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GALWAY PRIEST MICHAEL KING PUT ON INDEFINITE LEAVE.

Michael King ordinatiin day January 2016

IRISH EXAMINER

Daragh McDonagh

A priest has been placed on indefinite leave by his diocese after posting videos on social media that featured innuendo and joked about playing songs like ‘Highway to Hell’ at a funeral Mass.

In a statement to be read to parishioners in Gort, Co Galway, this weekend, Bishop Brendan Kelly refers to “upsetting information” regarding 44-year-old curate Fr Michael King.

Bishop Brendan Kelly

He confirms the priest is “on indefinite leave from all duties” and will be absent from the parish “for the foreseeable future”.

“I fully understand that you feel hurt and let down at this time,” adds Bishop Kelly.

The move follows the publication of a number of videos by Fr King on the social media platform TikTok, in which he appears topless and alludes to sex and alcohol.

In one TikTok post, the curate excitedly declares it’s “thirsty Thursday” and “half past pub time” before saying “Glug, glug, glug, glug, glug… beer. Nice.” 

 Fr King laughs and lip-syncs in another video captioned “Me in charge of a funeral playlist”, which features clips of songs such as Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust, the BeeGee’s Staying Alive, and the dance hit You’ll Never See Me Again.

He also featured on a post by another TikTok user, in which he tells her: “Pineapple does not go on pizza, bitch, and carrots do not go into cakes, okay?” 

 Fr King, who is from Renmore in Galway, was ordained in 2016 and had been a curate for the parish of Gort in the south of the county before being placed on indefinite leave.

Last August, he was also appointed as administrator of Kilbeacanty/Peterswell parish and priest-in-charge in Beagh.

Prior to becoming a priest, Fr King had worked as a barman in a number of nightclubs in Galway City and was an amateur actor, featuring in a number of theatre productions.

In his message to parishioners this weekend, bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Brendan Kelly will say: “Many of you have become aware over the past few days of upsetting information concerning Fr Michael King.

“I wish to advise you that, from Monday last, Fr King is on indefinite leave from all duties and will be absent from the parish for the foreseeable future.” 

Michael King

MY RECENT CORRESPONDENCE WITH BISHOP BRENDAN KELLY OF GALWAY

STATEMENT FROM AMERICAN LADY WHO HAD SOCIALMEDIA CONTACT WITH FR KING.

I am Xxxxxx from the USA. In February of this year, I met Father Michael King on a social media chat platform called Wakie. This is a social media place for adults wanting to make friends and more. We communicated on this site from February to April of this year.


At the beginning I did not know he was a priest. I am not a Catholic. Initially my friendship with Father King was just that – friendship. It developed into more and Father King indicated that he wanted more than friendship and that he wanted an online sexual relationship. He asked me to download Skype so that we could have face to face conversations. During these sessions we engaged in mutual masturbation.


Father King told me that he was leaving the priesthood and coming to the USA for us to be together as a couple.


Before communicating on Skype I asked Michael for a picture of himself and he told me that he was a priest and that if I wanted to see him to go to his parish website and watch him celebrating Mass. I did this. One of the ceremonies I watched was at Easter when he celebrated a ceremony that meant him going from station to station in his church.


Michael told he that he was addicted to cocaine and alcohol and he often used cocaine during our face to face meetings on Skype. He generally rang me very late at night for him when he had returned from the pub. Sometimes he brought other men back from the pub with him and they drank and played darts until 4 am.


He told me that he had met a female parishioner in the pub, that they got on well and that after that the parishioner turned up at his presbytery door and they had sex. He said that this had come to light and that his superiors gave him “a slap on the wrist”.


Michael also joined the Transgender / Transexual group on Wakie and I came to believe that he was bisexual or had other sexual issues.


He told me that he has been a drug user since he was a teenager and stopped using for a short while after joining the seminary but slipped back into drug use.


He seems to have no problem accessing cocaine where he lives?


During our Skype chats he also told me that he had been sexually abused by a male relative and when he spoke about this, he became very emotional and cried bitterly.


Michael has indeed hurt me – but I am not a scorned woman. I am a mature woman with a lot of experience of the ups and downs of life, and I only want two things:

That Michael King be prevented from hurting unsuspecting or vulnerable women or men.

That Michael gets and accepts help with his cocaine and drug addictions and psychological problems.

Xxxxxxx

PAT SAYS

My God! Just when we thought we had heard it all about priestly carry on.

Just FIVE YEARS ORDAINED and into drugs, rock and roll and social media.

It must be asked: “Who recommended him for ordination”?

Is this another product of Maynooth albeit this one is heterosexual?

He should have stayed as a barman in the nightclub.

Currently, newly ordained priests ate a massive mortgage on the Church and laity.

268 replies on “GALWAY PRIEST MICHAEL KING PUT ON INDEFINITE LEAVE.”

He doesn’t seem different from any of the other bitchy priests who comment here and who should also have remained barmen, masseurs and Tupperware ladies.

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True the priesthood seems to attract men with such high sex drive. Yesterday’s blog turned into a spectacle with people making unfounded claims though.

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12 32: You are over exaggerating. There are but a handful of seriously disgruntled priests who comment: any priest with intelligence and cop on would not behave so stupidly and recklessly. Please stop perpetuating lies. This priest deserves opprobrium. He is not representative of the vast, vast majority of priests. Pat knows that..

