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CONFESSIONS OF A GAY PRIEST – MIRRORS IRELAND AND MAYNOOTH.

Tom Rastrelli’s book is a very important read for those who wish to understand the homosexualisation of the priesthood and the the ocean of ABUSE that flows from it.

Rastrelli was first of all sexually abused by his doctor.

Rastrelli when being abused by doctor and priest.

Then he was repeatedly sexually abused by his pastor – who was a serial ephebophile.

He was repeatedly seduced by various other clerics.

Rastrelli on ordination

He is not a victim.

He knows he played his part.

When he came clean to the archbishop he was told to cover up, but didn’t.

Rastrelli today

He considered suicide very often.

The book is good because it is exactly what is happening now in Ireland and Maynooth.

In fact worse things are happening here now than those described in the book.

It shows the hypocrisy of the whole RCC approach to sexually.

It also shows the hypocrisy of the RCC with regard to abuse and seduction.

PATS HOMILY FOR 5TH SUNDAY IN EASTER

https://www.podbean.com/ea/pb-v62g9-dbef47

86 replies on “CONFESSIONS OF A GAY PRIEST – MIRRORS IRELAND AND MAYNOOTH.”

Join the Quakers. No clergy in it. Might suit you better. Always remember and never forget that membership of the Catholic church is voluntary. Other churches are available.

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+ Pat, you have done a good job in highlighting various malaises in the Catholic Church and the Catholic priesthood. Well done. The current theme, homosexualisation of the priesthood and questionable cultures and behaviours within the ranks of the clergy and the seminary training system, is valuable. HOWEVER…..whilst these are important themes and need to be brought to the light, at this time surely there are other important issues that need to be aired and addressed ? Life is changing before our eyes, and the life of the Church and how it ministers in these days are important issues, not just as a way of pointing out the silliness that self-seeking clergy are prepared to get up to in order to make themselves ‘relevant’ and out of an abundance of self seeking attention, but also surely as a way of showing some of the great goodness that is going on amongst the faithful who are ministering to each other in quiet and loving ways on a daily basis ? I’d like to hear stories of that goodness. I think that this shift in emphasis will be long-lasting, and will curtail the clergy / minister dominated hold that bishops and priests have had for too long on the Church and the faithful. I think in the future people will value them for what good they do, but will readily see that they can step in to the undoubted breaches and lacks that we know are abundant in the institution of the Church and amounts the ranks of the clergy. This is a time for the faithful to take their rightful place. So, how about a debate on that development and some good news about the way our Church will emerge from the current times. ? Please ! Thanks !

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Thank you. Would you like to compose a blog that achieves what you suggest and I will publish it unedited???

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He will in his ass, Pat. 9:22 is another mischievous guttersnipe. He has as much interest in what he’s proposing as he has in colonising Mars 😆

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9.22: I agree with your comment. Unfortunately when any good pastoral effort is made by clerics we are open for ridicule, mostly led by Pat. During this pandemic many good initiatives were taken by parishes and once this blog got hold of them these small, responsibly organised gestures by priests were mocked, torn to shreds and completely misrepresented. I disagree fundamentally with some open air gestures which focused on the priest more than the gesture itself. I believe some gestures were misjudged but mostly the vast majority of priests in parishes stayed rigidly within guidelines. There were and are some amazing acts of kindness, caring and neighbourliness being carried out everyday in our communities. Parishes have used webcams to the maximum at this time both spiritually and pastorally and initiated some small acts of charity. I agree with you that the sharing of some stories of this Christian living and people caring for one another would be beneficial for all of us. While it is essential to highlight abuse of all kinds and relevant issues, there is a repeat theme all too frequently eliciting predictable vitriol. In our parish we invited all age groups through our website and webcam to write poetry, short stories, prayers, reflections and do some art to capture their experiences since March. The response so far is good and the sentiments uplifting. We intend to publish a book at some stage when we can safely do so. Just an idea and very positive. Perhaps Sunday might be dedicated for such offerings from Pat’s readership.

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I am more than open to all you are saying. Why dont you dot down and write 1500 words for me on a topic like THE GOOD THAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND PRIESTS ARE DOING AND HASVE DONE.

