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Mark Langham

The funeral of Monsignor Mark Langham (60) took place yesterday at Westminster Cathedral.

He was more recently the chaplain of Cambridge Univetsity.

Before that he was the administrator of Westminster Cathedral.

No one at the funeral mentioned he liked to French kiss the senior altar boys at Westminster Cathedral – something the senior altar boys did not appreciate. The English prefer their tongue cold.

Why send a priest who tongued senior altar boys to be chaplain to a university full of young males?

Is that why Arnold or Elsie never said a word about Langham at the funeral Mass?

Nor did anyone what happened in the parish of Bayswater when Langham too over from the saintly Fr Michael Hollings who took the homeless into live with him in the presbytery.

As one Westminster priest messaged ne yesterday:

“When Langham took over Bayswater he threw the homeless out – a well known fact in Westminster. It didn’t suit his champagne lifestyle”.

DICK AND BRENDAN:

The pic below of Dick Purcell and ex Armagh seminarian, Brendan Marshall, was taken inaynooth in 2017.

Dick was/is friendly with a few Maynooth sems.

SKINNY DENNIS:

An Ossory priest sent the picture below to the blog concerned at how much weight their new Apostolic Administrator Denis Nulty has lost.

Nulty

NOW – A REAL STAR.

153 replies on “BITS AND PIECES.”

I always wondered where Richard Purcell stayed that night in Maynooth. The mystery is solved. Thank you Bishop Pat for uncovering this pictorial masterpiece. Bravo sir!

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Shure Pat if that’s true then he is just another of Elsie’s boys. I have no time for Elsie. I wouldn’t call him that if I didn’t know certain things which I do know. I am afraid I have no respect for him what-so-ever. What a shower of shit you shed light on my dear Pat. I had hoped in all truthfulness to give up the old drink for Lent, but no such luck. At least I have cut down a bit. That is something. All love from me.

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Guys like Langham (if, of course, the allegations against him are true) wantonly disregard social, ethical, and moral boundaries, without any apparent concern for self-repercussions, that the rest of us would naturally fear to cross, even if we did fancy the pants/dress off someone. Why do such people as Langham feel they have licence, for instance, to forcibly French-kiss another? That is not a far cry from rape; indeed, rape could be the logical next step.
Was Richard Sipe right? That people like Langham have sexual urges up to forty times stronger than others’? Urges that are perhaps irresistible? That compel them to cross such boundaries? If this is true, then men like Langham are highly dangerous and should not have been ordained into positions of power over others, especially young people; such power is a noted aphrodisiac. Hardly helpful for weak personalities like Langham. And what is Roman Catholic priesthood if not primarily about power over others.
Let’s be honest: it certainly isn’t about serving Jesus Christ.

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As an addendum to the above reflection. Langham spent his entire life engaged in a pious fantasia- its objective was to keep reality at arms length.
However reality and its co-respondent suffering do have a way of invading all our lives including the lives of those dedicated to keeping it as something ‘out there’.
Langham discovered this truth and for his sake let us hope he managed to turn this situation he created around before death. Given the replies on the bishop’s blog we have learned that charity was not a feature of this characters personal or public life.

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And where is the Dean these days, and what does he get up to ? Has he been completely let lose or is he still on the payroll, but ‘retired’ ? If the latter, then that’s going to go on for a number of decades and cost a great deal for no return. I know he’s from a comfortable background, but like the rest of the world if he needs support, should he not go out and get a job of some sort, even menial, in order to support himself rather than rely on others to keep him, just as happens in the rest of the world to everybody else ?

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Portstewart in a very comfortable residence. Before Covid a regular visitor to Harrys Shack and no it’s not a cruising area or public toliets. It’s the Derry Priest who hangs round these in his motorbike leathers and is known to both the police and +Donal.

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It is simple as for a transfer of a Dioceses and if refused you then you know to contact the CFC
As the Bishop is going nowhere.
Or you could leave and form an independent Oratory like Bishop pat.

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11:14, ask to undertake ‘further studies’, where further studies actually means you will be doing a diploma or degree in something. Then after your studies ask to be incarnated into that particular diocese. We have had 2 priests in our diocese do that in recent years

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Define “better” my Lord, …..if it not too much trouble for such a busy important man as you.
Here’s some suggestions for you to choose from: compliant, complicit, obsequious, obedient, amenable, accommodating, pliable, pitiful & pathetic ……ooops ! Sorry going OTT: or am I? Would you even know the difference?

