Yesterday, I was contacted by one of my Dublin informants about the forthcoming clergy changes that have been proposed by Archbishop Farrell for the priests of the Archdiocese of Dublin.

A list of the proposed changes has been circulated. But I am told the list is embargoed. In a tactic known within Whitehall, my sources tell me that some of the lists have been subtly modified in order to identify “leakers” to this blog.

My informant noted that no parishes were suppressed. And, in a sign of the times I observe that in several cases individual priests have been appointed the parish priest of two parishes.

None of this comes as a surprise. It is only a matter of time before amalgamation of parishes within the Archdiocese of Dublin commences. On the blog today, I am predicting in the next two to five years that Archbishop Farrell will have no choice but to commence a programme of parish amalgamation that has been implemented in the United States.

I suspect that what will drive the amalgamations — if the rumours are true that the Dominicans want to pull out of the running of several Dublin parishes.

This would be in keeping with other religious orders who have handed back parishes to the archdiocese with the most recent being the Carmelites on Berkley Road.


With respect to the forthcoming changes my sources further tell me that there has been a lot of resistance to the proposed moves because all is not well within the Archdiocese of Dublin.

I was told that some priests were deeply resistant to being moved. And, I was further told that some clerics have submitted doctors’ letters to Archbishop Farrell as justification for their refusal to move parishes because to do so would be detrimental to their mental health.


However, I am unable to ascertain if these letters were successful or not. It is quite a cunning move and it may have significantly reduced Farrell’s room for manoeuvre much to his considerable frustration.

However, it is the case that if there were more priests available this would allow Farrell to firmly place his own stamp within the archdiocese. Instead, it looks like he is going to preside over the slow decline of the archdiocese

Archbishop Farrell will have to submit his resignation when he turns seventy-five in about 7.5 years. I am led to believe that Archbishop Farrell has ordained men to the priesthood for religious congregations but, I do wonder before he retires will he ordain even one mote priest for service within the Archdiocese of Dublin?

Speaking of priestly ordinations, my informant is wondering is Archbishop Farrell contemplating ordaining Deacon Byrne to the presbyteral order? I understand that Deacon Byrne is living rent-free in a presbytery in Dublin?

But, it would appear that Deacon Byrne pursuing qualifications in counselling and psychotherapy. It is rumoured that the process of laicisation has begun for Deacon Byrne. Perhaps, when that is completed, will the then Mr. Byrne set up a business providing counselling services to the ever-diminishing remnant of clergy ministering within the Archdiocese of Dublin. Stranger things have happened!


Is Fr John Gates, Magherafelt ill?




Survivors and Advocates Blast Archbishop for His Refusal to Disclose Dozens of Predator Priests

By Jennifer Stein June 10, 2021

“Nearly every other California diocese has released an official list of known abusive clergy. It’s time to name your predators,” say advocates

California Catholic officials attempted but failed to stop survivors’ lawsuits

Jeff Anderson & Associates will:

  • Disclose that a California bishop recently lost his bid to block child abuse survivors from filing civil lawsuits.
  • Reveal a mobile billboard challenging San Francisco’s Archbishop on his handling of pedophile priests.
  • Call on San Francisco church officials to publicly release the names, photos, and whereabouts of all credibly accused clerics, and all California bishops to let survivors ‘have their day in court’ and launch no more legal maneuvers against such survivors and their lawsuits.
  • A Spanish-speaking attorney will translate.

Noted for his staunch conservatism, obstinacy in the face of survivors’ pleas for acknowledgment and accountability, and general clericalism, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has firmly resisted publicly releasing an official list of clergy known to be credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Because of Archbishop Cordileone’s unwillingness to provide transparency, a digital mobile billboard will be at the event imploring Archbishop Cordileone to release the names of all credibly accused clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The vast majority of US bishops have posted on church websites the names of and often some details about proven, admitted, and credibly accused predatory clerics. 

