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SOMETIMES THE LORD WORKS MIRACLES WHEN WE ASK HIM.

My mother was sick in Antrim Hospital and I went to the hospital shop to but her a bottle of 7 UP.

As I emerged from the hospital shop I saw a young woman crying into her mobile phone.

I approached her and asked could I help.

He blurted out: “My baby is dying and I can’t get a priest”. Seeing my collar she asked: “” Are you a priest”? I told her I was and she asked me to come and pray with her three year old son who was dying of a massive blod clot in his brain.

I entered the room and it was like the scene at the house where Jesus had cured the daughter of Jairus. The room was crowded with the large family who were weeping, some of them hysterically.

I knelt on the floor and removed the cross I was wearing and placed it, under my two hands on the baby’s head.

I prayed fervently to the Lord acknowledging both my own sinfulness and my lack of faith and I begged Him to heal the child.

I told the Lord that I was in my 50s and had had a good life but that this child was only beginning life and if it was His will I would take the clot in my brain instead of the child.

I felt a strong heat come into my hands as I prayed.

The ambulance then arrived to take the baby to the baby ICU in Belfast where he could be allowed to die painlessly.

I asked the mother to let me know what happened.

I went home and lit a candle for the baby at the small altar in my kitchen.

At just before midnight the mother rang me to tell me that when they had reached the ICU in Belfast the baby woke up and became fully conscious. He took some milk.

The doctors brought him down for another scan and to their amazement the clot had disappeared from the baby’s brain. Later he sat up and ate some toast.

He made a fully recovery. When I went to see him the next day he ignored me completely as he played with the hospitals array of toys.

Every Christmas I still get a card from his parents.

The following Sunday I wrote about what happened my my News of the World column.

On Monday I had a call from the mother of an 18 year old girl in Cork dying of a brain tumour. She asked ne to come and pray with her daughter.

The next day I caught a plane from Belfast to Cork and spent the day praying with the beautiful young lady. I said all the same prayers, offered, God the same deal and begged him to cure the young woman.

She died a week later.

Its all very strange and mysterious.

Why are miracles so scarce?

Why cure one and let another perish?

These are questions I cannot answer.

Personally, I take some solace from a verse I’ve always loved:

Good forever on the scaffold

Evil always on the throne.

But God stands within the shadows,

Keeping watch upon his own.

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ARE YE THERE MORIARITY?

Kerry seminarian Mark Moriarty

According to a Kerry clergy source, the bishop, Ray “Affidavit” Browne is NOT going to ordain senior seminarian Mark Moriarty but is failing to be honest with the seminarian?

Ray Affidavit Browne

According to the same source, Moriarty is living alone in the rural presbytery of Kilcummin and Browne has told priests not to visit him?

Kilcummin

Moriarty is a close friend of Fr Sean “King Puck” Jones – now a curate in Tralee.

The slimmed down Fr Jones

Apparently they wined and dined together regularly is the Bistro 53 restaurant in Maynooth along with former priest Chris Derwin.

The Kerry clergy contend that Browne ordained Jones to spite me and this blog and made Jones sign an affidavit that what was said about him on the blog was not true and that it was not him in the jock pic.

Kerry clergy make it very clear that they are exasperated with Browne and his autistic personality and lanent that they are stuck with him for another 11 years.

Is Browne messing around with Mark Moriarty’s life and future?

I hope not!

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PRIEST’S AND BISHOP’S CARS.

Licence purchased

A comment maker yesterday submitted this hilarious comment after I was asked what kind of car I drove and answered a BMW.

How many of “the poor” in the world drive a Hyundai i10 or Toyota Aygo both of which cost nearly € 15,000 😁.

This reader is obviously concerned about appearances and not transparency and honesty.

As Christians we follow Jesus.

Jesus NEVER said it was wrong to be rich, have possessions and nice things.

He did say that it was easier for a camel to pass through The Eye of the Needle than for a rich man to get into Heaven.

