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WHISTLEBLOWER PRIEST COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER PRESSURE FROM POPE FRANCIS.

A low-ranking parish priest who agreed to give evidence against an archbishop accused of concealing child sexual abuse was mysteriously summoned to the Vatican before he was due to testify and allegedly quizzed by the Pope about what he was planning to say in court.

As the priest emerged from the 2016 meeting, Cardinal George Pell was allegedly waiting outside. “Look what I have done for you,” Cardinal Pell said, and lifted his hand for the priest to kiss his ring.


According to The Altar Boys by investigative reporter Suzanne Smith, there’s no allegation Cardinal Pell intended to put pressure on Father Glen Walsh not to give evidence.

The explosive claim about the papal meeting, contained in The Altar Boys, indicates that the pressure brought to bear on priests who betray the brotherhood extends right up to the Vatican, and has prompted calls for a police investigation.

Father Walsh was a Crown witness in the case against Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson when he met with the pontiff on February 9, 2016.

Archbishop Wilson was accused of failing to report to police the allegations of two former altar boys who claimed they had been abused by a priest in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese in the 1970s. At the time he was the highest-ranking Catholic ever to be charged with concealment offences.

Father Walsh later told confidants that the Pope asked him why he was involved in a court case against an archbishop, what he was planning to say in court, and who was walking with him on the journey. Father Walsh said he did not trust the interpreter and offered scant detail.

It was the pinnacle of what Father Walsh perceived as a sustained campaign by the priesthood to get him to toe the line on child sexual abuse. He was allegedly frozen out of the Maitland-Newcastle diocese after he defied the bishop to report a fellow priest for child sexual abuse in 2004 and was not welcomed back until early 2017.

But on October 24, 2017 – a little over two weeks before the archbishop’s trial was set down – Newcastle-Maitland Bishop Bill Wright told Father Walsh he had no future in the diocese, according to an email Father Walsh sent to a friend. The email didn’t say that this decision was because of his giving evidence.

“[Bishop Wright] will look overseas (Third World) where I can live out my days in the service to Christ and his poor, preferably as a contemplative to a leper colony,” Father Walsh wrote.

Two weeks later, before he could give evidence, Father Walsh took his own life.

Archbishop Philip Wilson was found guilty of concealment charges in May 2018 on evidence that included statements by Father Walsh, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge said the book’s revelations showed the need for a police inquiry into Father Walsh’s death that would consider the actions of the Catholic hierarchy, including Pope Francis.

“Pope Francis must explain why he recalled Father Glen [Walsh], one of more than 400,000 priests from across the world, to the Vatican to answer questions about what his evidence would be in the criminal prosecution of Archbishop Wilson,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“Given the Pope’s authority over Glen, these actions can clearly be seen as an effort to intimidate him in order to protect the church.”

Bob O’Toole of the Clergy Abused Network, who wants a coronial inquiry into more than 70 alumni of Newcastle’s Catholic high schools who have taken their lives, said Father Walsh had been treated appallingly in the lead-up to his death.

“It’s entirely inappropriate for Glen to be instructed to take a trip to the Vatican to speak to the Pope about what his evidence will entail,” Mr O’Toole said.


Cardinal George Pell and Bishop Bill Wright were approached for comment.

PAT SAYS

Ot looks as if Father Walsh was treated disgracefully by Francis and others in the church.

Those who harassed Fr Walsh are surely guilty in Australian law of attempts to disrupt the course of justice.

The RCC hierarchy have told us they have changed and they now “get it” when it comes to abuse.

Thats a lie.

They are liars.

Anyone who covers up abuse is a deliberate and accomplished and professional liar.

The lives of the abused don’t matter.

The life of Father Walsh doesn’t matter.

What matters is the preservation of the “reputation” of the RCC and, of course, its monies.

A line from todays gospel sums it up.

Get behind me Satan.

107 replies on “WHISTLEBLOWER PRIEST COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER PRESSURE FROM POPE FRANCIS.”

I will never, ever be silenced over what they did, and continue to attempt to do- silence me.
No chance!
Get thee behind me, safe-disregarding!

