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LATEST – ROBERT HOURIGAN’S EXPLOSIVE MISSIVE TO ABBOT BRENDAN COFFEY – GLENSTAL !

COFFEY

Abbot Brendan,

Over the past two-weeks, certain allegations pertaining to Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, the current Abbot and Ordinary of Mount Melleray Abbey have been brought to my attention. These allegations will be addressed in the second part of this correspondence.



In the first part of the present, however, I wish to address the behaviour of a former monk of Glenstal Abbey, Fr. Gregory Collins, OSB, who is now a vicar in the Anglican Diocese of Chichester. The said Gregory Collins, now known as the Rev’d Earl Collins, holds a two-fold appointment in the aforementioned diocese: a) Continual Ministerial Development Officer; and, b) priest-in-charge of St John’s, Palmeira, Square, Hove.

The objectively immoral behaviour of Gregory Collins, while he was a monk of Glenstal Abbey in Rome was at variance in the starkest possible manner to his publicly professed solemn monastic vows as a Benedictine monk of the Congregation of the Annunciation. A Benedictine monk who is Rome-based has shared a sworn affidavit and other documentation that attests to the involvement of Gregory Collins on the gay scene the Eternal City. It is not unreasonable to infer that Collins’ behaviour was known about and ignored with alacrity by certain persons in Sant’ Anselmo. It is my understanding Collins’ behaviour while as an abbot in Jerusalem was brought to the attention of your predecessor in office, Fr. Mark Hederman, OSB.

Question One.


Was Collins’ behaviour known about and ignored by the abbots of Glenstal Abbey over a number of years? And, before your election as abbot, did you have any knowledge about his active involvement in the “gay scene” in Rome and/or in Jerusalem?



In an affidavit that I have reviewed, reference is made to the known homosexual orientation of Gregory Collins when he was joining the community at Glenstal, and this was viewed as something positive by the then novice master, Fr. Henry O’Shea, OSB. These are observations made by Gregory Collins, himself, in Rome. It is not the unfounded supposition by the scripter of the present; but, information attested to — in a sworn statement.

Question Two.


Does the abovesaid sworn statement indicate that there is something negatively systemic in the formation of novices, juniors, and in the on-going formation of monks at Glenstal Abbey? Since, becoming the Abbot of Glenstal — what steps have you taken to ensure that unsuitable persons are not accepted, and more importantly NOT advanced to solemn monastic profession and ordination the priesthood at Glenstal Abbey?

Question Three.


As the elected office-holder i.e., the Abbot and Ordinary of Glenstal Abbey — did you provide the now Rev’d Collins with any letter(s) of recommendation to the Anglican Diocese of Chichester? And, prior to your election as abbot, did you provide any letter of recommendation in a personal capacity?

Question Four.


Did the previous the elected office-holder i.e., the Abbot and Ordinary of Glenstal Abbey, Fr. Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB — provide the now Rev’d Collins with any letter(s) of recommendation to the Anglican Diocese of Chichester? And, did Fr. Hederman, OSB provide any letter(s) of recommendation in a personal capacity to the Diocese of Chichester?

Question Five.


Did any members of the monastic council at Glenstal Abbey provide letters of recommendation to the Diocese of Chichester about Gregory Collins? Are any of these said members of your monastic council regulated by the Teaching Council of Ireland? Can you imagine the former superiors of Glenstal, eg. Dom Placid Murray, Dom Bernard O’Dea, writing similar letters in support of Gregory Collins?

Question Six.


Were you aware that the Holy See took the view that the behaviour of Gregory Collins in Jerusalem (when it was brought to their attention) was so serious — it potentially brought the reputation of the Holy See into serious disrepute with the state of Israel — should the matter have proceeded to a Canonical Tribunal; Collins, ran the risk of immediate laicisation upon its conclusion? In light of the allegations before the Holy See — would you and the monks in solemn vows with stability at Glenstal have supported Collins’ dismissal from the monastic/clerical states by a Decree of the Holy See?

Question Seven


If the behaviour of Gregory Collins was known about and overlooked at Glenstal Abbey — was it covered-up; if that is indeed the case — objectively, do you consider this raises serious questions about the monastic culture within Glenstal Abbey? In light of what will follow about Richard Purcell, I invite you to think very carefully about this question of a cover-up.

Question Eight


In light of the fact that Glenstal Abbey runs a prestigious school, if past concerns about Gregory Collins were presently highlighted to certain authorities in West Sussex — and all the paperwork (was solicited from the Anglican Diocese of Chichester) pertaining to Gregory Collins was brought into the public domain — do you consider that Glenstal Abbey and its school would emerge in a positive light? Would there be anything contained therein that might have to be referred to Tulsa and/or the Teaching Council of Ireland?



Question Nine


In light of the above, do you consider it unreasonable to suggest that some monks of Glenstal Abbey are morally compromised? This is an entirely legitimate question (although I appreciate you will find it offensive); but it is a suggestion that could be put to you by leading counsel should any of these matters come before the Irish courts) in light of Collins’ behaviour over the years? Have you considered how you might respond to such a question?

Question Ten


Thus, in light of question five (5), does this culture of cover-up/tolerance of morally questionable behaviour potentially now inform the ethos of Glenstal Abbey School?

