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PRAISE AND CONDEMNATION FOR FATHER JIM DOHERTY RECENTLY DECEASED GLASGOW PRIEST.

More than 170 people paid tribute online. 

One person said: “A great man with a great sense of humour and time for everyone. He will be missed. RIP Fr Jim.” 

Another added: “What a man! A great laugh, was able to relate to everyone and wasn’t afraid to say what he thought. 

“A family friend who will be a great loss to everyone who has ever met him.” 

A third wrote: “A lovely man, who did a wonderful job for many communities. Rest in peace Father Doherty.”

ANOTHER TRIBUTE

Of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Father James Doherty, RIP who died last evening in the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.

Fr Jim (or “Big Jim” as he was affectionately known) was a priest of the Archdiocese of Glasgow and a long-standing friend of Saint Aloysius’ parish, especially during his early retirement due to ill health.

Jim was ordained in 1979 and served in Saint Peter’s, Partick; Saint Laurence’s Drumchapel; Our Lady& St Mark’s, Alexandra; St Robert Bellarmine, Pollock, and Saint Vincent de Paul in Thornliebank.

Jim went on to become Parish Priest in Saint Vincent de Paul’s before taking seriously unwell with leukaemia. Despite this illness taking him to the absolute edge of life; Jim’s robust personal will saw him recover and eventually return to ministry as Parish Priest in Saint Joachim’s, Carmyle.

In his retirement, Jim was a friend to many and a trusted counsellor to those who sought his wise pastoral advice.At the heart of Jim’s life was his relationship with Jesus Christ, developed by a keen love of theological and spiritual reading and firmly supported by his great devotion to the Mother of God.Our sympathies are with Jim’s sisters and his many close friends and acquaintances. He will be greatly missed.

One parishioner, Tricia McCallion, paid this tribute on social media: “Such sad news. Fr Jim was a legend. He told the best stories, he was so funny and a straight talker too. I hadn’t seen him in a few years but what a brilliant priest and person he was. Rest in peace Fr Jim, we’ll not see your likes again.”

A FELLOW PRIEST WRITES:

Pat, we must say we had to laugh when we heard all the “nice things” about Fr Big Jim Docherty who died recently in the Archdiocese of Glasgow. More lies, we mean spin from the archdiocese and the sheep.

Jim was indeed well-read, articulate and intelligent regards to theology etc, however, it’s sad he never really put any of it into practice. He actually wasted his God-given talents. He ate him self alive on so many levels and was full of anger, jealousy, resentment and a vicious desire for revenge. He was quite a sad and pathetic figure. Jim was the archetypal donegal mammies boy who had Mammy issues his whole life.

For years he had nothing to do but mince about the diocese with his message bag like a big lassie. He was laughed at. He was a thorn in the side of the church in Glasgow and to three archbishops in a row: Winning, Conti & Tartaglia. He was an embarrassment to the church.​

Jim was very angry and unhappy with his sexuality and lack of career in the church. He never came to terms with either sadly. He was a nasty and evil man. Due to his lack of charity, vicious tongue, vulgar language & sexual innuendo he was not liked by many people and certainly many priests especially those whom he bullied and were afraid of him. He is no loss to the presbyterate nor the diocese.​

He also seemed to have a particular ministry to young men of a certain vintage. He wined and dined out in the finest of Glasgay restaurants on a very regular basis and clung onto the coattails of rich people and retired single men on big pensions. He also lived in a Grace and favour house that was purpose built for him. He was a donegal priest to his fingertips.​

He was a regular visitor to Canon Anthony Gallaghers clergy/laity dinners alongside Jim’s acolytes Deacon Christopher Morris, Mr Mark McGuire, Primary School teacher and Anthony OConner the brother of Fr Liam OConner and nephew of the Glasgow Safeguarding Officer.

Jim was a predator who never once observed celibacy since we were in seminary together and justified this as a priest as each of his Parish Priests in Drumchapel, Househillwood and Thornliebank were in sexual relations with their house keepers. 

Big Jim, Canon Gallagher, Deacon Christopher, Mr Mark McGuire, Mr Anthony OConner and a few single retired teachers from St Aloysius Jesuit College gather near that parish church on a Sunday afternoon for tea after the High Mass at which the College Choir Sing!!!

He is no loss to the presbyterate nor the diocese. A sigh of relief was heard when he died not only from bishops and priests but also from many young men, business owners, restaurantaurs and retired Catholics with good pensions. May the good Lord be more charitable and merciful to Big Jim than he was to others.

PAT SAYS

Two views.

Feels as people are talking are talking about two different men.

291 replies on “PRAISE AND CONDEMNATION FOR FATHER JIM DOHERTY RECENTLY DECEASED GLASGOW PRIEST.”

Duplicitous lifestyles seems rampant among clergy. What’s the quotation from the Book of Revelation mentioning ‘hot’ ‘cold’ and ‘spew.’

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Pat Buckley , l would love to know your address ,so that l can come and visit you ,and give you a message from Father Jim ,you are beyond shame ,a self appointed Bishop who seriously needs medical help,l truly hope that you die soon from instant Cancer,and go straight to He’ll without delay where you will meet all the evil persons who you will know .l only need 10 minutes of your time to let you know the facts .
Fr Jim is in Heaven with the Lord our God

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Won’t it be grand up there in that Heavenly paradise?
All will be revealed.
We’ll see what people really said of us behind our backs,
And we can “pay them back” , …..behind their backs.
Oh, I can’t wait!

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As someone here in Ireland who never knew the man or heard of him I couldn’t possibly pass judgement. No doubt there are trolls who will of course not hold back and freely spill their venom. I will just say that the rather nasty comments made about this deceased man is the view of ONE priest who seems to have a thing about Donegal. I wonder what kind of a priest he himself is and is there a jealousy issue about Fr Jim’s obvious popularity with people?
There seems to be imbeded jealousy issues in general with clergy everywhere. Whatever his shortcomings in life may he rest in peace.

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Totally agree, the author of the article is evil himself writing that, lie of an article, all the thousands of Facebook personal comments from actual parishioners speaks the opposite of this one pastor. Jealous indeed!

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11:26
Interesting. Has it ever crossed peoples minds the hypocritical sermons from some
priests at funerals of deceased victims of clerical abuse. Some sham duplicitous priests
with insider knowledge must have known of clerical abuse including covering up. Small wonder, nowadays, everyone is going to ‘heaven’. What matters most is what is written
of us by the LORD, and not obituaries in newspapers.

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I remember a priest speaking about the a deceased Irishman at a funeral in England having been the victim of clerical abuse. He spoke very sincerely I thought and addressed the trauma experienced. The relations turned on him at the burial and bollocked him. You are damned if you do and according to @7.24am damned if you don’t.

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8:44 The vast majority of catholics were completely unaware of the extent of clerical abuse along with complicit covering up by the hierarchy.

