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THE “BLACK BABIES” ARE COMING TO THE RESCUE OF THE IRISH PRIESTHOOD.

The ‘imported’ priests saving Ireland’s ageing clergy

PAT

As a child I used to have to bring a penny into school soke days for the “black babies” in Africa, South Africa, India etc.

It now seems they are repaying us by sending us their priests when we are running out of our own.

By Tim O’Donnell BBC

Ireland’s population is rapidly ageing – and so too are its Catholic priests. Some Church leaders are looking abroad for younger talent to help fill the ranks.

Father Francis Xavier Kochuveettil got off the plane in Dublin Airport a little less than two years ago and was quickly stung by the Irish air. The weather had topped out at 2C that day. The temperature felt particularly biting because Kochuveettil had just come from Kerala, a state in southern India where the weather hovers somewhere in the vicinity of 20-30C all year.

“My God, I thought, what’s happening to me?” he says. Kochuveettil, 41, has since adjusted to the wind-chill: he’s grown fond of Ireland while ministering to Catholics in Shannon Parish in the country’s south-west.

Kochuveettil is one of four priests from the Cochin diocese (a Catholic administrative district) in Kerala who are currently serving in Ireland’s Killaloe diocese. These men, along with other priests from abroad, are helping fill a gaping void in Ireland’s clergy as priests age and younger generations eschew the once-esteemed profession.

Currently, the average age for an Irish priest hovers around 70. The number of priests dying or retiring far outweighs the number joining the ranks

The number of priests in Ireland has fallen precipitously since 1959, according to The Vanishing Catholic Priest, a study conducted by sociologist Brian Conway of National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Conway notes there were a few, brief upticks in the years following Pope John Paul II’s visit to the country in 1979, and just before the first major Church scandals broke in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But last year, only five men began training for the priesthood at Ireland’s main seminary, St Patrick’s College in Maynooth.


It does not bode well for the future of the profession – especially considering that the average age for an Irish priest is hovering around 70. But Irish leadership is not giving up hope of rekindling the ailing profession as Church leaders begin to actively recruit priests from abroad.

The number of men training for the priesthood has declined sharply: only five began training last year at Ireland’s main seminary, St Patrick’s College in Maynooth (Credit: Alamy)

The great decline

Last year the Irish Examiner published a report on the state of Ireland’s dioceses, which brought their struggles to light. For example, in the Diocese of Kerry, there were just 54 priests for 53 parishes. Of the 54 priests, only six were younger than 50.
Dublin’s Archbishop, Diarmuid Martin, said in a speech in Dublin in November 2017 that 57% of Dublin’s priests were older than 60 – that number is projected to increase to 75% by 2030. Further estimates show that just one new priest younger than the age of 40 will join the priesthood in Dublin every year until 2030.

In short, the number of priests dying or retiring far outweighs the number joining the ranks.


These demographics are why Father Finton Monahan, the Bishop of Killaloe diocese, has established relationships with bishops in Kerala, where vocations are stronger. He has begun placing priests from the Indian state in parishes throughout his dioceses. Four priests are from Kerala – Kochuveettil, and Fathers Rexon Chullickal, Joy Micle Njarakattuvely and Antony Puthiyaveettil – and one priest, Father Dariusz Plasek, is from Poland. Priests have also come to other dioceses in Ireland from countries such as Romania, Nigeria, Uganda and the Philippines.

In the 2016 Irish census, ‘no religion’ saw the biggest increase of all faiths, while those identifying as Catholic fell

Ireland’s clergy decline seems to be a natural outcome of the country’s societal and demographic changes. Ireland, like many European countries, is ageing while its birth rate is falling; according to the 2016 census, the number of people older than 65 increased by 19.1% since 2011 – double that of people aged 15 to 64.

Estimates released in April also revealed a negative net migration for Irish nationals, as 2,100 more left the country than returned in 2018.

Conway points to structural changes in society as an even greater factor. Young men in Ireland have many more secular professional opportunities than they used to, and the priesthood simply does not have the same appeal it once did. And although more groups are advocating for their inclusion Church leadership, women are still barred from the Catholic priesthood globally, which automatically shrinks the recruitment pool by half.

Formerly a priest in southern India, Fr Kochuveettil now ministers to Catholics in the Shannon Parish, in south-west Ireland (Credit: Father Francis Xavier Kochuveettil)

Settling into home away from home

Monahan’s ‘experiment’ has achieved good results in Killaloe.