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Timmy @ 10:17 am
No drink at all I’m sure, but one could help possibly lol.
Jokes aside, what has it come to when a victim of clerical abuse, a vulnerable adult, who has provided all the evidence in substantiation of; and, still could be sent to prison for speaking up about the abuse.
Everybody knows that in order to heal from traumatic experiences one has to talk, openly and freely.
A victim is being denied the chance to heal here.
I just beggers belief, it really does.

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2:09 pm
They don’t give a shite about victims, healing, or evidence.
They covered up child rape, for God’s sake! From the top down.! That’s crime.
Why would they care for a vulnerable adult or his/ her opportunity to heal.
All they care for at this stage is their positions, their fraternity and money.
Another concern is more public scandals, calls for investigations, enquirys and reports.
More public shame and humiliation.
Otherwise, it’s more of the same; mouths shut, heads down, while managing decline. You’re likely to see more Christianity in the Moonies than from some of the ontologically altered fraternity.

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Where you not incarcerated in the Vatican Pat by Pope Francis from what I can remember. Did they not summon you too like this cleric? From what I can recall they scolded you and chastised you and essentially held you in detention. Someone said they handcuffed you and Francis was conveniently out of the place next door when you asked for him to be present. I haven’t heard of any bishop being detained under the orders of the Pope for a long time in history. Most bishops are guilty of more severe crimes and walk free and some within the walls of Vatican City. At least one of your many epitaphs Pat will be, “He was a prisoner of the Pope”. What a claim to fame.

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Thats just you in denial. There gave been Anglican, Methodist, Episcopal, Old Catholic etc bishops for a very long time.

I have seen Anglican bushoos been invited to process with RC bishops in the processions in Lourdes.

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10:54
The words of a bigot. It’s doubtful you’d be able to distinguish between the two in terms of theology, history or ministry. You’re probably a cultural Catholic who doesn’t darken the door of any church, Catholic, Protestant or Dissenter.

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Of course, it would not have happened to an Anglican bishop, Bp Pat, there would have been questions about it in the House of Commons.

You really should have reported the incident to your MP or the Nanycio at London.

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It was a power thing, they were attempting to exhert power and, display control over Bishop Pat.
And it was very short-lived (Follow not that which is fleeting; rather, hold steadfast to that which lasts forever!).
But it was just a display; a spectacle if that.
You see, the devil has no power over those who are walk in the light. Non whatsoever.
Amen!
And on the flipside, the Lord of truth and light has power over the whole of creation. The devil hath but a short time. This is scripture x
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“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
Matthew 5:11

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Anglican bishops have all had a 5 star welcome and treatment by the Vatican before. What was so different with Bishop Pat? Sorry Bishop Pat I didn’t realise this happened to you at the Vatican. I thought the earlier poster relaying the story was fooling about.

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Glens you Gerry. In reply to yesterday’s blog. I am intrigued. Tell more of Greg Cormican and his behaviour. It did surprise no bishop in attendance. However they did have the right honourable Gold Coast pp.

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Fr Cormiican was / had been notoriously naughty, given to gay cruising almost as a second vocation. I think it is + Pat tells the story that he was summoned by + Daly after the police had told him about his activities and the intelligence they had on him because of his proclivities, and + Daly just told him to be more cautious and to change his car so that it wouldn’t draw the attention of the police ! Everybody appears to have known, including his bishops and the police, but it was tolerated. In any other business such behaviour, which can be illegal in certain circumstances, would have been seen as injurious to his employers and bringing him, them and the business / institution in to disrepute. He would have gone. But not in the RCC, as we see in today’s blog, which insists at the highest level to protect its rotten own.

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What you say is true.

Gregory also debriefed a 19 year old young male nurse from the RVH in the interview room of St Peters. The nurse had gone to him to discuss the problem of being gay and Catholic.

Of course none of this takes away from the sadness of his death at a young age of cancer.

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GC was notorious. May God be merciful to him. He featured a lot on this blog though he wasn’t always named. Very well known on “the scene” was GC.

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Debriefed, as in de-underpanted ? Well, whatever, I guess he will have done some good during his time, and there will be many people who will remember him fondly, not least his family. So, best to leave him be in peace, and concentrate instead on the sorts of issues that are presenting themselves in these days.

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9:24am
Why on earth was this notorious cleric not suspended and dismissed if it was so widely known of his disgusting behavior, a cause of scandal. If it is true that his superiors had knowledge of this they too will be held accountable. It is also very strange that the Police did not arrest him, if they knew of his illegal activities, he’ll be paying for it now. His gift for ‘friendship’ not what I would call it, wont help him now.