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Petrus is it good to see you on the blog however have you fell out with Patricia at CTS or doing both.
Maybe two different Petrus however they think a like.

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I don’t contribute to Catholic Truth now. However, I am on perfectly good terms with the editor. Indeed, I spoke to her as recent as Sunday past.

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Some people are easily baffled. That might go towards explaining the mess in the Church for 35 plus years.

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Yes, I fully agree, may his gentle soul rest in peace…I just stumbled across this site, by pure accident and must say, after reading through a few different threads, in the site, it would not be popular, in my eyes! Such is the Internet, in general. There is good and bad, to be found everywhere. We can avoid the ‘bad’, at our leisure.

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No, he’s not 6 feet under yet. The poor man is lying in the morgue.
Well done Bishop Pat, another good example of your pastoral concern.

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‘Leave the dead to bury their dead’. What on earth can this gnomic sentence mean?’.

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8.02: Yes, one petty minded, nasty detractors is fodder for Oats blog. Anything that evokes venom and horribleness against any priest gets priority on this blog. I wonder how any persin who reflects seriously in his or her life can say “I’m fine in God’s eyes.”? Not many, if any at all.

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Anonymous @ 8.02am: Yes, that is at least 14 juries and just one detractor. I think I know where I would put my money. It says something about “human nature” that so many follow the one detractor’s opinion, or should that be “clerical nature”?

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Well Jim reminds me of a local priest who is full of innuendo and it’s disgusting for a man who has vowed celibacy to relate every conversation straight to sex, he is clearly frustrated

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@8.18am will be like many others today passing negative comments about a man they know nothing about. Typical. Let’s wait and see what other trailer trash views spew out today.

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@8.47am “Let he/she who is without sin cast the first stone”. Please Pray for the soul of this deceased Priest and may he Rest In Peace.

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11.41
Random capitalization and grammar issues. So, Jim S. or Bela Lugosi. The former, probably, since the sentiments are eirenic at least.

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Stephen McBrearty was good friends with Jim and holidayed quite frequently with him maybe he can have an insight into how his friend genuinely was

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Jim was a lovely man, don’t listen to the negatives. When my washing machine broke he told me to bring all the washing round to the presbytery and I did it all there for two month before I could afford another one. RIP Jim

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Sounds as if this man was a right bastard. No doubt damaged by being brought up, trained and living in a culture that did little or nothing to discern his gifts and talents, or indeed his evident lacks of character, but which just pushed him forward in to ministry where he was able to live out in dysfunction all of the failings that he had, often at a heavy cost to those around him. Evidently a deeply unhappy man as well. He’s not alone. How many deeply troubled priests have you ever met, who cover up deep fissures in their personality, character, and behaviour by all sorts of dysfunctional behaviour – alcohol, sexual, abuse, anger, authoritarianism, bullying, nastiness, bitchiness etc. etc ? I know so many. At the root of this is a clerical culture that does little or nothing to help a priest to fulfil his potential. He is shoehorned in to an odd and weird way of living and relating, especially through mandatory celibacy, without much effort to try and help him make sense of that and live it faithfully. What happens if that he very quickly begins to find ways of circumventing it, which leads him in to a parallel and duplicitous life which lacks essential integrity. This damages him and damages those and everything around him. In addition, he lives and works in a clerical culture which is subjected to a medieval, outdated hierarchical system which puts him at the untrammelled influence and autocratic authority of bishops and seniors. No wonder this man was a frustrated, angry and damaged individual. What a waste of a life.

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@9.06am You are repeating your rant again like you did last night at. 11.03pm. It’s clear from yourr toxic troll comments that you never knew big Jim or anything about his life. Crawl back into the sewer where you belong. Chicken liver sh*thouse.

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Sorry @ 11:36, it’s not me from 11:03 at 09:06. Perhaps we have the same view though. Just saying how it is. The vehemence of your post suggests that you are very touchy about people pointing out the dysfunction of the clerical culture and particular clerics. I guess because you know what I’m saying is true, and you simply don’t like being confronted with the truth and reality. I guess you like to live in denial. And lash out when you are confronted with the truth.

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@6:34: There is a trait constantly shown on this blog. Put simply, and bluntly, it’s that of smug clerics constantly referring to other commentators rightly questioning RCC, or other religious issues, as “seminary rejects .” The majority of ex sems are able to comment with much validity: they’ve seen the RCC set up from the inside.
Have you any idea of just how insipidly hackneyed such a term is, or the degree to which using it exemplifies your own inadequacy?
Probably not!

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This Priest
Was an amazing man who spoke the truth
You don’t know him you are going on what one asshole says
You didn’t know him yet you take this as truth.
I have known him all my life and feel lucky to have done so
Father James RIP

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By the way, focussing on Scotland, has there been any developments in the Deacon Christopher Morris case ? Is there any sign that his bishop and his formatters in Oscott have taken any notice of the concerns that have been expressed on this blog ? If I were they, I would go very cautiously and make sure they do all due diligence before they ordain this chap. There will be trouble ahead if they do not do so and are absolutely sure that this man will be a priest who is faithful to what the Church requires of its priests. Mind you, he won’t have many good role models to look up to, I think. Finally, while Morris may think that everybody is being horrible to him at the moment, I think I can assure him that the concerns that have been expressed and the desire for them and him to be seriously considered and examined are very much to his advantage. It would be a disaster, both personally and for the Church, for an unsuitable candidate to be ordained. If he is not deemed suitable, he will be thankful in years to come that he has been spared a life which he is not suited for. He needs to think ahead a decade and think about what life will be like for him.

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The hurt and detraction displayed in the priest’s review of Fr Docherty’s life is evident. I hope after having gotten rid of all that bile, that he feels better.
I don’t think I’ve ever read such a tasteless and unChristian obituary. Shame on you Bishop Pat for allowing it.

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This story today really highlights a continued problem with this blog. You can have a person that is universally liked and respected but all it takes is one or two nasty people to write unsubstantiated comments here in order to cast doubt over a person. It happens time and time again. Everyone laughs and takes joy in the gossip until they see their own name here.

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I hate to speak badly about the Dead and pray for their souls.
Yes Clyde Street spin has acted so fast on the announcement of Jim’s death and of course it is the Master of Ceremonies that has likely put it out rather than comms as father Anthony Gallagher is part of the in crowd of Clyde Street.
They the in crowd of Clyde Street have still to inform the Clergy and laity of the former Dean and Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Father Joseph Murphy who died last Friday and burried on Monday in Cork that has yet to be mentioned but then Father Joseph was a dedicated priest with NO issues.
Pray on this the Feast of Saint Mungo that Glasgow gets a New Archbishop and he clear out the Curia and many of the half million salaried staff (42) and four on huge salaries at Clyde Street.

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Those who should be panicking are those writing spiteful, disrespectful bile to Pat Buckley. Destroying the church from within.

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Pat how do I get a copy of the death cert for Fr Tony Corr. He was a Dromore priest who died suddenly recently. I wrote to Archbishop Martin but got no reply. Seems to be a wall of silence from the Church about this death. As they wont help I turn to you Pat.

