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I neither liked or respected Ratzinger.

He spiritually and intellectually tortured many good theologians over the decades.

He covered up sexual abuse on his own behalf and on behalf of John Pole II.

He was completely aware of all the evil corruption and sexual scandal in the Vatican and around the globe.

He resigned in a cloud, leaving much speculation about his own involvement in corruption and sexual matters.

He placed the right-wing Latin Mass crowd in a way that has led to the beginnings of a real schism

He was ridiculously into wearing medieval papal trappings and hats that made him look like an old lady queuing up for her pension in a post office.

Benedict, who was a theological adviser at Vatican II, really wanted in the end to go backwards towards Trent and papal infallibility.

We once saw him slapping a journalists hand for daring to ask him an unwelcome question.

Pope Francis has claimed that his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a leader in “taking responsibility” and responding with transparency to clerical sexual abuse.
However, Benedict XVI was blamed directly for ignoring repeated pleas by senior American churchmen to take action against a priest who molested up to 200 deaf boys. Further, in 2001, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he required clergy child abuse claims to be handled in canonical trials behind closed doors.
SO MUCH FOR TAKING RESPONSIBILITY AND RESPONDING WITH TRANSPARENCY! (Christopher Longhurst)

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A priest of the Portsmouth Diocese, Father Ray Lyons, has said that he
is “shocked” and “concerned” that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been
elected Pope.
The 78 year-old German, who is thought to have a conservative outlook,
took the name Benedict XVI.

Father Lyons had hoped someone with a “reform agenda” would be elected
to act as a “healer and reconciler”.

“I felt we needed a healer and reconciler and I don’t think he is the
man to do that job,” he told the BBC.

‘Great thinker’

“He is a great thinker who will probably go along the same lines as his
predecessor, but he is not what I felt was needed.”

Father Lyons, who was the executive secretary of the National Conference
of Priests for five years, recalled meeting the new Pope and described
him as “a very nice man”.

“He is very polite and intelligent,” he said.

“We just have very different views on the best direction for the
church.”

He also expressed surprise at the new Pope’s choice of name, saying that
the name Benedict suggested he would break with tradition – although
this would not be consistent with his conservative reputation.

“A few years ago, back when Pope Benedict XVI was still Cardinal Ratzinger, he was approached by an ABC reporter as he was getting into a car. The reporter asked him a question, Cardinal Ratzinger said he wasn’t informed on the matter and that it was an inconvenient time to ask him anyway. When the reporter pushed the issue again, Ratzinger got visibly upset and gave the reporter a whap on his hand before getting into a car. “ (Churchpop.com)

I don’t believe that Ratzinger was a nice man.

I don’t believe that Ratzinger was a real pastor.

But, as a Christian, I hope that God has a “come here I want ya” chat with him, forgives him his sins, and allows him into Heaven – maybe after a period washing the dishes and WC”s in Purgatory.

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‘He placed the right-wing Latin Mass crowd in a way that has led to the beginnings of a real schism’
And yet he was an architect of Vatican 2 including being personally responsible for the idea that the church subsists in the Catholic church instead of being it.
The traddies’ liking for him is all about the dressing up: all the traddies I have read who have had the integrity to leave the church because they see it as modernist include Ratzinger among the modernists.

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@ 11:17pm

The real schism has already begun, not from Traditionalists but from the left-wing Novus Ordo brigade. Who have steadily for years been out to destroy The Church. Benedict was a great disappointment his resignation in particular led to the present disaster we now have with the dictator Bergo whose heretical synodal path will lead to perdition. May this pernicious influence soon depart.

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Maciel, McCarrick and the like – the only reason that the Vatican didn’t move on them earlier was because they were bringing in million of dollars and spreading it around very generously. But, if you were not bringing in money, and you put a foot wrong or questioned something, then the CDF would be down on you like a ton of bricks. Money talks. I’m sure there are still people being protected because they are cash cows.

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As a traddie, I can assure you that we like Benedict because he let us worship the way our hearts long to worship. I suspect that, like many of us, he gained a certain wisdom as he grew older, and realised that some of the things he championed in his youth were false idols. (Perhaps, unlike most hierarchs, he had the sense to see that the entire Novus Ordo experiment has been a colossal failure.) Likewise, he was open to Anglicans who valued their form of worship but wanted to find communion with the larger church.
His retirement was a quiet rebuke to Vatican 1/Vatican 2 hyperpapalism; let’s hope the current and future popes follow his example.
It’s quite churlish of Pat to gossip second-hand about whumping a reporter. Even if true–and unlike Francis’s famous slap in St Peter’s Square, there’s no video to prove it–who among us has not acted in anger at one time or another. If I had a shilling for every reporter I’ve slapped I’d be a very rich man.

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Fair play to you, Bishop Pat, for your honesty and humility here. If you were a Roman Catholic bishop, you’d bury the mistake and never, ever apologise.

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Reply to;Anonymoussays:
Dec 31, 2022 at 11:40 pm
I strongly doubt your assertions.
Have you given any thought to why Bishop Pat’s tussles has led to where he finds himself now. Maybe if Pat had been a yes man, he might now be a Bishop of the Roman Catholic church, there can be for some, be a hard price to pay for those who challenge, on principle, our superiors, it’s rarely appreciated.

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In most of his professorial career he (together with Wojtyla) was setting the church on a footing of prayerless “aggiornamento”, in Munich he was minded by an aristocrat, Count Von Soden-Fraunhofen, in the rest of his career his elbow was jogged by Bertone. He was a window dresser and manoeuvrer (like some others) and those of us who went to secular schools felt early on the chill of lacking spiritual support from the church.

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If you hadn’t gone to a secular school your ‘formation’ would have made it more difficult for you to formulate this excellent insight. There is no substitute for breadth of human experience, it’s exactly what the church aims to deprive people of.

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Ratzinger, despite all his publicly professed piety, was an atrocious moral coward.
Where now is his soul? Have a guess.

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12:53 Ratzinger was a member of Hitler Youth & went on to protect paedophiles throughout his clerical career. He was so good at it, they made him Pope.

