A very pleasant, elderly, daily blog reader from Munster telephoned me the other day and asked if I could forgive RICHARD PURCELL and let him get on with his life?
He also said that RP was doing great work in Mount Mellerary, resonating the buildings, developing Declans pilgrim path, and inviting choirs to sing at the monastery.
Richard Purcell does not need my forgiveness. He never wronged me personally, and I’ve never met him.
If he has done the things he’s accused of, he needs God’s forgiveness, the forgiveness of anyone he has hurt, and the forgiveness of his Cistercian brethren whom he has betrayed.
REPENTANCE – PREREQUISITE FOR FORGIVENESS
Richard Purcell has never issued a statement, much less an apology for his actions.
In my opinion, his silence is an arrogant silence.
His resignation for “personal reasons” rang and rings hollow.
In allowing this, the OCSOs have sullied the reputation of the whole order.
I used to admire and believe in the Cistercians. I now regard them as another corrupt lot.
When the contemplatives are shagging each other in the monasteries what hope is there for the seculars?
Has Purcell changed? Have we seen signs of change.
All I see recently is a man “ensconced in Zion” – appearing in the media often in designer clothes
For now, I think Purcell is exercising caution and lying low.
I detect no sign of sackcloth and ashes and no ripping of garments.
My dad Jim, God rest him, used to say:
“If you’re used to wearing shoes, it’s hard to go in your bare feet.”
If Richard has become accustomed to the “gay fles pots,” can he seriously return to “conversion of life?”
My guess is NO.
GLASGOW UNDERTAKERS DOMESTIC CASE RESUMES TODAY IN GLASGOW
As you know, Desmond Maguire will appear in court for a 4th and possible final time tomorrow (Tuesday 21st.
The trial was continued to allow The Crown more time to gather evidence from its witnesses. These included 3 of the Maguuress 5 children – NOT the middle child as she has special needs and NOT the youngest.
Desmond has asked his friend Bishop / MR Keenan as well as Glasgow’s Vicar General and Glasgow’s Chancellor of the Mgr Murray, and Glasgow’s Director of Catholic Education, Canon Anthony Gallagher with whom Desmond is residing, for character references.
Mgr Hugh Bradley is publicly and vocally supporting Desmond.