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MY NEWS OF THE WORLD YEARS – 1994 TO 2005.

YESTEDAY A FORMER NEWS OF THE WORLD COLLEAGUE FROM LONDON COMMENTED ON THE BLOG.

Many readers will not realise that I spent eleven years as their Irish Columnist.

I had my own page in the Irish edition to write what I wished. No one in the newspaper ever told me what I could write and what I could not write.

Obviously the NOW lawyers in Lobdon vetted everything from everyone for libel. But the great thing about the NOW was that, like myself, it was basically anti establishment.

When I wrotev A THORN IN THE SIDE in 1994 and it became an Irish Number One bestseller, the NOW, serialised it over two Sundays.

That serialisation went down well and they offered me a permanent spot.

As Daly had cut off all my church income the NOW income played a major role in my financial survival.

Naturally, that income was fully reported to the tax man as part of my self employment tax returns.

I also found and worked on many other stories with the NOW chef de bureau and the other journalists based in Dublin.

We did many early RCC exposures in Ireland.

THE FUN SIDE

There were many fun aspects to my involvement – the Christmas parties in Dublin and in Fleet Street in London.

Cartoon artists were on hand for all the parties.

THE LONDON 1996 CHRISTMAS PARTY

THE LONDON 1998 PARTY

The London Christmas parties started at 11 am with a pub crawls down one side of Fleet Street and up the other side.

I have never liked getting drunk and it has not happened me much. There was no way I could up with the seasoned Fleet Street hacks. So I drank some and left much sitting on the table.

THE TORY AND LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCES

For those eleven years the NOW brought me to all the autumn party conferences.

It was very interesting to meet with and chat with senior British politicians like Mo Mowlam, Gordon Rown. Michael Heseltine, Kenneth Clarke etc.

Not many get to see these things from the inside.

AND THEN THE INFAMOUS PHONE TAPPING

The oldest and biggest selling newspaper, the NEWS OF THE WORLD collapsed and closed over the phone tapping of the phones of celebrities and others.

In a shock call one morning from SCOTLAND YARD I learned that my phone was one of those that had been tapped.

All the celebs involved all took personal cases against the NOW.

I was one of 300 “small fry” who got a court agreed sum in compensation.

ALL IN ALL

My experience in and through the NOW was very varied and interesting.

AND – a good preparation for writing this blog.

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146 replies on “MY NEWS OF THE WORLD YEARS – 1994 TO 2005.”

Bishop Pat. You are an inspiration. I am delighted by your revelations of recent days and can see that you still have your old touch. You have a commitment to fighting the bullies. Many more years of service to you.

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What an amazing experience Bishop Pat, thank you for sharing. Although he did not intend it, Cahal Daly inadvertently did you a big favour. He who laughs last laughs loudest. God Bless. Don’t forget to call into the Bishops Finger pub next time you back in Fleet Street/Smithfield area. We still here!

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Pat, the NOW rag was never allowed into our home nor similar gutter mags, as my mother called them. I can’t ever recall seeing any of the gutter rags in our tables. Usually it was the Irish Press, Irish Independent or more latterly The Sunday Mail My aunt used to give us the Sunday Times. However, the rags that printed semi naked women were often bought by some of the older villagers for a thrill, if you get my drift. But my parents never allowed such smutty rags in our home. Later in life I often bought The Sunday World for Brian Darcys article which I collected. After a couple of years I threw them into a bonfire!! I never got NOW…So I can’t comnent on your articles but I have some idea that they were very sharply anti establishment. Pat, you’ve had a varied career ever since you went independent. I doubt you’d have enjoyed your life had you continued in the “true fold”….

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“Nobody” bought the NOW in Ireland but everyone read it 😀

Its Irish sales was huge.

Priests condemning it from the pulpit boosted its sales

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5.51 some of those same 2 faced priests were doing a lot worse than reading The New of the World newspaper that they pompously condemned from the pulpit. Typical Roman hypocrisy, it attracts those types.

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People used to buy the NOW and the Sunday World in the car park at the Graan after Mass. They sold piles of them.

