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DEENIHAN DROPS ALL CANONICAL CHARGES AGAINST SILVERSTREAM WHISTLEBLOWER !

Within hours of the Gardai and Proseecution Service deciding not to prosecute Kirby over his sexual advances towards Dom Benedict Andersen Tom Deenihan withdraws all canonical charges against the whistleblower!

So, the whistle-blower has done nothing wrong.

Then why is he cast out of his monastery and forced to live 3,000 miles away from it with very little financial support and depending on his family?

The truth is that his only “crime” was speaking out about Kirby’s sexual advances towards him.

He had no option but to speak out as no one within the Church was willing to listen to him and act.

To this day he fully stands over his statement that Kirby was targeting him sexually.

And Kirby has history with this behaviour everywhere he has lived.

LETTER TO BISHOP OF MEATH.

Dear Bishop Deenihan,

In light of my posting on today’s blog, I was contacted by an individual who provided me with some interesting insights about Silverstream and Dom Mark Kirby. He suggested that the recent posting on the website of Silverstream Priory has arisen from the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions not to charge Dom Mark Kirby, OSB. Is that an accurate summation of the facts?

However, I was also contacted by one of the priests of the Diocese of Meath, who informs me that it was YOU, Bishop Deenihan that referred Dom Mark Kirby to An Garda Síochána; it was NOT Dom Benedict Andersen, the Silverstream whistleblower. Is this true?

The first caller who is not a priest told me that it is possible for people with standing to submit a “Request for a Summary of Reasons” to the Director of Public Prosecutions to understand their decision-making not to prosecute Dom Kirby. I imagine this includes you, Bishop Deenihan, and Dom Anderson. Is this correct?

Upon receipt of this request by the DPP, a lawyer within its “Victims Liaison Unit” will write to the individual(s) giving a summary of the reasons that informed its reasoning not to prosecute Dom Kirby. The Office of DPP advertises this will usually occur within twenty-eight (28) days. Thereafter, it is open the complainant(s) to seek a review of the decision of the DPP not to prosecute Dom Kirby.

Such a review (if requested) will be carried out by a lawyer who was not involved in reviewing the evidence against Dom Kirby in accordance with the “Guidelines for Prosecutors”. If, and when a review has been completed, the reviewing lawyer will then write to the individuals with their decision. It is stated that a review will normally be completed within six (6) weeks of a request. But, in light of the pandemic, it is not unreasonable to suspect that there could be a conspicuous delay. Thereafter, on the outcome of the DPP’s review, the option would be open to the complainants to seek to Judicially Review the decision-making of the DPP, however, that is unlikely but it is important to keep all options on the table.

Bishop Deenihan, I need not remind you that the alleged actions of Dom Mark Kirby, OSB, towards Dom Benedict Andersen, OSB, adequately satisfied the threshold of sexual harassment. However, the actions were sufficiently serious for the police spent a conspicuous amount of time investigating the allegations.

We do not know what informed the decision-making of the DPP, however, we can legitimately speculate that the decision not to prosecute was possibly predicated on the grounds of Kirby’s known ill-health.

The caller highlighted that the alleged actions of Dom Kirby (supported by written evidence) were tortious, and moreover, they are actionable before the civil courts in Ireland. Thus, he left me with the impression that it is open to Dom Andersen to initiate civil proceedings against: i) Dom Kirby; and, ii) vicariously against the Diocese of Meath; because, a) there exists a sufficient relationship between the tortfeasor (Kirby) and the defendant (Diocese of Meath) and, b) there is also a sufficient connection between that relationship and the tortious conduct. It could be interesting times for the Diocese of Meath should this matter come before the civil courts. I, of course, would be happy to give evidence if I was invited to do so upon receipt of a subpoena. Consequently, it may-be the case that an Irish court room is the appropriate and most suitable forum for these matters to be appropriately ventilated.

