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SILVERSTREAM SINKS FURTHER INTO THE ECCLESIASTICAL SLUDGE – WHILE TOM DEENIHAN PLAYS HIS FLUTE.

Dear Bishop Deenihan,

As you are aware, I have been blogging about Silverstream Priory for quite some time. In light of that reality, I was recently contacted by an individual expressing disquiet arising from his discernment of a monastic vocation at the Priory. The aspirant feels aggrieved that his treatment was unfair; he mentions in particular some form of mistreatment by Dom Hildebrand Houser, the novice master, and Dom Basil MacCabe, the newly-appointed prior. However, I accept that it is the prerogative of the community to set its own criteria for admission and their decision-making in that regard a final. He feels sufficiently aggrieved that threaten you with legal proceedings, however, a solicitor I know well tells me “hurt feelings are not actionable”.

This individual’s desire to join Silverstream Priory begets the obvious questions: a) why would anybody would wish to join a monastic community mired in sexual and financial scandal and, b) why do you, as the Bishop of Meath, continue with cheerful alacrity to do nothing about Silverstream, a monastery of diocesan right over which you as Ordinary hold ultimate authority?

The individual in question shared with me his correspondence including your response. I am not privy to all the facts, but it is clear to me that the individual in question feels aggrieved, and that his grievance may-be well-founded. In the correspondence, I note that you deliberately disavow any responsibility from the day-to-day administration of the Priory. But a careful reading of the correspondence begets the following legitimate questions.

Is true that the new Superior of Silverstream Priory, Fr. Basil MacCabe, OSB, has claimed to see the Blessed Virgin Mary and that was the antecedents of his monastic vocation? If so, were you aware that you were appointing another “mystic” as superior of Silverstream Priory? Does the Abbot of Saint-Joseph-de-Clairval in Flavigny, the Rt. Rev’d Dom Jean-Bernard Marie Bories, OSB, know that Dom Basil had a vision of Our Lady? Did Archbishop Roland Minnerath, when he ordained Dom Basil to the priesthood know he was ordaining a visionary? Is Dom Basil set to become the “Padre Pio” of the Diocese of Meath?

The last “mystical” superior of Silverstream Priory, Dom Mark Kirby, OSB, who was credibly accused of sexual and financial misconduct also claimed to hear Christ from the tabernacle; indeed, a book featuring the imprimatur of your predecessor, Bishop Smith, purveys these long-winded “locutions” to the faithful around the world. Thus, did you have any concerns about appointing [if known] another mystic to be the superior at Silverstream?

More seriously, I am greatly concerned by the observation in this individual’s e-mail that a certain “Fr. John” suggested “that Fr. Basil like males as young as 14 and 15 and 16 to try and join their Monastery [Abbey of Saint-Joseph de Clairval de Flavigny] in France.” On first viewing, this seems utterly absurd, but it does have a ring of truth.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am not suggesting any misconduct whatsoever on the part of Dom Basil; nor should any inference of same be taken. However, if this is true, it does raise serious and legitimate questions about the prudence and judgement of Dom Basil, whom you have just appointed to preside over a scandal-ridden monastic community. And, by extension that raises questions about whether Dom Basil should remain as the superior of Silverstream Priory.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am not suggesting any misconduct whatsoever on the part of Dom Basil; nor should any inference of same be taken. However, if this is true, it does raise serious and legitimate questions about Dom Basil’s prudence and judgement. And, by extension that raises questions about whether he should remain as the superior of Silverstream Priory.

As you know, I have already highlighted concerns to you about the presence of boy scouts that were present within the monastic enclosure in Silverstream Priory in the past.

Therefore, this assertion, i.e., Dom Basil is encouraging miners to join the monastery in France needs to be independently investigated. It would seem prudent to bring the matter to his abbot, the Rt. Rev’d Dom Jean-Bernard Marie Bories, OSB, and because his monastery is of diocesan right; the ultimate authority is the Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Dijon, Archbishop Antoine Henry Pierre Marie Hérouard.

I would be grateful if you could confirm receipt of the present and by reply outline what steps you are intending to take to address the concerns expressed herein. I would be further grateful if you could confirm if you intend to apprise Abbot Bories and Archbishop Hérouard; I would also be more than happy to forward them the relevant materials for their careful consideration.