Do people know what Jesus was referring to in this parable?

He was actually referring to one of the gates in the wall of Jerusalem, a pedestrian gate, which it would be nearly impossible for a camel to fit through.

The Eye of a Needle gate in Jerusalem

What Jesus preached was that it was immoral and sinful for the rich – or any of us for that matter – not to share our wealth, our possessions and our good fortunes with the needy and lesser well of.

In fact, the richer you are the greater opportunity you have to give and to share.

ME AND CARS

I have had a fascination with cars since I was two or three years old.

My maternal grandfather was the chauffeur in Tullamore Co. Offaly for the famous D. E. Williams family who owned the distillery that made Tullamore Dew and Irish Mist.

My grandfather drove Rolls Royce’s and Bentleys for the family and on his day they allowed him to bring me and other family members for drives and picnics in the cars. I was smitten with these cars.

The other car influence was that in childhood we lived right next door to garage mechanic who allowed me to explore all the cars he worked on.

I’ve always loved cars and going to car shows.

I’ve never had a new car as I could not afford it.

I buy second-hand cars that are three or four years old and pay for them over 48 months.

After three or four years you will get a good quality car in N. Ireland for 40 % if its new price.

Also, road tax and insurance in N. Ireland is a fraction of the cost in the Republic.

My current car is a 2015, which I got in 2018 is a BMW 7 series which I will finish paying for in March 2022.

My previous car was a 1989 Mercedes S class which I bought in the UK for £ 7,000 and after two years sold to Nairobi in Africa.

Over the years I have driven Opel, Renault, Vauxhall, Volvo, Volkswagen, Mercedes and BMW.

As somewhat of a car “canousser” I believe that the Germans make the best cars.

I have been driving for 51 years now and I NEVER had a breakdown in a German car – even during the years, I was doing 40,000 miles a year celebrating weddings in the four corners of Ireland and beyond.

TALKING ABOUT APPEARANCES:

I once knew a priest who drive a banger of a car but who had a sizeable yacht in the Adriatic.

I knew another priest who was always making poor mouths but who owned two racehorses.

One of my PPs who used to go around on a bike used to gamble £ 2,000 every Saturday by telephone.

Its like the old saying: “If you have the name for being an early riser, you can sleep all day”.

Whatever you do or like in life do it openly.

Enjoy the good things in life and share them with others.

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GAY CATHOLIC LAY MEN versus GAY CATHOLIC PRIESTS.

To avoid confusion, can I state that there is a massive difference between a sexually active gay layman and a sexually active gay priest.

A sexually active gay layman has not taken a public promise of celibacy and chastity and is not living a lifestyle that is paid for by the Church and parishioners on the basis of their belief that the man is chaste and celibate.

A sexually active gay priest is pretending to be chaste and celibate and is therefore taking the financial, ecclesiastical and social benefits he is receiving from the Church and parishioners under false pretences.

Such a priest is selling the Church and the People of God a pig in a poke.

And this is not just a question sexual morality. Its also about hypocrisy, lies, dishonesty and double standards.

Any priest who wants to be sexually active and retain credibility and authhenticity must do the following:

1. Inform his bishop or religious superior that he is a sexually active gay man.

2. Inform the people he ministers to at Mass etc that he is a sexually active gay man.

3. Inform his family and friends that he is a sexually active gay man.

4. Accept the consequences of this honesty and see it as the price of authenticity and spiritual and human wholeness.

And when a priest takes these steps he must fall back on his faith and firmly believe that God will look after him in every single possible way.

What is it they say: “Cast your bread upon the water”.

THE PROBLEM

The problem is that most priests would not be capable of the above actions for the following reasons:

1. Lack of courage.

2. Lack of moral fibre.

3. Lack of faith and spirituality.

4. Lack of trust on God.

5. Lack of trust in their own inner strength.

6. Refusal to abandon the position, comfort, finances they enjoy.

Jesus said: “Where the master is the servant should also be”

Jesus had no comfort, respectability, security, finances, position etc.

