Father Benedict

Monk calls for better protections for church whistleblowers after being ostracised from Co Meath monastery

Sarah Mac Donald Irish Independent
September 15 2021

A monk who raised concerns over financial governance and inappropriate behaviour at a Co Meath monastery has called for new protections for whistleblowers in the Catholic Church.

Fr Benedict Andersen, who was formerly second in command at Silverstream Priory near Stamullen, Co Meath, told the Irish Independent that he now finds himself out of ministry, with no income and living in America.

“It might be a good time for some new protections for those who become whistleblowers in the church,” he said.

Fr Andersen is calling for an “impartial investigation” of his claims. “What has happened at Silverstream Priory is a textbook example of how a religious community should not be governed,” he said.

Silverstream monastery was founded in 2012 by charismatic US-born Benedictine monk Fr Mark Daniel Kirby, who was prior until 2020.

The Co Meath community promotes the Latin liturgy and a conservative form of Catholicism.

In May 2020, Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath ordered a canonical visitation or investigation of Silverstream monastery.

A five-page report which followed the visitation, seen by the Irish Independent, enumerated concerns about its financial management as well as the structure and governance of the monastery’s ­community life.

The church investigation came about following complaints made to the Bishop of Meath and the Papal Nuncio in April 2020 by Fr Andersen.

He says they were “the ­culmination of years of deep concern”.

He also alleges “a culture of habitual boundary-crossing in almost every area of community life: spiritual, emotional, physical, and material/ ­financial”.

Fr Andersen’s complaints range from lack of financial oversight to inappropriate behaviour to “egregious breaches of confidentiality” in relation to medical and spiritual matters.

According to Fr Andersen, monks at the monastery were not usually allowed go to the doctor and be examined without another member of the community with them.

In their report, the visitation team recognised that serious breaches of medical data protection and spiritual confidentiality (what they termed the “internal forum”) were occurring.

The visitation team was led by the Abbot of Glenstal, Brendan Coffey, who was assisted by the Abbot of Mount Melleray, Richard Purcell, and Monsignor Gearoid Dullea of the Diocese of Cork and Ross.

For many years since its foundation, Silverstream Priory was lauded as an example of a flourishing conservative community which had attracted many vocations.

Silverstream was in the headlines in 2017 when the former Bishop of Meath, Dr Michael Smith, presided at a ceremony which formally recognised it as a monastic institute of consecrated life, making it the first new monastery established in the diocese of Meath since Reformation times.

The community grew from two monks to 15, attracting vocations, such as an Australian former surfer and others from the US and Denmark.

As the community grew, an ambitious plan for the reconstruction of the monastery’s buildings got under way. But in order to carry these out, a lot of money had to be raised.

The visitation report noted that during the years 2016-2019, the community invested over €2.5m in purchasing the property and renovating it, even though the monastery’s income in 2019 dropped by 50pc of what it was in each of the three previous years. At the same time, expenses were increasing by 20pc each year.

One of Fr Andersen’s major concerns was the monastery’s failure to keep records, plan its budget, or record specific donations.

The Visitation Report warned the community that the civil legal structure of Silverstream Priory needed attention to make it compliant with civil law, the Revenue Commissioners, the Charity Governance Code and Data Protection legislation.

“We have concerns in these areas,” the report stated.

Other concerns focused on the monastery’s failure to present annual accounts to Silverstream’s chapter for approval.

Furthermore, Fr Andersen felt that Fr Kirby’s revelation to him that he had filled dozens of prayer journals with prayers and reflections about him, along with his hugs, his caressing of Fr Andersen’s head, as well as graphic disclosures of sexual abuse, overstepped boundaries.

Fr Andersen first spoke to Bishop Deenihan of Meath about his concerns in February 2020, as he was at that point thinking of leaving Silverstream. He then wrote to the bishop on April 30, outlining his concerns and expressing the view that Fr Kirby could not remain as the community’s superior.

On May 20, Bishop Deenihan announced a visitation. Due to the pandemic, the process was delayed, and the visitation team arrived at the monastery on June 9, 2020, and spent three days interviewing the monks.

