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THE DEATH OF A PROPHET.

In my opinion the world is a better place because Desmond Tutu lived and a poorer place as result of his death at 90.

He was born into a very poor African family in 1931.

He wA ordained a priest in 1961 and moved to England to study theology at King’s College, London.

He went on to teach theology in both a seminary and a University.

In 1975 he became the Dean of St Mary’s Carhedral in Johannesburg.

He was consecrated Bishop of Lesotho in 1978 and remained there until 1985.

He was a most prominent of apartheid and always stressed the need for non violence.

In 1985 he became the Bishop of Johannesburg and in 1986 the Archbishop of Cape Town.

He oversaw the introduction of women’s ordination.

After Nelson Mandela was released from prison he and Tutu worked together for multi race democracy in South Africa.

Later Mandela chose Tutu to be chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

When apartheid fell Tutu campaigned for gay rights.

Tutu spoke out on a wide range of subjects, among the Israeli Palestinian conflict, his opposition to the Iraq Was and his criticism of South African presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.

In 2010, he retired from public life.

Tutu polarised opinion as he rose to prominence in the 1970s. White conservatives who supported apartheid despised him, while many white liberals regarded him as too radical; many black radicals accused him of being too moderate and focused on cultivating white goodwill.

Marxist Leninists  criticised his anti communist stance. He was widely popular among South Africa’s black majority, and was internationally praised for his anti-apartheid activism, receiving a range of awards, including the Nobel Peace Price. He also compiled several books of his speeches and sermons.

Tutu was a prophet who spoke out for the vulnerable and suffering.

He deserved his long life.

And he deserves admiration and praise and a place in Paradise.

A prophet is not a seer into the future.

A prophet is one who speaks the truth (sometimes God’s truth) to power.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1931-2021

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163 replies on “THE DEATH OF A PROPHET.”

Becoming an authority figure of any kind in Johannesburg isn’t an easy challenge, saying that, Africa is one of the most holiest, purely due to their poor political polices and government…

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@12:18.
Many responsible individuals, from all shades of the religious rainbow and none, would not wish to be associated with a negative derogatory comment solely based on another person’s faith beliefs, real or imagined.
Kindly reflect on your comment.
MMM

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Brendan Smyth, is he an informant of yours and that’s why you refuse to publish genuine concerns about his behaviour?

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He runs to Pat Buckley with information and is one reason why the man should never be trusted and is not trusted amongst his peers

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12:23 Thank you for confirming that there is a code of clerical omerta and that whistle blowing priests are targeted.
Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

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Absolutely true Pat. He led a very full life and wasn’t afraid. Good that he did so much and inspired and lived a long life.
I like one of his great quotes:
“People say gay people choose to be gay.
If that’s the case why would someone choose a life where they could be executed and others live in silence and never enjoy happiness, suffer abuse and discrimination. No,the truth is that gays are God’s people and we must accept his creation in its entirety. We are not fit to judge others “.
RIP Archbishop Tutu.

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Mark Mooney was a fine organ player and a close friend of Fr Smyth, when he passed away his husband moved on with his brother, strange how things work out but they are still together

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Pat seems to be refusing to air concerns about Fr Smyth today for reasons only he knows

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‘Homophobic’ What a strange term. Technically it means a fear of the male of the species which clearly it is not. It is rather a distaste of men who perform unnatural acts with body parts intended for other functions, and thus debase their dignity.
So there will be no ‘Homophobic’ God for the good TUTU to worry about, but there may well be a God who holds in disdain those given to unnatural practices for base carnal lustful pleasures, that falls under the heading SIN.

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11.17pm

Maybe today you could chase down Paul Durcans poem The Separation of the Disciples, its in his collection Crazy about Women 1991. I think you would really appreciate it….

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11.17
Dear Lundy, if I may: The word ‘homo’ is Greek and means ‘same.’ So homophobia is literally, ‘fear of same.’

A diatribe like yours is mildly amusing. Before pontificating on etymology, you could at least get it right.

