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Priest sentenced to two life terms of imprisonment for murder and rape

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A priest, who is a Zimbabwean national, Lucas Chauke (50) was sentenced to two life terms for murder and rape by the North West High Court. Chauke also received a cumulative 30 years on two other counts of murder and rape.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in North West, Henry Mamothame said, Chauke was illegal in the country. Mamothame further said, the court also declared him unfit to possess a firearm.

“Chauke’s murder emanates from an incident that occurred on 8 October 20217 in Temba, wherein he met a 53-year-old woman known to him, as he was known to be a priest in the area. He then took her to a secluded place near a dam, under the pretense of assisting her with her spirituality.

“Upon arrival, he repeatedly raped her and subsequently tied her to a tree, before fleeing the scene. After a while, she managed to untie herself and ran to ask for help,” he said.

Mamothame further said, the victim managed to report the incident to the police, who then started searching for the accused. He added that Chauke was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape.

“In a separate incident that occurred on 10 May 2018, he took a 55-year-old woman to the same secluded area next to the dam, raped her, and tied her to a tree before fleeing the scene.

“Her decomposed body was later discovered still tied to the tree, as she was unable to set herself free. He was sentenced to life for murder and a further 15 years for rape,” said Mamothame.

He said on 3 August 2018, Chauke took another woman (55) to the same place and attempted to rape her, but seemingly failed. Mamothame said he then tied her to a tree and left her to die.

“Chauke was sentenced to 15 years for murder. He was eventually arrested, and linked through DNA specimens to all other incidents,” he said.

In aggravation of sentence, the state prosecutor, Adv Benny Kalakgosi urged the court not to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence, as the offenses committed were serious. Kalakgosi further argued that Chauke took advantage of unsuspecting women, who trusted him as a priest.

Judge Frances Snyman agreed with the state and described Chauke’s actions as horrific and further alluded to the trust that he abused towards women who held him high.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in the North West, Dr Rachel Makhari Sekhaolelo lauded the prosecutor and the investigation team from the SAPS for a successful conviction.

“We welcome this conviction, especially at a time when we are reflecting on the plight of women during the 16 Days of Activism. This fight needs to be activated 365 to be victorious against this scourge,” she concluded.

PAT SAYS

In one way, we have all become used to stories of priests doing horrific things.

I don’t know if this particular priest was an RC, an Anglican, or a priest of some other Church.

Maybe readers can find that out?

But now and again, a story comes along that shocks us to the very root of our being.

This story is very horrifying.

Murder. Rape and tying women to trees until they escaped or died and decomposed.

And all done by a man who claims to represent God.

I don’t know if Chauke is Satanic and evil.

But his actions come straight out of the pits of Hell.

As so do the actions of any priest who totally destroyed lives 😞

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‘Through the ordained ministry, especially that of bishops and priests, the presence of Christ as head of the Church is made visible in the midst of the community of believers.26 In the beautiful expression of St. Ignatius of Antioch, the bishop is typos tou Patros: he is like the living image of God the Father.’
CCC 1549

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Beautiful funeral celebrated in Clones for Fr. Richard Mohan…..2 bishops and 1 archbishop attended. A good holy priest, a big loss to Clogher diocese.

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Judge Frances Snyman agreed with the North West High Court during his sentencing summary – he agreed that Chauke took advantage of unsuspecting women who trusted him as a pastor but instead he took advantage of their vulnerability. The Judge alluded to the position of trust that the pastor abused.

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The Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Rachel Makhari Sekhaolelo welcomed the conviction of Pastor Chauke adding:
“Especially at a time when we are reflecting on the plight of women during the 16 Days of Activism. This fight needs to be activated 365 to be victorious against this scourge, she said.

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500 patients per week are dying in the United Kingdom every week due to delays in receiving urgent medical care.

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1:10 A teenager from Shannon died of meningitis having spent 16 hours untreated on a hospital trolley here in Limerick a few weeks ago. The protests of her worried family were allegedly ignored by hospital staff who are completely overwhelmed by the unprecedented scale of over demand on its services. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has requested a thorough investigation into all of the circumstances leading to the apparently avoidable death of this young Leaving Cert student. May she rest in peace.

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1:11 hard to actually get patients into the hospital on arrival but doctors have a better chance of making themselves heard on behalf of their seriously ill patients.

