“Dear Bishop Pat,
I am a longstanding priest of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore.
I pen this after much thought and prayer and after discussions with colleagues.
Our diocese is being destroyed by a tyrant and a bully – Phonsie Cullinan.
Since he arrived our good name has been dragged through the mud by his irrational and right wing pronouncements on matters such as the cervical cancer preventative vaccine for girls and his antideluvian pronouncements on matters like yoga.
FR RICHARD GEOGHEGAN:
In the recent past he has bullied Father Richard into signing an application to Rome for laicisation. Richard always wanted to be a priest and was always a good priest. If you want to, visit Carrick on Suir and ask about him.
He has always been totally pastoral and famous for his punctuality. Children and adults loved his short but straight to the point homilies. He kept parish books and registers to perfection.
Richard also endeared himself to all with his humanity, his sense of humour, his non clerical friendliness and his involvement in parish events, pantomimes and dramas.
Yes, he was and is “different” – but in the very best of ways. Some say he is eccentric? But how refreshing a relief that is from the black suit and never smiling brigade.
He is a very sensitive man and Phonsie spotted that from the beginning and used it against Richard. Richard likes to be called Richard. But Phonsie taunted him by calling him “Richie”.
Phonsie made a point of sending for Richard after dark and we know that after some of those meetings Richard emerged to both cry and vomit.
Richard is a people person. Phonsie appointed him to a very isolated parish which had been left in a horrible state by his predecessor. Richard was driven, to attempt suicide an attempt that thankfully did not end in his death.
Phonsie often reminded him of that dark hour in a most unkind and non pastoral fashion.
Even at Confirmations now many children don’t want their children photographed with Phonsie.
Since he arrived Phonsie has always had a number of young men and women living with him in his house. Creepy! What is this about?
SUPPORT OF RICHARD PURCELL
None of us can understand the strange relationship between Phonsie and the now deposed Richard Purcell.
Phonsie supported him to the bitter end.
What was all this really about?
We know how much you love Waterford and Lismore. You finished your training in our seminary. You were ordained in our cathedral 46 years ago.
You were a lifelong friend of our Monsignor John Shine. And he thought as much of you as you did of him.
We were absolutely appalled at how Phonsie treated you at Monsignor Shine’s funeral by creating a totally unChristian scene and refusing you Holy Communion.
He even called for some of the priests present on the sanctuary to physically remove you from the church. My God!
Bishop Russell who ordained you was a gentleman. Bishop Lee was a good pastor to his priests.
Phonsie often says that you, Pat are “pure evil”.
But the priests and people of Waterford know who the truly evil one is – and its not you, dear Pat.
Even the retired Bishop Lee dreads Phonsie’s lunch invitations and offer those occasions up for the souls in Purgatory.
Please continue your close scrutiny of Cullinan so that we might soon be free of him.
With the kindest regards,
Waterford and Lismore”.
Thank you for your most welcome and self explanatory email.
I’ve known from the beginning that Phonsie was a disastrous appointment.
Now that clergy, parents and even the bishop emeritus are expressing frustration and angst things are really gathering pace.
He must be removed ASAP.
How that can be achieved is not clear.
Hopefully the Holy Spirit will intervene.