We are now seeing very serious questions being asked about three Irish monasteries:
SILVERSTREAM in Meath diocese.
GLENSTAL Cashel and Emily.
MOUNT MELLARY in Waterford and Lismore.
There are sexual accusations against two superiors:
Mark Kirby – the former Prior of Silverstream.
Richard Purcell – the current abbot of Mount Mellary.
The most serious allegations are made against Richard Purcell.
His Abbot General revealed to me sexual problems he had in Roscrea.
Richard Purcell should immediately step down as abbot.
If he wants to brazen it out then the abbot General and his council in Rome should depose Purcell.
This blog will keep readers updated about all developments in all three monasteries.
EX ABBOT COLLINS
New information is emerging about ex abbot Collins time in Jerusalem.
The informations is leading to suspicions about behaviour that caused a monastery in Jerusalem to have damning graffiti written on its walls and a real fear by the Israeli police that the monastery could be attacked or burned.
This turned into some type if a threat of international relations between the Vatican and Israel being affected?
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON RICHARD PURCELL
The Blog in association with very concerned others is asking priests or people with information with regard to the sexual allegations with regard Richard Purcell to come forward – for the Good of the Church and Mount Mellary.
I understand, that for various reasons people might not wish to approach me.
In that event they can approach Mr Robert Hourigan who has no association with me in any way.
Mr Hourigan and his family had a long history of involvement with Mount Mellary and had relations who lived and died as monks there.
Mt Hourigan, a practising Catholic, with a loyalty to his church, can be contacted on:
We can thank Mark Tabernacle Kirby of Silverstream for the current exposure if Ireland’s gay abbots and abbeys.
Kirby”s sexual overtures towards one of his monks, over a ten year period, was absolutely inappropriate and makes no sense of his ridiculous claims that Jesus speaks to him from the Tabernacle.
If Jesus was speaking to Kirby from the Tabernacle he would say to him:
“Stoping coming on to your monks and stop showing them your John Thomas”.
Ater ten years of enduring Kirby’s antics the monks finally had enough and made a formal complaint to the monasteries ecclesiastical superior, the Bishop of Meath.
The Bishop, Denihan, appointed three visitors – Coffey the abbot of Glenstal, Purcell the abbot of Mount Mellary and a Cork monsignor.
The complaining monks made sworn statements and an affidavit.
We are not at the stage whereby the monks was sent from the monastery and Kirby was taken back as an ordinary monk.
Objective observers are now persuaded that the visitors and Deenihan have decided to save Kirby’s skin and offload the complaining monks – in other words do the normal RC cover up job.
BUT NOW THERE ARE COMPLICATIOBS ARISING:
COMPLICATION ONE – PURCELL
Purcell has been accused of being homosexually active with other men – religious and lay-AND of having visited the gay Boiler House Sauna in Dublin.
His abbot General has told that he had a homosexual problem in his previous monastery – Roscrea.
People are now calling for his resignation or deposition.
We are awaiting the outcome.
Purcell is now collateral damage of the Kirby scandal.
COMPLICATION TWO – GLENSTAL
The homoerotic spotlight is now on Glenstall.
ENTER ABBOT GREGORY COLLINS
A Glenstall monks was appointed the abbot of the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem.
But Collins didn’t keep his whistle clean.
Below is an affidavit sworn as part of Collins’ resignation as abbot in Jerusalem which is with the Congregation for Religious
‘I, the undersigned xxxxx xxxxx, born 13th May 1977 in Cadca (Slovak Republic residing in Rome Piazza San Pancras 13 hereby declare
In his last year of teaching at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselms (2007/2008).
Father Gregory Collins, in one our talks informed me of his intimate relationship with Brother Ephraim Huser OSB. By the end of the academic year Brother Huser had left religious life and Father Gregory went back to his monastery Glenstal.
I met with Patrick Huser, ( the civil name of Brother Ephraim) in November 2015. He referred to Father Gregory Collins as his “ex boyfriend”. Patrick Huser declared his homosexuality many times in the past in front of other Sant Anselmo residents.
Father Gregory Collins also told me about the gay community at the Glenstal Abbey. According to Father Gregory, when he asked to join the monastery, Father Henry O’Shea, who was then the novice master was “delighted when he learned about Father Gregory’s sexual orientation.
