Everyday, my enemies, and the enemies of this blog, come on here with their litany of complaints and accusations.
Their litany includes:
1. The accusation that I am guilty of doing myself what I criticise other bishops, priests and monks for doing.
2. The accusation that I lack the compassion of Christ for wrongdoing bishops, priests and monks.
3. The accusation that I am anti Catholic.
4. The accusation that I hate and am full of vengeance.
I feel absolutely no obligation to deal with or answer the accusations of these ANONYMOUS priests and others.
But hey! I have nothing else I want to blog about today.
1. I have been openly and publicly gay for many years. I came out publicly in October 1999 on the front page of the NEWS OF THE WORLD, a newspaper I wrote for at the time.
Six years later I published a book about my sexuality and spiritually.
The vast majority of gay priests are secretly gay and many of them are leading double lives. And that is both psychologically and spiritually unhealthy.
Thankfully for many years now I have been totally open and honest about my sexuality.
My congregation and all those I minister to are totally aware of all that I am.
I do not lead a double life.
I have never been to a gay sauna.
Did I experiment years ago as part of my coming to terms with my sexuality. Yes I did. Do I feel guilty about that? No I don’t.
In fact I did in my 40s what most people do at 16 to 20.
But I was too repressed then and full of Catholic guilt. They had fucked my head up too. And I struggled hard to un-fuck it with the help of a couple of good counsellors and therapists.
Every trapped creature gains its freedom through struggle.
I have great compassion for any human being who is suffering.
And I think there is a massive difference between a priest falling in love or acting out of loneliness and a cynical and conscienceless bishop, Abbot and priest, frequenting gay saunas looking for “fresh meat”.
Many of the priests we hear about on this blog are not seeking intimacy, comfort, love etc. They are prowling around like lustful lions looking to devour bodily bits and orifices, using their positions and priesthood as bait.
They are also forming circles of lust to facilitate gay origies.
And all the time, cynically pretending to be celibate and chaste.
I have every compassion for any man or woman struggling with any human weakness.
But please don’t ask me to feel compassion about lies, cynicism, double standards and cover up.
I am 100% anti the Roman Catholic institution because it is 100% corrupt in every way.
But I am not anti Catholic.
I am a Catholic. I treasure the Eucharist and the other sacraments.
I like Catholic liturgy and ceremony.
I can find endless inspiration in Catholic spirituality.
I have spent 34 years now as an independent Catholic.
I regard the RCC and many of its clergy and members as anti-Christ in so many ways.
I have thrown away the dirty water but kept the baby.
HATE AND VENGENCE?
Anybody who knows me will tell you I am not a hateful and vengeful person.
But as Christians are we not supposed to “hate” and oppose evil, injustice, corruption, abuse, sin, lies, deceit, materialism, abuse of power, misogyny, prejudice, violence, etc?
I find all these things in lorry loads in the RCC.
I hate all these things
THE ROLE THE BLOG PLAYS
When people accuse me of washing Catholic dirty linen in public, I always reply:
“Well, give me a laundry room WITHIN where I can wash it”.
The RCC has no proper forum for people to debate and discuss all the burning issues.
In fact debate and discussion is forbidden.
So, this blog us one place people can express their views, differences, complaints hurts etc.
And that is why its important and good.
Those who oppose and dislike the blog are those who want to cover up all that is going on.
“Men have shown that they prefer the darkness to the light”.
I will keep the lights on here for as long as I am able and God allows.
A MYSTERY PICTURE
Can anyone identify any of the guys in this old pic?
In 2005 I wrote Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men, a book that I took out of print in late 2010 because it desperately needed an update. Essentially, the volume was penned prior to the rise of social media, the explosion of user-generated porn, the advent of smartphone hookup apps, and numerous other advances in digital sexnology. And let us not forget the cultural changes “gay marriage” (and its effect on “gay monogamy”) has wrought in the past few years. Remember, many in the gay community used to deride marriage as an old-fashioned, demeaning, heterosexual ritual. Now, however, gay marriage is a hard-fought-for reality in several states, and with a forward-thinking president who has spoken in support of it on more than one occasion, other states are likely to follow. This has created a dramatic shift in gay men’s attitudes toward marriage and monogamy, leading in turn to quite a lot of individuals rethinking their sexual behavior, wondering if all the “fun” they’ve been having is actually compulsive and destructive rather than enjoyable.
Needless to say, things have changed quite a lot in the eight years since I wrote Cruise Control. In 2005, gay male sex addicts were most likely to be found picking up hustlers on street corners, masturbating in adult bookstores to video and magazine porn, hooking up for quickies in public parks and restrooms, and cruising the steam-room at their local gym for hours at a time. Today gay men search for sex in much safer and significantly less public venues. Hustlers are found on prostitution (and dating) websites; porn of every ilk imaginable is ubiquitous on the Internet; mutual masturbation occurs via webcams; and in-person casual and anonymous hookups are set up using “friend finder” smartphone apps. Public cruising for sex partners is fast becoming a behavioral relic engaged in only by “old school” men (read: over 40) who’ve yet to embrace the technologic tsunami. And the number of old-school gay men is diminishing by the day, as it becomes increasingly clear that if you want to get laid, you’d better get “with it” in terms of digital hookups. Recognizing this, a heavily updated second edition of Cruise Control – already a staple among gay men in recovery – is scheduled for publication later this month in both electronic and print formats. (See: www.gentlepath.com or www.amazon.com.)
Is Sex Addiction a Gay Thing?
