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RETIRED NUNCIO FACING SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES IN PARIS.

Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
July 23, 2020

A retired Vatican diplomat accused of sexual assault while in office is due to appear before the Paris criminal court in November.

Archbishop Luigi Ventura resigned as nuncio to France in December 2019 at the age of 75. He had served in the post 10 years.

Ventura was accused of inappropriately touching a young male staffer of Paris City Hall in January 2019.

It was confirmed to CNA on July 23 by Vincent Plumas, deputy prosecutor and press manager of the office of the public prosecutor of Paris, that Ventura “should appear before the Paris Criminal Court for acts of sexual assault on November 10.”
The Vatican revoked Ventura’s diplomatic immunity in July 2019, paving the way for a trial in French courts.

Ventura has been living in Rome since September last year, according to French news agency I. Media.

He was first accused in early 2019 of inappropriately touching a staffer at a January 17, 2019, reception for the New Year address of Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo. The accusation was then investigated by Parisian authorities for several months.

After the initial allegation was made against Ventura, he faced a second accusation of sexual misconduct against an adult male relating to his time in Canada in 2008. He has denied the allegations.

Ventura was apostolic nuncio to Canada from 2001 to 2009.

Christian Vachon, who was 32 at the time of the alleged incident, claims Ventura touched his buttocks at least twice during a banquet held at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, near Quebec.

Ventura was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brescia in 1969. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1978 and was stationed in Brazil, Bolivia, and the UK. From 1984 to 1995 he was appointed to serve at the Secretariat of State in the Section for Relations with States.

After his episcopal consecration in 1995, Ventura served as nuncio to Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chile, and Canada. He was appointed apostolic nuncio to France in September 2009.

PAT SAYS

Ventura is a very foolish man.

After being caught in Canada 12 years ago you would think he would have learned to keep his hands to himself?

The problem, of course, was that he regarded himself as untouchable, with his diplomatic immunity.

If he has touched up young men twice, you’ll find he has done it 22 + times.

The good thing is that France, once “The Eldest Daughter of the Church” is no longer under the influence of the RCC and are charging him.

And Francis, has wisely removed his diplomatic immunity from him – so that the French can have him.

All the old Catholic countries are now willing to tackle crime and wrong doing by senior RCC figures.

Ventura is obviously a gay man who never came to terms with his homosexuality.

None of us have the right to impose unwanted touching on others.

125 replies on “RETIRED NUNCIO FACING SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES IN PARIS.”

Though I have little that the old goat has been touching up firm male buttocks for years, the waiter’s pursuit seems a bit OTT. It quite often happened to me – though not recently! – and I found it provided a good story, especially if the old queen was well-known rather than screaming the place down. It was a crowded reception for Heaven’s sake, and couldn’t the waiter have simply moved?

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‘It quite often happened to me (butt touching by sleazy old men) — though not recently!’.
One can almost hear a wistful sigh at this point, a cherishing of memories fading as your buttocks go south.
Am I right, could you tell me?

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Waiting is a job, and waiting is done for a firm, and people have got to have what job they can get, and what about respect for contractors’ employees and what about status differential.
Why shouldn’t harassment cover formal guests (for hours on end) of your employers as well as colleagues?
What about pervs that position themselves where they know a servant has been asked to serve. Isn’t that what parties are for? If he’s a priest what is he doing at parties? If he is a diplomat why is he a priest?

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On the basis of their jobs, there is more than a fair chance that the waiers were gay, and being French and young you can add anti-clericalism and anti-Catholicism to the mix, so the temptation for them get a high ranking scalp by complaining to the rozzers was strong.

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Francis wisely removed Ventura’s diplomatic immunity???
Wisdom had SFA to do with it; politics had. It was prudent, and self-serving of the Latino to do what he did.

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Good on the waiters for reporting the old toad. I hate it when people think that waiters and waitresses are just bits of flesh who have to put up with that because of the disparity of status.

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The catholic church on France is in reality dead on its feet in many places today. In some Diocese one priest for twenty-five parishes or more.Not sufficient vocations to replace retiring or deceased clergy.Some churches only one mass a year. Some years ago spending the summer in Paris I attended different churches. Many of the Mass felt spiritually dead, and the presentation of the Homily was appalling.

