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A SCOTTISH DEACON ? AN IRISH DEACON ? AN IRISH ARCHBISHOP ? A SCOTTISH BISHOP ?

Serious concerns continue to be expressed by clergy and laity, about two Roman Catholic deacons who are due to be ordained priests in the coming months.

The Scottish Deacon is Christopher Morris of the Diocese of Motherwell overseen by Bishop Joseph Toal

CHRISTOPHER MORRIS

The Irish Deacon is Stephen Wilson of Armagh whose bishop is Eamon Martin.

STEPHEN WILSON
EAMON MARTIN

The concerns about the two deacons revolve around how they have handled and are handling their homosexuality

It is fully accepted in clerical circles that both men are of the “antique disposition”.

It is also being claimed that both have been sexually active since entering seminary.

I have had countless communications about these matters from priests and laity in Scotland and Ireland.

I know that these concerns have even strongly communicated to EAMON MARTIN and JOSEPH TOAL.

Both bishops, for their own reasons, have failed to address these concerns.

Why?

EAMON MARTIN has taken great care of Fathers Rory Coyle and Eamon McCamley since their sexual misadventures.

McCamley is back in Dungannon Parish.

Rory has not returned to Armagh yet but is being fully supported by Eamon Martin.

JOE TOAL, who was ruthless in his handling of Father Matthew Despard, who exposed homosexuality among Scottish priests chooses to turn a blind eye to Christopher Morris.

Why ???

STATEMENT FROM GROUP OF SCOTTISH PRIESTS

We have decided to email the Papal Nuncio re Bishop Toal and Mgr Bradley and their connection to Deacon Christopher.


Some of us are seriously considering leaving ministry over this. Some of us are gay and some are not so we have no agenda other than the faith and transparency. We just can’t continue to stand idly by.

187 replies on “A SCOTTISH DEACON ? AN IRISH DEACON ? AN IRISH ARCHBISHOP ? A SCOTTISH BISHOP ?”

It’s shocking. I was ordained 25 years ago, and I can’t imagine a bishop back then, allowing these two men to continue to priestly ordination after revelations of their active homosexuality in seminary. The bishops concerned are doing the faithful a disservice by ordaining them. If these men are ordained and then cause another scandal, the bishops will have no choice but to resign. I suspect that the bishops are far too arrogant to reconsider their decision. However, Bishop Pat has put this into the public forum, and it’s now a matter of public record.

As I conclude, I realise I am mistaken. Such things did take place 25 years ago. Cardiff’s Archbishop John Aloysius Ward ignored bishop Crispian Hollis’ concerns and ordained Joe Jordan – a known homosexual with problems. Ward lost his diocese and died disgraced.

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Well they can’t say they were not told Bishop Pat. I am sure they will both come to regret their folly. It will cost them dearly.

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Not now. But they will if they are forced to resign down the road and shunned by their brother bishops. I remember Jackie Ward almost in tears at how other bishops would cross the road rather than be seen to greet him.

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I thought the thing with Jordan was that he’d been acquitted of paedophilia, Ward knew this and ordained him.
So in a sense bishops didn’t ordain homosexuals and we know all about them ordaining and supporting kiddy fiddlers.

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Joseph Jordan’s sexual escpades within the seminary were reported on BBC’s Panorama in 2000. Fr Chris Higgins told the BBC Panorama programme: “I related some incidents to the archbishop where Joe had not behaved in an appropriate manner… he concluded the appointment by thanking me for saying what I’d said and then said that he was wise enough to know what was right for Jordan and for his diocese.”

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12.42. Are you saying Fr Jordan isn’t a homosexual and that his sex with other men in the seminary wasn’t homosexual?

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It’s just a little experimentation, a bit of fun between consenting adults, I expressed my sexuality as a seminarian, “dipping the deacon”. It is a release, a way of managing stress and feeling low.

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The clerical troll will obviously be active today. Could the troll possibly be one of these deacons?

