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REDUCING THE NUMBER OF IRISH DIOCESES?

There has been talk of reducing the number of Irish diocese from 26 to 11 or 12, for several years now.

Was there ever an official report into this done by Rome and shared with the Irish bishops?

Does anyone have a copy of this report they would be willing to share with the blog?

Even, or especially, a leaked report 😄

It is quite clear that some of the smallest diocesesvare no longer sustainable – Clonfert, Kilalla, Achonry, Dromore.

It’s unlikely that any of the 4 archdioceses would be suppressed. But Dromore could go into Armagh.

Some people think that Kevin Doran of Elphin might be transferred to Tuam and then Kilalla and Achonry joined into Elphin?

Could Kerry and Cloyne become one?

Could Kildare and Osssory become one?

Could Derry and Raphoe become one?

As the Irish church shrinks there will be fewer priests and certainly fewer priests with the calibre needed to be a bishop.

Tecent episcopal appointments show that there are priests becoming bishops who would never have made the grade before.

People like;

Ray Browne of Kerry 😬

Fintan Monahan of Kilalloe 😬

Deenihan of Meath 😬

“There was a time in Ireland when priests (bishops) were made of gold and chalices were made of wood …..

Nowadays, the chalices are made of gold and the priests (bishops) are made of wood”.

May God preserve us from the Deenihans, the Brownes and the Monahans.

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ENGLISH BISHOP SPENDS £ 1 MILLION ON NEW HOUSE FOR HIMSELF.

Bishop Robert “Billy Bunter” Byrne of Hexham and Newcastle diocese in England has just splashed out on a new £ 1 million pad for himself.

THE INSIDE VIEWS:

In the context of the worldwide corruption in the RCC, it is shocking that a bishop in the impoverished North of England is spending £ 1 million on a house for himself – a single man.

But these guys simply do what they want.

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IS KILALOE THE “DDII” – THE DIRTIEST DIOCESE IN IRELAND ?

GER THE IMPREGNATOR
JERRY THE SPRINKLER

Below are TWO of the hundreds of texts Ger Fitzgerald sent his girlfriend over their six month relationship.

He says:

“If it wasn’t for ny job we’d be doing each other nightly”.

FROM GER TO WOMAN

So Ger regards the priesthood as a JOB? Telling that?

“So you’ll be naked again in a few minutes…tell me when you’re at the gate”.

FROM GER TO WOMAN

Did Ger like to be greeted by his GF naked? An extra turn on?

FACTS OF GER FITZGERALD CASE:

1. Ger had a 6 month relationship with this lady.

2. Ger and her went out every Sunday to Limerick for food.

3. Ger, who is as tight as a duck’s ass brought the lady on the Sundays to a chip shop in Limerick 🦆

4. Ger and the lady planned to take the relationship to the next level and have intercourse.

5. As soon as the intercourse was over Ger hopped out of bed, claimed to have OCD and needed to get home 999.

6.Ger later told the lady that he only had full sexual intercourse ONCE with a woman, because of his job.

7. Ger explained that had applied the “intercourse only once” rule to all his previous women.

8. The woman was interviewed in oerson by the diocesan secretary, Fr Ger Nash and diocesan safeguarding officer, Cleo Yates.

9. Both Fr Nash and Ms Yates told the lady they believed her 100%.

Fintan Monahan

10. Bishop Monahan has told the ladyhe totally believed her story.

11. Bishop Monahan told the lady’s friend, Tommy, that Ger Fitzgerald. was denying everything.

PROPER ACTION

Fintan Monahan should have immediately Fr Jerry Carey and Fr Ger Fitzgerald from active ninistry and submit tgem to a canonical process.

WHY HAS FINTAN BEEN SO WEAK AND INEFFECTIVE;

1. Is Fintan afraid?

2. Is Fintan weak?

3. Is Fintan compromised?

4. Is Fintan incompetent?

4. Is Fintan under pressure from clerics?

5. Is Ger refusing to move and declaring independence in Clocklee with the support of his female cohorts there?

In the meantime, a priest who has been shagging women, one at a time, of course, is still mounting an altar on a daily basis, and preaching about woundedness.

And Fintan has nothing to say about the WMD – weapon of mass destruction in the priest’s trousers.

Women of Clare! Beware!

DIARMUID MARTIN APPOINTED TO ARMAGH

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KILLALOE “PUBLIC MASTURBATION PRIEST” JERRY CLEARY HITS SUNDAY WORLD TODAY.

