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SILVERSTREAM – EMAIL TO TOM DEENIHAN

My dear Tom,

Unfortunately, I find myself in the position where I have to bring the on-going scandal that is Silverstream Priory to your immediate attention.

As you are probably aware, in my blog posting dated October 13, 2021, I posed (via e-mail) a series of questions to the father of one of the simply professed monks of Silverstream Priory, Dr. Kwasniewski. At the time of this writing, Dr. Kwasniewski has not replied to same. In my missive to Dr. Kwasniewski, I made reference to an ex-priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Fr. Richard Abourjaily.

The said Fr. Abourjaily made life extremely difficult for Cardinal Pell for reasons that do not need to be elucidated within the present. 

In light of this blog posting, I have been contacted by a third priest from the Diocese of Meath. Obviously, I assured this priest total discretion, because he was concerned about retaliation because Silverstream Priory and my on-going blogging about same is very contentious and sensitive matter within the Diocese of Meath. 

The good priest confirmed to me that Fr. Richard Abourjaily was physically present at Silverstream Priory. He confirms that Fr. Abourjaily was frequently seen on the grounds of Silverstream Priory wearing the traditional soutane; he further confirmed that he had seen Fr. Abourjaily in the choir stalls of Silverstream Priory during the celebration of the Divine Office on several occasions.

I am apprised that Fr. Abourjaily was approached by people who were visiting the Priory when he was out and about to hear confessions, which he did without any hesitation. I am also told by my informant that Fr. Abourjaily was appointed to be the “monasticll cook” by then Prior, Dom Mark Kirby. 

Kirby

It has been confirmed to me that Fr. Abourjaily did celebrate the Conventual Mass at Silverstream Priory on several occasions. Let me be clear, I am stating that Fr. Abourjaily publicly celebrated Mass in the oratory chapel at Silverstream Priory, attended by the monks and members of the public with the explicit permission of Dom Mark Kirby. A Laytown-based woman has confirmed that she attended a Mass at Silverstream celebrated by Fr. Abourjaily. She clearly remembers his Australian accent. She also remarked she was surprised that it was not a monk celebrating the Mass. She was very clear on this point.

However, I now e-mail with the following questions that you will have to ascertain from your predecessor, Bishop Michael Smith.

It is my understanding from the Meath-based priest that Fr. Abourjaily was prohibited from representing himself as a priest under any circumstances while present in the Diocese of Meath. He did NOT have permission to celebrate the Eucharist publicly; he definitely did not have faculties to hear confessions, because he was in a lot of trouble with his then Ordinary, the Archbishop of Sydney. Is this true?

Was Fr. Abourjaily canonically present in the Diocese of Meath with the explicit written permission of his Ordinary, the Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, OP?

Was Fr. Abourjaily given written permission to reside at Silverstream Priory by your predecessor, Bishop Michael Smith?

Was Fr. Abourjaily, given faculties to celebrate the Eucharist publicly, and to hear confessions by your predecessor, Bishop Michael Smith?

If, Fr. Abourjaily, did not have permission to canonically reside at Silverstream Priory and did not have faculties to say Mass and/or hear confessions, from the Diocese of Meath — did Dom Mark Kirby have jurisdiction to grant Fr. Abourjaily the requisite permissions? I am not a canonist, however, I am apprised that because Silverstream Priory is under the jurisdiction of the Ordinary of the Diocese of Meath, such permission could only be granted by then Bishop Michael Smith. Is my understanding correct?

Was the fact that Fr. Abourjaily was saying Mass and hearing confessions brought to the attention of the Diocese of Meath? If so, was a Decree rendered by Bishop Michael Smith (at that time) prohibiting Fr. Abourjaily exercising priestly ministry in the Diocese of Meath?

Did the Diocese of Meath have any communication from the Archdiocese of Sydney about Fr. Abourjaily?

Did the Archdiocese of Sydney provide financial assistance to either Silverstream Priory and/or the Diocese of Meath or both to support the then Fr. Abourjaily?

Is there any correspondence pertaining to Fr. Abourjaily in the archives of the Diocese of Meath? If so, are you, (Bishop Deenihan) willing to make it public in an act of transparency?