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No you’re right, they wouldn’t behave like that. They would just send dick pics on Grindr without a face. 🤣

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Bitter ones do, clever ones making fools of everyone have no business commenting and they don’t… No reason why!

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12.32 am anon.
I agree with you this Galway Priest Michael King is certainly not fit for purpose. Indefinite leave – I say get him out and keep him out as in permanently.

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Aren’t they all products of maynooth, I’m not familiar with it to thay degree but according to this, it’s a gay orgy fest….
The craters, inside and out….

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It’s a grotesque parody of a seminary and has been since it was ruined by opening up to lay students. Across the world every seminary that has opened up to lay students ceases, after a few decades, to be a seminary and then closes or totally secularised, eg Leval and All Hallows.

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12:54
Superficial and false analysis to suggest the determining factor was the presence of lay students who were part of the philosophate/theologate and not part of the seminary.

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You’ve got a better chance of finding sanctity in the laity than the clergy.

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He was a well known womaniser before he was ordained! The local community were shocked he chose that route and even more so when he actually got ordained!

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11.16
Dear Ruth, the local community would do well to read some of the lives of the saints and not be so shocked.

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He probably thiught he was good with people, what with being a barman and all that. Many sems enter Maynooth with the idea that that is what being a priest is all about. They get ordained and then go off the rails or get disenchanted and leave a few years after ordination.

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Can’t be mature in your calling when it’s immature and corrupt, no wonder he’s confused or not making it….

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2.35 pm anon

In this case yes age does matter, he was old enough at ordination to have more bloody sense. Stupid pointless man!

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… 2.35
Stupid pointless idiot….
He will suffer for their stupidity thats a promise not a threat…..

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What’s age got to do with stupidity, lo
The fact he’s 39, makes it even worse…. Each to their own…. Different strokes for different folks…..

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I am just astounded that places like Maynooth and Oscott can turn out such rubbish. We are scraping the bottom of the barrel with our new priests.

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New priests?
Sean Fortune, Oliver O’Grady et al ad nauseum were men of such obvious quality and holiness.

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The critical and vituperative posters forget that seminarians and priests, medical students and doctors, security men and nurses are all products of their age. This is the Ireland, the Europe and the western world we have chosen to create for ourselves.
Huge numbers of their contemporaries are drug users, sexually active from early teens, heavy alcohol drinkers, addicted to porn.
We want all of these indulgences for ourselves today and then make derogatory noises when we learn that one group of people we expect to be different are not.

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The blame society fallacy. I think you’ll find doctors coked up in work get struck off.

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Life has always been debauched. People have free choice whether to accept Christ and his teachings or the world. Don’t excuse immoral behaviour by saying they are just a product of their times.

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Well in that case perhaps you’ll leave women having abortions alone because they’re a product of their environment. There, I used your ‘scientific’ ‘contextualisation’ method.

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11.19 You are surprised that the first step towards understanding something is to contextualise it. It’s called the scientific method.

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Your astounded that places like maynooth or any place has orgies let alone sex, or gay sex….
Now that astounds me….

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Ye had a priest clame fame, and they didn’t get he’s age right right… Man it’s sickening…

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Thanks for the link, which is remarkable for the sheer volume of tat and musical ability. Anyone who hopes the trad fetishists are free from raging gayness has another thing coming.

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That’s because there is a long-standing group of the faithful in Waterford attached to the Mass of Ages and for many years an FSSP priest travelled over from England to Waterford.

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Let’s not get distracted. Today’s blog is about another polyester priest joining the long list of polyester priests who feature on Pat’s blog.

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Did this long-standing group of the faithful in Waterford attached to the Mass of Ages ever question the Episcopal leaders on the secret house for ‘immoral’ clergy set up in the diocese following recommendations of an Episcopal Committee who suggested that the House should be called either St Joseph’s Home for Priests or St Joseph’s Convalescent Home for Priests?

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11.52
The expression ‘the Mass of ages’ is a misnomer. Read Joseph Jungmann’s “Mass of the Roman Rite” to inform yourself.

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Even people in waterford crusgwl, haven’t assumed position, and they ready lol

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Eamon Casey was the poster boy for a hypocritical, two faced Irish RC church. The revelation of his duplicitous lifestyle shook then Catholic Ireland to its core. I am not sure how a diocese recovers from his leadership.

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It does seem easy, given he’s ego and self righteousness, must kill him… Like most priests….

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– bishops, VDs and seminaries are looking for enthusiasts that’s why they find them.
– when I and my peers were 14, teachers told us we should consider “having” sex (with anyone). This was not our lighthearted playground prattle, this was Authority. That was Savile time (whom the politicians knew about) (I knew a traumatised BBC – studio – cameraman). Since then in every country, huge amounts of this abuse goes on, against everyone.

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Fr King’s indisposition leaves three parishes without a priest. High time for that Galway parish dodger Michael Conway to be taken out of his non-job in Maynooth and be put into a parish.

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Why has this story made it to main stream media from your blog and the other story about an ordained person from Mount Melleray/Roscrea has not?

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Reference is to Dom Dicky Purcell. If new to the blog you may have missed details about his activities outside the abbey.

