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DAY 2. WAS FR GAY SLATTERY ON TRIAL BEFORE A SECRET CANONICAL COURT OVER HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITIES WITH CLONLIFFE SEMINARIANS?

Recently I was castigated by certain types, with their own agenda, for asking why Fr Gay Slattery suddenly disappeared from the priesthood 14 years ago.

I was accused of being like a Peruvian scavenger pulling apart the dead body.of a wonderful human being and one of the best priests that ever lived.

So today I have a few questions to ask of my accusers.

1. Was Gay Slattery dismissed for homosexual activity with seminarians when he taught them philosophy in Clonliffe seminary?

2. Gay Slattery was in charge of the 1 st to 3 rd years. Why was he put in charge of new and nervous 17 to 21 year olds? Were they like “lambs to the slaughter”?

3. Was Monsignor John Dolan approached by Clonliffe seminarians and told of their abuse? Did John Dolan act immediately or delay acting.

4. Was Slattery involved in the wider homosexual clerical clique in the Archdiocese of Dublin?

5. Was there a secret canonical trial of Gay Slattety who told him to go voluntarily or be defrocked?

6. Is it true that there was a large number of witnesses at this trial – former seminarians and ordained priests,?

7.  Did the new bishop of Cork Fintan Gavin, the then vice chancellor, preside over the trial as the chancellor Monsignor John Dolan had been a teaching colleague of Slattery’s in Clonliffe?

8. In view of the fact that it is practice not to make a priest who presided over the trial of a priest a bishop, because of the potential for scandal, how was Fintan made the bishop of Cork?

9. Was Slattery forbidden by the tribunal to be involved in any form of public ministry or to say Mass in public?

10.  Diarmuid Martin was the archbishop of Dublin at the time of the trial. Why did he keep this trial a secret when he has a reputation for making the sexual misbehaviour of priests known to the public? Was Diarmuid Martin compromised in this case as he was a fellow seminarian of Slattery’s in Clonliffe?

11. Why did Gay Slattery get a full, public priests funeral with the current archbishop, Dermot Farrell presiding?

12. Did Dermot Farrell know about Slattery’s trial and departure under a cloud, and if he did why did he preside at a “cover-up’ funeral?

13. Or has the Slattery case and trial been withheld from the new archbishop? And, if so, who decided to withold it from him?

14. Are the victims of Gay Slattery still suffering from depression, anxiety, flashbacks and post traumatic stress? What is the archdiocese doing for these victims?

COVER UP. COVER……………UP.

ARMAGH WASHING LINE.

The item below was spotted on a washing line at a big house adjacent to Armagh Cathedral?

FATHER PAT BUTLER

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Father Pat Butler of Waterford diocese?

272 replies on “DAY 2. WAS FR GAY SLATTERY ON TRIAL BEFORE A SECRET CANONICAL COURT OVER HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVITIES WITH CLONLIFFE SEMINARIANS?”

Pat, there are a lot of questions asked by you and can only be asked because someone has given you information. Is this true? You seem to be inferring many strange activities of a sexual nature. Can these be validated. As a Dublin priest, I am shocked by the nature of the inferences you make. Can you prove any allegation(s)? I have never heard of any canonical trial re: Fr. Slattery. While my knowledge of him is very scant, I was never aware of any of this. Very strange. I wonder where the truth is?

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Some priests in Archbishops House at the time did not know of the canonical trial! It was only known to a chosen few!

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Pat at 9.26am

WHAT?

That is sheer omerta,known only to few to lessen the spread of rumour. Less the better etc.

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A priest who worked in Archbishops House, and who should have known about this, did not know !!!

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Pat, would you have officiated at the funeral if he was a friend of yours? Would you preside at the funeral of criminals, rapists or any other person who is shunned by society? Would you preside at the funeral of any perpetrator who committed heinous crimes? Woukd you offer the sacrament of penance of an abuser came to you before or after prison sentence? Where do you draw the line with any criminal?

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The answer to all your questions is YES.

But I would not canonize them or deny the truth!

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Pat at 10.41am

Thus was unbelievable. Such too much secrecy which we shouldn’t be surprised at first but gasped when it arose. Rcc kept giving. They never learn.

Re fintan Galvin, heard from friends that he was way too nice for a Bishop. So something wasn’t right when friend spoke.

I could hazard a guess here as to why Galvin was appointed a Bishop. This is to shut him up cos he knows where many skeletons are buried in rcc. He has knowledge and vital information as well.

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HOW-HI FLY
Bethehokeys hi are you taking the mickey.
Freedom information request along with church are not comfortable bedfellows.
As far as I know ecclesiastical bodies are not covered by FOI.
Truth sets free. Enough talk. Let’s have action.
May The Lord Bless us…+
Bye Bye Fly Hi.

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More questions than answers. I hope it doesn’t end up on the Papal Nancio’s desk, Bp Pat; she has her hands full with the Purcell case.

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Perhaps the +Aul Doll should issue a statement to clear up the mystery surrounding the sudden disappearance of Fr Slattery fourteen years ago.

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When Fr. Slattery “retired” from ministry, that seemed to be the end of any involvement with the Diocese. He was unheard of and seemed to have moved on in his life. I heard nothing about him for 20 years or more and only ever knew of a suspected allegation but it was not known among most clergy. Genuinely, I am shocked…but perhaps shouldn’t be. Can we give 100% credence to all the allegations being now posited?

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‘Was Slattery involved in the wider homosexual clerical clique in the Archdiocese of Dublin?’ Yes. He knew too much about too many.

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He knew where all the bodies were buried. Thats why they handled him with velvet gloves. He knew about bishops!

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Pat at 9.29am
It sounded right re velvet gloves👆. Cos they rcc were afraid that he might spill the beans.

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Slightly off topic but I just want to say; I have sympathy for the LGBT+ community who feel rejected by the Church. They hear stories then of alleged cliques of what they are shunned for.
There was a wonderful blessing of love in Germany recently. If priests want to bless love, just let them and say nothing more about it. What would Jesus do?

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8.38 the celibacy rule is kept on as an excuse to not prosecute and try anyone over the intended oppressive dynamics against the more junior.
I’ve concluded there are several rival cartels of minders / handlers, vying for and against each other’s influential portfolio!

