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We are having a number of problems on the Blog – people using other people’s names, people submitting multiple silly comments to blog up the blog etc.

I have decided that for the foreseeable future I will only publish comments about the days chosen topic.

There are many outstanding issues remaining to be resolved – Ger, Killaloe, Ryan Mc Aleer etc etc.

I will be keeping an eye on all these issues and will blog about them accordingly.

Pat,

I hope you are keeping well. Pat I believe Mc cafferty has finally overstepped the line and if I knew the proper channels to report hate crime to the PSNI I would, I know Mc cafferty personally and have challenged him personally on several occasions only to be stonewalled by him and once contacted the diocese only to be blanked no surprise there.

In a most recent Facebook post he gives a very long speech about the book he is writing about his abuse which we all acknowledge although I’m personally not convinced by Mc caffertys version of events as he did admit under cross examination that he went of his own free will to Donagheys room.

But and it’s a big but at the end of the post he turns it into a homophonic hate speech saying that many homosexuals are attracted to teenage boys and we must continue to pray for our gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters who carry this cross.

Carry this cross? Linking homosexuality to child abuse is the little runt for fucking real. He needs challenging he needs to be reported for his hate filled invective. Check out his Facebook page not the Corpus Christi one his own one. Like I said he has overstepped the Mark.

Kind Regards

PAT SAYS

Fr Paddy McCafferty is a very Wounded man.

Sexually abused as a child and later seriously sexually abused as a seminarian by the then Fr James Donaghy.

Different people cope with abuse in different ways.

I was abused as a child and eventually came to live with that and all my other demons through indepth psychotherapy in my late 30s.

Paddy was not as fortunate as I and to this day he exhibits ongoing pain and dysfunction.

But Paddy needs to be very careful about making judgements about gay people based on his own experiences.

He has suffered much hurt himself.

That should make him very sensitive to not be hurting others who have travelled their own painful sexual journeys.

215 replies on “FR PADDY MC CAFFERTY AND HOMOSEXUALITY.”

What does Fr Paddy’s sexual orientation matter?

What he is saying about homosexuality doesn’t come from anguish, but from truth.

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Every sexual orientation matters. What we do as individuals to either express or repress that – is relative and individually chosen by ourselves

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I meant what does it matter to Fr Paddy’s statements on homosexual acts, and abortion. The answer is that it’s absolutely irrelevant, since Fr Paddy speaks not on his own authority, but on that of the twin pillars, Scripture and Tradition: God, and the Church.

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10.09: Mark…what a very simplistic theory about Fr. McCafferty’s personal anguish. It may be true but you don’t know. You just don’t know.

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“Homosexual persons” is dustbin ontology invented by Pope Razzi and his dubious elbow-jogger Bertone, and based on the obsessions of Wilhelm Reich.

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“Mark Mooney” at 10:09pm on August 23rd, is “Brenda Maul Haul” cssr, the absentee PP of Holy Trinity and it is shameful that this wicked old queen is using the name of a young man who died in tragic circumstances, a young man whom Brenda accused of reporting her to Noel Treanor for being seen in a compromising position in a gay bar downtown.
Mark was openly gay and had a partner. Maul Haul accused Mark in the wrong and was persecuting him and Fr Paddy tried to get Brenda to leave Mark alone to no avail. That’s why Brenda hates Fr P because he sided with Mark.
Poor Mark took his own life and Fr Paddy did his funeral. Mark was suffering and deeply troubled for many many reasons. The funeral mass was absolutely beautiful and what Fr P said in the homily was incredibly moving. I was there.
Mark was my friend and told me the whole story and I knew of the suffering caused by the excuse for a priest Mulhall. To describe Fr P as “ homophobic” is simply risible. So Mulhall, I have all the facts. Stop your evil nonsense against Fr Pat. I can write more. The dogs on the streets of Turf know all about you.

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When Fr McCafferty was a curate in Holy Trinity he helped me come to terms with my sons sexuality, he was very understanding and empathetic to me and my son. I will not have a bad word said about him, he is not homophobic at all.

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I assume he did, Richard. It is what his church teaches, and he is one of its priests.

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That’s a dangerous assumption, 9:58. I remember when people assumed priests weren’t abusing children.

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No, 10.03; it is hardly a dangerous assumption when you put two facts together: first, it IS what the Catholic Church teaches about gay people; and, second, Fr McCafferty conforms to Church teaching on this sensitive matter.

What is that idiom? ‘It isn’t rocket science.’

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Fr McCafferty dod not say that my son should be celibate. You are not even worthy of what conversation took place. He is such a happy and much loved Priest.

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10.14
Are you implying that Fr McCafferty ok’d gay sex for your son? He either did, or he didn’t. I cannot believe that he did, for this would have put him at odds with Church teaching.
Maybe he told your son that he could have a boyfriend, but that the relationship must be without sexual expression. That would be very different.

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10:13
Yeah because the Catholic church always teaches what it teaches and practices its teachings.

Have you been hiding under the kitchen table for the past four decades expecting militant freemasons to transition you? 😂

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10:32 You should obviously find a traditionalist priest who will pick and choose church teachings, but just pick the ones you like. Hope you’re keen on lace and fascism though.

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Pastoral accommodation covers the case where old conservative pastors advise a gay individual to seek a stable loving relationship. Paul VI.

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In response to the original post, I cannot see any homophobic hate crime in those posts. Some people just look to be offended.
My thinking is that Paddy had been failed by a dysfunctional formation system. How was it possible that such a troubled younger man made his way through a lengthy system without these issue being raised or resolved.
Whatever about his early horrific abuse, there are questions to be raised about his abuse at the hands of Donaghy. I’ve no doubt that Donaghy abused his position and thereby abused Paddy but to what extent did Paddy feel complicit in that abuse and to what extent did that damage Paddy.
This is not a blame the abused and not the abuser but I ask the question – how can a young man who is being formed to be a minister in Christ’s church, make his way through a system, get ordained and not be confronted by the nature and reality of what was happening to him?
A dysfunctional formation system that amounted to – be seen to attend mass, morning and evening prayer , keep your head down and nose clean – and offered little in the way of actual formation of character and spiritual direction – enabled many a damaged or dysfunctional man to sail through.
Thankfully, Paddy managed to find the courage to confront the demons and get some form of justice against Donaghy.
He probably comes under the category of damaged rather than dysfunctional. From what I understand he is a kind and caring man and that is all that is required.
I hope Pat that you tread carefully with this one and give careful consideration to what you permit to be posted.
Forgive the long and rambling post.

