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MASSIVE DROP IN NUMBER OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS IN USA.

Figures from the Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) show the precipitous drop in vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the United States.

In the US during the 1970s there were nearly 161,000 religious sisters; in 2020 there were roughly 41,000 sisters. Again, in the 1970s there were approximately 55,000 priests and 11, 600 religious brothers. In 2020 that figure was 35,000 priests and 3,800 religious brothers.

PAT SAYS

Those figures from Georgetown are not surprising but certainly thought provoking.

The number of religious sisters has dropped by 120,000 in 50 years.

There are 20,000 less priests and 32,000 less religious brothers.

As Fr Des Wilson once remarked:

“Nuns in Ireland are now as scarce as the Corncrake”.

Maynooth used to boast 600 seminarians.

Now it’s 20 +

The vast majority of priests in Ireland are 65 + years old.

The dioceses of Galway and Clonfert were recently merged for all intents and purposes.

DOWN AND CONNOR

Where I live in D&C has 89 parishes.

Rumour has it that that number will reduced to 45.

There may be countries in the world where vocations are plentiful – but that’s in the Thord World.

Catholicism in the West is dying and dying quickly.

When I was ordained 46 years ago Sunday Masses were many and they were all packed.

Now many churches has a very small congregation consisting mainly of older ladies.

I never saw this day coming in Ireland.

The Catholic Religion on Ireland is disappearing like snow off a ditch.

CAUSES?

1. All the scandals?

2. The rise in anti clericalism.

3. View of the RCC as totally corrupt.

The RCC itself like to portray all of this as “bad apples” in the barrel”.

Many of the rest us us say the problem is a ROTTEN BARREL.

THE SUCCESS OF COVID VACCINES IN NORTHERN IRELAND.

Today I went to Ballymena and received my FIFTH VACCINATION.

All the vaccines I received were the best one ‘ Pfizer Biontech.

The Pfizer costs £ 16 a dose.

Someone told me the Astra Zeneca is about £ 1.50 a dose.

I have lived in the UK since I was ordained 46 years ago.

Our NHS here is wonderful.

I’ve always been so well looked after.

In the Republic of Ireland my siblings pay € 60 to see a GP and maybe another € 50 for their prescribed drugs.

Here my GP is free and my prescriptions are free.

Why would I vote for a United Ireland?

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THE PAIN THAT COMES FROM SAYING “NO”.

“Always try and say YES. And when you have to say NO, try and make it sound as much like YES as possible”.

(Archbishop Helder Camara)

A Christian, and especially a Christian priest, should find saying NO painful.

This week I had to say NO to a family who live in England and are members of the Irish Travelling Community.

They arrived with a young couple they wanted married.

Prior to their visit I was told that they two young people were 16.

Currently in Northern Ireland people aged between 16 and 18 can be married with the written consent of both parents.

The normal procedure is to fill out all the necessary forms and to lodge those forms with supporting documents with the state registrar.

After 28 days the Marriage Schedule is issued and the couple can marry.

However, in this case one of the young people was not 16.

The young couple had run away from their families and the girl was pregnant.

In the Travelling Community a young girl in that position, and not married is shamed in the Community forever and her child referred to as a “bastard child” forever.

I had to say no to performing a ceremony for them.

They all went away very sad and downhearted and not knowing where to turn.

The Travelling Community have a very long history of very young marriages and from what I can gather the divorce rate in the Community is very low.

I have been working with their Community for over 40 years.

I do not know how this case will work out.

I find it very difficult not to help, to have to say no.

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300 CLERICAL ABUSE VICTIMS IN PORTUGAL JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.

Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho

200,000 ABUSED BY PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS IN FRANCE IN PAST SEVEN DECADES!

A commission investigating child sexual abuse in the Portuguese Catholic Church said on Tuesday the nearly 300 testimonies of alleged victims it has collected so far were “just the tip of the iceberg”.

“There have been multiple cases of sexual abuse of children and teenagers in the past,” said the head of the commission, child psychiatrist Pedro Strecht, explaining that more than half of the 290 testimonies indicate “many more victims”.

The abuse allegations have come from people born between 1933 and 2009, from various backgrounds, from every region of the country and also from Portuguese nationals living in other European nations, the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Most of the alleged victims are men, and were sexually abused as early as when they were 2-years-old.

The commission started its work in January after a report by a commission in France revealed last year around 3,000 priests and religious officials sexually abused more than 200,000 children over the past 70 years.

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/portugals-church-abuse-panel-gathers-over-200-testimonies-one-month-2022-02-10/

PAT SAYS

If there were 200,000 people in France by priests and religious over 70 years what will the world total be?