Question Eleven


If donors were aware of the matters surrounding the outrageous behaviour of Gregory Collins – do you consider they would be less likely to make donations to the Glenstal Abbey fundraising initiative imaginatively referred to as “Radiating Peace”? Do you think potential donors should be informed about Collins?

Silverstream Priory/Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO.

Abbot Brendan, please do not be churlish and deny any knowledge about the known sexual activities of Richard Purcell. I have been informed a number of priests in the Diocese of Meath; that you requested from the whistle-blower at Silverstream Priory — a written statement that was exculpatory of Richard Purcell. I KNOW this to be true. This information been further independently confirmed by a second priest; one, with intimate knowledge of the situation at Silverstream and the wider Diocese of Meath.

For this purpose of this e-mail, let me remind you of the allegations. It is alleged that while as the Abbot and the Ordinary of Mount St. Joseph Abbey, the said Dom Richard Purcell, had consensual anal sex with a priest — the then Fr. Xxxx xxxxxx who at that time was incardinated in the Diocese of Killaloe. This priest was considering a vocation to the Cistercian way of life at Roscrea. The said sexual act took place in the monastery guesthouse.

The said Fr.xxxxxx voluntarily spoke about what occurred at the monastery to certain individuals in the Diocese of Killaloe. The act has never been denied; but, it can be legitimately suggested the known behaviour of Richard Purcell was and continues to be covered-up by the previous Bishop of Killaloe, the current Bishop of Killaloe, along with the Bishop of Waterford, and the Abbot General, Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, OCSO.

Question Twelve


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. Do you agree with this characterisation? If not, why not?

Question Thirteen


Would you be happy for this allegation/assertion to be put to the whistle-blower by the Charities Regulator? Shall I ask the Regulator to put the question to the whistle-blower? And, are you content for the whistle-blower to give a truthful answer under oath in light of what is addressed within this e-mail? Would the Bishop of Meath; the current Bishop of Waterford; the current Bishop of Killaloe; the current Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, the current Abbot of Mount Melleray, and the current Abbot General of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance be happy with the answer given by the whistle-blower? If not, why not?

Therefore, all my further questions pertaining to the behaviour of Richard Purcell – are directed to you as the Abbot of Glenstal — in light of the fact that you HAD knowledge of the allegations of Purcell’s behaviour. Remember, I did ask you about a culture of cover-up in Glenstal with good reason.

Question Fourteen


When did you become the useful idiot and patsy of those individuals who wish to keep Purcell’s behaviour, occult? Do you consider that you have brought the office of Abbot of Glenstal Abbey into significant and legitimate disrepute by your behaviour, i.e., soliciting a statement/affidavit that was exculpatory of Purcell? Have you considered resigning? If not, why not? In light of the present correspondence — do you now consider your position to be untenable?

Question Fifteen


When did you first become aware of the allegations surrounding Purcell? Where you aware of any ecclesiastical concerns about Purcell — while you were a seminarian for the Diocese of Killaloe, and/or as a monk and priest; prior to your election as Abbot and Ordinary of Glenstal Abbey?

Question Sixteen


Before he left the priesthood, was Fr. Xxxx xxxxxx known to you during your time in the seminary and/or during your time of priestly ministry in the Diocese of Killaloe? You would accept that his character as a priest and as a person is unblemished, and without reproach?

Question Seventeen


You would further accept without question that Fr. Xxxx xxxxxx was a well-liked priest in the Diocese of Killaloe, who served its people with great pastoral integrity.

Question Eighteen


Were you aware that Richard Purcell was a frequent visitor to “The Boilerhouse” in Dublin? Are you further aware that an ex-seminarian had consensual anal sex with Richard Purcell in the aforementioned institution? And, the ex-seminarian recognised him from a retreat he had been given by Purcell when he was a student at Maynooth — were you aware of this allegation?

I have established that the allegations surrounding Richard Purcell were known to the previous Bishop of Killaloe, Kieran O’Reilly SMA, who is now the Archbishop and Ordinary of Cashel and Emily; I need not remind you that you are the abbot of a monastery located in the territory that has been assigned to his pastoral governance.

Question Nineteen


While as the Bishop of Killaloe and now as the Archbishop of Cashel and Emily, did Kieran O’Reilly mention any concerns he might have had about Richard Purcell to you either formally/informally with you as a monk, and as subsequently as the Abbot of Glenstal?



Question Twenty


In your judgement, is there any substance to the suggestion that the allegations concerning Richard Purcell are known to the current Bishop of Killaloe, Fintan Monaghan, and he is keen to keep them suppressed, because he believes it might damage his possibility of becoming the next Archbishop of Tuam? If, he is aware of the allegations, do you consider his behaviour (keeping the allegation suppressed) unacceptable? Would you like to proffer any observation about how long the allegations surrounding Richard Purcell have been known to Bishop Monaghan?



Question Twenty one


If you were asking for a statement of exculpation for Richard Purcell — did you make the allegations pertaining to Purcell, known to the Bishop of Waterford, Alphonsus Cullinan and the Abbot General of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, OCSO, formerly — the Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey? If not, why not?

Question Twenty two


On Saturday, November 4, 2017, you attended a Mass at Mount Melleray Abbey to invoke God’s Blessing on the New Abbot (Richard Purcell) and his abbatial ministry at Mount Melleray Abbey. This is evidenced by the photographs of the event. The principal celebrant was the Bishop of Waterford. When you concelebrated at this Mass — at that time — did you have personal knowledge of any allegation of past homosexual activity by Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO?

