Born 8 July 1958 in Chingola, Zambia and ordained priest 3 July 1982. He was installed as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton on the 28 May 2015, having previously served as Bishop of the Forces since 2009.
THOMAS KENT Thomas is a seminarian of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton who has been studying at St John’s seminary in Wonersh since 2013. He has been recommended for ordination to the priesthood in July 2020.
The current climate dictates that whilst the ordination mass will go ahead, the congregation will be small, and will strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines, as well as the guidelines for worship from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
Thomas’ formation and ministry to date has involved a great many clergy, religious, communities and individuals from the diocese of Arundel and Brighton and further afield. He would like to offer thanks to everyone that has helped to prepare him for this special day.
He would also like to offer thanks to all who have sent well wishes and attended virtually. When it is safe and appropriate to do so, he will be very glad to see you at a special celebratory Mass of thanksgiving.
PRIESTS ABANDONING PRIESTHOOD SOON AFTER ORDINATION
The seminary is a very unreal and unrealistic world – a bit like an all boys boarding school.
You can live a great fantasy life there – dressing up like a priest, all your meals and needs supplied, three holidays a year, living next door to other young men – some of whom you emotionally fancy or sexually desire.
And then you come out into the realife of parishes and presbyteries.
An old cranky PP? A crusty old housekeeper? An alcoholic PP? A PP sleeping with his housekeeper or the male organist.
My first PP in Wales was an alcoholic and totally anti Irish.
My second PP was sleeping with the housekeeper.
My third PP was an evil bastard from Tipperary.
And I had to live under the same roof as all of them.
The year after ordination I went back to celebrate Mass the seminarians in St. John’s Waterford.
The president, Monsignor Shine said: “Don’t tell what it’s like out there. You’ll frighten them”.
TODAYS EXTRA PROBLEMS
Today there are extra problems. There is the all embracing homosexuality in seminaries.
When you are used to the accepted homosexual frisson in seminaries, its a bit of a shock finding yourself away from it in many parishes and presbyteries.
There are quite a number of young priests leaving soon after ordination.
Alongside that and with the orgiastic lifestyle in seminariesIthink it is a strong sign that the current methods of formation are not working.
If you have a screwed up formation, being run by screwed up formators you will get screwed up ordinands and young priests.
I’m so grateful to have lasted 45 years in the priesthood to date.
This is a landmark and a really big step – a time to rejoice,” said Father Lee Taylor.
Father Lee and his partner Fabiano Da Silva Duarte have become what is thought to be the first same-sex couple to be officially blessed by the Church in Wales.
It comes after the Church’s governing body approved a new service of blessing for same-sex couples in September.
The move has put the Church in Wales at odds with its sister Anglican church, the Church of England, which forbids clergy from blessing gay couples.
Father Lee said the service, at St Collen’s Church, in Llangollen, Denbighshire, was “extremely special”.
“Our civil partnership took place at our local registry office in London in 2008. Although this was an important step for us it didn’t really feel like an occasion for great celebration back then,” he said.
“The ceremony was short and no religious content was permitted. It didn’t feel like a solemn and sacred moment.
“So this [blessing] is a really big step. It’s an opportunity to celebrate our love and union in the presence of God. It is exciting – a time to rejoice.”
He added: “We both have a deep faith and love of God and the church has always played an important part in our lives.
“We are very excited to have made this next step in our journey together.”
With a choir, bell ringers and family and friends attending, Father Lee said the ceremony had the “look and smell” of a traditional wedding.
“It has been a very moving and meaningful service for us. It had all the bells and whistles but without the actual marriage part,” added Father Lee.
The Scottish Episcopal Church became the first Anglican church in the UK to allow same-sex marriages in 2017.
Other Christian denominations in the UK that permit same-sex marriages include the Quakers in Britain, the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, and the United Reformed Church.
I have even blessing gay unions for well over 30 years.
God is love. And wherever there is love there is God.
When it comes to same sex love why is it that so many people are concentrated on what such couples DO sexually?
Sexual intimacy is only one small aspect of a committed loving relationship – as anybody who has lived in such a relationship will tell you.
Tuesday night’s RTE programme on the buried children of Tuam was a shocking summary of what we know to date.
But the buck stops with the Bon Secour nuns who ill-treated and starved those babies to death before storing their poor little bodies in a sewerage tank.
The buck also stops with the Archdiocese of Tuam in whose territory this holocaust took place.
The following must now happen:
1. The Irish government must now put a commission of archaeologists, medics and lawyers in charge of the whole operation. Catherine Corless must me a vital part of that commission and perhaps chairperson.