Compulsive, problematic sexual behaviors are not solely a gay men’s issue. The diagnoses of sex, love, and porn addiction are equally widespread among straight and bisexual men, and those individuals act out in the same basic ways as gay men. The simple fact is today’s sex addicts, regardless of sexual orientation, locate sex partners via dating and prostitution websites, social media, and smartphone apps. The only real difference is gay men log on to Grindr, Manhunt, and Scruff, while straight guys use Skout, Blendr, and Ashley Madison. Gay and straight porn addicts also act out in similar ways, “losing themselves” in a seemingly endless online array of intensely stimulating graphic imagery – much of it user-generated thanks to the proliferation of webcams and HD cameras. Gay or straight, sex addicts live highly compartmentalized double lives, experiencing a variety of negative life consequences as a result of their compulsive acting out. Simply put, gay and straight sex addicts are much more alike than different.
That said, recognizing sexual addiction in gay men is sometimes tougher than it is with straight men, in part because Western gay culture encourages a wider range of sexual freedoms than does heterosexual culture. And while this is in most ways a positive (gay and proud) reaction to growing up in a shame-based, homophobic society, a counterculture of unrestrained sexual activity also tends to both enable and make it difficult to identify problematic sexual behavior patterns. In simple terms: If you spend all your free time in bars, it’s hard to determine if you are an alcoholic or just someone who likes to drink. Why? Because everyone there is drinking. Similarly, it is difficult to stand out as a sex addict when you live in a sexually permissive community. Most gay men live in such an environment, while most straight men don’t. Thus, it is typically easier for straight male sex addicts to notice when their sexual behavior becomes compulsive, excessive, and destructive. It is important to note that gay male sex addicts are not compulsively sexual because of their sexual orientation. Rather, they are compulsively sexual as a way to self-medicate individual psychological issues – depression, anxiety, attachment disorders, social phobia, low self-esteem, unresolved trauma, etc. These are exactly the same underlying issues presented by straight and bisexual sex addicts, both male and female. Unfortunately for the gay male sex addict, his increasingly destructive patterns of behavior take place against a cultural background of dramatically greater sexual freedom than that experienced by other sex addicts. In some ways, the gay sex addicts are prisoner of their own autonomy, with fewer cultural opportunities for self-examination and less cultural support for behavioral change than the population in general. But this is changing. Many married gay men are no longer willing to put up with a partner who is out having sex with strangers two or three evenings a week. Like many attached, loving spouses of both genders, gay spouses are increasingly expressing dissatisfaction with non-monogamy and their partner engaging in random, casual sex. This is bringing more gay sex addicts than ever into treatment.
Gay Men and Technology
For most gay men, the Internet has helped them learn about themselves, form supportive communities, and develop healthy intimate relationships. It has also played a significant role in the de-stigmatization of homosexuality – especially among younger people. It has likely saved lives. Unfortunately, the Internet has also facilitated sexual acting out for many gay men. As the accessibility, affordability, and most importantly the anonymity of pornography, online sex, and in-the-flesh encounters has increased, so too has the number of gay men struggling with problematic patterns of sexual behavior. For these men, even seemingly benign online activities can present a danger. Consider Joe:
Sometimes I go online just to check email or pay a bill, and without even thinking about it, I’m looking at porn or I’m video chatting with some half-naked guy who lives a thousand miles away. Before I know it, half the night is gone and there I am, still sitting there, zoned out and staring at the screen. It’s like being in a daze. And this doesn’t just happen to me once in a while. If it did, I wouldn’t be so concerned. But I lose myself online for three or four hours a night, nearly every night, and sometimes entire weekends are spent cruising for sex and masturbating to porn. Some days I sit still for so long that my whole body gets cramped – and I still haven’t eaten or done any chores. I just stare at my stupid iPad and let it drag me away into oblivion. A friend of mine used to do heroin, and he described to me one time what it was like, and it’s exactly the same as how I use sex and the Internet. That really scares me.
Drugs and Sex
Writing a blog about gay men and sexual addiction without also mentioning concurrent drug abuse would be a great disservice. The simple fact is sex addicts often struggle with multiple addictions. In one survey of male sex addicts (a mix of gay and straight men) 87 percent reported also abusing an addictive substance or another addictive behavior. For many gay male sex addicts, stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine are the secondary “drugs of choice.” Users say these drugs allow them to be sexual for hours or even days at a time – without sleeping, eating, or coming down – especially when Viagra, Cialis, or a similar drug is along for the ride. Sadly, safe sex is rarely a priority for such men when disinhibited by drugs. This is especially true for sex addicts who’ve already grown accustomed to marathon sex with multiple partners, greatly increasing their risk for contracting and/or transmitting HIV and other STDs. For some gay men, drug use and sexual acting out are so intertwined that they form a single, fused addiction – if these men are doing one, they are also, without fail, doing the other.
There are a lot of gay identified men, no one really knows how many, who utilize the intensity and emotional power of sexual fantasies and behaviors to self-soothe, distract, and emotionally medicate themselves in ways that not only go against their core beliefs and values, but also create emotional, health, relationship, legal, financial, and other consequences. These individuals can find recovery in therapy with gay supportive sex addiction treatment specialists – usually a combination of individual and group sessions – and in openly gay 12-step sexual recovery meetings. Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA) and Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) seem to be the most popular and welcoming 12-step programs for gay men. Oftentimes, an intensive outpatient program such as the one offered by the Sexual Recovery Institute or an inpatient treatment setting can jump-start a sex addict’s recovery. For individuals with fused drug use and sexual acting out, both aspects of the addiction must be treated simultaneously, preferably in an environment where these issues are addressed as the paired, dual concerns they have become.