Question Twenty three


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 on that day and/or any time subsequently?

Question Twenty four


In light of this e-mail, do you now consider that you should write to the Bishop of Waterford, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan as the Abbot of Glenstal respectfully suggesting to the Ordinary of that Diocese that he needs to 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? And, as the Bishop of Waterford, he should immediately refer these allegations to the competence of the Dicastery that has oversight for Religious in Rome? Do you agree this would be a reasonable, prudent, and proportionate action?

Question Twenty-Five


Do you consider that Richard Purcell should resign as the Abbot and Ordinary of Mount Melleray Abbey for the greater good of the church and the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance?

Question Twenty-Six


Do you consider your own behaviour and that of Richard Purcell to be a source of legitimate scandal for the church in Ireland, and that both of you should consider your position before God, and resign?

Personally, I think you should resign, because, you, Abbot Brendan, have been gravely and knowingly complicit in a cover-up by attempting to solicit from the whistle-blower at Silverstream Priory — a statement/affidavit of exculpation for Richard Purcell. Do you deny that allegation? Think very carefully about your reply, because I can prove the contrary.

A search of the website of the Charities Regulator reveals the following charities associated with Glenstal: a) Glenstal Abbey Operations (20144586); b) Glenstal Abbey School (20084516), and, c) The Glenstal Abbey Trust (20005283). In light of the present, do you now wish to defend your behaviour — being active and complicit in an on-going cover-up to the Regulator?

Thus, I respectfully suggest that your position as the Abbot of Glenstal Abbey is now untenable particularly in light of the fact it oversees a school. Therefore, I respectfully suggest you resign, immediately.

Obviously, I deeply regret having to write this e-mail, however, not to do so would be to complicit in behaviour that is gravely and morally wrong. This e-mail is been copied to the Bishop of Meath, the Bishop Waterford, the Bishop of Killaloe, the Archbishop of Cashel and Emily, the contact addresses for Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, and the Apostolic Nuncio in Dublin, and to the private e-mail address of the Irish Times journalist, Patsy McGarry.

I am also copying this e-mail to Pat Buckley, who will publish (with my consent) it on his blog. I disagree with Pat Buckley on many issues, however, but we share the view that Mount Melleray Abbey is a holy place sanctified by the prayers of generations of monks, and Richard Purcell should not be the Abbot and Ordinary.

I entirely accept that Pat Buckley is an extremely controversial figure, but many priests are reading his blog, and they are providing information that is shocking; but informative. They are scandalised, and so are many faithful Catholics by the egregious insouciance and callous indifference to Purcell’s behaviour.

Because, Purcell wears a ring, a mitre along with a pectoral cross; is it the view he must-be protected at all costs? And, if Purcell was a monk and/or a priest in the diocese; he would now be suspended facing the ultimate sanction of dismissal from the clerical state – is this a fair summation?

I do not wish to bring these matters formally to the attention of the Charities Regulator; nor do I wish to have to involve other regulatory authorities; however, the on-going inaction and cover-up of Purcell’s behaviour, and your involvement with Glenstal School means a formal referral becomes, sadly, an inevitability.

Respectfully, I remain,

Robert Hourigan

PAT SAYS

This is a devastating series of questions for Brebdan Coffey.

Coffey, not the brightest of men, has been used by Deenihan, Purcell etc all and he is now left holding the baby.

Coffey is in over his head!

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165 replies on “LATEST – ROBERT HOURIGAN’S EXPLOSIVE MISSIVE TO ABBOT BRENDAN COFFEY – GLENSTAL !”

Who does the explosive hooligan think he is, issuing all these questions? Nobody will answer one never mind 23! as for the despicable apostate Gregory Collins address them to the anglicans.

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Buckley you cunt. May you burn in hell after the devil has fucked your ass with a brush handle covered in barbed wire.

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10 59: You are being too kind to Pat..👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹….the professional barrister which Mr. Hooligan has employed to formulate his questions must be costing a fortune…the threats are disgusting.

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Of course, I could be evil genius doing all this drafting on my own. But, I am just a poor ignorant peasant from the bogs of Kerry — hence, I am not capable of such a masterpiece. I am, however, surprised that you are utilising such language in light of the fact that the Abbot of Glenstal is now compromised and complicit in the cover-up. That is as clear as night follows day. Again, it has been independently confirmed by two (2) priests that are intimately connected with the diocese of Meath.
If you had been reading the blog closely, you may have observed that the senior counsel is working pro bono, because he is disgusted by the behaviour of Purcell, and, he is married to a woman whose relative was a monk and priest of Mount Melleray Abbey. However, I would not want to be paying his considerable hourly fee plus VAT. Have you actually read what I have written? Do you require guidance on what is construed as threatening? I have merely asked a series of legitimate questions that require answers.
I feel you are stressed. Have a glass of whisky; I like single malt Speyside Scotch — hence the spelling of “whisky”. In fact, I might have a well-deserved glass as a nightcap in a few moments. I will toast your good health. It will soon be Christmas.
PS: Are you feeling positive about the potential vaccine that will be available soon? Another reason to be cheerful.

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10.59, and when the devil finishes with Pat may he scour your mouth out with the same brush. Your despicable comment invites a retort in kind.

