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.
The Conventual Chapter of Mount Melleray Abbey responded to the efforts of the General Chapter of 2017 to arrange the Paternity of Communities, whose traditional Paternity line had been altered, by requesting to be a Daughter House of Bolton Abbey.
The 2017 Chapter had assigned Mount Melleray to the Abbey of Val Notre Dame. In addition to the Abbot of Val Notre Dame’s Regular Visitation, other meetings between the Communities were arranged.
The Conventual Chapter of Val Notre Dame concluded that their fragility did not allow them to accept the responsibility of a geographically distant Community of another culture.
Upon the request of Mount Melleray Abbey, the Conventual Chapter of Bolton Abbey accepted the responsibility of being the Mother House of Mount Melleray Abbey, and so Dom Michael is the Father Immediate.
Since the relationship of Mother House to Daughter House is foundational to the Order, rather than delaying until the next General Chapter to finalize this relation, the Abbot General and his Council acting in the name of the General Chapter (C. 82.2) approved the change that the Paternity of Mount Melleray Abbey is now the responsibility of Bolton Abbey.
The effective date of the change is 28 September 2020.
THE FATHER IMMEDIATE
In accordance with the Charter of Charity, Cistercian communities are autonomous but united in a communion implemented by the institutions of the Father Immediate, the Regular Visitation, and the General Chapter. The Father Immediate is the abbot of another monastery, whose responsibilities include a formal visit to the community every two years. The purpose of this “Regular Visitation” is to strengthen and supplement the pastoral action of the local superior, to correct where necessary, and to renew the nuns’ or monks’ spiritual fervor.
LETTER TO NEW FATHER IMMEDIATE:
Abbot Michael Ryan Father Immediate of Mount Mellary Abbey Bolton Abbey. Moone, Co. Kildale. Ireland.l
My Dear Abbot Michael,
I have been informed you you are now the Father Immediately of Mount Mellary. I wish you well inp your new Paternal role.
The Abbot General may have told you about my communications and telephone call with him with regard Dom Richard Purcell, Abbot of Mount Mellary?
However as Father Immediate, I now wish to formally ask you to investigate allegations of sexual misbehaviour by Richard Purcell.
1. The allegation, told to me by the Abbot General himself, of Richard Purcell’s sexual misbehaviour with xxxxx xxxxx the former priest of Killaloe diocese who was in Roscrea to consider monastic life.
2. The allegation that Richard Purcell has attended the Boiler House gay sauna in Dublin to have anonymous sex with men, including a former seminarian.
3. The allegation that Richard Purcell is sexually involved with other priests including monks of Glenstal and the Dominican order.
4. The allegation that Richard Purcell organised a gay orgy within the environs of Mount Mellary
I have been a lifetime admirer of the Cistercian order and was a regular visitor to Mellifont Abbey.
For me the Cistercian.life is typified by prayer, reflection, silence, sparseness, spirituality and self control.
I am horried at the above allegations which are typified by scandal, self-indulgdnce, cynicism and a total disregard not only for Christian teaching, but a total disregard for the 900 years of monks striving for holiness.
Father Abbot, please investigate fearlessly and restore the reputation of Mount Mellary.
It is over a month since I communications with the Cistercian Abbot General about the sexual activities of Abbot Richard Purcell.
The fall back approach in the Church with regard sexual complaints is that the accused step aside while the investigation is ongoing.
In the case Abbot Purcell,he is still fully in office and behaving as if nothing had happened!
If Richard Purcell was the manager of a business and it emerged that he used the premises to have sex with a fellow worker – as happened in Roscrea Abbey he would have immediately dismissed for “gross misconduct”.
But in the RCC, which PREACHES from the rooftop about justice, such behaviour is still BRUSHED UNDER THE CARPET!
And the highed your rank the more dust is brushed under an even bigger carpet.
See the Cardinal McCarrick case.
We have been sold the story that monasteries are the epitome of love, truth justice right behaviour, respect etc.
But that was a GREAT BIG LIE!
