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WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO WRITE THIS BLOG?

There are those out there, who do not want to face up the the vastness of corruption in the RCC, who want to attack me for this blog and claim I am on a REVENGE FEST against the RCC.

That is NOT TRUE or ACCURATE.

Of course, I believe that Cahal Daly did me an injustice in the 1980s.

But thoughts about that do not consume my life.

In ways Daly did he a great favour in freeing me from the RCC, even though I may not have realised it at the time.

In fact looking back he gave me the Freedom of the Sons of God

My life today and for some years now is concentrated on three things:

1. Thinking about and working on my relationship with God.

2. Being an available pastor – Mass, the Sacraments, listening and counselling and being there for my congregation and the “strangers” who contact daily by phone, email, letters etc. This very much includes very regular contact from people who hurt by the church and its bishops and priests.

3. Do people realise the amount of time and effort it takes to come up with a daily blog, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

When I worked further Belfast Sunday News and the News of the World I had to submit 1500 words ONCE a week. Now I do that ONCE a day.

I was very well paid by the newspapers. This blog pays me nothing and in fact I have to pay a monthly contribution to host it.

HOW A STORY STARTS ON THE BLOG:

Stories nearly always start with someone getting in touch with me about a concern or a hurt they have experienced at the hands of the Church, a bishop or a priest.

The Rory Coyle, McCamley, Deacon Byrne, Ciaran Dallat, Michael King, Ger Fitzgerald, Purcell and Fr Lomansey stories ALL started in this way.

The people who contacted me had all been to other bishops and priests before they contacted me and had gotten nowhere.

Most of them had pictures, videos, letters or emails to back up their stories.

They were all up against denial and cover ups by bishops and priests.

I was often their last port of call.

These people were angry and hurt at being turned away, not being believed and frustrated by the cover up

This situation will continue until the RCC sets an independent complaints office with real teeth and people can witness real action been taken against the people they have complained about and who are found guilty.

Those examining complaints cannot be bishops, priests, religious or anyone with an RCC connection.

This blog plays a role in church renewal.

It also plays a role in advocating for people and seeking justice and closure for them.

Our work will continue…….

I repeat, it is not about revenge.

People who have been named on the Blog have also been helped by the blog author.

That part of the work is unseen by the public and rightly so.

If irrational and orruption covering people out there choose to believe the Blog is about revenge there is nothing I can say to them.

But their protestations will get them nowhere.

100 replies on “WHAT MOTIVATES ME TO WRITE THIS BLOG?”

It’s funny how life turns out. I’m sure it was awful when Cahal was treting you badly but I’m glad it’s turned out to be a positive, liberating experience for you, Pat.
I am one of those strangers you helped, initially on the phone and later when we met.
It’s unfortunate that the laziness and lack of care by RCC bishops means that you have to do their governance work for them.

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10.36: Pat is a restless, free spirit and was never destined to be part of a Diocesan presbyterate. He has too trucullent a personality. Pat has set his standards as the ones to reach and follow. He marks all failed men against his rules. Obe strike and you’re dead, useless, irredeemable!! I accept some of Pat’s justifications but not all. I know people in my parish who fail in their commitments in a most selfish, hurtful and destructive way. Yes, I am tempted to throw them outside God’s mercy and love. I have accompanied some to counselling centres and night shelters and detox programmes. I have seen the scars of hurt and merciless behaviour. It breaks my heart to see people being hurt for whatever reason. I was taught by good mentors, Sr. Consilio and Alice Leahy to always give 2nd chances to everyone. Journey with them in empathy and kindness and they will see life differently. I have witnessed the miracles of God breaking through into many such broken lives and enabling healing and new beginnings. Somd outcomes of investigations may be an ignominious humiliation, destroying for ever his/her life. Sometime others fall in the process. Surely rejoicing and gleefully snering in delight is not appropriate. I prefer to help rehabilitate people back into goodness of living and wellbeing, spiritually and emotionally, than attempt to hammer them into the ground. If we believe in the vision of Jesus, at some stage his words must be woven into a narrative of response.
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There is a huge difference between true compassion and excusing cynical and repetative behaviour and abuse of others out of a faux good old plastic Jesus compassion.

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Yes I think I’ve been a parishioner of 12:04 – it was a living hell in that parish. He completely refuses to see that some behaviours are not acceptable at all, ever.

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The false plastic Jesus compassion saw abusing priests being sent to America on courses or moved to new parishes instead of being handed over to the police.

