This letter, to my mind comes from an angry cleric.

I think that the writer is on the the gay active priests who get very angry when this Blog gets near one of them or their friends.

He should have sent me his excoriating letter.

He tells me that Fr Mc Alinden was 100 times the priest I am.

Is that not for God to judge?

And he tells me I will only be a better priest if I take his advice.

He calls my £ 50 donation to the hospice “miserable”.

I’m sure the hospice would love many more £ 50 donations.

Of course this priests is above all else A COWARD.

He did not have the balls to put his mame to his letter.

He could not even come out and defend his dead friend openly.

I always put my name to EVERYTHING I write or say.


Shannon Campbell
Eddie O Donnell

Our writer is expressing how they felt when the attended the Catholic Chaplaincy at QUB.

I have never been in the building.

But in many parishes and chaplaincies the PP or the chaplain regards it as THEIR territory.

And they do not like to be questioned.

Also, many of these men surround themselves with a clique of head nodders.

It’s an oft repeated dynamic of human organisations.

Fr McGrattan was well liked in St Patrick’s Parish in Belfast when he was there.

He has since been sent for further studies.

The air in St Brigids Parish is quite “rarified” with parishioners being doctors lawyers etc.




Text of Irish Examiner article on 18 Jan 2022 by Eoghan Dalton 

Controversy has flared in the Diocese of Waterford over the departure of a popular priest.

Richard Geoghegan tweeted on Sunday night that he had been “officially dismissed by Rome” and claimed his “Bishop was happy to dispense” with him.

The Bishop of Waterford and Lismore has pushed back on this, contending that Mr Geoghegan has left the priesthood “of his own accord”.

Mr Geoghegan was a longtime priest in south Tipperary, covering Carrick-on-Suir and other parts, and is the brother of former Mayor of Waterford, Fine Gael councillor Damien Geoghegan.

He came under fire in 2017 by an international right-wing Catholic publication following an appearance in an RTÉ programme hosted by hotelier Francis Brennan, where he performed in drag as singer Shirley Bassey.

He tweeted: “I entered seminary in 1987 at the age of 19. I was ordained in 1993 at the age of 25. On 7/1/22 I was officially dismissed by Rome. On Friday 14/01/22 my Bishop was happy to dispense me.”

Mr Goeghegan added: “I’m a good man. And he talks about the shortage of vocations.”

The crisis facing the Church due to a lack of priests has been referenced in the past by both Pope Francis and Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan.

However Bishop Cullinan told the Irish Examiner that Mr Geoghegan had sought to leave the priesthood of his own accord.

“Richard Geoghegan petitioned Pope Francis for laicisation from the priesthood on 31st March 2021,” Bishop Cullinan said.

“At the meeting last March, Richard attended the diocesan offices, in the company of a chosen colleague, to sign the request to the Holy Father for laicisation.

“On 15th December 2021, Pope Francis granted Richard Geoghegan’s petition, meaning that he is no longer a priest.

“I wish to acknowledge and thank Richard for his pastoral ministry over the years and wish him well for his future.”

Local councillor David Dunne said it was known there have been disagreements between Mr Geoghegan and the Church hierarchy.

“Fr Richard has my one hundred percent support. He’s one of the nicest men and is extremely well liked in Carrick,” Mr Dunne said.

“It’s people like him who will make the Church relevant and who are needed by the Church — not the other way around.”

Tributes were paid on social media to Mr Geoghegan for his work as a priest, with two saying he had been “treated abysmally” in recent years.

Some of his 3,400-strong social media following were surprised to learn he was a man of the cloth, and instead knew him for his tweeting on Waterford matters, musicals and events of the day.

Parishioner Nicola Long told him: “You were, and still are, and will continue to be a wonderful person. You are part of practically every family in Carrick, for being an amazing person in good times and in sorrowful times.”