On 25 June, Silverstream received a copy of the visitors’ five-page report, which praised the monastery as a “place of prayer, a place that is a centre of peace and retreat”, which was clearly at odds with the allegations made by Fr Andersen.

Asked to respond to Fr Andersen’s allegations, a spokesman for Bishop Deenihan explained that Silverstream was established as a Diocesan Institute of Consecrated Life in 2017 by the former Bishop of Meath, Bishop Michael Smith.

Martin Long of the Catholic Communications office told the Irish Independent : “As Silverstream had not long been established as a Diocesan Institute of Consecrated Life, it was timely that it underwent a visitation which is now concluded. This is a normal part of church life, and the purpose of its report is to assist the good governance of the monastery and is not for publication.”

He also highlighted that there had been “personalised and serious charges published online concerning the monastic community and its members and, in justice, the diocese cannot respond as there are ongoing investigations by canonical and civil authorities”.

A spokesperson for the Garda confirmed to the Irish Independent that there is an investigation relating to a monastery in Stamullen, Co Meath. The Irish Independent also requested a response from Silverstream community and was told: “This matter is still subject to a Garda investigation, and we will not make any further comment until this is complete.”

Since he aired his concerns about Silverstream, Fr Andersen claims he has been ostracised by the community, accused of indirectly violating the confessional seal, left without a ministry, and a home.

He says however that he does not know who accused him of the canonical crime of breaking the seal of confession and reporting him to the Vatican.

“My canonical advocate in Rome has, thus far, been unable to learn anything about these charges. We have not even been able to learn if there is an associated ‘protocol number’, which would be proof that there is a complaint against me in the files of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” he said.

He added: “Of course, I will defend myself vigorously: no such violation has ever occurred. It has been suggested to me by my advocate that it is a way of undermining my credibility in the civil forum.”

His advocate has also failed to get any response from Bishop Deenihan about the complaint.


Father Benedict has been treated atrociously by his monastery and Tom Deenihan the Roman Catholic incumbent of Meath.

He was subjected to serious sexual harassment by the prior – that nut job Kirby.

Tom Deenihan has been most unkind and unChristian to him.

Benedict is a kind, sincere and very prayerful monk.

What is it about the RCC – the more of a bastard you the better you are treated.

I’m sure the Good Lord will bring Benedict to a place that deserves him and respects him.


Peter, the man with the info on the Gay / Satanic group and the child abuse will follow that up on Monday.




15th September 2021

Our Lady of Sorrows.

Bishop Denis Nulty

Roman Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

Dear Denis,

I want to draw your attention to my blog of today about Gay / Satanic meeting taking place in Kildare that are being attended allegedly by a retired bishop, priests, monks and seminarians along with former priests, former seminarians and lay men. I enclose a copy of the blog herein.

These meeting often take place on the Feast Days of Our Blessed Lady and up to 60 people attend.

Their last meeting was on the 25th August 2021 and the next meeting in on 25th September 2021.

One of the organisers of this meeting is a former priest, maybe of Kildare, who claims that he abducted and sexually abused by a serving priest of your diocese – Father Xxxxx xxxxxc– at the age of 15.

The man with all the information on all these matters is known, for now, as Peter – and he is happy to meet you and give you all the information he has.

If you let me know the best number for Peter to ring you on, I will have him call you in the following days.

These matters have been known to the Gardai for 5 years and for some inexplicable reason no action has yet been taken.

After meeting Peter I would ask you to investigate the:

1. Alleged sex abuse by Fr Xxxxx xxxxx

2, The Satanic / Gay sex ring in your diocese attended by clergy, religious and laity.

Sincerely yours,

+ Pat Buckley.


Bishop Donal McKeown

Clerical changes were announced last night by Bishop Donal McKeown.

The Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Dr Donal McKeown, has announced the following clerical changes for the Derry Diocese.

Rev Neil Farren, PP Ardmore to be PP Coleraine (Dunboe, Macosquin and Aghadowey).

Rev Dr James McGrory, PP Coleraine, to be PP Ardmore.

Rev Patrick Baker, CC Limavady to be Administrator, Longt Tower.

Rev Chris McDermott, CC Drumragh (Omagh) and CC Langfield to be CC Limavady.

