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MOUNT MELLERARY – ROBERT HOURIGAN’S LETTER TO PHONSIE OF WATERFORD.

Dear Bishop Cullinan,​

Below for your consideration is an e-mail sent to the Abbot General of the Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance. Within the e-mail, I make a number of allegations against the current Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey, Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO. ​

Within the present correspondence, I asseverate those allegations in light of conversations that have taken place over the weekend. Again for the avoidance of doubt, I wish to make it unequivocally clear, the sexual act — consensual anal penetration between Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO and the ex-priest of the Diocese of Killaloe, was consensual. The said sexual act took place in the guesthouse of Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, which is located in the Diocese of Killaloe. The nature of Dom Richard Purcell’s sexual activity can be legitimately characterised as an abuse of abbatial authority. And, that is a very serious matter.​

As will be asserted in a sworn affidavit, the current Abbot General, Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, OCSO, confirmed in a conversation that the conduct of Dom Richard was known to him, and it was hoped it was a one-off. Nonetheless, in recent days, further evidence has emerged that Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, has been active on the gay scene for a considerable period of time. Sadly, this is a grave violation of his monastic vows; the promises he made at his diaconal and priestly ordinations, and contrary to the behaviour expected of any Cistercian Abbot.​

In light of a number of conversations from people who could be classed as whistle-blowers, it has emerged that the behaviour of Richard Purcell was “known” in the diocese of Killaloe.​

Question One.​

When, Dom Richard Purcell, was elected Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey, a monastery that is canonically located within your jurisdiction — was his past behaviour brought to your attention either formally/informally? ​

Question Two.​

If the allegations concerning Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, was known to the Abbot General, do you consider it unacceptable for Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, OCSO to have “confirmed” his election as the Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey in accordance to the Constitutions of that Congregation?​

Question Three.​

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, you were the principal celebrant at a Mass to invoke God’s Blessing on the New Abbot and his abbatial ministry at Mount Melleray Abbey. When you presided at this mass — at that time — did you have personal knowledge of any allegation of past homosexual activity by Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO?​

Question Four.​

The photographs November 4, 2017 at Mount Melleray Abbey evidence that the Mass was attended by the now Archbishop of Cashel, Kieran O’Reilly SMA, previously the Bishop of Killaloe; the current Bishop of Killaloe, Fintan Monahan, and the bishop emeritus of the diocese, Bishop William Walsh. Did any of these three (3) bishops formally/informally make you aware of any allegation pertaining to Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO?​

It is my understanding that Dom Purcell’s behaviour was known in the Chancery of the Diocese of Killaloe. It is my further understanding that this created a lot of angst in the Diocese, and pressure was put on certain persons to remain silent. But, the ex-priest spoke about what happened in the monastery guesthouse, i.e., Mount St. Joseph Abbey to a number of priests in the Diocese of Killaloe, so these assertions about Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO are not unfounded hearsay. And, it is a complex matter that is still unfolding.​

In any event, it raises further questions about the conduct of Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO that need to be addressed by this diocese of Waterford & Lismore. I am aware that canonically you have no jurisdiction over Mount Melleray Abbey, however, you do have responsibility for the pastoral governance of your diocese in which the abbey is located.​

Question Five.​

Have you granted by a Decree, priestly faculties to Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, to minister in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore?​

Question Six.​

Will you upon the presentation of a sworn affidavit attesting to the behaviour of Richard Purcell, preventively suspend the priestly faculties (if they have been previously granted) and/or prohibit by a Decree (and publish same), the said Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, from ministering/functioning as a priest anywhere in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore?​

Question Seven.​

It will be established in an affidavit that the allegations against Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO have been known by the Abbot General, Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, OCSO, since at least the 13th of September, 2020, and he has ignored same with alacrity. ​

Will you now write to the competent Dicastery, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life to invite said Dicastery to begin an Apostolic Visitation of Mount Melleray Abbey, because the Abbot General, Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, OCSO, appears to have abrogated his responsibility?​

Question Eight.​

In light of the fact that so many people appear to know about Purcell’s behaviour, the fact, that he is ministering in your diocese with impunity — is it unreasonable to suggest there has been a cover-up of his behaviour in the Diocese of Killaloe? ​

Question Nine.​

Has anybody previously brought the allegations pertaining to Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, to your attention? If so, who? And, why have you done nothing about the situation?​

In conclusion, it gives me no pleasure to write this e-mail, however, now that you have been formally notified of the accusations; there is no excuse for inaction by the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore and/or the Abbot General. But, if there is anything that is untrue in the allegations, Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, can rely on the present to commence proceedings against me under the provisions of the Defamation Act, 2009.​

I would be grateful for an acknowledgement of the present correspondence, and a considered reply to by 5 p.m., tomorrow the 3rd of November, 2020.​

Sincerely,​

Robert Hourigan

PHONSIE’S RESPONSE – NOT.

FURTHER MESSAGE FROM ROBERT HOURIGAN TO PHONSIE

PAT SAYS

Phonsie us a hypocrite.

He wants to control the bodies and sex lives of men and women.

But he is silent on the alleged sexual misbehaviour of an abbot in his own diocese.

Phonsie says “Do what we tell you but don’t do what we do”.

He even brings his diocesans for Family Day at Mount Mellerary!

If I was him I’d keep a close eye on the young husbands he brings there.

