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WAS BYRNE “SACKED” BY PAPAL NUNCIO AND REFUSED ANOTHER APPOINTMENT ! WAS BYRNE REMOVED FOR SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS?

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I have been contacted by Hexham and Newcastle clergy and others………

BYRNE

BYRNE AND THE FATHER GARDNER AFFAIR

TIM GARDNER FORMER DOMINICAN

A leading figure in Catholic education pleaded guilty in a London court this week to downloading more than 5,000 images of child pornography from the internet to his computer.

Fr Tim Gardner, 41, a former religious education adviser to the Catholic Education Service (CES), admitted possession of the images when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Monday. Of the 5,005 images cited, many were graded at level four and five – the most extreme – and one depicted bestiality.

Bishop Byrne wanted to bring his best friend, the paedophile Dominican priest TIM GARDNER, to live with him in Bishop’s house!!!

Byrne was enraged when safeguarding officer Angie Richardson told him : “NO, YOU CAN NOT HAVE GARDNER LIVING WITH YOU ON DIOCESAN PROPERTY.

Why would Byrne want such a man living with him?

***** Byrne tried to get Gardner a position as an educationalist on a H&N project for vulnerable people in a Peru mission !!!

BYRNE AND THE CANON MC COY AFFAIR

A Catholic priest took his own life days after learning police were investigating him over a ‘historic allegation’, a coroner has ruled.

Canon Michael McCoy, 57, was found dead at his apartment in Newcastle on April 10 last year.

Mc Coy, Byrne’s cathedral Dean, held weekly gay parties in a cathedral room attended by gay cathedral volunteers.

These meetings took place during the Covid lockdown.

These very boozy parties ( who paid for the booze) were attended by lay men, and a drag artist called MISS RORY.

Byrne knew about these parties and did nothing.

Did he ever attend them?

We don’t know at present.

The Bishop, sex offender and McCoy socialised together and the Bishop also took the sex offender into the private quarters in the cathedral.

YOUNG ALTAR SERVER?

One young male altar server in his 20s was invited to those parties.

Later, Byrne made that young man his PRIVATE SACRISTAN.

SEX ABUSE VICTIMS

The diocesan safeguarding officer ANGIE RICHSRDSON, a former police officer, refused to let Byrne meet victims of abuse because of “his lack of judgement and lack of a moral compass.”

RESIGNATION OF ANGIE RICHARDSON

The Hexham and Newcastle safeguarding officer, Angie Richardson, resigned specifically because Byrne refused to take safeguarding advice and undermined safeguarding decisions at every turn.

Angie received no support from her line manager, Fintona Standfield, the non Catholic COF – chief operating officer of Hexham and Newcastle diocese.

More, much more to come …….

120 replies on “WAS BYRNE “SACKED” BY PAPAL NUNCIO AND REFUSED ANOTHER APPOINTMENT ! WAS BYRNE REMOVED FOR SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS?”

There was a third one, in an English diocese, though I cannot remember his name. Well done, Pat, for your service to truth and safeguarding in exposing these scandals. More powere to your elbow, Pat!

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Former police officer is undermined in her new role as Safeguarding Officer & forced to resign due to her concerns about improper conduct from serving clerics.says:

10:28 Church should be booted away from any contact or influence in the education system. Far too many of them appear to be paedophiles or paedophile protectors worldwide. It speaks volumes when an experienced police officer like Angie Richardson is forced to throw in the towel and walk away from the blatant refusal of the Roman Catholic Church to admit or deal with the escalating tide of all manner of abuse committed by it’s members.

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Pat, if your investigative work has any truth, this is a sordid story. I cannot fathom why, after all the sexual abuse scandals for the past 30 years or more that a bishop or priest does not realise that the public faithful are scandalized by the behaviour described above. The events as described are a scandal. None of us is totally perfect and I do not approve of a deliberate targeting of any person in a malicious or vindictive manner, but truth is essential and paramount. These revelations are faith shattering.

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10:42 as we’ve seen on this blog & elsewhere clerics & their members target victims that report them in a malicious and vindictive manner.

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Timothy Gardner got a shockingly light sentence. After admitting to the charges, Gardner was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years at Southwark Crown Court today.

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‘Billy Bunter is all of a dither,
He’s gone around hither and thither,
Now he’s gone on the run,
While pulling his plumb,
Before he’s stuffed inside,say some ‘

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Timothy Gardner got a shockingly light sentence. After admitting to the charges, Gardner was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years at Southwark Crown Court today.