Kochuveettil says he has connected well with people in Shannon. He says he came to Ireland with limited English-speaking abilities, but the parishioners and fellow priests gave him the confidence he needed to develop those skills. From the start, he routinely received dinner invitations and he and Puthiyaveettil recently accompanied Monahan and about 450 parishioners on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, in France.

“The elderly folk, they’ve adopted them as their grandsons,” Monahan jokes, referring to the comparatively youthful Kochuveettil and Puthiyaveettil, who is in his 20s. “They really took to them, big time.”

Fellow priest Chullickal, who is based in Nenagh Parish in County Tipperary, describes his parishioners as very generous. He was touched when they put their money together and raised €2,100 for his home diocese of Cochin after monsoon rains swept through the region in June. “I did not ask them to do this,” he says.

Dublin’s Archbishop, Diarmuid Martin, has acknowledged that the country’s clergy are primarily elders – and that the number dying outweighs the number joining (Credit: Alamy)

Chullickal has been in Tipperary since November 2017 and says he’d be thrilled to renew his tenure in Ireland after his three-year term is up next year.
Although everyone is happy with how things have played out, Monahan says recruiting priests from abroad is not currently the only long-term solution to the priesthood’s woes. The Irish Church is also encouraging lay people to take up greater roles in day-to-day operations and, despite the odds, leadership is still determined to increase homegrown vocations.

But even getting people – especially youth – to Mass has been a tough sell, says Kochuveettil.


Conway says Ireland, in what amounts to a historical reversal, has now become a mission country itself. Although a Catholic renaissance could be possible, he believes that the Church may continue to shrink to the point where it is akin to a minority church.

The elderly folk, they’ve adopted [the new priests] as their grandsons – Father Finton Monahan

Others are more optimistic. Margaret Cartwright, the director of Vocations Ireland, says she has personally experienced an upward trend in interest from young people in her efforts to recruit them to religious life. She says that stems from her plan to help religious orders modernise their recruitment tactics, so they can communicate more easily with younger generations.

There is, in fact, some statistical evidence that Catholicism can still captivate Ireland. Irish Catholics between the ages of 16 and 29 actually attend weekly Mass at the third highest rate in Europe after Poland and Portugal. The number is declining, but still healthier than most of the continent.

For now, as the elders that led the Church are ageing out, Kochuveettil is hopeful that he and other younger priests from abroad can keep the flame burning – and the priesthood thriving. “It’s there in these people’s blood,” says Kochuveettil. “But it’s in a dormant state. If they get a kind of spark, it will become a big fire.”

PAT SAYS

It will take some spark to stoke the Irish RCC flicker into a flame again, much less a big fire.

And, with the best will in the world, priests from the sub continent will not fully appreciate Irish culture and spirituality.

Bishops like Lugs Monahan of Kilalloe, are just filling holes with anyone they can grab from anywhere in the world rather than really addressing the issues of married and woman priests.

KEVIN CONNOLLY ON MOVE – AGAIN!

TEXT FROM CLOGHER PRIEST

“Larry is uncomfortable with Kevin Connolly getting too much attention in Aghadrumsee and moving him to Fintona”.

Larry, is Bishop Larry Duffy of Clogher.

Remember the song composed for Kevin on the Blog?

KEVI CONNOLLY THE PRIDE OF AGHADRUMSEE.

(To the tune of Biddly Mulligan the pride of the Coombe)

Chorus

You may travel from Clare to the county Kildare,

From Clones right down to the Ski,

But where would you see a fine cleric like me,

Kevi Connolly the Pride of Drumsee

Me boys

Kevi Connolly the pride of Drumsee.

I’m a well hung young buck and I live in a shuck.

In Clogher they call it Drumsee.

My stops and my calls are well known to all

And my habits are plain for to see.

I loved Heery and Wilson and dear Mickey Byrne.

Not to mention Saint Joseph’s Young Priests.

Chorus

169 replies on “THE “BLACK BABIES” ARE COMING TO THE RESCUE OF THE IRISH PRIESTHOOD.”

Given the limited objective value in “confecting” why not attract the talented self-employed into deaconhood where they are not deprived of their livelihood, and, instead of asking trainee priests to leave, divert them also to diaconate instead, with the same benefits to all also.

