Those concerned about the integrity and authenticity of Mount Melleray have now instructed a Rome based and highly regarded lay canon lawyer to process the Purcell case, if necessary, through the Vatican courts.

The advocate sent the letter below to the OCSO Abbot General last Saturday morning:

Abbot General Eamon

Rome, 14th November 2020
Rev. Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, OCSO
Abbot General
Casa Generalizia OCSO
Viale Africa, 33
00144 Roma

By registered mail and also via E-mail:;

Ref: Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, Abbot, Mount Melleray Abbey.

Dear Rev. Dom Eamon,

I write pursuant to the instructions received from my clients, certain Irish based Christifideles whose names, for the moment will remain unmentioned.

For reasons that are known to you, my clients singularly and collectively seek the
immediate resignation of the Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey, Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO.

As Abbot General you intuitively should and factually know that the matters at hand now require Dom Richard’s faculties to be suspended preliminarily and necessary provisions to be adopted for the provisional
governance of the above mentioned Abbey, so as to facilitate an investigatio
prævia, in accordance with the provisions of Canon 1717 and the particular law
of this venerable and historical Congregation.

On initial review the evidence indicates there are more than compelling reasons to investigate Abbot Purcell; thereafter, to delate Purcell to the jurisdiction of the competent Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, not to exclude, in light of the significant financial “improprieties” which also have emerged, the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota.

Ictu oculi, the allegations against Fr. Purcell, amongst other religious, clerics and prelates, are so serious that dismissal from both the clerical and religious state is the only likely outcome should this matter be brought before the competent Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, and the delicts are found proven.

Theevidence gathered thus far is irrefutable.

As specifically regards Fr. Purcell, my
clients would rather this matter be resolved “informally”, by the “voluntary” resignation of Abbot Purcell, together with a petition from him to be removed from the clerical state and dismissed from his religious vows.

I am forcefully struck by their evidence-based approach, brought forward on the heels of delictorum notitiæ which would challenge even the most dispassionate of sane

Indeed, the evidence collected thus far clearly demonstrates a much wider reaching network of rampant wrong-doing and immorality within the clergy and the religious in Ireland.

As you can certainly appreciate, the Irish
Christifideles are deeply scandalized and upset by how they have been collectively
deceived, misled and taken advantage of by members of the Catholic hierarchy,
clerics and religious.

These related “matters” will also be brought to the attention of the Holy See and the competent Dicasteries of the Roman Curia to be dealt with accordingly.

This, of course, does not exclude intervention by secular authorities.

The disapprobative view of the Holy See in failing to deal with the Purcell matter, and also those related thereto, should not be underestimated.

I do not need to remind you that the McCarrick Report is fresh on the minds of decision makers, and the Holy See will make an example of anyone who has been involved in a cover-up and/or individuals who did not exercise judicious pastoral
governance (Vos estis lux mundi).

I would be grateful for a prompt
acknowledgement of the present, together with an outline of what steps you
intend to take to ameliorate this most unpleasant matter – so as to avoid an
unnecessary escalation – notwithstanding the fact you appear to have known about these matters for quite some time; as do a number of Irish Bishops.

In the event I do not receive an exhaustive response from you within five (5) calendar
days, then I will proceed as outlined above as per the instructions of my clients.

With sentiments of esteem, I remain,


The advocate has copied his letter to Phonsie in Waterford.


Mount Melleray Sunday Mass

A priest has told me that negative comments and imogi were placed on the broadcast of Mass from Mount Melleray yesterday- angry faces and “fornication” comments?????

Anyone see them?