Desmond Williams

From: Gareth O’ Callaghan FACEBOOK 5.11.2016.

“I feel like a ghost caught inside a person I don’t recognise, stuck between this world and another; not wanting to live any longer, but not wanting to die just yet.” If you are a survivor of abuse, then I am sure these words will make perfect sense.

I spoke during the week to a man who was savagely abused by a Dublin priest for five years as a young boy. His name is Noel. Today he is in his fifties, but part of him will always be eight years of age. Noel tried to kill himself twice. Thankfully he is alive today. And hopefully what I am about to write here – the story he has never been able to tell – will help to set him free from the torture, and the awful remorse and guilt he feels, of his past.

It has taken me days to reconcile my reasoning and need for writing this post. It makes for horrific reading. Please be aware of that before reading any further here. The man at the centre of this piece has never been publicly associated with child abuse before now, to the best of my knowledge and research. His crimes against children are undoubtedly one of the greatest and most appalling cover ups in the history of clerical sexual abuse by the hierarchy that existed back then in the Dublin diocese. I am naming him for the first time today.

There is a Garda file on him for over fifty years, but it has been permanently ignored and forgotten.

Noel, a victim of this monster, is slowly beginning to live again almost fifty years after his tiny, innocent life was stolen and almost destroyed by a Dublin priest called Des Williams.

In 1959, ‘Father Des’ (as he liked to be known) set up St Kevin’s Boys’ Club in Whitehall, on the sprawling northside of Dublin city. The club drew huge numbers of small boys who loved soccer. Father Des’s interest in soccer was purely a front to disguise that he was a paedophile. Once the club was formed, he quickly set about abusing its young members. Noel’s abuse started in 1968, shortly after joining the club. He was eight years old.

Once the grooming stopped, the abuse started. “Father Des” brought Noel back to a house one night. There were four other men present in the upstairs bedroom. Noel was blindfolded and tied facedown to a bed.

He was then raped by the priest, and then by each of the men. This horrific abuse continued for over five years, until Noel turned thirteen. By now it was almost 1974. According to official club records which I have seen, Fr Des Williams was ‘Executive Director of Football’ (and overall owner) at St Kevin’s from 1962 until 1974. His committee appears to have remained largely unchanged during those years. The same few names appear to hold their senior positions in the club during that long period. At first I couldn’t understand why a paedophile ring within a local football could go unnoticed, despite the fact that they were targetting local boys; that was until I delved more deeply into William’s connections and responsibilities.

Des Williams, at that time during the entire 1960s decade while he was abusing young boys at the football club, was personal assistant to Archbishop John Charles McQuaid. McQuaid, it’s understood (and now known), was also abusing young boys at the time; but no one in judicial authority was prepared to take on McQuaid. ‘Father Des’ simply ran home at the end of his disgusting day and hid behind the gates and high impenetrable walls of Archbishop’s Palace in Drumcondra, just down the road from St Kevin’s Boys Club.

A couple of interesting developments took place in 1974. James Kavanagh became the bishop of that area of north Dublin city. Dermot Ryan had become Archbishop of the diocese shortly before this. Ryan was responsible for appointing Kavanagh. There was now huge disquiet in the local area about Des William’s carry on. A number of parents of young boys had gone to Whitehall and Santry Garda stations to report incidents of abuse by Williams.

Nothing – NOTHING – whatsoever was done to investigate the claims or the abuser. Instead, James Kavanagh and his boss the Archbishop, once they had become aware of the extent of the priest’s abuse, came up with a plan to take Des Williams clean out of what was becoming a nasty embarrassment for church authorities.

In 1975, Trudder House was opened as a refuge and state-run home for young children of travelling families who, for whatever personal reasons, were unable to care for their children. The young children were taken into care in this huge renovated house set on its own sprawling grounds close to Newtownmountkennedy. It was a very remote location, detached from any source of local contact. When you arrived at Trudder, you were in the middle of nowhere. And you were very much on your own. The guardian and director of Trudder House was the same Fr Des Williams. Another director of Trudder was Duncan McInnes, who went on to rape and abuse the small children in his care, under the watchful eye of Des Williams, who had moved out of Dublin’s northside, and was now living in Trudder House.

