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WHAT IS MARK KIRBY’S TRUE STATUS?

MARK KIRBY

My dear brother bishop Thomas,

Recently, I have received information from a devout individual about Silverstream Priory and its aberrant founder, Dom Mark Kirby. The credibility of this individual cannot be disputed because the individual has been a benefactor to the community since its establishment. During a recent visit to Silverstream – my source made enquiries into the whereabouts of Dom Kirby.

The individual was told that Dom Kirby had taken a twelve month leave of absence from Silverstream Priory. Is this true or was the individual told a blatant lie by a monk of Silverstream?

So, the purpose of the present is to enquire into the location of Dom Kirby and to unpack the competing narratives that surround his departure from the Priory.

Because Silverstream Priory is an institute of diocesan right – canonical responsibly for the Priory and its members is the sole responsibility of the Ordinary of the Diocese of Meath. And that is you, Bishop Deenihan. It is, of course, a heavy burden for a Cork-born bishop.

It has not been denied that Dom Kirby left Silverstream Priory WITHOUT permission and that he went to the Netherlands accompanied by two novices. It is understood that he may have been present at the Benedictine convent in Tegelen, Limburg in the south-east of Holland. So, my brother bishop, which narrative about the departure from Silverstream is correct? Did Dom Kirby flee or did he request a leave of absence? Are you prepared to tell us where Dom Mark Kirby is resident at the moment? If not; why not?

Did Dom Kirby submit a written petition to you his Ordinary to take a leave of absence from Silverstream Priory for a period of twelve months? If so, did you approve his request in writing? Have you rendered a Decree granting Dom Kirby permission to reside outside Silverstream for the said period of twelve months in accordance with the statutes of Silverstream? Did you consult with the Dom Elijah (the prior of Silverstream with a known addiction to gay pornography) about Dom Kirby’s petition? If so; what was his view?

ELIJAH

If, Dom Kirby has fled Silverstream without permission — has a warning being issued ordering him to return to the Priory? If he does not return — are you as the Ordinary of Silverstream Priory minded to begin the process to have Dom Kirby laicised for disobedience?

If you granted permission to Dom Kirby to reside outside the Priory for a period of twelve months the following questions naturally follow.

Did you as the Ordinary grant Dom Kirby a Letter of Good Standing? Is Dom Kirby permitted to present himself as a priest? Is Dom Kirby permitted to publicly celebrate the Eucharist outside Silverstream Priory? Does Dom Kirby have permission to hear confessions? Is Dom Kirby permitted to wear his monastic habit?

I have several priest sources in the Diocese of Meath. One priest was emphatic that Dom Mark Kirby was incardinated into the Diocese of Meath by Decree from the Diocese of Tulsa, by your predecessor in office, Bishop Michael Smith. Is this true?

If so, Dom Kirby remains your responsibility even if he is not listed as a priest of the Diocese of Meath on the Directory on the website, because, I am told a Priory of diocesan right cannot incardinate clerics. And if Dom Kirby gets up to “mischief” the fact he is not listed on the diocesan directory will not save the Diocese of Meath from liability from any tortious act that Kirby may commit.

When it came to the decision-making about Dom Kirby and his leave of absence, did you consult your go to canonist, Abbot Brendan Coffey of Glenstal? This is the same Abbot Coffey who decided to appoint the disgraced Abbot Richard Purcell (with his proclivity to visit houses of gay ill-repute in Dublin) to the visitation of Silverstream that you ordered because of Purcell’s purported knowledge of monastic finances, so I am told by another one of your priests in Meath.

But a canon lawyer tells me that Abbot Brendan’s knowledge of canon law is weak and that he really should stick to liturgy the subject of his PhD. He also tells me that Abbot Brendan is not particularly well-liked as Abbot of Glenstal and that community regret electing him and that it is possible he will be a one-term abbot.

In light of the known allegations that have been made about Dom Kirby, have you my brother Bishop Thomas, alerted the Ordinary where Dom Kirby is currently residing to apprise him in writing of these allegations? Has the ordinary responded and is he content for Dom Kirby to be resident within his canonical territory?

