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MR STEPHEN WILSON – ARMAGH SEMINARIAN.

EAMON MARTIN has received quite a number of serious communications about his seminarian, Stephen Wilson – a native of Coalisland, Co Tyrone – and his suitability for the priesthood.

Stephen Wilson has been very controversial and much discussed in clerical and Maynooth circles for several years now.

Had Covid 19 not intervened it seems that Mr. Wilson would have at least been ordained a a deacon by now.

That ordination has not happened yet, thankfully.

I’m told that Eamon Martin himself has concerns about such an ordination but that he is under serious pressure from the Maynooth faction, to ordain?

And Eamon is a weak man – not good at standing up to pressure.

Mr. Wilson is a former airline cabin crew employee.

I would have a huge preference for allowing Eamon Martin to sort this out directly and privately.

I do not really want to deal with such a complicated and potentially horrible case on the blog if it can be avoided.

BRAZILIAN ARCHBISHOP ACCUSED OF SEXUALL ABUSING SENINARIANS.

Archbishop Alberto Taveira Corrêa of Belém, an archdiocese with more than 2 million residents in the Amazon region in Brazil, faces criminal and ecclesial investigations after being accused of sexual harassment and abuse by four former seminarians.

The accusations were disclosed by the Brazilian edition of the Spanish newspaper El País at the end of December and became a high-profile scandal on January 3, when TV Globo’s weekly news show Fantástico aired a report on the story.

The names of the former seminarians have not been revealed. All of them studied at the Saint Pius X seminary in Ananindeua, in Belém’s metropolitan area, and were between 15 and 20 years old when the alleged abuse happened.

According to the alleged victims, Corrêa usually held in-person meetings with seminarians in his residence, so they didn’t suspect anything when they were invited by him.

One of them, identified as B. in El País’s story, used to frequent Corrêa’s house for spiritual guidance, but the harassment began after the seminary discovered he had a love affair with a colleague. He was 20.

According to the report, B. asked Corrêa’s help and the archbishop said that the young man had to comply with his spiritual healing method.

“I came to the first session and it all started: He wanted to know if I used to masturbate, if I had an active or passive role, if I liked to alternate roles [during sex], if I used to watch porn, what I thought about when I masturbated. I found his method to be very awkward,” he told El País.

After a few sessions, B. casually met with a friend who told him he was also attending that kind of meeting with Corrêa. His friend said that the encounters had evolved to other practices, such as getting naked with the archbishop and letting him touch his body. B. decided to leave the seminary for good and ceased to meet with Corrêa.

He and his friend remained in touch and eventually met two other former seminarians with similar experiences.

El País’s story includes lurid details of the former seminarians’ accounts. A. said he was threatened by Correa after resisting his efforts to get intimate with him. Like B., the seminary discovered he had an affair with a colleague.

“He said he would tell my family about my affair at the seminary,” A. told the newspaper. The archbishop allegedly promised to reinstate A. if he submitted to his demands. He ended up being sent as an assistant to a parish and was allowed to go back to the seminary afterwards.

“It was common for him to pray beside my (naked) body. He would come close to you, touching you, and started to pray into some part of your naked body,” the former seminarian alleged.

Another former seminarian, who was 16 at the time, told investigators that Corrêa usually sent his driver to pick him up at the seminary, sometimes at night, to have spiritual direction. The encounters, which allegedy took place for some months in 2014, included penetration.

The alleged victims reported that Corrêa used as part of his method the book The Battle for Normality: A Guide for (Self-) Therapy for Homosexuality, written by the Dutch psychologist Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg.

According to Fantástico’s story, the accusations were sent it to Bishop José Luís Azcona Hermoso, bishop emeritus of the Marajó Prelature, who has extensive experience working with victims of abuse.  The accusations then reached the Vatican, which sent delegates to investigate the case in Brazil.

Azcona didn’t respond to Crux’s request for comment.

On December 5, Corrêa released a statement and a video in which he said that he had been recently informed of “serious accusations” against him. He decried the fact that he hadn’t been “previously questioned, heard or given any opportunity to clarify such alleged facts included in the accusations.”