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“ …. to bring the liberating mercy of God, to give new hope and fresh heart to the suffering and bereft ….” (Con Boyle at GC’s funeral).

Is that what he was doing when he pulled down the young lad’s jeans and underpants?

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Anon@ 2:52: Shock, Horror! You’ve got it very wrong!
As a student of the Bible, both old and New Testament, and an avid follower of all pronouncements of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, historically and contemporary, I can assure you that your God is VERY concerned, preoccupied, fascinated and engrossed in what we humans do with our genital bits and pieces. In fact, some would say that He’s so obsessed by it that He hasn’t got the time to spare to sort out those nasty pandemics, earthquakes, tsunamis and other, ….well quite minor matters.
MMM

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Ferns replacement Brian Broaders? A lovely guy. But a sem student at St Peters, Wexford. A vipers den. Who will be bishops? Brown?

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3:06pm

No I’m off to Devotions it would do you good to go too, imagine still in your scratcher at this time of day! Tut Tut. Surely even you can’t condone that appalling creature.

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All large institutions are the same, the knee jerk reaction is to protect the institution at all costs. The people involved don’t matter at all.

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10:24 Considering the extent of abuse covered up in the Australian Church, and those involved, including Cardinal Pell, it’s very credible.

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There is a traditional technique used by the church to deal with troublemakers, sorry, victims of its clergy, which is to give them an interview with the top man, usually a bishop, who will palm them off with pious platitudes and send them away thinking their concerns are being taken seriously. It’s only that approach writ large.

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Why would my acquaintances drop, in my hearing, on a number of occasions, the names of household and non household names from RCC crime centres on two other continents? Why was any of that supposed to concern me? And there was a Mass that got interrupted, too.

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Pat, I had a few drinks last night. Dying this morning. I’d love a full Irish. If I was staying with you would you cook the eggs and sausages?

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I don’t think that there is a beach in Larne, but it’s the gateway to the beautiful Antrim Coast Road and outside the town there is the excellent Carnfunnock Country Park which has a maze in the shape of Northern Ireland.

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There can be a small “beach” when the tide it out. There is something at Ballygally too. And there are coastal walks.

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10:34, you should open a little B&B, or even better a retreat centre. Mind you, the prices would need to be reasonable. Have you ever seen the prices of some retreat centres run by religious orders. I phoned a place up a few years ago looking for a nice weekend retreat. When she told me the price, I said I want to visit the retreat house NOT buy it!

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7.18
That sounds an excellent idea, on paper at any rate.
I’m sure Pat has considered opening a retreat centre at his home. I’d say it would be pretty busy.

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Why are the likes of the Guardian, the Irish Times, the Washington Post and the Table uninterested in a priest being summoned to be interrogated by the Pope and pressurised to retract accusations against an archbishop, and the priest takes his own life?

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This is another classmate Of Paul Prior. The first question surely has to be why did he leave Derry diocese? He was a bit of a drama queen when in Maynooth. As for making records? He one time sang the psalm at a Sunday mass and sounded like a cat being strangled. Kitty Drury almost wet himself laughing 😂😂

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Yes, another classmate of the Captain.
I remember the time John sang. It was embarrassing. One of the server’s face went purple trying to stop laughing, for which he got death stares from Niall Ahern.
John was from Strabane. I think he’d been through Osterley with the gay Robbie Coltrane lookalike who got a bollocking from the Junior Dean for putting up on the walls of the Long Corridor loos some rude verses from the Old Testament.
John was Junior Oratory organist one year and he was terrible at it. His much nicer brother, Gerard, now works for the church as a youth officer.
It’s a mystery why he left Derry. Perhaps he just wanted a warmer climate, though it seems to have gone tits up for him with his new diocese.

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John Gallagher was quite weird. He played the organ like he was wearing boxing gloves. I’d definitely say we are only hearing half the story of his “persecution”.

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Which version of Jesus is best Is it the Catholic? is it the Protestant? Is it the Orthodox? Everyone wants to score a goal but are we missing the point hi

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Obviously the Greek Orthodox Jesus is best. Wild hair, wide eyes, neat beard.
starring down from His cupola. The type of guy with whom one could discuss life using Homeric Greek over octopus and fried potatoes – Washed down by bottles of retsina.
No wimpy Jesus could have trampled down death by death.