+Pat Buckley

FROM SILVERSTREAM HOPEFUL TO TOM DEENIHAN.

Dear Bishop,

Further to my appeal sent to you last Thursday; I was of the belief that there would be further proceedings in which I could elaborate on the Facts in my appeal and formal complaint – which was sent to you last Thursday.

I did not get fair procedures. Further, Fr. Basil sent me to a Hotel for the last night of the retreat instead of Discernment Talks. This Hotel was opposite the Bank of Ireland in Clonmel in County Tipperary. He had claimed to have seen the Blessed Virgin Mary and that is why he joined the Religious Order. I found it strange that a Priest and Monk who claimed to see the Blessed Virgin Mary would prevent me from getting fair procedures. Fr. John who was also on the Retreat told me that Fr. Basil like males as young as 14 and 15 and 16 to try and join their Monastery in France.

I was shocked that Fr. Basil sent me to a Hotel rather than the Retreat House in Glencomeragh House for discernment talks. The Hotel was full of all night Drugs and Alcohol and everything else that goes along with that including a night club that had loud music until 4am. Most of the residents do not actually go to sleep at all. While there I noticed one of your Diocesan Priests who is a Chaplain at NUI Galway (Fr. Ben). His colleague provided a reference for me for Silverstream Priory. Fr. Ben really knows how to party! He certainly appears to know how to swing from the Chandeliers. Apparently he replaced the Chaplain at NUI Galway who was replaced and the Legion of Mary Society closed. What a replacement! I would have thought that a priest who had an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is now the new Superior of Silverstream Priory would send me to such a seedy place.

If you cannot or will not deal with my appeal and complaint I may have to bring civil proceeding against you.

Yours Faithfully,

Xxxxx Xxxxxx

FROM DEENIHAN TO HOPEFUL

FROM HOPEFUL TO DEENIHAN

Dear Bishop,

Thank you for your email. I was of the understanding that the Monastery was under your authority. I was shocked by the way I was treated by the Novice Master Dom. Hildebrand and the new Superior Fr. Basil at Silverstream Priory. I will be seeking advice from Xxxxx Xxxxxc who is a family relative and other Canon Lawyers.

133 replies on “SILVERSTREAM SINKS FURTHER INTO THE ECCLESIASTICAL SLUDGE – WHILE TOM DEENIHAN PLAYS HIS FLUTE.”

Party animal and NUIG chaplain Fr Ben Hughes isn’t a priest of Meath diocese. He is a Clogher priest.

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You would have to be over 80 for those parties !!! Hello Ben. Bill He is a decent skin…Ben is. Bill and Ben was a great BBC hit many, many years ago though I would never have been close to Ben. I am glad he is thriving.

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Ben was very well liked by the people of Enniskillen when he was a curate there and he has a good heart.

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1.15 that depends on your perspective, some pious volunteers would take the eye from your head Monday to Saturday, dish out wine & communion on Sunday & head back out into the parish on Monday for the eyebrow they left behind on Saturday.

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@11.02am Re blog yesterday – Bill, I’m so sorry to have given credit for the catamite appellation for Jaime Mexicans to your Killaloe classmate. I didn’t realise you were the author.

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3.14
There is much you didn’t realise yesterday, and an even greater amount you imagined.

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11.35 Damian should wise up & recognise that only the other type of action is prioritised in Silverstream, they won’t be mending their ways.

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8.44: Bill, Pat was the one to print that photo on his blog. PAT IS REPREHENSIBLE…He didn’t need to print it.

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11.35 Reprehensible of Robert Nugget to put up that photograph yesterday. You do not get that condition from the badly named virus of our primate relatives. Reprehensible. WM

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One legitimately wonders what could make Tom Deenihan put a stop to the endless source of agony and embarrassment that is Silverstream Priory. Either Deenihan is fanatically devoted to trad Benedictine life (not likely!), or else someone at Silverstream has some serious dirt on him. I’m not sure what other possible motivation there could be at this point.

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Not sure about sometimes. An old and classic example was Cardinal Cushing of Boston (who disliked having auxiliary bishops as he thought them a liability) and Paul Shanley. After a decade (from 1960) of report from a priest, a mother and others, Shanley got a permanent ministry to street youth. Many such cases.