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I have continuously asked on ths blog about the cover up that exists with Tonys death and it has fallen on deaf ears. This man has been failed by the church and his peers

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Archbishop Martin is Armagh and not Dromore It is Sede Vacante so you must write to the Diocesan Administrator. If they are not replying then write to the Papal Nuncio. He is Nigerian and has replied to my letters before and to my Christmas card. He seems a nice fellow and has lots of experience.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin is the Apostolic Administrator of Dromore.
So they cannot have both however Archbishop Martin can appoint a delegate but he never has.
It is time Archbishop Martin brought Dromore to a closure or amalgamation as they will not get another Bishop.

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12:57

Good afternoon, Bela. You’re after surfacing, finally out of the scratcher.
Or, maybe you were googling,researching The Council of Trent, while supping.
Can you explain the meaning of bad cess’, Bela. Welcome to our world!

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12:57 & 1:45 & 6:14 & 7:15

Good night, Bella.
Are you putting a curse on comment makers, Bella?

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I didn’t get to my keyboard yesterday and so missed the discussion re TLM. I would like to put in again my “pennyworth”.
“Mass of Ages” is a marketing ploy on a par with “Ploughman’s Lunch”. Both phrases are the product 20th Century salesmanship and have nothing to do with the “Mass” or “ploughmen”.
I asked previously for somebody to tell me why I was unable to use my 1940s’ Missal to follow a recently attended Latin Mass Society event. Surprise, surprise!! Some commentator on this blogg unkindly told me that “I was too old ” to have things explained to me.
My question is genuine. I made use of that Missal from 1947 to 1974 and no matter where I was in the world I could use it to serve at or follow Mass which was always just “Mass”.
Do the TLM supporters think that what they wear and do can add to the Sacrifice made by Christ on Calvary? They are just wasting the time God has alotted to them.
I remember a “beach preacher” confusing me as a child by proclaiming in answer to an assertion from his listeners, “Right is wrong” is what I heard and had to have my dad explain the difference.

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I misread your comment and now will have the twin bizarre marketing gimmicks of a Ploughman’s Mass and Latin Lunch stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
Actually perhaps they’re not that far off.
I really like your analogy.

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The Holy Week was radically changed in the 1950s for no good cause with the secretarial support of Annibale Bugnini. Barring that or a new Feast or Common, I don’t believe you. I normally use a 1925 hand Missal. The differences are slight to non existent for 95% of the year. This has to be contrasted with the repeated changes to the NOM over 50 years. A priest has so many options, a hand Missal is useless. The New Mass could be called the Mass of Atheists for it has had that effect in Europe.

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The most bizarre thing is priests who claim to say the old breviary – they always omit to mention that Pius X ditched the Psalter of Ages for no good reason and the breviary they say dates back to that random change. Shocking.

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Just because one is ‘negative’ does not necessarily mean it is negative it can be classed as being a realist. Bring a realist is actually a positive thing and not negative.

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Pat, I named my dog after Pope Francis and now I’m ashamed of him and pray the dog will learn his new name, Peter

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Hi Bishop Pat. The Priest who sent you this incorrect and bitchy information is well known to us and will be dealt with by the new Archbishop. He is a trouble maker and needs our prayers. Unless his unacceptable behaviour
stops, I will name him on this blog. He hasn’t a good word to say about anyone unfortunately. Hardly a key quality of a Pastor. For the avoidance of doubt, here are a few facts.
1.Fr Jim did not dine out in expensive restaurants. His friends owned a restaurant and he went there infrequently and always paid his way. His bill was never expensive as he did not drink alcohol.
2. He was not full of anger or resentment. Quite the opposite. He was annoyed that so many of his brothers were living double lives and getting away with it and he called it out.
3. He was perfectly comfortable with his sexuality and lived a celibate life style as best as he could. He was no predator and this is a complete lie.
4. He said his prayers and had a great devotion our Our Lady.
5.He rarely attended clergy dinners as most of his friends were lay people.
6. He did not associate with the Latin Mass or with seminarians.
7.He did not live in an adapted grace and favour mansion. He lived in a small and modest home that was adapted over the last few years by Social Services to make life easier for him – as would be the case for any of us.
8. He had no desire to climb the ladder and wasn’t interested in becoming one of the hierarchy in the Archdiocese or beyond.
Fr Jim was a sinner like the rest of us, but he did far more good than bad in his life. He really suffered over the last few years with poor health but remained as positive as possible and continued to support as many people as possible. We should all pray for the repose of his soul, I know that would be his wish.

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10.24: Thank you for this honest appraisal of Fr. Jim’s life which I share. The poster is indeed a very troubled, vinductive soul. He needs much therapy. Isn’t it so unfortunate and so morally and ethically wrong that any malcontent brat can script a letter to Pat, in the knowledge that it will evoke bitchiness, innuendo and lies. It is so repulsive. This good priest is just buried and we think, encouraged by Pat, that it’s ok to thrash his name and integrity in this manner. There is something stinking about this mind set…

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It’s absolutely wrong to publish unsubstantiated, subjective trash against anyone, let alone a priest.

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It was a modest bungalow

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/21+Prestwick+Pl,+Newton+Mearns,+Glasgow+G77+5AY/@55.7735897,-4.3075998,3a,75y,95.64h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBUTOYPHoSB-hzhW5yLimNw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x488847f64df6fb43:0xefa2cc85229798b1!8m2!3d55.7735437!4d-4.3072835

He could not drink due to his illness and medication.

Sadly I do not share your dream that the New Archbishop will address the issues in the Archdioceses of Glasgow.
Bill Nolan has been a damp squib in Galloway and now appointed a PP to a parish that has had none for 10 years but he does not want to upset the in crowd.
John Keenan is weak and compromised.

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The only thing Jim Doherty drank was tea and a big pint of Diet Coke. As far as I am aware he never touched alcohol and was a pioneer.

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It looks like Deacon Chris has his ex lover at it again as why would Father Jim even know Deacon Chris.
Strange.
As for the Grace and Favour home a bungalow, so it is diocesan property and it will return to the portfolio and if no other clergy require it then it will be sold as it is in Newton Mearns and will be in great demand..
Strangely enough Father Jim has never been mentioned as part of the Daisy Chain however others in the script are.

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Well. I think an own goal has been scored here on this post. I prefer to take the words of the parishioners who have praised “big Jim”. The so called anonymous priest should be named and shamed. Let big Jim rest in peace. There are no known criminal convictions against big Jim
Garngad Lad

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Maybe you could spell alter correctly 11.34am before we take any false claim you have as serious. Lying toad.

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@ 12:13
Shammy, what do you mean by ‘he needs to see a physician alright’ ? Are you, by any chance, reflecting the Magdalene mentality in your comment? If the commenter is telling
a porky he needs to repent.