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Cover up, cover up and more cover up.
The reason you shouldn’t give in to the cathbots’ demands for a ‘positive’ day to ‘ balance’ the cover ups, is that in itself would be a cover up.
I have one more question: why was Fr Slattery treated like this – if the allegations are true the church has ignored the same allegations for many another priest.

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His victims, former seminarians, came forward and demanded action or they would go public. They testified against him.

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Pat I believe Fr John Daly from Greystones gave the sermon at Fr Slattery’s funeral. I wonder why Fr Daly was sent away from his native Dublin for a while? Do you know the score on that one?

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Bishop Buckley, it is kown in the Dublin Archdiocese that the cause of Fr Slattery’s illness is raising eyebrows!! As you know, the clergy gossip.

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John Daly said in his homily: “He kept his illness a secret for many years – even from family and friends”.

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Pay 12.10pm
“illness a secret for many years” is that a code for being gay or hiv positive or gay health related illness?
Felt that Fr Daly was giving us a message there, who knows? 🤷‍♂️

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Interesting,
IF he was HIV positive he could easily control the RCC response. Imagine the media headline, “priest who has sex with seminarians is HIV positive”. Every single priest, seminarian and ex-seminarian from clonliffe would need to publicly produce their HIV status to prove their innocence.
Can it be that the dysfunctional gay cabal of Dublin is not a gay cabal, but a HIV positive Cabal? If so it may explain a lot more about the church’s lack of action.

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@ Anon 8.08.
Perhaps however the ability to expose people as HIV positive would give a lot of power. IF he was HIV positive and had slept with a list of people in authority that he could out as HIV positive it would allow him control much more.
IF it were a gay cabal then the person named may just deny the accusation, counter charge the accuser as being bitter (as the church does with ex-seminarians). But there would be no denying it if a bishop, or senior cleric were accused of being HIV positive. Eventually they would either need to produce blood results to the public or a church inquiry.

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Priests who know too much are always treated with velvet gloves, plumb parishes, swanky funerals, hey the motto of the clerical club, ‘here no evil, see no evil, do no evil (yeah right).
Don’t piss off people to much though as they will start burning down churches and presbyteries like Canada and Chilie.
Whenever a priest has been at the same plumb parish for over twenty years I always think – what do they know, what have they done!!
Some very plumb parishes in Birmingham don’t you know – Henley, Dorchester on Thames and Burford – just saying like!!

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Aahh, Father Osman of Dorchester on Thames rears his entitled, privileged head again – Georgian rectory, private mooring on the Thames etc. etc. Mind you, most of the neanderthal Brum clergy wouldn’t really appreciate it down there, and would probably do huge iconoclastic damage to the house and the little Pugin church. Nursey, God bless him, doesn’t really have much quality in his ranks.

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Bishop Stocks abject apology to children home victims had all the right words but no bite as he knows, we know, he won’t pay a penny in compensation as abusers were religious but he looks like White Knight doing that I’m saying sorry even if they aren’t but don’t come crying to me for any compensation cuz that’s their baby!!
Disingenuous, cheap words, cheap shot, cheap grace. Fooling no one but himself!!
Like Fr Jack on Fr Red: ‘I’m so so sorry!!’

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Words are meaningless,
nada, zilch, nothing. It’s only words. Nothing more or less. Yean cheap shot or cheap grace.

Its their actions that defines it, not their words. Look at dolan of new York as he’s being sued per church militant.

One thing is quite clear now is that bishops or cardinals or bigwigs in rcc curia aren’t listened to anymore now by Joe public.

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In Ireland there’s the annual candle lighting in cathedrals for victims of church abuse, feigning shock, surprise and horror at contents of files when appointed bishop, as well
as the hollow ‘soorrreeey’ for ruining lives. The hypocrisy is outrageous!

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Anon 12.11pm

Could any poster here or someone in the know, tell us where in Dublin are the Plumbs parish located at and thank you.

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Pat 12.43pm

Thank you, how about other parishes such as Foxrock or D4 areas or any area worth mentioning ?? 🤔

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Leafy South Dublin generally. On the North – Malahide? Iona Road?

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No comment from Seamus on the rights and wrongs of today’s blog? Surprise surprise!
I wonder if Seamus is a former seminary professor?
Oh, pax!

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I imagined his silence was because he played up in the night so the staff made the computer room out of bounds.

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Thou shalt not take the name of thy fellow comment maker in vain! My humble presence is a distraction for those comment makers who have yet to drink the water that they have been brought to! 😉
PAX

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You’re a great man at side stepping awkward questions, Seamus. Any comment on today’s issue? Or, do you think a young man safe today in any seminary from sexual predators?

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Anon 1:37, men and women should absolutely be safe. Consent classes and anonymous reporting are to be used to combat sexual violence in colleges. All colleges and universities were asked to prepare action plans by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris.

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At 5.49, Seamus again ducked an awkward question with his comment here.

The question asked of this coward was about seminary, not colleges or universities in general.

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6.10, a random comment maker would explain the often irrelevant guff he posts.

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If only certain comment makers could join the dots. If anyone has any concern, they should make contact with the Higher Education Authority’s Centre of Excellence for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, which has oversight of the Framework for Consent.

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My God! Anon 8:29 thinks I’m a troll and Anon 12:40 was calling for me to partake in a discussion!
Magna, you’ll need to have words with your posse. They used to just have their socks in a twist but they seem to be in a right tangle altogether! 😆

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What water are seminarians and clerics brought to!
After six or seven years of watering in seminaries look at the mess of catholicism in Ireland.

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Are you confusing Rev. Prof. Seamus O’Connell (Kerry) with Rev. Prof. Vincent Twomey?

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Seamus, you’re a spinless waffling apologist no more interested in truth than your clerical colleagues. This is an issue concerning catholic seminaries.It is not simply a safety/consent issue. It is symptomatic of an abusive corrupt, corrupting and secretive culture at the entry point into institutional church life. Predatory gay seminarians and clerics have been up to no good in catholic seminaries for years to such an extent the credibility of the catholic church, the gospel and at this stage Christianity is being destroyed. So, waffle on, Seamus. Were you a lecturer in a seminary-that would explain your capacity to waffle on about little or nothing.Supposedly celibate clerics seem obsessed with…sex! There’s a quare one for
you, Seamus.