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The Roman vestments and lace alb gave him away as a sex mad junkie more than anything online, I bet he tormented his parishioners with the Prayers for Russia. When will the Latin Mass Brigade stop infiltrating the People of God in their journey together ?

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OulGossip Alert’7:42am

This F. King the blog is talking about today has never worn Roman vestments or lace. Its your mental obsession with lace that you keep going on about it. This degenerate priest is one of your lot swathed in Polyester like the rest of them Tik Tok Tik Tok

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Bela Lugosi is up out of the grave at the mention of a fiddleback.
It is like Halloween every day with her. 😂

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9.21
Here here! Well said. Brilliant and clever idea to add the name Lugosi, to Bela to remind us of the Dracula actor.
We don’t need any more reminding of the moral and spiritual bankruptcy of Bela Lugosi after he was called out for his foul mouthed expletives towards posters and the pope while making reference to almighty God.

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Ahh, yeah don’t know our, Bella, aka, Bellarmine, Belladonna, Bella Lugosi, theologically situated somewhere between The Council of Trent and Vatican 1, who bilocates between Harrington Rd,Dublin and Limerick City, when not having a flutter on the gee-gees!

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12.32
Hehehehehe!!
When in fact he’d be better to spend his time going to literacy night classes.

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12.32
Are you not being a little tevisionist? I’d say somewhere between Lateran V and Trent would be more accurate.

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Not this again. In no way imaginable is he a Latin Mass priest. And please stop this “People of God” crap. God has no favoirites.

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9.43
You are misinterpreting the expression. Think about it.
It’s biblical and traditional and per Lumen gentium, magisterial.
Taking those weighty considerations on the one hand and, on the other your personal preference the outcome is clear.

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The veil of the temple was rent in two. There are no more chosen people. People are saved individually. There are no people of God, unless it means everyone in the whole world, and if the phrase is to be used at all it certainly shouldn’t be appropriated to itself by the RCC, as that is a total mockery.

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Tell me má, when I go home, the boys won’t leave the girls alone, they pulled my hair.. ….
Is it a sabbatical or a ‘sick leave’ father?!??!?down with sort of thing….
Or would that would be an ecumenical matter?

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And what an honor that was. The ultimate depravity in 2021 is to be a priest in good standing.

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11.31
I’m sure he’s má was proud to and clapping when no one else was….

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Seriously Pat, in light of the Church trying to regain some credibility about the essence and value of priestly ministry, this fool comes along and makes a show of himself. At his age Fr. King ought to have been aware of the dangers of his idiotic behaviour with its innuendo, edginess and vulgarity. He should return to his former life as a barman, actor, clown!! I’m sure he has good qualities but we all need to be very careful about social media platforms: this guy seems stupid and oblivious to potential trouble and seems unaware of boundaries you do not cross..

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Been keeping touch with lugs, fintan the Bishop, lol, after 6 months he still thinks going away lol including those oblivious cunts!
Oh deary me…..

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I briefly knew Michael King in Maynooth. It was clear he was unsuitable from the get-go. He struggled with everything including academics, prayer, cleanliness and showing up on time etc. He was nearly kicked out of Maynooth a few times. He also failed many classes causing him to be ordained without a degree in Theology. He was always out drinking in the town and could be found in the betting shop most days. I believe he also has a gambling addiction as he was always asking for a lend of money to place bets. He came across as heterosexual which I believe helped him to get ordained – he was seen as a “one of the lads” type which was favoured by the likes of Fr. David Marsden and Hughie. He was a good friend of Fr. Chris Derwin and Fr. Sean Jones in the seminary. His Bishop gave him chance after chance and he forcible sent him back to Maynooth on one occasion when they wanted Michael to take “time out”. There were multiple failings. All the students in the College could see how unsuitable he was by his erratic and addictive behaviour. He is not a bad person and has some good qualities but he is deeply troubled and is clearly unsuitable for the priesthood.
I hope he gets the help he needs……

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Anon at 9.06am

Interesting that u met him and found him unsuitable. I’m not making any judgement on him. However I couldn’t understand how maynooth decided fit to ordain him given his hobbies such as betting which is a big NO. I used to be a betting man nearly a gambler at one stage. Its a destructive habit as I learned the hard way. Its a form of addiction as I saw it.

Sincerely hope that he gets all the help that he need.

Don’t throw the stone at him as he’s only human.

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9.06am. That’s Maynooth to a T. They always loved the “one of the lads” sems and made allowances for them and ordained them, though they invariably packed it in a few years after ordination, while the pious and devout were hounded out.

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Anon at 9.17am

Interesting when you say packed it in few years after ordination.

So therefore screening process to weed out the wheat from the chaff is fundamentally flawed from the start. Its more like ‘the revolving doors’ to me.

Rcc is a dysfunctional church with their flaws coming out and exposed for all to see just like a rabbit in the headlight. 👀.

They can boast and brag about their two thousand year REICH… how long would it last for with priests leaving few years after seminary plus people with families leaving.

It all points to a shrinking rcc church with less money to generate in future although they are fabulously weathly right now.

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Deaf Guy if you want to know why the screening process completely fails you could do a lot worse than read the comments today. A priest has been caught out in inappropriate behaviour and the best response the cathbots can come up with is that he is the product of society, that there must be another side to this and we should read the lives of the saints.
As discernment of spirits this is worse than abysmal and indicates a church completely off the rails. In fact I would go so far as to say that the worship of God has been replaced with a silent doctrine that the priest can do whatever he likes and is unassailable.