Unfortunately, the Archdiocese of San Francisco is one of sixteen Catholic Dioceses in the United States and two in California, yet to publish a list of credibly accused clergy. Many consider this long-overdue step to be the bare minimum church officials should do to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

“As long as the names of known perpetrators are kept secret, the children of San Francisco remain in immediate peril,” said attorney and advocate Jeff Anderson. “Every day he chooses secrecy over accountability runs the risk of another child suffering the same horrors and shame as those carried by hundreds of adult survivors today.

Unwilling to wait for the Archbishop to take up the mantle of accountability, Jeff Anderson & Associates released their own report based on publicly available information in 2018. The report listed more than 200 accused clergy across the three dioceses of the Bay Area: San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

In January 2021, California Roman Catholic Bishops filed motions in southern and northern superior courts asking judges to rule the California Child Victims Act (AB 218) as unconstitutional. In April 2021, Alameda Superior Court Judge Winifred Y. Smith ruled that the California Child Victims Act was not only constitutional but provided a detailed 51-page opinion explaining her analysis of the law. This allowed survivors to bring actions to uncover the Bishop’s secrets.


To campaign for the unborn child and to cover up for child shagging priests is ABJECT HYPROCISY and an UNADULTERATED EVIL.

I semi-apologise for my terms but nothing else would express the utter anger and revulsion I have for Cordileone and his fellow RC Mafia mobsters.

I’ve always had a problem with people calling other people “scum” – but that is indeed a suitable term for these inhuman Christ Betraying Degenerates.

Over the years I’ve realised that the RCC is an axis of evil 😈 pretending to be good.

Ordinary PPs and curates as not as directly evil as the upper hierarchy is.

But they must realise that they are willing supporters of this evil empire.

They are just like ISIS supporters sending money to ISIS.

They do not pull the trigger but they help put the bullet in the magazine.

Every priest who operates on behalf of the RCC is complicit in child abuse cover up.

Every person who gives and money to the RCC is complicit in child abuse cover up.

It’s just like abortion.

With all this knowledge now in the public arena – anyone who supports the RCC in anyway is an accomplice to child abuse and child abuse cover up criminality.




When my mother was dying I was getting ready to leave the hospital before midnight to go home to sleep to be rested to be with her early next morning.

The charge nurse asked me not to leave just for a while.

Just after midnight two young female doctors entered my mother’s cubicle with a syringe full of a medication.

After they had left the charge nurse called us in and we were with my mother while she passed away peacefully

Three weeks earlier my mother had had a stroke which destroyed he ability to swallow either liquids of solids.

She was perfectly conscious for most of that three weeks and we had aotnof quality time with her – talking abd listening, etc.

I was aware that she was being given morphine.

Morphine is a great drug in the right setting.

But it has side effects – like weakening the heart.

So I realised that that night she died she had received her final dose of morphine – and probably a high dose.

But I did not object.

My mother would never have had any quality of life and I glad to see her going to God without pain or distress.


Was my mother’s three weeks of morphine not really a slow and compassionate form of euthanasia?

Personally, as a Christian a priest and a bishop I would have the IDEAL of going on the whole journey of my death with the Lord at my side – and join my suffering and death with His suffering and death on the Cross.

Will I have the faith and courage to do that?

I hope so.

But I cannot be certain.


What about other people who do not want to face a suffering and painful death?

Especially those who do share our Christian faith.

Should they be allowed to avail of a more up front euthanasia?

Personally, I believe that should be allowed to them.

I know that there are dangers in this area.

The danger of sick people being made to feel they are a burden on others.

The danger of greedy and unprincipled relatives and others putting pressure on the dying person- so that they can benefit from the estate.

Even the danger of overly zealous doctors putting pressure on the dying.

The danger of a “creeping euthanasia” – stretching from the dying elderly to the disabled, the depressed etc.

And so a state allowed euthanasia would need to gave the strictest possible laws and regulations built around it.

Maybe even involving judicial control?

Jesus does not need each of us to undergo a crucifying death.

He underwent that for all of us.

I think we must discuss this topic with intelligence, logic, compassion and lack of hysteria.

And in the end it is a decision for for the politicians guided by the wishes and votes of the electorate.