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Third year student, Flourish Olushola, has created a gender based violence App called WHISTLEBLOWER that puts users in touch with emergency services and support services at the touch of a button. It can be disguised as a beauty App with one swipe.
Colaiste Nano Nagle
Sexton Street, Limerick City

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1:34 Well done to Flourish and to her school for supporting her, nice to see that not all Irish schools engage in or cover up harassment.

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“Sadly, some seem to be captive by fear and have become isolated from family, friends, community and church. Isolation is never healthy, be it emotionally, socially or spiritually. Christ is our Saviour and came to free us! While we must do what we can to keep safe, do not become isolated. If you believe the Church is too crowded, visit when the Church is quieter over Christmas and be reassured by the joy and hope that comes from the knowledge that God is with us.” – A Christmas message from the Bishop of Meath, Tom Deenihan.
Is there no end to Tom’s hypocrisy? Dom Benedict has been persecuted and isolated by Tom Deenihan. Tom must do what he can so that victims of harassment do not become isolated.
Declan Hurley, Joseph Gallagher and Paul Connell are an absolute disgrace for being part of Deenihan’s deceiving diocesan delegation that duped Dom Bories.

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6.17am: Seamusvii: What a total bore you’ve become. Grow up. You haven’t the MORAL COURAGE to go to the Bishop and say to his face all that you post here. Be brave. Be courageous. You huff and puff too much. You’re the typical laptop warrior. All talk…But please spare us your faux indignation.

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Does anyone seriously think that saying this to Deenihan’s face will result in anything positive for Anderson, or indeed Seamus (especially if he’s a cleric)? Pat’s blog is absolutely read by Deenihan, and the pressure exerted on this blog gets results. Keep it up, Seamus!

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10:53, are you concerned by the support of Declan Hurley, Joseph Gallagher and Paul Connell for Deenihan’s diocesan delegation of deception of Dom Bories?

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6.17: Pat can you please stop printing that idiot’s postings about Bishop Deenihan. It’s bordering on the absolute boredom scale. Seamus the nutcase should be deleted. He’s obsessive and stupid at this stage.

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10:56, it’s truly good to see Tom’s mob out in force whenever Seamus posts to challenge him about Silverstream. It means that Seamus is on the exact right track. 💪

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10:56, the repetition of Tom’s persecution of Dom Benedict is very concerning. Very concerning. Declan Hurley, Joseph Gallagher and Paul Connell support of this deception is alarming. Alarms bells should be ringing in the diocese.

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1.24 and all your other inane comments are distinctively boring, repetitive and sham. You couldn’t care an iota about the people you supposedly are worried for. Seamus, GO PERSONALLY TO BISHOP DEENIHAN or organise A PROTEST outside his residence. Courage….nope!! All huffing and puffing all day long. Be of greater moral persuasion and actually do something publicly…Go on Seamy boy!

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10:56 anyone who speaks the truth about the Roman Catholic Church is a nutcase.

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6:17 being stalked & subjected to passive aggressive harrassment by Roman Catholic Church cover up merchants is a commonplace occurrence, the cult have had decades of experience in ensuring the TRUTH is hidden. Conflicts of interest all over in the greedy Roman Catholic community.

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6:17 sucking up to the Bishop face to face whilst posting critical posts anonymously on here about them is sadly the modus operandi of some of our less “faithful” clergy. Seamus is “all talk” like the monkey in the tea advert.

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11:24,
Personally, I am not a friend of bishops. They are neither my hero or my enemy. Bishops must lead with integrity. Declan Hurley, Joseph Gallagher and Paul Connell facilitating Deenihan’s deception is absolutely scandalous. They must apologise to Dom Bories, Fr. Basil and Dom Benedict. They must also apologise to the clergymen and parishioners of the diocese.
The shame and embarrassment that Tom Deenihan, Declan Hurley, Joseph Gallagher and Paul Connell are bringing upon the diocese is very concerning. Have they any consideration for anyone?

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12:35 Roman Catholic Church has done little or nothing to reverse public opinion.

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Africa will be the next big scandal in Church. African priests have picked up all the western vices.. privilege, love of money, spiritual manipulation, sexual predation. Saw it first hand in Kenya. Western missionaries.. Kiltegan, Spirtans,Mill Hills etc trying to enforce a failed celibacy model.. local parishes dread hand over to local priests when missionaries go.. money..protection etc.. nuns especially suffer from priests sexually.. when pregnant thrown out.. young poor girls want to.join western orders to get out.. in some areas celibacy is non existant.. one ‘mzungu’ bishop is turning a blind eye to it all. Doesnt want to know anymore.. some missionaries and yes Irish ones.. have ‘arrangements’ and little ‘comforts’ under and overage.. male and female.. Now with better communicatuon ..the Internet, these things no longer hidden.. compo to be had.. Watch this space Bishop Pat..