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12:53 Pope Benedict was the same as all the Bishops, priests, staff & volunteers that stalk and harrass victims of church related abuse and wrong doings every day on this blog & elsewhere in there attempts to shut them up because they don’t want any more of their evil deeds being revealed. Pope Benedict never apologised nor made practical amends and he proactively covered up much abuse by members of Roman Catholic Mafia, he being a member of same and of Hitler Youth.

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Ratzinger let the Ex Anglicans loose on the RC Church in England & Wales and allowed that horrible Ordinariate to run amok which they still do. He also imprisoned you Pat within the Vatican walls from what I recall. Amy is on the government jet from baldonnell for the funeral next Thursday along with the two faced coalition stooges.

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My late mother wasn’t a big fan of pope jp2. She absolutely loathed pope benidict. She referred to him as ratzi the nazi.
She was a friend of Tom O fee being from South armagh and although she attended mass and prayed to God alone, she wasn’t afraid to stand up to the institution.
Before she died she did have fondness towards pope Francis for some reason.
I thought it ironic that Ratzi the Nazi died on the anniversary of cackle daly

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@ 1:32am
Sounds like your late Mammy was Ga!Ga! if she was a friend of Tomas O’Fiaich a notorious Ra man and if she had a fondness for Fanny that proves it. Lord rest her🙄

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“Perhaps there is more we all could do to pay homage to the Prince of Peace whose arrival we eagerly await. There are, obviously, the issues of peace in the home, work place and local community. We should work towards peace in all those contexts if for no other reason than it makes life more bearable and easy. As Pope Francis said last week ‘as we know, peace must be built up day by day; it must inspire and accompany our daily lives and activities’.” – A Christmas message from the Bishop of Meath, Tom Deenihan.
As we reflect on the life and times of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, perhaps there is a lot more that Tom Deenihan can do to pay homage to the Prince of Peace whose arrival we eagerly awaited. There are, obviously, the issues of peace in the diocese, the monastery and local parishes. Tom should work towards peace in all those contexts if for no other reason than it makes life more bearable and easy. As Pope Francis said a few weeks ago ‘as we know, peace must be built up day by day; it must inspire and accompany our daily lives and activities’. Tom must stop his relentless persecution of Dom Benedict. What would Jesus do? What will Tom’s legacy be?

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Deaf Guy wisely warned of the perils of speaking of the deceased. From reading the deleted blog on the day, the question on my mind was had the death certificate been inspected? Everyone was ignoring that point on the day. Maybe from previous experience, people thought it was a story being teased out and that the “known death certificate” was going to be subsequently presented as proof?
Shame on the misleading clerical colleague. Absolutely disgusting.

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Bishop Pat, what is HELL? Does the expression ‘hell on earth’ really mean anything? Can a person go to hell against their will, even if their earthly life was led with indifference to God? Do sins/mistakes condemn a person to hell? Is there anything to fear?

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Anon at 6.38pm
Think I did recall this but don’t rem blog being deleted.
Were you referring to deceased DUP guy🙄.

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Christopher Salford – DG I think you previously said you had met with him on a few occasions.

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Deaf guy if you know anything about who was connected with C death you must reach out to Pat and the police.

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Wait until they have to do a review of Francis’ time in Argentina. Benedict’s failures of management and outlook in respect of abusive priests being kept in active ministry will pale in to insignificance compared to what Francis was doing in his home country. No wonder he hasn’t returned there since settling in Rome. I reckon he would be likely arrested by the Argentine authorities.

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Are you sure you haven’t? Try and think, because the PSNI are still investigating this man’s death and if you have any information you should go and chat with them.

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Roberta at 6.41pm

Never met that dup guy C in my life ever. Even I didn’t know who he was nor knew his name, period until pat published in his blog.

Its quite sad that he died.

I would report it to PSNI if anything even connected to him even the slightest ones . But I don’t,really.

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Poor Benedict retired from his office in light of the enormous sexual abuse crises in the church. The report highlighting his moral failures in confronting these crises lessens the impact of his pontificate. I pray for all victims/survivors of abuse, that they will be truly heard, that justice may be given. I continue to read the profound writing a of Poor Benedict but that reading and my appreciation for the depth of theological and spiritual insights is overshadowed by this report. I just hope that all who are hurt and in pain because of denial, obfuscation, lack of charity and compassion and complete transparency can find healing and justice from the Church. It is my fervent prayer. I pray too for Pope Benedict.

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What’s the difference between Benedict’s failures and Boris’s?
Benny failed to take action when the ‘writing was on the wall.’
Boris says “What wall: I see no wall.”

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No one is hated more than he who speaks the truth, Our Pat x. Deflection, discrediting, gaslighting, name calling & more are all tactics used on here by those trying to hide the truth about all the various strands of toxic actions and inactions past and present going on in the RCC. They even stoop to demand on here that we should NOT learn from the past by absolving abusers once they die. What about all the abused and tortured souls who died at the hands of these abusers whether it be by starvation or medical neglect as babies or by whatever means. Some just had the Will to live squeezed out of them by these educated tryants who have destroyed the RCC for the public and for clergy who joined with a genuine vocation and the best of intentions. I’m sure many clergy go rogue in an organisation that now even has an ex-Pope a proven cover up merchant for illegal and immoral actions totally in contradiction to the message of the RCC of which he was Gods Representative on Earth.

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many corrupt and sexually active hypocritical priests would still be in post if not for this blog. The church only acts when forced to by events becoming public. We have learnt this week that this goes to the very top with Pope Benedict’s concealment of clerical child sexual abuse. This incident was unfortunate, but bringing wounds out into the open must continue for the healing of the church.

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His funeral is due to take place on Thursday. Archbishop Martin and Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell are to travel to Rome for the service.

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It is no surprise that you would express this very unfair, negative and mean spirited piece. Pat, you see all things and all clerics through your very biased lens. Had you decency of any kind, I’m sure you’d have found something kind to say of Pope Emeritus Benedict. While Benedict was controversial on some moral issues and was reticent as a person, he appealed to millions of Catholics. I have deep respect for his writings. They are a marvel. God rest his soul with mercy and kindness.