They might be offered an in depth tour of the cloister !

158 replies on “MOUNT MELLERARY – ROBERT HOURIGAN’S LETTER TO PHONSIE OF WATERFORD.”

Did that old queen +Mandy-Rice Emeritus know about Kitty Kirby’s alleged former double-life in Canada before “carelessly” establishing Silverstream and all the resulting problems since?

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Email communication is a shield for an anonymous coward. Bishops, and their secretaries, should NOT respond to anonymous letters. Block.

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Roberts letters are not anonymous. He will give any Bishop who asks his postal address.

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All Phonsie and the monks have to do is turn the other cheek, desist from taking a deformation action, sweat it out and ignore the situation. That way there can be no court case and the alleged affadavits won’t go anywhere.

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Before I go and do a proper and decent days work (unlike some layabouts writing on this blog every daytime). This blog has become totally obsessed with a topic that is going nowhere. There is no evidence whatsoever and people are hiding behind fake names and fake stories. No news editor, bishop, superior or solicitor would laugh this nonsense out of the door. This is a vandetta and it’s clear for anyone with a brain to see. Send any series of letters from a fake email address as you want but this is going nowhere. Give it up and get a life – get a real job or volunteer and make a difference to society.

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Not the sharpest knives in the cutlery box.
Do I detect a wee bit of panic with the lads… cold showers all round… in order.

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Mr. Hourigan, your over reliance and leaning on the term affidavit is laughable. An affidavit is not admissible as legal evidence, i repeat an affidavit is NOT legal evidence. It is just a statement. Also, saying “I heard, I heard, I heard” equals to hearsay.

My legal advice to Purcell, the abbott and the bishop – Mr. Robert Hourigan is not entitled to any private information relating to Purcell. The onus is on HIM to PROVE these accusations. Mr. Hourigan, you have publicly named Purcell yet you refuse to release the names of the people making the accusations? If you had any real sense of ethical justice you would publicly name the priest and the ex-seminarian too. We need to publicly assess their moral character. It is a two way street, you cannot make it a one way process. If you make it a one way process that is called a witch hunt. They are equally as culpable as Purcell in their homosexual proclivities as clerics. I would wager that these men would be exposed as the hypocrites they are and thus their credibility wither. It would not stand.

Yours, Legal Eagle.

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@ 11:31 pm
“They are equally as culpable as Purcell in their homosexual proclivities as clerics.”
Homosexual proclivities is NOT the issue.
The priest is an ex-priest and seminarian an ex-seminarian. Are they in public ministry?

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It is correct to say that but I believe they are still culpable because they were clerics at the time. There is precedent for this, for instance, an ex-priest who abuses a child is still culpable for child abuse in his diocese and therefore he and the diocese are still subject to public scrutiny. It does not matter that he is an ex-priest, we judge him in the capacity of his previous role and state.
Referring to them as “ex-priest and ex-seminarian” does not negate their moral responsibility and decision making when they were clericS; in fact, it compounds theses decisions all the more. What I am trying to assess is their moral character which would be scrutinised under a canonical or civil count. I would wager, that under the spotlight, these men would be seen for that they are. In short, these men also broke there vows and lived a double lives. They would not be deemed credible witnesses as it may seem (to a judge) that it is a case of revenge or a personal grievance because they are no longer clerics. They were happy to engage with the Dom sexually in the past, what has changed other than leaving the priesthood? I also believe highlighting their names publicly will give people the chance to come forward with stories about their sexual past thus shedding more light on how deep this rabbit-hole goes and how many other clerics are involved.
Bishop Pat once said, “you have to use a worm to catch a fish.” I believe this ex-priest and ex-seminarian are the worms in this case, but Purcell is not the only fish.

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Pat’s source for this is a serving Killaloe priest, “in good standing” as Robert puts it. Take a look at the blog from 15 Sept for his charming narrative (on Sundays it’s the word of God though).

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11.31: A brilliant comment. Hourigan is spoofing. He is simply a closet hating homo. But an ugly hater. He/it is disgusting. A moral coward.

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I have noticed he does not reply to your posts
Perhaps this bog needs to be renamed the hourrigan blog it is so dominated by Robert.

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10.43: This is an elaborate narrative designed to elicit vicious rumours, lies, innuendo, speculation and chase after a victim. The perpetrators of this scheming plot are ethically and morally repugnant. I sincerely hope the True Church Authorities bin your poisonous emails. And I would also suggest that Hooligan Hourigan should go on a Lough Derg three Day Retreat. He requires a tough look at himself through the mirror of God’s mercy. This requires humility which sadly, Hourigan is empty of.

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Yes, I told Pat two weeks ago that Dermott Farrell would be the next AB of Dublin. I also informed Pat about AB Martins new residence. He totally dismissed my information for no reason. I told him I am close to the source. Dermott Farrell was brought to the meeting because he will be the next Archbishop of Dublin. Diarmuid Martin is currently handing the diocese over to him.

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Think you maybe proved wrong they are NOT going to give Dublin to a 66 Year old.
Remember there is the possibility that the next Archbishop of Dublin could be Cardinal of Ireland.

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Fintan is in a world of shock and horror. Please pray for the aborted Fetus. Thankfully she is doing well and has recovered well.

