A TIME LIKE THIS.

It does not matter a jot WHOSE permission you have.

I have just watched a video by the respiratory medical team of a Belfast hospital in which they literally BEG people to stay at home to save lives. And yet selfish, self-aggrandising arseholes like you come on this blog to boast of your self-sacrificing visits to already vunerable people?

You make me sick.

Worse, you may literally sicken others to death.

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7.58: Magna, you were well and truly WEEDED OUT as a seminarian and wasn’t the Chyrch spared your potential abusive, dangerous, bullying damage! Your constant referencing to the CORONAVIRUS ‘drama’ ensures I’d have no sympathy were you to get it. Your mockery of clergy and other categories in communities is contemptible and disgusting.

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JL at 2.45
What? 😰
General absolution AND a plenary indulgence. 😲
Will someone please sneeze in my face?
This offer is an extravaganza of Vatican largesse. 🎉
I’m thinking now of Martin Luther. In his 95 Theses, he asked why the pope (Leo X), if he could empty Purgatory for money (through the sale of indulgences), didn’t instead do it for love.
So why must I contract Coronavirus before Pope Francis offers me general absolution and a plenary indulgence?
I swear to God that the Romanist Church, in the jackass stakes, just keeps getting ever dafter.

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Magna I totally agree with your observations at 1.05 above in relation to that delusional fool at 12.35 boasting about his charitable deeds. I use the word “fool” intentionally. Some are just too stupid to realise how they are endangering others.
MMM

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Holy smoke we can’t pay hi. For how long did many not pray. Spending time worrying about Willie’s and slagging each other off like flies on a cow sh*te. Keep the pat channel on the air. Good people join in prayer hi

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Morning hi fly.
Begorra fly keep the Pat channel and above All Keep the Faith.
Where’s the money gone where’s the money gone far far away. Try Roma?
Worshippers of D’ Golden Willie have time to put down. Kooky Kollars Klub will be in a tizzy.
Tick tock goes the clock. Kick off soon.
Worse to come.
Not near final whistle yet.
All people join in prayer.
May the Force be with you.+
Bye bye fly hi.

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I believe this Priest in Mullingar should not have said anything re: finances. Also, it is disgraceful to use, yet again, led by Pat and Magna, the tragedy of the virus to take swipes of nasty, horrible judgments about priests and the Church. Any crisis gives both of them a moment to kick the Church into the ground. Rather ironic since Pat was literally begging for finances yesterday to set up a service to broadcast his mass! That aside, my concern is for the many small businesses in the parish where I work. Sadly, so many are closed and many will loose their jobs. Thankfully we have a good charity fund and already a number have asked for help. People who are visiting our Church each day are donating money and food parcels for the needy in our parish. I know this is replicated in many parishes. That priest misjudged his comments, sadly, but it should not be an opportunity for anyone to smash the Church or to elicit vile, vicious hatred against priests. This is a “disgraceful selfishness”…to use Pat’s wirds. Just wondering if Pat is out and about visiting, helping or setting up a good store? Just wondering too if those Magna types, still under the duvet, ever do anything useful for the well being of others? Let’s stop the virus of hatred and vengeance against clergy: Let’s pray for one another: let us at least try to be Christ-like today.

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9.13
Magna is under no duvet. So cease ‘wondering’ about me what you dearly want to believe.
It helps, doesn’t it, to see me in a negative, shameless light? It detracts from what I say, but what you do not want to acknowledge. It’s the coward’s way of dealing with unpleasant realities.
I’m not surprised that you should call ‘disgraceful’ anyone who would ‘smash’ (hyperbole for ‘criticise’) the ‘Church’ and ‘priests’. The tautology here reveals your precious, clericalist mindset: you believe that priests alone constitute the Church, and that they, for the most part, should be above criticism. You’re an anacronism: a blast from an increasingly risible past.
I reckon you are a priest yourself, and quite elderly, with fixed, traditional, and highly elevated (self-aggrandising) notions of priesthood; priests like you repulse me most of all.
By all means, pray for one another. But, in truth, this is just another distraction, isn’t it? A convenient cloak under which to conceal more inconvenient truths about the institutional Church? It’s a form of rebuke: attempting to silence people by making them feel guilty for not praying instead of making valid criticism of the institutional Church, at such time as this, for failing to liquidise at least some of its considerable assets rather than attempt to scrounge more money from ever hard-pressed Catholics.
As I said, your kind of priest repulses me most of all.