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Mmmmm ? Now, what is @2:18’s comment intended to elicit ? The poor man is dead before his time. He evidently had an interesting life and enjoyed himself, even if somewhat questionably and contrary to his public promise of celibacy and priestly life. But, in the big picture, does it make any difference ? I suspect the lacks and compromises in his life will be far outweighed by the good that he did, and that is really what counts in the end. So, I think we should just leave it there and let the man and his memory rest in peace. Although, I did like the Daly advice about changing his car and number plate to frustrate the RUC !

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That’s not Catholic teaching on the Four Last Things. It is the individual’s state of soul at the time of death that matters. It is not a case of averaging out the good and bad things a person did.

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4.37
Have you never heard of the Fundamental Option? What you describe ties God to freeze a person’s state of dould to one point in time instead of reflecting thei entire life.

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Christ, Pat! You’ve had a varied and wonderful life, and, yet, still managed to keep Christ centre-place.

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There’s no doubt but you’ve made a name for yourself, Pat, good or bad – goid primarily. Despite all the 8bstacles you stayed firm in your convictions. Yes, you’ve hurt many but truth accountability often hurts. While I am ardently against your style, I believe you’ve challenged many of us re: church, celibacy, ministry and priesthood. We must be open to all views, opinions and differences. Are you a prophet? Perhaps. God works in mysterious ways!!

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At our baptism the priest amounts ALL of us as priests, proohets and kings.

Every Christian is called to be a prophet.

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One day years ago a woman out the back having a ciggy managed to throw in the convo that there’s nothing a woman cant do that a man can’t
So I replied with ‘A King’
Shut her up for 5 minutes…

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8.06 what about the hurt those same persons first inflicted onto others. Their sense of self entitlement & privilege & abuse of power & office led them to believe they should get away with hurting innocents.

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You do have to ask yourself what person would not already report suspected abuse if they knew about it ?! I guess the clergy will go on bleating about seal of the confession and all that stuff, in order to carve out for themselves an exception and a special status. Not because they particularly believe in that stuff, but mostly because they like to be different and special. All that stuff about priestly consecration, chosen, ontological difference and change / priest prophet king nonsense. Well, with a bit of luck the IICSA report will pull them down off their pedestals and in to line and rub their noses in the shit that they have inhabited for so long.

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Francis didn’t report what he knew. In Argentina he defended abuser Grassi and later lied about it.
Francis denied knowledge of Barros victims; already told by O’Malley.
Francis ignored evidence of Zanchetta abuse, then protected him in Rome.
Francis knew McElroy covered up for McCarrick but made him cardinal.

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11.41
Francis didn’t to this. Francis didn’t do that. It would be more in your lineto say Our Father, three Hail Marys and Glory be for the intentions of our Holy Father.

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+ Elsie will be gearing himself up for media interviews, with the usual line about sexual abuse being more common in the family setting…….so that’s alright then ! Watch the creep trying to scurry his way out of any blame for himself, for his beloved Church, and for his clergy. Time for the man to go off to his caravan / Chiswick retirement house / wherever with his companion nun and quite disappear. Please !

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@ 9.20
I doubt the clergy can go on about Confessions as post Covid there are No queues for Confessions and it is rebranded The Sacrament of Reconciliation.
It is usually the same over 60’s in the queue week in and week out and despite the Clergy saying there is No need for coming every week for minor sins.
God forbid if some of the bloggers on he were True members of the RCC or even the LMB they would be there daily for the unchristian and certainly uncatholic the way they bloys about others.

The days of going into the week box are gone not many chuches use the wee box with the repentant on their knees.

There is a massive struggle to get people under 40 through the door post covid and Bishops are very worred at having to use reserves or sell property.

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Reply, Anonymoussays:
Oct 20, 2022 at 11:27 am
It can’t be much fun anymore. LOLS.

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Justin Welby, the “Archbishop of Canterbury” was doorstepped this morning about IICSA, in which the “Church of England” will be sharply criticised. He came out with some bland comment but looked decidedly uncomfortable.

