Abbott Koloff and Deena Yellin

Aug 16, 2020

In the late 1980s, several seminary students approached one of their professors imploring him for help, saying they didn’t want to take any more trips to Newark Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s Jersey Shore home, but feared reprisals if they complained to archdiocesan officials.

The Rev. Ed Reading, a priest of the Paterson Diocese, was alarmed when the seminarians told him they felt pressured into sharing a bed with McCarrick and having to undress in front of him, though they did not say he touched them sexually. Reading reported it to his bishop, Frank Rodimer, who indicated he would contact the Vatican’s U.S. representatives.

“Something had to be done,” said Reading, who now works as a substance abuse counselor outside of the Paterson Diocese. “It’s emotional abuse and it’s a power problem.”

About two weeks later, Newark priests told Reading that church officials made an unannounced visit to the archdiocese, apparently to clamp down on use of the beach house. It was perhaps the first attempt to curtail McCarrick’s activities. But like some other actions later taken by priests and church officials, there were no consequences or they were fleeting, as McCarrick took seminarians to the shore home for years afterward.

Church officials have said they knew of no allegations against McCarrick related to the abuse of children until two years ago. But his alleged sexual harassment of adult seminarians was whispered about for decades, based on recent and USA TODAY Network New Jersey interviews with former seminary teachers and students, and a former personal secretary to McCarrick.

Reading called the harassment “the worst-kept secret ever.”

Until two years ago, McCarrick, now 90, remained a popular figure, rising to become one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful leaders. But in June 2018, his storied career came to an abrupt end when church officials removed him from ministry, saying they had received credible allegations that he abused an altar boy decades ago in New York.

At the same time, church officials said they had received “three allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago” against McCarrick, saying two of the claims resulted in settlements years before. Last year, McCarrick became the first American cardinal to be defrocked, underscoring allegations of the sexual harassment of seminarians that followed him for much of his career.

McCarrick had been revered for his ability to raise money — and the shore house in Sea Girt helped serve that purpose. Several people interviewed said McCarrick was known to take seminarians to dinner with wealthy potential donors who had homes at the shore, parading the young men as the future of the church.

He was promoted to archbishop of Washington, D.C., in 2000 and elevated to cardinal months later — even after the Vatican received a written complaint about his alleged abuse of seminary students. Church leaders first moved to limit his ministry in 2008, after the Newark Archdiocese quietly paid two seminarians to settle abuse claims. But McCarrick skirted the restrictions and continued to travel around the world with impunity, representing the church as its emissary.

In 2002, McCarrick had taken a leadership role among American cardinals, becoming the face of the church as it promised to reform itself in the wake of allegations that bishops had been covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests.

But and the USA TODAY Network New Jersey has learned through interviews and shared documents that McCarrick overlooked abuse allegations made against several priests in the Newark Archdiocese. And the former cardinal is now accused of abusing children himself in three New Jersey lawsuits — including one filed last month alleging he shared children with other priests at the Jersey Shore.

Letters to cardinals

Mark Crawford, now a victims’ advocate, said he met with McCarrick in late 1997 to tell him that he and his brother had been sexually abused and beaten by the Rev. Kenneth Martin, a Bayonne priest who continued working until 2002, when he was removed amid the national scandal.

After McCarrick failed to follow up on promises made during that meeting, Crawford said he sent letters to cardinals across the U.S. in 1998 asking for help. Only a handful responded, and none offered to take action. Several suggested that McCarrick would address the matter.

Mark Crawford ,57, of Avenel, NJ., the NJ head of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, shows letters he received from US cardinals of the Catholic Church in 1998 after telling them in a letter about being abused by Bayonne priest Ken Martin. Photographed at his home in Avenel on 08/05/20.

“It was ‘This isn’t our problem,’ ” said Crawford, who is now the head of the New Jersey chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP.

By then, Crawford, who had considered becoming a priest and knew many clerics and seminarians, had heard rumors about McCarrick’s behavior with seminarians at his beach house. “If I knew, they had to know,” Crawford said of the cardinals.