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@1.17
By “better” it is always meant that the priest would be prayerful, charitable, hard working and able to put up with unpleasant or annoying people and to be gentle with them. Something which an insufferable personage such as you would never grasp.

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Oh I grasp it very well dear bishop: the three most significant words of your comment: “put up with.” In other words, “endure the duplicitous behaviour of hierarchs like you”, and importantly, keep their mouths shut.

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In a word. NO.

Please try not to be so condescending, it is the Lenten Season after all

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Has our other little mascot, Fr Peter, moved yet ? He preaches like a parrot. I know, STALKER ALERT !

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I don’t mean to nit pick, but for most of my life I held Cistercisns in the highest regard. I fo realise the can leave the monastery on legit business…. but where is his habit? He is a Monk first, a Christian second and a priest third.

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I think the days when you could reliably find a monk in his choir stall are gone, at least for abbots and certain selected brethren.
I also don’t understand how Cistercian life can be called such without manual labor.

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You should come to Aberdeen when Bishop gilbert is dressed more like a monk daily than a Bishop.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert is a Benedictine Monk and Bishop of Aberdeen

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+ Pat. You say in today’s blog, ” … Nor did anyone what happened in the parish of Bayswater when Langham too over from the saintly Fr Michael Hollings who took the homeless into live with him in the presbytery. As one Westminster priest messaged me yesterday: “When Langham took over Bayswater he threw the homeless out .. ”
Fr Langham was right.
I know that parish, I served Mass there as a boy. And, as it happens, I sometimes went to Evening Mass at that church on my way home from work though I never met Fr Hollings, I understand that although he was the PP he had never spent much time in the parish he lived out in some rural area, Hampshire I think. A lot of his parishioners didn’t even know what he looked like, a curate ran the parish.
At the time when the police abandoned their inquiries some said it was because he was ill and dying. Of course Cardinal Hume (Ampleforth) wouldn’t hear a word against him. Never criticize a priest, especially a former major in the Coldstream Guards with the MC,
I was living in a nearby parish, and when I remember that a group of his ‘homeless’ men re-located, and again they had free housing. It was a worrying situation. Two of them were teachers, unable to get work despite London’s terrible shortage of teachers.
Laymen should NEVER be housed in presbyteries. For example, remember Peter Tobin in Glasgow, with a girl’s body under the church floorboards.

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@5.09am The same usual crap from old Joe Lollard. You clearly did not know anything about Fr Hollings given some of your false claims regarding him. You say you never met the man but you sure as hell have plenty to say about him. Would Christ have kicked out the homeless as you suggest, maybe you are just content passing by on the other side of the road.

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I think that over the next few days all sorts of interesting things will come out about Langham’s predilections. I’m sure much of it will be stuff that didn’t cross the line in to anything that would have got him in to trouble with the civil authorities, but a good bit of it will look somewhat iffy in terms of the professional and personal standards that one might expect of people in positions of authority, influence and professional standing. The wonder to me is he seems to have been able to sail through all of this. I suspect that this has to do with what another commentator said the other day, that Langham was one of ‘us’, that select group that is part of the clerical ‘in set’ and part of that group that has privileged status in the higher echelons of patronage of the clerical culture and chumocracy. The mood music around the funeral at Westminster Cathedral seems to have been bit strange, almost as if there was an unease and a bit of embarrassment about it, because the likes of Nichols and Arnold and others know the truth and are a bit uncomfortable with it, but conscious that to be seen to shun things completely would cause even more comment. Sadly, I think more will emerge, and it will not necessarily enhance the reputation of Langham or of those who promoted him.

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There are stories now emeging from Rome and his time spent at the Vatican when working for the Congregation for Christian Unity.

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Working? At the Vatican?😕 No one works there, especially if he is a cleric. 😅 Wouldn’t know the meaning of the word.😐
You are a comedian, aren’t you?😞

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I’m not surprised Elsie and Arnold didn’t say anything about Langham at his funeral. They know all about his antics so were being ultra careful. They even got Hayes the VG to read a long obituary at the beginning. I’m surprised he could read it as he’s often getting pissed the night before with his chum Jim Curry.

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So the VG read out a long obituary, and then another cleric preached about the virtues of the deceased for up to forty minutes? No wonder Elsie and Arnold were bored shitless – especially if they knew stuff which had been left unsaid.