He said: “The Son of man has nowhere to lay his head”.

The Church tells us that priests are “ontologically changed” and are “alter Christus” – other Christs.

Like Hell they are 🤣

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THE “GAYING” OF THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD.

Even as a gay man myself I am deeply disturbed by the transformation of the Catholic priesthood into a gay cabal.

And in the “gay community” there are two types of people – people with morals and principles – and people with no morals and no principles.

And from what I can see – the Catholic Gay Clerical Cabal is filled with those with no morals and no principles.

In the USA this horrible phenomenon was represented by ex Cardinal Ted McCarrick and his followers.

Because of its smaller size Ireland now has a smaller but equally vicious Clerical Gay Cabal.

The Irish Clerical Gay Cabal consists of secular priests who work in dioceses and priests in religious orders. It also contains a small number of very senior clerics and religious superiors.

And its not just about sex. Its about secrecy, lies, cover-up and above all else about each of its members protecting and promoting each other.

Its also about being vicious and nasty to non cabal members – especially heterosexuals.

The priesthood should not be under the control of any particular segment.

The priesthood needs to be as universal and as diverse as possible – like the community it serves. So it needs people from all and every place.

When I started in seminary in 1970 the priesthood was much more diverse. In those days any priest who “ran away” usually ran away with a woman.

Im sure there were gay priests – but they kept a lower profile then.

Having said that in the mid 1970s just before ordination I had three senior clergy come on to me – a senior monk and two older PPs.

Maybe gay priests have been freed and emboldened by the changed attitudes in society in general on homosexuality.

And then there was the sexual revolution.

When I was in the seminary and as a young priest I regarded things like “impure thoughts” and masturbation as serious sins, especially for a seminarian or priest, and ran to Confession regularly about those things.

McQuaid

I remember Archbishop John Charles McQuaid, quoting the then priest professor of psychology in UCD, who said that any seminarian who had not stopped masturbating by the end of his second year in the seminary, should be expelled.

Now the priests and religious are masturbating in cars on beaches, patronising gay saunas, having group sex in seminaries and presbyteries, having sex on altars and the rest.

Any yet the RC church officially teaches what it taught 50 years ago.

Its all very strange.

And it does not bode well for the future.

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PEOPLE OF ENNIS NOT BEING TOLD THE TRUTH BY FINTAN MONAHAN OR CLARE NEWSPAPERS.

There is great confusion in Ennis and Killaloe over the case of Father Ger Fitzgerald.

Monahan

Fintan Monahan allowed Ger to jump before he was pushed.

There is nothing wrong in itself with this approach – except Ger and others have sought to construct it as a “normal” sabbatical after ten years of service.

No one wants Fintan to go into the gorey details but he could have said something like: “Father Fitzgerald is going on leave as a result of disciplinary matters”.

So the bishop is deliberately leaving the people of Ennis ignorant of the nature of Ger’s absence.

This is playing into Ger’s self-denial and the denial of his most ardent followers who think Ger has been done some kind of injustice.

The Clare newspapers are not helping by carrying the Church version of the story – even though they they have besn supplied with the full truth.

But this, once again, is rural Ireland deferring to the Church.

As similar types were called years ago in the political world – “the bishop’s bum boys”.

COVER UP

So cover up is alive and well in Ireland.

BRADY

Speaking of cover-up – I see they wheeled out Ould Cover Up Brady for the shannigans in Armagh yesterday.

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THE ORDINATION OF MR STEPHEN WILSON TO THE DIACONATE.

Stephen Wilson

We have been told that the Maynooth seninarian, Mr Stephen Wilson is to be ordained to the diaconate today at 3 pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.

Yesterday I sent the email below to Archbishop Eamon Martin.