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You make a valuable observation at 9:22 am, which deserves respect and consideration, though my assessment of the situation is more cynical and radical than yours. You are correct in pointing to the untold good done daily, and quietly and unobtrusively by the faithful. I would merely expand that to include also by people in general without benefit of clergy or religious affiliation. The Church is collapsing in Europe and the Americas, whereas in Africa the same culture of clerical entitlement is not only being perpetuated there but exported back to Europe in a last desperate attempt to plug the gaps. I don’t actually have that much faith in lay ministries let alone lay leadership in parishes, which since the seventies has generally been the preserve of middle-class busy-bodies who get up the noses of those such as myself who would secretly prefer to see a “proper” priest.

You see that I have just shot myself in the foot by revealing my own conflicted state of mind. I still retain an affection for the lost world of an early morning Mass, preferably in the Old Rite, though I deplore the pantomime and toxic social attitudes of its current revivalists – my rule of thumb is that, if the celebrant is under seventy, then better stay away!

What is clear is that seminaries are unfit for purpose. In any other walk of life, this would have been recognized and they would have been closed down, just as say airlines are making 747s redundant. Yet we desperately continue to kid ourselves that the sun goes round the earth. Every time some simpering young man is ordained, it is an occasion for rejoicing … until the inevitable happens. Not matter how often the truth of seminary life is exposed, along comes something such as “Priest School” to invite the faithful and gullible members of the public to see heroes in formation.

So what to do? Each has to decide for themself. I rarely attend a church these days, but, if I do, there a few “intentional” churches, both RC and Anglican around the country which I would seek out owing to the particular community which has been developed there; otherwise I feel I am just going through the motions of being stuck in the pew listening to banalities.

Glad to have the book tip, by the way, and I will order it. It isn’t just another survivor’s story but addresses the heart of the matter, which the bishops still don’t wish to acknowledge.

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Increasing desperation from those who don’t want their precious bubble burst, even to the extent of being forced to compliment you, Pat, and of course then comes the but…
A ‘balanced’ account of the history here must take account of the gross horror caused by abuse and corruption and face head on the fact that this horror undoes all of the ‘good’.
The Christ the cosseted clerics claim to follow made a promise of what would happen to those who cause scandal.
I will ask a question again that I have asked several times here which has never been answered: how should a Christian act in this situation?

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Bp Pat, it is just the same old tortured formation stories you often read about but, instead of falling out a window, this one falls in love, is cast aside like an old boot, has a nervous breakdown, leaves the priesthood, becomes an atheist, then finds love and peace… eventually.

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9.56: The invitation you give is written a bit tongue in cheek Pat!! The capitalisation of your words suggests your readiness to tear apart any forwarded suggestions or information about any gestures. Incidentally It’s not about clerics – this suggestion I made along with another poster is about sharing of good news events, and there are many such stories, carried out by neighbours and communities and chyrch outreach groups. When I return later from one such gesture I will report back. I’m sure you too can share something about what has happened within your Oratory and community. Good news is definitely beneficial for our emotional and mental health. I hope you have a good day.

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I am going to stick my neck out here and nominate a parish where there is indeed a warm, kindly ministry exercised by devoted priests and committed laity – the Manchester Oratory at St Chad’s Cheetham Hill. This is a run-down district not at all part of the Manchester boom, where the church is open, and there is always a friendly response at the parish house. The Fathers – yes, it is very “old school” – do a great deal of good both among the local hard-luck cases – of whom there are very many – and are faithful and much appreciated visitors to Strangeways Prison just across the road. The Rector, Ray Matus, is a local legend.

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That’s all very fine about the Manchester Oratory. But, the church should not be open at present. Hopefully, they are not considering themselves above the requirements of the current lockdown ? It is so important for the Church and its priests to lead by example, not just in charity, but also by keeping to the requirements of lockdown. Please reassure us that these Fathers are doing so !

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+ Pat – your tone does not convey a sense that you believe that there can still be goodness in the Church and some of its priests. I have a sense that you are becoming incapable, at least emotionally, to recognise goodness where it exists in the Church. How about writing about the goodness that you find in the Church ?

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I can find no goodness in the church institution as it is rotten to the core.

There are good clergy and people. But then I ask myself: “Why would good people stay in and support a rotten organisation”?

