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HOW CAN A PRIEST BE A KILLER AND BOMBER?

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-11058002

The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has released his long awaited report into the Claudy bombing which killed nine people in July 1972.

In it, he has effectively confirmed what many have believed for 38 years – a Catholic priest was involved in carrying out the atrocity and that the police, British government and Catholic Church conspired to keep that fact a secret.

The report said that police in 1972 believed that Father James Chesney was the IRA’s director of operations in south Derry and was directly involved with the Claudy bombings.

However, the police force at the time, the Royal Ulster Constabulary, never brought Fr Chesney in for questioning.

Fr Chesney was the curate in Cullion, one of the smallest parishes in County Londonderry, near the village of Desertmartin.

Ombudsman investigators spoke to a former Special Branch detective who said he had wanted to arrest Fr Chesney in 1972, but was told by an assistant chief constable (ACC) that matters were in hand.

That same ACC then wrote to the Northern Ireland Office asking what action “could be taken to render harmless a dangerous priest”.

He asked would it be possible to bring the subject up with cardinals or bishops.

In December 1972, a NIO official wrote back to the ACC to say that the matter had been discussed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Willie Whitelaw and Cardinal Conway, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

The letter read: “The Cardinal said that he knew the priest was a very bad man. The Cardinal mentioned the possibility of transferring him to Donegal.”

The then RUC chief constable, Graham Shillington, said he would prefer a “transfer to Tipperary”.

Fr Chesney was moved to a parish in County Donegal in 1973, he died in 1980.

No paramilitary group has ever claimed responsibility for the bombing and no one has ever been convicted of it, but for more than 30 years rumours circulated that a Catholic priest and the IRA were behind the attack.

When the investigation into Claudy was re-opened in 2002, part of its remit was to investigate claims that the British government, RUC and the Catholic Church conspired to cover up the activities of the priest.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said that a search of papers from 1972 indicated that a priest in south Derry had been an active member of the IRA.

They did not name him, but few doubted the priest in question was Fr Chesney.

PAT SAY

Currently, we are celebrating the 50 th anniversary of the dreadful Claudy Bombing in which nine people were killed.

I cannot understand how anyone, especially a priest, would have it in them to murder anyone – especially innocent people.

Many Catholic members of the Republican paramilitary groups used the Catholic Church’s own teaching of “the just war” to justify their actions.

Most of us would agree that a just war is a war against invading aggressors.

But by 1969 the British had been in Ireland for 800 years. During that time they had inflicted massive wrongs and injustices against the Catholic and Nationalist community.

There was indeed widespread discrimination to be fought against.

And as somebody who has been in Northern Ireland for 44 years now I have to admit that the unjust Unionist Junta would have never ceded power without being forced to.

No reigning power in the world ever gave up power willingly.

It is a sad lesson of history that unjust regimes have so often had to be removed by the power of the gun.

I am very sad when reflecting on this.

But I simply cannot get my head around a priest blowing up innocent people.

To my mind it is the absolute anthitisis of what the priest follower of Christ is meant to do.

The Two Priests

BY ARCHIBALD MACLEISH

Man in the West
Man in the East

Man lives best
Who loves life least,
Says the Priest in the West.

Man in the flesh
Man in the ghost

Man lives best
Who fears death most,
Says the Priest in the East.

Man in the West
Man in the East
Man in the flesh
Man in the ghost

Man lives best
Who loves life most,
Who fears death least,
Says the Man to the Priest
In the East, in the West.

CREDITS

Archibald MacLeish, from Collected Poems 1917–1982, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1985.

