I had a priest in touch with me yesterday afternoon who said that the Diocese of Killaloe’s wages fund had run out and some of the priests were now having to ask family, friends and strangers for financial help.
Is this true?
This priest told me that a former seminary friend of his, who was not ordained for the diocese, sent him Euro 100 the other day to keep him going?
The priest also claimed that while all of this is going on, the bishop Fintan Monahan, has left his palace in Ennis and is now driving around the countryside indulging his passion for photography?
Is this true?
The priest did point me to Monahan’s Facebook account and there certainly a lot of rural images on the account from this week.
I hope Lugs Monahan is observing all the government guidelines on combatting COVID 19?
To stay at home.
To only leave your home when it is really necessary.
To shop only when necessary.
To attend medical appointments or collect medications.
To care for elderly and vulnerable people.
To take personal exercise – with 2 kilometres of your home.
I gather that there is general unrest among Killaloe priests with Monahan.
He seems to be regarded as a cold fish dictator type and many people think he is currently concentrating on doing his best to become the next archbishop of Tuam when the current man retires soon. Monahan used to be the archbishop’s secretary in Tuam.
Personally, I never took to Monahan.
There is something about him that gives me the heebie-jeebies.
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