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10:46 claiming insanity is yet another ploy used by clerics and their cohorts to circumvent the justice system.

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Well, the inability / unwillingness / lack of cop on of + Byrne in the various items you have described today, is no surprise. It simply confirms the culture of “instant wisdom and authority” that the likes of + Byrne have been brought up in. They will not take advice, they will not act prudently and responsibly, and they think they know it all ! I’d say that + Byrne just didn’t get his responsibility about safeguarding, and bulldozed his way past anybody giving him advice. You mention Fr Gardner OP, but that dates back to 2014. Given that, why did + Byrne get made a bishop after making a fool of himself over Gardner ? Anyhow, it sounds to me as though there are a lot of layers yet to be peeled back. And, it sounds as if the Nuncio decided to sort out the problem of + Byrne before he departs these shores off back to Rome. Well, done the Nuncio ! At least someone seems to be taking things seriously. + Byrne now needs to retreat to Oxford, live quietly, shut up, and do his satin, latin and lace stuff in moderation, live the odd life of an Oratorian as if he was a 19th century reverend gentlemen, and get the Oxford Tube up and down to London to go to the Royal Opera House. Anything more public will put him back on these pages.

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“Instant wisdom and authority” : key words in your comment @ 11:05.
It seems that the ‘ontological change’ alleged by clerics bestows such qualities, or at least many of them believe it so.
To some extent the laity seem to collude with this misconceived belief. Allowing deferential priority to clerics has been widespread, certainly in Ireland.
In reality, many clerics have been the product of a sheltered cosseted existence with little experience, certainly no training, for the everyday problems of the real world.
The results are manifest, and increasingly so with modern communications.
MMM

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This appears to be a remarkable lack of judgment by Bishop Billy Bunter. A desire to cohabit with a convicted paedophile and provide him with a job, appointing a young sacristan who had partied with the accused dean, and knowing of gay parties with a drag queen. He may celebrate pontifical masses, but all the Brum clergy will laugh at him behind his back. He will have to be exiled like Fr. Paul Chavasse after his infatuation.

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Wow!! I knew there was a back story behind Byrnes resignation but didn’t know it was this juicy – bloody hell Byrne was out of control and exposed as grossly incompetent, even dangerously so.
Do Brum really want him back?

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The absolute failure of bishops to be spiritual fathers of good standing is alarming. We’ve seen on these shores the absolute appalling mistreatment of Dom Benedict Andersen by Tom Deenihan. There needs to be a clear out of these episcopal charlatans. Episcopal leaders must lead with integrity.

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Your daily reminder that young people or anyone who becomes vulnerable for any reason or is in any way gullible continue to be treated as fresh meat for exploitation by the clergy & their drag Queen members that possess obviously demonstrated incurable and permanent criminal and abusive tendencies. That young man in his 20s appears to have been groomed into the clerical drag Queen parties that go on behind closed doors and attended by their fakey, make y up, liars & truth distortinists who carefully cultivate themselves as outwardly devout but in reality are lay closet weirdos on broomsticks. Evil personified they are. The sad truth is that in the interests of their own safety & peace of mind, people need to wise up and smell the coffee to the FACT that the RCC is now nothing more than a sex and money obsessed cult determinedly bamboozling an ever decreasing population of old dears to remember them in their Will. Shameful that young people attempting to find their own place in the world are effectively trafficked into the drag Queen scene when they unwittingly volunteer their services to the RCC.

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Looks like Byrne had a lot more going on than financial ineptitude and nervous collapse – quite the rap sheet and what a fecking liability.
God they must be glad he’s gone – Brum must have known he was a liability l.
Did Elsie play a role in his appointment?
Brum always has skeletons – here’s a concern- how come Nursie has had a private sec – a relatively younger priest as his live in private secretary for 14 years – what is that all about?

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Retire on grounds of age or ill health, a compliant & money motivated medic is useful in these circumstances.
Go on sabbatical
Return to University to endanger unsuspecting young students they will inevitably encounter
All of the above financially enabled by their Roman Catholic management teams
When a prison sentence looms as inevitable, these stubborn deniers of equality and justice choose to mirror Adolf Hitler & his partner in crime, Ava Braun & take their own lives effectively sticking their fingers in the eyes of their victims awaiting justice & redress.

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Mammy says.
You have Betty Turpin aka John Keenan for another 21 years in Paisley so enjoy !!!!!
Big Brian will be next for Glasgow in 2029 as Betty is a Careerist and bored in Paisley.