Nature is fascinating in that it doesn’t double up unnecessarily. The same organ is used for urinating and for ejaculating. So, your nonsense about intended for other functions, debasing and dignity rings hollow.

Your final paragraph is so skewed and bereft of sense that a reader can easily conclude you are trying to take the proverbial ‘p..s.’ Or, using less vulgar terminology, you are attempting to parody a nutter.

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I think the good Lundy was referring to the function of the male anus. It’s natural purpose is rather well defined.

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9.55
He or she didn’t differentiate between male and female, or indeed between organ and orofice.

Anal intercourse, by virtue of the majority heterosexual population is overwhelmingly an other-sex practice.

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The mouth is for speaking and eating. Is oral sex unnatural and sinful? Is the missionary position the only custom in your bedroom Lundy? If it was acceptable in civilisations like Rome and Greece, why not now?

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Oral sex is the best you fool and should be practiced by those who can not afford to have children

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A collosus of deep faith, spirituality, vision, inspiration, change, courage, influencer, Christian and a great man of God. Desmond Tutu touched millions who had no political voices: the poor, the outcast, the excluded. His life is profoundly admired. He will continue to inspire beyond his death. God embrace him kindly. All who profess Cheist should reflect on his legacy. He was a man who saw truth with forgiveness and reconciliation as a way to build new bridges. What an inspiring Christian.

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“… If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” I love it 😉

Rest in peace, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and thank you for all your good works in the Lord.

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Nice tribute. Now, Bp Pat, I wonder who will be the first to be slut-shamed in 2022. It didn’t take long last year with that Carey carry on in the car but was quickly completely overtaken by the Silverstream and Mt Melleray scandals.

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8.30: Perhaps were hidden cameras to follow you you’d surely provide much slutty and smutty material. Undoubtedly. Commenters like you are closet perverts. Incidentally DESMOND TUTU is the focus of the blog today not your filthy fantasies. Go and study a little about the great Desmond Tutu and you just might move into a more enlightened place beyond slutty!!

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Fr Cuthbert Brennan got v old and was concelebrating in Glenstal over the weekend and I’d completely forgotten about him. Wasn’t he Michael Brennan of the diocese of Limerick in Maynooth years ago and did The Irish Times not mix him up with another man of similar name who was general manager of a 5 star hotel?

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He is on Twitter (Cuthbert Brennan OSB (@CuthbertBrennan) / Twitter) and Spotify (Spotify – Br. Cuthbert Brennan Osb), but I don’t know about Grindr.

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Lundy at 11:17pm
What an insightful comment. The corruption of language lies at the heart of much of the moral mayhem of our age. I am reminded of the words of Humpty Dumpty in the children’s tale Alice in wonderland; “Words mean what I want them to mean dear Alice.”
The murder of children in the womb becomes “Healthcare” for women. The ending of human life before its natural end become ‘Compassion’ or ‘Mercy killing’. The nonsense of gender ‘realignment’ is made acceptable by usurping the place of the creator and placing the sick individual as the supreme value. Poor innocent children are exposed to this gender nonsense and encouraged to embrace an ‘alternative gender’ from an early age – leading to lives of misery and confusion – although this is rarely covered by the sowers of the seeds of moral madness we call the ‘media’. They might be more accurately styled ‘the medium’ since they disseminate what can only be described as the gospel of Satan.
While Desmond Tutu was indeed a good an noble man – the church he was part of is a crazy mixed up hotch-potch of all kinds of everything on the high seas without a compass.
Interesting how he adopted the vesture of a Catholic Bishop? “I’m only sayin like”

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8.51am

Please see Micah Ch2; v 12-13. You probably know already…but that verse relates to your description of the Anglican Communion. Maybe thats the way God does it ?

Tutu had that great gift; an open mind. Helped that his daughter moved it in the 360 degree direction…..

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“The Church of England (Anglican communion) is founded on the bollox of Henry V111”
Brendan Behan

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10.01
The brilliant Brendan had a talent for words.

The Anglixan Communion is much broader than the CofE.