I later relayed this information to Father xxxx xxxxxxx OSB whom I have known personally for 16 years, in as much as I worked at Sant Anselmo as his assistant.
This is a true and correct statement of the facts and events related herein.
However it does appear that other matters featured in the resignation of Gregory Collins that involved the Israeli police.
COLLINS’ OWN STTEMENT
Collins is now left Glenstal and indeed the RCC and is now an Anglican vicar in the very gay friendly diocese of Chichester.
HOMOEROTIC PAINTINGS IN GLENSTAL LIBRARY
Nude Biblical images by Glenstal monk are banned by Facebook
‘We don’t allow ads with content that features sexually suggestive posturing ’
The Good Thief, by artist turned monk Br Emmaus, features in Glenstal Abbey – Through the Seasons
Facebook has banned a post advertising a new book from the monks at Glenstal Abbey in Co Limerick because of nudity in illustrations of the Good Thief crucified with Christ, and of the Archangel Michael.
A spokeswoman for Columba Books, which is publishing Glenstal Abbey – Through the Seasons, said the images had been “deemed ‘too sexual’ by Facebook and against their policies”.
However nude images of the Good Thief from the book have been posted by the Irish Catholic newspaper on its Facebook page. A caption accompanying the images reads: “Nude paintings in a monastery library? The IC (Irish Catholic) can exclusively reveal that a new book on #GlenstalAbbey from Columba Books features nude paintings called ‘The Good Thief’. Is it appropriate to hang on the walls of a library within an Abbey? You decide!”
Columba Books and the Irish Catholic are both owned by Grace Communications.
Giving its reason to Columba Books for rejecting the advertisement, Facebook said: “The ad isn’t running because it doesn’t follow our Advertising Policies which apply to an ad’s content, its audience, and the destination it links to. We don’t allow ads that feature people with excessive skin visible.”
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It recommended “using content that focuses on your product or service rather than the model.”
Columba Books responded: “The ‘nudity’ in question is art pieces from a Benedictine monk at Glenstal Abbey. It’s art! Not a photo, does not feature a real person, and has been shared with permission.”
In a further response, headlined, “Here’s what’s preventing your ad from running,” Facebook said, under the heading “Image” that: “We don’t allow ads with content that features sexually suggestive posturing or that shows a lot of skin (even if it’s for an artistic or education reason) because of their highly sensitive nature. I suggest you have a look at our Advertising Policies for more details, including some do’s and don’t s.”
This it repeated under two further headings “Leading Page” and “The reason behind our policies.”
The images are by artist turned monk Br Emmaus, whose larger than life nude paintings adorn Glenstal’s library wall. Br Emmaus says he renders the human figure naked “to follow the naked Christ.”
In the book, Br Emmaus says: “Prior to my solemn profession at Glenstal Abbey in 2014, I worked as a graphic designer in Los Angeles, USA, for ten years after receiving my BDes from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
“Currently a student of the University of St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, Canada, I am about to enter my third year of doctrinal studies. My area of research concerns questions involving the need for contemporary liturgical art to adapt Christian iconography in terms of postmodern recontextualisation.”
He says: “In rendering the human figure naked ‘to follow the naked Christ’, these paintings, like the Benedictine commitment to a life of daily conversion, echo the challenge to emulate the paupertas, nuditas, et humilitas Christi (the poverty, vulnerability, and humility of Christ) and become, in ourselves, transparent images of the God who made us.”
ONE OF THE PAINTINGS – SAINT DISMAS –
1. If Collins resigned as abbot over sexual misbehaviour Purcell should follow the precedent?
2. What is this about the “GAY COMMUNITY AT GLENSTAL that Collins is speaking.
3. Is it all a gay community?
4. Or is there a gay community within the general community?
5. Why the need for homoerotic paintings in Glenstal?
6. Glenstal happier to receive homosexual novices than heterosexual novices?
Should Brendan Coffey of Glenstal resign too?
FINALLY A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO KIRBY – THE TABERNACLE DOM
(CNN)Pope Francis has declared support for civil unions for same-sex couples for the first time, according to the Catholic News Agency.
The Pope made the historic remarks in “Francesco,” a new documentary film directed by Russian filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky, that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.
“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it,” the Pope said in the film, the Catholic News Agency reported.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the Pope said.