ACP Statement, Thurs 20 January 2022:

Last October, the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) issued a statement in relation to complaints we received about the way some bishops are treating – even it might be said bullying – some of their priests. We noted that this is generally not the case with most Irish bishops. We pointed out that, for over a decade now, the ACP has seen its role as supporting the rights of priests to fair and just treatment.

So it was with dismay and sadness that we read the news that Richard Geoghegan of the diocese of Waterford and Lismore has left the priesthood. As the ACP supported Richard’s quest for fairness, it is imperative that we add some facts, as we know them, in response to the recent statement from Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of Waterford and Lismore.

In 2020, the Association was contacted by a priest from the diocese of Waterford and Lismore as he felt a priest of the diocese – Richard Geoghegan – was being “pushed out of priesthood” – even though there was no allegation or official complaint against him. One of the ACP Leadership team met with Richard and, with Richard’s agreement, accompanied him to a meeting with his bishop.

During the meeting, Richard expressed his wish to remain a priest of the diocese. Bishop Cullinan responded that he knew that Richard did not want that. The Bishop added that he felt it best for Richard if he left the priesthood. In response, Richard said that he never felt supported by the bishop since he came into the diocese.

In reply, the Bishop outlined all the reasons why he felt Richard should leave – including a mental health crisis that Richard had experienced. Sometime after the meeting, when Richard obtained the minutes, he discovered they were completely distorted and only included some of what the bishop had said and nothing of what Richard or the ACP member had said.

During 2021, Bishop Cullinan withdrew Richard’s ‘celebret’ – a card that acknowledges a priest is in good standing with his bishop – which meant that Richard could no longer say Mass publicly or officiate as a priest. Richard was not informed of this nor did any formal process take place to alert him to it. He was then asked to leave the house provided for him by the diocese. Because he felt unsupported and ‘not wanted’ by Bishop Cullinan, Richard reluctantly signed the laicisation papers.

The ACP believes that Bishop Cullinan’s treatment of Fr Richard Geoghegan fell well below the ‘pastoral care’ a bishop as ‘a shepherd’ is expected to exercise in relation to his priest, a standard of respect, support and care that is enshrined in the law of the Catholic Church and which priests have a right to enjoy. Richard Geoghegan’s reluctant signing of his laicisation papers after 28 years of service to the diocese of Waterford and Lismore has left him at 54 years of age, without an income, accommodation and dependant on a derisory financial settlement.

The ACP contends that Fr Richard Geoghegan’s treatment is inappropriate, unreasonable and unacceptable.



Hi Damien,

I’m a former parishioner of Fr. Richard Geoghegan’s in Carrick on Suir. I am utterly heartbroken to hear the latest news about him and how shabbily he has been treated.
I’d like to share a couple of examples of what a good man he is.
Back in 2012, my husband’s 16 year-old nephew died by suicide, my mother-in-law was an elderly, devout, holy, Catholic lady, everyone was worried as to how she could be told the devastating news (keeping in mind, suicide was considered sinful) – Fr. Richard took it upon himself to go to Bridget and explain to her in words only he could say – from his heart – as a human, he comforted her and prayed with her and she was forever grateful to him for guiding the whole family through what was undoubtedly the most devastating time. He has been an amazing friend, confidant, and shoulder to cry on to our extended family. We will never forget his kindness.
He treated every parishioner the same, be they rich or poor, he could chat with the smallest child as easily as he could to the richest farmer.
Ask anyone in the parish what it was like at Christmas Eve “midnight” Mass when we heard Fr. Richard was to say Mass…. People would start arriving from 7pm for 8pm Mass!! There would be as many standing outside as sitting inside. He always said a few words to the attending children about the imminent arrival of Santa Claus, rarely was there a boisterous child in the Church when Fr. Richard said Mass – on the odd occasion that there was, in his own calm humourous way, he would say God was listening to their chatter and enjoying it too… Young and old alike would listen to every word he would say during a sermon, he spoke from the heart, made Mass interesting, understandable…
The bottom line is Fr. Richard is the epitome of a “true Christian” – not “just a priest”…. He is an immense loss to our parish, our religion, our community and the Catholic Church.
Fr. Richard wears his heart on his sleeve, he is gregarious, funny, witty, kind-hearted, understanding, nonjudgmental and above all – a beautiful soul…. He has more Christianity in his small finger than a lot of people who claim to be practicing Catholics…
I am very proud to be considered his friend,



I was literally shocked the first time I saw the video of Richard dressing up and singing.

