The Blog can name the priest stabbed in Waterford yesterday as FATHER BOBIT AUGUSTHY.
He is a priest of the Order of Saint Camillus anda chaplain to University Hospital Waterford.
The stabbing happened st 9.30 am on Sunday morning.
A young man in his 20s has been arrested and is being questioned by Waterford Gardai.
A senior Waterford priest told the blog last night:
“The chaplain’s house is on the hospital campus but is in a very dark and out of the way place that is accessed by a narrow lane. I would not like to live there.
The locals are afraid that this vicipus attack was somehow drugs related. Drugs are a massive problem in Waterford now”.
THE FONZ SAYS
Bishop Cullinan added that he is also praying for the priest’s chaplaincy colleagues, who would have also been affected by the incident. “It’s a huge shock,” he said.
In a further statement on Sunday evening, the bishop said: “The priest who had been treated in University Hospital Waterford today following a stabbing incident has been discharged and has now returned to his residence. I wish to thank all for their concern, and ask that people remember him in their prayers at this time as well as the person who perpetrated this crime.”
The attack on Father Bobit was vicious and tragic.
He has come from India to assist in the Irish Church.
His order, The Order of St Camilus is dedicated to the care of the sick.
Hence, Fr Bobit’s presence as chaplain in Waterford hospital.
We wish him a full and speedy recovery.
We also pray for his young attacker who now finds himself in a very serious situation.
Have readers heard of other attacks on priests.
Sadly, they do happen occasionally.
DEATH OF MONS JOE GLOVER – DOWN AND CONOR
Joe Glover was a desk priest in Noel Treanor’s office.
FATHER NIALL COLL – RAPHOE – IS THE NEW BISHOP OF OSSORY.
WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT 11 AM TODAY IN OSSORY CATHEDRAL, KILKENNY.
Latest attempt by anonymous “enemies” of Dom Andersen.
Sent to this Blog – ANONYMOUSLY – of course:
“I know that everyone here will attack me (if that is the blog admin allows the publication of the comment) and cast aspersions on my intentions, however I have a genuine question: why Fr Benedict left the Orthodox church prior to his ordination? Of course you might well think it was nostalgia for the one true church or even better divine inspiration. However, have you considered that the Orthodox might have kicked him out and if so why? We do not know under which Orthodox jurisdiction he was, but both the Greek and the Russian monasteries on the US are very strict. So what if the bishop found something from them and he is acting on information he cannot disclose“.
Unfortunately, I have never met Dom Andersen and abide by his wishes, expressed to me by email, that I correspond with him through his canonical / other advisors.
I am also fortunate to have a source in Rome who is willing to discuss this matter with me from the official RCC perspective.
Furthermore, I am privy to his Orthodox background and CV.
The above comment to my Blog is absolute mischief making, totally inaccurate and completely untrue.
1. Dom Andersen was never in an Orthodox monastery.
2. He was an Orthodox seminarian.
3. He left Orthodoxy after much discernment and academic study deliberately to be in Communion with Rome. ( a big mistake in my view)
4. On leaving Orthodoxy he was supplied with references attesting to his unquestioned moral probity, his wholly authentic spirituality, his admired intellectual abilities and his sincerity of purpose.
4. Silverstream was the very first monastery that Dom Andersen was a monk of.
5. Since his departure from Orthodoxy, I am told, Dom Andersen has maintained most congenial relations with his former brethren.
6. Dom Anderson was, and remains, the confounder of Silverstream.
7. He was hounded out of Silverstream after he raised concerns with regard to Mark Kirby with the Bishop of Meath.
8. Dom Andersen, I understand, wants to get on with his priestly and personal life and has options open to him.
9. The only thing blocking this is the stubborn determination of a certain Tom Deenihan, not to give Dom Andersen his absolutely deserved letter of good standing.
Recently, I have been contacted by people within the Diocese of Meath. They have asked me to bring to your attention their on-going and legitimate concerns about safeguarding at Silverstream Priory.