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When did the Pope’s writings wipe the tear from the widow’s eye? Aloof theologians with heads in books do not make for good pastoral bishops.

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‘he appealed to millions of Catholics.’
This isn’t the winning argument about his character you think it is. 😂 Many paedophiles were also no doubt fond of his failure to deal with them.

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He appealed to millions of Catholics? Benedict? Which really means that none of you gives the proverbial about the fact that he saw reports of child rape by priests principally as a damned inconvenience which he just wished would go away. They wouldn’t, of course, so Benedict did the next best thing by attempting to sweep them under a broad carpet of indifference.

You need to get out more. If you can’t, venture into social media to find out what people really thought of this odious little man, and moral coward. You won’t find it reassuring.

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10.48: You sir, are the priggish, odious little man. God bless the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. What a very holy man and a wonderful, clear thinking academic. You and others didn’t appreciate his intellectual rigour or his ability to defend the truths of the Church. You should read some of his works. You may be inspired!!! Please place your hàtred in the rubbish bin. You’ll be a happier person…

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Pat, the horror of abuse within and by the Legionaries of Christ is absolutely abhorrent. I never had anybrespectbfor the black, harsh, crazy and bizarre Penitential practices off this order. I believe it thwarted many men in a sexual, spiritual, mental and emotional way, thus causing much abuse. A cultic organisation, sadly. The scooter priest – whom I know should have continued scooting far, far away. An utterly stupidly thing to do. While giving and getting a good laugh, it demeans the Mass. All that these visitors will remember is the scooter priest, not the Christ Child. A foolish man.

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Richard Sipe told the journalists in Boston to expect the percentage of abusive priests to be around 7%, which would mean you are right and these figures would be too low. I would expect them to be higher in the legionaries because of the order having a culture abuse, which would make it acceptable and normal.

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Cardinal Kevin Farrell was a member of the Legionaries until he incardinated into Washington diocese at age 36 in 1984.

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I think the vast majority of priests bring a sense of reverence and respect to the Mass. There are times when people who’ve been absent for a long time, perhaps years, who have zero awareness of where they are. They are a huge problem. I’ve never believed in gimmickery liturgy. It can go so wrong and it is embarrassing. No priest should ever make himself the centre or focus of any celebration by unnecessary singing, homilies everywhere at mass and by being jocose, especially at funerals. But priests in general have the right perspective.

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If you’re agnostic and trapped in the priesthood how else could you survive without the ego boost of popularity? I’m sure that priest went back to the sacristy, kissed each vestment as he placed them back on the press, washed his hands, knelt for his thanksgiving and then took communion to the sick, came home said the rosary , then the office and later made his daily visit to the tabernacle, he didn’t stay at the church door glad handing like a politican laughing loudly, then back to a boiling hot room with his pockets stuffed full of envelopes full of notes and the tables covered with bottles and chocolates

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I like the idea of the pope’s death in retirement. There isn’t all the media hype and 24-hour rolling news coverage. Fast Frankie needs to take up the vacant role of Pope Emeritus now.

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9.26
Our Holy Father Pope Francis has written his letter of tesignation years ago.
Benedict is to be admired for not allowing a repetition of what went on in the curia during the last five years of JPII’s life.

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Hey, great opportunity for some bishops to have a nice New Year trip to Rome at our expense for the funeral, no doubt with much rearranging of diaries so that they can have a little city break whilst there. Got to take the opportunities when they are there. Elsie will be there, I’m sure. Wouldn’t miss it for the world. And never off the tv and radio over these last few days. Ah, that moderated Scouse accent, wafting over the airwaves.

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No doubt her staff are already arranging for an upgrade to business class and access to the VIP lounge at Heathrow.

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The upgrade is automatic plus a car to the plane steps for the pretend Archbishop of Canterbury, The Cardinal and Chief Rabbi.

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He must have been peeved when he couldn’t wear the ridiculous triple tiara. I expect his… well, let’s just say, “long-term companion” Georg Gänswein had to stop him from making a fool of himself.

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I think he means that Georg had to stop himself from inordinate displays of grief for his, er, companion, at least in public.

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Pope Francis has claimed that his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a leader in “taking responsibility”
A perfect example of church speak and of course the translation of taking responsibility into English is ‘taking no responsibility, admitting nothing until forced to and doing this so convincingly people forget every abuser passed across his desk in the CDF and think he actually did anything.’

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I think this church speak is mental reservation. Next thing is fast track to sainthood to join john paul the second and mother therese.
Its easier to become a saint and spending time all day in prayer and getting waited on hand and foot. It is harder praying in the real life with all its challenges and still finding God. These are the real saints we do not hear about

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Why have you illustrated this post with a picture of a strange, beardless Father Christmas (the second picture)? 😉

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God bless our great Pope St Benedict! Yes, SAINT Benedict, because that is what he was, and the world will know it too when he is eventually canonised.

This will give the begrudger, naysayers, and popephobes on this blog something to think about.

God will soon speak to the world, and show his displeasure with it, when SAINT Pope Emeritus Benedict is canonised. Won’t that stick in the craw of Benedict’s enemies?!

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10:25 But paedophiles already have a patron saint in the shape of John Paul II! Perhaps he could be patron saint of Nazis.

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10.25
I’m going to go easy with you, because you seem more emotional than rational.
Pope Emeritus Benedict subordinated the welfare of innocent, abused children to the reputation of the Church, that is effectively, to the good name of clerics like himself. Nor, apparently, did he ever express any, or much, regret for having done so. Like Cardinal Sean Brady, he believed that, at the time, he did absolutely nothing wrong, because he was following the canons of the Church.
Many children abused by priests sank into despair; some committed suicide, while others lost their faith. These are terrible fruits; nothing objectively good about them. Even you, clearly besotted with Benedict, cannot fail to agree. How, then, can you cheerleader for such a man? Because it wasn’t just abuser priests who darkened the futures of those poor children, but men like Benedict who protected the abuser priests. Can you give me a sensible answer?

