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ABBOT COFFEY AND GLENSTAL REPORTED TO CHILD PROTECTION AGENCY TUSLA.

Coffey
Father Nawara OSB

Dear Fr. Nawara,

Respectfully, I address you as the Abbot President of the Congregation of the Annunciation. Below are a list of questions that were addressed some days ago to Fr. Brendan Coffey, OSB, the Abbot and Ordinary of Glenstal Abbey, a constituent abbey of this Congregation. Therein, I included a call for his immediate resignation.

The central allegation against Abbot Brendan Coffey OSB is that exercising the delegated authority of the Bishop of Meath, Bishop Thomas Deenihan, the said Abbot Coffey knowingly, deliberately, and with full-knowledge actively participated in a cover-up by attempting to solicit from a whistle-blower who is co-operating with the Charities Regulator — an affidavit/statement of exculpation that would exonerate the notorious behaviour of the current Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey. The behaviour of Abbot Coffey displayed all the aspects of what is referred to as a “joint enterprise”. Moreover, the matter has been referred to the Charities Commission, the Irish regulator for charitable trusts.

Therefore, I respectfully submit that Abbot Brendan Coffey, by virtue of this stated action has impaired judgement, and as a consequence of same; he needs to resign forthwith as the Abbot and Ordinary of Glenstal Abbey.



I need not remind you that Glenstal Abbey is well-known in Ireland for running a prestigious school. The known actions of Abbot Brendan are so serious they warrant an immediate referral to Tulsa, the Irish statutory authority response ability for child protection. At the time of writing, I have not brought these matters to the attention of Tulsa, however, I am hopeful that you as the Abbot President and/or the Abbot Brendan will self-report to Tulsa.

If Abbot Brendan with foresight is prepared to knowingly and willingly participate in an organised and deliberate cover-up of behaviour that is so egregious to the monastic state — behaviour that is known to the Abbot General of the Cistercians, Dom Eamon Fitzgerald; then, what behaviour is Abbot Brendan prepared to cover-up in Glenstal, and its school in order to protect its reputation?

This is a legitimate question; one that does require an answer. It is all the more pertinent in light of the publication of the “McCarrick Report” yesterday by the Holy See, and the finding by a statutory Tribunal in the UK that the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster protected the reputation of the church over the interests of victims.

For the avoidance of any and all doubt; I am not making any accusation of sexual/criminal impropriety against Fr. Brendan Coffey, OSB. Therefore, absolutely NOTHING, within the present can or should be utilised as a justification to remove his priestly faculties by a Decree and/or to impair his status as a monk and priest in good standing.

His naïve actions that may have been well-intentioned; but, they raise serious questions about his judgement. And, as a consequence of same, Fr. Coffey is not a fit and proper person to exercise, and to hold the office of Abbot and Ordinary of the monastery.

Before the close of business today, I will refer this matter to Tulsa in Limerick. However, I am hopeful Abbot Brendan will do the right thing and resign as the Abbot and/or be suspended until a proper investigation takes place in accordance with the Canon 1717 and the law proper to the Congregation of the Annunciation.

For the reasons outlined in the present, I would further respectfully suggest that you immediately abrogate your Decree of November 1, 2020 appointing Abbot Brendan Coffey as the safeguarding co-ordinator for the Congregation of Annunciation, and appoint another individual to the role.



This e-mail is been copied to Abbot Brendan, because he has the right of reply to my allegation. It is also been copied to the Archbishop of Cashel & Emily; because he is aware of the “issues” surrounding to Richard Purcell; he is also the Ordinary of the canonical territory in which Glenstal Abbey is located — the e-mail is also copied Ms. Cleo Yeats, the safeguarding officer for the Archdiocese; to the Bishop of Meath for obvious reasons; it is copied to the Bishop of Waterford for reasons that he will understand, and to the Apostolic Nuncio of Ireland; and, to the Abbot General of the Cistercians.

I am also copying this to Pat Buckley, who will probably publish a copy of this e-mail correspondence on his blog; because transparency is good for the church. You are respectfully advised that it was because of what has appeared on Buckley’s blog, priests of, and associated with the Diocese of Meath came forward and confirmed the actions of Abbot Brendan Coffey. I have assured them of absolute confidentiality due to a fear of canonical reprisal.

Moreover, I WANT you to independently establish the veracity of this allegation from the whistle-blower at Silverstream Priory.

O Reilly
Deenihan

The Bishop of Meath, I am sure will be more than content to provide you and/or Tulsa with his contact details — if the bishop is reluctant to do so; you can obtain the contact details of the whistle-blower from the Charities Regulator. I am sure the whistle-blower will under oath confirm the veracity of what is contained within the present.

https://www.charitiesregulator.ie/en

Finally, for the avoidance of doubt, I have no animus against Abbot Brendan and/or against Glenstal or its school.

Sincerely,

Robert Hourigan

From: Robert Hourigan
Sent: 09 November 2020 21:28
To: brendan@glenstal.org <brendan@glenstal.org>
Cc: nuncioirl@eircom.net <nuncioirl@eircom.net>; efitz.45@gmail.com <efitz.45@gmail.com>; Waterford and Lismore <info@waterfordlismore.ie>; archbishop@cashel-emly.ie <archbishop@cashel-emly.ie>; patsy.mcgarry@gmail.com <patsy.mcgarry@gmail.com>; office@killaloediocese.ie <office@killaloediocese.ie>; bishop@dioceseofmeath.ie <bishop@dioceseofmeath.ie>; ocsoroma@gmail.com <ocsoroma@gmail.com>; Pat Buckley <bishopbuckley1@outlook.com>

TULSA RECEIVED A FORMAL COMPLAINT ABOUT GLENSTALL YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

THREE SERIOUS CHARGES AGAINST BRENDAN COFFEY BY SILVERSTREAM WHISTLE-BLOWER

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1. Brendan Coffey demanded the log in details for the whistle-blower’s private PayPal account!