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Not a troll, I am a middle aged gay man. My biggest regret was wasting 16 years of my life, my greatest fulling moments were leaving priesthood and playing around when I was a cleric

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“Dipping the deacon” Now there’s a phrase I haven’t heard before!!! Tell us more.

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1:58 No troll ever admits to being a troll. Interesting how you waste everyone else’s time by trolling this blog though.

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Only because 70 priests ganged up publicly against Ward and it took them years and years before they could embarrass Abp Smith into bumping him, and it was two criminal cases, the other one had Budd’s bad reference.
You look at Bowen, Blessed Cormac, K Conry and successors and many colleagues, people that have overheard them reminisce, all the diaries, “franch” lessons, ashes, high profile accolades, Charles Jeffries (Caldey / social services associate), and police, and their seminarian.
The concept of fly-by-night deacons is a very bad one. If these two can minister, let them be made permanent deacons. Why would the establishment sacramentolators pick on them to deprive them of their livelihood? (Some protestant ministers are aircrew also.)

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Jordan had been refused ordination by +Christopher Budd, Plymouth, but +Christopher then stood idly by when Ward ordained him for Cardiff.
When the scandal broke +Budd went on TV and washed his hands among the innocent.
In the same TV programme +Budd said that while the Church was ready to pay compensation to Jordan’s child-victims but that if their families started civil court proceedings they would be making themselves ENEMIES OF THE CHURCH.
i was shocked and horrified. I’d known Christopher Budd when we were boys (at Salesian College Chertsey) and he was as bishop at times having reason to encounter my two sisters.

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Joseph, thank you for the horrifying clarification. (There was a second criminal case additionally.)

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Yet again Bishop Pat, I commend you. You are shining a light across Northern Ireland with an interesting focus on certain areas. You mention notable individuals, however there is at least one more. I dare say the unmentioned (today) is even more notorious. I look forward to future revelations from Northern Ireland. God Bless your good work. It is for the people. As we move forward I am sure you will receive much more news from a diocese in question which will cause shockwaves in the region.

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Bishop Pat, I am aware of news the public ougt to kno in this diocese. It is significant for several reasons. I feel it is worthy of serious scrutiny as I am aware of huge distress. What advise can I pass on from you? Who do I go to?

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let’s be clear, Eamon Martin is under severe pressure from Mullaney to ordain Wilson.

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7.47
You are fishing.

Everyone knows the decision to ordain or not to ordain is the ordinary’s. He takes account of the seminary’s reports but if it’s a tussle between them his is the upper hand.

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Bishop Pat, the walls of Cathedrals talk. They say Amy has a busy time taking care of a few more than the aforementioned presently … 😬😬😬

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Surely it’s clear now that nobody, clerical or lay, lives by the church’s sexual teaching and probably never has. As witness the homes needed for ‘fallen women’.
Incidentally this ignoring of the church’s teaching includes abortion, and you can read accounts online by clinic workers of what it’s like when a so-called pro-lifer comes for a termination.

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Well, I married my childhood sweetheart, and we have been faithful to each other for 42 years. So please don’t assume that everybody lives a life out of sync with the church’s teachings. I am distraught by these revelations and the cavalier attitude of the bishops.

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I don’t use contraception. As for impure acts, I haven’t committed one in many years and when I did I went immediately to Confession.

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3:18 Thank you for confirming my point that nobody lives by the church’s teaching. You’ve also proved it produces sanctimonious gits.

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Well, not really. We all fall short of the required standard. That doesn’t mean we lower the standard, it means we must work harder.

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The litany of the wounds that came in the last years of the life of our Archbishop has been well rehearsed in the obituaries. As with all of us, to some degree they were self-inflicted. To some degree they were undoubtedly the consequence of the wrong-doing of others. The ratio of these degrees is not ours to estimate, nor ours to worry over now. Today we pray for John Aloysius, asking mercy of God for his failings. And we pray for those whose wilful actions ended up bringing such distress upon him, that they too may put their trust in the Lord, in his justice and in his mercy.

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That’s why an order man shouldn’t have been made bishop. You wouldn’t parachute in a diocesan peiest to be a religious superior, even if canon law allowed a diocesan priest to be appointed a superior. Why doesn’t it, by the way?