They highlight that on the homepage of the Silverstream Priory website there is a statement about Dom Mark Kirby. But Dom Mark Kirby, we are led to believe is no longer resident at Silverstream Priory. I would respectfully submit that the non-prosecution of Dom Kirby following an investigation by An Garda Síochána should not be a cause of public celebration. The fact that the file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions was confirmation that the investigating police officers felt there were sufficient evidence to justify a prosecution.
Furthermore, the statement makes reference to a canonical investigation involving Fr. Kirby. Who conducted this investigation? Was conducted in accordance with the dictates of Canon 1717? Why did the Diocese of Meath not make a public announcement about the canonical and police investigation into Dom Mark Kirby?
Why did you Bishop Deenihan, not preventatively suspend by Decree the priestly faculties of Dom Mark Kirby? I know for a fact that your predecessor incardinated Fr. Kirby into the Diocese of Meath from the Diocese of Tulsa by Decree. Do you deny this reality? Is it the case that a priest of the Diocese of Meath, credibly accused of misconduct is permitted to do what he likes with impunity with the approbation of his Ordinary? That is a reasonable inference take in light of the known actions that have taken place on your watch in your diocese.
Thus, it is legitimate for people to know where Fr. Mark Kirby, a priest of the Diocese of Meath, is residing at the moment? Also, where is the whistle-blower, Dom Benedict Andersen at the moment? Is Andersen still in the United States? Are Kirby and Andersen functioning as priests? Do they have letters of good standing from you as their Ordinary? Who has responsibility for the oversight of these priests while they are outside Silverstream Priory?
Who is ultimately responsible for safeguarding at Silverstream Priory? Is it the new superior, the French national, Jean-Pierre (Basil) MacCabe?
Why are Fr. Kirby, Fr. Andersen, Fr. MacCabe, and Fr Houser not listed as priests of the Diocese of Meath? I am told by a distinguished Professor of Canon Law that it is not possible for a monastery of diocesan right to incardinate clerics. Therefore, these priests are clerics of the Diocese of Meath, which makes you, Bishop Deenihan, their Ordinary, vicariously liable for their actions. Is this a proposition you want to have tested in the Irish courts should an accusation of misconduct be made against one of the priests and monks of Silverstream?
I have previously highlighted my legitimate and well-founded concerns to you about the presence of boy scouts at Silverstream Priory.
For the avoidance of any and all doubt I am NOT accusing any monk of Silverstream Priory of sexual misconduct involving a minor; I wish to be absolutely and unequivocally clear on this point.
But, if an accusation of sexual misconduct involving a child is made against a monk of Silverstream — who is responsible? According to The Property Registration Authority of Ireland, Silverstream is owned by a Trust (St. Finian’s Trust) constituted to oversee the property portfolio of the Diocese of Meath. Ask your legal team to advise you about vicarious liability. Again who is responsible? Is it the current superior, the one who has only recently arrived from France, who has not been publicly named as the superior? Why the secrecy surrounding his appointment?
Is the link to the “Meathsafeguarding webpage” a tacit acknowledgement that the Diocese of Meath is ultimately responsible for Silverstream Priory and for all its safeguarding issues; but is it a reality that the Diocese of Meath wishes to remain occult?
Bishop Deenihan, I note you are the Chair of the Council for Education of the Irish Bishops’ Conference. Is safeguarding and the application of same within your own diocese something that you do not take seriously? I think it is a legitimate question because the chronic and on-going lack of transparency and the obfuscation surrounding everything to do with Silverstream Priory. Has nobody within the Diocese of Meath learned any lessons from the sexual scandals involving children that have befallen the Irish Church in the last three decades? Respectfully, I submit the answer to my question is: NO. Because if safeguarding was taken seriously on your patch, I would not be writing this e-mail to you this afternoon calling out this unacceptable lack of oversight.
It is respectfully submitted within the present that safeguarding (or the lack thereof) within Silverstream Priory is one that needs to be immediately addressed. A positive first step is to acknowledge that there has been a failure of oversight of Silverstream. Thereafter, the person(s) with responsibility for safeguarding at Silverstream can be identified and their contact details posted on the webpages of the Diocese of Meath and Silverstream Priory.