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The story surrounding + Byrne’s resignation from Hexham and Newcastle has much more to it than what he says in his resignation letter. There are layers upon layers to be peeled back to get at the truth – exhaustion, maybe; realisation of being overwhelmed; financial incompetence; being loose and irresponsible with safeguarding issues; personal connections and relationships; being too lazy to work at the required level; cultural and regional incompatibility (even though from Manchester, Byrne is really an Oxford southerner who wants to be within easy reach of London); and a whole host of other issues about the man and his abilities. The Brum clergy were bemused when he was appointed first as an auxiliary, but dumbfounded when he went up to H&N on the back of the Newman nonsense and Benedict’s visit. Hopefully, we have learned that appointing wannabe posh, satin, latin, lace Oratorians to the episcopacy is a huge error. Leave them to waltz around in their faux 19th century gentlemen’s existence, pretending that they are the True Faith of England, where they can do little harm and can carry out a ministry to the odd and sad. Anything outside of that is dangerous for us. Leave them in aspic. Leave them to their eccentricities.

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9.01: Did you not say all that at 11.05pm – last night? You did. Or else you have a plagiarist. Same style, same sentiments!!!! Do you recall 11.05 last night?

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If this is the result of formation within the Oratorian’s then a serious look through their safeguarding books is needed, and with haste.

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Honestly I think that would make a horrifying read and I expect their records are currently experiencing an ‘accident’ with a shredder, if they haven’t already.

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Ahh no….parties held in the cathedral….were they held in the vicinity
of the cathedral boiler house….any chips battered sausages or beverages for parties goers….

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The Roman Catholic Church is still accountable to the victims of the late Canon McCoy who is alleged to have taken his own life to avoid facing the justice system for the historical allegations made against him.

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Why does accountability for the alleged sins and crimes of the late Canon extend to the Church? Would TfL be accountable for the actions of a nonce bus driver?

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12:24. Yes they would. It’s called vicarious liability. If you had ever had a job you would see that employment contracts frequently say you can also be dismissed for things you do outside of work time.
Welcome to the real world, ‘father’.

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You might be dismissed, which would probably be right, but why additionally would TfL be held accountable, in the example provided? They wouldn’t be, any more than social services take responsibility for their perverts.

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1:43 clerics conceal wrong doing by their lay & ordained colleagues – that’s why few trust them any more.

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When can we expect the findings on the investigations into these matters in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore?

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@9:22
The findings on the investigations into financial & collusion matters in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore are comparable to a phantom pregnancy-always on the way but never arrives. Episcopal leaders lacking integrity will be exposed at the impending ‘reckoning’.

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See, I keep saying the lace crowd are exactly the same as the other gay, corrupt, deviant and criminal clerics. Just they haven’t been around so long so it hasn’t all come out yet. 😂

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These parties are widespread in County Down. At least once every two months. I can name you names but you never publish then.

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Makes you wonder about the other English and Wakes bishops including the retired ones – I bet there is a right underbelly and I bet you Byrne (a inveterate gossip) knows a good many secrets – now that his are hitting the fan with more to come I wonder whether his Omertà can be relied upon.

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Can you tell us about the drag Queen?

Miss Rory – needs a name change – Roxanne maybe – but what are chances drag Queen is a priest!!! Got to be and raises an interesting question about clergy cross dressers – they’re virtually all there anyway with their vestments and liturgical gear – bet you dressing up in private is a clerical peccadillo.

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Byrne was a lazy feck in Brum – could hardly get off his fat arse – a loser of a man and a shameful priest, bishop, good riddance.

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Pat well done and it will be very interesting today to see who is at East Anglia for Bishop Elect Collins @ 11.30 http://www.rcdea.org.uk
Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti is a very sincere and very able Papal Nuncio that is how he is off back toRome and will be a Prefect for the Eastern Churches and a cardinal in the next appointments.
Safeguarding is taken very serious and rightly so.
Big Hughie Bradley should stop playing the widower after Michael Coy took his life and resigned as well hopefully Bill Nolan will remove him from the Curia is the shake up in the new year.
Well done Pat and well done to the Papal Nuncio he will be a loss but let us hope he leaves files on Elsie and Nursie alongside Betty Turpin the Careerist.

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What would be in Longley’s file ? We know what Nicols will look like. But Longley? Harmless pleasant old dear, surely ?