As we journey towards to the great feast of Pentecost may the Holy Spirit inspire you, now and always.

Your brother bishop,

+Pat.

Cc:

Dom Elijah Carroll, OSB, Prior of Silverstream Priory.
Abbot Brendan Coffey, OSB, Abbot of Glenstal Abbey.

238 replies on “WHAT IS MARK KIRBY’S TRUE STATUS?”

Finally. It took nineteen hours for someone to comment who actually understood the idiom. 🤣

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+Pat, this is a very provocative blog. It is the first time (I think) you have suggested that Kirby could potentially be laicised. He is on very thin ice if he has left Silverstream without Deenihan’s permission as it may give Deenihan the grounds he needs to laicise Kirby if he does not return ASAP. Silverstream is a scandal. Deenihan’s indifference to known misconduct is also a scandal. If all the allegations that have been made about Kirby on this blog are true (and I believe they are) then both Kirby and Purcell should be laicised because they have bought the priesthood and the monastic life into disrepute. Silverstream needs to be suppressed immediately.

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And surely Deenihan should be laicized for the same reason in that case?
Even if Kirby were to go AWOL and give the grounds, I feel like probably no bishop would actually start the process, just to spite Pat Buckley 😂

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11:57pm:
Exactly, they have brought the priesthood and monastic life into disrepute but have also caused scandal to the faithful. Is Mark Kirby’s book still on sale?

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1:08. They *still* shamelessly sell “In Sinu Jesu”, and if you can believe it, you can actually find individuals who somehow defend the book while admitting that Kirby is guilty.

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5:36pm Typical duplicity – what new – God has not left the building, only the Roman Catholic Cabal of Crooks & Criminals International.

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Cardinal Sodano has died. Funeral will be in Santiago de Chile and burial afterwards in the Pacific Ocean. He will be dropped from a military helicopter flying at 1,000metres. Delivery to the 9th circle of hell to follow, the corpse accompanied by sharks. Pope Francis will preside at solemn Te Deum in St Peters to celebrate the happy event.

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Amongst various requirements, an “approved leave of absence” can be a requirement for a Netherlands visa.

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Mark Daniel Kirby has BPD. Maybe we should cut him some slack?it’s not an easy condition to live with.

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Do you mean borderline personality disorder or bi polar disorder?
And
How do you know?
And more importantly
WTF?

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That is how he got away with his behaviour he claimed to have borderline personality disorder.

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The remarkable thing is that despite ministry and religion generally attracting the inadequate, disordered and mentally ill like clockwork y’all keep demonstrating your utter ignorance of the subject and total inability to deal with it with sensitivity.
Experts in humanity my arse.

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If the monks of Silverstream are lying to benefactors and that becomes public knowledge then the place is finished as people hate this kind of duplicity and utter hypocrisy. Silverstream will wither I hope on the vine sooner rather than later due to its own deceit.

That would suit Deenihan, because if the place closes due to cash flow issues then he avoids the messy business of suppression. He might be inconvenienced having to contact monasteries that might be open to taking some of the people who are in solemn vows. Those in simple vows can be dispensed and the novices can be dismissed. Then the property will revert to the diocese, where it can be sold to developers for a handsome profit. The sooner that happens the better.

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Nonsense, the faithful love criminality, hypocrisy, duplicity and child abuse. Haven’t you noticed how they keep paying up?
People loooove being scammed and then can’t get out of it.

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Patsy, surely you must realize addressing this Bishop as ‘my brother Bishop’ will piss him right off. There is no way he will answer any of your questions, since you’re always saying that you’re an ‘independent bishop’ and not a Roman Catholic. He will consider it to be impudent, impertinent and none of your business.

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9.06
By the same token, Bela Lugosi Willy Govan, since youare a Sedevacantist, Pat is as much a RC as you are.