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12:41, how do they get the fig into the fig rolls?
Anonymy boy 2:29, the Magdalene mentality is all in your head. 11:26 can take guidance from you if you are confident you can guide wayward sheep on the right path.
Pax.

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5:32 takes the biscuit! Shamser, the Magdalene mentality is reflected in your comments.
If 11:26 is a wayward sheep he doesn’t need a physician.You don’t seem confident
in guiding wayward sheep on the right path from your remarks at 12:13 pm.

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7:46, my God! A funnel within a funnel and an oven longer than a bowling alley! 🎳 The fig rolls won’t last long when the teas and coffee are served on Sunday morning post pandemic times. That’s the way the cookies crumbles!

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I agree with those who know the letter writer that he should be named and shamed. His horriblrness is so disdainful, inapprooeiate and full of bitterness. Lies. Lies. Lies. Name the author of this nasty letter.

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‘If a man knows precisely what he can do to you or what epithet he can hurl against you in order to make you lose your temper, your equilibrium, then he can always keep you under subjection.’
Howard Thurma.
The above quote sums up the regime of Hughie Connolly and Michael Mullaney.

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I wish I’d been rejected in seminary. I wouldn’t have had children shouting ‘Paedophile!’ at me in the streets.

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Speak with Fr Conor McGrath, someone the same age as you can offer the best relative advice, Eugene would put anyone off the vocation and is only in the game for a dame hood

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You sound as if you were intimidated by James , he obviously knew you for what you were , an abhorrent weasel.
Your jealousy of him shines bright, he was loved by the ordinary people , with whom he could relate to , as you could never do.
Clergy like yourself were wary of him as he was your intellectual superior, and called out fools such as you with regularity.
He never forgot his roots , Donegal, or the importance of family, unlike your drab self .
His family and friends i am told are seeking legal advice re your slander. No doubt you will meet several of them in due course.

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Yes I have some decent advice.
1. The comments on this blog are an accurate reflection of clerical culture. I would advise reading them and reflecting on whether you really want to join this culture.
2. Don’t do it.
3. Talk to Pat – actually his advice not to do it is as good as you’ll get.
4. You will be in the unenviable position of being older and having some sensible ideas based on your experience of work etc up to now. This will be perceived as being rigid and not formable.
5. If you persist with this and are accepted stock up on cheap undies because they’ll be stolen.

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I slept with a black Nigerian man on holiday in Canary Islands and got hiv. It only takes one time, knowing your status is vital, U=U.

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I slept with a white Irish post man and got hiv. Race, nationality nor occupation are not discriminated against by this illness but I agree knowing your status is the single most important thing to leading a normal healthy long life

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The priest tells us that Jim walked about with a bag of messages and was laughed at because he looked like a big Lassie.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything as horrible or hurtful. His poor family. Imagine reading that about your dead brother ?

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12.12; 12.40; 12.46; 12.47; 12.48 and so far 12.52 is the same commenter. I really think its time people copped on o this blog, its the same everyday. Take note.

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@1.09pm Totally in agreement. This Maynooth stalker peddles new lies on a weekly basis. Those who have joined the blog in recent times don’t realise his pathetic antics.

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For all who are interested in the late Father Jim Doherty here is a snippet of the 249 Comments – not one bad comment made against him. Please take time to read the glowing comments.
Archdiocese of Glasgow
R.I.P. Father Jim Doherty.
249 Comments
Frances Harkin
Rest in peace Fr James condolences to Rose Anna Ellen Peggy and Bridie x
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Brian McGuire
RIP Father Jim. You were a great man with a great sense of humour. My gran always looked forward to your visits when she couldn’t get down to Our Lady & St Marks. Deepest condolences to all your family and friends.
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Blanche Bond
RIP Father Doherty
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Kathleen Clerkin
Will be sorely missed RIP Father Doherty
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Mary Black
Rip Fr James
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Betty McGlinchey
RIP
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Frances Mccartney
RIP 🙏
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Bridie Byrne
That’s Very Sad News he was a beautiful Priest & also a lovely person he was at my Cousins Wedding years ago & he kept us going the whole day with his great Sense of Humour, he will be Sorely Missed. May he Rest in Peace. 🙏🙏🙏.
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Maurice Mc Fadden
R.I.P.
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Patty Buchanan
RIP 🙏
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Maura Cullen
Rest in peace Father James used to visit our Chapel in Carrigart Donegal I think his parents came from here Ar dheis De go raibh a anam 🙏🙏
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Lorraine Gallagher
Aww he was a lovely priest knew him from st Laurence’s in drumcgapel RIP
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Bridie McHugh
Rest in Peace Fr James
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Ann Mcdonald
Hi Stephen don’t remember him he was very good friend to my friend in st Vincent she used to make him food 🥘 X what year was he Their? X
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Ann Mcdonald
In St Roberts x
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Donald Raffan
Miss you big jim
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Rosalind Mackay
RIP
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Euan McLeod
I am sad beyond belief to hear this news.
Father D gave me untold support, guidance, a better understanding of some of the issues the Catholic Church faced and real backing in my role standing up and speaking for and representing my constituents and v… See more
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Anthony C. Ukaegbu
Rip fr
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Elizabeth Fullerton
RIP Fr James 🙏🙏🙏
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SK Parish
🙏🙏🙏
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Agnes Bennett
amen 🙏 🙏 🙏
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Patrick Trainer
RIP Father Doc, great guy and great singer 💚
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Caine Shaw
James was a great friend to my parents and family for many years. The first question when he arrived was to find out if any baking had been done, always listening and offering great guidance, an unforgettable smile from a truly caring and kindest of s… See more

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These people knew him from a “professional” perspective and were no doubt grateful for his ministry. There was – as with us all – a private, personal and complex side which the original post has captured – at least in part

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A private side should remain silent and not be broadcast by a nameless, spineless, cowardly priest and published by a schismatic, rogue and gossiping “bishop”.

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Not true. I no longer write for CT or support their work, but the vast majority of our work was reported priests, bishops etc who taught error. Heresy. I was never involved in any campaign exposing the private life of individuals. That was before my time.

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1.05: In what way has the priest disappointed the entire flock? Anyine can make a sweeping statement like this.

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Petrus
Well said this Priest you refer to as “nameless, spineless, cowardly priest” and a “schismatic, rogue and gossiping”
However the Archbishop has passed await it is his years mind at 7pm.
The only people with access to Private details is the Archbishop and the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor however at the present time the Administrator will have full access but I do not think Monsignor Bradley would sink so low.
This “priest” uses encrypted email addresses and therefore it is difficult to pin point him but surely Bishop Buckley must have a real email address and contact number for him.
They do not think the writer is a Priest they think it is someone rejected by a Bishop for seminary and an ex lover and within the Glasgow Metropolitan area.

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Oul Gossip Alert @5:57pm

It’s The Oul Gossip Nettie thinking she’s Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. She’s dismissed Hattie Jacques as a suspect but wont rest until she gets access to the encrypted email address. of the mystery priest.,she’ll be contacting Patsy to see if he will spill the beans. Whats she like?