FROM GAY PARIS TO METROSEXUAL MAYOBRIDGE 😀

HUGH CONNOLLY BECOMES THE PARISH PRIEST OF THE METROPOLIS OF MAYOBRIDGE

HUGH CONNOLLY

DROMORE CLERICAL CHANGES

  • Very Rev Canon Gerald Powell to retire as Parish Priest of Tullylish and to reside in the Parochial House, Burren Parish.
  • Very Rev Desmond Loughran, PP Mayobridge to become Parish Priest of Tullylish Parish and Vicar Forane of the St Patrick’s Pastoral Area.
  • Rt Rev Mgr. Hugh Connolly, returning to the Diocese of Dromore following his chaplaincy at the Irish College in Paris over the past five years, to become Parish Priest of Mayobridge.
  • Rev. Colm Murphy, returning from a period of sabbatical and study leave, to be CC of the parishes of Moyraverty and Seagoe.
  • Rev Shajan Panachickal Michael, on loan from the Eparchy of Kothamangalam, India, to be CC Magheralin.
  • Fr. Robert Markuszewski, CC in the Parishes of Newry and Saval, returning to be a Parish Priest in his home city of Bialystok, Poland.
  • Fr Krzysztof Kosciolek, SChr, CC in the parishes of Burren and Warrenpoint, to take up a new position in the Society of Christ Province of the Sacred Heart.
  • Fr Wojciech Stachyra SChr, currently working in the Archdiocese of Westminster, to be CC in the parishes of Newry and Saval, with an outreach to the Polish community in the region.
  • Rev Carlos Esteban Rojo, on loan from the Archdiocese of Armagh, to continue his ministry as Deacon in the Parishes of Newry and Saval.
  • Permanent Deacon, Rev Brendan McAllister will continue his ministry in the Parish of Kilbroney, Rostrevor.
  • Permanent Deacon, Rev Gerard McBrien will continue his ministry in the Parishes of Clonduff and Drumgath.

209 replies on “HOW CAN A PRIEST BE A KILLER AND BOMBER?”

I think there is no doubt that without armed Republican activity there would have been no Sunningdale, Anglo Irish Agreement or successful 1998 power sharing. Catholics would likely still be in a position of disadvantage in NI. The gun works, as it did in 1920-1922.

The IRA had some stunning military victories including South Armagh, Brighton and Two Mile Water. But their disasters were numerous and Claudy was up there with the worst. There was outright incompetence in many bombings and attacks and innocents died for no gain only heartache for families and very bad press. The notion that a bombing would go ahead without warning because phonelines were down is appalling. It was also against IRA policy.

I dont blame the RCC for this – terrorists can come from anywhere. The priest was questioned, lied and politically it was far more dangerous to jail him than let him go. The RCC did pack him off to Donegal. That said he is definitely in Hell for his evil carelessness.

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Dear Pat. The Claudy bombings, along with with many atrocities was supporterd by many clergy, and politicians during days we all wish to try forget, but never will. I was a young man in 1998 when Omagh happened. I fell out with my father immensely during this period, because he was a Republican supporter. After many difficult a time between us he whole heartedly agreed. I never could imagine that all these things were mistakes, not to all on both sides that lost more than us. I do believe Ireland will be a United Ireland in my lifetime, but not because of sectarian violence. Maybe I’m wrong on this??

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Many priests have been noted political animals over the years but this guy is beyond the pale. Prayers for the victims and good to see that some level of justice is being administered after so long,

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@11.39 it’s a toxic abusive money mad cult – all you have to do is read the vile contributions from clergy and their ilk on this blog and see all the unresolved issues reported in the international press. Murderous lot.

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Not GMT. Imagine leaving Paris after those years and going to Mayobridge. The transition will be challenging. I hope McArevey will not have the gumption to welcome him home; he who began a process against Hugh ( after advice from USA as there was no precedent here) : all because a dense and unintelligent student did not know the meaning of the word he was using, the word he was using had no application to what he meant: but McAreavey ploughed ahead and used it, a bad man.

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Tell us more, William, about this unintelligent student and what he accused Hugh of? I’ve always had the utmost respect for Hugh Connolly. A decent intelligent man. I’m appalled that a nincumpoop like McAreavey would do him such injustice.

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Two reasons I think. Firstly Chesney might have kicked up a stink and made it very obvious he did indeed organise Claudy. Secondly such a public banishment would have further highlighted that he did indeed do it. It’s a long way to Tipperary.

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3.20 Maybe he liked Tipperary, I certainly do, we used to go on holidays in Portroe when I was a boy. I later brought a group of Australians to a pub on the shores(or near) Lough Derg, the woman of the house cleared the place at the end of the evening with “Have ye not got homes to go to.” One of the Aussies still recounts the story with these words ” Irish pubs barge you in and then at the end f..k you out.”

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9.37 sounds like the Tipperary people might have been less tolerant of this criminal priest in Tipperary, that’s possibly why police wanted him moved there but, of course, the church listen to no one, not even the police. Clerical Dictators.

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It is a massive contradiction, an inversion of the way things should be; to think that Eamon Martin is Hugh Connollys Ordinary. A very ordinary Ordinary for a multi talented individual. The Church….Jesus wept.

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Who is going to Paris ? Any chance Dwayne Gavin gets to return, he was fired out to make way for Hugh Connolly, then look what happened, so unfair on that man. Ronan O Gara attended every Sunday with his family, that was high praise for Gavin. The pecking order is so Christian ! Nobody quite as ineffectual as Walsh of Dublin ever passed through, he must at this stage have killed any faith that was on the Quays.

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More to the point, why does Paris need an Irish priest chaplain. The Irish Passionists have a house and church there. Is that not enough?