The film also explores the Pope’s work and views in other issues, including climate change, migration and economic equality, according to the film’s website. It is set to premiere in North America on Sunday during the SCAD Savannah Film Festival.
Francis has suggested in past interviews that he is not against civil unions, but this is the first time as Pope that he has directly come out in favor of them.
As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis advocated for same-sex civil unions as an alternative when Argentina was discussing whether to legalize same-sex marriage.
Francis’ comments differ from his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who made the news when he labeled homosexuality “an intrinsic moral evil.”
Jesuit Father James Martin, who has advocated for the church to welcome LGBTQ people, said bishops from many countries, including some in the United States and Poland, who are “violently against” civil unions will have to rethink their positions.
“He’s creating a new space for LGBT people … He’s saying it on the record and he’s being very clear. It’s not simply that he’s tolerating it — he’s supporting it,” Martin told CNN’s Christine Amanpour on Wednesday.
In the US, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, asked for more clarification, saying the Francis’ comments contradict the church’s teachings on same-sex unions.
“The Church cannot support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships,” Thomas said in a statement. “Individuals with same-sex attraction are beloved children of God and must have their personal human rights and civil rights recognized and protected by law. However, the legalization of their civil unions, which seek to simulate holy matrimony, is not admissible.”
Ed Mechmann, director of public policy for the Archidiocese of New York, described the Pope’s comments as a serious mistake that can lead to a lot of confusion.
“In this case, I think we have to recognize that the Holy Father has plainly erred,”
Mechmann wrote in a blog post. “Catholics cannot promote the legalization of same-sex unions. But we also have to be clear that he isn’t changing the teaching of the Church on homosexuality or same-sex unions in any way.”
Francis is not supporting Christian or Catholic marriages for gay couples.
He is merely saying that such couples have the legal and civil right to have their relationship recognised in their country’s laws.
And most modern democracies give couples this right.
Personally, I have always believed that the Church should bless these unions.
Can a same sex marriage be sacramental? Yes it can.
“Wherever there is live, there is God”.
I have been blessing gay couples for over 30 years.
And now I can perform legal weddings for gay couples north and south of the Irish border.
Personally I am a bit uncomfortable with people calling themselves two “husbands”.
The Anglican and Catholic churches missed crucial opportunities to stop them abusing other children, unredacted reports find
Melissa Davey The Guardian
Tue 20 Oct 2020 0
The Anglican and Catholic churches knew about allegations against notorious paedophile priests years before they were convicted and jailed for child sexual abuse, missing crucial opportunities to stop them from abusing other children.
The findings were outlined in two unredacted and one previously unreleased report published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Tuesday. The findings were previously redacted so as not to prejudice ongoing legal proceedings against the two abusers: the former Anglican dean of Newcastle Graeme Lawrence and the former Catholic priest Vincent Gerard Ryan.
Lawrence is the most senior Anglican church figure found guilty of child sexual abuse, after being convicted in July 2019 of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 1991 at his home at Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle, New South Wales. He was sentenced to eight years in jail.
The commission’s report on case study 42, which examined the response of the Anglican diocese of Newcastle to child sexual abuse allegations, found the allegations that Lawrence was sexually abusing children were made on three separate occasions to the then Bishop Roger Herft.
First, Herft was told by leaders of a diocesan youth camp in 1995 that two boys had separately alleged that Lawrence had sexually abused them.
In 1996, the commission found Herft was told by the then archbishop that Lawrence had been sexually abusing young boys. Then, in 1999, he was told by a bishop that Lawrence had been a perpetrator of child sexual abuse.
Herft told the royal commission that he could not recall these allegations being made to him.
“It seems extraordinary to us that the bishop of a diocese would have no recollection whatsoever of numerous people making allegations to him over a number of years that one of the most senior priests and powerful figures in the Diocese – the dean – had sexually abused children … and no recollection of discussing the allegations … We reject Bishop Herft’s evidence that he had no recollection of these matters.”
Herft also told the commission he had no memory of becoming concerned that there was a pattern of allegations against Lawrence. “It seems extraordinary to us that Bishop Herft would not have formed such a concern given the number of allegations made,” the commission found.
The commission also found that Lawrence was not a credible witness, and that his testimony to the commission was “on many occasions contradictory, evasive and implausible”. The commission said it was also satisfied that in 1981, when he was a senior priest in the Diocese of Riverina,
Lawrence began “a sexual relationship with CKH, who was then 16 years old … Mr Lawrence continued to have a sexual relationship with CKH until around 1985, when CKH was 19 years old”.
