LETTER TO EAMON MARTIN
I wish to put on record a formal objection to the ordination of Stephen Wilson on next Sunday June 26 th 2022.
I make this formal objection on my own behalf and on behalf of the many people among the People of God to whom I have spoken and who have contacted me, including a number of Armagh priests.
Our objection is based on our conviction that this man is unsuitable for ordination as he does not have the moral fibre to be a priest and our conviction that he will cause much “admiratio” among the People of God.
We are particularly concerned about his ability to keep the Solemn Promise of Celibacy you will ask him to make on Sunday next.
Furthermore, we do not believe that those involved with his training have given you an accurate report of his suitability.
Nor do we believe that Mr Wilson himself has been totally open with you about many matters.
We are also seriously concerned about your own ability to judge who is or is not worthy of ordination – displayed by your behaviour in the many cases of priests who have caused grave scandal within your diocese and are now “missing in action” – MIA, or returned to ministry in an occult manner – Rev. Rory Coyle, Rev Eamon Mc Camley, Rev Ryan Mc Aleer etc.
There is something deeply troubling about your attitude to homosexually active priests – an attitude, in my mind, that can only come your own personal and internal conflicts.
That is why I am copying this letter to the Congregation of Bishops and the Congregation of the Clergy in Rome
I am not foolish enough to think that this letter to you will change anything.
But I wanted to put a formal objection on record so that when the inevitable happens you cannot plead ignorance or say you were not warned.
In the Name of Jesus Christ I ask you not to proceed with this ordination.
Your brother bishop,
+ Pat Buckley
Canon 277 of the Code of Canon Law (promulgated in 1983) states: “Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and therefore are bound to celibacy which is a special gift of God by which sacred ministers can adhere more easily to Christ with an undivided heart and are able to dedicate themselves more freely to the service of God and humanity.”