My dear Brother Paddy,
For decades now, I have been keenly aware of the horrible things that happened to you and the terribly damaging effects it has had on your whole life.
And I’m sure you are aware of what I did to help Victim B and his family to get Donaghy to court?
In that time, I have often prayed for you, lit a candle for you, and remembered you at Mass.
I know that you have had professional help – and I hope you still have.
To some extent, I can understand how you feel. I was sexually abused at the age of 6, and it damaged me terribly.
It returned to haunt me at puberty when I gradually came to know I was gay.
In the early 1960s in Ireland, it was excruciatingly difficult to get gay.
That became harder as I progressed to seminary and priesthood.
After ordination and when I came to Down and Connor, things inside my head got worse.
I sought the help of GPs and psychiatrists and lived a lot of the time taking Valium to try and control the most horrific panic attacks that I was having several times a day.
God led me to understand that I needed intensive psychotherapy, and I placed myself in therapy for 5 long years concentrating on the Psychosysthesis school that brings therapy and spirituality together.
I also engaged in work with Dr. Frank Lake of Nottingham and did a lot of work around primal therapy, womb trauma, and birth trauma.
I also attended group therapy.
As I turned 40, the light penetrated my decades old memories of my abuse, my undeserved sense of shame, and my undeserved sense of guilt.
On the last day of m therapy, I stood in the Old Victoria Square in Belfast, took in the deepest of breaths, and was able to say, for the first time in my life:
“For the first time in my life, today, I know what it is like to have the freedom of a son of God”.
And, as you know, while I have had loads of external difficulties, I have never lost the joy of the freedom.
By the way, from that day in Victoria Square, nearly 30 years ago, I have never had another panic attack.
I am at peace, have deep contentment in my mind, and spirit, rejoice in how much God loves me, and have human love and intimacy in my life.
Paddy, I know that you have done significant therapy, some with the help of D&C.
And I hope and pray that you are continuing that work.
I also know that you have great faith and trust in God and his healing.
But the level of anger and aggression in your letters to and statements about Paddy Walsh, while 100 % justified, show that internally, you are still, psychologically and spiritually the prisoner of Walsh & Donaghy.
You are allowing these two total bastards to live, rent-free in your head.
They are both 100% guilty, in different ways, for the great sufferings and pain they brought upon you, and it is only right that the responsibility is focused on them in that respect.
Walsh and Donaghy have partly ruined your life up until now.
I think you must now ask yourself how you can keep the blame light on them but do it in a way that is not causing you the pain it is.
Can you get to do that by engaging in more therapy, spiritual direction, etc.
You have to do something to stop the cycle of pain you are trapped in.
Secondly, Paddy, I do not think you are happy in yourself.
I believe you have very strong inner conflict in yourself.
I particularly think you have an internal conflict with regard to your emotions.
Your homily on St Patrick’s Day showed this.
You are going to have to fully accept who you are and what you are.
And, finally, I believe you need another human being in your life to love and accept you unconditionally.
This is obviously very difficult as you are supposed to live as a celibate RC priest.
But it is vital for your healing.
In Genesis, the Lord tells us: “It is not good for a man to be alone.”
71 replies on “A LETTER TO FR PADDY MC CAFFERTY – A WAY TO HEALING?”
Pat, there’s a kindness in your letter to Padfy. That’s very admirable and to be expected. Having experienced abuse I empathise totally with you and Paddy but not to the same depth as I managed to rid myself of my abuser before I was beyond redemption but the memories remain and I’ll never quite know if that hidden abuse actually affected me. I’ve had much depression over the years, much inner restlessness and confusion.This all came to an unmanageable state until I sought therapy for 5 years through which I was able to unravel much of my inner conflicts. Yet, I never spoke of my abuse during my therapy as it was other issues that caused upheaval. Often I feel I should do so. I hope Paddy can let go of some or all of his anger and hurt. That letting go can be a life long journey. If the hurt is very deep, the healing is a much longer process. I have one concern about your letter. You are asking Paddy to accept your assessment about what you believe may be the root of his obvious inner conflicts. Is that fair? Also, was Paddy made aware that he was the focus of the blog this Sunday? While those of us whov’e been through therapy and counselling and studied psychology may feel “at home” with our true self, I think we must be careful not to intimate our judgment on others. I pray each day for all who are abused and who are suffering that they may find healing someday, somehow.
