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VICTIM OF FR MALACHY FINEGAN TO LAUNCH LEGAL ACTION AGAINST POPE AND CATHOLIC AUTHORITIES IN IRELAND.

Connla Young The Irish News 21 September, 2020

A victim of Malachy Finegan is to launch legal action against Pope Francis and Catholic Church authorities in Ireland.


The priest has been accused of sexual abuse across Co Down, including at St Colman’s College in Newry where he taught from 1967 and was president for a decade.


At least 12 young boys are thought to have been sexually abused while he was at St Colman’s, while many more were physically abused.


Finegan, who died in 2002, was also a parish priest of Clonduff in Hilltown in Co Down, where it is alleged he carried out further serious sexual abuse.


Concerns have also been raised that he may have been an RUC informer.

It emerged last year that the Public Prosecution Service had decided not to prosecute in eight cases following a police investigation linked to the activities of the former cleric.

The Irish News has now learned that one of his victims is to launch legal action against the Diocese of Dromore, the Archdiocese of Armagh, the Bishop of Rome and the Holy See, arising out of allegations of abuse.

Solicitor Kevin Winters, of KRW Law, said the outworking of a PSNI and Police Ombudsman investigation “has resulted in a huge loss of confidence that anything will ever be done to expose just how much the Church knew about Finegan’s activities”.

The solicitor revealed that he is “in ongoing communication with the PSNI on a number of issues arising from the investigation”.

Last year Catholic church authorities said a mosaic tribute to Bishop Francis Brooks, who died in 2010, was to be removed from Newry Cathedral following criticism of his handling of Finegan.

Images of the bishop, which were displayed in St Colman’s College where he was principal prior to Finegan taking over in 1976, were also removed.


Mr Winters said the response doesn’t go far enough.

“Removing photographs from walls and digging up mosaics are mere token gestures which go nowhere near remedying the justice deficit here,” he said.

“This case is being taken in order to try and address the real disappointment and frustration felt by many who took part in the criminal inquiry.”

The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has previously apologised “unreservedly for the hurt and damage caused to victims by Fr Finegan, or any other priest or church representative”.

PAT SAYS

It is good that this victim is taking this case against the Vatican and the Irish Church.

It will be a tough case but he has very good lawyers.

Managing to corral the Irish Hierarchy and evil Rome into the guilty corral will be difficult but will be achieved after a number of cases are brought against them.

Its a case of slowly, slowly catchee monkey.

Breaching the walls of the establishment is sadly, a huge task as they have all the money and power and influence behind them.

It will not be achieved by the first attack or the second.

It will be achieved as a result if multiple failed attempts by vulnerable but brave people.

The RCC is literally AN AXIS OF EVIL.

It has Satan and all that is evil on its side.

But in the end TRUTH, GOODNESS, JUSTICE will prevail.

“Good for ever on the scaffold,

Evil always on the throne.

But God stands within the shadows.

Keeping watch upon His own”.

Lord Jesus, who raises the lowly and the poor, and who casts down the mighty from their evil thrones, look upon this victim and all victims, and be their champion in their battle with the aligned forces of evil and deliver your Divine Justice for them in the Name of Your Blessed Cross. Amen.

119 replies on “VICTIM OF FR MALACHY FINEGAN TO LAUNCH LEGAL ACTION AGAINST POPE AND CATHOLIC AUTHORITIES IN IRELAND.”

I’m pleased to hear of this action. Exposure is the only recourse in face of continual intransigence of the RCC. I had relatives at Colman’s during Finnegan’s time there.
MMM

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That is a lovely prayer, Bishop Pat. It is the kind of prayer which keeps me focused while on the spiritual battlefield.
Perseverance is not too hard for me.
Always looking to our Lord and His blessed mother.
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And my evangelisation is to reach her! My mother told me I have done a brilliant job thus far 😚

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The Case Of The Pope: Vatican Accountability For Human Rights Abuse
Geoffrey Robertson QC
Published: 14 September 2010

Geoffrey Robertson QC has had a distinguished career as a trial counsel and human rights advocate. He has been a UN war crimes judge, a counsel in many notable Old Bailey trials, has defended hundreds of men facing death sentences in the Caribbean, and has won landmark rulings on civil liberty from the highest courts in Britain, Europe and the Commonwealth.