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The Sheep should feel unbearable shame for continuing to support financially these parasites and the parasitical institution to which they all shamelessly belong.
There is no such thing as a good priest.

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I doubt they feel shame: anyone who was going to feel shame would have got out by now. Those who remain have had their consciences formed by men with [checks notes] ‘no moral compass’ and are probably reassuring themselves that CSA is no worse in the cult than it is anywhere else.
Because obviously ‘were only as bad as anyone else ‘ is what you think if you’ve got an informed conscience. 🙄

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10.56: Utterly silly and offensive. You live in a blame culture in your mind. Be happy doing so. God bless our generous lay faithful, who, in the annual indoor Christmas St. v De Paul appeal donated over €11,000. God is good. Now, off you go, you fool.

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Flights to Malaga depart from Shannon Airport three days per week in the winter season. Table dancing skills & the usual selection of wigs & outfits are essential travelling companions.

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Everyone knows the English Oratorians are a gay knocking shop for gays who love lace and dressing up and incense – Chavasse, Byrne and the rest – this much I know there ruining the church!

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Get rid of them and replace them with manly Novus Ordo types such as Rory, Ryan, King Puck, Paul Prior, Fanny Mullaney, Fr McCamley and the PP of Clogherhead.

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@ 11:51am
I agree entirely, the lefty poly poncho wearing types are never mentioned by their ultra liberal cohorts. Come on Patsy give us the lowdown on the degenerate Sheehan who has been allowed to choose his own departure despite the fact that his disgusting lifestyle has been known for so long. Is it perhaps that he is one of the polyester denim brigade that the lefty’s don’t mention him. Yes I think so.🙄

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Byrne offered to be an Assistant Bishop in Westminister, Southwark, Birmingham or Liverpool and was told just pack your bags and go back to the Oratory.
Because there is NO actual case the Holy Father Francis cannot strip him of being a Bishop however he is finished.
Byrne is doing the “poor me” and thinks he has been badly treated by the Papal Nuncio and Rome.

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I guess the Nuncio knows more than is being said, and has decided that it is simply best to put Byrne back in to the Oratories dressing up cupboard and hope that he will keep out of the way and quiet. Interesting too that the various bishops don’t seem to want him on their team. Longley will have had enough of him when he was in Birmingham. Perhaps the decent thing for Byrne to do is to get rid of all the Episcopal clobber, ring, cross etc, and just return to being a rank and file Oratorian. I hope for his sake the he does so, rather than making a fool of himself traipsing around as a traditionalist bishop for hire.

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Your daily reminder that Catholics™️ don’t give a shit about child safety because it’s all about dragging up.

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Oh dear, what a sight, all those bishops togged out with Elsie resplendent in cardinal red, looking stupid, idiotic and irrelevant. When will they learn ?! Are we interested anymore ?! The saga of + Byrne just illustrates how ridiculous all this clerical hierarchy is. How many of those bishops sitting there are wondering nervously when their secrets will out ? I feel sorry for them, caught as they are in a system that is so controlling, full of coverup, and lack of honesty and integrity. They are a laughing stock.

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Why are there so many permanent deacons sitting in the sanctuary, with the priests off to the side. Why are the PDs even there? What liturgical function do they have at this Mass?

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1:09 Why are the laity even there? What liturgical function do they serve at this mass with so many clerics there?
You’re a nasty, bitchy piece of work.
And obviously a priest, but we all knew that.

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11.48am: Oh dear!! You cynic. What a marvellous ceremony and celebration. Beautiful. A full cathedral. Lovely music. Simplicity at its best. A good man newly consecrated. Yes, he’s taking up a new ministry in very challenging times. Difficult times. We can at mwastwish him God’s blessings. One huge criticism I have – complete absence of women. This ecclesial injustice must be corrected. I’m certain sir, that there are a few stinking cloths in your knickers, which seem in a twist today….

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11.07am
Oh the poor baby! He’s a player and can play lazy and arrogant and clearly loves the sexual power being a bishop affords him – the frisson of power but can also play the poor me card – for once a nuncio did the right thing.
Wonder what Kenny thinks of his Bezzy being back in Brum – “do you know what I mean.”

