Clerical sources in Kerry diocese tell me that not all is well down there.
The bishop, Ray Browne, a blow in from the Elphin diocese, has never won the hearts of the Kerry priests because of his strange, disagreeable personality, his expectation of obedience even in small things and his emphasis on money and fundraising.
THE FATHER SEAN “KING PUCK” JONES AFFAIR.
The ordination of Sean Jones has frozen relationships between Browne and the clergy.
On the one hand, a number of priests strongly advised Browne not to ordain Jones. Browne did not like being told what to do and resentment set in.
Then Browne, after making Jones sign an addidavit denying what was on this blog about him and denying that the jock pic was of him went on and ordained Jones.
Browne now sees priestly support for his decision about Jones the litmus test of priestly loyalty. And many priests still disagree with Browne’s actions.
Jones is a curate in Tralee and by all accounts is very underworked and spends a lot of time on his computer in his rooms.
Browne forbids and criticism of Jones.
Some Kerry priests think that Jones will not last in the priesthood.
This would be a disaster for Browne as he has bet on his money on King Puck.
Could Browne survive an “I told you so” outcome?
THE MARK MORIARITY CASE
Mark Moriarty has been a friend to King Puck and Chris Derwin from Maynooth days.
The Maynooth “shadow” hangs over him.
Browne has him currently living alone in Kilcummin parochial house – a very dtrange arrangement for a seminarian – who should surely be helping out in a parish?
Priests are requested not to visit him?
Clerical rumour is that Browne is not to ordain him?
Then why keep the poor lad hanging on?
And there is the gin?