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Sir, Having consulted with the elders of my church we have decided that you are in need of chastisement. Your foul mouthed rants and your promotion of licentiousness are an affront to the Lord. (Psalm 89:32) Several of the brethren including myself are willing to carry this out for the good of your soul.Therefore you will receive a severe beating in the near future. You have been warned.

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Hi all. I’m wondering if this fella is a scapegoat be who has outlived his usefulness. I agree he should have had more sense. The idea of a church state has outlived it’s usefulness. Vatican needs to be part of Italy with acknowledgement of its place in history. Have reps linked to embassies like chaplains. Ciaohi

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Or the Act of Settlement and Royal Marriages Act, and the very fact that there is a established church shows that, legislatively, the UK is more of a theocracy than the Free State is.

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Tradition is the future. Authenticity continues to bear fruit wherever it is permitted to take root and grow. While many within the Church still seek to limit (or in some cases even suppress) the Traditional Roman Rite and its accompanying spirituality and formative influence, its growth in recent years is having immediate and measurable success throughout the world. The most recent example of this is France.

As reported by the Catholic Herald U.K. (from a La Croix article), French ordinations paint a very clear picture as to where vocations are booming, and where they are a bust. Not surprisingly the trend is consistent with what we’ve seen elsewhere. Tradition (authenticity) is literally the future of the Church.

According to the Herald, 20 percent of the 114 men ordained to the priesthood in France this year belong to traditional or classical orders or societies. One out of five.

Compare this with the diocesan parishes, firmly grounded in the Novus Ordo Mass and post-conciliarism, where approximately 60% of the country’s 96 dioceses have zero ordinations this year. Zero. In 58 French dioceses. Zero.

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Only two? Hopefully, they’re a couple of right screamers and Bp Pat can follow up on all their antics.

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Yes and chances are that one of them will be MIA before next summer. O what a circus!!

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Send some of the spare young French trad priests over to Blackpool to put manners on the ageing moaners there. Might halt the plans to turn their churches into a 🕌 and a 🚗 park.

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Not even the French could redeem Blackpool, those moaners will love embracing the new reality of a new church free from buildings they could meet in each other’s homes though obviously not when the Street is on

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One of the Blackpool churches was closed for good, in a bit of a hurry, the excuse being that an old boiler needed replacing. A parishoner offered to fund a replacement but the axe fell anyway. Time is running out on the other Blackpool town churches.

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3.41 There are 7 Churches in Blackpool. Etienne is in charge of 2. 4 need shut, but the Bishop will never do that, as he is weak. I’m saying that, keep Fr Daniel in post and at least 2 will be shut within months. He also lives with Fr Billing, the previous Bishop’s Secretary and Parish dodger. Not been near a Parish in 16 years. Now studying Canon Law (yes the Church really needs another) as he thinks this will make him a future Bishop. He is residing at St John Vianney’s but does not say any Masses, just takes board and lodgings paid for by us the Parishioners. Before every Mass he can be seen noseying out the Presbytery curtains, like and old Fishwife. He is another Latin and lace man. They should set up their own ministry and play dressing up.

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The last time those churches had full congregations Danny La Rue was at the Opera House. The future is regrettable closure followed by quick turn around with one as a car park the other doing a Hagia Sophia.

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Bishop Paul Swarbrick needs to enter extensive dialogue with the Catholics of Blackpool and plan fro their upcoming pastoral and liturgical news. Simple!

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According to canon law, those moaning Catholics are His Lorship Most Rev Dr Swarbrick’s subjects.
They must do as he commands.

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Mmmmmmm. Think, think, think….. difficult one this…….how to get Littlemaniple in to today’s theme of a pervy Vatican diplomat with a penchant for feeling waiters’ bottoms……any suggestions ?…..maybe there is a YouTube video from Littleshit on such a subject…..?…….he whiningly opines about most things to do with the Church….so why not this ?

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At 9:13am – you are seriously seriously unwell. Fr Littleton should send the police after this blog to find out who you are and prosecute you.

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BS. Calling for the police every time you hear or read something you don’t like, THAT is a sign of being seriously unwell. This is the UK, not Iran.
Littletwink has caused, and is still causing, a lot of harm and damage. If he can’t take it being talked about and be the gosdip, well then he shouldn’t be a priest.

