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ANOTHER LETTER TO THE FONZ.

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan

RC Bishop of Waterford & Lismore

November 1, 2021

Solemnity of All the Saints.

Ref: Rt. Rev’d Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO.

Dear Bishop Cullinan,

The present arises from your attendance at: a) Mount Melleray Abbey on September 3, 2021 to celebrate the funeral liturgy of the late Rt. Rev’d Monsignor Michael Olden.

Olden

The late priest was an exemplary scholar who is rightly remembered with esteem for his considerable contribution to the Irish Church; b) your attendance at Mount Melleray Abbey to ordain, Fr. John Dineen, OCSO, to the priesthood on September 26, 2021; and, c) the presence of Dom Richard Purcell, as one of the twenty-three (23) priests that laid hands on, and concelebrated the Eucharist, with you, during the ordination to the priesthood of Fr. John McEneaney, at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford on October 24, 2021.

In your homily at Mount Melleray Abbey for the deceased Monsignor Olden, you mentioned that the favourite subject of the late Monsignor Olden was “ecclesiastical history”. In your homily you further stated that you were not present in Mount Melleray Abbey to canonise the deceased priest; however, you could only find good things to recount about his exemplary priestly service. You ascribed to Monsignor Olden the admirable qualities of solidity and tranquillity. And, you further mentioned that he had a sense of “calmness” about him along with “a sense of balance”. You posited that all those qualities were a result of his deep study of church history. 

You further mentioned that Monsignor Olden recognised that the church was always failing from its very beginnings, “because it is made-up of frail human beings, but the power behind the Church propels her forward; and, if we have faith to see things from a supernatural point of view then we can have a solid hope no matter what is happening around us”. I note that one of the chalices used by the late Monsignor Olden was presented, by you, to Fr. John McEneaney before his priestly ordination.

In my limited spare time, I like to read. Some time ago, I came across the doctoral thesis of Christian D. Knudsen in the repository of the University of Toronto. It has a very provocative title: Naughty Nuns and Promiscuous Monks: Monastic Sexual Misconduct in Late Medieval England. I speculate, but I think it would be of legitimate interest to the late Monsignor Olden because it cites a wide variety highly respected academic sources including Dom David Knowles, OSB, a monk and priest of Downside Abbey, who was appointed Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge — a Chair he held from 1954 to 1963. Knowles’ corpus of work on the history of English monasticism from the tenth century to the dissolution of the monasteries is encyclopaedic and authoritative. The thesis eloquently demonstrates that sexual misconduct among monastics is a phenomenon as old as monastic life itself; an ugly reality that manifests itself in our own day.

On Friday, June 11, 2021 at 6.11 pm, I sent you an e-mail containing the text of the affidavit that I had sworn earlier that day before Mr. Mark Borland, a Northern Ireland-based Notary Public. I also copied the e-mail to all the members of the Irish episcopate. Thus, all the Irish Roman Catholic Bishops have known about, and have been complicit in the cover-up of the known sexual misconduct of Dom Richard Purcell from that moment. The stated and known sexual misconduct of Dom Richard Purcell has been acknowledged by Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, OCSO, the Abbot General of the Cistercians. Hence, we are not dealing with something speculative, but with an ugly reality.

So, in light of the above the logical conclusion is that you, Bishop Cullinan, are content with clerical sexual misconduct and by extension any other form of clerical misconduct. You are willing to rehabilitate/undermine the allegations by permitting “problematic clergy” whose misconduct has been acknowledged to concelebrate beside you during a priestly ordination in the cathedral church of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore. The vast majority of right-minded people would consider that inexcusable, indefensible, and wholly unacceptable. 

Thus, it is legitimate to ask the following questions:

  1. If he were alive today, would you, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan with a Pontifical Doctorate in Moral Theology concelebrate the Eucharist with the infamous and notorious paedophile Fr. Brendan Smith, O. Praem? It is provocative but legitimate question.
  1. Would you remove the faculties of a priest by Decree that had been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a child or would you let them to continue to function as normal? And, that is also legitimate question, because you have not suspended the priestly faculties of Dom Richard Purcell by Decree in your own diocese? 
  1. Would you celebrate publicly the Eucharist with any priest of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, who had been credibly accused of sexual misconduct involving a child? 

