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Cleric criticises Bishop of Waterford over alleged Covid breach

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan has been criticised after a screenshot was circulated of the bishop celebrating Mass without wearing a mask in close proximity with a number of other priests.

MON, 05 APR, Irish Examiner. Eoghan Dalton

The Bishop of Waterford and Lismore has been strongly criticised by a cleric over the fallout from an alleged breach of Covid guidelines.

Fr Tim Hazlewood, a member of the Association of Catholic Priests, said bishops in particular need to give leadership during the pandemic, especially when it comes to observing guidelines and restrictions.

Fr Hazlewood was commenting after a screenshot was circulated of Bishop Cullinan celebrating Mass without wearing a mask in close proximity with a number of other priests.

“When you’re in a position of power, you’re seen as a person of influence and every single thing we do is interpreted. There’s consequences as a leader in what you do,” said Fr Hazlewood, who is based in Killeagh in east Cork.

He said the leadership of the Catholic Church “still needs” to accept it no longer has a position of privilege. 

To me, it begs the question: does the Church still think it has privilege? Are we above the law? [In the past] privilege was used to control people and we could do what we want. That day is gone and the sooner we move on from it the better.”

It’s understood gardaí spoke with Bishop Cullinan in recent weeks after a complaint from a member of the public.

Screenshot of the Mass celebrated by Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan in close proximity to other priests. None were wearing masks.

Bishop Cullinan, who has repeatedly declined to address the matter, was seen in a screenshot from the Church online video of the mass flanked by priests without masks on a church altar in Tramore.

The Mass, held to mark a local seminarian’s admission to become a deacon, and which was streamed live, was led by Bishop Cullinan at the Holy Cross Church in Tramore on February 14.
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The screenshot of the service circulated afterwards, showing Bishop Cullinan and the two priests at close quarters on the altar, along with another two nearby.

None of the five were wearing masks at that point in the Mass and it is not known how long the bishop and the two priests were on the altar at the same time.

According to guidance for religious services, published by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, organisers need to “ensure social distancing of two metres is maintained . . . including by those leading or contributing to the performance of religious rites”, while “congregants should wear cloth face coverings or masks” during indoor ceremonies.

The guidance adds that the “religious leader should wear a cloth face covering or mask during the service” and can do without a mask “only if she/he is more than 2 metres from any participant”.

The Garda matter is now believed to be closed and no formal warning or charges will be issued against the bishop.

The office of the diocese did not respond to requests for comment over the past month and Bishop Cullinan said he was “too busy” to respond when contacted.


Catholics are ‘frustrated’


Bishop Cullinan spoke out against the level 5 ban on attendees at Mass last week, saying  Catholics are “frustrated” and “feel underrepresented and discriminated against”.


In the statement, issued in a general press release by the diocese, the bishop said  “priests and parish volunteers have been very diligent in ensuring that our churches are sanitised and safe” during the pandemic.


An Garda Siochána said when dealing with potential breaches of guidelines, they operate a “graduated policing response” to potential flouting of restrictions, whereby gardaí first engage and educate people on the measures ahead of stricter action.

PAT SAYS

Phonsie is always calling on others to act and live properly.

So, he needs to act and live properly too.

He did break Covid regulations.

He should acknowledge that and say he will not do it again.

But who is this Hazelwood crerp in Cloyne?

He is one of the leading “lights” in the ACP – Association of Catholic Priests.

They are a group of wanna be bishops and theologians who have gone no where in life and are going nowhere.

They are a blind priest’s trade union thinking priests can do no wrong.

Phonsie will not lose a minutes sleep over Timmy Hazelwood & Co.

124 replies on “PHONSIE CRITICISED BY A PRIEST OVER BREACH OF COVID RULES.”

I applaud Fr Tim Hazelwood for his outspoken criticism of Cullinan’s arrogant, presumptious, selfish, and irresponsible behaviour.

It is rare, exceedingly so, to find a Romanist priest with moral balls.