We are once again seeing that the RCC monasteries are as corrupt as they were in the middle ages – places of money grabbibg, debauchery and materialism.
Mount Mellary is in the diocese of Waterford where Phonsie Cullinan is bishop.
I wrote to him about Purcell – who seems to be his best made.
Not even an acknowledgement.
But Phonsie hypocritically lectures the Irish people about vacine cancers for young girls, the evils of same sex and marriage etc.
But he tplerates and protects a monastic debaucherer in his own diocese. He even uses the monastery for his Waterford Catholic Family Days.
Phonsie we always knew you were a Opus Dei hypocrite.
And now you are proving us right.
Hang your head in shame Phonsie Cullinan!
Your patron saint Alphonsus Lugori must be turning in his grave.
Meanwhile in Meath Deenihan & Co are trying to pull off their own cover up.
I’m told that Tabernacle Kirby has been secretly brought back to the monastery during the night and is to serve, temporarily an an ordinary monk!
What about the sexual complaints?
What about the missing millions?
Meanwhile they whistle blowing monk is sent into exile and they are trying to blacken his reputation with false allegations of mental health issues and financial impropriety.
The RCC acts under pressure, when it comes to safeguarding issues.
But on everything else it is 1700 years of business as usual.
And because the RCC is part of this world’s establishment the other parts of the establishment leaves them alone.
Jesus did tell us who was the Prince of this world was and always would be.
I wrote this blog early yesterday afternoon. I then celebrated Mass at 5.30 pm and was struck by the relevance of the readings to today’s topic.
First reading Galatians 5:18-25 To belong to Christ, crucify all self-indulgence
If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: fornication, gross indecency and sexual irresponsibility; idolatry and sorcery; feuds and wrangling, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels; disagreements, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies and similar things. I warn you now, as I warned you before: those who behave like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. There can be no law against things like that, of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires. Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.
Gospel Luke 11:42-46 You overlook justice and the love of God
The Lord said to the Pharisees: ‘Alas for you Pharisees! You who pay your tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and overlook justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without leaving the others undone. Alas for you Pharisees who like taking the seats of honour in the synagogues and being greeted obsequiously in the market squares! Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that men walk on without knowing it! A lawyer then spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said ‘when you speak like this you insult us too.’ ‘Alas for you lawyers also,’ he replied ‘because you load on men burdens that are unendurable, burdens that you yourselves do not move a finger to lift.’
Did Abbot Purcell read those readings at Mass yesterday?
Archbishop Aymond reconsecrates church and altar; calls priest’s acts ‘demonic’
Christine Bordelon October 13, 2020 Catholic Herald
In an act of solidarity with the 350 parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Pearl River, a visibly upset New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond celebrated Mass on October 10 for a second consecutive week for the parish and reconsecrated its church and its new altar.
The parish had learned a week before that its 13th pastor appointed in July 2019, Father Travis Clark, was arrested on September 30 for alleged obscenity with two women in their church. Before he began celebrating Mass, Archbishop Aymond reiterated to those present his shock and anger over what happened — calling Father Clark’s behavior inside the church obscene. He said he knew the Sts. Peter and Paul parishioners were shocked and angry, too.
“The desecration of this church and altar is demonic, demonic,” he said. “Let me be clear, there is no excuse for what took place here. It is sinful, and it is totally unacceptable. Travis has been unfaithful to his vocation; he’s violated his commitment to celibacy; and also, he was using that which was holy to do demonic things.
“He will not be able to serve in priestly ministry, and he will not be able to serve as a priest anytime in the future.”
Archbishop Aymond encouraged parishioners to move forward and said God will move forward with them. He asked them not to judge the church or priesthood by the actions of a few priests.
“Let us continue to focus on the Lord Jesus and his mission and ministry here,” he said, and then introduced them to Spiritan Father Carol Schirima, who was in residence at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Slidell, Louisiana, as the new shepherd and administrator of the parish.
Just the week before on October 3, Archbishop Aymond celebrated Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul and heard the feelings of disappointment, anger and surprise from parishioners who never expected their pastor — whom several said was personable and involved in the church — would let them down as he did.