To the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress Nancy Pelosi

The Second Vatican Council, in its Decree on the Church in the Modem World, Gaudium et spes, reiterated the Church’s ancient and consistent teaching that “from the first moment of conception life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes” (n. 51). Christians have, indeed, always upheld the dignity of human life in every stage, especially the most vulnerable, beginning with life in the womb. His Holiness, Pope Francis, in keeping with his predecessors, has likewise been quite clear and emphatic in teaching on the dignity of human life in the womb.

This fundamental moral truth has consequences for Catholics in how they live their lives, especially those entrusted with promoting and protecting the public good of society. Pope St. John Paul II was also quite consistent in upholding this constant teaching of the Church, and frequently reminded us that “those who are directly involved in lawmaking bodies have a ‘grave and clear obligation to oppose’ any law that attacks human life. For them, as for every Catholic, it is impossible to promote such laws or to vote for them” (cf. Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in political life [November 24, 2002], n. 4, §1). A Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others. Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons “are not to be admitted to Holy Communion” (Code of Canon Law, can. 915).

With regard to the application of these principles to Catholics in political life, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote to the U.S. bishops in 2004 explaining the approach to be taken:

“… when a person‘s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist. When ‘these precautionary measures have not had their effect … ,’ and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, ‘the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it.’”

In striving to follow this direction, I am grateful to you for the time you have given me in the past to speak about these matters. Unfortunately, I have not received such an accommodation to my many requests to speak with you again since you vowed to codify the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in federal law following upon passage of Texas Senate Bill 8 last September. That is why I communicated my concerns to you via letter on April 7, 2022, and informed you there that, should you not publicly repudiate your advocacy for abortion “rights” or else refrain from referring to your Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion, I would have no choice but to make a declaration, in keeping with canon 915, that you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.

As you have not publically repudiated your position on abortion, and continue to refer to your Catholic faith in justifying your position and to receive Holy Communion, that time has now come. Therefore, in light of my responsibility as the Archbishop of San Francisco to be “concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to [my] care” (Code of Canon Law, can. 383, §1), by means of this communication I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publicly repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance.


Cordileone was placed on three years’ probation and ordered to pay a fine. He also will have to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim-impact panel and a three-month first conviction program through the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

After his arrest, he issued a statement saying he was stopped when driving his mother home after having dinner at the home of some friends. He said his blood-alcohol level was over the 0.08 percent limit for California drivers.

Court records show it measured 0.11 percent within three hours of the stop.

Cordileone apologized for his “error in judgment” and asked for forgiveness from his family, friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and Archdiocese of San Francisco.


I have never refused anyone Holy Communion in my 46 years as a priest.

As a sinner myself, how can I refuse Holy Communion to another sinner.

We can, as Catholics, objectively condemn the action of abortion as a mortal or grave sin.

We cannot judge the subjective moral guilt of any particular individual.

That is God’s job.

Cordileone is himself a PUBLIC SINNER.

He drank and drove and put many people’s lives at risk.

His story of the young man in the car changed.

He was once a young friend, then a seminarian, and now a foreign priest.

Cordileone is just another RC episcopal hypocrite.



On Friday I had the most wonderful privilege of celebrating a wedding Mass for Brendan and Steven with my colleague Father Paul concelerating.

The Congregation consisted of the couple’s family and friends including parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.

It was a wonderful celebration of love.

And I have always marvelled on these occasions at how very diverse generations – from the youngest to the oldest, throw themselves wholeheartedly into the occasion.

The occasion becomes all about love, celebration, acceptance and the desire to recognise love in all its forms and rejoice over that love.

I have been celebrating same sex blessings for 36 years.

Now, with the legislation changed North and South I can preside over such weddings as both a priest and a state officiant – making the ceremony complete – a marriage in the eyes of the Good Lord and fully legal from the point of view of the state.

I reminded all present of the words of John:

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love“.

Wherever there is LOVE, God is there.

Today I give thanks to God that we live in wonderful new times of love and acceptance and that love of all kinds can be recognised, embraced and celebrated.



Strident pro abortion women often use the catch cry: “It’s my body. I can do what I want with it”.

This may be a legal fact in many jurisdictions.

But it’s not always a MORAL FACT.


The short answer is NO.

It is illegal for me to use my body to murder or assault another person.