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12.00
Hazelwood is a left wing clown certainly no priest.
They are more interested in themselves.
Total militants who like to speak about themselves.
The Priesthood is a vocation or a calling not a unionise job.
They forget their vows and you can spot the ACP with no clerical collars again in defiant of Canon Law.
Hazelwood and co want the clergy who wank off in public parks or who sleep around as you know it is all the brotherhood of the ACP.
Never seen him shouting out when the “priest” in Cavan opened his Church against Government guidance.
The Church could live without Hazelwood and his team and let us getting on with living the Gospel and in their case their Vow too.

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So Phonsie was right to break the law and endanger the welfare of the public? Why doesn’t this anger you at least as much as Hazelwood’s justified criticism of Cullinan’s reckless, spoilt-brat behaviour?

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I watched Hazelwood on Good Friday.

Something not right with him.

Secrets, methinks?

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Pat, your obvious dislike of Fr Hazelwood shouldn’t blind you to his valid criticism of Bishop Cullinan.

You yourself rigidly observe government guidance on coronavirus, and good on you for that. But should Bishop Cullinan be allowed to make an exception of himself in this matter and, in doing so, embolden others to follow suit? Is this what you are willing to accept in order to satisfy your dislike of Father Hazelwood? A rapid return to the dark days of the pandemic when hundreds of your fellow human beings were dying weekly?

You’re better than your feelings, Pat. Rise above this one for Fr Hazelwood.

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This barely literate rant@9:44 shows ineptitude and limited abilities. I’m sure that on reading my comment, Anon 9:44 will simply not appreciate how he demonstrates this.

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9.44
The real militancy in this debate is your fascist repudiation of freedom of speech.
You would require a candidate for ordination to leave his God-given critical faculties behind him.

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@11.30 what’s big Mick got to do with it? However, he must’ve been big to entice the twink seminarian to present himself on the altar.

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And he was the same diocese as Tim.

Does Tim deny the Kildorerry gay sex incident?

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4.10

Cullinan’s clear breach of covid regulations, and that by at least two of those priests, increased the risk of transmission of the coronavirus. It is, therefore, irrational and preposterous of you to state that the public were in no danger.

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12.00am: Magna, taking applause from you is like shaking hands with Hitler or Satan!! Silly you, hater of priests.

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It is apparent that some clerics do find it hard to swallow the fact that they are not above the law. Concelebration like this, when priests are not of the one household, is a contravention of current restrictions.
Having said that I don’t particularly like to live in a country were communal worship is not deemed “essential” but rather placed in a similar category to retail outlets. If it can be done safely I think it should be facilitated.

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Very sad to hear this experience of this priest. Good to hear though of the prompt response of the diocese. Abuse or mistreatment of a person in any form be it sexual, physical or verbal should be always be taken seriously and handled promptly. I wonder if this is the case without exception…

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Perhaps the newspaper should have contacted Eamon Martin’s press office to comment on the matter or the Nancio.

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The great queen may be vaccinated, but the other ol’ gingers have probably not. The republic, like the rest of the EU, is seriously lagging behind the UK in the vaccination roll-out.

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To Phonsie’s right a Polish Priest (I think), to the left the Parish Priest of Tramore, a V.G. in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore. Outside them are a Curate and a Chinese Priest also working in Tramore.

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You have a better chance of winning the lotto than dying of coronavirus. The published figures bear this out. The clowns in the south went with a lockdown strategy and waited for a vaccine, which is a viable strategy, except they neglected to buy any vaccines themselves and waited for the car crash that is von der Leyen to provide them. People are ignoring the lockdown, businesses are opening up again, look at the volumes of traffic. I have no time for Phonsie, I think he is an arrogant hypocrite, in this instance he has done nothing wrong, people are half wearing masks in the shops because they have to and no where else. Stop listening to the news Pat, go out and about and open your eyes.

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Except….
All ages the same odds in the lottery, for coronavirus the odds are significantly higher for the elderly (the demographic most likely to be in church) or those with underlying illness.
You are also able to carry coronavirus and have no symptoms.
Your argument is foolish you rat-licker.