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Bela Lugosi is not in Sade Vacanti as Bella is outside the RCC in SSPX and therefore led by a priest in Charge of the SSPX to whom their “Bishops” are responsible too.
The Holy Archdioceses of Glasgow in Not in Sade Vacanti as his Grace Archbishop William Nolan was installed on 24th February.
Let Glasgow Flourish by they Preaching of they word.
It is amazing how people on this blog are interested in the One Holy Catholic Church and may God Bless you all.

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9:06am :
Why do you think so many people in Ireland and abroad contact Bishop Buckley’s ministry?
I have no doubt for many its due to their own Priests and Bishops not having been shepherds, don’t want to know and have shunned or gaslighted people for various reasons. If Bishops in the Catholic Church were genuinely concerned for the welfare and salvation of souls, as well as the good of the Church, they would contact Bishop Buckley, particularly when scandals erupt, rather than be so pastorally negligent, imprudent, irresponsible, and even grossly incompetent shepherds. Many are most likely immature people if the behaviour of so many Priests regularly highlighted on this blog is anything to go by.

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@ 9:11
Bella is a groupie, a member of the Harrington Rd holier than thou huddle when in the mood.Then out comes the lipstick pink bloomers and runway rogue. What a gal! 💋

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@ 1:30pm
Patsy you’re at it again allowing personal insults about me, but not printing my replies to the oul hoor Nettie. Have you no fair play? You really are an evil oul bitch perhaps you should loosen the elastic on your pink bloomers it might make you a better person.😀

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@ 3:31
I take it you are addressing moi and not + Pat, Bella.
I wear blue boxers not pink bloomers with elastic perfectly fitting my slim trim waistline.
Are you not a regular attendee at Harrington Latin Mass when in Dublin?

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1.30
No. Bela lives in Scotland. We have Jim S’s word.
Btw, who is Nettie? Is it a Scottish household name? Annette perhaps?

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@9:04
If Jim S said Bella is from Scotland it must be wrong.
Jim S is living in Scotland. Bella is Irish living in the west of Ireland.

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9:06am He pissed off anyway like most of them, pissed off we sheep not allowing them to piss on us any more.

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@ 9:54 am
The Constitutions of the Benedictine Congregation of the Annunciation of which Glenstal Abbey is a constituent abbey clearly specify that the term of office for an abbot is eight years. Abbot Brendan Coffey was elected abbot of Glenstal Abbey in 2016; he is up for re-election in 2024. Being elected to a position of authority within the congregation at a General Chapter is not the same as being elected abbot of your abbey.

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@ 5:16
My mistake but you’re wrong. It was moi not +Pat.
Are you not a regular attendee at Harrington Latin Mass when in Dublin?

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+Pat, you are rightly very critical of Coffey but I admire that you have the courage of your conviction to carbon copy to him your missive of execration in Glenstal. I am sure he was delighted to receive it yesterday evening or this morning. You probably made his day. 🤣🤣🤣

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Has the Glenstal Abbey community grown under Abbot Coffey’s leadership? Are there more monks and novices since he was elected?

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Is it fair to suggest that Elijah has a little problem with pornography?
You have no actual evidence of this, it’s just hearsay which could be considered liable.
Unless you have hard evidence of this, you probably shouldn’t publish these sorts of comments.

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Mark Kirby is not in Holland. He had been been residing there on retreat. He left there last week and is staying in Harrington Street with his friend Fr. Joseph for the Feast of the Ascension

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Right Reverend Brendan Coffey Abbot of Glenstal elected 13th August 2016 and re – elected
August 2020 and Chapter is again in August 2024 and he is going for a THIRD term.
Abbot Coffey is well respected within the Ecclesiastical brother and thinks he maybe get a Diocese.

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The usual cathbot lies.
In the Congregation of the Annunciation the abbatial term is 8 years so he is still in his first term. Visitations of the monasteries are every four years.

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10:47 I will confess to liking the idea of being well respected within the ecclesiastical brother. Lucky brother!

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9.17
No. It sounds more like Jim S. Notice his claim to inside information about what J. Coffey thinks and aspires to. Notice also the slipshod style of writing. And the inaccuracy.