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The picture of Mark Langham pouring bubbles is probably taken on the roof terrace of the Venerable English College in Rome at Sunday or festa preprandial aperitifs. Ahhh, that languid, entitled, aloof life of places like the VEC ! I remember it well. Scratch the surface, however, and you will find all of the strange behaviours and inclinations that you find everywhere else in the clerical culture. Just slightly more refined, done with a touch of class, and of course with the entitled expectation that they are untouchable, supported and protected by their own.

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@9.01am Wrong. It’s the roof terrace he created at Westminster Cathedral with the best views over central London. We heard yesterday in the homily that Langham often hosted parties up there and had a fondness for champers.

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Same thing. Nice life. Entitled. Champagne quaffing. Why not, if you can get it, I suppose ?! However, the rest of us don’t get those opportunities. We’re more busy with worrying about how we are going to make ends meet, and whether anybody is going to be interested in caring for us when we’ve put put out to some meagre pasture after we’re past our sell by date. How you get looked after depends on who you know and whether you are part of the preferred in set. Happens in all dioceses.

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10.53

The roof terrace ‘he created’? ‘He’?😕 Oh, I doubt he dirtied his hands on that.

Probably the work of some Cathedral lackey.

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All of us are foolish and fallible, and have done things at various times which we regret. As the Lord Himself is merciful, so might we have a modicum of compassion and understanding of human folly. The problem concerning the priesthood lies in the assumption that a priest is elevated above all this ordinary human messiness. Within living memory of most us is the notion that a priest or religious can do no wrong, so allegations made could simply not be true. Then you get the fawning obituaries and panegyrics giving the impression that another saint has just been added to the calendar.

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+Pat, do you have evidence about Mark Langham from more than one person? It would be a terrible judgement on you if what you have told us is not backed by strong evidence.

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I too am very uncomfortable with the comments made about Mgr Langham today. I knew of the man when he was cathedral administrator and again when he was based at Fisher House. He has always been very highly regarded and respected by Cathedral parishioners and clergy and by students and lecturers in Cambridge. The suggestion that he “french kissed” altar servers is preposterous at the very least and unless you can back it up with hard evidence, is probably something you should remove from this blog.
If it’s true, you’ll have reliable evidence from multiple sources.
I don’t think it is though.

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@10.50am How very naive you are! You speak about how uncomfortable you are but most people are uncomfortable with the truth of this situation. That includes the Cardinal Archbishop, John Arnold, Bernard Longley et al.

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If, and only if, the victim or victims of Monsignor Langham’s unwanted advances has the courage (and God knows they need courage) to report these allegations to the police and relevant authorities then such whispers remain the preserve of clerical gossip, rumour and innuendo – sexual predators are gamblers – they like risk and understand the psychology of shame and embarrassment – and those who gatekeep their secrets rely on this too – hoping and praying the victims meet stum and go away – think of Saville – a high profile Catholic – adored by Hume – everybody knew, everybody kept quiet – until he died – then the floodgates opened – this is what they fear most a tsunami of victims coming forward clamouring first for justice and then compensation!!

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For Heaven’s sake, there can be no comparison with Saville. I gather the identity of this “senior server” is well known, and he is not a kid. Had he not wanted to be “French-kissed” by the then Administrator – and I can well understand any reluctance! – he might have simply kept his mouth shut, and not cadged free dinners of various old clerical queens who were foolishly enamoured of him. Victim, my arse!

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12.43 Ah, from what you describe I think I know who you mean from my days serving at the Cathedral. Was his first initial P? Mgr Mark and he were friendly.

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No one once used the word ‘victim’ only you have @12.43pm. You know more than you are letting on so spill.

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Day of prayer for those who have suffered abuse
First Friday of Lent is World Wide safeguarding day of prayers for the victims of clerical abuse please keep all victims in your prayers especially today.
Those of us who are Catholics would know this 😉 🙂 🙂

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Let me explain…
Amy paid for Brendan Marshall’s media qualification and helped to set him up with placement in the BBC. Amy Martin wants to replace Mr. Martin Long with Brendan.
I heard this while in presence of Armagh clergy including – Fr. Ryan McAleer and Fr. Thomas McHugh.

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If this is true @12.11pm I will be contacting the Director General of the BBC regarding this placement/position. EM should not be influencing anyone at the BBC to give someone preferential treatment when it comes to recruitment.

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You do that, Lottie. However, if Brendan is doing a good job, what the hell? and if he isn’t up to it, he’ll soon be out on his ear. Leave the bloke alone: it’s all water under the bridge.