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At first sight this might seem as a small matter, a minor deviation from the Covid 19 restrictions and requirements. However, it is another example of clerical and episcopal arrogance and exceptionalism. We’ve seen this in the last few days with the Poles in England who are screaming blue murder because they believe that they have the right to do what they want and when questioned about it go on the nuclear offensive (https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/14021/police-urged-to-admit-mistake-at-polish-mass). Note in The Tablet article that there is not the slightest recognition that the Polish Catholics might just – might just – have been at fault ! My question with the Cullinan episode is why was this ordination to the diaconate taking place at all in the current circumstances ? Why could it not wait ? If it had to take place, could it not have been done so with just the bishop and the prospective deacon ? Why all those priests garnering the limelight around the altar ? They didn’t need to be there. The picture simply reinforces the arrogance and exceptionalism I’ve mentioned, but also this nonsense amongst clergy that priestly things, who they are and what they do, are SO important that they trump anything else. It’s indicative of a pretty selfish and self-absorbed culture of clericalism. Do they not realise that these days for the rest of us this very special clericalism is redundant ? We have moved beyond it, we don’t give it the deference we were required to in the past. When will the clergy and bishops realise this. They really are looking out of touch and and more than a bit ridiculous. Mind you, Cullinan doesn’t need much help to look and sound ridiculous.

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12.47
Except if one person from outside joins the bubble it’s a burst bubble.

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@9:08: Well said. The clerical hierarchy appear to live in the rarified atmospheric realms of cloud cuckoo land.
And what does a cuckoo do? It’s a parasitical thief of other birds’ labours, destroys their young and grows fat on their efforts.
Remind you of anything?

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@1:20: Well clearly you’re not a cleric, otherwise ontological knowledge would gift you superior perceptive knowledge.
Or, on second thought, maybe you ARE a cleric and thereby gifted with the even greater gift of selective perceptions.

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@4:30: I knew that: saw your emoji wink, but couldn’t access one for my return comment. 😊
Got it now. Cheers.

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How dare this Fr Hazlewood criticise the bishop.
The bishop is above the law.
He is a superior being.
How dare you draw attention to this lapse.
He has been ontologically changed after formation.
He is not only a reverend but a Most Reverend.
How dare you hold him to account.
He is a Doctor of Divinity.
And according to another former eminent Irish bishop when Bishop
Alphonsus speaks it is the voice of Christ.
How dare you Hazlewood, an ordinary subservient lowly cleric hold
this great man to account.
This prelate has had his hands anointed.He is selected from amongst us
to be our shepherd.
Hazlewood, shame on you!
May God forgive you for drawing to public attention the actions of this holy of
the holiest bishops, the personal representative of the Great God of the whole universe,
in the teeming metropolis and cosmopolitan melting pot that is the Greater Waterford area.
Hazlewood, seek forgiveness now!

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Lisa Moore at 11.06am.
🤣🤣🤣. That mentioned bishop needs to be dragged down and brought back to earth.
Sheer arrogance comments coming from you. Are you blinded🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈.

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As an Irish bishop posted on the diocesan website about Pope Francis call for civil recognition of same-sex couples ‘downright provocative.’
If only I could remember his name.

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Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

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I am yet to see any priest or Bishop wearing a mask when saying the prayer of consecration. Social distancing can and is preserved when this practice is followed. A non-story.

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So people’s lives don’t matter to you? Just Cullinan’s ‘entitlement’ to grandstand?
This non-story, you utter clown, will be told, and retold. And along with it, the serial narrative of arrogance by a sponging Romanist bishop who was prepared, even keen, to put public safety at risk.

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This is how much a shepherd cares for his sheep: not that he would endanger his life to save even one of them, but that he would endanger ALL of them to make a petulant and juvenile anti-government protest.

I am disappointed that Irish police failed to charge Cullinan, but I’m not surprised: they have always been servants of the bishops.

So much for the Republic of Ireland’s being now a secular state.