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How come nuns are never blogged about pat and only priests,they used to turn a blind eye years ago andalso bate people.covered up what was going on and they knew everything that was going on

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Clergy have to protect the seal of confession otherwise nobody would tell them shit ….one could rape murder or molest and they would say nothing or some might say something quietly … Yet the local priest and having having an affair or a lapse of vow would be sold down the river faster than a tramp to chips … It’s their job to keep secrets they also love hearing secrets ….

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Well pat there was a comment on recents that apparently you say one thing and very often do another regarding you know who. So I agree the state respect ,neither do clergy apparently especially when it suits them

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Anon at 9.12am

Nichols should resign, period. He knew what’s going on but turned a blind eye on things under the surface. Just like daly knew a priest as he merely advised to change his car number plates. That implies his acceptance and foreknowledge as well of whats going on inside BUT he made no attempts to stop it.

He let it on , an accessory to sin.

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She ever only smoked the odd cigarette after a meal.

She was the only woman I ordained.

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Think we have gathered you have no loyalties pat when it suits your blog,agenda or people. Exactly my point to the safeguarder about everyone over a year ago. That you know about already. You haven’t disappointed either

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I remember the days when naughty clergy and their scandals were printed in the NOW / Sun / People etc. They can’t be arsed to waste space and ink on those kind of things these days. Lots of the stuff that you highlight on this blog would have been front page news 25 years ago. Which is why it is important that this blog continues to highlight the stuff that clergy, bishops and the Church get up to. It keeps them on their toes. I guarantee that in most dioceses there is someone tasked with checking this blog every day to find out what is going on and what is being said. Without it they wouldn’t give a toss and would just go on their merry way. Now they have to worry a little bit.

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And yet Francis actively encourages Lgbtq supporter U.S priest Father James Martin.
Oh! What a bag of worms will be found when, eventually there is an inquiry into the shenanigans of Roman Catholic Italian priests, Francesco Zanardi of Rete L’ABUSO is doing its best to expose those sexually abusive priest but it needs a government sponsored investigation into the Italian church.

Pope Francis encourages Jesuit Father James Martin in his …https://www.americamagazine.org › faith › 2021/06/27

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BIshop Pat, you mentioned that your telephone was tapped. As a ‘dissident’, do you think there is a chance that you are still being monitored by a different organisation?

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The fact that your response above is so nonchalant speaks volumes to me. I admire your courage and I love the fact that you are constantly challenging the status quo in ‘The Establishment’. There can never be change unless ‘dissidents’ like you speak out and we have dialogue. Ad multos annos.

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Tapping phones?

My phone told me yesterday morning to expect rain at 1.00pm in the area….and it did!

Fucking frightening…..

Technology….

Be careful…

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Anon at 9.31am
My mobile was tapped at one stage when my abuse case against the state was at its final stage. I didn’t know it at all until a relative heard my mobile rand weird sounds. Even my email was hacked which was confirmed by Hotmail.
So i continued as normal with more caution during my abuse case re its final stages as it dragged into many months.
Was watching a documentary on hacking last night, it’s possible that they get inside mobile, provided that they purchased a specialised technology equipment from BAE in Denmark with a special license.
Thailand govt bought that equipment recently re dissidents mobiles. My friend arrived in Thailand last week as I couldn’t tell him cos they might be reading my texts.

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Ya man copped off with a man who he clearly thought was a woman, transvestites and transgender is popular in Thailand

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Anon at 11. 15am

Its v difficult to read if it’s ladyboy or not. In some cases, easy to read the signs, other cases v difficult to read the signs.

Friend and I was talking to a ladyboy that we didn’t know cos we thought she was a woman. Luckily, pub manager told us later.

Strongest area I was told was Phuket and BKK. Its easy to see it in phuket cos they were so open about it but not in BKK. Cafe restaurant staff in Phuket warned us re thefts, room ransacked, watches stolen. We were all warned by kind staff there.

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Women who have balls,litterly. Although the Adam’s apple sign is massively helpful in Thailand because ou never know what surprise your Gona get otherwise

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Reply to;Anonymoussays:
Oct 20, 2022 at 11:39 am
I can’t wait for the day when a transgender woman is ordained, if it has not already happened, women will get into the Catholic priesthood one way or another, balls or not.
It will cause such confusion, the seminary rector will look at the soft faced effete candidate, thinking I’m in with a chance with this one, only to be disappointed……
Presumably they will then have to reintroduce the Pontificus Testiculum Confitemur Iudex for every candidate to the priesthood, that should be fun…..