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The influence of a night out in the Roost. Young seminarian sees blond music student, shifts her and then slips a sedative into her drink, she becomes sleepy and he walks her home, strips in her down , shags her and then goes back to seminary for morning prayers. Then next month she has no period and the shock.

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This blog is just sick. Who is Robert Hourigan. How dare he judge. What ever happened to the Christian message of love and forgiveness. This site is full of hate and hurt. Disgusting.

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That’s Phonsie gone to ground for a least a month, the Opus Dei hypocrite. How dare anyone tell him what to do! @10:43pm has summed up the situation perfectly.

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The hypocrisy of Bishop Alphonsus is just staggering. This is a man with a doctorate in moral theology. Priests in Ireland have had their faculties removed for lesser allegations in recent years. The questions posed in the email are legitimate. They deserve to be answered. The longer they remain unanswered the bigger the cover up.

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The evil axis of Pat/Magna/Hourigan is a nasty vendetta, cleverly pieced together to threaten anyone whose failings are “unacceptable” to them. The scurrilous blogging is both evil and deeply sinful. It is ethically and morally reprehensible. Legalese threats are spurious and will not succeed in its evil intent.

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Nichols of Westminster is on the radio making special pleading for churches to be open for public worship. From one side of his mouth he is taking of solidarity, being united, helping each other, and from the other (as so happens with Catholics) he’s saying that we are so special that we should be exceptions and exempt from what everybody else is required to do. He throws in some argument about scientific evidence to bolster his case. No ! What this is about is a man who cannot get it in to his head that he and his Church are not an exception, should not be an exception, and cannot make special pleading. If you want to show solidarity, Vin, wind in your next, shut up, spare us your moderated Scouse moaning accent, and try to show solidarity by doing what we are being asked to do. Or alternatively, retire, and leave it to new management.

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Pat, don’t forget what happened when you got into bed with our Patricia, Magsy, and others. They used you, and you got your fingers burnt. This Hourigan is no different. In fact, he could be worse.

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As someone who has always liked you Pat, your blog and given you the benefit of the doubt, I have become very disappointed and disillusioned by your antics over this past week. I am saddened by the nastiness and poison being dished out by you and Mr Hourigan. Swallow your pride Pat, you are better than this. You will only alienate people like me who have supported you.

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Do you really have a problem with bishops, abbots, monks and priests being asked hard questions?

Why do they not answer?

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Sounds like the Abbot may have been acting up, Bp Pat, but not as bad as those young layabouts at Silverstream; taking money from old faghags and the like and spending it like water. I am so glad you are still on their case.

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9:51 am
Due to the fraternal contagion commonly called ARROGANCE fostered and enshrined in canon law making those ontologically altered a superior form of man answerable only to the Pope or God they don’t answer to anyone and couldn’t give a pink ******* fit until deeply personally affected by an issue themselves. Ex, money matters.

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Good Morning to all the Haters.
Well, the poison is well and truly dripping this morning. Currently, I am seated on my drinking my fourth mug of coffee this morning looking down the Dingle Peninsula. Those who work in the sector will note that we often rise early because we deal with trading desks across the globe in different time zones. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, all of this is done remotely, which is one of the reasons I have returned from the UK to Kerry.
@10:43 pm.
Yes, you are correct there will be no court case, because Purcell knows he will be exposed as a hypocrite, if he commences proceedings. At the moment, I do NOT have standing to issue proceedings. However, I am more than happy to defend any proceedings should Purcell choose to vindicate his good name before the High Court. Standing and defending are two different propositions.
@Legal Eagle.
Learn about the rules of civil procedure. I enclose a link about the use of affidavits in trials: https://www.courts.ie/rules/affidavits-0
Of course, I have deep concern for the ex-priest and the ex-seminarian, and as a matter of “justice”. Their moral character does not need to be assessed. The ex-priest has done the honourable thing and left the priesthood; and the ex-seminarian is no longer a student in Maynooth. Indeed, it can be asserted they are people of moral integrity, unlike Richard Purcell.

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9.26: It is now clear to all of us that Mr. Hourigan is not the CEO of any company. He must be a waster if he can find so much time to play psychological games with the lives of others. A disgusting, ugly trait. You are a contemptible individual. Go back to your slyg hole.

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9:26 am
Good morning, Robert.
You are blessed to be located in such a beautiful part of the world. I have friends in that neck of the woods, in Dingle, Killarney and Tralee. Enjoy!
God bless you.

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@Robert Hourigan
An affidavit needs to be backed up with evidence or it needs to be corroborated by a witness (in good standing). These are two elements you have not provided thus far – a sworn affidavit stating “the sky is pink” does not make the sky pink. A judge and jury would need scrutinise the evidence in order to make a ruling in your favour; once again, you have not provided any evidence or even a witness to state your case. Your over reliance on the term affidavit is morally redundant and only shows your legal ignorance.
Yours, Legal Eagle

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The curious thing is people are using words like bullying and witchhunt but can these people answer this question? Where are ‘the faithful’ to go when they are confronted with the hypocrisy of the institutional Catholic Church?
I understand that Phonsie and his cohorts don’t like to be questioned or challenged and, let’s face it, they are clearly not used to having their moral authority challenged but if they won’t answer civil questions then this blog represents a legitimate channel for expressing outrage and concern.