One of the cardinals who did respond to Crawford’s letters, Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles, wrote that McCarrick “is greatly concerned about all these problems and issues, and I know that you can rely upon him to be attentive to these pastoral needs.” In 2013, church officials barred Mahoney from public ministry for allegedly failing to protect children from abusive priests.

Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, who died in 2017, also wrote back to Crawford and told him that “your pain and frustration is familiar to me because I have had to deal with the problem of sexual misconduct by clergy.” He asked Crawford to “pray for the leaders of the Church, that we might do God’s will whenever this awful problem occurs.”

Close up of the letters that Mark Crawford ,57, of Avenel, NJ., the NJ head of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, received from US cardinals of the Catholic Church in 1998, including Cardinal Roger Mahoney (shown on L), Cardinal Law (shown R) and the Vatican (shown center).

Four years later, reporting by the Boston Globe revealed that Law himself had moved abusive priests from one parish to another, accusations that led him to resign in disgrace.

The allegations against McCarrick remained an open secret in the church even after the Newark Archdiocese and Metuchen Diocese paid two seminarians to settle claims against him in 2005 and 2007. Archbishop John Myers was the leader of the Newark Archdiocese by then. McCarrick retired as head of the Washington Archdiocese in 2006 when he turned 75, the Vatican’s required age of retirement. It is not known whether his departure was connected to the payouts.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, who took over
the Newark Archdiocese from Myers in 2017, revealed the settlements in a written statement in June 2018.

McCarrick’s personal secretary

Months later, in late 2018, Tobin was given an opportunity to examine letters that cast new light on McCarrick’s abuse of power, according to a priest who worked for McCarrick for decades, first as his secretary in Newark and then at the Vatican.
Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo told that he met with Tobin in late 2018, bringing with him letters he believed would be important in the investigation into McCarrick. They showed that McCarrick acknowledged a “lack of judgement” by sharing a bed with seminarians and ignored restrictions placed on his ministry in 2008.

According to Figueiredo, Tobin said “this was not the time to discuss that.”

The Newark Archdiocese did not address Figueiredo’s claim but issued a statement in an email: “Cardinal Tobin has not seen the contents of the letters to which you refer, and it would be inappropriate to comment on them without seeing them. Information and correspondence publicly released or information still not made public by Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo properly belong to the Holy See to investigate.”

Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, Theodore McCarrick’s former secretary, has released letters written by the former cardinal in 2008 in which he acknowledged sleeping in the same bed as seminarians and had restrictions placed on his ministry.

From The Figueiredo Report/ Courtesy of Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo

Figueiredo, who now lives in Rome, posted excerpts from the letters last year on a website called the Figueiredo Report. He said the Vatican has supported his decision to do so.

McCarrick has denied that he sexually abused anyone. His attorney, Barry Coburn, declined to comment for this story.

In one 2008 letter to a Vatican diplomat, which was translated into Italian by Figueiredo, McCarrick wrote that he had “an unfortunate lack of judgment” and “always considered my priests and seminarians as part of my family,” sharing his bed with them as he had done with blood relatives “without thinking of it as being wrong.”

“In no case were there minors involved,” McCarrick wrote. “I have never had sexual relations with anyone, man, woman or child, nor have I ever sought such acts.”

McCarrick indicated in that letter and others from 2008 that he had been directed by church officials to be “less public a figure,” and was planning to comply. The letters also indicate he was asked to move his residence from a seminary to a parish and to make public appearances only when approved by church officials.

Figueiredo said on his website that the restrictions, which were imposed under the rule of Pope Benedict XVI, were not made public, “and despite McCarrick’s promises, he continued his public ministry, including taking a highly visible public role” that included dealings with high-ranking Vatican officials along with “public officials in the United States and around the globe.”
After Figueiredo posted the letters, he said, Tobin wrote to him and expressed surprise that he hadn’t been informed about them.