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7:49 Abuse of locals in Africa & Asia by western Roman Catholic clergy is yet to be fully reported. Use of rent boys and vulnerable forced into sex work due to poverty by clerics has escalated since technology has advanced. Clerics keep in touch online in between annual visits to international sex workers.

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@7:49. You make a valid point about how young African men are drawn into the RC priesthood by aspirations of attaining the prestige and comforts they see afforded to Irish missionary priests.
Educational establishments run by these clerics have been a reliable source of recruitment in the past. But things are changing. Old style missionary seminaries , Kiltegans, Dromantines SMA’s etc are gone. New RC recruits are invariably indigenous. They will inevitably reveal the same aspirational traits of the mzunga, together with all the’other traits’ so often debated here on this blog.
And the ‘sins of the fathers ‘: that will all come out too.

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Hey, + Pat, perhaps you should turn your attention to the dysfunctional House of Windsor that seems intent on destroying itself from within ! Harry and Wills physically fighting, warring and bitching women. What a mess. I’m not sure they realise how much damage they are doing to themselves. People are generally and variously bemused and outraged, and frankly have much more important things to worry about than the various stories from the warring parties. Similar to the Church and the antics of its clergy and bishops, the Royal Family are the authors of their own demise. They have no one to blame but themselves.

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It is terrible when two brothers fall out, especially over a woman. I remember reading George VI had a short fuse. Shame William had to batter Harry senseless.

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10:50 Wine, women and song and pints to beat the band. The Killaloe priests differ from other diocese in that several of them appear to be heterosexual.

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There’s at least 3 women we know about. Two of them fell out AFTER becoming pals on this blog. The other one is allegedly a teacher. GF is the bomb😂

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5:26 Fitzgerald no longer listed with Killaloe diocese so he’s a free agent now. Probably met his teacher girlfriend through his own teaching stint with Cistercians.

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Where has Fr Eddie Clare of the Birmingham Archdiocese vanished to?He was Vocations Director then the chief of Maryvale when they forced through the new regime, now C/O archbishop’s house??

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Done a bunk, gone MIA, suspended, perhaps all three. But, he has disappeared and will not be back. He will be being supported by the diocese in some ways, probably paying for his housing, but maybe having to work at some job himself in order to bring in living expenses. Maryvale itself is kaput, all on line now, the buildings put in to suspended animation because they cannot afford to renovate them. These listed buildings of some note will just be left to rot. Eddie Clare and Maryvale are symptomatic and emblematic of what is happening to the Church and to the clerical culture. Kaput.

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I don’t think this man was a Catholic priest…References are made to him as a “pastor” and “prophet” in other articles. Also it seems he floated around proclaiming a massage of some kind.

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9:37 A Priest wolf in sheep’s clothing endangering vulnerable women & murdering them because they trusted the uniform.

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Since Vatican II: Mass attendances – Down; priestly vocations – Down; Baptisms – Down; Catholic Marriages – Down. Isn’t the revival in the Church since Vatican II and the reforms that followed it wonderful?

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Scratch a Catholic who is heretical in Christology, and you’ll find a heretic also when it comes to sex. Not sure why this is so. Maybe they demote Christ to ease pressure on a bad conscience. Or their initial belief is shaky, and the sexual temptations prove too strong…

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That’s because orthodox christology pretends to believe that Jesus was fully man but doesn’t really. The sticking point is always going to be sex (no surprises with the Catholics) and the orthodox christology is virtually sexless. Just like priests pretend to be.
Once you take into account what human sexuality is actually like orthodox christology tends to get a bit hissy. There’s no room in it for Jesus having a wet dream, a crush on a teacher, sexual fantasies or even, horror of horrors, intercourse.

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10.32
The category of ‘heretical’ is very valuable in the search for truth. A heresy is s formulation of the truth that doesn’t quite make it. I’m not so sure it’s a helpful concept to employ when speaking about sexuality.

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If you have a low Christology, then Jesus’ teachings are those of a guy who was man of his time, and being a Christian means doing in our culture what we imagine Jesus did in his culture.

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Also, if Jesus was just a guy, then the teachings of the Church are just the opinions of the people who formulated them, and they were limited by their culture. So they are certainly not binding on us.