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Why would suffering preclude a candidate from priesthood? Are you being serious?
People who suffer a lot often find within themselves, and through consistent prayer, insights, empathy, and wisdom that those more fortunate cannot.
Fr Paddy is a rich storehouse of these qualities.
Had he been turned down by one of those seminary formators you mention, what a loss to the Church that would have been!

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Why is Fr so obsessed with homosexuality and abortion when neither of the two concern him at all – as a CELIBATE MAN.

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Because they are two major forms of sin.
Scripture condemns homosexual acts not only as profoundly sinful, but goes so far as to say that active homosexuals will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless they repent, i. e., renounce gay sex.
As a priest of God, it would be a dereliction of moral duty by Fr McCafferty not to remind active homosexuals that their souls are in peril.

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I remember when the priests were all up in arms about the kiddy fiddlers in their ranks.
No, wait….

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9.23 Peril is to be enjoyed !!! God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it, as one of Bergs. predecessors stated. Much like Peril, it has been given us, let us enjoy it !! Bill Mulvihill

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I love how Bill interprets Catholicism, despite being ordained a Priest.
A lot of people speak so poorly of him but that is because they are not on the same intelligence level as him.
He accepts that sex is good and enjoyed (legally) regardless of genders.
His interpretation of the bible should be aired on tv in defence of the gay community and also against Fr McCafferty.

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Wonder if Kim Petras is applauding biblical fundamentalism or the applauding the accusation the the church preaches it.

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At 12.22
12.18’s Post in not biblical fundamentalism. It’s a comment, not an ism.

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That is an old photo. He has worked hard and lost a lot of weight since then and looks very well. He is a great priest and we are very lucky to have him.

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He has actually changed his life around and is an inspiration for victims. Exercise can be so important to a lot of people and it’s worked for Fr P

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This is stressing the levels of homophobia in the church is the reason we do not feel welcome if comfortable attending.

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You are very welcome, as is everyone. But did you think you would be coming to a church that wouldn’t challenge you morally?
What kind of church would we be if we made all, including ourselves, happy in our moral comfort zones?

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Perhaps the church could submit to a forensic accounting of all the assets it’s got stashed away then?
Remember, what sort of church would WE be if we didn’t challenge people morally

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10.06 they work hard on behalf of their wealthy influential benefactors. They have nothing but 2 faced contempt for the ordinary people of limited means.

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He’s a very principally and wise counselled man.
He’s a genuine man that love’s God and his Church.
Keep up the good work Fr Paddy, admired and loved by all.

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‘That should make him very sensitive to not be hurting others who have travelled their own painful sexual journeys.’
I think some people are just too messed up to be able to help other people. Really honestly, if you have ongoing effects of trauma which significantly impact your life there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking time – years if necessary – to deal with it. Some people will never get to the point where they have the emotional or physical strength to help other people.
The idea of the wounded healer can abuse the healer as well as those they come into contact with.

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9:56
What is he? A delusional guy who died as a result of upsetting the authorities of the time and incidentally stayed dead.
Now what his alleged followers are, is the REALLY interesting bit.

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10.25
If Jesus was delusional, then why do you find his followers ‘REALLY interesting’?

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9:56, If you were, say, a doctor, but very physically unwell you couldn’t reasonably do your job and would probably be putting people at risk.
There is of course a psychological parallel, and some people are just too wounded themselves to be even able to help others.
You of all people should know that.

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You make a good point, and I won’t deny it. Some people may indeed be too messed up to help others. But not all.

Be honest: do you think this of Fr Paddy, because you have objective evidence that he is incapable of guiding others morally and spiritually? Or do you think it, simply because you are offended by his statements?

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11:40 I don’t have an opinion on Fr Paddy because I have never met him. In general terms though, I would opine that people need good physical and mental health to cope with the stress of any work with people. The wounded idea is not without merit if it helps someone understand etc, but it’s dangerous in the church of Rome because of the long track record of seeing abusive clergy as damaged and struggling and so in need of support, when what they need is showing the door.

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Gonna put this out there although people won’t like it. Not for Pat’s time, but nowadays if you’ve been sexually abused as a child and want to become a Catholic priest that should spell trouble. The profession is inextricably intertwined with abuse in the popular perception and joining it would suggest you are being driven by the abuse in some way.

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A Catholic priest preaching against fornication … wow, breaking news. In other news, the sky is blue.
Fr McCafferty is standing for long-held Catholic teachings. He’s a good man and an even better priest.

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Hi Pat, I’m just up for my farming job, my experiences of Paddy are all positive and he has had a very hard life.
He does his best under the hardest of circumstances.
Him and his friend Keith were there for me when my wife died of a farming accident and I would have been utterly lost without their support and help.

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Sorry for your loss Joe. Fr Paddy was a great comfort to me also when my mother died of Neurosyphilis.
Unlike the parish priest in Holy Trinity, Fr Paddy came to the crematorium and sent her on her way to god in the best way.

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If you ditch comments not based on your blog piece then it will become substantially less than entertaining and Noel Treanor will have to start buying newspapers to read instead.

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Noel loves to read this blog – but not when the focus is homosexuality or PMcC as both are his biggest ear ache – remember though – reading is what guys? Fundamental

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What sane person tells the victims of the British Army to vote in an election for a pro British Army Union Party?

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WestBelfast fielded the most candidates and he could have told them to vote for an independent or pro United Ireland candidate. I would have been glad of the support.

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9.24
Are you anti-abortion and against gay marriage?
Now you know why he didn’t suggest that people vote for you.

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How can Fr Paddy be hurting anyone? He’s telling Catholics what they need to know about Church teaching on homosexual acts, and abortion. What did you expect him to do? He is a Catholic priest, after all.

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8.03 exactly, the abuse that starts in seminaries graduates into unsuspecting communities when the wolves in sheep’s clothing arrive. The hierarchy have only their own corruption and cover up practices to blame for the decline of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland.

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Fr. Paddy’s recalling of his abuse will awaken in many the memory of abuse. Writing about our abuse is a great therapy. It acts as a catalyst for change. Fr. Paddy occasionally makes headlines, mostly about the content of his homilies. Abuse of any kind brings a prolonged grief, often years after the event. We must respect the personal stories of sexual abuse shared by survivors. The effecting abuse can find its way into every fibre of our body. Fr. Paddy is right about the ideological views and opinions of both feminist and LBGTQ rhetoric. They are extreme and often push theor mantea, “it’s my body, I own it, I’ll do what I like..” Their ideologies are extremist, aggressive and can be destructive of our innate dignity. Often too these extremists focus their agenda on impressionable and vulnerable children and young teenagers. Fr. Paddy lives his convictions but he must also be sensitive in the expression of those convictions, although worse views are found on this blog more frequently.