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And frankly, I’m horrified that Dom Eamon Fitzgerald has not had the good manners to respond to RH even if only to dismiss the claims.

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EXACTLY. However, it is my view that the Abbot General, had not appreciated the somewhat irregular status of Pat Buckley (sorry Pat) canonically. Thus, he was much more candid and open then he would-be normally.
Yes, if there was no basis to the allegations made against Richard Purcell; then, he would have the courtesy to reply; but now, the silence indicates the allegations are in fact correct. More importantly more and more information is coming forward, and this is going even more ugly in due course.
Now, the Bishop of Waterford is complicit in an on-going cover-up, by his failure to remove the faculties of Richard Purcell in the diocese of Waterford.
In due course, an Advocate of the Roman Rota will be instructed to write to the Congregation for Bishops highlighting the failures of Bishop Alphonsus in this matter. Such letters are never acknowledged; but they are kept on file, and should Bishop Alphonsus have ambitions to translate to a more prestigious Episcopal See; his failure to deal with this matter in accordance to Canon Law, will be duly noted by the strategic decision-makers in that Dicastery.

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Why @9.38am would the man waste his time and energy on relying to Hourigan, I know I wouldn’t bother my head on this vile man.

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@Robert Hourigan 10:04

There are man assumptions in your comment which further proves to me that you are a man of total and utter ignorance. I do not know who you think you are but your email does not denote or deserve a reply. You have no right to bring forward a case which does not relate to you. You are proposing hearsay and then looking for them to supply YOU with evidence. The onus is on YOU to supply the evidence.

I will make it easy for you – please supply evidence or witnesses….or be quiet with your hearsay faux outrage.

Yours, LegalEagle

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9.35: There is a big difference between naming wrongdoing and enabling someone to accept responsibility in the hope of a renewal of their life and a constant harrassment and threatening language – bullying – as used by some in this blog. Be the bully you want to be but don’t equate this reprehensible behaviour with truth or justice. It’s mob rule tyranny.

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9.38: The more we read Hourigan’s diatribes, the more we know it is a pseudonym, very possibly Magna C…the narratives and language are all too familiar. Vile, poisonous and ugly.

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He works or has worked in a solicitor’s office. Smoke and mirrors, nothing is going to come of this apart from watching Rawhide and Phonsie squirm. I doubt Fitzgerald cares.

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Hilarious argument: “the authorities did not dignify me with a response, and that can only be because they know that what I say is true”.

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10:04
Why do so many priests have their knickers in a twist?
I am not funding more of this carry on from clergy.
Do men go into the priesthood for a good time to get their kicks funded by lay people?? That is what it looks like to me.

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10.29: Betsy Love….spend your money on a night out with your dig or cat..You are a mighty woman!! You are a silly cow to make such stupid, unintelligent comnents. Get a life, Betsy…🐮🐮🐮🐮🐮🐮🐮😉😆😉😉😉

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The problem is though that some people are cynical and think they can hold a position in life that is completely at variance with their behaviour. They think they can keep pulling the wool over people’s eyes and therefore they need to be ‘encouraged’ to face their hypocrisy.
Mob rule isn’t always bad – virtually every revolution in history has been helped along by the mob. does that make it right? Probably not! But it’s better than a Bullying Church that continues to feed its faithful one message while living a different one, entirely.

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10.16: Lies. Why has Hourigan morphed into a Nasty, vinductuve person after the initial impression of being a person with some integrity and genuinevcincrrn? The unfolding image now of this fool is very questionable and it reveals a very sick mind, a mind that has sunk into the gutter of vindictiveness and moral bankruptcy. Dress his words up all he likes – the truth is – he/it is a bully and a very ugly bully. An insult to humanity.

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Pat,
Covering up the misconduct of priests and sems is just the norm these days. A very sad reflection of the church. Here in Scotland, we only need to look at Betty Turpin’s place. Cover up after cover up and a blanket of silence surrounding their seminarian and his antics.

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I really like this Legal Eagle guy. He is wiping the floor with Robert. He is giving him a taste of what it would feel like in a real court of law. Court of Law (legal eagle) vs Court of opinion (robert houigan) 😂

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@Robert Hourigan

Defaming someone in the hope that they bring you to court is insidious, morally reprehensible and utterly childish. A judge would rule against you for that alone. I hope Purcell’s legal advisors screenshot your posts to prove your nefarious intentions to publicise the matter. A judge would not be kind to you Mr. Hourigan, be very carful with how you proceed. I recommend you desist, unless you have evidence or a witness of course. So far, you have only reworded the same baseless information over and over in each email. Your lack of evidence is beyond tedious now.

Yours, LegalEagle

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Do you really think Purcell is seeking legal advice? There isn’t a chance in hell that any legal advice would encourage Mr Purcell to go after Mr H.
A . because there is more than a degree of veracity in Mr H’s claims and to challenge them would be washing dirty linen in public and B because the Dom and his cronies are playing the ‘wait it out game’ That’s their safest bet and probably their best one in the circumstances – that is if they don’t want to expose too many names.
I reckon they can’t get rid of the Dom because too many hi ranking clergy are all implicated and involved in the scandal.

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At 11.38, defamation? What defamation?
Your post implies that you know Hourigan’s allegations not only to be unsubstantiated, but to be comprehensively untrue.
Your evidence?