Surely this means MILLIONS of clerical abuse victims world wide?

This is a massive number of human beings.

If any other world organisation hurt and abused MILLIONS of people it would become an international pariah.

Why is the Roman Catholic Church getting away with this colossal massacre of minds, souls and lives?

Why have they not been banned from countries?

Why are they allowed observer status at the likes of the United Nations?

Why do over 160 countries have diplomatic relations with the so called “Holy See”?

It’s not as if the Vatican has gas or oil like Saudi Arabia or Russia.

Can any reader explain why this is?

GER’S EXs MEET FOR MUTUAL SUPPORT IN ONE OF GER’S HAUNTS.

After the EAMON CASEY scandal I started a support for women in relationships with priests called BETHANY.

It was NOT a lobby group.

It was a support group whereby I introduced these women to each other for mutual support.

We eventually heard from roughly 200 women.

Bonnie and Carole are VICTIMS of GER FITZGERALD.

He only had sexual intercourse with one woman.

But there are such things as emotional and spiritual abuse and Ger is abusing women emotionally and spiritually.

And Ger targets vulnerable women, uses them, leads them on and when finished with them, dumps them.

If a lay man did that, we would regard him as a jerk.

For a priest to do it, I can’t think of the appropriate word.

And, to date FINTAN MONAHAN, is facilitating the abuse.

Ger needs to leave the priesthood.

But would he be a danger to women even as a bus driver?

And there are still people and even women, telling Ger he is the victim!

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POLLAGH COUNTY OFFALY – WHERE MY FAMILY CAME FROM.

Pollagh (IrishPollach, meaning ‘land full of holes or pits’), also spelled Pullough, is a village in County OffalyIreland, located in the midlands of Ireland. It is a rural village on the Grand Canal and lies between Ferbane and Tullamore. Much of the surrounding area is bogland, and is used to produce fossil fuels such as peat turf.

The River Brosna flows close to the village. The Grand Canal was used for transporting peat and bricks produced in the area. Pollagh benefited from the canal in earlier years when it brought investment and employment from Bord na Móna, and it is now a tourist attraction. Pollagh is also known for its church, including its bog oak altar and stained glass windows, designed by the Harry Clarke studios.

Pollagh in Co. Offaly is where my branch of the Buckleys come from.

I was born in nearby Tullamore where my mother was from.

But I spent many of my childhood summers in Pollagh.

I have memories of the turf being cut dried and stacked.

My granny’s well produced bog water which was already the colour of weak tea when it came out of the well and made dark smokey tea.

I can remember helping my granny to bring cans of this tea, already milked and suggared  to the men cutting the turf along with sandwiches and home made currant bread.

My granny’s cottage had a tin roof and it was very comfortable lying in a warm bed listening to the heavy rain hitting the tin roof.

The bed sheets were not great as they were made of flour bags sewn together and it was very uncomfortable if you lay on a seam.

I used to help my granny churn the milk to make butter and buttermilk.

I remember hundreds of massive big frogs on the bog.

Incidentally, where have all the frogs gone? I never see one these days.

There was no running water and the bathroom was “up the bog” and the toilet tissue a dock leaf.

My granny’s house had no electricity on it for a long time and was lit by oil lamps.

The picture below is of my paternal great grandparents taken in 1959. They lived to be very old and I knew them well.

They both work at making bricks in their own brickyard. Here their daughter writes:

I was born and reared right beside where my grandfather, James Buckley, owned a brickyard. I live in the house next to the brickyard and all the chimneys and some of the walls were constructed with Pullough brick.  I would have heard my mother, Bridget McLoughlin, talk about the making of the bricks, and the hard work it entailed. When she was just eight years old the woman in question and her nine other brothers and sisters all worked alongside their father in the making of the bricks.

THE ORATORY FOR EASTER

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THE EASTER QUESTION – “WILL YOU STAY WHERE YOU ARE STUCK OR WILL YOU MOVE ON AND LIVE”?

Soon I will be 70 and I can dustinguis two distinct phases in my life.

THE FIRST STAGE – From my childhood until I was on the cusp of 40.

THE SECOND STAGE – From 40-ish until now.

As a younq man, deeply form by an all surrounding Irish Roman Catholicism, I was in a place of dark shadows.

Guilt, shame self-rejection, sense of sinfulness and unworthiness were the constant clouds in my daily sky.

And yet from the age of 4 wanting to be a priest.

And the strangling feeling that this horrible, sinful me could never be good enough and holy enough to be the perfect priests I watched going about.

This constant tension made childhood, schooling and even seminary a great daily struggle.

I was obviously extremely immature, conflicted.