Mentioning only that he was facing “accusations of immorality,” he said he lamented that the alleged accusers had opted for the “way of scandal, with the circulation of the news across the national media” with the apparent goal of “causing irreparable harm to me and provoking a shock in the Holy Church.”

A campaign supporting Corrêa has been launched on social media. Fantástico’s noted the archbishop had the support of notable Catholic leaders in Brazil, including the famous singing priests Fábio de Melo and Marcelo Rossi.

On the other hand, a group of 37 organizations released an open letter requesting the immediate removal of Corrêa from his post while the inquiries were ongoing. One of the signatories of the document is the Commission of Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Santarém. Archbishop Irineu Roman of Santarém later released a statement to clarify that he hadn’t been consulted by the Commission about the document.

The Archdiocese of Belém said in a statement that the ongoing inquiry forbids it and the archbishop from commenting on the case at this moment. The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil [CNBB] declined to comment.

The Apostolic Nunciature didn’t respond to Crux’s requests for comment.


Corrêa, 70, was ordained a priest in 1973 and became an auxiliary bishop in Brasília in 1991. He was the first archbishop of Palmas, in Tocantins State, and became the archbishop of Belém in 2010. He’s the ecclesial advisor of the Charismatic Catholic Renewal in the country.

106 replies on “MR STEPHEN WILSON – ARMAGH SEMINARIAN.”

If Martin has “serious concerns” and goes ahead and ordains this man, it will be grossly negligent and irresponsible to say the least.
What on earth is wrong with the Church? In our day, if there was even a slight whiff of scandal attached to a student, he was out the door! GONE!!
There has been “talk” and disquiet about this student for quite some time now. And yet there he is large as life. You would know to look at this character that something is amiss.
The question is, does he have “dirt” and has to be kept “sweet”??? If he is ordained the church will bitterly rue the day. Every effort should be made to halt such a disaster.

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He is from Coalisland in Co. Tyrone you say but In Armagh they say nothing good ever came out of Coalisland in terms of its clergy.

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The only other one I know from Coalisland is Gates in Magherafelt 🙄

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While our Health Service and associated hospitals find themselves at ultimate breaking point the best you can offer is scandal and more unfounded allegations- shame on you Pat Buckley.
You prayed for mercy and forgiveness at your online Celebration of The Mass yesterday which I thoroughly enjoyed but please turn away from sin and start praying for the hospital that I nurse in and the scenes that I witnessed before I finished my 14 hour shift today.
Your a cleric, not a thug!

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Dear Friend, Can I first of all thank you and your colleagues for the truly heroic work that you have been doing, are doing and will continue to do. I reminds is strongly that nursing is a vocation.

I will offer my 5.30 pm Mass this Wednesday for you and all your colleagues.

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10.09: As is your style, you deflect from the truth of poster at 10.14: Whether you realise it or not, your treatment of particular individuals is thuggish and bullying. You seek to humimiate. If you in a real parish or had a full time, challenging job, nursing, carer, parent, priests in large, busy parishes, you’d have less time for your lynch mobbing of others. You are a disgrace to the memory of Christ. LOOK TO YOUR OWN HEART.

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Yes @11.52am Motor mouth Sinn Fein Moll, Michelle O’Neill, is from there too. You need a special Degree in languages to make out what she’s saying.

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Please do keep us all in your Prayers. I find your celebration of Holy Mass uplifting, reflective and comforting to me.

Please keep up delivering God’s message in a Christian way, I find this blog at times most hurtful when you set out to inflict hurt to others. Our small Island is suffering massive hurt at present.

Just home from paying my respects at a funeral to an elderly gentleman that died from Covid in our care, heartbroken and feeling lost and low at this time when any shimmer of light soon fades to darkness.

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Will do.

It is always hard, I imagine, for a doctor nurse, to lose a patient they tried to save. It goes against all you stand for.

When I have been in hospital I was extremely grateful to the doctors. But the nurses were great to me 24.7.

In 1991 I had a bowel resection and was very ill for 4 weeks. After 29 years I still pray for the nurse, Rosie, who sat with me during the nights.