“The Case of the Pope delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has been wrongly elevated to statehood and allowed to exploit its powers…

In The Case of the Pope Geoffrey Robertson QC delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that shields paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world. Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that has allowed so many terrible crimes to go unpunished? Should he and his seat of power, the Holy See, continue to enjoy an immunity that places them above the law? Geoffrey Robertson QC, a distinguished human rights lawyer and judge, evinces a deep respect for the good works of Catholics and their church. But, he argues, unless Pope Benedict XVI can divest himself of the beguilements of statehood and devotion to obsolescent canon law, the Vatican will remain a serious enemy to the advance of human rights.”
Publishers website: http://www.penguin.com.au

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Good one Pat, and very much to the point.
I’m already planning on scrolling through the hand wringing and pearl clutching comments tomorrow.
The fathers are very frightened of their church being forced legally to stop its criminal activity… and of course of appearing on this blog themselves!

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Statement of Archbishop Eamon Martin, Apostolic Administrator, concerning the re-instatement of Canon Francis Brown (Wednesay 24 June, 2020)
In May 2018 Canon Francis Brown voluntarily stepped aside from all pastoral duties to facilitate the full investigation of information that had been received regarding a historical safeguarding concern.
Canon Brown and the Diocese of Dromore cooperated fully with the statutory authorities responsible for investigating such matters. Following a full investigation by the relevant authorities, no charges were brought by the Public Prosecution Service with regard to Canon Brown.
The Diocese of Dromore then initiated the Church processes that are required in such cases and these have also concluded that the case against Canon Brown is unsubstantiated. This means that he can immediately return to ministry.
I know that Canon Brown has been greatly supported by the prayers and encouragement of many over these past two difficult years. I would ask you to continue to support and help him to settle back in as he begins to resume his duties. I am grateful to Fr Des Loughran who stepped in as Administrator for the duration of Canon Brown’s leave and to all who have helped in any way.
This has been a difficult time for all involved and we offer our prayers for all concerned. The Diocese of Dromore continues to recommend anyone who has suffered abuse of any kind to report it immediately to the local Health and Social Care Trust, and to the PSNI.
They may also contact the Safeguarding Office of the Diocese of Dromore on 07789917741.
The Catholic Church also provides confidential services for those who have suffered abuse through Towards Healing and Towards Peace. Towards Healing is a confidential service for those who suffered abuse and can be contacted on 0800 0963315. Towards Peace offers spiritual guidance and support to those victims who wish to engage with their Church and can be contacted on +353 (1) 505 3028.
Statement of Canon Francis Brown
On 14th May 2018 I was informed by Bishop Boyce the Apostolic Administrator that an individual had made an allegation of a historic nature against me. In accordance with Church guidelines I voluntarily stood aside from my duties on 19th May 2018 to allow this allegation to be investigated by the Civil and Church authorities.
A period of over two years has now passed and during that time I was spoken to on one occasion by police and once separately by the Church authorities. Otherwise, during that time. I remained at home while the investigation of the allegation took place. I accept that these procedures must be rigorous and thorough and that they must be conducted with transparency and diligence.
On 9th August 2019 the Public Prosecution Service confirmed with me that they had looked into the investigation carried out by the police and that they intended to take no prosecution against me whatsoever. Their file was closed.
Thereafter the Church authorities conducted further investigation into the allegation made by the individual and I have been informed by Archbishop Martin on 23rd June 2020 that, following an investigation by the Diocese and further consideration by the Holy See at Rome, there were no grounds for me to remain out of Ministry. I was invited by the Church to return to my duties as a priest of the Diocese of Dromore.
I wanted to take this opportunity to explain to my Parishioners, fellow Priests and Deacons that, during those two years and more which have gone by I co-operated fully with any of those who were deployed to investigate this matter.
Since May 2018 I have stated publicly and repeatedly that the allegation against me was false and completely without foundation. The various investigations which have taken place by Civil and Church authorities have confirmed that I spoke the truth about this matter from the beginning.
I welcome this opportunity to thank all of those who supported me through this very trying time including all of the Parishioners of this parish and beyond, my fellow Priests, Deacons, Religious, my many friends and family who have reached out to me with support and encouragement. I extend a very sincere word of thanks to Archbishop Eamon for his support and the great empathy he has shown me since he became Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese. A word of thanks also to my brother priests, Fr Des, Canon Hackett, Fr Kryzsztof, Fr Colm, Fr Robert, and Deacon John for their work in my absence.
On a personal note, I say that I was forced to walk through a dark valley which challenged me in many ways. I was comforted by the fact that I knew that what was said about me was untrue and that I spoke only the truth from the outset.
I am of course incredibly pleased that the just outcome has arrived at last. I want the Parishioners and all my fellow Priests and Deacons to know that I will be returning forthwith as the Administrator of the Parish of Newry. I look forward to fulfilling my work as a priest which I have done faithfully since my ordination on 9th June 1974. I have always been, and I remain, a priest in good standing. Thank you,