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10:42
Excellent post, MC.👍
You’re a centering prayer practitioner? (CPP).Novice or professed? Never mind, MC.
‘Mums the Word.’ I’ve a wee bit of ‘experience’ in CP.😎
Keep up the practice, MC. 👍

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10.42: More hate vitriol. Maggie, when you finally surface, soberly, from your duvet in your black wirld, go out and do something useful for the well-being of others, as many priests are doing. Your behaviour is reprehensible and we are all used to your repeat hatred. Can you find words that nourish, uplift and upbuild? It’s easy if you try.

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10.42: Surely Mr. Carta, you have allowed your hate buttons to open all too repetitively and hastily? We know your motivations for all the angst rooted deep inside you. You’ve spoken ad boringly!!! Yawn, yawn…Now let us witness your supposed concern(as distinct from the faux stuff): let us glory in your vision for a truly caring community (seeing clearly without the haze of drink): let us arise with your magnificent, eloquent blueprint (not “drama” or “fake news” as you think Corona is): let us be inspired by your dream through vision, poetry and prose to bring us to a new promised land. You, Magna, are needed now: be like Moses, arise to this new Exodus over deep, unchartered waters. And let us hear you speak from Isaiah…. “Should you pass through fire, you will not be burned: should you go through the seas, you will not drown…I have called you by name, you are mine..” The tears are falling like a tsunami as I dream of the great Saviour, Magna. Arise, arise, Marge, do not fail your people. Adios. Shalom. Slainte..Veni Sancte Spiritus.

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Bishops and priests and the Church have only themselves to blame for the lack of trust in them, and the cautious way in which people now view them. They have brought this on themselves by their sinful actions in the past, not least the abuse crisis and coverup, and until such time as they redeem themselves it is only right and proper to treat them with suspicion. As for + Pat, he is not perfect, but what you see is what you get. There is an integrity in that. And I can trust that.

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9.13: Well spoken. But we know only too well that hatred against clergy and anti Catholic is the raison d’etre of this blog. So, the coronavirus for now is the catalyst for unleashing much, unnecessary hate speech. This crisis is hitting everyone and it’s a legitimate concern for churches to be circumspect about finances. For me, it’s about all of us being a community of care right now and how in very restricted circumstances we ensure the safety and well being of our elderly housebound, sick, lonely and vulnerable families.

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Look after the elderly, housebound, lonely and vulnerable.

Priests are experts at looking after themselves.

PRIORITIES!!

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1.40

You want from me ‘words that nourish, uplift and upbuild’?

How about these?

YOU BLITHERING HALFWIT!
GOING OUT NON- ESSENTIALLY IN THESE TIMES IS NOT FOR THE WELL-BEING OF OTHERS: YOU RISK SPREADING CORONAVIRUS, YOU UTTER FOOL.

How’d I do? 😕

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So you’ve changed you mind now about the Coronavirus, Carta you mad troll?
It’s not scaremongering anymore then?
No one takes a word you say seriously. You’re deranged ranting is viewed with amusement and taken with a pinch of salt 😉😆

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3.19

Oooooooh! I am gonna enjoy tearing strips off you. 😊 Stand back everyone! 😡 Cos it’s gonna be bloody. 😲

No, I haven’t changed my mind about the Coronavirus Pandemic. What I have advised is a SENSIBLE precaution, not scaremongering. I suppose the nuance was just too subtle for you to appreciate.

This lunacy around the virus was totally unnecessary. If it goes on too long, lockdown will result in meltdown…of international and domestic economies, banking, commerce, etc.Suicide rates will rise as people lose businesses, jobs, homes, and so on.

Welfare systems will come under unsustainable pressure. There will be social unrest, increasing anger. Populations will want scapegoats.

IF…IF it all goes on too long.

And it was completely avoidable, at least for the most part.

90% or higher of any national population would suffer only mild or moderate symptoms IF any of them contracted Coronavirus. So by isolating only the roughly 10% of each population at risk of suffering more serious symptoms (and, possibly, death from secondary complications) for the duration of the pandemic, national governments could have handled this much more easily than trying to control entire populations.