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As @9:11 says, the great she queen is probably already vaccinated due to her age, so she doesn’t care.

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@ 10.05, the problem with the non-arrest of Bishop Cullinan is that he will perceive this as a victory.

The failure by police to take action against this bishop will encourage others to law-break.

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Cathbots of Ireland, hear me! This is how much your self-styled ‘shepherds’ care about you, the people from whom they extract money to support their indolent lifestyles and their flatulent verbosity: they see your lives as expendable, worth the risk, of making narcissistic protests.

Do you like being exploited by such men as Cullinan? Because this arrogant fool is totally unrepentant of the danger in which he deliberately placed all of you.

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I’m sure the priest-hunter was delighted phoning the Guards. Who needs the Brits to enforce the Penal Laws when we can do that ourselves.

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12.07
This ‘priest-hunter’ showed more concern for the public good than did Cullinan, who transparently did not give a two-fingered, spoilt-brat damn. My-way-or-no-way Cullinan has done neither himself nor his clerical institution any favours with his latest foot-stamping display of juvenile petulance.
The laws being enforced weren’t penal laws, but those of a government acting on behalf, and for the safety, of the Irish people who elected it.
You, ‘Father’, are clearly one of those who believes in Roman Catholic clerical exceptionalism. And to Hell with everyone else.
And you wonder why your disgraced and parodied little church is going down the pan of global indifference?😕

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Don’t compare the brave priests of the Penal Laws’ era with the cultural warriors of today!
12.07

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11.21am
Can you find me a photograph of a priest or bishop who wears a mask as he says the main prayers at mass. I don’t think you will. All glory Lord and Honour.

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They don’t need to wear a mask if they are socially distancing, but Cullinan, and at least two of those priests, weren’t.
Are they above the law.

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That Bishop Cullinane and Purcell have something in common. Guess what?
Polish priest I came across him few years ago was so arrogant as I wanted to thump him but decided not to just not to give him anything. I didn’t realise that Polish priests are arrogant until I saw the comments 👆.
DG.

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11.56
How do you, or even they, know they didn’t? Many carriers of the virus are asymptomatic, but can still spread it among vulnerable populations.
Neither you, nor those arrogant selfish priests, care about them, do you?
What was it Christ said happens to him when you harm the least of his people?

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1.55: One thing is very clear: your VIRUS of hatred us as lethal as the covid 19, you idiot. Priests have very strict guudelines to folliw: they are HSE protocols. They are not flouted deliberately or carelessly. We know there is a hefty fine but we also care about the well being and health of others. Don’t be perpetuating lies.

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7.32
The point is these self-publicising priests and bishop took an unnecessary risk with people’s health just to make a point.
Which is more important? People, or personal principles? I know from his recent remarks how Pope Francis would answer this.
Cullinan, and the others there, clearly didn’t give a damn about even the people who attended that little ritual, never mind those beyond the church walls.
You do not serve God by deliberately and unnecessarily endangering his people.
Disappointed I had to spoonfeed you this highly obvious fact.

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12.02
Usually the loudest mouths about effete anything are those with something to hide.
If the worst invective you can direct at someone is to denigrate their name (which happens to be venerated in Christian history) you are seriously misguided.

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Fr Tim (what an effete name) voted “yes” in the same-sex marriage referendum. I’m sure he had his reasons.

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Fox sake. How could the phonz wear a mask. The solution is simple drop the sidekicks. Concelebrants are window dressing. The gardai were right. Common sense bunnies

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Pat are priests to give Holy Communion on the tonge. Something tells me they are not. Have a look at Phonsie’s Easter Sunday Mass from the Cathedreal in Waterford on the Church Services TV site. He can be seen giving a man down on his knees Holy Communion on the Tonge. The man that got it is either a seminarian, sacristan or an adult alter server. He is dressed in a Cassock and surplace.

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12.39
It is so sad all the lonely people watching and spying.
Turn to Prayer.
Father Tim is a militant and it would suit him better he if he did the duties he was ordained to do rather than be a shop steward.
I pray for the day of his fall down from his grace that he thinks he has.