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What a heartbreaking story. What an awful country we lived in. As John B Keane put it about the 1920s ‘first we fought in WW1, then against the British, then ourselves, and we were exhausted and couldn’t fight anymore. That’s when the church took over’.
It is difficult to overstate what a disaster that was for Ireland and for so many of our people. Instead of beginning on a tentative liberal path, like New Zealand to some extent, we went on the most right-wing plane we could have. Thousands of lives destroyed and it touched everyone. I was at the mild end -we used to get a hiding from the Brothers at school, but in the years before me guys were raped and molested. CBS Sexton street was worse than a Japanese POW camp and Creagh Lane a Hell on Earth. You even had beasts like Liam Cosgrave running the country, talking about ”blow ins” and letting the Heavy Gang loose while attending mass. Thank God Garret Fitzgerald replaced him.
The worst part of that story – about the little boy all excited over Christmas, the same age as Paddy when he was raped – is absolutely gutting. Everybody who ever did stuff like this should be investigated, dead or alive, and a register kept and in public so their name lives in infamy.

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Just as an observation from the outside, you’ve omitted the Irish tendency not only to fight each other but fight against themselves. 😉

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8.18 One of our family members died of starvation/malnutrition in a Japanese POW camp in Thailand. He and his comrades were tortured and used as forced labourers by the Japanese. With all due respect to the point you are trying to make, I don’t think it is in good form to say that CBS Sexton st. was worse than a Japanese POW camp.

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Hyperbole, certainly, but at least the Japanese were honestly brutal and not doing in God’s name.

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10.47 So if I am understanding you correctly, evil done “in God’s name” is more damaging? That is a very Jewish way of thinking. From a Jewish religious perspective, as horrific as murder is, murder committed by an atheist individual or government is not as damaging as murder by a religious individual or government. Most religious Jews would agree that the worst sin in Judaism is “chillul haShem” —desecrating God’s name. This means doing evil while acting religious, or, to put it more simply, doing evil in God’s name. If you are purporting that evil committed in God’s name is worse, than how can you support the Palestinian resistance against Israel whose raison d’être is rooted in Jihad “in the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate?”You might want to read the Hamas charter sometime: https://irp.fas.org/world/para/docs/880818.htm

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Karen evil committed in God’s name is surely worse. It is disingenuous and nasty because surely no just God would approve of it. Nobody is talking about atheism. I am talking about people who invoke God as an excuse to harm or kill. I would rather be murdered over a house or a will than murdered because somebody’s God allegedly said its ok to do so. At least getting murdered over a house or a will has clear financial motives, not the rantings of charlatans from 4,000 years ago.
Palestine? STOP. It is not a Holy War. It suits Israel very well to say it is a holy war, but it is not. The reason for Palestinian agitation is Israel took their land, their homes, sent millions of them abroad to refugee camps and treat like dirt the Palestinians who remain. Nothing to do with religion, as usual it is land and resources. They happen to be Muslim but is of no relevance. The only thing it gives them is extra strength and belief. If the native people of Palestine were all atheist, what would your excuse be then?
Between settler houses in Ireland and Israel you seem to have an affinity for occupying forces. Answer this, who should Ulster belong to? Ireland and nationalists or stay unionist within the UK? Also should Montana be given back to the Sioux and the Cheyenne?

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12.14 I sent a response to you Todd but I don’t see it published…maybe Pat has decided that it is off topic. I am too busy to rewrite a new comment and I have guests now so cheerio.

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Don’t want to start a to and fro today Israel and Palestine. Will blog about it very soon.

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Blog away Pat, just please bear in mind the millions of refugees still living in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria before you take sides

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Well said, Canon Todd. “Retired”, MIA’s, Sabbaticals, all modern terms for evading justice for what they inflicted on innocents. Even older people brought up in the bosom of the Catholic Church have taken the unprecedented step of walking away in protest at the ongoing corruption and self interest that goes on daily.

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You are getting sensible in your pension years Bishop Buckley, I don’t know if I like this sensible side I always liked you when you were naughty wee chap – it’s your USP (unique selling point)

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I am re- reading Scar Tissue…Anthony Kiedis with Larry Sloman….for the third time. Kiedis is inspirational on sexuality. In the final paragraph of the book, he writes; I might have some scar tissue, but thats all right, I’am still making progress.
He is a great human being. I don’t think clergy, generally countenance their scars. Why ? Because of the gaping wound. WM

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This is nothing new with, Paddy. What is new is people beginning to realise what he’s actually like. Paddy McCafferty is not and never was a nice or good person, and he is and always has been a right winger.

I was friendly with him once and quickly saw through him to the point where I have no contact at all with him now. He does equate being homosexual with being a pedophile, he does think LGBT people are damned to hell and he does have a serious problem with them in a way that far exceeds the standard RCC narrative.

Paddy is a very damaged and broken man, who is desperate for attention. Hardly surprising given what he went through but, where most people engage in therapy to resolve childhood abuse, Paddy wears his like it makes him a celebrity. No one on earth would claim that any of what happened to him was his fault, he was a victim but, Paddy doesn’t seem interested in healing himself, he wants to gain himself attention. You won’t be in his company more than five minutes before he mentions it.

The best advice when dealing with him is just to ignore him, don’t give him a platform of any kind. He isn’t worth the time nor the effort.

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@9.36am Spot on in your analysis. I too have sympathy for Paddy McC who I remember from Maynooth days. What anyone who is abused goes through must be absolutely terrible. But why is he writing a book about himself? Who needs it? Paddy himself or the world at large? It will be a three day wonder and then be forgotten. He would do better to write an old fashioned diary and keep it private. I too think this is all about celebrity status. That sounds cruel and is not intended to be. There are many fine ordinary people today who would remain part of the great anonymous crowd if they did not milk their suffering for publicity. Again, it sounds cruel but I’m convinced it’s true.
Building your public persona on pain, suffering or sexual orientation is a recipe for deep unhappiness. It’s like picking at a scab, reopening a wound, never allowing healing or integration.
It’s fine to claim that your public profile on an issue like abuse is intended to stand up for victims and ensure change. But does it? You need to do more that bang on about yourself to achieve change. In a sense, and not to be cruel, we’ve heard enough by now from victims. What we need is the assurance that mechanisms are in place to prevent a repeat. And the focus for that needs to be on those with responsibility in church and state, not the victims. So often, the political claptrap from church and state that ” our focus is on the victims” is a deflection tactic.
Paddy McC might be a happier person if he were to go back into the anonymous crowd and do the quiet work of healing. He won’t achieve that in public!