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10:25 Why so fuhrerious that not everyone is willing to overlook a bit of child rape like you? Did you Nazi that coming?
And incidentally you’ve just admitted that the pope/church is your god.

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@10:25: “God will soon speak to the world….” sez you!
Possibly your Skygodfellah is meanwhile too busy with the billions of other constellations, stars, planets etc the James Webb telescope is currently revealing? Keeping them all on course would keep any Supreme Creator busy!
As for the “soon” bit: how soon?
One might say that Thursday next, at the gathering of the great and good holy clerics for Benny’s send-off, would be an optimum time to “speak to the world’ IF HE HAS ANYTHING USEFUL TO SAY?
Or if he even exists at all!

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A former legionary of Christ (I think his name is Fr Juan Bacca,) described Benedict as a ‘weak, weak man’.

Bacca had been in a seminary school run by the Legionaries of Christ and was repeatedly sexually abused by Fr Maciel from the age of ten.

Fr Bacca reported this to the CDF again and again, over a thirty year period (during Ratzinger’s time there), but said that absolutely nothing was done about Maciel, who still had access to scores of young boys and young men.

There will now be concerted attempts to sanitise the abuses of this pope; they have already started on social media sites like Twitter. If you come across them, do the decent thing by reminding the world what this ‘weak, weak man’ really did.

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@ 10:25am

You might be right considering they’ve canonised every one of the Vat. II lot except for Lucianni so far. None of whom I consider to be a saint. You remind me of someone, I do hope I’m wrong.😏

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11:02 demonstrating a remarkable lack of historical awareness that every canonisation has been a money spinner and/or political act.
Life in the Lisieux Carmel must have been a complete nightmare, dominated by one family collecting their sister’s nail clippings and bits of lung that she coughed up, ready for when she was canonised.

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This is not a day for mud slinging. May Pope Emeritus Benedict rest in peace. We see everyone’s faults but our own.

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You’re a coward. You’d rather the terrible things done by this pope we’re airbrushed out of his cv.
It isn’t going to happen. Accept this.

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Reply to;Deirdresays:
Jan 1, 2023 at 11:09 am
OBVIOUSLY! You have no children who were sexually abused, long may it last, otherwise let me assure you, you would be singing from a different hymn sheet.
We are all jaded from the Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuser’s crimes which incidentally is still ongoing, that is no excuse to find it acceptable, or the norm.
Benedict’s death is a time to speak of the impact his pontificate has had, on the Roman Catholic church, the laity and it’s children, by all accounts he has a lot to answer for. I am pleased he had to face up to some of his deviant ways when in Munich where he was a cover-up merchant for sexually perverted Roman Catholic paedophile priests, who escaped justice for their crimes and, sins.

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Two of the cornerstones of Catholicism are The Bible and the Catechism. I remember at school, having to commit to memory, the questions and answers in the Catechism. Is this gentleman trying to tell us that the hours that the teachers, the students and I, over many years, have wasted so much time in memorising the booklet and it should be changed for no other reason than because of modern social values ?

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His Eminence speaks truth. Thank God he is willing to express his opinion publicly. Anybody who knows gay men or women will realise that their sexuality is normative. Describing their experience of ‘coming out’, ‘I was able to be myself’ is often expressed. God created some humans homo and some hetero sexual. The wholly wrong term, ‘disordered state’ should be removed from Catholic teaching. In case you are wondering, this comment was written by a heterosexual, married father of four children.

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‘Disordered’: this word, and it’s association with homosexuality, was coined by Josef Ratzinger, and inserted into the Catechism.
I have no doubt that Ratzinger himself had homosexual inclination, but resisted and suppressed it. I believe he was horrified by this, didn’t want it, and publicly lashed out against it in using such terms to describe it. He must have been a deeply conflicted man, perpetually at war with himself.
I hope he finds peace in death, even if he deserves no such thing.

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Did the vatican know about an abuser network within Maynooth seminary. The abuser seminarian network is thriving.

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I am a maynooth survivor, I encountered many people like you in there especially Mullaney who had me in tears one day when he banned me under pain of being known as judgmental from getting any more tai chai lattes from Cafe bum bum.

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Last night, anesthetized by the usual, and after I publicly criticised Ireland’s own Bishop of Bling, Noel Treanor.
I suspect foul play. I had a strange dream (at least it seemed s dream😕) that Fr Eugene O’Hagan, one of the singing priests trio and an associate of Treanor, stood just outside the bridge, singing Danny Boy. The bridge then collapsed under the force of those sonic vibrations, like the walls of Jericho.
Was I dreaming? You tell me.

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Francis tells us not to be afraid to dream the future. I dream and pray for a future when his institution turns back to God, renounces evil, gives up abusers and helps bring justice to victims. I dream s future where all who hide behind clericalism are exposed and denounced. I dream a future where there are no hierarchies, no sense of entitlement amongst clerics. I dream a future where shepherds to Christ not only preach the gospel but live the gospel. I dream that the Holy Spirit will intervene in the RC mess and drive out the evil. I for one am not afraid to dream

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Under Ratzinger, the raping of Indian women quadrupled in less than a decade. And he did damn all about it.

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Likely being gay himself AND a mysogynist, he probably hadn’t the mental apparatus to give a damn.
This is the kind of man some are already declaring to be in Heaven, whisked there by angels.
Jesus! Has Heaven NO standards?!

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Wait for those who will now label you a racist for stating true facts. African and Indian Priests use this as the first line of defence when the laity ask them to be more accountable particularly with finances. Polish priests ate not immune from this either.

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What about Kincora? Or “bishop” Peter Ball? Or the soupers? Or the Mission to Achill? Why does Protestant abuse get ignored by this blog even though the blog owner and most of those who comment are lower case protestants in their theological outlook and attitude towards the Church?

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Your reminder that ‘look at what everyone else is doing’ is the moral height achieved by the one holy Catholic and apostolic church and its experts in humanity. You can also often hear it in school playgrounds.