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Fr Hazelwood was indeed doing his duty in speaking out for the People of God and for their welfare. This was a moment of grace, which you lack spiritual clarity to see.
Be careful: you are opposing God.

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12.39
“I pray for the day of his fall down from his grace…” Agree with Fr. Tim or not, judge him or not, I hope you are not a priest or even a Christian, because your words bear the hallmark of Satan and not of Christ.

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The Cong Orat crowd in Birmingham were crying like poked pigs a while ago – oh, and a few of them do know what it’s like to get poked where the sun doth not shine ! – when communion on the tongue was banned, and the ones in Birmingham were encouraging their congregation in notices in they newsletter to pray that the archbishop there would change his mind, because he was so obviously in error ! I trust that Longley had a quiet conversation with them to tell them to wind their necks in and fall in to line. The trouble with all these traditionalist conservative Tridentine lot is they think that they are always right. Arrogance in the extreme. I wonder if that lot in Birmingham are still doing HC on the tongue. Anybody local to there know ?

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1.03: An utterly srupud comment. Fr. Hazelwood is a very good, kind and imaginative priest. He is right to use his gifts. He is rught to express his views. Your prayer that he might fall from grace is disgusting. Totally anathema to CHRIST…you are a poisonous little slug to pray such.

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It looks like it took place inside a pyramid, what’s with the hieroglyphics and the picturesque fallen stones table of the Lord?

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They are out in force today the “priest” needing to stick up for their Tim.
The ones who think Carey should be given another chance, or the Ger that can go around shagging women (it maybe your sister next).
The double standards of the clergy are shocking is that how most do not wear a collar speaks volumes.
Tim for bishopric LOL you could not make it up.
Why after centuries do priests need a union and only the past ten years.
guess what it is because their double standards are being found out.

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3.03

MC, the first commenter today, stuck up for Fr Hazelwood’s action.

I can assure you that he is no priest, admirer of priests as a rule, and no defender of Roman Catholic priesthood. Nor did he defend the wanking priest in Galway, in any way, shape or form.

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3.21

Not to my knowledge.

If Fr Hazelwood did not comment from fraternal solidarity with Carey, then he too, like Cullinan, deserves to be hauled over the coals for wrong conduct. However, his criticism of Cullinan remains valid, but less authoritative-seeming, IF he was deliberately silent on Carey’s Galway-beach adventure.

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3.21: What does it matter what Fr. Tim has to say about Fr. Ger? You are a fascist creep, always stirring trouble. Karma will destroy you soon.

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Father Tim is only interested in defending himself and the rotten clergy to which are an embarrassment to the Catholic Church.
yes he was correct about the Bishop however it is all about Tim and his union know as ACP.
That is the crew that defend theses reptile clergy.
But you never hear Tim about that.
And as someone says he backed the same sex vote but does he know the tradition of the Church that he has taken vows to.
The money they pay into their union and the expense or running it should be given to the poor.
Tim and co are a nightmare to Bishops who like Pope Francis wants to cleanse the Church of abusing clergy, those leading double ways of life, the Carey’s, Ger’s of the Church they are an embarrassment.
Anywhere else in Public life they would be sacked.

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3.18: Your narrative is one of lies, poorly expressed and has the hallmarks of someone who simply hasn’t a good brain or faculties of truth telling.

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Pat, would you say you have observed the restrictions at all times and in all places? asking for a friend.

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3.21: The question of a creepy pervert. All you want us for people to fall, fail and thus give you lots of info for condemning and judging them. You are a perverted obsessional creep. You delight in people’s failures. Look at your life!!! Not virtuous, holy or Christ like. Hypicrite.

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4.07: You are absolutely wrong and cynically and sinfully so. Fr. Hazelwood helps and supports ptriests who have been wrongfully accused of ssexual abuse. A noble ministry. And, I’m quite certain he is very kind to all whom he encounters. You obviously do not know this priest. Your smearingn of him is morally reprehensible.