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Confessions of a gay priest. Confessions of a window cleaner. What the butler saw. Is the a line of decent into stupidity hi. Near where I live are the ruins of an old hellfire club. Is this an image of the church that is not a church Does catholic refer to kwestionably khaotic kommunity hi

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11:35 am

Bishop Pat, do the vast majority of lay people know the depth of rottenness in the institutional Church? I don’t think they do. Some of those who do know find it very hard to believe.Following the ‘Uncle Ted’ revelations in America, right wing lay catholic cheerleaders finally realise the depth of corruption, along with the number of complicit corrupt bishops in the American Church. People such as Dr. Janet Smith are finally speaking out about Church corruption.

I think, if most practicing lay catholic’s knew the depth of rottenness within the Institution there would be outrage.

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I agree. Most people dont know. Some dont want to know. When you are on the inside you see it all

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11:18 AM

Good afternoon hi fly,
Begorra fly Konfessions from a Kooky Kollard Klub whistle blower would be a blockbuster.
Worshipers of D’Order of the Golden Wibbly Wobbly Wonder Willie wood be famous.
Church within a church within a church within a church.Movie with a score of its own.
Subtitle wood be loose Kaothic Khristian Kommunity rides again. Who’d own the rights
May the Force be with you.+
Bye bye fly hi.

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The Roman establishment is truly the Devil’s den. This is something my own personal understanding has taught me. Under NO circumstances must they be trusted with ANY vulnerables-childen or adults.
It will be intresting to take stock of the results of last year’s IICSA.
God forbid a ybody who may have given misleading evidenve.
Courts and major inquiries dont like that sort of thing.

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Pat may I ask you a direct sensitive question. During your time as a seminarian were you ever physically or sexually assaulted. Pat in my seminary there is a room called the Pit.

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During my time as a seminarian I was never physically or sexually assaulted. As a young priest I was sexually propositioned by three older, senior priests. In Wales, as a priest, I was on the receiving end of emotional and mental abuse. In Belfadt I was physically assaulted by one priest.

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I can relate to your experiences Pat. Abuse took on many forms. The only contrast Pat with respect was active grooming by a well known Canon Lawlor who expected us to go into a sauna and have anal sex with him. Some said yes and some said no. Troubling times. Stay safe Pat and thank you for your honesty.

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Even when he fiddled with the girls in St Louise’s College and was banned from it by Sr Genevieve for so doing???

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Thank you at 11:19 am. St Chad’s is indeed dutifully observing the lockdown, which I should have made clear. My intention was to demonstrate that in a run-down district of the city there is NORMALLY a Christian presence day in and day out, which is pretty rare in these days of locked churches and priests who are too busy. There is no need PLEASE for any upright citizen to snitch on the Fathers to the Greater Manchester Police, who need no encouragement having recently tasered a man in Castlefield for having been caught delivering a food parcel to his neighbours during lockdown.

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9:53 & 10:32

I knew a saintly monk, a confessor, who had ‘heard it all’ in the confessional for years.
He often said to me in conversation….’the faith was far stronger in the laity than in the majority of the clergy’.

Goodness within the Christian community is not the problem.
Inept, arrogant ,incompetent leadership within the Christian community is,
I suggest, an enormous problem.

Please don’t misrepresent what was covered on this blog in relation to pastoral
efforts of clergy in this pandemic, having been mocked, torn to shreds and riducled.

Most, if not, all, of the pastoral efforts mentioned on the blog, to the best of my recollection, were the ones you fundamentally disagreed with, the open air photo opp efforts.

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Bp Pat, Archbishop Amy Turtle has said: “that the church is doing its best to come up with creative answers for people who want to worship.”

What she really means they’re trying to come up with creative ways to still rake in money during the pandemic.

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Good heavens! Who is Canon Lawlor? And some people are saying we should concentrate on the good that priests do! How far has anybody got with that list? I confess I haven’t been able to get beyond sharpening my pencil.

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Why did that priest hearing confessions outside in Tallagh tell us that one lady hadn’t been to confession since first communion…does anyone know why?

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1:04 pm

+ Pat, thanks for the link. Good stuff!
The loving kindness of the heart of our God….who visits with a word… in surprising ways…
I liked the hedgehog story and relating it to spirituality.

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1:27 pm

How did a photo end up on the Vatican news website?

Was permission sought and granted by the individuals in the photograph?

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I couldn’t bring myself to support the Catholic Church especially the top tier of bishops, cardinals, popes for so much corruption, hypocrisy, sheer disdain for victims of abuse, double standards, dishonesty on their part, so much secrecy which belies their cover ups. Bishops, cardinals and popes are like the’ pharisees’ as I don’t want to have anything to do with them cos they support corruption. Hypocrises, double standards or double dealings, not practice what they preach, putting themselves on pestal before God, supporting gay lifestyle with our monies.