Rev Malachy Gallagher, CC Glendermott and CC Strathfoyle to be CC Melmount and CC Sion Mills.

Rev Peter O’Kane, to return from the Irish Dominican Province to be CC Drumragh (Omagh) and CC Langfield.

Rev James Devine, to return from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception to be CC Holy Family, Ballymagroarty.

Rev Ignacy Saniuta, on loan from Diocese of Vitebsk and CC Drumragh (Omagh) and CC Langfield to be CC St Eugene’s Cathedral, as well as continuing his ministry to the Polish community in the Diocese of Derry.

Rev Roni Zacharias, on loan from the Archeparchy of Changanacherry to be CC Glendermott and CC Strathfoyle.

Rev John P Forbes, priest-in-residence Badoney Lower, to retire.

Rev Christopher Ferguson, priest-in-residence, Three Patrons (Pennburn, Galliagh and Carnhill), has requested and been granted leave of absence from ministry from 16 October next until 31 August next year.

Most of the changes will come into effect from this Saturday, September 18.





There is a group of up to 60 men having regular meetings in the midlands of Ireland that are engaging in gay sex orgies with a strong Satanic aspect.

Most of the men are laymen, as far as I understand, but the meetings are attended by a bishop, several priests, monks, seminarians and former priests and seminarians.

The meetings take place in the rural home of a middle aged male gay couple and also at several outdoor wooded areas in Kildare, Laois and Monaghan in Ulster.

The meetings are often timed to coincide with an important Catholic feast day, especially of the Virgin Mary -like the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th.

The next meeting is to be held on September 25 th the feast – the Saturday memorial if the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Below is the social media invite which I had to edit for obvious reasons.

Here is part of a social media conversation between members of the group and an under cover researcher.




The youngest male at the meeting is called the “Agnus Dei” (Lamb of God) and is required to drink various bodily fluids from chalices.


The Gardai received a full report and a full set of documents, recordings and photographs 6 years ago.

Nothing has happened to date.

Members of the group also come from the Gardai, lawyers, dental and other professions.


The person who gave the report to the Gardai was intimidated in his home by men wearing balaclavas in the middle of the night.

This issue is receiving the intense interest of highly motivated people and will be pursued to the end – especially as there are child safeguarding aspects involved



On Sunday, in the Dockers Social Club, in North Belfast, an ordination to the priesthood took place.

The man ordained was Seamus Mac Ghille Aindris.

The ordaining bishop was Archbishop Jonathan Blake of the Open Episcopal Church.


Personally, I do not know anyone in this church.

I have visited the social club where the ordination took place.

It is in the North of Belfast – a strongly Catholic and Republican district.

The OEC is very strongly supportive of the LGBT community.


I think on the one hand this movement is the result of some people’s disillusionment with the Catholic and other mainstream churches.

Some people walk away and forget the whole thing.

Others, like people in the OEC, have decided to keep their faith in God, form community groups and erect their own “churches” and meet for prayer and worship.

I do think we will see more of this as the mainstream churches decline.

I also think that more LGBT people will join groups like this feeling the alienation they do from the Catholic and other mainstream churches.




Michael Lomasney RIP

We must make a MASSIVE distinction between condemning Fr Lomasney’s particular actions and judging where his eternal soul has gone to.

We can condemn somebody’s actions in this life – but we have no right to judge their departed souls. That is God’s right and only God’s right.

What sin could be worse than MURDERING GOD?

And if those people on Calvary who did that were forgiven by Jesus as he died, then there is no such a thing as an unforgivable sin.

As he died Jesus prayed:

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”.

As Father Faber’s famous hymn says:

“There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the widenessnof the sea”.

Just before Fr Lomasney died in that chair he could have thrown himself on the mercy of God and asked forgiveness for all the sins of his life.

And if he did that, he was forgiven and went to heaven.

And if he didn’t do that, he is still a beneficiary of Christ’s death on the cross and we can believe, as with all of us, that his sins were washed clean by the blood of Our Lord.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, I shall make them as white as snow”.


I’m sure that when Fr Lomasney entered Maynooth at the tender age of 18 he was full of faith, hope and love. Im, sure he fervently said his prayers.