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10:59 pm – now, now, Father, time for bed, I think. You’ve had enough of the sauce for one night. Look what it does to you ! It’s a good job you don’t have to be up early for Mass with the lockdown.

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10.38…I’ll reserve a place for you.. ☻☻☻☻☻☻👺👺👺👺👺👹👹👹👹👹👹…you idiot.

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Pat, I and many, many others share your disdain for hypocrisy and double standards and make our voices heard. However horrendous and unacceptable any person’s behaviour may be I certainly do not agree with the lynch mob definition of justice on your blog. The ugliness of the invective is as morally reprehensible as the wrongdoing you condemn.

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For 1,000,000 Euros-
The next resignation in the Irish Catholic Church will be ?
A) An Archbishop
B) A Bishop
C) An Abbot
D) All of the above
You can: ask the audience, do a 50/50, phone a friend, ask the quiz-master.

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A bishop -most likely because most numerous. Coffey and Purcell won’t be resigning, simply because they have featured on here. They will probably be promoted to abbot general/president respectively.

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if I received a letter like that from Richard ‘holier that thou’ Hourigan, it would go straight in the fire’. do you think…did you know….were you aware’. Dickie, would ya ever feck off! go back to twitching your curtains and quite poking your nose into the sexual lives of other people! ya gowl!

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Pat, I am very concerned about the insinuations in this article – there is not in the slightest back up with explanatory detail or evidence regarding Gregory Collins. It just seems to throw dirt at the guy and not explain the accusations. It reminds me of Donald Trump type bullying behaviour. I have no idea whether this guy is innocent or not, but I think the least you could do is be clear on the accusations.
1. “Objectively immoral behaviour”. What behaviour exactly?
2. “Known homosexual orientation” Known by whom and with what evidence?
3. “Behaviour of Gregory Collins in Jerusalem” What behaviour exactly?
4. “behaviour of Gregory Collins was known about and overlooked at Glenstal Abbey” Again, what behaviour?
5. “Concerns about Gregory Collins were presently highlighted to certain authorities in West Sussex” What concerns exactly?
6. ” in light of Collins’ behaviour over the years” Again, what behaviour exactly?
7. “outrageous behaviour of Gregory Collins” Again, what behaviour exactly?

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Wow re 3 bishops involved. It doesn’t look good. Just wondering if bishops in Ireland are experts in cover ups. Interested to know if any other bishops are involved on any other matters. One thing that caught my attention was Bishops were so quiet on glenstal school cos of its revenues and Collins. If they want to keep something quiet or silent cos it involves other people’s money which they would want to retain it and keep coming at them.
It should be reported to Glenstal parent council if any re Collins. Same could be said for Roscrea as well re Purcell.
Sex behaviours among some priest or seminarians took place at diocesan level or lower. But now it has changed or moved up to religious orders. Then what next after religious orders to where? Bishopric level or cardinal?
Funny enough as you could see it’s men but how about women such as nuns for a change??

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Stateside Greetings. Someone said here recently that Cuthbert Brennan OSB wasn’t in Maynooth. He was known as seminarian Michael Brennan for the diocese of Limerick. Tweets about those lovely aromatic Glenstal candles now, and they’re a must have for any Christmas stocking. Buy now while stocks last.

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There are a couple of former seminarians who wouldn’t be interested in “Cuthberts” candles. Why did he leave Maynooth?

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Thus is all fake news, fake fake fake.
Glenstal is an authentic Benedictine Abbey which I have known for more than 45 years. A school of the Lord’s service. With saints and sinners. No better or worse than the Larne Oratory. Take the plank out of your own eye!

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Brill Idea on how to make Glenstale Abbey great again : An Apparition!
The Lady of the Wailing Wall projected onto the front wall of the Abbey.
Have her singing ‘ Tour-a-lour a laddies Tour-a- lour-a lay’.
Have 12 secrets hidden under mattress in-jam jars! Reveal at the appoint hour!
A home grown cottage industry with an ecumenical bent. Bobs your Uncle.
Now your hurling. Good luck with that one.

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Poor Brendan will be lying in a darkened cell with a damp face towel over his brow after reading that, however he will continue to do nothing and hope it will all blow over. Someone is pulling his strings, who is the puppetmaster?

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“Because, Purcell wears a ring, a mitre along with a pectoral cross; is it the view he must-be protected at all costs? ” That about sums it up Robert.

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Hourigan’s diatribe is fixated on sexual sin – the only kind of sin there is.
Ditto for the bishop involved with the ridiculous Cafe Theology and the risibly-named The Thrill of the chaste – how to have fun and keep your clothes on.
The same cleric’s words about Pope Francis being ‘downright provocative’ must be a source of intense embarrassment to his peers.

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Sounds like the strange abbatial goings-on will keep you occupied for the foreseeable future. You must have a spring in your step these days, Bp Pat.

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Interesting though this might be, nothing is going to happen – no suspensions, no resignations, no general interest. That’s a fact. Outside of the small group who take a passing interest in this stuff, nobody else is interested, because it is noting new and it is what we have come to expect of people like Purcell and co. The hierarchs know that and know that if they keep quiet and sit it out, it will all pass. Then they will carry on in the merry way. Something will come along unexpectedly in due course which will blow them from the water. They probably won’t see it coming. But, at the moment they are safe and secure. This is going nowhere. Sadly.