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Fr Paddy McCafferty has a done a tremendous service to all survivors of sexual abuse by his openness and honesty as a priest and as a man.
His is a story that needed to be told and if he writes a book it will be a best seller.
He has particularly helped men who were abused in childhood and young adulthood as males find it very difficult to break their silence.
Men are conditioned to think they cannot be victims and, that if they were abused, it says something about them.
James Donaghy was found guilty by a jury in a court of law and sentenced to ten years in jail for his crimes. Fr Paddy and the other victims were vindicated.
It is appalling to read the disgraceful comments on this blog, by cowards, shockingly some of them his fellow priests, who haven’t a shred of the courage and integrity of Fr McCafferty.
Survivors of male rape and sexual abuse, whether as boys, teenage boys, young men or whatever age, need permission to speak. Their stories need telling. Fr Paddy is a very important voice in that narrative.
By the way, it is a simple fact that there predators around both heterosexual and homosexual. That’s all he was saying. The accusations of “homophobia”, “hate speech”, etc. are utter nonsense and typical hysteria by the “please offend me” clowns who abound today.

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“Not his biggest fan” at 9:36am – is Fr Brendan Mulhall. Hi Brendan and we all know why you are not his “biggest fan”. It says it all that a man like you is not the “biggest fan” of this good priest whom you hate and resent.

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The parishioners in Ballymurphy tried to oust him, and if they cant oust a Priest, what congregation can? Bishop T is the penultimate coward and cover up merchant

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No; he’s just loyal to priests who take seriously Church teaching on touchy subjects, like gay sex, and abortion.
That makes Bishop Treanor and Fr McCafferty courageous priests in my book. Men willing to embrace the Cross, quite literally, for Christ’s sake.

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You are all ‘Christian’s’ – from the waist up. The bible is sheer fiction. It’s animalistic to pro create with lots of different variants you find attractive. Pro creating also does not mean you have to be or are successful, the enjoyment in it is mammal behaviour. You are all seriously, mostly, intelligent people – yet disagree and fight over the best fiction book ever created by man.

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10:03 Don’t forget that the entire religion is built on a woman who claimed to have got pregnant without having sex. It was never going to have any esteem for truth or be able to face up to sex. 😂

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No, 10.22, it isn’t. It’s roots are in the Old Testament.
Why does the idea of sexless pregnancy amuse you? It’s a commonplace today.

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11:08: I’m sure similar tools to turkey basters already existed when Mary claimed not to have had sex.
Mind you, give her her due, after no fewer than three dudes turned up after the birth of her baby, she married the guy with a trade he could take anywhere.
She def made good out of what could have turned out terrible for her.

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11.15

I think credibility for Mary’s claim of virginal birth soars when mindful of the things her son, from eyewitnesses, reportedly did: small beer, like raising the dead.

Such an extraordinary offspring merits more than an ordinary conception.

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Perhaps. But if God created the wonderful reproductive system, why did he bypass it for his own son?

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12.06
Because Jesus was God-man: ontologically, both human AND divine.
Two humans together could only have produced the human aspect of this.

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12:04 You’ve actually picked the worst example. Right up to the nineteenth century it was considered difficult to be certain that someone was actually dead, and many patents of the time are for gadgets reflecting the fear of being buried alive. In fact there was a facility in London where you would leave your loved ones to rot before you would bury them.
Resurrecting the apparently dead is easy, a blow can be enough to do it, but resurrecting the actually dead is more difficult.
That’s why the christian faith puts the resurrection of the body at an unspecified time in the future, because it ain’t gonna happen.

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Pat at 12:06 I had never thought about God bypassing the reproductive system that he created as the ordinary way of reproduction until you raised the question the other day and have been thinking about it.
All theological answers of course,
To stress that this baby was miraculous and special?
I was going to say that it might be to avoid sin but given that in the Catholic tradition the mother didn’t have original sin that wouldn’t be it.
To avoid SEXUAL INTERCOURSE, the major problem for Christianity ever since?

I’m not sure which ancient heresy I’m about to state but if you’re not born through sex and are without sin, my main difficulty here is I’m not convinced you can really be said to be human.

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12.49
I think the Romans were skilled enough at killing to know when a person was dead, like that spear point in Jesus’ side, when crucified, just to make sure.
The purpose of crucifixion wasn’t just grievous bodily harm and public humiliation; it was, ultimately, to inflict the supreme and final punishment.
Death.
The Romans were good at knowing when people were dead. God knows (and he does), they had enough practice, and amassed enough skill, at inflicting human death.

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Did you forget Lazarus, @ 12:49? In the tomb four days, reeking a bit in all that middle-eastern heat. Still alive and mistakenly buried? Aye, right. But raised from death by Jesus, all the same.
‘Considered difficult’ to determine human death 2000 years ago isn’t a circumlocution for ‘impossible’.

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“Jack Breen” the parishioners of Ballymurphy did no such thing. They love Fr Paddy.

For example, ask the families of the Ballymurphy Massacre victims about him. He is loved, highly regarded and respected – even by some who would disagree with him.

An awful lot of made up comments on here Pat and from a particular priest not too far from Ballymurphy, who makes no secret of his hatred for Paddy.

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+ Pat, are you planning on doing a day / blog on the synodal way responses that have been submitted by the various episcopal conferences to Rome. There is a lot in them, and generally fits in with what I think you and I both think; namely, there needs to be a wholesale change in the clerical structure of the Church in terms of governance and authority; a change in the understanding and workings of priesthood and the issues of celibacy and the introduction of women in to ministry, including priesthood; a shift away from a Church obsessed with sex and sexuality and a new focus on celebrating the good in people, as well as reaching out to those who have been marginalised and hurt; a new reinvigorated focus and energy on justice for all. Etc. etc. But will it be listened to ?

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Paddy is a deeply wounded and traumatised man. I do not agree with all his utterings but underneath that hurt I believe there is a goodness in him. He is more to be prayed for than condemned . What he says, he believes but he needs to be careful that he doesn’t cross the line into illegality. A tortured soul at the hands of the very organisation he still belongs to. He is a thorn in the side of Treanor who, like he always does, washes his hands of things just like Pontus Pilate. Paddy Walsh has a lot to answer for in McCaffertys case

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A friend of mine was at lunch in Dublin with Fr Paddy and other friends. My friend commented about how Paddy deeply resented Walsh.

Of course Walsh was on Donaghey”s side.

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Pat, we must remember that one of Paddy’s abusers claimed their adult relationship was consensual – we should cover both bases I think?