I hope that when took his promise of celibacy he did it sincerely – unless something serious or sexual happened to him in Maynooth?

Any man who taked his celibacy promise with his fingers crossed or with a mental reservation would, in my mind, invalidate the sacrament.

And this has happened.


The real question is this: “How did a good, young Cloyne seminarian become so involved in homosexual dysfunctionality that he had sex on an altar?

What happened?

What was the process?

What, or who, led him astray?


In itself, Fr Lomasney’s story is not another 9/11.

But it serves as a examination template for what has happened and is happening among the bishops, priests and religious of the church.

What has created the McCarricks, the Maciels, the Brendan Smiths?

In the Irish church what process created the Eamon Caseys, the Michael Clearys, the Richard Purcells, the Ger Fitzgeralds, the Gerry Careys.

What process led to the 2016 Maynooth Summer of Strange Goings On?

What process has led to the decline of the Cistercians, the Dominicans, the Redemptorists and others?


Pope Francis might blame the Devil?

Others might blame Vatican II?

But the real answer must be that the church has become the way it has because it has abandoned Christ, his Way and his teachings.

Because a church, with Christ at its heart could not be involved in financial corruption, abuse of power, total worldliness, sexual dysfunctionality, abuses of all kinds, lies, cover-up, political interference, murder and so on.

The Roman Catholic Church, is not currently a CHRISTIAN church ( in the true sense if the word) – if it ever was?

It has become an international corporation. The pope is the World President. The cardinals are the the International Vice Presidents. The bishops are the regional managers. The parish priests are the branch managers.

The Roman Catholic Church “incorpotated”.

And now, their business is contracting. Their customers are going elsewhere. Their reserves are threatened. Their buildings are endangered. Their income is on the wain.

I wonder. I just wonder, if Hurricane Spirit is gaining strength and coming our way?




The life and death of Father Lomasney was sad.

I hope he is now finding the happiness that eluded him for so long.

He obviously had a major struggle with alcohol for many years.

His actions on the altar in Kildorery also show that he had a major struggle with sexuality too – something that was probably made worse by his drinking.

Heavy drinking and immune illnesses make people more vulnerable to bronchopneumonia

He died in the Parochial House in Doneraile where he was staying with the PP, Fr Crowley.


The bishop, Crean, has trying to deflect from the whole situation by pretending the altar pictures were photoshopped.

They were not!

And apparently he never even went to Kildorrery to reconsecrate the altar and church.


There is an increasing concern that Michael Lomasney was involved with the Kildare gay Satanic set where a younger man is called the “Agnus Dei” (Lamb of God) and forced to drink bodily fluids from chalices 😱


By ~ Fr Evans Ishiekwene

Roman Catholic is a term sometimes used to differentiate members of the Catholic Church in full communion with the pope in Rome from other Christians who also self-identify as “Catholic”. It is also sometimes used to differentiate adherents to the Latin Church and its Roman rite from other Catholics, i.e. adherents of the Eastern Catholic Churches of various Eastern rites. It is not the official name preferred by the Holy See or bishops in full communion with the pope as a designation for their faith or institution.

Someone can be “CATHOLIC” but Non “Roman Catholic”

One of the Four Marks of the Church set out in the Nicene Creed, a statement of belief widely accepted across Christian denominations. Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox consider the term to refer to a single institutional one true church, “CATHOLIC”
    While Protestant ecclesiology considers it in reference as the “UNIVERSAL” Christian Church. Following the term “papist”, attested in English since 1534, the terms “Popish Catholic” and “Romish Catholic” came into use during the Protestant Reformation. From the 17th century.

Being a Roman Catholic does not signify other independent Catholics as non void CATHOLIC, Because the Church Remains Universal. Practicing the Ancient CATHOLIC Doctrines in adherents to the teachings of the Apostles and their successions given directly From Jesus Christ Himself Validly to His Apostles transmitted down to the Bishops, Which indicates the authenticity of the Church as “CATHOLIC”  but Non Roman Juridictions

Formulations such as the “Holy Roman Catholic Church” have occurred by officials of the Catholic Church before and after the Reformation. It has also occurred in the context of ecumenical dialogue with dialogue partners preferring this usage with other independent juridictions,  as “CATHOLIC” was in communication with the Armenian and Eastern Catholic Churches. Some years after the East–West Schism.