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Several things spring to the eye here.
1. TWO visionary superiors not quite in succession? You actually couldn’t make this up.
2. If you start threatening the bishop with solicitors after you get refused by one monastery, well. What can we say.
3. I feel your correspondent doesn’t mean Flavigny takes fourteen and fifteen year olds into the monastery, although they may encourage them to think about a vocation. In France you have to go to school until you’re 16 and this isn’t negotiable. And canon 643 says you can’t validly enter the noviciate before the age of 17. I honestly think you or your correspondent are mistaken and D. Basil is talking about vocation encouragement.
While the whole Silverstream situation is barking, it sounds like they’ve managed to dodge a bullet.

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12.04 dodgy clerics are experts at dodging bullets & even when caught out, all the Bishops do is move them quietly to a new location. They never learn.

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9.30 Clarus. Moral turpitude and filthy lucre supersedes all else where dodgy clerics are concerned.

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12.04 she’s probably a bit long in the tooth now but she’d fit the bill in Silverstream.

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“TWO visionary superiors not quite in succession? You actually couldn’t make this up.”
No, that’s not correct. In between visionary no. 1, Kirby, and visionary no. 2, Basil McCabe, there was dear little Elijah Carroll; the only extraordinary visions of Elijah’s, of which the world is aware (thanks to the vicious indiscretions of visionary no. 1), happen to be of the pixellated and XXX-rated variety. 🌈

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I am no fan of Silverstream but having read the lad’s letter to the bishop think the monks have swerved a bullet by rejecting him

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The abbey of Saint Joseph de Clairval at Flavigny is itself an anomaly, it too being a monastery of diocesan right. You always know there’s something odd going on when these places do not belong to the Benedictine Confederation under the Abbot Primate at Sant’Anselmo in Rome. The Confederation was established by Leo XIII as a loose entity to bring some unity to the hundreds of autonomous Benedictine monasteries around the world. In a sense there is no Order of St Benedict in the conventional sense as monasteries are independent. A monk is a monk of Downside, Monte Casino, etc. as opposed to being a member of a centralised order. Independent monasteries are bound together, however, by similar traditions and filiation based on foundation. So there are groups of national congregations like the English Benedictine Congregation or the Congregation of the Annunciation, to which Glenstal belongs, less national but linked to Maredsous, Belgium. Above these layers is the Confederation. Even if s monastery was not part of a Congregation, it could still be in the Confederation, answerable directly to the Abbot Primate, like the Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem or Chevetogne. The fact that Saint Joseph de Clairval doesn’t fit into any of these categories makes you wonder why?
Why can’t bishops educate themselves a little on these matters before letting nut jobs into their dioceses. The level of ignorance of monastic life among bishops is astonishing, as if monasteries were part of a different church.
Dennihan needs to sort this mess inherited from Smith. It will explode eventually. It started the process that brought down Rawhide Purcell. Dennihan should take note of this. If he thinks he has more political skill than Purcell had, he’s deeply mistaken. Yet, you bishop Pat took Rawhide’s head and ass in the end.

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Not to criticize your excellent point, but as a clarification, Flavigny are listed as associated with the confederation in the 2015 Catologus, so they’re not completely disconnected but not connected. 🤷

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@9.43 thanks for that clarification. Wikipedia mentions that they are Olivetan, but I can’t find them listed on the Olivetan website. They could simply be inspired by San Bernardo Tolomei. Strange all this Ignatian stuff that they go on with. Strange for monks, I mean, although I’m a fan of Ignatius.
I don’t have access to the Catalogues so thank you for that.

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@9.43am if there is a connection between Silverstream and the Olivetan congregation, I wonder what they think in Rostrevor. Rostrevor is Olivetan, is it not? If they are all associated with that Congregation you’d expect Rostrevor to have some input. No?