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11:44pm

Has there been no investigation into the individual who made the allegation? And if not, why not, individuals who make malicious allegations should be prosecuted for wasting police time never mind the what they did to their victims. What Canon Brown an innocent man was put through for over two years was disgraceful. So the individual should be prosecuted.

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10:38 am

Bella, bishops who deliberately covered up child rape and abuse of vulnerable adults committed by priests, should they be investigated and prosecuted? Should every diocese in Ireland be investigated?

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10.38
That is your real concern, isn’t it Bella? The accused priest? Not the accuser, whom you condemn, without a shred of evidence, for having acted maliciously.
Despite your adamant protests on this blog about your concern for victims of sexual abuse by priests and your desire to have these criminals removed from ministry, I don’t believe a word of them. You would defend these men to the hilt, just because they are priests, even had they raped hundreds of children; and you would ruthlessly cast these children aside to do so.
You are an apologist for evil.
Sexual abuse can be very hard to prove. When it cannot be proved, it does not necessarily mean that it did not occur. A presumption of innocence is not a declaration that a person is actually innocent. And an unproven allegation does not always mean that no crime occurred.
Your intemperate and unjust words on this blog today can only hurt those who have been raped by priests, but who cannot prove the crimes against them, because such victims typically do not report them before all forensic traces of them have gone.
That you attacked this accuser as malicious, without any evidence for such an allegation, and that you went on to call for his prosecution, shows that it is you who is acting from malice, to gain vengeance.
But it is what blog readers have come to expect from your vile and evil mindset.

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@11:55: To be fair, the comment @10:38 did not specify that THIS allegation was malicious: only that malicious allegations should be prosecuted. And I’d agree with that.
Having said that, I have sympathy with the general thrust of your comment with regard to the individual in question.
MMM

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@ 5.42, the poster at 10.38, in his or her final sentence, said: ‘So the individual should be prosecuted.’
For what? Given the posters’ anger over those who make malicious allegations, my conclusion that this ‘individual’ was being called malicious was reasonable.

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Further to my comment at 6.17, that poster, in subsequently related posts, did not deny that the particular individual had been accused of acting maliciously.

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@6:17 &37. I’m obliged to accept your point. I WAS too quick and failed to pick up on that last sentence by 10.38. My bad! Thanks.
MMM

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Sure tis not about jurisdiction or politics or agreements of convenience Tis about people respecting people and being held accountable hi

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10:59am

Polly, yes any Bishop or priest who abused or covered up any abuse should be held to accountable and I’ve already told you that. But individuals who make malicious allegations have to be held accountable as well. No I do not think every Diocese in Ireland should be investigated, only if there is credible evidence of wrong doing. You seem to want that but that’s just because of your virulent anti-Catholicism God help you, I’m still praying for you

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Fly on the Wall,
“People respecting people and being held accountable” is a simply perfect explanation of what must.
Thank for your very human words x

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Peter you are right. Keep it human. Salvation is a human experience and gift of God through Christ in the Spirit Thank you too

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11:55pm

No Polly your only concern is that any cleric who is accused of abuse is automatically guilty wither there is any proof or not such is your hatred of priests. I don’t care if you believe me or not, I have such a high regard for The Sacred Priesthood that I absolutely want any cleric who besmirches it it any way to be dismissed and prosecuted as so much more is expected from them. If anybody is is full of malice and vengeance it is you who does not care if the accuser is malicious or not, they must be believed. So it is what blog readers have come to expect from your VILE and Evil mindset.

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11:55am
I see That you have no concern for innocent Canon Brown does his suffering at the hand of this malicious accuser mean nothing to you. Oh no I forgot in your eyes he is a priest so he is guilty, in your eyes anyway.

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Bella, you have already made your point on this topic and, as usual, made it poorly and unconvincingly.
I have sympathy with anyone wrongfully accused, provided he or she is wrongfully accused.
What I will not do, however, is describe accusers as malicious simply because they cannot substantiate their accusations.
An unproved allegation isn’t necessarily an untrue one.
Even you, bigoted as you are, could understand this.