However, the last official  magisterium document to use “Roman Catholic Church” was issued by Pope Pius XII in 1950.

Christ is the Church, and the Church is One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, (UNIVERSAL).



Submitted by a blog reader

Vincent Mercer

Vincent Mercer was a member of the Irish Dominican province and a priest, He was laicised in 2017. He is currently living in an apartment in Dublin, payed for by the Irish Dominican province. He has a Wikipedia page dedicated to him, which can be viewed to see a list of his convictions and jail terms. Since the year 2000 the law of the church has said that if a priest is convicted of child sex abuse they are to be defrocked. It is now 2017.

The abusive career of Vincent Mercer began when he was a student for the priesthood in Tallaght back in the late 60’s early 70’s. It was brought to the attention of his then provincial Flannan Hynes OP (still alive thought now living in South America). He was not expelled from the order, and this allowed him to continue he abusive career until the 1990s, using his position as a priest/Dominican to gain trust and a cover of respectability.

Flannan Hynes OP (still alive thought now living in South America). He was not expelled from the order, and this allowed him to continue he abusive career until the 1990s, using his position as a priest/Dominican to gain trust and a cover of respectability.

He was made principal of Newbridge College, a secondary school (at the time an all-boys boarding school) run by the Dominican order. It was a curious appointment, as Mercer had no teaching qualification or indeed a civil third level qualification what so ever! Here he begun to abuse boys also. He used creep into the dormitories at night time and sexually assault the students.

He was removed on ‘health grounds’ one night (and I do mean literally in the middle of the night) and moved to Waterford, where he abused, to cork where he abused, back to Dublin where he abused.

Each time he was moved a different reason was given. Incidentally while Mercer was in Newbridge college one of his colleges was Brian Mckevitt op, editor of the Alive newspaper. It is alleged that one boy told McKevitt that Mercer was abusing him. McKevitt reacted by dragging the child in front of Mercer and making him repeat what he had said about Mercer! McKevitt was challenged on this on the radio programme ‘Liveline’. He denied that he was in the College at the same time as Mercer, however the yearly college annuals tell otherwise.

Mercer was eventually removed from ministry in the early 2000’s as victims began to sue the Irish Dominican province. However he could have been stopped a lot earlier, as he was reported while he was a student, by a fellow student who is now a prior of a Dublin community.

Mercer was allowed to continue his vile behaviour because superiors claimed they did not know that child abuse was wrong! And they did not know what to do about it! So they moved him until the next complaint was made, then shipped him off again to another unsuspecting congregation!

Amazingly when he was removed from Newbridge, to Waterford, the then provincial actually said he was suitable for youth ministry! I know this to be true because the man who was prior there at the time told me.

Two former provincials, who were in office when Mercer was abusing, and who had it reported to them, are still alive, living in Ireland and in ministry.


Fr. Tom Jordan OP editor of ‘Spirituality’ magazine. Provincial 1984-1992. Currently residing at the Black Abbey Dominican church, Kilkenny City.

Tom make 2 claims regarding knowledge of Mercers abuse.