I copied it to the Papal Nuncio in Dublin and to the chancellor, vicar general and diocesan secretary of tge Armagh archdiocese.

I have absolutely no personal grievance against Mr Wilson. I have never met him and as far as I know, he has never done me the slighest wrong.

I wish him no personal harm or disadvantage.

Below, is an excerpt from the Roman Pontifical on the ordination of deacons:

The bishop asks: “Do you judge them to be worthy”.

He is answered, very often by the president of the seminary, in this case Michael Mullaney:

“After inquiry among the people of Christ, and upon recommendation of those concerned with their training, I testify that they have been found worthy”.

In my opinion, the recommendations of the president or staff of Maynooth cannot be relied upon.

And I know that a number of “the people of Christ” have communicated with Archbishop Eamon Martin on this matter and they did not recommend this man either. Quite the contrary.

THE KERRY EXAMPLE

The Kerry clergy will tell you that they believe that Ray Browne ordained Fr Sean Jones (King Puck) to spite me and the blog.

Is Eamon Martin doing the same?

Is he ordaining Stephen Wilson to spite someone or something?

If so, what a dreadful reason for an ordination.

This matter is far from ended!

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SAINT BRIGID – THE BISHOP

ST. BRIGID OF KILDARE AS BISHOP?

February 1, 2017

Rev. Brenda Griffin Warren —

Many of us are familiar with the early Irish saint, Brigid (Brigit, Bridget, Bride), one of Ireland’s three patron saints along with St. Patrick and St. Columba. Brigid was a Christian Abbess and founder of several monasteries including the famous  Kildare (Cill Dara meaning “Church of the Oak Tree”), which was a double monastery of men and women serving equally together. Yet, are we aware that Brigid was also possibly an ordained Bishop?

On this feast day of St. Brigid, February 1, I would like to focus on Brigid’s possible call as a Bishop. There are at least six  separate Lives of Brigid. One of the first was written by Cogitosus about 650AD. He described the large double monastery of Kildare in which men and women lived and worked as equals with Brigid as the Abbess. Even though Cogitosus claimed that Kildare in the 7th c. was “head of almost all the Irish churches with supremacy over all the monasteries of the Irish and a paruchia which extended over the entire island of Ireland,” he did not mention Brigid being ordained as a Bishop.

Brigid’s journey towards possible ordination as a Bishop is intriguing. It is said that when generous and compassionate Brigid gave away her father Dubthach’s sword to a leper, her father was so angry that he tried to sell his daughter to the king. The King declined her father’s offer and would not bargain for Brigid because “her merit was higher before God than before men.” Her father gave Brigid her freedom but he still tried to marry her off, but she refused to accept any proposal. Eventually her father agreed to let his daughter go see the aged Bishop Mel in Ardagh who had been a disciple and possibly a nephew of St. Patrick.

There are four similar accounts of Brigid’s ordination as a Bishop. One version of Brigid’s ordination as Bishop is found in the early 9th c. Bethu Brigte, a biography of Brigid that was likely based upon an earlier Life of Brigid.

According to sections 17-19 of the Bethu Brigte, Bishop Mel ordained Brigid as a nun and some say that he also by mistake read the wrong prayers which ended up ordaining Brigid as a Bishop.  Afterwards, Bishop Mel was asked why he had read the incorrect prayers making Brigid a Bishop. He replied that the Holy Spirit had taken the matter out of his hands. Section 19 about this ordination incident reads:

“The bishop being intoxicated with the grace of God there did not recognize what he was reciting from his book, for he consecrated Brigit with the orders of a Bishop. This virgin alone in Ireland, said Mel, will hold the Episcopal ordination. While she was being consecrated a fiery column ascended from her head.”

The 11th c. The Irish Liber Hymnorum, vol 14, p. 192, edited by John Henry Bernard and Robert Atkinson records:

“It came to pass that Bishop Mél conferred on Brigit the episcopal order, although it was only the order of repentance that she desired for herself. And it is then that MacCaille lifted up a veil over Brigit’s head ut ferunt periti; and hence Brigit’s successor is always entitled to have episcopal orders and the honor due to a Bishop.”