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Anon 9:14, I’ll shrug off your barbs thrown at me. Predatory people up to no good is destroying of credibility. I see the independent scrutiny as a positive step to ensure there is no sexual harassment. I do not separate Church and society. The positive safeguarding and scrutiny is coming from experts in society.

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Seamus thank you for admitting you don’t actually read the blog or comments, and just throw in random inflammatory comments to troll people.

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If there were a large number of witness at canonical trial it can have been that secret.

I’m surprise that it took so long to come to light.

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It may have been held at a secret venue like a convent or religious house? The only one I ever attended was held in a monastery.

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I’ve no doubt the meeting happened. I’m not so sure there was a lot of witnesses present. We’d have heard about it before now – people can’t stop themselves from maliciously gossiping.

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My source told me there were a sizeable number of witnesses. They were seen one by one without seeing each other.

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There is a secret canonical court room in a former presbytery in the City Centre. Not the one in Berkley Road which is used by the Marriage Tribunal. The Secret Canonical one is on the Southside, in Dublin 8.

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Holy goat at 2.33pm

Oops my mistake. 😳🙄

I originally thought his name was Seamus as I was thinking of maynooth one. You correct irs Vincent not Seamus.

Apologies😁.

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10:02

So you’ll have no problem with bishops disclosing all allegations made against predatory seminarians and clerics to State authorities?

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Pat, you mention Fr Slattery knowing all the secrets, including about bishops. You now know about him, but more to the point, do you know the secrets he knew?

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1.07: Name the secrets. Name them. Show your true vindictiveness and vengeance which you excel at…Go on Mr. Braveheart, go on….

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Anon 12.57pm

Read a book on Goodbye, Good Men: How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church.

Please note that I didn’t read or haven’t read the book. It was mentioned couple of times in church militant website as an essential reading in understanding rcc.

A Vincentian priest brought me to a ‘vocation’ weekend in iona Road(Glasnevin) years ago. It didn’t register with me to join the priesthood (Vincentian order).

I turned it down flatly explaining why cos issue of loneliness, communication problem being as a deaf person. Thank god I walked away from it.

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5:18 ‘father’ is obviously a priest of Dublin or was at Clonliffe. He’s a little anxious about what may come out about him, that’s why he’s so animated

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Not many biting on this bit of bait about Slattery, time to move on to another fish pond. How about Fr Keith in Meath who has gone missing two weeks ago and not been hear of since. Car still in driveway but not a sign of him.

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5.42: I never knew Fr. Slattery personally but heard of him. I studied in Maynooth and Rome….never went near Clonliffe…ha, ha, ha…And you keep making the same boring, inane comments when people ask legitimate questions. Are you fearful?

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Deaf Guy: so far you gave commented 11 times….what’s wrong with you? Is your life that empty and miserable?

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Its a competition between Magna, Deaf Guy, and MMM, they compete to see how many of their posts are allowed. They submit more I think but most are not allowed by Bishop Pat to save our blushes

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4.26pm and 5.13pm
Im not interested in competition re most posts. That wasnt intended.
I’m surprised at 11 posts but today blog caught me on a good day with sunshine cos its better with quality news than I thought. It’s getting worse re their near total secrecy which keeps leaking out in small doses.
Normally I do one or two posts & that’s it. I intend to go out on a bang here later this year.

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@5.13pm And, remember, none of them has anything interesting to say. They repeat the same old theme, over and over again. One word, ‘Boring’. Each should be assigned to c/o Bishop’s House.

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Or perhaps merely that concerned about corruption.
You have to give the cathbots credit for attempting everything they can to derail Pat in every way.
Pat, the lack of defensive comments today shows you really do have them on the run. I bet many a priest is worried about what will come out about him…

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Seamus, YOU have no interest in a proper discussion, since you keep ducking and diving the awkward questions asked of you. 😁

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4.26pm
Er I think going to the trouble to chastise DG for his enthusiasm says more about you than him – empty and miserable eh, are you lamenting or celebrating your proposition- only a cleric would go to the trouble to spill such bile. Fader!!

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5.31: FYI…I am not a cleric but I take interest in this blog. DG is very frequently repetitive and boring. His dependency on this blog is indicative of a miserable life. I could find more interesting blogs and articles for the nourishment of my soul. 😁🤣😂😁..

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anon 8.17pm
LOLOL.
i take it as a compliment .
Care to comment on more interesting blogs or articles, give us examples.

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Let DG comment in peace. MMM too for that matter. They actually partake in a discussion to be fair.
Magna’s all bark and no bite. He is the shepherd of a posse who dish it out but bleat when people have the audacity to correct them!

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8:19
What contribution did you make to today’s discussion on Fr. Slatterys canonical trial or the 14 questions outlined by Bishop Buckley? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Any concern as to what happened the seminarians mentioned, Seamus? Waffler extraordinaire! Ponder on this, Seamus-“these people honour me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.” Matt-15:8.

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PAXO 9:38,
Cool the jets! I didn’t see myself as the target of 14 questions. I was a humble bystander as others commented away. As I said when I was called on to take part; My humble presence is a distraction for those comment makers who have yet to drink the water that they have been brought to!
Pax vobiscum! ☮️

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At 8.19, mixed metaphor there, Seamus. A shepherd does not lead a posse.

Where were you educated, Seamus?

Um, WERE you educated, Seamus?😕

(Just askin’, like.)

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Excuse me but what is the difference between a canonical court and a kangaroo court?
Did the student priests receive help of any kind? Were they ordained priests?
Thanks in advance.

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Well you see Agnes it’s very simple. You have a better chance of coming out of a kangaroo court with something like justice than you do from a canonical court. In the latter the deciding factor is what is expedient.
The same principle decides on who was ordained. If you had enough dirt and would keep stum as the price of ordination, you would get it.
The bigger question is who the $#+& would want to be a Catholic priest in those circumstances? Or any in fact.
And thus the cycle of corruption continues…

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10:15

I never said you were a target of anything.
I suppose as a humble apologist for the Rcc you’re not likely to want to discuss corruption, abuse or crime in the church, catholic seminaries or among members of your fraternity.