Sadly, one could be forgiven to think that you, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, will wilfully and deliberately ignore any credible allegation made against a priest in your diocese with alacrity. In light of your past demonstrable behaviour, this is a logical inference to take.

Bishop John McAreavey of Dromore had the moral courage and decency to resign in March 2018, when it came to light that he had knowingly celebrated the Eucharist alongside a priest, Fr. Malachy Finnegan, that he knew was a paedophile fifteen (15) years earlier. I would respectfully submit there is no material difference between you, Bishop Cullinan and Bishop McAreavey, as both of you have deliberately celebrated the Eucharist with a priest that was known to both of you individually (at the time of the celebration of the liturgy) to be a sexual aberrant.  

Would you accept that your moral equivocation about Dom Richard Purcell invalidates your concerns about yoga and mindfulness in addition to your comments about the HPV vaccine? Would you accept that an outsider would legitimately accuse you of being a hypocrite; like the whited sepulchres so vigorously condemned by Christ in the Scriptures? 

Would you further accept those comments were a self-serving attempt to highlight your own status as a bishop (because I am told you are incredibly ambitious). In light of your doctoral thesis, on this desire for advancement, one feels you are being more like “Singer than Wojtila”. But, are you hopeful of translating to the Archdiocese of Tuam? Of course, if you did translate to Tuam, it would be devastating to the incumbent of Killaloe. This much is clear — the great moral crusader is conspicuously quiet about grave wrong-doing in his own diocese.

In a recent correspondence to Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, I included a post that was made in my blog on November 5, 2020 at 6.59 pm. It is telling and insightful:

“Remember, when Covid is over, and you meet Abbot Purcell and shake his hand…… Remember, given his proclivity for rawhide barebacking [the practice of having anal intercourse without a condom], that hand is liable also to have been where the sun does not shine, such is the menu card of sexual activities that is on offer in places like the Boilerhouse [a gay sauna in Dublin]. Now, by and large, I could not care what goes on behind closed doors. Each to their own. Other peoples’ business. But, for someone like a Cistercian monk, priest and abbot, with publicly professed vows of chastity and celibacy representing himself as a religious figure who implicitly upholds the RC church’s teaching on sexual morality….well, I think you know what he should do. Simple”

Is Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, an appropriate person to be administering Holy Communion to the Christifideles of Waterford and Lismore?

As you know, it is my custom to place any letter that I write on my blog, because I believe transparency is good for the church.

This letter is being copied to His Excellency, Archbishop Jude T. Okolo, the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the Republic of Ireland, with the request that he forward a copy of same to the Secretariat of State, and for this letter to be placed in your file at the Congregation for Bishops, because you have continuously failed to exercise appropriate pastoral governance for the good of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore. I will also request, His Excellency, to forward a copy of the present along with his own observations whatever they may-be to His Eminence, João Card. Bráz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

In conclusion, I respectfully request that you, by Decree, pre-emptively suspend the priestly faculties of Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, to function as a priest anywhere in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore and to notify the Irish Episcopal Conference of the said action in writing, and to publish the said Decree diocesan website.

In Domino,

+ Patrick Buckley.

Cc: 

  1. His Excellency, Archbishop Jude T. Okolo, the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the Republic of Ireland.
  1. Rt. Rev’d, Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, OCSO, Abbot General, Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance. 
  1. Rt. Rev’d, Michael Ryan, OCSO, Abbot of Bolton Abbey, and Father Immediate of Mount Melleray Abbey.
  1. Ms. Teresa Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. 

88 replies on “ANOTHER LETTER TO THE FONZ.”

Rawhide has not once threatened legal action against this blog. He has the funds and backing of his bishop which seems odd?

