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DOCTRINE v GOD’S REVELATION TO MAN.

THE SYNODAL PATH v TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE.

On October 6, 2022, Raymond Arroyo interviewed Cardinal Gerhard Müller regarding the synodal process that has been taking place within the Catholic Church over the past two years.

Arroryo asks, “As someone who has dedicated his life to protecting this Doctrine and extending it – you were head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith – what must you think as you watch a system being created where all of that doctrine seems to be up for grabs, where anyone can, by a popular vote, can toss out or pull in doctrines of the moment because that is given more weight than the time-tested eternal doctrines that the Church has embraced and championed since the time of Christ?”

Cardinal Müller responds, “The basis of the church is the word of God, is a revelation, and not our strange reflections about this and these things. This is a system of self-revelation and is the occupation of the Catholic Church, a hostile takeover of the Church of Jesus Christ…”

Arroryo and Müller go on to discuss many concerning aspects of the synodal process.

PAT SAYS

The two opposing sides of this argument are, in my view, being extreme.

As Christians, we cannot deny such basic doctrines like the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Resurrection etc.

But you cannot put things like homosexuality, divorce and the ordination of women at the same level as the basic and ancient beliefs that are Christianity’s foundation stones.

I think that Jesus Himself summed it up perfectly when he said

“He said to them, ‘Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

Matthew 13:52

There are truths as old as God Himself.

And there are other truths that are new and that come from the Holy Spirit working through the men, women, children and circumstances of the time in which we live.

A worrying aspect of the Synodal Path is that it represents the views of only 1% of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics.

Could that be the tail wagging the dog?

The Church is challenged to balance God’s old treasures and His new treasures.

Old does not always equal bad.

Nor does new always equal good.

We need discernment.

Nor should the Church be hijacked by conservatives or liberals.

Nor should the Church always have to bow the knee to the PC groups like the LGBT+ group, the Gender group, the feminist group or any other group.

We should sincerely try and discern what God wants and then do it regards of who it pleases or displeases.

And, at the back of this there is a real danger of schism – especially if one side or the other lifts their ball and storms off the pitch.

DOM ALCUIN and I have decided to take our correspondence away from the public forum of this blog and to engage in a private correspondence and dialogue.

IF

Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you   

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

    But make allowance for their doubting too;   

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   

    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

    And treat those two impostors just the same;   

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

    And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   

    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

    If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   

    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

n/a

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PRIEST’S SALARIES – IRELAND v ENGLAND

English priest writes:

I was astonished to read this morning on your Blog the level of salaries enjoyed by priests and bishops in Ireland.

I live in Xxxxxxxxxxx diocese, over here in England, and priests serving in parishes receive allowances as follows:

Personal Allowance – £4,404 p.a.​ (£367 p/m) (approx. £84.69 p/week)

Food Allowance – £3,900 p.a.​ (£325 p/m) (approx. £75.00 p/week)

Total – £8,304 p.a.​ (£692 p/m) (approx. £159.69 p/week)

With all presbytery bills paid.

Priests can purchase their cars​ through a car scheme.

Their other income must come from Mass offerings, stole fees, gifts and any private income. All income is taxable.

Priests in other active roles receive an appropriate allowance, dependent​ upon​ their duties.

Retired priests receive a tax-exempt discretionary allowance from a very old independent registered charity and a top-up from the diocese if their total annual income from all sources is less than​ approximately £15,800 per annum.​ Retired priests must​ otherwise pay their own bills and accommodation, including care fees, if necessary with government assistance and/or support from the diocese.

Hope this helps!

IN THE USA

These US figures are interesting given how close the US dollar and British pound have become.

A priest in the better parts of the US are on 71,700 per annum.

PAT SAYS

Priests in Ireland have always been better off than priests in the UK.

And another great asset Irish priests most often have is that they live alone and don’t have to live with other priests.

Shared presbyteries can be very unpleasant places to live.

If you are a curate to a bossy PP he can make your life very miserable.

If you have to share a house with a difficult colleague it can be very miserable too.