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https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/16239/parishes-restructured-to-cope-with-shortage-of-priests

The reality is beginning to bite ! So, off they go with more tinkering at the edges. Even launching a new vocations campaign entitled “Take a risk for Christ” !! You couldn’t make it up ! What risk ? Being groomed in seminary if you are pretty ? Finding out that you can have your clerical cake and eat it, and play away from home ? Spend five or six years at somebody else’s expense being fed and watered and badly educated ? When will some bishop stand up and say, “This is nonsense…”? And then say what we all know, that the priesthood as presently conceived and lived is finished and they need to reimagine more than parish boundaries. Like the priesthood itself. I won’t bore you with the obvious way forward. I think we know what it is. But, it doesn’t look as though the dolts in pointy hats have a clue or the guts to say it.

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12:31 Those with supportive hierarchy & influential networks don’t care about being exposed on this blog.

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They call it “Building Hope”, which is a funny way to describe slashing parishes, necessitated by the lack of priests and volunteers and dwindling congregations in Dublin.

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Mammy says.
Don’t kid yourself about Paisley. There were shenanigans and ‘strange goings on’ in Paisley Cathedral a year or so back involving rent boys etc which caused a furore ending with employees of the diocese leaving their jobs somewhat mysteriously!
The bishop on hearing of or seeing the issue discussed on this blog fired off a cease and desist to Pat Buckley only to retreat very quickly when he realised how much info Pat had on the whole business.
Keenan became a laughing stock and object of ridicule.
Perhaps someone better informed than me could remind readers of the facts of this whole fiasco.

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Linwood
Keenan has taken the Canon back and said it was due to alcohol and sent him for treatment.
The Canon has been appointed as an Administratot in a parish as Keenan does not trust him as yet so time will tell.
The Safeguarding Administrator has now left and another “Friend” of Keenans appointed.

Keenan is trying to get one of his clergy as Bishop of Galloway but so far the Papal Nuncio has said NO way.

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12:43 rent boys are old news, discreet clergy have been using them for decades. Expensive business, accounts for the ceaseless bucket shaking.

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Well done Pat, don’t take your foot off the pedal though, no doubt in my mind there are many more out there that need to be outed. A never ending story, you will never be without fodder for your blog. There appears to be no end to the corruption, lies, double standards, amongst Roman Catholic church clergy.
There was a time where sex and Roman Catholic were never mentioned in the one sentence, now sex and Roman Catholic are synonymous.

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Your contact has already been flushed out in H&N and another diocese. It doesn’t take long. You should be scared and the new appointment. You have
built up a few unsympathetic people in Rome

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Your daily reminder that the church of Rome is a criminal mafia organization running a pretend religion as a front and the kind of intimidating tactics (even if not true, because clergy are such gossips they will ALL have known about this) used by 12:48 are par for the course.

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My favorite thing on this blog is when the cult’s apparatchiks stop pretending for a minute and reveal what they’re really like.
12:48 will probably be prostrate all afternoon after the strange experience of letting his real self be seen.

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2.37: You must be the epitome of thickness on this blog …you never deviate from your repeat sound bytes. Are you capable of raising your intelligence a little higher? Think not!!

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They call it “Building Hope”, which is a funny way to describe slashing parishes, necessitated by the lack of priests and volunteers and dwindling congregations in Dublin.

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By my reckoning, there are two diocesan episcopal vacancies in E & W – Plymouth and now Hexham and Newcastle. I wonder how long it will take to fill them, or more importantly find people who will take them ? More and more priests, when called to the Nuncio, are refusing the appointment, and they are having to dive deep to the bottom of the barrel and take the scrapings these days. I mean, Fireside Chat Collins could never have been the first choice for East Anglia, surely he was well down the list, but the only one to say yes. The ones that say no are the sensible ones. Bollocks to obedience to the Pope and commitment to service. I don’t blame them.

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And by MY reckoning you, Anon @ 1:16 are an RC cleric who recognises the reality that the whole RCC is a man made shambolic construction to maintain benefit for its clergy.
RCC origins may well have been a genuine belief in JC, a singularly impressive individual said to fulfill nationalistic aspirations of the then Roman suppressed tribal Jews. Once Emperor Constantine endorsed the legitimacy of Christian aspirations and incorporated them into a Roman power and control framework the stage was set for all the subsequent self serving machinations of the RCC. 2000 years later it lumbers on, but increasingly frail and stumbling from crisis to crisis.
Its “end is nigh!”
MMM

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Mourneman, it started with the materialism of Origen and Tertullian (eager scholars though they were) and the fragmenting of initiation (leading to status consciousness towards clergy by Augustine). Some of Constantine’s successors being Arian (an equally illogical mysticism) also helped throw the focus on the secular. In the 5 th century the church had the best admin ability to feed the populace of Rome.