The Kialloe PP Jerry Carey was caught by the Garda masturbating in his car in Galway 8 months ago.

It only came to court in March past.

The church took no action against him until the story appeared in this blog on March 3rd.

Was he hoping to get away with it?

He went to court as MISTER CAREY OF TIPPERARRY.

His bishop, Monahan was hoping it would die a death too.

Monahan

The story runs in todays Sunday World – Republic edition.

This was the conversation on RTE the other day.

https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/share/radio1/21940485

ANOTHER CASE

Monahan is currently dealing with another priest sex case – that of Father Ger Fitzgerald, who took n a parishioner to bed.

It seems that Kilaloe priests have a bigger problem with keeping their willie in their pants

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“POOR PRIESTS – SCOTLAND v IRELAND.

FROM A SCOTTISH CORRESPONDENT:

Priests derive their income from their parish. Priests in Scotland receive a salary of just under £3,000 per annum.

Although the policy regarding the purchase, maintenance and running of cars differs from diocese to diocese, in most dioceses, the car is a private expense, a further £2,000 is available to help with petrol for ‘work mileage.’ So, that’s about £5,000 a year.

In some parishes where finances are stretched, priests don’t always take their full allowance some clergy beyond the state pension age choose to live the state pension instead.

If you add in the provision of the house, heat, light and food, then you arrive at a perfectly reasonable standard of living.

A parish priest is allowed to keep one Mass stipend per day, (currently £10) although he must celebrate a Sunday Mass for the intentions of the people.

This earns him £ 3,120 a year – more if he gets bigger stioends than £ 10.

Masses are celebrated during the month of the Holy Souls in November and any Mass offerings enclosed in the November lists can either form part of an individual priest’s stipendiary income or, be shared at deanery or diocesan level.

Weddings £100


No 35,000 Euro’s here or separate homes.
They get free prescriptions and dental health from the NHS.


Now encouraged to get Funeral Plans themselves so the Dioceses do not need to pay.

No credit cards or mobile phones.


It is spam Tuesdays and Fish Fridays in Scotland.


Must be fantastic to be a Priest in Ireland.

IRELAND:

Priests in Ireland now have salaries of between € 20,000 and € 35,000.

Presumably they can also keep their Mass stipends?

Do they keep what they get for funerals and weddings?

Many priests have cash pressed into their hands regularly by laity and I’m sure priests in wealthier parishes get gifts of hundreds or thousands.

Priests get money left to them in wills sometimes.

WHEN I STARTED OFF:

My first parish was Bridgend in Wales starting in September 1976.

I had my keep and no household bills and the PP gave me £ 5 pocket money.

I had no car and a widespread parish. The PP refused to lend ne the price of a car.

A very generous elderly lady friend, Mary Hodinott, RIP, a retired teacher, bought me a used Opel and taxed and insured it for me.

The PP was furious because then he had to give me a car allowance 😁

In Belfast, St Peter’s in 1978, I had my keep and £ 70 a month and some car allowances and part of Christmas, Easter and November clergy collections.

I think Kilkeel and Larne were similar.

Daly cut off all my money in July 1986 and have been self-financing for 35 years.

All Oratory priests have been and are 100% self-financing.

CONCLUSION

Good priests, who offer good services to those who seek those services from them, are, to my mind, perfectly entitled to be remunerated.

“The labourer deserves his wages”.

A good priest will not be money orientated even though like all, he needs money to survive.

Some priests, like some people, suffer from avarice, greed and meanness. Such people are offputting in the extreme.

Personally, I think it a scandal when I hear a priest leaves a lot of money and property in his will.

I knew an Irish priest who kept a yacht in the Adriatic.

I have known Irish priests who have gambled vast fortunes in their lifetimes.

In the past some Irish priests owned a lot of land and a lot of stock.

Jesus never said it was a sin.

But he did say it was a sin for the rich to share with the poor.

AND

Is it the business of someone who does not contribute to the church or priests what priests earn?

HANS KUNG FUNERAL

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CATHOLIC CHURCH IN IRELAND AND UK TO INSTALL CONTACTLESS CARD MACHINES IN CHURCH PORCHES TO ATTRACT DONATIONS FROM NON CASH CARRIERS.

“TAP AND PRAY” – is about to be rolled out across Catholic churches in Ireland and the UK as the church faces dwindling numbers of attendees and collections in modern Covid era.