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And Heaven remained silent while the innocent, and innocent vey young, were abused by these ‘sacerdotal souls’, romanist priests, and while others, right up to the pope, demanded the concealment of these egregious acts to preserve their reputations as holy men and their acceptance as moral guardians and arbiters.
Why, Jesus, why the silence when these acts were truly those crying to Heaven for vengeance?
And why did your mother help lionise these people- parasites during some of her purported apparitions or locutions by not once referring to what these sacerdotal leeches were doing in the name of her son?
Why, Jesus?
Were you facilitating the cover up in which these spongers were already engaged?
What happened to all that stuff the Gospel reports of you? You know, if anyone causes one of these little ones to sin, it would be better… And all that, Jesus. What happened? Can you make an answer without having to lower a reddened face?

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6.00: The biggest mouth on the blog would like us to believe that he is an advocate and an activist for justice, truth and healing. Magna is all talk and no action. He hasn’t an iota of sincerity about the issues he shouts abiut. He’s a passive, aggressive angry man – cares about no one. Talk is cheap and easy, Magser! Let’s really see you out on the streets protesting…now that requires moral courage.

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9.38

Are you a romanist priest? You sound preachy enough for one. 😅

Romanism, and moral courage, are strangers to each other.

I’d no more expect courage from a romanist priest than I would sexual indifference to children from him.

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6.00: The faux outrage sentiments of a spiritually repulsive and sick mind and heart. A guy, who, ever since his expulsion from Maynooth, has descended more into his own s**t which is spewed out freely. His supposed cry of despair to Jesus and Mary is offensive and blasphemous. Weep, Mags, for thine own dysfunctionality. I’ll pray to Our Lady for you and trust Jesus will heal you of your hatred. Your soul seems in a dark, black hole.

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Ah, Hilarious! You dream of me, don’t you?

Night AND day? 😴😍

🎵 Dre-e-e-e-eam, dream, dream, dree-eam… 🎵😃

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So Jesus, and his momma, are like you: they duck obvious, legitimate but awkward questions about their seeming indifference to human suffering.

If you are a romanist priest, you wouldn’t be of much use to anyone who was suffering and asking these difficult questions. You’d probably chide them after offering a pious platitude or two.

You are useless, the lot of you. Useless. Like the useless Latino before whom you bow down.

As for blasphemy, I think Jesus would be more nonchalant, less prissy, about this than you, and your parasitical kind.

Tough luck if not, priest.

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7.25: Ah Magna: proof if proof is needed- you are the quintessential bully boy. When you lose an argument you resort to nastyismm and personalised insult. Be prepared to receive back what you give out. Your mother must have had a really tough dined with you!! As for being kind and USEFUL to people who suffer, who are grieving and in need of comfort, all who seek assistance – I am there with the heart of Christ, for those who appreciate it. Since you are overloaded with silly, destructive angst and outrage, you ought to practices a little positive, redeeming self care. If you had nourishing, meaningful human connections in your life, you wouldn’t write this bully boy crap. You sure are an enigmatic figure. Your comments on Mary and Jesus are nonsensical. Sleep well.

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One point for correction.​ They wittness were not multiple… they were a well selected few who gave testimony in a secret setting.

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If this is true, and I have no reason to doubt it, why the hell was he given a priests funeral with a bishop present?

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8.15: Would you prefer if he had been heaped into a funeral bag and thrown into a river? You merciless fools. A funeral mass is about the mercy of God which he offers everyone. Who are you to judge? God will be the ultimate judge, thankfully not the lynch mob on this blog.

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No, but a quite, low key funeral, without the insignia of priesthood, would befit a predator priest in need of the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness from his victims…

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8.47: “quiet” is the spelling…Do you know if he was a predator? Give facts.

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Reminds me of Bishop McAreavey turning up at the funeral of Malachy Finegan. He resigned over it. Gay the masseur who liked to give a happy ending.

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8.15
A septic tank seemed to be the fashion when they dumped children with mo dignity, id rather know what type of bastard someone isbefore i go wasting my good thoughts and intentions on them…

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Guidance on the Funerals of Clerics or Religious against whom there is a Case to Answer should have been followed.

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What a good turnout of comments, Bp Pat, even the Papal Nancio and the +Aul Doll both get a mention in the mix.

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Great blog today. Uncovering the dark side of the RCC. Despite all that has happened they still cover up for each other, and conceal the truth. I am afraid they will never learn.

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Whipping the popcorn out, magna and seamus at it again, you can cut the sexual tension with knife 🤣

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Happy Pride Month from the Rev Professor Michael Mullaney and the bold Hughie Connolly. 🏳️‍🌈💖

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God prepared the Paris reward for the man who made Maynooth what it is today. Bold Hughie Connolly with his Bin Mass.

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/30/my-relatives-went-to-a-catholic-school-for-native-children-it-was-a-place-of-horrors
Hold native children hostage as part of “acquiring” property, it wasn’t “The church” you see it was the gobbling nuns as front women for the colonial grabbers.
Trial run for salami slicing of mischief making under different auspices, and selling off others’ souls.
Hearing of “miraculous” acquiring of property, like I did, is a chestnut, so it turns out. Comme c’est curieux, et quelle coincidence.

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Lots of talk about priests retiring. I know a number of priests who have retired before their time, and some of them I have a good deal of respect for. For various reasons they have decided to retire, some to lay down completely their ministry, and move on with their lives in various ways. And that does not always mean that there are questionable or inappropriate reasons and circumstances for their retirement. One priest I know retired at age 65 because he said that he just wanted to do other things, experience other things, and live a little before he died. What’s wrong with that ? I reckon he had well paid back his dues to his diocese for his training with 40 years faithful ministry, and it’s not as if he was remunerated that generously when he was ministering. Not that he expected that. In all these cases that I know about, especially the ones who have largely cut all ties with their diocese in order to retire, they have been facilitated by – yes, financial independence. Without that, most of these priests would not have been able to retire as they have done, unless they could find another reason such as ill health. In the case of the priest that I have mentioned, fortunately for him he was in receipt of a considerable family legacy when the last of his parents died in her 90s, and this enabled him to think about other possibilities. He is very aware of his good fortune in this. However, I’m not always suspicious of a priest who retires early, especially those who go on and live independently and enjoy their lives and take whatever opportunities that present themselves. I’m more wary of the ones who retire and end up living for decades as c/o or just MIA, still tied to the aprons strings of Holy Mother the Church and the Bishop, and are in receipt of huge amounts of money over the decades to keep them, perhaps even to keep them quiet ! I’d have respect for them if they did cut the apron strings and went off to do their own thing. There’s usually a story behind those kinds of early retirement. As for the others, such as my friend, good luck to them !

