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FATHER THOMAS KENT LEAVES PRIESTHOOD AFTER ONE YEAR!

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The Eternal High Priest is Jesus Christ himself

HEBREWS  CH. 5

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD

BISHOP RICHARD MOTH

Born 8 July 1958 in Chingola, Zambia and ordained priest 3 July 1982. He was installed as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton on the 28 May 2015, having previously served as Bishop of the Forces since 2009.

THOMAS KENT
Thomas is a seminarian of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton who has been studying at St John’s seminary in Wonersh since 2013. He has been recommended for ordination to the priesthood in July 2020.

The current climate dictates that whilst the ordination mass will go ahead, the congregation will be small, and will strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines, as well as the guidelines for worship from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Thomas’ formation and ministry to date has involved a great many clergy, religious, communities and individuals from the diocese of Arundel and Brighton and further afield. He would like to offer thanks to everyone that has helped to prepare him for this special day.

He would also like to offer thanks to all who have sent well wishes and attended virtually. When it is safe and appropriate to do so, he will be very glad to see you at a special celebratory Mass of thanksgiving.

PRIESTS ABANDONING PRIESTHOOD SOON AFTER ORDINATION

The seminary is a very unreal and unrealistic world – a bit like an all boys boarding school.

You can live a great fantasy life there – dressing up like a priest, all your meals and needs supplied, three holidays a year, living next door to other young men – some of whom you emotionally fancy or sexually desire.

And then you come out into the realife of parishes and presbyteries.

An old cranky PP? A crusty old housekeeper? An alcoholic PP? A PP sleeping with his housekeeper or the male organist.

My first PP in Wales was an alcoholic and totally anti Irish.

My second PP was sleeping with the housekeeper.

My third PP was an evil bastard from Tipperary.

And I had to live under the same roof as all of them.

The year after ordination I went back to celebrate Mass the seminarians in St. John’s Waterford.

The president, Monsignor Shine said: “Don’t tell what it’s like out there. You’ll frighten them”.

TODAYS EXTRA PROBLEMS

Today there are extra problems. There is the all embracing homosexuality in seminaries.

When you are used to the accepted homosexual frisson in seminaries, its a bit of a shock finding yourself away from it in many parishes and presbyteries.

There are quite a number of young priests leaving soon after ordination.

Alongside that and with the orgiastic lifestyle in seminariesIthink it is a strong sign that the current methods of formation are not working.

If you have a screwed up formation, being run by screwed up formators you will get screwed up ordinands and young priests.

I’m so grateful to have lasted 45 years in the priesthood to date.

And I’m hoping to be able to finish the race.

BISHOP OF BLING BACK IN FAVOUR

200 replies on “FATHER THOMAS KENT LEAVES PRIESTHOOD AFTER ONE YEAR!”

It’s very sad about Tom, Pat. He left a great impression on many people. Those same people are now utterly deflated. He had good support from the priest’s in Guildford. Fr Tony is very dynamic, and Fr Roy was a married man before he was a priest. It’s a disaster now because Guildford is one of the bigger Catholic parishes in Arundel and Brighton. On the plus side, they have good lay involvement, and the priest’s from the Deanery area are helping out.

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December 2009, three fine young men are ordained to the priesthood for the Dublin province of the Redemptorists. These brave men were interviewed on The Late Late show and were truly inspiring. Just one remains while the other two work pastorally in the care of others. What a wonderful testament in continuation of the charisma of Saint Alphonsus.

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Every recently ordained young priest who came back to visit us in Maynooth said that life in the parish was totally different from Maynooth. They usually added that they did not feel that the college had equipped them for the reality of parish work and that they had had to learn on the job.

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It was a quick exit. That said, being ordained at the start of lockdown and the utterly bizarre situation of not offering mass publicly was highly peculiar. No doubt, these factors contributed to his inner struggle. I respect him for leaving now rather than lingering on and leading a life at odds with his solemn promises.

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I lasted 45 days as a seminarian, ironic in comparison to your 45 years Pat. I guess mine was short lived. Well done you

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Yes, and the married ex-vicars only get £27k (and no stole fees) and it is suggested that they top it up with Universal Credit if they have children.
Every priest is required to have a car but no car funding is available, apart from mileage payments.

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It is sad, particularly since his only experience of priesthood has been during covid – which is not exactly normal. The first two or three years are the hardest and weathering the demons is important.
Let us pray that he has somewhere & something productive to go to.
Let us also pray in thanksgiving that he appears to have left by choice, and without scandal.
Let us pray in thanksgiving that they did not try the Cloyne solution of sending priests back to seminary as postgraduate students the instance they struggle. Those priests will inevitably be unresolved, not face reality and struggle in other ways.
Let us pray in thanksgiving that he appears to have not snorted cocaine, slept with his parishioners, jerked off in the car, hung out in a sauna or dated a brother priest.