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3:54 – My evidence is based on his apparent lack of evidence. The onus is on him to prove his allegations; as of right now, he has not done so. I am open to being corrected, but the lack of evidence only leads to one logical conclusion.
Yours, Legal Eagle.

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The operative word in your post is ‘APPARENT lack of evidence…’. It is indeed odd that you should elicit this as evidence in itself that the allegations against Purcell are untrue.

You have not even plausible reason to believe that Hourigan lacks evidence here: your assumption that he must simply because he has not yet provided it, in accordance with your demands, is a curious turn of thinking.

Moreover, the allegations have not been denied by Purcell, which tends to strengthen belief in their credibility; this is a fact that you, oddly, did not reckon with.

The onus to prove the allegations may indeed be on Hourigan, as is the timing of them. I doubt whether Hourigan is foolish enough to dance to your tune.

You really ought to reconsider your username, ‘Legal Eagle’: it’s more than a tad pretentious, given the obviously myopic nature of reasoning in your post.

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9.51: Waken up you despicable hater.. Stop playing psychological games with others. I hope you come to a moment of awareness of your hate filled, vicious vendetta. It is so un Christian as to be frightening. It’s an abuse of your humanity.

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12:20
What about the humanity of survivors of Church abuse. Survivors, have been lied to, retraumatized , re- abused, all in the service of protecting the clerical brotherhood. You people are very selective in applying the Gospel. Covering up child rape is appalling inhumanity.

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Any Trump supporters in here ? The idiot US bishops largely support him because he says he’s against abortion. I doubt if he knows how to spell the word Well. I guess they will be screaming blue murder about Biden and denying him the eucharist because of his more balanced, sensible, inclusive views on most of the life issues. that clown Dolan will no doubt be spouting off.

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So he says…to win over such gullible fools as the American Catholic bishops, and the sheep who trail them.

BUT TRUMP IS NOT PRO-LIFE.

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12.27: So, all those who freely choose in a democracy to vote for their preference politician are idiots? Aren’t you the right plonker – what you really want is your unthought out liberalism, not that you’d known the meaning of the word. As for abortion – killing of the unborn – the continuing enhancing and so called “liberal compassion” gives us the slaughter of the unborn. Yes indeed….nuance of language betrays the reality. For his stance on abortion alone, I’d have voted for Trump. Proudly.

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@6thbusiness
Purcell may have sought legal advice. He would be a fool not to have done so. Yes, there is MORE than a degree of veracity what I have asserted. In the first instance, Dom Purcell would have to consult a solicitor, who then would need to seek an opinion from counsel.
Any counsel worth his salt in written advice would make it clear that if there was even a single scintilla of truth in what has been asserted — then going before a judge and jury in the High Court is fraught with risk. In the advice that I have received, I am told that the conversation between Pat Buckley and Dom Eamon Fitzgerald is sufficient to sink any claim made by Purcell — notwithstanding, other evidence that can be adduced. The clean hands doctrine remains pertinent.
Purcell should learn the lessons of Oscar Wilde that bringing vexatious defamation proceedings against yours truly would have ruinous reputational consequences. Of course, again the best way to ameliorate this matter is for Purcell to resign IMMEDIATELY as the Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey.
A little piece of history is always instructive. As part of his preparation for his cross-examination of Wilde — Edward Carson KC, read all the works by Wilde, because no detail was too small. Hence, @Legal Eagle, I am more than aware that EVERY word I write on this blog could be adduced as evidence.
Of course, it is saddening that Dom Richard Purcell does not have the integrity to do the right thing; but it is not surprising in light of what and IS UNFOLDING.
The longer this saga runs — the more information is forthcoming.

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1.44: Hooligan Hourigan – you have not produced any new evidence to corroborate your implied conclusions. You ought to be careful about “playing loose with the truth” as Judge Judy would say of you. Your legalese words of caution to Abbot Purcell is a moral blackmail because you know that he may well be very vulnerable. You continue to challenge him about taking a defamation case against you. Because you may believe he probably won’t do that, you are using a threat of given affidavits to emotionally and morally pressurise him into making a decision which suits your arrogant self righteousness. Your behaviour as a supposed reputable business man is truly disgusting and actually poses many questions about your own personal integrity. I believe your actions are akin to blackmail. Disgusting. Your behaviour as a “christian” is even more questionable. I have counselled many people in experiences of dreadful personal trauma and failures, many who felt suicidal because of the condemnation they received. I always sought to assure people: that they could begin anew: that they could change and repent: that professional help was available: that they should not allow themselves be defined only by their flawed humanity: that they seek reconciliation where necessary and to make amends where relevant. I would never trample on any person’s wrongdoing, failures and misdemeanours. If there was an absolute necessity to be concerned about issues of child safeguarding or abuse of any kind, I exercised my intuition to not offer absolution but asked thatn I talk with them outside the confessional. It worked because i didn’t threaten to mouth all over the place about these people in need. This approach is, I believe, the way of Christ. Your miral superiority will never alter my approach. I never compromised on principles of fairness, human decency, justice, truth or compassion. I believe Hourigan needs to make an honest confession and seek God’s mercy. The Abbot will take care of his soul. You look after your soul.