Many people who already come to church claim they are no longer cash carriers when it comes to collection times.

Now, Father, has come up with an answer to the tight assed and will explain to them that they can simply tap their card or phone against the new clever money hoovers.

In one sense this was always going to happen. We are fast reaching the cashless age in all other walks of lives.

I don’t carry much cash and I hardly ever write a cheque these days.

I pay my bills either by direct debit or by instant bank transfer.

So, I suppose the church(s) must go along with the age too.

It also does away with committees having to count cash on Monday morning and then carry bags of coins to the bank in canvas bags.

When I was a curate in St Peter’s Cathedral Belfast – 1978 to 1983 – the five priests were obliged all Monday morning counting the cash!

Lay people could not be trusted!

FUTURE CHURCH TECHNOLOGY?

A US priest suggested a few years ago to me that with the shortage of priests etc, there might come a time with giving out Holy Communion might be handled by technology.

He suggested that those entitled to Holy Communion would be given a credit card like card which when inserted into a machine in a church would deliver one segment of the consecrated host in a totally sanitized little package?

There have been cases in the USA, where else, where a priest on holidays left out a container of consecrated hists with the sign: PRIEST ON HOLIDAYS. HELP YOURSELF.

There is indeed a case for tech solutions for church finances.

But I dont think we could ever see machines handling the sacred?

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FATHER JOE CONDON.

You asked in your Blog last night about Joe Condon.

He was the Parish Priest in Ardfinnan near Clonmel up to about a decade ago or a little longer. It seems that an allegation was made against him and Bishop William Lee asked him to step aside from ministry which he did. Since then the Parish has not had a Parish Priest, but a Parish Administrator, first Fr. Robert (Bobby) Power, then Fr. Pat Butler. The parish was without an Priest in Charge for a period of time, but it is my understanding that a priest from Rockwell College which is nearby helped out in the Parish, Fr. Bernard Frawley I think. In the most recent moves made by Bishop Phonsie Fr. Michael Toomey a Curate at Ss Peter and Paul’s Parish in Clonmel for a number of years moved to Ardfinnan to become Administrator there. He was also put in charge of Newcastle and Fourmilewater the next door Parish after it’s Parish Priest Garrett Desmond was moved to Touraneena and The Nire.

The fact that the Parish of Ardfinnan-Ballybacon-Grange has not had a Parish Priest with a number of years now might suggest that Joe Condon is still a priest and still the Parish Priest of Ardfinnan-Ballybacon-Grange. If he had left the priesthood surly Bishop Lee and more recently Bishop Phonsie would have appointed a Parish Priest for the area and not an Administrator. Fr. Pat Butler was a Parish Priest before he was transferred to A-B-G and resumed the title after he left to move to Aglish, Ballinameela and Mount Stuart, but has left that Parish in mysterious circumstances since then.

For a number of years, in a printed Diocese Directory it was saying that Joe Condon and a number of other priests were contactable through the Bishop’s House. I think the Irish Catholic Directory gave the same information on him and others.

For some reason the Website of Waterford and Lismore does not give details of Priests that are not in active ministry like what other dioceses do. I know of a number of priests who have stepped a side for different reasons who are no longer listed, but to the best of my knowledge are still priests. There is a Michael O’Connor who I think you know from your time in Saint John’s Seminary, Richard Geoghegan who appeared on an RTE Programme hosted by Hotelier Francis Brennan while dressed in drag, Charles (Charlie) Scanlon, Thomas Burns, Michael Kennedy (who was in the news in the 90’s when as Curate in Dungarvan claimed there was a woman sleeping with men from the area passing on the Aids virus to them) who are no longer listed. Neither are the elderly retired priests unless they fill the role of P.E. in a parish or those that may have retired early on health grounds, of which I might know two who are in their mid 60’s and look very active.

You may remember back in 2015 or 2016 Bishop Phonsie brought three Indian priests (members of the Heralds of the Good News Missionary Society) to the diocese. One of them was to work in Clonmel, another in Carrick-on-Suir and the third at the Sacred Heart Parish in the City. The first two of these priests seems to have vanished as quickly as they came.

Something tells me that Joe Condon is a former Curate at the Cathedral in Waterford City and while there he won a sum of money on a National Lottery Game Show on RTE.

Living in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore

PAT SAYS.

I know nothing of Fr Joe Condon or his history.

But a parishioner in Waterford remembers his help to her in her difficult times.