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Sometimes the MIA come back. Fr Simon Leworthy, who left the FSSP in Reading in unexplained circumstances and who for a time lived as a layman in Cambridge, is now PP of Stowmarket.

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That will be hard now as Pope Benedict reformed dismissal from the clerical state. In theory, all those absent from their diocese “on leave” for more than five years are supposed to be dismissed through a fast track administrative procedure. I guess it also gives peace of mind to diocesan insurers.

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5.45 am – because he felt unable to keep to his celibacy vows. It appears he is in a relationship.

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Thomas went into Priesthood in order to keep his devote mother happy. His mum passed away over Covid unexpectedly (not with Covid) and very young. I guess Thomas felt the pressure was no longer there and decided to live his own best life for his own happiness.

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Why did this young priest leave ministry so soon after ordination ? This seems to me to be the most pressing and pertinent question that requires an answer/s in this case.
Here is a possible, and probable, list of reasons why:
1. Personal crisis: This could be of faith. Probably unlikely, however. I doubt if in such a short time he lost his faith. It is in all probability something to do with emotional / psychological / relationship / sexual issues. Indicators point to him embarking on a homosexual relationship. In other words, he’s fallen for someone, madly so, and thrown up everything in order to run after this relationship. The sad thing is, in all likelihood, it will not be sustainable and he will find himself failed and hurt in this early homosexual experience.
2. The first point (1), of course, begs the question about the quality and durability of the human /personal / emotional / relationship / sexual identity / celibacy / clerical lifestyle formation that he received when he was in seminary. Over five years, seminarians should be immersed, rightly or wrongly, in developing a sense and being of who they are as a single, celibate priest as required by the current RC stipulation that they are single celibate men. There is no point in just demanding this, which is generally an unnatural state for a young man as a lifestyle choice; it should be supported by decent formation. My suspicion is that this is severely lacking in most seminaries, or at the best done wrongly and erroneously. Much of it is just done by appeal to plain muscular christianity – just do it – without much thought being given to the why and the wherefore. I have questioned seminarians about the quality of their human development etc. formation, and the response I get is that it is wafer thin and largely inadequate. This may well be because the seminary staff themselves struggle with this aspect in their own lives, or don’t really believe in it, or just present it as a means to an end – namely, ordination – without it being seen as a crucial and integral requirement of a priest’s life. Another reason could be that they are simply not trained sufficiently or adequately or professionally in these areas. It is one thing to read a book of canon law and regurgitate it, it is another to have a deep and comprehensive appreciation, knowledge and understanding of human development. That takes years of study and practice. I doubt if most seminary staff are willing or able to undergo such rigorous training. They just rely on their ‘clerical instant wisdom’ by and large. And fail to provide adequate formation in these areas.
3. It has been suggested that this young priest would have hit the hard and harsh wall of the reality of parish life when he landed in his first assignment. Probably that is the case. That begs the question of what happens to priests in parishes. My own experience is that it is pretty grim. Living above / beside the shop / constantly on call / constantly surveilled / expected to be all things to all men / women / seen as suspicious thanks to the current lack of trust in clergy / living with different characters / bullies / predators / living in the grey economy of the priest and not knowing what is yours and what is theirs / seeking support and affection outside the presbytery……..the list could go on and on. No wonder a young priest gets freaked out by this strange and odd clerical culture and lifestyle that priests are expected to live.
So, there are a few suggestions as to why this young priest has left after an expensive five years plus of so called formation and discernment. Am I wrong ?!

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No, Am I W: your comment has many insightful points, some of which, I’m afraid, will be beyond the comprehension or ability of the RCC establishment to address.
Thank you for sharing your understanding.
MMM

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Am I Wrong?! @ 9.30am
This certainly is one of the best comments I have read on any blog – brilliant, well done,

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9.30. A superb analysis. This is the kind of debate and cogent analysis which should feature more frequently on Pat’s blog. It is fair, balanced, non judgmental and is fundamentally a most insightful piece. Great food for thought. Thank you ‘Am I wrong’.

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I wish our PP had left soon after ordination. A vile and nasty drunk who stumbles up the aisle to the altar every day.

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As a former housekeeper, I have witnessed happy young healthy men progress to exactly what you describe on your blog Bishop. Two became raging alcoholics, one was so bad he hid drink all round the house. Another priest was found in bed with a nun, twenty years his senior. The one I found dead in bed at 43, we suspected he was a secret drinker, but after his death we found gay magazines and sex toys etc in his secret stash. This vocation is not for the weak Bishop Pat.