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Anon@ 8:48: I agree with your well considered comment. Indeed those with the financial freedom are entitled to make a choice.
But against that background I have to wonder about the possible motivation 🤔 of what might be described as non abusive kindly helpful pastoral priests.
I suspect the motivation is more likely one of two probabilities.
A) They no longer wish to be associated as an “employee ” of a now much discredited organisation: they’ve recognised its abusive underbelly and want out of it.
and/or,
B) After the first ‘flush’ of naive youthful altruistic enthusiasm, they’ve come to realisation that the whole apparatus of the RCC is a sham, and that that their religious prayers and services including the Mass are a meaningless deceptive farrago.

Those of a selfless and caring integrity who have endured remaining despite such realisation, will have concentrated on and been consoled by their social pastoral activities. But with financial freedom to do so, many may decide they’ve done enough for others and it’s now time for themselves.
MMM

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By and large I agree with you, with perhaps the exception that they necessarily think of the RCC as a sham by their retiring. I suggest that for many who are able to do so, by the time they get in to their 60s, they are just tired and bit disillusioned with some of the things that gone on in their Church and just wish to break away and do something else. I know that the priest I was talking about felt like that, was never able to get a sabbatical, was just having more and more parishes given to him, more and more work, at a time when most people begin to slow down. It’s a recipe for disaster, not only for the Church itself, but for the priests who are increasingly just given more and more to do and manage. No wonder so many take the opportunity to get out if and when they can. And, as we both say, having some financial independence really is crucial and gives some independence and autonomy in decision making. Most bishops will not let a guy go at, say, 65 and most certainly wouldn’t support him financially. So, if he’s going to do it he needs to have his own money.

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11.24

Retiring or retired romanist priests are ‘a bit disillusioned’ with the criminality of the RCC? A bit disillusioned?! Sweet Jesus! If they aren’t shrivelled up with shame at having participated in an institution that has outraged the world with its crimes, filth, and utter moral hypocrisy, they haven’t even a vestige of the conscience they traded in when ordained into a priesthood Christ himself did not found and which has since become a bye-word for collective evil.

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Absolutely, Magna Carta. It’s like saying Lol Pot was a naughty boy, and shows them up for the moral cripples they are.

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Seamus what is your native language? It certainly isn’t English and judging by the way you were taken to task for an unidiomatic use, it isn’t Irish. Is it Zulu, perhaps?

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12.16: Magna, more of repeat of Hate Speech. The only one shrivelled up is you – with a deep hatred….a deep angst….a deep viciousness…a deep irrational d6sfunctioning brain. Enough said…you are utterly bats and mad!!

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May I respectfully suggest that since you have achieved the Freudian slip of getting in the words shriveled and dysfunctional into your diatribe, a trip to St Luke’s may be indicated?

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12:35

Is answering the call of Christ the criterion for ordination, Seamus.
What about those ordained who raped children- were they called to priesthood by Christ- to be considered as ‘other Christs’?

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Excellent point, 1:09. Nobody will give you a convincing answer to it, especially as by ordaining them, the church is affirming they are called.

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Anon 1:09, Christ was betrayed by people who answered his call. Abuse is criminal and wrong. Cover-up is criminal and wrong. As I’ve said many times, there appears to be a skewed sense of mercy in certain quarters. They are doomed.
As always as part of a balanced conversation, I merely point out that there are good priests and parishioners.

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We should play a game of trying to work out what question Seamus is answering. In this case ‘Are there good priests?’ – as always that wasn’t what was asked. He is implicitly saying that he doesn’t have an explanation for why betrayers had their calling confirmed by the church. I actually am seriously wondering if he’s a bishop.

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Anon 2:23, thanks for sharing your selective reading. The blog story says; “Recently I was castigated by certain types, with their own agenda…”
Some of your group from Magna’s posse were then wondering why I wasn’t answering the 14 questions! I wasn’t castigating anyone. You’re obviously not letting the facts get in the way of your feeble comment.

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12:56

In my humble opinion, Seamus speaks with forked tongue which includes english, latin and wafflese!

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2:05pm
Is Christs betrayal some sort of pseudo theological/spiritualised justification for ordaining individuals known to have been up to ‘no good’, as in abusers, prior to ordination?

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@ 2:23 pm
Seamus, et al, need to realise, the reason for this blog is to focus on, highlight and call out, abuse, corruption and criminality in the catholic church.

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2:46pm

Seamus, I asked what contribution did you make to the discussion on Fr. Slatterys canonical trial or the 14 questions outlined by Bishop Buckley? I asked in the context of you telling all who to let comment in peace and who actually partake in a discussion. Meanwhile, you had made absolutely no comment, good, bad or otherwise, on Fr. Slattery or questions raised by Bishop Buckley. Loyalty to the Brotherhood comes first, Seamus! Not only are you a waffler, but a manipulative waffler who misrepresents!

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2:05 pm
Yeah, right.
And Christs big mistake was not to have solicitors and barristers at His beck and call to run the holy show.

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Anon 3:03 pm
“the reason for this blog is to focus on, highlight and call out, abuse, corruption and criminality in the catholic church.”
Call it out and stamp it out.
PAX

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Anon 3:24, let those who castigated Bishop Pat come forward and answer the questions.
Some people expressed their view that they didn’t want to partake in stories about any deceased person. That’s their choice.

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Seamus at 6:28 is answering the question, ‘What should those who castigated Bishop Pat do?’. Not that it’s a question anyone has asked, of course.

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Anon 6:45, you are looking for questions from the past while I am moving forward! 😉 You’ll have to step out from your circle of fire if you want to catch up! 🔥… ☮️

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Seamus is answering the question, ‘What question am I asking?’. And then, ‘Are you moving forward?’. Do I even need to say that nobody has asked these questions.

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Re F Butler.
Sabbatical, further studies, c/o Bishop’s House, or defag programme, although a bit late now for the latter, I think.

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Excuse me but what is a defag programme? It is a new one on me.
Is it a programme for priests addicted to cigarettes or what? Is it an expensive programme?

Thanks in advance.

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An abhorrent practice aimed at changing sexual orientation. It would never work on the old queens in the church. It should be banned.

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Thank you at 11:22 for answering me.
Excuse me but who wants to change sexual orientation and why? Are people pressured to have their sexual orientation changed? Is this practice legal and moral?
Thanks in advance.