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8.51: Brilliant comment Micah. Much food for thought about the corruption and a complete disrespect for human life taking place under the guise of compassion, dignity and care. The past was a horrible place for children and the vulnerable. We are repeating the same today under false guises. Morality is very skewed.

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Okay, we know where Tutu is, and I hope that he has a wonderful eternal life after a remarkable and selfless life. As we come to the end of the year and head into a new year, it might be worthwhile looking back and asking: Where are they now ? Some we know are behind bars. Those are the easy ones. So many, however, have gone MIA or C/O or just disappeared in to the ether. Some will have quietly and surreptitiously been reinserted in to ministry in some quiet corner of the Church, often without the truth being told about them to those to whom they are ministering. Some have been as bold as brass and just toughed it out and ignored the reality of their lives – people like Dallat who carry on blithely and with the the connivance of bishops. Anybody care to mention any other names…..?

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10.01am

Brendan Behan was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church for his refusal to renounce the IRA. That is the narrative anyway. He was a great man.

Henry the eight probably had a very attractive physique….

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Whats that got to do with Archbishop Tutu?
Behan was a drunken,vicious bowsy who did nothing to help anyone, while he indulged in homosexual behaviour, all the while pretending to be the good nationalist ,poor, Irish boy.
Educate yourself.

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10.27
Henry was morbidly obese for at least the last 15-20 years of his life – through the years of his five last wives and an ulcerated thigh which didn’t heal.

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11.12
Behan had a way with words. You don’t.

If he was viscious it was likely because he was drunk.

You are viscious but more likely without any mitigating factors.

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9.53
Really. You ought to try speaking up on behalf of a voiceless person or speaking out in the face of systemic abuse.

I doubt the bar has ever been higher.

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Rip, Arch. Tutu. I find the phrase speaking truth to power( sometimes Gods truth ) interesting in so far as if truth referred to is considered the depth of abuse corruption and crime for example in a Religious denomination surely those in leadership positions are aware of this aspect of truth. Surely Religious authorities know Gods truth. It might be more appropriate to speak the truth to those who don’t know but swallow hook line and sinker what authority figures like those in Religious authorities tell them. It seems to me to equally applies to secular truths.

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A priest that was mentioned in your blog yesterday is desperately upset today Pat, I hope you know how damaging and hurtful false allegations are against someone

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He was seen crying uncontrollably in his car and had to be comforted by members of the public

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Well he needs to man up, I use to care what people think about me, but I have pills that do that for me now

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You clergy should all look up to Tutu and aim to be as good a man as he was. All I hear on this blog are concerns about your behaviour and Pat is right to air these as that’s the only way things will improve – transparency and an open and honest right to air them

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11.29: “You clergy..”. I say, ” You hypocrites and exaggeraters..”. Listen to the great Desmond Tutu. Stop lying.

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Daisy Chain NI is slowly falling apart, members are already seen feuding and riling each other up on this blog already

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Desi Tutu was a happy jolly wee man Cus he was allowed to get married and priests would be a happier bunch if they could get their leg over also – instead of having to do it in secret like they do now

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I said to “ Wonder Councillor “ years ago that it’s a good day for a lot of the clergy if they don’t wake up to an appearance on Pat Buckley’s Blog. The capacity for some to get upset is vast… no need for it at all but stop your casting out and your calumny; a particular vice of the episcopal bench and their “ priestly minions.” There should be a particular section of the Blog for the mopping up of Episcopal mess.

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Eamonn Martin may well have been given Dromore to unstitch Charles Brown’s handiwork. Eamonn thinks he’s adept at manovering but he’s not a patch on what Rome does to its own!

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Pat at 5:03
Given that the main dogmas of Roman Catholicism are that every conception should carry through to term and otherwise it’s all about the bishop’s comfort and everyone else can hang, being unkind is to be expected as part of their twisted values. You are well experienced in how good the church is at treating people like shit. And look at what they’ve done to the idea of mercy!
We have the sisters of no mercy for a start and the bizarre way priests keep using the word to mean hiding their double lives.