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Please delete this story, Father. Well done on writing the letter as an act of kindness in your ministry, but he must find his own way outside the glare of social media.
Paddy does everything in the glare of social media
Pat, this has been very triggering for me 😔
As a previous student in St Malachys college it is very difficult to put the snake who is Paddy Walsh out of my head, despite it being 40 years ago. I saw nothing of Christ in this man. He was a bully, an egotist and a man (I use that word lightly) who was consumed by power. As he nears his end I am not surprised that he continues to be a bully by terrorising and elderly Carmelita nun. Yes we all get on with our lives but the mere mention of this man’s name reignites feelings of vengeance towards him, having witnessed his behaviour and actions and all the while disguising himself as a shepherd of Christ. How in earth was this man ever promoted to bishop in D&C? When I left St Malachys I thought that would be the last time I would come into contact with him. Little did I know that he would soon take the reins in my own diocese. Many many people have suffered at the hands of this man and still he is allowed by the RCC to continue his evil ways.He may not be everybody’s cup of tea but Fr Paddy McCafferty obviously has strong feelings towards him. Is Fr Paddy obsessed with Walsh and revenge or is he just determined to highlight to Walsh that he is and always has been a complete lying bastard and a narcissist instead of allowing Walsh to swan off into his dying sunset . To think that Walsh will be lying in the cathedral crypt when he dies is truly nauseating. He should be returned to the cesspit he came from. But that’s the good old RCC for you; they eulogise and celebrate horrendous evil people. Paddy Walsh does not continually live in my head but when his name pops up it certainly invokes very negative memories of an evil despot
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Fr Donaghy dubbed Fr Filth by the media is the root cause in this issue.
Another clear example of the widespread damage and consequences of aiding and abetting criminality.
Paddy McCafferty is undergoing immeasurable long term suffering and is very fortunate to have Independent Bishop Patrick Buckley to help him when the toxic Roman Catholic Mafia have yet again left others to clean up their mess.
A bunch of shameless parasites in the RCC.
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No he isn’t.
The rape culture of the cult is the root cause here. It is impossible to guarantee that abuse will never happen but it is possible to do everything humanly possible to try to ensure it doesn’t, respond to concerns and complaints and then help victims if it does.
A man like Donaghy is unlikely to have much of a conscience or be able to act on its prompting if he has.
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Jesuits cover for abusive teachers
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I’m sure they do but don’t get thinking it’s just Jesuits. When you come at it with the presupposition that the rape and money laundering are the point and the religion bit a respectable cover, I think you’ll find the church makes much more sense.
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It it very revealing to read how much the bishops, priests and their friends absolutely rail against this blog as they do clearly fear exposure and resent and begrudge the help that you give to those that they choose to destroy. Beneath contempt.
Paddy McCafferty is evidently a very damaged man, and with good reason after his experiences at the hands of Donaghy and Walsh and others. It is pretty clear that he and others have not handled that damage well at all, and it has been allowed to fester and to continue to hurt him, and probably others as well. I guess part of the reason for this is that he has not had the correct interventions that would help with some of his hurt. That may be because he has not been offered such help, or maybe he has not been willing to accept such help. In his present state of mind he will lash out, quite understandably given his pain. This further damages him. It also damages those around him. The focus of his pain and anger, Walsh et al, will be, perhaps rightly so, collateral damage, but given their own pathologies I doubt if they are hurt or bother too much by McCafferty’s pain and anger. + Pat’s letter and appeal to McCafferty is admirable, if somewhat blunt, but maybe a direct appeal such as this is what is needed in order to persuade this man to seek the help that he rightly and desperately needs. As well as nudging him in that direction, there also needs to be a concrete offer of help. Is that offer there ? Who is offering it ? Should not D & C be proactive in this ? Without some intervention McCafferty’s pain and hurt will continue. Sadly.