No need, then, for lockdown, along with the risk of ecconomic and social meltdown.😕

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🤣🤣🤣you really are one mad old schizo cow Carta 😂😆 strips torn?! Really? Indeed it was like being savaged by an irate ewe 😆😂🤣

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Will Fr Brian Darcy be doing a Radio or TV Interview about this situation on todays blog. Will Fr Ray Kelly sing Money For Nothing and make a donation and is Dermo in hiding ?.

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It will be interesting to see how dioceses / parishes act towards their employees. More than every, given the lack of clergy, more and more non sacramental functions in the Church are done by laypeople, who are increasingly employed. So, will diocese and parishes do what is the right thing and support them and continue employing and paying them, according to the various government schemes now available ? I have my doubts. I think they will find way of sloughing off people with all sorts of excuses. My exception is that they will do what suits them, rather than the right thing, and in contravention of their own social justice teaching. Such are the times that people like me have a cynical and untrusting view of what clergy and the Church will do, but they only have themselves to blame for that breakdown in trust.
Just one more point: Certainly where I live by and large clergy are still presumed to be self-employed, and only office holders, rather than employees of the Church. The Church has used this argument to distance itself from responsibility for abusing clergy and to distance itself from any hint of direct or vicarious responsibility. If that is so, then it will be interesting to see if the Church begins to lay off its clergy – after all, it claims not to employ them ? You could see Father not receiving his stipend and told to go on unemployment benefits ! But, I don’t think they will do that ! Father will be protected and cosseted. The other Church employees will bear the brunt. The Church looks after its own ! Watch that space ! As, I say, they only have themselves to blame for people like me thinking like this. They have completely undermined any right to expect any trust from us.

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At least 150,000 people, and rising, put on social welfare overnight for who knows how long in an unprecedented historical pandemic which will have enormous economic repercussions, and Darby wants spondolicks.
Darby o Gill, how are ya.

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If the Rcc refuse to support practically as well as spiritually in an unprecedented historical pandemic
they never f*****g will. Ireland described as “ground zero” of abuse in the Rcc worldwide.

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What “vital service” at the “local hospital?” Pretentious twats, they’re probably just getting in the bloody way at the moment.

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10.42
Precisely.
Getting in the way…and possibly putting Coronavirius in the way of everyone else, including that of people who are TRULY vital now, medical personnel.

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Who is Fr Darby and when did he go to Mullingar? What happened to the nice young priest who was stationed in Mullingar? You had a blog about him once blessing sheep or something. Had Fr Darby anything to say about him? Where is he? There was no statement about him but there’s one about money.

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In The Field, the Bull McCabe says to the priest who closes the door of the church on the parishioners, “ye did the same during the famine. Ye put the people out of God’s house.”
This time they put the people out but still appear to want the people’s money. It’s disgusting. Why don’t they sell large parochial houses and land and build smaller houses.

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What controls have Eaman Martin placed for controlling Rory Coyle and Stephen Wilson. Coyle and Wilson are unable to stop social distance from young adult males.

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Armagh Diocese monitoring protocols for Rory Coyle and Stephen Wilson have collapsed. Rory and Stephen Wilson have free access to the internet, chat rooms, video chat rooms and most dangerous free movement. To all within the Arch Diocese please be vigilant.

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+Pat,

Brendan Marshall is writing these comments because he is jealous of Stephen Wilson. The diocese kept Stephen and kicked Marshall so he has an axe to grind(r). He needs to be carful because Stephen has ALL the dirt on Brendan.

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Government should take over any property, including churches and cathedrals, and transform them into hospitals etc.

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When will you give your property in Larne over in the same way to be used by the authorities. You know what they say about people in glass houses.

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The authorities are very welcome to use here as a testing clinic or house patients here under their and my care IMMEDIATELY.

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are you any good at massages, Pat? I wonder if you have healing powers to heal a sore back. your hands were anointed after all

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massages are so important and relief a lot of tension that creates pain and discomfort. personally I don’t go for any as I’m a man in my early thirties with a hairy chest. always felt it would put the other person off

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After I developed Crohns Disease in 1988 I was advised by my consultant to destress. I found aromatherapy massage and deep tissue massage a great help.