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10:59am Why do you read this blog, surely a “perfect” Roman Catholic in love with their “faultless” Church has better things to do? Your presence speaks volumes……. You are a disciple of paedophile Pope Benedict and his colleagues.

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Yes, God suddenly changed his mind, somewhere around the 11th century, and decided that celibacy for priests was a good thing after all and had one of his popes make it mandatory.
God’s on a learning curve, too.

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He’s got a history of changing his mind: his various ‘chosen’ people have varying revealed prescriptions about circumcision and dietary rules, among other things. He also has a habit of allegedly giving land to a particular group.
But the most bizarre thing, is despite his documented history in revealed scripture of ripping open pregnant women and slaughtering millions of his creation, is imputing pro-life (sic) values to him
It’s almost like humans attribute their own values to him. 😂

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Anon at 11.18pm
It was that Pope at 11th C, who changed his mind re celibacy cos monies were going to priests GF or wives instead. Its 💰💰💰 that talks.
God is perfect and all seeing god. He’s not on a learning curve as you claimed it to be.
Few days ago on this blog, 7M in dollars went to priest’s son instead of his diocese.

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Let us not forget that this abuser bishop was given a specially created soft job in the Vatican by Francis. This Pope has a terrible record. Is it any wonder that his chief press officer and the deputy both resigned suddenly, giving a day’s notice. That has gone largely unremarked by the secular press, which loves Francis. It would be major news if it had happened under Benedict.

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Now wait for some idiot to make out these survivors are malcontents, anti-Catholic, have an axe to grind, the instruments of Satan for daring to criticise the Lord’s anointed, or some other ridiculous way of trying to evade the fact that these clergy’s behaviour has got them into trouble with the law. I expect somebody will chime in saying that Cardinal Pell was wrongly convicted.
There really is no fool like a fool blinded by religion.

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Sometimes an accuser just can’t prove a crime against himself; it does not mean that no crime took place.
After George Pell’s conviction was overturned in the Victoria High Court, Pope Francis made a disgraceful remark about Pell’s accuser. He forgot (or didn’t give a damn) that not every victim of a crime can prove that he is a victim.
Miscarriages of justice can go in either of two ways: the innocent convicted, or the guilty declared innocent.

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Unsafe does not necessarily meang ‘wrong’. In fact, it doesn’t mean this at all.
Not everyone believes in Pell’s innocence; I’m one of them.

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Pope Francis’ utter hypocrisy over the scandal/crime of concealing child-sexual abuse by his priests. Francis continues to keep in office the prefect of the CDF, even though there is unequivocal evidence, in the form of a communique, that the prefect ordered Barbarin to conceal allegations of such abuse. Someone on this blog has said recently that the institutional Roman Catholic Church is rotten ‘at its core’. It is. And its core is the papacy.

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I think it’s particularly cruel on a child when a priest decides to hide behind his collar and not acknowledge his child publicly. It gives no glory to the Lord and morally invalidates his ministry.

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It is unfair and terrible to come down so harshly on priests for their moral failings: Satan tempts them more severely than the rest of us. This means in reality that the Devil is behind these failings, not the priests. We should always bear this in mind, especially the victims. Victims should offer their pain for the moral improvement of these priests instead of running willy nilly to the police to report their so-called crimes.
Priests need our compassion, understanding and prayers, not our condemnation. It is sinful and cowardly to abandon priests when they are under attack by the demons.

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1:44 I suppose the demons were responsible for the child abuse as well?
Moral compass my arse.

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11:22 many of the mothers that gave birth in the Irish mother & baby homes were impregnated, some raped by priests and their influential pillar of the community types friends. The exact types still protected by Nazi Pope Benedict, John Pole II & Fraudulent Frankie who will shortly retire now the vacancy exists. Dirty rotten scoundrels. Ireland is bad enough, the abuse by missionaries in Africa & Asia is another explosion about to erupt.

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Pray for deceased and living affected by cover up of Roman Catholic Church related abuse facilitated by cover up merchant Popes, Archbishops, Bishoos, clergy & staff & volunteerssays:

Shame on all of them.
They pray in the belief that God will forgive their evil atrocities.
Just in case he does, expose them before they meet him,
Send your current concerns and issues to Bishop Pat Buckley and other support organisations that work to expose the cover up and rot that Nazi Pope Rattingzer and the others engage in for centuries.

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Pope Benedict slapped a reporter who questioned him about his repeated coverup of child abusesays:

Exactly what one would expect from a Hitler Youth turned Pope. Think concentration camps, think Mother & Baby homes

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You are totally wrong about the nazi bit. At the age of 16, like all youths he was forced into the hitler youth at gun point.
What would you have done with a gun at your head???
You are perpetuating this lie. Unfortunately, many Germans today are tarred with the same dirty brush
Get your bigoted glasses (or are they orange tinted?) off and apologise. I am quite prepared to listen to facts but not lies.

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4:18 You may be surprised to hear that there were people who did the right thing with a gun to the head and paid the price for it.
Joseph Natzinger did not.

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4.18
You are either ignorant, or a liar. I suspect you are both.
Ratzinger was 14, not 16, when he joined Hitler Youth. He was required by law to join; he was not forced to join at gunpoint.
Ratzinger CHOSE to join. He could have refused, as others did. But he would have been shamed and imprisoned, not executed.
Ratzinger was, shall we say, not the most robust of boys? In modern parlance, he would probably have been desceibed as a ‘sissy’.
Ratzinger was not prepared to suffer in order to do the right thing here. This characteristic, moral cowardice, remained throughout the life of this oily and odious little man; it was the driving force behind his betrayal of children raped by fellow priests.
Ratzinger’s primary concern, as always, was his own self-preservation and self-advancement. In this, he was spectacularly successful.

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@ 649pm

At 14 or 16 years of age what would you have done???

You sound very much like people who hate Germans because of the war and the atrocities that were inflicted on people, particularly Jews. German youths and particularly those who came after the war are not responsible for what happened during that awful war

Because of my travels, I have listened sympathetically to Jews and Germans. Try it some day. Oh, and I came after the war.