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Currently, newly ordained priests ate a massive mortgage on the Church and laity.
Re division between priests/Church and laity in the above. Is there a touch of inherent “clericism” still with you?

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Anon at 12.00 noon
Thanks for your comments. It does look like rcc in Ireland is off the rails. It’s more like of ‘me feiner’ lifestyle more than spiritual Catholic lifestyle.

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Oh the screaming queens of Maynooth like nothing more than a session with a straight guy. I am sure a few power bottoms obliged.

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It is a disappointing outcome when you consider all the money spent training him for the priesthood over the years. I guess he’s now in receipt of a hefty resettlement grant.

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He’s got a tattoo on his chest. Hasn’t there been mention here before of a priest in online sex chat with a chest tattoo?
As I remember it was gay sex?
Was it him? Or do they routinely get chest tattoos at Maynooth to make it more difficult to identify them online?

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Didn’t some bishop suggest that new seminarians are checked to ensure they have testicles to avoid transmen getting ordained? Perhaps they can also inspect for tattoos during the same intimate examination?

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LOL I am sure every inch of every seminarians body is known to somebody. Although given the propensity of bishops to fail to see anything happening under their nose the church would be well advised not to have a McCarrick do it.

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The wayward padre has been tempted by the failings of society. Pornography is corrupting society. Prostitution is commercial rape. A society that knows that rape and paedophilia is wrong, should also outlaw pornography and prostitution.
The blog detail reflects badly on those who facilitated this padre’s journey to clerical state. At least we have an Episcopal leader with the courtesy to respond and the courage to act.
The wayward padre should be welcome to share his side of the story, if he is disgruntled by the blog contents.
Pax.

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Brendan Kelly won’t be found wanting when it comes to bolstering his image. Time for Rome to put him out to grass.

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Leave the man alone he is only human and a handsome one at it. I would transition and let him have a go at me, and I would keep it secret. The motives of the woman in this need to be analysed!

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Jesus, Ryan, you’re a gift to the men of the world. I can promise you nobody else reading this is thinking they would ‘have a go’ with him!

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Our parish priest is always out ‘walking’ in forest parks and well known cruising areas. It may only be a coincidence but maybe he should choose his locations better. Worried belfast parishioner

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I remember trying it on with my local priest when I was 19, and he respectively turned me down. Same priest was caught in toilets in city centre with a young man and it explains it all.

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I reckon Paul/Paula/Shannon/Maureen et al, is a woke shill with a political- anti Christian- agenda.

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11.31: If you are real and serious, sadly, You, slut, are the type of woman that makes convicting real rapists for their crime a more difficult task. You are a moronic fool and a give women a bad name. You idiotic slut.

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I’m afraid I have never met a priest I would like to try it on with. Either their body or their attitude stinks and only a masochist would go there.

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He is too old for TikTok. This looks like a classic male mid-life crisis. Were the selection people at St Luke’s and the formators at Maynooth asleep at the wheel when they passed him fit for Holy Orders?

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At Fr King’s ordination the following exchanges happened:
“Most Reverend Father, holy mother Church asks you to ordain this man, our brother, for service as a priest.
Bishop: Do you judge him to be worthy?
Presenting priest: After inquiry among the people of Christ and upon recommendation of those concerned with his training, I testify that he has been found worthy.
Bishop: We rely on the help of the Lord God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, and we choose this man, our brother, for priesthood in the presbyteral order.
All: Thanks be to God.”

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Ex-Fr Paul King of Clogher was another “one of the lads” who was universally judged by his Maynooth peers to be unsuitable. His behaviour was overlooked by the deans, even when he broke his ankle after falling when climbing over the wall after a night on the lash. The deans knew but didn’t care. Paul did a few years as a priest and then, inevitably, left.

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What is it about Galway? Wasn’t Fr Lee, or ex Fr Lee kicked out on his arse? No media about that one. Anyone know why Lee was c/o Bishops House for a few years then quietly let go? Had the tiktok with King not come to light, despite Pat’s warnings about a month ago, he would be still in ministry. The guy needs help, with such addictions his parishioners are potential victims of extortion of money to feed his habits or indeed worse.

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Oh, and his admission to the Lady from US of previous abuse needs to be attended to. If it is indeed true, and there is no reason to believe it is not he needs therapy. This behaviour could be some form of acting out with the alcohol and drugs being used to ease the psychological pain.