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11:16 Yes it did. One of my favorite things is watching the clergy fulminate on here, totally missing the fact that as a result of their church’s crimes they have permanently lost any moral authority. And it’s even funnier when they’re still trying to persuade people that brushing things under the carpet is the moral thing to do!

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10.54: You are way off mark. Absolutely. Thank God, my record as a kind pastor is well known. I work in a parish in the south. Never had any vindictiveness, vengeance or unkindness to anyone. When faced with problems, thankfully my training in counselling came to the fore in conflict resolution in schools and parishes and elsewhere. When leaving my last parish over 4 years ago, I received a huge sum of money and enough gifts and vouchers to keep an army going!! I have never deliberately hurt or humiliated anyone. Mistakes I’ve made, yes. But when wrong I have owned up. Your attempt to extrapolate a sinister impression of me is utterly false and so, so wring. Tell us the parish up north!! Try again. God bless you.

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11.34

You are Hilarium, you are unaware of your self- congratulatory nature. Yesterday, you were calling someone a nasty cynic and then declaring yourself to have empathy for/ with everybody.

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This ‘priest’ is a troll. No real priest would act so stupid. 😂
I think Hilarium is more likely to be a real priest – you can tell by the attitude.

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12.04 but they are not implicating an institution and its wouldbe associates, they are only acting for themselves, and you know the difference, detracting from your argument and whatever institution it is you stand for (and you have named names of your mentors).

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2.15: You can tell by your attitide that you most definitely are a truly srupid troll with a very empty brain. Get over your obsession as to who commenters might be. Try and contribute something intelligent.

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Maybe blog every second day, Bp Pat, and restrict the subjects to gay or financial scandals. Or, in the cases like Silverstream, gay and financial impropriety.

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Those associated with Silverstream must be stunned after you brought down two abbots simultaneously over the weekend.

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Deenihan’s head must be spinning. Still, he doesn’t seem sharp enough even to recognise the right thing, much less have the decency to do it. As with Purcell, it will make the conclusion of the matter much, much worse for all involved, including himself. Alas’

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+Pat, I for one would like to thank you for the assistance you have given me. I basically had nowhere to turn. I now understand more of how the RCC and the state cover up and the lengths they go through to protect each other. It has helped me to further my investigations which I hope will come to light soon. Well done on shining a light on these issues.

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+Pat, this blog post is timely. Of course, there will be people who will always be deeply unhappy with the work that you undertake with the blog. It is, of course, a form of pastoral ministry that is of great assistance the church. It is a very harsh reality that there is no mechanism for highlighting the myriad of issues that are negatively systemic within the Irish Church apart from “Buckley’s bloody blog”. The following is a crude analogy, but the blog can be likened to a species of judicial review because it brings about necessary public scrutiny of ecclesiastical decision-making and wrong-doing in the court of public opinion. Let us be blunt within the Irish Church there is zero accountability. And, the Irish Bishops and bishops in other jurisdictions do what they like with impunity to the detriment of us all.

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@ 9:46am

Maynooth! You mean, Gaynooth, pal. The, KKK- Kooky Kollard Klub,
Worshipers of D’ Golden Willie, Wobbly Willie, and any other Willie under the sun.
Ask Pinko Lily or Mags-ers Mammy or the one-eyed Kerry man!
Am I right, or, Am I right?

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And thank you Pat on behalf of the “Oh! Scott!” Oscott Survivors for your efforts to expose the truth. 🙏

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Pat you have been on the go a long time and been something of a Lone Ranger. I sometimes wonder if what you do on here gets filed as here we go again by many. There were times when contributors were cruel bitter and offensive. I’m thinking if this stuff will “last” into the future. In the past it was Buckley the heretic and renegade In this inclusive world is it now Buckley the mad motormouth I’m rambling but I hope you see my point I wish everyone well

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FOTW 10:00,
“There were times when contributors were cruel bitter and offensive.”
This vile contribution last year being an example:
“Bucko boy, we have identified your .. source and will deal with him. Lay off …. You won’t get another warning. Watch those candles in your chapel. You wouldn’t want a late night fire now, would you!”
Were the police ever able to trace that comment?

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If you think of the Irish RCC bishops as being like the old Soviet politburo, Maynooth as the Kremlin and the Irish Catholic as Pravda, you won’t go far wrong. Pat is the dissident sent to Siberia (Kilkeel and Larne) and the blog is like the BBC World Service broadcasting into Russia.

