Friday, 15 December 2017

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Church using police to try and silence me, claim Buckley

Bishop Pat Buckley claims Catholic Church is trying to use PSNI against him

By Eamon Sweeney
December 13 2017
A controversial Catholic cleric has accused the hierarchy of the Church in Ireland of using the PSNI to conduct a vendetta against him over an online religious affairs blog he runs.

Larne-based independent Bishop Pat Buckley said that a potential case against him involving accusations of incitement to hatred has been dropped, but the 11-month long saga has convinced him that his former Church is attempting to silence him by closing the site down.
"I run a blog called 'Thinking Catholicism', which is critical of the Catholic Church hierarchy and they don't like it," Bishop Buckley told the Belfast Telegraph. On the 6th of January this year Archbishop Eamon Martin reported a comment made on the blog to the PSNI as incitement to hatred. This comment wasn't made by me, but someone who comments on the blog.
"It involved scandals in the Catholic Church, namely the 'gay sex scandal' at Maynooth. It was something like 'a flamethrower should be taken to the lot of them'. It was figurative language. No one would have thought this was to be taken literally.
"So, on January 17 I was interviewed under caution at Larne police station by two officers and was told I would be informed whether or not I would be prosecuted within 14 days. The police told me that I had nothing to worry about and I wouldn't be prosecuted. But, despite repeated requests, it took 11 months before I received a decision from the Public Prosecution Service.
"The police were sent to my home on three separate occasions about three different blogs after that. There are people out there, probably pro-Catholic Church people, who do not like the blog and who are using the PSNI to close the blog down.
"Depending on the topic being discussed, there are between 4,000 and 15,000 people on the site each day. It's quite clearly a waste of police time."
Bishop Buckley was pressed by the Belfast Telegraph on whether he was sure that he had been told the identity of the complainant by the PSNI.
He said: "Archbishop Eamon Martin sent the Church's child protection officer Aidan Gordon to the police station to make the complaint even though there were no child protection issues involved in this. I suppose if you stretch his job description this complaint would fall under a kind of safeguarding in regard to this complaint."
When this allegation was put to the PSNI, it said: "Police received a complaint in relation to content posted on a blog in January, 2017. A file was sent to the Public Prosecution Service in relation to the matter in March, 2017."
The PPS said: "The PPS can confirm that a file relating to this case was received from police in February, 2017.
"After careful consideration of all the available evidence, the test for prosecution was applied in line with the PPS code for prosecutors. It has been decided not to prosecute anyone in relation to this incident on the basis that the case did not pass the evidential test."
Bishop Buckley added: "It was a worry that elements in the Catholic Church used the PSNI to target me. It could start a fashion that is very unhealthy in terms of freedom of speech etc, particularly over the Maynooth issue."

The Belfast Telegraph contacted the Catholic Church for a response on numerous occasions by phone and email over a number of days, but received no reply.

So, Amy Martin sent Aidan Gordon who is reportedly paid close to £100,000 per year to report this Blog to the police.

Obviously, the police have to look into every complaint and make a decision in conjunction with the PPS.
ELEVEN MONTHS later I have been informed that there is no case to answer.
The purpose of Amy's plan was to try and shut down this Blog because it has exposed sexual scandals both in Maynooth and indeed Amy's own diocese.
Quite rightly it has failed.
I believe that Amy & Co have waster police time.
And not only that.
When the BELFAST TELEGRAPH asked Amy for a comment it was met with complete silence - in other words, CONTEMPT.
These folk think thatthey are a law unto themselves.
The sooner they have NO INFLUENCE whatsoever on both sides of the border the better.

Thursday, 14 December 2017


Dear Bishop Pat,

I am writing to you as a Xxxxxxxxx priest living in Xxxxx, in the hope you may be able to advise or help in the situation. It is something that has persisted for almost six years and has caused me a lot of grief and worry.

My name is Father Xxxxx Xxxxxxx and am xx years old and have been a Xxxxxxx religious since the late 1940s. Whilst I am wonderfully healthy and sound for my age, this situation, precipitated by my superiors, has caused me significant distress in what should be a quiet time in my life. For some time, I have been accused of having an affair with a lady friend, which I have persistently denied because it is simply not true. I was moved from Xxxxxxx to Xxxxxxx six years ago as a result, and the current provincial is now threatening to move me again to Xxxxxxx, after Christmas. Their latest reason for suspecting an affair is that one of my brethren saw a totally proper and innocent photo of my friend on my laptop, and reported it. I was already suspended back in June, despite no evidence allowing them to do so, and since I moved to Xxxxxx, the suspicion has intensified. This colleague entered my room and accessed my laptop secretly and without my permission.

However, whilst I have vehemently denied and refused to move, I know this is just the beginning of what could become a very nasty and unprovoked campaign against a man who had given 60+ years of his life to the Xxxxxxxx Order. I worry, about the severe effect it will have on my health. To be forced from one end of the country to another, at an age when many are incapacitated, would be unspeakably cruel and unchristian. I also worry that as this lady is my only and closest friend, I have no one to turn to who could be of legal or practical help, despite them knowing the actions of my provincial to be unethically cruel and illegal.