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In the Church, they have a great habit of “letting sleeping dogs lie.”
The problem is that Paddy is not “sleeping”.
What more can McCafferty do? He has “outed” Walsh, Donaghy, and Loughran, publicly. He can’t do so, again and again, without sounding like a stuck record.
McCafferty should accept that none of these characters are ever going to admit, let alone apologise for, what they did. So, what is McCafferty hoping to achieve by bringing this repeatedly to public attention?
This isn’t good for him, and, with deep respect, people will grow tired of endlessly hearing about it. This is the likely outcome here. McCafferty is just deepening his own wounds, and showing that he cannot forgive and cannot move on.
You would have thought bishops etc. would have learned a lesson by now. Ignoring stuff, hiding stuff, denying stuff, covering up stuff…..well, it all comes out eventually. So the sooner somebody engages with McCafferty and intervenes with him, listens to him etc., then it will all blow up and everybody will be hurt further. McCafferty especially, which would be sad. Isn’t McKeown in charge in D&C these days pro team ? Perhaps he could do something ? He will already know something about the story because the was there previously as an auxiliary.
‘McCafferty is just deepening his own wounds, and showing that he cannot forgive and cannot move on.’
Your daily reminder that the cult customarily blame victims and have absolutely no idea at all of the effect of trauma.
When you’ve been repeatedly raped by an authority/trust figure you are fucked in more ways than one.
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‘The cult’? Seriously? Is this your considered response to my questions at 9.50 am?
Again we have gaslighting by commenters who just don’t want to hear anything that goes against the preferred narrative on abuse by priests, and its cover-up.
You do realise that you are behaving in precisely the way that certain members of ‘the cult’ behave when challenged about sexual abuse by priests? Tell me you do. Or are you simply too stupid to recognise it?
Gaslighting people (‘the cult’) ensures only that the attempted suppression of certain points of view won’t succeed.
Once more, what is McCafferty hoping to achieve by repeatedly raising this issue, especially in public? Can you at least attempt a sensible, intelligent answer? One that doesnt repeat the word ‘cult’? It has become a cliché on this blog. The last refuge of those incapable of reasoned thought and of not lashing out like a petulant child.
In my opinion, McCafferty’s relentless pursuit of his appalling abuse by Donaghy, and its facilitation by Walsh (along with its attempted cover-up by both Walsh and Loughran) is about one thing now: revenge, driven by personal fury and hatred. He wants to hammer these people into the ground, and who can blame him? But is it right? Is it healthy for him?McCafferty is allowing the bad guys and gal here to continue robbing him of peace, while he is damaging his own spirituality.
Pat Buckley has had the backbone to challenge McCafferty on his behaviour, while genuinely sympathising with his deeply personal plight.
Anyone who encourages McCafferty to feel comfortable with where he is, both emotionally and spiritually, has not got his interests truly at heart.
McCafferty is stuck in a terrible rut. For his sake, he needs empathy, unquestionably; but he needs also gentle pushing to free him from a place that is clearly causing him great harm.
Your daily reminder at 12:47 that telling someone that they’re stuck and need to move on doesn’t actually move them on and displays literally no awareness of how this works.
But tell us again how you’re all experts in humanity.
Fr. McCaffery is one of countless survivors of RC abuse. Maybe he finds bringing this matter into public cathartic. The problem RCC has is so many sleeping dogs are now wide awake. Until such time as RC hierarchy take responsibility, be accountable, and lead with integrity, they will NEVER be credible episcopal leaders. End the cover-ups!
I realise that you’re a work-in-progress in terms of what I said at 12.47, and that understanding of it, like Yeats’ peace, will come ‘dropping slow’.
Even you cannot deny that McCafferty is not a happy man, not at peace. And we both know the fundamental reason for it: the terrible abuse and betrayal he suffered from Donaghy, compounded by betrayal from Walsh and Loughran. But, paradoxically, he is aggravating this by repeatedly picking the scab from his wound: he is hindering his own healing. How? By revisiting the abuse and betrayal every time he posts an angry comment on social media about it, or when he sermonises on the subject.