2. Brendan Coffey demanded that the whistle-blower destroy all copies of Kirby’s 30 page French letter in which Kirby outlines his homosexual history!

3. Brebdan Coffey demanded that the whistle-blower draw up a formal statement clearing Richard Purcell of sexual misconduct!

In doing this Coffey was attempting to suppress and destroy evidence against Kirby and Purcell.

The whistle-blower blower has sent a formal statement on Coffey’s behaviour to Coffey’s Abbot General with copies of all Coffey’s emails to him.

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FAO: Robert Hourigan
By Email: robert.h.k@outlook.com
11th November 2020


RE: Silverstream Priory, 20080525


Dear Mr. Hourigan,


We refer to your email dated the 10th of November 2020, in which you raised a concern in relation to the
above mentioned charity.
As such we would request the following information in order for us to proceed:
 Can you provide us with the name of the whistleblower in which you referred to in your email.
 Can you explain which matters the above mentioned whistleblower is not at liberty to speak to us in
relation to.
 In your email you stated “I have also been provided with information that I need to independently
confirm about fundraising on behalf of Silverstream Priory that is gravely concerning”. Can you
provide us with the information you have on this matter.
 In your email you stated “It is my further understanding that Abbot Brendan Coffey, the Abbot of
Glenstal, sought to solicit from the whistle-blower a statement of exculpation for Richard Purcell, the
current Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey. In effect, Abbot Coffey was attempting to engineer a cover￾up of gravely immoral behaviour.”. We are unclear what matter you are referring to. We would ask
that you clarify this point.
 In your email you also stated “For the avoidance of doubt, I am not suggesting that Abbot Coffey was
attempting to cover-up criminal activity, however, he is intimately associated with the governance of a
well-known and a very prestigious school. And, he is handling of this matter raises the gravest of
concerns. This is a most serious charge; one that is not likely made, the evidence of same does exist,
and can be confirmed by the whistle-blower. But, he is not free to speak candidly to the Charities
Regulator.” Again we are not clear as to the issue you are referring to here and would ask you to
explain.
 Lastly you have stated “I am copying this e-mail to Abbot Brendan Coffey; he is free to confirm and/or
deny the allegations made against him herein; but, I have the evidence to confirm and substantiate my
allegations.” As the Charities Regulator takes an evidence based approach when investigating any
concerns raised, we would ask that you would provide us with the evidence you referred to in your
email to support the assertions made.

THE MC CARRICK REPORT.

PAT SAYS

The McCarrick report destroys the reputation of John Paul 11 and makes his canoniaation a mockery.

JP 11 covered up for the two worst abusers in RC history – Marcel Maciel and Uncle Ted McCarrick.

It also proves that popes are NOT infallible – even and especially in matters of faith and doctrine.

The appointment of bishops and protecting the little ones are ABSOLUTELY matters of faith and doctrine.

And Francis himself lifted the restrictions Benedict put on McCarrick.

Does RC often mean nowadays Roman Caca?

200 replies on “ABBOT COFFEY AND GLENSTAL REPORTED TO CHILD PROTECTION AGENCY TUSLA.”

Can Mr. Hourigan provide truthful and validated full answers ti all relevant questions whuch are asked if him by the Charities Regulator? It will be interesting if Hourigan will provide proven fact based answers and if he will provide this blog with comprehensive accurate answers. Someone is going to be in serious trouble with the law soon. I suspect Hourigan us getting the too barrister at this moment to defend him.

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Few understand the following:
“Abbot Coffey knowingly, deliberately, and with full-knowledge actively participated in a cover-up by attempting to solicit from a whistle-blower who is co-operating with the Charities Regulator — an affidavit/statement of exculpation that would exonerate the notorious behaviour of the current Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey.”
What has Silverstream got to do with the behaviour of Abbot Richard Purcell? What use would a statement from anyone in Silverstream be concerning any alleged conduct by Abbot Richard Purcell?

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Your questions are entirely legitimate, and why are some people so desperate to protect Richard Purcell — they were willing to use Abbot Brendan as a useful idiot to extract a statement of exculpation from the whistle-blower?
It was a stupid strategy that has backfired spectacularly.

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R. H at 10.57pm

Are you saying that Purcell used Brendan for his own benefit? In other words, Purcell asked Brendan to extract certain information for himself as a proxy??

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You are right to target Brendan, he is weak, slightly paranoid and cannot cope with any pressure, unlike the others he won’t be able to tough it out, this will be eating away at him. You can be sure he has been in contact with his puppetmaster to find out how to deal with the situation he now finds himself in. If the pressure gets too much he will cut and run to on sabbitical or further studies.

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Yes, I am all confused having followed this blog for weeks. What has Abbot Richard’s alleged misbehaviour to do with Silverstream? How could the whistleblower there have anything to say about him that Abbot Brendan would want to civer up? Please explain Pat. Is there a suggestion that Richarf Purcell did something at Silverstream or is the Silverstream whistleblower the guy in the Boiler House or the Roscrea guesthouse?

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I’ve missed a step here too.
I had the impression that Abbot Coffey has been putting pressure on the whistleblower monk to retract allegations against Kirby.

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Now wouldn’t that be a laugh! The Very Rev. Dom Henry, OSB is a lot of things, including an illustrious member of the Knights of Malta but he is not and was not the secretary to the abbot president. Maybe you are confusing his role as secretary to the Abbot Primate in Rome, Dom N Wolf.