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What, are they going to charge me with manlple abuse, with ridiculing the ridiculous, with calling out pontificating, self satisfied nauseating twats like Littlewank ? Get a life !

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By 1969, the Roman church actually didn’t have ANY doctrines, plus there was Italian “ferment” on top. No wonder Ventura couldn’t get his bearings.
We didn’t take Rome seriously but we took our underlying values seriously. Ventura was among the generation lumbered with enforcing the total opposite of these two things.
The things we were told about politics in the church in recent days aren’t sensational at all, much the same was going on from 1100 for several hundred years, it was going on in late patristic times.

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Ordaining that man made an absolute mockery of priesthood and the perpetual butt (😅) of jokes.

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The pale moon was rising above Gaynooths shadow ,
The sun was declining beneath its auld trees,
When I spotted a young cub, heading out with the auld laddos
toward the spot where many get on their knees.
Chorus:
He was lovely and hairy, in a jockstrap made of leather,
Yet t’was not his arse size alone that won me.
Oh no, t’was the feel of his manhood subsiding,
That made me love Seany, the Jock of Tralee!

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I remember having somebody touching themselves, well actually, he was really going for it. I couldn’t believe it.
Eventually I was verbally abused further by him and his friend, it was dreadful.
His friend who made threats of physical violence towards me is now living on a little island in the middle of an ocean, and the best place for him.
Not many off licences there I am lead to believe, which will be of paticular help.
Anyway, when I were a child I used to absolutely love the American TV series the Equalizer, like really love it! I remember asking my mum, “Is the Equalizer man real, mum?” and she said, “Yes, he is real.”
I too want to be like the Equalizer, but I know that I will need to be learn and study more: I want to be his protégé, if he will have me 🙂
———————–
“He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.” Isaiah 40:29

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12.18: What the he’ll is thus nonsense about? This is so totally irrelevant. Perhaps you might join your friend on the little island in the middle of the ocean…dream on!

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Jesus is the Equalizer, isn’t He, ey?
Lol I’m not going to that little island, it is a beautiful island and there are lots of fields for miles around, and meadows and sheep.
On a Christian note, and from the bottom of my heart, I do pray the Lord that he learns from his mistakes and grows both in mind and spirit. He is still a child of God.
On the flip side, the more I see and hear about some of these R clergy, I honestly begin to struggle with balancing the concept of hope with the realities of the situation.
Then there are the safeguarding necessities; forgiveness and safeguarding cannot be intermingled in anyway.
Back to my day dreaming now 🙂

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nope Jesus is another Nero: he watches while the world burns. And like Nero, he doesn’t give f*** He certsinly never gave f*** about abused kids…like his church.

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I watched only some of that; couldn’t watch the rest. The moment that spokeslady said that police had discovered infants in that torture chamber, I just had to stop viewing.

Just think: this is what the Catholic Church has been operating for generations, a torture chamber whose lock was the revolting notion that priests were holy and could do no evil.

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6:31 pm
The video is not specifically related to CSA in the Catholic Church. It illustrates the evil of child sexual abuse. It is highly organised crime and far more common than most people realise.
It is imperative on all concerned adults, particularly those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, to try to stop this appalling criminality.

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He has to cocoon against the ‘rona. He got a shielding letter cos he has a dickey heart and has had to stay away from being Speaker in the toy Parliament at Stormont.

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I love the way clerical moaners like 8:42 make bitchy comments about the church of England every time Sean Page comments and do things like put bishops in inverted comments.
What’s the matter, did you miss out having a ‘wife’ by giving your ‘life’ to the ‘church’? Rofl!

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‘Father’ bit nicely.
Here’s the thing – your attitude that other people aren’t the real thing is yet another part of the self over-evaluation which is the problem.
Interestingly when you apply the test in Apostolicae Curae to the modern Roman rite of ordination it’s invalid. So neither are you or your parish priest unless he’s ancient 🤣

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It’s about time you faced them, then. None of you are priests and bishops, because an ordained elite ministerisl priesthood, a closed shop, was never Christs intention.

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COE will compromise on anything. They allow themselves to be carried along on a wave of relativism. Nothing is absolute for them.