I know you don’t understand this, but, if it facilitates, repeat the old adage, ‘God helps those who helps themselves’ until the proverbial penny drops. (I’d settle for even the old halfpenny: it would at least mark a degree of progress on your part, instead of the usual intellectual regression.)
BTW, I am not a Romanist.
5:06 Really? You do such a good impression of one.
In standing up to the blog’s long-time antagonist, your balance and temperate argument are very much in evidence.
It’s the antagonist who is the one scratching his own scabwounds and making them worse and thereby postponing any possibility of healing.
Still not answering my questions about McCafferty’s self-harming behaviours. Could it… Could it be that it is YOU who doesn’t understand ‘how this works’?
Like +Phylis of Portsmouth, +Leonora of St Andrews and Edinburgh is being slated by parishioners in the Scotsman today:
Parishioners question leading Scottish Catholic cleric over use of multi-million pound funds
One of Scotland’s leading Catholic clerics is coming under mounting pressure from ordinary parishioners to justify the financial stewardship of his archdiocese amid growing controversy over the imposition of a new levy, and mounting questions over whether they are doing enough to help lift people out of poverty.
Dozens of parishioners have signed an open letter to Archbishop Leonora Cushley and his fellow trustees at the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh raising concerns over mandatory payments to bolster a fund for retired clergy. They warn it will disproportionately impact smaller parishes and threaten their financial stability.
The churchgoers from three Edinburgh parishes have also asked how the archdiocese is utilising its significant cash reserves at a time when many parishioners are struggling. In the letter, they state: “We wish to point out that £57m in reserves does not sit comfortably with the fact that many in our communities are dependent upon foodbanks.”
The growing scrutiny of Archbishop Leonora’s leadership comes after Scotland on Sunday revealed how he and the trustees are the subject of a complaint detailing concerns about their conduct and method of raising funds. The complaint, being considered by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), accuses them of “deliberate financial mismanagement”. The archdiocesan trustees said they had acted accordingly to appropriate and independent professional advice.
The 31 parishioners behind the open letter say that story made them aware of “how widespread our misgivings are felt within the archdiocese”. Their letter focuses on the disputed model employed by the archdiocese to finance its Aged and Infirm Clergy Fund (AICF).
The archdiocese says the measure, introduced by a decree from Archbishop Leonora in September last year, is necessary to solve a “funding crisis”. It says it needs around £17.7m to meet future retirement allowances, with Archbishop Leonora telling priests last month that solving the problem necessitated the “painful process of raising money”. The archdiocese’s latest accounts show its overall income increased year-on-year by £2.4m to £8.9m. Spending on charitable activities fell by over £400,000.
The AICF decree means some parishes will have to set aside as much as a third of their annual offertory income. Now, the parishioners at St Catherine’s, St Gregory’s and St John Vianney’s in Edinburgh have called for an urgent rethink.
Their letter notes the curia bank account contained £4.4m, a 32 per cent increase from 2020, with a further £9.4m in parish bank accounts, up 6 per cent. “We make the point that meanwhile, parish buildings are closing, older people have further to travel to Mass, important services at these parishes will be lost, and we seemingly cannot secure a pension for our retired priests,” the parishioners wrote. “In this context, we find it hard to see how the amount of just under £14m in the bank accounts, unused, could justify the imposition of a new levy on parishes.”
The parishioners have also asked whether individual impact assessments of parishes’ needs were conducted, pointing out one of their parishes will be left with an offertory income of £8,800. “Our view was that to threaten the financial stability of the smaller, poorer parishes would lead to their inability to fulfil the objectives of the charity set out in its trust deed,” they explained.
Archbishop Leonora has said the issue of finding “adequate funding” for retired clergy dated back to 1972, but the Edinburgh parishioners believe that explanation raises multiple questions. “What was the reason for this not being addressed until the middle of the pandemic and cost-of-living crisis, during which so many have been hit hard financially?” their letter asks. “What, if any, accountability existed for the errors leading to the gross underfunding?”
The issues surrounding the AICF will be discussed later this week at gatherings in Fife and Edinburgh. They are among five meetings being held throughout March in each deanery area, with a lay representative from every parish invited alongside parish priests.