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Please see 8:18pm below for a full explanation on “Dom” Henry O’Shea’s title. You mean Fr Henry

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Did ya hear the one bejaysus about the crab infestation at Glenstal? Pubic lice to the more innocent of ye. Well, now it seems Dom H picked them up in a cheap hotel, ya know how it can hapen now, an he passes them on to Dom P and Dom G. And shure then the shite hit the proverbial fan when the boyos began to itch like. And there were recriminations and castigations galore as the unhappy sisters vowed never to sleep in Dom Hs bed again. And shure rightly now begob aren’t the ugly sisters living in the land of perfidy now while Dom H rests his weary limbs in the peaceful archives. And be the hokey didn’t Dom L prepare some potions with Dom S to administer to Dom H so that the crabs would die and not return to cause more recrimination and disharmony among the loving brothers. Finit

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Ah janey mack, public lice, now what would they be? Begorrah do there be private lice as well? Me thought that lice, them be just lice. And holy sweet divine Jesus in his Sacred umbilical cord and St Rita of Cascia, what werd they doing in the monk’s bed?

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A former Abbot will have his silk underwear in a twist if he still has them from all those years ago

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It was shocking to see the evidence that Abbot Brendan was involved in attempting to solicit a cover-up of Richard Purcell’s behaviour. It is scandalous and completely outrageous. His position as the Abbot of Glenstal is now untenable. And, there is even more damaging information about to unfold about his involvement at Silverstream with Richard Purcell. Of course, if he had any decency/integrity, he would immediately offer his resignation to the Abbot President. Ironically, Abbot Brendan may well be yet another victim of Richard Purcell.
It is noted that Abbot Brendan studied Canon Law at the Gregorian University — this is the Rome-based institution where those who were destined to be future bishops are educated. One wonders legitimately about his judgement, and did he think he was acting as a pseudo-Bishop in Silverstream — as a portent of things to come in the future?
Abbot Coffey acknowledges that he was acting (seeking a statement of exculpation for Purcell) on behalf of a number of dioceses who are keen to make the Purcell issue go away. Earlier this evening, I sent an e-mail to Bishop Alphonsus in Waterford — to enquire was he one of the Ordinaries keen to make the Purcell matter disappear? If the answer is, no, I further enquired – would he be willing to give a written undertaking of same to Tusla.
To the people who have come forward with information, we are most grateful, and as ever anything shared with Pat Buckley and yours truly will remain absolutely confidential.
As Richard Purcell has not issued proceedings against yours truly because he is a pusillanimous coward; nor has there been any denial of his behaviour at Mount St. Joseph Abbey by the Abbot General, Dom Eamon Fitzgerald; the strategy of awaiting this out is clearly not working for the Cistercians; so they will be forced to deal with this sooner rather than later.
The actions of Abbot Brendan clearly evidence a deliberate cover-up simultaneously what is systemically negative in the Irish church. One would have imagined as an organisation — it would have learned lessons from the historical failings of the past, but as Schiller remarked in his seminal play, The Maid of Orleans — “again stupidity the Gods battle in vain”.
Now, where is Legal Eagle to defend the indefensible and to tell us all about evidence?

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The Maid of Orleans my ass! Shoken stuff altogether, shoken indeed. St Robert Bellarmine and all ye Counter Reformation thugs pray for us!

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9:30pm
What a good idea that’s just what we need, a return to the blessed Counter Reformation Saints there the boy’s that would sort out all them degenerates and get rid of them for good.

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Mr Hourigan you said: Abbot Coffey acknowledges that he was acting (seeking a statement of exculpation for Purcell) on behalf of a number of dioceses who are keen to make the Purcell issue go away.
Where did he acknowledge this?

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Has the Past Pupils Union of Roscrea been contacted? This is getting serious. Why should Tusla be called for Por Abbot Coffey and not for Abbot Fitzgerald if Abbot Purcell was patron of a school when he was allegedly riding in a kitchen?

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Yes, there are instructions in writing that evidence is to be destroyed. You will appreciate, I am not at liberty to discuss more at the moment, but anything I write I can stand over.

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Quick resolution: Abbot Richard telephones joe/Brendan Coffey at lunchtime tomorrow and sings down the fone, “goodbye Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh”

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Why is Abbot Coffey reported to tusla and Roscrea not? Where did Abbot Fitzgerald say the romp took place? On Mars or Roscrea?

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Pat, there are so many implicit allegations which are intertwined in a changing story that TRUTH is lost and reputations being destroyed. I cannot fathom why anyone carries out a pursuance of any issue in this manner and still hope a judge will take it serioysly. Surely the pre trial speculations and innuendo (if any trial at all) and Hooligan acting as judge, jury and executioner will fatally damage the quest for his “truth”.

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Why would there be a grand hoop-la just for installing an abbot? And monks must have always known they were going to be “picked on”. Religious orders are totally unregulated including bishops’ involvement in them. Secular authorities actually like it when money goes missing from churchy organisations: is it going to uninhabited parts of the Caribbean? Now the cynical and panicky visitation has drawn attention.

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According to the CCR UNION the Abbot’s Cup Golf event is played every year in September. There is no Abbot in Roscrea so presumably Abbot Richard who tried to close the school returns to Roscrea from Mellary to present it? There is a new Union President and a union secretary Ms Donovan and her email is available on the Union Site.

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Perhaps the relevant authorities should forward the documents to the Charities Regulator otherwise the Revenue Commissioners, Village Magazine, Liveline or Prime Time Investigates might be interested?

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The Papal Nuncio should at least have had the decency to reply to any emails he receives,even pro forma replies. If only to say he has received it? Can a copy be sent to the Irish Ambassador to the Holy See and ask our Ambassador over there to liaise with the relevant authority and ask the Vatican to have the decency to have one of its officials in Dublin at least acknowledge receipt of the email.