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If that chap from Gort is reading this, yhe M.King chap… perhaps you can unpack your suitcase in Waterford. Looks like you could get a comfortable parish, immunity and a seat at the bishop’s table there…. oh wait the guy in Gort was straight so he won’t be protected.

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Your letters to
1. Phonsie
2. Eamonn Fitzgerald
3. Father of immediate Abbey whose name escapes me.
4. Present a case to Rome.
5. Apostolic Signatura re case on him.
First four of above mentioned points (letters) have failed to respond or ignored it at will.
Point 5 – nothing has been said so far up to now. So we might assume that it is still pending or dismissed (cos 4 letters didn’t reply back, thus leaving last case to laicaise him, I take it that it didn’t work out, cos its consensual)
If point 5 failed then this is the case for today blog letter to reserruct it again, which has new information, namely a child. That said, it might refer to a minor age less than 18.
Last time, it didn’t include a safeguarding children officer.
Its all hot air without proof, unless evidence is offered .
I’m very surprised with this new development which I thought it hadn’t changed one iota until I spotted that it mentioned a child. Didnt think that Purcell could trend on a child. But he’s a quite mature priest and adult, he should know where his boundaries lies, given his big responsibility to the monastery as a figurehead and also a representative of rcc hierarchial order.
To be honest, I don’t think he did it unless I would be forced to eat my words.

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Poor +Phonsie, he must be feeling the heat by now, Bp Pat. He really shouldn’t have refused you the sacrament that day.

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An interesting letter. Can we have a further blog(s) about Bishops in England and Wales. Bishop Stephen Wright seems an interesting choice, contrasting with his auxiliary colleague.

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I haven’t come across him for some years. He was at Oscott for two years. Hardworking, straight, not into dressing up or any of that nonsense. I believe he completed the bar course but never went on to pupilage. If memory serves me well, his father died quite young and before he entered seminary. He went onto Rome and did well there. He had a maturity beyond his years, and you never have sought out or expected episcopal office. A good choice, I’d say.

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one feels you are being more like “Singer than Wojtila”. 🤣🤣🤣

“if you did translate to Tuam, it would be devastating to the incumbent of Killaloe”
🐰🤣🐰🤣🐰🤣🐰🤣🐰🤣

Alphonsus should be left to rot in Waterford.

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9.55am: That you use the phrase “rot in hell” re: Bishop Cullinan demonstrates the intention behind the blog today. On the Feast if All Soyks, i trystnyiu are oraying that none of your loved ones “rot in hell”. It’s a distinctively hate filled and satanic expression. It is an evil curse to place on any individual. Another commenter refefences that Bishop Cullinan must regret the day he refused the Eucharist to Pat. Would this blog today and other letters written to this Bishop be motivated by vengefulness? I merely ask. Isn’t there something very unkind and uncharitable for one independent “bishop” who does not belong to the Episcopal Confraternity to be so gung ho in his attacks and allegations against another bishop? Pat signs off his letter with the phrase “In Domino”. I suspect this is very tongue in cheek, its only purrpose being to humiliate and denigrate Bishop Cullinan. Despite the just criticisms we can level against any bishop, I do not agree with the aggressive approach being pursued by the complainant. If any of us in Christian leadership or ministry is suppose to be CHRIST in all things and at all times, a spirit of charity, respect, support, understanding and kindness must prevail in our hearts. Doesn’t St. Paul speak about proclaiming “truth with charity”. The “In Domino” greeting possesses nothing of Christ’s approach. Pat, you are consistent in pursuing answers but surely your approach so boorishly with Bishop Cullinan has to stop!! In nomine Iesu Christi.

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Oul Gossip Alert @11:45am
Uriah is certainly giving out to you today Patsy, but don’t worry she is always so boorish when she jumps on her usual false sanctimonious platform telling you how to act as if you need any advice from that quarter which is absolutely .not of Christ.