And, God forgive me, I enjoyed him being Phonsie’s problem.

Some people say he is lovely, a wonderful priest and a nice person.

Others say he is haughty a life long trouble maker and taking the piss.

He seems to had mental problems?

Now, he and Phonsie are at war and the ACP are backing Richard.

It’s a pity he is dealing with Phonsie. Phonsie has no sense of humour and I can’t imagine that his people skills are great

We need the while truth.

Then we can decide the rights and wrongs.



Father Martin Mc Alinden

This Blog was able to definitively confirm yesterday that Fr Martin Mc Alinden died of Gastro Oesophageal cancer and not of the illness speculated on the Blog on the 14th of this month.

The Blog was misled by a clerical colleague of Fr Martin’s and obviously not for good reasons.

A death certificate indicates what cased a person’s death – not all their illnesses

For instance, if I have Parkinsons Disease, high blood pressure bit die of a heart attack my death certificate will say Cardiac arrest.

I know the Blog caused some anger and some upset and we are sorry.

The original Blog has been permanently deleted.

As a sign of our good will in this matter we have made a donation to the hospice which cared For Fr Martin at the end of his life.

This Blog will always withdraw, clarify and apologise for anything it gets wrong.



In the past the vast majority of RC bishops would have covered up any abuse or any other matter that they thought would bring their Church into disrepute.

The so called reputation of the Church was Priority Number One.

This led to a lot of pain and suffering especially on the part of various kinds of victims.

It’s now clear that JOSEPH RATZINGER was one of those cover uppers.

Putting the Church first got him ordained, made a bishop an archbishop and a cardinal and eventually pope.

You do not get these positions without selling your soul to the company.

Ratzinger had to resign as pope because of the filth in the Vatican he presided over.



James and Cahal


Dear Bishop Pat,

Thank you for giving notice of the death and funeral arrangements from James Donnelly, someone whom it was my privilege to meet.

James was a gentleman and in fact the true “wee saint” (to recall how Cahal Daly was eulogised on his death). I hadn’t more than a cursory meeting with both men (the photograph you published shows the men in the Cortile San Damaso after their audience with Pope John Paul II) but his gentleness and goodness left a deep impression.

I can’t say the same for my several encounters with Cahal Daly. He was a pompous and vain little man, who underneath the supposed academic brilliance, was very insecure and perhaps even ashamed of his relatively modest background.

A nasty piece of work too, if slighted or crossed – as you well know. This fact was well known by his episcopal colleagues, and garnered in quite a few of them sympathy for you and how you had been so badly treated by him. 

Your post has set me thinking. Thinking about relationships and the need that all of us, whoever we may be, need to “matter”. To matter to someone.

I have no doubt that Cahal Daly “mattered” a great deal to James Donnelly, for without his intervention in his youth what future at all would he have had with such difficult beginnings? I don’t know, perhaps he would have had a life of considerable success? I doubt it.

Daly, for all his failings, was transformative in James’s life and without him things would have probably turned out very different and he may well have ended his days far from the comfort and security in which he lived and died. 

What’s also interesting to me is that James “mattered” a very great deal to Cahal Daly. I have never heard anyone say that theirs was anything other than an entirely chaste and would be very surprised to learn that they shared a bed, let alone enjoyed a sexually intimate relationship (Daly remined me of a dried-up prune, who wouldn’t have known what an erection was if it hit him in the gob!)

However, there is no doubt that James provided Daly with the intimacy and affective relationship that all of us, be we popes, cardinals, bishops, priests, lay folk, need and some crave. Without mattering to someone, many of us turn to drink, drugs, meaningless sexual encounters with strangers. Well, you know the situation all too well as evidenced on your necessary blog.