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‘Smithie’ demonstrating that allowances will always be made for the clergy by members of the cult, even in the face of the incredibly high standard of evidence needed to obtain a criminal conviction.

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Do you blame him for “resenting” Walsh? That ghastly man treated Paddy appallingly. There’s a very long queue of those who have good reason to resent Walsh.

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9:56, Paddy is clearly a tortured soul but, that doesn’t mean his words and actions don’t have consequences and far reaching one’s at that. It particularly doesn’t excuse him of the need for personal responsibility.
The rates of suicidal ideation, attempts at completing suicide and self-harm are particularly high among the LGBT community precisely because of the hate speech like Paddy’s. How many children have had to grow up with the false belief that Roman Catholic clergy are God on earth, messengers whose every word comes from God, then hear such hate speech like equating LGBT people with pedophiles? The impact of such a hate filled ideology does them a great amount of emotional damage.
It seems very clear why Paddy promotes the DUP when their ideology fits so well with his, especially the incredibly harmful homophobia.
As I said earlier, ignoring him and denying him a platform is the only way to stop him preaching hate.

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9.56 All hierarchy wash their hands of any situation where they cannot make money from the Church. They couldn’t give a fig about the mass goers.

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Can you imagine?
‘My name is Fr X and I’m an abuse survivor but I’m not really sure of that because we must be merciful, not judge, and look to ourselves….’
And after he’s rambled on for about twenty minutes they all automatically say the creed. 😆

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12:33 You have to start with your name and admit you are powerless over the cult you belong to.

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10.33 Why? There are already substantial resources for this in the Roman Catholic Church and church hierarchy on Vatican payroll who travel the world, indulging their personal interests whilst on full pay, luxurious housing & perks to do this. A cursory glance on social media reveals clergy promoting their personal indulgences whether that be on dating apps such as Grindr or promoting exercise and academic hobbies etc. It’s evident that pastoral care is not provided to the faithful and is in fact already vehemently obstructed hence why Bishop Pat has to spend so much of his time assisting and supporting parishioners with no where else to turn and who are being proactively intimidated and harrassed to shut up about abusive clergy & influential church members acting on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church with the full knowledge, direction and support of RCC hierarchy.

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It seems to me that we tread a dangerous path when we diagnose other people in an amateurish way, which means we will attribute to them our own made up theories. And this leads to making ridiculous, unhelpful and denigrating judgments. Yesterday it was Robert Nugent, today, Fr. McCafferty. We use terms like “broken man”, ” wounded”, “deeply hurt”, “conservative”, ” right wing”, ” balding f**k”…”fat”..There is no better way to ensure continued pain in a survivor of abuse than to ascribe judgmental phrases, as is done to this priest. And all because he dared to spell out the Teachings of the Catholic Church..That’s one of his remits as a Catholic priest. Either we believe that a priest who is sexually abused is deserving of being truly believed or we put them in lesser categories by virtue of their state and feel entitled then to downgrades and belittle their abuse. When we come through the painful experiences of life we can become more caring, empathetic and kinder towards others in similar situations. Fr. McCafferty has been a kindness and compassion to many, many people. If he has days when he seems down and saddened, just remember what he’s been through. The grief, hurt and the violation and betrayal of trust which are woven painfully into sexual abuse are a life long cross. So, let’s not crucify this good priest. It’s the kind of behaviour that took Jesus to a cross. God bless you Fr. Pat: keep strong: ignore the crucifiers.

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Significant, capitalising Teachings. It’s possible to be an alleged survivor and still be a cathbot. 😯

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1.41: What’s your point? Try to be intelligent. Not an “alleged” – my story is real. You prove my point: being a priest survivor lessens my experience. You’re a moron..

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2:20 Thank you for a thoughtful reply. It’s always gratifying to see someone interacting with class and grace online.

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The writer who wrote to Pat for today’s blog is sensitive, up to mischief and creating a storm in a tea cup. His/her wild accusation of homophobia does not stand up under scrutiny.

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But Seamus, your record on here of always blaming the woman involved with a priest
a) doesn’t indicate you have any sensitivity or understanding here
b) suggests you yourself are looking to create a storm.
Not gonna lie, it’s nice to find a priest with so little understanding of relationships and sexuality because it suggests you may actually be celibate. But not through choice….

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3:08, any criticisms I might have uttered of women is through my respect for women. A parent might say to a child; If you fall out of that tree and break your leg, don’t come running to me.
How in God’s name can any woman expect a committed relationship from a clergyman, no matter what the wayward padre might say? One might tell the women to catch themselves on? Tough love.
3:08, please remember to use things and to love people. There are too many people in the modern day feminist secular society who are loving things and using people. It is very sad. 🥺
Pax.

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This letter has been done to death but worth posting
Dear Fr Paddy
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from you, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the ‘homosexual lifestyle’ for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination… end of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.
Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to the Welsh, but not the Scottish. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Scottish people?
My friend would like to sell his daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual unseemliness – Lev. 15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.
When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev. 1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination? Shall we shatter his bones with rocks?
Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, must I be put to death or is there some wiggle-room here?
Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev. 24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help.
Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.
A parishioner

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Yes, brilliant. 😂
However it shows the terrible state of catechesis if the parishioners aren’t aware of the golden dildos in Ezekiel 16:17 or the donkey dicks in Ezekiel 23:20.

Ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ.

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Ah, the old invincible ignorance raises its head. Actually the rejection to which you refer was seen as being caused by the ignorance you oppose to it. 😂

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A trite post, Cyberpunk. It’s all been said before. A long cliché now.
Christians aren’t bound by those elements of the Law; Paul makes this clear in the New Testament. But he makes clear also that they ARE bound by other things, like abstaining from homosexual acts. And his instruction to do so is thrown into sharp relief by his dire warning that active homosexuals cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
You don’t need me to tell you what this means, not in the abstract, but in eschatological actuality.
I see you have some support for your point of view. Fine.
‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.’

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God created Lucifer, too, but he did not create evil; this was all Lucifer’s own work.

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So if God created everyone, how come he created gays? To deliberately set up people to fail? Do you believe being gay is a choice?

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Also, if God created Mary as being free from original sin, why did he not create all of us this way?

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Pat @ 3.51, that’s a separate matter. We can discuss it if you wish, but it won’t alter the fact that God is not the author of evil.

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3.16
No, I do not believe that being gay is a choice, and those who still think so are foolish.
Choice kicks in when deciding what to do about gay feelings: to go with them, or to deny them for the kingdom of heaven.
God doesn’t set up anyone to fail, but he does invite, call, urge, beg them to make the right choices freely, and to persist in them, despite repeated failure.
Moral success here isn’t defined by behavioural perfection, but in persisting in those right choices despite personal imperfection.