Of course, I realise, that you are not a fan of mine, however, I am a fair-minded and reasonable individual, so I recognise that the scandal and saga that is Silverstream Priory is not of your creation. You inherited the mess of your predecessor, however, I think it is reasonable to assert that you have made a bad situation worse by failing to address the issues at hand, namely that Silverstream Priory is the misguided vanity project of an individual who purports to be a mystic. However, the misguided mystic has led a life of debauchery that is completely at variance with the normative Christian vocation.

If you had hoped that the visitation (conducted by a Cistercian abbot mired in scandal and a compromised Benedictine abbot who has been complicit absolving Dom Mark Kirby’s known misconduct) would ameliorate the situation – you are very much mistaken. 

Bishop Tom, would you accept that Silverstream Priory is hopelessly and irredeemably compromised?

Would you accept that the best way forward is for the Priory to be suppressed by a Decree of the Holy See?

Would you also accept that those who are constituent members of the community should be offered assistance to transfer to credible institutes of religious/monastic life, and those who wish to return to secular life should be afforded financial assistance to make that a reality?

Are you in a position to confirm what will happen to the lands that constitute the Priory should the institute be suppressed by the Holy See?

Do you plan to sell the grounds and use the proceeds of the sale for evangelisation within your canonical territory?

With an assurance of heartfelt prayers and requesting an occasional remembrance in your most powerful prayers, I remain sincerely yours in Christ; 

Your brother bishop,

+ Pat Buckley

118 replies on “SILVERSTREAM – EMAIL TO TOM DEENIHAN”

This just keeps on giving.
Have the hierarchy learned nothing from the history of hiding problematic priests in monasteries who then give more problems!

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LOL I don’t think you should hold your breath waiting for a reply. After recovering from the shock at you signing yourself ‘Your brother bishop’ they’ll do the usual and ignore it. These Bishop’s seem to have no idea how to act when confronted by evidence.

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Sounds more like Munchausen’s syndrome – a psychological disorder where someone pretends to be ill or deliberately produces symptoms of illness in themselves. Their main intention is to assume the “sick role” so that people care for them and they are the centre of attention.

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“Fr Abourjaily was appointed to be the ‘monastical cook’ by then Prior, Dom Mark Kirby.”
What delicious irony, a delusional con artist bitch cons a delusional con artist bitch.

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8:26
Do you think you could make up a different expression from this one? You must have used it 100 times on here.

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What’s “tembember” mean!? Somebody is writing comments with a few too many moonshines I think?

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8.37
I have been mocked my whole life, nothing will catch… I’m too dangerous and people are to afraid, nobody is laughing now…. Except me!

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@1:18pm

You ask a legitimate and pertinent question. I find it inconceivable that the malign presence of Fr. Abourjaily at Silverstream Stream did not arise as an issue during the visitation. However, if you look at some of the press coverage, ie, the articles in The Pillar and the Irish Independent, there is no reference made to Fr. Abourjaily. Therefore, it seems most unlikely that Abourjaily featured in the report made by the visitators, so it was probably conveniently brushed under the carpet to suit the desired outcome(s) of Deenihan.

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+Pat, you need to leave the country more often. I dread to think what you might start writing if you went further afield to places like Australia and New Zealand. Deenihan will absolutely HATE that your informant is one of his priests. He will be INCENSED that the filth of the Diocese of Meath is now on display for the whole world to read on your blog. You ask some very important questions that cannot be ignored. This mischievous missive (it is pure mischief deliberately written get up the nose) to His Lordship the Bishop of Meath, the Most Rev’d Dr. Thomas Deenihan, PhD, (Hull), eloquently illustrates his lamentable exercise of pastoral governance. While he may have inherited the mess from Bishop Smith, he has failed repeatedly to address the fundamental issues of Silverstream Priory, which as you pertinently observe is hopelessly and irredeemably compromised.
Meanwhile, I checked out the Facebook page of Peter Kwasniewski. He has photographs of Bishop Athanasius Schneider celebrating a Pontifical Mass in Pennsylvania with the usual crusties. Kwasniewski would be much better to call out the hypocrisy of Kirby’s creation Silverstream Priory. If people wonder why the church has no credibility it is because it is riven with institutional hypocrisy, which appears to be just as bad among the adherents of the TLM. In fact it is probably worse because these people believe a priest can do no wrong if they celebrate the TLM, and that is a very real problem.