I have spent a life time in the company of “the hierarchy” and observing them at close quarters, and have seen it time and again. We all need someone who loves and cares for us in a way that no other one does. This is the basic human need that is attempted to be trained out in seminary (at least when I was in seminary) and yet the human heart makes itself known. Without it we are condemned to a life diminished, left with failure and disappointment, however many titles or acclaim we have.

For those who have reached the higher echelons of the Church these needs are met by such safe persons as a “James” or “Carmel”. Often ignored in public, and treated abruptly and rudely by their bosses – perhaps to allay suspicion – in private they are the ones who sit night after night, in the intimacy of the sitting room, watching television, with supper on a tray, discussing the day. They in fact the “other half” who matters. Pius XII and Sister Pasqulina, John XXIII and Loris Capovilla, Paul VI and John Magee… these are the ones who have kept these men sane in the darkest reaches of their years, and who have been holding them as they died.

How beautiful to be held in the arms of someone you love as you breath your last.

So I am glad that James had Cahal Daly, and even more glad that Cahal Daly had James. We all need to matter to someone, and perhaps, just perhaps, the one and only thing that got Cahal Daly into heaven, was that first act of kindness shown to a young orphan – whatever Daly’s initial and subsequent motivation.

James was the better man in the relationship.

May he be at peace and now enjoying a large glass of Paddy Power with Cackle B!

A Sympathetic Insider

James could not have written the above without help.


I think James is much more likely to be having that glass of Powers with Tomas O’Fiaich – who Daly referred to as an “intellectual lightweight”.





A man taken from an orphanage by Cardinal Cahal Daly who lived all his life with the cardinal has died in Belfast.

James Donnelly, an orphan in Nazareth House, Belfast, who used to serve Mass for Cahal Daly every morning, was taken from the orphanage by Cahal Daly and brought to live in Longford when Daly became bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise.


Daly told James not to tell the nuns where he was going or who he was going with!

James then lived with and a servant to Daly from 1967 to 2009 – a period of 42 years in Longford, Belfast, Armagh and finally Belfast.

James himself told me that he was paid £ 50 per month or £600 a year for a six day week.

He was allowed a day off every Thursday if it suited Dsly.

Daly always referred to him as his “valet”. His duties included helping Daly to dress, polishing Daly’s shoes and treating the leather headband of Daly’s mitres with Johnsons Baby Oil.



One day I got a telephone call from a middle-aged Protestant lady who lived in Belfast. She told me she had a Catholic neighbour in the flat adjoining hers who was very depressed as how he had been treated by the Church. She asked to visit her and James for a meal.

That is what I did and that is how I got to know James.

James referred to Cahal Days as: “My man”.

He showed me aound his flat and showed me a lot of religious objects that were gifts from “My man”.

He was unhappy that after Daly’s death he was being supported by a Trust Daly had set up for him. His contact with the Trust was the PP of St Brigid’s Parish on Belfast Malone Road – Fr Edwars O’Donnell. James said was somewhat afraid of O’Donnell who treated him like a headmaster treated a child.


James was taken to Daly family occasions. He liked a drink but at the Daly occasions he was not allowed to drink. He was given Shloer while others had wine etc.

He also sat at a distant part of the table, according to him.

James did like a drink. What other luxury had he?

Afterwards I often brought him for a meal and a few drinks and left him home safely.

When Daly died James did start to visit some of the gay establishments in Belfast and made some friends there whose company he enjoyed.

All of this would have been a no no for the Dalys.

When he lived with Daly Longford and when he got his Thursday off he would cycle from Longford to Galway and visit Bishop Eamon Casey for lunch – 79 miles each way ! He told me Casey gave him a large whiskey for his return journey.

He must have been extremely fit at the time to undertake such a journey.


I do not know if Cahal Daly’s relationship with poor James ever veered into the genital.

What is clear is that Daly took unto himself a very vulnerable and uneducated orphan and turned him into his life long slave.