McInnes beat his tiny victims with a long strip of plastic garden hose before raping and sexually abusing them throughout his five years at Trudder House. He fled the country after complaints were made in 1981. He later died in Canada in 1990 in his early fifties. Complaints continued to be made during the 1980s to an internal Health Board inquiry but Garda claim they were never informed. It wasn’t until two days before Christmas in 1994, twenty years after Trudder House opened its doors to small, vulnerable children, that the first complaint in relation to sexual abuse was made to Garda. In the investigation that followed, not one member of the long term management at the facility had to answer questions publicly about how they handled the matter of abuse of small children over the years. Galwayman Brendan Kelly was the only person to be convicted and sentenced to seven years in 1998. He remains the only person to be charged with sexual offences at Trudder House.

In 1985, Des Williams was ordained to the position of auxiliary Bishop of Dublin. He was consecrated in Rome by Pope John Paul II that year. His co-consecrator on the day, standing beside the Pope, was his friend and sponsor Bishop James Kavanagh. For many years in the 70’s, after his time with St Kevin’s, Des Williams was the episcopal vicar for finances in the archdiocese. In other words he was commander-in-chief, God’s financial controller, of all the money that rolled into the coffers of a huge diocese with quarter of a million churchgoers who contributed very generously every Sunday to two collections that he had masterminded, namely the SHARE collection, and the collection that gave Dublin priests their wages.

Could this be a reason why so many of his unfortunate victims stayed quiet? Or was their silence a result of his vicious violence and his ability to be the perfect Jeckyl and Hyde when it came to his devious ways of attracting young children to him, while hiding behind a bunch of fellow bishops who were untouchable by normal standards of the law, and who went out of their way to protect one of the most corrupt of their species?

Des Williams died in 2006. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin gave the homily during the funeral mass. Martin described Williams as “a loyal and discreet co-operator of many archbishops”

The archbishop went on to say “Bishop Des Williams spent much of his life helping those who were disadvantaged and who at times had the right to be angry with society”. Wrong.

Having spoken to Noel this week, and also to the best friend of another victim of Des Williams’s who could not talk to me directly because his life is still so broken and shattered fifty years later as a result of what he suffered at the hands of this monster over a five year period when he was a small boy, Williams was clearly only helping himself. He wasn’t helping those who were disadvantaged. He was preying on them while his fellow bishops covered up for him. Archbishop Martin’s final words: “May God reward him for his goodness, may he free him from his sins…”

I have a question here, Archbishop Martin.

Who will free up the victims of Des Williams, and Bill Carney, and all of the other predators who masqueraded as devoted followers of a man called Jesus Christ?

The same man you spoke so much about in the graceful eulogy you delivered that day ten years ago to a pervert whose cover up was responsible for more suicides than you will ever know. Maybe now, some of those men who innocently fell victims will find a reason to embrace their lives, now that this filthy monster has finally been named. It’s also worth remembering, Archbishop, that Jesus was a Jew.

He was long dead before the first Catholic decided to go looking for a role model. The kind but broken individuals who are reading this who have had their lives damaged and destroyed in the past by people you clearly offer kind words to in their demise makes me realise even more that the days of the flimsy Catholic church are numbered.

And I would say this to Noel, who I spoke to during the week, (and also to ‘B’), perhaps life starts today; knowing that you have both shared with me the words that you personally and painfully were never able to speak before now in almost fifty years. To those reading this who still can’t find the strength to see the beauty of life on their own terms as a result of abuse, but hopefully will in time to come: This post is for you. I feel like a ghost caught inside a person I can’t recognise, stuck between this world and another; not wanting to live any longer, but not wanting to die just yet.