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All of them! In Benedictine monasteries visitations literally just check you’re doing something that looks like following the rule. So you can be sacrificing virgins and keeping lay brothers as slaves, as long as you say some psalms now and then you’re good.

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10:42
Definitely Jimesque.
Jimbo must be on weekend overtime writing fantasy comments from Scotland.

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Roche is more clever than some people think. If you know the man he is on the side of clergy despite what a few cynical clergy gossips might say. Nichols et al fear him which is a good thing. He was a Westminster auxilary along with + Salford nerd. Roche has axes to grind with the English hirearchy and what better place to do it than next to the tiber as opposed to the thames.

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5.00
You are selective in your citations. I’d imagine a high percentage of cardinals are gay. It couldn’t be any other way given the percentage of gay priests and bishops.

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Not being funny but the hint about all of them is the way the announcement came preceded by the regina caeli.

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The problem is less McElroy’s sexual orientation than his role in covering up the scandals caused by Nienstedt and McCarrick. This pope continues his terrible record of discernment with regard to prelates and abuse.

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3.50
The best decision I made was not becoming a priest. It means I can be open about my sexuality and live with integrity and authenticity. If I had become a priest, no doubt some jealous queen would have tried to use my sexuality against me in order to destroy my reputation. Such a vile culture.
The gay priests on this blog who shame other gay priests are pathetic.

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Abbot Coffey sees himself as some kind of “ecclesiastical fixer”. It is strongly suspected that he did not act impartially or objectively during the visitation of Ampleforth Abbey. This led to the Abbot Cuthbert Madden issuing legal proceedings. I do wonder if Coffey was serving the agenda of the Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation?
Christopher Jamison, who was rather zealous in his persecution of Abbot Madden. But when he was Abbot of Worth Abbey he turned a blind and let Fr Andrew Brenninkmeyer to reside outside the monastery and do what he like with impunity. Jamison who was the national director for vocations in the UK when he was the Ordinary of Worth could have begun the canonical process to have Brenninkmeyer laicised.
Coffey should not be trusted under any circumstances. The lesson from Silverstream is never let Coffey have any involvement under any circumstances in the internal life of the community no matter its dysfunctionality, because Coffey will make a bad situation worse.

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Actually you’re missing a trick. The lesson of the past few decades is never trust a Roman Catholic cleric under any circumstances, and assume the laity are in collusion unless you know for certain they’re an ignorant dupe.

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It also seems like Brenninkmeyer worked as a priest in the diocese of Charleston, all the while being listed as c/o Worth Abbey.
However this page on this blog states he became a diocesan priest:
https://bishoppatbuckley.blog/2021/12/07/the-unresolved-accusations-at-the-benedictine-worth-abbey/#comments
Either way you wonder what the diocese and people of Charleston were told about his track record or else it may have been one of those church exercises in creating confusion.
The online commentary around IICSA was that there was clearly a lot of shit they didn’t uncover in the EBC, but I really don’t think the state should be forced to regulate a rogue religious body beyond the role it has in law of prosecution etc.
The EBC should clearly have been suppressed at least 20 years ago however it’s a bit hard to know what should happen to the communities instead because mark my words there are headlines coming for the English province of the Subiaco Cassinese congregation.

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Dear Bishop Pat, in light of one of the earlier comments. I wish confirm that there is no “Father Joseph” in Harrington Street and Fr. Kirby, OSB, has not been seen at the location for a long period of time. The comment is malicious and baseless.

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Did Priest In Dublin let their Parishoners know at Masses this Weekend that they were getting a new Assignment? The Rumours will be out in full force now. Before anyone attacks me, Just asking for a friend.

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3:51. He also touches young men young enough to be his sons, and exposes himself to them, to boot.

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We in Ireland can bask in the reflected glory of Archbishop Roche’s elevation to the cardinalate. Presumably he has Irish blood in his veins. Ad multos annos.

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Pat do you go to the crematorium to say prayers? Our parish priest refuses to drive over unless he is paid a fee of £30.