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Not as wrong as you, baby. Would you actually read that article and the comments.
I would like refer you to one comment there:
‘I can understand how some of the good men in the priesthood were negatively affected by all the abuse going on around them, but unless they up and leave the corrupt organisation that is the church, they are part of the problem. There must also be a large number of otherwise good men who saw what was going on and either said nothing or were complicit in more actively covering it up. No wonder they need therapy.’
The so-called good priests are part of the problem and getting therapy is merely self-indulgence.

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4.51
I have spoken to Father Tim.
I find him very abrupt and very quick to bad mouth others.
I got the impression he is very quick to cast a stone and shocking for being a member of the clergy.
A bit like the pot calling the kettle black.
he may have qualified as a Bishop under Charlie Brown but will not even be a VG under Archbishop Okolo

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5:03
We have only your word about this. It’s easy for you to give a criticsl account of your dealings with ghe priest from the safety of anonymity. Do the decent thing. Put your name to your version of events and he can do the same. We will then be in a position to call it for ourselves. Something tells me that the priest would emerge from it better than you.

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2.44 and 3.21…You are both thick as planks. Merely stoking up mischief and trouble. Your questions are irrelevant.

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Anon 6.04pm
Rip Hans Kung as he was a good man and priest too. Was he stripped of his priestly faculties, does anyone here on this blog know??
How did cullinane get picked as a Bishop cos I was reading stories re him on hpv vaccine, opus dei and his refusal to engage as regards to Purcell.??

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How many people lost the faith because of that heretic Kung. He caused much harm. May the Lord have mercy on his soul.

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7.29
You invite retort; you really do.
How many Catholics, in the past twenty years, have left the Church through the filthy perversions and criminality of its priests and their protectors, including popes?

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Is that the bishop who threw you out of a church? is that the organisation with its hundreds of priest members who completely ignored you when you went to their conference? not one of them said hello to you.

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Yes! shuuuu, keep it down! the poor deaf guy couldn’t get any peace and quiet with your ranting. Noise is a major issue for the poor soul 🤣

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Pat this is a nonsense issue. These priests should be more concerned that they have deprived their own people of the sacraments for countless months due to their own lack of courage. They have plenty of time for this virtue signaling nonsense. The ACP have internalized the commands of our oppressors, they amount to would be Communist informers devoid of supernatural faith

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7.24: How mad can you really be? This is a demented idiot’s comment. No one has deprived anyone. Guudelines and protocols are laid down by HSE, not by clerics. You should read the guidelines. We may not agree with the stringency of them but don’t blame priests for not allowing the faithful into Churches for the Eucharist. It is a government dictat. Get it…And, i don’t think you know the true meaning of “Communist”..Some of you are plain stupid. 😁😁😐😐..

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You must admit, Bp Pat, Phonsie has generated an excellent turn-out on the comments for you today. You must be delighted.

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How many priests thought about saying mass outside every day for 30 people.
NONE.
Just couldn’t be bothered to be innovative.

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9.53: You are so unreasonable and dishonest…If we do, we’re law breakers, if we don’t we’re uncaring. Can’t please haters. We do have to abide by civil guidelines. You should read them. Think your comment is bizarre.

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If we are over sacramentslised and under catechised, the virus is an opportunity to redress that imbalance. Let’s make a virtue of necessity.

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I think wearing a mask is not permitted by cannon law when celebrating mass, but the bishop could have at least maintained 2 meter distance. He has unfortuneately risked more prolonged restrictions on the church.
However, we need to be aware of treacherous catholics. Whoever took that photo, should have done the decent thing and spoke with the Bishop and Priests in question. Firing a photo into the web is at best a cowardly act and at worst a move to cause trouble and mayhem.

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Who’s that guy in the video, hes to cute and clever, hits the nail on the head, put a smile on our faces, smiley face!!!

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Thats gentlmans video is a sad reality especially for some women who are vulnerable are in need with nowhere to look or anybody to turn to….
Funny but accurate point 😂

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