(The Irish Times)
Bishop Desmond Williams: He was “a loyal and discreet co-operator of many archbishops”, recalled the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, in a homily at the requiem Mass for Bishop Desmond Williams (75), retired auxiliary bishop of Dublin, last Monday evening.
Which is such a pity. For what things might have been told by someone less discreet and who had been secretary to Archbishop John Charles McQuaid for 12 years – from 1959 until Dr McQuaid’s retirement – for instance? But “Bishop Des”, as he became known after appointment as auxiliary bishop of Dublin in 1985, was also “the most private of private people”.

Yet this quiet man had an extraordinarily dynamic life which brought him into contact with many people. For instance, in the sporting world – an arena not usually associated with the shy or retiring – he made an impressive contribution.

In 1959 he founded St Kevin’s soccer club in Dublin’s Whitehall, one of the most successful in the country. He helped it expand into one of the largest of its kind in Europe, fielding over 40 competitive teams a week.

Boys from St Kevin’s lined the steps of the Pro-Cathedral on Monday night as his coffin was carried out. While it lay before the altar at the Pro-Cathedral during the requiem Mass, it had just two objects placed on it, Dr Williams’s mitre and a St Kevin’s jersey.

In 1980 he was appointed chairman of the Catholic Social Service Conference, now known as Crosscare, the invaluable social care agency of the Dublin archdiocese. Under Dr Williams, the agency was modernised, updated and expanded, providing help to the poor and marginalised in the city. He had the job for 10 years, though originally appointed for three.

He also had a particular interest in helping the Travelling community and towards that end he set up Trudder House, a residential home for Travellers, in Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow. He lived there himself for a while”.


This is a horrific story that the Irish hierarchy have been trying to keep under wraps for decades.

Why did Diarmuid Martin preside at this bishops funeral and praise him to the highest heavens?

Did he not check his file in Archbishops House?

Or had the file been doctored?

The Garda come out of this badly too.
Believe me, there are many more cases like this in the Irish Catholic Church.



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“Alegría’s testimony regarding Cardinal Maradiaga’s involvement of their family in a fraudulent financial scheme, as well as his defense and cover-ups of his auxiliary bishop is deeply shocking. More disturbing is her revelation that Francis continues to protect Maradiaga despite all the misdeeds for which Maradiaga has made himself personally responsible.”  — From the foreword by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

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“We have here just one case study of the vast corruption in the Church that flourishes under Pope Francis, and of the Pope’s hypocrisy in promoting it. As the author remarks: ‘One gets the impression that the devil is gradually taking over the institutions of the Church.'” — H.J.A. Sire, author of The Dictator Pope

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I know that Francis has enemies in the Vatican – among the “old guard”.

But it does look as if Francis has surrounded himself with a right old clerical mafia.

And he is a Jesuit. And you can never really trust a Jesuit.

And, he has a worrying history with evil types in Argentina.

But its nothing new.

The RC institution has been truly evil for a very long time.

I think the extreme Protestant stance about the pope being the Anti Christ is too simplistic.

But the RC institution, with its history of murder, torture, corruption, politicking, etc does make it a strong candidate for being part of the Kingdom of the Evil One.

Francis & Co are just its current manifestation.




That seems to be because sex with a minor is criminal as well as immoral.

Having sex with a vulnerable lady parishioner is no longer a “no no” if you judge it by Fintan Monahan’s failure to discipline Ger “One Bang” Fitzgerald?

Going to a gay sauna and having sex with priests and men is not a problem either even if you are an abbot with a Solemn Vow of Chastity – as Richard “Rawhide” Purcell and the CISTERCIANS OF THE STRICT OBSERVANCE shows.


I’d hate to see what less strict guys get up to😄


Grooming younger monks in a monastery, coming on to them and having thousands of Euros in a drawer is no problem either according to Kitty Kirby of Silverstream and his superior Tom “Mac the Knife” Deenihan.



1. Sexually active seminarians.

2. Seminarians acting as clerical rent boys to senior clergy.

3. The taking of Class A drugs and poppers by seminarians and priests.

4. The ordinations of unsuitable men to the diaconate and priesthood.


In fairness, when Diarmuid Martin found out that particular people were unsuitable for the priesthood, he acted quickly and offloaded them.


