UPDATE: Cardinal Cupich’s decision to cancel the CKSP in Chicago was scheduled to be announced on Sunday, July 17. The announcement did not happen which has lead people to speculate whether Cupich will actually proceed. Follow us for the latest update.
Cupich of Chicago has told the members of the Institute of Christ the King in Chicago, that he is effectively shutting them down as of 1 August. This will be formally announced on Sunday at the Institute’s church on the South Side of Chicago.
No Masses. Nothing. 31 July is their last day to function.
I’m sorry that the Institute itself was not able to break the news.
This is very bad for everyone, as it is another move to slam shut the gates of grace, to make the Church smaller, stingier, narrower. If a place is doing well, then – by gum – crush it.
I’m sorry that the Institute itself was not able to break the news.
This is very bad for everyone, as it is another move to slam shut the gates of grace, to make the Church smaller, stingier, narrower. If a place is doing well, then – by gum – crush it.
There are two issues at stake here.
2. But, at a much deeper level,there is the question of the TLM being used by its adherents to:
1. There is the Vatican 11 Mass versus the Traditional Latin Mass.
A. Reject the Second Vatican Council.
B. Reject the Papacy of Francis.
The TLM has been hijacked by the right wing RC extremists as a battering ram against Vatican 11 and Francis.
Politically, the Vatican has no other option but to oppose this TLM trogan horse.
It’s not a battle about the language used at Mass.
Last week, I was informed that Elijah Carroll resigned as the Prior of Silverstream Priory. However, as you know, I take an evidence-based approach to what is published on my blog, so I made some enquiries. And very kindly some of the priests that provide me with information within your own diocese confirmed this fact.
I already know the answer to this question, but, is it true that the new Prior of Silverstream Priory is: Fr. Basil Mary MacCabe, OSB, a monk of the French-based Abbey of Saint-Joseph de Clairval de Flavigny?
I have been told that Fr. Basil Mary MacCabe, OSB, in the past, was a visitor to Silverstream Priory and was impressed with the place. Is this true? If so, is the appointment of Fr. MacCabe an attempt to rehabilitate the malign legacy of Dom Mark Kirby? Surely, growing-up in Cork, you would have been aware of the adage — you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, and that is a maxim that is applicable to Silverstream Priory.
Readers of my blog will be curious to know: did you approach the Benedictine troubleshooter, Abbot Brendan Coffey of Glenstal Abbey and ask him to provide a priest from Glenstal to act as Prior of Silverstream?
Did the kindly Abbot Brendan tell you to look beyond the shores because Silverstream has become so toxic no mainstream Benedictine community in Ireland would wish to be associated with it under any circumstances? If so, Abbot Brendan has given you sound advice.
It is my understanding that Fr. MacCabe has been a monk of Flavigny for some time. I am told it is a very odd place. Like Silverstream Priory – Flavigny is not authentically Benedictine because its monks go out and give retreats based on the exercises of St. Ignatius. Flavigny, too, has its own troubled history with ecclesiastical authorities but unlike Silverstream it has NOT been mired in sexual scandal, which is a blessed relief. So, the questions that flow from that observation are: a) has Fr. MacCabe, OSB been appointed to oversee the closure and suppression of Silverstream Priory; and, b) if that is the case: will the professed monks of Silverstream be transferring to Flavigny or will Silverstream become a satellite community under the jurisdiction of French-based Abbey?
Did you demand the resignation of Elijah Carroll? Did you threaten to remove him by Decree? Of course, readers of my blog would like to know: did Elijah resign voluntarily, due to the fact that I have repeatedly highlighted on my blog his addiction to gay porn? Alternatively, it has been suggested that my last missive to you about traditionalist communities approaching bishops to be illicitly ordained might have been a catalyst in your decision-making: is there any truth in that observation?
Do you regret appointing Elijah Carroll as superior? Back in the day when I first started blogging about Silverstream, was he [Carroll] recommended to you as a potential superior by Abbot Brendan of Glenstal Abbey because he [Coffey] was desperate to end his association with Silverstream in light of my blog? If that was the case – would you accept that Elijah was not an inspired choice and Abbot Coffey has bad judgement?