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The loss of charitable status for Silverstream would be a significant achievement in its own right.

A local postmaster recently got 15-months for £140,000 fraud (gambling addiction). What might a dogy prior get for €2,406,853.47 in the republic? I wonder.

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does it operate under its own charitable status or that of the Diocese of Meath. Their priests are incarnated in the Diocese of Meath as they are not sui iuris.

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@9:02
Plenty will happen behind the scenes and all the main protagonists who are not bishops will never be bishops. That alone is enough and a job well done. The rest have been exposed as hypocrites, another job well done. The Charities Regulator can deal with the rest.

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Stand by for publication of the McCarrick report today at 1pm GMT (2pm Rome time). Will it be a whitewash? With sly Francis involved the betting has to be on it being a heavily redacted cover-up.

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@ 9:30 never mind McCarrick we have an Abbot in Ireland going around with his cock out. We’ve enough to be getting on with here. the Americans can deal with McCarrick

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10.06: Are you referring to the Kerry bogger who loves certain “meat” ….a Mr. Nasty Hooligan of monstrous proportions…A hippo of a hypocrite..

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In literally any other line of work your ability to do the job is an essential part of assessment as you enter the profession. The days when people were willing to tolerate Fr’s funny little ways finally seem to be passing.

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A new covid vaccine. Cell lines from aborted babies used in the vaccine. The anti abortion terrorists will be out in force to reject taking the vaccine.

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As each day unfolds, it is now very clear that both pat and robert are playing very loose with truth. Both are very nasty and vicious liars. Their behaviour, well rehearsed and orchestrated is utterly repugnant. I believe it is a moral evil in its most grotesque to play such psychologically destructive games with anyone, irrespective of who they may be. At this stage the narrative by both men is a charade, but HORRIBLY evil in intent. However they protest there is nothing of CHRIST in their vengeance.

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I wonder who Brendan rang first after receiving this letter? A peek at his phone records would show who is masterminding this cover up, it definitely isn’t Brendan, he hasn’t the smarts and can’t cope with any type of pressure.

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Some years ago, the Church of England appointed “flying bishops” to help solve problem areas. Could “flying abbots” be a solution in this case?

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Hasn’t Joe Coffey a qualification in canon law? Thought the bad old days of writing letters had ended. Drain the swamp

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No, I have not written to the good monk in Roscrea, however, it is on my to-do list. I am in contact with people in the Roscrea area to see if I can ascertain the name of the ex-employee who also knows about certain shenanigans. People talk and community nurses are repositories of information. Rest assured, the Cistercian College will be aware of Purcell’s behaviour, and so will the regulator.
At the time of writing, I have received confirmation that certain matters that I have raised are being addressed by a diocesan bishop. I will protect the confidentiality of correspondence for the time being.
However, even more damaging correspondence has been received, and, that too, sadly, will have to be addressed. I am amazed this behaviour has been known about and tolerated for so long.

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The great See of Meath or the lesser See of Killaloe? They both feature in pictures associated with Silverstream and Melleray.

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Fr Aelred is no longer in Roscrea as he is a monk attached to Portglenone but he was in Roscrea long enough to know about everything. The ex employee had an influential role in the college

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10.15: Now we are at a stage where he said this to her who said it to him who said it to them who said it to the nurse who said it to the cook who said it to an ex priest who said but to the dog who said it to the cat who said it to Sadie who said it to Minnie who said it to the retired doctor who said it to the crow who said it to the chicken who said it to….wait for it….Bootboy Hooligan! who said it to Buckfast who said it to…… Jesus, I’m exhausted…🎶😉😉😏😏😏😏🤠🤠🤠🤠🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡….you pair of freaky gossipers…….

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You must be knocking on a bit to remember when A & B was under dear old Cyril Cowderoy of Southwark. I don’t think he was so bad, but definitely old school.

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11.09: Lolita, keep it going….the dangerous axis of evil crackpots – Hoory and Bucky are profoundly sinful and morally repugnant.

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Pat, how did you not know about the decision of one Meath’s recently ordained to leave the Barque of Peter and try his time in Roscrea? He’s back in Meath now. It was all rather quick

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Big Tom and the Mainliners kept it quiet Pat. The relatively newly ordained priest is back in the diocese.

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@10:56 am

Thank you for that important lead. Could I trouble you to make the name of the ex-employee known to Pat Buckley and/or send me an e-mail. Please be assured of our absolute discretion in the matter.

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11.41: Hooligan, you couldn’t be trusted with a Kit Kat. Your behaviour is becoming more disgusting….you are or Pat are each other very sinfully. There is absolutes nothing of CHRIST in your horrible behaviour.

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Giving Fr **** ****** a jolly good rogering up the jaxie in the guesthouse. What is there “of Christ” in that behaviour one asks?

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The fine looking Fr Aelred who was sent down to Roscrea for a while is in Portglenone. According to a recent story in The Irish News headed, ‘Solitude, not isolation – Cistercians share their ancient tradition amid coronavirus’
The Bethlehem Abbey Cistercian Family can be found at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To discuss a possible call to live the Cistercian monastic life you can contact Fr Aelred Magee OCSO at frmagee@yahoo.co.uk or through the community’s social media platforms.

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Thank you for providing his e-mail address; it is much appreciated. I will be in contact with him very shortly.