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The Nuncio might have something else to say when a reporter knocks on his door enquiring about cover-ups

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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 or two
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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1:
Please get your children to debrief with you or with friends (even if they left school several years ago) about the behaviour of teachers / officials towards them or their peers: this includes secular schools. I regret not doing so in my 20s or 30s about my secular school.
2:
Not only “orders” but also movements (which are the same without a “postulancy” / Pestilency period) are completely unregulated, so be on your guard and highly sceptical around: i all the much non-core business of all kinds (dropping of names, illustrious connections, ambitious ideas), ii pushiness & nosiness, iii gloomy doctrines and frequent highly charged ceremonies; iv any of their vocations, v collecting of funds for missions to uninhabited parts of the Caribbean, vi wrongful talk by anyone about themselves and those absent as well as present, and moral endangerment and elaborately dressed up “carelessness”, vii passivity and excessive activity, viii strangely arranged “elections”, ix enthusiastic clergy (clergy should be warning you).
Just pick good bits (cafeteria), there might just be some, we all need colour in our lives. A family member of mine had been in a movement but forgot to talk me through it. It’s your belief(s) so God expects you to put yourself in charge of them whatever and wherever you dip into, not some slippery loudmouths. Insist forcefully on picking & choosing, and not package dealing. Offerings of novel activities are probably so massive and plentiful one gets overly tempted (attrition).

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Please don’t!
Frankly I’m sick and tired of the mundane garbage of this blog since the “monks and abbey” saga started 😒

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As movements aren’t regulated (and haven’t been for generations), perhaps religious orders have started assuming they aren’t either?

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This is going to go nowhere. Sorry. We just have to accept that in the present climate that these matters do not garner sufficient leverage in our respective countries sufficient for there to be realistic action. The hierarchs know that, and they will just bide their time until they can get back to their ‘normal’. There is gross arrogance in their attitude: “Who are you to judge us ?”, ‘Who are you to tell us what to do ?” There is going to have to be something else that will shift the balance out of their favour. I’m not sure what it is at present, but it will come along surely one day, and they will then be hit hard out of nowhere. We see the same arrogance here in England with Nichols smirkingly telling us that he is going to obey the Pope and stay in his position – “So, on we go !”, he says. And all this in spite of the fact that he has been the subject of excoriating criticism by IICSA, which would surely see anybody else in any other walk of life being shown the door. a These men – yes, all men – are stupefyingly arrogant and disdainful of anybody and anything. But, their time will come, and one day they will be brought to account for their actions. In the meantime, as someone said the other day, Nichols will now find himself slowly but surely frozen out of the kind of society he likes to move in, as people will not want to be associated with man who has clearly failed in one of the most important duties he should have exercised – to protect the least of the little ones……

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Well said, Nichols, like Sean Brady is a disgusting excuse for a human being. “Suffer little children to come unto me” They are Christ betrayers!

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What hypocrisy? Please explain, I would be very interested in hearing a defense of the actions of Vin Nichols or Sean Brady as I’m sure would many readers of this blog.

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In that pic Deenihan looks like he’s about to get inseminated by a big Meath bull and he’s gagging for it. Go wan ya boyo, big tits Della

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Ah shure whist now hasn’t O’Reilly the missionary come a long way from the steamy hear of Nigeria to sporting a double barred Metropolitan’s cross on yer sweet pic of His Grease. What’s the world comen to at all at all? Does Papa Bergoglio sport a triple barred patriarchal cross? Ah go way with that now wud ya, what do ya think this is? Fellini’s Roma!

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Pat: Can you clarify concerns. I am puzzled that you and Mr. Hourigan are printing so much correspondence re: various, conflicting issues and attaching names to allegations and proclaiming that Tulsa, Charities Regulator, Abbots of 3 monasteries are all receiving lengthy emails. There are very serious allegations being made. Already the Charities Regulator has asked for very specifuc definitions in every accusation made by Hourigan. I am curiius that this “pre trial” inslaught is takung place if a law suit is being prepared. Is this indiscriminate, public sharing of unvalidated facts legitimate?

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Mr Hooligan and I are trying to urge the church to solve these matters internally. If they do then the Charity Regulator and Tusla can have their own investigation.

Legal and canonical cases would ensue if the church did not resolve these matters internally.

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The powers that be have known about Richard Purcell for quite some time. It is unacceptable for the abbot of one monastery of another congregation to be seeking a statement exonerating/vindicating Richard Purcell, an abbot of another monastery in another congregation.
Why was Abbot Brendan so keen to obtain that statement on behalf of Purcell? It is because what has been repeatedly asserted about Purcell is true, regrettably. Abbot Brendan wittingly/unwittingly is part of a cover-up. His judgement is fatally and irreparably impaired, so he, like Purcell, should resign. Coffey is the Abbot and ordinary of a monastery that runs a prestigious school, so he has a greater duty of care not to bring his Abbey and school into disrepute, but his actions should have been beyond reproach, and in this instance; he has failed, lamentably.
In any other organisation, Coffey would be instantly dismissed. What is informed of the church in Ireland, sadly, for the past three decades is its on-going and lamentable failure to follow its own procedures, and ignore with alacrity the law of the land.
All of this could have been avoided, if Richard Purcell kept his vows, and the Bishop of Meath had not been so stupid to involve him in Silverstream to investigate another fatally-flawed individual.

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@ 10:03 am
Bishop Pat, Mr. Hooligans migraine, a mere headache, is now mushrooming into
a chronic dose, a tsunami of the trots, hailing from Tennessee.Can you indicate
if there’s another installment tomorrow, in this ongoing saga?

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For the umpteenth time a grown man having consensual sex with another adult is not a child protection issue and the reason it should not be reported as such is YOU ARE WASTING TULSA’S TIME AND TAKING AWAY THEIR EFFORTS FROM ACTUALLY PROTECTING CHILDREN, POTENTIALLY PUTTING CHILDREN AT RISK.
So please try to act like a sensible person and hold the church to the grindstone as much as you like, but unlike the church Tusla actually have a useful job to carry out.