We have now arrived at a point where the whole Irish episcopate and priesthood is totally disgraced.

They are all morally corrupt and have absolutely no moral authority left.

The Roman Catholic church in Ireland is now a byword for cover-up, lies, corruption etc.



Historians troubled by upcoming canonization of Charles de Foucauld

Some scholars see future saint’s legacy tied too closely to French colonialism in Algeria where he was murdered in 1916

Claire Lesegretain France July 13, 2020

After the Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced last May that a miracle had been attributed to the intercession of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, the canonization of the man known as the universal brother can now go forward.

But not all historians are pleased with the news.

The canonization of Charles de Foucauld would be a denial of history, wrote Professor Ladji Ouattara in an article that appeared in the July 2 edition of Le Monde.

His work would be inseparable from the colonial conquest of the Sahara

The work of the ‘hermit of hoggar’ is inseparable from France’s colonial conquest of the Sahara, claimed Quattara, who teaches history at universities in France and Niger.

He cited the works of a number historians, such as Jean-Marie Muller, who in 2002 denounced the deep nationalist and colonialist convictions of this Saharan hermit who defended a total war against Germany during the Great War . 

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Quattara noted that Hélène Claudot-Hawad had, that same year, condemned de Foucauld’s direct involvement in colonial military operations against the rebel tribes in Algeria.  

And he noted that more recently, in 2014, André Bourgeot had criticized the future saint’s ideas in favor of a disorganization of the Tuareg socio-political structures .

Ouattara, who did his doctoral thesis at the Catholic University of Louvain on the Tuareg people, claimed that as a former second lieutenant, de Foucauld personally took part in several military tours with Captain Dinaux, the aim of which were to establish the submission of the Tuaregs of Hoggar and to get a tax accepted that would be a tangible mark of this submission .

Bishop emeritus Claude Rault of Laghouat (Algeria) rejected that claim.

Charles de Foucauld’s aim was not to directly take part in a military operation, but to use it to extend his knowledge of the Tuareg world, the 79-year-old bishops said.

He had no other way to do this than to rely on these expeditions, said Rault, a White Father missionary who led the Laghouat diocese from 2004-2017.

The traumas of colonization

John Paul II moved de Foucault’s sainthood cause forward in 2001 by declaring him venerable .

Then four years later Benedict XVI decreed that the French-born monk had died as a martyr and approved his beatification. Now, after the recent verification of the miracle, Pope Francis is to declare him a saint.

Who, really, is Charles de Foucauld? How does Africa view his future canonization while the traumas of colonization still affect Tuareg societies? Quattara asked provocatively

He said the canonization would likely appear dissonant in the current context of dismantling colonialist figures.

Furthermore, he noted that it comes five years after the controversial canonization of Junipero Serra (1713-1784) in the United States.

But Bishop Rault argued that Charles de Foucauld never stopped denouncing the exactions of a colonization that consisted in appropriating the great Algerian south to the detriment of the Tuareg people and culture .

Moreover, he said de Foucauld’s French-Touareg dictionary remains an essential reference to this day.

His vision of colonization was always humanized and humanistic, the bishop said.

He pointed out that the soon to be acclaimed saint often asked that Tuareg leaders be taken into consideration and that certain political powers be entrusted to them .

Betraying the trust of the Tuaregs

His love for the Tuareg people has always prevailed, Bishop Rault emphasized.

Charles de Foucauld wanted to live among the people and become their brother. He took the risk of staying where the army was not present so as to mark his distance from them, the bishop said.

But he also admitted that it would be healthy for the Church to reveal to the general public all the grey areas: it is time to tell the limits of this man who has been so hallowed .

He acknowledged that the revered monk said nothing about the violence and had even wished for the physical disappearance of this or that Tuareg . 

But even though Charles de Foucauld did not succeed in everything in his life, holiness is not the same as perfection, Bishop Rault insisted.

Murdered in December 1916 in Tamanrasset

Jean-Claude Boulanger, the recently retired bishop of Bayeux-Lisieux in France, is a member of the priestly fraternity Iesu Caritas of Charles de Foucauld and author of a book on the hermit of Tamanrasset.