Presumably, the Rt. Rev’d Dom Jean-Bernard Marie Bories, OSB, who was elected the third abbot of the Abbey of Saint-Joseph de Clairval de Flavigny on May 8, 2020, gave written permission for the appointment of Fr. MacCabe? In an act of transparency – are you Bishop Deenihan willing to publish his written permission on the website of the Diocese of Meath?
Silverstream Priory in the past would have been subject to the jurisdiction of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, however, the jurisdiction of that Commission has now been transferred on January 19, 2019 to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in light of the Motu Proprio of Pope Francis: was the aforementioned Congregation consulted and permission received from same to appoint Fr. MacCabe, OSB, as the Prior of Silverstream Priory?
As Fr. MacCabe belongs to a monastery of diocesan right located within the Archdiocese of Dijon, did the Ordinary, Archbishop Antoine Henry Pierre Marie Hérouard give written permission for the appointment of Fr. MacCabe as the new superior of Silverstream Priory?
Do you as the Ordinary of the Diocese of Meath have any concerns that the new Prior of Silverstream was only ordained a priest on October 17, 2020 by the then Archbishop of Dijon, Roland Minnerath?
I am told at Flavigny Abbey, the Community Mass is celebrated using the Novus Ordo. However, I am also told that priests of the community celebrate so-called Low Masses using the Extraordinary Form. Have you instructed Silverstream Priory to celebrate the Eucharist using the Missal of Paul VI? And will this be one of the first acts of the new Prior: to impose the new missal? If the community at Silverstream refused to accept the new Rite – will you seek guidance from Cardinal-elect Roche at the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments?
Obviously, the question we all want answered: will Dom Kirby and Dom Andersen be returning to Silverstream to be subject to the jurisdiction of the new Prior?
In plain sight – the paedophile headteacher who escaped justice for 50 years
The Marist Brothers and Fathers have educated prime ministers, judges, cardinals and All Blacks at their prestigious Catholic high schools. But their record of sexual abuse is horrific. Worse still was their handling of the abuse when it was exposed. In this series, The Secret History, Steve Kilgallon investigates the power, abuse and cover-ups at the heart of two highly-influential and wealthy religious groups.
Warning: This story may be upsetting to some.
He was an exceptionally good teacher who brought history to life, who could spark teenage boys’ interest in Aristotle, Plato, Marx and the Reformation. He taught in some of New Zealand’s best-known schools, and ascended to be rector of one, St Patrick’s College Silverstream, a prestigious boys’ high school in Wellington. He lectured at Victoria University. He died with a glowing reputation, eulogised as a “brilliant and inspiring teacher”.
Francis ‘Frank’ Durning was “a very fine scholar”, Sir Tipene O’Regan recalled in his autobiography; Durning’s Christian theology classes were “one of the most liberating intellectual experiences of my life”.
Another former pupil always credited Durning as the teacher who transformed him “from an average student to a boy who topped his class”.
But Durning was a lifelong paedophile. His record was so lengthy, it seems incomprehensible that his behaviour was not known at the highest levels of Catholicism.
FRED THE FIDDLER
The present head of his order, Tim Duckworth, now denies ever telling a survivor of Durning’s abuse that his nickname within the Marist Fathers was ‘Fred the Fiddler’. Several former students, however, recall Durning being widely known as ‘The Fiddler’ and ‘The Groper’
Durning never faced the courts, police or even internal sanctions for his behaviour before he died in April 1999 at the age of 84. His story illustrates how entrenched paedophilia was in some Catholic schools, and the generational impact the abusers had even after they were long retired.
Durning was rector of Silverstream, and then vice-rector of its brother school, St Patrick’s College Wellington (known as ‘Stream’ and ‘Town’), both owned by the Marist Fathers.
Former pupils say his behaviour was common knowledge.
Everyone knew what was going to happen when you went up to Fred Durning’s room,” says Roy*, now 76, who was a third-former at St Pat’s Town in 1957, where Durning had moved a year earlier from Silverstream.
Every new arrival was given an appointment to visit Durning in his study-bedroom for a facts-of-life talk. When Roy arrived, Durning fondled his genitals. “It almost seemed an acceptable thing. I never said anything to my parents … It’s a wonder someone didn’t. Maybe they did?”