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+Dr Turtle is the current head of the National Board for Safeguarding Children, Bp Pat. Was she involved in the review of the monster? I wonder.

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3:10pm
Polly, that is only your opinion and you know what I think of that. You say you have sympathy for anyone wrongfully accused, I did not notice any sympathy for poor innocent Canon Brown. However you are so bigoted and full of hatred for the clergy that any accusations made about a priest must be true even if they cannot be substantiated. I’m so sorry I did not convince you, but too bad, I couldn’t care less what a vile character like you thinks.

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Quote from Fr. Tom Doyle @ 8 min:

” There is something wrong with the whole notion of a religion that safeguards its leadership, its superstructure, more than the people themselves. The reality is we– you are Church, not just the people with the robes on, but all of us. “

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Yes, there most assuredly is something wrong with such a notion because, quintessentially, it is a pagan cult of Romanist priests.
Not for nothing does the supreme priest of this cult, the pope, refer to himself as ‘Pontifex Maximus’, the title of the pagan chief priest in Ancient Rome. And the College of Cardinals, too, is modelled on this pagan priesthood.
Imperial, pagan Rome lives on in this cult. But its star is waning. Happily. 😄

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Should the Queen of England be held accountable, along with the British Prime Minister, for cases of abuse within the whole Anglican Communion, if not just the Church of England?

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@ 9:07 is 100% correct. And Queen Elizabeth II and the “Church of England” and the even more laughably mistitled “Church of Ireland” must pay reparations for the Famine and 800 years of British misrule, torture and persecution in Ireland.

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The first Magdalen laundry was opened by the Anglican church in Ireland, and don’t get me started on the Bethany Home and Kincora.

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Don’t worry. In a classic case of “the Empire strikes back”, the peoples of the places the English the English thought was their right to rob and colonise have moved in huge number to the Mother Country and are making the English a minority in their historic homeland. Too bad. I suppose that must be how the Native Americans felt when the Puritans arrived.

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The duds were sent into the schools and orphanages. Sow the seed and reap the whirlwind. The abused were only second class citizens anyway.

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In the end, Pat, we all pray that truth, justice, goodness and healing will prevail for all victims/survivors. We also hope that God’s justice will prevail. Ultimately, as followers of Christ we accept that God is our ultimate judge who, as scripture says, will reward or treat each of us according to our (life) behaviour and what we each deserve. While all of us personally must call out wrongdoing – always – which most of us do, we cannot dispense our judgment. We cannot play God with others. Nor should we paint all clerics with the same nasty, rough edged brush!

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9.10

The last sentence of your post is its point, isn’t it priest? Not your lesser concern for those raped by your fellow priests and the crimes covered up by your fellow priests; that was all for show, a mask for your own selfish concern. You even finished that last sentence with a flourish: an exclamation mark to express what really mattered to you.

You are not a follower of Christ, priest: you follow a globally shamed and discredited institution, because you freely, and willingly, vowed or promised obedience to a man, a bishop and his successors, rather than to the one that counts: the God-man, Jesus Christ.

You’re a total fraud, priest. The last sentence of your post proves this.

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11:28am
Polly, how dare you address a member of The Sacred Priesthood in that manner, it is only to you and your likes that you call The One True Church a globally discredited institution. To the faithful It is The Immaculate Bride of Christ and the priest at his ordination promises obedience to his Bishop who as his Superior stands in the place of Our Lord. If you had not been rejected as unworthy to be a priest you would have promised the same. But you are so bitter and twisted you address your betters in an appalling manner. REPENT before it’s too late.

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There is nothing sacred about the priesthood. Christ did not establish it; men did.

And boy, does it show! 😅

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1:48
Bella, my comment was at 12:39pm, not 12:35 pm.
I’m not going to fuel your fantasies. Those indoctrinated need deprogramming which includes hours of intense debriefing during which a team of deprogrammers use ethical psychological techniques to counter indoctrination. Good luck with it, Bella.👍

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MVB at 3:39pm

So sorry for my mistake in putting the wrong time it seems to upset you. It must have been all those hours of intense debriefing you’ve gone through that’s left you pyschologicaly unable to cope with such a small thing. Good luck with the rest of your therapy, you sorely need it.