I get a massage at every opportunity.

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1.46: Pat’s “my care” = self promotion. We can all clean, cook and make a bed…..what else can you do, multitask Bishop? Rub oil on an aching chest???

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Yes I could run oil on the aching chest of a male or female without getting a hard on like most priests would 😇

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Yes, +Pat, you.re absolutely correct there.
The big argument for church-buildings being exempt from Property Taxes has always been that they are public buildings and available to the Civil Authority in times of crisis.
And it does happen in the UK. At times when there’s some sudden need to evacuate houses immediately the Local Authority concerned will move them in the first place to a local church.
And during both World Wars churches in Europe were often taken over by armies, most famously to house Field Hospitals.

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+ Pat, it might be an idea to set up an intercessorry prayer network via email, with friends, colleagues and associates, both near and far.

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I’ve just emailed the health Minister Swann to relay to him your kind offer of handing your property over as a test centre or other medical facility immediately. Kind gesture.

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I’m 100 % happy you did that. I meant what I said.

How many other presbyteries will follow my example.

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Father Darby lives in a palace in Mullingar. I have been in there.
The presbytery in Navan is another palace.
Meath is probably the richest diocese in Ireland.
The diocese refuses to publish its Clergy’s salary levels ???

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Were is Fr Robert Mcgivney and Fr Dwayne Gavin? Can they not assist Fr Darby with his fundraising? Can we have a full inventory of parochial houses in the diocese of Meath and their worth.

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Was Fr Padraig McMahon the PP of Mullingar. Wasn’t he in Maynooth the same time as Bishop Tom and moved when Tom became bishop or was it before he became bishop? Fr Paul Crosbie has been the previous bishop’s Secretary or was he the former pp

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BREAKING:
Apparently the new bishop of Meath bought a new house in Mullingar and the bishop no longer lives in the house Bishop Smith lived in. If this is true … what finances paid for this new house? The house bishop smith lived in on the Dublin Road is used for offices now apparently. Also, where is bishop smith living?

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I don’t think any of your finances will have been used to buy this alleged imaginary house or any church project. Don’t worry your wee head. Those who shout the loudest about finances and the Church don’t give the skin of their fart in contributions. These hypocrites would seriously make you laugh and there is plenty of them on this blog today and every day. The malcontents who follow Buckley and the ex seminarians and spoiled priest brigade. You can really spot these oddballs and nut jobs a mile away.

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Where is the former bishop living and where is the new bishop living. Apparently two new houses have been bought in two different areas. The bishops are in Situ in their new abodes. Perhaps Fr Darby can shed some light. They’re both living in his parish.

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11.30: Still being an utter Bitch Buckley. An utter selfish narcissist. You are abusing a serious crisis to take cheap shots at priests. You are no hero, no martyr, no saint…you mean well but why are you constantly putting priests down: I’m surd our health concerns are legitimate: I had 3 funerals last week, 1 today and another for Wed. I admire the medical and health care staff on the ground. God bless them. But please Pat, encouragement and kind words are necessary for all of us. Our Parish has offered our parish centre and classrooms if they wish to avail of facilities. I really believe we are all being seriously challenged in every way. But less of your cynicism and personalised attacks.

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1.40: Pat, this is not a time to boast about your supposed good deeds. Surely your actions should stand on their own well intentiined merits. You don’t need to be always sniping from the sidelines comparing yourself to other priests. That’s very childish. There are some wonderfully good and kind things hapoening in parishes by way of caring for one another. Let’s just get on with our daily lives and stop the “trying to be better” than others approach.

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Pat at 1.40: All day you are attempting to make mince meat of priests, cynically inferring that they don’t care. Your adolescent need to confirm your own self importance and charity by comparison to other priests is absurd. Just get on with caring, like what the crest of us are doing and give credit where it’s due, not to you or me but to the thousands of medical and health care workers who are going well beyond the call of duty. Somehow I detect a little jealousy that because of finances and charity funds Catholic parishes and clergy are way ahead in helping others. Let’ s all play our part by co-operation not comparing one against another.

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For 34 years this house has regularly housed the homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics and all sorts of other people. How many presbyteries can that be said of?