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10:57 Because sexual infections have different strains and getting multiple strains can cause problems with treatment.

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10.57
There are plenty of examples of diocesan bishops being parachuted into an order. You don’t know your history.
There are many examples of popes from religious orders, including the current Holy Father.

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12.46 Name any diocesan priest who’s been made a superior of an order. As for Bergoglio, that proves my point. He was a disaster as a provincial, was a disaster as an archbishop, and is a disaster as pope.

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Bishop. Fr Rory Coyle’s doctorate thesis appears to be be online 2017. Is he Rev Dr Coyle? In it he acknowledges Rev Dr Shane Crombie who is currently a Professor PhD in LCC university in Lithuania where he is presumably on sabbatical from Navan parish

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Is that a genuine sabbatical or the first step in a transition? Big Tom left this change off the appointments in the summer.

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Fr Dwayne Gavin of Meath diocese is now in Cork and Ross Diocese and is in Bons hospital down there. What exactly is going on? Has Meath enough priests that it can send them to Cork and Ross to be Chaplains. Seriously, what is going on? Anyone?

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Pat, I in no way condone any bad behaviour from clergy, or anyone for that matter. What really irks me is that some clergy seem to escape scrutiny continuously. A lot is not known. This must be addressed and you are the champion for this. I would usually avoid quoting Winston Churchill at all costs, but he did refer in his career for the need to navigate “the muddy byways of Tyrone”. Pat I suggest you navigate this area on your blog too. Items of concern exist.

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Why would we need more priests? Are the proprietors of golf clubs and gay saunas in need of more customers?

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I’ve become aware of very shady goings-on in my diocese in NI. It is disgusting and its not for the faint hearted. It is unnerving to discover how this individual lives his life. Would I be able to pass on my concerns to my diocese Bishop Pat, or what is the best route? Apparently the individual openly chats of his lust for a dream GAA star and has let slip his, well let’s just say… political ambitions 😬😬🙈 It is believed, with strong reason, he has a curious mind to say the least…. Should I tell my PP, or do they stick together like sh*te to a blanket?

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Are you seriously telling me there is one cleric of interest in Armagh Pat? There’s a huge harvest acoming. And for those involved I am sure they will remember that in life one reaps what one sows. Naughty behaviour catches up with everyone eventually . . .

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A strict adherence to the words spoken at ordination – it is not about adherence to vows/promises, but about living in a manner that the priest/deacon is above suspicion. These men appear to have failed in the latter so the former becomes moot.
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Now I do accept that malicious commentary can unjustly and quickly destroy a man’s reputation. +Pat appears to have so suffered this personally. Men can use such opportunities to rebuild, and while a good end does not justify the means – the world is sadly so.
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I believe we still have the line in the ordination ceremony calling for any objections. It is the responsible action to show up on the day and object, with your evidence in hand.
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Why do the good men always leave the seminary? And why now-a-days does almost every candidate for ordination exit Maynooth with a reputation more sinful than a brothel?

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@10.52
I cannot answer as I have not been personally present at every ordination.
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Perhaps more pertinent is the question of why don’t people object?
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I do know of a person who objected to Dermot Farrell weeks before a proposed ordination. The objector was thrown out of Maynooth.
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The person ordained has moved many parishes since, but the controversy has never made it here.

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Somebody objected to Monsignor Quinlan, the VG and diocesan administrator, literally hours before the ordination of a priest in Salford who is now in a prominent position within the diocese. The young priest had been sexually active as a deacon. He had the sense to admit it, and was honest; the Ordination proceeded. In that case, I feel the decision was right, and the priest has gone on to lead a fruitful ministry.