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Well, if that picture of Wilson is anything to go by, he should still be pushing trolleys for EasyJet or whatever airline he worked for. Really ! Come on, + Martin, give us priests who are manly and robust, please ! Enough of the high collared, coiffed, limp wristed girly boys ! Oh, sorry, they’re a bit like you, aren’t they….?! Aahhemm, well, anyway, give us some proper men priests, if you would. Seriously, though, it sound to me as if + Pat has enough torpedoes to sink the Bismarck, never mind Wilson, and I think a prudent retreat by both + Martin and Wilson is probably a wise thing to happen. Otherwise ? The shit will truly hit the fan. Now, we don’t want that, do we ?! Not good for anybody, that. I suggest post-Covid the galley trolley might be Wilson’s true calling……

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How will you know, Pat, if “the right thing is done”? You’re not on the mailing list of those who will be consulted.

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One really does begin to wonder if there are Irish equivalents of Alberto Taveira Corrêa? Is that why certain seminarians can’t be expelled?

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OK, so now we know that the Roman Catholic Church has harboured individuals who didn’t believe in God, but who became priests and religious (of both sexes) so as to exploit opportunities for dominance and sexual abuse, while enjoying the status of moral superiority and the comfort of protection from their superiors. BUT -the same thing has happened with Third World charities and aid organizations, especially as regards their volunteers. Unlike the RC Church, this is still not being properly addressed -even though we have retired aid workers being regarded with admiration, after sexually abusing African children for forty years. Do you want to condemn the entire Third World charitable aid effort as hopelessly corrupt? As regards the Church, we urgently need a frank autobiography from one of these evil people, throwing light on his or her psychology. The nearest we have is the disgracefully self-justifying autobiography by Rembert Weakland, former Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Order and archbishop of Milwaukee, and a sexual predator.

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This is about something else entirely but it caught my attention this morning when scanning the Belfast Telegraph. Sadly I am not a subscriber and after they erected a paywall, I lost my daily access to the musings of great minds such as Nelson McCausland, Eilis O’Hanlon and Ruth Dudley Edwards. Anyway. I saw an article here on Donal McKeown condemning the cost of entering secondary education and the financial pressures it placed on parents. I will quote it here:
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/education/bishop-warns-business-must-not-dominate-exams-debate-39953441.html
Bishop McKeown told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Northern Ireland programme: “AQE would have about 9,000 pupils applying this year. That’s half a million pounds coming in to run a business.
“And let’s say you work on the assumption that parents are spending maybe £250 on tutoring [for their children] – there’s another £2.5m.
“We’re not just talking about making educational changes – we are talking about a business.
“When business becomes a major element in educational decisions I think, perhaps, we’ve lost the point.”
I am at a loss here. Is the Catholic Church in the North different from the Catholic Church in the South? Does it have two completely contradictory policies towards secondary education? I would have thought that Donal McKeown would have known this best, considering that his own diocese straddles both political jurisdictions. While the Bishop of Derry condemns the system of testing and parents who want to see their children enter grammar school, the most expensive Catholic private schools flourish in the South. I skimmed Wikipedia and the web for fees for Catholic private schools in the South. Gonzaga College charges €6,605 in annual fees (not boarding). The Catholic University School in Dublin charges €5,700. Blackrock College charged €6,900 in 2017-18 for day fees. This article in the Irish Times in December 2017 shows the fees for each private school in the South.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/the-rise-of-private-schools-there-s-a-lot-more-money-around-1.3338945
I don’t want to get involved in the correctness of whether or not there should be selection tests for students into secondary education in the North, generally, or now at a time of pandemic. Rather, I want to ask how this discrepancy can exist. What is the official policy of the Catholic hierarchy to private education on both sides of the Irish border and why is academic selection for 11 year olds something to be condemned by the Church while selection by being born into great wealth and privilege isn’t? If I can quote the Bishop of Derry again:
“When business becomes a major element in educational decisions I think, perhaps, we’ve lost the point.”

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Why should you read the Belfast Telegraph without paying for the content? What do journalists live off? Fresh air and Facebook likes?

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For years Donal was happy enough to be headmaster of a grammar school that selected the top performing pupils in the 11+.
The 11+ plus was as important as the civil rights movement, the fall of Stormont and the IRA campaign for allowing Catholics in Northern Ireland to get ahead and get good jobs, despite the institutionalised discrimination they faced at every turn. That is why the late Fr Denis O’Faul was such a believer in it.
The stark reality is that Sinn Fein politicians and their supporters oppose selection because they personally failed the 11+. No leading Shinner went to university.