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Pretty standard, I would say. Clerical and religious life is a horrible, inhuman and brutal place, or did you think the church’s lack of compassion was confined to abused children?

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Anonymous @ 9.23 am
May God forgive you of your sins for making up a story like that. Do you ever think before deciding what to put on this blog.? You are a troll if ever there was one and we all have a fair idea of who you are.

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+ Moth will just have to import more and more foreign priests – from the Indian sub-continent, from the Philippines, from Nigeria / West Africa. They can keep the show on the road for a while. At least until he’s retired. Then it can be somebody else’s problem to look at the systemic issues and problems that afflict the priesthood. Not to worry, though, because he’ll be off riding and looking after his horses. So, that’s okay then.

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+ Moth is a very ambitious and very cautious cleric. Do not expect him to rock the boat in the slightest way. In the case of Kent, he will make absolutely sure that whatever has happened and whatever transpires with this young priest, it does not reflect on him at all. Kent will be cut off completely if he shows even the slightest danger to +Moth.

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Covid and Lockdown strained many marriages and saw a spike in divorces. Tom probably discovered the futility of the choice he had made. In seminary, you are never alone; you can call upon friends, always have company at mealtimes, and some of them seem to have “particular friends” and share a bed. It’s impossible to be celibate if you’ve been sexually active months, weeks, days before ordination.

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True. However you would think seminary would have special training for dealing with solitary confinement, ready for when priests end up in prison.

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12.36: An unnecessary, nasty and offensive comment. I hooe you never have misfortunes in your life but if you do, I hope you’ll be lucky to find people who’ll be kind to you, though such acts would be undeserving with a mind set like yours.

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7:53 Thanks for your kind thoughts. Don’t worry, if I ever need help I won’t make the mistake of going to you.

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Pat I’m sitting having a sausage roll here and thought of how old Maureen is doing with the Covid? Have you heard from her? I’m sure that priest and local bike of hers are hoping it kills her, but get well soon Maureen, I’ll say a prayer for you and hope you are double vaccinated x

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11.20: Roy, Maureen was having a ride on this blog. She was a complete send up as was obvious by the obsessive repeat comments attributed to “her”. Think he/she/it had a sausage roll too many and not of the butchers type!!

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I think we all know that mandatory celibacy required of men who are not so inclined and called but are constrained to undertake it in order that they can become priests, is something that is going to be severely and fundamentally detrimental to the health, wellbeing, stability, integrity of that priest, and it will do untold damage to him. Sadly, that damage will also rub off on those around him, and so the damage will ripple outwards. If the Church insists on mandatory celibacy for its priests, it is therefore required to ensure that only men who are suited, called and inclined to celibacy as a vocation are ordained priests. To allow those who are not so called through is completely irresponsible, and an opening to future damage to the priest himself and the Church and the faithful. I’m not calling for a witch hunt, just for sensible and sensitive discernment and formation. If that were the case, then the Church will inevitably find itself even more destitute of priests, because so few have that natural vocation to celibacy. So, the question is, why does the Church not look more widely, expansively, creatively and intelligently at the requirement of mandatory celibacy, instead of sticking to a model that has shown itself so detrimental to so many and in so many ways ? Seems like a question a lot of us are asking. Why are the bishops not asking the same question ?

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Young Kent has fallen in love with a man, he’s all loved up, and he’s run away with him to begin a new life. After spending over 5 years ‘discerning’ his vocation, at great expense. He should have thought about this and his desires before he was ordained. I wonder is there any way we can get some of the money back that we spent on him over the years of his training ? Seems about fair and right to me. Too many of these dippy seminarians seem to think it’s okay to spin out their education and free board and lodge as long as they can with no personal responsibility. Then at the first chance they hop it.

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Yes, seminary is a sort of finishing school for young homosexuals who spin out their student years at the flock’s expense and then act all surprised and shocked when they are ordained, after spending 5, 6 7 or more years preparing for it.

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12.29 pm

Damn right Pat. It’s disgraceful all that money being spent and then just to leave. Daylight robbery.

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There could be a means-tested seminary loan, to be repaid to the diocese according to his income at the time, if someone leaves within 5 years of ordination.

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12.28: What about the many doctors, nurses and teachers and vets who, after years of training at tax payers expenses, go abroad for work, some never to return. Tgere was a priposal that such peiple should have to pay back for their education. I’m not sure..nor am I sure that a priest who leaves should be obligated to return money. Give to charity instead. I suspect that those making this proposal now got all their education free!! How productively have they contributed to their country?