2. All others, especially any Catholic Church person or their lackies, must be kept totally away from this investigation to stop them interfering – as is their way.
3. All the bodies must be carefully removed and taken to a secure and respectful location where the work of reassembling all individual babies must take place.
4. A full report should be prepared on each little baby and a huge effort made to identify them from DNA, birth certificates, death certificates etc.
5. Where possible every effort should me made to discover and approach any family members of the baby and give them full information on their deceased little relative.
6. When the work is over a solemn and impressive monument should be erected in Tuam naming all the children who perished in the Catholic Concentration Camp in Tuam.
7. The state should call a national day of mourning for the victims and a State ceremony of Remembrance should be held. All Catholic bishops, priests and religious should be banned from being present at this ceremony.
8. New legislation should be brought in to be able to charge any individual Tuam nun still living alongside legislation to charge the Bon Secour order and Tuam Archdiocese with corporate manslaughter.
The least known and least interesting creature among the generally uninteresting Irish Roman Catholic bishops – Francie Duffy – has been made the RC archbishop of Tuam by the RC bishop of Rome.
He is a former teacher and school principal with little or no parish experience.
As a Kilmore priest, he is another protégé of Sean The Wounded Healer Brady.
A safe man – famous for not thinking, not speaking, and not acting.
THREE INDIGNANT IRISH BISHOPS THIS MORNING.
1. FINTONENSIS MONAHANIBUS
Fintan, the former secretary to Neary, wanted Tuam more than Snowwhite wanted to sleep with Dopey.
I’m told that he is beside himself with anger and actually flung his pectoral cross at his picture of Greasy Franki screaming VAFFANCULO.
In the Vatican’s eyes Fintan has been seriously damaged by letters from Tuam priests saying they would not accept him and by his handling of the case of one of his priests choking the turkey at Salthill and the infamous affair between 23 second Ger and Vonnie.
In the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome they still joke about Fintan’s handling of Vonnie and Ride.
The Vatican is also unimpressed by his friendship with Dick Purcell.
2. KEVINI HOMOPHOBIAENSIS DORENSIS
There was no way Pro Gay Francis was going to promote Doran after he publicly said that being gay was like being Downs Syndrome.
Francis regarded that as an insult to both the Gay and Downs communities.
Doran did say to an Elphin priest yesterday: “On the good side I will avoid all the packing and moving at 68”.
3. BRENDANISIMUS LEAHIENSIS
Leahy is disappointed but not as disappointed as he was when Farrell got Dublin.
And the good thing about Leahy is that he can always take refuge in a good theology book while he is licking his wounds at his cosy home in Stab City.
AND THEN THERE’S RICHARD BENNET GIBBONS
And then there’s poor Richard Bennet Gibbons PP who fancied himself to replace Neary.
But Richard annoyed Francis by fussing over him at Knock.
And Francis is not impressed with priests who wear black water silk fascias with their cassocks. Looks far too ambitious.
But a Cloyne priest says that Gibbons is now hoping to replace Duffy in Ardagh?
In the meantime he has Lola and Millie to comfort him.
“He said: Freely, freely you have received; freely, freely give”.
Currently some bishops, especially in the USA, are thinking of banning pro abortion politicians like Joe Biden, from receiving Holy Communion.
This begs the question: “Do bishops and priests own the Eucharist”?
In other words do these clerics have total authority over who receives the Body and Blood of Jesus?
JESUS BECOMING RRALLY PRESENT IN COMMUNION
We catholics believe that Jesus becomes really present in the Eucharist in the form of bread and wine.
Words like transubstantiation were not used until 1200 years after Jesus gave us the Eucharist.
Transubstantiation is a philosophical term attempting to explain a mystery. Spiritual mysteries cannot full be explained in philosophical jargon.
The Roman Catholic bishops and clergy think that Jesus gave them full authority over all things spiritual when he said to Peter: “What you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven”.
Protestant and other theologians believe that the power of binding was not just given to one man, Peter but the whole church – the People of God.
I agree with the Protestant position.
Only God can truly judge a man or a woman. Only God knows who is “worthy” of Eucharist and who is not.
Eucharist is not a reward for being good or respectable.
It is spiritual food for all – especially for sinners.
So, really the more spiritually hungry or sinful you are the more you need the Eucharist.
ALL KINDS OF EUCHARISTS
Jesus told us that if two or three met in his name he would be with them.
So if two or three meet in Jesus name and break bread and wine with each other in his name then surely Jesus is present with them in that “eucharist”?