As Lord Phillips, the President of the Supreme Court United Kingdom remarked in Various Claimants v Catholic Child Welfare Society “The law of vicarious liability is on the move”. In light of advice received from counsel in Dublin, Catholic Child Welfare Society is a sound statement of legal principle that can be called in aid before an Irish Court. In the judgment of the Irish Supreme Court in Hickey v McGowan, the Court clearly stated that “the close connection test must be taken to represent the law in Ireland”. The Irish case was one where vicarious ability was imposed on an employer for acts of sexual abuse perpetrated by an employee. There is a clear direction of travel that can be pursued.

As you are aware, the burden of proof in a civil case is conspicuously lower than a criminal matter. In light of the known misbehaviour of Dom Kirby before his arrival in Ireland and the failure of the Diocese of Meath in the person of your predecessor, Bishop Michael Smith to undertake the most basic background checks; the optics look appalling.

In conclusion, Bishop Deenihan, would you agree with my suggestion that the statement on the website of Silverstream Priory was deeply imprudent, ill-advised? You would also accept that it would be imprudent for the Diocese of Meath the think just because the first decision of the DPP would appear to be favourable towards Dom Kirby, a second review could beget a different decision? And, if that is the case it will be another marker on a saga that shows no sign of abating any time soon.

With prayerful best wishes,

  • Pat Buckley

162 replies on “DEENIHAN DROPS ALL CANONICAL CHARGES AGAINST SILVERSTREAM WHISTLEBLOWER !”

Does that mean that Dom Benedict gets his faculties and celebret back and comes out of perp’s corner and returns to Silverstream?

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Tom Deenihan’s bumptiousness, bull in a china shop approach and refusal to listen make him unsuited to be a bishop.

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Rome should have listened to the clergy of Cork and Ross. Who, one might add, are probably watching the Silverstream saga and shaking their heads at the fine situation created by their local boy. 😂

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I think he models himself on Tom Clancy (the Cork & Ross former Senior Dean of Maynooth).

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2.33
Say no more! You are on the verge of blowing your cover, dear John.
Whatever may be said about Tom Clancy, and in Maynooth he had his faults like us all, he was not a ruffian.

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Line of reasoning;
Was the withdrawal of canonical charged against the whistleblower conditional on his withdrawal of his Statement to the Gardaí/DPP?

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Shortcomings or no shortcomings, Safeguarding MUST be completely independent of the RCC.

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2:07 am — That article may be over a year old, but it is FAR from over. Liverpool is about to become breaking news.
Some big names are going to be toppled, and not just Roman!

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Bp Pat, I expect it would cost a lot of money to proceed with a civil case. Perhaps Bishop Tom should now recommend Silverstream arrange a resettlement grant for Dom Anderson as a form of compensation for the ordeal he went through.

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He should join the gym and shop in M&S like all good serving clergy men, only ours lives with a man up the road and had anger issues

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I’m a whistleblower in the public sector and I know all too well of how difficult it is, especially as I’m also a heavy smoker

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The former abbot is absolutely toxic. Toxic people do not respect boundaries. Definitely not the person you want in a leadership position or in a shadow position where they are the superior. Who in God’s name directs someone to cross the Atlantic in a boat? ⛵ Absolute madness! 😆
Pax.

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How many priests will enter rehab next year after the damning figures that were released at the start of the week

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The landscape has changed. + Pat has been instrumental in ensuring the resignations of Purcell and the OCSO AG. People like Deenihan, Phonsie and others with secrets to hide and bad practice and unsuitability to be bishops, will be worrying. Could + Pat bring them to account and down too ? Probably. The balance of power and influence has changed, and it’s not necessarily in favour of the the ecclesiastical pezzi grossi. Watch this space !