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12.45 when is “enough” ever enough for the champagne socialists – did you not see the size of Bishop Tom Deenihans second home in Mullingar on this blog the other day?

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See how the brothers love one another ” You mean bollox@eircom.com” was what he used for his classmate when given his real email address( when email addresses were first arrived). Bishop Buckley, please practice Paulo Freire s “verbal restraint ” here…well blog restraint!!!!! It would be wrong to disclose the real email address which is quite the address in terms of personal attribution!

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Pelosi is an irresponsible Thug for what she has done and now unleashed. Nobody to blame but Biden and his warmongering for what happens next. Bring back Donald Trump soon ( and I don’t share his politics or world view), he was good for peace in the world. No expansionist propensities, he did not need the brown envelopes of the Armaments industries.

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6.36 yes, the ordinary people of the world are paying a very high price for the brown envelope culture of the church and state elites.

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Hugh Connolly’s letter of appointment:
“Since, according to the norm of Canon 521, it is clear to us that you have the required qualities of good morals, sound doctoring, zeal for souls, prudence and the other virtues necessary for the wise direction of this Parish, we hereby appoint you Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s, Clonallon according to Canon Law and we enjoin on you the zealous care of souls to be exercised under the authority of the local Ordinary.”

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Jimmy Chesney was also suspected as the mastermind behind a number of robberies for IRA funding.
In those days many parishes in south Derry held annual festivals. One of the big features was the erection of a marquee beside the church. Dances and monster bingo sessions were held. Great money spinners for the parish!
However, after a gala weekend it was not uncommon for those taking the proceeds to the bank to be robbed. The IRA got the blame but the man who supplied the information about when and where the cash would be in transit was Jimmy Chesney.
He died of cancer in his 40’s and is buried beside the church in Glen

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It’s always easier to make judgments when we are removed from the reality of what happens in war or conflict. I abhor violence or war or aggression as a means of obtaining goals or objective in wanting territories or in fighting for independence. The world presently is in great turmoil, politically, economically and climatically. I condemn any violence where innocents are always casualties as happened so frequently in the north. That a priest should be involved in the murder of any person or persons is utterly contemptible and morally reprehensible. Political groupings in the North didn’t always effect the unity and peaceful outcomes desired by the majority. Any person involved in murderous activity in the North deserve condemnationan, trial and prison.

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Any persons involved in criminal activity of any kind in any jurisdiction or of being knowingly involved in aiding & abetting & making gains from illegal activities should also be subjected to condemnation, trial and prison, not just in Northern Ireland. This is a wider international issue.

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@7:39
There is no good, there is no bad, it just is.
It’s about the message, not the messenger.
I have done absolutely nothing wrong, except act in an immoral manner.

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@11.25 it’s a beautiful day, he’s on his holidays on full pay. Life is sweet 😇
Some moth that hasn’t found this blog yet might even buy him a free 99 with a big chocolate flake on top 🌞 & if all goes well, he might buy her a bag of chips on the way home.

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Seriously, WTF is Bill M on about?
Can someone interpret this gibberish – indeed, can gibberish be interpreted?
What is the point of letting this man run rampant on the blog – if only a few “in the know” understand what he’s bleating about?

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Well said…please Pat stop this ridiculous takeover of the blog by this Bill M.
It’s utter crap. Why the hell doesn’t get get his own blog? Believe me he’s a serious impediment to normal people posting and participating here on the real issues.

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9.05 I agree, something gone seriously wrong, some clergy must have taken all the prescriptions overnight.

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You never know when + Pat will publish something about you, Father, Bishop, Brother, Sister......etc ! Watch out. You will be discovered one day !says:

This is a terrible story, but alas not unique. So often self-interested parties and organisations protect their own so as to protect themselves and their reputations. We have seen this so egregiously in the child abuse scandal and the way the Church was more interested in protecting itself and its own than it was the vulnerable. In England, there was an Irish priest in Birmingham / Coventry that was hiding arms for the IRA. What happened to him ? Cardinal Conway should be squirming in his grave that he did not act robustly and directly about this priest connected to Claudy. He will have known the facts. In England, so often, not wanting to upset the applecart, not wanting to offend, wanting to protect the status quo and reputations led to decades of abuse of young girls by mostly Pakistani origin men who had a cultural contempt for anything not connected to Pakistan or Islam. The police, social services, churches, schools etc all turned a blind eye. It was easier to do so. And they got away with it, with no consequences and children went on to be abused and harmed for decades. Powerful, self-interested institutions will always look after number one. It will be happening now. Which is why it is good, even if imperfectly, for the likes of + Pat to run this blog and keep the bastards on their toes. You never know when + Pat will publish something about you, Father, Bishop, Brother, Sister……etc ! Watch out. You will be discovered one day !