In conclusion, I would be grateful for a prompt acknowledgement of the present either from you personally and/or the head of safeguarding within the Diocese of Meath at the earliest convenient moment.
In particular, I would wish the reply to clarify: (1) who has overall responsibility for safeguarding at Silverstream Priory; (2) whether or not the priests of Silverstream Priory, are incardinated as clerics within the Diocese of Meath; (3) the exact addresses and locations of Fr. Kirby and Fr. Andersen, the missing monks of Silverstream; and (4) who has safeguarding responsibility for these clerics who are residing outside the Priory.
As ever, because I believe transparency is good for the Church, I will post this correspondence on my blog and along with the reply from the diocese.
+ Pat Buckley
The Silverstream problem has not gone away and WILL NEVER GO AWAY until the gaping injustice against DOM BENEDICT ANDERSEN, the esteemed co founder of Silverstream, is resolved.
Kirby. Deenihan, Purcell, Coffey and Porn Again Elijah all conspired against Dom Andersen and continue to conspire against him.
VATICAN AND FRENCH BISHOPS TRIED TO COVER UP THUS STORY!!!
A new scandal tarnishes the image of the Catholic Church. A scandal that took place in the Channel. Mgr Michel Santier, former bishop of Créteil, was sanctioned by the Vatican for “spiritual abuse leading to voyeurism on two adult men“. Facts that took place in the 1990s in Coutances (Manche).
The facts were committed while he was a priest in Coutances as part of a spiritual accompaniment, at the school of Faith, a prayer training school for 18-30 year olds, of which he was director at the ‘era. Bishop Santier, who has been retired for a year, has recognized these acts of voyeurism. He tendered his resignation in June 2020 two years before the legal age required by the Vatican (75 years).
No complaint from the victims but a report to the religious authorities
The two victims did not file a complaint but made themselves known to the Church authorities in 2019. Rome’s disciplinary action dates back to last year but the case has just been revealed by the weekly Christian Family and confirmed by press releases this Friday evening from the dioceses where he exercised, in particular the diocese of Coutances.
I am aware that this news is a great shock
Following these measures, Monsignor Laurent Leboulc’h, the current bishop of Coutances explains that he “asked Bishop Santier to leave Saint-Pair-sur-Mer to join a community of sisters“. This is the abbey of Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte where ” he leads a life of withdrawal and prayer“and y”provides a limited ministry“, adds Monsignor Leboulc’h who also expresses in this press release his “compassion“ for the victims and those hurt by these revelations. “I’m conscioushe writes, this news is a big shock.”
Mgr Dominique Blanchet, current bishop of Créteil, also in a press release assured the victims of his “compassion“. In October 2021, the Catholic Church was shaken by the publication of the shock report of the Sauvé Commission who has documented the extent of pedocrime within the religious institution over the past 70 years. In Lourdes, in November 2021, the episcopate recognized his “institutional responsibility“as well as the character”systemicof this violence.
One of the main reasons that the British Government helped the RCC build Maynooth seminary was to stop RC priests being trained in France- where they were imbued with revolutionary and anti-stablishmentideas and politics.
The Brits called this indoctrination of Irish priests in France, The French Disease.
Currently, the RCC is suffering from another plague – The Latin Disease.
The Novus Ordo – or New Mass – in the vernacular – people’s everyday language – is absolutely more akin to Jesus’ actions at the Last Supper and indeed what happened in people’s houses when the early Church met for the Breaking of the Bread.
There was no altar, no vestments, no silver and gold Chalice, no insense, no set Eucharistic prayer, no lectionary, no Gregorian chant, no altar servers, no deacons or subdeacons, etc.
AND, the emphasis was not on sacrifice – but on doing what Jesus did in memory of Him – as He Himself had requested.
There is the strongest of arguments to be made that the the Mass of Vatican IImost resembles what Jesus did and what the early Church did.
Things changed when the Church became the state Church of Constantine.
The Church began to take on some of the culture, language and structures of the state.
And, the Church, in responding to increased numbers and indeed the threats of various heresies, needed to develop a system of authority – if you like – basic hierarchy and a basic set of rules and norms.