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8.42 – well noted about petrus and his change of heart! Years of shaming and destruction of characters and names with the wicked witch and CTS – this is sheer hypocrisy – and no doubt hiding again behind “my confessor!”

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There was no “destruction of characters”. Get a grip! We challenged heresy which is our duty.

Now, there’s been no “change of heart”. There was a parting of ways.

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True self-reflection means that no matter who we are there are people who like us and people who avoid us. None of us can be everything to everyone.

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12:40. I hope you were being sarcastic when you said to speak to Eugene O’Neill. Why would anyone in their right mind want advice on being a priest from this man given that “they” made him do another year in the seminary as “they” doubted his calling. O’Neill is certainly not the man to speak to unless you just want to practice clericalism

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He walks in solidarity with us at the pride march and welcomes us to St Patricks parish church which coincidentally is just of the queer quarter in Belfast.

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It’s not what you know it’s who you know, Treanor protects very few priests but Rory Sheehan, Paddy McCafferty, Brian Watters and Colm McBride are a few of the ones who he lets get away with murder

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Are these all members of daisy chain? I know of two that are gay, two are alcoholics, two love the money but can’t seem to connect much more

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If you know all of those things you should be keeping it quiet, lest you commit the sins of detraction and/or calumny.

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Why is that? As you know I have an interest. I do not want to be fooled either.

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Rory is too old to be having bfs, away on you gossip and target someone else, he is too focused on god and the gym and marks&spencers to care for boyfriends

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2.08
Historical Chronology is important for such an assertion 😂😂😂. I remember, it was 1994 in the Post Grad kitchen ( I think that’s what it was called) in the Irish College Rome , in the hearing of Niall Coll, Donal K was visiting ; in conversation I expressed the view that in Irish Church matters the Media were the only conscience the Irish bishops ever had: “ Oh Bill, you’ve changed” he said , quite alarmed. I told him I hadn’t….I was just coming to realisation. The RCC is a club; global; omertà or else !!!!!

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If Rome gave a damn about Ireland, the likes of Niall Coll, Paddy Connolly, Eugene Sweeney, Eamonn Conway and Pat Crean Lynch ( and Joe Murphy would be forced to take it) would be bishops… their brains and critical faculties are too large… their “ compliance can’t be relied on….. Not since the late 1970s has a creative mind got the dunces hat in the Roman Church.

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Bill, fourvof the priests you nominate for bishoprics are desk priests, who’ve never served in a parish.

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The phenomenal philosopher Pei Wei Shi once said “man reputation will be made on living but man reputation when die belong to people left’’

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2.33: The Chinese philosopher, Whai Shi Tsong, said, “No evil of dead speak; bees will sting you to death.” Speaking ill of the dead is disreputable and ugly. Karma can harm you.

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4.48: Marcelo, brilliant…😂🤣😃😁😂😋🤣😊….let the bees loose on the band of nasty people who visit frequently…🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🕷🕷🕷🐝🐝🐝….

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4.48

“Can” I am glad you used. Bees do not sting to death, they intend something entirely different. Human beings,,,,well thats another scenario …..

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I noticed that the Daily Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley tweeted glowingly about Fr Doherty. Cannot imagine where they crossed.

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McBrearty got the dreaded call from O’Hagan about the pictures of him in the Yumbo centre, would love to have been a fly on either wall to see how that went down

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A number of our clergy are duplicitous Jekyll & Hyde characters, sadly the Church seems to attract these dysfunctional types who along with their inner circle sheep go on to develop into devious demonisers of parishioners outside of their deep pocketed ring.

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Please pray for the repose of the soul
of Archbishop Tartaglia whose anniversary is today on this Feast
of St Mungo. Emeritus Archbishop Conti will celebrate the first anniversary Mass at 7pm this evening in the Cathedral which will also be streamed live. Google St Andrew’s
Cathedral Glasgow for the website to find the link. The Nuncio will be present and is likely to announce tonight or in the coming days that a successor has been selected by the Holy Father. I sincerely hope so anyway. Let Glasgow Flourish!

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Fr Glasgow.
I do not think you are a Glasgow Priest or you would have the link to the Metropolitan Cathedral.
https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-andrews-cathedral/
It was suppose to be Monsignor Hugh Bradley that was concelebrating the Mass then it was to be Philips Brother Gerard so now you say it is Emeritus Mario.
They will not announce Philip’s successor tonight they are not that ruthless however it maybe tomorrow at 11am who knows only the papal Nuncio and the unlucky Bishop to get a see of thorns.

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Bishop Bling is furious that D&C priests are constantly misbehaving and featuring on this blog and he wants to get to the bottom of who the County Antrim toilet loving priest is

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I have met Eugene O Neill. I can’t understand his depiction on this blog. I would not have much in common with him but I thought him a decent skin. There is no accounting for perceptions. None.

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5.38
Omerta I am sure. Mind you I can remember every word of the conversation. Fr. Connolly returned from a meal with Francis Campbell, we were dining at a very fashionable Roman restaurant. I said ‘ a decent skin’…..I can explicate. Like most of his ilk; you never really meet a priest. All very disguised. Dear Bishop Treanor, have you been in Florence recently ?

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5.38

I have taken an interest in this individual because of your comment. Not a place id like to be myself !

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5.28
I take my measure in this shark pool.
I sipped Fosters once. More to your palate than mine. I am more Trappist myself. A decent beer !

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7.51

Lol….Lol….Lol……ghastly indeed !!!!!! If weird delineates me from you…….festine without lente!!!!!

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8.19

Any man who says he has not ‘ thought’ of another man is a liar. As I blogged a few days ago, Kinsey has never been surpassed. The men most comfortable in their own skin that I have met; always very fluid: never met a priest of that type.

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5.28
I am finding the contributions tiresome and pedantic. Apologies if you find that objectionable. Maybe I am outgrowing this place …..I am very grateful I won’t expire as one !!!!!!

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Was he indeed. Well where the hell did he go cos he wasn’t on the sanctuary at Philip’s mass.
Whatsmore Marion said the installation of a new AB would be ‘later this year’. So sorry sir but you’ve been talking bullshit !!