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4:28 When did you last say the creed?
He’s creator of everything, visible and invisible, and so, whether you like it or not, did create evil.

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5.28
Read Mark 3: 24 through 25. Just two verses. I’ll give you an incentive: ‘If a kingdom is divided against itself …’

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God needed only one person free from the vitiating constraints of original sin to birth Jesus.
Creating EVERY one free from these constraints would be a denial of original sin’s itself. Original sin exists. So, too, do its terrible consequences for each and every one of us. But we have a choice now, thanks to Jesus’ redemptive death and resurrection, to escape those consequences.
It’s a gift, and there are no strings attached.

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1.14 Now I have a handle on you. Alarming. Very disturbing . I shall not give your comments any credence again. Framing life in the Old Testament and personalities against Game of Thrones speaks of dearth. I suspect you have no appreciation of Punk music either !

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I am a fan of punk music – I was fortunate to be around to experience it’s earliest manifestation on the music scene and a thrilling time it was too, musically speaking. However my nickname has more to do with the American slang word rather than the music genre.

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In my teens my mother used to drag me on long bus journeys to see friends of hers and I would rebel by reading bits from a copy of Lady Chatterley I found in the school library, until I discovered the wonders of the bible. We lived in a strongly nonconformist area of England and one day she was asking me what rubbish i was reading. It was the story about the raped servant girl being cut up and sent to the twelve tribes of Israel, when an old man tapped her on the shoulder and went, ‘That, madam, is the Word of God’.
I nearly wet myself laughing.

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‘Cept it wasn’t really the Word of God, was it?
Those who describe the entire Bible as the word of God set themselves up for an almighty fall. I mean read that bit in Matthew’s gospel where Jesus’ rejects that other bit in Deuteronomy about revenge; you know, an eye for an eye, and all that.
Imagine! The Word of God rejecting the Word of God! Irony of ironies. ‘Cept it isn’t, cos the entire Bible ISN’T the word of God. And Jesus proved it.
Aye, the word of God is in there, but it has to be looked for with a good heart. And the ‘gooder’, the better.
I’m betting that old man on the bus knows more about the Word of God now than he did back in the day. If he has passed away, God rest his soul.

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No it isn’t, 6:00. I think verbal plenary inspiration is the most bizarre thing going and don’t understand the popularity of the ESV, since it can barely be described as English. Those who think it is, ironically, have failed to rightly divide the word of truth.

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6.27
I agree with you on verbal plenary inspiration; I call it biblical literalism. And it is, first, spiritually dangerous, and, second, psychologically malforming.
I’m at one with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the Bible: it is ‘the word of God through the words of human beings.’ FALLIBLE human beings.
There’s the rub: how to tell one lot from the other. Jesus certainly could, and did, with those passages on revenge in Deuteronomy.

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1.14pm. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve heard it before and it’s the reason why I’m never very impressed by those putting forward arguments from Scripture against homosexual practice. Surely it’s all right or none of it is? If you only select the bits you think appropriate, you are either taking the place of God or bringing your own thoughts and personal beliefs/prejudices to bear on the selection. Neither seems sensible, but either permits the potential for homophobia.
I’m deeply sorry for Fr Paddy; what a terrible early life he has had. I don’t think his reading of the situation about homosexuality and abuse is correct. There have been very many men who identify as heterosexual in every sense who have still derived pleasure from abusing young men both physically and sexually. But it is not realistic to expect absolute clarity of thought from those who have suffered so much; Bishop Pat rightly highlights the importance and benefits of professional help in dealing with such matters. It is good, however, to read that Fr Paddy’s pastoral response to those with gay sons or family members has been helpful. Preaching damnation is the least helpful response.
I’m struck yet again by the Church’s fixation with sexual sin and the vicarious pleasure “true believers” take in pointing the finger, condemning and denouncing as well as stating confidently who will or will not receive God’s mercy. I’d prefer to hear nothing on sexual sin and much more on unconditional love and support for the poor and needy, especially as the current economic crisis bites. Worrying about the starving and their fate appears far more important and Christ-like than a concern about whether Mass is said in Latin facing ad Orientem or in the vernacular facing the people or what someone does consensually with their penis in the privacy of their own home. Let’s get our priorities right and aim to emulate Jesus in the relative importance He gave to these different areas of life.

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Exactly. If you say the law has been superceded you can’t then quote any of it to support doctrine, not even the commandments. It could still be read as salvation history obvs.
I read through the Hebrew bible using the Jewish Annotated Bible a few years ago and was struck by how differently they understand it.

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You’ve misunderstood ‘superceded’.

Mosaic Law has been superceded by Jesus’ death and resurrection AS THE MEANS FOR human redemption.

Jesus fulfilled the Law for every one of us. However, we are not to ignore the core teaching of Law, the Decalogue, knowing that our imperfect observance of it will still not keep us from salvation.

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Rubbish, 3:47. ‘Mosaic law has been superceded […] except for the bit I choose’.
You’ve made my point perfectly, thank you.

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5:50 But how can I understand if you refuse to explain it to me? It’s no use calling people ignorant when you’re not sharing your wisdom and knowledge with them.

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Pat at 10:01. This doesn’t surprise me as Paddy Walsh is very much a”church” man. He would have done everything in his power to protect the church from any scandal . This is the same Paddy Walsh who insisted on being called by his full title . As the man is now in quite Ill health and near to departing these mortal shores he would do well to apologise to the thousands of young men who he looked down upon and treated abysmally during his tenure in St Malachys college

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Walsh is a very nasty and bad man. His close friend Judge Gemma Loughran tried to interfere with Donaghy’s trial and had to recuse herself. Where would you get the likes of it except here? The justice system is rotten. Look at the situation with poor wee lad, Noah Donaghue.

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Pat, do you know the identity of the person who sent you Fr McCafferty’s Facebook post? Or was it anonymous?
To that malign individual I would say, just you lift the phone and call the police. They will direct you, “Father” to the appropriate department that deals with hate speech.
You are simply being malicious. You “doubt” Fr Paddy’s “version of events” do you? Well the jury in a court of law didn’t and Donaghy was found guilty and convicted.
You are, in all likelihood, a sorry excuse for a “priest”, unlike like Fr McCafferty who is a true priest in every respect, who inspires people and helps them, without compromising on the truth we Catholics have always been taught.
Your attempt, “Fr”, to make mischief for a true and good priest, I think has backfired on you. Go ahead and report him for “hate speech” and see how you get on!

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I think I know who sent you this mischievous post about Fr Paddy.