Robert Weiss PhD, LCSW
Robert Weiss PhD, LCSW is Chief Clinical Officer of Seeking Integrity Treatment Centers. He is an expert in the treatment of adult intimacy disorders and related addictions, most notably sex/porn/relationship addictions along with co-occurring drug/sex addiction. A clinical sexologist and practicing psychotherapist, Dr. Rob frequently serves as a subject matter expert for major media outlets including CNN, HLN, MSNBC, OWN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and NPR, among others.Dr. Rob is the author of Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency, Out of the Doghouse, Sex Addiction 101, and Cruise Control, among other books. He blogs regularly for Psychology Today and Psych Central. His podcast, Sex, Love, & Addiction, is rated as a Top 10 Addiction Podcast for 2019. He also hosts a weekly live no-cost Webinar with Q&A on SexandRelationshipHealing.com. A skilled clinical educator, Dr. Rob routinely provides training to therapists, hospitals, psychiatric organizations, and even the US military. Over the years, he has created and overseen nearly a dozen high-end addiction and mental health treatment facilities across the globe. For more information or to reach Dr. Rob, visit SeekingIntegrity.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@RobWeissMSW), LinkedIn (Robert Weiss LCSW), and Facebook (Rob Weiss MSW).
SEX ADDICTION DEFINITION
chronic, obsessive sexual thoughts and fantasies
compulsive relations with multiple partners, including strangers
lying to cover behaviors
preoccupation with having sex, even when it interferes with daily life, productivity, work performance, and so on
inability to stop or control the behaviors
putting oneself or others in danger due to sexual behavior
feeling remorse or guilt after sex
experiencing other negative personal or professional consequences
I have ministered to a number of people, mainly men, who suffered from sex addiction.
It created a lot of problems for them – emotional, financial and relationship problems.
I’ve seen it break up a number of marriages.
Some of the people we have spoken about on the blog have suffered from sex addiction.
For priests all sex is a lie – because they are publicly professing chastity and celibacy and having sex in secret.
That means their life is a lie.
Many such priests display nearly all the symptoms of sexual addiction.
In many ways gay saunas like the Boiler House in Dublin will attract gay sex addicts.
The human and Christian ideal is to have sex in the context of human intimacy, affection, love and caring.
People on here say you can find love in a sauna?
Saunas are all about anonymous sex, poppers, silence, little or no expression of verbal communication, dark rooms etc.
I think gay saunas are unhealthy for all but especially for Bishops, priests and monks.
We will continue to provide readers with updates on SILVERSTREAM and MOUNT MELLARY
I wanted to pass on to you the information I have received from a priest Killaloe diocese.
I wish to make a formal complaint against Fr Purcell and ask for a formal investigation to be undertaken and to be informed of the outcome.
+ Pat Buckley
INFORMATION FROM DIOCESAN PRIEST
“Pat, the bishops of Killaloe know a thing or two about Dickie Purse. Remember Willy Walsh? His brother or cousin was a monk in Roscrea.
And that shite Kunty Reilly, now in Cashel, has the dirt on the guy Dickie fucked in Roscrea, his fuck buddy monk who was a priest of Killaloe who tried his vocation at Roscrea for a while.
O Reilly shafted the same Killaloe priest in a very nasty way, booted the poor guy out without any justice. Kunty had the dirt on the guy, used it and was merciless. I know all this because I’m a Killaloe priest but I have to be careful.
Kunty advised the Galway priest who was caught by the police at Salthill. Imagine if Drennan knew that! Kunty working against +Galway. Told him not to shit on his own doorstep.
Small world too cos the Salthill ex priest, Lee, was a regular at the Boiler House and could never keep his big mouth shut. Thats why his classmates in Maynooth called him Galway Bay! He blabbed around about the Killaloe priest being in the Boiler House, same priest who suffered at Kunty Reillys hands and who was fuck buddy of Dickie at Roscrea.
An ex seminarian friend of mine was fucked bareback by Dickie Purse in the Boiler House. The poor guy was lying on his back in a cubicle and Dickie landed in all horny, jumped on him and rode him without a word, yes, no, nothing.
My old friend was stunned. He couldn’t put a name on Dickie at first but knew the face. He had been on retreat in Roscrea. He put two and two together later.
Dickie is one cocky bollox. When he was a theology student in Oxford, there were lots of stories about him, doing the rounds of OSB and SJ bedrooms! By the way, Coffey at Glenstal was a Killaloe priest. He’s salt of the earth, a really kind genuine guy. No double life for him. He must have heard about Dickie. Don’t know how he puts up with him when they meet.
Your friend Bill Mulvihill could tell you about the Killaloe priest fuck buddy of Dickie. They are friends and I hear Bill is loyal to him.
I had a lot of contact with Bishops House in Ennis before Lugs Monahan came there. That’s how I know about the former PP of Kildysart and his travails at Roscrea.
Someone mentioned Gerard Gillen on here a few days ago, who is not dead. Gillen is a big friend of Dickie and Dickie moves in those Dublin musical circles. Gillen was a big friend of Ledwith too. There’s a clique there. xxxxxxx had a close shave with a male student in Maynooth, bur got away without an official complaint. Be careful with him. He’ll bring out the big guns to defend Dickie if you dig too much.”
“I had to go quiet. Was warned the big guns gunning for you over Dickie Purse. I didn’t think I’d be identified as source of info to you, but was naive. The bastards seem to have to their spies in Killaloe. I warned you about Gilken and the musical crowd. The Knights of Columbanus are very powerful. Friends in the police who won’t obey the law. They’ll monitor the blog and breach gdpr snooping on people posting and their ip addresses to locate them. Be careful. They don’t want Dickie going down.
Go easy on the Killaloe priest who was in Roscrea. He’s fragile enough and now in lay life in Dublin. He had the honesty to acknowledge his double life, not our Dickie though.