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Oul Gossip Alert@11:45am
OMG! with all the spelling and punctuation mistakes I was expecting Granny Grammar too have a field day. It looks like she only targets some with her pedantic corrections, funny that!😏

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+Pat, this is another devastating letter. It is provocative and asks some damning questions. The “incumbent of Waterford” seems to be doing whatever possible to deflect/undermine what the “incumbent of Larne” has highlighted for over a year, the activities of “Rawhide” Purcell. It is a waste of time to send anything to Ms Devlin because she will reply telling you her mandate only extends to “children”. But it will, I hope by them on notice that all is not well in Waterford when it comes to safeguarding. It is important that the pressure is kept on Purcell. This must be driving him mad…your drip…drip…drip…approach. It is often the best way…

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Patsy you really are a naughty bold boy😏, they’ll be very queasy in Waterford after getting that letter. I’ll be surprised if you get a reply, but they must know it’s not going to go away. It is incredible that Purcell has not been dismissed . Surely they will act now, and remove him before the scandal gets any worse, if that is possible.

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Pat it seems the local gay Mary Magdalene bike is on a break also! How much of a coincidence is that considering the local Greggs loving PP in public is in the Canary Islands.

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Sausage Roll@ 10:59am

Maureen you’re such a bore altogether, who cares, take a chill pill and calm down. Get to confession and accuse yourself of your constant sin, GOSSIP!

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Don’t underestimate the effect of priests being seen eating sausage rolls in public along with bikes.

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If this is happening in one part of the order and being ignored, you can guarantee it is happening elsewhere. Whether this is through inertia or being compromised is another matter.

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I think the mere fact that a Cistercian Abbot is often out and about on even church junkets suggests all is not well with the community.
From the OCSO constitutions:
‘C. 25 Monastic Asceticism
The quietness of mind cultivated by silence is also the fruit of purity and
simplicity of heart. For this reason the monk, in a spirit of joyful penitence, is to
embrace willingly those means practised in the Order: work, the hidden life and
voluntary poverty, together with vigils and fasting.’
Don’t forget abbots are elected by the community, not imposed on the local church like bishops, and the Abbot a community elects often says a lot about the monastery.

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12:03 Cistercian life hasn’t changed and is still the monastic pursuit of God within the enclosure. If he wants a life with more opportunity for external work he can transfer to Glenstal.
You don’t find any other Cistercian abbot turning up to the opening of an envelope. Get a grip.

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You make him sound like Thoroughly Modern Millie….. er. ….wait a minute 🤔🙄

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Buckley was part and parcel of Catholic establishment until he left.

Part of it remains with him just like Stockholm syndrome.

Will rcc offer buckley a job to replace Phonsie and do away with opus dei? 🤔🙄

What did phonsie to upset that sh*** stirrer Buckley🙈🤷‍♂️.

BTW, lugs not happy bunny by the look of most recent photo re urns. He’s angling for that prized Tuam post that Neary holds at the mo.

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Bishop Pat, this is a great article. You do highlight very important topics. Thank you for exposing Father Hickland last week and solving that issue.

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11.48: I think you must be a lover of guys in uniform and undoubtedly you are on a poppers high undressing your monk!! Tell us your fantasies, perve!!

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11.47: Considering the age profile of the monks, they had limited opttions. It would be better if all the remaining Cistercians moved into one monastery. I have some lovely memories of meeting various monks and abbots iover the years staying in their monasteries. The welcome, hospitality and kindness were superb. The prayerfulness I experienced and counsel from these good men of God has been amazing since the 80’s. It’s a great pity this scandal is now an unbearable burden on mostly elderly men. God bless them. The vigilantism of some bloggers is appalling. Lynch mobbers.

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The limited options thing is rubbish and an excuse for not acting on their responsibilities. If the only possible option for Abbot is a kitchen and bathhouse rampant gay man, then the community have a clear duty not to elect him and petition for the monastery to be suppressed.
If they find out after the election they have the same duty.

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Caldey makes a range of confectionery (chocolate and shortbread) called Abbot’s kitchen. I wonder what Rawhide could produce from his kitchen, given his fondness of the kitchen table for certain activities.

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2:27 Chocolate is already made by Cistercians so fudge would be the obvious thing. Yes, definitely fudge.
And a lay brother could pack it.