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4:35
Bella, are you alright? You’re sounding silly.
Are you on a sticky wicket having to defend the indefensible now realizing many of Holy Mother Church personnel are not what you thought. Change your perspective. Develop a more realistic view of Church priesthood and human nature. Talk to someone. It’s all about charity, Bella.

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MVB 6:13pm
Not as silly as you whoever you are, you’re just an other bigoted anti-Catholic. I will always defend traditional Catholicism and the clergy who stick and keep to our precious Catholic heritage. So in charity I tell you change your perspective and stop being influenced by all you see around you and realize that there are still very good holy personnel as you call them in Our Holy Mother The Church and She will be with us restored in glory to the end.

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Pat says “ ………. The RCC is literally AN AXIS OF EVIL. It has Satan and all that is evil on its side ……. “

I wish the victims of Finnegan justice in their pursuit. Finnegan has been dealt with by the Highest Authority and has not escaped Divine Justice.

The above statements, however, of Pat Buckley, as well as being patently false, are the shrill and irrational ranting of an oppportunistic and hysteria-driven bigot.

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6:59
Having to dealing with cognitive dissonance must be very difficult, Bella.
Clergy are ruining the precious Catholic heritage all by themselves.
Please don’t be attributing bigotry to others. It’s not particularly Christlike.
Remember, Bella, the Master told His followers to love one another.

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MVB at 9:33pm
You’re not being very Christ like yourself, to me you are a bigot with all your anti-Catholic rhetoric not all clergy are ruining our Catholic heritage only some who have lost the faith anyway. You are judging all priests as if they are all the same they are not .Remember MVB what you say about love or does that not apply to you

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Perhaps Mourneful Mike would care to tell us if social work departments pay compensation to the victims of state children’s homes and the massive and numerous social work failings typified by Baby P? I believe that the head of the Baby P social work department received a large compensation package for being sacked.

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1.30
Perhaps you will learn that the remit of this blog isn’t the failings of health-care agencies, but the chronic criminality of the institutional Roman Catholic Church.
I’d guess other blogs deal with that stuff. Why don’t you find one?

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New seminarian from Scotland, Gary O’Brien, has arrived in Belfast for a year in the Latin Mass community in Belfast. That’s the future.

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Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power
https://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/VictimsOfCrimeAndAbuseOfPower.aspx
French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims
https://cruxnow.com/church-in-europe/2019/02/french-bishops-agree-to-compensation-for-sex-abuse-victims/
“Beyond the financial support for the victims to heal themselves, financial compensation implies one thing: To recognize the Church’s moral responsibility,” Devaux told the AP. “And the Church finds it hard to do so.”

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2.09: Don’t expect MMM to be honest about massive social work disasters…where children and families have been and continue to be hugely hurt and neglected…MMM …. TRUTH PLEASE.

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2.49
I’m confident that MMM would be totally honest, comprehensive too, in addressing such a matter … were this the right forum to be so.
You have no sense of place, have you?
Maybe you’re a priest squirming like a worm on a hook at the daily revelations on this blog ‘Holy Mother Church’ and her priests would rather distract attention from by introducing strawmen, like MMM. I can’t say I blame you: it must be horrid for any priest to now know just how much of his life he has utterly wasted by peddling spiritual kitch on behalf of that snake oil retailer extraordinaire in Rome. 😅

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3.24: Another faux outrage comnent from anon: – MC – a toxic flow of words from someone with unresolved psychological problems. Your repetitive narrative, as before, is rather tiresome. Your appetite for ugliness of thoughts, pathetic. I thank God each day for priesthood, even though I struggle to live the ideal but I am so grateful for the amazing opportunities given me to enrich the lives of many and to contribute meaningfully to the parish where I presently work. I really feel sorry for your sad existence as it seems it is deeply wounded, restless, miserable and lacking in relevant interpersonal relationships. You fail to see the big elephants in your life – hatred, envy, rage. I’m sure you are capable of better.

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Thank you @3:24.
As I commented on an earlier blog, “I don’t propose to provide fodder for donkeys.”
‘Nuf said!
MMM

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3.24: No, MMM has been challenged before in these relevant matters and failed abysmally to account for the outrageous failures of his one time profession. Why?? Need we ask. MC, go and suck lollipops.