There was a shagfest near Melleray a few months ago organised by Dickie and some young Dominicans. I see someone else on your blog is on to them. You need to check the Irish OP, in Rome, teaching now at Sant Anselmo, the OSB place. He’s the boyfriend of the xxxxxx there, but that doesn’t stop him screwing any cute hole within 1000 miles. Total slut. I hear too that Dickie has been known to service two of the Glenstal guys and the odd C of I, very ecumenical our Dickie with his dick”.
The Abbot General of the Cistercian order – Dom Eamon Fitzgerald – has arrived in Ireland and is staying at Mount Mellary.
Dom Richard Purcell was away from Mount Mellary for the weekend and was expected to return there yesterday.
The Abbot General and the papal nuncio, Archbishop Okolo, are in receipt of a formal complaint against Dom Purcell and have been asked to investigate.
Every Cistercian monastery has a “Father Immediate”.
“In accordance with the Charter of Charity, Cistercian communities are autonomous but united in a communion implemented by the institutions of the Father Immediate, the Regular Visitation, and the General Chapter. The Father Immediate is the abbot of another monastery, whose responsibilities include a formal visit to the community every two years. The purpose of this “Regular Visitation” is to strengthen and supplement the pastoral action of the local superior, to correct where necessary, and to renew the nuns’ or monks’ spiritual fervor.
The Father Immediate of Mount Melleray is Abbot Andre Barbeau of Val Notre Dame in Quebec, Canada.
It seems to me that an investigation into a complaint against Richard Purcell would in the first place, be conducted by Abbot Barbeau.
CONSTITUTIONS OF THE MONK
C. 40 Resignation from Office
For a just cause an abbot may submit his resignation to the General Chapter.
When the General Chapter is not in session, he presents his resignation to the Abbot General who acts as vicar of the Chapter in this matter.
An abbot is to tender his resignation of his own accord when he reaches 75 years of age.
The abbot having been postulated at an age beyond 75 and whose postulation has been confirmed shall spontaneously offer his resignation at the next General Chapter (Decision of the 2014 General Chapter, vote 49.)
ST 40.B When an abbot offers his resignation the Father Immediate is always consulted.
Careful inquiry is made, if the matter demands it, into the views of the community. Neighbouring superiors also are to be consulted, if appropriate.
If because of an infirmity or other reason (such as imprisonment, banishment or exile – cf. Can 412 CIC) it is impossible either physically or psychologically for an abbot to exercise his pastoral function, it is for the Father Immediate, having consulted experts and obtained the consent of the conventual chapter, to investigate and verify the matter. If the impossibility is evident he immediately informs the Abbot General, who with the consent of his council, can remove the abbot from office.
PREVIOUS COMPLAINT AGAINST RICHARD PURCELL.
I have learned from a totally reliable source that the Cistercians have on file a previous sexally related complaint from his time in Roscrea monastery.
Given this, it is rather shocking that he went on to become an abbot!
Considering all of this I believe that Richard Purcell needs to do the honourable thing and resign as abbot of Mount Melleray to avoid further scandal.
COMMENT PLACED ON RICHARD PURCELL’S FACEBOOK PAGE TODAY.
Their influence is centered around the Office in Drumcondra, presided over by Fr xxx xxxxxxxxxx who was removed from xxxxx under a cloud. He is assisted by Coddle’s assistant xxxxxx who makes Dame Edna look macho,.
He has successfully manipulated birds-of-a-feather into several key appointments and they seem to be untouchable (Not in the physical sense of course.)
There have been instances of strange goings on'( to borrow Coddle’s phrase re Maynooth).
Drinkypoos and soirees in the past have been raucous and rather tactile affairs leading to “overnighting”; where beds were shared in some instances by three of the holy anointed.
Bottoms were sore in the morning in some cases.
Coddle is not unaware of these goings-on’s but chooses to ignore it, some say because of past indiscretions which might be brought to light.
Italian indiscretions have been alluded to on this blog in the past but these are just the tip of the iceberg.
Pat, you are rattling some dangerous cages and are in danger of being bitten.
You are dealing with nasty people. Tread cautiously.
THE RESSURRECTION OF FATHER MC CAMLEY
As Jesus is the God of second chances people like Fr McCamley and fully entitled to a second chance.
But in our Catholic tradition the expression of one’s sorrow precedes forgiveness.
As far as I know Fr McCamley has not apologised to the young man he flashed at or his family?
Nor has he apologised for letting down the people of Keady?
Nor has Amy apologised on his behalf.
Amy’s attitude was sneak him out and sneak him back in and to hell with those he hurt or scandalised.
This is rampant clericalism.
Its a pity these clerics are not as quick at saying sorry as they are at resurrecting themselves.
I thought that I was unshockable when it came to the sex lives of Irish priests and religious.
But this week I have received so much new information about the homosexual goings on in presbyteries, religious houses and monasteries that I am actually in a state of shock.
I had always hoped and thought that there was a remnant of goodness in these places and that there were still a number of “good” and healthy apples in the barrel.
But now I realise that the barrell itself is truly rotten and full of rotten apples to the point where any good apple must be barely surviving.
Places like monasteries, where people like me were drawn to for spirituality and guidance, are very often nowadays little better than homosexual whore houses.
People that I once regarded as spiritual light houses are now frequenting gay saunas and humping fellow monks and retreatants.
And I am discovering that there is an Irish homo web involving bishops priests, monks, politicians, the police and the various professions.
This web protects people like Paul Prior.
And it goes from the top to the bottom of the Irish church in terms of involvement, knowledge, facilitating and covering up.
These people are engaging in sex in saunas and in various places with each other.
And they are now threatening me as you saw on the blog last night.
Why is someone threatening me over Dom Dick Purcell the Abbot of Mount Mellary?
I have involved the N. Ireland police and they have begun an investigation.
If anything happens to me I want people to know that this church web was behind it.