Being expelled from one seminary before getting another, being ordained and seeing the clergy as they really are and eventually coming into conflict with authority caused questioning within and for reassessment.

And of course, the obvious place to start was with myself.

And so I engaged on a 5 year journey of spiritual and psychological exploration and was fortunate to meet the right people and have the right experiences.

And I found myself emerging into a new freedom that cast off inappropriate guilt and shame.

With that came self acceptance and a whole new way of seeing myself, others, faith, spirituality the Church and life.

I have often said that during the first half of my life I was stuck at Calvary.

And in the second half I moved to the Empty Tomb and Resurrection

A very valid question for us all at Easter is the question:

Am I stuck at some place of darkness, unhappiness and unfulfillment in my life?

And

How an I now prepared to move on from there and discover my very own version of the Empty Tomb?

CAROLE’S PROPERTY IN CLARE HAS BEEN ATTACKED

The home of “Carole”, the second woman to come forward who was involves with Fr Ger Fitzgerald has come under attack.

A window was broken the the property gates were interfered with.

This is the first time ever the property has been attacked.

A very worrying development.

The Gardai are investigating.

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ARE THE IRISH ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS PREPARING FOR A PRIESTLESS CHURCH?

A SYNODAL PATH – OR A CYNICAL PATH?

JOHN FLEMMING in Killala invited 34 members of parish councils at his Chrism Mass.

FINTAN MONAHAN inducted 24 new lay ministers at his Chrism Mass in Ennis.

That’s 58 new lay workers for two western dioceses.

FINTANS WORDS

Welcome and Congratulation to New Ministers

I welcome and congratulate with great delight and joy, the 24 New Ministers, 12 in the area of Catechetics and 12 in the area of Pastoral Care.  You have responded most generously to the invitation sent out from the diocese 4 years ago to come forth and minister in your chosen areas in which you have an interest, talent and expertise.  You have applied yourself with diligence, dedication and hard work in prayer, discernment and study with the assistance of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and in your pastoral assignments in your native areas.  You are now warmly welcome in your new role to assist, lead and minister among the faith family of the diocese of Killaloe”!

FLEMMINGS EFFORTS

The Catechism of the Catholic Church even goes on to declare, quoting the first-century bishop and martyr, St. Ignatius of Antioch, “that without the bishop, presbyters, and deacons, one cannot speak of the Church” (#1593). So much for “the action of the whole

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=384

PAT SAYS

The Catholic faith is centred around the SEVEN SACRAMENTS and the bishops and priests who are ordained to celebrate those Sacraments.

With the exception of Marriage and Baptism priests and bishops are the Ordinary ministers of the Sacraments.

We Catholics do not traditionally believe that a non ordained person can celebrate the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Penance, Confirmation, Holy Orders and the Sacrament of the Sick

So, if there are no priests and bishops those Sacraments will disappear.

As mentioned in the above article there is a growing belief that it is the gathered Assembly who appoint the priests to preside and thereby make Jesus present.

This goes against two thousand years of tradition.

Will the RC priesthood disappear or not?

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ROBERT NUGENT CORRECT ABOUT THE KILLALA CHRISM MASS.

Robert Nugent has made very valid criticisms of the “Chrism Mass” at Killala Cathedral this year.

The Chrism Mass, traditionally is the ceremony during Holy Week where the Holy Oils are blessed by the bishop for use in all the Sacraments celebrated in the diocese for the coming year.

It is also the ceremony in which all the priests renew their priestly promises and commitment.

But this year  the Killala bishop, JOHN FLEMMING decided to use the Chrism Mass to induct all the members of parish councils in the diocese into office.

This is a TOTAL and THOROUGHLY INAPPROPRIATE way to use the longstanding tradition of the Chrism Mass.

Parish Council members can be inducted at any time.

And the existence and vocation of parish Council members is important.

Many people think that John Flemming made a mess of being the rector of the Irish College in Rome when he was there.

Homosexual carry on was rife in his time.

I do not rate John Flemming as a person, a priest or a bishop.

He got Killala because he was a company man and was known in Rome – not for any personal attributes he had.

He obviously has no respect for tradition and liturgy when he turns the Chrism Mass into a rally.

Killala has not had an ordination for ten years.

It has no seminarians.

Flemming is an undertaker presiding over the demise of Killala as he presided over the decline of the Irish College.

I don’t agree with much of what Robert Nugent says and visa versa.

Buy he he on the button about how the current clergy and bishops have nothing to hand on to new generations.

And that is very worrying.