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Torquemada I left a comment which hasn’t made it so I’ll try again.
The founder of Clairval was involved in Ignatian spirituality before becoming a monk.
Then he entered the Olivetan Maylis Abbey.
He LEFT the abbey to start Clairval as a conscious combination of Benedictine/Ignatian ways.
Source of all the above: his German Wikipedia page.
The monks wear black habits but white cowls so could be confused for olivetans.
If you Google ‘Catologus Monasteriorum 2015’ something like the third or fourth result is a link to Luke Dysinger’s site where you can download it as a PDF.

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FYI, Fr. Ben, as chaplain at NUI Galway, is a priest of Clogher, not Meath, so the aspiring novice is wrong in his letter to Tom Deenihan. Lawrence Duffy is Ben’s Ordinary.

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Sounds like that aspiring novice is wrong about a lot of things. Yes indeed, Silverstream has- as others have said- dodged a bullet.

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@6.10pm. Thank you for that info. I didn’t know about the conscious combination of Benedictine and Ignatian ways. Will read the German wiki page and thanks for the pointer to Dysinger.
So, Clairval may not be so strange after all. It’s making more sense now.

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This applicant has had a narrow escape. They are being more cautious since Mark Kirby episodes so must have concluded that this new applicant might be the makings of another whistleblower. He was lucky not to be propositioned by one of their cabal at the seedy hotel they booked him.

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I find the hotel thing very strange. When you have stayed at a couple of monasteries and seen the collection of oddballs who habitually frequent them without being asked to leave, it suggests this guy did something to prompt the monks to do that.

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9.08 they didn’t want him to see what went on at monastery that night, they’d already sussed he might not keep Stum nor be compliant so they packed him off to the party hotel knowing full well he’d be kept awake all night by the hotel nightclub & no doubt the clerics he saw partying in that hotel were already aware he was booked in by Silverstream. He had a narrow escape from these Silverstream odd balls. He was not treated respectfully, this reflects badly on management of Silverstream,

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Is this for real?
A priest swinging from chandeliers at a hotel in Clonmel???

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@1.51am Hearns hotel in Clonmel isn’t the sort of place where anyone swings from the chandeliers.
This story is very weird if real at all.

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So Silverstream send those discerning a vocation to their Twinks Hotel in Clonmel.

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3.46: All lies. The Clonmel Hotel is furious with the story about the allegation made by “hopeful”. “Hopeful’s” complaints do not warrant legal or canonical action but his accusations about the hotel are legally actionable. He’s a fool in the way he has reacted to his being refused entry to a monastery. He’s being foolishly advised.

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1.55 they profit from the priesty antics, Clonmel hotel has to roll with the punches & take the bad with the good / they have same backward arrogant mentality as their clerical benefactors,

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“This individual’s desire to join Silverstream Priory begets the obvious questions: a) why would anybody would wish to join a monastic community mired in sexual and financial scandal and, b) why do you, as the Bishop of Meath, continue with cheerful alacrity to do nothing about Silverstream, a monastery of diocesan right over which you as Ordinary hold ultimate authority?”
a. It is a surprise. The Silverstream charade has gone on for long enough. Unless the community come to their senses and elect Dom Benedict Andersen as Prior, the Priory should be suppressed.
b. Tom, of the class of 91, is a cheerleader of the Silverstream charade. Put down your pom poms Tom and sort out this Silverstream charade for once and for all.
c. The visitation of Silverstream was 2 years ago. There were recommendations for improvement. Surely there should be a follow up visitation? Should the Diocese of Meath also come under some form of visitation? If not, why not?

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The class of 91 has produced three bishops so far (Nulty, Nash, Deenihan), had Paddy McCafferty and John Carroll in it and has lost several members through death (Frs Cummins, Byrne, McKeever and the saintly man from Killaloe who used to do the photocopying in Maynooth and returned as a seminarian very late in life, and whose name I cannot remember).

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S/he means Bp Monaghan not Bp Nulty obviously – this was also the Joe McGuigan and John Gates class. Together they’ve given a lot to Pat’s Blog.

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There is no indication of how old or what the individual looks like. Not that looks ever seemed to bother the former disgraced prior if the pictures of the monks are anything to go by.

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Ben is nearly 60. How the hell could he swing from a chandelier in a hotel!!! I’m just trying to picture it.

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Oh, I think Ben could still swing from a chandelier. Saw him a couple of years ago in Maynooth and he’s kept himself trim. He’s quite fit. Do you know him Pat?