Are the Scottish people to continue holding grudges against the English for the Highland Clearances or the atrocities inflicted by the black and tans in Ireland.

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7.49
I wasn’t going to reply to your rambling post (frankly, it’s all over the place), but, then, someone as idiotic as you will read it, and swallow it whole.
What would I have done at Ratzinger’s age? Hopefully, the right thing, which was not joining Hitler Youth. Had I crumbled, I hope that I would have retained sufficient self-honesty to accuse myself, not to manufacture a self-defence, as you and others did for Ratzinger. Incidentally, this oily and odious little man never admitted that what he did was gravely and morally wrong: he was always defended by his supporters, whom he never contradicted. Such self-honesty is … truly inspirational.
After leaving Hitler Youth, Ratzinger was assigned to an ant-aircraft battery in defence of Hitler’s Jew-hating, homosexual-hating, gypsy-hating, political-dissident-hating Germany. Ratzinger was now in his late teens, but still with no moral balls. How many allied aircraft did Ratzinger help to bring down as they sought to end Hitler’s tyranny? How many allied airmen did this odious moral coward help to kill?
Ratzinger killed for Nazi Germany; this is beyond question. And, if in the highly unlikely event that he didn’t, he was certainly prepared to to so, and must at least have attempted such.
Ratzinger killed for a regime that Saint Pius XII called ‘the satanic spectre of National Socialism’. If you consider such morally atrocious conduct small beer, and his lack of moral resistance excusable on the cowardly ground that he was forced to such repugnant ways, then you’re as morally revolting as that oily and odious little moral coward and charlatan.
By the way, your attempt to paint me as anti-German because of my criticism of Ratzinger is both risible, and a clear demonstration that you lack even ordinary intelligence. I’ll spell it out for you: it’s a non-sequitur.

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I would like to thank the staff at Henry’s Bistro in Ennis market street for coming in on Christmas Day to provide free hot food to us who need it and for their support with low cost beds during the year and for the many kindnesses their staff do behind the scenes every day for years now. My parents went to mass every week but were soon turned on when my uncle complained what a priest did to his son who later died in tragic circumstances. This Pope Benedict covered up too, they all do, that’s what they do to protect each other.

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I changed my mind about the late Pope Benedict while he was still alive.
When he was pope, he was something of a hero to me, seemingly defying the secularist tide that was coming in. I still think he was brave to do that and that his remarks about Christianity and reason (in particular) were elegant, insightful and true. Ratzinger the scholar was a good and sincere man. Seen at his very worst (in this aspect), he was no worse than a sincere bigot – a more eloquent Chesterton.
The scholar was not the pope or the ecclesiocrat he was (as archbishop and cardinal). Away from thought and prayer, he had little grasp of what needed attention. His focus on doctrine when the moral lives of many clergy were criminal or verging on the criminal (think of masturbating clerics) was wrongheaded. The troubles of the RC church would have been lessened if he had paid more attention to these failings rather than failings in belief.
I will always read his theology and philosophy with sincere pleasure and gratitude. I am unenthusiastic about his papacy.

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I am not sure, but I think Prince Charles, now King Charles III, declined to meet him during his visit to the UK.

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The King met Pope Benedict in 2009. A further meeting the following year may have seemed superfluous to both men. Charles is sympathetic towards some of the more conservative parts of Christianity, like Eastern Orthodoxy. I don’t think he would be particularly anti-Roman.

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Reply to;Anonymoussays:
Jan 1, 2023 at 10:25 am
More is the pity that God did not speak up to the world, and show his displeasure with Roman Catholic priests, raping Roman Catholic children both physically and, spiritually, including your presumed elevation of Benedict to sainthood.
It has baffled me how the Roman Catholic clergy, pay so little heed to the loss of faith that many survivors of Catholic sexual abuse adopt, not only the victim but presumably their families. That must surely be as serious in the eyes of the church as the crime itself. Yet it is infrequently mentioned.
Of course he will be canonised not for his piety, nor his protection the most vulnerable, but, yet another Pope a patron saint of child sexual abusers.
Though he did try to change his support of sexual abuser priests when he became Cardinal and later Pope, hopefully, God will be merciful to him and forgive him his sins, for that reason.
We have to be somewhat appreciative that Francis has at last introduced the Vos estis lux mundi which allows for Bishops and religious order superiors to be investigated for sexual abuse. Francis been the wily old Jesuit he is, realised if he didn’t, the press would, and has done so.
However Francis still continues to support some sexual abuser priests, he preaches humility, preaches against clericalism but, still sees himself as having a sense of entitlement, to do what he wants, even though it’s morally wrong.

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It’s because the loss of faith doesn’t matter to them.
The only explanation for this is that the church is not about faith. The only explanation which makes sense of everything is that the church is actually about the crimes, they are not incidental, and the faith is the cover story.

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I personally think Benedict should be made a saint, just in case there’s anyone left in the world who hasn’t realized that the Catholic™️ church is just fine with child abuse.

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Pat Buckley, I can tell you has a very Christian interiors life and it spills out in discreet kindness to all to whom he ministers and befriends. Very rare in a Bishop of his traction. He is a very decent human being.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict was a reformer Pope, who attempted to change things around but was obstructed by the cabal. He wanted a slimmed version of ‘church’ and that is where we are heading. He took on the likes of Flannery and the Reality magazine editor through his work with the CDF and he won. I admired this saintly man very much and hope he lives in Eternal peace in the Eternal city. R.I.P Benedict

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What a horrible comment. Benedict ‘won’ not in any intellectual discussion but by bullying and autocratic impositions. Love of bullies leads to fascism.

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A thought popped into my head yesterday. Jesus gave freely of his service such as his talks or healing or exorcism services. Why did rcc start to charge for Sunday mass, their services such as weddings to funerals et al. Whereas jesus gave himself willing and freely of his gifts.