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I’ve heard others who have been observing what has happened with the OCSOs talking about a shift in the balance of power, almost as if it could not conceivably have been thought possible that things like this would happen, but seeing that it has happened. And, somewhat open-mouthed and gobsmacked that this has happened. I think there will be a lot of reassessment and readjustment taking place in clerical and episcopal minds about the change in the ‘landscape”. No longer is it little dirty scandals and the sexual peccadillos of clergy that are being talked about, which can be shrugged off by silence and just shifting characters in to being MIA or c/o. No, it’s some bigwigs that have been uncovered and dislodged, powerful and influential people who previously would not have been subject to such forensic investigation and action – the Abbot of a premier monastery in Ireland, and the Abbot General of the Cistercians. That will send some earth tremors beneath the feet of many clerics who thought they had power, authority and protection. No longer are they unaccountable.

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One of the consequences of the post-Vatican II collapse of vocations is that the pool of eligible candidates for appointment as a bishop or religious superior becomes much shallower, which allows unsuitable candidates such as the current dull crop of Irish bishops and people like Phonsie and Tom D and abbots like Dick and Malachy to be selected. In some cases, such as Mount Melleray and Roscrea there is only one candidate or no candidate at all.

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Can we settle this once and for all? From page 238 of this year’s Maynooth kalendarium:

Maynooth College Choirs
Director of Sacred Music: John O’Keeffe, PhD, HDE, LTCL

College Choirs

The Seminary Choir assists at college liturgies on Sundays and feast days. In
addition to contemporary vernacular liturgical music, its repertoire includes
plainchant and native Irish religious music and polyphony from both eastern and western Christian traditions. The choir has a membership of around sixteen
clerical students, and practices twice weekly.

Schola Gregoriana Maynooth is an all-female chant group whose members are drawn from a specialist module in chant performance offered jointly by St Patrick’s College and Maynooth University The group regularly represents the college and country at international chant festivals and its inaugural recording, Saints and Scholars, features music from the feasts of St John the Baptist and St Patrick.

The College Chapel Choir as a mixed choir of students, staff and alumni who share a particular interest and expertise in liturgical music. It assists at the liturgies of the Easter Triduum, the Pontifical Graduations and other formal ceremonies, and presents concerts of sacred music to mark major College events.

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Archbishop Arthur Roche has issued an application document on Traditionis Custodes in the form of 11 dubia. Traditional sacraments are effectively banned except in personal parishes; traditional confirmations & ordinations forbidden without exception. https://t.co/6ggODBEYu9

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The acting prior of Silverstream is a lay man and cannot be in charge of priests.

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@ 11:42 am

The foul ‘Cockroach’ can shove his dubia’s where the sun don’t shine. They will all be ignored without exception. He will be crushed under the heal of The Immaculate Mother of God as she did with the serpent, along with his sidekick the author of this heretical document. I wonder how long it will take for the oul gossip Nettie to come on screaming in her 4th language ‘Gibberish’ the only one she is fluent in 🤣🤣🤣

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1.52 and 2.06
Bela Lugosi, at least get your facts right. The dubia are not Arthur Roche’s work. Roche didn’t invent them. He answered them.
Secondly, in all seriousness, don’t call yourself a Catholic while calling the Pope ‘the Antichrist.’

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10.44
You’d think the cardinals would be able to google any questions they had besides bothering the Holy Father with their cultural warrior irrelevancies.

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Frank has launched another assault on us. It is all about control we should be able to worship in the way we see fit not the way Frank decides. Frank is trying to suppress the only vibrant part of the Church, the true Church. He is the AntiChrist.

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LOL such a Protestant mindset at 2:06. I know you’re trolling but without meaning to you’ve made the right point 😆

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2.06: Laughable nonsense. You are cracked to think like this. Go and pray in your private space as Jesus urged. Do you wear a biretta or mantilla? Black, white or pink??