“I had no idea that you had all of this information,” Tobin wrote, according to Figueiredo. “From the excerpts that you had published, I am concerned by your longstanding knowledge of some very grave facts, which you failed to disclose earlier.”
Figueiredo said he tried to disclose the letters to Tobin months earlier, and that he had all but forgotten them until allegations against McCarrick became public. And while he heard rumors of misconduct in the 1990s, he said he couldn’t be sure they were true and chalked it up to McCarrick’s having enemies in the church “because he provoked a lot of jealousy and envy.”

“I quite liked working as his secretary,” Figueiredo said. “He was a good role model in many ways. He was always very polite. I can never remember a moment where he shouted. He was gracious and welcoming.”

Figueiredo said he hadn’t heard about the payouts to seminarians until two years ago, when they became widely known. Given the seminarians’ accusations of McCarrick’s behavior, Figueiredo questioned why McCarrick was allowed to stay at a seminary in Rome whenever he visited the Vatican until 2018. Myers, the former Newark archbishop, was also head of that seminary, the North American College, which trains clerics from the United States.  

“He knew about the paid allegations,” Figueiredo said of Myers.

In the mid-1990s, when he worked in Newark, Figueiredo said he visited McCarrick’s Sea Girt beach house. The monsignor said McCarrick didn’t go there often but selected seminarians to be invited to the house. Figueiredo said he didn’t witness abuse.

Seminary professor intercedes

Another seminary professor also heard that McCarrick had been abusing seminarians, and said he took steps to intercede. The Rev. Boniface Ramsey, who taught from 1986 to 1996 at the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, on the Seton Hall University campus, told it was widely known that seminarians had to share McCarrick’s bed at the Sea Girt home.

“There’s always one less bed than there should be so one seminarian has to stay in bed with him,” Ramsey said. “Everyone kind of accepted it. This is what McCarrick does. It’s odd, but that’s what he does. It was said that he never touched anybody. And if he did touch someone, they never said anything.”

In the late 1980s, Ramsey said he took his concerns to the director of the seminary, who had been acting as a middleman in the selection of seminarians invited to McCarrick’s shore home.

“He told me he would not do it again,” Ramsey said. “I believe him.”

After that, he said, McCarrick may have found another way to invite seminarians to his beach house. Ramsey didn’t name the seminary director. The priest who headed the seminary in the late 1980s did not respond to requests for an interview.

In 2000, Ramsey sent a letter to a Vatican representative to sound an alarm. McCarrick had just been appointed Archbishop of Washington, and Ramsey was concerned that his “misbehavior” would continue and be “hurtful to the church.”

Ramsey did not get an immediate reply, and McCarrick was subsequently promoted to cardinal. Years later, Ramsey received a response to his letter, letting him know that it had been received.
“Then they knew about it,” Ramsey said. “They didn’t do anything. This had to do with the seminarians and the beach house. We are not talking about child abuse, which we didn’t come to know until just two years ago.”

The beach house

Over the past year, three lawsuits have been filed in New Jersey alleging that McCarrick abused children. The latest, filed last month, accused McCarrick of running a child sex ring with other priests out of a New Jersey beach house — the same Sea Girt home where he allegedly abused seminarians, first as bishop of the Metuchen Diocese and then as Archbishop of Newark.

However, Jeff Anderson, the attorney who filed the suit, later said it’s possible McCarrick had another shore home. The Metuchen Diocese, which McCarrick ran from 1981 to 1986, purchased the Sea Girt home in 1985, several years after the abuse alleged in the suit. It was sold to the Newark Archdiocese in 1988, two years after McCarrick moved there from Metuchen.

This Baltimore Boulevard home in Sea Girt was purchased by the Metuchen Diocese in 1985 and later sold to the Newark Archdiocese. It is where seminarians say that they were invited on overnight stays with former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. It was sold to a private party in 1997. Photo from July 22, 2020.

Thomas P. Costello & Tariq Zehawi

Anderson said he believed McCarrick eventually was “required” to sell the house “because of activities that became known to others.”