I am quite convinced that Daly was a repressed homosexual and used James to fill an ugly gap in his own psychosexual circus.

James did not enter this relationship equally, knowledgeably, freely and with proper consent.

He was almost kidnapped from his orphanage by a man full of egotistical guile and submitted to a life of physical, emotional and monetary slavery.

Daly represented himself as James’ saviour while giving him the victoriana title of valet.


May James Donnelly now experience the love, freedom and respect that he was deprived of by a man whom I accused many years ago of “being strong with the weak and weak with the strong”.



Dear Bishop Konderla,


Greetings from Northern Ireland. I am Bishop Pat Buckley; I exercise an independent Catholic ministry from Larne. I am, however, known on the island of Ireland via the media and my blog, which exposes clerical wrong-doing and clerical recidivism. It is a vocation that I did not choose, but it is one that I have wholeheartedly embraced.

For some time, I have been highlighting on my blog allegations of sexual misconduct at Silverstream Priory, an Institute of Diocesan Right located in the Diocese of Meath in the Republic of Ireland. The aforementioned Institute is subject to the immediate jurisdiction of the local Ordinary, Bishop Thomas Deenihan.

You will, of course legitimately ask yourself why am I writing to you in Tulsa from Northern Ireland about an obscure Benedictine Priory that is obsessed with the Traditional Latin Mass and whose founding Prior claims to receive “directions” from the Tabernacle? The answer is simple — the founding Prior referred to above — Dom Mark Kirby relocated from the Diocese of Tulsa to the Diocese of Meath to establish his fledgling foundation at Silverstream Priory.


Therefore, I write with the questions that I trust you will answer promptly, directly, and without equivocation. Recently, I brought some concerns about Silverstream Priory to the safeguarding co-ordinator of the Diocese of Meath, and I copied my questions to the members of the Irish Parliament elected within the area that more or less constitutes the canonical territory of the Diocese of Meath. You are advised that one of these representatives, Ms. Helen McEntee TD, is the Irish Minister for Justice.

For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to make it clear that I appreciate that the matters addressed herein did not occur during your period of pastoral governance of the Diocese of Tulsa. However, that does not mean you can wash your hands of the scandal due to a lack of knowledge and/or seek to blame the decision-making of your predecessor are his inability to control one of his priests.

Nonetheless, what I am bringing to your attention may have implications for the Diocese of Tulsa, as I am hearing of a rumour of sexual misconduct that may have perpetrated by Dom Mark Kirby when his fledgling monastic institute was located within the Diocese of Tulsa. Again, I emphasise at the moment this is a rumour, however, the antecedents of the rumour comes from a Benedictine monk and priest, who is who is in a position of leadership within an American community; hence, it has significant credibility. But, I emphasise it is a rumour, and I hope to be contacted by the individual concerned in due course.

Upon receipt of the present, I would respectfully suggest that you immediately apprise yourself about the monastic foundation that was set-up by Dom Kirby in the Diocese of Tulsa and speak to a number of individuals who have first-hand knowledge of Kirby’s actions in your diocese as a matter of considerable urgency. Because, I can tell you categorically that the founding Prior of Silverstream Priory, Dom Mark Kirby, OSB, relocated from the Diocese of Tulsa to the Diocese of Meath to establish his fledgling foundation; that is an established and irrefutable fact.

It is my understanding that Dom Mark Kirby, before he came to the Diocese of Meath was incardinated in the Diocese of Tulsa? Is this true? Are you willing to confirm the canonical status of Dom Kirby when he was resident within the Diocese of Tulsa?

Did he [Kirby] leave the Diocese of Tulsa with the expressed written permission of Bishop Edward Slattery to set-up his monastic foundation in Ireland, 0r was Dom Kirby on a frolic of his own coming to Ireland?


If he did not come to Ireland with the permission of Bishop Slattery, would you accept the proposition that Dom Kirby was disobedient to his Ordinary?