“I came last week and asked for God’s spirit to be in all the parishioners and in this place of worship, the church,” Archbishop Aymond said. “However, after hearing the details about what had happened, it was clear that there was desecration. In that case, the church requires that we consecrate the church and the altar.”
Father Clark, 37, was booked October 1 on obscenity charges, and the archdiocese removed him as pastor the same day. He is accused of engaging in sex acts with two women on a church altar, which is “clearly visible from the street,” the police report said. The two women, identified as Melissa Cheng, 23, and Mindy Dixon, 41,were booked on the same count as the priest.
Also on October 1, Father Patrick Wattigny, 52, disclosed his sexual abuse of a minor in 2013. The New Orleans Archdiocese immediately removed him as pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Slidell. Archdiocesan officials said law enforcement had been notified and the priest’s name will be added to the archdiocese’s clergy abuse report.
The previous wooden altar at of Sts. Peter and Paul Church was removed and burned October 9 and replaced with a wooden altar from St. Francis de Sales Church in New Orleans, which closed in 2008.
At the October 10 Mass, Archbishop Aymond blessed the people and the church with holy water. He used chrism oil and incense to bless the new altar and place a relic of Sts. Peter and Paul inside the altar, representing the risen Christ in our midst.
“The church is a very holy place and when a church has been used for unholy things and has been desecrated, we must drive away the evil spirit … and doing so we reconsecrate it to Christ,” Archbishop Aymond said.
Reconsecrating a church and altar signifies that the church and altar are set apart from any other building.
“It means the altar is not to be used for anything other than the worship of God,” said Betty-Ann Hickey, associate director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship. “It is really a sanctifying and setting apart, and means it is only for sacred use.” Parishioners were thankful that Archbishop Aymond came to be with them during this trying time at Sts. Peter and Paul Church.
Cathy Downey, whose late husband, Pat, was a deacon, has been in the parish just shy of its founding 50 years ago. She said Sts. Peter and Paul parishioners are devoted to Jesus and are close-knit. In fact, the same night as the consecration, Downey was helping out with the parish’s 50th-year celebration, which had been delayed because of COVID-19.
“It’s like a church family,” Downey told the Clarion Herald, newspaper of the New Orleans Archdiocese. “The parish is really upset, but this event shows how the parish comes together. We are not going to let the devil take over. With Archbishop Aymond here and consecrating a new altar, we feel like the church is backing us up.” Bonnie Milczarek, parish secretary and a 40-year parishioner, also expressed their distress.
“We’re glad that Archbishop Aymond came here,” Milczarek said. “He’s not only blessing us but ministering to us and our community. … The biggest thing is to have a new consecrated altar. … The people will see that it is holy.”
Archbishop Aymond acknowledged that it’s tough to be a Catholic today in the Archdiocese of New Orleans but said Catholics should remain steadfast in their belief in the church. There is a strong fraternity of good priests in the archdiocese who are equally upset and embarrassed as he is by recent events. He plans to meet with them in a few days to discuss what has happened.
“2020 has been a terrible year,” Archbishop Aymond said. “We have COVID, the reorganization of the diocese, financial challenges and now two priests who have been removed from the priesthood. “I will discuss these things and others with the priests to be able to be in solidarity with their feeling of betrayal and to strive to move forward as we try to continue the ministry of Christ.,” he continued. “We will pray together and renew the promises of ordination for two reasons — it is appropriate, and secondly, we were not able to do it at the chrism Mass because of COVID.” Christine Bordelon is associate editor of the Clarion Herald, newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
MY CATARACT TREATMENT.
Sorry for being a bit absent in the past couple of days.
On Monday morning I had cataract surgery on my right eye. It was necessary because I was finding it difficult to read and had a major problem with night time sriving.
Currently in Northern Ireland we have an NHS cataract waiting list of two years plus.
A couple of years ago my optician encouraged me to join a partial private health insurance scheme that costs £ 10 a month.