Of the seven parishes I worked in I had to share in six.

When I was coming to Lane I requested to live alone.

It was like getting out of Purgatory.

Priests in religious orders have to take vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.

Secular priests – those who serve in dioceses and parishes – take no vow of poverty and therefore can own as much property and money as they like.

Jesus never said it was wrong to be rich.

But He did say it was wrong not to share your riches.

In fact, the better off you are, the more good you can do, if you wish.

Priests, like all, are entitled to a certain standard of living.

As priests, they are also called to be examples of love, generosity, giving etc.

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MY NEW LETTER TO DOM ALCUIN.

DOM AL UIN

My Dear Brother Priest and Dom Alcuin,

I was both impressed and humbled by your swift and stirring reply to my original communication. That first communication was composed by a valued colleague of mine who has a very different calling to ours.

This second letter comes from what we Irish call “beal an capaill” ‘ the horse’s mouth” 😀.

Your courteous and sometimes challenging reply suggests to me that indeed you are striving, like myself, to be a Christian and a gentleman.

While you and your ordaining prelate have the right to keep his identity confidential my source for this information is confident of his information having, he says, talked personally to the other priest who was ordained that day alongside you. But I have no pressing need to pursue this matter at all and leave it at your feet.

Indeed I am keenly aware of the canonical realities surrounding your ordination and my consecration. In your case “they” say you are suspended. In my case “they” say I am “excommunicated.

I will be celebrating the Silver Jubilee of my consecration on the Feast of St Joseph in eight months time. I must say that in that quarter of a century I have never experienced any symptoms of that canonical Covid. Perhaps both you and I had been graced by being vaccinated by the Holy Spirit – whose vaccinations have never been known to fail.

On the grave were my mortal remains will eventually be interred there is an inscription from Saint Cardinal John Henry Newman: “Conscience is the aboriginal Vicar of Christ”.

I think that might leave us both standing not only solid but even Holy ground?

I totally agree with you about Grace requiring some, at times, to act outside the ( hierarchical, clerical) box.

I will indeed pray for your bishop and hereby encourage my readers to do so.

Of course Bishop Rey, like all of can make mistakes. Bishops don’t claim infallibility.

As as someone who has been treated dispicably by Rome and their representatives in Ireland for 40 years, my heart goes out to Bishop Rey.

In 2019 I was apprehended. detained and interrogated for three hours in the Vatican for the “crime” of entering St Peter’s to pray. Before permitting me to leave they insisted I place my clerical collar, episcopal ring and pectoral cross in my pocket.

But if the Lord Jesus was humiliated by the Romans of His time, was it not fitting that I, as His sinful disciple should humiliated by the Romans of my time?

I sympathise with you over your defamation on the internet. All my secrets and past sins can be found on Google. But that’s allows me the perfect protection from my enemies. Of course, on Judgement Day the Communion of Saints will be told about all our sins. But on that occasion our refuge will be Infinite Mercy and not the armaments of our human enemies and detractors.

If there is anything untrue on any of my blogs concerning you I am prepared to immediately and voluntarily remove them freely and joyfully.

I am most grateful for your kind and truthful words about Dom Benedict’s absolutely unjust and uncharitable predicament. He is being punished by enemies not unlike your own for speaking the Truth.

At this time of writing I am not aware of how our Catholic beliefs might differ? There are people out there who have and regularly misrepresent me.

I want to immediately and gratefully accept your generous invitation to visit, have dialogue and pray with you and your community. And that would include attending Holy Mass celebrated by you if allowed.

I hope to do this in the near and not the distant future. Of course, I will pay all my own expenses etc and not cost you a single euro. Which is your nearest airport.

Dear Dom Alcuin don’t allow yourself to imagine that any great vastness separates you and I. For instance, I have no per se objection or distaste for the Traditional Latin Mass. I only worry when people with an ignoble agenda weapomise the TLM. I am not an extreme Novus Ordo man 😀

By the same token, you and your colleagues have an unending welcome here. I’d like to think that my hospitality is as Benedictine as your own.