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How old is the term ‘discerning’ in relation to the priesthood? Did they discern vocations in junior seminaries or did they just get on with it?

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He said he wanted to be a doctor. He’s young enough to try and qualify. There is undoubtedly a shortage. The figures they invent for the cost of seminary is exaggerated. 70% probably spent on keeping the building going rather than formation.

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Priests have all more than given back the cost of their training in their selfless service to the many men they meet in cruising grounds and on Grindr.

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@11:49 am You wrote, ‘Young Kent has fallen in love with a man, he’s all loved up, and he’s run away with him to begin a new life.’ Where is the evidence to substantiate this point, please? If you have no evidence you must retract your comment.

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I’m in a committed relationship with a priest. Why should he leave his profession for that love? Celibacy is a dated and ridiculous vow priests have to make. We are committed, unlike most homosexuals out there who are in ‘open’ relationships, these are the ones that campaigned for marriage equality, yet can hardly commit to one person, hypocrisy in its highest form.

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It was a right laugh seeing the biggest bikes in Belfast marching for marriage equality. As if they’d want that for themselves. I suspect that the number tieing the knot is tiny.

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As always the trolls come out around noon and there’s no further point reading the comments.

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I don’t know you Pat, but the few homosexuals I do know are trollops. I’m not homophobic and they can all do what they want in parks and dungeons and public restrooms. But I found it disgusting them marching through our town for marriage equality when they all probably went and had a mad orgy afterwards.

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@12:06pm
‘Committed relationship with a priest’ are you for real? Of course he should leave he’s a disgrace, and it is hypocrisy in it’s lowest form to keep on pretending to be a priest in good standing. I think if his parishioners knew they would want him to be committed to his priesthood not to a sleazy relationship with another man.

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2.02: Get over it. Let this priest enjoy a committed relationship. People like you should MYOB and stop peeping out through torn lace curtains. Your type cause more pain and hurt by gossiping and are also very divisive in parishes. God is our ultimate judge not you. You obviously are not in tune with modern day parishioners. They are much kinder, tolerant and full of understanding, all of which you lack.

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That’s right, Paulinus, you keep on with the exact same approach that caused the abuse crisis.

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….BUT you are both living a lie. Can’t get away from that. Committed or not. He’s lying about his celibacy. You’re lying because you can’t recognise his publicly It must be doing you both the world of no good living double and duplicitous lives.

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The old Maynooth prohibition on particular friendships and on students visiting one another’s rooms, now looks to have been sensible.

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12.16
I was there in the 1980s. Never heard of such a rule. People made tea on a daily basis in thrir rooms for mostly multiple guests. What era are you talking about?

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12.16
I was there in the 1980s. Never heard of such a rule. People made tea on a daily basis in their rooms for mostly multiple guests. What era are you talking about?

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I also was there in the 1980s. The “particular friendships/no visiting rooms” rules fell into disuse after about 1968.

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Why is it all the gay priests are berated when the straight ones like Ciaran Dallat continue to get women pregnant and ship them off to England with no repercussions?

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Because homosexuality is the church’s hidden secret, hence you get self-hating closet cases bitching about gay men. They don’t do that about men like Ciaran Dallat because he is their dream – they want to be him.
Of course it’s just another example of the church getting everything the wrong way round, and any sensible person would say that leaving to be with your love is a much more moral place to be.

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Dallat a ‘dream’ Hahahaha that made me laugh very hard a droplet of pee came out

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Previous days comments suggest he may have met another man (naturally) and given it all up for love. Perhaps he will have the courtesy to write in, Bp Pat, and clarify the situation for the benefit of your readers. After all, it is not every day you are the subject of your famous blog.

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Why the hell should he have the “courtesy” (!) to write in and allow himself to be torn asunder by the marauding hawks on this blog who know nothing about him, his life or his situation? A greater “courtesy” would have been to let this man live in peace. Your comment is disgusting and points to all that is wrong in the world and in this blog.

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I assume you’re his other half. It would end all the speculation. A lot of time and money has been spent on this wretch.

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I don’t know why you’re all talking as if Fr had gone permanently. He’s been through Formation and as we know the church doesn’t admit men with deep seated homosexuality to seminary, so he might even be back for midnight mass.

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Thomas was Ordained to the Catholic Priesthood in the toughest of times during the Pandemic. On his special day he could only have a select number present at his Ordination because of Government Guidelines. This surely must have taken a toll on Father Thomas. Churches were closed world-wide with all Masses and other religious ceremonies being streamed live on you tube, webcam etc. Priests were curtailed in carrying out their regular visitation of the sick in hospitals unless in critical circumstances.
Can we all allow this man some privacy to concentrate during his extended leave of absence on his Reflection and Discernment.
It is suggested by several on this blog that he has fallen in love with another man, good luck to him if this is true but where is the proof of this?
God Bless you Father Thomas.