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The answer? Jesus did not institute priesthood; he did away with it through his death and resurrection.
These fellows, priests, do not heed the New Testament theology of Paul and others that priesthood is now redundant.
Given that priesthood is against the will of Christ and a denial of his salvific death, no one should be surprised that the conduct of these fellows deviates from the practical example of Jesus. Thus we have the rape of children and its concealment as a matter of canonical law; we have gluttony (how many correct-weight priests and bishops have you seen?); we have mammon worship (hence the charge for Mass); we have spiritual pride (for example, the canonisation of figures more qualified to enter Hell than Heaven); we have lying made normative (for example, the bishops who, under oath, declared they didn’t know that priests’ raping children was a crime); and we have idolatry, because all these sins or crimes were committed through service and obedience not to Christ, but to an institution ‘corrupt, and riddled with corruption’.

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We live in a shallow world, none more shallow than the money and property obsessed hypocritical clergy. Can’t criticise the public for how they shamelessly use church for fancy backdrop for wedding photos and other sacraments for kids. Clergy pander to Couples choosing traditional looking churches that they have no worship or family connection to. It’s all a looks and money game.

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Bishop Pat has anyone any information on holy family mission in glencomeragh house county Waterford? It is a catholic residential house for young people training to be ‘’missionaries”. I know of the testimonies of countless young people who have been emotionally and spiritually abused there but they are too afraid to come forward. Also countless young people have been suicidal there with no medical intervention, all kept under wraps by Phonsie and supported by him. Also benefactors money was used for trips to medjugorje for these young people.

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Anon at 2.57pm
Be careful when you make an allegations like that.
Few words jumped out at me – emotionally, spiritually abused, afraid to come forward and sudicial.
These young people have mobiles to report their concerns straight away. Make sure that their families know where they are especially opus dei houses.
In my experience in institutional schools, mobiles wasn’t invented at that time, we had no way of reaching families cos garda and rcc were like hands in gloves, plus away from home for months. That made it very difficult for us.
Now we have mobiles, we can report it easily via text or what’s app than it was in 1970s,1980s. 1990s.
These young people should have a free will to LEAVE that place that you mentioned. If not, just text or what’s app or anonymous call etc.

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It was Ratzinger decision to resign that brought out frankie the slayer out in the open.
When ‘mea maxima cupla’ documovie came out with evidence, it was a powerful and hard hitting one. Cracks started to appear re me and rcc. It reminded me much of Cabra and 1st school. It was uncanny. It was a priest with Irish surname of Murphy.
Two things that I saw something wrong with him was
1. Way back, a video of him as a cardinal slapping a reporter outside Vatican car cos he asked the right question that Ratzinger didn’t like.
2. When he became a Pope as he came on when announced. His eyes sort of showed – I got it, I got it re power, which wasn’t Christian like.

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Wee Fr. Raymond was mentioned in yesterday’s blog. He’s a bit traditional but a great priest in Enniskillen. Clogher needs good holy men as they’re losing more than their share. Mgr. Richard Mohan RIP former Prior Lough Derg. And no PP in Clones due to illness and in Ballybay due to stepping aside. Terrible

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JP II’s canonisation has blown sky high the notion of infallibility, so let’s start unpicking now a lot of bullshit such as bonkers and contemptible teaching on sexuality which depends on the Church’s inability to err or change her mind. Be bold and grow up!

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Well, what did you expect? Benedict is an ex-Nazi. Therefore doing the right thing was never going to be a top priority.
Nor, for that matter, was showing courage.

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I left the RC church on the day Ratztinger became Pope, primarily because of his order ensuring the church’s investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret – and that breaching the pontifical secret at any time while the 10-year jurisdiction order is operating carries penalties, including the threat of excommunication. This applied to perpetrators, witnesses and victims alike. so the sexual, psychological and emotional abuse inflicted on the victims was to be compounded by spiritual abuse – by the very people who should have been protecting them.
A prison sentence is not enough for abusers – something more along the lines of Matthew 18:6 would be far more appropriate.

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Papal infallibility is a load of s**te. And to think that my poor oul ma and da believed all that pish.
That God I used my own reasoning and seen through that load of crap. I pity those poor suckers.

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Cardinal Ratzinger EVENTUALLY succeeded, after many years of struggle against Cardinal Sodano (Secretariat of State), in having his Congregation assume handling of clerical abuse cases. And as soon as Ratzinger had control, investigations into Maciel were authorised. He is the only senior Cardinal known to refuse Maciel’s bribes, politely but insistently. As soon as the CDF’s investigation into Maciel was complete, and the findings submitted, Ratzinger — pope by now — enacted canonical penalties against Maciel. All of this is well documented, and published many years ago. It’s all over the Internet for any who care to conduct due diligence before weighing in. It’s curious that The Two Popes presents Ratzinger as indulgent towards clerical abusers, and Bergoglio as severe. The record, sad to say, shows the opposite to be true.

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A deflection by one who is undoubtedly either a cleric, or a cathbot.
Ratzinger could, at anytime during his prefecture of the CDF, have submitted the files on child sexual abuse by his fellow priests (which he had ordered should all come directly to him) to the relevant, national law-enforcement agencies; he chose not to.
He could have done so much more to protect vulnerable children, but he chose to abide by the relevant canons on these matters.
Your attempt to present this odious moral coward as a hero, and champion of oppressed children, is as nauseating as anything I can think of.

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The scenario between Natzinger and Sodemall is not an unusual situation that normal people face. When you know that your colleagues are covering up abuse and blocking investigation your moral duty is clear: to blow the whistle, and go public if necessary.
Did Natzinger do this? No.
Your pretend argument is void.

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Reply to lenny,
Ratzinger covered up more than he did re abuses. He sat on abuses files for years UNTIL he became a Pope.
There was a fake stigmatist brother/priest outside Rome. I met him as I wasn’t sure re him cos very aloof ,protective nuns flocking around him, plus American seminarians as well.
Spoke to American guy re this as he was very concerned. He told me to stay away from that priest cos I didn’t understand at that time. He was attracted to homosexual seminarians.
He even brought it to the attention of CDF cos he was known to the Vatican for some time. He fought it to no avail for years until Benedict became a pope. Benedict 1st action within 4 weeks of his papacy was to strike stigmatist down for good with no recourse to appeal. That stigmatist wasn’t even laciased, just not allowed to continue his public ministry etc,say mass in private et al.
Why didn’t Ratzinger protest to JPII or resign in protest over abuses files no action made and piling up on his desk.
List of his non decisions on Marciel, deaf boys in USA and Argentina and Italy, Sodano, lavender priests inside the Vatican, many other abuses files that went unanswered on his watch.
Two or three wrongs doesn’t make one right is my point.