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Everything about Silverstream is bizarre. I cannot understand why Bishop Deenihan continues to allow the place to exist. It should be suppressed immediately.

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@9.25am You know, it’s possible that Dennihan is simply paralysed and doesn’t know what to do or how to do it.
Bishops shouldn’t get involved in monasteries when they don’t understand them and often have vague romantic views of the monks praying for the world…that bullshit, that has little basis in the Rule of Benedict. The monastic life is the search for God, not some job done to save the world. This nonsense is a fairly modern (Enlightenment) concept…you have to be useful or else.
Coffey won’t help Deenihan either as he is the most cautious of canon lawyers. So where does Tom D turn? To Rome? He’s probably terrified to draw that attention on himself. He’s already out of line with Papa Francisco in supporting all the Latin mass stuff at Silverstream. And Il Papa is busy clipping those wings, as well as his recent clipping of Opus Dei.
So, apart from handing another victory to Pat Buckley, Tom D is probably shitting himself and cursing his predecessor.

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It should also involve heavy physical work. An online shop doesn’t count. But, of course, they’re all queens these days.

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Why is Fr Eugene O’Neill never away from St Brigids these days? The camp one – can’t remember his name – has not covered for months now.

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You must be getting your beards confused. Fr Paul Armstrong, retired PP of St Bernadette’s has been saying Mass regularly over the summer – do please check the parish website – with some help from other clergy. Fr O’Neill has not said Mass recently, though Michael Sheehan also assisted over recent weekends.
If by the “camp one” you mean Dominic McGrattan, he is a University chaplain. Not altogether unsurprising if he takes time off in August?

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@3.31pm where do you get the idea that monastic life should involve heavy physical work? Is this based on the Irish Cistercians’ farming activities? Or some weird idea that the only form of real work is hard physical work? This has no basis in the Rule of Benedict but a lot to do with personal bias and hangups. Work is work. Mental work, office work, intellectual work can all be exhausting. Try them sometime. There’s a great tradition in Ireland of telling monks how to live their lives, usually by people who have never read any monastic literature or understood on visits to monasteries what it’s all about. It’s about one thing and one thing only, the exclusive search for God. How that is gone about is open to a vast range of interpretation.

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Robert N has just been on YouTube from his car shouting at the mike telling us that Christ and the Holy Spirit are speaking through him to us telling us to Go Go Go to the Latin Mass. Spare us O Lord !
(Slightely off today’s message Pat but RN does have connections to Silverstream)

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10.39: Saw referenced video. Ran us now prolifically producing videos almost hourly at this stage. He is in a mission to convert all to the LATIN MASS. This zealous preacher is a legend!! Apocalypse is arriving: listen up all you infidels…Listen up. If Robert just spoke about the beauty of the Eucharist, of prayer and of the reading the Word of God for all Catholics, he’d have greater impact. May I ask Robert to stop referring to his spouse as “the wife”..Last night “thecwife” asked him to take the children to a football match. Good man he is, off he went but he ended up in a Church praying the Rosary. Very admirable but shouldn’t be have been on the side of the pitch cheering on his sons!! Robert..Robert…

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4.10 What does a mitzvah have to do with anything says the Cathbot who forgot that Jesus was a Jew. You aren’t fit to unstrap his sandals goy boy.

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Sometimes it is better just to let things go. This is one such case.
Yes, “Hopeful”, on the face of it, was treated oddly for someone seeking to join Silverstream Priory (as a postulant?), but I don’t think it was anything more than this.
Why was his application rejected? We aren’t told.
I suspect that “Hopeful” hasn’t been entirely forthcoming.

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Don’t be an asshole, 10.46. Didn’t it occur to your tiny brain that Hopeful was not told why his application was rejected?
Go suck lemons, fool!

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@ 4:49pm
“Goy boy” who do you think you are? Golda Meir. We were talking about The Holy Rosary the term you used was nothing to do with the topic. Our Divine Lord was a jew but they rejected Him and still do, so STFU you cretin.

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6.52 The Catholic Church owes their very existence to the Jewish Rabbi from Judea. Show some respect heathen.