I’m not sure that Robert’s solution of the Latin Mass and right wing young priests bedecked in lace and cassock will do it either 😞

THE LORDS SUPPER AT THE ORATORY

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BISHOP ELECT – HOMOSEXUALS – NO PLACE IN SEMINARIES OR PRIESTHOOD.

From Complicit Clergy

“The bishop-elect of Columbus, Ohio, has challenged the admission of men with homosexual tendencies into seminaries, vigorously defending Pope Benedict XVI’s ban on ordaining gays as priests.

Father Earl Fernandes, the first priest of Indian origin to be appointed a bishop in the United States, warned against the priesthood being seen “as a refuge for those who would not desire marriage,” given “the continual devolution of sexuality in the culture.”
Benedict’s Instruction

In an academic book titled Seminary Formation and Homosexuality, Fernandes argues that, according to Benedict, even “support of the homosexual movement” is sufficient “to disqualify a candidate from the priesthood.”

“Such a person cannot be judged to have the requisite affective maturity demanded of the priestly vocation and cannot properly assume the role of father and spouse,” writes the priest. The 44-page book is an elaboration of his earlier journal article on the topic.

Fernandes demonstrates how Benedict’s comments prohibiting homosexuals in seminaries in his book Light of the World “do not represent a new teaching of the Church.”

The former pontiff’s comments are “perfectly consistent with the Church’s doctrine and norms regarding homosexuality and the sacrament of Holy Orders,” the 49-year-old Cincinnati cleric notes, lamenting the fact there has been “little reference” to the instruction since its publication in 2005.

“It is no small matter to stand in persona Christi at the altars of the Church,” Fernandes emphasizes. Priests “are to be men, configured to Jesus Christ (the head, shepherd and spouse of the Church), capable of giving themselves completely to their Bride the Church with generous hearts, animated by the true spirit of pastoral charity.”

God Fearing Souls

December 24, 2018 from by

A former seminarian shares his personal experience as a student at the Pontifical seminary in Columbus, Ohio in the mid-1990s.  The age-old battle of good versus evil has infiltrated a system once designed to produce good men for the Catholic priesthood. What is happening today is a perversion of the original intent of the seminary—rife with sexual congress, homosexuals, and scandal—things are not what they once were.  The pontifical seminary directly injects men into positions of weight within the Catholic Church, but a number of these men, destined to be priests, are poised to cause damage from the inside out.  Atheists, agnostics, and immoral men have placed themselves in positions of authority and influence within Catholicism’s most sacred institutions. These evils exist for a dastardly purpose, and it is astonishing.  The belief that these institutions are places of purity and godly thought is a dangerous one, but God-Fearing Souls offers a rare, raw glimpse at scandals and debauchery heretofore untold in an attempt to shine light in dark places. It exposes the ugly truth and illuminates what has been covered up for so long.

PAT SAYS

The RCC is absolutely clear on its teachings about homosexuality and homosexuals in the priesthood and seminaries.

Their teaching says that homosexual acts are DISORDERED AND MORTALLY SINFUL.

They also say that HOMOSEXUALS ARE NOT WELCOME IN THE PRIESTHOOD OR IN SEMINARIES.

*** Of course I personally disagree with Rome on these matters***

Buy that is their teaching.

The fact that there are thousands of priests and bishops and seminarians who are homosexually active does not invalidate this teachings for the RCC.

It just means that all those priests and bishops are HYPOCRITES.

And bishops and seminarians are breaching their own church teachings and allowing homosexually active men into the priesthood and seminaries.

WHY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE RCC IF YOU ARE A HOMOSEXUAL?

If you are a homosexual why would you want anything to do with a Church that regards you as disordered and sinful?

Why not just pray to God who does NOT think you are disordered and sinful?

And if you want to be a priest why not join a Church who will accept you as you are and even love you for it?

I was a RC priest for 10 years and I’m now an “independent” Catholic priest and bishop for 12 years and 24 years.

I have a much happier and fuller life as an independent priest than I would have had as an RC one.

I don’t have to worry about canon laws or hierarchies.

I simply ask myself every day: :What would Jesus do” and then go and do it.

No need to beg a bishops permission or have to out up with his mood swings.

No need to be filling out endless forms and consulting chancellors (chancers) or other self important HMS Pinofore types.

Just look at the New Testament and do what Jesus tells you to do.

In the future most priests will be part time and holding down another job that pays his way.

Churches will be replaced by house churches or basic Christian communities – with people like the local plumber celebrating Mass.

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WHAT HAPPENED THE FIVE FIGURE SUM OF MONEY IN GER FITZGERALDS BANK ACCOUNT?

THE FIVE FIGURE SUM IN GER FITZGERALD”S BANK ACCOUNT HAS NOT YET BEEN EXPLAINED.