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The ‘except’ is the key word. Paul VI forbade various things ‘except’ in rare circumstances, and this acted to legalise such enormities as Communion in the hand. Any long established traditional Mass takes place in a personal parish or similar, say an Oratory of St Philip Neri. It seems to have the intent of segregating, forbidding ‘bination’ or the offering of both New Order and tradition. I see this application document as confirming that TC is an unworkable annoyance. A generation of elderly priests see the New Order as their baby. They are variously going gaga (eg Fr Foley) or dying. The men of TC are joining them. TC is the siren song of a dying generation. It’s a sort of vengeance for Roche who as bishop of Leeds closed down parishes offering the traditional Mass or which were too successful and orthodox. All those old priests excited that the TLM will disappear are just going to be disappointed. Younger priests either quite like the TLM or don’t care. It doesn’t live rent free in their heads. Either is good.
What Pope Benedict intended, although mocked by Spirit of V2 people and traditionalists, works, with Ordinary and Extraordinary Form. This document is hypocrisy on stilts talking about moving away from liturgical contention.
I hope Fr Andersen must be given justice, perhaps a place in a Benedictine house, say St Benedict Abbey, Still Water MA (https://www.abbey.org/), which has NOM and LOTH in Latin, alongside a well structured balance of work and prayer, if he wishes, perhaps a parish, and definitely a good sum of money. If +Deenihan has to put together a pile of money, a big pile of the purple coloured notes, he might look carefully at Silverstream and ensure it be de-Kirbyified at least. Maybe make Fr Andersen an Abbot, or at least a consultor, of one of Ireland’s creeper paradises, so that changes. Fr Andersen probably wants far away from Ireland or wherever Kirby is now. Monasteries purged of pervs, drunks and weirdos, without even some liturgical or spiritual magic, are attractive places.

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6.50
‘…enormities of communion in the hand.’ It has been shown that communion in the hand was the norm for the major part of the church’s history. Your appealing to the so-called biological solution is scraping the bottom of the barrell. The irony is you have no guarantee you will be alive in 24 hours time. I hope you are.

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I’m scared to whistleblow on the shenanigans and goings on in our parish as the priest has some really troubled connections with local criminals

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To be honest, I think I know the parish you’re talking about and rumour has it he’s connected with the Kinnehan gang and a bit of a major play in the drugs trafficking industry in NI. Heaven help us if this is what we’ve come to.

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In reply to the question at 4:04pm on yesterday’s blog regarding the 3 day pilgrimage to Lough Derg, the answer is approx. 5000 we’re doing the 3 day before Covid, with a further 5000 attending the one day retreats. Not viable anymore.

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Especially as they have to recruit lay students to do the jobs sems used to do on Lough Derg, such as MC, sacristan, gaffer (there being no sems), and there are no nuns anymore to work in the house and as pilgrims’ nurses.

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I would say never, Deenihan won’t allow it although I wouldn’t put it past Kitty to pull a fast one!

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The proverbial toothpaste is out of the tube. Kirby’s done as an official superior, though he will continue to wield pernicious influence over his community through patsies like the boy prior Elijah.

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The former abbot should be defrocked. At least a third of the community should be eligible to be elected abbot on a 6 or 8 year cycle. The former abbot should be removed from the board of directors.
The Priory then might be able to plot a forward course. Until then, no confidence in the Priory. Votes of no confidence can be voted by feet and money.
Pax.

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If you’ve got any standing as a priest and/or religious, you should write this to Bishop Deenihan.

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5:20,
The bishop is more likely to listen to his brother bishop! He must explain to his brother bishop why he first allowed the former abbot to continue in his role after the visitation, only then to report the issues of concern to the Gardaí.
The Episcopal leader of the diocese must sort out this mess once for all and defrock the toxic former abbot.
Pax.