But, like in all human societies, structure and laws have a propensity to creep onwards and upwards.
And there are always those individuals and groups who see these things as an opportunity for gaining power, wealth etc.
And that happened, continued to happen and continues to happen in the RCC.
All of this came together in the middle ages – in medieval times, when the RCC, as a world power, was in full flight.
And the Latin language was absolutely central to it all.
Catholic Christianity is an organic, living creature.
By its very essence it cannot be considered to be static.
Many of the LMB want to freeze the church in medievalism.
In fact. In their extreme insistence on the Latin Mass alone, and by weaponising it for their anti Vatican II agenda, hey are worshipping, not the real God, but the GOLDEN CALF OF MEDIEVALIISM.
This is not unconnected to the big battle between MODERNISM and MEDIEVALISM that took place at the beginning of the 20 th century.
Father George Tyrrell SJ is one of my all time heroes.
George Tyrrell was excommunicated, denied a funeral Mass and buried in unconsecrated ground.
THE IRISH TIMES 14.7.2003
I went in 2003 and celebrated a Requiem Mass for him on his grave.
Past can inspire those who seek changes
Less than a century ago, a dissident Dublin priest was refused a funeral Mass and not allowed to be buried in consecrated ground…
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Less than a century ago, a dissident Dublin priest was refused a funeral Mass and not allowed to be buried in consecrated ground, writes Bishop Pat Buckley
Tomorrow is the 94th anniversary of the death of the Dublin-born Jesuit priest George Tyrrell. He had been expelled from the Jesuit Order, suspended from the priesthood and excommunicated by Rome at the time of his death.
Father Tyrrell was born into a Church of Ireland family at 91 Dorset Street, in February 1861. He was drawn to the Anglican “high church” tradition and worshipped at All Saints, Grangegorman. In 1879 he converted to Roman Catholicism and spent a probationary year at the Jesuit College, Malta.
In 1891 he was ordained a priest. He joined the staff at Farm Street, London but, in 1899, he was forced to retire. He had become identified with the “modernist” movement, which was later condemned by Pope Pius X in his 1907 encyclical Pascendi.
In his 1908 Lenten pastoral, Cardinal Joseph Mercier, Archbishop Primate of Belgium, took the highly unusual step of naming Tyrrell as “the most penetrating observer of the present Modernist movement – the one most alive to its tendencies, who has best defined its spirit and is perhaps more deeply imbued with it than any other. Little wonder, for Tyrrell is a convert whose early education was Protestant.”
Cardinal Mercier said modernism was the child of Protestantism with its emphasis on individualism while Catholicism was based upon the acceptance of the authority of the Catholic episcopate through whom the Christian faith is communicated to the faithful.
Tyrrell replied to Cardinal Mercier with a masterful treatise entitled Medievalism, in which he reprimanded Mercier for naming him, reminding him that the Pope had named no one in Pascendi.
He accused Mercier and Rome of promoting a “sterilising uniformity” which, to Tyrrell, was far worse that the “divisions of Protestantism”. He berated Mercier for confusing “faith with theology, unity of faith with theological uniformity”.
Then Tyrrell tackled Mercier about the gradual evolution of the thinking that “the Pope is the Church”! Tyrrell said that the true tradition of the Church was of the Pope teaching the deposit of faith with and from within the college of bishops. He rejected Mercier’s term for the Pope as “the bishop of bishops”.
Now, said Tyrrell, the bishops have begun to refer to the Pope as “Father”, for “they are no longer his brethren but his sons or, rather, his servants”. And Tyrrell spelled out the consequences for the whole Church. “We have a sort of a double episcopate in each diocese, the Bishop of Rome and the local bishop, the latter being merely the delegate or vicar-general of the former.”
Tyrrell told Mercier that he was once shocked to see crosses being sold in Rome on which the figure of Christ was replaced by that of the Pope. “Have we yet to hear of the immaculate conception of the Pope or of his real presence in the Sacrament of the Altar.”