He quoted a letter that the aménokal (Tuareg religious leader) Moussa agg Amastasent sent to Madame de Blic, sister of Charles de Foucauld, on December 25, 1916 — following the monk’s assassination on December 1.


“As soon as I learned of the death of our friend, your brother Charles, my eyes closed; everything was dark for me; I shed many tears. His death caused me great sorrow”, the aménokal wrote.

In the same letter, he asked Madame de Blic to tell her family that Charles the marabout is not only dead for you alone; he is dead for all of us. May God have mercy on him and may we meet with him in heaven!

Bishop Boulanger pointed that in Islam a marabout is venerated as a saint.

It is surprising that Moussa could write ‘our marabout’ and that he plans to meet him in the same paradise, the 75-year-old bishop said.

He added that even if all the Tuaregs did not necessarily share the aménokal’s opinion, it does not negate the fact that it was through his entire life that Charles de Foucauld tried to bear witness to Jesus of Nazareth and the Gospel .


I’m always advising people not to turn any human being into a saint – because ALL us humans have feet of clay.

This is the first time I have heard these worrying criticisms of Brother Charles of being a collaborator in the French colonisation of Algeria.

And, I am disappointed.

We humans are quite determined not only by our genes but by our upbringing and the all-pervading culture we live in.

And when we are TRYING to be Christians it is very difficult for us to TOTALLY have the mind of Christ.

There is also the question of the practicalities of everyday living.

When I was on the Falls Road from 1978 to 1983 anarchy reigned.

The RUC were rendered useless by their alienation from the population.

What did one do to get justice for good causes.

One approached the “authorities” that reigned there and made one’s difficult way between various forces.


I hope Brother Charles acted with integrity in his dealings with the French invaders and the native Toureg people.

I imagine it was very difficult to always get a balance?

And perhaps one had to settle, sometimes, for the lesser of two evils?

Brother Charles is still dear to me.

And as the bishop said: “There is a difference between holiness and perfection”.



Brother Charles de Foucauld

It is not surprising that in this 21 st century and with all the corruption in the Church, that secular priests and seminarians are struggling to create and maintain a meaningful and supporting spirituality.

I believe I have the answer.

Let priests and seminarians adopt the spirituality lived by Charles de Foucauld.

Brother Charles was born into a wealthy and devout Catholic family in France in 1858.

By the age of 14 both his parents had died and Charles concluded that thete was either no God, or a cruel God.

For the next 14 years of his life Charles became an unbeliever and practiced every debauchery he could. During this time he joined the French army.

At 28 he was desolate and wrote: “I am a young man for whom it is all over”

One evening he was passing a church and saw the lights on and went in and sat at the back.

It was as if the sermon that night had been composed especially for him.

He returned to faith, joined the Cistercians and was ordained a priest.

He then felt called to return to the Sahara desert and minister to the Toureg tribe there.

He set up a hermitage at Tammanrasset which considyer of a living quarters and a chapel.

He spent his days worshipping Jesus in the Blessed Eucharist and receiving and welcoming callers to his desert hermitage.

Some days no one called. Other days many called

His callers stopped to rest, eat, drink, talk, sleep. Charles welcomed them as he would welcome Christ.

Charles focused his whole life on welcoming Chrost in the Eucharist and on welcoming Christ in others.

If he were worshipping Christ in the chapel and someone came to the door, he simply switched to worshipping Christ in the brother and sister at the door.

He had no surgery hours. He was a 25/7 priest.

On December 1st 1916 robbers raided his hermitage and shot Charles. Charles fell dead into the desert sands. The robbers scattered the consecrated hosts on top of him.


The suitability of Charles spirituality is absolutely suitable to diocesan prirsts.

The worship and service of Christ in the Eucharist and in the Brother and Sister.

No complicated formulas. No long rule books. No surgery hours.

Just simple service.

