The photo below has appeared on the Silverstream website.

The caption below says;

“The photograph above shows our community present here at this time”.

As Kirby is NOT in the photograph are they telling us that Kirby is not in Silverstream?

Or is it simply slight of hand?

And is Kirby simply lying low inside the monastery?

Kirby should not be in the monastery. If he remains there it totally undermines the future of the monastery.


THE leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has said claims made directly to him about alleged child abuser Raymond Gallagher were later passed on to the PSNI.

Archbishop Eamon Martin, who is also a former pupil at the prestigious college, served as its president between 2000 – 2008.

Eamon Martin needs to answer three questions on this matter:

1. When did he first become aware of Raymond Gallagher’s abuse?

2. Was he aware of it as a student.

3. After first hearing about the abuse, how long did it take him to pass the information to the PSNI – hours, days, weeks, months or years?

It took his predecessor Brady 30 years to own up.



Mary, Our Lady of Kiev, the God Carrier (Theotokos) we ask your intercession for the suffering people of the Ukraine, their government and their people attempting to resist the attack which primarily comes from evil.

Be with Ukraine today as you stood beside your suffering son on Calvary.

Give those people faith and hope and strengthen them in their belief that by the Grace of God and the involvement of men and women of good will everywhere, their lives and country will be preserved and that there will be peace after war. Amen.



And Archbishop Diarmud Martin said:


For Christians, surely the most important thing is to behave as Christ told us to?

And if He told us that the truth would set us free why are so many of us hiding the truth and engaging in cover up and denial?

Nobody denies that the truth is often tough and harsh and us humans always try and avoid pain.

But often after the truth is out we feel better healed and free.

For years and years I hid my homosexuality and treated it as my big, dark secret.

I was afraid that if people knew the truth about me that they would not like me and would reject me.

But when I spoke publicly about my secret 97% of the people who mattered to me loved me as much as ever and maybe even more.

And on top of that I WAS A FREE MAN.

Secrets keep us in darkness but the truth sets us free.

People sometimes ask me: “Do you have any secrets”.

I reply: “I do, but there’re all over Google”.


Everyday people call me and this blog evil. They call me unkind, unchristian, uncharitable, a people crusher etc etc …..

But everyday on this blog I only say:

1. What is true.

2. What I believe to be true.

And I get an awful lot of information from people – people who have experienced bad things or have bad things happen to them.

And after trying everything and everything everyone else and failed they turn to me and ask me to speak their truth for them.

And that’s what I try to do – and when I get it wrong I acknowledge my mistake and apologise for it.

The Catholic Church and all churches and all organisations including political parties, have a habit of covering things up and hoping they will never be found out.

That has led to so much human suffering and injustice.

So, why don’t we just try more to recognise the truth and speak recognise truth.

It can be uncomfortable.

It can be painful.

It can be embarrassing.

But Jesus said it would set us free.

What’s that old quote:

“Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains”.

Let us break the chains of lies, deceit, cover up and denial – and let us embrace THE TRUTH!




As a Christian and clergyman it is my firm belief that Christopher is now with his Lord in paradise.

In fact it seems to me that Heaven now has an interesting and colourful new character inside the Pearly Gates. Another reason to want to go there.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Christopher but friends who did, liked him greatly and admired his commitment to politics and his family.

Since Christopher died over a week ago at least four causes of his death have been circulating – aneurism, cardiac arrest, sudden cancer death and leukaemia.

In the past few days some sources have said his sad death was suicide.

Because Christopher was a public figure and was outspoken on so many issues his death is a genuine matter of public interest.

I know that this fact may be uncomfortable for  Christopher’s family, friends and political party.

But facts are facts.

It was most important that we did not ask these questions too soon in the wake of his very sad death and until he had been laid to rest.

I have been contacted to say a priest from County Down had some role to play in the life and death?

Another story cites some form of blackmail?

Another story cites massive divisions, intense meetings and disputes in the DUP?

I am not saying that these reports are true and accurate.

If anybody contributed to Christopher’s death they must be exposed and punished.

But Christopher was a public figure and as I say his sudden death is a genuine matter of public interest.

Also, a brief public statement clarifying this matter would bring an end to all rumour and speculation.

Jesus said: “The truth will set you free” !

May he now rest in peace and may God give comfort and strength to his wife, children, family and friends.



Dear Bishop Pat,


I trust that all is well with you. I write because of my experiences with two troublesome priests.

I joined Buckfast Abbey as a postulant some years ago. Fr Xxxxx (now a priest of Liverpool) was a junior monk who had been voted out by the community prior to solemn vows was allowed to re-join the community in the same year I joined.