It is illegal for me to urinate or defecate in public.

It is illegal for me to masturbate in public as Fr Jerry Carey of Killaloe discovered.

It is illegal for me to be naked in public.

It is illegal for me to put certain drugs in my body.

It is illegal for me to smoke tobacco in certain places.

It is illegal for me to drink alcohol in certain public places.

So, the “principle” that I can do what I want with my body does not stand up to scrutiny.


No one can say that a pregnant should not have a great deal of control over her own body and bodily integrity.  Thats a right that all men and women should have.

But nearly always our rights come with obligations.

And in abortion there is:

The rights of the unborn baby.

The rights of the baby’s father.

And for those of us believe there is the moral question and the question of doing or not doing the Will of God.

The “ITS MY BODY” catch cry does not at all do justice to the very serious and complex abortion debate.




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In general, reported Eucharistic miracles usually consist of unexplainable phenomena such as consecrated Hosts visibly transforming into myocardium tissue, being preserved for extremely long stretches of time, surviving being thrown into fire, bleeding, or even sustaining people for decades.


Dr Franco Serafini grew up, received his education and still lives in Bologna, Italy. He is an ordinary Catholic without any particular attributes or group affiliations except for his local home parish. He and his wife are happily married and have two children. Dr Serafini enjoys his work as a cardiologist at a local country hospital he rides his bicycle to on most days, weather permitting. So far, none of his colleagues living in Bologna have taken up the same commuting habit yet!

Around 2015, an unusual medico-scientific interest in a number of Eucharistic miracles overwhelmed the routine of his professional life, made of hospital ward rounds and outpatient clinics. He immediately realized the subject had an enormous importance in terms of its apologetic potential, although no one had ever systematically analyzed it with scientific rigor before. He wondered: “How could this be? Our Lord revealed his physical presence in the Eucharist and allowed forensic medicine to perform medical investigations on himself? Did CSI scientists actually describe his Flesh and Blood and nobody talked about it?”

Since then, in his spare time, Dr Serafini began collecting and appraising all available clinical evidence about five Eucharistic events officially recognized as miraculous by the Catholic Church. In the process, he made connections with the Polish, Mexican and Argentinian scientists who were involved in the most recent investigations. He also often travelled around the world to meet these experts along with local eye witnesses in person.

The book Un cardiologo visita Gesù – A Cardiologist Examines Jesus published in 2018 by Edizioni Studio Domenicano was the result of his hardheaded personal and comprehensive research. After the unexpected success of his book, Dr Serafini effectively became known as a reference person and medical expert in this mysterious and fascinating subject at the interface between science and faith.

Since 2018, Dr Serafini had to practically reinvent himself as a public speaker on this topic, as invited to give talks around Italy, release multiple radio and television interviews and participate in film and documentary shoots.

This is not over yet: his book has been recently published in Polish and is also due to be published very soon in both Spanish and English.


From what I understand Dr Serafini has tested five Eucharistic miracles – in which it is claimed that blood is the blood of Jesus Christ.

He is a cardiologist and has involved other specialist doctors in his research.

Dr Serafina claims that he has discovered heart tissue in these miracles.

Dr Serafini’s claims are new and surprising.

As a Catholic Christian I do believe that in the Eucharist I receive the real Body and Blood of Jesus under the forms of bread and wine.

It will be interesting to see if Dr Serafini”s claims are backed up by the whole scientific community.

I wonder how MMM will react to this news?

Will he re-embrace his Catholic faith?



The above poem / prayer was sent to me by blog reader BD. Thank you.

This poem was in my prayer book all through my childhood, youth and seminary years.

It is a highly romanticised view of the specialness, holiness and purity of the priest.

When I went out to sweep the streets in Belfast in the early 1980s, parishioners were shocked that I was using my anointed hands for such lovely purposes. I always reminded them that we priests are Anointed as servants and not superiors.

Even though I saw of of my seminary priest professors showing very human traits – Tom March and his hundreds of Dunhills and whiskey , I did leave the seminary with a genuinely exalted notion of the priest.

I was a reader of St John Vianney, the patron Saint of priests, who said:

“If I met a priest and an angel on the road I would genuflect firstly to the priest”.