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My very first job was as a page boy / latrine orderly at the Gresham Hotel, Dublin 1964, 12 pretending to be 14. Wages: £2.6 p

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10.55: The Gresham Hotel: that was posh for you, Pat! You did better than me. I worked at the village store from 12 – 15 yrs of age for £2.6p weekly and felt I was rich…that was the mid 60’s!! How life rolls on…little then did i think I’d be a priest: teaching was to be my 1st preference..And lutyle did I imagine that as I bowed to the local P.P. on the streets that priesthood would be embroiled in the highlighted scandals. Going to church was an adventure for us in the country. Sometimes I wish I could return to my idyllic village life.

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Pat will recall from his philosophy classes in Clonliffe that Socrates refered to himself as a gadfly because he bites, and buzzes at the self-satisfied. He is also like a gadfly because he is likely to get swatted away because of his “bite” or words of wisdom. His job was to sting the “sleeping horse” of the Athenian conscious into wakefulness. Socrates said he was doing a service to the Athenian people by bringing them into reality. What Socrates meant by bringing them into reality was that he was enriching the people with questions and problems that made them think. He wanted them to think for themselves and not just agree with other people like the rich and powerful. He wanted the people to not be scared to think for themselves and he wanted them to learn.

When Socrates refers to himself as a gadfly during his trial, he means that he is like an examiner of things. He said that “he was given to the state by the god.”(Socrates, The Apology) He means by this that he was put here to ask questions. And so it is with Pat and questioners like him.

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A gadfly is a person who interferes with the status quo of a society or community by posing novel, potentially upsetting questions, usually directed at authorities.

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Pat how does our local PP afford 4 holidays a year, a Maserati, gym membership and all the trendiest clothes on a priests salary? He does not love modest and is addicted to looking good, even frequenting sun beds. Is this the lifestyle a priest should be leading or how does he manage to fund this?

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@11:58 am You keep repeating this post and it has become very boring. If you have clear evidence, produce it with a name. If not, keep quiet. Bishop Pat trades in evidence, not fantasy.

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I don’t believe any RC priest would own a Maserati. Whilst second-hand ones are reasonably cheap to pick up, the fact would have been widely reported, as it was with a Romania Orthodox priest who owned one.

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Personally I prefer to liken the Irish church to the religious right in the US, and Bishop Buckley to a gay wedding cake.

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I learned from this blog that rcc doesn’t like the truth when it hurts them. In other words, they are against the truth especially the bishops, the higher up their ladder or ranks right up to very top.

Funny enough, they rcc preached, bandied about the truth BUT when their matters /actions or their consequences hurts them when it goes against the very truth, only the truth. They don’t like it massively. It’s hypocrisy par excellence.

Some rcc bishops aren’t honest cos they lied or denied, obfuscated, their long silences or non responses an be construed as not so honest broker’s, anti truth, can’t be trusted et al.

This blog demonstrated it well re flaws, dishonesty, dismissive and arrogant bishops who think that they can get away with impunity. Their attitude leaves a lot to be desired. One question such as this, why should we part our money to dishonest, scheming, anti truth, bishops here via the parishes with no accountability, nothing in return for them.

My late parents experience with ex Bishop left us a very sour taste when he wanted a 1m church funded exclusively only by the parish which was a smaller parish with lots of money.

He was expecting too much from us in terms of money. So we opposed him tooth and nail re his hair brained scheme for 1m church out of our pockets. We won at the end but after this incident, we looked or saw at rcc in very different light to the one before 1m idea hatched by ex Bishop now retired. That Bishop whose idea of 1m Church was far too grandoise and out of touch with people.

Thats was in mid 1990s.

Rcc of today far worse than rcc of mid 1990s in my view.

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@ 1:00 pm

DG; would you like a portion of humble pie? Then come up and see me sometime!
Who loves ye baby? It could be me. xxx

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Leonie at 7pm

LOLOL 🤣🤣🤣.

you are better off asking other posters such as MC or MM or other poster that you like. 😉😜👀

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12:55, “ Why is kittys book still for sale?”

That is a *very* important question. Perhaps the publisher, Angelico Press, needs to be asked why they still sell a book which is widely known to be the work of a disgraced, abusive charlatan.

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Perhaps also Deenihan should be asked if he agrees with the judgment of his predecessor in granting the book an imprimatur… a book which was also, in the most corrupt way, both edited and given a nihil obstat by the same individual, Peter Kwasniewski!