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I hope he has returned all his ordination gifts, although you can probably say, ta-ta to any cash gifts.

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Well done Pat on 45 years of service in ministry. Truly a great achievement. Wish we had a PP of your stature, the one we have has featured on your blog before, and he did turn his life around but I fear he is using class A drugs again and think this will be the death of him.

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12.29: Did you, Pat, repay the Dioceses who educated you, considering you left the Catholic Church and priesthood? You got lots of freebies, even your house in Larne!! Contract? When did you enter into a contract to repay the kindness shown to you?? Just asking seeing that you lecture everybody else about their miral duties..

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I never left the catholic church or priesthood. I still practice to this very day.- 45 years now. I have a binding legal contract with the bishop and diocese. Educate yoursel, please.

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1.52; But, Pat, the house was given to you free…We all know. Glad you have a roof but don’t be such a hypocrite in slamming others whose priesthood education wad paid for by families, supporters and parishes. You benefited from this arrangement. You have left the Catholic Church. You no longer subscribe to any of its teachings or traditions. So, why don’t you, in conscience repay the kindness shown to you. You ought to educate yourself about justice, charity and fairness.

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2.01: I doubt if any cleric would have a dose of sour grapes vis a vis a heretical apostate. Get a grip. Good luck to Pat but he’s an independent Christian but not a Catholic one.

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2:26 You do not know what is in the confidential High Court contract.

I am still a serving priest and bishop of the catholic church and subscribe to many teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic denomination.

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Pat is still ministering to RCs (and others) in Larne and much further afield.

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1.48 pm
Bishop Pat didn’t need to repay the cost of his education because he did not LEAVE after a YEAR!

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45 years deserves a toast, congratulations Pat and ignore the negativities from others. I recall Sister Kathleen coming back from England in the 70s and she was pregnant with a black baby. The furore that caused at the time was unimaginable. We are all only human, we all have our crosses to bare, so be kind to each other. Love your blog Pat, here’s to the next 45 years

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Well done bishop pat on your service. May I take the opportunity to thank my 2 local parish priests who between them have served the church for 80 years. Father Aidan Keenan and Father Delia ‘KFC’ Neeson. The Ant and Dec of the clergy world.

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Mrs Feeny is taking legal action against Delia after losing her job in the parish. She will take them to the cleaners and prove what a nasty vile bully she is. Aidan needs to man up. Bishop Treanor needs to forget his balls and grow a set of tits, and get rid of ‘woman v food’ Delia.

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I think Ciaran Dallat is very hot in a rugged, chunky way. He’s not the most attractive guy but more of a DILF. It’s easy to see how women would swoon over him. What do others think?

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Well we know he’s very fertile, how many women is it he has got pregnant now? Drives a Maserati on a priests wages also, surely he wouldn’t be money laundering or involved with drug trafficking with his prison in-mates and he has inherited his cash.

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2:51 pm What a ridiculous question. You must think this blog is no more than the worst example of stupidity found on the internet. A person with less than half a gram of good sense would not consider answering your question. Please realise that many of us who read this blog do not expect to find your trivia to be made public.

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I think Ciaran D is rather hot too, ……..under his clerical collar mind you.
He knows very well his ‘card is marked’ in Loughinisland.

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All this talk about seminarians leaving after 5 years of being educated, boarded and lodged at the expense of the diocese, has started me thinking. Are seminarians able to access student loans like other students ? These loans don’t have to be paid back until the individual earns above a certain level. A seminarian, when priest, probably would never earn enough at the headline level to trigger the payback ? Maybe it is happening already, and this is one of the reasons that bishops and dioceses seem so relaxed when one of their projects buggers off so quickly. Maybe a big chunk of the expense has already been covered by the seminarian’s student loan ? And, presumably, remains the student’s loan after he has gone ? Anybody know anything about this ?

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Sister Kathleen ended up moving to Donegal with the baby and tragically died in a car collision in 1994. What a kind, warm and loving woman. I don’t like how you call her daughter a ‘black baby’, and why the need to disclose its race. Her daughter Milly, represents Ireland at highest football level and has achieved great things in her mothers memory. RIP Sister Kathleen

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45 years Pat. Wow and you don’t look a day over it, in your prime mate. Interesting blog today, wish the wee man Thomas good luck and hope he finds what he’s looking for. Good luck to Fr Edward Magee in Lisburn who has entered rehab for alcohol addiction.