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The ‘Black Babies’ are coming looking for their daddies. They’ll find many of them are now retired form the missions and ‘are just filling holes with anyone they can grab’

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Sissy, while thinking of “black babies ” in relation to your comment on filling holes, I thought of the black baby cards we early 1950’s primary school kids were doled out in school to persuade friends and family to punch a pin-hole in the rosary beads like perimeter for a penny (old money) per hole. We really believed the more we collected the more black babies we saved from hell fire and damnation!
Can any of you remember those?
And I remember too collecting from local “Protestant shopkeepers “. Such was my naivete.
MMM

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At school, they used to say “Do you want to buy a black baby”. You took one old pence a day for 30 days. At the age of 5 I was very disappointed just to get a photograph and not a real black baby.

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1.12am: MMM – A disgraceful comment. Drunk undoubtedly. I am quite certain that your “naivety” contributed to the education of thousands of black babies. What’s wrong with this noble idea? Many, many African citizens are grateful for the education and health care provided by our Missionary Religious Congregations. Why are you so racist now? And so ignorant?

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MMM at 1.02, did those Protestant shopkeepers donate to a Roman Catholic fund-raising drive? You didn’t say, oddly enough.

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@11:44: Yes, in fact they did.
This was in the relatively peaceful early 1950’s before the suspicious rigidity and demarcation of the Troubles started. Thinking back, there certainly existed the unwritten rules of the socially prescribed sectarian N Ire. patterns whereby each “side” in the main supported businesses of their own religion. As children however we regularly were sent for everyday groceries to neighbouring Protestant shops, I still remember being sent at weekends with a substantial shopping list in the days when I could barely see over the wooden counter, handed over the list, and the shopkeeper went off and collected up all the goods for me to hand over my £1 note, ….and await the change!
So it just seemed normal for me to go to those I knew, and who knew exactly who I was.They had the good sense and courtesy to accommodate my naivite.
MMM

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Why does Fintan Monahan need to go half-way round the world for priests, when he was able to ram through the appointment of a priest principal of St Flannan’s College (a secondary school in Ennis. He is bound to have other desk priests too.
Even Clogher diocese, where Larry Duffy complains of priest shortages, has two desk priests (Paddy Connolly & Joe McGuinness) and Ben Hughes is in far away Galway.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/priest-appointed-principal-of-clare-school-after-bishop-s-recommendation-1.3124434?mode=amp

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Kevin Connolly’s going to Fintona because there’s a vacancy there……not because he’s getting too much attention in Aghadrumsee! Either you’re stirring the pot Pat, or the Clogher priest who sent you the text is. Kevin’s appointment was always for one year only.

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Is Jim Moore on the move from Fintona? Jim is best remembered for a frank exchange of views in Pugin Hall which ended in a black eye for the other lad.

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@ 11:07…you don’t do cheap ?….except when it comes to sniffing around the bushes and the gents, then you guys will take anything in your desperation…….and then hike it back to the ‘holier than thou’ clerical safety net…..

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Now who sanctioned the transfer of assets between Cloger -Meath and then Meath- Clogher for buying Kevin Connolly. Did this unsual transfer of assets twice comply with the Chrisites act or used a bribery.

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Alex B, Henry LB, Pip of Portsmouth – hey, you could make a Boy Band out of them. A counterweight to The Priests. Hotter and hornier, definitely, than the fey, wimpy, camp The Priests.

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1.28 I’m afraid Westminster and E Anglia have knowingly set him up for this, by depriving him of his livelihood which he would otherwise be able to benefit from while deaconing.

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I honestly don’t know how this is news.
Decades of clergy pampering themselves and abusing children while saying a few masses have led to this as a natural outcome.

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Some might say that the spiritual investment of the fifties and sixties (the Lenten Black Babies fundraising raffles in schools) is now paying handsome dividends in the form of foreign clergy’s fulfilling the depleted ranks of priests at home. But just wait: the expectations of these incomers may be very high, with their heightened sense of clerical specialness, privilege, entitlement, exceptionalism. Because these men were formed in an atmosphere of Roman clericalism worse than anything we are used to, and it has been corrosive enough here. Ask those two other black babies now at the Vatican : cardinals Arinze and Sarah.
Instead of saving the Irish Church, these incomers’ presence may be its death knell.

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Only five new trainees last year, all canned-fruit, presumably. I wonder if the Covid-19 crisis will affect the new fruit crop for Maynooth this year.

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See below about Longbottom. A perfect example of self-centred, self-important, ontologically superior, special, self-adoring clericalism…….