The Sea Girt home was sold in 1997 — but property records show McCarrick had access to another shore home for the rest of his time in the Newark Archdiocese. The archdiocese purchased a home in Brick in 1997 and sold it in 2002, two years after McCarrick left for Washington. The archdiocese said in an email that it “cannot speculate on the specific history and purpose of these private properties.”

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Michael Reading, a former priest who was ordained in 1986, said he went to the Sea Girt house when he was a deacon. McCarrick told him that he wouldn’t ordain priests he didn’t get to know, Reading told He reluctantly accompanied McCarrick and other seminarians on a trip to the shore but, having heard rumors of improprieties, made an excuse that he couldn’t stay the night.
He went to an upstairs bedroom to change and said McCarrick stood there watching. He finally realized the prelate wasn’t going to leave until he changed into his bathing suit. Later, on the beach, he said McCarrick stuck his hand under Reading’s swimsuit in front of other seminarians. He said they didn’t talk about it and he didn’t know what to do.

“I didn’t know there was a way to report anything,” Reading said.

Reading said he distanced himself from McCarrick after that incident — which he believes may have led to his being passed over for a position he wanted and not being assigned to a parish he requested.

Michael Reading’s ordination with Archbishop Theodore McCarrick

Michael Reading

“We knew that you needed to be in favor with the archbishop, and I was not in favor,” he said.
He eventually left the priesthood over what he called McCarrick’s abuse of power. He told one person about the beach house incident — his former seminary teacher, Ed Reading, the Paterson Diocese priest who went to Bishop Rodimer in the late 1980s.

Ed Reading, who is not related to Michael, said several seminarians approached him about the beach house because he was outside of the archdiocese and not directly under McCarrick. He said they didn’t trust telling anyone in the archdiocese.

“McCarrick was so powerful, if someone confronted him, they would be gone,” Reading said.

He said Rodimer turned “pure white in a kind of shock” when he told him about the allegations against McCarrick. The bishop, Reading said, noted that McCarrick was his superior. Reading suggested contacting the Vatican’s representatives in the United States. Rodimer thanked him “and said he would take it very seriously.”

Reading said he never asked Rodimer about what happened until he visited the bishop at a nursing home shortly before his death in 2018. Rodimer, who was in failing health, couldn’t recall the conversation about McCarrick or whether he went to Vatican officials.

“I hope I did that,” he said, according to Reading.


The McCarrick story covers many decades and many young men were abused.

Many people in the RCC had heard about the abuse and no one did anything.

In the meantime McCarrick got promoted and continued to amass a great deal of money.

He gifted money to prelates in the USA and in Rome and that seemed to buy their silence.

Pope Benedict did put restriction on him.

Pope Francis lifted them!

McCarrick played a major role in Francis’ horrible deal with China.

The story is so big we will probably never hear it all?


Feast of St. Bernard


The US Church has a long tradition of gay cardinals. Spellman’s successors are Cupich, Tobin, Mahoney and Farrell.


Both. I’m a happily married man getting plenty of horizontal refreshment, thanks very much. Unlike morbidly obese Tobin (every appetite must be out of control) I have not made public promises of celibacy, nor do I have a pulpit, a beach house, a live-in actor or seminarians on tap.


Good for you @ 10:33 and your exercise of self-control in your restorative sexual activity. Your Achilles’ heel however, is to be looking over your shoulder at what other people have and you can’t have. That tendency of yours will not depart any time soon and it will ultimately destroy you.


Tobin didn’t just make public promises, he took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a Redemptorist, though how seriously the Reds take those is anyone’s guess. Doesn’t Pat have a photo of a well-known Red who took a selfie next to a urinal?