And I’m not boasting. I’m simply doing my duty – what Jesus told me to do.

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Pat, the only reason you offer your house is you know there isn’t even the remotest possibility that the offer going to be taken up. It’s all part of the illusion you seek to weave around yourself and the delusion you think you are projecting. In any case, did you never hear “your left hand must not know what your right hand is doing”? Your “good deeds” have been well trumpeted by you. You have had your reward.

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Over the years I have offered shelter here to many and many took it up. I detected heroine addicts here under the supervision of a medic.

I love it when my offers are taken up.

I dont make false offers.

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All priests, half of seminarians at traditional Catholic order infected by coronavirus
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Italy, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the “creativity” of priests who, despite the suspension of Masses and heavy restrictions on movement, are finding unique and effective ways to be with their people.
Franciscan Friar First Known COVID-19 Fatality In D.C.

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At least 28 priests in northern Italy have died from COVID-19
Courtney Mares/CNA
March 20, 2020 at 10:54 am
Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak.
Avvenire, the Italian newspaper owned by the Italian bishops conference, attributes at least 28 of these priests’ deaths to COVID-19, and also notes two additional cases: that of Fr. Guido Mortari, who died of pneumonia before he could get tested, and Fr. Giorgio Bosini, who had a serious underlying medical condition.
All but three of the priests were over the age of 70, and more than half were over 80 years old. The youngest priest to die from coronavirus, Fr. Andrea Avanzini of the Diocese of Parma, was 54 years old.
Eleven of the deceased priests come from the Diocese of Bergamo, where at least 15 other priests have been hospitalized, according to the local bishop
Pope Francis called the bishop of Bergamo on March 18 to express his closeness to the many who are suffering in the diocese.
“Pope Francis has promised that he will carry us in his heart and in his daily prayers,” Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo told his diocese in a video message following the phone call.
“The Holy Father was very affectionate, showing his paternal closeness to me, to the priests, to the sick, to those who care for them and to our whole community. He wanted to ask for details on the situation that Bergamo is experiencing, on which he was very informed,” the bishop said.

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Tom would have learned this habit from (your cousin) Johnny Buckley. Johnny never lived in ‘The Bishop’s House’, instead preferring to live in Turner’s Cross on the South Side of Cork City.
Perhaps Tom sold his personal house in Bantry to finance the new purchase? I couldn’t imagine him driving weekly from Mullingar to Bantry. Google maps puts it at 3 hours 44 min driving.

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You Are Near
Dan Schutte from the album ‘Here I Am Lord’ 30th Anniversary Edition, 2009.

Yahweh, I know you are near
Standing always at my side
You guard me from the foe
And you lead me in ways everlasting

Lord, you have searched my heart
And you know when I sit and when I stand
Your hand is upon me
Protecting me from death
Keeping me from harm

Yahweh, I know you are near
Standing always at my side
You guard me from the foe
And you lead me in ways everlasting

Where can I run from your love?
If I climb to the heavens you are there
If I fly to the sunrise
Or sail beyond the sea
Still I’d find you there

Yahweh, I know you are near
Standing always at my side
You guard me from the foe
And you lead me in ways everlasting

Marvelous to me are your works
How profound are your thoughts, my Lord
Even if I could count them
They number as the stars
You would still be there

Yahweh, I know you are near
Standing always at my side
You guard me from the foe
And you lead me in ways everlasting

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The above comments about monitoring are ridiculous.
Monitoring and control are done with paedophiles. In a case where an adult man has legal sexual urges towards other adults he is only in the same boat as every other adult. If he can’t control them then because they are not towards vulnerable people, he doesn’t get monitoring.
He should probably not be in ministry in a church which requires its clergy to be celibate though.

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For trolls claiming no priests died in the famine and citing the fictional character Bull McCabe:

“ ……. Indeed, the priests’ reports of evictions, wailing voices, bodies in the streets etc., make for harrowing reading. Priests were constantly on calls to the sick in their parishes – one priest in Co Limerick asserted that he made between 200 and 300 pastoral visits to the dying in one week in March 1849. No Catholic wanted to die without receiving the Last Rites of the Church. Priests put their lives at risk answering calls to attend the dying. Over 40 priests died off famine fever in 1847 ……” (historian Fr Donal Kerr SM writing in the IT in 1997).