If a TLM group here with no hidden agenda asked to use my humble Oratory here I would agree with a heart and a half.

Incidentally, my tabernacle was recently rescued from a French parish church which was descreated.

You and I are baptised brothers, validly ordained brother priests, lovers of the Church of Jesus Christ and heirs to the Kingdom.

And I can absolutely no reason why we cannot be friends and begetters of a mutually felt sense of wishing each other every grace and wellness.

And if I had “friends” who objected to me being your friend they would have by their objection become friends emeritus.

My episcopal motto is: TOLERANCE – LOVE – DIVERSITY.

I quite deliberately placed LOVE between TOLERANCE and DIVERSITY 😀

With warmest thoughts,

+ Pat

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PRIEST ILLICITLY ORDAINED BY ROGUE ARCHBISHOP VIGANO HAS HIS OWN DIY MONASTERY WITH CONNECTIONS TO DISGRACED SILVERSTREAM.

LEFT TO RIGHT – ALQUIN REID, MOTHER BURKE AND ???

Pat’s note

Alquin Reid was a deacon in Australia who was refused ordination and asked to seek laicisation. Instead Reid went to France and set up his own DIY monastery in the diocese of Toulouse. Recently he was illicitly ordained by rogue archbishop Vigano and the Bishop of Toulouse tried to suppress Reid’s monastery.

Reid is a long term mate of Kirby’s and with a similar background and is supported by the right wing Peter Kwasniewsky, whose son is a monk of Silverstream.

Dear Fr. Reid,

Following your illicit ordination as a priest in Rome by Archbishop Viganò, I note that Peter Kwasniewski has become one of your most fervent admirers and supporters. To the best of my knowledge, I am the FIRST individual to publicly name your ordaining prelate, [Viganò] online.

VIGANO

For the obvious reason the fact that [Viganò] was the ordaining prelate cannot be publicly admitted, because that could beget very severe canonical consequences for Archbishop Viganò, because he is not the flavour of the month with the reigning Supreme Pontiff.

Do you, however, accept that Archbishop Viganò wilfully and deliberately and without a scintilla of justification violated the provisions of Canon 1383, by ordaining you a priest without the appropriate dimissorial letter from the Ordinary of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, Bishop Dominique Rey? If not; why not?

Were you aware of the text of Canon 1383, which reads: “A bishop who, contrary to the prescript of can. 1015, ordains without legitimate dimissorial letters someone who is not his subject is prohibited for a year from conferring the order. The person who has received the ordination, however, is ipso facto suspended from the order received”.

Archbishop Viganò is not an idiot. He holds a doctorate in both Canon and Civil Law (Utroque Iure) from the Pontifical Lateran University. Regardless of one’s views on Viganò, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, which is one of the most prestigious appointments for any Nuncio. And, that makes his actions in ordaining you all the more egregious and indefensible.

You, Fr. Reid, are also a highly intelligent man, I note that you also hold a PhD; hence, you should have known better to violate the canonical tradition of the Church. Those who know better, suggest that your justification for being illicitly ordained a priest in order to celebrate the Mass by invoking past actions of Dom Gérard Calvet OSB, abbot of Barroux, is intellectually arrogant and canonically unjustifiable. Do you accept that characterisation?

When Archbishop Viganò was visiting your monastery in France — who raised the issue of the ordination? Did you tell him about your difficulties in being ordained a priest? Did Archbishop Viganò volunteer to ordain you or did you ask him to confer the illicit ordination?

Did you apprise Archbishop Viganò of some of the issues that have bedevilled you from the past?

Presumably, if you did, you vehemently denied the accusations that have been made against you in the past — is that a reasonable assumption?

Did you discuss your intended ordination with Cardinal Burke and the consequences that would flow from that canonically illicit act? After all, he was the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, he would have been able to provide you with expert canonical advice. If you did speak to him about your plans — did he dissuade you?