I genuinely cannot understand the shock and horror about McCarrick, since he perfectly personifies the figure of the Good Priest and was treated as such by the church.
The Good Priest is useful to his master and thus can do what he likes with no effort made to stop him.
There was a time when paedophiles were also treated like this but the church has been forced to stop doing that by the law. The church knows that short of sexual assault the worst that will happen with a cleric who likes adults is a civil claim so will turn a blind eye. The seminarians don’t matter.
Catholicism 101, folks.



I absolutely don’t believe, Pat, that you should provide your services “gratis”. All men are entitled to a fair day’s pay for their work. You have a learned (over a long time) skill set, and just like a joiner or a plasterer you have the right to a decent reward for your effort. And, to be fair, most of the people you provide the service to probably believe they have had good value and don’t resent the fact that they have to pay for it. A man has to make a living, and to my mind Pat makes a more honourable living than many. In addition, as a free agent, he can make decisions over whether he needs to take an amount from people who are in need. Exactly as it should be. What a decent man.


Exactly right. Everybody has the right to an income and to be paid for working. That’s basic Catholic Social Teaching. Cahal Daly stripped Pat of his livelihood overnight and wanted to make him homeless. My memory is bad, but didn’t the catechism say that depriving a labourer of his wages was a crime crying out to Heaven for vengeance?


Daly did strip me of all my income overnight and left me in a very vulnerable position financially. He prophesied that I would last six weeks. That was 34 years ago. He sent his secretary, Fr Eddie O’Donnell to my door with a cheque for £ 1,000 IF I handed over the keys of the house. Isent his cheque back.



You rely on an ultra conservative, legalistic Catholic website that is obsessed with so-called ‘mortal sin’ for information?

These are the nutjobs that would once have preached that eating meat on Friday was a damning sin.



Thank you. My wedding fees have been a vital part of my income and remain so. I am sensitive to the needs of lesser well off people. With some of my weddings the bride’s dress has cost £ 5,000 an3d the photographer £ 2,000. Unlike other priests I have no salary of £ 2,000 coming into my bank account and other benefits in kind monthly. Given the vast amount people spend on weddings £ 300 is very modest. The most expensive wedding I celebrated ever cost the groom, an American billionaire £ 500,000. For that wedding I asked my normal fee of £ 300 but was given more. I declare all my income to the tax man every year as a self employed person.


People spend a fortune on weddings. The stole fee is usually a tiny, tiny fraction of it.


8 20am: For your information it is a long standing tradition in parishes that if a couple are unable to make the donation as suggested, priests exercise discretionary compassion. Also, the same applies to baptisms and funerals. It is the right approach. Yes, we are all entitled to a salary but Pat is often hypocritical of fellow clerics who receive a salary. The truth is Pat probably earns more simply with weddings alone! That’s fine with me but we are each entitled to a salary. Let’s not get too focused on money.


In RC University Church Stephens Green Dublin the charge for a wedding is Euro 550 AND you have to bring your own priest.


Pat would have to do a fair few weddings to match the €30,000 Clogher priests get, not counting their stole fees, Mass stipends, Christmas money and First Friday visits donations.


Yes I’d have to do 100 wedding a year or 2 a week. Because of Covid I’ve had 3 weddings in 5 months.


Eventually the shortages will be so severe that all the desk priests will be dragged kicking and screaming into the parish work for which they were actually ordained.


What’s this mega-creepy claim by McCarrick that he treated his priests and sems like his family and therefore they slept together? Apart from very small siblings sharing beds because of poverty I know of no families where people sleep together, other than the parents.


Note the absence of lace and antique vestments. Many on the blog try to make a connection with that and homosexuality. Figure out McCarrick, then.
Incidentally, just like that other liberal Francis, McCarrick refused to use existing old vestments at no charge, choosing instead to commission new ones at great cost. The chasuble and mitre in that photo would have cost a couple of thousand $, but, hey, it’s noble simplicity.