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2.50: A vsry good posting. The sad reality is that people like Mr. Hourigan do not ever place themselves inside the mind and heart of Christ. Yes, we call out wrongdoing but we do not act in Christ’s name when we stone others whose behaviour disturbs us. Hourugan is truly blind to his own need for God’s forgiveness for his tyrannical hounding of Abbot Purcell. His actions are utterly repugnant and disgusting.

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At 3.00, so you don’t think that Purcell should resign as abbot? You believe him to be in a position of reliable moral and spiritual mentoring?
What the hell is wrong with you people?

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https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/secret-house-for-immoral-clergy-set-up-in-the-1940s-26373790.html

“Secret house for ‘immoral’ clergy set up in the 1940s”

This is an interesting link from the tuambabies.org website section “Irish Priests”,
to a John Cooney article from 2006. Apparently, a house for clergy under correction, was set up in Waterford. Can Bishop Phonsie tell the faithful more on this; was such a house opened in Waterford, and, if so, when was it closed?
I note from the Waterford and Lismore website, an evangelisation appeal for funds to employ lay workers as evangelists.It might be more appropriate for Bishop Phonsie to focus his efforts evangelizing clergy considering what this blog uncovers in relation to abuse, cover
up and criminality in the Institutional Church.

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3:00 pm
The sad reality is many priests and bishops do not place themselves inside the mind and heart of Christ concerning survivors of church abuse. Priests and bishops believe themselves to be a superior form of life due to ordination. I’m sick of clerical manipulation, hypocrisy and duplicity.

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3.50: 😆😆😆😆😗☻☻☻☻☻🤡🤡☻☻☻🤡🤡🤡..you clown. Learn to read properly. What’s wrong with you illiterates?

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Robert, you say you’re working in Kerry and implied your base is UK. I hope you inform Revenue of this and pay the tax due for being tax resident here. Maybe get a tax lawyer or accountant to assist. Worry about your own affairs before that of others. Send Revenue an affidavit.

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Archbishops and Bishops have NO say over Religious Orders that all comes from Rome.
Furthermore the only thing a Bishop can ask is they leave his Dioceses.
Rome is having more power over Religious Orders soon.
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-requires-bishops-to-have-vatican-permission-to-establish-new-diocesan-religious-institutes-29719?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+catholicnewsagency%2Fdailynews-vatican+%28CNA+Daily+News+-+Vatican%29

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Will Richard Purcell put his unedited reply on the Mount Melleray Abbey website and its Facebook page?
Will it be supported by the Abbot General?

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@ 2:19 pm
Is that the best you can do? #disappointedinKerry
You will, of course, be pleased to know that all my tax affairs are in order. The issue of tax domicile is always interesting and complex. However, since my return to the Emerald Isle, I now have an Irish-based contract of employment. It is all compliance with transfer pricing rules. So, no need to worry.
I trust you will show appropriate concern for the tax affairs deficit currently being run by Mount Melleray Abbey under the stewardship of Richard Purcell. Have you looked at the Abbey accounts? Not looking too good.
Perhaps, you can enlighten us is a visit to, The Boilerhouse, a deductible expense for tax purposes? Should we we seek clarification from the Charities Regulator? Is that a legitimate expense? You tell us as the concerned citizen.

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3.31: What a nasty Bitch you are becoming Hooligan H! An utterly despicable specimen. As said by others, your Christianity is in shreds. Save your own grubby soul. God is our final judge. So, don’t be such a horrible person. You are the proverbial gospel Pharisee….Oh God, look, I”m not like that person over there who sins, who is flawed…..I am your perfect man..Your hypocrisy is sickening.

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I have just read Archbishop Vigano’s letter to Trump’s supporters, and its denunciation of Joe Biden and his voters. This is as shameless, posturing, and electorially manipulatve and politically partisan interference in a country’s democratic vote, by a Roman Catholic cleric (forbidden by Canon Law), as it is possible to conceive.
It is also paranoid to the point of utter delusion.

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MR HOURIGAN

Have people forgotten why Mr Hourigan is so concerned.
He and his family have a decades long relationship with Mount Mellerays including family members as monks.
The Hourigans have been very generous to the monastery.

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Yes, Pat, you are absolutely correct; this is about Mount Melleray Abbey. It is, of course, deeply unfortunate that the current Abbot is Richard Purcell. Hopefully, he will see and/or be told that it is in the best interests of the community that he resign.
Some family members have given money to the community the past; some of my more elderly relatives had intended to leave quite a significant amount money to the abbey in their wills in order to facilitate the education of the next generation of monks. They have hopes for the abbey – that it will survive. I am saddened and don’t have the heart to say – this is now increasingly unlikely.

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5.00: Hourigan, you are living in Pollyanna Land. Your hope of educating the next generation of monks is a false dream. The signs of the times are historical proof that the monasteries are on the way to closure unless of course you and the Hourigan families will provide innumerable sons for recruiting. How utterly delusional you are. One man in a small community makes a huge mistake and you want all the mostly elderly monks to be crucified. Get a grip. Stop being the nasty, vindictive idiot you are. Your petulant, bullying actions are an affront to the gospel of Christ.

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@4:21
Calm down, DEAR. You will do yourself a mischief. Have you taken your blood pressure pills? All that invective is not good for you. Do not forget that we are in the midst of the pandemic; so we do not want you having a stroke.
Of course, I will have to give an account of myself to that most just of judges. I am flattered by your reference to the Pharisee in the Gospel; but if I accept such label; will you acknowledge that the behaviour Richard Purcell can be likened to those that Christ described as whited sepulchres?
Let us all have a theological discussion about hypocrisy.