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Joe Toal is as cold as a cucumber and NO one’s fool as he has close parishes, closed the pilgrim centre at Carfin and certainly not shy at all towards clergy.
Monsignor Millar only lasted TWO month’s as Spiritual Director of Oscott now he is c/o diocesan office’s.
To be fair to Bishop Toal does he have the evidence or is his Deacon chancellor hiding it from him so people should write direct to Bishop Toal at St. Gerard’s Fleming Road Bellshill ML4 1NF or bishoptoal@rcdom.org.uk bypass the Diocesan Offices.
The Papal Nuncio covers up for NO one so I do hope people have contacted him direct as Hugh Bradley should resign and take the Chancellor with him.
Papal Nuncio’s challenges 2022 Cardiff, Glasgow, Westminster and East Anglia.

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1:34 : Jim S is back, making his usual recommendations. A total waste of time, James.

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Of course, young people are very different from your day, Bp Pat, and won’t put up with a lot of things nowadays, so allowances will have to be made, even for seminarians. Personally, if I were their age, I’d be straight on the PreP and out enjoying myself.

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Some of them are already on PrEP and out there enjoying themselves. The cost of PrEP has come down considerably, and they can also get it on the NHS in the UK, although probably not in Presbyterian NI. And they are out there enjoying themselves. I’ve had one or two of them in the recent past. They don’t even make a big secret that they are seminarians. I think they think it has a certain cache !

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I would make a distinction between the actions of McCamboy and Roaree. To my mind asking someone to watch you masturbate over a webcam late at night is a cry for help from a very lonely man. Roaree’s behaviour on the other hand …….

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Eamonn Martin is ineffectual, he should be given a window seat in the Vatican and someone competent appointed in his place. That is if they have anyone competent left. That old shade Brady should be banished to prevent him interfering from the sidelines, in addition his appearances in public are bad for PR.

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I could do a troll through the corridors of any seminary and point out which seminarians are gay, which are sexually active, and which seminarian is engaging sexually with which other seminarian or member of staff, or down in the Gay Village or some nearby cruising site. My Gaydar is very twitchy and sensitive. It rarely lets me down. In the final analysis, I could not really care who does what with whom and who puts what were. For me, sexual activity has little or no moral value in itself; it is simply a human function. It only gains moral value in the sense that it impacts on others and in terms of trust, loyalty, fidelity etc. For these seminarians / deacons who are being discussed, the moral issue arises simply because they have publicly promised to be celibate, and it is expected by those around them that this will be the case – it having been solemnly promised by them. The issue is one of their honesty, transparency and integrity. If it is clear that they are not celibate, then they are clearly living a lie and misleading people. That is the moral issue here. Going further, we know that living out a lie, living a parallel and double life, making duplicity and lying a central part of your life and existence, is damaging and corrosive to the individual themselves and the those around them. It has consequences, which will continue throughout their lives. So, for their sake and for the sake of everybody else, these individuals should be very, very carefully assessed by the bishops and seminary authorities concerned, to ensure that they are celibate and will remain celibate. if it is clear that they have a pattern of not being celibate and it is clear that they will not be celibate when not being supervised and surveilled so closely after ordination, then they should not be ordained. However, do we have any confidence that these bishops and authorities will be willing and able to do this ? I do not have confidence. I think that these individuals will be ordained, in part as an exercise in giving two fingers to + Pat and others by the bishops who will want to show that they will not bow to pressure and that they are a law unto themselves. So, maybe this is one matter which will pass in the short term, but just watch this space, because not too long after ordination these individuals will find themselves in some kind of bother and trouble because of their sexual incontinence if they do not remain celibate and faithful to their promise, and then we can say “we told you so”, and leave their bishops to clean up the mess. If, however, they do remain celibate and are faithful to their vocation, then I will be the first to congratulate them and wish them well. But, as much as I would like to be proven wrong, I sense that will not be the case.

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9:55 am
You failed to mention the Rcc teachings which priests are expected to uphold.
Then, again, who am I to judge. Just sayin, like.

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9:55 also failed to mention that married men are not allowed join the priesthood. Married men of good standing are shunned and lapsing individuals are accepted.

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9.55
There’s a fundamental not-yet-resolved incongruity at the heart of your postwhich hasn’t quite struck the correct balance between tolerance and rigidity.

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Yes, especially playing Take That’s ‘Back for Good’ at full volume to block out the groans of two seminarians engaged in gay sex in the English College, Rome.