The scandal-ridden Silverstream Priory located in the Diocese of Meath, displays an autistic-like devotion to the Traditional Latin Mass. And that is a known reality. If, Bishop Thomas Deenihan, Ordinary of the Diocese of Meath, refuses to ordain any of the solemnly professed monks of Silverstream Priory, do you think they should request diaconal and priestly ordination from Archbishop Viganò? Would you be willing to facilitate an introduction?

KWASNIEWSKI

Are you aware that your biggest fan, Peter Kwasniewski, has a son who is a monk of Silverstream? His name is Br. Isaias.

ISAIAS

Do you consider the former Prior of Silverstream, Elijah Carroll (who according to the founding prior of Silverstream, Dom Mark Kirby, has an addiction to gay porn), to be an individual that would be suitable for ordination to the priesthood? Would you support his candidacy for ordination to the diaconate and thereafter to the priesthood? If not; why not?

Has Peter Kwasniewski become a useful patsy for your fundraising efforts to keep your non-canonical monastery in existence by highlighting and praising your illicit ordination?

Have you been able to quantify an increase in revenue to your Priory every time Peter Kwasniewski mentions you in a positive light?

Has Peter Kwasniewski ever discussed with you the possibility of his son becoming a member of your community?

It is my intention to post this missive of questions on my blog, because I believe transparency is good for the church and all organisations.

+ Pat Buckley

PS: I have decided to copy this e-mail to Bishop Deenihan because it touches on a matter pertaining to canonical discipline within his diocese and to Mr. Kwasniewski for reasons that should be self-evident.

PPS: You are welcome to post a reply that I will publish unedited on my blog — if you so choose.

DOM ALQUIN’S SWIFT AND IMPRESSIVE REPLY.

Dear Bishop Buckley,

Thank you for the courtesy of emailing me before posting on your blog. The least I can do is to give you the courtesy of a reply, which I ask that you do indeed post unedited on your blog, preferably with your original post please.

You refer to my “illicit ordination as a priest in Rome by Archbishop Viganò”. This, I am afraid, is a false assumption on your part, even if it seems to be a commonly held one.

I am, of course, well aware of the canonical realities to which you refer. Our monastery’s decision to accept ordinations was made in good conscience and in full awareness of the canonical realities involved. I would presume that you yourself, My Lord, having accepted episcopal consecration canonically irregularly, would understand that sometimes circumstances may arise in which one must act ‘outside the box’ as it were. Almighty God is the ultimate judge of such things, and in respect of that judgment, we are at peace. The salvation of souls is the supreme law.

You have, presumably, read our public statements in respect of our actions, but I respectfully draw them to the attention of your readers:

1. Our statement of 13 May, following the publication of the fact of our ordinations by our diocesan Chancery:

Statement – Communiqué – Monastère Saint-Benoît (monasterebrignoles.org)

2. My Homily on Pentecost Sunday, following the news that Rome had acted against our Bishop (as we had feared it would) A Homily for Pentecost Sunday – Monastère Saint-Benoît (monasterebrignoles.org)

It is to be noted that Rome’s action was conveyed to the Bishop in a letter signed by the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops on April 28th. This pre-dates the Bishop’s knowledge of our ordinations, giving the lie to those who say that Rome acted against him because of us. It had been moving in this direction for at least two years previously.

I would ask you and your readers to please pray for our bishop and our diocese: he is being very unjustly treated and we fear that he may be removed. The diocese has only one new seminarian this year and is losing others; clergy also. Bishop Rey may have made mistakes, but he has done so in trying to do his best to be an energetic father and a shepherd. Neither he, nor the diocese, deserve the treatment being meted out from Rome at this time.

All of this does go to prove – I am truly sad to say – that the very fears we had earlier on this year about Rome taking steps against our bishop (and thereby putting our vocations and continued existence in jeopardy) were in fact justified. I was shocked at how quickly it all transpired and – please believe me – utterly humbled that in God’s Providence we had been given what is necessary for our survival in this storm.