Here is a message I received from a priest
“I had to go quiet. Was warned the big guns gunning for you over xxxxx xxxxxx I didn’t think I’d be identified as source of info to you, but was naive. The bastards seem to have to their spies in Killaloe. I warned you about xxxxxx xxxxxxx and the musical crowd. The Knights of Columbanus are very powerful. Friends in the police who won’t obey the law. They’ll monitor the blog and breach gdpr snooping on people posting and their ip addresses to locate them. Be careful. They don’t want xxxxxx xxxxxx going down. Go easy on the Killaloe priest who was in Roscrea. He’s fragile enough and now in lay life in Dublin. He had the honesty to acknowledge his double life, not our xxxxx xxxxxx though. There was a shagfest near Melleray a few months ago organised by Xxxxxx xxxxxx and some young Dominicans. I see someone else on your blog is on to them. You need to check the Irish OP, guy teaching , He’s the boyfriend of the Rector there, but that doesn’t stop him screwing any cute guy within 1000 miles. Total slut. I hear too that Xxxxxx xxxxxxx has been known to “service” two of the Glenstal guys and the odd C of I, very ecumenical our xxxxxx xxxxxx with his member”</p>
COULD THE VATICAN TAKE US ALL BY SURPRISE AND APPOINT A HOLY, UNWORLDLY AND DEEPLY SPIRITUAL MONK TO SUCCEED DIARMUIDMARTIN?
Irish Times 2009
Dom Richard Purcell becomes abbot of Mount St Joseph Abbey at just 33
IRELAND’S YOUNGEST abbot, Dom Richard Purcell (33), received the abbatial blessing from Bishop of Killaloe Most Rev Willie Walsh…
Mon, Jul 13, 2009,
IRELAND’S YOUNGEST abbot, Dom Richard Purcell (33), received the abbatial blessing from Bishop of Killaloe Most Rev Willie Walsh during Mass at the Mount St Joseph Abbey Cistercian monastery near Roscrea, Co Tipperary, at the weekend.
Fr Purcell, originally from Rathgar in Dublin, was elected on June 16th by the community at Mount St Joseph and the abbots of daughter houses in Scotland, Australia and Kildare to succeed Dom Kevin Daly, who had been abbot there since 2003.
As the constitution of the Cistercian congregation states that a monk must be 35 to be eligible for such an office, and as Fr Richard was technically ineligible for election on grounds of both age and years of profession, it was necessary for him to secure a two-thirds majority for his election.
It is a requirement of Canon Law that a monk be professed for seven years before he can be elected abbot. Fr Richard was short of the required years by three months. After his election in June, proceedings were suspended while necessary dispensations were sought from Rome. On June 17th, Cardinal Rode, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, issued a dispensation concerning Fr Purcell’s shortfall in years of profession.
He did so to Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, Cistercian abbot general in Rome, who then dispensed with the minimum age requirement and confirmed Dom Richard as the eighth Abbot of Mount St Joseph Abbey. He will hold office for six years. The new abbot entered Mount St Joseph Abbey in 1997, having completed a degree in music and French at UCD.
In 2002, he read theology at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, and, on return to Mount St Joseph in 2004, he was appointed abbey bursar. In 2005, he was ordained a priest and, in 2007, he was appointed prior at the monastery while continuing as bursar.
There are 22 monks at Mount St Joseph, two of them in formation.
The monastery was founded in 1878 by monks from Mount Melleray in Co Waterford. In 1905, they established the Cistercian College, a Catholic boarding school for boys, in the Abbey grounds.
Past pupils include Taoiseach Brian Cowen, former Labour Party leader Dick Spring, former minister for foreign affairs David Andrews, and former editor of The Irish Times Conor Brady.
NEW ABBOT OF MOUNT MELLARY 2017
Sat, November 04, 2017
As Dom Richard, our new abbot, was previously abbot of Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea he had already received the Abbatial Blessing in 2009 so on Saturday 4 November Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, celebrated the ‘Mass to Invoke God’s Blessing on the New Abbot and his Abbatial Ministry’ at Mount Melleray Abbey.
Bishop Cullinan was joined by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly of Cashel and Emly, Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe, Bishop William Lee, emeritus bishop of Waterford and Lismore and Bishop William Walsh, emeritus bishop of Killaloe.
The Mount Melleray Community was also delighted to welcome monks and nuns from the Cistercian and Benedictine monasteries of Ireland, Britain and Norway, and in particular the new Father Immediate of Mount Melleray, Dom André Barbeau, Abbot of Val Notre Dame in Canada. Also present were representatives of the religious orders and congregations of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, representatives from the Church of Ireland, civic and state representatives, Dom Richard’s family and friends, and the staff, friends and associates of the monastery.
It was a memorable occasion for the community and all those associated with Mount Melleray Abbey. The photos taken by Oisin McHugh and Tom Keith capture the atmosphere of the day.
In recent weeks the blog has been receiving numerous messages about an Irish gay monk who is very sexually active and becoming well known on the gay scene.
The monk is frequenting gay saunas.
His lifestyle is totally at odds with the solemn vows he has professed.
He is taking very seriously risks and is oblivious to the fact that more and more people are hearing about him.
Its only a matter of time before someone gives his name to some journalist and a massive scandal will ensue.
This scandal will rock his religious order which has a particular reputation for prayer and spiritually.
The blog has been given his name and the name of his order.
Diocesan clergy know about him too.
These are some of the messages we’ve been receiving:
Pat, you’ve gone quiet about Silverstream and Aunty Kirby. What a cheek that monk of xxxxxxx needs investigating. Is xxxxx xxxxxx a celibate? You should check him out. Cute hoor fraud. Cant keep his snake in his habit, any male will do. Has been known to ride fellow monks but God knows where he got someone close to his own age. He has more luck in the saunas where you might be lucky or unlucky to Pity poor humble honest having xxxxx to listen to yer man’s sanctimonious shite.