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9.09 that’s exactly why the Clergy and their supporters had Bishop Pats old blog shut down and why they operate a vendetta against any known victims, survivors and supporters of persons and families that Bishop Pat is helping. Karen and Bill Mulvihill are the bravest people on this blog & just look at what is thrown at them from so called Roman Catholic clergy and their laity. Sure you only have to read their contributions to see the hate and venom that pours from the black, greedy hearts of this cabal who just want to be left in peace with their partners in crime to count and enjoy their ill gotten gains without challenge or question. They have zero moral compass, their massive wealth was built on all manner of known and unknown blood money, child trafficking, slave labour, travel document forgery etc., you name it.

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Anyone interested in human nature and how human beings behave could take a listen to a new thinker to me; Jeremy Griffith, a leading psychiatrist ( no such thing, that branch of “medicine” is as dubious as the Magisterium, it is far too recent and too distant from the chemical discoveries yet to be made in neuroscience. The last frontier will always be the human brain, not space or the universe ….for it is as mysterious as its Creator.

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I murdered a young innocent Protestant man when I was 25 and 41 years later and I have no guilt. Such was the British war on the island of Ireland and the plantation of years ago that none of us should feel guilt or show remorse for harming these bastards.

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Fra you are a hateful son of a bitch, I hope your children meet the same fate as that poor man you murdered.

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@ 10:59am
You’ll know all about when you stand at The Judgement Seat, it will be too late then to show any remorse for murdering an innocent man, no matter what he was. You will get your just desserts.

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10.59 all lives are equal and precious. That young man was a son, a brother, a grandson, denied his life, denied the opportunity to be a father, grandfather. You deserve to roast for eternity. Nothing but nothing will bring that boys life back and you ruined the life of his family.

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Who was it yesterday that said they have been reading the blog for a long time and didn’t read abusive comments? Murdering an innocent man, calling “them” bastards, and boasting about it on this forum. Fra is the devil incarnate. He should be permanently banned from this forum. Pat, surely you can find his IP address.

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I have no way of finding IP addresses – apart from asking the police to do it.

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This post needs to be reported to the police immediately. It is a totally unacceptable post. The police will certainly be able trace the post back to its source. If it proves to be hoax it should be delared or deleted.
There are families on all sides who have lost loved ones and this post is adding insult to injury. It is the worst post ever on this blog.
Take it down and report it. No excuses, no cover ups.
Pax
Garngad Lad

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Stayed at airbnb place cos I made a decision not to benefit church in knock cos they owned hotel, St Mary hostel and its a money spinner for them, a money racket which could be made in one weekend if full. Also good value for money as well, nice for a change as well.
I was surprised when host of airbnb were gay partners. Gentle and nice but they got my message if they touch me, it might be a shiner for them. Cos my experience at St Joseph’s cabra.
Its different in non church environment such as that place cos no rcc statues or any ornaments relating to rcc as it was non existant.

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Anon 10.12am

LOLOL.

Knock is a major money spinner for rcc. Imagine if it’s all full, brimming and heaving with pilgrims on any week. They have covered themselves in that area with nearly everything ranging from knock house hotel, St Mary’s hostel, museum, bascilia with array of new cashless kiosks around the bascilla but not old parish church. That gives you a perspective from their mindset-by looking at it. Their organised religion is a dud or 🤷‍♀️ or 💰💰💰💰that they want you to spend on them without any accountability whatsoever coming from their side.

Purpose of my trip was to pray for upcoming surgery as I don’t know when plus help from the above. Its me and God alone.

That’s my aim as I took alternative route to airbnb with full breakfast. Not bad price, same as St Mary’s hostel price but more homely.

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10.40 hope all goes well for you with surgery. Knock is very quiet on any day of the week, we have never recovered from the Covid situation. I work in a shop in Knock.

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12.15 it’s a local job and it helps to pay the bills and feed my children. You do good work here too.

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Blue and White....the colousrs of Our Lady and Virginity.....Lol...Lol Many a football team...the Newtown Blues come to mind: animals.says:

12.58 Can I be of assistance ? WM

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Knock is a good place for many people and of course, the rector of the shrine is a hot guy.

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Father James Chesney and all his comrades are heroes. Without their violence and bravery during the troubles we Catholics would not have equal rights NOW. Northern Ireland would also not have peace. The end has justified the means. All is lost in love and war.

