A VICAR GENERAL.
TELLING THE PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE NOT TO PRAY FOR A BISHOP WHO HAS SUDDENLY GONE ABSENT !!!
The Bishop, Martin Hayes had circulated the priests saying he was taking a leave of absence “on medical advice”.
Some of the priests MADE THE MISTAKE of praying for their bishop at Mass.
And the diocesan authorities were enraged!
Priests are bound to pray for the bishop at Mass.
Priests always pray for the sick at Mass.
But they do are not allowed to pray out loud for their sick bishop ???
Of course we are all entitled to medical privacy. It’s Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention
Mind you, Judge Horner ignored that right when he made my illness public in a Belfast Court room.
So we do not need to know about the bishop’s diagnosis or treatment.
But an Irish Catholic bishop is about as public as a person can be.
The priests and laity are entitled to know their bishop is unwell and on leave.
By not saying the bishop is sick it has given rise to widespread speculation.
Is it an ingrown toenail? Is it a heart attack? Is it a mental breakdown? cancer ? syphilis?
This is all part of the RCC’s modus operandi – secrecy, lies, cover up, lack of transparency.
Going on leave when you have been a bishop of a place for only a year is suspicious.
People are, understandably wondering if a scandal is being covered up.
AND LIAM KELLY
The days are gone when clerics can bind Irish people to silence and secrecy !!!