Since O tober 2022, Bishop Philip Egan has been rolling out a fundraising campaign called CLOSER TO CHRIST with the aim of raising 13 million pounds.
The campaign is nearing its end.
There were three reasons for raising the money:
1. 1/3 for training and support of students for the priesthood.
2. 1/3 to support the ongoing formation for active clergy.
3. 1/3 for Retired Priests.
So, a third of this was to be given to the Priest Retirement Fund,p that’s what donors were told.
Not a penny has been paid into the Priest Retirement Fund!
Instead, all the money raised has been used to pay off office debt, which has built up in the central bank account, accrued mostly, due to the obscene salaries eing paid to diocesan employees.
Having been tackled about this, the spin is: “we’re holding on to the money until the confusion surrounding the PRF charity is clarified” ( as you know, Egan and Hauschild are trying to gain control over the fund).
Bishop Philip and HeatherHauschild are holding the donations ransom until they get their way!
The diocesan debt is increasing, and they’ve just had to beg for a 6 million pound loan from the bank to tide them over.
Of course, the ultimate plan is to merge parishes, sell off real estate and pay off the debts, but that takes time, and we don’t have much of that left at present.
The donors to the fundraising campaign do not realise that their money is being misused in this way, but furthermore, the dwindling number of Sunday punters do not realise that their weekly contributions given during the offertory collection is being used, not for the parish, but to fund Hayschild and her minions. Thus is scandalous!
Please do update your readers of this development.
ANOTHER PORTSMOUTH PRIEST WRITES
“You have them rattled in Portsmouth Bishop Pat.
Here is a message from the Chief Operating Officer, shown here exactly as it was shared via Bishop Philip’s Ad Clerum:
Over the past 12 months, concerns have been raised aboutpossible lapses in confidentiality, such as personal details and records of clergy and employees inappropriately shared. It is good practice to remind everyone that there are laws with serious penalties governing the disclosure of personal information. Occasionally, data is shared accidentally, for example, through forwarding emails. It is good practice to report this so that help can be given towards damage limitation and what safeguards might be put in place to minimise the risk of recurrence. Please seek advice as soon as possible if you think this has happened. If the breach of confidentiality is serious, we may need to report it to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and advise them of actions taken. An even more serious matter is the deliberate sharing of personal information. The law changed in 2018. Section 170 of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018 creates criminal offences relating to the use of personal data. It is an offence for a person “knowingly or recklessly to obtain or disclose personal data without the consent of the controller.”Criminal investigations and prosecutions for the misuse of personal information are hugely damaging, and so we ask for your increaseddiligence. Karena Fulford, Head of Administrative Support, is responsible for this area.
This shows that they are determined not to hear what people are saying or to recognise the hurt and irreversible damage being done to people and the diocese. Their response is to steamroll their way onwards. They know better.
The suggested threats fired from Hauschild is a perfect example of her passive aggression and abuse of her position, enabled, of course, by a spineless bishop who has no idea what he is doing.
Thank you, Fathers, for your concern for the People of God and your diocese.
It is vital that parishioners know exactly what their money is being spent on.
If you or they have concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the police or Charity Commissioners.
The RCC has always tried to silence its whistleblowers. Stand up to them.
If they threaten you with laws or seek to hide behind laws – call it out.
In this time, of the economic collapse, no diocese should be paying anyone £ 100,000 per annum.
Let there be redundancies, volunteers, and a good accountant.
Who does Egan think he is? The chairman of M&S ?
And remember, financial abuse is as much abuse as sexual abuse !
I refer to my recent correspondence to Archbishop Rozanski posing this most reasonable and legitimate of questions: who has canonical responsibility for Fr. Hildebrand Houser, a monk of Silverstream Priory, which is located within the Diocese of Meath?
It is beyond comprehension that my legitimate query was not acknowledged and/or answered by any individual from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and/or the Diocese of Meath and/or Ms. Teresa Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. The inaction of Ms. Devlin is deeply egregious by virtue of her position.
The paucity of a response means it is legitimate to take the reasonable inference that safeguarding in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Diocese of Meath is tokenistic.
So, for the second time I pose a very simple question: who has responsibility for safeguarding when it comes to Fr. Hildebrand Houser? Is that the Archdiocese of St. Louis or the Diocese of Meath?
Do you Bishop Deenihan, as the Ordinary of the Diocese of Meath accept that Fr. Hildebrand Houser, OSB who was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is currently residing and functioning as a priest at Silverstream Priory?