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Water under the bridge = It looks like we have gotten away with it at the moment. Just ignore any victims or damage caused, as long as the institution is alright, we’re good.
So Father isn’t perfect, are you trying to say you’re a walking Saint? = You are not ontologically changed, therefore, you do not matter. Father and the institution are what matters, you do not matter. Go away and suffer in silence, do not make a fuss and tell nobody you were abused by Father.
This is really upsetting Father, you know. Father is a good man, look at the damage and pain YOU are causing to him and the community = Your reports of abuse are being taken seriously by the authorities and there is evidence in substantiation of. Please fall for our emotional and spiritual abuse, and let us immorally and cruely put all the guilt onto your shoulders.

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You are an insult to people with memory problems you have posted this at least six times if not more.
Do you just click and paste.

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Bishop Buckley did you get the email I promised to send you as it just keeps bouncing back to me. I tried to ring you but there seems to be a problem getting through. Thanks
Paul

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I have it on good authority that the Reverend Doctor Psychopath, who now lives on Wirral, has gotten himself into a particularly sticky situation with the Police. Was always extremely cunning and devious at getting others to do his iffy work, was this piece of work. It looks like the good Reverend Doctor has been seen through at last…. and prevented from causing anymore catastrophic destructions to innocent unsuspecting persons.
A real nasty venemous snake, of the garden variety has been caught out there, that is for sure!

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Nasty is not the word to describe this man and any persons who have had the misfortune to fall victim to his particularly cruel antics had better be on guard as the only thing that will stop him is a straight jacket and a padded cell. If he has been caught and indeed it looks to be the case, then rest assured he will be using all his talents. Stay safe and be warned!

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He wasn’t at Langham’s funeral but then again Roche wouldn’t mix in those circles. He was probably measuring things up instead.

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No, he has returned to Rome. You need to understand that he will succeed Sarah. Visiting Westminster for a short break in London is not unusual. So, to be clear. Roche, will remain in Rome and be elevated. Of that there is no doubt. Let’s end the speculation.

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So. how come Roche is able to swan around Europe during this time ? Did he isolate / quarantine ? If he’s returned to Rome, will he isolate there ? Or is it more of the exceptionalism that we have become used to with clergy in operation again ?

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Archbishop Roche is in Archbishops House.
So you stop the speculation.
He maybe over for the final report that is suppose to come next week so time will tell.
Hopefully Cardinal Nichols will make that phone call to Pope Francis he wants out now.

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I thought Francis had already sidelined Sarah in favour of Roche. Why he hasn’t made him a Cardinal yet is a mystery.

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Still in place yes but Francis is using Roche as spokesperson as opposed to Sarah who crossed Francis recently.

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i believe both Pat at 12:49 and the poster at 12:52 have hit a couple of nails on the head. By the way, who presided at the Requiem – Elsie, Arnold or ANOTHER? Rather odd, don’t you think if Else hadn’t presided for a diocesan priest in her own cathedral? And who was the old bore who gave the eulogy? Over to you, Monty.

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Arnold presided, old bore was a monk from Ampleforth. The VG read an equalky boring obituary. Elsie and Arnold said zero about Langham.

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So why Arnold – who is now a couple of hundred miles away in Salford – and not Elsie? Was the nun in attendance?

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Was Elsie on the throne? I don’t think Arnold and Langham could have been classmates as Arnold was already on the cathedral staff when Langham was slumming it at Allen Hall.

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Ampleforth has just been banned by the government from taking anymore students, they have also been told they cannot appeal this decision by the minister for education’s department.
£16,000 per annum, per student – undoubtedly this will have a significant financial effect within the church. The effect on society will be much greater; children and young people will be safer kept out of possible harm’s way.

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12.43pm

Saville was a sexual predator – the action of an unwanted kiss on the lips in a sacristy is sexual and predatory- when you say ‘Victim, my arse’ is that an instruction or just your preference?!!

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My understanding is that the French kiss was administered over drinks in Langhams apartment in clergy house.

The young man was later comforted over a meal hosted by the now Archbishop Bunny Longley, then an auxiliary at Westminster.

A well known Westminster priest advised Longley to be more cautious about bringing altar boys to restaurants.

Longley was offended by the priest’s attempted reprimand.

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The young man you mention has since married and has since changed his story regarding the allleged Langham incident. There is nothing more to say.