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4.51: Now Robert, din’t worry abiut my health or my soul. It’s your behaviour that you need to bring to your awareness and attention. Deep reflection will reveal that you too are a nasty, self righteous Pharisee, as indeed a recall who condemn others while always failing to see the huge plank in their own eyes. You are increasingly revealing your own deluded dense of importance and yes, along with your nemesis, the monk, there are innumerable hordes of whited sepulchures in all walks of life. Even you might be blinded by your own whiteness! Thus the need to continually look to our own flawed humanity first.

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4.41: 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣😋🤣😅😅😅😄😄😎😎😎😎🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓🤤😲😲…You are a nasty Trollope.

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4.51: Robert, I think we are seeing through your narratives and What we get us a very disturbed, obsessed, dysfunctiinal mind who, like Magna, was probably flipped out of a seminary or monastery or didn’t have the suitability to pursue either vocation. You are looking more and more foolish.

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4.31: What utter rubbish and What a pathetic excuse for Hourigan. Tough luck on the Hourigans – they cannit buy favour from monks with their cash. Disgusting. Nor can they, if they were flaithiulach with dosh, dictate conditions on gifts. Outrageous. All faux outrage. I couldn’t care less about his sensitivities. In fact at this stage I have greater sympathy for the monk. Hourigan, get a life. I’d say his ancestral monks are praying for him…they need to. His behaviour, notwithstanding the disreputable behaviour of the accused monk, is equally repugnant and hypocritical. Raimeis (Rubbish). REMEMBER: let HE who is without sin cast thecfirststine…You band load of whited sepulchures.

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I would welcome a theological discussion about hypocrisy.
1) You are making salacious accusations while remaining anonymous.
2) You have supplied no evidence.
3) You have supplied no witnesses.
Who would Jesus call the hypocrite here?
Theological references:
-take the tree out of your own eye.
-have it out with your brother, if he does not listen bring a witness.
– the woman caught in adultery, nor do I condemn you.

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Pat at 4.31: Are you serious? When the Hourigans chose to give donations to Mt. Mellary, did they ask for plaques on walls comnending their generosity? Gifts given because they had relatives in the monastery..Your defence of Hourigan’s actions are risible but not surprising. Hourigan has no jurisdiction over the Abbey. If he feels offended, let him go to Larne where he might – just might find a perfect Church. He shreds to pieces by every comment any semblance of integrity. How the proud as Mr. Hooligan will fall into their own vomit!!”

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Dear Robert Hourigan,
I have just been supplied with an affidavit stating that you are a practising homosexual; the lack of a wife and children in your life is pretty damning evidence against you. This will be supplied to the local court and you will be convicted (of what, I do not know) but your conviction will be based on the evidence of this affidavit. I also heard many other stories (from anonymous people) about you; this hearsay evidence will also be supplied to the court and it will help to aid in your conviction. May God have mercy on your soul.
This is how ridiculous your case sounds Mr. Hourigan.

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5.07: The cleverest comnent from a true legal mind and it cobsugna Mr. Hourugan to the dustbin. Hourigan is all s***e and us being seen as a tyrannical bully against the monk who has fallen below Mr. Perfect standards. Go and read JESUS’ gospel Hourigan. Absorb it. Live it. Please and spare us your hypocrisy.

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Dear Legal Eagle,
Lovely to hear from you again this evening. Your absence was noted during the course of the day. I was wondering when you would reappear. You are entertaining and clever; take that as a compliment.
I am, of course, delighted that you have taken the time and gone to the trouble to highlight the absurdity of my position. Unlike, Richard Purcell, I am not a public figure, and I am not the chairperson of a Trust.
So, let us go back to Richard’s behaviour in the guesthouse at Mount St. Joseph Abbey and in the Boilerhouse.
Show us how good you really are. Go on, I dare you – draft the pleadings (statement of case/skeleton argument) for Richard’s claim. I particularly want to see how you evidentially refute the allegations – are you intend to exclude my evidence. I await…with real interest.
http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/isbc/2009_31.html

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Dear Robert, I was working. I want to be very clear. I am not defending Purcell or his alleged behaviour. I do not know him nor do I wish to know him. I also have no connection to his order.

That being said, I will push you to be clear regarding the legality of your case. As I see it, based on the lack of evidence supplied thus far, you have no civil case. If the ex-seminarian and ex-priest came forward to support you I would have no reason to doubt your allegations. If they both supported you, then you would have probable cause for a canonical trial. The civil aspect to your case is a non-starter. There is no need for me to draft a refutation because the onus is on you to have credible case in the first place. Purcell and his order can remain silent; if i was representing him I would advise him to do just that. If I was representing you; I would advise you to desist with the civil case. Focus on Church law if you intend on getting anywhere. He has broken no civil laws.

Yours, Legal Eagle.

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5.30: I am becoming convinced that Hourigan and Legal Eagle are the same person…being very clever having read the life of Oscar Wilde and the escapades of other active gay men. There have too much similarity in the language, though slightly nuanced, kinder in tone from the Eagle, rough and arrogant from the Hooligan. But I’m thinking this is all a charade, a drama and Pat is being used by him/them to orchestrate a fearful bullying against the errant monk (albeit in their sinful eyes!! ). Crazy and bizarre. Apart from him/them, there are about 6/8 other repeat commenters.