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Pat, I see the NI papers today all carry pics of Simon Coveney in Ardyone yesterday alongside Gary Donegan who is wearing a White House lanyard just to show off he was there once. I know this blog comes alive when his Passionist colleague – and enemy – Darcy is mentioned, but it would be worthwhile knowing more about Donegal. What does he actually do? What his cancer-scare just an excuse to avoid parish work? Why is he hanging round Ardoyne?

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Didn’t a young Ampleforth monk commit suicide after exposure in the NOW? I think an undercover journalist lured him into a relationship and then published their pillow talk.

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Jesus,sounds awful and sounds like something I would do. Or already have done 😬😄 Mwah ha ha ha
Poor guy though, he’s skeletons must of been bad….

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I remember great Granny running into the Spar shop after Sunday Mass to buy the NOW, and then we’d come home for a fry-up.

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Imagine being trapped with someone day in and out you despise. Christ your mental health would be down the drain,those poor people. My mother was married for 27 years before she died,she loved my father though I used to beg her to leave him .he was a manager,good money good house but horrible man,beating us to death.house devil ,street Angel as they say…
My mother had no education and would just respond with in our day you don’t leave your marriage it’s not the way they were rated.mimd you she had three marriage proposals by the time she was 18 and chose the prick ,the bad boy. Typical

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From the IICSA Executive Summary. Pretty damning. “The investigation into the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales revealed a sorry history of child sexual abuse where abusive priests and members of religious orders and institutions preyed on children for prolonged periods of time. Between 1970 and 2015, the Church received more than 3,000 complaints against more than 900 individuals connected to the Church. In the same period, there were 177 prosecutions, resulting in 133 convictions. Millions of pounds have been paid to victims and survivors in civil proceedings. Since 2016, there have been more than 100 reported allegations of recent and non-recent child sexual abuse every year. The true scale of abuse over a 50-year period is likely to be much greater.

Responses to disclosures about child sexual abuse have been characterised by a failure to support victims and survivors – in stark contrast to the positive action often taken to protect perpetrators and the reputation of the Church.

The reactions of Church leaders over time were marked by delay in implementing change, as well as reluctance to hold individuals to account or to make sincere apologies. On occasions, they conveyed a grudging and unsympathetic attitude to victims and survivors. In order to shake off the failures of the past, real and lasting changes to attitudes are needed.

Although there have been some improvements to current safeguarding arrangements, more recent audits have identified weaknesses. The culture and attitudes in the Roman Catholic Church have been resistant to change.

During the Roman Catholic Church case study on the Archdiocese of Birmingham, the Archdiocese accepted that it was responsible “for institutional failings which on occasion permitted the sexual abuse of children to continue when it might otherwise have been stopped”.

The publication of the Nolan report in 2002 was a significant milestone for the Roman Catholic Church because it examined the Church’s child protection arrangements and made recommendations for structural and procedural reforms. The Cumberlege report was published in 2007 and was intended to identify further reforms. The recommendations of these reports set a clear and unequivocal direction for the Church and were intended as a springboard for major change. While some improvement has been noted in the Archdiocese of Birmingham since the publication of these reports, there were still significant gaps in their child safeguarding arrangements.”

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The Anglican Church investigation examined whether the Church of England and the Church in Wales protected children from sexual abuse. Current safeguarding arrangements were also considered. A total of 390 people associated with the Church of England from the 1940s to 2018 were convicted of sexual offences against children. In 2018, 449 concerns were reported to the Church about recent child sexual abuse, of which more than half related to Church officers. Latterly, a significant amount of offending involved downloading and possession of indecent images of children.

As with other religious organisations, the Anglican Church is marked by its explicit moral purpose in teaching right from wrong. In the context of child sexual abuse, the Church’s neglect of the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of children and young people in favour of protecting its reputation was in conflict with its mission of love and care for the innocent and vulnerable.