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Pat. Why would miners be encouraged to go to France when we have lots of mines here that are always looking for good miners. Even the gypsum mines in the Diocese of Meath are crying out for A+ Grade miners.

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3.39….And the legalese style of nonsense script to the Bishop is pure shite from Buckley. Same old crap. The HOPELESS CANDIDATE is a fool, delusional and wacky.

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My only criticism of the bishop’s letter is that his position and its associated inability to speak frankly caused a missed opportunity. To make it a really pastoral letter he would have said to this guy, ‘What do you think your life would be like if I overrode the priory’s decision and made them take you on? It wouldn’t be worth living.’

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10:54 Sadly I’m unavailable, but that is the first time I’ve been head hunted. 😆

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Why is Hopeful so angry? Threatening the bishop with legal action was not a wise move, since the bish can afford good lawyers. You should never make threats unless you can carry them through. You just look desperate otherwise.

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Could you honestly make this stuff up?
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 padres helping themselves to cash.
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 padres taking cash.
Is this just one epic piss take on us all by God?

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+ Pat: Important though all this Silverstream and naughty / corrupt clergy stuff is, we have had a constant diet of it for quite some time. Do you not think that there is more important stuff to be discussing, in particular the synodal responses and the expressions of the laity for change in the Church ? That is very important material for the future of the Church, and I think it warrants some discussion in your blog. Many of the subjects and individuals that are discussed here behave negatively and symptomatically to the things that the synodal conversation points to – namely an abusive and dysfunctional clerical culture, authoritarianism, hierarchy, celibacy, the role of women, attitudes to diversity and difference etc. etc. In themselves these individuals and their symptomatic behaviour are just the evidence for what is wrong with and for what is ailing the Church. The things the synodal conversation talks about are the substance, and I think it would be good to have a few days on that. Would you consider it ? Please. Thank you.

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No, the synodal stuff is a boring version of Anglicanism, with jargon spoken by ladies of a certain age and baby boomer men. If we wanted Anglicanism we’d join it.

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A reappraisal of Church teaching on LGBT issues is one of the demands of the synodal gatherings. Grindr subscriptions are very likely to be found among those who took part.

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Hopeful should have accepted the decision humbly and gracefully.
Surprised you are pursuing this, Pat. It ain’t going anywhere… fast.

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I’m a little concerned that there are elements of this story missing. The “candidate” is deeply disappointed, understandably so. He has for now been “refused”.Thus his need for answers. I don’t believe he will ever end up in Silverstream. It’s been discerned that he’s not being accepted. The Bishop of Meath should have invited this candidate to chat with him and listen. Sadly this seems not to have happened. I doubt if taking legal action will happen. Not every cause is actionable. Unless the candidate can prove a deliberate violation of his privacy or dignity or unacceptable behaviour, he may well have to simply move on. It’s disappointing for him. The other hotel shenanigans are simply people having fun. There’s nothing to indicate anything untoward except a priest swinging from crystal chandeliers……I feel Charlie Pride’s sing bellowing wildly…Oh the crystal chandeliers….

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“I will seek advice from Xxxxx Xxxxxc, a family relative and other Canon Lawyers”. I am a solicitor and can’t abide it when so-called friends and family members drop my name into email correspondence as a threat to their opponent and copy me in. I always reply to all immediately with “I am not instructed in this matter, and please do not copy me into further correspondence”.
Silverstream acted wisely in rejecting “Hopeful” – he should have rejoiced at a free night in a colourful hotel and could have tried some chandelier swinging himself.

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11.51: The more we read about thus story, the more a makey up, fantasy story it seems. One way or the other, the monks made a wise decision. The young man is acting strangely. What the hell does he expect canon lawyers to do? He wasn’t a wet day in the monastery and he feels entitled!! His silliness is incomprehensible. Lawyer friends..my eye!! Then the arrogance of him to lay blame on the Bishop!! This guy, sadly, would have been a huge problem in the monastery. Undoubtedly.

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Volunteers will be available onsite throughout duration of Electric Picnic Festival.

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@12.48pm There was nothing to sort out as there were no priests present.
Much of what was said about that group was false. It was a wind up to make those prone to rage, boil over. The culprit responsible had a good laugh and apologised to Pat since.