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Fr Jim’s reflection to the Scottish Parliament in 2005.
I thought that I would begin with a bit of my own ecclesiastical DNA. It contains a bit of everything under the banner “Smile, you’re in Carmyle”—I am the parish priest there. Contemporary Catholic doctrine tells me that I am a minister of the gospel of Christ to all people. Vatican II tells priests to spend ourselves in pastoral work. Well, I am not spent yet, having worked in parishes for 26 years, in hospitals, homes, schools and a drug rehab. I have survived leukaemia and I am now dealing with heart failure and sharing the joys and sorrows of people who have been hurt by the insults of experience. The words of the song “Both Sides Now” come to mind.
In this magnificent building, at this moment of energy for Scotland in our lifetime, it seems absolutely timely—the way forward—for all of us to see the priority of it all. It seems to me that this place is not about maximising the national product or state power, but about transforming attitudes and making our common humanity prevail over all other considerations.
The work of the Parliament in promoting equal opportunities and inclusion and in ending discrimination in all its ugly forms rings well with, for example, the New Zealand Catholic bishops, who say also that it is a matter of justice for someone in any relationship to leave what they want to their partner. Having a morality and moralising are two different things. My church has been trying to get its own house in order since it began. John Paul II used the image of a glasshouse for its accountability.
Both politics and religion get a bad press, even if they seem to be a standard fitting in human societies. Falling numbers in the pews or at the ballot box may indicate disillusion. However, everyone can make a difference, like Rosa Parks or the people in Carmyle who, in the course of an evening and morning last weekend, raised £1,200 for a children’s project in the forgotten Congo.
Benedict XVI has coined the phrase “positive secularism” to try to end the feuding between religious and secular extremes. Dissenting voices at a recent synod show that we are a broad church with new elements and movements and not, as you might think, reduced simply to the touch of purple, red or white.
All metaphors take you so far, but I have been attracted to Christ’s image of the plough opening up and drawing a furrow, never looking back, just believing that the soil will open to the seed and that in God’s own time there will be a harvest and granaries. A friend of mine at a lecture in Edinburgh wanted to ask the question, “Where is the optimism today?” You and all of us are part of the answer. This is both the pride and poetry of Scotland symbolised by this and all other resources trying to make our country truly diverse and multicultural.
I end with this lovely line from the Apocalypse:
“Behold, I make all things new.”

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Obituary for Fr Kevin McNamara, Kerry & Clare – written by former Clare Champion Newspaper journalist, Tony Mulvey, who is related to both Fr Tom Ryan PP, Ennis & Fr Brendan Quinlivan, PP, Tulla. P17 – The Clare Echo Newspaper this week.

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I think one is naive to believe clergy read this blog never mind comment, sure most of the comments are bitchy and clergy men would not write such bad things about each other

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7:34
Interesting question and very telling (as well as pompous, indeed parsonical) answer from 7:47.
If you go on to an internet forum about, say, DIY, you will find everyone there is into DIY or at least thinking of doing a project. You can tell their level of expertise and involvement from the way they talk about it.
On here you do get a number of lay people expressing different levels of involvement in church and religion and you can tell their involvement from how they talk. However the vast majority of comments on here can best be characterized as clergy gossip and I think the source for them is very obvious.
If you were to ask me if I’m a plumber I would say no but the deafening silence or hissy fit you get when asking here if someone is a priest is all part of the don’t-talk-about-it clerical culture. Oh – I have been told by several priests that they all read the blog and gossip about things said on here.
So basically you can tell priests by the way they talk like priests – for example Bella isn’t a priest.
Today I would estimate the proportion to be about 60 to 70% clergy. Other days you can tell the blog is being used to settle scores between priests.
In fact what makes this blog the wild frontier of religion blogs is the (almost) uncensored spilling out of clergy conversation.

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8.38

You’re right that there are some here who use clerical-type language, but that’s because they are ex-sems (mostly deranged). Priests read the blog, but few priests comment. A few priests who used to in the past have stopped because of the deranged abuse they got, especially from someone who used to comment frequently here and who drove many people away, both priests and lay people.

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8.38: You have absolutely no proper analysis or data to make the conclusions you make. I contend that the majority of commenters are ex seminarians and priests. There are some disgruntled clerics using the blog to spew out their dissatisfaction with the church, priesthood and colleagues. There are others who simply despise all things Catholic. It’s a blog for the nastier side of humanity. It’s putrid and poisonous at times, bringing out the truly bad side of people. Many on the blog are in need of therapy.

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No he is not gay. He walks with us in solidarity at pride like a proud parent or sibling would support us. He is not afraid to have his body draped in the rainbow flag but immature people can speculate all they want about him but we who know him personally know what the craic is.

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7.36: Are you gay? Probably. What a stupid question to ask abiut anyone on a blog. Go and ask him yourself, you nosey perve.

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Everyone is on the gay spectrum – deny all you wish I regularly use gay men just to get off and consider myself straight – if there was a female handy I would always use them for gratification

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Eugene and Tony have put their differences aside, Tony does not ask where Eugene is going late at night and Eugene stops complaining about the state Tony leaves the presbytery in.

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Well if Mulvihill confirms he and Rory had a thing I think that is my fantasy for the rest of my days! What a couple they would make

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8.24

My type is hard to reach. Rory would not make the first stage……or any stage. Sad that you are in that sphere …….swim.

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Pat you should apply for it and do them for age discrimination if they turn you down. Actually what I most notice is how similar to Pat’s blog the website looks!

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Maybe Monsignor Ledwith’s new crew, Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, is also looking for a communications director?

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Cahir O Higgins and myself ( both set upon by…………) perused a set of documents. The thinking of the parties was………….. In time I may release them to a Blog…….all of them. The Israeli flag was iconic……Don’t go into Israel Eamonn Martin. And that meeting we had…..I recorded !!!!!

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The Knights Of Columbanus. Knights of the Holy Sepulchre ( Paul Taylor, Tim Bartlett and Fergal Mc Grady….all Knight Commanders without a mitre……?????). The stench from their pursuits……. Garret Fitzgerald addresses it in his auto biography…..the only one on the island I am aware of who did so……

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https://apnews.com/article/europe-religion-poland-sexual-abuse-by-clergy-60bdb1493e36473402f570327744d644

Polish diocese apologizes for asking if abuse victim is gay
By VANESSA GERA
today

”WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Poland apologized on Thursday for having asked a court to determine whether a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest is gay, and whether the sexual contact may have consequently been pleasurable for him.”

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Knew Father Doherty well as a priest and laterally as a friend. He didn’t fit into the cold distant socially awkward mold of many priests. His heart was huge, had great intelligence and humour (who said mass should be solemn) and he served and looked after the people in his parishes no matter who you were. When my mum was ill at home for 2 years, he asked us for NOTHING. Instead he visited every week and gave her the sacraments when the local parish priest didn’t and wouldn’t sadly. He longed to stay in the ministry and his visits helped him do that. So your grudge/bitter stance is beyond off. Eternal Rest Father D. You are much missed.

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I have just watched the nine o clock news on RTE. What happened in Tullamore is horrendous and a blight on our society. A great person by all accounts. Some time ago a person of Black skin was shot dead in the front garden of his home by a Garda. Drew Harris is a good man, who has appeared this evening on the news.The reporting of these seperate events is to be observed. The coverage is not of equilibrium . Trocaire is forever asking our help. Twenty four million people are facing starvation…..they are neither white nor christian…..so who cares ? Media….Churches…..Governments………We are not in life together. The dynamic that mowed down that Black Skinned man in his front garden……the murderer who wiped out an innocent life in Tullamore…….make no mistake about it……human beings are quite horrible…….but entirely triple in how their heartstrings are played. ThE Gardai never turned a stone unless they wanted to……Du Plantier!!!!! And there He did use a stone to destroy her face…… May God take onto himself the lovely life taken so brutally by another,,,,and nothing can take away the pain.