There are also Jesus Caritas groups for priests where the spirituality of Brother Charles is studied and practised – meeting once a month for prayer, support, a day in the desert etc.

More than ever before priests and seminarians need a simple, supportive and edifying spirituality.

Bishops should make the spiritual development and nourishment of their priests the Number One priority.

Nemo day quod non habet‘.

You cannot give what you have not got.

A priest can’t convey spirituality to his people if he does not have a spirituality himself.

This lack of spirituality is at the very root of all the Church and priesthood’s problems.



“I am a Kilalloe priest who has known Pat a long time and he asked for my take on the current situation with regard Father Ger Fitzgerald and its handling by our bishop, Fintan Monahan.

Personally, I am not a friend of Gers and as a person I feel quite neutral about him. He is neither my hero or my enemy.

I respect Fintan as my bishop but am aware that he has his limitations.

When two adults have consensual sex it takes two to tango.

However, I would say that Ger has made a formal and public promise of celibacy. The woman has no such vows or promises.

From what I gather, the woman was vulnerable after her father’s and the sale of the family home.

As a PP Ger is in a position of trust. It is a violation of that trust to engage in a relationship and sex with a parishioner. The power balance is all wrong and as such the issue of true consent comes into question.

The current discipline of the church obligates Ger, myself and others to be celibate. In practice that means that we are not allowed , morally or canonically to have sex with anyone.

In dressing as a priest and in standing up, vested at Mass, each time we are saying “I am here because I am observing my priestly obligations.

To stand there, leading a double life, is a lie, a contradiction and fraudulent.

Ger, and others like him, must decide to either observe the obligations he has freely accepted, or leave the priesthood.

In making that decision, one way or another, he will be showing integrity.


Fintan’s role is clear.

He must remove Ger’s faculties from him for the time being.

Ger must leave Cloughleigh and take a period of three or six months to decide his future.

If he wants back he must recommit to celibacy and practice that.

If he cannot do that he must embrace another way of life.

This decision is for Ger and Fintan to make.

The people of Cloughleigh have no role to play. Fintan can of course listen to their concerns – but Fintan and Fintan alone, is the decision-maker.

One thing is certain. This scandal must end and must end now.

As long as it continues it is sowing dissension and low morale among the clergy.

It is confusing and disconserting the laity.

It is dividing Ennis parish.

It is turning the woman into a scapegoat.

Fintan is the ONE responsible for the unity and peacefulness of the People of God.

Fintan, act NOW”!


Archbishop Dermot Farrell announced yesterday that Dublin only has two seminarians!



THE SOCIETY OF SAINT PIUS X – the Latin Mass and Traditional brigade are drowning in sex abuse allegations presently.


The Society was founded by Archbishop Le Feberve who rejected the changes of the Second Vatican Council.

The above report is from Church Militant.

I am not a fan of CM – but they do address issues others will not touch.

It shows the lie to the claim that the sec abuse crisis was a Vatican 11 crisis.

Sexual abuse by religious and priests is 1700 years old at least.

It seems to me tgat tge superiors of tge SSPX were as bad at cover up as the Romans.

Their former superior general Bishop Fellay is a real cover-up merchant.



Clerical sources in the Kilalloe diocese are claiming that Fintan Monahan asked Ger Fitzgerald to leave Cloughleigh parish over the female sex incident and that Ger is refusing to move!


Furthermore, rougher elements in the Cloughleigh community are backing Ger and telling him to stand his ground against the bishop!

If this is true, it is a very challenging situation for Fintan.

If he lets Ger away with giving him the two fingers it destroys Fintan’s authority with all the other priests. Authority wise, Fintan is dead in the water.

Thats a very bad place for a bishop to find himself at the beginning of his episcopacy. Fintan is only 50s with 20 + years to go as a bishop.

If he stands up to Ger he has quite a battle ahead:

1. He needs to suspend Ger’s faculties immediately.

2. He needs to order Ger to to vacate the church property in Cloughleigh.

3. If Ger refuses, Fintan then has to go to court to evict him and send the Garda and baliffs into Cloughleigh to effect the eviction.