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@11.52am there was nothing satanic about the group activities either. Just some rural men having fun.

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Clonmel – Twink Hotel for Clergy
Nenagh – Hideout for beach Wanker priest, Fr Jerry Carey – table top dancer!
Roscrea – hideout for cheap as Chips lothario, Fr Ger Fitzgerald, Killaloe

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Not sure of the veracity of this article. For starters , Clonmel a party town. U must be joking. More like a monastery.

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2.34 Anto and Ger don’t get along well. Ger likes to keep to himself but doesn’t mind dishing out the dirt on others when it suits him.

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12.53 Fitzgerald and his band of merry goons must be BULLIN over the fact that they can’t attack the “Scorned Queen” anymore. A good supply of chill pills will be needed to calm them down…GF said that a sleeve goes for a tenner at least. Feck all, how would a priest know dat?

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Trying to figure out. why he was sent to a hotel in Clonmel which is at least 130 miles from Silverstream . He leaves a lot of questions unanswered. By the way that hotel is a very historic and respectable establishment. There is a nightclub next door which is probably the problem

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@1.04pm there is a reference to Glencomeragh in his letter. Glencomeragh was a Rosminian house in Co Waterford between Carrick on Suir and Kilsheelan. The Rosminian left and Phonsie now has it as a diocesan house of prayer, etc. for young people. A Tipperary priest, Fr Patrick, who is a member of another of Phonsie’s favourite edited modern orders, runs the place. Maybe Glencomeragh wouldn’t take the aspiring novice in and sent him to the nearest available hotel in Clonmel. Interesting, however, that there should be a connection between Silverstream and Waterford and Lismore!

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Pat, I think you’ve fallen for a silly, innocuous story. It’s stupid and incredulous. A young man has been scorned. Pat the fixer with his barrister friend pulled out a template letter and simply put in different names…The attempt to look clever is laughable. Mischief makers…

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I agree. If this happened at all, it’s more likely Hopeful was refused because of his entitled attitude, didn’t listen to the explanation, became more obnoxious, and was asked to leave the priory.
Pro tip: If you are staying at a monastery, catch monastery fever, ask to be admitted and they accept you there and then, neither side is thinking straight and both deserve the results.

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The Abbey of Saint-Joseph-de-Clairval has done something extremely foolish in allowing themselves to get sucked into the Silverstream vortex.

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That Chap needs to walk away from Silverstream cos it’s not worth it re all it’s previous furore on this blog,plus quite vindictive treatment towards Dom Benedict anderson as well.
Its no go area for any Catholic aspirant if I were you.
Its quite disturbing to see fr Basil likes to see any young teens age 14 or 15 join the monastery for WHAT?
On a seperate note, how did phonsie fare re his speech yesterday in Mt Melleray grotto? 👀🤷‍♀️

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What a year it has been for the county of Westmeath. Tailteann Cup success, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Mullingar and then the beautiful young lady crowned Rose of Tralee on Tuesday evening.
If Tom Deenihan can be removed from his Episcopal office, it will be the icing on the cake.
Pat exposes scandal. There are those among us who want to minimise scandal. Feathers are ruffled as a result for obvious reasons.
There comes a time when people should put their differences aside. Those holding information to bring about an end Tom Deenihan’s Episcopal journey should bring forward the details. Tom’s mistreatment of Dom Benedict Andersen is absolutely scandalous. If there are any concerns about anonymity, I’m sure people can find the appropriate discreet channels.

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The cult known as Silverstream Priory is fueled entirely on crackpot traditionalist angst, deeply repressed homoerotic desires, American saviour complex, and — above all — dark spiritual delusion (prelest). It is the monstrous child of a deeply disturbed man, Mark Daniel Kirby. The whole enterprise is thick with demonic energy. No matter what happens with Deenihan (action or inaction), this débâcle will not end well for anyone.

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4.50 Peek-a-boohttps://www.facebook.com/616112742/posts/pfbid0YdxBV4YjMSa8Khsy7MqzjqwNAc6yogbAMKrgv9npKKLvJBhQGMtspVietVi7rqu3l/?d=n

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It’s a monastery’s prerogative to accept or turn down an enquirer, albeit they should do it in a kind but unambiguous way. That way of proceeding is more just than stringing someone along or taking someone in with the expectation of dismissing them, or simply to make up the numbers. The idea that a person who is turned down should complain to the bishop or the courts is insane.