Carole noticed the amount in a bank slip Ger dropped on the floor.

“Larry” a friend of both Ger and Carole told Carole it was not Ger’s money and that he knew who the money did belong to

Larry said he would tell the bishop who the money belonged to.

Fintan and Larry met in Sixmilebridge and Larry gave Fintan all the information.

It has now been stated that the money is no longer in Ger’s bank account.

But where is the money?

Is it back with the original owner?

Does Fintan have it?

Do the Gardai have it?

Who was the owner?

Where was the money from?

Was it legitimate or dirty money?

And why and how was it temporarily deposited in Ger’s account?

It is quite suspicious when large sums of money are moved from pillar to post.

What has Fintan reported Ger to the Gardai for?

This money?

Prescription drugs?

The marajuna?

Mind you, in all RCC scandals, those in the know always say: “Follow the money”.

11 YEARS AGO THE NEWLY ORDAINED GER FITZGERALD PUBLICLY CALL FOR “OPEN AND HONEST CLERGY:

Would Ger give himself that same advice now?

Or, has something changed?

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PRIEST LAMENTS NOT BEING ABLE TO BLESS GAY COUPLES.

https://www.newstalk.com/news/i-can-bless-a-cow-but-not-a-gay-couple-fr-paddy-byrne-hits-out-at-vatican-stance-1172724

Dear Paddy,

It is a very good thing that you have come out and said what you did about not being able to bless living gay couples – but you can bless cars, tractors, etc.

I have been celebrating gay blessings for 36 years now.

And, since the change in the law, both North and South, I am now celebrating fully legal gay marriages.

And when a gay couple asked for it, I have always and still do celebrate a full Catholic Nuptial Mass for these couples and their families.

At one, such Mass recently attended by 250 guests who all went to Communion, two nuns in their 80s, aunts of one of the groom’s offered to help me distribute Holy Communion.

Both families, including family members in their 70s and 80s, were ecstatically happy and so proud of their two young men.

It was a wonderful day, simply celebrating love.

Why do I marry fay couples?

I marry gay couples because Jesus, who loves them, wants me to impart His blessing on their life and love.

YOU PADDY

You obviously believe that Jesus would want you as a priest to bless love like this, too.

Maybe you do offer a “secret” blessing to some?

But why do such a good thing in an occult manner?

It’s probably because you fear repercussions from your bishop and the Church?

This means that you are not doing what Jesus wants you to do because you are afraid of men.

Is that not a great contradiction in the life of a Christian and a disciple of the Lord?

How can you continue that contradiction and live with it when you don’t have to?

Do you not believe in the words of Acts 5:29

“Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

Paddy, why are you obeying men instead of God?

Is that not a serious sin?

Your brother priest,

Pat

FROM FATHER BERNARD LYNCH

MISNEACH


Our Love, I was told was on the wrong side of the Gospel. I believed in the Love that was forbidden, so I believed too, I should be punished. In Love, like all people, we cry to be embraced for who we are. Everyone, from the first dawning of consciousness wants life giving moments, when the heart is filled with wonder and Hope. How else can we find ultimate meaning?
The great evil is to make any of the feelings of Love sin and shame. They’re the church made the greatest false claims against us, and against god and the universe. God is within us all, this god we call Love. We knew this, and felt this, as we held in our arms emaciated bodies crying with fear and pain. We were trying to find with the men sick and dying with AIDS, strength never to abandon Love . . . Never to abandon themselves . . . Love is never the reason for punishment, as they were told . . . Only men and women in their weakness, their cruelties, their hatred of themselves could ever call Love disordered or evil.

This is part of the battle for god and Love we wage forever and a day . . . Our weaknesses, successes and failures, are what make us fully human and more compassionate.

Love triumphs over everything and can never be corralled . . . Our humanity may have scars like tattoos which tell a tale of formidable struggle . . . These struggles are never so well expressed as when we struggle for others . . . We learn again and again that in the army of Lovers, only the wounded may serve . . . Everyone’s life at a level is a journey for Love . . . Sometimes this is through fear and ignorance, through a misapprehension of how we might be good, exactly because we are trying for the Impossible Love . . . We are made for the Impossible Love . . . As friends and lovers we know that at the most profound level this restless recklessness in us is Eternal . . . It is impossible to stop Love . . . There is no gift from Creation which matters more and gives our humanity forever more room to grow. Our generation is not finished with telling our tale of Justice and Love. Let us keep on the work of always alerting others to treasure how they experience Love. Let us imagine a day when there is nothing further in the way, and cruelty is no longer one of its false appearances. Then we will have a fully human resurrection. Happy Easter.