Because Fr Paddy had the audacity to ask people not to vote for Sin Shame on account of their espousal of murdering the unborn, a local numb skull in the Murph, brave keyboard warrior that he is, took to social media denouncing him and announcing that he had telephoned the bishop.

This man has neither the brains nor the guts to “confront” the local priest face to face.

Those who really know Fr Paddy are deeply appreciative of his courage, his kindness, conviction and dedication to his people and his calling. He is a priest of the people and for the people.

The pathetic man attempting to cause bother to him couldn’t hold a candle to him. This community is behind Fr P. He’s always there for us when we need him. So many families here have been helped so much by him on good days and really sad days.

What we love about our priest is that he is REAL. He has suffered horrendous things in his life and he is so kind and loving towards others.

He says it like it is. Even people who don’t agree with him, respect and admire him because he is the real deal, the genuine article.

Haters like your “correspondent” gonna hate. What Fr P inspires in people is love and he gives hope to others who also been in dark places.

He gives them permission, especially males, to tell their stories that need to be heard also.

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Reading the comments from McCafferty reminds me of a discussion I had with a Cistercian in Portglenone Abbey. The intolerance and poison is part of who they are. The priests who are closet homosexuals truly are the most hate filled bigots.

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“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who perform homosexual acts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (I Corinthians 6:9-11).

Fr McCafferty is simply preaching the Word of God and for that he is being vilified.

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Catholics and protestants don’t know what the Kingdom of God is. It does not equate with being saved. In addition, from Ascension we have power over our acts so aren’t in that dustbin either (in the Bible an agent word refers to activity not ontology).

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@ Aug 24, 2022 at 1:59 pm
Had it not been for the immaculate conception malarkey, you would have known that Mary did have the original sin. But even then you would have probably misinterpreted it in Augustinian, Anselmian or Thomist terms and not as the illness the Orthodox understand it to be.

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Amazing levels of ignorance and introspection on display today. 169 comments so far and not a single reference to Paddy’s very special friend from Ferns Diocese John Carroll. To understand Paddy you need to understand Ferns.

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@7.19pm I was too polite to mention the “special” friend in Ferns but this was common knowledge in Maynooth. And I had personal experience of Paddy coming on to me with those innocent “fu£,k me” eyes back then. I’m glad I never made a move on that occasion. I had a sense he would say afterwards that I misinterpreted the signals or that there were no signals. To be honest, I always thought him slippery.
Yes, Ferns and Mr Carroll and all the time spent in that room above Mary’s Oratory, if my memory is correct. A contemporary of mine in Maynooth who is shrewd as they come, but played the pious fool very well, used to talk of the “clunk click” doors when such couples would meet for “tea” and a chat, following by the sound of shoes hitting the floor. I can only imagine what was going on inside. Maybe the teapot fell and bounced around the floor a few times having jumped up to lock the door first. Oh dear, special friends. There were a few such couples around in my time, clunk click around 10pm each night, tea and the rosary, I’m guessing.

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You can only imagine what was going on inside those rooms with ‘clunk-click’ doors? This is about all you can do isn’t it? Imagine?

Just as you did about Paddy McCafferty.

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Regarding the Ferns connection, I seem to recall that Paddy started out in St Peter’s College, Wexford and only came to Maynooth in First Divinity. Some people suggested that the move had been engineered by Ledwith.

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Here’s your confirmation, folks, that seminarians and priests aren’t bothered about non celibacy, don’t do anything about it, don’t follow the church’s teaching on homosexuality and don’t blow the whistle on other seminarians who are at it.

This is why you can’t trust them with your children, or to do the right thing if they know a child is being abused, because the rules don’t apply to them.

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Flurry Gin, you’re obviously a twisted pervert and wishful thinking on your part.
Are you an ex Dromore or Raphoe priest? If you are Dromore, it was well known, Stephen F, that you had “the hots” big time for wee Paddy. If Raphoe, Howiya Fergal R! Talk of the place at the time.
I remember Paddy too in Maynooth. He struck me as a totally bewildered and “at sea” boy, for he looked much younger than his years. He was early 20s and would have passed for mid teens. We now know, that he had already been subjected to hideous sexual assaults and, looking back, from what I know now, bearing every sign of trauma.
John Carroll is still his best friend. Your perverted attempts to cast aspersions on innocent friendship speaks volumes about you. That’s what vile creatures like you do all the time.
You are one “sick puppy” Slurry Gin, ain’t ya?

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Mr FG: from my insight into such situations a so called “signal” is NOT a signal. Also, there is nothing untoward in Fr Paddy’s latest remarks. Everyone should care for those around them and that includes the same sex “attractable”. With the slippery nomenclatures and meanings go sometimes several subcultures and sometimes not. In my young day a lifetime ago we saw that some “homos” minded their own business and others overstepped. The exact same origin is causing the pandemic of attacks on girls and women. The war on boys (governmental normalising, in 1969, of sex outside marriage as school curriculum) is the same war as the war against women, but Fr Paddy is entitled to write about part of that.

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I don’t know what the moaner who contacted Pat is moaning about. The John Jay report says the same thing that Paddy said.

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@8.33pm Yes, that’s correct. He came to Maynooth from Wexford for First Divinity. He also played the organ and fancied his abilities. He was an ok musician but only a small fish in the big talented pool at Maynooth in those days. He was probably a very big fish in Wexford.
If Ledwith had anything to do with the transfer, I don’t know. I don’t remember any contact between them in Maynooth. If there was, it was very discreet. Remember, Ledwith had his catamite, Jaime, the Mexican, at that same time. He was probably too busy with him. And to be honest, Paddy would not have been any competition for Jaime.

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That was me, remembering Paddy turning up. I also remember Jaime turning up in the ref one evening for the first time. There was a kind of omerta about Jaime and he was added to the long list of topics that were not to be discussed. A couple of Fourth Divines asked a few pointed questions about him but got no answer. As far as I know, it was Jaime who was paid off by Ledwith.

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Oh wee Paddy was so much more gorgeous than Jaime. Jaime was a bit chunky. Wee Paddy was delectable.

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@8.17pm and 10.28pm Ooh. I seem to have stung you two! That other comment about getting somewhere now was obviously so true. You’ve come out of the shadows to fight Paddy’s fight, wow!
I have enough sexual experience under my belt by now to know when I’m imagining something and when I’m detecting real vibes and more.

Glad I’ve annoyed you do much. It gives me the impetus to continue to contribute to the blog.