The commission found Lawrence’s partner, Gregory Goyette, also sexually abused CKH, which Lawrence knew about.
“We reject Mr Lawrence’s submission that our terms of reference do not require us to make these findings,” the commission found. “It is correct that our terms of reference relate to the institutional response to allegations of child sexual abuse, but, in our view, it is highly relevant that one of the leaders of the Diocese, who was himself personally involved in the institutional response to certain survivors, sexually abused a child.”
Meanwhile the commission found in its report on case study 43, which examined the response of Catholic church authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse in the Maitland–Newcastle region, that Monsignor Patrick Cotter was made aware of allegations that Father Ryan had sexually abused multiple altar boys who were students at St Joseph’s primary school in 1975. At the time, Cotter was the priest in charge of St Joseph’s parish, and Ryan was the assistant priest.
Cotter was told by a nun that Ryan was abusing children through “oral and anal penetration, penis sucking and attempts at masturbation”.
“We are also satisfied that Father Ryan admitted to Monsignor Cotter that he had sexually abused altar boys at St Joseph’s,” the report found. “Despite the serious allegations reported to him directly,
Monsignor Cotter professed to have little or no recollection of those events and the substance of the complaints. Given the gravity of the matters, his claimed lack of recollection defies belief.”
Cotter’s evidence was “generally unspecific, unclear or evasive,” the commission found. “Monsignor Cotter sought to minimise the gravity of the conduct reported to him and to present the information provided to him as having been vague or inconclusive, when that was not the case. Monsignor Cotter, who was at the time the most senior priest in the Diocese, did not take appropriate or adequate steps to respond to these serious allegations. No official reprimand or sanction was put in place. The allegations were not properly documented and recorded in the Diocese’s files.”
The only step taken was to refer Ryan to a psychiatrist, and remove him from the parish, which the commission described as “completely inadequate”. Ryan only saw the psychiatrist once.
“Monsignor Cotter sought to protect the Church and Father Ryan,” the report said. “No steps were taken to protect the welfare of the children in the Diocese.”
There is also evidence that the 1975 incidents were reported to one of the diocesan consultors at the time, the report said. No counselling or support was provided to those primary school students at St Joseph’s who reported being sexually abused by Ryan. No one in or associated with the Church authorities reported the allegations against Ryan to police, the report found.
“The allegations should have been referred to the police, and not doing so was an abject failure to act in the best interests of the children of St Joseph’s Primary School and the Diocese,” the report found. “This was an opportunity to bring an end to Father Ryan preying sexually on children within the Diocese. Missing that opportunity had devastating consequences for those children Father Ryan went on to abuse in the future.”
Ryan was released from jail on parole in July, after serving 14 months of a three-year sentence for crimes against two boys in the late 90s. He had previously served 14 years in jail for the sexual abuse of 35 boys aged between six and 14 between 1972 and 1991, and was released from that sentence in 2010.
He was only stripped of his priestly faculties in August.
We now know many many sexual abuse victims have been abused twice or co abused by bishops and other covering up for them.
Its quite clear that covering up should also be a serious imprisonable crime.
But the RC church at least is still as much a cover merchant as ever.
See the Purcell and Kirby cases.
Of course there us no suggestion of minors being involved in these cases.
But still, serious and scandalous allegations have been made.
And no one has assured anyone that there will be an independent and thorough investigation into them.
By Stephen Kurkjian and Matt Carroll Boston (MA) Globe July 9, 2002
New Hampshire Bishop John B. McCormack acknowledged under oath last month that he accepted without question the denials of two priests in the Boston Archdiocese that they had molested youngsters despite receiving repeated sexual abuse allegations against the men.
McCormack also said he did not think he was obligated to inform authorities about the allegations against the Rev. Ronald H. Paquin and the Rev. Joseph Birmingham because as a priest he was not covered by state law at the time requiring reporting of sexual abuse of minors, according to a transcript of the confidential deposition obtained by the Associated Press.
McCormack, who served as Cardinal Bernard Law’s top deputy for investigating clergy abuse before being named bishop of Manchester in 1998, was deposed in connection with a civil lawsuit filed by three men who allege they were sexually abused by another Boston-area priest, the Rev. Paul R. Shanley.