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7:12
Please do not equate me with Mr. Hourigan. His behaviour is shameful and totally abhorrent. My defences of Purcell were to help him have legal clarity. He does not deserve what is happening to him. I sincerely hope he receives justice.
Yours.

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Rob Hourigan’s inability to address Legal Eagles questions all day is so entertaining. It is like watching judge judy dismantle an idiot who thinks they know the law. 🤣😂🤣

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5.47: So right. The Legal Eagle knows the law. Hooligan doesn’t….bit then we are confused….perhaps they are the same person trying to fool us all. This entertainment comes at a price – driving someone to the edge of a cliff. Disgusting.

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7:01

I have tried to provide clarity today to help Purcell. I sincerely hope is ok and I would implore him to remain steadfast and strong. I detest the behaviour of this Mr. Hourigan character; it is unbecoming, unkind and unchristian. It should not be tolerated. I am not defending him but I wish him no harm. His personal issues are between him, his order and his God.

Yours, Legal Eagle.

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Put like that, it sounds not only ridiculous, but insane. A blog like this is an absolute paradise for such misfortunates.

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The hounding of this man is completely disgraceful and has been going on relentlessly for over a month now. All based on hearsay. I don’t know what I would do if I found myself the target of such nastiness. Very little Christianity on display here

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9:03 pm

I could tell you a tale or two involving a bishop not only displaying very little Christianity but doing the work of the Devil.

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What is truly astonishing is to consider 35 years of a ‘crisis’ in the catholic church; Ireland with a terrible reputation of clerical abuse; numerous reports, apologies and a papal visit. Yet, scandalizing the Christian community seems to mean absolutely nothing, while the lack of leadership from the Hierarchy is frightening.It is only a matter of time before media outlets run with this developing situation. The clergy are doing a terrific job at discrediting Catholicism.

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5.45: A totally unfair summation of present day realities and a lot of lies. When you only read this blog you’ll not get the full truth. It is biased and very partisan.

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6:16 pm

What lies ? Why assume I only read this blog? This blog is only scratching the surface of clerical abuse, corruption and criminality. Did you know Pope Francis acknowledged
as a problem, religious sisters being used by priests and bishops as sex slaves; or George Soros et al funding Vatican initiatives; or Argentinian Bishop Sanchez Sorondo
a senior Vatican official, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, publicly stated, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese.
We don’t know half of the covering up in this country. However, some of us do know from experience the rottenness of many in the Institutional Church. If you want to inform yourself, read Ralph Martins new book, ‘A Church In Crisis’. I was very reliably
informed Ralph Martin was very friendly with a deceased Monk of Mt. Melleray Abbey.

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Anon@ 5.45: You say that the lack of leadership from the Hierarchy is frightening. Perhaps for you, but I find it almost reassuring inasmuch as it simply confirms what I’ve known for years: that they, their organisation and institution together with their religious garbage is all a mammoth sham.
MMM

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7:52 pm

MMM, I respect your views, but beg to differ. Personally, I don’t give a hoot about Institutional Church, leadership, hierarchy or hats. Its riddled with corruption. However, many of the laity still do. There is a vast difference between religion and spirituality. Most of the clerical commentators to this blog have been indoctrinated which religious theory, but lack spiritual depth, knowledge or experience. Can I suggest you check out perennial philosophy, for starters. There’s a lot more to the spiritual quest than meets the eye.
Happy hunting!

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I agree@ 8:36. Spirituality doesn’t require the suffocating cloak of theist religious beliefs, …..or pseudo shamans
MMM

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Pat, you must be delighted with the many comnents emanating from Mr. Hooligan’s (as someone calls him) entre onto your blog. His musings and faux concerns are hilarious. What a charlatan he is!! The worst example of hypicrisy and nastiness. All huff and puff…..I can’t wait for his court appearances.. He’ll be humiliated and probable sentenced for wasting the court’s facilities. He is a very poisonous individual.

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If it’s who I think it is, Robert Hourigan is very well known at the Little Gem in Manchester and some of the establishments on Canal Street!

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Remember, when Covid is over, and you meet Abbot Purcell and shake his hand……remember, given his proclivity for rawhide barebacking, that hand is liable also to have been where the sun does not shine, such is the menu card of sexual activities that is on offer in places like the Boilerhouse. Now, by and large, I could not care what goes on behind closed doors. Each to their own. Other peoples’ business. But, for someone like a Cistercian monk, priest and abbot, with publicly professed vows of chastity and celibacy and presenting himself as a religious figure who implicitly upholds the RC Church’s teaching on sexual morality (which they are not afraid to foist on to us and condemn us when we don’t live up to it), then….well, I think you know what he should do. Simple

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Yes, but perhaps true. We don’t need to be doing double think about people that we want to hold up as religious leaders and examples. But, such is the way things are going, you have not got any confidence anymore that your priest, bishop, monk , abbot , etc. are not up to all sorts of things and perhaps always have been. Such is the trust they have lost. It;s their fault that they have lost that trust. Once lost, it will be almost impossible to recover. We will move on to something else. They are history. I hope they are listening.

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