Friar ! uck
Pat, easy enough to work out who xxxxx xxxxx was “with” in Xxxxxxx He likes his own age or slightly older and not many of those in xxxxxxx in the 1990s. The guy isn’t there anymore. Xxxxxx is brazen too, the Boiler House is risky for a monk. The walls of xxxxx could tell a few tales I wonder what Bishop Xxxxxxx makes of the lover boy?
Nobody is imprisoned in the priesthood or religious life.
As a monk you take a SOLEMN VOW OF CHASTITY.
Diocesan priests take a simple promise (not vow) to remain celibate – unmarried – with obvious implications for sex and chastity.
But the monk is called to strive to become as pure as the driven snow.
Contradictory and all as it is for a diocesan priest to be on the fay scene and in saunas it is mindblowingly contradictory for a monk to be like that.
This monk needs to make a good Confession, change his lifestyle completely or immediately resign his position and return to Civvy Street !
The bishop in the diocese in which he is located needs to challenge him.
A case now before the criminal courts of Germany involving a former high-ranking Vatican Monsignor reveals the alleged mishandling of credible allegations of sexual abuse within the Vatican’s own walls.
Sat Sep 5, 2020 – 10:30 am EST
September 5, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) –
In 2002, the Catholic Church was rocked by the widespread public revelation of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clergy. While sexual abuse in all professions was nothing new, among clergy it brought a particular repugnance. But more than that, the new revelations highlighted the role of the bishops themselves in the crisis, as it made clear that they had allowed known sexually abusive priests to go without punishment and be transferred to other parishes or dioceses where they would sometimes even abuse again.
Sixth months after the revelations first surfaced in the Boston Globe, the US Bishops issued their “Dallas Charter.” While stipulating a zero-tolerance policy for sexually abusive priests, it came under criticism for failing to address the bishops’ own role in the scandal. The charter, which excluded responsibilities of bishops, was led by the then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Archbishop Wilton Gregory, then-President of the USCCB.
Pope John Paul II met with the U.S. Cardinals to address the issue in the wake of the scandal breaking in 2002 and then in 2004 with US Bishops. Pope Benedict XVI too had many meetings addressing the abuse scandal.
Nevertheless, the Vatican itself came under scrutiny for its handling of abuse early on as well. The reputation of Pope St. John Paul II’s pontificate was marred significantly as the revelations of sexual abuse by Legion of Christ founder Fr. Marcial Maciel came to light. A source close to Pope John Paul II told LifeSite that John Paul II could not bring himself to believe the accusations since Maciel masqueraded as a conservative, and in John Paul’s native Poland the Communists often accused faithful priests of sexual abuse so as to damage their reputations.
A group of eight former Legionary seminarians first went to the Vatican to lodge abuse complaints in 1998, but it took until 2006 for Maciel to be removed from all public ministry, and only after the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
Just prior to that, in late 2005 Benedict took decisive action to reaffirm a ban on homosexual men from seminary responding to the finding that the vast majority of abuse perpetrated by priests was homosexual in nature.
Nevertheless, it seems there was another homosexual abuse scandal playing out quietly inside the Vatican at the same time as Maciel. While Pope Benedict himself along with the rest of the Church was expressing public grief, meeting with abuse victims and promising reforms, those in high Vatican positions were using the same old playbook in mishandling credible allegations of sexual abuse within the Vatican’s own walls.
There is a case now before the criminal courts of Germany in which two priests allege gruesome sexual abuse at the hands of a then-senior official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, Monsignor Christoph Kühn.
Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus and a second man – a former priest – both allege that Kühn violently compelled them into sexual masochistic acts.
Kolfhaus first lodged a complaint against Kühn at the Vatican in 2006. He testifies that his abuse took place inside the offices of the Secretariat of State, as well as inside the Casa Santa Marta, a residence for Vatican prelates.
But it appears no formal investigation was launched until 2019, in spite of the fact that the Report of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Delegate for the Pontifical Representations, was presented to the Superiors of the Secretariat of State on July 3, 2006.
The other priest has since become laicized and is now a practicing homosexual and LGBT activist. He has given his testimony for the Kolfhaus complaint that is currently underway in Germany. In the court files is also to be found a WhatsApp message (seen by LifeSite) from Kühn to him (from April 2017), in which the Monsignor offers some future financial support should the laicized priest help him to clear his name with regard to the allegations against him. On Monday, September 7, Kolfhaus will have his first hearing at the Diocese of Eichstatt, Kühn’s home diocese.
Kühn was the head of the German Section of the Secretariat of State in the Vatican from 2001 till 2008. This position put him in charge of vetting priests and bishops from Germany for elevations, and as such he was privy to all the personnel records of these prelates. Being in such a high position and involved in the German church, Kühn was often in close contact with Pope Benedict XVI both after his 2005 election and prior to that in his role as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.
As head of the German Section until 2008, Kühn organized Benedict’s trips to Germany, traveled with him on the papal plane, and was often photographed side by side with him at official receptions such as that with German President Horst Kohler in 2005 during his visit to Cologne, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, as well as the future Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Kolfhaus says he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Kühn from the end of 2003 until 2004 and has been reporting the abuse to different superiors in the Vatican and elsewhere since 2006. Through his lawyer, Dr. Alexander Stevens, Kolfhaus told LifeSite that he did not begin the legal process or go to the press with the abuse he suffered. Only after details of the abuse were reported by the German newspaper Die Bild in 2019, and police questioned Kolfhaus, did he act.