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Dear Father Eugene O Neill,
As Archbishop E. Martin might put it; I have your file open in front of me on the desk; it is expanding. I am interested in your life and pursuits: its not benevolent. Bill Mulvihill

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The best thing on here ever was when a priest told Magna Carta he would say Mass for him and MC told him what he could do with it.

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I am hoping and praying before the day ends that the priest who wrote the horrible attacking obituary on Fr. Jim will do the honourable thing and apologise to his family and colleagues. It was the most ignorant contribution on this blog for quite some time. All lies. I hope the cowardly, unchristian and odious “Fr.” will act Christ-like and beg God’s forgiveness. I can’t imagine him being a pleasant working colleague. He must have had scores to settle with his enemy, now dead. Fr. – cop on to your horrible self.

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Pat, with all intended respect this type of blog and disgraceful contribution by your insider “priest” do nothing for you. There are legitimate and serious concerns to be addressed through the dioceses of central Scotland, but this stuff only serves to de-legitimise them.
Whoever your insider is, he’s one of a number of priests clearly failing their people, care only for their own empty positions within the church and, frankly, should be removed with immediate effect. They clearly draw issue with those – named in previous blogs – who do well by and nurture their communities in Christ.
May the faithful in the parishes of these “priests” find refuge with our true shepherds, avoid these poisoned souls and starve them of the attention and cash they crave.

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Pat, please consider removing this post. Fr Jim’s family have not yet buried him and the idea that they might see this is sickening. Allow them to mourn before the mudslinging starts.

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This article is a lie, written by a jealous person because Father James was pretty much the most popular priest the Catholic Church could ever have. As you can see by the thousands of comment tributes left by various Facebook groups by genuine ‘sheep’ as you can read, the people aren’t wrong. He was a wonderful man who liked to pave the way and bring laughter to an almost silent room. Please read all the thousands of comments online rather than post your revengeful comments.

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What an appalling blog apparently from a man of the cloth !!!
My father was a school friend of father Jim . Jim christened my brother, he married my wife and I and christened our children. Moore over, Jim helped us through the loss and devastation of loosing our dear still born son Luke . Arriving at the hospital when we were in despair, my wife a devout Catholic which i am not. Never once did Father Jim judge me ! He did on occasion say “the boss will sort u out” he never withheld his wisdom. He was inclusive, happy & welcoming of all creeds and religions to his Church . As for his grace and favour, his house was a wreck and with the good grace & determination of his many loyal friends, it was made fit for Jim and far more fitting for someone who had served the Church and several communities for years, than a run down room in Nazareth house. Yes he had an opinion on the hierarchal structure of the Church and commented when he thought things were unjust, this might have upset the senior clergy but he answered to God. If we are discussing grace and favour , why do you not bring up the million pound house in Newlands funded by the Church?? This thread was put up by a sad lonely hateful individual that I am struggling to believe is a man of God! I see someone who is not fit to be uttered in the same breathe as Father Jim Docherty who will be a huge loss to many and missed by us all. May God rest his soul.

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What an appalling blog apparently from a man of the cloth!
My father was a school friend of Father Jim. Jim Christened my brother, married my wife and I and Christened our Children. More over, Jim helped us through the loss and devastation of loosing our still born son Luke. Arriving at the hospital when we were in despair and comforting us in a way we will both never forget. My wife is a devout Catholic and I am not. Never once did he judge me, only on occasion saying ‘the big boss will sort you out’, he never withheld his wisdom. He was inclusive, happy and welcoming of all creeds and religions to his Church. As for his grace and favour, his house was a wreck and with the help of his many loyal and caring friends, it was made fit for Jim and far more fitting for someone who had served the Church and several communities for years , than a run down room in Nazareth house. Yes he had an opinion on the hierarchal structure of the Church and commented when he thought things were unjust, this might have upset the senior clergy but he answered to God. If we are discussing grace and favour, why do you not bring up the million pound house in Newlands funded by parishioners???? This thread has been put up by a sad lonely hateful individual that I am struggling to believe is a man of God!! I see someone who is not fit to be uttered in the same breathe as Father Jim Docherty who will be a huge loss to many and missed by us all. May God rest his soul.

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Well said Jay Kinney. We first met big Fr Jim when dad was dying. He was a light in the cancer darkness. For the next 25 years, a trusted family friend, always there. Visited mum often, visited hundreds with help, consolations, laughter. Perfect, No. Vocal, oh yes. Popular, who cares, he said it like it is and that did not go down well with hi & mighty. Our prayer, may God forgive him his sins and welcome him. Funeral Tuesday 18 January. RIP Fr Jim.

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You couldn’t be that caring. His funeral ain’t Tuesday. It’s next Saturday!
You couldn’t have been that “close”
Another walloper!

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All you good Christians, slandering a man who’s not even buried yet.
A man who has a family.
A man who was someone’s son, brother, Uncle and friend.
You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
My mum always says, if you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing at all.
This article is disgusting, and should never be allowed to be posted.
Keyboard gangsters at their finest.
Pretending to do your bit by spreading vicious lies?
If there was any truth in these awful stories, then why wait til the man is dead and buried?
So he can not defend himself?
If you are all the good upstanding members of the community that you are pretending to be, then why “allow” these things to happen? Why not act sooner?
I suspect thats because, as anyone who knew James would say, it would be proven to be nothing but jelousy and lies.

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4:49pm what a negative individual you are tiny Tim. I never claimed to be close as you claim. Day of funeral an honest error, so what? You jumped on this to make wild false accusations, in line with the tone of many on here. Today is the first and last day I shall visit this site, people like tiny Tim, trying to win brownie points by accusing – seems there are few if any on here living what we as catholics are trying to live. Fr Jim a decent man, a decent priest, may be rest in peace, folk like tiny Tim could do better by learning from Fr Jim. Sort yer heid; Goodbye.