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Bishop Buckley would you have a contact number. I have information regarding Michael Byrne and Ronan Sheehan. Thank you,

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3.40 Why would we accept an anonymous claim like that?

Did Paul receive compensation from Cardinal Nichols?

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3.05: NOT OF CHRIST…You are a scurrilous gossiper. Disgraceful obsession with people you’ve already thrashed and still desiring to continue to so..Outrageous behaviour from a “bish” bitch and totally against A LENTEN SPIRIT..You seriously need to put ashes on your forehead again – ” REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS: TURN AWAY FROM YOUR SINS…” Ugly behaviour.

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At 3:45 pm. You may well call it gossip, but there are safeguarding issues which may have easily been overlooked here. Yes, we do have the odd bit of fun on here about the “lighter” side of things, however there are people who have been crushed and silenced by people in positions of power. I myself know only too well what that feels like.- it is soul destroying.
Bishop Pat offered this guy his personal number as to ascertain whether he can be of any help or assistance. Your attack is way over the top!
Your OTT reaction has only aroused suspicion……
You should be utterly ashamed of yourself!

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5.13: Has a raw nerve been touched in you – a sensitive little spot!!! There is a huge difference between gossip and TRUTH, a huge difference between scurrilous allegations and verifiable facts. Get a grip. I have no connection with mentioned individuals…I merely point out the utter hypocrisy, incitement to defamation, hatred and vengeance as practised by Pat and a small, regular cohort. Did not Pat list commendable things to do for LENT? I suggest CEASE GOSSIPING and DOWNING others with innuendo as habits to be rid of for all time obviously, but certainly for LENT….

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5.22
Is that…’Father’ again? The priest who, yesterday, made a suggestion to Pat about good deeds for Lent, while similtaneously implying, ever so slyly, that the blog was the antithesis of those deeds?
I think it is.

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I think decent people who should be ashamed. “Safeguarding issues” is a figleaf for addiction to poisonous gossip.

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At 5:22pm. Bishop Pat offered the guy his personal number; he did not enter, or indeed suggest entering, into discussing what maybe on the blog. You are clearly failing to understand what has happened and what is being said. You are jumping the gun, as they say.

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6.23: It’s irrelevant whether I’m a priest or not. I merely try to follow what is right, just and acceptable in the eyes of God! I see the horrible cruelty of dangerous gossip and innuendo. I’m glad you spotted the subtlety of my message from yesterday. You are clever!! Go practise what Pat and I suggested..🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏…

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3.40pm

Bloody hell 3.40pm if you were trying to put everybody off the scent with your ‘no story he’s happily married now’ you did a cracking job at me thinking ‘ye know to much’ and theres definitely smoke so there’s gotta be a fire!!

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Neither Michael Byrne nor Brendan Marshall is a priest or in training, so I don’t see they need concern this blog, which is supposed to expose corruption among the clergy and rotten seminary system. I think we can hardly begrudge their making decent careers outside. As for the Westminster story, we need some clarification as to whether the senior server was a grown man or teenage boy before making all kinds of assumptions. I don’t see why Longley’s good name should be dragged into this because he was giving another bloke dinner. Some “senior servers” are in their nineties. On the other hand, why did the Monsignor leave Westminster for Rome? I seem to recall nervous exhaustion. Had a complaint been made? It would appear that a lot of tittle-tattle is coming from Westminster clergy themselves “in the know” as the Requiem was closed to the public.

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I see. I rather think those who don’t want any more details to emerge should keep their traps shut rather than scream, “Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me!” As the poster at 4:30 pm observed, claiming the lad is now “happily married” is just like catnip!

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Haha! You’ve gotta be kidding Pat!
Paul was a sexual deviant and was accused of raping another student! He was a known liar and fled from the scene when his lies were uncovered!

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I’d be very wary believing anything he says… he has a very long and disturbing history.

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4.37
Wow! I wonder how many working men could retire to Rome through nervous exhaustion, with others paying the price for this junket. Literally
You people are something else.

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Bishop dear, I don’t recognise such clerically contrived absurdities as “Lenten seasons.” So I am just the same irrespective of artificially concocted rituals designed to maintain clerical hegemony. If you think I’m condescending, just suck it up.
It’s about time you purple dressed strutting peacocks had more non compliant clerics stir up your comfort zones. Just imagine a line of chrism mass clergy booing the bishop! Now there’s a lovely ring to that phrase: “Booing the bishop!”