Safeguarding arrangements in the Church of England were under-resourced until 2015, when resources increased considerably. Changes were also made which aimed to ensure that the advice of safeguarding staff should not be ignored. Nevertheless, there were still some occasions when the advice was disregarded.

The Church of England failed to respond consistently to victims and survivors with sympathy and compassion, accompanied by practical and appropriate support. This often added to the trauma of those who had experienced child sexual abuse by individuals connected to the Church. While there have been important improvements in child protection practice, the Church of England still has more to do to rebuild the trust of victims and survivors. Some internal past case reviews were flawed and inaccurate, and there was a tendency to minimise offending.

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Some sharp words throughout the Final Report about social services, e.g.
9. Victims and survivors who felt let down commonly described institutions failing to take action when they sought acknowledgement or accountability. It seemed to some that
institutions were not interested in understanding or acknowledging their experiences.
Alice felt let down by both the police and the institution in which she was sexually abused:
“we’ve not had justice and we’ve been treated with such disdain … there is no recognition that we’ve been failed”.
455 Even though the children’s home manager who sexually abused Bryce was convicted, the responsible local authority never apologised:
“I never got an apology from social services for everything they put me through … for placing me into a community where people are meant to look after you, not harm you but
look after you, and that is a failure on both counts.” Bryce, Truth Project participant

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Reply to:Anonymoussays:
Oct 20, 2022 at 1:24 pm
Gone!!
Goodbye-ee! Goodbye-ee!
Wipe the tear, baby dear, from your eye-ee
Though it’s hard to part I know, (I know)
I’ll be tickled to death to go!
Don’t cry-ee, don’t sigh-ee
There’s a silver lining in the sky-ee!
Bonsoir old thing, cheerio, chin-chin
Nah-poo, toodle-oo, goodbye-ee! (LOLS)

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It pains me to say this,this day in age that other ejit should of won and would of done a better job,U.K. Is not ready for an Indian or Pakistani leader and that’s the sad reality. Could of saved the uk the pain and embarrassment.

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A very interesting life you have had Pat, there is nothing like variety in life, the Irish Roman Catholic church must see you as a scourge, its you that exposes the filth and crimes in it still, it would appear the seminaries are churning out priests who are so unsuitable for ministry, it makes a mockery of Catholicism, maybe it has always been so, with the faithful blithely unaware, until recently, with thanks to the wonderful tenacious journalist of the Boston Globe in 2002, which blew the lid off the the scumhole .
No doubt there are very many of us, very grateful to you for your continued exposure of duplicitous Irish Catholic church priests.
We need a Pat in the U.K.
Long life and health to you, and, yours.
Long may you continue, keep up the good work.

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The Blog will end when I end 🙂

The purpose of the log is to expose att the rottenness, abuse and corruption on the RCC.

And to be a voice for victims.

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I remember your page very well Pat.
Taking on the elite . One column about the then Garda commissioner causing havoc in the ranks but ignored your questions about Casey stealing 70,000 quid from Galway.
Another recommending Prague as a great spot for a city break . Absolutely the truth.
Weasel faced Daly did you a favour.
A pity you didn’t do a column at the time exposing his illegal adoption of a young fellow to live with him who just happens to be gay. I reckon he would have been gone the next day Pat, thus saving you and others such stress from this odious little gay man.

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I suppose those two years make a huge difference to my original point ,to the fella your with and life…….my bad….

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Good. It’s a coven of crazed antivaxxers and Fatima cultists, which sadly deflects from the good work Patricia has done in exposing what’s going on in Scotland.