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While I agree consensual sex between two men is not a safeguarding issue, I would be concerned about the power imbalance in the nature of that particular ‘’consensual’ act. Again, this might not be the concern of a safeguarding body but it surely must be of concern to someone. Someone, SHOULD be concerned about those men, of whatever age, not being preyed while they are trying to discern a monastic calling.
Sent from my iPhone

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If emails are written (as is alleged) to cover up sexual exploits what sort of way if that to act. Contact Tusla and every other Tusla you can think of

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The trouble is while we know people training as priests or religious are in a sense vulnerable legally they are not and while there is a power imbalance unless the candidate was under age or had a learning disability no safeguarding body will be interested. Remember that this sex has been called consensual so nobody will be interested.
If a 30 year old man had sex with a 16 year old girl unless she has a vulnerability it would not be a safeguarding.
But it would if he was her teacher.
If he had sex with a 20 year old woman who was his student in a university as long as she doesn’t have a vulnerability herself and it is consensual it would be a disciplinary on his part not a safeguarding.
The days are happily gone when professional discipline had a moral element and you could be sacked for being, say, gay. Sadly the professional discipline of the church seems to have no moral element whatsoever.

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John Paul II is responsible for allowing at least two of the worst abusers in the Church during his time to carry on unchallenged. His instinct told him that what he was hearing was not the truth about them, and that he knew better. So, McCarrick and Maciel were allowed to carry on. They were both great fundraisers bringing in the money for the Vatican and the Pope. Maybe that’s why JP II relied on his instincts rather than the evidence that was put before him ?!

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Mr. Hourigan as previously predicted you have nothing. You are clutching at straws and trying to make connections where there are none. Today you made an appeal for new information which shows just how weak your case.

Your letter today openly states that you have:
1) No witnesses.
2) No evidence
3) No case.

Bishop Pat, if you are going to censor my posts can you at least let people know? It appears to Mr. Hourigan that I am not replying. You have every right to publish what ever you want on YOUR blog but please do give the impression that you are open to fair debate and discussion; it is disingenuous. If you cannot take fair criticism maybe you should not be so openly critical of others?

Yours, Legal Eagle.

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I am censoring your quotes when you attack me and my character personally. I do not censor quotes that address arguments.

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Legal Eagle,

I am always pleased that you take the time and go to the trouble to respond. You are a charming fellow in your own way. I am flattered that you take time for a Kerry-based peasant.

I am worried that you might-be stressing on behalf of your dear friend, Richard. Because people read this blog, and there appalled by what has happened at Mount Melleray and Mount St. Joseph — people have come forward. I have legally admissible evidence. I have e-mails asking for certain evidence to be destroyed — so on and so forth. In this time of a pandemic, please do stop fretting about my lack of a case.

Now, I have asked you the past to demonstrate how good you really are by submitting a draft affidavit to be relied upon by Richard Purcell as required by Paragraph 8, Subsection 1 of the Defamation Act 2009.

8.— (1) Where the plaintiff in a defamation action serves on the defendant [Robert Hourigan] any pleading containing assertions or allegations of fact, the plaintiff ] Richard Purcell] (or in the case of a defamation action brought on behalf of an infant or person of unsound mind by a next friend or a committee of the infant or person, the next friend or committee) shall swear an affidavit verifying those assertions or allegations.

I particularly would like you to address how having consensual anal sex in the monastic guesthouse and attending gay sauna in Dublin is compatible with the monastic state of life requiring a lifetime dedication to celibate chastity; one that the plaintiff has freely and voluntarily embraced. I would advise you to read the cross-examination of Oscar Wilde by Edward Carson KC, before you begin drafting.

Stop fretting about my lack of a case; I have outstanding legal advice — I am now more concerned about Richard’s lack of a case, and how he is intending to defend the indefensible. If Richard wishes to bring a case he is free to do so; he is too much of a pusillanimous coward. But, for the avoidance of doubt, I am willing to accept service of documents at any time.

I am, however, disappointed to read that you may have been attacking/impugning the character of Pat Buckley.

I virtually disagree with Pat Buckley on everything, however, he is a charming fellow, and I would happily drink whiskey with him of an evening.

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Why did Coffey let himself be dragged into this cover up Robert? Who is pulling his strings? He has nothing to gain and risks having his reputation shredded. All he had to do was say to Rawhide & Kirby, you both fell off the wagon, take some time out and decide do you want to live as a monk or live the gay lifestyle, they are not compatible, commission an audit of Silverstreams finances and an investigation into the bullying allegations against Kirby. Game over! It’s much easier to tell the truth.

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Mr. Hourigan
I am not drafting up an affidavit for a hypothetical scenario. It will never reach the court with the way you are proceeding – no civil law has been broken, you have no credible evidence, you have no credible witnesses. You are now banking on the possibility that you can goad R. Purcell into bringing you to court; any legal professional worth his weight would advise him not to. That is not being pusillanimous, it is legally smart not to give you a public platform to peddle hearsay. I do not have to defend against your personal feelings or the things you heard about R. Purcell – thats not how the legal system works. The onus is on you to prove your allegations with evidence, evidence you clearly do not have or we would not be going around in circles. You have no case.
Yours, Legal Eagle.

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Drury dug is claws into young good looking Twink Seminarians. Drury’s living quarters was known as the Pit.

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12.02

Produce evidence for your accusation against Prof. Drury.

I never knew him behave but with the utmost propiety with students.

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11.54 Put up the evidence, or shut up.
Better still, repeat this claim and put your name to it. Then we’ll all see who the one guilty of abuse is.

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Pat, yes he’s dead. But is this an excuse to rubbish his memory by serious but unsubstantiated allegation?
Would you be happy if one of your dead relatives were treated this way?
Sometimes, in your eagerness to besmirch snd belittle others, you lose your sense of moral right and wrong.
Be just, Pat. If people accuse others on your blog, insist, in the interest of fair play, thst tgey put up, or shut up. Remember that Jesus was rubbished, too, by calumny, and empty accusation, and it led to his murder.

