PHONSIE CULLINANE is indeed a bully and a cover up merchant.
THE CASE OF FR RICHARD GEOGHEGAN
Phonsie showed both contempt and mockery for Richard from the time he became bishop.
A more senior Waterford priest told me recently that Phonsie deliberately mocked Richard by continuing to refer to him as RICHIE after Richard told him he like to be called Richard.
A small thing in itself. But hurtful and provocative.
Phonsie was mocking Fr Richard and his sensitivity.
Phonsie also mocked and made little of a particular health problem had.
He dismissed Richard from the priesthood on the flimsiest of reasons.
Richard felt broken and destroyed after his various encounters with Phonsie.
He even tried to harm himself !
Phonsie drove him to the very edge
THE STOLEN € 70,000
On the other hand, Phonsie did a sectet deal with a priest had stolen € 70,000 of diocesan money
Phonsie never reported this crime to the Garda.
And is allowing the priest to pay back the stolen money at € 5,000 a year for 14 years out of his diocesan salary.
That priest is still residing in diocesan property and is allowed to minister freely in the diocese as if he did nothing wrong.
THE RICHARD PURCELL AFFAIR
And then there is Richard Purcell who is a caused of serious sexual violation of his monastic vows.
Phonsie allowed him to continue to have faculties for the diocese.
And made sure that Purcell was prominent at every diocesan event.
And Phonsie continued to publicly concelebrate Mass with him.
So, Protect a thieving priest.
Protect a lecherous monk.
But destroy a good, kindly priest, beloved of his parishioners, who was totally open about his life.
There is something deeply dark, something deeply sinister about PHONSIE CULLINANE.
No wonder he has to take cold shower every day.
I’d say he has skeletons as big as dinosaurs in his dark damp closet.