The parishioners have also requested an open meeting with the trustees, and the establishment of a collaborative body within the archdiocese to revisit the decree. Any such review, they argue, should find a “better and fairer” way of supporting retired priests, and chart a “more sustainable and equitable pathway forward” for the archdiocese.
Elsewhere, the letter, which has also been sent to the OSCR, points out while Pope Francis used his Christmas homily to focus on the impoverished, scrutiny should fall on the emphasis placed by Archbishop Leonora’s archdiocese on the relief of poverty – a purpose explicitly specified in its trust deed.
The letter notes that while the archdiocese spent over £5.6m in 2021 on the advancement of religion and education, accounting for nearly 82 per cent of charitable expenditure, it put just £776,000 towards the ‘relief of poverty’ and £512,000 towards the ‘alleviation of sickness and disease’. The parishioners said those purposes may benefit from “a review in terms of their importance and weighting”, which could free up AICF funding.
A spokesman for the OSCR said: “Following the concerns that were raised in November, we have also received correspondence from the charity itself, and we are currently considering all this information. I can also confirm that OSCR have received a copy of a letter sent to the archdiocese, and we will consider its contents as part of this work.”
The archdiocese declined to disclose its responses to the parishioners when asked. A spokesman said that a “detailed reply” answering each of the parishioners’ questions was hand-delivered to the parish for each signatory, and the parishioners then responded to express “thanks for the thorough and almost comprehensive manner in which you have dealt with our concerns”.
Since receiving the trustees’ reply, the parishioners have repeatedly asked them for permission to make it public in the interests of transparency, and expressed “disappointment” the archdiocese has yet to respond to their request for an open meeting and a new collaborative body.
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‘the archdiocese spent over £5.6m in 2021 on the advancement of religion and education, accounting for nearly 82 per cent of charitable expenditure, it put just £776,000 towards the ‘relief of poverty’ and £512,000 towards the ‘alleviation of sickness and disease’.’
Well of course, gotta make more rubes.
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Are you giving bishops female names? A vulgar and misogynist behaviour that dispenses me from reading your long screed.
Yes, I’m fed up with this too. It is cliquish and often excludes many readers.
In case you need to be reminded, today’s blog is in relation to Fr. Paddy McCafferty – A Way to Healing. While several commenters are taking part in this blog in a caring way, you come along at 9:44am with your own copy and paste piece which has nothing to do with todays topic. Are you bored and trying to distract others from commenting on the subject of the day. I think bishop Pat should not have allowed your comments but it is his blog.
I totally agree with yur comment 5:44. Yes, I’ve seen it happen here on a daily basis where there are those who love to detract from the the blog of the day, which can be most annoying. I agree that pat, being the blog owner, should moderate comments irrelevant to the daily blog.
9.44: Utterly irrelevant to the blog issue for the day.Your copy and paste posts are very boring. Please show some sensitivity.
In the voice of P Flynn
”I tell ya, when you’ve got a big house in Westborne, a housekeeper, pooches, loads of MIAs, incidents in Scariff, beach wankers….you outta try it sometime”
Every diocese has massive reserves what do you think the covering up of child abuse is all about – protecting that asset come Hell or High Water.
US church spent 10 billion in out of court settlements so far but that piffling compared to their reserve!!
Check out reserve of Westminster, Liverpool and Birmingham – it’s a scandal and the money given by laity is ear marked for bishop’s retirement and sick clergy – although I suspect the plan is to throw them onto the mercy of the state.
Money money makes the church go round!!
Bishop Pat, would you personally help and support Fr Mc Cafferty if he asked you.
Absolutely. In a heart beat.
The real question is- and a very sincere one- does he want to be helped or is he at some level enjoying all the fame and notoriety?
I don’t believe he is enjoying anything. I think he just can’t round his anger, and his sense of deep, deep injustice and betrayal.
Jesus help him to heal.
He said he had a problem with drink, self harming, addiction is part of his behaviour, he’s addiction and no sense of control when he speaks of what Fr Donaghy sexual did to him in great detail..…but what did Paddy McCaffery do to Fr Donaghy, So I think Pat has a point.