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She’s been beaten – her threat to list and expose has obviously been threatened down and she’s bottled it! Good riddance

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Anon at 3.52pm
I was sick of their constant mention of Fatima cos Im not a fan of Fatima. What about Lourdes etc? Visited Lourdes 3 times when I was a teenager.
I had visited that place twice as I read and re- read their stories. Plus the atmosphere in Fatima which I felt bit empty, something not right there. I don’t know what to make of it but i decided that Fatima not credible enough. ‘worthy of belief’ doesn’t cut it. But I found Knock more credible than Fatima.
P mc keever has done very good work re raising awareness about complicity and duplicitous lives of priests etc. But constant harping of Fatima undermined her work, also she didn’t name the priests in question. But she isn’t the only one but owner of this blog too cos both didn’t name the priests in daisy chain in Scotland. She didn’t want to tarnish priests by not naming priests. Bishops in Scotland took advantage of her by not responding to her complaints. You need to get tough with these bishops.
Anon at 8.29pm
I couldnt find the mention of CTS blog closing down. It would mean that I will have go through every blog date to find that exact word. I recall it now thar CTS will make some announcement re blog might be gone at their conference next March 2023. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful at this point.

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What makes you think that Catholic Truth Scotland is hinting that they are closing, DG? I had a quick look at their site but couldn’t see anything along those lines, though perhaps it would be clearer to a more frequent CTS site visitor than me?

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Don’t start frequenting it – it’s sad and pathetic. Much better resources and info and banter here in + bishop Pat

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Catholic Truth is 🦇💩 crazy 😜
The quicker it’s binned, the better!!
Every conspiracy there ever was, yep there they are 🤯
Scottish scoops?? Missed the whole ice cream truck more like it 😳🙄

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The Inquiry widened its understanding of the role of the Roman Catholic Church in education through the English Benedictine Congregation (EBC) case studies incorporating
Ampleforth and Downside Abbeys and schools and Ealing Abbey and St Benedict’s School.
The Ampleforth and Downside case study heard evidence of appalling sexual abuse inflicted over decades on children aged as young as seven at Ampleforth and 11 at Downside.
Ten individuals – mostly monks connected to these institutions – have been convicted or cautioned in relation to offences involving sexual activity with a large number of children, or offences concerning pornography. Many perpetrators did not hide their sexual interests from the children.
Rather than refer a suspected perpetrator to the police, in several instances the Abbot of the particular school confined the individual to the Abbey or transferred him and the known risk to a different parish or other location. For much of the period under consideration by the Inquiry, the overriding concern was to avoid contact with the local authority or the
police at all costs, regardless of the seriousness of the alleged abuse or actual knowledge of its occurrence.
Time and time again, the most senior clergymen in the EBC and in the two Abbeys, including past presidents of the EBC, admitted wrong-headed judgements and expressed regret at
past failures to protect children.
Child sexual abuse was extensive at Ealing Abbey. Since 2003, two monks and two lay teachers have been convicted of multiple offences involving the sexual abuse of over 20 children between the 1970s and 2008. In 2016, the deputy head was convicted of offences relating to the possession of indecent images of children.
There was a culture of excessive corporal punishment. Physical abuse in many cases was used as a platform for sexual gratification and a means by which to instigate sexual abuse.
Corporal punishment was used to punish boys who sought to protect themselves or others from sexual abuse.
It appeared that many in St Benedict’s School and Ealing Abbey – teachers and monks alike– were aware of sexually abusive behaviour but were seemingly powerless to do anything
about it. Gossip amongst boys and staff was rife and complaints, including from parents, failed to trigger any action from the school. On the rare occasion information was passed on to the authorities, little if any action was taken.
Headteachers and Abbots did little to improve child protection activity at St Benedict’s School. Child sexual abuse was played down. When cases were reported to the police, investigative mistakes were made and, on the rare occasions allegations were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service, the analysis of the evidence was sometimes deficient. Not until much later in time were the named perpetrators finally brought to justice.

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Thank you. A powerful and masterful summary.
Ealing bothers me because is it even likely that every abuser has been caught? Not likely.
Conversely it’s the only case I know of where in the face of inaction from the abbot a priest picked up the phone and dialled the police. Dom Alban Nunn deserves credit as that priest.

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Exactly my sentiment despite the silver stream scandal,I spoke with Dom briefly I have every faith he will succeed,no fear of him,he will do just fine ultimately.

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1:45 ‘Your phone was never ‘tapped’ get over yourself.’
Cathbots really are the most peculiar people.
‘Father raped me’. Get over yourself.
‘Our Lady of Knock is dancing round her handbag’. I’m coming now.
Your reminder that their ethics and priorities are completely reversed.