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12.18: If that is true you have a moral obligation to phone his Bishop immediately. Yes, whistlebliwers are very vulnerable in all walks of life; we have seen the disgraceful, harassing and despicable manner in which Gardai, health care personnel, clerical personnel and private citizens in various walks of life have all been treated, almost like liars and criminals. In relation to the issues of the blog these days, I believe there are still more questions which deserve clarification. However, we must be careful not to extrapolate a new story with our own biased judgments. If what is printed by the Silverstream Priory is true, then we must be careful in our interpretations. Why aren’t questions put to the DPP? Why not ask the Gardai and the Charities Regulator if we are distinctly unhappy with the DPP’s decisions? I am certain the monks at the priory and other minasteries are in deep reflection about their identity, mission and their spiritual integrity. Mistakes and moral failings have occured. Misappropriation of funds has also been in the spotlight. I cannot envisage any person or persons in these dramas not to be affected and who find themselves in a very dark and uncertain place. Perhaps, in our charity, we should pray that the right decisions will be made and that some evident newness of reform and witness to Christ will transpire. For those of us who look on at these events, our last few Advent days should also be ones of inner reflection and prayer for our own spiritual wellbeing in the eyes of God.

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Try dealing with the very dark and uncertain places resultant from abuse. Consider what
it must be like trying to deal with Episcopal leaders following disclosure of such abuse.
A fundamental problem is lack of charity. Does the spiritual emotional psychological physiological social or moral well-being of survivors of clerical abusiveness matter?
To God, of course, but the Ecclesiastical establishment?
Lighting candles annually in Cathedrals doesn’t cut the mustard.

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1.26: I did not deny the exlerience of darkness or uncertainty in the lives of victims/survivors. Stay with the issue of the blog for today. Having been abused as a teenager over a two year period, I understand, probably more than you, the dark places of life. That aside it would be helpful to focus on the blog content for today. I stand by every word I expressed at 12.59. We do need, as Christ-like people to restrain our propensity for revenge. For me personally, mercy, forgiveness and human kindness are essential as means to finding healing, light and hope. I suggested that all of us – Christ-followers – ought to take seriously John the Baptist’s call – prepare a way for the Lord. Often we are too quick to tell others but not ourselves!!!

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2:18 pm
An integral aspect of the blog for today is abuse. I guarantee, without a shadow of doubt, my experience of the dark places of life will put your existential darkness in the ha’penny place. Believe me. I agree, we do need Christ-like people, particularly in the Ecclesiastical establishment. I am not seeking revenge. I am seeking reform, change and renewal.
Did it ever cross your mind, maybe, just maybe, healing, light and hope will only come through change? Maybe John the Baptist’s call-prepare a way for the Lord-is a call for a fresh approach to the brokenness in the Body of Christ, particularly towards those ‘little ones’ through which Christ is very deeply wounded?
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matt: 25:40

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Pat’s beaters have risen three big beasts from the bush! Will they act in unison or will each try to save his own hide?

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They will run for cover and try to hide seperately. Deenihan, if he has any decency should force Silverstream to compensate Dom Benedict.

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Abusers are promoted, sheltered and rehabilitated under this parody of a pontificate. If only they showed 1% of this drive and determination to root out CSA, punish wrongdoers and compensate victims. You can be a convicted abuser, get thrown out of one monastery, liacised and then get taken back on as a monk of Glenstal.

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It means that Roachie has his hands full with Trentish matters and won’t be suppressing the Anglican use for the time being. The Trentish problem will never be solved. As I said before, the ancient Roman compline has been restored, can such a breviary be far behind? No, Roachie has opened the proverbial can of worms
I’m not too sure about the Anglican fate. Lovely office book whose first edition has been exhausted although a new printing has been promised for February.
BTW, it’s such a pity that Andersen was Antiochian. They really don’t have the muscle of the Russians. Still as a fellow Orthodox it would be nice if Kyrill went to bat for him when he meets Francisco. Denihan might find himself on Guam along with the Joker from NYC.
Too much tea and coffee!