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3.34

Pat, talk is just that…talk. It is not proof.

Even today Jesus is talked about in disparaging terms by many. Is such talk its own witness?

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The authors and promoter’s of the Maynooth rot have never really being called out and made responsible

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At 11.54, how do you know that Coffey was abused by Drury in this way? Did he tell you? Or were you present at the abuse? It is one or the other. Why didn’t you say which it was?

Or are you lying?

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I am the poster at 4.02.

In the interest of justice, I asked the poster at 11.54 to state how he knew that Brendan Coffey had, allegedly, been sexually abused by Prof. Ronan Drury; the request was made some four hours ago. No answer has since been received.

Why?

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That doesn’t surprise me. Coffey was always a gossip and always getting involved in other people’s business. Mr Hourigan if you have evidence of Joe (Brendan) Coffey looking to cover up something then more power to you. Expose it (in your own time)

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In fairness — are not all clerics and/religious prone to gossip? However, yes, I do have evidence of Abbot Brendan seeking a statement of exculpation for the immoral behaviour of Abbot Richard Purcell, along with other less serious matters. I suspect Abbot Brendan (whom I have never met to the best of my knowledge) now bitterly regrets ever having any involvement in Silverstream; because of what has emerged and will continue to emerge until these matters are properly resolved.

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Mr Hourigan he always involved himself in things that didn’t concern him for personal advancement end of.

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Drury liked cuties and joe wasn’t. Joe went to Rome for his theology so wouldn’t have had interaction with Drury as such. Joe went off to new company man in Rome and later did his Canon Law further study there when he was finished his theology. Not happy with being placed in a parish he joined Glenstal and became a fixer. Now, if what Mr Hourigan says is true even former Abbot silk undies won’t save him. Will Mr Hourigan be making Joe’s emails public because they will be very interesting if they exist

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Well Pat, more fucking power to you and May you never use the power of your fingers. I hope ye made copies because the Abbot President might loose them. Remember Glenstal often holds the presidency too. Hopefully copies of the emails find their way to the relevant authorities too. That particular action is EVERYTHING that is wrong with the church and now I understand why the likes of Tusla would have been informed. That’s typical Joe using Canon Law for his own needs

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This will be such good news especially to a novice who was great with actual figures. Brendan loved judging novices under his care before he became Abbot and not too many survived. Guess what Joey? It’s called Karma.

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Pat, when o when is this protracted, monastic sexual saga going to climax? No offence, but I’m sick and tired of reading about Purcell, Coffey and Kirby. And the bloody rest. Either bring this to a fitting conclusion, or stop boring us to death by bringing on something more interesting.
Please.

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I’m sorry you are bored. The blog is not only entertainment. Its also about bring change and transparency about.

By the way, the readership has more than doubled covering abbots and monasteries.

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Pat, don’t listen to him. You’ve done the State of the Irish Church a service exposing this RANK hypocrisy. Keep at it until they’re all exposed. Going around blogging from the lockdown as if they’re holier than thou. All the time riding and going around with cocks out in Melleray and covering up in Glenstal if Mr Hourigan has the emails to prove it. Don’t mind the begrudgers Pat.

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I am blaming “Legal Eagle” for generating the additional readership.
Actually, we are all sick and tired of reading about Purcell, Coffey, and Purcell, but they are indicative of what is systemically negative in the Irish church.
Kirby thinking he is the Padre Pio of Ireland, and obsessed with his own synchronistic interpretation of the Benedictine tradition; Purcell, a monk in solemn vows thinking he can do what he likes with impunity with visiting priests in the monastic guesthouse is a demonstrable example of the hypocrisy of bishops and those who are hierarchs of the Irish church; and, Abbot Brendan being their useful patsy. It is disgusting, and, their behaviour is morally reprehensible; unconscionable, and their crosses and mitres are used as shields to insulate them from criticism and/or acting in a transparent fashion.
Purcell* needs to resign, he has been quite obdurate; he probably will have to be canonically removed; Kirby needs psychiatric help; Abbot Brendan, also needs to resign because his position is untenable. The lack of leadership is part of the problem in Ireland; it was ever thus, and it is not going to change, any time soon. The church in Ireland in the past has only responded when pressure has been put upon it by the civil authorities. That is the harsh and inescapable reality. The Irish bishops intensely dislike Buckley’s blog; at times, I have not been a fan of it in the past, but, I now absolutely see it fulfilling a vital need as an outlet for priests who are completely frustrated by the bishops and their never-ending insouciance and staggering incompetence.
*He is too much of a coward to face me in court because I will expose his hypocrisy.

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Pat, if you’ve the emails keep them safe. They will bring down the house of cards. You’re biggest story EVER

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Rcc especially bishops and cardinals have a deep habit of dragging it re cases not to their liking or cover up cases that they wanted to quiten it down for the sake of rcc reputation aka institutional reputation. They will drag as long as they wanted to if needed re coffey, kirby and Purcell cases. However a deep investigation should be on Bishop of killaloe cos coffey and Purcell were ex killaloe ones.
Keep up good work re legal eagle re same on questions needed to be clarified. It doesn’t mean that I support coffey or Purcell, quite the opposite. Just clarification of law that we need to know.
In Carrick report, something interesting came up such as this –
Ousted Cardinal Theodore McCarrick gave $600,000 to fellow clerics, some of whom were involved in evaluating accusations of sexual abuse against him.
This included $90,000 given to Polish Pope John Paul II, as well as almost $300,000 to Pope Benedict XVI
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Just wondering re above, were some bishops here compromised re huge donations to change their minds on some cases.

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Pope John Paul II’s Secretary, Cardinal Dziwisz, source of sex abuse coverup and ill advisement. He passed on huge donations mentioned above to jpii and the Vatican. Donations came from Marciel and legionnaires of christ, wealthy benefactors et al.