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East Anglia at 11.21
Thank you so much for the link to the Episcopal ceremony today.
The new bishop and his cohorts fill me with great hope for a dynamic future of the church is eastern England. NOT !

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Clydeside Charlie
Totally His True and Loyal Friend was Big Hughie.
Hughie thinks it is shocking people accusing his dear Friend when he is not here to defend himself.
Hughie does not seem to understand he had the chance to give his version to the Police however the call the Police got was a sudden death of McCoy.

Hughie is extemely upset about his Friend and also thinks Bill Nolan is ruthless and all awaiting his changes in January.

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@ 6:41pm
Here we go again, Netty replying to herself, she wouldn’t know anything about Hattie. As for Bunty Nolan being ruthless she’s more toothless than ruthless.🤣🤣🤣

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The VG – the widow tWANKy – is a liability – no credibility left – get rid. Pronto !

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Jim Royal
They are spending a fortune Thousands in parishes for Divine Renovation and so far two clergy are off with the female leaders.

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2.58: Always start with shovelling away your own caca first…..you know the splinter in the eye which Jesus speaks of…Remove it//them first…Same applies to the “caca”….

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@ 7:12pm
Padraig or is it yet another name for the dreaded Netty who should know about shoveling shite you’ve done it for years. As for splinters in the eye high time you took that plank out of yours.

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Definitely not a Padraig, but she uses multiple names on here but always gives it away! Right Caca?

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Bp Pat do you think church officers and trustees shouldn’t enjoy political work on the side? A number of other professions are asked not to. It might become a question of which ball to take their eye off?

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OFFICIALS AT ARCHDIOCESE OF MONTREAL MEDDLED IN ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS, OMBUDSMAN SAYS
High-ranking official leaked confidential information about abuse complaints, according to new report.
Leah Hendry · CBC News
Dec 09, 2022.
Last Updated: December 12.
“The lawyer appointed to help make the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal more transparent in the way it handles allegations of abuse against clergy says her job is being undermined by those inside the church. In a report made public Monday and obtained in advance by CBC News, Marie Christine Kirouack, the church ombudsman, said she discovered a high-ranking clergy member was leaking information about abuse complaints, and in some cases, actively discouraging complainants from contacting her.”I was totally flabbergasted,” Kirouack said in an interview. The lawyer was appointed to her role by the archdiocese in the spring of 2021 to deal with complaints of abuse and other inappropriate conduct.”https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-catholic-church-ombudsman-complaints-1.6680142

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Jamie is saying Leona (+ Cushley) is very worried at this sudden departure as Pope Francis signed it off very quickly.
Leona thinks if OSCR decides to look into the Finance of the Diocese he maybe for the off in the new year but as yet no word from OSCR.
The COO of Saint Andrew’s and Edinburgh is the wife of the Bishop of Galloway and Glasgow Episcopalian Church

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Spent a few days over the summer with my brother who runs a parish in a large provincial town. Very disappointed. He is struggling and depressed and I’m ashamed to say is as much committed to the parish as +Byrne was to H & N. We need to improve the lot of our local parish priest and he to make our involvemnt in the parish more engaging.
Parishes are merging. Brilliant. Dioceses too! There is no need for the plethora of small parishes/dioceses given the dwindling number of priests/bishops/parishioners and their advancing age. Most parish churches could manage with one mass at the weekend. It’s not hard to travel to the next church if the time in your’s doesn’t suit.
Preparations need to be made for 2050. What will the structure of the Irish Church be like then? I’d like to think great minds are planning for that but there is no evidence to suggest they are.
Bishops need to be chosen by the people of the diocese they are to be ordained for. CEOs (plenty of money for them) can run the diocese leaving the bishop freed up for pastoral duties.
Priests need to better prepare liturgies. Mass is more than a ritual and we need to get back to having a better understanding of scripture, the basis of our spirtual life. There have been some very difficult first reading lately which needed explaining.
Deacons have made no big impression on our parish.
Women priests? Why not. Provided they don’t organise themseles into a clerical caste.
As a prayer group we meet fortnightly. We take the Sunday readings as the basis of our prayer and discernment. Could we each take turn to celebrate Mass? Might come to that.
A modern understanding of what it means to be Christain …………?

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Very insightful comments and reflections there, Father. With all that church-speak, there’s no way you are anybody’s granny.

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Bishop Dick Emery was supported at his ordination by sniffer Canon Aidan Prescott who left Valladolid and finished his training at Oscott… bed sheets – anyone know the story?

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