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The more observant of you will have noticed that Fr Henry Longbottom of Leeds Diocese, and ex Anglican and ex SJ, is leading the Sunday Service on BBC Radio 4 today. I seem to recollect that there is an interesting history there. With the SJs and at Oscott, perhaps also elsewhere. I do wonder why these guys put their heads above the parapet so willingly ! Anyhow, I am sure we will hear a lot more about him over the next few days. Likes having his picture taken as well !

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Maybe that’s where Pretty Pants Polly Pryer has been sent – on a deep cover mission……? Where will he pop up…?

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What was the name of the ex-Anglican, formerly of St Stephen’s /St Sebastian’s Oxford who, after a short time being a Catholic, decided he needed to be a priest? Portsmouth, naturally, took him in and he was in the VEC. Now a private tutor in Southampton. Surely you shouldn’t be able to go straight from RCIA to seminary, with no lay Catholic experience in between?

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Power Bottom JPL is probably going deep cover too, although in his case it might have a different connotation ?! What is the connection between JPL and Longbottom ? There must be one. I’m sure JPL has had LB on his radar for quite some time. He’s a hungry one, that JPL. Needs fresh meat on a regular basis. Anyhow, I hope he’s enjoying his special project for Portsmouth Diocese.

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I wouldn’t mind if I could understand these guys who come from the far reaches of Christendom. Nice guys for the most part, but very hard to understand.

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11.47
And if the same bog men (and women) were related to you, how do you think the Africans and Asians coped with their ignorance?

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FFS, you couldn’t make this up. It’s more the “Henry Longbottom Show” than it is Sunday Service Lots of ‘Me, Me, and Me Again”. His journey, his ordination, how wonderful it is to be a priest only ordained 48 hours ago ! He’s certainly swallowed the clerical specialness message that he’s evidently been taught at Oscott. F**k me, he’s insufferable ! Is this another Littledick, only more hip and swarthy…….

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“P*** B*****” 1:24 is a Seminarian / formation staff alert.

You are definitely not the one you say you are. We have seen you posting under false names for a few days now, using the full names of former seminarians. At the same time you accuse others for being fake! You seem obsessed with the person(s) you pretend to be.

We know who you are. You have caused enough trouble in peoples life, both before you became a seminarian, and now as a seminarian.
Get a life, get out and leave before it is to late and you’re ordained, it certainly will be the best for everyone. If you are someone else writing on behalf of seminarian, maybe one of the priests, formators or even a rector at the seminary – even more shame on you!

And in case you wonder: We are not seminarians or ex-seminarians; we’re ordinary parishioners paying for your priestly training. But that might change, we are definitely not interested in paying for future bad priests.

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Stop trying to make “Littletwit” a thing. It’s not going to happen. Nobody cares. As tabloid editors say when they spike a story, it doesn’t have legs.

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Yep, I agree with 12:13 – Littlewank is an ongoing story, which will not go away. It might diminish for a while, but when we get bored you can be sure that it will resurface. He adds such light relief to the proceedings with his antics. Innocent enough, but material for some good fun. Of course, if he can’t stand the heat then he just needs to ditch the lace, the maniple, the biretta and the sanctimonious pious claptrap homilies. Maybe man up a bit more, too. Simple !

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All you twats who are keeping up this campaign against Fr Littleton are doing is affirming the deep dysfunction and evil of spineless, gutless, faceless internet trolls.

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Can’t someone tell the Indian sub-continent priests that appear in our parishes, that the moustachioed look is so 1980s Tom Selleck……not a good look.

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Ooh, I assure you I am sufficiently manly and robust @9:11 ! I just don’t like the dated look. Most of them have a parting in their hair as well, at least the Indian sub-continent ones. Again, a very dated look. I suppose we should be grateful that they are not in to lace and birettas.

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+ Elsie’s very cautious about the Nigerians. He could find himself in trouble with the Black Lives Matter people if he’s not careful. Institutional racism, and all that kind of stuff. I suppose + Elsie would say ‘ once bitten, twice shy’ in his defence. He was very keen on the Anglican Lace Queens, but they seemed to have turned against him of late and now they have their stiletto knives out for him. I think the refined banks of the Thames at Chiswick beckon for + Elsie. And the Nun. On reduced pension, do you think, in + Elsie’s case ? After all, these are unprecedented, testing and trying times, and we all have to make sacrifices.