Boo the bishop? They haven’t the balls.
They’ll ‘tip the forelock,’ whatever he calls.

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Dear Mr Higgs, Are you suggesting the august Archbishop Longley would take a sexual deviant out to dinner. What a ridiculous suggestion?

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Bishop Pat are you feeling okay or are you really being nice about Archbishop Longley.
Archbishop Longley has met victims and financially awards to them (but he know money will never be enough for the victims and he is truly sorry) when Nichols has done nothing.

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Dom Richard Purcell was the appointed spiritual director for people like Chris Derwin and Sean Jones. Brendan Marshall was NOT involved so please leave him alone. Please!

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Brendan Marshall is a genuine and decent fella! Leave him alone and let him be! There is worse running about out there!

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Dear Bishop Pat,
Might I suggest that you cease publishing anything to do with Paul?
You really don’t know the whole story (which is common knowledge in Westminster) and I assure you this will make you look very bad. Paul left a trail of destruction behind him in the dioceses of Westminster and Portsmouth but had the good sense to leave quietly. He has established a career in hospitality and is considered by some to be a highly sought after Butler.
If you want to dig this story up again, it will only make Paul look bad, potentially destroying his career and will be highly embarrassing for you.

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Serious question: How was Paul a victim? Did he just stand there, at 18 years of age (an adult) and allow a homosexually lecherous (alledgedly) man plant his lips on his, thrust his tongue into his mouth, and not shove him away?

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Pat @5.59pm – I’ve heard about this Paul and what I’ve been told about him, timid is not a word that was used about him.

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5.43: Pat, I’m in agreement with 5.16: to speak about “Paul” so publicly will be detrimental to his career. He is not pursuing any actions. As Judge Judy often says of some behaviours: Not everything is actionable in a court of law. All details and spurious allegations being made re: Paul and cleric are very dangerous. I suggest you be careful. I know. You should desist from pouring petrol on unverifiable information.

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Do you care about Paul at all? If you did, you wouldn’t let his name be dragged through the mud.

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Oh dear! It certainly sounds a toxic mix at Westminster with all the usual ingredients for disaster including gin, high camp in and out of the sanctuary, unstable and impressionable young men with fetching good looks … and then, of course, silly old fools in the clergy. Nichols must be apoplectic that all this is being dragged up. The Administrator would be well advised to discourage lads from becoming servers and bring back those determined middle-aged women ( often ex-nuns ) with round specs and Mary Jane shoes who used to swarm the sanctuaries back in the day, much to the rage of the queens. They would certainly put the ex-Anglicans’ noses out of joint, since they fled the C of E to get away from women. Father Francis Bown is alleged to have fainted when he discovered one in the sanctuary.

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All these warnings to you Pat. Sounds to me a few people are worried about saving their own skins and throwing out red herrings about Paul. What have they got to hide I wonder?

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Probably alcohol involved, it usually is the case. Get them drunk and then pounce. Was this not the same what JP tried to do in Reading?

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+Denis has been visibly losing weight for over a year now and he wasn’t carrying any extra to begin with. He’s a good man, I hope he’s all right.

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I was a student at Cambridge in the early nineties and I went along to Fisher House once or twice. The thing that sticks in my mind was the coldness of the chaplain. This was October 1991. He might have been a Fr Osman but that’s just me looking at the wikipedia entry. I remember talking about my beliefs in the manner of the precocious 18 year old I was and the chaplain being stone cold. I had a vocations interview with Cahal Daly and he was positively gushing but turning up at Fisher house, just as a prospective Catholic layperson, I felt pretty unwanted. Perhaps it was because of coming from Northern Ireland.

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Sorry to hear you had a negative experience at the Chaplaincy. Coming up to university can be daunting, and I think chaplaincies have a particular responsibility to be open, welcoming and supportive – particularly as Oxford and Cambridge can be snobbish and exclusive. No idea what Langham was like, but I remember hearing positive things about Couve de Murville back in the seventies – perhaps surprising to his detractors.

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I have just on experience of Langham In 1997 I was visiting London England and made a request to meet with him at Clergy Cathedral House Westminster .He was at this time the Cathedral Administrator. I was kept in a waiting room until a minion arrived advising me he does not meet with strangers. I suspect this arrogant aloofness was a defining part of an individual who really did believe he was ontologically changed as a result of ordination.
Mark Langham died at 60 years of age. Does the readership have any information concerning his death. Thank you

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