  1. He knew nothing.
  2. When he does admit that he knew something, he claims did not know that child abuse/rape was wrong! (I am not making this up!) Now this makes him either amoral, unable to distinguish right from wrong, therefore not suitable to be a priest, or a liar, again not suitable to be a priest.
  3. In 2003 the Province held a seminar on the subject of Child sex abuse, in the Dominican retreat centre in Mayfiled, Cork city. It was a seminar, with professional speaks speaking on this terrible issue. The then provincial was Gearoid Manning, who left the order in 2004. During the seminar Both Flannan Hynes (who was home at the time) and Tom Jordan stood up and declared they did not know that the rape and sexual assault of children was wrong, or indeed was a crime. To be fair member of the province did try to tackle them, but were stopped by the chair of the meeting. To this day that is the line peddled by Tom Jordan. I remember sitting with him at lunch one day and raising this, specifically why did he not report Mercer to the Garda, and again I got the usual ‘I did not know that child abuse was a crime’ answer. (Well at least he said ‘crime’ instead of ‘wrong’ perhaps it was the beginning of a moral enlightment!) I questioned if he knew rape/sexual assault was wrong, he answered that he did. So I asked him why he had had this lack of clarity when an adult male priest raped a child. I remember his look of indignation and indeed sheer contempt at my questioning him. He answered, in a very patronising way, that I wouldn’t understand, it was ‘complicated’ for them. I was stopped by another priest for asking more questions, and he change the subject! Tom is the kind of cleric who is ‘progressive’ and believes in the ‘empowerment’ of the laity. He also treats with distain anyone who would dare disagree with him, and did not think twice about inflicting a paedophile priest on the unsuspecting laity. He did not know that child abuse was wrong.
  4. Fr Larry Collins OP. Provincial from 1992-2000. Member of the Dublin marriage tribunal. Currently administrator of the parish of St Dominic, Tallaght, Archdiocese of Dublin. (Ironically the place where Mercers abuse was first reported, but back then it was called Loreto parish) Also on the board of management of Newbridge College, and parish schools.

Larry Collins op, on the left of this picture, with his arm around Jim Dunleavy OP.

By the time Larry was provincial the ‘rumours’ of Mercer were getting harder to ignore. We were now in the era of the Eamon Casey and Brendan Smith scandals.

Rumours regarding Mercer were beginning to circulate around the province. In the mid 1990’s the Dominican priest in charge of the Dominican summer camp Knockadoon, in rural Cork, had heard of these rumours. (Incidentally Mercer had abused children in Knockadoon also, in the 1960’s). As Mercer was showing up to the summer camp, the priest in charge contacted Collins to ask if the rumours were true and indeed if it was safe for Mercer to be near the kids at the camp. The priest told me of the response he got from Fr Larry Collins OP, then provincial of the Irish Dominican province.

Collins accused the priest, who made the inquiry, of trying to malign Fr Mercer, of making untrue/unfounded accusations against Mercer and ordered the priest to desist at once from spreading such disgusting and unfound rumours about a wonderful priest! The priest told me he only wishes he had kept that letter. Mercer had many powerful friend who shielded him, Collins was one of them. I know that Collins had sent Mercer to Stroud, a centre for troubled/problematic priests, but removed him when Mercer claimed he was losing his faith! Though it is worth noting that Collins did, eventually, limit Mercers ministry activities, sometime in the late 1990’s.

Like Fr Tom Jordan OP, Fr Larry Collins OP did not feel the need to report Mercer to the civil authorities. We were now in the post Brendan Smith period. Collins became provincial in 1992, Mercers last know abuse was in cork in 1994, for which he has served a sentence. A simple google search will reveal all of this. Two things are worth noting. 1 no report was made by Collins to the civil authorities, 2 Collins seems to have tried to quash members of the province from asking questions about Mercer. At a community social a priest, in my presence, said ‘that Larry perjured himself in the Mercer case’, in claiming that he knew nothing of Mercers abusive behaviour.

Larry Collins is on the Board of management of Newbridge College, is a past pupil of the college, and has an almost fanatical love for the place. Yet this did not encourage him to protect children, or indeed remove a dangerous paedophile from a position where he could hurt children. If such a case were to arise now would Collins act correctly and report it, or would he still have ‘uncertainties’ regarding child protection? Is it appropriate for him to be heading a parish and be on board of managements of schools in the Archdiocese of Dublin?

I would describe both Jordan and Collins as two very judgemental men. For example in the issue of marriage equality both men would have had absolutely no doubts that Marriage equality was ‘wrong and dangerous for society’ and that it is the job of the state, through its laws, to reflect this. Yet when it came to Fr Vincent Mercer OP they ‘did not know that child abuse/sexual assault was wrong’, or that the States laws should be involved. They deny any wrong doing of course. The motto of the Dominican order is ‘Veritas’, the latin for truth. However, it seems that the relationship of some Dominicans with ‘truth’ is loose to say the least.

My conclusion.