Mike Nicholas also had the summons. Durning pulled him close, pressing his erect penis against him, before Nicholas broke free and ran from the room. “It threw my head,” he says. “I felt so uncomfortable. What did I do to cause that? Durning was a very intelligent man, and he deliberately cultivated this image of being a holy priest… it must have been me, I thought [that caused his behaviour].”
Only after counselling many years later, in which he was invited to imagine ‘flushing’ Durning down the toilet, did Nicholas come to terms with the incident.
Another former pupil recalls: “I was outside his door once and a student came flying out of his room and said ‘you’re not going to get your hands on me, you dirty old bastard’.”
Roy wondered why nobody had complained
But perhaps they already had.
Before his arrival at Town in 1956, Durning had been rector – headteacher – of Silverstream from 1950 to 1954.
One of those he abused in those years was Pat Cleary. Cleary gave evidence, albeit posthumously (he passed away at the age of 82 in July 2020), to the Royal Commission currently enquiring into sexual abuse by the state and religious institutions.
Cleary, who said Durning had molested him and demanded intimate massages when he was a third-form student in 1951, and that another Marist Father, Patrick Minto, had kissed and cuddled him, was convinced two contemporaries had “blown the whistle” on Durning to the authorities, and Durning had been swiftly removed from the school to avoid further controversy.
The Catholic Church failed in an attempt to have much of Cleary’s testimony struck out and the names of Durning, Minto and others suppressed in the Commission’s transcripts.
Tim Duckworth said they wanted five names – including Minto’s – suppressed because they had no cases of abuse upheld against them and they “considered it similar to a person having name suppression in a court hearing until the evidence is heard.” He said he would welcome anyone with complaints about Minto to contact him.
Durning definitely departed Silverstream midway through the 1954 academic year. In 1955, his Rector’s Report in the school magazine thanks a Mr Watson for “accepting my invitation to come to our assistance when I was going on leave” and also, “I owe a special debt of gratitude to Father George who deputised for me during my absence from the school early in the year”.
Duckworth said he had no information that complaints were made about Durning in 1954. “I am happy to receive information that you are able to provide.”
Among the others Durning abused was Albert Lewis*. “Durning was 43 when I was at St Pat’s,” says Albert. “If he was abusing boys at three or four a year, he would have abused 200 boys.”
Now aged 83, Lewis says Durning is a name discussed when old boys gather. “This is a topic that can now be discussed around the barbecue,” he says. At one of them, a former classmate said at least 15 of his friends knew of Durning’s activities, or had been abused by him.
Lewis is convinced that Silverstream at the time was “like a crime ring”, citing Durning, Minto – whom he says was aware of Durning’s abuse of him – and the theologian Michael Shirres, later accused of multiple cases of abuse. He also named another teacher, also a Marist Father, of that time as an alleged abuser.
Responding to Lewis’s testimony at the Royal Commission, Tim Duckworth said: “I’m absolutely convinced when I read [his] evidence he believes we all knew about it all of the time. But I can and I would, if you wanted me to, and will subsequently show you that that’s not true, and couldn’t have been true.”
Asked about that declaration by Stuff, Duckworth said he would not comment on individual cases.
Durning would later teach at St Bede’s in Christchurch, spend time in Samoa (which later prompted former leader David Kennerley to promise to alert officials over there), and at Holy Cross College, a Catholic seminary in Mosgiel.
Mike Nicholas was studying at Holy Cross when a now elderly Durning arrived to deliver a lecture on the Reformation. He says Durning carefully avoided him. “I can really understand why people rave about Durning … he drew you right into it. It gave me a great appreciation, but I was still wary of the bastard.”
Durning was later appointed chaplain at Rochester Hall, a Canterbury University hall of residence, and lectured history part-time at the university.
Even as an elderly man, Durning continued to offend. Another former Canterbury student remembers arriving as a first year student and being asked by Durning to dress a ‘carbuncle’ on his inner, upper thigh. “I got out of there as soon as I could, and when the veterans arrived, I was warned immediately about him … told it was not unusual, and I’d had a lucky escape.”