Upon his arrival in Ireland, was Dom Mark Kirby in possession of a letter of good standing from his then Ordinary, Bishop Edward Slattery?

And, was that letter of good standing subsequently presented to the then Ordinary the Diocese of Meath, Bishop Michael Smith?

During his incardination in the Diocese of Tulsa: did Dom Mark Kirby, OSB, have unrestricted priestly faculties to minister in the aforesaid diocese?

During his time of ministry in the Diocese of Tulsa: was Dom Mark Kirby the subject of any complaint(s)? If so, are you prepared for the greater good of the Church to enumerate them? If not; why not?

Was Bishop Edward Slattery aware of allegations of sexual misconduct (of homosexual nature) with respect to Dom Kirby’s past association with the Dominicans and his time as a student at the Catholic University of America when the aforementioned Dom Kirby exercised priestly ministry within the Diocese of Tulsa?

Did Bishop Michael Smith of the Diocese of Meath and/or any individual exercising his [Smith’s] delegated authority contact the Diocese of Tulsa for letters of good standing and additional information pertaining to Dom Mark Kirby and his community when they were in the process of being canonically erected within the Diocese of Meath?

On what date was Dom Mark Kirby incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa? And, who gave Dom Kirby the letters required to incardinate in the Diocese of Tulsa?

Did Dom Kirby receive a canonical release from the Diocese of Tulsa to incardinate into the Diocese of Meath? If so, was this release signed by Bishop Slattery?

Are there any documents within the archives of the Diocese of Tulsa pertaining to Dom Mark Kirby that would be of interest to the Diocese of Meath and its safeguarding team? If so, are you willing to share those documents; if requested in writing? If not; why not?

Bishop Konderla, I appreciate you will not enjoy hearing from me. However, I have discovered a certain matters about Kirby that I am not at liberty to publish at the moment; but, the catalyst for the present is the fact that Catholic Boy Scouts were present at Silverstream Priory in the past. And, in light of what I have learned it would behove all of us to ensure that the mistakes of the past with respect to safeguarding are not repeated in the present.

You may wish to ask Bishop Slattery and his then assistant, Monsignor Brankin about these matters addressed within the present.

It is my custom and practice to publish all my correspondence on my blog, because I believe transparency is good for the Church. Nonetheless, if you request confidentiality in your reply, that would be respected, however, if you do not reply, I will ask the Irish safeguarding authorities to put these questions to you, directly.

I am also copying this e-mail to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Meath, Bishop Thomas Deenihan. As I have written in the past I am well-known to Bishop Deenihan, but not well-liked; however, that should not detract from the seriousness of the present.

With prayerful best wishes,

+ Pat Buckley



MARK KIRBY, the shamed founder and prior of Ireland’s homoerotic priory, has been writing to friends abroad telling them that he has been cleared of all wrongdoing by the Irish police, Canon law and the charity commissioners.

He is putting his vindication down to the direct intercession of the Virgin Mary

It may be true that no charges have been brought to date – but that is down to the fact that he sexually targeted a monk – an adult.

The monk, Father Benedict Andersen never claimed that Kirby actually assaulted him genitally- but rather sexually harassed him in a homosexual fashion.

Kirby came to Ireland with a well developed reputation of being dodgy when it comes to homosexuality.

He also restricts the age entrance to Silverstream to 30.

That means he only wants 18 – 30 old novices!

A very strange requirement. Does God no longer call those over 30 to priesthood or religious life.

That would even rule Jesus Himself out who did not begin his mission until the age of 30.

Apart from the homosexual concern, Father Benedict described in sworn documents and the drawer of cash Kirby kept in his desk – amounting to tens of thousands of Euros.

No legitimate religious house or diocese allows desk drawers bursting with notes.

Benedict also claimed that Kirby paid off a lay worker in the prior with cash after the workman spotted some “inappropriate touching” being engaged in by Kirby.

Kirby has always inhabited a strange world in which homosexuality and monasticism co-exist.