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@ 4 .03 p.m.
Brilliant – I suspect many lay brothers there aspire to the role of chief fudge packer.

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Please update on Kevin Connolly, is he ready for the next transition to his new life 👬🏳️‍🌈

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Not many Cistercian Abbots have their own private car but Purcell does and is often out and about in it. I read the other day that 48 allegations of child sexual abuse have been recieved by the Cistercians in Ireland since 1975 involving 21 monks. Mount Melleray, Roscrea, Mellifont and Portglenone all having cases. This is an utterly shocking static from a ‘so called’ enclosed order. Also, what is going on at Mellifont? At least 3 monks from Mount St. Bernard have moved there which is unusual as they are all under 65 and so relatively young…2 would be under 50. Something must have happened at Mount St. Bernard for them to move to Mellifont. Quite a mystery.

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Bishop Pat, the cover up of the belfast alcoholic incontinent priest who sniffs illegal drugs is a disgrace for that local company. These parishioners have taken it upon themselves to police his addictions but I fear it will lead to the mans death ultimately.

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Stephen Wrights promotion to episcopal office was fast / he hadn’t got his feet under the table as VG having just taken over from the previous incumbent who’d been in post for almost a decade when he was swept to office.

He was involved in preparing documents and no doubt coaching clergy to take the stand at IICSA.
His involvement with IICSA means he must now know less where the bodies are buried but plenty about where the skeletons are in the closet relating to child abuse and homosexuality – his appointment must be a reward for being in the circle of trust and an investment that he will keep stum forever – if he remains auxiliary and goes no further it will become an albatross around his neck – Birmingham auxiliaries are always desperate to retire, Kenney and McGough were begging to go and say goodbye to the Confirmation bandwagon (sacrament of exit) which is a key part of an auxiliaries job in Brum. Plus your always second fiddle with zero power or influence or money!!

Stephen Wright wears his Bar training heavily along the lines of ‘did I mention I was called to the Bar’ but he didn’t practice or do pupillage which you need to to qualify. John Arnold is the same and Robert Murphy (diplomati) and I think Hugh Sinclair too – law degrees but not qualified lawyers – they assume and put it out there that if they hadn’t become priests they’d be hot shot lawyers – really, in their dreams me thinks.

Stephen Wright has a Banbury fan club who are v gushing (mainly Lourdes women) and he is rather lugubrious and gauche and shy and has something still of the awkward teenager about him which he hasn’t shaken off.

He seems straight but honestly how would you know – he’s an avowed celibate and of all the perversions this is truly most twisted – so no comment on that and the jury is out – plenty of time to unravel either way.

Pretty sure mid 50s plus clergy in Brum have their noses put out of joint with this promotion and to be fair something doesn’t feel right about it – it has a whiff of nepotism or inside job or things are not what they seem about it.

I agree more on E&W dioceses, bishops and Oscott especially would be edifying and revealing!!

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Accurate, regarding pupilage. Only 7% of those who are called to the Bar secure a pupillage. I am pretty sure Wright, Arnold and Murphy would have never gone onto practice. If they did, it would have been high street law doing wills, probate, conveyancing and garden fence neighbour disputes? To be fair, they were not in public schools and from the right background. Even now, they struggle to make the profession diverse.
Eddie Claire was also plucked out of Oscott, like Stephen Wright, to go onto the VEC to finish his training. What happened to him? He was into the Charismatic movement big time.

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There is a book called Oscott in the 20th Century with an appendix of priests who studied there. The vast majority from the 1980s to 2000 are no longer in active ministry. The numbers are staggering.

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@5:06pm

Well if he was into that lot, please God he’s disappeared, he wouldn’t be too popular in the VEC the charismatics are not venerable enough for that lot!

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Down and Connor diocese is in crisis. Noel Treanor is going to shake things up pretty soon and a lot of priests will not be happy.