Cloughleigh is a rough estate where I imagine the Garda are not welcome.

Imagine 20 Garda and the bailiffs evicting Ger in front of Cloughleigh’s “best”.

There would be a massive riot.

Ger has spent years gathering the Cloughleigh crowd around him as his fan club.


This is a big test for Fintan.

It could decide his whole future.

I do not wish this test upon him – foisted on him by a lecherous priest.


In fairness, it has to be said that Fintan, the diocesan secretary Fr Nash and the diocesan safeguarding officer Cleo Yates, have acted very well with regard the woman in this story.

They have met her.

They have believed her.

They have offered some very practical support.

She herself, acknowledges their goodness and help.

I have been dealing with women involved with priests for 30 years now.

This is the best treatment I have seen for a woman by the diocese, the bishop and the diocesan staff.


Would the priest who commented on Thursday, saying he had ministered to another Kilalloe woman please make contact.

Even with Fintan, please.



I believe that the current Catholic priesthood is in deep crisis because in recent decades seminarians have not been introduced to, and bonded with, a deep spirituality.

Primarily, the priesthood is neither a profession or a job.

It is a vocation.

I define vocation as “a divine call to God’s service”.

Of course the call to priesthood or religious life is by no means the only Divine call.

We Christians believe that marriage is a vocation.

I have met doctors, nurses, vets, tradesmen, public servants who had a great sense of vocation. They dod what they did out of a sense of duty and calling and did it for the joy of what they did and not just for wages or salaries.

I started saying I wanted to be a priest when I was three or four and have never wanted to be anything else.

As a priest, I believe I am called to have a relationship with God, a prayer life. And the other side of that coin is the call to practical service if my brothers and sisters, 24/7.


When I was growing up there were priests and then there were priests we thought of as special – holy.

I knew many priests and I also knew a few very holy and spiritual priests.

I didnt just want to be a priest. I wabted to be a holy priest.

But when I began to experience the priesthood at 24, I was shocked.

I began to see that many priests became disillusioned and cynical and very quickly.

The real priesthood was not at all like we were told it was in seminary.

I quickly met bully priests, alcoholic priests, gambling priests, womanising priests, actively gay priests, thieving priests, insane priests etc.

I told myself: “Don’t let yourself become like them. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop believing. Don’t become cynical”.

This year I will be 45 years ordained.

I have kept my faith in God.

I still try and pray.

I am not disillusioned and cynical.

But I have seen through the Roman Catholic institution and organisation  that I once believed in and gave my heart to.

I just thank God that I do not have to start all over again – for I do not know even where I would begin.

I retain much of my idealism.

And I agree with the words from Macbeth I first learned 50 years ago:

“We are so far steeped in, that if we were to wade no more; returning would be as tedious as go o’er”



GER FITZGERALD is still celebrating public Masses in Cloughleigh, Ennis, weeks after it has emerged that he had been conducting a six month affair with a parishioner that included full, unprotected sexual intercourse.

While the woman involved is in her 30s she was nonetheless a vulnerable woman after the death of her father and the dissolution of the family home.

Fitzgerald took the woman to a Limerick chip shop every Sunday but the sexual intercourse took place in the woman’s premises when the priest came over to be “nursed” for flu symptoms.

When the woman lodged her complaint with Fitzgerald’s bishop, Fintan Monahan, Monahan appointed the diocesan secretary Fr Ger Nash and the diocesan safeguarding officer, Cleo Yates to investigate.


The woman was interviewed by Nash and Yates who concluded that the woman was 100 % credible. They reported this to Monahan.

Monahan then confirmed that he too believed the woman.

In the meantime, Fitzgerald was denying everything.

Last weekend Fitzgerald relented and told the bishop that the woman was telling the truth.


Monahan has taken no action against Fitzgerald !!!

Monahan is saying that he is in dialogue with Fitzgerald and the community in Cloughleigh ???


The woman is in hiding after receiving threats and is very vulnerable.

While the clergy circle the wagons the woman is left to suffer.

“Justice denied, is justice delayed”.




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