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5:31 I’d love that injunction to happen to hear the cathbots whinging that they’re being ‘persecuted’.
Like they did when the police raided that bishop in Belgium.

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3 men have now been approached in D&C to become Auxiliary there. All 3 declined. Presuming they all have skeletons they want kept in the cupboard which is fine, but what about the background check by the Nuncio. Shouldn’t they have been ruled out before? An offer is being made this week to a 4th man – watch this space.

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Christopher Lamb is a man with a massive agenda, same as his publication The Bitter Pill which has no readers under 50.

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Pat. Is it true that ex UK Nuncio Antonio Mennini was moved back to the Vatican because of alcoholism and inppropriate behaviour? I am knew to your blog and wondered why he left so soon. Not sounding good.

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Sadly, many clerics and their cohorts prey on the weak and vulnerable. Wolves in sheep’s clothing.

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Has urged the British government to “fix” the social care system. He and the Archbishop of York are set for a collision course with Prime Minister Sunak. Meanwhile the wealthy Irish Roman Catholic hierarchy are subsidised by Irish government property improvement and energy grants whilst they do nothing with their vast properties and cash resources to alleviate the Irish housing or refugee crisis. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny criticised the Vatican & the Irish Catholic Church for covering up the rape and abuse of children years ago but this has not translated into incentivising the Irish Church to redeem itself via actions rather than disingenuous verbal platitudes that amount to nothing. The late Pope Benedict did not practice what he preached and indeed he & Pope Pole II & Pope Francis covered up for heinous abusers and for ongoing atrocities by Roman Catholic representatives worldwide.

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This story today really highlights a continued problem with this blog. You can have a person that is universally liked and respected but all it takes is one or two nasty people to write unsubstantiated comments here in order to cast doubt over a person. It happens time and time again. Everyone laughs and takes joy in the gossip until they see their own name here.

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Just because one is ‘negative’ does not necessarily mean it is negative, it can be classed as being a realist. Bring a realist is actually a positive thing and not negative.

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“He was ridiculously into wearing medieval papal trappings and hats that made him look like an old lady queuing up for her pension in a post office.” Praise the Lord that my pension is paid directly into my bank account. Heaven help if I had to queue in a P.O. to collect it and anyone mistake me for a Pope or any fascist old man! Also most of us prefer to be known as women, not ‘ladies’ – except perhaps for the ‘entitled’ lasses!

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Bishop Buckley a head up on tomorrows blog piece? I’m boarding a long haul flight at half 7 and will not see until the morning. Happy new year mate

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Reply to;Anonymoussays:
Jan 1, 2023 at 1:44 pm
You are joking? Surely? I have never heard such a load of claptrap!! I thought God gave men free will, of course it’s always the same old fairytale, it’s either a miracle, it’s the work of demons/Satan, or it’s the work of the Holy Spirit, all three, always, just out of reach of rationality, which will satisfy some, but no way convince the rest.
If someone from another religion started telling you about demons, the “miracles,” and a spirit in the shape of a bird guiding you, what would be the first thought going through your mind?
Many of the sexually abused victims of Roman Catholic clergy suffer pain and shame, for the full span of their lives, some are so tormented, they commit suicide.
You seem to have little or no insight into sex abuse, AND its impact.

“The Roman Catholic church is a magnet to sex abusers.
For anybody who is petrified of their sexuality, it’s a great place to hide. But it’s such a strong urge that the altar boy, when he’s alone with the priest, begins to look like somebody he can have power over.
ROBERT HOATSON (a Garabedian client and the founder of Road to Recovery, a nonprofit that assists victims of clergy sex abuse):

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Cardinal Bernard Law was brought into the bosom of the Vatican and protected until he died there in 2017.
There are thousands of deviant clerics and church staff and volunteers being protected and squirrelled away in church administration roles around the world, don’t forget these dangerous individuals are accessing data of students and parishioners under the very noses of international data protection authorities and are not being challenged to date. Anyone who is identified as a conflict of interest to the wealth acquisition of the international Roman Catholic Church is an open target for these lying parasites and their thieving cohorts.

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Praise the Lord that the late Pope Betty’s ban on gays entering seminary worked. They are now the bedrock of manliness.

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7:50 What a profoundly ill informed and ignorant comment. Cardinal Bernard Law was never accused of abusing anyone. He was accused of mishandling the cases of those accused of child abuse, and resigned his post as Archbishop of Boston as a result. He was appointed to a Roman Basilica as Archpriest. Having reached the retirement age he resigned that post and remained in Rome where he died. Let’s leave the judgment to God.

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As you say Cardinal Bernard Law “mishandled the cases of those accused of child abuse”. Thank you for confirming that Cardinal Bernard Law was a protector of paedophiles.

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@ 9.20pm

Easy to make your brave comments many years after the war. I don’t think you would have been decent enough as you said. Quite simply, you are a bigot who is obsessed with negativity. Try and be a it more positive and upbeat.

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Deaf Guy contact the PSNI if you have any information on any criminal activity. Keeping silent only makes it worse for the victims. You of all people should know this. You will be complicit.

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Deaf girl LOLOL,
Look at my post at 8.25pm to Roberta and Proddy of Lisburn Rd fame 👆.
If I hear any info on criminal activities, I usually report to the gardai cos I live in South Ireland.

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This protector of kiddy & money fiddlers was Rat by name & Rat by nature & a confirmed Nazi to boot, perfect background for the top job as Pope, ably replaced by Fraudulent Frankie who won’t dare travel home to face the music in Argentina. Crooks & Criminals International.

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