Tyrrell ended up living at Storrington in west Sussex. For years he had suffered severe migraine but he was then afflicted with Bright’s Disease and died in 1909, aged 48.
A non-judgemental priest friend heard his last Confession, for Tyrrell had said “if I decline the ministrations of a Roman Catholic priest at my death-bed, it is solely because I wish to give no basis for the rumour that I made any sort of retraction of those Catholic principles which I have defended against the Vatican heresies”.
Bishop Amigo of Southwark declared that Tyrrell was not to be given a funeral Mass or be buried in consecrated ground. So he was buried in the Protestant graveyard and his grave lies, rather prophetically, half way between the Catholic and Anglican churches at Storrington. Tyrrell’s great friend Abbé Brémond was later suspended from the priesthood for praying over the deceased priest.
Tomorrow I will be in Storrington and, alone, I am going to celebrate Mass at his graveside as a gesture of regret for the vicious persecution he suffered at the hands of Rome, the Jesuits and the Catholic hierarchy. I have written to the Father General of the Jesuits at Rome asking him and his Order to engage in a posthumous reconciliation with a man they “martyred” because he wanted to reform the misguided Church.
The Tyrrell story is a great inspiration to all Catholics today – clerical and lay – who long for Church renewal. Tyrrell also stands pointing the prophetic finger at today’s Vatican with its Emperor Pope, its ruthless Ratzinger Inquisition, and its world college of bishops who are simply the Pope’s curates.
(Bishop Pat Buckley is a dissident Catholic bishop, based at Larne, Co Antrim. He was removed from priestly ministry by Cardinal Cahal Daly in 1986 and was excommunicated from the Catholic Church following his consecration as a bishop in 1998. That consecration by Tridentine Bishop Michael Cox was described as “valid but unlawful” by a Catholic Church spokesman at the time.)
WHY ARE THE IRISH CATHOLIC BISHOPS ALLOWING THEIR PRIESTS – GAY AND STRAIGHT– TO LIVE SEXUALLY IMMORAL AND ORGIASTIC LIFESTYLES?
There has to e reasons for this.
What could those reasons be?
1. Maybe the bishops are atheists, agnostics or pagans?
Maybe these bishops do not believe in the TEN COMMANDMENTS – especially the 6th and 9th that forbid this behaviour? And maybe they do not believe in the traditional Catholic moral theology they ask the rest of us to believe in and practice?
If that is the case they are absolutely UNFIT to be RCC bishops.
2. Maybe the bishops themselves are, or have been “AT IT” themselves – and priests know that – resulting in them having no moral authority – as the priests could call their bluff and expose them?
The late Bishop Seamus Freeman
We have the evidence of one former Maynooth seminarian – “JF” – who I have personally met and spoken to – a regular frequenter of the Dublin Boilerhouse, who was sitting in the sauna on night with his ass sticking out. The perpendicular Freeman approached him intending to fill his void. JF spotted him and withdrew the previously available aperture, leaving His Lordship’s sword without a scabbard 😞
The Blog has information on other Irish bishops – those who, in their time “entertained” Maynooth and other seminary professors abd those who have done and still do travel to foreign lands to have “a rub of therelic”.
SCORING THE IRISH DIOCESES
These problems exist in ALL IRISH DIOCESE.
But the score, in my view, is as follows:
NUMBER ONE – ARMAGH
To my knowledge Armagh is the worst Irish diocese when it comes to the sexual misbehaviour of clergy.
The Armagh misbehaviour is mainly homosexual. Reports suggest that there is the odd Father Peeping Tom?
NUMER TWO – KILLALOE
Killaloe comes number two. Killaloe is a mixture of clerical homosexuality, heterosexuality and bisexuality.
Of course, it has the odd beachcomberonanist.
NUMBER THREE – DOWN AND CONOR
D&C is mainly homosexual.
But it does have Dallat – one of the oldest heteros in captivity.
Noel Treanor is physically in D&C but his ❤️ is elsewhere.
And there are occasional reports from MEATH, CLOGHER, CLOYNE, DUBLIN. DERRY, RAPHOE, GALWAY, KERRY, WATERFORD & L.