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I gather Nichols would be very happy today cos Truss resignation pushed the abuse report(IICSA) story to back burner for now or overshadowed the IICSA story completely in the press on coming days.

Then it would be forgotten about and consigned to the news dump for now and in coming weeks.

Watch Nichols PR campaign or their MO in coming days to dislodge that deserved news story re IICSA report.😉 🙈🤷‍♀️

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You’re right, DG. I was disappointed when I saw that the IICSA report would be issued today and sadly has been overshadowed completely by the resignation of Liz Truss.

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DG, it seemed very convenient for Tom Deenihan that the Irish Independent reported on the appalling treatment of Dom Benedict Andersen during the middle of a political storm. Simon Coveney was under fire at the time.

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Seamus viii at 6.01pm
Sorry, can’t rem that one re political storm and DBA. Could you enlighten me and thanks.

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6.01: Seamus…you’re obsession with Bishop Tom D is very tedious. Did you go to his door yet to teĺl him off? Coward.

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DG 6:09,
15/09/2021
PRESS ASSOCIATION
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has survived a motion of no confidence after the Dáil voted confidence by 92 votes to 59.

Controversy surrounding the failed appointment of former government minister Katherine Zappone as a special envoy to the United Nations led to the motion of no confidence in Mr Coveney being tabled by Sinn Féin.

Irish Independent
September 15 2021

A monk who raised concerns over financial governance and inappropriate behaviour at a Co Meath monastery has called for new protections for whistleblowers in the Catholic Church.

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8:33 pm,
Yes, I am quite sure Tom Deenihan is going to take an appointment for someone who wants to “tell him off”.
Idiot.

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Seamus at 6:01:
Not only that, but, as I recall, the story about Dom Benedict was hidden under a paywall.

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Reply to 09.09, you mentioned that what’s important is that the good we do outweighs our lack and compromises, but I don’t think this is true. We cannot judge the good or otherwise. What’s surely important is that we ask for mercy and then give it to others?

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Seamus viii at 8.52pm
Big Tommy d at 9.07
Thanks for your links.
I don’t recall seeing this blog page back in 2021 or may have forgotten it either way.
Interesting that these articles were published on the same day which means that Coveney on zappone controversy which I remember well became more prominent piece of news. Thus in turn it just sidelined DBA article and relegated it to news dump junk.
Big t Deenihan at 9.07pm
you probably right re paywall cos I did recall clicking this as it came up with blank.

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Liz truss will be hotting the bottle hard or tablets for a while after this embarrassment not just for a leader as a coumarin but a woman ,shortest term in history ,that’s an achievement in itself lol

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4.49: Liz Truss and Teresa May shiukd gave learned frim the greatest, Margaret Thatcher. She had clarity of thought, argument, conviction and didn’t suffer the bullying male hierarchy in the Tory Party. She made mistakes but she was a great leader. Britian is regressing. There should be a general election. Absolutely. God forbid Boris gets re-elected.

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QUEENIE I O must spend all day on this blog. Under “likes by” he has signed 17 times! What’s this all about? Someone with nothing useful to do!!:

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How would queenie know how many times one signs in unless it’s the author or the author bitching. If one participant signs on 17 times in one day followed by others and those hits you get,doesn’t that mean your just over a 1000 figures a day don’t match when in reality it’s from the same two or three people repetively lol

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You would have to be on all day each day to learn that and know who is or is not on it as much as they are or not …

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Great article from the NOW Pat. You should share more of them if you still have them. Glad to hear that Piers looked after you. I kinda like him even though he can be controversial at times and his obsession with Meghan Markle is weird. By the way what was the story about Sinead on the same page ?

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Bishops love a news day like today – Truss resignation trumps IICSA and a good day to bury bad news!!
Pat how big was your Column?
How many words?
Were you paid per word or a set fee?
What do you think of Rupert Murdoch?