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What I am about to say…, and maybe this could be because I am a young man myself. Or, and, maybe because he seems quite “normal” — and in contrast to the other clergy who cause even greater and deeper hurts and pains to people: there is something rather “refreshing” about this live-wire who is Fr. King guy.
Ok, he certainly shouldn’t be going round “breaking” women’s hearts — a priest should heal people’s hearts. Full stop. No excuses, there!
And as for the beer comments on social media — he’s a young man having a laugh. I’m not a big fan of social media, but from what I do know of it, that’s what lads and girls do on social media. As long as one is able control the drink and not let the drink control them, that is!
And, as for the additiction to the cocaine, that is a very serious concern and he needs help here. He cannot remain in active ministry while addicted to a class A drug; it’s not fair on his parishioners — and it’s not fair on him, ultimately.
I like this guy, I genuinely hope he gets the support he needs and, hopefully, returns to active ministry with more life experience under his belt. That would be great for both him and the Church community — a down to earth priest who is not afraid to let his brokeness
Personally, I think he would make an amazing youth or prison chaplain, after taking time out of course.
He obviously has a sense of humour — we have all heard the jokes about “songs at funerals” — but not on social media, please, Father King!
Personally, I don’t fully understand social media, and I’m very happy with that. Ecstatic in fact.
If he’s addicted to drink and cocaine i.e., can’t go more than a week without either, then there is a very big concern to be addressed here. I hope it is addressed by his Bishop, and in a truly pastoral manner, too.
Unusually, here is a priest causing more harm to himself than to others…!
He’s certainly not an evil person; he’s too open and that’s not how evil works, in the shadows… not the case here.
I think he could make a really good and human priest if given the right support and guidance.
He is young, as well, don’t forget.
It would seem the woman in the USA certainly has found him to be an open and sincere soul, she cares for him and wants to see him get on his feet!
Remember, we all get knocked about along the road of life: it’s the fine lines, chips and cracks which make us unique and special.
And in this particular case of a cleric, the chips and cracks are not poisonous or dangerously sharp to kids or vulnerable adults…! That’s what’s so refreshing about this Roman Catholic priest…

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12.33 pm
This priest was unsuitable from the start. In terms of him needing help, a person can only be helped if they WANT to change and are prepared to WORK very hard towards CHANGE. Which of course, comes from within.

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Pat, you are printing outrageous allegations by horrible newcomers to your blog. You must surely know these are serious allegations to be making. Why are you facilitating such utter horribleness of commenting, mostly evil men using female names. I think you should desist from doing so it explain your tolerance of said stupidity but a dangerous stupidity..

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You omitted the full stop. A comma after ‘you’re’ would have helped make you’re drivel comprehensible and I’m sure you have no idea of the use of quotation marks.
Otherwise your not doing to badly for Maynooth.

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1:39 Read my whole comment again, paying attention to the spelling then see your looking fairly silly yourselves.

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If you can not construct a one line basic sentence without such an obvious grammatical error I would refrain from embarrassing yourself on here.

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God be with the days when priests spent their days saying Mass and office, visiting and caring for their flock, celebrating the sacraments and doing their prayers and spiritual reading.
With discipline non-existent in Maynooth and the seminary lifestyle no different from lay students, how can sems acquire the self-discipline and good habits they’ll need if they are not to make a shipwreck of their priesthood?

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In the post-Vatican II era, by dismanting the Trent-mandated seminary model, we have brought back all the problems of clerical ignorance, indiscipline and poor formation that Trent addressed.

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1:33
You appear to be recommending a sixteenth-century response to a twenty-first century phenomenon.

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2.53pm Sins then are sins now. Trent dealt with problems such as poor-quality candidates, ignorance, absenteeism, corruption, clerical misbehaviour that are again rife.

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Social media and mobile phones have a lot to answer for. Priests should only have basic phones (not smartphones) and the only computer should be the parish office one, used only be the secretary and locked up at night. That way there is no temptation. This applies to many laymen too. Similarly, there should be no alcohol in seminaries and presbyteries.

The Murphy Report concluded that a lot of problems arose from the collapse of discipline and the refusal by Dublin diocese to apply canon law sanctions, on ideological grounds and out of a misplaced sense of being merciful and pastoral with offenders, an approach Francis also takes.

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10.32
To claim glibly that prostitution is consensual is to fail to appreciate that one party is, most likely against their will and better judgement, forced into the transaction.
When you think about it that’s a callous convlusion to reach. And to make it a parallel with the building of Notre Dame, Speyer, Wincester etc. Is an i dication of moral and spiritual, not alone Christian bankruptcy. Shame on you to term it ‘Live and let live.’ More correctly, ‘Live and lwt die.’

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No temptation lol.
It would also cause the number of bitchy, queeny comments on here to plummet.
You don’t say so but you are aware that your comment implies that priests have no self control and should be treated like children, aren’t you? You are so wrong. They should be treated like they’re at risk of offending, all except for the prison bit, obviously, because they’d love that. 😂

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I’m afraid I can’t agree with your views on social media – Access to social media has caused many a priest to appear on this blog and otherwise they would just have carried on.

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10.32am
If prostitution is commercial rape then the Catholic cathedrals of Europe were built on this transaction.
By all means label prostitution commercial rape but beat in mind that prostitution is transactional and consensual and rape is a non consensual sex act I’m afraid your analogy breaks down.
Pornography is a monolith (rather like prostitution) and you need to define it to condemn it.
I’d say food porn or real estate porn or salivating over an attractive menu or the latest car model is a form of pornography.
Erotica, the human form and sex are necessary and intrinsic to the human condition.
The only way to eradicate pornography and prostitution is to impose totalitarian rule – like the church did for two millennium.
Free liberal democracies tolerate and even enjoy prostitution and pornographers.
I’ll tell you what is seriously corrupting though: clerical child abuse and cover up.
Oh and people who find pornography and prostitution dirty and repellent often are obsessed with pornography and prostitution.

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An excellent and intelligent comment. However be aware that the person you are replying to has a history of making a provocative, wrong or silly comment with the intention of starting an argument.