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The elephant in the room here is that of them is alleged to have participated in a far worse act than gay sex, which makes him completely unsuited to priesthood.

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One would hope that these two men would have the grace to withdraw. However, the culpability now falls squarely on the shoulders of their ordaining bishops. A sad day for the church indeed.

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It has been the practice that sometimes to get rid of a problem ( 0r set of them) , you ordain him. ( I know nothing of either individual). I know it happened before….

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Do Irish and British seminaries insist on mandatory HIV testing before ordination? I think they still do in the US.

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Looking at the photos illustrating today’s blog, all four of them look to be of the antique disposition. That’s where we’re at, nowadays. Gay men approve other gay men to be priests. Face facts, peeps.

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When I was a schoolboy in Cabra, none of the Vincentian priests were gay although one of them was very Liberal cos he followed Schillebeeckx. He used to be a lecturer in St Pats training college but he was reported to his superior or higher ups re his views by someone else. He was v v decent priest who wouldn’t harm a fly in contrast to some CBS who had beaten boys up regularly . He wasnt that bad in my view in comparison to today gay sems or priests.

In my time, I saw priests who were strong, heterosexual men and leading by example. They were decent, honest and not interested in monetary things or value.
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Now its a 360 degree complete change as regards to priests, bishops, catdinals(not all of them though) sexual orientation. I could recognise some of them as gay or ‘more feminised’ if you like. It’s not my place to say it. It’s a almost complete change-360 degree change from my time to now.

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Nowadays I wouldn’t shake a bishops or cardinal hand nor kiss a ring. I would steer away from them or avoid them cos that’s how it gotten bad in some ways now. Nor would I invite them to my place now. My family used to invite priests to their homes in the past and said mass etc. But I wouldn’t do it now cos of my experience with Vincentian priests and certain one PP now retired and alive, who revelled in flashy cars which I disagree with. Cos in my view, priests should be modest and down to earth and honest etc.

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Anon at 11.20pm.and 12.30pm
My apologies as I should have stated its 180 degrees not 360,oops 🙈🙈🙈

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There is a Fr Paul O Grady in Shrewsbury, his improvised greeting to the assembly to animate them after the sign of the cross was “Hi de Hi”

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I don’t like Bishop Toal for his shoddy or appalling treatment on Fr Despard as he banished Despard to a non fulfilling role or an exiler if you like for 6 years or more.
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That Bishop Toal shouldn’t be given a Archbishopric sede vacante job in Glasgow. I would strongly endorse my views to the vatican if an opportunity might arise.
Fr Despard should apply to move to another diocese or abroad as that would be my suggestion or advice to him. Alternatively, he could apply for lacisation and leave. Thus he could spill more bean’s if he wish to or not. That’s his own prerogative. Cos some bishops out are nasty or not fatherly to their own priests.

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Can I just say the best thing that happened on the blog this year is Mr Keenan getting himself the name of Mr Keenan.

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If that’s true, let’s hope he can afford better solicitors in Glasgow, as his last representation to Bishop Pat was comedic.

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I would have thought the incredible folly of breaking ranks and sending Pat Buckley an ill-advised solicitors letter with ridiculous consequences, would be enough to stop any further promotion. The church likes the hand on the tiller to be dependably loyal.

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Especially when the particul solicitor is mainly engaged in estate agency matters.

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1124 Father Despard was offered a place back in the Diocese and refused because he didn’t like the conditions placed upon him by his Bishop who he promised to obey. He will still be having his salary paid and free accommodation and all bills paid for life! Not a bad deal! And who is going to ask you to endorse any Bishop’s appointment?

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Toal’s treatment of Despard is despicable. I am not particularly fond of Despard, but it seems to me that what he was saying was based in fact and reality and was true. I certainly know from my own experience and observations that some of the characters he mention were doing exactly what he said. So, why come down on a man who is only telling the truth, no matter how unpalatable and inconvenient it is ? I would have though Toal would have taken note and done something about the people and what he was saying ? Again, Despard has been unjustly and wickedly treated.