To keep it brief he was a sex pest who constantly entered my cell and sought me out whenever he could. Nothing ever happened because I was not interested and was able to push him away. Some years later when staying as a guest at Buckfast he entered my room and got into bed with me. He was dealt with, and I’ve never been back there since or had any further dealings with him. I believe he is now a priest in Liverpool. Should I report this or just forget about it?



Fr James Courtney OSB was someone I thought of as a good friend who I visited from time to time when he fell out with Abbot David Charlesworth and was placed in more than one parish as punishment. His words not mine. The last time I stayed with James and the last ever time I saw him was whilst he was PP in Tiverton if my memory serves. James was gay and was never anything other than open about that, however I was deeply shocked and angered at the amount of gay porn littered around the presbytery and more so with the fact that he walked around the house naked for most of the morning upon my arrival. I left that same day and apart from one phone from him with regards the death of Br Joseph OSB in 2006 I had no more dealings with him either. James is dead now but again should I report this to Abbot David? I feel angry that so much has been said about what a good priest he was when he clearly wasn’t. I can’t have been the only victim of his attentions.

I’ve been married for nearly ten years, and I’ve discussed this with my wife on many occasions but it’s not something she is comfortable to talk about and I fully understand that. I have no belief in any form of god and despise the RCC and all it represents. Your opinion would be most valued, and I look forward to hearing from you at some point in the future.

Every best wish


The scale of abuse now being uncovered at Buckfast Abbey is disturbing. Paul Crouch “Father Benedict” had already been jailed for ten years in 2007 for a string of offences with boys stretching over 20 years. One victim had been “so terrified that he hid in his locker” and had “complained to the school Matron in 1987”, After an internal investigation, Crouch was allowed to carry on teaching and the police were not alerted. Father William Manahan, called “Daddy Prior”, was jailed, also in 2007, for 15 months for abuse between 1971 and 1978. Revealingly, he had become Abbot in the meantime.

Doubts have since been raised about a (now deceased) monk, Father Edward Stewart who is alleged to have repeatedly abused a young boy over three years. Even worse is that it has become clear that Stewart was moved around parishes inBritainandScandinaviadespite (and of course because of) “frequent complaints about his behaviour”.

Buckfast Abbey’s current safeguarding co-ordinator Father James Courtney discovered a trunk of photographs of adolescent boys engaged in sexual activities belonging to Stewart but neither he nor the Abbot reported them to the police, and the incriminating material was destroyed.


This is the latest offering on the DISGRACED SILVERSTREAM website

As you can see – no sign of the abuser KIRBY.

Maybe he was the one taking the photo?

I’m sure he is still there.

No one can even begin to take Silverstream seriously until Kirby goes.

God help the two new postulantts.


Luke 6:39-45
Can the blind lead the blind?

Jesus told a parable to his disciples: ‘Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit? The disciple is not superior to his teacher; the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out the splinter that is in your eye,” when you cannot see the plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye.
‘There is no sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten tree that produces sound fruit. For every tree can be told by its own fruit: people do not pick figs from thorns, nor gather grapes from brambles. A good man draws what is good from the store of goodness in his heart; a bad man draws what is bad from the store of badness. For a man’s words flow out of what fills his heart.’



Members of The Oratory sometimes say to me that they worry about the fact that people think that Pat the Blogger does not do justice to the man they know – Pat the Pastor.

And I can see their point of view.

Years ago during a retreat the retreat master talking of a priest said:

“The priest should be a lion in the pulpit and a lamb in the Confessional”.

And this duality can happen in all our lives – even at the basic level of being able to display tough live when required and tender love when also required.

All humans have “contradictions” and some of these contradictions can be used by Providence.

I very much see this blog as part of my vocation.

The Roman Catholic Institution is rotten to the core and many bishops and priests are rotters too.

There is no problem with bishops and priests being very weak. All us humans are weak and all of us are sinners.

But the problem is that the institution is EVIL and many bishops and priests become servants of evil.

It is this second category that this Blog is challenging.

Apart from being God and man there is a other duality in Jesus – the Jesus of righteous anger (the Temple) and the Jesus of utterly compassion (Jesus restoring to life the son of the widow of Nain).

As Christians we are called to share in the total vocation of Jesus. We must be full of righteous anger when God is mocked or humans are hurt.

And we must also be filled with the compassionate Jesus when dealing with those suffering or poor in any way.


People complain of the style of the blog. They say it is unkind, cruel, unchristian etc.

That is because this Blog is often doling out tough love. And that has its place.

And this Blog has resolved many horrible situations:

Orgiastic Maynooth, the priest who made a parishioner pregnant and having a miscarriage alone, the sauna going abbot, priests showing their genitalia to young men via the Internet, the gay altar sex priest etc.

All this situations required tough love and challenge. There were jobs for the lion and not the lamb.


This year I am 46 years a priest and I love being a priest now more than I ever did.