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This is a very important letter. It puts Bishop Alphonsus on notice that the Purcell scandal has not gone away as you promised +Pat. It is also a useful public record that will in due course prove that the Bishop of Waterford was content to lend the authority of his office as a bishop to provide legitimacy to a monk accused of sexual misconduct. It raises questions about Cullinan’s integrity and judgement.
Your question about Cullinan concelebrating with Brendan Smith is dynamite. It made me feel uneasy. But it shows the hypocrisy of Cullinan. It also shows how weak and ineffectual most of the Irish bishops are when it comes to dealing with misconduct that does not involve children.
+Pat there was a time when I did not believe the accusations you made about Purcell. And the fact that you continue to highlight his misconduct without any threat of being taken to court convinces me that they are true. You have accused Purcell of acts that if they were untrue would attract large damages in a court of law, so the lack of legal action on the part of Purcell means they are the truth. I have to keep asking why the abbot general does nothing.
When the following newspapers The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, and The Evening Echo published similar stories about Connor Gannon, he took them to court, vindicated his good name, received damages and an apology. It is clear Purcell has no intention of doing so because what is written on this blog is true, and that is very disappointing.

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@4:42pm

I agree it is very disappointing, what I can’t understand is how has this degenerate monk has got the brass neck to carry on despite all the evidence presented on this blog, which I believe. Because if it was not true he would have taken action to clear his name.

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I’m in a secret sexual relationship with a local parish priest, who tells me that most clergy are not only gay, but ‘active’ sexually. He informs me that most have arrangements in place with other priests but as he didn’t find any of his peers sexually attractive he struck up an arrangement with me. I love my wife and kids dearly, but the bi side of me takes over and times, we are all only human and I don’t think we should be berating consensual relations between two adults. Regardless of the vow of chastity, this is and should be abolished as it’s actually inhumane.

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ciaran @ 4:57pm

How do you think your poor wife and children will feel when you are found out, as you will be. There are plenty of Maureen’s about everywhere in every parish and when you are caught it won’t be sausage rolls they’ll be talking about. It will be your poor family.

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Pat do you condone this mans arrangement or why would you publish his comment? He is a lying cheating scumbag and is making a mockery of his wife and the church.

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Pat, I have incriminating evidence regarding a priests sexual activities. Does the Sunday world pay for stories?

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I worked in the parochial house for years. The things I seen would shock even the most liberal of catholics but I kept quiet Cus of my loyalty to God. You lot could do the same ya know, the priests I cleaned for were dirty buggers, penis rings, condoms etc. I would have found the toilet with poo in it unflushed and with no tissue paper in the bowl. One Fr was addicted to gambling and the worst thing for him was the gambling apps. One time I popped round to surprise father for his birthday and the dirty bugger was masterbating On the sofa with not a stitch on. He offered me lots of money to stay silent but I’m not that type of girl. Shame on you all. Great blog tho bishop pat.

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Liz I agree with you I think some people should just keep things quiet. I walked in on a newly ordained priest in his late 20s/early 30s having full on sex with a nun who was in her 50s. I don’t know what happened between them but I left my job rather than expose them as they were really nice people.

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5.19: What a horrible comment by Liz. Her exaggeration is crazy. Yes, some priests – indeed many men – are not good at cleaning or personal hygiene. Seems to me you were just a nosey bitch. I had a wonderful housekeeper in the early 80’s: She was a trusted friend and counsellor. She was very discreet and never broke confidences. I gave her a salary way beyond the rate at the time. Had Liz been my housekeeper and I found her to be so betraying and vulgar, her mouth would have been flushed out!! In the loo. Another bitch fantasist…

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Remember the priest that fell in The outside sauna in belfast, broke his ankle and claimed off them? What was his name Pat? Where did the move him. A friend told me he is still a priest? Is this possible?

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It’s Dallat, and ciaran was always and is still a womaniser. Hence why they sent him to an all male prison.