(note: MacCaille was likely a brother of Bishop Mel and a priest)
Another closely related version of the ordination of Brigid as Bishop comes from the early 15th c. Irish Book of Lismore:

“For humility Brigit stayed so that she might be the last to whom a veil should be given. A fiery pillar rose from her head to the roof-ridge of the church. Then said Bishop Mel: “Come, O holy Brigit, that a veil may be sained on thy head before the other virgins.” It came to pass then, through the grace of the Holy Ghost, that the form of ordaining a Bishop was read over Brigit. Mac-caille said, that a bishop’s order should not be conferred on a woman. Said Bishop Mel: “No power have I in this matter. That dignity hath been given by God unto Brigit, beyond every (other) woman.” Wherefore the men of Ireland from that time to this give episcopal honour to Brigit’s successor.”

In another early 15th century Life of Brigit, translated by Whitley Stokes that is very similar to the record in the Book of Lismore, we read:

“Brigit, and certain virgins with her, went to Bishop Mél, in Telcha Mide, to take the veil. Glad was he there at. For humbleness Brigit staid, so that she might be the last to whom the veil should be given. A fiery pillar arose from her head to the ridgepole of the church. Bishop Mél asked: ‘What virgin is there?’ Answered MacCaille: ‘That is Brigit,’ saith he. ‘Come thou, O holy Brigit,’ saith Bishop Mél, ‘that the veil may be sained on thy head before other virgins.’ It came to pass then, through the grace of the Holy Ghost, that the form of ordaining a bishop was read over Brigit. MacCaille said that ‘The order of a Bishop should not be (conferred) on a woman.’ Dixit Bishop Mél: ‘No power have I in this matter, inasmuch as by God hath been given unto her this honour beyond every woman.’ Hence, it is that the men of Ireland give the honour of Bishop to Brigit’s successor.”

It is wondrous how the Spirit of our living God works in ways we cannot dream or imagine!  It is of great comfort to know that the Spirit can even work through our human foibles as in the reading of the wrong ordination rites to bring forth the good and glorious plans of God.

Bishop Brigid’s remains were first interred at her Kildare Church, but when the Viking raids began they were taken further inland for safety to Downpatrick, Ireland. She was buried with the remains of Bishop Patrick of Ireland and Bishop Columba of Ireland and Iona. Together, these three great Celtic patron saints and Bishops of Ireland are still keeping watch over their flock to this day.
For further reading on St. Brigid and other Celtic and Anglo-Saxon saints, www.saintsbridge.org.

Prayer to Saint Brigid

Saint Brigid.
You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious, and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us.
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit.
Amen.

PAT SAYS

We have Brigid as abbess and bishop as a patron of The Oratory Society

Picture of Brigid in The Oratory embracing the church and with a crosier. (Sorry for window reflection).

PICTURES FROM WESTMINSTER – NEE PAPAL NUNCIO PRESENTING HIS CREDENTIALS TO THE QUEEN VIA INTERNET LINK:

Nuncio and Nichols entering Nichol’s home – based on the home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at Nazareth.
Nichols and Nuncio in the replica of the drawing room at Nazareth.
Nuncio’s carriage based on the vehicle used by Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem.
Nuncio in simple carriage
Nichols two nun handmaids – left – Cardinal Carmel and right – the lesser handmaid.
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THE BOY IN THE PRESBYTERY.

The Boy in the Presbytery will release on June 25, 2021. 

When a priest promised Anne Levey he would help put her young son Paul back on the straight and narrow, she thought her prayers had been answered. Little did she know the reason her 12-year-old son was rebelling was because the priest—Gerald Ridsdale—was sexually abusing him.

Ridsdale

But the predator—who had offended before—used the woman’s blind faith in the Catholic Church to his advantage.