God, in His goodness, has always sent people my way people who needed tender loving, friendship, guidance, help and direction.

And I always try to respond.


Pat, it did my heart good to see you this afternoon, and to catch up. It was great to see you looking so well, and to be back at the Oratory. It is hard to believe that over thirty years have passed since you found me a place on a drug treatment programme. When I came to you, desperate for help, you welcomed me into your home, gave me tea, spent time listening to me, told me great stories and gave me hope. At that time, I was struggling to make it through each day, and I was so grateful that you continued to stay in touch with me, and to spend time with me. When you asked me if I would be interested in attending a drug treatment programme you knew of, and I told you I would, you drove me to my appointment. During my months as an in-patient, you continued to visit me, offering me support and bringing me tobacco and chocolate. I was introduced to a 12 Step fellowship whilst an in-patient, and continued to attend 12 Step Meetings when I was finally discharged. Through the 12 Step programme, I have remained clean and sober. I really do not like to think what would have become of me, if I hadn’t of benefitted from your intervention in my life. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the help you gave me, and for the example you showed me. Dominic M

This email is not being reproduced here to solicit praise. Human praise can be very empty.

Such emails reassure me that my life has been meaningful and my greatest pleasure comes from helping the struggling.






This is a very sad and typical story.

It’s good that Terry Rooney can talk about it freely now. He was a total victim.

The Church and priests in Derry protected his abuser Raymond Gallagher.

In a crazy and cynical reply to Terry the school president, Monsignor James Coulter sais;

“It (the abuse) did not affect his ability to teach”.


I wonder if he was a relative of the Derry composer Phil Coulter?

Terry is quite right to ask for the abuse at St Columb’s to be included in the Historical Abuse investigation by PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie.


Amy Martin is a product and a former president of St Columbs.



TOM DEENIHAN, the bishop of Meath is the one with the authority and power to sort Silverstream out.

Silverstream is a diocesan monastery and not a religious order or monastery by pontifical right.

Deenihan is their “Ordinary”.

Deenihan continues to tolerate the following:

1. Allowing the abusing Kirby to remain on in Silverstream with access to all the young monks.

2. Refusing to investigate Kirby for breach of the seal of the internal forum.

3. Refusing to investigate Kirby for distributing the monks medical and private information to others.

4. Allowing a monk with a porn addiction to remain as priory superior.

5. Continuing the despicable unjust treatment of Dom Andersen in exile without a letter of good standing.

6. Investigating Kirby forcing monks to accept religious names revealed to Kirby by God.


I. Is he himself seriously compromised in some way? There is information among the clergy to that effect – information I am privy to.

2. Does Kirby have the “dirt” on Deenihan?

3. Has Deenihan received any gifts from Kirby?

4. Does Deenihan not want this blog and its author a “win:?

Now, that would be a pathetic reason for allowing dysfunctional behaviour and injustice to continue.




Kevin Mc Elroy – former D&C seminarian




Mark Kirby, against all normal protocol for a religious superior, got all the young monks to go to Confrssion to him and open up about all their problems, and then told all the monks each others private faults.

He even shared the monks private issues with lay visitors over tea.

One of those secrets he shared was Dom Elijah’s problem with gay porn.

In spite of the fact that Elijah was the cellar man and ordered all the supplies, Kirby ordered that he could only be on the computer with all the office doors opened whereby he could be monitored.

All the monks could only access their emails on the omputer in the library.

Kirby was the only one allowed a computer in his cell.


“My point, Bishop Pat in telling you about Elijah and porn, was less about Elijah and his struggles and more about the way that Kirby has violated the privacy of every single man who has come into that religious house. And it’s all the more serious in light of the fact that even the sham visitation pointed out that there were egregious violations of the internal forum, including that Kirby himself was hearing the confessions of his subjects.

My personal view is that Kirby has almost certainly violated the seal in some way; the problem is that I cannot prove it.

Then there is the issue of medical our medical data protection. He spread the monks struggles far and wide, and I know that he shared about others’ struggles with people as well.

He even wrote into the constitutions (an article struck down by the visitation) that he had to have eyes and ears in the medical exam room, and the infirmarian (his representative) had to dole out medications for all of the brethren.

We had to have our medications doled out to us like patients in a mental institution. And Kirby would even overrule the doctor’s instructions about medications and when and how to take them


The more you discover about Silverstream you more you see that Robert Bugent is right about it being a cult.

Every aspect of each monks life was minutely controlled by Kirby.

It is a disgrace that he insisted that all the monks used him as a confessor. This does not happen anywhere else.

It is a disgrace that he had full access to all the monks private medical data.

It is a disgrace that he discussed one monks medical data with other monks.

It is a disgrace that he gossiped about monks private and medical information with lay people who visited Silverstream.

The monks at Silverstream may not know or admit the control Kirby had and still has.