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Never. It is a gay story with no abuse involved and it has a quotidian character with no shock value, sadly.

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I’m not sure. We do not know what is out there on Purcell? Like all priests with his social habits, I’m guessing he is active online. It is only a matter of time before someone comes knocking at his door . He was after all recognised in Boilerhouse by a Maynooth seminarian. It’s unlikely this was a one off.

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On the contrary, the Dom Purcell case is fundamentally about abuse. He is getting away with all sorts, and that’s all that we know about!
Such a person, in a such a position of authority and power — with his “appetites” is bound to have caused misery and damage in the past.
Especially when you have Roman Bishops who do all they can to cover up such horrendous abuses.
Stands to reason, does it not?

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Yes, the bugger keeps cropping up on Nationwide on RTE as well as other low rating shows. It’s surprising they don’t research before they put a camera on him. Purcell is obsessed with attention, I think he will in due course get more publicity than he craves.

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Yvonne
You must report it to the Garda as soon as possible and if it is an alleged Priest then report it to safeguarding although Cleo is doing Cork and Ross as well now.
however I did say months ago I would not be surprised if this was the next part so please report it to the Garda as they will be interested.

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1.30: You are a sad joke…The Media have no interest in chasing down gay frolikers: you, miss slutty should MYOB.. Get a life.

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Play list for priests caught out with their pants down:
Another one bites the dust
Please, release me let me go
It wasn’t me
Nothing has been proved

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5.15: Are you drunk, Yvonne? VIOLIN- not voilen…..back to school to learn spelling and morals.

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Must of been tough pat, been the oldest out of everyone…. You looking for somethimfwjwm dinner wasn’t on the table….

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Sounds to me as though King has a screw loose, perhaps a bit autistic and with low levels of self-awareness and social conventions. I guess if he gets help, then there is a future for him. It’s interesting that it has taken your interventiion + Pat, it would appear, to make the bishop do something proactive about it. Maybe he thought his behaviour was containable, until the spectre of internet sexual inappropriateness raised its head, which you brought to the bishop’s attention. At least an opportunity has now been created for King to go off and get some help, and maybe, just maybe, if he sorts himself out, he will be able to return to ministry in some form. So, well done + Pat for bringing this to some kind of resolution, or at least the beginnings of intervention. King will thank you in the years to come.

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2.59 pm
Yes agreed and well done Bishop Pat.
One thing, Michael King is unsuitable to return at any point in the future. He has enough on his plate trying to look after himself and always will have.

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As commented on here above, Galway does seem to be a basket case of a diocese. It all causes a lot of upset and uncertainty for those of us sitting in the pews.
Off the top of my head, the following have departed/ fallen from grace in the last fifteen years or so:
Olan Rynn, the naked calendar priest, left the priesthood after a few more naked skirmishes.
Alan Burke left the priesthood, camp as a row of tents and now has a top job with Bon Secours Group.
Frankie Lee became chaplain to the beach bums and, as a result, was forcibly laicised.
Adrian McGrath left the priesthood and is now teaching religion in a community school. He was definitely one of the boys, rough as sandpaper.
Another sandpaper man’s man, David Cribbin, left the priesthood and is a chaplain in a hospice.
Tom Brady, forced out after an allegation.
Jimmy Walsh, forced out after drunkenness and an allegation.
David Murphy, supposed to have reported a safeguarding issue, wasn’t believed and is now working as a priest in London.
Patrick O’Donohoe, referred to above, joined a Latin Mass religious order.
That’s nine that I can think of, and now ten with Michael King.
As a layman, that seems quite shocking, especially as they were all in the younger category. Maybe, however, other dioceses are similar, or, Heaven forbid, worse.

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That’s standard for Irish dioceses. They have few or no sems, and the younger priests leave after a few years. In the small diocese of Clogher the list of departed priests includes:
Martin Granger
Michael Hand
Paddy McPhillips
Cody Cleary
Brendan Farmer
Ciaran Murphy
Noel O’Connell
Ian Fee

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@3.35 And Paul King. Keith Byrne was ordained a transitional deacon and then went MIA.

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3.44
Disgusting comment about a named individual who gave a significant part of his life to ministry from an anonymous source. Tell us who uou are so that a fair comparison can be made. Your comment already tipped the balanced in his favour.
We won’t be judged on IQ. But we will account for our actions.

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Anon at 3.20pm
There was another priest working in renmore Church back in late 70 and early 80s who abused deaf boy brother. He’s now a SNAP rep in USA. After he left Galway diocese as he went to work in an American medical factory in Galway City. Workers didn’t know that he was an ex priest there as they only found out long after he left long. It was deaf man brother sent the photo to his bro who worked in the same factory as him. They were stunned when they heard a priest abuser in their workplace. They all said he was nice man. Don’t know his name but he’s probably lacaised by now cos given the fact that he had worked incognito in American medical factory for a while.

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Going on the amount of comments on here today the darling clerics are not working on their Sunday mass routine. Those sermons condemning all gays won’t write themselves ladies.

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You won’t hear a priest anywhere mentioning any gay matters. The only thing priests condemn now is the pre-Vatican II Church and, occasionally, climate change and racism.

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Or just rehash from Intercom or the Furrow. All they do is repeat in different words what you’ve just had read to you.