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Princeps D you are an evil count of a man that is pissing on the graves of all the innocent victims of wicked men like Chesney, I hope he is rotting in hell

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11.29 try telling that to some clerical dictators & their volunteers, it’s a wonder they don’t wear the key on a rope around their waists to show their privilege and authority.

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11.29 The RCC in all its history, to its credit, has never never stated that there is anyone in (what they call) Hell. Never. That is a cause to celebrate a bit of integrity to the whole putrid edifice.

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Anyone that met Fr Chesney would never have called him a hero. He was a cross between Adolf Hitler and Fred West.

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@10.48. Still too many of those types about in church.

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Anon at 10.57am

Thank you re your comments. Knock did help me once which I didn’t expect. For instance, I wasn’t well, bleeding a bit but knock stopped it much to my surprise.

Hence my trip🤦‍♀️.

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Coffins used to transport & store ill gotten gains until the coast was clear.

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God Bless ALL PRIESTS on today’s feast of St. John Vianney and may you all get blessing’s on this day and throught you life as a Priest serving your people.
To the Episcopate remember you are a Priest first and foremost.

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10.17 Harry Bohan would make some persons featured on this Blog look like John Vianney ! There is no Order of Bishops, VacantVatican II invented it for the own glorification arond the world. They nullified priesthood in the new sandwich between bishops and people . WM

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10.52 he’s harmless compared to others. He did a lot for local housing situation.

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10.52 think Bohan is retired, last I heard it was Tom Fitzpatrick in Sixmilebridge.

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@ 10:17am
Sounds like you know who, informing us unnecessarily of this feast day of the great Cure of Ars. The Episcopate and clergy have indeed never needed his intercession more than today.

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10.36 delusional fruit and nut case clergy have it bad allright 🍇 🐿

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@ 10.36. Do you have to wear a boiler suit? If so, which colour, orange or blue?
Would they let you in dressed as a priest?

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Fr Chesney was not just a Fr in terms of being ordained a priest; he had many affair with a woman and I’m sure he has a few off spring to say the least

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Fr Les have you proof. You claimed a few months ago that Poppy had confided in you regarding his sexuality and yet, when I put this to him, he point blank disputed your claim. I think you are stirring the pot.

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I will be glad to see the back of Fr Thomas McGlynn, good luck Les you are going to need it with that one, he will teach you to be self sufficient alright

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10.39 Hugh Connolly is a decent fellow, always was and always will be. Political, yes. Ambitious, yes. Talented, by Lemniscate. I am not his friend but I know he never forgets his friends, and by that I mean real honest to God friend s. Has no capacity or understanding of women but that is a prerequisite for the higher planes of RC life. William Mulvihill

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James was as twisted as they come, like most priests, they get ordained as they are hiding from something, their paedophilia tendencies, homosexuality or their autism or in some cases all 3.

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William Mulvihill speaks some shite. The biggest hypocrite this blog allows a platform to. Ask Billy Boy who his special ‘Paddy’ is, and no it’s not our Buckley.

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10.55 there you go, Paddy the plasterer making up porky pies again. What really happened in Kenya?????

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10.55 Who the f..k are you talking about ? I am asking you ; Who is Billy Boys special “Paddy?’ William Mulvihill

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Awk billy sure we all know the truth about that one? Why not come clean and just admit it. The truth will wet you free etc etc

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Happy Feast Day to Saint Molua.
How odd that Fintan did not mention him on his Twitter feed today.
Poor Saint Molua is being slighted by the Bishop of the very Diocese which is (most likely) named after him…

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It is baffling that a woman would expect more than a “friendship”. In this feminist society where women know all about saying “no”, can they not just do that?
How is a priest being a priest a sign of a commitment to anything other than a “friendship”?

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Sometimes friendship grows and you can just feel it when it becomes more. Everything you’ve ever known and believed comes crashing down and you have three choices. 1. Give her up as a friend 2. Carry on with her whilst remaining in ministry 3. Leave. I left, some give up and some carry on in secret.
Now they’re are women who seek out priests they are in a completely different category as they’re predators.

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Sometimes you fall in love, it happens but and more importantly if you do take matters further you leave. I have no regrets, married and two beautiful children. I loved being a priest but couldn’t live without her. So, to answer, it’s not baffling, it’s human nature.

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There’s a hypocrisy in that if a woman tries to steal a priest, she has no consideration for the bishop. If she doesn’t get what she wants from the “friendship”, she will all of a sudden want the bishop to have consideration for her! Who would be a bishop?!
If you can keep your head when all about you. Are losing theirs and blaming it on you… ⁠And – which is more – you’ll be an Episcopal leader, my brother!

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@5:26 Confucius say before Nietzsche: You muddy the water to make it seem deep.