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That cokehead priest referred to yesterday is in Co. Down, gets his charlie from the UDA. Thought a certain Sunday rag was running a story today but the prick has got an injunction out against them.

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I was going to name him yesterday to tip you off ahead of the newspaper headline today. I didn’t because I heard there may be a legal challenge. I wouldn’t consider naming at present because of the legal implications. I couldn’t afford it.

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@ Geographer: Large parts of Dromore diocese are in Co Down, like Banbridge, and Ballynahinch. Even as far west in Co Armagh, Lurgan and Derrymacash, are part of that odd wee diocese known as Dromore, with it’s cathedral in Newry, at its most southern point, and named after a town, Dromore, [Droim Mor a high ridge], in its most northern part, which is actually administered by the Armagh City Council.
An odd place indeed!

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Because the church isn’t bothered how much it spends to pamper its clergy and to protect its ‘reputation’.
The only time it doesn’t want to spend money is when it comes to damages for survivors, then it goes into full asset protection mode, right up to bankruptcy, which is basically just protecting their assets.
The reason it’s US dioceses which have gone bankrupt is that there damages are punitive and judges can do things like force them to publish clergy records.

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Is there any theory on why most of the Saints of the Roman Catholic Church are mostly regular clergy – in contrast, only a few secular clergy receive canonization. I don’t even know if there are any non-religious priests as Doctors of the Church. Is this because of the perception that regulars are in a state of higher perfection of the perfect than diocesan priests? We know this isn’t entirely true given the carry on within many religious institutes.

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No, it’s because religious orders have a named founder, whose writings are preserved and passed on and whose cult in the technical sense is maintained and promoted by the order, together with other notable members. The 19th century orders have the inclination and money to pay for the canonisation process and during the explosion of saint-making during the JPII era every fiddly-fart Italian order got their founder canonised. Even in the UK the Cong Orats pushed the canonisation of Newman, who had no public cult or miracles, rather like the Vatican II era popes get canonised.

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2.37: You nasty piece of humanity. Coward. But I hoo5e that one day you will be challenged in the courts and found guilty of lies, innuendo and seeking to defame others. A pity you knew about the injunction. While all abuse and wrongdoing must be punishable by law, your kind of behaviour is morally reprehensible and disgusting. But your sneering contempt for others will bite you hard one day and destroy you.

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This is going to be a total scandal. Pat can you not find out through your journalist days. This c**t needs named and shamed.

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I can try. But a quick anonymous email naming him will not get anyone into trouble. Co. Down does narrow it down.

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The Music at Paul Dempseys ordination is appalling. Those women can’t sing and are clearly out of tune. At my ordination in the Pro Cathedral, I will have the finest music and musicians.

#Hep4theHat #Hep2020 #MakeDublinChristianAgain #TheresNoPartyLikeaCanonHepParty

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the Irish music was lovely with the violin and flute. The singing wasn’t great by any standards. I think it might have been an issue with it being streamed. things often sound better in real time.

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Has anybody on here ever had PTSD at all?
I have had my good days but I have my crappy days too.
But recently I have started talking a bit more with my mum and friends, I suppose this is a proper step forward.
The shock and pain of being ignored over the original issues was bad enough, but then being pushed aside by people outside of the church crushed and knocked me for six.
My family and friends are even shocked and saddened over the way I was treated.
I am a pasafict all the way and believe love and persistence in standing ones own and other people’s, certainly anybody weak or powerless, is the only way to make the world a better place.
But in despair and pain, sometimes it’s been difficult to bare, I have sometimes felt angry and hurt that I even, for a short time, have lost hope in my beliefs of love and rightness.
When you are ignored and made out to be a liar, when you are actually telling the truth; and you are in fear, is it understandable to say hurtful things, or even to defend yourself
vehemently?
Anybody had similar?
I know it is natural and built into us to want to defend ourselves when we are put in danger or great fear, that is understandable.
Isn’t it?
Any views or own experience??
Ps I am very much getting there, but I have lost hope at times.
Love and forgiveness must always be the way, but forgiveness and safeguarding should be kept separate.
Just thought I’d share this. Would be great if anybody could add to? x

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You & Jesus have a thing going, or me & Jesus. Others aren’t always interested in recognising that. They wanted us to listen to their advertising, but one shouldn’t be distracted by that. Jesus really treasures our individuality and independence. Then we can offer our healthy inter-dependence (discerningly). He doesn’t give us brownie points for falling in with pushy ones prematurely or inappropriately. Times when you & Jesus were left high and dry, always were normality, but got omitted from the glossy brochure.