Paul Levey

Paul was sent to live with his abuser in the Mortlake presbytery. There he was sexually abused by the priest almost every day for about a year. Years later this secret that haunted Paul’s every waking minute was revealed. But if he thought his nightmare was over, he was wrong. Paul would go on to find out that many high-ranking leaders in the Catholic Church knew Ridsdale was a child molester, and yet they did nothing to stop the evil man from snatching Paul’s innocence and turning his life into a living hell. Sadly, it was a story all too common—the Catholic Church became a playground for paedophiles, a safe haven for them to commit atrocious acts. Now Paul is sharing his story in a bid to end the silence.

RIDSDALE BIO WIKIPEDIA

Gerald Francis Ridsdale (born 20 May 1934), an Australian laicised Catholic priest, was convicted between 1993 and 2017 of a large number of child sexual abuse and indecent assault charges against 65 children aged as young as four years. The offences occurred from the 1960s to the 1980s while Ridsdale worked as a school chaplain at St Alipius Primary School, a boys’ boarding school in the Victorian regional city of Ballarat. Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that senior figures in the church knew about Ridsdale’s abusing children but protected him. Ridsdale was ordained at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Ballarat in 1961. The first complaint about his behaviour towards children was received by the church that same year. Ridsdale held 16 different appointments over a period of 29 years as a priest, with an average of 1.8 years per appointment.

DIOCESE COVERED UP FOR RIDSDALE:

On 13 September 2019, the Diocese of Ballarat released a statement admitting that high-ranking clergy in the diocese knew of sex abuse claims against Ridsdale and afterwards made efforts to shield him from prosecution.[19] This confession came in the wake of a civil lawsuit filed against the diocese by one of Ridsdale’s victims.[19]

GEORGE PELL JOKED ABOUT RIDSDALE ABUSING BOYS:

George Pell accused of joking about Gerald Ridsdale’s abuse of children

By Jane Lee

Updated December 7, 201

A survivor has told a royal commission he overheard George Pell joking about paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale “rooting boys again” more than a decade before Ridsdale was convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse.

Cardinal Pell – who will appear at the child abuse royal commission in Melbourne next week – was widely criticised for supporting Ridsdale at his first court appearance for child sex offences in 1993. Cardinal Pell was also present at at least one meeting of senior priests which decided Ridsdale should be moved to another parish, but maintains he never knew children were being abused while he was in Ballarat.


The survivor, known as BWE, told the commission on Monday he was aged between 10 and 12, and getting ready to serve as an altar boy for a funeral mass, when he overheard Cardinal Pell speaking to parish priest Father Frank Madden in the sacristy at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1983. Cardinal Pell, he said, was officiating the mass because the deceased woman was either his former parishioner or close friend.

RIDSDALE AT ROYAL COMMISSION – SESSIONS 1,2 AND 3.


“After they had exchanged pleasantries, Father Madden said ‘How’s everything your way?’ or words to that effect. George Pell responded by saying ‘Haha I think Gerry’s been rooting boys again’.”

PAT SAYS

****BUY THE BOOK AND SUPPORT VICTIMS OF ABUSE****

We should buy this book to support victims.

This is a horrible story – but only one horrible story among hundreds and thousands of similar horrible stories across the global RCC.

What could be worse than the global sexual assault and rape of babies by priests and religious?

Why is the RCC not a global pariah?

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MEATH LATEST DIOCESE EXPERIENCING SHORTAGE OF PRIESTS.

Bishop Tom Deenihan has announced new clerical appointments in the Diocese of Meath for this year. The changes will be operative from 3 July 2021 .

The Bishop thanked Fr Jim Lynch, who will retire as Parish Priest of Beauparc, for his service to the Diocese over the past fifty-one years.