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Fr Brankin has had an awful time in that parish between the burglaries and the gangs of youth terrorising the presbytery house it’s any wonder he’s a nervous wreck

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St Agnes’ or St Bernadette’s church? The presbytery beside the latter is fairly sizeable, such that Fintan O’Toole claimed that and the fine vestments of his youth gave him a sort of vocation. Fintan O’Toole comes across as quite the pompous hypocrite, so would have fitted in nicely with a certain category of clericalist priest.

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Tutu was a self-publicist who loved the limelight. The Roman Catholic Archbishop Denis Hurley of Durban was a campaigner and frequent protester against apartheid for many years but he didn’t court publicity like Tutu.
As Chairperson of the Southern African Bishops Conference, Hurley denounced the Apartheid system as “intrinsically evil”. In the 1970s, Archbishop Hurley was frequently seen protesting on the streets of Durban with a placard expressing his opposition to Apartheid and forced removals. In 1984, he was charged with contravention of the Police Act and placed under house arrest. He received death threats and his home was petrol bombed. The charges were dropped when it became clear that the State would be severely embarrassed by the evidence Hurley’s legal team had assembled. The State settled a claim for damages out of court, paying Hurley R25,000.
As he fought on many fronts for Justice, Hurley always claimed that his greatest struggle was to convince South African Catholics that Social Justice was an integral part of their faith and not an optional extra. He spent almost all of his adult years fighting a deeply entrenched system and even some Catholics, regarded him as a traitor. Nevertheless he persevered in living out his Missionary Discipleship calling often standing alone against the State, but he lived to see his dream and that of an entire nation realised.

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[Somebody mentions anyone non RC doing something worthwhile]
RCs: Look Catholics do that!
[Somebody mentions RC clerical abuse]
RCs: It’s a problem in society.
Everyone might be more convinced by your religion if you weren’t so insecure about it.

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Insecure is right, 1:14. Like the way they become apoplectic if you say the word Anglican to them.

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No one mentions Tutu’s appalling temper. Nor do they mention the (ex York) Uganda’s wife’s attitude to staff.

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12.20: Do us a favour, Millicent, and feck back to your cave. You continue to embarrass yourself with bizarre nonsense.

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12.59
You should research the etymology of ” Millicent” for yourself….I don’t think you intended its usage. Off for a swim………a bientot.

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@5:55 the fire brigade can provide can provide fine paramedic care, perhaps some appliances left on by the deceased were the beginnings of a fire. Certain incidents are triaged (if that’s the word) due to potential complexity. May he RIP.

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1.07: What, tell us, are your suspicions? Bet you haven’t anything provable to offer. Just trouble shooting. Perhaps when you die, all your dark secrets will unfold. You fool.

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The fire brigade turned up an hour before an ambulance crew and the police arrived. His funeral was not even presided over by the RCC despite him being a priest

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2.41: You said this a few weeks back. Utter lies or sheer jealousy. You were challenged before but failed the TRUTH. Cop on, satan.

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A onetime parish priest had a fine Alfa and other stuff. His family were rich. That was all. An older Maserati is only for the rich or masochistic. They cut a dash, but don’t always move when needed.

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I worked along side a priest who was an utter nymphomaniac like Pope John Paul the second and it was all covered up

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A local NI priest when in ministry in Brazil fathered a black child and sends money every month to keep the woman quiet.

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I knew a nun one time that had nine grandchildren. In fairness she became a nun after her husband died. She had been in the convent years ago when she was young and he was the gardener and she left to marry him. Years later after his death she returned. She taught geography in my school and was lovely. Funny how life goes full circle.

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RIP Desmond Tutu

Good men there are few
But we had one in you
From South Africa with love
Now with god up above
We shall miss your lovely smile
But will see you in a while

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Great, first we have ‘singing’ priests now there’s some clown attempting to be ‘poetic’ priest. Stick to your day jobs. What’s next? Father Drag Queen?

