The above painting was painted for MARK KIRBY of Silverstream by his long time artist friend TERRY NELSON.
Terry Nelson is also the author of blogs called Abbey Roads and Up Your Street.
He has done a second painting of St Sebastian which, to my mind is more homoerotic.
I am not a prude and I personally have no objection to erotic art. But it should be on display sensitively. David Hockney is such an artist. Terry Nelson is a good artist.
But not in MONASTRIES.
OTHER NELSON PAINTINGS
A Meath priest has told me that Mark Kirby wanted to hang the first St Sebastian in Silverstream Monastery but was persuaded not to by the whistle blower, Dom Benedict Andersen.
Apparently, Dom Andersen told Mark Kirby that the painting was “inappropriate”.
Terry Nelson blogged recently celebrating the fact that the Gardai and Charity Commissioners were not taking any action against Kirby.
Kirby himself is writing to international friends claiming “total exoneration”.
This is not accurate.
Fr Benedict never accused Kirby of sexual assault.
He accused him of sexual harassment and grooming.
What is a fact is that Kirby has a long standing and international reputation for homoerotic behaviour.
Such a man is absolutely unsuitable to be living in a monastery with young men aged 20 to 35.
To Tom Deenihan’s great shame, he is leaving Kirby in situ and perpetuating this grave scandal.
It will all end very badly.
THE GLENSTAL MONASTERY PICTURES
FROM OUR RESIDENT ARTIST