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1.19
They know it is a paper trail and sadly they waste money using the shredder as every penny counts LOL

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Exactly. The failure to respond is a decision in itself, plus they cannot say they were not told. Francis tried to pull that stunt regarding Bishop Barros, even fibbing that Cardinal O’Malley had not handed over a letter (even though he had given it to Bergoglio personally).

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+Pat, still no reference to the recent ordination of Fr. John Dineen at Mount Melleray Abbey on the OCSO website. And, the fact that Abbot Richard Purcell had direct involvement in the visitation of Silverstream Priory means Mount Melleray Abbey and its Abbot will continue to be on your radar. Amen for the latter.

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10.56
Mount Melleray Abbey cannot update OSCO records they have NO control over that as they have done the legal part and notified OCSO.
Many staff are still working from home as we are still in the middle of a pandemic.
ps rather than waste your time searching OSCCO drop an email to info@mountmellerayabbey.org

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2:32 pm :
Jim, what are you banging on about? Are you alright?
The ocso.org website was last updated on the 12 Oct, two days ago.

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To be fair at the rate it’s going the whole OCSO will soon be able to fit into a semi.

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‘they have done the legal part’
How is informing the orders webmaster about an ordination legal? What an idiot!
Or were you so excited at the thought of posting yet another email address here that you had to do it quickly before you came?

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4.14
Give it a rest, Bella! Any time he posts you go after him. It’s easy to press your buttons.

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A quick Google search using the term “Fr. Richard Abourjaily” led to an article in the Brisbane Times published thirteen years ago. It would appear that Abourjaily is a pathological liar. So it is no surprise he ended up at Silverstream Priory. Perhaps he was welcomed by Kirby because he had previously been a seminarian for the FSSP? But it is extraordinary that his presence was tolerated by Bishop Smith in Meath. This revelation confirmed by a priest of the Diocese of Meath is a major embarrassment for Bishop Deenihan.
A PARISH priest who lied to his Sydney flock about having cancer had already been sent home from an American seminary for telling similar lies. Father Richard Abourjaily was condemned by Cardinal George Pell as being “delusional” last week after his lies about having prostate cancer were revealed.
Parishioners were distressed by Father Abourjaily’s use of money, given to him on his ordination, to fund a trip to Lourdes in France for a miracle cure he did not need. Now it has been discovered that before Father Abourjaily was ordained in Sydney he had been sent home from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter Seminary in Lincoln Nebraska for telling similar lies about his health.
It is understood he tried to win sympathy by lying about his health to cover up the real reasons for his late return to the US seminary from a trip overseas.

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Kirby attracts dysfunctional gay clergy like bees to honey – Smith was an aloof golf fanatic administrator – orientation wise almost certainly a troubled gay man who likes young totty as much as Kirby.
The whiff, nay stench of repressed homosexuality and it’s incumbent complexities is all over Silverstream.
It will run and run like an open wound for years – I hope it is possible to prosecute Kirby for sexual assault and malfeasance whilst in your office.

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‘dysfunctional gay clergy’

When you can point out a single straight, functional priest you might have a point.

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Was the Abourjaily matter brought up to Deenihan’s visitation? If so, it makes the visitation’s initial confirming of Dom Kirby as prior even more shocking.

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He was probably hidden in an attic with the priory’s collection of sex toys.
Mother of God, the monks tie themselves to a post in the middle of the choir, it’s not like they’re hiding that it’s kinky.

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“The good priest confirmed to me…”
Magna will agree about the good priest I’m sure! 😉
“… has led a life of debauchery that is completely at variance with the normative Christian vocation.”
The moral hypocrisy. The priory is casting a dark cloud over the diocese.

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11.I09: Betty – the blig is ubfuniteky better without Mafs. Other contributors are making some excellent contributions. Mags literally shouted over other good commenters. Well done to Pat for moderating a loose, dangerous and nasty canon! Betty, just look at the quality and cogency of others…ignore the silly, stupid comments. Over to you Betsy…!!

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Yeah you prefer pictures of cookbooks and bitchy clergy gossip don’t you ‘father’.

