Armagh and Clonmacnoise is close to my heart. We Buckleys are from that diocese – Pullough in Co. Offaly. Other close relations – the Dunicans live in Shannonbridge – right beside Clonmacnoise. I spent all my childhood holidays in those places and recall them as quite idilyc.
My immediate thoughts are two:
1. As Chancellor of Meath diocese he has been complicit on the ongoing injustice against Dom Andersen of Silverstream
That makes me question his integrity and morals immediately.
2. He has spent 40 years behind a desk defending Catholic schools.
COMMENT FROM FORMER PUPIL
He is also a classmate of Kerry Anthropocene, Ray Brown, and the Tuam Neanderthal Francis Duffy.
I think he will be an unthinking, unquestioning, non reflective RC automaton.
That’s what Rome likes. That’s what the other Irish bishops like. That’s what the old ba bas like.
Another Titanic like captain – heading, not for an iceberg but a black hole.
Thank God I have nothing to do with except expose them for what they are and for what they are not.
I’d like to hear the views of priests and others on this appointment.
A beautiful poem by Mallcome Guite.
Here is the source of every sacrament,
The all-transforming presence of the Lord,
Replenishing our every element
Remaking us in his creative Word.
For here the earth herself gives bread and wine,
The air delights to bear his Spirit’s speech,
The fire dances where the candles shine,
The waters cleanse us with His gentle touch.
And here He shows the full extent of love
To us whose love is always incomplete,
In vain we search the heavens high above,
The God of love is kneeling at our feet.
Though we betray Him, though it is the night.
He meets us here and loves us into light.