3. Our statement of 21 June following the diocese’s decree attempting to close our Public Association of the Faithful (which is currently subject to hierarchical recourse, and is thus suspended): Statement – Communiqué – Monastère Saint-Benoît (monasterebrignoles.org)

4. My July interview with Rorate Caeli, summarising the situation at that time, and addressing some of the concerns raised about me personally by some journalists: ​ RORATE CÆLI: Rorate Exclusive: Interview with Dom Alcuin Reid on his ordination, his community, the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, and Desiderio Desideravi (rorate-caeli.blogspot.com)

I would add that there are many salacious rumours on the internet resulting directly from an attack made in May 2010 by The Age newspaper orchestrated by a known and long-standing calumniator (now deceased) in order to attack me shortly after I moved to France, and through me also to attack both Pope Benedict and Cardinal Pell. After legal representation The Age duly withdrew the articles, but traces of them remain in blogs and comments here and there – you have linked to some yourself. A monk simply does not have the money to pay for the legal work necessary to have them all removed, even if we may have to take legal action against some individuals who continue to perpetuate them.

I have hidden nothing of my past from my ecclesiastical superiors and my 2009 incardination into the Diocese of Frejus-Toulon (at the invitation of the bishop) respected all due canonical processes.

Until after our ordinations in April of this year I have never been the subject of any ecclesiastical sanction whatsoever. The three visitations this monastery has had in recent years reported nothing untoward: quite the contrary, they praised the integrity of our life and recommended that ordinations be conferred. The bishop did not proceed with them because of the fear of Rome – a fear we now know was not unfounded.

5. Our summer newsletter, page three of which contains a further reflection on the stance we have taken: monastère_saint-benoît_-_newsletter_-_time_after_pentecost_2022.pdf (monasterebrignoles.org)

I hope that what we have published will assist your readers in judging for themselves the steps we have taken and the issues that you raise.

Dr Kwasniewski and I have corresponded often enough in respect of academic matters. He is perfectly free to express his opinion in respect of our actions. We have not solicited this. What he says should, naturally, be judged on its merits. He and I have not corresponded in respect of any detail of Silverstream Priory’s crisis (I did once say I hoped things were getting better) or about his son’s situation in the light of it. I am not aware of any donations that have arrived because of his opinions.

In respect of Silverstream itself, since being informed first-hand of its difficulties in July 2020 our house has been praying and fasting and offering what little practical support we can at various levels to assist them in moving forward. I hope and pray that will be possible: there are good men there and it would be​ to the Church’s loss if they cannot persevere in their vocations. I would add that the fact that Dom Benedict remains in canonical limbo is a scandal that must be addressed. A way for both he and the community to move forward must be found as a matter of long-overdue justice. In respect of any other matters at Silverstream, I have no basis on which to either comment nor to judge: I neither know the truth or otherwise of what you assert.

My Lord, we are quite different in what some would call our “churchmanship,” and I regret, if I am correctly informed, that you would reject some Catholic teaching to which I believe we are all called to convert and to live. But in so far as you raise issues of genuine concern, I am happy to say what I can. In the current situation, however, there are details about our ordinations which must at present remain secret. I am sorry about this, but beg your understanding and that of your readers.

It would be a pleasure to welcome you to our small monastery as our guest if the opportunity ever presents itself: to pray together would be a joy.

In Domino,

Dom Alcuin Reid.

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IRISH BISHOPS AND PRIESTS SALARIES

As the Irish RCC is funded by the public and dioceses are registered charities, the salaries of bishops and priests, and their employment perks should be in the public domain.

Irish priests salaries seem to come in at between 22,000 and 35,000 per annum, without expenses being included.

The priests of Clogher diocese, which straddles the border, seem to be the highest paid in the country.

In Armagh the priests get £ 2,200 per month, before and perks are added. That’s about £ 26.400.

Priests benefit from free housing, a private health scheme and a group car insurance scheme.

CAHAL DALY

CARDINAL DALY AND MR DALY-DONNELLY IN ROME

In 1982 Cahal Daly told us priests that the cost of himself and two auxiliaries was £ 120,000 per annum.