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That reminds me of the time Cardinal Hume visited the chaplaincy at Cambridge. Fr John Osman, the chaplain at the time, was showing Basil round the Great Chamber in the chaplaincy. Basil admired the gas fire in the fireplace. John Osman said that he called it his “Anglican fire”, because “it looks real, but it isn’t”.

🤩😂🤣😆💥💪👀😉

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4.11, it may not be the church of the English, but it is the Church of that ‘green and pleasant land’.
There is a difference. I know you’ll work it out…one day. 😄

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Hi there, DD! 🙋
I don’t suppose the RCC ever compromised on anything, like Jesus’ own teaching. Never went ‘relative’; was always ‘absolute’.
Could you tell me, then: what was all that about back in 2018, when Pope Francis overturned, unilaterally, centuries-old support for the death penalty?
Tell me, could you?
And why did the RCC overturn, back in the heady sixties, centuries-old antisemitic teaching that the Jews were Christkillers?
Could you tell me?
Could ya?😕

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7.43
What was the pseudonym of the poster who used to post nonsense like this, whose cover was blown, and who got his marching orders?

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And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the registered social worker; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the great deviever and enabler, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: FOR THE ACCUSER OF OUR BRETHREN IS CAST DOWN, WHICH ACCUSED THEM BEFORE OUR GOD BOTH DAY AND NIGHT. And they overcame the registered social wirker by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their false testimonies; and they loved not their lives unto the death. THEREFORE REJOICE, YE HEAVENS and ye that dwell therein.
But Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
AMEN!

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BREAKING NEWS FROM BLACKPOOL, LANCASTER DIOCESE
Fr Robert Billing now taking a 2 year sabbatical to study for a Doctorate, to reside with Fr Etienne (and as above, will receive free board and lodgings from Parish even although he will not be contributing). And…wait for it…. Fr Daniel Etienne now appointed to Council of Priests (Bishop’s advisors). What the hell is going on?

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What is it you actually want ? Is it both of these priests removed before Sunday and a different priest of the diocese ordered by the Bishop to take their place, to wear polyester vestments, say a cheery good morning and exclusive use of Eucharistic Prayer number two? And then what ? Is that meant to reverse the decline that led to two parishes being amalgamated three years ago? Neither of the churches could be considered significant architecturally, they are both no longer fit for purpose. You will be glad of the improved local parking facilities and Im sure you will welcome the newly formed Muslim community as they, with us , adore the same God.

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Not you again 7.40pm. You’ve a mosque obsession. Not such a big community in Blackpool. Mostly English, Scottish and Polish.

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6.42: So what’s the big deal, you utterly useless poster. Such foolishness and idle chatter, all designed to stir the pot. You cretin and philistine. Get a life, a REAL one.

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The neurotic obsession with past priest, Chris Darwin and the supposedly disliked Fr.Littleton is laughabke. The inanity, silliness, ignorance and stupidity of questions is mind b9ggling. Sound these wasters sitting behind a laptop actually find something worthwhikevtodo. Fools and gombeens…all of these crapheads…

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7.52: Yes, I forwarded my comment at 7.30pm without corrections!! However, my mistakes don’t hide the TRUTH that you and your ilk are cyber bullies with your constant belittling and harassing of those you dislike, which sadly, seem all too many. Your TYPE are ignorant and utterly devoid of morality and charity. You most certainly would not express face to face to any priest the bigotry and abuse you exhibit in abundance in your imbecilic comments. Moral cowards.

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You could find something else to do, since you now know how to spell:
YOU COULD LEARN TO CONTROL YOUR TEMPER.

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Had Sexual Harassment Panda been allowed to do his routine in seminaries like Gaynooth, Wankersh, Oh Scott and Alice Hall, many’s the cherry of a lovely young semenarian wouldn’t have been prematurely popped.

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NEW YORK (NY)
America Magazine
July 23, 2020
By Gerard O’Connell
The former Vatican nuncio in France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, 75, will stand trial in Paris on Nov. 10 on charges of alleged “sexual aggression” against four men, Agence France-Press and other French media, including Le Monde, reported today, based on information from judicial sources.
It is the first time in the modern history of papal diplomacy that a nuncio of the Holy See will stand trial in a civil court. This was made possible when Pope Francis last year authorized the Holy See to lift the archbishop’s diplomatic immunity. This makes it possible for him to stand trial and seek to defend himself against his accusers in a civil court.