I am going to make a dangerous conclusion. I cannot prove this, but it would make sense in light of what we now know. I suspect a deal was done with Mercer. If he said that his religious superiors had no knowledge of his abusive activity, then they would look after him, they would not kick him out of the order or strip him of his priesthood.

Though out of ministry, Mercer is still a priest and a member of the Irish Dominican province.

Just to illustrate the depravity and shamelessness of Mercer. Recently, last month, he attended a funeral in Mayfield in Cork city. Mercier position himself at the end of the church so all could see him as they left, and he greeted many people. The parents of the child he abused in cork, for which he was sentenced on 22 February 2013, live there, and he would know that. They were probably at that funeral.


Tom Jordan op is the former Dominican provincial and currently editor of ‘spirituality’ magazine (Dominican Publication’s)


fr Lawrence (Larry) Collins op. Administrator of Dominics parish Tallaght Archdiocese of Dublin. Defender of the Bond Dublin marriage tribunal, former teacher of canon law in st Mary’s Dominican studium Tallaght.



ANGRY PHONSIE is AGAINST yoga, anti-cancer treatments for girls and government regulations on Covid protections.

ANGRY PHONSIE is FOR protecting the Boilerhouse abbot of Mount Melleray and for starting confirmations and holy communion services being held against government guidelines.

Rawhide and Phonsie


The battle between Church and State continues as Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Alphonsus Cullinan announced his intention to proceed with the sacraments of Communion and Confirmation in the coming weeks. At present, the Covid-19 regulation state, “ It is advised that religious ceremonies such as Baptisms, First Holy Communions, and Confirmations should not take place at this time.” Places of worship currently remain open for services for up to 50 attendees.

In a statement released last weekend, Bishop Cullinan said “as a Bishop, I must take into consideration: spiritual health and physical health.” He said that with “thousands being officially allowed at sporting events”, he can see no reason for the sacraments not to proceed.

Hitting out at NPHET and the government, Bishop Cullinan said the communication from them “leaves a great deal to be desired” where celebrating the sacraments is concerned.

He has officially sanctioned parishes and priests within his Diocese to proceed with the celebration of communion and confirmation from mid-August.

(News and Star, Waterford)


Phonsie in an a la carte bishop.

Challenges the moral issues he feels like challenging and ignores the issues that don’t suit his agenda.

Typical RC bishop.




Squatters rights is a crude colloquial expression for what the law itself, calls ADVERSE POSSESSION.

I think the law varies in each jurisdiction but the following things are important:

1. The claimant must have had possession of the property for a minimum of 12 years.

2. The claimant has had exclusive control of the property for that time.

3. The owners of the property must be aware that the claimant is in possession.

4. The claimant must use the property in such a way as to display his intention to own the property

5. The claimant must never have paid rent to the owner.

6. The claimant must not be in possession of the property through any form of force or threat.


In the UK people apply through the Land Registry Agency.

There is a form to complete and a strong body of evidence required.

If you afford a lawyer all the better.

But you can represent yourself as a personal litigant.

Thats not an easy task.

People who want more information on adverse possession can consult the SHELTER housing charity website.

From BBC


When Spanish bishop Xavier Novell resigned last month, the Roman Catholic Church cited strictly personal reasons without going into detail.

It has now emerged in Spanish media that he fell in love with a woman who writes Satanic-tinged erotic fiction.

In 2010 at the age of 41, he became Spain’s youngest bishop, in Solsona in the north-eastern region of Catalonia.

He has backed so-called conversion therapy for gay people and carried out exorcisms.

Seen as a rising star in Spain’s Catholic Church, his decision to resign with the Vatican’s approval came as a surprise last month. He is said to have met several times with Vatican officials as well as the Pope himself.

Xavier Novell was traditional in his remarks on abortion but his strident views on homosexuality and outspoken support for Catalonian independence were controversial.

It came as a shock when Religión Digital reported that he had fallen for divorcee Silvia Caballol, a psychologist and erotic novelist. The news site said that the former bishop was now looking for a job in the Barcelona area as an agronomist.