They are literally prisoners of Kirby.

They are like mice that Cat Kirby plays with.

It is a thundering disgrace that people like Tom Deenihan is allowing this virtual prison to operate in his diocese.

Silverstream is a Cult gulag.



A number of people got very hot under the collar over yesterday’s Gospel and how this blog and myself are the anthitisis of that Gospel.

Luke 6:27-38
Love your enemies

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount. Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.’)

Let me share a little story my Dad Jim used to tell is as children

A young man was being brought out to be hung for his horrific crimes. His mother decided to be present for the hanging. As she arrived the condemned man reached towards her. Think she was to receive his last kiss the mother leaned towards her son and he bit off her ear and then said to her: “If you had shown me proper love and discipline when you g, W would not be standing here today.


The love of Jesus is not romantic or emotional love.

It is the love that is informed by Truth and Justice.

Jesus came to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable.

It has two sides to it – the side that heals and is compassionate and the side that challenges and strikes fear in those doing wrong.

We see the challenging and fearful love of Christ at play when he attacks the money changers in the Temple, whip in hand, when he devours the Pharisees for their hypocrisy and when he treats both Herod and Pilate with contempt.

Jesus love is not sissy love or effeminate love. His love is Divine and challenging.

He knows when to kiss and heal.

He knows when to declare war!


Yes, Jesus does tell us to love our enemies and to pray for those who hate us.

And we must rise to that almost impossible challenge.

And it takes us time and Almighty Grace to help us travel the narrow road from hate to love.

And I think it’s a journey that takes time.

The challenge is allow the iceberg in my heart to melt so that the iceberg in my enemy’s heart will melt also.

But we clearly see from Jesus that his prescription for those who hurt little children is to have a stone tied around their neck and be thrown into the sea.

Let’s not insult the Truthful and Fearful Love of Jesus by suggesting that the solution for absolutely every situation is hugs, kisses, permissiveness and choclate and coco.

“Poor Father. Father has a problem. Pray for Father. Dont tell anyone what Father did to you in case it would cause scandal for his Church. Offer it up with Christ’s sufferings. Your abuse might be the very thing that gets you into heaven”.

Bullshit! Pious bullshit! Suicide Catholic bullshit!

You love a child abuser by reporting him to the police, bringing him to court and sending him to jail.

You love a serial sex abusing cardinal by dismissing him from the college of cardinals and the clerical state and letting him live under close supervision.

You love a Dom Kirby by calling out his sexual harassment of young monks and by removing him from the monastery in order to stop him continuing to abuse.

All of that is also TRUE LOVE, TOUGH LOVE, JESUS LOVE.

Jesus has something to say to those promoting emotional permissive love for wrong doing and wrong doers.

“Would that you either cold or hot. But you are lukewarm and I will spit you out of my mouth”.

Let’s start by giving the tender love to victims, the sick, the poor etc.

And then, after we have given the wrong doers tough love by calling them out – and when they have changed and promised not to hurt people again let us give them tender love too as they journey to rehabilitation and conversion of life and heart.



If, as the monks of Silverstream would have us believe, the Priory got a clean bill of health from the civil authorities, why has Mark Kirby not been restored to his position as prior?

If NOBODY in Silverstream has done ANY WRONG why is a humble brother, Elijah, still the prior and the Great Seer Kirby, still on chains at the suspect Priory?

If Kirby was cleared of misbehaviour by both the church and civil authorities why has ne not been reappointed?

The truth is, that on spite of all protestations, the church authorities KNOW that Kirby was guilty of what Dom Benedict accused him of.

Dom B did not accuse Kirby of physical sexual assault.

He accused him of sexual harassment.

He also accused him of entering monks cells late at night.

He accused him of inappropriately touching semi naked monks while they were in bed.

He accused him of forcing monks to listen to the gorey details of his own sexual as a child at the hands of his two uncles.

This behaviour in a monastery is gross misconduct.

This behaviour by a religious superior towards his community is even more unforgivable.


Robert Nugent, formerly close to Silverstream and Mark Kirby, and also a former oblate of the monastery after examine the facts has reached the conclusion that:

1. Silverstream is a cult.

2. Dom Benedict has suffered a great injustice that should be put right.

3. Kirby should leave Silverstream.

4. A group of properly formed Benedictines should be brought to Silverstream to reform it.

Robert is correct. Silvetstream is a cult and Kirby a cult leader.

The monls there have not received a proper Benedictine formation.

They are not Benedictines. They are Kirbyites.


Tom Deenihan the incumbent of Meath, has tolerated all that has gone on in Silverstream and continues to tolerate it

This is a serious question:

Is Tom Deenihan compromised in any way that makes him tolerant of Kirby’s antics?

This question needs to be addressed.

And will be addressed by this blog.