Poor old Paddy is a one trick pony. Most of his practising parishioners (estimated at 3%) indulge him but the constant bleating does get a bit tiring.
I put up two comments on this blog the last few days an neither was published. I thought Bishop Pat was a publish an be damned man but apparently not. More an Irish media man of publish what suits the narrative.
Were they offensive ? Pat
No Bishop Pat, I dont think so. One was saying that I thought Mount Mellaray was a great place to stay for a spiritual break and the other was this blog where I wondered was it helpful publishing your letter to Fr Paddy . Maybe you might not have received them. I’m sure you are inundated with replies .
I am a bit inundated. Want to resubmit the comments.
Some people get through life, playing the role of the professional victim. I do not doubt for one second, that Paddy suffered at the hands of Donaghy and Walsh and their cohorts. And in this he has my compassion and prayer for healing. As a victim of abuse, I understand the difficulties in moving forward. But ( and there is always a but) it really is time to get over it, Paddy.
By all means talk about it if it helps others to confront and deal with their abuse but for God’s sake stop writing bitter, nasty messages to Walsh etc. Haven’t you read that part of the gospels in which Jesus calls us to forgive. Judge and seek justice by all means but temper that judgement with the spirit of forgiveness – forgiveness for what these people inflicted on you and forgiveness for YOURSELF. I say this because, rightly or wrongly, I detect a bit of self- flagellation in some of your output.
Paddy was proudly professing, in his St Patrick’s day diatribe – I wouldn’t dignify it by calling it a homily – how he and those like him are saved, they aren’t to go the way of the darnel and the weeds. What arrogant assurance and so little, in fact nothing, in the way of gentleness and compassion, especially for those of us in the LGBT community. Check out his diatribe/homily- it’s online.
Lack of forgiveness, lack of compassion, assured of your own salvation – I detect a bit of a false prophet in you, Paddy.
I also detect a bit of hypocrisy in singling out the LGBT community. The words internalised and homophobia come to mind.
Paddy, you possibly won’t believe me but I do pray that you will find peace and blessed assurance.
‘And in this he has my compassion and prayer for healing.’
By calling him a professional victim?
‘I understand the difficulties in moving’
If you did you wouldn’t tell him to get over it. You are making your own experience normative and understand the difficulties as well as I understand Chinese.
Don’t tell me
You’re a priest, aren’t you? 😂
It is possible to comment on someones percieved failings but still offer prayer for their healing and look on them compassionately. Why do you have a problem with this – is that perhaps just too complex an idea for you to get your head around?
As for your second comment – you have no comprehension of what I had to go through to ‘get over it’ – in so far as anyone can get over such a thing. And while I accept that we all respond to these sitautions differently I would venture, that a road to healing for Paddy might be stop playing the victim card. I do not intend to invaildate or normalise Paddy’s abuse by offering this advise. I believe therefore that my understanding of being an abuse victim is as good as your grasp of Chinese. I am assuming, that you are fluent in that language.
I am not a priest. I did go to Maynooth in the late ’80. I was with a religious order. In my 3rd Year i went to novitiate and within a few weeks of starting novitiate i was sexually propositioned by my novice master. I left after that.
Not because I felt assaulted but because I enjoyed it and realised I wanted it regularly.
For those that have taken the time to read this far – my experince of abuse happened as a child. My expereince in novtitiate was between consenting adults. I was a mature student.
5:00 Yes you have often told us about your experience. The difficulty you have is in understanding anyone else’s experience.
I think he’s mentioned it twice that’s hardly often. He makes a valid point yet all you can do is make ad hominem snarky comments.
Are you Paddy?
Try engaging with the subject and not having a go at the posters experience of abuse.
3.15 distorts the comments at 1.15 by selective copying and pasting in a way which reveals his lapsed identity.
You’re an alkie, aren’t you? 😂
Brenda Maulhall alert at 1:50pm on March 20. Oh Brenda, you are soooo obvious and we all know you hate wee Paddy and, more importantly, why!!!!