Nothing is new here re previous huge donations cos law from Boston, mc Carrick and dolan in the past.

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Certain priests from the Diocese of Meath have been incredibly helpful. They are to be commended for their courage, and as I have written previously their confidentiality will be absolutely respected.

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this is the filth thst will bring down the wrsth of the HOLY GOD on this blog so stop it FATHEE BUCKLEY stop it coming to an end

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Theodore McCarrick’s letter to Stanislaus Dzwisz, a copy of which is in the report, appears to be what swung JPII’s decision to appoint him to Washington. It’s a model letter if you are interested in ecclesiastical promotion.
It should be on the syllabus for all seminaries.

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I have not read the McCarrick Report. I was intrigued by your observation about the letter, so I consulted it on the website of the Holy See. Yes, you are right — it is a masterclass in sycophancy.

The letter starts at Page 169 of the report (181) on the PDF.

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3.48: Mr. Hooligan, can I suggest that you read the gospel of Christ. You need to refind Christ. Soon…

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Pat, Mr H thinks that Abbot Brendan was used. This is hilarious. What date(s) are on the email(s). Glenstal couldn’t give a caca about Bishops, Silverstream or Mount Melleray. It only cares about itself. So, what were the dates on the emails? Or to make it easier for you: did you mention the involvement of 2 monks from Glenstal being involved with Richard before or after the date on the email(s)? Abbot Brendan is no patsy.

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I am not going to make any reference to the contents of the e-mails apart from confirming that they exist and further confirming that Abbot Brendan WAS seeking a statement that was exculpatory of Richard Purcell. So regrettably, we can state definitively that Abbot Brendan (regrettably) was prepared to act as the patsy on behalf of persons that were seeking a statement on behalf of Richard Purcell — that is all you are getting the moment.

It is stupefying that he would be so naïve as to not have foreseen this would have unintended consequences. His judgement clearly is impaired, and he is wholly unsuitable to remain as the Abbot of a monastery that runs a school. But, I have a lot of sympathy with your observation that Glenstal these days now only cares about itself, and that is a real shame.

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No need to apologise and I didn’t mean it the way it sounded. Abbot Brendan is not as stupid as you think is all I was saying. But then again he didn’t know that you were going to get possession of an email he wrote. The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways and I suspect Mark Patrick Hederman would be if the opinion that the Holy Spirit acted in this instance. They go on so much about Russian icons, mystics and donors on Glenstal that the Holy Spirit seems to have sent you Mr Hourigan, you have been chosen.

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Should Egmond Abbey provisionally expect to receive two unworthy abbots, Bp Pat, once Covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted? Or should they both just go directly to Chichester and join Earl Collins. Handy for the gay scene in Brighton too.

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+ Pat: Please address the Nichols situation – 75, should be retiring, badly criticised by a national inquiry, and still as bold as brass and defiant. You should have seen the smirk on his face on an interview with ITN news the other night. He could not give a shit. The man needs bringing down.

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She will cling on like a limpet until the queen’s platinum jubilee next June, so she can take part in the celebrations and swan around in red velveteen at various events and receptions.

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Robert Hourigan’s overuse of the word “exculpatory” is just as laughable as his overuse of the word “affidavit” last week.

One would assume he cannot tell the difference between exculpatory and inculpatory because he is treating exculpatory as inculpatory. 🙂

Yours, Legal Eagle.

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Legal Eagle. Good to see you this evening.

Exculpatory is the appropriate term, because it recognises and demonstrates the existence of guilt.

Would you like me to purchase you a copy of Black’s Law Dictionary so you can be more precise with the readership of this blog?

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Hi Robert. It is good to see you.
It does the exact opposite.
Exculpatory: Latin word exculpat, meaning “freed from blame.”
“adj. applied to evidence which may justify or excuse an accused defendant’s actions, and which will tend to show the defendant is not guilty or has no criminal intent.”
If you do not know how to apply the law, I suggest you stop trying.
Yours, Legal Eagle.

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Hello Pat. How long is the prison term for murder in Ireland? We just witnessed the murder of Robert Hourigan by Legal Eagle. 😱😵

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I have only read a couple of pages of the McCarrick Report and already things jump out of the page. For example, a sem accused another sem of harrasing him sexually. The accuser was punished and the one doing the harrasment was ordained and went on to be abuser.

Secondly, McCarrick received an anonymous letter accusing McCarrick of abuse. McCarrick boldly told Cardinal O’Connor of New York that he had shared the letter with “our friends in the FBI” to try and find out who was the accuser.

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Can we make something clear please. In England, Benedictine monks are referred to as Dom. In Ireland Cistercian’s and Benedictines are referred to as Fr and Br. There are NO Dom’s, only abbots in Ireland or past abbots get the prefix Dom. So Dom Richard and Dom Brendan et al.
Malachy in Roscrea is NOT a Dom since he is not an Abbot. Fr Henry O’Shea OSB is NOT a Dom and never has been a Dom. He’s Father Henry O’Shea OSB. He was never an Abbot and is not a member of a UK Congregation where Benedictines are referred to as Dom. He is Fr Henry OSB.

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Dom is an abbreviation of Dominus =Lord. A title of honour used for many centuries and used much more widely. Gradually restricted to Benedictine monks. And it used to be used “colliquially” in Ireland up to very recently. Just go and look through the daily newspapers and you’ll find Dom Placid or Acid, Dom Paul Mc Donnell, etc. The Italian Don is related and still used as is Dom in Portuguese.

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Dom = Lord. Honorific title used by English Benedictines. Only used by Irish Abbots. Anyone who uses Dom for Irish benedictines who are not Abbots (Henry O’Shea in this instance) know no better.

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Because English Benedictines are full of shit and pretension. The French Revolution and Napoleon’s rampages around Europe did away with some of the pretensions of the others.