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It’s fascinating watching the comments unfold regarding the priests account of Jim Doherty.It’s confirmation that people are blind, stupid and sheepish .That they only see what they want to see and are so far removed from themselves and self deceived that they can only recognise the self same deceit in others.The poor priest who wrote this post knew Jim extremely well and has been nullified by well meaning idiots who want to do exactly what the church continues to do on a daily basis.That is, deny the truth, protect abusers and God help anyone who dares to speak the truth.It’s reinforced for me that the Catholic tradition of ‘ you must never say anything ill of a priest still prevails.That the clergy and the laity alike still band together to cover up the truth about certain clerics and that they are excellent at ‘ dummying up’ when it comes to taking responsibility for their clergies actions .Unfortunately, the post was spot on and very real and a hundred per cent true.You see, a con man doesn’t turn up saying I am a con man, watch out ,you may get hurt.A con man turns up bearing gifts, smiling,telling jokes and winning your trust .Then once he has conned you, he deceives you.Sad to say many people in the archdiocese knew the con man and were incapable of seeing through the con.Either through naivety or stupidity.While others had the misfortune of being privy to the actual person who is described in this post.Sadly, it’s too late to do anything about the abuse that certain people experienced at the hands of Jim Doherty .But it’s fascinating now to watch the laity faithful to the bitter end not as much as questioning what has been written.It’s sad mainly because of the nature of abuse.You are abused.You find the courage to open up about it and the abuse is confounded by people denying the reality of it.Unfortunately, the victims are left to sort the whole damn mess out themselves.Because most people can’t face the truth about themselves or others.

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Please stop giving us the poor family business. It’s a well known fact in clergy circles and among sections of laity ‘in the know’ that some of Jim’s siblings and their families couldn’t stand Jim and hadn’t spoken for years.

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Funnily enough, people like you Mary are quick to call out “con man” “abuser”
You say you are abused, then abused for speaking up – but why have these people waited until now to “stand up” to Father Jim?
I suspect it is because he is no longer here to defend himself, or clear his name?
No doubt you and the other abusers (yes, you are just as guilty as you abuse through your nasty words) on this post will rear your ugly heads when other priests pass away.
Maybe instead of hiding behind your keyboard, do something about “it” while its going on?
Or would that require evidence?
Would you be proven wrong?
As for you Rod, you don’t know much about the family, or you would know that the family, with a small exception, where all very close to Jim.
Families have their ups and downs (not that anyone should be posting them online for all to see) but I can assure you, your information is VERY out of date.
I cant believe that in this day and age, in a world where we are all told to “be kind” and where we really do know better, that “adults” on here are spreading and feeding into such vile and nasty posts.
I pray to God the family don’t see this.
James is at peace now – you are only hurting those left behind.

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Lies,lies and more lies.The reason people don’t speak out is endorsed by the ignorance of people like you who wouldn’t know where to begin to deal with the problem.The reason people don’t confront the people involved is precisely because people like you want to believe that clerics are squeaky clean when the evidence is stacked against them .And you may just find in the near future that there will be more about said priest to come out.You are talking out of ignorance.I and Bishop Buckley and many others are speaking the TRUTH….When I read Bishop Buckleys post I almost cried because I thought “ finally justice has been served” .you DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOURE TALKING ABOUT .And should seek the truth and it’ll set you free.You want to believe the lie because you’re brain washed along with millions of others.The first sign of brain washing is when you tell the truth to victims, they vehemently deny the truth and stuck with what they’ve been brain washed to believe.And just to conclude , I have prayed for Jim Doherty for thirty years,encouraged him to lead his own life many times ,be honest about himself and set himself free.But he was incapable of doing so because he was a raging food addict, people pleaser,depressive and pathetic man.He was actually a poor soul and I for one will pray for him until I pass because I knew the whole person .Not the facade he portrayed to the outside world in order to feel accepted to the outside world.And sadder than that,to idiots like you you had you been up close and personal would have seen the pain that the man endured behind the scenes because he was frightened to be himself through fear of rejection. So don’t ever assume you’re right because you’re a hundred per cent wrong

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Both contributors at the top of this blog are correct. Big Jim was all of these things. I will wait until after his funeral then I will comment further

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Mary, from the sounds of it you see yourself as a good catholic.
This is laughable.
You have no morals, no decency, no insight into your own character.
You sound to me like a vile, 2 faced creature.
So you spoke to Father Jim, you “encouraged” him to be a “better” man. Yet you cant wait to tear him apart now he is gone.
You’re post sound like you are referring to his sexuality, which quite frankly was no ones business but his own (maybe you are homophobic)
The earlier posts had some very serious allegations that you appear to be endorsing?
I could not live with myself if I thought someone was doing any of these things he was accused of and I took no action.
You accuse me of not knowing how to deal with the problem – yet you have sat on what you believe is information, and done nothing until now – when quite frankly it is too late?
Believe it or not, for me this has nothing to do with religion.
I couldnt care less if your a priest, the pope, the Imam or an atheist.
Its about morals – which you seem to be lacking.
If you are as upstanding and strong minded as your rant would have us believe, you would have done more, had you had the evidence.
As i have said before – this man is dead, gone, none the wiser… but he leaves behind a family, friends and colleagues.
You are only hurting them.
How would you feel if you knew when you go, people will torrment your loved ones and make their life a misery while they are trying to grieve?
Why punish them?
I suggest if you have any more scathing information on anyone, you act while they are alive, and follow the correct channels, rather than waiting til the accused have gone, and more “victims” have acumulated

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I am so glad you have all shown your true colours .It serves you prove again that the church is riddled with hypocrisy, cares nothing for the individual and doesn’t know truth from falsehood.It’s actually rreinfirces the facts.That the laity faithful are brain washed.If people don’t wear a collar,you hang them out ti dry when they do wrong but when it’s a priest it’s accepted and covered up.Thankfully,I don’t care what any of the comments say or am impressed by the show of solidarity to people that if the boot was on the other foot would disown you.Ehat a stupid thick lot you all are.

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You can all comment on my comments til the cows come home.Facts are facts and if you’re armed with the facts …it doesn’t matter what anybody thinks.I’m signing off of the tribute page now because I’ve just witnessed once again the stupidity, loyalty and brainwashing that is still apparent.Most of you are deluded,And the rest stupid .Facts can’t be changed .Wakey wakey it’s the 22 century .We can speak honestly about a priest niw without going to hell.And just for the cards…In a vision not that long ago ,Our Lady cried because hell is full of priests.We don’t need an enemy.We are the enemy and the problem lies in peoples gullibility and lack of self knowledge

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The problem lies in cowards, who claim to know it all, but do nothing about it while the accused are alive.
I am not disputing there are some very bad priests out there.
I am simply saying that if you have hard evidence then do something about it. Do not wait til they are dead and pile all the accusations on a website where you are hurting the loved ones left behind.
That makes you just as bad, and just as guilty.

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And your comments are anonymous…You’re deluded.Have you ever stood up to the establishment? You don’t know what you’re talking about.You haven’t a clue .It precisely because of people like you who are so small minded and so intent on being right without the full story.And in support of a dysfunctional .The answer for me in all of this now is pick you’re group .Share with like minded people and people who live in the truth .And if necessary walk away .There is only One loving authority and it isn’t me, you or the abusers and users .It’s a loving God.How can you stand up to a duplicitous organisation who hide the facts, and don’t even know themselves which way is up.The problem is that the cancer is at the core.I have better things to do with my life than be embroiled in the mess of the Catholic Church.I gave it 49 years.That was plenty

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I knew him very well liked him e was a very clever man,and staunch man of the church, but at times hard to understand, r.I.p. james

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