He is the author of a long letter to an Abbot outlining this monastic coexistence in his ownife.

The police and charity commissioners will only act if a crime has been committed.

The RCC us infamous for its support and tolerance of all kinds of Kirbys.

The local episcopus, Tom Deenihan is many things but certainly not a moral crusader.

It emerged this week that Kiby taught the leader of another monastic cult I Wyoming in the USA where all the monks strip for each other and novices are harassed.

These places of sexual and religious abuse are spring up in many places and two factors stand out:

1. Homoerotic overtones.

2. The Tridentine Mass.

Kirby and his ilk are a danger to all Catholics but particularly to Catholic young men feeling called to a monasticism life.

To paraphrase a Scripture:

“They are lions prowling around seeking young men to devour”.

And the amazing things is that otherwise intelligent Catholics are falling for their caca.

Kirby even claims that Jesus speaks to him from the tabernacle.

And people are paying money to Kirby to find out what Jesus says to him.

In my opinion, Kirby is dangerous and should be under psychiatric / psychotheraputic care.



Video from Robert Nugent via Youtube

I have never met Robert Nugent and from what I k ow of him, I can’t imagine us agreeing on much – but he is perfectly right about bishops and priests being the Ordinary ministers of Holy Communion

His Knock example is good.

The ORDINARY minister of Holy Communion is a priest or bishop.


That means that they are only called to give out Holy Communion when priests and bishops are not available or in situations where there is only one priest and the Congregation is so large that just one priest distributing would make the Communion part of the Mass out of proportion time wise.

These extraordinary ministers were not intended to REPLACE priests and bishops – but to assist them when needed.

The situation we see in Knock above is both theologically and liturgically incorrect and perhaps an abuse.

These things happen when priests and bishops are theologically and liturgically ignorant or lazy.

The abuse has come about in part to placate the laity who cannot be ordained.

It’s priests and bishops throwing theological and liturgical “scraps” at the laity.

The other abuse that has crept in here is that these ministers are often chosen from priests favourite parishioners and from the more wealthy parishioners.

It is an “honour” a power liking PP can bestow upon his more obedient and knee bending parishioners.

The custom of lay ministers taking Holy Communion home to the sick etc is much more ancient and rooted in good theology and liturgy.

Priests and bishops taking Holy Communion from extraordinary ministers flies in the face of all tradition.


Had a foul mouthed and seemingly intoxicated “lady” call me from a mobile number last night at 9 15 pm – claiming to be Martin’s sister.









The Bishop, Martin Hayes had circulated the priests saying he was taking a leave of absence “on medical advice”.

Some of the priests MADE THE MISTAKE of praying for their bishop at Mass.

And the diocesan authorities were enraged!

Priests are bound to pray for the bishop at Mass.

Priests always pray for the sick at Mass.

But they do are not allowed to pray out loud for their sick bishop ???

Of course we are all entitled to medical privacy. It’s Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention

Mind you, Judge Horner ignored that right when he made my illness public in a Belfast Court room.

So we do not need to know about the bishop’s diagnosis or treatment.

But an Irish Catholic bishop is about as public as a person can be.

The priests and laity are entitled to know their bishop is unwell and on leave.

By not saying the bishop is sick it has given rise to widespread speculation.

Is it an ingrown toenail? Is it a heart attack? Is it a mental breakdown? cancer ? syphilis?

This is all part of the RCC’s modus operandi – secrecy, lies, cover up, lack of transparency.

Going on leave when you have been a bishop of a place for only a year is suspicious.

People are, understandably wondering if a scandal is being covered up.


The days are gone when clerics can bind Irish people to silence and secrecy !!!



More than 170 people paid tribute online. 

One person said: “A great man with a great sense of humour and time for everyone. He will be missed. RIP Fr Jim.” 

Another added: “What a man! A great laugh, was able to relate to everyone and wasn’t afraid to say what he thought. 

“A family friend who will be a great loss to everyone who has ever met him.” 

A third wrote: “A lovely man, who did a wonderful job for many communities. Rest in peace Father Doherty.”