Did so and have paid my monthly premiums. £ 10 a month is not a great burden by any means.
As a result I was able to have one eye treated on Monday and the second eye will be treated at the end of November.
The total cost is £ 5400 and will be paid for by the insurer.
At least the New Orleans man did something about the sex on the altar priest.
Whereas Crean in Cloyne did nothing after Big Mick Lomasney seduced the Maynooth seminarians on the altar in Kildorrey
What kind of mindset does a priest have to have sex on an altar that represents God and goodness.
But it can be a slippery slope from the dark room in the sauna to demonic sex on an altar.
The sexual appetite can grow to the point it cannot be satiated.
Satan has many of the clergy by the short and curries.
And his chief weapon these days is wild, out of control gay sex.
Some years ago a priest friend told me of a black Mass in the Vatican with different chalices contains human blood, semen and urine.
We have not even heard yet how deep these evils go.
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Pope Francis, right, sits at a table with Cardinal George Pell on the occasion of their private meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Pope Francis met on Monday with Australian Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s former economy minister who has returned to Rome after the firing of an Italian cardinal whom Pell had accused of obstructing financial reform.
Pell was cleared earlier this year of sexual abuse charges in Australia after spending 13 months in prison, and it remains unclear whether he will take up another role in the Vatican.
The Vatican announced the meeting between Pell and Pope Francis in a statement on the pope’s daily private audiences, but gave no details. “It went very well,” Pell told reporters in front of his residence just outside the Vatican walls.
Pell returned to Rome on Sept. 30, just days after the pope fired Pell’s nemesis, Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who was accused of embezzlement and nepotism. Becciu has denied all wrongdoing. While Becciu was number two in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and Pell was economy minister, the two had a very stormy relationship.
Becciu told reporters the day after he was sacked about a meeting between Pell, the pope and Becciu where Pell told Becciu, “You are dishonest”, and Becciu replied: “How dare you!”
After Becciu was sacked, Pell said: “The Holy Father was elected to clean up Vatican finances. He plays a long game and is to be thanked and congratulated on recent developments.” Pell said he hoped the “cleaning of the stables” would continue. Becciu’s lawyer has denied Italian media reports that his client sent money to Australia to help Pell’s “enemies” while he was facing the sexual abuse charges.
Through his lawyer, the Australian man who accused Pell of sexually abusing him two decades ago denied Italian reports speculating that he may have been bribed to testify.
Pell’s Australian lawyer, Robert Richter, called for an investigation “to track the money trail”. He said it should include Italian and Australian investigators.
“If one is to give any credence to what has been alleged, then it is critical that all proper money-tracing exercises be undertaken,” Richter told Reuters.
If pope Francis really believes that pell is innocent he should appoint him to a senior Vatican post
Cardinal Angelo Becciu was in charge of Church donations
A 39-year-old Italian woman confirmed Wednesday that she received 500,000 euros ($590,000) from the Vatican via influential Italian cardinal Angelo Becciu, forced to resign by the pope last month following accusations of embezzlement and nepotism.
“I didn’t steal a single euro,” Cecilia Marogna told newspaper Domani of the payments in tranches of tens of thousands of euros to her company based in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana.
Rather, “I have a letter from the cardinal giving me the right to travel and conduct diplomatic relations to help the Church in difficult countries,” she said, claiming to know “senior members of the Italian secret services”.
Marogna, 39, is like the 72-year-old Becciu a native of the Italian island Sardinia.
The payments to her came while Becciu was number two in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, which manages the Church’s vast donations.
He has been accused of syphoning off funds destined for the poor to family members — a charge he denies.
Marogna denied being Becciu’s “mistress”, claiming that she is a “political analyst and intelligence expert” and developed “a network of relationships in Africa and the Middle East” to protect the Vatican’s representatives abroad.
Several Italian media outlets received anonymous envelopes with details from the accounts of Marogna’s company, Logsic.
Investigative TV programme Le Iene broadcast some of them showing spending of 200,000 euros on luxury products, including 8,000 euros at Chanel and 12,000 euros with Frau for an armchair.