Considering inflation that would be £ 470.732 today in 2022.

BISHOPS

No Irish bishop has ever revealed his annual salary.

Of course, while in office, the bishop has control over many millions.

I would guess that a bishops’ salary is 50,000 plus, and many perks and free access to expenses and funds.

Many an envelope is pushed into a bishops hand by devoted priests and laity – with a “to use at your own discretion, My Lord”.

When Diarmuid Martin, who loves to cook, came to Archbishop’s House in 2003 he spent € 50,000 on a new kitchen.

Today that represents € 72,899.

If a Bishop’s salary, before perks, is 50,000 then the Irish Church pays out € 1,300,000 per annum in bishops wages – and that does not cover the retired bishops.

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DIARMUID MARTIN RADIO INTERVIEW OF 1 ST OCTOBER 2022.

https://www.rte.ie/radio/podcasts/22152044-former-archbishop-diarmuid-martin/

PAT SAYS

DIARMUID MARTIN came out of retirement last weekend to do a radio interview.

It’s 30 minutes long and a pleasant enough listen.

He was certainly responsible for bringing THE MAYNOOTH SUMMER OF LOVE 2016 to an abrupt end.

And that infuriated his fellow Irish bishops.

There’s a certain ” humanity” about DM that I’ve always liked.

But of course he is a trained and experienced church politician and diplomat.

Does he wear a mask?

Remember Mullie used to tell stories of DM in Rome and Florence?

We’re they figments of Mullie’s imagination?

Or was there truth to them?

What do readers think of the interview?

THE HOUSE THAT DM RENOVATED FOR HIS RETIRRMENT

This is one of the three curates houses that DM is living in.

Looks very good to me.

LARNE’S “MOTHER TERESA” 😀

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MENTAL HEALTH SHOULD NOT HAVE A STIGMA ATTACHED TO IT.

Most “normal” people will go through times in life where they are mentally and emotionally under pressure.

To have a mental health problem is as “normal” as having a cardiac, digestive, circulation or joint problem.

Many mental problems are associated with a trauma or a life occurance.

They can be triggered by problems in work, in a relationship, in a financial predicament etc.

This is especially true of conditions like depression and anxiety.

My first encounter with real anxiety happened when I was working in Divis Flats Belfast when I was living with two priests who were mentally torturing me 24/7.

I was sensible enough to talk to a doctor and to a psychiatrist who reassured me that my anxiety and panic attacks were the result of the intolerable situation I was living in.

I have always been one to tackle a problem head on.

I did a two week residential course in Nottingham with the famous psychiatrist, Dr Frank Lake.

DR FRANK LAKE

I discovered that I had my first panic attack just before my birth when the birth pangs started to expel me from my mother’s womb – the only world I knew at the time – and a world from which I was being forced to leave – an annihilation experience.

Panic attacks are part of the fight or flee basic human instinct.

When I learned that for myself, I never had another panic attack.

All “animals” panic when they are threatened with attack or annihilation.

We are part of the animal kingdom too.

I also relived my birth experience with Dr Lake and was able to come home and tell my mother things about my birth that she had forgotten!

The human mind is like an iceberg with only 3% of it above water.

Our subconscious mind represents 90% + of our consciousness.

When we cannot deal with reality we hide what’s bothering us in our subconscious.

There, it has the propensity to trouble us for years or for forever.

OTHER MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

There are some mental health conditions that are not simply “situational” but have deeper causes.

I’m thinking of things like Bi Polar Disorder or Schizophrenia etc.

These can be caused by chemical problems in the brain or by extreme forces like PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A very easy to read book for psychiatrists called DSM 5 can be read if you have £ 60.

But please, as an amateur, please do not use this book to diagnose yourself or another.

Such diagnosis is strictly for professionals.

But there is nothing wrong with suspecting that you or a friend might have a mental disorder.

Always consult a professional.

One of the big problems with mental health is that the person suffering from it might either not know – or not accept that they are ill.