The provincial himself (Fr Xxxxxx Xxxxxx) is in a homosexual partnership with a member of the provincial council, as is the superior of Xxxx Xxxxxx (where I am is based here in Xxxxxx, and who has also caused a lot of trouble) who is in a relationship with the superior of Xxxxxxx (Fr Xxxxx Xxxxxx, a priest originally from Xxxxxx), where he was previously (I believe I commented on your blog about this some months back). It is quite clear there is a strong and powerful clique that are dominating the Xxxxxxx Province at present, and they are aiming their attention at me who is effectively in a powerless position.

I was, therefore, wondering if you had any advice, or could help in any way? This campaign has continued for several years and caused my friend and me immense suffering. I wish we had sought legal advice earlier but didn't know how to. I also worry I wouldn't have the confidence to. I would be very grateful for any help you could give.

God Bless you,

Father Xxxxx Xxxxxxx

Dear Father,

I was extremely sad when I read your email. You have given many decades to the Church, the priesthood, and your religious order and it is 100% evil and unjust that you are being persecuted in this way by your superiors - who you say are sexually active with each other.

You will have seen from previous Blogs that this persecution of others in seminaries, dioceses and religious orders by gay cabals is becoming the norm!

You are in fact a clear victim of harassment and that harassment is completely illegal and should really be reported at your local police station.

From what you tell me this harassment is coming from a clique which involves your provincial superior and his "mates".

This means that those you are complaining about would be the ones to whom, in normal circumstances, you could make a complaint.

I do not know what the General of your order is like? Would he listen to your complaint or is he also compromised - or would he just automatically support your local superiors?

You could also try and report all of this to the Congregation for Religious Life in Rome?

I do not know how they would react - but your complaint might just fall into the hands of a decent man who might take action for you?

Whatever happens, I do not think you should tolerate this situation any longer - as it will impact greatly on your health and happiness.

If things get very bad - or even if they do not - you can make your way here to Northern Ireland where I live and you can stay with me and I will complain to the police and Rome on your behalf.

My email is

My mobile is 07488 374364

With sadness, love, and respect,

Your brother priest,


Wednesday, 13 December 2017




It came in this envelope - written on both front and back:




Can I, first of all, express my sincere gratitude to the person who sent it and obviously wanted to remain unknown.

I am very grateful for your thoughtfulness and deeply appreciate the thought that went into your sending it :-)

I see you mention my recent visit to the Shankhill Road in Belfast and my visit to The Rangers Club on the Shankhill for a pint with the locals. 

The pleasure was all mine.

And while I thoroughly enjoyed my visit at the human level I was also saying to my "Protestant", "Unionist", "Loyalist" brothers and sisters in Northern Ireland that I love you all as much as I love anyone else.

Little visits like this are important in the context of all the tragedy and sadness that has affected all our communities - and a gesture of the sadness I feel about all the terrible, hurtful things we have done to each other over the years and decades.

It's amazing how a simple gesture can sometimes mean more than all the bawling of our "politicians" on both sides of our divide.

From the human perspective - this is the nicest thing that has happened to me this Christmas.


New Bishop of Galway appointed

Bishop Kelly is himself a priest of Galway diocese and his appointment as Bishop there represents a break with the practise established  of appointing outsiders as bishop of any particular diocese.
Bishop Kelly is himself a priest of Galway diocese and his appointment as Bishop there represents a break with the practise established of appointing outsiders as bishop of any particular diocese.
A new Bishop of Galway was appointed this morning with the translation there of Bishop Brendan Kelly from Achonry, where he has served since 2008.
It is an unusual move in that Bishop Kelly is himself a priest of Galway diocese and his appointment as Bishop there represents a break with the practice established during the tenure of previous papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown of appointing outsiders as bishop of any particular diocese.
Archbishop Brown was succeeded this year as papal nuncio by Archbishop Jude Okolo, the first Nigerian to ever serve in the role in Ireland, and the move of Bishop Kelly to Galway is the first episcopal appointment made since he arrived here last summer.
The Association of Catholic Priests, which represents approximately one thousand priests in Ireland, had been very critical of the pattern which saw the appointment of bishops who were not native to a diocese.
Bishop Kelly gave the homily last March at the funeral of former Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey at the Cathedral Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas in Galway city.