Nicholas recalls one former Rochester student saying they had pranked Durning by turning on a communal shower then using a stopwatch to time how long it would take Durning to arrive to catch a glimpse of a naked student.
Imagine a so called “religious” abusing boys for 50 years!
Imagine his superiors covering all that up for 50 years!
But hear this story time and time again.
We have been hearing it now for 20 + years.
We will continue to hear it for 20 + more years.
We will probably end up with MILLIONS OF CASES of children abused by Priests, religious brothers and nuns.
Imagine the reports yet to come from AFRICA and SOUTH AMERICA and ASIA where thousands of Irish and other national missionaries were despatched to.
How can it be inaccurate, unjust or over the top to call this suffering a HOLOCAUST?
And unlike in Hitler’s case ALL DONE IN THE NAME OF GOD!
“Oh, how do you solve a problem like Am……y? How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand? When I’m with her I’m confused Out of focus and bemused And I never know exactly where I am Unpredictable as weather She’s as flighty as a feather“.
Eamon Martin is in the throes of compiling abd publishing Armagh Clerical Changes 2022.
What a job with so many skeletons in the Closet and so many scandals exploding?
EAMON MC CAMLEY – The Keady Net Flasher
FATHER MC VEIGH – The Pomeroy Accidential Gay pornographer
RORY COYLE – The Grindr amateur
AIDAN MC CANN – The Ladies Lavatory Chaplain
RYAN MC ALEER – The Cherry Owner
EMLYN MC GINN – The Cherry Popper
ODE TO AMY JULY 2023
There’s a big girl in Ara Coeli, With a problem worse than Daly. All her priests are Friends of Dolly. And the latest wheeled a trolly.
She has Ryan gone a travellin, And poor Rory’s still unravellin. Old Mc Camley’s still in Limbo, And McVeigh’s without a Jimbo.
She has laid her hands on Steve, And Mc Cann’s on courtroom leave. McGinn’s accused and not so merry, After popping poor Ryan’s cherry.
These are the ones of whom are aware, But there are others waiting in their lair. The Grindr boys are bad and bold, And they are legion in Amy’s fold.
God was “weaponised” by priests to help silence their victims and justify their abuse, an inquiry report has found.
A report into the psychology of people who abuse children was released by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on Wednesday, with its roundtable experts finding abusers from religious settings “had the capacity for self-delusion, engaging in thinking that was illogical” and that some “handed the moral responsibility for the abuse back to God”.
The 33-page report said it may have been easier for those from religious settings to abuse because of them being able to take advantage of the habitual deference offered to them.
Abusers could rely on being in high regard, using that as a way to silence children, and may have even allowed the abuser to think he had the permission to abuse children and “act with impunity”.
The expert panel told inquiry chairwoman Lady Smith that God was “weaponised” and the Catholic Church “reinforced that sense of permission to abuse children”.
One of the things that make RCC corruption and abuse so satanic is that they claim to be God’s reps on earth and do EVERYTHING in the name of God.
I once dealt with a very unhappily married woman who had talked to a religious order priest about her marriage problems.
He used her unhappy situation to lure her into a sexual relationship with him.
On one occasion he persuaded her to lay naked on an altar and said Mass over her naked body.
He then consecrated her to be his “spiritual servant” with who he could have sex so that he could have the strength to serve God through the priesthood.
This of course was totally twisted and weird.
As God’s priest servant he felt he gad a God given right to use this woman as he saw fit.
The priest was also, at the time, in a sexual relationship with two other women – a widow and a Belfast nun
The RCC and its bishops and priests have been weaponising God for their own ends for at least 1500 years.
The Roman Catholic Church is going to have to decide between teaching its basic teachings, even and especially when unwelcome, or changing its teachings, either because they changing or to simply please “the world”.
1. The RCC teaches that masturbation is a mortal sin that can lead to hell. The world regards this teaching as nonsense.
2. The RCC teaches that sex before marriage is a mortal sin. Others disagree.
3. The RCC teaches that having an abortion or assisting someone to have one is a mortal sin, and attracts the penalty of automatic excommunication. Others, including practising Catholics, take another view.
4. The RCC teaches that homosexual acts are disordered and mortally sinful. The world now marries people engaging in them.
And there are other Church teachings.