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Is a priest historian a reliable expert on priests issues?

If 40 priests a year died in the Famine how does that compare with twi million dying and two million emigrating?

Just asking?

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The late Donal Kerr was a great historian and, if his research had lacked the critical distance demanded of an academic historian, other historians, who are not priests, would have shredded his theses.

As regards the seeming small number of priests who died, this could be because priests, at that time in Ireland, were quite few. Indeed, the number of “practicing” Catholics was not numerous either.

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I’d bet you eagerly sought out that information in the almost salivating hope you could trump that Magna bastardo on this blog. You did, didn’t you? And when you discovered it… Oh! The frisson of anticipatory smugness that must have coursed through your ageing, flabby flesh at the thought of my utter humiliation. Magna the Know-All shown up at last!
Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but if you re-read my post at 7.58 a.m., you’ll find I said that no Romanist parasite died of ‘HUNGER’ during the Irish Famine.
I mentioned nothing about their dying of fever.😕
I was aware that some priests did die of fever. But they did so with full bellies, so to speak.

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THE Catholic Church “took advantage of the prevailing destitution to increase its land holdings” during the Famine, according to an editorial in the current issue of the respected British Catholic weekly, The Tablet.

It also notes that Irish landowners, “some of them Catholic”, were “among the indifferent”.

It says: “Many Irish farmers made money from the export of wheat from Ireland to England; some evicted their tenants, knowing they had nowhere to go and neither food nor work to sustain them.”

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It’s also worth remembering that the RCC I Ireland embarked on a massive church building programme during the famine- bricks instead of food.

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Ah yes, but, it is important to remember that while relatively few priests died, their deaths are of more moment, since God is dependent on them to confect the Blessed sacrament, as the cure d’Ars says.
And obviously the church building could not have been postponed, because otherwise there would have been nowhere to hold Benediction.
Do try to get your priorities right.

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1.05: The Mad Jealous Raving Whore Hater is in volcanic rage. He tells us he is sick of people like me. Tough shit, you lazy, self centred, ugly hater. All the work by way of helping others is done responsibly by checking everything with medical professionals and other relevant agencies. We don’t all live in selfish bubbles where it’s “me, me, me” – The Magna World. You’d be a much more likeable human being if you actually did something more useful instead of choking on your vomit of hatred. Incidentally, today our Caring Group visited 25 housebound with beautiful home prepared meals. If you’re interested in helping – send your email. We give you the masks and proper protective clothing. Care to join?

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Pat -Hope you get to broadcast every day . It is this time above all where more open
clergy have so much to give though broadcasts while the institution is in
lock down . What is happening now is where Christianity may end up in our children’s life time .
Back in the homes . 

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Masses and other devotions are being live-streamed. The churches are open daily for private prayer. Confessions are being heard observing the social distancing requirements. Priests are available for the sick and the dying whilst observing precautions that will prevent spread of the virus. Let us pray for one another and stop lacerating one another. Maybe you could take some leadership and initiative, Pat, by preventing your blog being the bubbling cauldron of vitriol and spite it now is, on a daily basis? We are going to be locked and the trolls like “Magna Carta” will have even more time on their hands than usual.

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Magna Carta at 4:03pm – Y’all see? MAGNA CARTA KNOWS!!! So why won’t y’all believe him about the Coronavirus? It’s HYSTERIA and all you sheeple are just swallowing the government’s propaganda.
We need Magna!!! Who y’all gonna believe?? These politicos and world leaders who ya don’t even know? All these smart ass scientists who think we’re all thick as shite?? Or Magna who ya all know and love and can trust???
Magna when are ya gonna call us out on the streets to take control of this madness? Let’s All take to the streets with Mags in one great big massive group hug!!!