He recalled Bishop Casey as a man who did much good but had “hidden realities” in his life which proved earth-shattering for the Catholic Church. “We are all sinners, but irresponsibility, infidelity and sin are particularly shocking in the lives of those who preach the Gospel,” he said.
There were also “those of us who remember, with gratitude, his kindness and encouragement when personally we most needed it,” he said.
With the retirement in 2005 of Bishop James McLouglin, who succeeded Dr. Casey as Bishop of Galway, it was known that the priests of Galway had hoped the then Msgr Kelly, parish priest at Spiddal Co Galway, would become Bishop.
However then Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Martin Drennan was translated to Galway instead. He retired in July last year.
In November 2007 it was announced that then Msgr Kelly had been appointed Bishop of Achonry. Born in 1946 at Derrybrien, Loughrea, Co Galway he attended Craughwell National School and subsequently was a boarder at St Mary’s College in Galway city after which he went to Maynooth.
Ordained in June 1971 by then Bishop of Galway Michael Brown at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas in Galway city, he was appointed curate at Kinvara before taking up a teaching post at Coláiste Éinde, Salthill in 1972
In 1980 he was transferred to Our Lady’s College, Gort, becoming President in 1986. In 1996 he was appointed parish priest at Lisdoonvarna in Co Clare and in 2003 became parish priest at Spiddal.
Canon Michael McLoughlin, administrator of Galway diocese, said this morning on the announcement of Bishop Kelly’s appointment “we are very pleased indeed that he has come back to us.” He added “with great joy and with a feeling of some relief, I am honoured and I am proud to say to our new bishop - ceád mile fáilte romhat abhaile arís.”
For his part Bishop Kelly said “I am still somewhat in shock. Having settled happily in Achonry, I never expected to be asked to take on the shepherding of another diocese. However, the fact that it is my own native diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora makes it much easier to say yes to this appointment with which Pope Francis has chosen to honour me. I am very grateful to the Holy Father for his trust. And it is good to be coming home.”


Let me get this right.

Galway needs a new bishop and Pope Francis is appointing a71 and a half year old, who will have to retire in 38 months time as the new bishop!!!

How crazy is that - and in what other organisation would a man 6 and a half years past the civvy street retirement to lead the organisation into the future?

Forget about external enemies.

The Catholic Church is destroying itself from within by:

1. Becoming and organisation of old men.

2. Alienating the people with medieval practices and teaching.

3. Turning the priesthood, religious orders and seminaries into gay clubs.






Monday, 11 December 2017

Sex abuse bishop Peter Ball and brother seek Catholic switch- BBC

Peter BallImage copyrightPA
Image captionPeter Ball was jailed for sex offences against teenagers and young men between the 1970s and 1990s

A former bishop jailed for sex offences and his twin brother have said they are looking to join the Catholic Church to "live and worship in anonymity".
Peter Ball, who is now 85, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for offences against 18 teenagers and men.
The former Bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester carried out the abuse between the 1970s and 1990s.
Ball's identical twin and former bishop Michael Ball said in an email events had "wearied and reduced us".

Email from Michael Ball

In the email, mistakenly sent from Michael Ball to BBC South East's Colin Campbell among others, the brothers said having been "battered by the Church" they would be looking to join the Roman Catholic Church.
They said they would like to "end our days in a church where we can live and worship in anonymity and without constant fear".
The BBC contacted Michael Ball about the email and he said a move to the Catholic Church was "a possibility".
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton said in a statement: "We confirm that Peter Ball has been in contact with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton, in which diocese he now lives, expressing an interest in becoming a member of the Catholic Church.
"This matter is subject to discussions between Clifton Diocese and the statutory authorities, who are the lead with regards to Peter Ball's risk management in the community."

'Manipulative' campaign

An independent review of Ball's case by Dame Moira Gibb criticised the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.
Dame Moira said he had received seven letters from families and individuals following the arrest and cautioning of Ball in 1992 for gross indecency - when he stood down as Bishop of Gloucester - but failed to pass six of them to the police.
Lord Carey had also failed to put Ball on the the "Lambeth List" which names clergymen whose suitability for ministry had been questioned.
Dame Moira also heard Bishop Michael Ball allowed his brother to attend functions in his place, even after his resignation, and on one occasion Peter Ball had introduced himself as his brother.
In 1994 Michael Ball campaigned to Lord Carey to return his brother to the ministry, with one bishop calling the brothers' activities "manipulative", Dame Moira reported.
Between 1995 and 1997, with Lord Carey's backing. Peter Ball returned to church ministry, eventually undertaking duties such as confirmations.
After a series of investigations Balls' ministry ceased in 2011, Dame Moira reported.
He was released from jail in February after serving 16 months.

I don't think that the Catholic church needs these two Balls!
I'm afraid we have enough homegrown pedophile priests ourselves without importing more from the Church of England.
If these two men do become part of a worshipping congregation the child protection officers in that parish will need to take a special interest in them to make sure that the parish's children and vulnerable adults are not put in any danger. 
They complain of "battering" by the Church of England! Surely those who have abused children and vulnerable adults have to be dealt with in a rigorous manner.  
It strikes me that they feel sorrier for themselves than they do for their victims.
They brought their trouble on themselves.
It is not a good sign that they are wallowing in self-pity instead of being totally repentant for what they did.
Self-pity and feeling hard done by are the marks of an abuser who does not realize the gravity of the crimes they committed.