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Pat, someone hinted about Fr Kent in a comment made to your blog post on June 21st.
So if Thomas was ordained in July last year that means he didn’t even last a year as a priest.

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Archdiocese of Liverpool's Catholic Social Services (rebranded: Nugent Care in honour of Father Nugent)says:

Catalogue of failings at a Liverpool Catholic Social Services run children’s home banned from taking any more kids.
One child told inspectors “This is not a happy home.”
After inspecting the Archdiocese of Liverpool run children’s home, inspectors said: “The home, which at the time of inspection housed 11 children, many experiencing emotional, social or learning difficulties, was failing to provide effective care and support to the children in its care.” They go on to say:
“Serious safeguarding shortfalls were identified, including improper documentation of physical intervention, a failure to properly record feedback to children on complaints made as well as unclean bedrooms and in one case a child sleeping on a broken bed.”
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/catalogue-failings-childrens-home-banned-22173584

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Former Fr Tom has a fresh complexion and has kept off the sausage rolls. Had he remained, he would have ended up like my parish priest, leather-clad and on his motorbike frequenting public toilets. The local village bike would have paid him nighttime visits. I am still recovering from the Covid but will update you on my parish priest’s cavorting when fully restored. Bishop Pat, Would you please pray to our blessed Lord that the Lord Covid does not get a hold of me?

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Interesting about priests and leathers and motorbikes. Arundel and Brighton priest Christopher Towner was one such priest who outfitted himself in such attire around the Hayward’s Heath and Cobham parishes.
In the 1980’s he was convicted of importing child pornography and removed from ministry. . He was a student in Rome under the rectorship of the notorious Cormac Murphy O Connor As bishop Murphy O Connor was known for his lax responses to paedophile clergy in the Arundel and Brighton diocese. In Towner’s case he was very quick in removing Towner. It does suggest that he knew of Towner’s criminal misbehaving while he was a clerical student in Rome.
I do know that Towner remained a priest and to my knowledge as not been removed from the priesthood.
Does the community have knowledge of this man. He seems to have gone off the radar so to speak- not a good sign for a child sex offender.

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__ Liverpool Echo __ Archdiocese of Liverpool Catholic Social Services (rebranded: Nugent Care in the Late 1990s)says:

Catalogue of failings at children’s home run by Archdiocese of Liverpool Catholic Social Services banned from taking any more kids.
__ One child told inspectors ‘This is not a happy home.’ __
“Serious safeguarding shortfalls were identified, including improper documentation of physical intervention [presumably used on children given it’s a kids’ home], a failure to properly record feedback to children on complaints made (presumably leaving some children feeling their complaints were being ignored), as well as unclean bedrooms and in one case a child sleeping on a broken bed.”
They go on to say: “Inspectors said internal communal doors were ‘routinely locked’ preventing some children from access to shared living areas…”
The report slammed the “serious shortfalls in leadership and management” and noted that the registered manager has been absent from the kids’ home since September 2021.”
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https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/catalogue-failings-childrens-home-banned-22173584

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Congratulations Bishop Pat, well deserved. I see your blog from a few days ago wanted to know about any good priests. In Glenavy we have a great priest from the waist up, Fr Colm McBride

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Fond of money and a mouth it would seem, if you get what I mean. Has an eye for the women alright. Near takes the arm of you when you are giving him a donation for a service provided.

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Zero evidence for that allegation in any parish he has served. Like many of those who came to seminary after working full-time, and from a successful family business in North Antrim, he strikes me as never having needed the Church to enrich him.

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Thomas should become an Anglican Priests as some former
R.C. Priests have done in similar situations .

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Does anyone feel like me? I feel Thomas should have just had a secret relationship, with the man he has run off with.
My uncle Tommy, god rest his soul, was in a loving relationship with a Nun for over 40 years, minimum.
Our family knew this and it didn’t bother any of us. Sister (who we affectionately called auntie) is still alive now and in a nuns residence in belfast but not in great health.
Time to reform the church and let all humans find love. When my uncle Tommy passed away, Sister is still a valued member of our family. She did find a short term love with a lady friend until she also tragically was killed in a house fire.
It’s a need and want we all have, we shouldn’t deny anyone the right to it.

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I was taught by nuns and then ended up working in a convent in Belfast. Most were genuinely lovely and Christian like. The minority were wicked, nasty and Randy wee devils. One was found constantly masturbating in her room and she acted all innocent and shocked at being caught on by staff. Never trust a nun.

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5.21: This is a silly comment. Utterly inane. The nun is human and like you has normal sexual impulses. Do you act as a virgin?