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3.20pm. It’s a small world. Ex-Fr David Cribbin did the wedding ceremony in University Church, Dublin, of ex-Fr Colm Hogan, who now, unbelievably is the church outreach officer for Trocaire, with an office in Long Corridor in Maynooth.

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5:46 : Don’t over generalize…..don’t forget the New Age guru flogging DVDs on the hamburger universe route for ex-clerics.

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If they do so on their own merits and not just because they’re former priests.

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There is a sense of entitlement in thinking they can give up being priests and glide straight into lay chaplaincy jobs, even though there are lay people who have trained as hospital chaplains and then are gazumped by an ex-priest.
At least they are no longer able to sail straight into being RE teachers, which is what the previous generation of ex-priests used to do. They want to have their cake and eat it.

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Anyone know the name of the priest who fell in the Sauna in belfast and broke his leg? And then had a cheek to claim against them?

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4.50: No doubt, hypocrite Tony, you’ll be receiving Holy Communion at mass this w/end? You are a pharisee in heart and spirit. Seek God’s mercy. If a priest fell at the boilerhouse, he’s entitled to make a claim. So would you if you fell in such a venue. Hypocrite.

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He entered in to a civil partnership with a nice older man and they live in Dublin. Leave him alone! He made the mature decision to leave, unlike you Father.

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7.39: May your fall be ignominious, you horrid creature. Jealousy is rife with your ilk. 🦍🦍🦍🐒🐒🐒🦇🦇😅😅😅😅😅…

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I think the expectation of what they can do is way different from what is possible. A psychological assessment will reveal the way people think and relate to others and can be useful tools.
However the church can tend to expect them to reveal the future lol and unfortunately the assessments can only be as good as how honest the candidate is. It can be notoriously difficult to identify personality disorders for example and they are exactly the sort of people most likely to lie.
That said I would expect an assessment and observed behaviour in seminary to reveal things like addictions and relational problems so I suspect the problem then is what is done with that information. Nothing, in all likelihood.

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4:32
You’re quite a chauvinist. Nudist beaches are ten a penny on the continent. What’s not to like about having the option? We Irish are still suffering the after effects of Jansenism of the worst kind.

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7.23pm. You obviously haven’t read about the Cleveland seminary or you are a perve yourself. It’s about a creepy priest, not on the staff of the seminary, who had keys to the building. He groomed sems and asked them to swim naked with him, on the grounds that it was God’s will that they show their masculine vulnerability. He also took photos of them naked, even though they asked him not to. Their complaints were ignored. He has recently left ministry of his own accord.

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9.10
I’d recommend a nudist swim to you. In fact I’d prescribe it for you. It would loosen up your taut joints and help you chill. You’ve been reading too many Jansenist authors.

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@12:33 I’m glad you find him refreshing. I guess by this you mean he isn’t a gay man dolling himself up in fancy Roman vestments while posting dick picks on Grindr.
I hope he gets the help he needs too.
At 44 though, he’s a bit old to be titting about on TikTok and even if you feel 44 isn’t that old for such activities, surely you would agree that, as a priest, he really should be behaving in a manner befitting his position. That doesn’t mean he has to be a stuffed shirt – just behave in accordance with the dignity of his office.
It amazes me that these lines appear in the Ordination Rite ….
“After inquiry among the people of Christ and upon recommendation of those concerned with his training, I testify that they have been found worthy.”
It would appear that the inquiry should be really extended to the real people of Christ i.e those people still sitting in the Church seats and prepared to listen to these whited sepulchres.
I do hope the man gets the help and guidance he needs.

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I am appalled at the language aimed at me Pat, just because I’m highlighting disgusting behaviour by the local priest. Any sane person would come to the conclusion that a priest frequenting the local gay bikes house 3-4 times a week are more than just friends. At weekends the bike has parties and it’s only male parties also.

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I remember the days when Father Trainor, god rest his soul, made house calls every Christmas, and he gave all his parishioners a teddy bear that he had knitted himself over the course of the year. You don’t get them like that now. Our local priest walks with such a wiggle in his bum and a handbag like Roy Cropper

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Father trainor was lovely but there were rumours he was gay but not active. When any of us needed trousers turned up for the kids for school or my husbands trousers he was great at it on the sewing machine. Wee whizz hand

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Daisy chain ni will be revealed next year with around 17 priests being exposed in what will be the biggest shake up of the RCC in NI ever!

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Bishop Pat please remove this from your blog. I have several priest buddies that will be put off against social media as a result of this scrutiny.

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Levi, please would you rewrite your comment. It is not clear what you mean by “put off against”.

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I have rewritten Levi’s comment, as follows:
“Bishop Pat, please remove this blog item. I have several priest friends who are likely to give up using social media, or will do so only anonymously from now on because they are worried that they would face similar scrutiny on the blog of their social media activities.”

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It was Father Thomas something who fell and broke a leg in the sauna, sure the ambulance crew had to come and stretcher him out of the building. The shame, and he is still in active duty but ushered out of belfast.

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Pat are you working with the under cover gay man trying to expose married men, clergy and closeted men? He would need to be careful as some of these men are very dangerous.