“I think I have the right to buy myself an armchair after all that work!” Marogna said, claiming that she is an innocent victim of internal power struggles at the Holy See.
She added that some of the money had gone on a handbag she gave to the wife of a Nigerian friend, who she said had advised her on the dangers Vatican missions in African countries faced.
An armchair costing 12,000?
A handbag for a Nigerian friend?
Euros 8,000 for Chanel?
So this is what PETER’S PENCE is being spent on these days.
And are the laity still giving to Peter’s Pence?
Are they that imbecilic?
Its quite clear that many clergy, at every level, are squandering church funds on all kinds of luxuries for themselves, their sex partners and their family and friends.
Easy come – easy go!
Catholics have a huge moral responsibility to bring this to an end.
There is a serious problem in the RCC with gay priests suffering from sex addiction.
John Paul Lyttle, Dickie Purse, Kitty Kirby and quite a number of secular and religious order priests seem to suffer from it.
For someone to be an addict there is very often an underlying psychological issue at play.
Sex addicts, including priest sex addicts eventually find that their addiction is out of control and begin to take serious risks to satisfy the addiction.
An example of this would be a priest, a public and well known figure in the community, going on the Internet seeking sex and showing both their face and genitalia – exposing themselves to the risk of being found out and the consequences it will have for their lives and work.
Similarly in the case of a priest- or an abbot – going to a gay sauna where they may be recognised by parishioners, fellow priests or seminarians.
The best definition of addiction I’ve come across is: “Someone whose addiction interfers with any part of daily life” – health, job, relationship finances etc.
When a priest is sexually active he is:
1. Contradicting RCC teaching and discipline.
2. Living a double life.
3. Putting himself in danger of exposure and causing scandal to his parishioners and the public.
4. Contradicting his position as a public representative of RCC teaching.
5. Being the face of imposing moral obligations on others that he privately is flouting.
Of course if anyone including a priest has an addiction ir certainly reduces moral culpability.
But addicts have the moral obligation to see k and accept.
The below questionnaire from The Laurel Centre allows people to judge if they have sex addiction.
REMEMBER these questions are for the ordinary Joe and Mary Soap.
How much more is expected of a publicly vowed cleric or religious?
1. Have you been struggling with your problem for more than 2 years?
2. Do you regularly view pornography for more than 11 hours a week?
3. Have you noticed that you need more and more stimuli or risk in order to achieve the same level of arousal and excitement?
4. Do you feel as if your sexual behaviour is out of your control?
5. Do you currently, or have you in the past, struggled with any other addictions, compulsive behaviours or eating disorders? Such as drug, alcohol addiction, compulsive gambling, gaming, work or exercise, collecting?
6. Has anyone in your family currently, or in the past, struggled with any addictions, compulsive behaviours or eating disorders such as those listed above?
7. Do you find yourself pre-occupied with either planning for, fantasising about, or recovering from your sexual behaviours?
No Occasionally Often Most of the Time
8. Does your sexual behaviour have a negative impact on your relationship or your ability to start a relationship?
No Occasionally Often Most of the Time
9. Do your behaviours have a negative impact on your work or studies, finances, health, or relationships with friends or extended family members?
No Occasionally Often Most of the Time
10 Do you engage in your behaviours in spite of potential risk of physical or emotional harm to yourself or others?
No Occasionally Often Most of the Time
11. Does your sexual behaviour contradict your personal values and potentially limit your goals in life?
No Occasionally Often Most of the Time
12. Do you find yourself struggling to concentrate on other areas of your life because of thoughts and feelings about your sexual behaviour?
No Occasionally Often Most of the Time
13. Have you tried to limit your sexual behaviour or stop it all together, but failed?
No Occasionally Often Most of the Time
14. Are you more tempted to engage in sexual behaviour when you’re experiencing difficult feelings such as stress, anxiety, anger, depression or sadness?
No Occasionally Often Most of the Time
With the exception of number 6 I would imagine that someone like JPL might answer YES to all?