Is Bishop Walsh compis mentis? I ask given his age, and poor health. If he isn’t, then, surely, anything Fr McCafferty writes to him will just go over his head and, therefore, be pointless.
Most of what paddy writes is pretty pointless anyway, God love him.
Even if Walsh is gaga, the truth is still the truth, and must be told
Pat at 3:05 Yes, and if the ‘faithful’ think we’re not noticing that their comments are all tending towards trying to shut up both you and Paddy, they’ve got another thing coming.
It’s still extraordinary to me that they can’t work out what more they could do about the abuse but are still busy trying to ignore the elephant in the room.
You missed my point, 3.05.
What purpose, beyond personal harassment, is there in sending weighty missives to a man who may be (as you unkindly put it) ‘gaga’?
He won’t understand them.
No one is trying to shut anyone up. Where did you get that idea? Not from anything said on this blog, so where, then? Only one option available: your head.
5:12 I didn’t miss your point at all, but it’s irrelevant.
How is it irrelevant to mention the absolute pointlessness of sending missives to a man who may have a form of dementia and who may, therefore, be incapable not only of understanding them, but even of reading them?
I don’t know if Bishop Walsh is compis mentis or not, though. there seems to be a very marked pattern of elderly senior clerics professing to have suddenly lost their marbles when questioned about their history of abusing, or covering up abuse by others. Messrs Pell, McCarrick and O’Brien come to mind. Whether Mr Walsh is or isn’t compis mentis, Nazareth care home need to get their safeguarding act together. What the hell is the guy doing in the private room of sn elderly carmelite nun?
He’s confused about whose room it actually is? Dementia? Perhaps Alzheimer’s? It’s a possibility, given his very old age. Which means it is utterly pointless of Fr McCafferty to be sending this man missives.
Walsh is completely compis mentis
Pro-tip: if you can even consider saying to someone who’s been abused that they should get over it and that they’re enjoy it it’s possible you don’t understand abuse.
But it’s far more likely that you’re the apparatchik of the rape cult, not caring about the victim and wanting him to shut up.
Parents, do you think your kids would be safe in a cult which makes out people who’ve been raped enjoy the suffering?
New words today: psychopathy conscienceless affectless gaslighting bullying
Well stated Paddy,
No, not get over the abuse, silly, but stop publicly and repeatedly, without any useful purpose, harping on it.
Observe the shift of position at 4:06.
I have particularly appreciated the textbook way the comments today have been pretending they had Paddy’s best interests at heart.
Bishop Pat thank you for once again providing an opportunity for the cultists to show how they treat victims.
No shift. Just a correction of your … misunderstanding.
Perhaps Walsh needs to feel fear as he has dementia – he can start to understand the terror a child fears when raped by a priest.
You’ve used this narrative many times. Yet you let it be known your abuser wasn’t a churchman. Are you looking for vicarious atonement?
Walsh is in full possession of his faculties. Evil old bastard.
A propos your tips: physician heal thyself.
POLAND IN MELTDOWN OVER JOHN PAUL II ABUSE COVER-UP ALLEGATIONS
A new book and television documentary claims that the then cardinal Karol Wojtyła was not just aware of priests who sexually abused children – he covered up for them
Irish Times [Dublin, Ireland]
March 18, 2023
By Derek Scally
“To the outsider’s eye, the Catholic Church reigns supreme in Poland. On a regular Sunday, Polish church pews are full while queues form, even during Mass, for Confession. In 2016, the country installed Jesus Christ as King of Poland at a grand ceremony in Krakow. Last year, after three decades of lobbying, Polish bishops secured an almost total ban on abortion. Nearly two decades after the death of the Polish pope in 2005, and nearly a decade after he was canonised, the face of St John Paul II remains omnipresent in his homeland. But the church he shaped like no other is now in meltdown since, last week, the unthinkable finally happened. After a steady drip of clerical sexual abuse revelations in recent years, a new book and a television documentary presented claims that, in his 14 years as archbishop of Krakow, the then cardinal Karol Wojtyła was not just aware of priests who sexually abused children – he covered up for them.”