So, the RCC has a decision to make.
Up to now it has sat on the fence trying to be all things to all men and women.
They need to tell us whether or not the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church still apply in 2022.
Of course if they insist on their traditional teachings more and more people will walk away.
If they change their teachings they will be accused, especially by the RC Right of having sold out the faith.
Currently the RCC is morally ambitious.
First the archbishop of San Francisco refuses Nancy Pelosi Holy Communion.
Then the pope and Vatican give her Communion.
The RCC needs to declare their bottom line teachings – and then stick with them.
Of course, the other big problem is that bishops and priests who represent the Church globally are themselves involved in all kinds of sinful and immoral behaviour – and excusing themselves.
Remember Ger Fitzgerald’s crazy statement:
“My canon lawyer tells me I did nothing wrong – except to be immoral”
That very statement is a summary of the lack of morals of bishops and priests.
And that’s why most people write them off now as total hypocrites!
Fr. John Bane, Co-PP, Ceantar na Lochanna Pastoral Area, resident in Broadford retired in January 2022 now living in Clarecastle and offering pastoral assistance in the Abbey Pastoral Area.
Fr. Martin O’Brien, Cuan an Chláir, Ennis, to be priest in residence, Tulla and offer pastoral assistance to Ceantar na Lochanna Pastoral Area.
Fr. Willie McCormack, Co-PP, Odhrán Pastoral Area to remain in Puckane and become AP in November.
Fr. Des Hillery, VG, VF Odhrán Pastoral area, resident in Nenagh to go on Sabbatical returning for an appointment in the diocese early in the New Year.
Fr. Pat Gilbert, returning from leave of absence be Co-PP in Odhrán Pastoral area and VF and to reside in Nenagh.
Fr. Michael Casey, Co-PP to become VF of Cois Fharraige Pastoral area in place of Fr. Gerry Kenny who continues as Co-PP.
Fr. Michael Harding, Co-PP, Cronan Pastoral Area, resident in Roscrea to go on sabbatical leave for one year.
Fr. Pat Treacy, Co-PP, Cronan Pastoral Area, resident in Roscrea to go on sabbatical leave for one year.
Fr. John Molloy, Co-PP, Ollatrim Pastoral Area, resident in Toomevara to be Co-PP Cronan Pastoral Area, resident in Roscrea and VF.
Fr. Francis Xavier Kochuveettil, CC, Tradaree Pastoral Area, resident in Shannon to be Co-PP, Ollatrim Pastoral Area to be resident in Toomevara.
Fr. Antun Pasilic, newly ordained, resident in Cathedral House, Ennis to be CC, Cronan Pastoral Area, resident in Roscrea.
Fr. Martin Blake returning from leave of absence to be Co-PP, Pro-tem in Abbey Pastoral Area, residing in Cathedral House, Ennis.
Fr. Michael Collins, Co-PP Tradaree Pastoral Area, resident in Newmarket-on-Fergus to become VF for the Pastoral Area and to offer Catechetical assistance to complement the work of Fr. Harry Bohan in Sixmilebridge Parish.
Appointments to take effect from Friday, 26th of August, 2022.
New propo0sals on the restructuring of parishes in the Archdiocese of Dublin will buy the church between five and ten years at most because the situation is “critical”, a senior priest has warned.
Fr Aquinas Duffy, parish priest of Cabinteely, who is also Vicar Forane for up to 15 parishes in the Bray Deanery in Dublin, made his comments after it emerged that a total of 34 priests in the diocese have died since February 2020, the youngest of whom was just 52.
Anybody who works in parishes can see the structures are collapsing around us. The time for talk is over; concrete action needs to be taken,” he said. “This crisis has been coming for many years, but Covid has pushed us further over the cliff.”
He said the new move to appoint a parish priest to multiple parishes would put huge pressure on priests.
As part of its plans for radical change to offset the impact of a declining and ageing clergy, the Archdiocese of Dublin’s new strategy, “Building Hope”, has asked parishioners to identify nearby parishes with whom they can share resources in terms of finances, personnel and volunteers
According to Fr Duffy, the future will see major changes such as priestless funerals, with parishes relying increasingly on lay-led liturgies.