The lawsuit accuses Law, McCormack, and several other top archdiocesan officials of failing to stop the alleged abuse by Shanley, who was indicted last month by a Middlesex County grand jury on charges of raping three youths during the 1980s while assigned as pastor of a Newton church.
Although the suit focuses on Shanley, Boston attorney Roderick MacLeish is seeking to show that archdiocesan officials put children and youngsters in harm’s way by failing to properly respond to sexual abuse allegations made against priests in their charge.
Questioned by MacLeish, the attorney for the alleged victims, McCormack acknowledged that he had accepted Shanley’s explanation in 1985 that he had been quoted out of context in a speech Shanley had made stating that when adults have sex with minors, children are often the seducers.
McCormack said he was wrong to have accepted Shanley’s account that he was only speaking about child prostitutes. ”I saw Paul as a person who was an honest guy, who was always trying to help the church reach out to the alienated, the marginalized,” McCormack said during the deposition held June 4 in Manchester. ”I had no reason to think that he was, when he reported to me, that he was being dishonest. In hindsight, I do, but then I didn’t.”
The AP said the transcript of McCormack’s sworn testimony was provided by Massachusetts sources. The public release of the information is likely to prompt a response from Superior Court Justice Constance M. Sweeney, who is overseeing all civil cases involving alleged sexual misconduct by Boston archdiocese priests.
Sweeney has denied media requests to obtain transcripts of depositions taken in the civil case involving convicted pedophile and defrocked priest John J. Geoghan, saying the sworn testimony by Law and other archdiocesan officials could only be released 30 days after the deposition was complete.
Sweeney is likely to toe the same line with all sworn testimony involving clergy sexual misconduct suits in which depositions have not been finished, according to some attorneys involved in the cases.
McCormack’s deposition will be continued at a date yet to be determined.
According to selected portions of the transcript, which the AP released last night, MacLeish spent most of the deposition questioning McCormack about his handling of allegations the archdiocese had received about Paquin and Birmingham.
In an account previously reported in the Globe, McCormack said that he had confronted Paquin in 1991 about information he had received from a priest who alleged that Paquin was having inappropriate contact with a Haverhill youth.
”I spoke with Father Paquin. He assured me there was no sexual contact, that this was a boy he had known, that he was trying to be helpful to, so I took him at his word,” McCormack said. Paquin was indicted last month by an Essex County grand jury for having sexually abused the youth.
McCormack acknowledged in the deposition that he did not question Paquin’s account even though he had ordered Paquin removed from a Haverhill church in 1990 after receiving credible allegations of abuse from two other youths.
McCormack also dismissed the concerns of a Gloucester parent who asked in 1987 if Birmingham, who until recently had been assigned to his parish, was the same priest he had heard had abused children elsewhere.
Church officials received abuse allegations for years against Birmingham, who died in 1989. The Globe has previously reported that at least three people say they told McCormack, or that McCormack knew, that Birmingham was abusing children during the 1960s and 1970s.
McCormack said he confronted Birmingham at the time, and Birmingham assured him he was ”clean” of any problems.
Later in his exchange with MacLeish, McCormack acknowledged learning of another complaint against Birmingham. Asked whether he contacted the unidentified Gloucester parent with that information, McCormack said he could not recall having done so.
McCormack acknowledged having reservations about Birmingham, but said he advised the man not to worry about Birmingham and said he saw no need for him to raise the issue with his son.
”I can’t explain why I didn’t tell the full story,” McCormack said.
Sweeney had issued no formal order prohibiting the release of the depositions taken in the Shanley case. But J. Owen Todd, an attorney for the archdiocese, said he believes that a Massachusetts Appeals Court order last month referring all civil cases involving clergy abuse to Sweeney prohibited the leaking of depositions taken in the Shanley case.
”I am astonished by what’s happened here,” Todd said, adding that he was certain that Sweeney would hold an immediate hearing regarding the disclosure of McCormack’s deposition.
MacLeish last night vehemently denied being responsible for providing the transcipt. If the deposition was provided by an attorney, he or she could be held in contempt by Sweeney, MacLeish noted.
IMPORTANT VIDEOS ON THIS STORY
The current fay clergysex scandal involving Silverstream and Kirby, Mount Mellary and Purcell, yhe Domicans, the Redemptorists and many others is not new.