Of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Father James Doherty, RIP who died last evening in the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.

Fr Jim (or “Big Jim” as he was affectionately known) was a priest of the Archdiocese of Glasgow and a long-standing friend of Saint Aloysius’ parish, especially during his early retirement due to ill health.

Jim was ordained in 1979 and served in Saint Peter’s, Partick; Saint Laurence’s Drumchapel; Our Lady& St Mark’s, Alexandra; St Robert Bellarmine, Pollock, and Saint Vincent de Paul in Thornliebank.

Jim went on to become Parish Priest in Saint Vincent de Paul’s before taking seriously unwell with leukaemia. Despite this illness taking him to the absolute edge of life; Jim’s robust personal will saw him recover and eventually return to ministry as Parish Priest in Saint Joachim’s, Carmyle.

In his retirement, Jim was a friend to many and a trusted counsellor to those who sought his wise pastoral advice.At the heart of Jim’s life was his relationship with Jesus Christ, developed by a keen love of theological and spiritual reading and firmly supported by his great devotion to the Mother of God.Our sympathies are with Jim’s sisters and his many close friends and acquaintances. He will be greatly missed.

One parishioner, Tricia McCallion, paid this tribute on social media: “Such sad news. Fr Jim was a legend. He told the best stories, he was so funny and a straight talker too. I hadn’t seen him in a few years but what a brilliant priest and person he was. Rest in peace Fr Jim, we’ll not see your likes again.”


Pat, we must say we had to laugh when we heard all the “nice things” about Fr Big Jim Docherty who died recently in the Archdiocese of Glasgow. More lies, we mean spin from the archdiocese and the sheep.

Jim was indeed well-read, articulate and intelligent regards to theology etc, however, it’s sad he never really put any of it into practice. He actually wasted his God-given talents. He ate him self alive on so many levels and was full of anger, jealousy, resentment and a vicious desire for revenge. He was quite a sad and pathetic figure. Jim was the archetypal donegal mammies boy who had Mammy issues his whole life.

For years he had nothing to do but mince about the diocese with his message bag like a big lassie. He was laughed at. He was a thorn in the side of the church in Glasgow and to three archbishops in a row: Winning, Conti & Tartaglia. He was an embarrassment to the church.​

Jim was very angry and unhappy with his sexuality and lack of career in the church. He never came to terms with either sadly. He was a nasty and evil man. Due to his lack of charity, vicious tongue, vulgar language & sexual innuendo he was not liked by many people and certainly many priests especially those whom he bullied and were afraid of him. He is no loss to the presbyterate nor the diocese.​

He also seemed to have a particular ministry to young men of a certain vintage. He wined and dined out in the finest of Glasgay restaurants on a very regular basis and clung onto the coattails of rich people and retired single men on big pensions. He also lived in a Grace and favour house that was purpose built for him. He was a donegal priest to his fingertips.​

He was a regular visitor to Canon Anthony Gallaghers clergy/laity dinners alongside Jim’s acolytes Deacon Christopher Morris, Mr Mark McGuire, Primary School teacher and Anthony OConner the brother of Fr Liam OConner and nephew of the Glasgow Safeguarding Officer.

Jim was a predator who never once observed celibacy since we were in seminary together and justified this as a priest as each of his Parish Priests in Drumchapel, Househillwood and Thornliebank were in sexual relations with their house keepers. 

Big Jim, Canon Gallagher, Deacon Christopher, Mr Mark McGuire, Mr Anthony OConner and a few single retired teachers from St Aloysius Jesuit College gather near that parish church on a Sunday afternoon for tea after the High Mass at which the College Choir Sing!!!

He is no loss to the presbyterate nor the diocese. A sigh of relief was heard when he died not only from bishops and priests but also from many young men, business owners, restaurantaurs and retired Catholics with good pensions. May the good Lord be more charitable and merciful to Big Jim than he was to others.


Two views.

Feels as people are talking are talking about two different men.