Do you accept that Silverstream Priory was canonically erected by your predecessor Bishop Michael Smith that it is located in the Diocese of Meath and that you are the Ordinary for the priests of the Priory and the ultimate superior for the monks?
Do you further accept the legal reality that Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath, K32 T189 is owned by St. Finian’s Trust, which has as its “primary object is to act as permanent trustee for the property and investments of every kind, owned by, held in trust for, or used in connection with the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Meath”?
If so, why is the aforementioned Trust and its trustees permitting, Fr. Houser to function as a cleric in a property without proper canonical oversight and accountability?
I appreciate that with your PhD from the University of Hull, that you are not canonically or legally qualified, however, I do know that you have access to expensive lawyers. And they can advise you the merits and demerits of vicarious liability that could arise from any tortious act(s) on property owned by the Diocese of Meath. Of course, you will accept I hope that good legal advice in Ireland is very expensive.
Bishop Deenihan, again I wish to be unequivocally clear that I am not accusing Fr. Houser of any misconduct whatsoever but, I am very keen to ascertain who is canonically responsible for this cleric and his priestly ministry within your canonical territory.
Moreover, as I have been able to evidence in the past boy scouts were present at Silverstream Priory, hence my on-going queries in this regard are legitimate, reasonable and timely.
On the homepage of Silverstream Priory, the “SAFEGUARDING” url links to the webpage: http://www.meathsafeguarding.ie, would you accept Bishop Deenihan that Silverstream sees the buck stopping with you?
For reasons that are self-evident, I would be grateful for an immediate acknowledgement of the present and clarification in which diocese is Fr. Houser incardinated as a cleric.
With prayerful best wishes,
Cc: Archbishop Rozanski, Ordinary, Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America. Ms. Teresa Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. Ms. Marie O’Sullivan DLP and Ms. Marie Willoughby DLP, Safeguarding Officials, Diocese of Meath. Ms. Sandra Price, Director of Safeguarding, Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Today, I have been told two new things with regards to Canon McCoy, the close friend of disgracedBishop Robert Byrne, who appointed him Dean of H&N cathedral.
A ROMAN APPOINTMENT?
I have been told that the late Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor offed McCoy a job in theRoman Curia as an official in the Congregation of Bishops.
McCoy declined the appointment. My informant said that Mc Coy was concerned that his “secrets” might get out?
AN ENGLISH BISHOPRIC?
I have also been told that Archbishop Malcolm Mc Mahon of Liverpool offered Mc Coy the position of auxiliary bishop of Liverpool and that Mc Coy again refused the offer.
Was Mc Coy again afraid that preferment might expose his active homosexuality and his penchant for invitingyoung men to gay sex parties?
MC COY ORGANISING PARTIES FOR YOUNG MALES AS A SCHOOL CHAPLAIN.
A young lady speaks about Mc Coy and his parties for teenage schoolboys.
“I am a former Catholic school girl, and Father Michael was our school’s priest. When I was 18/19 in about 2006/2007, I attended parties at his home in the parish (when he was at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Penshaw, Sunderland). The only reason I was there was because my boyfriend at the time and his friends were invited. There tended to be a group of young men who were included too – they will have been in my year, so in sixth form at the school at the time. The invitations were primarily extended to young men, and by default or association, young women might be there too. We were drinking, of course. “
Father Mc Coy had been involved in youth work for many years
The continuing stories and revelations about Canon Mc Coy……causing immense disquiet among the UK’s Catholic bishops and priests.…….as they contemplate where all this might eventuallylead….. 😞
In the last few days, I havebeen contacted by a number of UK media and journalists with regard to the Bobby Byrne scandal in Hexham and Newcastle.
The story has hit the mainstream media, and a number of very capable hacks are digging and digging deep.
It seems to me that the scandal is set to deepen and draw in other senior and junior clerics.
Was the UK nuncio Gugerotti determined to have the episcopal heads of STEPHEN ROBSON of DUNKELD and ROBERT BYRNE of Hexham and Newcastle before he left The UK to take up a job in the Roman Curia?
They are both gone !!!
The relationship would see Keith “Bunny” O’Brien fulfil his promise to Stephen “Petal” Robson, to be the auxiliary bishop of Edinburgh.
Bunny O’Brien fulfilled his promises by making Stephen Petal Robson an auxiliary bishop, much to the annoyance of Mike Regan, the Cathedral Administrator. Mike was so annoyed by Bunny O’Brien’s broken promise of a bishopric that not only did he hide Petal’s crozier and mitre just before the ordination Mass but he was one of the four ex partners who brought Cardinal Bunny O’Brien down before Mike himself passed away of ………..