The above story and videos is a similar US story 28 years old.
It involves priests, monks and bishops engaging in high level promiscuous sex.
And it involves bishops, priests and abbots doing cover up jobs.
At the moment the Abbot if Glenstal is the temporary superior of Silverstream.
There are claims that Purcell was involved with two Glenstal monks.
Coffey has allowed Kirby back to Silverstream.
And, according to a Meath PP is sitting on further information about Kirby and his past.
This is not good.
This is cover up.
This blog is in possession of.much information sent to us by a number of people including a diicesan priest who currently resides in Rome and has known of the Kirby Problem for a long time
Instead of covering up the Kirby and Purcell situations should be quickly resolved.
Otherwise, people from these men’s pasts will come forward. To this blog.
Explainer: What is the Retention of Records Bill and why is it so controversial?
ByEva Wall – Extra.ie
The Retention of Records Bill was approved by the Cabinet in February 2019, but its passage into legislation has been controversial.
The Retention of Records Bill pertains to the records transferred to the National Archives by the Ryan Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB) and the Residential Institutions Redress Review Committee.
Purportedly seeking to replace existing legislation that dictates the destruction of all records and submissions gathered by these three bodies, the Retention of Records Bill proposes ‘sealing’ the documents for a period of at least 75 years, or until 2094 at the earliest.
The Retention of Records Bill proposes ‘sealing’ the documents relating to institutional child abuse for a period of at least 75 years, or until 2094 at the earliest.
Established in 2000, the Ryan Commission or CICA was instigated to investigate the extent and impact of institutional abuse perpetrated in State and Church bodies from 1936 onward, and to hear testimonies from those who claimed to have suffered such abuse.
Two years later, the RIRB was set up to make awards to survivors of institutional abuse, while the Residential Institutions Redress Review Committee was established to review these awards.
All told, the three bodies hold over two million records concerning institutional abuse in Ireland from 1936.
The Retention of Records Bill pertains to the records transferred to the National Archives by the Ryan Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB) and the Residential Institutions Redress Review Committee. Pic: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.
The essential stated aim of the Retention of Records Bill, as outlined by Minister for Education Joe McHugh, is to ensure that all records are preserved to ensure that the extent of institutional child abuse in Ireland is neither forgotten nor repeated, thereby supplanting earlier obligations to destroy the evidence while respecting the wishes of the 15,000 survivors who submitted testimonies, as well as confidentiality clauses reportedly outlined in the establishment of the Ryan Commission.
The proposed bill has been opposed by a number of survivors of institutional abuse, as well as legal, historical and archival experts, some of whom appeared before the Oireachtas Education Committee on Tuesday November 26 to outline their concerns.
The opposition towards the proposed bill centres on perceptions that the Government, by sealing the records for such a long period, risks ‘creating cynicism’, and concerns have also been voiced at the inability of survivors of abuse to access their own personal data and at the lack of investigation into the preferences of survivors concerning the storage and availability of their records.
Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said that the Retention of Records Bill is to preserve evidence and therefore to ensure that the extent of institutional child abuse in Ireland is neither forgotten nor repeated
The full written submissions made to the Oireachtas Education Committee in opposition to the Retention of Records Bill may be accessed online.
Among the recommendations made to the Committee were the enactment of legislation to allow survivors who submitted testimonies access to their own records, the possible anonymisation or redaction of records made available for public access, and the provision of legislation to enable individual survivors to decide how they would prefer to handle their records.
In her submission to the Committee, Maeve O’Rourke, a lecturer in Human Rights Law in NUI Galway, said: ‘We cannot overstate the potential impact of this Bill’s contents on our country’s historical record, on survivors’ and their families’ personal lives, and on our State’s ability to prevent abuse in the future.
‘The Bill deserves the most careful and survivor-focused scrutiny possible.’ Catriona Crowe, former Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, also addressed the Committee.
Describing the records as ‘a comprehensive account of atrocious treatment of vulnerable children over a long period of time’, Ms. Crowe said: ‘The records will provide a unique account of institutional childcare in a small country new to independence, of poverty and its consequences, of the close links between Church and State in the delivery of welfare services, of the damage done to families from loss of their children and siblings, and of the suffering of a large cohort of children in these institutions.