“The greatest part of a good mans life are his little, unremembered acts of kindness and of love”.

Why is Joe still out of ministry.

Did his big win make him financially secure forever?

Why would you bother with assholes like Willie Lee and Phonsie Cullinan if you didn’t depend on them financially?

Well done Joe!

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WHY WON’T PHONSIE DECLARE WHETHER OR NOT HE HAS RECEIVED OR WILL RECEIVE THE VACCINE?

I see Phonsie is refusing to say where he has or will receive the Covid vaccine?

Covid is a major killer and all public leaders should be promoting the vaccine.

MY JABS

I received my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine in February.

TODAY, I return to Ballymena to receive my second and final jab.

I experienced absolutely no side effects from my first jab.

And I expect no trouble with the second one either.

To denounce the vaccine or to fail to encourage people to take it is social, political and moral irresponsibility.

Only various forms of ” nut cases” oppose the vaccine.

I hope Phonsie not not joined them?

BISHOP TREANOR BELFAST ON RECENT STREET VIOLENCE.

Fr Tony Devlin removing stones from rioters – “exemplary leader”

Tony

Fr Tony is the brother of Father Paddy Devlin who singlehandedly sorted out the masturbation pandemic in his parish of Ligoneill.

On his parish website he broadcast this messsage:

“Do you have a problem with masturbation? Do not despair. A helping hand is available”.

Paddy

FATHER JOE CONDON WATERFORD.

An elderly lady in Waterford is asking about Father Joe Condon of Waterford diocese.

He was a priest in St Joseph and Benildus parish in Waterford.

She is seeking information about him for happy and good news reasons.

No mention on Waterford diocesan website.

Can anyone help?

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DOES PHONSIE THINK THAT THS BLESSSED SACRAMENT IS A CURE FOR COVID?

Who’s the geezer the night dress

Up until about four decades ago the Irish were a very superstitious people.

Their faith was rooted in Holy Water, rosaries, statues, relics, holy wells, fairy thorns etc.

My granny believed that touching a priest’s hat would cure headaches and dinking the tea left in the bottom of a priest’s cup was prevention from colds and sore throats.

That generation believed that priests could cure illness and even raise from the dead

They also believed that a priest’s curse was the end.

A relative of mine, a lorry driver, crashed into the local PP and killed him. Three weeks later a gas tank blew up in front of him and blew off his two hands. He saw tgat as a punishment for killing the priest.

There is nothing all all wrong with a certain amount of emotional devotionionalism. But it cannot be the all.

Is Phonsie hankering for the past when the clergy were the mega wizards?

I believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

I believe in the possibility of Eucharistic miracles.

But the Eucharist is not a magic wand.

And the Eucharist is a symbol of faith and love. It inspires, especially in times of trouble.

But what does carrying the Eucharist around the streets of Waterford achieve – a city in which the majority do not attend Mass?

Maybe it FORCES THEM to see are still here.

Is that not a sign of a not knowing what to do?

The answer being: “Lets have a Eucharistic Procession”.

Is it not a time for Catholics, inspired by their faith, to open food banks, set up neighbourhood schemes for the old and infirm, obey Covid rules.

As well as to say their prayers and worship.

Jesus did seem to favour praying in your own private room?

Is Phonsie lost, I wonder, in post Catholic Ireland?

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RULES FOR ORATORY PRIESTS.

People, normally critics and opponents, often ask me what I would do about an Oratory Priest found on Grindr or involved on another scandal.

The Oratory does not require celibacy of any of its members and priests.

Nor does it have any problem with its priests being gay, being in gay partnerships or celebrating gay marriages.

In fact, I personally have been celebrating gay and lesbian blessings for 35 years now.

And nowadays, the Oratory solemnisers are listed to celebrate legally binding gay marriages North and South of the botder.

Of course, The Oratory sees itself as part of the Christian Church and the Christian Tradition.

And that tradition does have well-founded moral norms.

We also believe in sin in general and sexual sin in particular.

We oppose, like all right-thinking people the crimes of rape sexual assault the abuse of children and vulnerable adults.

Sexual relations are ideally conducted in the context of love, giving, emotion and romance.

I’m not sure recreational sex belongs in the Christian moral compendium – but can hardly either be regarded as the greatest of sins among consenting adaults.

Quite simply, priests of of The Oratory are not in any way as burdened as their Roman Catholic compatriots.

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I a dangerously well again 😖😡