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11.02 He protested the ordination of several now priests who have featured on this Blog. Ignored by the F..k..s of bishops….bet they wish now they had listened to a brighter mind. WM E Mc G in particular.

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I do not know.

I have offered to meet him over a cuppa for a friendly and non controversial chat.

He has never done me any harm that I know of.

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I think Kris is suggesting there may be sexual chemistry between you and Noel when you had previously met

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You’re a few emails away from tea and scones with Tom in the Bloomfield House Hotel yet.

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11.11am: Pat, what good reason would the Bishop of D and C meet you? Seriously. You have renounced all and every connection with the Catholic Church. You have different understandings of church teachings, morality, ecclesiology and theology. You frequently condemn and denounce the Bishops and other clerics. If you met with Bishop Tremor, it would not be a meeting of minds and heart. You would then use your blog to disseminate the content of your meeting. And if recent narratives about Bishops Monahan, Martin and Cullinane are to go by, Bishop Treanor would be wise not to meet. It’s sad but you have charted a very different pathway, ministry and way of life and are far too confrontational for peaceful meetings. Sad but true. Anyway, the Bishops are not accountable to you. You can, as a free citizen send letters and emails but no Bishop has an obligation to accommodate your request. You do much good work for many and you can continue being effective as an independent voice.

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Did you hear about the man that beat the chihuahua to death with a mop shaft – how could anyone do that to an innocent animal when so many evil people deserve this but get locked up in a cell with PlayStations, mobiles, flat screens, good food and sheer luxury.

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Lady Butter, the Queens long time friend and confidante, and who also was the first extra marital affair Prince Philip embarked on while the Queen was pregnant with Prince Charles – died yesterday – peacefully at home. If the Queen can forgive and move on then so we should all.

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11.29 Lady Butter only borrowed Prince Philip, she had the good manners to return him, that’s called class, no amount of money will buy class.

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You’d be surprised what money can buy in some quarters

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11.29 High compliment to Her Majesty, I really admire her; she was always sexually insatiable, Philip could never keep up or fulfilled her needs, she was not averse to elsewhere; a mark of all real Royals.

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The Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell has asked that we invite parishioners to contribute to a Summer Dues Collection in a bid to increase the amount being donated to the common fund and to allow the diocese to try and reinstate the priests salarys which were cut by 30% during covid. As full mass attendances have not returned to pre pandemic numbers, the collectons are still down up to 30 to 40%.

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11.44 they were allowed to claim Covid payments and were encouraged by the Bishops to do so.

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12.22 I would not begrudge one priest what happened: but the pandemic payment with the usual “Dues” meant most were in fact just a little better off. Priests are not well renumerated, to keep them subservient and in check to the Bollox Bishop: let the bishops tell their flock their pension income!!!!!!!

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12.22: Priests were not allowed to claim for loss in personal salary nor were we encouraged to do so. Dioceses could make a claim through its insurance policies for lost income for employed staff or for day to day maintenance but no priest could make a personal claim. I know of no situation where this happened. Thankfully parishioners were very kind and are still wonderfully kind. It’s important to get facts correct.

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Yes, Priests were eligible for the Covid 19 payment if they were aged under 66 and could declare that they had lost their income due to the pandemic. They also lost their additional income from weddings, funerals and other occasions.

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11.44 Archbishop Farrell, may I respectfully suggest to you that you encourage that very good man who is now your Vicar General to research the arrangement for the remuneration and pensions of priests in the Archdiocese of Melbourne . A far seeing priest decades ago put it in train. Going forward it would help your men and your diocese. It is the best system known to me in any diocese anywhere.

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Out of range for the next 48 hours…please be gentle in my absence. Lol Lol Lol Bill Mulvihill

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Why would you worry about being treated any other way since the good Bishop is being VERY selective about posts that challenge you? C’est la vie, I guess.

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3.10 I am not worried. I am being courteous to my detractors who may not understand that I CANNOT respond. Manners I suspect are not your forte ? WM

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3.10 How could anyone be challenged by an anonymous coward. You would warrant a little attention if you had the conviction and courage to use the name given you at birth. Not worthy.

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3.10 You are so accurate; Good Bishop: Rare. WM You must be very irritated. To my enjoyment. Lol Lol Lol

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@4:17 If that is the case then why don’t you tell Pat in an email? Is this another attempt to try and frame me?