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is the actual oratory chapel close to a road because there is a lot of noise everyday on the webcam. you could hear a pin drop in the oratory. I can hear every car go by and the floorboards make a lot of noise too. maybe there is a way of reducing it?

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No. It’s at the back of the house. The camera nic is very sensitive. I will close the doors to keep down the noise 😃

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“P*** B*****” 1:24 and 4:55 is a Seminarian / formation staff alert.
A reminder about what we posted earlier today at 3:10.
You are definitely not the one you say you are. We have seen you posting under false names for a few days now, using the full names of former seminarians. At the same time you accuse others for being fake. You seem obsessed with the P*** B***** and other seminarians you pretend to be.
We know who you are. You have caused enough trouble in peoples life, both before you became a seminarian, and now as a seminarian.
Get a life, get out and leave before it is to late and you’re ordained, it certainly will be the best for everyone. If you are someone else writing on behalf of seminarian, maybe one of the priests, formators or even a rector at the seminary – even more shame on you!
And again, in case you wonder: We are not seminarians or ex-seminarians; we’re ordinary parishioners paying for your priestly training. But we are definitely not interested in paying for future bad priests.

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Prisoners are begging for continued lockdown because the drug pushers & knifemen are off their backs. The parallel to the bad politicians facilitating this crimewave against those more vulnerable than themselves, is the gormless seminary trustees who send thugs after their victims for years after they are off the premises. We do not want them as our next bishops!

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Two straight friends waliking home from a pub…So?
But who the hell would lay claim to that whining voice? Sam Smith?

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Meath is so much better than Clogher can I join and pretend to be Traddy, o know my life is so boring I hate it in Meath so much prayer time, I’ll go back to Clogher and do my own fake priest thing, O no I hate Clogher now. Kevin Connolly needs a good kick up the arse.

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You are obsessed with this man. It’s not healthy and you are not improving the situation by going public with your obsession. He knows who you are.

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Importing priests from abroad and clericalising headmasters and Knights of Columbus stalwarts by making them permanent deacons is sening out the message that there is no hope of attracting young Irish men to the Irish presbyterate. Convents do the same sticking plaster for nuns by bringing in postulants from developing countries.

Old Joe Duffy, after he set up the Clogher mission to Kitui in Kenya used to claim that there were very mixed motives for seminarians in Africa. A small diocese there can have over a hundred sems. Cynical old Joe said it was, for many, a way of getting an education, a house and a motorbike.

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Exactly the same motivation for many a priest in Europe once upon a time and one of the reasons ‘vocations’ have tanked here.
Some people are not getting it that priesthood is about the priest. In Ireland it was once the way to ensure you didn’t starve.

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Indeed. And not one of them starved to death during the Great Famine, of the 1840s.

They robbed the poorest of the poor that their priestly bellies might be filled. But to do God’s work, you understand.

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Kevin Connolly feels spiritually called to Armangh now. Jesus told Kevin to go back to Clogher then jump to Armagh. Kevin receives daily messages from Jesus.

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Why are the Enniskillen priests refusing to visit the sick in hospital? I know people who are turning Protestant because of it. The minister from the Elim Pentecostal (Peter Robinson’s denomination) is visiting Catholic patients in the South West Area Hospital.

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2.33, what did you expect from Catholic priests? Courage?

If they are afraid to face down their own bishops for fear of losing their homes and substantial incomes, they’ll hardly brave SARS-CoV-2.

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Is it now compulsory for every young sem and priest to be an active gay? It seems so, certainly as far as Maynooth is concerned.

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Bishop Buckley. I am a Parishioner from Blackpool, Lancaster Diocese. A large group of us are disgruntled about the appointment of a new Parish Administrator. I think one of our group may have contacted you earlier with all the details. Can you let me know that you have received it please. If not, I can provide everything. We are keen to ask for your advice on how to deal with the current situation going forward. Thanks.

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I always have a look over your blog last thing at night, Bp Pat, it sends me into a deep sleep (in the nicest possible way, of course). I bet the +Aul Doll does the same. Anyway, I can’t wait to read about all the filth from Blackpool.

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Blackpool’s situation is very similar to a lot of parishes across the UK. There are some parishes where the Sunday morning Mass is the only ordinary form mass in English! The rest are extraordinary form latin masses! Very distressing for lifelong parishioners who just want a normal, simple mass in english.