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Sadly it is like a worn record with the needle stuck in the groove. Time and time again when abuse occurs we see the same reaction by those in authority: cover up and protect the institution and clergy over the victims.

Although not involving minors the sexual proclivities of monastics mentioned on this ‘blog illustrate the same thing, i.e. the superiors involved are not remotely interested in upsetting the proverbial apple cart.

Nothing is going to change except due to a combination of factors, Covid-19, being one of them, the institutional church will further decline, rapidly.

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Good. That’s exactly how it should be in the circumstances of the clergy being unfaithful and the laity being passive about this charade

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Some other dioceses and bishops had a consistent practice of prompt thorough action in such cases and the ones we hear about have let those down.

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I have said several times here that there is only one strategy which actually works with the church – withhold funding.
Unfortunately charity regulators very rarely go as far as removing charity status, in fact the only church-related action I know they have taken, and in England obviously, was when Ealing Abbey were using the charity’s funds for the defence of a monk accused of child abuse, and then it was only a slap on the wrist.

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1.16: Pot heat…stay in the bog and desist from harassing good monks at Mt. Mellary. Your forebears must be turning in their graves behind the monastery with your disgusting behaviour. Undoubtedly they would be totally disapproving of Abbot Purcell’s antics but your behaviour is psychopathically dangerous. There’s a deja vu feeling about all your huffing and puffing – now in its 4th week…☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻👹👹👹👹👺👺👺💀💀….you too are of the dark!

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1.16: Surely, sir, in the context of your story, isn’t “holes” the more suitable word? Hmmmm….hmmmm….you should know.

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1.37pm

Its out on Vatican twitter with links to Vatican.va. Just click as it takes you there. Well over 200 pages I believe.

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It’s absolutely disgusting and perverted what these monks are doing and no one doing anything about it. It’s a disgrace to ignore Bishop Buckley and Mr Hourigan. It’s disgusting for an abbot to put his penis up inside the back passages of **** ****** and the former seminarian. It’s vile what Rev’d Collins did in Rome and Jerusalem. Whether it’s sodomising a priest who’s interested in joining the monks, whether it’s going to dens of perversion in Dublin or anywhere else, whether it’s paying a rent boy so you can do unmentionable things to him, whether it’s swindling millions, or whatever it is, it has to be stopped NOW!

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1.50: Think you are protesting too much Miss Minnie Perfect I! The vulgar porno description of your post must be a wonderful sexual fantasy for you! Do you “get off” on such porn? You pervert.

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Had a quick peep on mc Carrick report. I found it strange that R snipe wasn’t mentioned in that report. Did Richard Snipe report it to Bishop or cardinal? I did recall that he wrote an open letter correct me if I’m wrong there.

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I recall **** ****** ahead of me in Maynooth. A total dork and as odd as two left feet. He could be hilariously funny though and was good at mimicking some of the staff. He did a very good impression of a former bishop of Galway. I never had him down as a partaker in homosexualism mind you. Ah well those were more innocent times in some ways. I got out of it. I’m now a grandfather twice over.

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At 1:53pm, if the dead monks are “turning in their graves” surely it is on account of the sexual immorality of Dom Dick?

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2.00: Yes indeed they will be disgusted at any moral transgressions but they would not be engaging in a lynch mob attack on any person. I suspect they are praying in heaven for Abbot Purcell and for Hooligan too, perhaps much more fervently in his case..that he truly relent of his nasty, ugly behaviour.

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@1:44 pm
It is, regrettably, not the kind of behaviour you expect of a Cistercian, monk, priest and Abbot. More seriously it is an egregious abuse of abbatial authority that was and is wholly unacceptable.
@12:35 pm
It seems to me that the two things that drive the church are money and fear.
@1:50 pm
It is the personal hypocrisy that is so deeply offensive and egregious. These individuals use the patrimony of the monastery for their own nefarious sexual activities. One wonders how these funds are used? Also, if you were seen in these houses of ill-repute, and you are masquerading as a public figure of moral authority — then you are open to blackmail/extortion.
@1:53 pm
Is that you “Legal Eagle”? Have you reinvented yourself as a psychotherapist/psychiatrist? Where your affidavit-writing skills not up to speed? Are you now the Anthony Clare of our day? Do you think I would be suitable for an interview, In the Psychiatrist’s Chair? It would make great TV viewing. What you think?
I am wondering would you ask a series of leading questions about my inferiority complex in light of the fact that I come from the bogs of Co. Kerry? May-be I am suffering from “imposter syndrome”? Perhaps, I am suffering from some undiagnosed complex form of PTSD as I have as my parliamentary representatives, the Healy-Raes. What you think?
Tell me, how would you explain the schizophrenic duality of the behaviour we have seen in Gregory Collins and Richard Purcell? I am very interested in this phenomenon. Please do enlighten us all…

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Robert Hourigan – @1:53 is not me.
I have supplied Pat with a password so he knows which posts are from me. I am happy to oblige you with a sworn affidavit attesting to the truth of my statement; this will undoubtably clear my name; no questions asked.
🙂

Yours, Legal Eagle.

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3.33: I am convinced that Robert Hourigan is Legal Eagle with the script written by a legal expert.. This is playing dangerously with people’s lives…

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2.41: You are turning into a psycho, Mr. Hourigan. No amount of legalese from a barrister friend can hide your nastiness. You have no moral authority to act as judge.