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Birmingham is a deeply corrupt diocese and will continue to be for decades to come – the spotlight was shone on them and they didn’t like it.
Hey Ho Stephen Wright got a promotion for doing the donkey work – a Bishop Prick if ever there was one.
They sent Jane Jones to the stake and watched her burn – who was her line manager? He/she got off Scott free.
Jollie and Qiugley are the classic Birmingham paedo – everyone knew – everyone kept stum.
Nursie is managing a lame duck diocese and it is run by male, pale. stale old farts – less a dioces more a criminal enterprise with a penchant for child abuse and cover up.

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Jolly isn’t a Birmingham priest. He’s Liverpool. However, he was at Oscott. Why didn’t David Oakley spot anything when he was the rector there ? Or other staff, for that matter ? Birmingham is still struggling with its safeguarding, its abusive priests, and its finances. + Longley likes a quiet life, without conflict, so leaves all the dirty work to his VG and auxiliary bishops. It is quietly and rapidly going down the tubes as a diocese. There is little that goes on, just keeping up a schedule of masses which are increasingly less and less supported. More or less the same in most of the E&W dioceses. Sad really. But, avoidable, if only they had people in positions of authority and leadership who had a sensible vision and some interest in doing some work. Most bishops in E & W are just interested in maintaining the status quo until they are able to retire. Most haven’t any imagination. The gene pool from which bishops are taken is increasingly thin and spare, because the best people these days avoid the priesthood like the plague. Only the dim, the needy, the autistic and odd sign up. Go to Oscott and have a look around at the seminarians ! God forbid that we are going to have to rely on that crowd in the future. Never mind the staff – but that’s another story !

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9:02 – oooohhhh, I think I know who she is ! Tried it on with me several times. But, I like ’em manly and robust, and she definitely was not ! So, I said no thank you…..

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+ Elsie will be relieved that the IICSA report came out today, on the day the news if full of Librium Liz and the Conservatives. He’ll hope that story will keep going for a few days, then the IICSA stuff will be old hat and forgotten about. As it will be. Especially by bishops and clergy who will go on their merry way, ignoring, denying, covering up. mouthing platitudes, and protecting their mates. Because they answer to a higher authority, don’t they ?! At least they think they do. Until we start locking them up for their crimes of carelessness and criminal disregard. I reckon there is a lot more that has not come out that the likes of + Elsie and + Nursie know and are not saying. I guess they are hoping that they will have died before the truth comes out and spares them a few years in The Scrubs or The Green.

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Bishop Pat, I find the newspaper trade fascinating. What was your weekly deadline every week and how did you get your draft column over to the paper? Did you phone it in?

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Thursday afternoon was my deadline.

In the beginning rang it in and read it out to copy taker.

Later, email

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Thanks, very interesting. I remember reading about a journalist ringing in their copy and the person taking it down asked, “Is there much more of this?” 😅

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Contributor said Cahal Daly did you a favour. Indeed he did Strange how the world turns. As for thauld NTW and other such periodicals. There used to be/(is?) an alleged ruthlessness beyond belief in some if not many media circles. Perhaps Pat you may have insight .into some alleged modus operandi employed allegedly by some journalists Perhaps you may have useful insight

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Not sure if Pat or blog readers saw BBC Question Time tonight, at the earlier than usual time of 8pm. The Labour MP on the panel, Jess Phillips, made the powerful point that the IICSA report was published today after an inquiry lasting several years, and despite it finding that CSA is endemic, the whole attention of MPs today was on Liz Truss and who might succeed her.

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I appreciated her point, and as other pannelists and audience members pointed out, “instead of focusing on the many problems facing UK (rising prices for food, energy, NHS crisis…..etc,etc), the Conservative Party has been solely concerned with perpetuating their own survival in power.
Indeed the whole saga has been an omnishambles!
There’s another Party leader of an omnishambles, and one nearer to home, …….the Americans refer to him as John Doe, …initially appropriate?

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Do clergy ever get tired of talking shit,promising the world but listening to nobody that doesn’t suit,these are victims and hurting ,proper hurting regardless of the manner they choose to do so,you should be ashamed of yourself .next time ou go for a public achievement I will be right there letting them know ,every step of your lack of promises,but sure won’t you use ones mental health to discredit them lol

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