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I loved wee Paddy in Maynooth. He was a beautiful boy: I couldn’t get near him though. He was obviously a hurt kid. I would have wanted to comfort him. I am so sorry to learn of the anguish of this wonderful wee boy:

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Although sems transferred from the Wing and Clonliffe to Maynooth for theology, and sems went from Maynooth to Rome, it was unusual to have a transfer from the likes of Wexford or Thurles to Maynooth. In fact, Paddy’s is the only such transfer that I remember (I’m not sure if the Armagh deacon – Bill’s friend – who Tom Fee switched from Rome to Maynooth counts, and that’s a tale in itself). I assume that something prompted Paddy’s big switch. Perhaps he was just unhappy in Wexford, though the happiness or otherwise of seminarians wasn’t that big a consideration in those days.

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@9.130pm the correct spelling is Jaime not Jamie. Anyone with eyes in their heads knew about him being Ledwith,’s c. Don’t take everything literally, however. Ledwith didn’t announce ” I have a Mexican catamite” . The term was coined by an ex priest if Killaloe who is infamous in other respects on this blog.
But for starters Ledwith and Jaime going out frequently in Ledwith’s car; Ledwith and Jaime together at the National Concert Hall and much more. The guy was supposedly a lay theology student. The Rector Magnificus of a Pontifical University, even one as pathetic as Maynooth, does not take first Divinity students on trips to the NCH.

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9.45 Catamite was my term and my naming of Ledwiths friend……taken from the Office of Readings…..I was friendly with Haime ( James) Melville !!! William Mulvihill

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Jaime was a member of a wealthy family who sold the equivalent of Pepsi Coke in Mexico !! He was exceptional company. A layman who works for the Archdiocese of Armagh and is Chair of the Board of Management of Tenure Primary school in Monasterboice parish is still in touch with Jaime who is married with children and very much still friends with Michael Ledwith !!! William Mulvihill

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You believe only what your salacious mind wants you to believe, and it is always the worst of people, because you find the worst more titillating.

You are the type of person, I suspect, envisaged in the papal document that sought to exclude from seminary training those with ‘deep-seated homosexual tendencies’. You should never have been allowed near a seminary, such is your morally corrupted nature and influence.

Pat has blogged about people like you in the perversely titled ‘summer of love’ scandal at Maynooth in 2016. I know you weren’t there at the time: for one, too old. But had you been, I have no doubt that we would have found you at the heart of the scandal, such is your gross and lascivious nature.

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I am so grateful that Fr Paddy McCafferty came into my life at a very dark time and gave me hope and helped me to get better.
The male victims of rape and sexual assault need to speak, need to tell their stories of suffering. They need to write their books and tell it abroad. It will save lives.
Boys, teenage boys and young men are preyed upon by homosexual predators, just as much as young girls and young women are targeted by heterosexual predators. It’s fact but the LGBT mafia are attempting to silence this truth.
Fr Paddy and homosexual predator, James Donaghy’s other victims had the courage to take him to a court of law where he was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in jail.
I have the privilege of knowing Paddy McCafferty for many years. He is not “dysfunctional” as you describe him, Pat Buckley. He is the healthiest human being I have ever met. He is honest about his sufferings which almost killed him. He speaks very openly about them. He is a true survivor and his journey inspires hope.
You may not like what he says because he is faithful to traditional Catholic teaching on human sexuality, but you have no right to call him “dysfunctional”. And it is utterly shameful that you are allowing him to be denigrated and gaslighted on your website.
He is a good priest. He has helped and consoled many. He is an excellent and compassionate confessor. Good men like this are loved but, because they are good, they are also hated.
Fr Paddy’s enemies, it strikes me, are mainly priests who lack his courage, faith and conviction. They have no guts to confront the evil culture of these times and they resent him because he has the balls to take them all on without fear.

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10.47: I am glad Pat printed your very honest and accurate comment. Leaving aside the horrendous effects of sexual abuse – of which Pat is familiar – it is morally reprehensible that any blog would tolerate the belittling and demeaning of a survivor. Fr. Paddy is braver than most clerics, has a tough spirit, cares for the broken and wounded and is as spiritual (CHRIST LIKE) as any priest I know. Fr. Paddy proclaims Church Moral Teachings faithfully. That’s his mission. It is sad that Pat has allowed the nasty, personalised, hateful and dangerous commentary against this good priest. It’s an evil. Fr. Paddy is Christ to many, many people.

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Yes Fr Paddy has balls. He is a great wee man and we love him here in the Murph. His enemies can go to hell. We are behind him all the way. He’s our priest. T McM, the keyboard warrior, spoke against him because he condemned Sinn Fein for it’s pro abortion policies. Fr Paddy is a true priest and preacher of God. We love him here in Corpus Christi. T McM you hadn’t the guts to go and speak to him, man to man and he was good to your family. You are a key board warrior coward. You have neither the balls nor the brains to face our priest.

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Have the balls to admit which diocese you served.
Oh, wait! Pat will protect you, yet again, by not publishing this comment

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I agree with you.

I believe that Pat has been protecting that poster mainly because he’s a fellow homosexual.

Pat didn’t publish at least three of my posts about this disgusting pervert, and I say this not because he is gay, but because of his sexually exploitative attitude to people.

Pat has castigated those involved in the so-called “summer of love” scandal at Maynooth. Why can’t he see that Flurry Gin is cut from the same, revolting cloth.

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@12.39pm Ezekiel and the donkey dicks and golden dildos. I went and read it in the Vulgate and in translation and laughed so much. Thank you for this.
Imagine a new book from Veritas by, say, Seamus O’Connell: “Golden dildos and donkey dicks: Ezekiel for the 21st Century”

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Fr John Carroll was a one man band for the Diocese of Ferns, holding several key posts simultaneously (diocesan secretary, chancellor, secretary of St Aidan’s Trust, diocesan representative to Trocaire) until he was stripped of all of them in a brutal strike by the gormless new Bishop of Ferns, “Ger” Nash.

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You honestly couldn’t make this stuff up.
First of all why would anyone of sound mind want to join an RCC organization in 2022? Worse again why would anyone want to join Silverstream Priory which the most cursory Google search reveals is seriously compromised and active danger to its own monks? It gets better though. The candidate is put on ice in a dodgy Clonmel hotel where he sees more padres living like party animals.
We have one former head who has Jesus talking to him. He then talks about masturbation to fellow monks and walks around with his knob hanging out. We have another monk addicted to gay porn. Now the new boss has been spoken to by the Blessed Virgin. The same priory that was inspected by Richard Purcell. Yes, the guy in the scullery bareback. Whose good pal is Phonsie, an Opus Dei operator who thinks we are still living in 1975 and has no problem with priests helping themselves to cash.
Is this just one epic piss take on us all by God?

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