Caitriona Crowe, former Head of Special Projects at the National Archives, said: ‘The loss of the records, or the inappropriate restriction of access being contemplated, would be a significant and profound loss to historical scholarship on 20th century Ireland’. P
‘The loss of the records, or the inappropriate restriction of access being contemplated, would be a significant and profound loss to historical scholarship on 20th century Ireland.’
Ms. Crowe added: ‘The fact that so many survivors of this regime have managed to make normal lives for themselves is testimony to their courage and resilience. Let us not harm them again by treating their hugely important testimonies as outside the archival norms which operate for all other citizens.’
Researcher and survivor of institutional abuse Dr. Mary Lodato told the Committee: ‘The proposed 75-year sealing of our files creates cynicism. It makes it look as though the state is hiding something. This state has already robbed survivors of so much, and profited from our suffering. It must give us our history, and let us share it with the nation.’
I think it is an utter disgrace that the Irish Government are planning to hide abuse records from victims and their families for 75 years on the basis of a Finna Fianna Fail promise made to the corrupt Irish Catholic Church and its religious orders.
Amy communicated with the Armagh clergy together in recent days to ask them to accept a 25% cut in wages.
There was all out war and the Armagh clergy told Amy to put his pay cut where the monkey put his nuts.
Amy was left with her tail between her legs.
One senior Armagh cleric was heard saying:
“What credibility Amy had – and that was precious little – is now gone”.
I wonder what Amy’s wages and expenses amount to?
In 1983 Cackle Daly asked for £ 120.000 a year to support himself and two auxiliaries.
£120,000 in 1983 is £ 407,607.29 today.
So if three bishops get £ 407,607.29 then one bishop gets £ 135,869.
Does Amy and other bishops get £ 135,869 between salary and expenses?
If they do then they get about £110,000 per annum more than priests.
Or do bishops, like in the past, have a free hand with diocesan funds?
Bishop Michael Brown of Galway used to have a cigarette box in his study with special cigarettes with His Lordship the Bishop of Galway printed in gold on each cigarette!
Brown also liked champagne every afternoon at 4 pm with his afternoon tea.
We know Diarmuid Martin’s extravagance is business class flights.
Eaton Casey liked cars, women and cognac laced with milk.
Mc Quaid liked his black limousin with darkened windows and a Citroen DS for informal driving with his chauffeur.
Presumably, bishop’s salaries come from public donations?
Why are their wages and expenses not published?
FATHER PADDY MC WILLUAMS – DOWN AND CONNOR – ILL.
News in – the PP of Toomebridge is ill.
Duneane parish priest Fr Patrick McWilliams marks ordination golden jubilee 10 August, 2017 01:00
Fr Patrick McWilliams, parish priest of Duneane in Down and Connor, has marked the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood.
Fr McWilliams was born in The Moorings, Creagh in Toomebridge – right beside his current parish – and returned to the area just over 20 years ago.
He attended Anahorish school until the age of nine, when his family moved to Portstewart, and from a young age he developed a love of animals and the outdoors – he still enjoys these today, as the community learned when they gathered for Mass to celebrate the anniversary in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Moneyglass.
Bishop Farquhar and Fr Luke McWilliams celebrated Mass, which had been organised by the Duneane parish pastoral council.
Stories were shared of Fr McWilliams’s time in Belfast, where the greater part of his formative years as a young curate and as a parish priest were spent in Turf Lodge and in Polegate.
These were difficult times; Turf Lodge was a parish starting from scratch – it wasn’t only a church, schools, and youth facilities that had to be built; a community had to be gathered, as the people had been uprooted from their homes and were feeling isolated.
Fr McWilliams’s first move to parish priest came at an unusual time. He remembers that his phone rang in the early hours of the morning, and he expected it to be a sick call. It was, in fact, Bishop William Philbin, asking him to take on the role of PP of the newly established parish of Poleglass.
He agreed to take the job but lay awake wondering had it been a prank call – surely a Bishop wouldn’t ring at 4am?
He celebrated his silver jubilee in Poleglass and shortly after that he was transferred to Duneane, and Moneyglass and Toome.
The crowds assembled in Our Lady of Lourdes Church were a testament that in Duneane, just like in his earlier parishes, Fr Paddy has the support of the community.
He was congratulated on his golden jubilee – a night of nostalgia and for reminiscing, but also a night to look forward.