“When journalists or civil authorities come to me I have to answer truthfully, to lie here would be nothing other than covering up for the perpetrator,” Kolfhaus told LifeSite.
On January 22, 2020, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò provided testimony for the Church investigation into the case because from May 1998 till July 2009 he was the Delegate for the Pontifical Representations at the Secretariat of State, a position which was responsible for the personnel of the Roman Curia subordinate to the Substitute of the Secretary of State.
In Viganò’s testimony — which LifeSite confirmed with the Archbishop that he did indeed issue it — he states that he is “aware of precise information regarding the harassment and all kinds of abuses committed by Msgr. Christoph Kühn against Msgr. Florian Kolfhaus.”
Archbishop Viganò also notes that Kolfhaus informed various individuals of the abuse including a superior at the Secretariat of State and also a Bishop in charge of preparation of candidates for diplomatic service for the Vatican.
Archbishop Viganò also reports that now-Cardinal Pietro Parolin was informed as well. Parolin at the time was Undersecretary of the Section for the Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.
LifeSite reached out to Cardinal Parolin for comment via the Secretariat of State and, on August 24, received the following response from the Vatican Press Office: “As you are aware, the accusations pertaining to Mons. Kühn are being examined by canonical and civil authorities. Under these circumstances we are confident that you understand that at this time a comment is not appropriate.” The reply issued by the Vatican press office added, “In the meanwhile, we trust that you will make every effort to report the facts, and avoid speculation, on the case.”
According to Viganò’s knowledge, no official investigation was undertaken by July 2009 (when he ceased his duty as Delegate for the Pontifical Representations) to examine Kolfhaus’ reports of the abuse he suffered. Evidence which would have called for official investigation included: the report sent to the Secretariat of State by Archbishop Justo Mullor, President of the Pontifical Academy; a report of the Psychologist who returned a negative judgment on Kühn, dated June 14, 2006; and Viganò’s Note for the Substitute on July 3, 2006. Archbishop Viganò relates:
His Excellency Msgr. Mullor considered it his duty to inform his superiors at the Secretariat of State in writing about the confidences he had been told by Fr. Kolfhaus. Given the seriousness of the case, the President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy considered it opportune to submit the documents containing the confidences of Fr. Kolfhaus to the judgment of Fr. Bartholomew Kiely, S.J., Professor of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, reticito nomine [removing names]. On the basis of this document, Fr. Kiely formulated a negative prognosis about the personality of Msgr. Kühn. (These documents too may be found in the Archives of the Secretariat of State).
Viganò’s testimony also calls into question the 2001 decision to have Kühn at the Vatican in the first place. He recounts that sexually scandalous behavior by Kühn was known to the Vatican as early as 1997 when Kühn was a priest in the Nunciature in Zimbabwe. Viganò relates:
Msgr. Christoph Kühn began his service on July 1, 1997, in the Apostolic Nunciature in Zimbabwe. During this, his first assignment, the Nuncio, His Excellency Msgr. Peter Prabhu, had to report some of the behavior of his collaborator [Kühn] that could have indicated his possible homosexual tendency.
The Nuncio reported in February 1998 that on returning from a pastoral visit of several days, he was told that Fr. Kühn was very sick and that he [Kühn] wanted to see him [Prabhu] immediately. The Nuncio went to his room and knocked on the door. Kühn told him [Prabhu] to come in and revealed himself lying in his bed wearing only very skimpy panties. The Nuncio told him to get dressed and went away. Afterward, Kühn went from his bedroom to his office dressed in the same way, despite the admonition he had received, and then went down to the common area of the Nunciature in that same undressed state.
On another occasion during an encounter that lasted two hours in an Italian club, with the lights out as slides were projected, Fr. Kühn took a young blond boy about 9 or 10 years old and made him sit on top of him with his arms around the young boy.
In 2008, Kühn was moved by the Substitute then-Archbishop Fernando Filoni to Vienna to work in the nunciature (Vatican embassy).
Two sources close to Pope Benedict spoke anonymously to LifeSite about this matter, suggesting that Kühn was moved to Vienna because his scandalous sexual behavior (some believed to be consensual) became too well known. One said that the Pope moved Kühn knowing of the problems and even asked Cardinal Joachim Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne, to take Kühn into his diocese but Meisner refused. Another source stated: “When it became known that he [Kühn] had harassed various young men (among them also Kolfhaus), he was removed by Benedict XVI from the Vatican and sent to Vienna.” This source insisted, defending the Pope, that Benedict did personally intervene and that he punished Kühn two times by sending him into less important positions, first to Vienna (2008) and then to Eichstätt (2012), this time removing him from the diplomatic service. Pope Benedict was the Roman Pontiff of the Catholic Church from 2005 until 2013.
Another source from Benedict’s circle however suggests that Benedict did not know of the matter and it was handled either by the then Secretary of State himself (now-Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone) or the then-Substitute (now-Cardinal Fernando Filoni).
LifeSite reached out to Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, via his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein, asking for comment, but did not receive a reply.
In the court files, currently with the State Attorney, a man who was employed in a high-ranking position by the diocese of Eichstätt sums up what he was told by higher-ups in the diocese concerning Kühn. He was warned to be “cautious” around Kühn “because of his somewhat difficult past.” When he asked for further information, both the finance director of the diocese and the Vicar General informed him that Kühn was known to have had some “unresolved encounters” during his station in Africa that were related to the “homosexuality of the prelate Kühn.” During his time in Vienna, they added, “it went so wild he was forbidden entrance into a hotel.”
According to this source, the Vicar General told him that the official reason for Kühn’s dismissal from Vienna was the “story with the hotel” as well as “additional non-consensual sexual contacts during his diplomatic stations.”