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Eugene OHagan hasn’t a good world to say about you pat, well protected up in Lisbreen Palace with Queen Noel

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OHagan doesn’t like himself never mind anyone else I wouldn’t lose sleep over this pat

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5.03: How do you know if the poet is a priest? There are more non clerical idiots and brainless twits on this blog than priests!! You being one of them.

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Pat, if any of them want to wind me up again, my contributions from yesterday would have the semblance of Morning Prayer…..😂😭😭😭they are so very compromised…. The ones I know…. The Many!!!

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7.23
Best wine is from Burgundy and the old vines of Piedmont. The Barossa valley has very precious fluids.

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Awww only on from the bookies Pat love. So sad of this passing and a wonderful tribute you have paid to him. I met him in London, he came to the Lesbians of London group meeting and he was a true gentleman and Supporter of equality. RIP

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Well they are the only non micro-party who oppose abortion. Their past stances weren’t pro life in respect of those outside the womb, but someone wanting a non wasted vote might consider them. The Irish political scene is an abortion. I fully respect not voting for nearly all of them.

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Stop being so cruel. You must be merciful and he is entitled to go shopping. Look at the log in your own eye!

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Pat, another great day for the clergy proving what bitchy queens they are and showing how they’ll stab you in the back soon as look at you.

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How do you know who is clergy and who is not? Sure clergy are the strangest of people you will come across

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You’ve just answered your own question, 8:01.
However you can tell the clergy comments from a mile off 😟

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Pat I am furious. Do you sign British passport forms? Fr McGirr refused to sign mine the fat lazy bastard as he didn’t want to put down his home address on the form but yet I was at the parochial house to get it signed

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7.32: Priests are rarely asked to sign such documents today. Usually it’s a peace commissioner, solicitor or Gardai.

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7.3w: What has this to do with Archbishop Desmond Tutu? The blog is suppose to be about him not your silliness. Pat, when you write a blog piece you should ensure people stay with it and not print their superfluous comments.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a legend. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
Pax.

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When do you think eating too much will be a recognised addiction? You have alcoholic priests, gambling priests, are you all addicted to something?

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8.05: What are your addictions? Remember priests are part of the human race like you are are therefore prone to many human illnesses and addictions. Tell us yours!!

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Pat can you compare heroes? Or is that unfair? I guess we have heroes for different reasons. I would love to hear who yours is. I have a few but to pick one it would be my sporting hero George Best

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Rest in peace Desmond Tutu. Ni bheidh a leithead ann aris. One has to wonder who, if anyone, will be hailed as a true prophet of our generation. What will the history books make of our leaders in both the ecclesiastical and secular realm. Will their sound going forth through all the earth be seen to have resounded for The Good.

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10.08pm

Priests can’t have it both ways – one the one hand personae Christi on the other not just fallen and frail but addicted and addled – the theology of priesthood is flawed because through baptism we all share in the priesthood of Christ and clericalism and the elitism it spawns is dead in the water.
We are seeing not just its decline but it’s death knell and death rattle – we don’t need priests we need holy men and women to rise up.
Tell me yours you ask? I don’t have any addictions but I do have a passion to see the baptised rise up and lead the new springtime.

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12:29. Treanor couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery. Like Nero, he has fiddled while D&C combusts. Has anyone actually seen this man? The diocese is in ruins whilst his head of HR openly boasts of how many staff she has terminated. His own offices are in a mess whilst he faces litigation from some therein. O’hagan prances about more concerned about his own standing and his MBE. The diocese is run not by people of God but by charlatans. As for O’Neill in St Patrick’s he will never be forgiven for the way he treated the soup kitchen volunteers who eventually had enough of him and moved. He is an insignificant bully vying for position and recognition from Treanor and has single handedly destroyed this parish.If this is Christianity in action, count me out . This diocese is beyond redemption . Christianity is only a byword for greed and corruption in this diocese. If Treanor really wanted to transform D&C he should immediately resign and take his generals with him and allow true people of God to take over. Mind you D@C has never had good Godly men at its helm so he hasn’t exactly had a tough act to follow

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