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6.37
Group hug?😟

Are you nuts?😨

Out of the question!😡

Haven’t you been listening to me?😕

We don’t want to spread the virus, now do we?😩

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Pat, all joking and messing aside – and the rantings of that lunatic troll that posts as “Magna Carta” aside – we are about to be locked down as a society. Everyone stay safe and look out for the elderly and vulnerable whilst not putting them at risk from infection. This is going to be very very very bad 😞

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7.09: Have the courage to make them? Or are you just being a queenie bitch? Go on…

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Magna’s a big fat liar telling us not to panic about Coronavirus! I saw it waddling around Lidl pushing two big trolleys and lugging a third behind. Piled high were the three trolleys of two items only – cheap rotgut vodka and adult pull-up hygienic pants. I tell you one thing – no one had any problem socially distancing themselves from it 😷🤢

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7.19….Wonderful. At Peggy Carta’s expense. The bitch will rage forth…😂😂😂😂😂🎀😂😂🎀🤣😂😅😅😅..Poor old Peggy.

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Folks, do you not know that fighting and arguing with MagnaTroll is as productive as shouting at the tv when someone you don’t like is on? Yes, it’s like shouting at Bumbling Bojo or Leroy Varadkar when they’re on the box. They can’t hear you. What you’re saying won’t make a jot of a difference. At least with a politician though you can maybe tweet something to them. With MagnaTroll you are dealing solely with some nutcase’s obnoxious “projection”. In short, you haven’t a hope in hell of meaningfulalt engaging so, in these trying times, when life is precious, go and do something life giving and worthwhile, instead of literally screaming into the dark.

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5.55: MOURNFUL MICK has awakened from his slumber to join Mags in using the CORONAVIRUS crisis to attack the church and clergy. Are you in a parallel universe, Mourny Mick? No one, no priest or anyone I know who is helping others is being careless or irresponsible. All are ultra cautious. All are following guidelines and directives. No one should be so reckless in endangering anyone else. You use the argument of potentially infecting someone as a resson to stay under your duvet. Any act of kindness and help being given to others is done responsibly. Stop spreading the lie that priests don’t care or are acting carelessly. Does your smarmy, cynical comment apply to Pat who offered to give his services of care for others? Pat is well intentioned as are most priests in their parishes. Why the necessity for your cold, put down cynicism? R.S.V.P.

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Well said at 7:49.

The likes of mmm condemn either way. The objects of their opprobrium are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

However, we know why in his case🐖Quite some time ago he mentioned the ‘mediocre’ education he received in Ireland (whether in the Six Counties or in the Twenty Six) and how badly it compared with the higher education of which he was the recipient in Scotland and England.

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Mass once a week online would suffice, Bp Pat, and a couple of pre-recorded twenty-minute fireside chats would be more interesting.

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7.49: That should put Mournful Maisie from the Mournes in his place. What a horrid creature he’s turning into. Mournful Maisie, get a grip. Is being an OAP getting to you? If all you offer is support for Magna’s diet of hatred, you are also a lost cause.

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Anon@9:22. You, (and the other eejit above who monotonously calls me Mourneful Mick) appear not to have understood Magna’s very valid criticism. Probably you don’t appreciate the reality behind this crisis. But then, your like have always lagged behind and your innate limitations doesn’t encourage intelligent informed debate.
MMM

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Just a thought hi. Will coronavision show society for what it is really like. PS Aftershave on a shi*te don’t make it smell right. There is good out there also

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Good Night fly hi.
Begorra fly its tunnel vision for the time being.
You’d never know fly sur we might come out smelling like roses.
May the Force Be with you.+
Good Night fly hi.

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Anon@9:22. You, (and the other eejit above who monotonously calls me Mourneful Mick) appear not to have understood Magna’s very valid criticism. Probably you don’t appreciate the reality behind this crisis. But then, your like have always lagged behind and your innate limitations doesn’t encourage intelligent informed debate.
MMM

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11.11: MMM – I am well acquainted with the seriousness of this crisis, ya eejit from the mountains – mourney, dirgy mick. Your own contributions are pretty inane too – or are you so arrogant to know your flaws. Get out and about or just shut up. Your comment is – MOURNFUL!!

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“…….innate limitations doesn’t encourage intelligent….” 11.11
The class ‘higher’ education you ‘picked up’ in the UK mustn’t have covered the advanced linguist principle that a plural subject requires a plural verb, whereas the ‘mediocre’ Irish education you would have received surely did. But you must have been absent that day. So you can still blame the system.
The irony of including the word ‘intelligent’ in the same sentence is likely lost on you.
Where ignorance is bliss…..

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