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£30 for what? A few prayers? I’m in the wrong job! Good man yourself Bishop Buckley

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4.00: No charge but I bet you get £50/60/100. Of course you do. Can’t imagine you officiate at many funerals..

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If you need our priest to do anything quick you bring wine and a smile. He’s and angry man

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It will remain to be seen what changes Noel Treanor will make in the summer with all the rumours of retirements and Priests leaving. Gabriel Lyons is sick of running two churches but that is the way forward.

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Yeah the workload is increasing but our pay is not, I’m exhausted and skint by the end of every month.

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I will not be running two churches or parishes. Not a chance. Noel needs to be put in his place, or get bloody Eugene and Gerard of their lazy holes and send them out. More fool Gabriel, didn’t think he was the walkover type.

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Where has Robert Nugent been hiding? I don’t miss his input on this blog at all, I so miss William Mulvihills, wonder when he will be back?

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4.12: If anyone misses Robert Nugent, look at his You Tube, Decrevi Determined to be Catholic. It’s a moan channel crying for the so called “good old days”. We’ve all gone astray without the Latin Mass and a daily proclamation if the Catechism of the Catholic. All problems solved if we have both…I despair at Robert’s preaching.

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5.58pm: Pat, at your age you wouldn’t be able to run 3 parishes. It’s an almost impossible task. I know. I have responsibility for 3 as moderator. The energy, attention, administration and organising required are overwhelming. Despite all our efforts to involve the laity, very few are prepared to give the necessary time and commitment. We have to be realistic about our strengths and abilities at 68 years of age +!!!

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Yes, it’s terrible the way they’ve been encouraged to think the parish was father’s. I wonder who did that.

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Something needs to be done in Corpus Christi parish, Fr McCafferty warned us today in mass not to be writing on this blog or he will refuse baptism, wedding and funeral services to anyone he finds out is feeding you information about him. I don’t think he is happy that someone told you the other day he was in Sitges.

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3:55pm Most who write to this blog wouldn’t go within a donkeys roar of McCafferty so he can go take a running jump for himself! McCafferty knows the Pope didn’t answer our complaints so then we found Pat so he can stuff that in his pipe & smoke it.

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Pat I hope you are enjoying your weekend sun, I am enjoying a few cocktails in Belfast City today and it’s going down a treat.

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Why are so many priests alcoholics? I bumped into one in Tesco who said he has just popped out for some bread and yet there was a bottle of whisky in the bag also.

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4.39: Are you not tired chasing after priests and nosing into their shopping baskets? You come on here with the same crap almost on a daily basis…It’s none of your business what any priest purchases at his local shop. You need a kick up the behind! You idiot.

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+Pat, you really have done your research for this blog posting. I was suspicious of your claim that Kirby was not listed as a priest of the Diocese of Meath on its website so I checked for myself. And you are right. Also not listed are Fr Benedict Andersen and Fr Houser. Andersen was ordained a deacon and a priest by Bishop Smith so he is a priest of Meath. But the status of Fr Houser is unclear. An online search indicates Houser was ordained by Archbishop Burke when he was the archbishop of St Louis in 2008. Then he was Burke’s secretary for a period in Rome. What possessed him to become a monk of Silverstream is beyond me but the diocese of his incardination it is not clear. He is not listed as a priest of Meath and he does not show up in the current list of priests incardinated in the Archdiocese of St Louis.

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I have checked with a se iir Dublin priest. Categorically, Kirby is not at Harrington Street.

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Only people who have the time and energy for pets should keep them, how does anybody have time for 3 German shepherds never mind 1, that priest should have them removed

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All the parishes I have been in and it is the people in the less affluent areas that are the nicest and down to earth.

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Ciaran Feeney is so lucky, he works in an area where the people are nice and very generous with their gifts

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Why is there a caravan sitting in the grounds of the presbytery and what does he use it for? It’s been there over a year and has not been moved.

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5:29pm invest in more expensive binoculars or get yourself along to Specsavers, caravan does not move in terms of distance but watch more closely & you will see it vibrate now and again.

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4.11
He was always pleasant and i offensive in Maynooth. Not a bad word could be said against him.