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RC bishops hate the truth because all they do is mirrors and smoke so that the multi national company they own stays in profit and all its management and workers are protected regardless of what they do.

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Anon at 1.31pm
I ask you if you don’t mind, what were the conditions placed on him, was it too restricted or not to his own liking?
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He could apply to be transferred to another diocese, why not, I suspect that the conditions might be too restricted although I’m not privy to all the details.
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I’m fully aware that the Vatican is not going to ask me for my endorsement unless I offer them 200M ( just saying as hypothesis, Which I don’t have). Vatican especially the curia whose decision making is horrendous especially KOB,c Carrick, cupich, Marciel et al. So I won’t be expecting too much at all whatsoever from the Vatican aka curia re sede vacante job in Archbishopric of Glasgow.
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Scotland rcc is in an awful shape to be in or in a terrible state to be in with starting with KOB, Despard with his book not published as names were redacted, One look at toal photo could tell you many things, too authoritarian, strict and cold, his eyebrows, would take any nonsense especially abuses by others and let it lie or let it run and run etc.
Picture or photo would convey a thousand words which could be applied literally or add new adjectives to his profile.

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Pat at 1:49 That is exactly it. You could have that sentence instead of the whole of Denzinger.

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Big J
Scottish Clergy do not get a salary.
As for Matthew Despard the talk is he is in his late mothers house.
Matthew will likely be getting Universal credit.
No clergy in Scotland are salaried.

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I’m told the Church took the family home off Despard to pay his legal bills and allows him to live there.

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11.24am Deaf guy wise up. As if the Vatican would listen to you on its appointments. For someone who claims that you have no time for the Church you sure as hell stick your nose into its business. Away on with yourself and cop on.

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Anon at 12.19pm

Im aware that vatican won’t listen to me in any way shape or form. I was only egging them on if they would read it today.
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Have no time for you if you supported the Vatican as I guess it that you are a priest, fair enough.
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Its quite clear to me that the Vatican views widely diverged completely from my views. I was a whistleblower back then as they weren’t comfortable with me. They wanted it to cover cover cover cover it up much as you. It’s absolutely disgusting in my view. They rcc aren’t honest with us or the laity to this day.
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Tell me why should we contribute any kind of money to rcc or parish or religious orders with no fiscal or legal or moral accountability in return especially all the scandals going on as we speak now.

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Any news on Fr Peter Littleprick of Southwark? He makes Charles Hawtrey look butch but manages to get himself ordained.

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Oooohh, I thought I was the one with the Littledick obsession ! How very dare you ! But, you are right, he has been missing in action from this blog for so long, and he did used to bring us such glee and joy. I’ve lost track of where he is now, and what he’s to. Any ideas ?

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Relatively few comments today, despite the clergy supposedly having concerns about these two. Compare the way the blog exploded with comments over ++Armagh having been in love. An interesting reflection of priorities and interests.

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These 2 students will be ordained and rightly so. They are humans beings and have made mistakes like all of us and deserve a chance. This blog has turned into a proper bitching place and if you all had your way, nobody would ever be ordained! Why not say something positive, or better still, mind your own business!

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Absolutely right, Phil. Receiving fellatio on the altar shouldn’t be a bar to ordination, it’s a mistake any of us could make. Troll

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Search this blog for Big Mick, Phil, to discover the depth of the profanity that occurred on the altar.

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2:04 The priest with the seminarian was Michael Lomasney and the church was in (sorry, probably get this wrong) something like Kildorrery. As 2:14 says it’s been on here before.

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These two men are unworthy of ordination to the sacred priesthood. They have committed the cardinal sin of having been found out. The RCC has no problems with practising homosexuals ordination to the priesthood. It does, however, have a problem when they are foolish enough to get caught out. They are not discreet and duplictious enough to be welcomed into the club by the Lavender Mafia.

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It will be a gay celebration on 30th June at Motherwell Cathedral. Participants should wear rainbow sashes.