In the midst of this scandal in April 2011, Pope Benedict awarded Kühn a special designation as “Prelate of Honour of His Holiness,” a papal designation that often comes after a number of years of service in the diplomatic corps of the Vatican.
At the end of August 2012, Kühn was removed from the diplomatic service of the Vatican and was moved to his home diocese of Eichstätt in Germany where he was personally appointed Canon of the Cathedral by Bishop Gregor Hanke. That position, however, gained Kühn a much larger salary and notable position.
In April of 2019, accusations against Kühn were brought to the public by the German newspaper Die Bild. Only after this did Bishop Hanke of the Diocese of Eichstätt, who according to the Viganò testimony, had been informed of Kühn’s assaults previously, suspend Kühn from his duties. Kühn was also told only to celebrate private Masses; however, LifeSite found that in June of 2020, he celebrated a public Mass in the Diocese of Regensburg. Responding to a media request by LifeSite about this, the Diocese of Eichstätt merely pointed out that Kühn celebrated the Mass in a different diocese. The Diocese of Regensburg declined to comment.
LifeSite reached out to Monsignor Kühn with questions. In response, Kühn’s lawyer threatened a lawsuit should LifeSite report on the case. The response denied all charges and not only forbade reporting on the case but also further research into it.
Kühn publicly addressed the accusations for the first time in July 2020 after Italian Vaticanist Marco Tosatti published a translation of portions of a July 16, 2020, Die Bild article on the case on his blog. Kühn vehemently denied all charges. Moreover, Kühn claims that Kolfhaus’ lawyer Alexander Stevens is “a well known LGBTQ activist and supporter of the relative lifestyle and debauchery.”
Stevens told LifeSite Kühn’s accusation against him is false. “The prelate obviously doesn’t hesitate to even discredit the victim’s lawyer,” he wrote via email. “Here, in my opinion, Kuehn’s strategy is once again exposed: to neutralize the enemy by deliberate untruths.”
Canon law (1395) insists that “a cleric who persists with scandal in another external sin against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue is to be punished by a suspension. If he persists in the delict after a warning, other penalties can gradually be added, including dismissal from the clerical state.” Canon law experts have told LifeSite that much of the problem leading to the Church sex abuse scandals has been the ignorance of and refusal to apply canon law.
Dr. Maike Hickson contributed to this report
This is a very interesting story and reveals even more of what goes on in the Vatican, dioceses, nunciatures, monasteries etc.
But it’s rather startling that a senior monsignor in a diplomatic mission be in bed and be walking around in skimpy panties.
Was the man drunk or on drugs at the time?
Or was he just proud of his kink?
Or is that type of behaviour so common no one turns a blind eye?
Vatican and RCC clerical homosexuality seems to of the kinky kind – and not the lovey dovey, kissey kind.
Its just as well Robert Mugabe didn’t come across Kuhn in his knickers or he might have ended up knickerless and knacker-less😃
Irish Archbishop Who Died in ’73 Is Linked to Abuse
New York Times 2011
DUBLIN — The former archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, widely regarded as the most powerful Catholic prelate in modern Irish history, stands accused of serial child sexual abuse, The Irish Times newspaper said Thursday.
Two specific complaints and a separate unspecified “concern” against an unidentified cleric were reported to the Murphy Commission, a state-sponsored investigation into the handling of clerical sexual abuse of children in the Dublin archdiocese. The newspaper reported that Archbishop McQuaid, who retired in 1972 and died a year later, was the unidentified cleric.
The commission published its main report in 2009, but it said that “due to human error” the latest allegations emerged only in a supplementary report published in July. This does not name Archbishop McQuaid, but the newspaper is adamant that the allegations of abuse contained within it refer to the archbishop. One allegation is regarding abuse of a 12-year-old boy in 1961.
“The supplementary report records that in June/July 2009, as the commission was completing its main report, it received information which would have ‘brought another cleric’ within its remit,” Patsy McGarry, the newspaper’s religious affairs correspondent, said in an interview. The archdiocese “found a letter ‘which showed that there was an awareness among a number of people in the archdiocese that there had been a concern expressed about this cleric in 1999,’ the report states. The ‘cleric’ is Archbishop McQuaid.”
The main body of the Murphy report was highly critical of Archbishop McQuaid’s attitude toward abuse, accusing him of showing “no concern for the welfare of children.” However, this is the first suggestion that the official body had received specific complaints against Archbishop McQuaid, who was at the very apex of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland for three decades.
In a statement, a victims’ group, One in Four, called for a statutory inquiry into the accusations, saying that “if Archbishop McQuaid was, as is alleged, a sex offender himself, then it is no wonder that the secrecy and cover-ups which have characterized the church’s handling of sexual abuse was so entrenched.p
The archdiocese told the newspaper that the police were investigating the matters dealt with in the supplementary report. There is also a separate civil action being taken against the archdiocese by one complainant.A version of this article appears in print on Dec. 9, 2011, Section A, Page 6 of the New York edition with the headline: Irish Archb
I knew MxQuaid personally and never saw or heard anything that would suggest these allegations are true.
But it does seem that Dublin found allegations of some sort and passed them on for investigation.
When John Cooney published his book on McQuaid he did hear that there were two Gardai files on the matter that had disappeared.
Cooney approached a retired Garda inspector who dealt with the matter.
The inspector closed the door in Cooney’s face.
RUMOUR – AMY MARTIN TO BE TRANSLATED TO DUNLIN ???
There is a clerical rumour going about suggesting that Amy Martin in being transferred to Dublin to replace Duarmuid Martin.
One priest said: “Amy is clearing his desk in Armagh”.
I have absolutely no knowledge of the veracity if this rumour.
There is a precedent for this when Cardinal Cullen was moved from Armagh to Dublin.
If its true is is good for Amy’s career and bad for Dublin.