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Pat have you heard the rumours of the cover up in Belfast. Apparently the local community are trying to keep a lid on it but a priest was found drunk in the forest and had completely soiled himself both ways. He was found by a local woman who had to call a few local guys to come and take him back home. He’s heading for rehab at some as he’s regularly seen doing mass drunk and it lasts around 15 minutes his sermons are like a race horsing commentary. Yeah we can all have issues but would the local RCC not step in and help the man.

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This revelation will put pressure on Mount Melleray and Roscrea. There was good news yesterday concerning the Archbishop of Armagh’s handling of the remembrance service and now all the good news gone down the drain with this stuff in the mainstream media. The bishop of Galway appears to have dealt with this matter and he should urge his brother bishops to act more decisively because at the end of the day these priests/abbot who are exposed are better off exploring other options for their own sanity. Imagine being able to go to the boilerhouse and ride whoever you want as a layman and not have to worry about this blog.

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Agreed, both Abbots in Roscrea and Mount Melleray must be constantly concerned that there will be an expose on this site. I often wonder if a barrier to clerics leaving is their ability to earn a living once they are gone. Today’s posts highlight that many who have left the priesthood have found alternative ways to earn a living. I do not condone an Abbot visiting a gay sauna or an Abbot drinking heavily and such drinking becoming more and more obvious. However I try to understand how difficult it must be to live in a monastery. I hope both Richard and Malachy find happiness, clearly this isn’t being found in their respective monasteries presently.

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Brother Malachy is a nice guy but probably out of his depth. He doesn’t deserve the gossip that local priests and other people have been saying. Ironically this will make the drinking worse.

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Among unionists, Amy’s sermon went down like a fart in a spacesuit. See, for example, the comments on Twitter today by Ben Lowry, editor of the Belfast News Letter.

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6.44: Stop always trying to devalue Archbishop Martin. Unionists are a tough lot: their expectations always unmet, so they will forever complain. But there is also an anti Archbishop Martin narrative in this blog. Thank God, he looks to the gospel of Christ for his guidance and strength and not your type!!

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Fr King has aged a fair bit in a few years. That is one of the side effects of alcohol and drug abuse. He looks like a different person. It takes a great toll on the mind and body.
However, if he gets off the drugs and gets sober, he is still young enough to have a lot of the aging reversed and he’ll recover his fresh, youthful looks. The poor man looks very unwell and I hope that is is now getting the care and treatment he needs.

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Goodness, Bp Pat, the blog has undoubtedly given him/her a send-off he/she will never forget. Wonderful.

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8.03: Thank you Pat for acknowledging Bishop Kelly’s responsibility. But remember, no bishop is ever accountable to you. Like the rest of humankind, you are flawed but also like flawed people, you seek what is acceptable. We are all struggling to be the best we can be, albeit at times without success. God help the fallen and the failed. God is our ultimate judge.

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We are all responsible both to God and to each other as brothers and sisters. Bishop Kelly is courteous.

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+Pat, reading today’s post I keep seeing parallels with the Richard Purcell scandal. I know there is often criticism of Bishop Kelly but in fairness to the man he has dealt with the issue. He didn’t ignore or brush under carpet in the same way as the Cistercian Abbot general has done. Clearly the diocese of Galway has issues retaining priests but at least Bishop Kelly isn’t holding into them at all costs. I think Bishop Kelly has tried his best here. The Abbot general has not dealt with the Purcell scandal and it will not go away.

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8.03
I don’t share your optimism. Have a chat with a priest from Achonry or Galway!

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“‘I don’t share your optimism. Have a chat with a priest from Achonry or Galway!”
They are a famously difficult bunch of men. Brendan kelly has his work cut out dealing with their awkwardness. Bishop Kelly deals with the priests with courtesy and respect, sadly they don’t all reciprocate.

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8.03
Jim S. pontificating again and looking for more mileage on an empty tank. If you’re living in Scotland (and getting enough sex thank you) how would you know about Achonry or Galway so intimately to make such a claim?

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Eamon Fitzgerald has run for cover. Not sure when his time as superior is up but do not think Purcell is not in line to take over. The Cistercians have always done what they want to do. A sex scandal will not force them off course.

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You’d be extremely surprised @8:37 sex addiction and this particular scandal is going to destroy them and has already. A lot of Past men from CCR are disgusted and relatives of monks are particularly upset.

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This is understandable. If your uncle was in a Cistercian abbey you would be hurt by Purcell’s wreckless actions. Likewise if you are a past pupil of Roscrea college you would also be upset. I am not sure how much Thompson, Fitzgerald or Purcell care about these people.

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In fairness to this priest, addiction appears to be the issue, be it alcohol, drugs or sex. Hopefully some time getting himself sober will help greatly and allow him to be the person he was meant to be. Hopefully when happy with himself he can choose what he wants to do in life. I, for one, would prefer to be interacting with someone who knows their faults rather than a lace doll thinking they’re perfect.

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In his final newsletter at St Margaret Clitherow in Rochdale he apologises for hurting people, suggests he wasn’t the right person for the parish and says he hopes to avoid making mistakes again. His successor as PP is a Thatcherite Tory.

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Oh interesting. He is Latin and Lace perhaps Rochdale wasn’t the right stage for him to perform on. Wasn’t Gracie Fields from there?

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Michael King looks very pale must be all the Class A Drugs he consumes. Pat is Fr King in Therapy now.

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