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So, I’m still not sure what it is that Deacon Morris has done / is doing that is causing all this fuss. It will need to be something pretty serious, because all this exposure will be causing him some considerable grief. Perhaps someone will give us chapter and verse as to why he should not be ordained, such as what he has been up to and with whom, remembering of course that this is a family show ! If that’s possible ?

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10.07am

Funny that piece from 25 years ago as Jim Overton was Rector of Allen Hall and he was giving out about the gays in the village of Allen Hall and writing to the Tablet all indignant like when if he himself wasn’t a Friend of Dorothy I’m Oscar Wilde. He had a penchant for posh young lads and I suspect his faux outrage was to do with an unrequited something or other – the rage of a woman scorned – there is always a backstory or underbelly with such matters.
He was swiftly moved on from Allen Hall by CMOC but given a plumb parish to balm his bruised ego.
He didn’t get the rules of the closet did our Jimmy – he who protests about too many gays in the Village (Seminary) is invariably a repressed homosexual themselves.
The hypocrisy surrounding gay clergy is what stinks to high heaven and all that shite about giving up marriage like Eamon Martin when you just know they are as queer as the day is long is nauseating.
When will they wise up?
The gays now rule the RCC priesthood with their lavender fists and boy do they like to use their fists!! Just saying like.

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Armagh is an interesting one. I see mention of one or two. Probably the most prevalent and surprising never gets a mention.

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The comments on the blog can be insightful and challenging but one also gets the sense that some people might need to count to ten before contributing. 🤣 A great grace which brings great peace is to come to years end with thankful hearts and to pray that God will pour out his blessings on all who have crossed our path for good or ill. Just as we hope he will continue to bless us.
O God, the beginning and the end of all things, Who art always the same and Whose years fail not, we now, at the close of another year, kneel in adoration before Thee, and offer Thee our deepest thanks for the fatherly care with which Thou hast watched over us during the past, for the many times Thou hast protected us from evils of soul and body, and for the numberless blessings, both temporal and spiritual, which Thou hast showered upon us. May it please Thee to accept the homage of our grateful hearts which we offer Thee in union with the infinite thanksgiving of Thy divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.

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The church has no problem ordaining deacons even when information exists which compromises the diocese or order in which that person is a member. In recent years the Cistercians ordained Fr Malachy Thompson who is now the superior of the Roscrea monastery. The same community where Richard Purcell had sexual relations with a priest from the local diocese. The sin is getting caught and it becoming a scandal. Once you do your drinking in private and stay discreet inside the monastery wall you will survive. The Rule of St Benedict states that one can consume Jameson inside the monastery grounds but not in a pub in Roscrea town.

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Ah, I see you’re reading the Hunter-Blair translation rather than the McCann translation which says you can send the houseman out to Waitrose for whatever you fancy.

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All covered up of course with the college writing out a cheque to parents so it’s all kept quiet.

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I would forgive Fr Malachy for the drinking. It’s a tough existence and monasteries drive people to drink. It’s a dark, lonely and depressing place. He is not the first monk in Roscrea to take to the drink.

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Yes, having it off with a local priest in the school kitchen is not encouraged in the rules of st Benedict.

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A Happy New Year to Pat and his readers.

Just as well nightclubs are closed in NI and Scotland. Last time I went to a nightclub, the bouncer said,
‘sorry mate, no entry, you’ve had too many!’

I said ‘what, drinks?’

‘No’ he said, ‘birthdays’

Boom, Boom,
Have a good one all🍻 🎉🍾🥂🎊💐🕺💃🎶🎈🥳🎊

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Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir! 🎉🎊🥳
Pax.
P.S. It’s ok to delay the new year’s resolutions until the remaining festive food is eaten. Lent isn’t until March.

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Big J, Pat and 4.20 – MD is living at his mum’s but the Diocese will be paying him a monthly allowance (no salary but an allowance) and picking up the bills. I am pretty sure that some brother Priests are also sending him Mass stipends.

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Can anyone be clearer why they are writing to Nuncio and Rome about Glasgow Mgr Bradley? He is a kind guy and wouldn’t do anyone harm.