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Have you ever heard the Shinners when they are speaking in the Assembly? They are embarrasingly bad.

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Well said – I find it totally hypocritical that Donal who was headmaster of a grammar school and Eamon Martin who was also headmaster of a grammar school – or President – to give them their correct titles – never once complained about the 11+ during their tenures in charge but as soon as they left and got a pointy hat they had some sort of St Paul on the road to Damascus conversion against and it is a great social evil and should go. What crap – total hypocrites. As for the Shinners your comments are spot on there as well – scrap it but have nothing to replace it with – just the crap fest that has endured since – Shinners shouldn’t be let near government

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Yes, 08:26 pm, Donal and Eamon were quite happy to pick the cream of the crop and to say to those with low 11+ grades “Sorry, no place for you here”, and did so for years, and now their former schools are wicked if they try to do something like that.

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Elsie is trying to do her cunning style and get Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington to replace her at Westminster or to be Bishop of East Anglia.

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Nichols is pretty much on the same level as Trump in this stage o this career and life. He’s in his final days, and really should shuffle off before Rome realises the full import of the IICSA judgement on him and sends him packing. Both Nichols and Trump have undermined the institutions they claim to lead.They both should be gone.

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Is Udris at Oscott ? If so, that inspires confidence – not ! The place is an exemplar of mediocrity and a rather strange subliminal homosexual eroticism and culture. Even if + Longley couldn’t see it. I’m no supporter of David Marsden and his obsessive twitching about sexuality and masturbation, but if Oscott really does want to put itself forward as forming healthy, integrated, stable and intellectually well formed priests, then it really does need to up its game in all areas. Years ago they used to say that those who can work, those who can’t teach. Well, I think priesthood is becoming a bit like that. Those who want an easy life and can’t really be arsed to do anything else, well, somewhere like Oscott and priestly formation sounds quite attractive. Most of those guys there wouldn’t be able for a good university education, and probably wouldn’t want or be able for the hard work. Sorry, harsh, I know. But true.

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Alana Hopes has been a dead loss in East Anglia and looks like death warmed up most times. The best Bishop it ever had was its first, Alan Clarke.

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VN surely knows that incumbents have little or no influence in the appointment of their successors.

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I am sure he will not be. I think he had an eye for the lady in this early years of priesthood and hence sent for further studies to deal with it.

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With so few ordinations, Bp Pat, each one will naturally come under the blog’s spotlight for your final blessing. It is a huge responsibility.

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I wonder who – and how many – the trolly dolly has by the short and curlies? They must be pretty high up to ensure she stays put.

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First time I’ve noticed that the mitres for the failed so-called World Meeting of Families were the colour of the tricolour.

Tiochaidh ar la.

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Stephen’s looking a lot like Scouse wit and tv presenter Paul O’Grady. I heartily recommend his books, they are a right laugh and lots of familiar Catholic situations come up in them.

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Judging by the expression on Wilson’s face it looks like someone has him by the short and curlies and is squeezing hard!!

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Mr Wilson needs to reconcile with the survivors and meet their families. The wounds will last eternity.

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“Gorgeous” – gone! Big Bertha from Moneymore – gone! Horny Andy X – gone! And yet the Dolly with the Trolley still trundles along?? Interesting isn’t it?

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You do get heterosexual male cabin crew, btw. The women are all heterosexual and want to marry a pilot and retire to a nice house in the country.

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Not nowadays….all those pilots have been furloughed / let go, and many of them will have been living well beyond their means, mortgaged and credit carded up to the hilt, and all that bling will have to go. Also, jobs will be slow to come back. So, if I was a trolley dolley I’d be looking elsewhere for a feathered nest to retire to.

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There was a man on Twitter earlier saying that a man he got in to paint his house was a furloughed pilot now doing jobbing work to get by.

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What is it that Wilson has done ? Maybe it’s stuff from time ago ? Anyhow, in order to follow the story. a recap might be helpful. Is it that bad ?