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Sounds like the sciribes and pharisees crucified you because they thought they were right. Sucks doesn’t it? Welcome to christianity!

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Anon @4:48pm. You think that by entering Priesthood or Religious life that you’re going to the safest place in the world don’t you? The assault is therefore both on your physical and psychological being and on your soul! No wonder we experience what we do! Don’t berate yourself for your passing moments of anger, you’ve shown above where your heart really lies. It is noble, courageous and good.
Some people find, much like in bereavement, that telling the story as often as you need will find the need gradually reduce, perhaps with some significant apparent relapses, but the journey is a spiral and although it may look like back to square one, it is not. If you feel this is important and that maybe the ears of nearest and dearest are overwhelmed then maybe check out some mental health support groups, if there are any local to you or online / facebook etc…
Others may find recalling the situation is indeed retraumatising and not at all cathartic. You might find having a look at this website helpful. https://www.ptsduk.org/
Accepting the reality of the situation and what happened but choosing to see it differently, perhaps, much like +Pat using the uncharitable and unchristian treatment by church authorities as a catylist invigorating renewed drive for Christian mission, might be another way of changing the overwhelming intensity of negative reaction on recall, gradually replacing it with your courageous warmth and fortitude as you step along the world, from the old to the new, hand in hand with The Lord. With fraternal love and prayers… x

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11:30 pm that is really nice. Thank you.
Yeah, sometimes you do get a little angry with flashback/recall moments, but then your quickly realise: love must conquerour all.
Not all people would have been as strong, I think, but I want to make good out of my experiences, and not just for myself but for others too.
As you rightly 11:30 pm: ‘Renewed drive for Christian mission.’
Thanks, that’s really good stuff x

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+Pat, I have heard that Leonard Moloney was furious when you contacted him and broke the story about all things wrong with their novitiate or should I say former novice. I don’t under stand how this order makes a total hash out of running a novitiate. They spend a fortune sending prospective candidates to St Lukes for a full-blown assessment but yet when the man goes to Birmingham they end up “off the wall” – they have had people leave due to taking mental breakdowns, one candidate about 5 years ago was secretly using his private bank card to drink in pubs, buying expensive items and when he was challenged his response “I don’t even know what I am doing here” – he left and went back to Ireland. Would you consider becoming a novice, Bishop Pat? If Paul can, anyone can, no?
Anyway, the moral of the story – allegedly the reason Leonard MIDGET Moloney was angry was due to his small man syndrome. Is is even 4 foot ?

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Congrats to New Bishop Of Achonry Bishop Paul Dempsey. A great Man and very happy for him. The Diocese Of Achonry is truly blessed.

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Pat@2.46pm I am sorry you experienced that at the Vatican . They welcome Anglicans and Lutherans to the Vatican. The Queen turned up to the Porvoo agreement in Westminster Abbey with Catholics present.
I am sure she would welcome you in Westminster but because you are in the Uk in Larne, her offical residence is Hillsborough.
Maybe you could get an invite.

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CO DOWN COKE-HEAD PRIEST – as one surveys the clergy of the fair drumlins of Down, it is hard to conceive of any of them being connoisseurs of Charlie. The average age is 80. The only “young ones” (comparatively) are Kilmore, Portaferry, Loughinisland. All the rest are dottery aul boys in D&C anyhow. Unless it’s Dromore? Stephen Crossan was in Banbridge but he’s no longer priesting. Methinks this is a shaggy dog story.

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8:52pm
That is a harsh name to tag anybody with.
People end up taking drugs for many upsetting reasons.

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You assume it’s a diocesesan man. There are orders in Crossgar (D’Arcy and Big Gary are there). There’s the folks at Drumantine and the Dominicans in Newry

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I knew Darcy was in Crossgar but I hadn’t realised that Gary was there too. I wonder how they get on and if they vie for supremacy when it comes to funerals, though it seems to be settled that Darcy does the showbiz ones and Gary looks after the rebel ones.

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