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You see, Agnes, the priests have a problem with sexuality of all sorts. Rather than seeing it as a gift and part of our humanity, they like to pretend they don’t have sexuality at all. Ask your parish priest which way he swings and see the reaction.
They’re not supposed to have sex at all, but like many a church secret they won’t talk about it but they’re all at it even if it’s only with Madam Palm.
The gay thing is an extra problem because there aren’t supposed to be any gays in the priesthood. They’re also supposed to tell people it’s very naughty and Objectively Disordered. Bishop Pat, however, will tell you that many a married man has ‘accidentally’ entered his wife by the tradesman’s entrance.
You will readily see that all these lies and denial will ensure that if you’re not a weirdo when you enter the seminary you will be by Christmas.
Where else would you find gay men who are very fond of their mothers, who want to be straight but don’t actually want to go near a woman?

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Thank 1:06 for your answer.
Excuse me but I don’t know what to make of it all. It all sounds very peculiar to me.
Would it not be better for men to face reality instead of pretending?
How can pretending do anyone any good? Is it not living a lie? If you bury your
head in the sand you are going to suffocate. Be who you are but be good.
Thanks in advance.

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Ah, Agnes you have great wisdom there. You are of course absolutely right.
However the clergy don’t like it if you ask awkward questions like those. Or any questions in fact. I would suggest the Episcopal Church for a sensible person like you.

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Thank you 4:16 for answering.
Excuse me but I’m only talking a bit of common sense.
Those who live life pretending cannot be happy campers now can they?
Remember life is not a dress rehearsal so live life to the full but be good.
All religions have problem people do they not? But problems need to be dealt
with honestly not hidden away. Thanks again for answering.

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5:24 pm

If abuse, corruption and criminality in the catholic church is to be stamped out members
of the hierarchy must take their responsibilities to ALL members of the catholic Christian community seriously. What does Christ expect of them?

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6:28pm
Seamus, what is of primary concern is how ‘the powers that be’ handled this ‘story’.
It’s not surprising seminaries are practically empty with no vocations.

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Fr Kevin Connolly barred from Meath, the Stamullen incident, the rumor is moving to The Diocese of Westminster.

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1.06: Have you resolved your gay 8dentity yet?? By the nature of your comment you seem to be aware of the psycho sexual jigsaw and confusion about orientation. Are you multi faceted????👜👒🎩🎩👞👞👡👡👠👝👡💄💄👡👞👟👟👔👗👗👖👖🤐🤐🤓…

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11.24pm

Bernard Longley let John Gilbert go at 60 – not a wealthy man nor of independent means – they work out some kind of sweet heart deal me thinks but bottom line funded by little old biddies in the pew.
Same with Eddie Clare – early 50s – disappeared/off the radar etc – retired? and according to clerical gossip (not always reliable) lives in a cottage in France. Again unlikely to be financially independent dependent on money from little biddies purses stretching back to 1925 when the Birmingham Trust was inaugurated.
Is Sam Penny, Bede Walsh and Joe Quigley supported by Bernard I wonder?

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I wonder how many of these “off the radar” priests who have opted out continue to “say Mass”, recite their Office, or indeed even continue to pray? We’ve been led to believe that saying Mass, recreating Christ’s sacrifice, is the single most important priestly function. So ceasing to say Mass would seem a derogation from the practice of their former official position, and would surely indicate their view of its intrinsic validity or value?

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Pat, their mother used to sew badges of the Sacred Heart into the y-fronts worn by some boys I went to school with. At the side- they wouldn’t have come into contact with bodily fluids. I used to think it was hilarious and those knickers reminded me of it.
One of them was the most accident- prone person I have ever met.

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I’m going to see if I can buy a pair of those knickers for the craic, sell my virginity on the Internet to the highest bidder 😇😂

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🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
‘Ffs they actually sell these , although I’m tempted to personalise one 😅
Get an xxx large size, with fitzys face on it and hang it off a pole in cloghleigh as a flag 🤗🙃

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MMM at 10.43: Any possibility you can magically siphon off some of your intelligence, reasoning and rationality towards the ever deepening madness of Magna?? Your comment is very fair and honest in response to 8.48: From my own expsrience to date after 45 years of ministry, I can honestly say the years have largely been ones of fulfilment, satisfaction and meaning, probably because of the amazing moments given to me to journey with and accompany people in the myriad of their life’s experiences: light and darkness, joy and sorrow, loss and grief, sacramental celebrations, counselling, school chaplaincy, school boards, laity renewal programmes, parish missions etc….and the wonderful friendships I made and which I contunue to have from various appointments. Despite all the revelations of recent years, the rapidly changing nature of modern culture and society, the world wide church scandals of all kinds and – dare in say spiritual and emotional “burnout”, I survived because my faith is strong and deeply rooted in Christ. More recent experiences of the falling way of church attendance and the difficulty of trying to connect meaningfully with people, I was tempted to retire but simply kept going. Like other people – parents in particular – we cannot walk away when challenged: stay and work through the crises with professional, therapeutic and spiritual counselling. Now, my attitude is – I would retire before retirement age, not because I cannot hope, but it is increasingly hard to be creative and imaginative in a positive, nourishing way for myself and parishioners. Thus, while I remain, I will continue to be faithful to the ideals of priesthood I undertook all those years ago. Despite the cracked theology and repeat hate speech of Marge, the gospel of Christ is my grounding, hope and life sustenance….as it is for many of my confreres. Thank you MMM….

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1:05, nobody, especially Magna Carta, is denying the huge amount of good clergy do for the community. For example they have kept many a criminal defense lawyer in yachts, single-handedly supported the lace industry, kept the gay porn and sex toys industry going, and supported many a Waitrose.
Well done, good and faithful servant!

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Not to forget their considerable expenditure on poppers, incense and Jean Paul Gaultier, Le Male….

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1.23: Where next…The Abbey Theatre with that supposed humour?? Trailer trash genre you are!! Tabloid sleaze. You thick…

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@1:23 I actually looked this up from interest but before the website knocked me out for being in Europe, I saw that CNN estimated the RC church in the US spent $300,000,000 in costs related to abuse (compensation and legal fees) in one year ALONE. Multiply that by more or less 30 years since the abuse thing took off and the number of different locations (although the bills are likely to be lower elsewhere because not everywhere has the punitive damages there are in US law) and that’s a lot of yachts for a lot of lawyers.
And the purpose of the church is…?

