Two very notable comments appeared on yesterday’s blog about Richard (Dick) Purcell of Mount Melleray.
One suggested that a farmer who rents land from the Cistercian Monastery in Roscrea (where Dick was abbot) was involved in a sexual relation with Dick.
“When I was a (lay) student in Maynooth Dom Richard was still at roscrea. Another (gay) student told me Dom Richard was riding (his words) a local farmer who was renting farm land from the monastery. I honestly thought it was the gossipy ranting of a gay man and there was no way a Cistercian would do that. Sadly it seems I misjudged….”
The other comment suggested that a prominent and respected Dominican, Father John Hyancath Walsh OP, who had been in Oxford with Dick said that Dick had chastity problems.
“Dom Purcell’s friend, Fr John Hyacinth Walsh OP, currently prior of St Saviours Dominican priory Dublin (also the studium) was overheard commenting on the Dom Dick scandal. He admitted that he (Dom Dick) did have problems with it (lack of chastity) in the past, but he though he had gotten over it. They had been in Oxford at the same time: walsh op in the English studium, Blackfriars: Dom Dick at st Benets Hall (EBC). Dom Dicks sexual activities were well known among catholic student circles in Oxford”.
The second comment also said that Dick was well known for his sexual activities among Catholic student circles in Oxford.
The allegations against Dick are piling up.
1. The original Boilerhouse sauna allegation.
2. The midnight sex in the kitchen of Roscrea with a Killaloe priest – which was confirmed to me personally during a telephone call with the Abbot General Eamon Fitzgerald.
The Abbot General has since suffered a total loss of voice!
3. There arises the continued talk of Richard Purcell’s behaviour at Oxford.
I’ve heard he was particularly found of Jesuits.
4. There now arises the question of an involvement with a farmer tenant at Roscrea.
How long will Richard Purcell and his superiors allow this saga to continue?
We would ask the comment makers on yesterday’s blog about Oxford and the Roscrea farmer please give us more information.
BISHOP PAT’S HOMILY. FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT. 21.2.21
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