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With over twenty-odd poofters already at Silverstream, I imagine vacancies are at a premium now at the priory. I expect a dowry will also be a prerequisite for new applicants.

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Why would Bishop tom get involved in a Vocationand acceptance as that is not a Bishop’s role in the Modern Church.
The Bishop only does the final interveiw to see if the person is suitable for his dioceses.
Vocation Directors and they have weekends at the seminary and in diocesan styke phycological tests.
Bishop Tom has made the correct decision however if this guy has a vocation why did he not try an other order as one would have been delighted to take him
Bishop Tom would not be afraid of solicitor as the Catholic Church has Solicitor working for them daily in many area’s of the Churches life.
If he had a vocation he has blew it now with any Order or even diocesan Priesthood.

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In the political arena, Mullingar’s Minister of State resigned yesterday after he failed to declare all details of his properties to the Dáil register of members’ interests.
In the Episcopal arena, Mullingar’s resident bishop should be resigning.
The Longford-Westmeath TD said he acted in “error” and was “embarrassed” that he did not fully disclose all of his properties.
The Bishop of Meath should acknowledge that he acted in “error” and that he is “embarrassed” by his morally reprehensible treatment of Dom Benedict Andersen.

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Mind, Bp Pat, Padre Pio had the ability to read souls and appear in two places at once. He could miraculously cure people, help the blind to see, and even rise up in the sky when the mood took him. It’s quite a bit to ask of Basil Mary, don’t you think?

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This is not for the blog right away. You will need more info. Revd Graham Sawyer, CoI priest, chaplain in Villiers school is suspended for unexplained reasons. Google him. He has a colourful past. He was ran out of Kilcooley parish, Co Tipp. The question I have is: What are Villiers trying to hide? They have close links to Cistercian College. Why can these places not be transparent when it comes to the wellbeing of children?

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Torquemada 2:28
This is what a monk is:
A merciful heart (is) burning for the creation, for humanity ,for birds and beasts, the demons,
and for all that exists.
By the recollection of them
the eyes of a merciful person
pour forth tears in abundance.
By the strong and vehement mercy
that grips such a person’s heart,
and by such great compassion,
the heart is humbled
and one cannot bear to hear or see
any injury or slight sorrow
in any of creation.
For this reason, such a person
offers up tearful prayer continually
even for irrational beasts,
for the enemies of the truth,
and for those who harm him,
that they be protected and receive mercy…
because of the great compassion
that burns without measure
in a heart that is in ..the likeness of God.
St. Isaac the Syrian, Homily 81.

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That’s the Desert tradition, and the early Irish tradition adopted much of that via southern Gaul. But the focus of Benedict’s tradition is not the same. Benedict’s tradition is characterised by moderation and is profoundly Roman in its Humanitas. As Vincent Twomey used to say “We’re not in the early church now”.

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St Paul the Simple pray for “Hopeful”!
From Wikipedia:
Approaching St. Anthony, Paul indicated his desire to become a monk. Anthony responded by saying it would be quite impossible for a man of sixty years to adopt such a radical life style. He instead encouraged Paul to be content with the life of being a thankful and pious labourer. Paul was unsatisfied with this answer and responded by pleading his will to learn. Anthony said that if he wished to be a monk he should go to a coenobium. With this St. Anthony shut the door, and Paul remained outside. On the fourth day St. Anthony, fearing lest he should die, took him in. He set him to work weaving a rope out of palm leaves, made him undo what he had done, and do it again….

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Russell Crowe will soon be in Limerick shooting The Pope’s Exorcist. “The 58-year-old is starring in the film based on real-life figure Fr Gabriele Amorth, a priest who acted as chief exorcist of the Vatican and who performed more than 100,000 exorcisms in his lifetime.” https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/894638/limerick-is-all-set-to-welcome-hollywood-a-lister-for-movie-shoot.html?fbclid=IwAR2f_O_rOYlRKokIC47raogUN7U6hFHU1HVll66u4ybFf6gDypJNjtVTp_M

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