I believe he is.
In fact he might be more present with them than in a three hour Mass in the Vatican in the presence of billions of pounds of wealth and antiques and with bishops and priests bonking each other and filling their bank accounts with Peter’s Pence?
They used to talk about Jesus being the “Prisoner of the Tabernacle”.
And the bishops and priests being his jailors.
The RC bishops and priests have hijacked Jesus and his message and turned them into massive inyernational money making casino.
I believe that if Jesus came to earth again he would take his whip into the heart of the Vatican.
And I also believe if he did that the Vatican bishops and clergy would crucify him all over again in St Peters Square.
The Vatican will incur a loss of £100m in donations intended for the needy when it completes the pending sale of a luxurious London office building now at the centre of an international criminal investigation.
The Vatican is in the final stages of selling 60 Sloane Avenue, a building in the Knightsbridge district of London, for about £200m to private equity group Bain Capital, according to several people familiar with the process. Bain Capital and Savills, which is managing the sale, both declined to comment.
Senior Holy See officials invested a total of €350m of donations in the London building between 2014 and 2018, the Vatican has said, meaning that the sale is expected to confirm a loss of about £100m for the Catholic Church.
The Vatican prosecutors say the money invested in the building and other investments was derived from Peter’s Pence, an annual donation given by Catholics around the world which, according to the Vatican, is intended “for the many different needs of the universal church and for the relief of those most in need”.
Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s former economy czar, has said that if his office had been able to intervene sooner, it could have saved some of the money lost in the Secretariat of State’s controversial London property deal.
The Australian cardinal told the Italian newspapers La Stampa and Corriere della Sera in an interview published Nov. 4: “There was resistance in the Secretariat of State. But if the auditor, or we from the Secretariat for the Economy, had been able to intervene earlier, we would have saved a lot, a lot of money destined for the London building and also in other places.”
When it comes to the RCC these days the problems are either SEX or MONEY or both.
Everyday there is at least one new RC scandal in the world.
It’s relentless. Never ending.
Today it’s £ 100,000,000 missing from Peters Pence money collected from all over the World to help the poor.
So it’s the poor who will suffer while RC prelates fill their cassocks with cash.
Italy should abolish the 1929 concordat and take the Vatican back into its own territory and make it subject to Italian, European and international law.
TUAM BABY PROGRAMME ON RTE ONE AT 10.15 PM
Tonight’s RTE ONE programme about the Tuam Babies is a must watch programme.
Prepare yourself to be shocked, angered and saddened.
This is one of the biggest rotten fruits of Irish Roman Catholicism.
When I came to Northern Ireland in 1978 the police force was the RUC. They were the police force until 2001. So, I had 23 years under the RUC.
In 2001 they became the PSNI. So I’ve had the PSNI for 20 years.
I wish we had the RUC back.
Don’t get me wrong. In many ways the RUC was a Loyalist and Protestant police for for a Loyalist and Protestant people. Members of the Nationalist and Catholjc
Many members of the RUC were prejudiced and bigoted and RUC members committed many heinous crimes.
But the PSNI is useless.
To report a crime to them you cannot go to the police station anymore. You have to ring 101. You then get speaking to a call centre to a non police person.
They will take the details and you may or may not hear from the police.
With the RUC you could go to the station and speak to a policeman.
If not satisfied you could make an appointment and speak to the duty inspector.
Now with the PSNI our police stations are fronted by security men and non police receptionists. No police present.
I do not blame individual PSNI officers for this situation. I blame the structures and those who operate them.
TWO OCCASIONS WITH WHICH I WORKED WITH THE RUC FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY.
THE DIVIS FESTIVAL
In the early 1980s I organised a big clean up of the Divis Flats with the residents.
We followed this with a week long music festival to celebrate the new cleanliness and state of the area.
It involved music performances and street parties.
In those days the presence of the police and army in the area caused street riots and more.
I didn’t want that happening during the festival.
I asked the chief superintendent to keep the police and army completely out of the area for seven days.
He told me that this was a big ask but he agreed on my promising him that if anything serious happened I would let him know.
We had a great incident free festival and everyone had a good time and nothing bad happened.
That was the result of practical community based, wise policing.
THE INLA BOMB
One day the same chief superintendent rang me and asked to see me urgently. He told me that the INLA (Irish National Liberation Army) had placed in the area. He had the choice of flooding the area with police and army which would have led to months of rioting and probably human injuries and death.
So the chief super wanted to find a clever way around the issue.
He asked me to get the Provos to remove the INLA bomb.