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6.37
(Sigh😩) It has become tedious reminding posters that this blog is about exposing the corruption, abuse, and criminality IN THE RCC. It is NOT a blog for exposing such things elsewhere.
You are obviously someone who cannot stand the Church’s being called out for its atrocious behaviour.
Look on the bright side, priest: your shame shows that you have at least a semblance of conscience, unlike so many of your colleagues. 😕

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6.34

‘Kitch’ means (among other things) ‘trite sayings’. Check the Urban Dictionary. 😃

And sure isn’t this the measure of Rome?

Trite sayings?

You’ll find every one of them in that big book of platitudes, priest: the one inside your head.

The Sheep love trite.😄

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4.13
You have certain men to thank for priesthood: God had nothing to do with it, since Jesus himself did not establish priesthood. In fact, the Letter to the Hebrews makes clear that priesthood was ineffective, and, in light of Jesus’ death and resurrection, absolutely redundant.
There were no priests in the early church, priest; no parasites: just followers who came together to break bread and to drink, likely from a communal cup.
No hocus pocus necessary. Not then, and not now.

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6.34, if we can’t stand it, we should belatedly stay out of it (not necessarily out of discussing it)

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It never fails to make me laugh that anybody could think ‘[insert name of any other organisation] is as bad as us’ could be a defence or even distraction for more than five minutes from the ongoing criminality and torture perpetrated by the RC church.
Once again Pat’s policy of free speech shows its value because you all make yourself look really bad. 🤣

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Dear Pat,
A victory here in Scotland. The Scottish rampant has been stopped in his tracks before he hurts anyone else. He hasn’t been seen in the Scottie college since they started back at the weekend. He is nowhere to be seen in his parish either. Guilty much?

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Er. He is at seminary you half wit. We are going to vespers shortly. I will pass on your regards. Sorry you got rejected and can’t join us. Bishop John warmed us about you. 😉🤣🥰

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Bishop Patrick, is there any word from Mount Mellary or Roscrea? Also could you or one of your commentators explain something to me. Abbot Richard was Abbot of Roscrea and was elected Abbot of Mount Mellary so he moved to Mount Mellary. However, is he still the actual Abbot of a Roscrea also? There is no Abbot of Roscrea anymore only some superior. Has Roscrea been demoted or is it that they never got around to electing an Abbot? Or is Abbot Richard also still Abbot of Roscrea despite being in Mount Mellary?

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Stories have a beginning, a middle and an outcome or end. Not Bucko’s wee stories – don’t hold your breath to reach the outcome or end. Most of it is spoof in any case.

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8.33
Stories?
You go on dealing with florid fiction, pal. Meantime, the blog will deal with real life. 😃

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Well, apparently the Strict Observance part of the OCSO didn’t seem to apply to Abbot Purcell ! I mean, the gulf between what he professed and his extra curricular activities is astounding. Not to mention the fact that he seems to have been absent from his monastery more than he was there ! He might be fooling himself, but he certainly isn’t fooling us !

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Pat,
There is someone trying to cover tracks for McNamara and protect his reputation when that’s the last thing that needs protected. McNamara is nowhere to be seen in the Scottie college. Clearly something is going down in Scotland.

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8.97: Get iver your rejection, MC. you vile, stupid, ignorant and dtsfynctional piece of crap. Thank God you were rejected.

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8.07: As I said, I thank God daily for priesthood and for the wonderful opportunities guven to me to be of service to others and to many communities. Your repeat, tiresome, angry, jealous rhetoric is sour grapes. Perhaps you were rejected from seminary for goid reason..Continue your nasty, insidious nonsense. Thank God for priesthood and for giving me the grace to be a priest. Get a life, mr. angry.

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Anon at 8.07, did your therapist ever tell you that holding on to anger, vengeance, hurts and a outrage has negative consequences in your life. They stop you from being a better human being. It is possible to work through such destructive emotions, so perhaps a reacquaintance with your therapist might be a useful option to give yourself. Just sayin’ like..

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8.07: We can understand your angst…poor sod. Go and gather a group around you and form what you believe the original community of Christ’s followers should be. I know it will require courage, prayer, faith and conviction but when you try it, let us know how things are. I might come and join you.

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I had a family funeral recently. The priest was somewhat camp and as queer as a nine-bob note. That being said, he was a lovely guy and I really respected the way he handled the situation, and the humanity of how he dealt with the family. If the future of the Catholic church is gay priests, then that is possibly no bad thing. A sensitive gay guy might be more value in difficult settings than some macho hurler/ poker playing priest.

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