Caballol’s books include titles such as The Hell of Gabriel’s Lust and the trilogy Amnesia. In the blurb for one of her works, the reader is promised a journey into sadism, madness and lust and a struggle between good and evil, God and Satan with a plot to shake one’s values and religious beliefs.

Neither the ex-bishop, who is now 52, nor the novelist have responded to the reports although Religión Digital quoted him as saying “I have fallen in love and want to do things properly”.

The diocese has since responded by emphasising that “corroboration or not of this story is a strictly personal matter for him alone”.

The issue has again raised the issue of celibacy within the Church. In earlier interviews, Xavier Novell admitted that in his youth he had fallen in love with an 18-year-old girl and he had later wanted to marry and have children before deciding on a different path.

His change of heart has prompted grumblings within the Church. Dominican nun Lucía Caram said he was “out of his mind” and criticised his promotion of “conversion therapy”.


Someone made the point the other day that there is now a great variety show of misbehaviour and deviance among the clergy and episcopate.

I suppose a bishop running off with a Satanic and erotic novelist is a new turn?

And the old Pharisee was promoting conversion therapy for gay people.

As ne granny used to say: bad cess to him.



Were I to believe that Jesus did not found a “priesthood” as some on this blog believe, I think I might also have to believe that I have also wasted the last 51 years of my life since I entered seminary on the 27th September 1970.

So I do not believe I have wasted 51 years and I do believe that Christ founded a “priesthood”, or a certain type of ” discipleship”.

Jesus chose the 12 and sent them out. In each place they went they founded “local churches”.

Very early on members of those local communities emerged as “elders” – both men and women.

As communities grew a “college of elders” emerged for two reasons:

1. The communities were getting bigger and needed “officers” to guide and administer.

2. Many heresies crept in and these elders were there to teach truth and oppose error.

Eventually the colleges of elders chose a senior elder to be their”overseer” (episcopus)

We can see in the Scriptures from the time of Stephen, the developement of the diaconate – both male and female.

This leaves us with the three basic “orders” the deacon, the elder (priest) and overseer (bishop).

It is made quite clear in the New Testament that none of these people were to lord it over anyone else, but to be their brother, shepherd and servant.

We Catholics believe that there are two sources of God’s Revelation – Scripture and Holy ( as opposed to unholy) Tradition.

Cardinal Newman speaks a lot about the “development of doctrine”. Of course, that means that there can be good, bad neutral development.

I believe that the Holy Orders of today – deacon, priest and bishop are in keeping with the practice of the early church.

But other bad things happened:

1. The Christian Church aligning with Constantine and the State – leading the church, very wrongly, to take on the trappings of an empire.

2. The development of the three orders of servants becoming officers of an empire – leading eventually to the creation of a canonical clerical caste and a domineering hierarchical structure.

In one fell swoop, the servants had become the masters 😭


I believe that the “development” of the sacraments was, in itself, in keeping with the intentions of Jesus and the early church.

Jesus was BAPTISED.

Jesus sent the Spirit – CONFIRMATION.

Jesus commanded his followers to break bread – EUCHARIST.

Jesus instructed his followers to bind and loose on earth – PENANCE.

From the beginning Jesus and the early church laid hands in people who were appointed to new ministeries – HOLY ORDERS.

James ordered that the elders pray over the sick – SACREMENT OF THE SICK.

MARRIAGE was a late startes and the church only took it serious from the 12 th onwards.

Of course Jesus never laid down who was to preside over the BREAKING OF THE BREAD.


RC bishops are very wrongly described as “the the successors of the apostles”.

With one or two exceptions, the apostles were NOT the overseeing elders in individual churches.

The apostles were missionary and had a function to perform for all the churches.

John certainly was the overseer in Jerusalem and later Antioch.

Peter’s presence is Rome is not established without doubt and controversy.

Peter was never the bishop of Rome.

The papacy is one of those very, very bad, not Christ intended traditions.


Only a fool would claim that the church, in history, has not added on to the New Testament and early tradition – and not always for good reasons.


The secret for us Christians today is to remove the man made ivy that has overgrown the House of God, and return to the values and practices we find in Jesus and the early church

THROWING OUT THE BABY WITH THE DIRTY WATER is not the Christ option, in my opinion.