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Blackpool – Christ the King
The Presbytery, Gateside Drive, Grange Park, Blackpool FY3 7PL.
LANCASTER
Part of a major programme of church building in post-war Blackpool. Not (on the basis of external inspection) of special architectural or historic interest.Of the same date, and by the same architects as St Bernadette, Blackpool. Forms part of a major building programme in post-war Blackpool. Two years before the opening of Christ the King, Bishop Flynn had said (at the opening of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption): ‘We need churches…In Blackpool alone I need to provide two or three more churches as soon as possible. I have opened five temporary churches…in the last two or three years. I want others through the length and breadth of this large diocese’.

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Blackpool – St Cuthbert
53 Crystal Road, South Shore, Blackpool FY2 0AS.
LANCASTER
Handsome and richly furnished church serving Blackpool’s South Shore, by James O’Byrne, a leading Liverpool Catholic architect. In 1880 Fr Edward Lupton was sent from Liverpool to establish a mission serving the expanding Catholic population of Blackpool’s South Shore. Remarkably, Fr Lupton was to remain parish priest until his death in 1944. At first a small rectangular brick building doubling as a church and school was established on Lytham Road. A new brick presbytery was built in Crystal Road before the new church was opened on Sunday June 22 1890. A solemn High Mass was held, with an admission price of 2s. 6d. Sermons were delivered by Dr Vaughan, Bishop of Salford and the Rt Rev Mgr Bilsborrow (see Grange over Sands). Between 1890 and 1897 over £2,700 was spent on embellishing the building. This included Stations of the Cross in 1891 (£140), Rose Window (£200), eleven stained glass windows (£264) and the High Altar reredos (£713).The church was consecrated in June 1923. In 1899 a new infants’ schools was built at right angles to the church.In 1960 two boarding houses next to the church were purchased and adapted to form the present parish centre.Church orientated north-south but directions follow liturgical orientation. The church consists of nave and aisles, with no tower. It is built of rock-faced yellow sandstone with red sandstone dressings. Slate roofs. Continuous ridge line with no differentiation between nave and chancel. Decorated tracery to large east rose window. Large crucifix with figures of Our Lady and St John (latter vandalised) outside building against east elevation. Large 6-light west window with Decorated tracery. The main entrance is on the south side. Low boundary walls with replacement modern railings.The interior is a single volume, nave arcades with circular polished marble columns and enriched capitals. The interior is notable for the richness and completeness of its internal embellishment.

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Blackpool – St John Vianney
26 Glastonbury Avenue, Marton, Blackpool FY1 6RD
LANCASTER
The major contribution to a vigorous post-war church building programme in Blackpool and its environs. This is a substantial brick church with a prominent west end, built in 1958-9 to the designs of Sandy and Norris. Internally it is high and impressive, with the body of the church divided into a series of shell domes supported on thick round arches, with passage aisles giving on to small side chapels along its length. As with Velarde’s late work, there is a strong Romanesque influence, which culminates in an apsed East end – though with round 1950s’ style top lights in the window niches. The Romanesque style and use of concrete construction was employed by E B Norris in his fine listed church in Rochdale of the 1920s. There is a nice openwork steel screen, and a fairly intact interior scheme with what seem to be original furnishings, glass, etc.The parish was established to cater for the Marton, Preston New Road areas, and to relieve the increasing school population of St Cuthbert’s parish. A school was built in 1934, with a church accommodated in its lower hall until the establishment of the present church. The foundation stone for this was laid in 1958 and the church opened the following year. The presbytery in Glastonbury Avenue dates from 1966. A new parish hall was built in the 1970s.

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Louis Tussaud famous House of Wax puts Blackpool priest in Chamber of Horrors dressed in authentic 1960s priests clothing, 8 out of 10 Blackpool landladies approve but takings down at the starving brides

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8.45: Sometimes one has to appear angry to get through to plonkers like you…And since you appear to have understood my original message, perhaps you might find more suitable topics to debate than your useless fixation on priests whom you detest. Grow up, little teenager.

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