The minute O’Brien was exposed, Pettal Robson cut him off as quickly as Cushley was to banish Petal to Dunkeld at the first opportunity.
Robson became close to seminarian Christopher Morris, recently ordained by Bishop Holy Toaly for Motherwell.
Christopher Morris had been expelled from seminary , but Stephen Robson’s assistance finished his studies.
When Christopher Morris was in Oscott seminary, Bishop Robson visited him there.
On those visits, Robson stayed with Robert Byrne, who was the auxiliary bishop of Birmingham.
We have not heard the end of this saga.
It seems that there are wheels within wheels, and the English and Scottish bishops are preparing themselvesfor a lot more in-flight turbulence 😞
A survivor of abuse at a school run by the Spiritan congregation in south Dublin was told they would deny all allegations against them, force the case to a higher court and “get him” for costs.
Dr John Connolly (74) says he went to the Spiritan congregation in recent years with allegations of his abuse as a child in 1958 by the late principal Fr Robert Stanley (“Stanno”) at their Willow Park school in Blackrock.
However, Dr Connolly ended up in the Round Hall of the Four Courts in Dublin where he was told “they would not only deny everything but force it to a higher court and get me for costs [range €40,000-€80,000].”
“In 2006, the diocese of Down and Connor made a very supportive statement in favour of Donaghy when the Public Prosecution Service of Northern Ireland decided not to prosecute him about James’ allegations.
“Fr John McManus, a spokesman for the Down and Connor Diocese, said Fr Donaghy had been through a very difficult time.
Fr Donaghy has been through a very difficult two years, years of emotional and spiritual upset,” he said.
“They have indeed been trying years for him. A heavy burden has been lifted off his shoulders.
“This has been a very difficult and demanding time for his family, his friends, his parishioners and his fellow priests. They will be more than relieved to know that no prosecution will take place.”
This must have broke James’ heart because it certainly broke mine. It would work out though because, eventually, Donaghy would be convicted of his crimes against me, James and Victim B.
I always wondered, after this very caring statement about Donaghy by Walsh through his stooge, Fr John McManus, why Donaghy wasn’t immediately reinstated as PP of Bangor.
Despite Walsh, Donaghy and their hangers on being “more than relieved to know that no prosecution will take place”, he was kept out of ministry.
I found out a few days ago that, also in 2006, the diocese received a complaint that Donaghy had repeatedly sexually abused a seven year old boy.
This would seem to explain Walsh not returning him to public ministry, despite his desperate attempts to keep him in his positions in 2003 and 2004.
Walsh had complaints against Fr Filth since the late 90s and yet, when I complained I was told in 2003 that it “is your word against Fr Donaghy’s word”.
In 2006, Walsh was made aware of a seven year old boy’s abuse by his friend Donaghy. In 2011, when I and Victim B came before the courts seeking justice, Walsh’s big pal, Gemma Loughran, was the sitting judge.
She failed to declare her friend Walsh as a conflict of interest. She severed our cases against police and PPS advice and gave no explanation. She imposed a blackout on the media reporting.
Loughran was rumbled by the Chief Prosecutor and forced to step aside from Donaghy’s trial when he discovered her close ties with Walsh. This was a wilful attempt, by Loughran, to pervert the course of justice.
There needs to be a public inquiry into Loughran. What she attempted was an act of pure evil. Walsh also needs to be scrutinised. He knew about Donaghy since the late 90s and did nothing.
All of this is a monstrous outrage, a mockery of justice and of the Catholic Faith. Loughran is a reader and Eucharistic minister in a well known Belfast church. She shouldn’t be.
I have written to both Loughran and Walsh, in recent months, facing them with their malfeasance. Their response? No solicitor has contacted me warning me to “shut up or else”.
Their response? Not so much as a peep out of them. Total silence. Their refusal to respond speaks volumes. “The wicked are caught up in the snares they laid for innocent” (Psalm 10:2)”
Paddy McCafferty’s abuse by Donaghy has taken a huge toll on Paddy’s life and health.
The attempted cover up by Walsh. Mc Manus and Loughran was horrific and took a further toll on Paddy’s and the other victims.
I was drawn into the whole saga w en VICTIM B’s family approached me.
The family and the police had their first meeting at The Oratory.
It took us 10 years to get action.
But we got there in the end.
Another horrific example of what the RCC can do to victims, families, and even its own priests.