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Was Pope Francis arrested on Saturday for 80 counts of human trafficking? There’s a rumour suggesting he was!

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2:15 The Queen was arrested on Sunday for crimes against Humanity in Ireland!
Your an innocent gullible soul!!!

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@3:10pm You mean “You’re a innocent gullible soul” and no I’m not!
Just because something isn’t broadcast in liberal ‘mainstream’ media doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Wake up sheeple!

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Yes he was arrested by the lizard people and he is being held in their space ship which is orbiting the Moon. I heard it from someone who lives on the same road that leads to the place where people who were involved in the arrest once lived back in the 14 century.

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Seriously people whsts all thebtalk about Stephen Wilson for. He looks like a wizened old man. His hair is grey, fhs!

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@3.07
If you are going to insult someone on his looks (how Christian is that?) learn to spell and also show us a photo of you so that we can judge you.

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If I was gay, I want someone better l9okoing than Wilson. Whst’s the attraction, cos it beats me

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3.10: Somehow I think many things “beat you” – including the ability to spell and write properly. Stay looking in the mirror….beauty might eventually find you!!

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3.10: Mr. Adonis Body Beautiful????? Would you ask the same question about Pat????? What is there to see……beauty is sometimes within….!! You are cheap, shallow and probably a very shabby piece of flesh!

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Oh, Pat was a looker in his day. There is no denying this from film footage.
But Wilson never had such a day. He is as another poster said an ugly duckling.
Me? I’m variously described as fine featured, handsome, good looking. And not by myself. True, I could loose weight, about a stone I think. ButbI’m still being described in the ways above, weight loss or no weight loss.
All me own hair (fair) and me own teeth.

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Can I also recommend Julian Clary’s autobiography which has accounts of his Cartholic education.

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Here’s the thing: for years concerns have been raised with the hierarchy and ignored. Usually the letters aren’t even acknowledged.
Without any recourse there is literally no way to raise things and the hierarchy has to be forced to do something.
There are literally no proper channels – after decades of RC abuse and scandal the papers aren’t interested.
Pat has been forced to do what he does and I am usually amazed he is still as calm as he is.

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The aul doll will do as she always has done – sweet f.a. Totally inept and out of her depth. A total laughing stock and that diocese she runs is a joke beyond compare. Must be easily the most scandal ridden diocese in the whole of Ireland.

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5:38
Where’s the evidence?
I was in Maynooth at the same time as Eamon Martin. He is a hard worker, a decent human being, a man of faith, an intelligent individual, a conscientious administrator.
He’s not a saviour. We don’t need another. Give him a chance.

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Damon Martin is not a hard worker, not a decent human being, not a man of genuine faith. He has a good memory – which is different to intelligence and bereft of a true conscience.

He needs to be shown up for what he is.

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One would wonder indeed – have any purple hatted heads been partaking of the offers on Dolly’s trolley? Any Gaynooth official been sniffing the samples?

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Wankers is in its final months before closing, though would be the perfect place where Mizz Wilson would felt at home. Maybe the lads there will give us one last exposing farewell show before they’re off to An*l Hole?

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@6.21pm In your time with Amy in Maynooth both in your younger days, how could you tell then he was a conscientious adminstrator?? You are a porky pie merchant aren’t you?

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EM was in charge of the college choir of 40+ members. He took over the role which up to that point had been carried out by a member of staff employed primarily for that purpose. Since leaving Maynooth he was president of a diocesan school, secretary of the bishops’ conference and administrator of Derry. QED

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You’re not supposed to mention why the Director of Sacred Music post suddenly became vacant when Fr Sean Lavery was bundled out the door at great speed.

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Didn’t Vincent Nichols go to great lengths a year or two ago to suppress photos of himself chillaxing poolside in Speedos?

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I find it unbelievable that Pat should express so unnecessary, offensive, unkind and un-Christ-like judgment about Archbishop Martin. I hold no brief for the AB but such nastiness is unwarranted and insulting. Despite the bishops having legitimate reasons to criticise Pat, none of them have publicly spoken unkindly of you, Pat. What compels you to constantly sneer at, mock, name call and ridicule any person, irrespective of their position? Criticisms of bishops, yes: mocked and gratuitously insulted, no. Never.

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