Prioritising Pastoral Development for the Diocese going forward as restrictions lift, Bishop Deenihan has appointed Fr Derek Darby, who had been combining the roles of Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Development and Parish Administrator of Mullingar, as full-time Vicar for Pastoral Development.  The Bishop wishes to see a Pastoral Council in each parish and supports in place for them in the future.

Bishop Deenihan said that it was increasingly difficult to keep priests in all parishes at this time.  “In this year’s appointments”,  he said, “it is clear that the Diocese is becoming increasingly reliant on priests from Romania, Africa, and Poland. In addition, there has been a reduction in clergy in some parishes, and there is also a need to encourage collaboration between parishes.  All this highlights the need for vocations promotion and support in the Diocese and I thank the vocations promotion team for their work in this regard.”

Bishop Deenihan thanked the priests involved in the appointments for their generosity and expressed the confidence that as restrictions lift and as public worship recommences in the church, there would be a collaboration in parishes to make our churches safe as places of prayer and sacrament in the weeks ahead.

Fr. Jim Lynch, PP Beauparc, to retire.

Fr. Derek Darby, Adm Mullingar and Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Development, to Pastoral Development and Planning full-time for three years term.

Fr. John Conlon, PP Duleek and Adm Donore, to be PP St. Mary’s Drogheda and Adm Holy Family Drogheda.

Fr. Michael Meade, PP Summerhill, to be PP Kilcormac.

Fr. Phil Gaffney PP St. Mary’s Drogheda, to be Adm Mullingar.

Fr Declan Kelly, PP Stamullen, to be PP Kilcloon and Adm Moynalvey.

Fr Stan Deegan, PP Kilcloon, to be PP Killucan.

Fr. Séamus Houlihan, PP Kilcormac, to be PP Tubber.

Fr. Brendan Ferris, PP Ardcath & Curraha, to be PP Stamullen.

Fr. David Brennan, PP Moynalvey, to be PP Beauparc.

Fr John Nally, PP Ashbourne, on loan to Diocese of Waterford and Lismore for three years.

Fr. Michael Kilmartin, PP Longwood, to be PP Ashbourne.

Fr. Mark English, PP Killucan, to be PP Duleek and Adm Donore.

Fr. Joe Campbell to be CC Tullamore.

Fr. Kevin Heery, CC Mullingar, to be CC Ardcath & Curraha.

Fr Noel Weir, Adm Pro Tem Rosemount, to be CC Navan.

Fr. Conor Magee, CC Mullingar, to be CC Multyfarnham.

Fr Janusz Ługowski, Polish Chaplaincy, to be CC Moynalvey in addition.

Fr Louis Illah, CC Navan, to be CC Longwood.

Fr. Andrei Stolnicu, Diocese of Iasi, to be CC Mullingar

Fr. Vincent McKay CSSp, to be CC Summerhill.

Fr Paul Crosbie, PP Trim, to be Adm Summerhill in addition.

Fr. Thomas Gilroy, PP Kinnegad, to be Adm Longwood in addition.

Fr. Gerry Stuart, PP Ratoath, to be Adm Ardcath & Curraha in addition.

PAT SAYS

Meath was always well off for priests – but now its running low too.

Last week DERMOT FARRELL announced that Dublin only had two seminarians!

When I enterered Clonliffe for Dublin in 1970 there were 120 OF US FOR DUBLIN ALONE!

At that time Ireland had 9 seminaries for the training of secular priests:

Maynooth

All Hallows

Clonliffe

Wexford

Kilkenny

Waterford

Carlow

Thurles

Belfast

Now, theres only Maynooth – and its on its knees.

I see that Deenihan, in spite of his own shortage, is lending Phonsie a priest.

THE ANSWER?

Married priests?

Women priests?

Part time priests – working full time in other jobs,?

Deacons and Deaconesses?

Lay ministers for Communion, Marriages and Funerals.

The church of the future will look nothing like the church of today.

Hopefully, the involvement of laity will lead to less corruption?

In fact, the priesthood, as we know it, may disappear completely ???