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David Delargy ruins parishes everywhere he goes. God help the next priest that takes over him on Shore Road. For what I had to mend was a disgrace.

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Will Aidan McCann be laicised? Probably suits him now, him and Ciaran Dallat must be the only two straight priests.

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4:48, I think I saw Fr Aidan McCann one time at Silverstream Priory, when I was browsing in their bookshop (before Covid). He must have been getting spiritual advice from Dom Kirby? 😂

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His Holiness has some wisdom. Mongolia which is largely Buddhist gets a Gallero. No party in Drumcondra/ Castlegoegan or Armagh/ Pennyburn today….not until the next time anyway 😂😂😂😂😂The Brady Bunch did their chances go good at all. Valpolicello Ripasso in celebration!!!

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Hunwicke+ has an interesting posting today about the Stowe Missal which dates back to Orthodox Catholic days in Ireland. Having a very early example of an Orthodox Catholic Roman Missal should be a source of extreme pride to the Irish, not some new cardinals, IMHO.

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Catholic, and if one likes Roman Catholic for it is very much Roman and Catholic in its focus, and interesting as the Mass ordinary appears to pre-Gregorian. None of these Ortho Latin Rite parishes can even manage Latin, whether Roman Rite or Sarum and have to use BCP derived Anglican translations (and nearly always have ex-Anglican congregations). The Cumdach is a startling survival too, obviously helped by being well hidden by the owners of Lackeen castle.
Yes, Fr Hunwicke is interesting, but appears to ride a ‘heretic pope’ hobbyhorse, so Pope Honorius is supposedly one, contrary to the very words of Pope St Leo II in a dogmatic letter to Eastern Roman Emperor Constantine IV (see Ott et al.). The idea is supposedly that Honorius was one, and others, so Pope Francis as heretic (more than strongly implied in what Fr Hunwicke writes), therefore raises no issue.

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It was cemetery Sunday today in Hannahstown and you should have seen the priests that were in attendance. Bunch of odd looking men completely out of touch with reality.

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5.31: How are they completely out of touch. That’s a most selfish and unkind comment. Typical of grumblers like you. Count yourself lucky that the good priests turn up year after year to provide spiritual comfort for all who grieve. Your type are ignorant.

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5:31pm consider yourself fortunate to have had a bunch of them on a Sunday morning- they must have been rough after Saturday night. They’ll have zoned back into what passes for reality by about Tuesday & then it’ll be the mid week sauna discount & that’s it then for rest of week, zombies.

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The state of the church in Ireland hurts me to the core. I wish you were head of the church of Ireland bishop Buckley

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No Catholic would disagree with that, but there has to be a manager on earth, hence the Roman Pontiff and his bishops. The Church of Ireland is headed ultimately on earth by Queen of England.

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How can Silverstream have a superior who is addicted to gay porn, and present themselves to the world as a paragon of “traditional” Benedictine observance? A mannequin in a cowl would be more a far more suitable spiritual father to vowed ascetics. Simply mind-boggling.

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In our parish, the door is never answered, the phone is never answered, letters are never responded to. Yet on the way up the driveway you can see the Priest standing peeking out the blinds and then standing back.

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6:40pm what do you expect this blog to do about it Maria? Has your Bishop advised you why his priest does not wish to engage with you? He is certainly behaving as if you are making life difficult for him somehow or maybe he is like Fr Ger Fitzgerald in Killaloe who is very forward in initiating relationships with female parishioners but as we read in cases of Yvonne & Carole he is very lacking in the mature adult department when things run their natural course as is often the case when one party to a relationship is irretrievably dysfunctional as in a priest who has made a vow of celibacy but actively pursues & engages in sexual relationships with vulnerable parishioners. You certainly appear to be making your priest uncomfortable in some way.

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Absolutely- she’s one can short of a six pack and well known for it. Even her sister says so!

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Gone are the days when housekeepers would find Priests in bed with nuns, other priests and lay plebs. Sad really

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Priests having relationships with housekeepers. Is that another thing that’s gone out since Vatican II?