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Seamusviii
According to Bishop Tom and his team the only dark cloud over the Dioceses comes from Mr Buckley and crew from Larne and his followers.
However today they now know they have an inside rat in the sack

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If Mr Deenihan‘s diocese had nothing to hide then he wouldn’t have a problem with rats giving Bishop Buckley the information that has clearly rattled you and your ilk.

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The only real mortal sin for these people is speaking up. For that, there is no mercy or forgiveness.

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Silverstream and Meath diocese involvement should already be a special RTE Prime Time investigation.

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2.36 the diocese is a dark cloud but I see you’ve adapted the hear no evil, speak nó evil and see no evil approach like the church. That hasn’t ruined hundreds of thousands of lives at all. The church ruined themselves with all their abuse. They don’t need help from pat with that and they won’t recover….

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11 51: Which gay sauna are you inhabiting, I wonder? Your comnent is of the sauna type…Tell us how many bitch comments you believe to be from priests…Show us you have a brain that can think..

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11.47: Wrong dearie: I prefer honest, balanced, rational and cogent debate. Mags was madly, deranged OTT as are his clones. His virus caught on with some pathetic crack pots..But you’re not a clone, are you? 👱‍♀️👱‍♀️..or are you? ☻☻…

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I can’t see what the problem is. He’s only like the other clergy who pretend to be hardworking or any catholic who pretends to be persecuted.
And isn’t the whole point of casino Catholicism to come back without a disease so it’s best spokesperson won’t have the disease to start with!

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10.54am
Predominately the Catholic clergy are homosexual – a gay profession for sure and some are functional many are dysfunctional.
A heterosexual Catholic priest is as rare as unicorn poo – everybody knows that and I suspect if they are straight they are turned or lose their mojo – the greatest perversion after all is compulsory celibacy!!

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Is Fr Abourjaily not a bit long in the tooth for Silverstream? I thought they only took in twinks and otters?

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Perhaps Kitty wanted another daddy to serve the twinks so he could spend more time listening to the voices from the Tabernacle.
Actually put like that it sounds even more barking mad.

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If the Church continues to obfuscate, deny, avoid and be so lacking in transparency and accountability regarding abuse scandals, known corruption, financial mismanagement (theft), sexual immorality, reality of gay clergy and misogyny, it is ensuring its irrelevance and demise, as is happening quicker than imagined. For decades we have witnessed the erosion of trust and credibility among a large cohort of once faithful adherents. We are simply bandaging over wounds without diagnosing the real issues. Templates of plans are devised to give hope of some kind and while initiatives are admirable, the implementation of such will require hundreds of professionally trained lay personnel. It is difficult to recruit parishioners for ministry groups despite the constant invitations given. Many people have embraced a new freedom about their religious/spiritual beliefs and convictions and no longer attend a church. While the older, more established communities have a great “spirit” and more resources, newer, multicultural communities do not have a developed church community. The reality of “where we are” in all things is a reality we face every waking day. The ministry work load is more intense with a dearth of younger clerics.The challenge to discern what to do, how to respond, to be somewhat relevant, to sustain energy and enthusiasm and find some fulfilment in ministry are overwhelming for an ever aging group!! I grasp hope in the small moments when interacting meaningfully with people at times of loss, grief, struggles and other sacramental moments. After this it’s a kerping the show on the road approach with a deep trust in God. Come holy spirit…fast!

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The challenge to discern what to do
Hon you’ve discerned what to do, the answer is staring you in the face in the first sentence of your comment.

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7.14: Your comment is meaningless and rather unintelligent. If you respect honest debate, you need to have a brain, Hon dear!! A brain that works..

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Why do we need priests?
Were St Peter and St Paul priests?
If priests are predominantly gay how can it be said that they have renounced marriage for the kingdom of heave?
The fall of Roman civilisation was wrapped up in homosexuality so too the fall of Catholicism is wrapped up in homosexuality.
Old churches for old men and old women – stuck in a conservative world view – frightened and lost clinging to a dogma they neither understand or believe- securing a church funeral and the clergy (their chief obsession) a comfortable pension and retirement.
Run for the hills!!

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Because otherwise the wastrels, layabouts and kiddy fiddlers would be let loose among decent, hard working people with morals.