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There are a number of issues at play here. When I write this I try to be as fair as possible.
Firstly Ger is pathologically mean. He cannot help it. It’s in his family too. Spending for him hurts terribly. I appreciate there have been victims of this – Karen, Yvonne etc – but the only way to deal with it is insist he pays his way. If he doesnt then dont take him anywhere. This whole ethos is worsened since he became a priest – many priests have their hand out for freebies, discounts and special treatment all the time. On top of being mean he has joined a very tight fisted profession.
Secondly Ger hasnt fully grown up yet and hasnt fully understood himself as a person. He may well be gay or bi. This is 2022 and perfectly normal in real life. There is nothing wrong with this. But he needs to look at himself and figure out what he is and in the meantime stop breaking hearts. So much of his and the women’s misfortune has been brought on by indecision and failure to understand relationships on a basic level. He can and will fix these issues I believe.
Lastly he must apologise to the women involved. It will bring closure for all and this is their due. He is fundamentally a good person: time for him to show it.
Castleconnell Observer

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@7:34 I appreciate you being forthright in your opinion but I am convinced that he will never apologise. There is still too much unknown particularly in regards to the money he allegedly received from a benefactor.

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@10:39 There is much going on behind the scenes that you do not know about. I cannot comment more at this time. Don’t be fooled by Ger. He is far more devious than any one realises.

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@7:34 I am truly puzzled at how you can think that Ger is pathologically mean and yet fundamentally good at the same time…Am I missing something here? Ger’s best friend, Terry, who adheres to Pagan/Buddhist ideology claims that there is no good or bad; it just is. Is Ger a Buddhist? He spoke about Buddhism frequently and even went so far as to say that he was glad that I was coming around to the Buddhist philosophy. I was very much into Buddhism for awhile but not anymore. Terry was a tremendous influence on Ger. If Ger is more inclined towards the Buddhist way of thinking, then why does he hide behind the guise of Roman Catholicism? Is Ger bi-sexual? I am inclined to think so and as you stated, there is nothing wrong with that but then that begs the question, why did he become ordained in the first place? If Ger is fundamentally good then why doesn’t he do the right thing and resign immediately from the RCC, tell the truth about the 17+++ grand, apologise to the women he has so deeply hurt, and live an authentic life? It’s actually very simple yet Ger continues to make everything even more complicated for himself, the RCC and for the women who have been devastated by his dishonourable actions.

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11:12 No mediation possible because the RCC has their own rules and procedures. Pat knows what is going on. I keep him in the loop. I cannot say any more at this moment.

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@10.06 his meaness is pathological i.e. built into his DNA. It’s not learned. There are many people who know at least one if not more. They are embarassing to deal with or socialize with because they wont spend a penny. Aggravating factors in include living in the countryside (Irish “cute hoorism”) and joining the priesthood, a profession not generally known for handing out money (they collect it!).

This does not make him fundamentally bad. It is very hard to deal with though – you were too kind. Women generally run from this type of man. He abused your kindness. But its an illness. Weak, foolish – yes. A bad guy – no.

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@9.58 are there more blog revelations coming? Is there any mediation possible? I ask this because he is being torn to pieces on here. If he were a non-priest person this wouldnt be happening.

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Speaking of creepy characters. See bishop fonz in Mej at youth fest. Will prob gather up a few more whacko religious orders for his diocese

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7.34: Thus is a very balanced and wise comment. To support you is not in any way to condone Ger’s behaviour. I hope he will grow up, realise his wrongdoing, apologise and make amends of some kind. I also hope that the women will find closure soon. If any of us is wronged, hurt or belittled in any way by another, we don’t find peace until the offender offers sorrow and forgiveness and makes a gesture of sincere reparation. I have little time for anyone, priests especially, who abuse others financially, emotionally or sexually, which of all abuses is utterly repulsive and deserves the full rigour of civil courts.

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Fair play to Hugh Connolly. He managed to dodge parish service in the 35 years since his ordination and only now, at the ripe age of 60, takes up his first parochial appointment, despite being a diocesan priest. Hope he doesn’t find it dull.

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Those shady clericals and their cabal are always dodging something or someone when they’ve been up to more of the usual.

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William Mulvihill...a Mango is proof of the existence of God...as id The Labour and Liberal Parties in Australia!!!!!says:

Pat, there is a time for everything under the sun. If you are still open to the idea; I would like you as a friend. With a friend, there is always a level of protection against the untruth. I am learning to trust your learning. Bill ( Mulvihill) Its late here but I love it. I love Australia and its raw honesty ( capable of the other as well!!!) It would be a source of “dis-edifiaction among the faithful” ( Cathal Daly/ Eugene Sweeney ) to know the number of times I have flown this route since 1997. I am proud…its coming up to a big 0.