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Pat, we would not have known about Fr Peter Flannery and what appears to be his known misconduct with young girls if it was not for your blog posting in October. We would not have known about the brazen behaviour of Richard Purcell, again only for your blog. I used to think your best service of the Irish Church was exposing the widespread use of Grindr in Gaynooth. Now, I think your exposure of the behaviour of Richard Purcell at Mount Melleray has been your best service to Irish Catholicism, thus far. And by extension to the whole of the Cistercians.

You did, however, omit on your list of names on your blog posting to include Fr Jones of Kerry whom you called out on your blog. He continues to be keeping a very low profile in Kerry. Only rarely does he say mass publicly, and I suspect in time you will be proven right…..

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The teasing out of a blog story can be rather amusing.
Day 1: “In recent weeks the blog has been receiving numerous messages about an Irish gay .. who is very sexually active and becoming well known on the gay scene.”
Day 2: “Yesterday, a priest friend of mine suggested that the current abbot of .. could succeed .. in …”
Day 3: “…But this week I have received so much new information about the homosexual goings on in presbyteries, religious houses and monasteries that I am actually in a state of shock.”
Day 5: “The Abbot General of the .. order – .. – has arrived in Ireland and is staying at …”
As the former manager of the Red Devils might say; squeaky bum time for those tangled up in a web of deceit.

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+Pat’s blog has been a blessing to the Irish church and the struggles of his early years were but it’s birthing pains. Sometimes the Lord brings us through things like that because it’s the only way to get us to where he truly wants us. Whatever about specific cases I think one of the biggest contributions has been reminded the powers that be in the church that they do hold a monopoly and that there is an alternative. Ad Multos Annos!

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3.34: De Integro, what is the alternative? Please, in short narratives. Are you proposing a vision of some kind? Jesus gave us HIS WAY for all Christians to follow. We’ve made his gospel very complicated and almost unattractive. Perhaps we need to return to the early Christian community’s template in full!

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@7.18 I don’t want to claim to have the inside track on the vision for the future. That’s dangerous territory. A lot of the complications added to The Way who is Jesus tend to be institutional and bureaucratic. Such robust human structures bring immense security and so are difficult to deconstruct. A “primative” Church is an tenacious missionary force. When things get too comfortable, as they have, people find themselves reclining on the roof of large buildings when they should be doing something more productive. We all know how that story ends. (Cf. 2 Samuel 11)

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A glimpse inside the York Oratory. I wonder if Brompton Oratory still has its “No Irish” rule for the Little Brothers there? I had a friend from Belfast who had a very well paid job with Coca-Cola in London. He phoned the Brompton Oratory to ask about the Little Brothers and the priest said no such thing existed, lol.

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anon at 5.37pm

Is that the same Brompton oratory that late Peter Sutherlands attended?,given the fact re no ‘Irish’ rule?

Comprende?

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Looks like they are living high on the hog. I wonder what poor faghag(s) is paying for it all.

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I’m surprised their wives or girlfriends allowed them away for the weekend. Lol lol

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The Fathers of the Brompton Oratory are down to their last £14m in the bank, according to their latest annual report and accounts.

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9:03 I creased up laughing in the early nineties when I read in their bulletin that they had financial difficulties so could no longer afford an orchestra at Midnight mass.
Kensington is just not the same world 😂

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7.05. ‘Twas a mistake in the Liturgy to have the partakers beat themselves up three times before receiving the Eucharist. You seem to be doing it again Bishop.

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My favourite part of the Gospel is where Jesus extols the prayer of the Pharisee and not that of the Publican beating his breast.

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Bishop Cullinane, you should go and take O Reilly with you. If this goes on, there is no knowing where it might end, as ye well know. The epistemology of the Abbot is paramount.

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From my knowledge and experience, anyone leaving primary school teaching to join the priesthood knows they are a work in progress, the progression never happens. There is all kinds of transference and sublimation at work.

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7.20: That’s a very strange opinion to express. It is only your experience. I think it is a very unprovable point without clinical research. What is the psychological transference and sublimation at work? What point are you trying to make? Four of my class were former teachers and were superb in ministry. They brought worthwhile insights and educational abilities to priesthood. None were “psychologicallly” in transference or sublimation of any kind. Can you enlighten us?

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9.34: Anon at 7.20 won’t respond because he knows it’s a ridiculous point he makes. If he has any intellectual integrity he should reference his researched academic work. I doubt his ability to think past “guessing”!

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We’ve had enough exhortations to be silent. Cry out with a thousand tongues – I see the world is rotten because of silence.
St Catherine of Siena

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