This is a very challenging situation for relatives, friends and even doctors.

In the old days persons were diagnosed and institutionalised far too easily.

Now the pendulum has swung the other way and it is extremely difficult to get a patient in denial help.

Let’s use remove the stigma from mental health.

Let’s all talk about it.

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THE RCC, CHINA, ABUSE AND THE SYNODAL PATH.

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hdWRpb2Jvb20uY29tL2NoYW5uZWxzLzQ5MDU1ODQucnNz/episode/dGFnOmF1ZGlvYm9vbS5jb20sMjAyMi0wOS0yNzovcG9zdHMvODE2NDMxMg?ep=14

This headline may seem sensational, but the evidence is overwhelming.
 
The Catholic Church is experiencing a bewildering range of crises, some of them long-term and familiar, such as demographic collapse and the continuing scandal of sex abuse. Others are being manufactured by a Pope who is allowing a faction of Catholic boomers to push an incoherent ‘New Age’ agenda. Whether Francis truly supports their ideas is anyone’s guess – but he’s increasingly willing to spout their inanities.

https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast/the-catholic-church-is-falling-apart-at-the-seams

PAT SAYS

IS MULLIE, MAD, BAD OR A MIXTURE OF BOTH?

Contrary to opinions expressed on this blog BILL MULVIHILL and I have not fallen out with each other.

Bill has fallen out with me.

He feel out with me purely because I carefully and kindly suggested to him that his mental health might need attention.

And I did not do this to hurt or annoy him in any way.

In the past I have suffered with panic attacks and anxiety and have voluntarily undergone counselling and psychotherapy.

I have also, at times in the past, been prescribed Diazapem.

So I am not some perfectly balanced emotional and anxiety free person pointing the finger at someone else. Although for many years now I have not suffered any anxiety at all.

But in recent days Bill has even using other people’s own personal life struggles against people who are fast becoming his ex friends.

He has brought up family suicides to people and attempted to blame them for the suicide.

He has brought up extremely private things people told them in complete confidence when he was a priest.

In a mocking way he has reminded people of times of distress and deep pain in their lives.

He has arranged to meet people for a simple coffee and morally forced them to pay for expensive meals, champagne, wine AND invited guest to those meals and make his unsuspecting and would be coffee companion pay for everything at the cost of hundreds of euros.

He has threatened to report people to their bosses for things that have nothing to do with their work.

He has even written to Leo Varadkar accusing him of sleeping with an infamous monk.

Bill is ill.

But he is not an egit.

Or, if he is, he is a clever egit!

People BEWARE !!!

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NOBEL PRIZE WINNING BISHOP ABUSED BOYS.

https://www.pillarcatholic.com/cardinal-mccarrick-and-bishop-belo/

The Vatican acknowledged Thursday that it imposed restrictions in 2020 on the ministry and residency of Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is accused of sexually abusing teenage boys decades ago.

But Vatican officials will almost certainly face more questions about those restrictions, and about the bishop’s past, as details of the allegations against Belo come into focus in the weeks to come.

The Vatican’s admission came after a Dutch magazine reported this week the serial abuse allegations against the bishop, who has been regarded as a hero of the fight for independence in his native country of East Timor.

The allegations are grave. The bishop is accused of raping young men in the 1980s and ‘90s, and of taking advantage of their poverty, and his power, to keep them silent.

PAT SAYS

The Vatican disciplined Bishop Belo over two years ago but kept the matter silent.

They would never have made the matter public if the victims and journalists had not spoken out.

This sends a number of very clear messages:

1. The RCC is still covering up abuse everywhere and everytime they can.

2. Pope Francis, like many popes before him, even and especially those SAINTED were and are abuse cover up merchants.

3. NEVER REPORT ABUSE to a bishop, a priest or a church paid safeguarding officer.

4. ALWAYS report abuse directly to the police and social services.

5. Always get a good lawyer – one with no church connections.

6. Always consider talking to a good journalist with an investigative journalism track record.

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