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Pam, I knew your Uncle Tommy, God rest him and your wee auntie. They were a lovely pair and the sweetest wee lovebirds all their lives long- never would harm a fly them two. My own brother fell for the Mother Superior in the school where he was a teacher, but she wasn’t keen on him at all. After he told her how he felt, he was that mortified he went off and got another job. She was lovely right enough. But maybe it all worked out for the best, for when he was 63 he met a lovely fella who was only 30 and they were mad for each other. My wee brother took a stroke then and God love him, after it he could only blink his eyes- never another word he spoke. And his young husband looked after him like an angel. And when he died, the mother superior came to the wake and was so nice to us all. The lovely thing about it is she became great friends with my brother’s widower and helped him come to terms with his loss. Life has a lovely way of going full circle. Lovely people the lot of them and I pray for them all during the Holy Souls month- but not my brother’s husband because he’s still alive.

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How does a priest afford to be an addict? What was the name of the priest who fell asleep in mass a few years back and had to be wakened? Was he drunk?

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Soldiers, policemen and MPs too. All the stereotypically male professions, basically. Drink is a male problem. You get far more men than women at AA meetings.

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5.23: Add to that Pat – teachers, farmers, professors.. ..so many people fall prey to alcoholism. A priest is no different. Kindness of understanding is helpful to vulnerable people but with alcoholics, the truth must be spoken very, very firmly but with toughness and care.

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I have been a raging alcoholic for over a decade now and I wouldn’t wish this illness on anyone. It’s a poison and we should ban it. In lockdown I went from 2 bottles of wine a night to 3 and the struggles I have in reducing this are awful. Pat say a prayer for me please.

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Given what we know about our clergy these days, are we catholics foolish to believe that Mary was a virgin? Did her and Joseph never have sex? It’s unlikely. Fast forward and after many corrupt popes before we got to the nymphomaniac Pope John Paul II. Of course all these clergy are at it.

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5.35: You are too kind to that ignoramus at 5.14. He’s a complete jerk and must be a spaced out fool. An atheist.

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5:14 The other problem for the Pharisees here is that if Mary and Joseph got married, if they didn’t have sex then Canon law would say there was no marriage and it could have been annulled.

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Thomas was Ordained to the Catholic Priesthood in the toughest of times during the Pandemic. On his special day he could only have a select number present at his Ordination because of Government Guidelines. This surely must have taken a toll on Father Thomas. Churches were closed world-wide with all Masses and other religious ceremonies being streamed live on you tube, webcam etc. Priests were curtailed in carrying out their regular visitation of the sick in hospitals unless in critical circumstances.
Can we all allow this man some privacy to concentrate during his extended leave of absence on his Reflection and Discernment.
It is suggested by several on this blog that he has fallen in love with another man, good luck to him if this is true but where is the proof of this?
God Bless you Father Thomas.

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Lucky those restrictions didn’t apply to anyone else and thus nobody else has had to get on with it then.
Are you seriously implying he’s left the priesthood because a global crisis limited the guests present at his special day? If so, he should never have got that far.

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5.41: Your question is superfluous. Many people who become addicts simply spend their cash on drink or drugs..

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I’ll second that. This is why we should not be donating any more of our cash to this corrupt organisation. From the roots up. I’m

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Bishop Pat there seems to be a lot of trolls bitching about Priests on today’s blog. Please give credit to our wonderful Bishops, Priests, Deacons and all Religious who have been keeping their Communities sane for the last 18 months during our Covid Pandemic, when Churches all over the world were closed. They are human too and deserve a bit of respect while they try to get on with daily life as best they can in these difficult times.
God Bless them and keep them Safe.

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6.25: Isn’t it strange that many people in parishes who are poor and in need come knocking on the presbytery door! They are always well received and we support them. I have many who call to luve our. I sometimes wonder if twats like you who make such denigrating comments against clergy ever do anything useful for anyone in their community? Many priests are exceptionally generous to the poor with their money. It’s our duty of care.

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Nonsense I remember my wife threw me out in the cold winter about 7-8 years ago at 2am after finding out I was sleeping with her sister for 3 years. It was a blizzard of deep snow outside and I had nowhere to go but the priests house, and he refused to let me in, threatened me with the police and told me to find a hostel. How Catholic is that.

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8:05 That’s very Catholic, although not Christian. If he’d thought he could get in your pants you’d have been in like a shot.

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Bishop Pat, are you on friendly terms with any decent clergy? They seem utterly mad to me, I’ve yet to come across a sane one.

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8.05: A fantasist. Thus is the stuff of idiots. Hope your wife threw you out for good. You unfaithful hoor!

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‘fathers’ you would give less of an impression of being utterly raving if you weren’t rolling round on the floor trying to chew through the restraints.