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@10:33/34.
I think JC was a remarkable person with a compelling charisma and an ability to greatly influence those he met.
Jews of his time, under harsh Roman rule, longed for a freedom as promised by their ancient forebears in writings and legends. All this yearning for freedom was piggybacked onto this JC messianic character after his death, and so the cult developed into what we now have as myriad branches of the Christian culture.
That JC was sent by, and is himself the supreme God Creator……..?
To believe that requires an imaginative mindset heavily guided by indoctrinated social and cultural influences parasitically capitalising on human concerns at our own mortality.
MMM

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For comparison purposes: Galway Councillor resigns whilst Garda investigation into allegations proceeds.says:

A Social Democrat party representative on Galway City Council, has made the following statement:
“In the past 48 hours certain allegations have been made about me. These are very serious matters and will obviously take a considerable length of time to be investigated fully by the appropriate authorities. In these circumstances I believe that the correct thing for me to do is to resign my membership of Galway City Council. I don’t propose to make any further comment in relation to the matter”
His party The Social Democrats responded as follows “The party believes it is appropriate that Mr Hanley has resigned and these allegations are thoroughly investigated”.
Meanwhile, the ongoing lack of transparency from Bishops and their clergy & staff continues in relation to deviant clergy and paid & volunteer laity once again highlighting the Roman Catholic Church as an elitist organisation that publicly demonstrates itself on a daily basis as being a law unto itself and with complete disregard for the human rights of the general population outside of its elitist and over privileged circles.

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+ Bobby Byrne has resigned too, but just says that he was exhausted and didn’t think he could carry out the role. Whereas we know that the reality is that he was pushed, in part, on the basis of allegations being made against him which have been referred to the police and to the Vatican. At least the Social Democrat councillor in Galway has been upfront and honest and told us why he has resigned rather than trying to hide behind some cloak of untruth.

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11:08 the Galway councillor has proved that the Roman Catholic Church members don’t live in the real world on matters of accountability and transparency.

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10:55 Whatever the outcome, the councillor deserves credit for his open and transparent explanation of his current situation. He certainly puts the RC secret circles to Shame in comparison. Prayers for all involved.

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This African was a ‘Pastprt’ and that title covers a multitude. Any clown can refer to themselves these days as a ‘Pastor’. In Belfast pastors are tripping over each other especially if they have a paramilitary background and there is community/government grants and financial help going spare. Sure even dicks now are referring to themselves as ‘street pastors’ .

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9.17am
Yes Eddie Clare is a v interesting one.
High profile position in Brum one day, gone the next. And definitely wall of Omertà. As the clergy so often say, ‘That’s Eddie’s story to tell’ only problem is he ain’t telling!!
What was the new regime they were forcing through for force is how Brum rock – a fair number of clerical and lay power junkies – what a list that would be.
Eddie seemed a decent fella – v close to the now Dean of the Cathedral- inseparable bezzies, seemingly no more.
Whiff of scandal and move on rather like John Gilbert – here today, gone tomorrow clergy.
Like Byrne of H&N – what’s the story glory?
The SA serial killer used the cloak of a cleric to commit unspeakable evil – sound familiar?

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Those unfortunate women in South Africa trusted the priest uniform enough to go into a remote wilderness alone with him. At least the Western world is more clued up about these wolves in sheep’s clothing thanks to intensive media coverage and investigations although of course we have no idea who is working in church administrative roles and with access to personal data and information despite their criminal backgrounds & close connections to same, they remain protected by Roman hierarchy and colleagues.

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I work in the Council, we are very Christian and supportive to the gay community. It’s a nice place to work.

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Remembering the Tuam Babies, Galway Ireland & all denied a Christian burial by Roman Catholic clergy & memberssays:

Pope Benedict is being buried under the Roman Basilica.
So much for equality or Christian humility.

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I’m not surprised about violence among LGBT community. I knew a gay couple who eventually became violent towards one another. They told me about similar situations as theirs. Sadly, I realised many of them were very unfaithful to each other, open relationships being de rigueur. I disliked that they had multiple guys they slept with. Pat, you have no real proof about the Maynooth “abuses”. You have made references to this before but you did not prove anything as being true. I guess because you are professedly gay, you know the full picture of the gay community. If you want to talk about LGBT violence, abuse and rape, then do so as a separate topic.

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Your reminder that RCs are very keen to stress that violence, rape, money laundering, etc are normal.
Because for them they are.