The RC archbishop of Dublin has plenty of properties to sell.
But he has no priests and seminarians!
The Church was not founded to be a big estate agency.
It was founded to be a spiritual society.
They have plenty of money.
But few priests, no seminarians and a quickly disappearing congregation.
So what’s the point anymore?
Most Catholics do no attend Mass or church regularly anymore.
They do continue to use churches and priests for Christenings, weddings and funerals.
But that’s it because they believe. It’s only because that’s traditional and they have not found an alternative.
But the Christenings are not acts of faith. They are really just a way of naming their child so they can have a bit party.
Their weddings are not acts of faith either. They are there for the nice gothic building and their photographs of it.
The funerals are not acts of faith either. Its just that they don’t want to bury their granny in the back garden.
So the situation has devevelooed whereby priests turn a blind eye to lack of faith. The couples get the nice pics and Father gets a few quid.
By all means get your finances right.
But if the priority is not Faith and Spirituality ans Pastoral Care does the RCC ot become just another financial institution?
The Catholic Church in Dublin is going to cash in on the property price boom by selling off unused buildings and land.
Parochial houses in parishes where there are now no longer priests are top of the list for sale.
The Archbishop of Dublin, Dermot Farrell, is hiring a full-time property expert to work on the portfolio.
The move could potentially net tens of millions of euro for the archdiocese.
The sell-off comes as the church hierarchy in the capital merges parishes because of the shortage of priests
A Property Asset Manager is being recruited to devise a strategy on sales. The expert will have “significant property transaction experience, including managing complex transactions through to completion”.
Properties owned across the 197 parishes of the diocese include churches, parochial houses, parish halls and associated lands.
We are now seeing why Dermot Ledwith Farrell was really sent to Dublin.
It was to put Dublin b)ack in the black after Diarmuid wrecked it with international flights and € 50,000 kitchens 😀
There will be all kinds of buildings and land sold off now.
I might even pick up a little North County Dublin church for myself if I get a sponsor 😀
DOWN AND CONOR CHANGES 2022
Clerical Appointments July 2022
Bishop Ray Browne wishes to announce the following changes of appointment of clergy of the Diocese of Kerry:
Fr. Tom Leane, PP Dromtariffe
Fr. Joseph Begley Glengarriff to the Killarney Pastoral area and to minister in Killarney.
Fr. Jim Lenihan Killarney to the Killarney Pastoral area and to be PP Glenflesk.
Fr. Niall Howard Killarney to the Kenmare Pastoral area and to be PP Glengarriff.
Fr. Sean Jones St. John’s, Tralee to the Killarney Pastoral area and to minister in Killarney.
The parish of Dromtariffe will be served by the priests of the Duhallow/Sliabh Luchra Pastoral Area, with Fr. Jack Fitzgerald as Moderator.
Priests of all Pastoral Areas of the Diocese take up additional responsibilities outside their own parishes and within the Pastoral Area. This will be decided and communicated locally.
These changes will become effective on Wednesday, July 20th 2022
Fr. Nicholas Flynn
PARTIAL DUBLIN CHANGES
BALLYGALL PARISH WEBSITE.
Fr. Richard Sheehy, Moderator of our Grouping of Parishes, based in Glasnevin is being moved to Brackenstown, Swords.
Fr. Kieran Dunne will be coming to Glasnevin as curate.
Fr. Joseph Ryan (Ballygall) has been appointed as Moderator of the Glasnevin Grouping of Parishes.
In neighbouring Finglas, Fr. Richard Hyland is being appointed as PP of the three parishes: St. Canice’s, Rivermount and Finglas West.
Fr. Martin Hogan comes as curate
Fr. Eamon Cahill retires but continues as Team assistant.
All moves take place in mid-July.
Yesterday afternoon at 3 pm we received Seamus’ body into The Oratory.
It was a small family and friends occasion and the well known Irish flautist BARRY KERR provided a fine musical tribute.
FUNERAL MASS LIVENON FACEBOOK LIVE AT 3 PM WEDNESDAY 13TH JULY.
Seamus will now rest in The Oratory until Wednesday afternoon.
His body will be cremated on Thursday and his ashes buried in Gurteen on Sunday afternoon.