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7.32
Where’s the evidence the fall of Roman civilisation (?) (Do you mean Empire of the west?) was the result of homosexuality? It’s blamed for everything from the bubonic plague to the two world wars.
I thought the western Roman Empire fell because of Odoacer’s victories.

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The Roman legions were weakened by rampant homosexualism by that point. The couldn’t even defend the City.

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6:12
Where’s your evidence for such an unhistorical, frantic, and utterly unfounded claim?

Again, as noted above, another MC clone.

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‘In a sign that his Anglican orders are null and void’
Just like the modem Roman rite. Unless you or he is ancient, yours or your PP’s orders are also invalid.

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Oh, please! stalwart Traditionalists look upon Vatican II cult orders as null and void unless one is ordained according to the Pontifical by one consecrated according to the same. Orthodox consider Western orders not only null and void but utterly without grace.
If one wants to be part of a system then follow the rules of that group. Enough of this null and void stercus!

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Depends on which “Orthodox” State Church you ask. Like Anglicanism, it’s a house divided against itself.

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Nonsense, Seraphim. For example the world’s largest Orthodox Church, by far, recognises the full validity and grace of Catholic sacraments.
“To all intent and purposes, mutual recognition of each others Mysteries already exists between us. We do not have communion in the Mysteries, but we do recognize each others Mysteries”, declared Archbishop Hilarion (Alfeev) on the air during a broadcast of the program “The Church and the World” on the television channel “Russia”, on October 17th, 2009 (video and text, http://vera.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=237432).
“If a Roman Catholic priest converts to Orthodoxy, we receive him as a priest, and we do not re-ordain him. And that means that, de facto, we recognize the Mysteries of the Roman Catholic Church”, explained Archbishop Hilarion.
Responding to the question of whether Roman Catholics can receive Communion from the Orthodox, or Orthodox Christians from the Roman Catholics, Archbishop Hilarion said that such giving of Communion should not take place, inasmuch as “eucharistic communion has been broken” between the Orthodox and Roman Catholics. But, at the same time, he made clear that in some cases such Communion is possible: “Exceptional cases occur, when, for example, a Roman Catholic is dying in some town where there is no Roman Catholic priest at all in the vicinity. So he asks an Orthodox priest to come. Then in such a case, I think, the Orthodox priest should go and give Communion to that person.”

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You won’t get any idea of what 8:05 thinks by its comments here. They will however give you an accurate picture of its character and morals because they are solely intended to start a row.

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Perhaps I should have said some Orthodox.
BTW, the Church of Russia does not exhaust the definiendum Orthodox. Anyhow, why would a convert priest want a second rate acceptance of his orders? I wonder how many convert priests there are.
I do love the Anglicans, but the Orthodox can in no way be compared to them. On the essentials of the faith the Orthodox are agreed although they may snarl at each other, in the spirit of Fortescue. Alas, the Anglicans don’t have this blessing.

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Anon at 5.40pm
Correct me if I’m wrong there, the entry age to Silverstream Priory was up to 35?
How did Fr Abourjaily get in to silverstream as he’s 41 by now?
Was Kirby or the diocese of Meath playing not play by the rules.?

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Deaf Guy, since the rules are made up by the monastery themselves presumably they’re at liberty to break them!

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We discovered yesterday the former prioress restricted admittance to 21 – 30-year-old gays. What a dirtbag she is.

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+Pat, you didn’t draft your missive to “your brother bishop”. But it is bloody brilliant. It is a delight to read as it is dripping with cynicism. Kudos to your ghost writer.

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Pat, thank you for removing some of the horrible, offensive photos from your blog today. They do you no justice and give a wrong impression about you. Your blog does not require any porno images, real or in animation or sketches. They diminish your integrity. Thank you for removing such imagery.

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Mount Melleray has been off the air on Facebook since Oct 3rd. No streaming of Compline or Mass since then. I wonder why

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In view of the ongoing investigations, Smith and Deenihan must be paralyzed with fear with what you are going to come out with next, Bp Pat. Are there further revelations?

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Plus 8:05, who I think is the person I have already told should seek help for his personality disorder.

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Fr. Richard Abourjaily Had his faculties as a priest during his visit, he wasn’t suspended. So not sure what is your problem. Priests fall and get rehabilitated.

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