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Humour? Merely a factual statement of industries we have seen supported by priests discussed here. The humour is purely in your head and you don’t show yourself up very well by becoming abusive ‘father’.

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And we mustn’t forget the small support given to abortion clinics by the vanishingly small number of straight priests.
What’s the matter, did you think the money you give to the church was used charitably? 🐑

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1:05 pm
Are you a professional Christian earning you living from preaching the gospel on behalf of the catholic church? If so, tell me, would Jesus Christ condone abusive gaslighting?

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Sadly, 3:36, one of the things abundantly clear from this blog is that many a professional Christian doesn’t give a toss about what Jesus Christ would think, or this blog wouldn’t exist.

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But do you still believe in all the crackpot religious guff of your church? And if you do, why?
To use an analogy: could it be that you’ve worn those comfortable old shoes for so long that any other footwear would be uncomfortable. Is it the same thing with the Roman collar, ….that you’re just so embedded in belief you can’t imagine let alone admit any doubts?

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11:39am Kevin Connolly is not going to Westminster diocese……he’s staying in Clogher but is getting moved again. Not fair on him as he’s only ordained a couple of years.

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2.15: Deaf Guy: Pat is patiently waiting for a commenter to give information re: Fr. Slattery, even though Pat seems to know more than any of us. He will let someone do his dirty work.. He’s a cute hoor.

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@Magna Carta: I have had a thought about the promises priests make at ordination to obey the bishop. You have had many a run in where you have said that they have traded in their conscience and they deny that they have.
It seems to me that if they are making promises to obey someone but also saying to themselves that they won’t if it disagrees with their conscience, they are making these promises with at least a mental reservation, and so they don’t actually mean these promises at all.
What do you think?
I’m torn between thinking that it’s better they make them with a reservation and thinking that if they do they obviously have no conscience because otherwise they would be doing much more to change the church’s rampant criminality.

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2.34

I suspect that very many ordinands to Roman Catholic priesthood don’t bother to reflect on what they are going to promise, usually to a bloated bishop. Nor would they particulary care if they did, such, peculiarly, is their eagerness for ordination to a priesthood Jesus did not found.

The few that might think as you proposed would make that promise anyhow.

Do you remember the programme on BBC 1called Priest School? Well, one Scottish ordinand (just one mind😕) expressed this kind of reservation about that promise, but he proceeded to ordination regardless. I suspect that he is typical of the very few ordinands who experience this moment of conscientious doubt.

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Forgive my ignorance, what’s poppers?

Me thinks rcc lost the track of themselves since the schism of 1054 or since 4th century.

Hence rcc troubles since then.

I recalled deceased Donegal healer who explained that rcc taught people the wrong way cos prayers weren’t answered. It’s cos of tradition carried down in wrong way.

I did try his method as I was quite astonished it worked. He put an emphasis on direct relationship between me or you and God.

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Poppers are chemicals you sniff. They give you a rush, improve the sensation in sex and relax the anus for anal sex.

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The Maynooth Popper culture. Michael Byrne supplied the largest amount of Poppers, however once he AWOL, Later on Stephen Wilson took over the distribution on the corridor.

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They also make your heart race so they are to be avoided if you have heart related issues.

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Breaking news Killaloe changes are out , Michael Collins is resigning his post as Director of Formation in Maynooth and will be in Charge of Pastoral Planning for Killaloe. A sad day for Mick.

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Not exactly a great day for Killaloe either. How has his experience up to now prepared him for this new role?

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One movie named’ Exorcist the beginning’.. One recurring scene when the German captain said to priest ‘ God is not here today, priest’.

It often played in my mind back then often cos when abuses happened, where was God that time?

Its relevant cos ‘God wasn’t or isn’t here today, deaf boy instead of priest ‘ when abuse took place. I don’t mean it literally but a sense of abandoned by God when it happened. Where was he?

Its a spritual betrayal and also incalculable spiritual damage on part of rcc. It made look at rcc at totally different perspective from non abused people who never experienced it.

Video clip here : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H-o7Nij7B58

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Thank you, Deaf Guy, for going right to the heart of the problem ( it’s touched on in the comments above). To be frank it’s a problem for monotheism because it’s a difficulty to have an all-powerful god and yet there are all sorts of cruel things going on.
I was struck by Francis’s description of the permissive will of God (although he was talking about this will allowing there to be different religions). I suppose the classic approach is to say that God allows these things because we have free will. But clerical sexual abuse is a real problem there, because each and every one has passed the church’s scrutiny, and the church has agreed their call. Seamus is of course right that you could betray god afterwards, but when you get people ordained who are clearly criminals and the whole hierarchy actively allowing them to abuse, you do have to ask what is going on here. The clergy aren’t providing any sensible explanation for this, and my view is they don’t have one. I also think this clearly indicates the RC church is not the Catholic Church because I’m not being hit in the eye by its holiness.
If you believe in God it is of course impossible for him not to be present, but I honestly think you have to do a better job of the stuff I mention than the clergy who comment here are doing.

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4:26 pm

Maybe the institutional church has elevated above the Gospel their sacred priesthood, their clerical fraternity and the protection of their status,reputation, clericalist culture and public perception. Aspects of Christs teaching appear to have been cherry picked as theological reinforcements of their elevated status. Why ignore, harming little ones? Why?

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4.26

You do indeed have to ask what is going on here, don’t you? But you must ask it of the right person. Might this be God-almighty himself, herself, or any-other-self-you-care-to-name?😕

The romanists like to elevate themselves by claiming that while other people have … tch! … mere jobs, THEY have vocations, that is, God-almighty himself, herself, or any-other-self-you-care-to-name personally picked each and every one of these men, including the perverts, child-rapists, kiddie-fiddlers, and their protectors-enablers (which latter means every priest who didn’t, personally, kiddie-fiddle).

This is what you MUST believe if you accept the romanist self-creed that every priest was chosen by God before his birth (indeed, before even recorded time began) and then called again, by name this time, after his birth to a priesthood Christ objectively did not institute, so that they could, each or together, be seeds of the grossest moral corruption in the church his own son suffered and died to found. It strikes me as risibly odd, this notion about God, because it achieves the very thing his son, Jesus, assured his listeners even Satan was not dumb enough to effect: the destruction of his kingdom through internal division.