Out in the priesthood and in Wales:

My first parish priest was a total bully and an Irish hating bastard.

My second parish priest was an alcoholic with a female sexual partner.

My third parish priest was a sadistic bully.

And this was in the middle and late 1970s and long before we knew about the sexual abuses and all the other scandals.

And when I went back to say Mass for my former seminarian colleagues in Waterford – and before Mass began – Monsignor Shine whispered in my ear: “Don’t tell them what it’s really like out there – it will frighten them and put them off”.


For my first year in D&C things were good and peaceful.

But then I was faced with a horrible dilemma.

D&C was obviously as clerical as all Irish diocese.

I literally had to decide to be friends with the clergy elite or be friends with the people.

I did not make a firm intellectual decision.

But by my words and action I was on the side of the people.

That led to vicious clergy anger and resentment.

I became a persona non grata.

The 4 other priests I Iived with at the time ( with one Tridentine exception) were either gamblers or womanisers or both; everyday golfers, work drones etc.

Eventually the clerical club dumped me permanently in 1986 – 36 years ago.

I didn’t realise it at the time, but it was a great blessing and freeing.

But did I still want to genuflect to priests before angers ?

I don’t think so 😀


The priesthood is made up of human men.

Some of those men try and do their best for a while but then get disillusioned and tired and overcome by all caca floating around them.

Others are cynical from the beginning and live the priesthood to their own advantage and profit.

And then there are the thoroughly evil bastards.

I have met more evil men in the priesthood than I’ve met anywhere else.


The whole notion of ontological change is a cynical myth drawn up by clerics who try to fool all of the people all of the time.

The whole notion of priesthood has to be totally reviewed if it is to be maintained at all.

Jesus call rough fishermen and tax collectors to spread his simple message.

Then along came a movement of socio politico schemers who saw a whole new opportunity to form a new THEM / US institution that would give them prestige, profit and power.

And hey presto we get The Church of Rome Incorporated.

And then the priests hands were no longer on the altar. They were in children’s underwear, the groins of women and men, the corsets of nuns and in the various swollen coffers

And, as they say, the rest is history……..



Businessman Ryan Williamson, 44, regularly preaches against homosexuality in messages he delivers across NI and the Republic of Ireland.

Police were called to investigate claims he was committing hate speech in Larne on 10 August last year. However when approached by police, he refused to stop preaching and was arrested for disorderly behaviour.

His case came before Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday, where his solicitor entered a not guilty plea. The case is adjourned until 20 May, to fix a date for a trial.


I have no problem with people preaching even if I do not agree with what they are saying.

We call that free speech.

But these speakers were using equipment that was greatly exceeding the allowed public decibels and it was causing a major disturbance.

And I object to them bawling out that;

All homosexuals were going to hell.


Disabled children were a curse from God.

As a 37 year priest resident of Larne I felt I had the obligation to publicly challenge their hate speech.

To date no one in Larne has disagreed with my challenge.

Some of these preachers were also ex prisoners with a hatred for the PSNI.

One of the ones arrested had 150 convictions



Retired San Diego bishop Robert Brom died yesterday. He was accused of homosexual predation as well as covering up clerical sex abuse.

Church Militant’s Aidan O’Connor reveals Brom’s scandalous past.

San Diego’s current bishop, Robert McElroy, praised Brom in a press release, calling him “a pastor, teacher and servant leader.”

But Brom is also remembered as a bishop who covered up for clerical sex abuse. Even worse, he is accused of being a “sexual predator,” even a “rapist.”


Brom was an abuser of a semibarian himself.

He also covered up sexual abuse in the two dioceses he.led as bishop.

He never suffered any real consequences.

He lived a luxurious retirement.

At his death other bishops, ignoring his abuse and cover up praised him as a great pastor and leader!

This is RCC behaviour everywhere in the world.


Ignored, not believed, messed about without an apology.

Abuser bishops and priests protected, moved about internationally and cared for, for life.

John Paul II who covered up for mega abuser Marciel, was canonised when he died.

Good for ever on the scaffold,

Evil always on the throne.

But God stands within the shadows,

Keeping watch upon their own