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4.29: Pat, this really is a bizarre posting for Bill to post. It’s absurd. It’s also a comment that raises questions about Bill’s stability. Why, if you’re so far away from home in Australia, presumably with “friends” would you need to ask anyone “can I be your friend and will you be my friend”!!! What is going on? The comment, like so many other of Bills comments is unrelated to the issue for today’s blog. Irrelevant and very worrying. I trust he’s ok.

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No. It relates to a previous blog conversation that Bill and I had where I said I had presumed I was already a friend.

I think he is telling me that the status of being his friend is now confirmed.

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4.02 The “real” question here is why an anonymous person or persons is pushing a persistent false narrative on a daily basis on this blog in reference to a named individual being Mr William Mulvihill clearly attempting to detract from the true facts that he is posting based on his years of experience inside the church system. Smacks of yet more sordid clerical toilet trouble in the pipeline, maybe the poster or posters should resign or Jump before pushed as what Mr Mulvihill has to say is clearly rattling them. Once again, a reminder that the FOCUS of this blog is in helping VICTIMS of church related abuse and wrong doing. Clergy & Co have their own outlets well financed by the Vatican so F*** O** & use them.

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I agree. Bill has decades of experience on the inside and knows where many bodies are buried.

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Please note: When WM calls other people names, no one calls him out on it. I have no objection to his wordsmith skills, just pointing out the hypocrisy in some of the comments directed at me yesterday.

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Get off the merrygoround you awful people. I choose my friends carefully, no need for any addiryions I ASSURE YOU. Making a point. Claro ?says:

4.02 You have never read C.S. Lewis. I am talking of the purest of loves as he framed it : friendship . Stop trying to pervert the efforts of others you pitiful TROGLODYTE ! William Mulvihill

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@4.02 pm
It relates to a previous blog and I am pleased that Bill now wishes to count Bishop Pat as a friend.

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4.29 Bill did you tell us on the blog @ 1.31 that you would be “out of range for 48 hours” – if that is the case how come you’re still able to comment on pat’s blog. Have a safe trip Bill.

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5.25, 6.09 and 6.33: I have no problem with Bill sharing his insider information. He seems to be very knowledgeable on the machinations and Machiavellian works within the Church. I don’t accept or believe it’s necessary for him to share his daily diet, personal life issues or travel stories or his whereabouts with us nor do I think all his meandering comments, often absurd and off topic to be printed every half hour. I have no difficulty with him staying on topic or sharing his insider information with us. So, I’m not asking for a censoring of Bill, merely asking that he stay on topic which is quite different from saying I want to muzzle him. As if such were possible! I accept that many issues would still be under the darkness if this blog did not exist. P.S…6.09 is Bill himself…and 5.25 is an “anonymous”….-having criticised me for being ANONYMOUS. Rather interesting, isn’t it 5.25? 😳😬😬😱😱🤡🤡..

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Air France Hospitality, thats how!!! Are you familiar with delayed flights ??? The level of lateral thinking on this Blog is astounding.

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My observations re knock shrine
Its not packed. 3 columns filled appropriately given every two rows empty due to covid 19.
Silver haired priest with glasses, who loved the sound of his own voice as assistant priest from India was relegated to sitting role, voiceless. 5 or 6 Indian priests did the job re anointing of the sick. Lay ministers did the rest re distribution of HC while people were sitting.
Aointing of the sick resumed at last. That wasn’t there last time around.
Cash collection returned at last given array of cashless kiosks at entrance/s of the basicila.
Majority of OAP’s especially women around.
Lovely weather today. I’m off to tribes.

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4.40: Deaf Guy: In all honesty, what’s the relevance of your Knock observations apart from “knocking” it as a place of prayer, peace and spiritual comfort for many? Get a grip, DG. You can be quite supercilious at times.

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Anon at 5.39pm
I try or evoke an image of knock shrine on that day. It might be of no relevance to you or anybody.
It might bring some comfort or solace plus peace to some people such as others (especially) wimmen. Lots of frailer look shook which I hasn’t seen it in knock for very long time.
Relevance for me was the numbers attending there were quite significantly down more than pre Covid numbers.
I might confess ‘supercilious’ in next confession 😁😉.

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5.39 it’s called free speech, Father. This is not your blog. If DG or anyone else wants to mention Knock, Lourdes or Timbuktu, Bishop Pat will moderate as he does every day. Chill out & stop trying to control everything.

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Saw a list of speakers on noticeboard for knock august novena 2022.
1st speaker, surprise, surprise is Deenihan.
Rest of speakers towards end of novena is Doran, Duffy and gibbons, no phonsie or Farrell.

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6.59 the usual, and nuncio didn’t respond to communications. Sounds familiar. Silent defiance to defend the indefensible peppered with a clerically sourced pot of poison.

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