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Depends how you define harm of course – daisy chain? – and all his buddies will also be in ‘brown sauce’, knowing they’re in Bishops Pats sights …..

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Very few here today get the import of their ways. They are ( I don’t like the word, but the most understand the concept) evil. Almost everlasting one of them….. Martin, Nulty and Morris. Nothing to their belief but themselves.

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Happy new year!
Te Deum laudamus.
Te Dominum confitemur.
You are God: we praise you;
You are God: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
Your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
And the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
The eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
You did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
And opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
Bought with the price of your own blood,
And bring us with your saints
To glory everlasting.
Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.
Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name forever.
Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us your love and mercy;
For we put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope:
And we shall never hope in vain

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When the midnight hour strikes, some of the good & the not so good in our Church will be toasting with their usual tipple – vino from The City of the Popes – personally, I don’t care if they are toasting with Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 but I do care that they make sincere efforts to redress the distress well overdue to so many in 2022.
Happy New Year to you All & God Bless Bishop Pat.

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The RCC was a force for good in its distribution of welfare. No more. It is a putrid toxic force under Bergoglio who decides….. tragedy. Nothing to the people of the future and their needs.

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Monsignor Bradley is a host of the Daisy Chain dinners.
It is alleged that Monsignor Bradley’s “friend” that sadly took his own life were lovers.
Hugh needs to quite Clyde Street and let the new Archbishop get on with the horrendous in tray that is awaiting him.
Paul needs out of Clyde Street as well and a parish move.
But is Hughie and Paul not at the edge of Glasgow’s Queens Park 🙂

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Bp Pat, you’ve already had two abbesses and a prioress. Leave these two young queens for future scandals, please.

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A Jesuit MIA on 140 thousand with a Cuban diplomat ( x Dublin). A species difference; secular: religious; whatever. Take what you like days God…. But pay…… sliding scale….Lampeter for Coyle and Crombie gets away…… the duplicity of RCC education bursaries!

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I blogged yesterday that I have a soft spot for Eamonn Martin. Let me be clear; he is a slave to anything that brings him further; a sycophantic fraud and extremely dangerous repressed homosexual.

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Wicked in the extreme…. The sort of wicked ness of Martin Drennan…. Low ru cum aw ( phonetic , I can go to the Hebraic letters if needs be)…..Eamonn Martin should resign.

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Happy new year Pat!! 👍🥂
May your health remain strong and be happy knowing that so many appreciate the work you do to the utter shame of your Rome appointed episcopal brethren.
If they had a pair between them we wouldn’t need your blog.
They are expediting the complete demise of the Catholic Church on the Emerald Isle and will pay a heavy price.

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Sweeney and Donaghy should go with him: Sweeney for not having the balls to stand up to him ( Eugene should be the Archbishop for his acumen and kindness ) and Kevin Donaghy for his pursuits in the USA cities he visits.

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9.43
Yes. Categorically. Aways honourable. Router knows it, thats why Router is there.

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Dear Bishop Pat, I said to Donal Kerr along time ago; the irish media is the only conscience the irish church has. He was appalled: ” oh Bill, you have changed.” Pat for whatever reason the media is now silent on the Roman Church. Please continue to be a voice against the silence of this institution: you are now the only voice on the island who speaks in opposition to a very corupt set of people. The most dysfunctional relationship on the island is that between a priest and his people. The episcopal one is beyond words…

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The photograph of Rory Coyle and Eamonn Martin in St Peters in Rome, available online….why is the integrity of personal body space not maintained. The answer to that is the answer to what todays blog posits.

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The Gardai and Irish Priests are responsible for the cover up of so much…..and there is a trail to its witness. The finality of these hours is a god time to say it…..whatever the personal consequences. Balls. The RUC was a much better organisation.

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I am certain +Toal will be blinded by light like Saul of Tarsus, become a shepherd, not a schemer or bureaucrat, and not ordain these characters. Well, maybe not.
Happy New Year

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Interestingly, the dog in that picture of deacon Morris is the dog of the ‘good doctor’ priest formally of the diocese of paisley. Read into that what you may

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