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Bishop Pat there seems to be a lot of trolls bitching about Priests on today’s blog. Please give credit to our wonderful Bishops, Priests, Deacons and all Religious who have been keeping their Communities sane for the last 18 months during our Covid Pandemic, when Churches all over the world were closed. They are human too and deserve a bit of respect while they try to get on with daily life as best they can in these difficult times.
God Bless them and keep them Safe.

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That’s not trolling hon. When you get abuse covered up combined with the arrogance of the RC church, that’s a recipe for finding yourself a pariah.

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Congratulations to you Pat on surviving 45 years in this institution. I have followed your blog for years now, back even in the older blog, and I’m always so glad to read it and always be grateful that I’m a big lesbian as a result, but I just wanted to share with you that my gf and I got engaged over the weekend. We haven’t sat a date yet but you have an open invite of course.

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I think you should get a book deal Pat, imagine the stories of the clergy over the years. It never ceases to amaze me what priests and nuns and bishops get up to. I read some people’s tales and I’m astonished at how they have behaved.

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I don’t know about you lot but I think we need to mix it up a bit and have more fun at mass. It’s mundane and boring. If it were exciting and fun it would attract the parishioners back to mass.

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What on Earth would you suggest would liven it up a bit? A slot machine? A pole for dancing round? An in house bar perhaps? Catch the grip and hold on to it firmly you nutcase.

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Don’t say a slot machine to Father John Forsythe or he will be taking this on board. He like a bet himself.

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Yes let’s have the priest dress up as a a clown and juggle the offertory sure to get the crowds back in the door. You aren’t there to be entertained it’s not Catholic’s got talent

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Pat I recall the good aul days of the past when you did good work in the Divis on Falls Rd. they were hard owl times but the sense of community spirit was second to none, ni ya don’t even know your local priest, I mind Fr louchran knew all of us like and sure we hadn’t a penny to us names and we still got by

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7.08: Thank you Frances for your very kind words of support and appreciation. These words are so encouraging for priests, who, as you’ve said, have been available to carry out their pastoral ministry, particularly where funerals are concerned. Last week we had 6 funerals in our parish and 5 for this week so far. Witnessing this on-going loss and grief and family divisions is very upsetting. The expectations are high with some families and it’s a struggle to get all things right at times. But we try out best.

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7.11: Correction. Pat has survived 45 years not in the institution of the Catholic Church but mostly as an independent cleric and belongs to his own institution, the Oratory, which is not affiliated to any Catholic entity. Pat is therefore free to create his own beliefs, creeds and norms but they are not in solidarity or unity with any recognised Magisterium. Roberta, every good wish for your future with your GF…

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7.11 don’t be so lesbian-phobic, the hint of it in your text sickens me. You don’t understand what we go through on a daily basis as lesbians.

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7.49: Roberta, we all go through difficulties, traumas and challenges. They are not particular to being gay or lesbian. Can’t understand what sickens you…I merely wished you a blessing. You referenced your GF at 7.11!!

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The people on this blog are sheer and utter mad. I use to watch the Jeremy Kyle show to feel normal and that my life was boring, now I read this blog for that. Never mind a book deal, you need your own tv show, what would you call it? And it would have to be aired after the watershed for sure.

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It would be a mix between Jeremy Kyle and Jerry Springer I’m sure you could keep them at bay Pat

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And Fonzie could sing a number at the end of every show while everyone else is fighting.

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An excellent turnout of comments for this individual, Bp Pat, perhaps she will feature again in future. What Thomas does next!

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8.45pm
Take a good look at the Blog today re Father Thomas and if you are able to count you or in fact anyone that has an interest, check how many comments actually relate to the subject. There are about 100 comments which consist of Pseudonyms and Anon. which are really ruining the blog for Bishop Pat because a lot of his regulars have left. Am I right or wrong?

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A lot of comments are tongue in cheek today. I wonder why. Do they want to de-rail the blog – to undermine its seeiousness?

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That’s why they comment every day. However since the only people who could possibly have an axe to grind are the RC clergy and ‘faithful’, it’s very obvious and rather an own goal.

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Pat’s blog has always had light and shade, with fun/knockabout/bitchy comments appearing alongside serious ones. It’s what makes it unpredictable, lively and addictive, and despite the periodic attempts by humourless old farts (you know who you are) to tame it.

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You are the funny one. Now stop pretending that you don’t come on here and piss all over the blog at your bishops behest. 💦

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I used to love Esther Rantzen’s ‘That’s Life’, which combined serious issues with comic moments. Just like this blog.

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Maybe you could have an undercover show Pat, like Donal McIntyre, and expose all these gay priests. The ones who are cheating their vows.

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