Cahal Daly had his vestments and mitres made to measure in France. They were often designed by his church renovator friend Ray Carroll. His valet had to treat the inside leather head band with Johnsons Baby Oil. He learned about the baby oil from a nun friend at The Bower Athlone. Apparently Johnsons Baby Oil helps leather to breathe. Take note – all you leather men out there 🙂


Pales into insignificance when contrasted with Pope Ratzinger’s Ray-Bans; Geox shoes signed by Venetian shoemaker Mario Moretti Polegato, Serengeti-Bushnell sunglasses etc. You picked a loser subject here mate!


Gas-guzzler Frank (eg disastrous visit to Ireland: €30m) spent €2m moving into the Casa. He has taken over an entire floor and the Vatican bought and emptied the properties on the street on the other side of the wall because they were now a security risk.
Interesting that you defend McCarrick, though.


They were gifts. Francis chooses to spend €thousands on new vestments at every Mass, worships idols, harbours Zanchetta, rehabilitates Inzoli, McCarrick and Wuerl, stops the USCCB from introducing effective sanctions, diverts Peter’s Pence to corrupt causes, presides over continued decline that sees Ireland ordain 1 priest. I suspect that you are a priest, so maybe that’s not a bad thing. At least our children will be safer.

Anyway, what do you think of Uncle Ted and Nighty-night Tobin?


Humerous to see how quickly you abandoned the sartorial tack when the small matter of Benedict’s haute couture was raised. His love of lace etc. being just another instance.
Moving on to papal globetrotting – Wojytła’s expenses leave Francis in the shade.
You’ve mentioned many times on this blog Francis’ taking over of an entire floor. Most people will appreciate his initiative and it will be left to people like you to regret that history will be with him.


The report on McCarrick has been sitting on Bergoglio’s desk for many months. Why won’t he release it? Is it loyalty to Uncle Ted who was one of his cheerleaders as the conclave, together with other seedy characters such as CMOC and Daaneels.
You should do a blog about Daaneels one time, Pat. He’s appalling.


It’ll be filed in the papal shredder, just like the big white box containing a dossier of abuse that Benedict handed over to Francis publically, and the letter Cardinal O’Malley gave to Francis personally, though Francis lied that he hadn’t received it.


I am amazed at the number of people, both Catholics but especially non-Catholics, who think that the priests are hard done by because they can’t marry women. Darcy with a straight face always looks sad when he talks about his own inability to marry. Talk about Lol!
The truth is that the only people they are interested in is other men. They have no interest, zilch, in marrying a women yet journalists still ask them that silly question when they interview camp sems.
The heteros left the priesthood years ago and it’s only gay sems now. People need to open their eyes and close their wallets.


Actually the only people they are interested in are themselves, and this whole sorry business boils down to that.


Pat, warning the Catholic Church about abuse is about as effective as warning an alcoholic that booze is bad for the liver, or telling Cardinal Coccopalmerio that rent boys, orgies and cocaine parties in your apartment might attract police attention.


Francis’ efforts during the Covid crisis were a new low, imagine if the world was on the edge of a nuclear disaster and all the Pope did was shuffle up St Peter’s square and sit in front of a monstrance for five minutes. It was still more than English Bishop did, they have come up with the most elaborate guidelines to restrict the opening of churches and prevent liability, the pews have to be washed with washing up liquid after every service


1.19: The iconic image of Pope Francis in prayerful solidarity with the wider wirld community is an image that will forever be remembered. Your cynicism is nasty and unnecessary. As for guidelines: sadly, all Churches have to, by law, enact the safest of health protocols. You are an idiot not to appreciate this truth. We are living in very strangevtimes. Stay coccooned, fool. The wiord is nicer without your ignorance.


I’m not a fool or ignorant Father, I’ve described the miserablist ceremony which was totally reliant on the baroque architecture of another era to give it any sense of universal drama. The guidelines are not from the government they are the Bishops of England and Wales interpretation based on their judgement of liability. Father you are not wiping down any pews yourself are you?


… and still, the coverup goes on. Just look at Galway Diocese, priest (note the comment about Redemptorists above) reported by another priest, reporting priest ostracised (what else is new?), accused priest given a curacy and hush, hush, it will all go away.