That doesn’t detract the good priests who were honest and decent in comparison to their Bishop and have done good work. Bishops hypocrises, double standards, misuse of monies, double life, dishonesty drown down the good work done by some good priests out there. Couldn’t understand why some good priests don’t protest on bishop/cardinal’s popes hypocrisy, double standards, dishonesty. Now starting to think that Catholic Church is the ‘anti christ’ cos they does the opposite to jesus message. Hence pharisees.

Stopped giving monies to church cos I couldn’t bring myself to support church if they do nothing to confront the problems such as sheer hypocrises, double standards and double life, obsessed with money to support their ‘gay’ lifestyle, bling life such as bishop treanor which should be reported but not, why,?, not practice what they preach, dishonesty as I could go on etc. Felt sorry for good hardworking priest who felt let down by ranking bishops thus their good work demoted or degraded to bottom of tier but I don’t want to have anything to do with catholic church unless they reform themselves which is probably unlikely given their inability to change it.

Came from abused background which I went to schools ran by the church, nuns and CBS. I didn’t understand the problems from the nuns, CBS as they took it out on ourselves. We were young that time and not understood the ‘problems’ of the rcc. There was one nun we remember as she was evil in some way. She took out on everybody ranging from deaf school boys to teachers as nuns were afraid of her. She was nasty piece of work as she became Abbess at age 32 which made me wonder what’s going on inside the church formation and training of nuns or CBS that time. She was sexually frustrated as we could see that. That said, it raise the problem of church huge obsession with sex. Jesus wasn’t obsessed with sex just mainly ‘sin’ re the Bible.

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5:41
You are what you read. It’s your own responsibility if you are reading such nonsense. The author avails of the openness that exists under Francis yet condemns him without evidence or balance. The net is full of such right-wing cultural warriors emanating especially from the US.

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6.44 p.m who are your superiors to claim to speak of balance or evidence – this is bigger than the Pius XII situation, how very feelgood for you. Ask Ouellet for the new definition of the statutory offence of Blasphemy.

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6:23pm

I’m not worried about the four last things. Why, are you?

I’m asking a legitimate question @ 3:40pm. People have the right to privacy.

Plenty of priests and bishops ought to be very worried about the four last things!

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I wish Fr McKinley was still alive @11.54am. Great priest. The priest who made up the story about being beaten by him is still telling lies. People like that need a good hiding because they usually squeal like a pig and run to the cop shop.

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You did not take notice of Fr McKinley fiddling with the girls in St Louise’s and being banned from there by Sr Genevieve ?
I deeply regret not charging McKinley with assault.

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Pat, fiddling with kids is almost the definition of a ‘good’ priest at this stage, along with not breaking rank and keeping your mouth shut.
In reality any actually good priests have left, as have any seminarians who would have made good priests, because nobody with morals can glimpse the rotten interior of this monster and stay.
Hence the denial seen here on a daily basis.

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Indeed. Imagine those posters not even addressing McKinley’s fiddling with little girls – as if that didn’t matter. And to them little girls and boys should be grateful Father took an interest in them.

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Perhaps Stephen Wilson is simply the target of homophobic bullying amongst seminarians (and ex-seminarians) at Maynooth. There is evidence of this happening in the past. It was for this reason that the 6 “rigid” seminarians were expelled prior to the summer of love.
Whilst I don’t deny that there have been some dodgy goings-on at Maynooth, there has been a poisonous culture of homophobia and extreme bullying at Maynooth.
I have hard evidence of this and I’d be willing to send this to you Bishop Buckley if I wasn’t afraid that you would use it to crush me.
Niall Carroll, Gerard Quirke, James Boyle and Evin O’Brien were key figures in this.

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You have no reason to trust me. I have never crushed anyone who spoke the truth. You might be surprised who I am in touch with. The decision is yours.

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Are you the same dick that promised to meet Pat about 2 years ago in Dublin with the same pics and info. 2 years later we still wait. Talk is cheap.

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Alas, I am not the same ‘dick’ that you speak of.
But I am scared of Pat Buckley. He has destroyed so many good, but not perfect people.
My story could be very valuable to Pat, but I am not 100% that I can trust him. I’m wounded and have been hurt too many times now. I don’t want to risk being hurt again.