So you really do have to ask now, don’t you, whether God-almighty himself, herself, or any-other-self-you-care-to-name isn’t …well … just a bit dimmer than Satan? And whether he let down the side? His own son? 😕

Or might it just have been that the romanists, like the infamous builders of Babel, so wanted to make themselves God’s equal that they built their own tower of self-aggrandisement, shored up by the most massive beams of ontological drivel you ever saw?

Either way, you get an explanation for the moral corruption in the Church that has been backing up for centuries now, to the point where the stench is positively overwhelming.😷

I know which explanation I prefer.

Never, ever give even one penny to a romanist priest. If you do (unless you are too stupid to be self-insightful), you will be held to account by God for shoreing up one of the grossest, most humanly offensive structures in history. (And you won’t get just a divine finger waved in your fat, eschatological face.)

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Anon 4.26pm
I’m talking about when young at 7 or 8 years of age with no religion education to boot(Catholic).
Had no idea of who and what God is at that age. No concept of believing in God that time just seeing a bad tempered priest with nuns day to day daily basis in boarding school for deaf boys.
Just received HC there with no understanding of it nor did I receive any Catholic instruction there at that time. It was forced without any understanding of it.
Then it led me to think that the nuns and cbs used schools for
monetary purposes instead of charity (which is free) such as teaching for money cos it was private plus some state funded as well. I recall it was a private Catholic school for deaf boys in South Dublin as we had to pay for it as opposed to Cabra schools which was free. I understood why I was sent there cos nuns didn’t like Cabra cos they heard rumours of what’s going on there since 1858. This they told parents to go to other school which was fee paying one set up by Archbishop mc quaid. Why was it on charity basis cos its fee paying school which shouldn’t.
Once you strip rcc of their role in education and health such as schools and hospitals thus no handouts from the state. So its all about money in their minds. My ex school 1st one now sold off to developers and Nuns made millions cos its South Dublin.
At the end of the day, its never about religion or nor was there any Catholic teaching, its all the more about money to make their living as opposed to their charity work nor did they teach Catholic education. Its down to lay teachers on salary from dept of education. Nuns were getting off scot free cos they were using state resources as opposed to their own resources (fee paying school). That’s their mindset.
I give an example of this is maternity hospital on nuns land grounds which shouldn’t happen cos its all bout money for next 99 years or whatever the contract states.
The state should buy another land to fit in their maternity hospital plans into without any Catholic ethos cos they own it completely re land and in return of their investment is revenues coming from new maternity hospital in next 99 years instead of going to the nuns bank account as its a win win situation for the state.
Thats my experience in schools runs by religious orders.

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Drugs should be out of bounds in any seminaries especially Maynooth. I wonder what about Rome seminaries?
I’m anti drugs cos one of my late relatives died from drug addiction. Watched him destroyed within from heroin, coke as he was addicted from the start . He couldn’t get out of that drug trap. Once you take in first time then you are hooked.
Its a matter of choice but it led me to become anti drugs cos you would be supporting the gangs or murderers by giving or buying them via money to continue their drugs lifestyle.

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6.24: Deaf Guy: go into hiding for some time..Get your facts right re: maternity hospital…you are ignorantly misinformed.

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@3.39pm There is really no point in telling us that Dublin appointments have been published if you do not provide further information, not least about those you think will interest readers of this blog. My advice is for you to write your comment again, providing a more helpful, interesting and coherent comment.

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3.39: Nothing at all interesting about Dublin summer appointments…The Archbishop has a work to complete which is what he is doing. You obviously are a gosdmsiper…Tell us the “interesting” ones!! – if you inow…you are dope.

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You mentioned above the new bishop of Cork Fintan Gavin, the then vice chancellor, presided over the trial as the chancellor Monsignor John Dolan had been a teaching colleague of Slattery’s in Clonliffe. If true, in view of the fact that it is practice not to make a priest who presided over the trial of a priest a bishop, because of the potential for scandal, you ask how was Fintan made the bishop of Cork? Are there potential implications or repercussions for Fintan Gavin in his role as bishop? Do you know if the Nuncio had been made aware of this matter?

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You will remember from Spotlight, Pat, that the journalists’ investigation was greatly helped once they started following up priests on sabbatical or c/o. If you keep following up these strange disappearances you will be guaranteed to uncover more cover ups sooner or later. 👍

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Canonical trials what a complete medieval joke – Canon Law is like Sharia Law – a device to control and lord it over subordinate – a tool of the church to repress and oppress – a priest on trial for predatory homosexual acts is like a convention for jealous Queens!!

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7.49: The Dublin appointments are of concern only to those who are being moved and to the Diocese and parishes. Would you guys get a life!!

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8.26
Yes, I seen that myself today, ennis were crying for ger so the Bishop gave them a ger 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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5.57: The bitch is back with a vengeance: she lost out on her vocation to priesthood because of her errant, unsuitable, dysfunctional behaviour. Fact. We were there. Now, she’s all full of rage, angst, poisonous hatred and nastiness, rewriting theology, history and scriptures. Marge dear, get over your rejection and envy. We all have a “vocation” to be of CHRIST through baptism – is that not good enough for you? Within the community of God’s people we all are “called”, “gifted” or “have a vocation”. If you were in our parish, I’d give you the job of scrubbing the floors – your saliva seems to flow frothing every time you speak…you’d be a good washer upper!! One has to be very discerning and circumspect about who comes forward though!! And, I suspect Marge that you’d be in a long waiting list. There are some wonderful parishioners living their Christian vocation in our parishes. They inspire priests….God bless these biggest Christ-like people and our priests.

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There are several things clear about’father’ from this comment. He is a queen, a crashing snob, sees himself as the boss, thinks laypeople inspire priests (although it’s not like any inspiration is going to go the other way), intolerant and just generally a nasty piece of work.
Have you been on the gin? Because you have pretty well made Magna Carta s point for him!

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Anon @ 9.13: What’s up with you? Are you just cleric hater too? Some of you idiots just go all silly when any priest expresses an opinion. Your comment is of a tabloid genre: gutter trash.

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Another cathbot confirming that priests are arrogant bastards and the sheep let them get away with any abuse.

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Pat perhaps you should let one post run over two days more often. The bitchy clergy have distinguished themselves on this post. 😂

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