Absolutely. I often represent our parish council at funeral Masses. A couple of years ago I attended funerals of parents of two priests in our diocese. At the first one there were a handful of priests and no bishops. At the other there were rows and rows of priests and three bishops. I found out afterwards that the first priest had forwarded an allegation disclosed to him to the civil authorities. The alleged perpetrator was a well connected senior priest. Apparently the bishop sent his condolences via a short text message to the first priest! Shameful.


A lot of posts, most likely from the same source critical of Pope Francis. The holy father must be doing something right.


Ted was only engaged in familial explorations following a game of tiddly winks during those long hot summer evenings at the beach house.

Explorations might have ventured into sin but who were those clerics to judge.
Any Uncle Teds closer to home….


The only talk in Magherafelt now is the way Fr Gates scolded and shouted at an elderly man for wandering into a funeral mass today. The poor man wanders into daily mass each day and he has dementia. During the hymn at the start Fr Gates shouted at the man from his microphone to remind him that it was a funeral he was attending. Oblivious to his telling off the man touched the coffin and sat quietly with the family who he was not related to. This is the story the family will remember and those of us in the congregation which has been the topic of conversation all day. Fr John needs to control his anger because it was plain for all to see today.


Gertie Gates strikes again I see. Why does this arrogant little pr**k get away with bullying the elderly? I am glad he showed his true colours in front of everybody. It’s a shame it had to be a funeral.


3.31: Yes, Fr. – I help with preparing the Church betweenbmasses in the Dublin Diocese where we put parishioners safety first. Thus we follow Government guidelines. The churches are not the only places which are rightly concerned about liabilities. Places are liable if they are careless and irresponsible about procedures. No need forbthe OTT cynicism. Live in reality.


Pat @7.27pm What do you expect from a small piglet only a grunt. If this excuse of a man was employed by any organisation in the real world he would have been dismissed for bullying and harrassment. The weak Archbishop of Armagh clearly couldn’t give a hang and sits passively with no control over his clergy


Bp Pat, I noticed former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has been arrested and charged with fraud over a fundraising scheme yet that old bone-smuggler, Cathy Kirby, is still on the loose. Time for another blog on the subject.


John Gates bullied people from his days in Maynooth so no big revealation. He is just left to get away with it.


John never seems to learn, a small man with a big head. He was often referred to in Maynooth as having small balls syndrome.


I was not at mass today in Magherafelt so I have to take it from our informant that this incident happened.
If this is so and an elderly vulnerable person with a serious condition was shouted at in public then this is a blatant case of abuse.
Was any other reader aware of this incident?
Has anyone from Magherafelt heard about this today?


He made Sr Regis’s life hell. She was officially in charge of the linens in the college chapel but saw herself as the Senior Sacristan, which was actually a rotating post held by a seminarian for a year who was appointed by the deans as a reward for good behaviour.

Most previous student sacristans didn’t care about it enough to have rows and thought of Sr Regis as an eccentric and good craic, but John Gates took it really seriously and had massive stand up rows with her, which made the atmosphere awful for everyone else.


@10.02pm Gosh, that brings back memories of John Gates and Sr Regis in the sacristy at Maynooth. John was a bit too serious and Sr Regis was a good old laugh. There was a big clash and one day there was a big slanging match and I can remember a blazing row between them and John leaving her in tears. What memories!


@10.20pm Yes, I witnessed this in the congregation. Fr Gates referred to the elderly man as ‘Paddy’ and those sat near me told me that he lived in the Garden Street area and suffers from dementia. It seemed quite aggressive on Fr Gate’s part.


Every diocese has a bully or three in its clerical ranks. Bishops do nothing about it and the unfortunate parishioners suffer enormously. A huge row involving a young bullying priest in one northern diocese recently has had no effect on the bishop…..the priest is just allowed to carry on as normal. Pathetic!



It’s the parishoners who are pathetic, those who continue to support financially such men and continue to attend their liturgies.


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