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12.23
I don’t think the straight community is entitled to lecture the LGBT+ community about fornication and marital fidelity.

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«Pat, you have no real proof about the Maynooth “abuses”.»
An interesting observation! Many of the allegations have never been denied. We know for a fact that the allegations against Fr. Sean Jones in Kerry was sufficiently serious that Jones sworn affidavit affirming he was “not” the individual in the photograph that mysteriously came into the possession of Bishop Pat.
There is plenty of proof in existence. But the people in the know are too pusillanimous to come forward because they too are also morally compromised. And they are also dependent upon the finance provided by the church to sustain their lifestyle.
It is the reality that there is a power imbalance between senior leadership figures in seminaries and seminarians. If those responsible for the formation of seminarians have an agenda that power imbalance is a form of abuse/coercion. As we know and have seen repeatedly there is no right of redress in the church, because Canon Law is now weaponised and manipulated to protect the whims of the Ordinary, so we should not be surprised there has been no accountability for the misbehaviour that has occurred, and that would appear to continue to occur in Maynooth.

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12:25 Maynooth Seminary has been rotten to the core for a very long time. Formators weaponise according to their own agenda.

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How did Eamon Martin and Eugene Sweeney let Armagh to turn into a Sexual abuse and Predatory clergy and Seminarians. Armagh has the highest level of abuse incidents among Seminarians compared to the remaining Dioceses in Ireland.

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Two things:
Interesting the note that rape is a crime. Doh.
The last line refers to the moving about of abusive priests which you posted on the other day, and indicates it is easier for religious than secular.

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I was lied to recently by my bishop. I don’t think we are there yet.
Put your idea to the powers that be in the church. I don’t think they’d care enough to even consider it.
Remember some posters to this blog endure and endured spiritual abuse as well as the other consequences of abusiveness. Some are prematurely in their graves.

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Bishop B, I am a black woman living my best life in Lisburn. I am reporting a well known off license for racism. I am 54 years old and they asked me for ID. I didn’t have any sir. They refused to serve me. Would this happen to you white peoples over here?

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You’re probably a troll, but anyway, just be chuffed aged 54 to be taken for an underaged teenager.

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@ 12:54pm

If only we could be that lucky, however the worry is who would follow him. He’s been promoting his own kind to The Sacred College so we could get worse. We can only hope The Holy Ghost gives us a Catholic Pope!

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4.52
A biased and prejudiced comment. Francis appointed Gerhard Ludwig Müller a cardinal.

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As the late Pope Benedict is laid to rest, and recalling one of his former roles, I never saw the problem with the idea that the CDF should censure theologians. If you were a professor at a medical school and taught homeopathy and the four humours, you would get censured. If you were an astronomy prof and taught Ptolemaic cosmology, you would get censured, too.

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Brilliant. This must be why all the bishops followed John XXIII’s order to cover up clerical crime: they couldn’t tell the difference between that and something objectively provable.
Parents don’t send your kids to a church school..😂

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One of the least silent men in Ireland, Tony Flannery, is complaining on Twitter that he was silenced. 🤣🤣🤣

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Were there many Irish clergy dropped everything and abandoned their parishes to rush to Rome for the funeral – astonishing exodus over here 🇬🇧

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15 clergy from Armagh went. The Irish College was booked out bu English Priests so they had to slum it in basic hotel accommodation. Then off to the liturgical vestments stores in Rome tomorrow

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Patrick @7.40pm You talk a load of caca. If you knew that 15 went you would be able to name at least two of them at least. As for the various liturgical stores you mention you can’t name any. Shut up you time wasting fool.

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The sicko sentenced in OP (judging by various South African articles I clicked through) seems to be some sort of independent pastor. Nothing odd in that for most Africans follow various sorts of independent or localised communities. They would probably be Pentecostal of some sort, but some are unusual like the Legio Maria (sic) among the Luo of Kenya is a mixture of traditional Catholicism and African consciousness. It was part fostered, unwitting by Edel Quinn’s heroic efforts in the late 1930s and eventually separated from Legio Mariae and the Catholic Church. It uses Swahili and Latin and has a particular understanding of Fatima.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legio_Maria
If the wretch was Cath or Anglican or institutional of some sort, there’d possibly be some mealy mouthed word from a bishop. Anyway he should have proper hard time.

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Howling that Prince Harry’s reasoning for wearing a Nazi costume for Halloween is now “I was only following orders”

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