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What ever happened to Eddie Clare indeed!!
He’s like the Scarlet Pimpernel – they seek him here, there and everywhere.
The Omertà surrounding him and John Gilbert is v tight – although word on the street is Gilbert didn’t walk he was pushed into early retirement.
Why?
But mention Eddie or John and silence is the stern rely.
Both in their mid late 50’s talented and capable in their own way but now gone, no explanation, no comment, nowhere to be seen.
Was it safeguarding related?
Was it homosexual related?
What scandal lurks beneath the surface they are desperate to keep under wraps?
Is it more prosaic- bored, fed up, jaded, pissed off so pisssed off?
Do the public – the people who funded their training and years of ministry have a right to know what happened?

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I wouldn’t call John Gilbert ‘ talented’ ! A typical product of 80s seminary training, full of himself, and arrogant with it. Also, a pretty foul temper, and not really able to control himself when he got off on one. He disappeared overnight. Called to Archbishop’s House when vesting for Mass, and told not to bother saying the Mass, but to get in the car and get his arse PDQ to Ab House. Never seen again. So, something of note had happened, but probably not a criminal / conviction offence, but enough to see him put pretty firmly into the C/O category, never to be seen again, but probably with ongoing financial support. He could be anywhere. But unlikely to be ministering. As for Eddie Clare – well, there is no Maryvale for him to go back to. They have closed it, shuttered it, and left it to rot. No idea where he is. Again, it will in all likelihood be something that doesn’t cross the bar of being criminal or worthy of a conviction, but in this day and age sufficient to see him out of ministry for good. There really should be some transparency about these things, since they are public figures in the Church and have been paid for by us. So, some simple statement to say they are out of ministry and living a private life would at least be respectful of us ?

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In other words, Phonsie is ENDORSING Purcell, Not only Phonise, but Eamonn Fitzgerald,all Irish bishops who were informed as well but took NO ACTION.

Whats the story in Rome re Apostolica signora and Purcell?

Had it reached a dead end or what?

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Pat there’s a priest who is working with organised crime and is money laundering for them. He got involved thru a cousin but they have close links to paramilitaries

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You must report him under the money laundering regulations. If you remain silent, you could be aiding and abetting. It would help if you informed his bishop, who will have a mandatory duty to report.

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There have been some comments about Mervyn Tower. I just want to say that Mervyn, a colourful character, is really a very talented, kind, sweet man and priest. He’s probably not perfect – are any of us? But, he’s faithful, loyal, still working away, and talented in his way, especially in the field of Scripture. So, even though his name will probably be associated with all sorts of tittle tattle about Oscott from those who probably know very little, I would like to say that he one of the good ones and one to respect and cherish. There you are, I’ve said it…!

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He is indeed a good man, and a faithful Priest. However, it’s undeniable that he had his favourites, who enjoyed privileges (use of his phone) and always physically attractive. He wore white socks too 😉

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Why do hot men become sems? Surely they must have their pick of relationships, male and/or female?

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Three of his boys have left the priesthood – two for women, the other for a man.

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During McKinney’s term as Rector of Oscott, Fr. Bernard Traynor frequently visited a handsome younger seminarian and had an excessive amount of influence over him. At the time, Traynor was in treatment for child sexual abuse at Stoud and was convicted shortly after 1995. McKinney and the faculty knew of his visits but did not ask him to stop. To my mind, this was reckless endangerment; he and other staff members need to be questioned about this. Interestingly Traynor was called by the Scottish CSA enquiry to give evidence. The seminarian was ordained but left and his diocese are still bitter about Traynor’s access and blame him for destroying his vocation.

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Pat, will you feature the FSSP traddie nonce in Rhode Island, Miss Jackson? The trads are not disappointing, coming out with excuses and conspiracy theories for one of their heroes.

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https://theoldroman.com/2021/11/01/fssp-pastor-arrested-on-child-pornography-charges-in-providence-national-catholic-register/

https://fssp.com/fr-jackson-statement/

“We, the FSSP, are shocked and saddened by news of Father Jackson’s arrest and the serious allegations against him.

Before starting his current assignment at the beginning of August, Father underwent a criminal background check and had a sterling record of priestly service. We had no reason to believe Father was engaging in any inappropriate behavior, let alone criminal conduct.”

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