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What in the Divine Baby Jesus and his Immaculate Mother has the Abbot of Glenstale got to do with the diocese of Killaloe and Roscrea abbey? Would ya whist now and get your orders right. Glenstale is Benedictine of the congregation of the Emancipation.

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Begorra and Bejaney hi buds butt does anyone know where the hell is Glenstale
Abbey. North south east or west. I’m getting lost in me own homeland.
Going round in circles.Stuck in feckin jam traffic in Ennis.
So much for lock-down 5.
Useless sat nav.
Need a b&b r&r & a cup of tae. No boys. No TLC.
B&B tea with bread & butter. No jam. No need for jars.
Anyways Stale Fresh or Otherwise.
May The Force Be With You.+

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2.41: Hooligan Fool: initially you may have been respected and given some respectability. Sadly, your repetitive narratives, infantile commentary, attempts at humour and sarcasm and your obvious smug self righteousness are tiresome, self serving and pathetic. You can howl all you like, moralise from your your lofty pedestal – but you are kissing in the wind. When you find JESUS, allow him to heal YOU. Chiudi la tua bocce grande! !! Perditi idiota!! Sciocco pazzo! L’inferno e il tuo destino…..Merviglioso!! Dio benedica I santi monaci di Mt. Mellary or as the good Cistercians taught me in Latin..Deum benedicite sancti in bonum sanctus monachis…

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Vin is staying.
Vin has made it quite clear that in spite of a scathing report into child abuse and him being excoriated for his manifest failures the Vatican has asked him to stay. ‘And stay I will’
Well well. Let’s see what the broadsheets make of that declaration of defiance!

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IICSA on Nichols: As the figurehead and the most senior leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Catholics look to Cardinal Nichols to lead by example. During the final public hearing in November 2018, he apologised for the Church’s failings, noting that this was a source of “great sorrow and shame for me and, indeed I know, for the Catholic Church”. But there was no acknowledgement of any personal responsibility to lead or influence change. Nor did he demonstrate compassion towards victims in the recent cases which we examined. His acknowledgement that “there is plenty for us to achieve” applies as much to him as it does to everyone else in the Church. He did not always exercise the leadership expected of a senior member of the Church, at times preferring to protect the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and in Rome.17

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A Vatican report has found that two recent popes and Church officials ignored allegations about a US cardinal later found guilty of sex abuse.
Theodore McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington DC, was expelled from the priesthood after the Vatican concluded its investigation last year.
It has now issued a report into how he was able to rise through the ranks, despite allegations going back decades.
It argues that credible evidence only surfaced in 2017.
The 450-page report includes testimonies from 90 witnesses, and dozens of letters and transcripts from Vatican and US Church archives.
Mr McCarrick served as archbishop of Washington DC from 2001 to 2006.
The report finds that the late Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005, was told of his abuses but chose to believe American bishops who instead concealed the information and Mr McCarrick himself, who denied it all.
It also finds that Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned in 2013, probably rejected the idea of an investigation because there were “no credible allegations of child abuse”.
The report acknowledges that, in hindsight, the Vatican’s investigations into the allegations against Mr McCarrick were of a “limited nature”.
In July 2018, Mr McCarrick became the first person to resign as a cardinal since 1927. Pope Francis suspended him from all priestly duties the following February.
He is among hundreds of members of the clergy accused of sexually abusing children over several decades.
“We publish the report with sorrow for the wounds that these events have caused to the victims, their families, the Church in the United States and the universal Church,” said the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
What were the findings against McCarrick?
He is alleged to have assaulted a teenager in the early 1970s, while working as a priest in New York. The claims were made public by the current Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Cardinal Dolan said an independent forensic agency had investigated the allegations. A 2018 review board, including legal experts, psychologists, parents and a priest, then found the allegations “credible and substantiated”.
At the time, Mr McCarrick said he had “no recollection of this reported abuse” and believed in his innocence.
Several men have since accused him of sexual misconduct at a beach house in New Jersey, where he allegedly took them while they studied for the priesthood as adult seminarians. One man said he was assaulted while still a minor.
It also emerged that financial settlements were reached in at least two cases of alleged sexual misconduct involving Mr McCarrick.
They involved “allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago” while he was working as a bishop in New Jersey, bishops in the state told US media.
Pope Francis
Last month two Catholic priests went on trial in the Vatican, marking the first time the city state has prosecuted a case of alleged sex abuse.
While scores of priests have faced abuse charges around the world, the Vatican has never held a trial condemning allegations of sexual abuse within its own walls.
Pope Francis called for “decisive action” when he was elected in 2013, but critics say he has not done enough to hold to account bishops who allegedly covered up sexual abuse.
In August 2018, he wrote to all Roman Catholics condemning clerical sex abuse and demanded an end to cover-ups.

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Pretty damning criticism of Elsie from IICSA also reported today in The Times. Though this is nothing new, it coincides with Elsie reaching 75 as if to make sure her record is less than glorious, though the same could be said for the two predecessors. The great and the good – so long suckers! – gathered for Basil’s funeral, which was broadcasted in full. Who will be there for Elsie?

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This sounds like serious threat of violence. Perhaps the police need to be involved in this. Surprised a Christian blogger has allowed this post.