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@7:49 is talking shite. Dom is not used in Ireland except for Abbots. Dom Bernard O’Dea has been Prior for a while before full independence and his title was given as honorific. I’m afraid Dom Paul used it himself and any other Dom apart from an abbot of Glenstal is taking people for fools who know know better.

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“Dom” Henry O’Shea’s great grandfather was a ‘Sir Henry O Shea’. According to the papers (Irish examiner in this case). The son of a blacksmith from Kilbrin, Co Cork, Henry O’Shea emigrated to New York in the 1880s, where he worked in a bakery. There he met and married Bridget Blewitte, who was also from North Cork. They returned to Cork and settled in the city with their first two children, Mary and John. Having worked in the trade in New York, Henry opened his own bakery at no 38, South Main Street — the site, many decades later, of the nightclub named after him.
He became a Lord Mayor after a lot of working class hard work and was made a Sir. Not the type of man to be admitted to the Knights of Malta but he’d be proud of Fr Henry O’Shea OSB for making it to head chaplain of the Knights of Malta.

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Actually Dom is a complex question and in fact it has varied. Only Cistercians actually do what the rule says, which is that the abbot should be addressed as Lord, hence Dom.
The Olivetan Benedictines near Belfast are most likely to use Dom because that is the tradition in their congregation.
Don’t forget Glenstal belongs to the Annunciation Congregation which was formerly the Belgian Congregation who don’t use Dom much at all because it means stupid in Dutch!
So it certainly isn’t true that only English Benedictines use it (although I agree with the criticism of them) and it’s also not pretentious because if everyone in a community is called Dom it deals with the Fr/BR thing.

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Some of us are having a zoom call tonight and a glass or two of wine laughing at Abbot Brendan and Abbot Richard. Pat, what time is the next installment at? You were early last night and we’ve decided you’re better than anything on Netflix, it’s the best yet. You should get the television license money

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Who’s doing the cooking? You, your other half, or you both? (Careful: two cooks may be too many, and the broth could be spoiled.)

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7.13: An appalling suggestion. Haters obviously. Haters. It would be more appropriate to use your God given humanity and gifts – if any – to help the poor and the homeless or in these days of lockdown, to visit an elderly, lonely neighbour.

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@7:25 we’re all ordained and have said mass though not all from the same diocese. Covid is preventing visits. This is great gas altogether it’s about time they were all found out. We never thought the slyness of one or the horniness of the other was going to explode at the same time. It’s worth any money.

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7.53: Of course you’re all ordained! That’s the funny part of the story. Here’s hoping whoever you are that you all choke on your vomit!!:.. 🦌😂😂😂😂😂😂😂👜👜👜👜👜👜..you class poofters……. 👜👜👜👜👜👢👢👢👢👢👢🎀🎀💋💋👜…

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Pat: Can you or some legal expert answer me this question. How would any person expect a law suit to proceed in justice, fairness and truth in light of all the adverse bias, opinions and innuendos printed on your blog? Surely any court proceedings would fall at the first hurdle? Mary Harney expressed a public opinion once about a certain politician before a case went to the courts. It was dropped immediately because of her adverse and pre-emptive judgments. I cannot believe that anything said on this blog would or could ever be accepted in any law suit. Then I am also of the belief that, though serious the issues “may” be (when and if truthfully validated or proven), Hooligan and a small cohort are huffing and puffing and poofting and I accept the intelligent assessments of Legal Eagle before the bogger from Kerry!

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Pat is there any way of finding out how many in limerick are glued to their screens. A member of a certain community told me that one of them said their server will go probably go down from all the checking!

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That could be a Ping of Death attack whereby continuous echo requests are sent untill the Server / router’s NAT (Network Address Translator [connects WAN-External IP addresses with LAN- Local Area Network IP addresses- LAN is on inside of your house or orginisation) becomes bombarded- like, proper bombarded.

The server eventually crashes.

However, a genuine influx of people accessing the server in one instance / period of time will have the same effect.

Since Echo Requests come from many, many infected personal computers / devices, all over the world, it is just the same thing: literally.

Some of the older Xeon processors were known to go “POP!” In their server sockets and would need replacing: I have read.

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Wow! Isn’t this interfaith Christmas song beautiful! Just heard this and the words are very moving. Please have a listen… x
I was helping my friend put the Christmas lights outside his house, yesterday, and I think people are going to be celebrating a bit earlier this year in defeat of the wretched virus x
https://youtu.be/FzoUj5aaz70

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Pat, isn’t Legal Eagle a fantastic commenter? What a breath of fresh aur, intelligent, articulate, brilliant and a sharp capacity to sieve through Mr. Hourigan’s charade…Legal Eagke, man of the blog. Thank you. Are you available for consultations? I want help in killing off Hourigan with THE TRUTH.

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@8:35 no he’s not. He forgets that exposure causes action within the church. That’s what Pat does best. Otherwise it goes to court and is buried for a year or two. Exposure is required to show up this bunch of hypocrites for what they are.

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9.15: Hourigan, you’re being thrashed into the ground by Legal Eagle. You’re a vicious hater. An utter disgrace. Your keep in “promising…” but nothing is happening your way. Fool.

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Pat, be careful. Celsus Kelly has badmouthed you. The Nuncio had a guided tour of Portglenone last week. Must be the longest serving Abbot in the world – 43 years and rules with a rod of iron.

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Yes, it is quite an accomplishment. The more people that read the blog and the more disparaging the comments are — the more information comes forward.
However, I am saddened that we are dealing with something so negatively systemic and morally corrupt in the church.
It is just amazing that people like Richard Purcell believe they can behave with impunity in a manner that is completely contrary to the Cistercian way of life, and not be called to account. As I have written previously, I have no problem with Richard Purcell doing what he likes in Dublin or any other part of the world as long as he does so as a layman.
I remain stupefied by the actions of Abbot Brendan.

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