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Saddly, it is just a case of waiting, now. It never, ever should have gine this far. But that's Roman ckericalism fir you.says:

Could it be the case that the knives are well and try out?
Remember that joke about Roman bishops taking the Mushroom approach? Keep ’em in the dark and feed ’em on s××t? Well this clearly applies to their own clergy. w
What exceedingly demightful peoole theses are…). Whst a sad state of affairs this really is.
.a What foul deed has taken place here. We can only bang our fists with anger.
— He said the Arch had told him everything was sorted and there was nothing to worry about when he visited.
– He told me he was very angry – he told me he was getting angrier with all of us in the Diocese by the minute —
I acknowledged his a
anger —
He also said that he felt let down by the diocese because we told him he ‘Had his back.’ He clerly thought we did not because **** had not desisted in his cause.
– again, I acknowledged his anger –
WELL, it looks as though people are being kept in the dark, sitting behing a desk. It would seem.
How long is this lockdown going to last for?

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4:54pm
Do not worry your pretty little head over the gagging order which the Archdiocese of Liverpool currently has in place. This is purely supercilious behaviour on their part. Entirely separate from the facts
Glad you are now even more enlightened.
Take care and stay safe

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4.54: Would you kindly rewrite your gibberish in plain English with proper spellings and while sober! Utter rubbish comment.

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Ah, I’ve just had a quick read of Archbishop Erstwile of the Underground’s Easter Sunday homily. Interesting dreary theme for Easter Sunday. Very miserable and telling.
It looks as though they are going to attempt to use the daft bugger over the water as a skapegoat. However, they did not follow ANY laws or rules (if they thought he was still bonified, then why no paper trial?!). Even found guilty by HM’s ICO and another serious orginisational vestigation. Either way they are well and trumy up shit creek. They are scratching and rumeging like rats in a sewer flood, and the right place for them if you ask me.
The fella in Sunny FannyDeedDid is certainly being kept in the dark for sure, big time! Not sure about the guy from Fydi@te… They are ALL compromised. This spreads accross 3 seperate Roman Dioceses it has to be understood. Right to tbe very TOP in each case!

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11.35: The only goodness you, mr. hypocrite, find, is when you look at the image in the mirror: You adore yourself but the rest of us see the cracks!! Go on, write the template for your programme of perfection.

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6:56 pm
Is it true candidates for ordination to the priesthood promise obedience to their bishop and bishops during their ordination ceremony to the bishopric promise obedience to the Pope?

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I wonder if issues with the London Underground network are down to Erstwile’s handywork?

Watch “London Underground Song HILARIOUS + LYRICS!” on YouTube

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Tom Rastrelli’s book, “Confessions of a Gay Priest:: A Memoir of Sex, Love, Abuse, and Scandal in the Catholic Seminary” is available on Amazon kindle for download.
Costs 12.00 pounds.

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“Dirty Priests & Preachers” by T.J. Royalty is a “wonderful book,” said one reviewer named only as “PJL.”

Chapters entitled “Reverend Joe’s Night at the Truck Stop”, “A Rough Ride to Bible School,” and “A Priest in the Bathhouse” are more relevant today in the priesthood.

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I hear that the Archbishop of Glasgow hauled in all his actively gay Priests during February and made them sign a declaration confirming they’d stay celibate, dump their boyfriends, etc or they would be laicised. Can McTaggart of his mates confirm this?

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Yes, the Archbishop of Glasgow can easily identify actively gay clergy. Can just point them out. What a fool you are but the biggest fool is the one who publishes it.

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I think the blogger is right as I’ve heard similar. Bishops and Archbishops know exactly what is going on and with whom, most ignore it, or deal only if they have to. Good on +Phil if he is acting on those in Glasgow who have behaved outrageously for years.

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6.00pm: A Freudian slip Pat….surely you meant to say – you have no reason NOT to trust me…instead of – you have no reason to trust me!! Which is the truth….To be or not to be? Also when publishing your homily you should say “My Homily” for today not “Pat’s Homily”. Is someone else writing the headline? Expressing it in the latter form indicates a self possessiveness, which I’m sure you don’t intend!

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Pat do you have regular conversations with Maynooth Seminarians , some sources state Michael Byrne attempted to make a deal with you.

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A seminarian was a health risk on the corridor passing around STD’s from Anal and Oral gay sex. A few seminarians did test positive and quietly attended the the clinc in the Mater.

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