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6:43pm That’s the subject for a blog some day for those of us old enough to recount our memories & observations – priests housekeepers & other labour for local Nobs sourced from mother & baby homes.

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I think more needs to be done to name and shame priests on this blog. Reach out and get more information about your priests and then tell Pat.

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Pat I am seeing a priest now for a few months and he tells me all the right things but I am fearful I am going to be treated like Yvonne and Carol, and that other lady that was left bleeding to death on her bathroom with a miscarriage. I know you will be there for me if I need you but I hope I don’t.

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6.56: What a silly, misguided, nonsensical and irresponsible person you are. That priest, if he is real, which I doubt, should drop you in the mountains and drive quickly off. You are a fantasist and an endangerment to men. I’m sure Pat will help you..find a therapist..

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7:45 Who died & put you in charge of this person’s life? Take your misogynistic comments and shove them where the sun don’t shine.

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9:06pm PMSL here at the idea that priests thinks anyone in their right mind would get in a car with a priest once we’ve had a trawl through this blog. +Pats blog should receive some funding from RoI & UK Victim Support Government services for alerting the public to the various numbers pulled on unsuspecting parishioners. Typical misogynistic clergy associations of mountains with getting rid of women, that one must be from Dublin/Wicklow area, Johnny Foxes should check their cameras more regularly.

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Us clergy are like mini celebrities in our local areas. I get noticed everywhere by people I don’t even know.

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7:20pm it’s probably because they recognise you from Grinder or Rate my Priest page. Maybe you’ve featured on Crime Watch?

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What do you think about this? Does anyone agree with me, that when a man is ordained he should have his prostate removed and his testicles?

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On this Sunday evening, if people could pray one decade of the rosary, it will help make the world a better place. Today is Glorious! 🙏
On this World Communications Day, may we all who are followers of Christ, reflect on how we can help to spread the gospel message. For the first 21 days of June, we will journey to the Summer Solstice with the 21 Chapters of the Gospel of John.
May the divine assistance remain always with us.
And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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Guardian reader at 5pm:
‘Pope Francis would have a problem if a cardinal is gay.’
If you read more critically you would notice that the entire MO of the church is to say one thing and do another, and wouldn’t believe the article you link.
It’s like the clergy are celibate and the church is bothered about children and their safety. Even the pretending to be against abortion pose is just that and nothing else.
In the journey into realizing the truth about the church we all pass through a stage where we think there are parts of the church where actions and words coincide. To avoid repeat disappointment it’s better to realize they don’t.

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Fantastic to see Francis sending out barely disguised messages in his recent appointment of cardinals. McElroy, as far as RC bishops go, is a sane and nuanced individual, an educated and thinking man, so the message in appointing. him rather than the like of Gomez of LA or Cordileone of SF is pretty clear. Not that they will get the message, so set are they in their culture wars, hard right, self-righteous Catholicism. I question the elevation of CockRoche however but I guess it was inevitable. Nichols will be furious, I suspect. Competition. Bully Boy Wilson in Southwark is probably licking his wounds after the shambles about the gay author being banned from one of his schools, and the strike by teachers there, and the intervention of unions and others to find a sensible resolution, which he could not provide. These idiot bishops who get up and grandstand. They show themselves to be thick, lacking sophistication and sense. What a crowd. Mind you, what do you expect to come out of our seminaries, such mediocre and lacking places which do not equip priests for the real world, but rather bolster a sense of self-importance ?

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9:36pm

Orthodox Catholic is used by those of us who appreciate the ancient Roman Catholic tradition. I find that former Protestants favor the term Orthodox Christian.

What’s wrong with Right-worshipping combined with Universal? The Canon Missae plays with these terms too.

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Orthodox in capital letters usually means Eastern Orthodox, traditionally defined as schismatic now usually ‘separated’, while Orthodox Catholic is more usually a rarer variant of Greek Rite Catholic, Uniate, Byzantine. It is no harm to anyone to vary the terms on a personal basis, but publicly words usually mean what most take them to mean; English has no Académie française. Peace.

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