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Pat, this is a very important blog. You are highlighting the use of state process to exculpate wrongdoing. The fact that the DPP has declined to bring prosecution (for the moment) gives Silverstream the thinnest veneer of credibility. But that could change if people with standing request the DPP to commence a review. This is the view of my brother who is a solicitor. He agreed with your blog posting, and in his mind whoever is advising you as a very good knowledge of criminal procedure. He also thought it was very stupid of Silverstream to have placed such a statement on their website until all the statutory timeframes had elapsed. He also felt it was evident that Silverstream had not taken legal advice about this posting, because it could still all go badly wrong. Now that Andersen has been rehabilitated he could make life very difficult for Silverstream and the Bishop of Meath. This could get very ugly (but hugely entertaining) if Andersen wants justice.

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9.19
He returned from the Philippines, did he not ? Charlie Snoopy Browne is prowling around there now ? He should drop a few names alover the place.

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What is the link between Paul GraserPP and Eamonn Martin, a Maltese connection. PP Mount Merrion and Termonfeckin. The Web is wide.

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I shall blog. Not one word of untruth. You will not discredit truth. I’d leave Purcell in the halfpenny place.

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Eamonn Martin does not look for his woes according to his off sider. Eamonn Martin is a complete fraud.

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The homosexual society of the Roman Catholic Church needs exposure from Bergoglio right through…. The Knights of whatever…. However self loathing need exposure.

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Start in Coalisland and follow through to Termonfeckin…..and then wherever to find the trail….

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Follow the trail of Eamonn Martin and Michael Ledwith ( and earlier Tom Tuffy). The trail is long and evidence unending. led with and Mahoney with police accompanied through the roads of Ireland. Homosexuality trail.

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What did Eamonn Martin allow to continue with Manus Bradley when he was Administrator of Derry. The entire venture is a joke. Eamonn Martin does not believe/ acknowledge/ facilitate celibacy… except for his repressed self and others. Like him.

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Liam Bergin. Boston College. Irish College. Mary Mc Alleze. Martin Mc Allizw. Homosexual pursuit now and then. Eamonn Martin. Sean Brady.

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Bishop Buckley , I feel another missive comin on but me waters are about to burst.
Will ye do me a favour ? Her name is Lucca.

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How did Ray Mitchell rise to his dizzy heights??? 😂😂😂👍👍A class mate of Balmoral Avenue.

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Pat, please stop posting Bill’s manic rants. It detracts from the seriousness of the today’s posting.

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8.46

The whistleblower in this instance will have justice. It is rare. They are very powerful.

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WM 8:58, what justice will the whistleblower get? I hope he does gets justice. The way he has been treated by the Priory and the diocese is an absolute disgrace.
Pax.

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No stop to religious services for Christmas. The state authorities caved before their historical masters.

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That’s how you get to be head choir boy in Maynooth. He always picked Sweeney as his delegate…. Even then.

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Fetgal Rooney of Stillorgan cleared Sean Quinn and Fr. Martin of the Lourdes for ministry. Fergal Rooney was “ looked after “ by the RCC. Pity the files did not survive.

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Pat, what is with all this incoherent, cloak and dagger stuff from WM – dropping names all over the place – what is it all about – in straightforward English please

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Nothing is straightforward when you are dealing with matters addressed here. Any incoherence is for a purpose. Apologies if you are not attuned…..

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I often wondered what the story was about Jim McKeown. The tale of Sean Lavery is known to every Maynooth priest in Ireland.

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9.19

He returned from the Philippines, did he not ? Charlie Snoopy Browne is prowling around there now ? He should drop a few names alover the place.

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Was Sean sent to the Philippines when he was defenestrated from Maynooth by Ledwith (of all people), or had he been in the Philippines before joining the staff of Maynooth?

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Eamonn Martin has a team ( as he is trained to have). They are as close to the Gospels as the Satan they preach against.

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Major interview with Amy tomorrow in Sunday Independent. Martin Long sat in during interview – nearly collapsed when Amy spoke about “being in love”. Worth reading

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