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Nichols says he offered his resignation for his 75th but it has been refused and he has been told to carry on. What arrogance the man has. He hides underneath obedience to the Holy Father, which allows him to sidestep the obvious response to this IICSA report and judgement, which is that he should resign PDQ. In any, in any, other walk of life, this man would be out the door after a judgement like this from a national inquiry. But the brazen faced arrogance and contempt for anything other than what he says he believes in is clearly evident. The trouble with Nichols and some elements of the Catholic Church in the UK is that they consider themselves to be a nation within the nation, and able to please themselves and ignore the essential values of the nation. They need to be very careful, because that attitude, exhibited in this response to IICSA, is for the Government to put an end to self-regulation by the Catholic Church and to require external, independent and secular oversight. In fact, IICSA still has to consider the possibility of external oversight and accountability, and I bet that this recent response from Nichols will move them towards deciding that is the way forward. Nichols should be ashamed of his arrogance, his conceit, his ambition, his contempt for pretty much everyone and anybody who doesn’t serve his agenda. IICSA might well take him on. I hope it does. Cardinal Nichols, do the decent thing and GO ! Please.

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Yes. To be frank the more people like Nichols behave the way they do the more likely external oversight is and then we can all heave a sigh of relief.
I am incredulous that a grown man with supposed morals and moral education is so unable to do the right thing.

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Nichols doesn’t have to go anywhere so shut your noise @6.59pm. His mandate is from the Vatican and he takes his orders from them and not from you or anyone else. Get over it.

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Once again Pat, thank you for allowing so much to come to light. People who claim to be shocked by this blog are merely hiding the fact that it’s only like the conversation in many a presbytery.
Not only does it allow those considering priesthood or religious life, but it provides the ideal forum for functionaries of the church to show what they are really made of. Only today we have abuse and threats to a man trying to expose behaviour not concordant with vows and a cardinal still in place despite direct criticism of his own actions.
The really sad thing is the stupid cathbots who scream abuse here and then claim to be persecuted can’t even see that their own attitude is the problem!

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IICSA on Longley of Birmingham: In the Archdiocese of Birmingham, the Social Care Institute for Excellence report in
2018 found significant failings in safeguarding, and a need for “radical culture change … to professionalise the leadership, governance, management and delivery of safeguarding in the Archdiocese”.13 The Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, spoke directly to victims and survivors in making his personal apology for what happened in Birmingham, and offering to find some way of “lifting the burden” for them.14 The Archdiocese subsequently made additional ex gratia payments to two victims because it considered it was “fair and reasonable” to do so.15 This is a positive example of leadership.

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One thing that baffled me was how mc Carrick got promoted again and again even though his proclivities continued and became known in the midst of his long career.
Money talks cos he donated millions of dollars to the Vatican just like Marciel did previously. Vatican was corrupted especially JPII, which was all the more surprising. They needed the money so they couldn’t sack mc Carrick just similar to Marciel as well. Same can be said for law from Boston. The Vatican put themselves first before all the abuse victims as usual.. Not surprised. Its typical as they haven’t changed their leopard spots. The Vatican is like a big corporation with various depts with its own rules such as Canon law. I see the Vatican as a huge business corporation trying to justify their religious angle and also a state as well. They should be stripped of their charity status cos no accountability with other people’s money. They should be treated as tax for profit company. Thus it would change their behaviour.

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Robert Hourigan one thing for certain is NONE of those mentioned will get the Archdiocese of Tuam next year.
But Fintan maybe get Cashel and Emly in 2027 only if it blows over
I will be shocked if you get any answers from any of them.
The Papal Nuncio is Very Weak and Very disappointing.

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I hope to God that none of these men are translated to Tuam.
I did get a reply from the office of one bishop.
This will now move to Rome over the next few days.
Issues about the leadership of Abbot Brendan over Glenstal Abbey were brought to the attention of the Regulator this afternoon. I now have even more information, and this involves the Chairman of a large Irish Company; so Abbot Coffey has even more questions to answer. Money in the church is a real problem.
This afternoon, I had an e-mail from a US-priest about Kirby in Washington DC, and the actions of Abbot Brendan at Silverstream are even more bizarre.
There is a lot more to emerge about this, and it gets uglier by the day.

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9.04: This is a very strange way to do business….there is an ugliness about your approach. I will pray for your soul.

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Oh Pat, our Else is quite literally in an utter conniption. Frightful scenes at supper in Ambrosden. Such shrieking and wailing and recriminations. The nun had to administer a quick sharp slap to the face to calm our old Else. Xanax has been prescribed and Elsie to lie down in a dark room.

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Pray for Fr Brian DArcy. He has lost another great and lifelong friend Brian Coll. Another cross for poor Brian to bear and him with no wife to get comforted by. Poor chap!
With COVID restrictions the merc mightn’t get a run out to Omagh !!

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It seems to me from 20 questions above, huge problems which came from diocese of killaloe which persists to this day such purcell(ex killaloe), abbot of Glenstal abbey, ex seminarians, also ex priest well liked who left etc. Is it happening and replicated in other Irish dioceses??
No way would I promote current Bishop of killaloe to Tuam given his record and prior knowledge which he kept it to himself or suppressed it hugely.
One problem I noticed was that we have too many bishops here for a small population like Ireland.

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Interesting tidbit re papal nuncio. Heard from a priest (sma) that papal nuncio was baptised by a sma priest(deceased) in Nigeria as he went to the infant school ran by the irish nuns.

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