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4.46, managed to watch just about half of that pious-sounding, navel-gazing cheese. Truth is I couldn’t watch any more; felt I would otherwise be party to the clerical con. Which is that these men, seminarians and priests, are ‘in love with Christ: in love with Jesus’.

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4.46 what would Davies say when 10,000 laymen turn up saying “I’m refusing to become clergy and I insist on time in your house of discernment nonetheless” because laity is what he is selling (and mashed potato) but real laity needn’t apply unless lockdown-lonely

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Sigh. You youngsters don’t have a clue.
The reason the moustache look is now considered unmanly is that it was manly when gay men started copying it from straight men. In fact that goes for everything in the clone look.
Actually Tom could still do me 😊

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you may be interested to know that the song that ‘priest’ is dancing to is ‘Stunnin’ by Curtis Waters. The song includes the lyrics ”Call me big papa, I’m sonnin’ (sonnin’)
I supply the d*ck when she want it (want it)”

Appropriate?

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6.09: If I want “it” will you supply….just wonderin!!!! You seem like you might offer….🎀🎀🎀🎀🎀🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒..thanks cherry bun!!

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Edmund Adamus said today that one English bishop is having a vocations panel this weekend but has only one candidate.

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Hopefully the bishops and vocation directors finally have realized that Wonersh is not a good place for their seminarians.

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The HOLY GOD is ANGRY that the peopke on here the day are mocking his HOLY PRIESTS they eill be PUNISHED for ut the HOLY GOD has brought the men from over there to teach the peopke on here the ways theyd better listen or its curtains

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5.29: Of course you couldn’t watch the full video of what you called “pious sounding, navel gazing cheese”!! Now where have we heard these phrases before if from none other than Magna Carta? I wouldn’t be able to watch it either if I was ditched out of the seminary ignominiously….You are still recognisable. I think these young men are very brave in the oresent atmosphere but i wish them every blesding and will pray for them. Also I believe some comments today about indian and African priests is racially motivated: veey prejudiced and ignorant.

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I reckon that if every diocesan desk priest in Ireland was assigned to parishes there would be no need to strip the 3rd world of their priests.

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Ah, but the wee priesties would lose control of the schools they didn’t pay for to a laity that did. And that would never do.

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they’re desk priests for a reason. I know one guy whose now a bishops secretary. Very camp, hence I think thats why they keep him away from parishioners. ”auld wans” don’t like a theatrical curate.

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Pat, there’s an interesting article in the Life supplement of the Sunday Independent about the many peoe of colour who experience horrible racism in our country. Some Indian priests have been subjected to racist abuse and attacks. I think we must be very careful about the comments we make about the pastoral ministry given by coloured priests. Our careless words, racist and prej6diced, of which there are many today, are incendiary and utterly disgraceful. I wonder would these commenters speak of coloured Gardai, nurses, teachers in the same way? I think not! Utter moral cowards.

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Maybe these priests have been, as you said, subjected to abuse because they represent a confederation of churches, under Rome, that some regard as an international criminal organusation.
White priesties have been abused for the same reason.
Stop playing the racist card, ffs.

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The one in the picture at the top looks genuine. The one in the other picture doesn’t. There are commenters who don’t care to consider any issue. They can hide because of the nonsense that passes for orthodoxy.

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Pat, if someone confessed to you that he or she had sexually molested a minor, would you keep mum, absolve them, and send them on their way?

Or would you insist that they shop themselves to the busies before absolving them?

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Pat, It doesn’t do you justice but I couldn’t resist.

BISHOP BUCKLEY WHO HATES POPERY
(To the tune of Biddly Mulligan the pride of the Coombe)

Chorus:
They can ship me from Divis right on to Kilkeel
And then up to Larne upon sea.
Where would you see a fine prelate like me
Bishop Buckley who hates popery.

I am a troublesome cleric who lives in a place
Where Catholics should keep their heads low
I earn a small living by plying my trade
with weddings, both straight and rainbow.
I had run-ins with many a purple-clad lord
In my local episcopal see
But I claimed a victory when the judge ruled
I could keep the parochial house key

Chorus

I’m a friend of the victims the troubled the poor
I don’t hide my sexuality
But if liars and hypocrites come to the cloth
I will out them, that’s my guarantee.
There are those who would say priests are OK to play
And to hell with their celibacy.
But if she’s on Grinder I’ll know how to find her
In parish or seminary.

Chorus

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