Monday, 26 June 2017



When I was a curate in Kilkeel in County Down I was on the school board of governors and the secretary of FIVE primary schools.

When I became secretary my parish priest - Canon Walter Larkin RIP told me that there was a "black list" of teachers that were NOT to be given appointments.

Eventually we were looking for a principal of one of our best primary schools.

The vice principal - a friend of Canon Larkin's - a member of a family that given lots of money to the parish - was one of the candidates.

She was the Canon's favourite candidate. He was the chairman of the board of governors. He had in fact "promised" her the job.

We interviewed a number of candidates and had an expert from a teacher training college advise us during the interviews.

A clear BEST CANDIDATE emerged for the job. And it was not the vice principal.

The Canon did his best to give the VP the job but three governor members and I insisted that the best candidate be given the job - and he was.

The Canon left the meeting and went straight to the VP's house to apologise.

The VP later sued the governors but we were able to establish that she had lied about her age on the application form and she lost her case.

For a while she tried to make the life of the new principal very difficult - until one day I went out to the school and had it out with her.

This was one person experience I had of nepotism and favouritism in the Catholic school system

Very often the best candidate does not get the job.

The job will often go to a lesser candidate because he/she is a relative of a bishop or priest or because he/she has some influence somewhere within the church.

This situation is ABSOLUTELY UNJUST.

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I can understand the Church wanting a say in the school ethos. I can understand the Church wanting a say in the appointment of a person who teaches religion.

But I cannot understand the Church getting away with nepotism and favouritism.

The laws on discrimination should apply as much to the Church as it applies to any employer.

If churches want to discriminate against people then their schools, like in the USA SHOULD NOT BE STATE FUNDED!

Over the years many people have been discriminated against by the Catholic Church and the State has allowed them to get away with it. I am thinking of:

Non Catholics.

Divorced people.

Gay people.

People who didn't regularly attend Mass. 

There is no place for such discrimination in a MODERN EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY and in the 21 ST CENTURY.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017


Staff and parents ‘upset’ after bishop appoints priest as principal of school

Fintan "Lugs" Monahan

Bishop of Killaloe accused of ‘lack of respect’ for St Flannan’s college staff Post has a salary of about ¤100,000 and was expected to be advertised

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Fr Ignatius McCormack: appointed to the post without it being advertised

The appointment of the only priest on the staff of St Flannan’s Diocesan College, Ennis, as its new principal is continuing to cause reverberations among staff, parents and others involved with the school.
People who have spoken to The Irish Times are strongly critical of the way Fr Ignatius McCormack (44) was appointed to the post by Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan without it being advertised. St Flannan’s is a large co-educational school with 1,200 pupils and more than 80 teachers.
The current principal, Carmel Honan, has been been appointed principal at Glenstal Abbey School in Co Limerick, the first lay person and first woman to hold the post. She applied for the Glenstal post when it was advertised and took part in two rounds of interviews.
One source close to St Flannan’s said staff and parents at the school were “upset” at how the principal’s post in their school had been filled. The appointment was announced by the bishop earlier this month without any advertisement or open competition.
“Everybody expected it to be advertised, but instead they were presented with a fait accompli.”
The source said that after Ms Honan’s departure was announced, there was a good deal of speculation at St Flannan’s about her likely successor and whether it would be an internal or external candidate.
“The post has a salary of about ¤100,000 due to the school’s size so it was expected to be advertised. People had aspirations.” Ms Honan was the first female principal when appointed at St Flannan’s in 2006 and Dr Kieran O’Reilly was bishop of Killaloe. The post was advertised and she went through an interview process.
Her predecessor at St Flannan’s, Colm McDonagh, was its first lay principal. He was appointed in 2000 when Dr Willie Walsh was bishop of Killaloe. He too had responded to an advertisement and took part in an interview process.
“Everybody understood then that that was the end of the era of having a priest as principal,” according to another source.
Several people who spoke on condition of anonymity emphasised their concern is with the manner of the appointment and not with the priest appointed. The “way it was done” was “a major source of disappointment and showed a lack of respect for the large staff at the college,” one person said. It was “not good enough” for Bishop Monahan to say now he was willing to talk to people who had concerns about the matter. “Why not beforehand?”
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Asked by The Irish Times why Bishop Monahan decided against advertising the post and conducting interviews, his spokesman said the bishop had made the appointment after consulting the joint managerial body on correct procedure for his making the appointment. Bishop Monahan then informed the board of management at St Flannan’s of his intention and also told its trustees. “It was only after having made representation to these three distinct bodies and having received no objection that the appointment was made,” the spokesman said.
He said the bishop had received “very positive feedback in relation to the appointment from a large number of people: clergy, laity, including members of the staff of the school.”
Such an appointment was not unique, he said. Recently there were “two voluntary secondary schools [Coláiste Iognáid in Galway and Callan CBS in Kilkenny] where a cleric/member of a religious order has been appointed following a lay principal, the spokesman said.
He said that “by this appointment, Bishop Monahan is showing his commitment to the ideals of Catholic education.”


FINTAN MONAHAN of Killaloe has behaved like a 19th century Irish Catholic bishop by appointment Fr Iggy McCormack principal of St Flanans without a decent consultation process with parents and teachers - and even more so bu NOT ADVERTISING THE POST!

Parents and teachers are quite rightly outraged at the Monahan stroke!

The Euro 100,000 a year job should have been widely advertised, a short list drawn up and proper interviews conducted - with advice from a second level education expert.

The Euro 100,000 will be paid out each year by the government on behalf of the tax payers.

The Department of Education - on behalf of the public - should have the right to see that these jobs and salaries are achieved by appointing the most suitable person to these posts.

I think that the parents should not accept this autocracy.

PARENTS should remove their children from the college.

TEACHERS should go on strike.

THE PUBLIC should protest outside Monahan's palace door.

THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION should refuse to fund the priest's new salary.


We needs NEW LAWS to stop bishops and other power individuals to giving high powered jobs to their favourites.


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Robert Shine,New Ways Ministry

An Illinois bishop has released guidelines about same-gender marriages that may greatly restrict participation in his diocese’s parishes by people in such marriages
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield issued his “Same-Sex Marriage Policies Decree 6-12-2017” earlier this month, which instructs lesbian and gay Catholics along with pastoral ministers on several aspects of ecclesial life.
Addressing the sacraments, Paprocki said people in same-gender marriages should neither seek to receive nor be admitted to Holy Communion because their relationships are of an “objectively immoral nature.” Most strikingly, the bishop decreed about funeral rites:
“Unless they have given some signs of repentance before their death, deceased persons who had lived openly in a same-sex marriage giving public scandal to the faithful are to be deprived of ecclesiastical funeral rites. In case of doubt, the proper pastor or parochial administrator is to consult the local ordinary [bishop], whose judgment is to be followed (cf. c. 1184).”
Further restrictions on people in same-gender marriages include the following prohibitions:
  • “[They] are not to serve in a public liturgical ministry, including but not limited to reader and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion”;
  • “[They may] not serve as a sponsor for the Sacraments of Baptism or Confirmation”;
  • “[They are] not to be admitted to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or receive the Sacrament of Confirmation unless he or she has withdrawn from the objectively immoral relationship”.
Paprocki’s decree also includes restrictions for pastoral ministers. No church worker, acting in a professional capacity, may participate in same-gender weddings. No church properties may host such weddings, and the bishop even forbids “items dedicated or blessed for use in Catholic worship” from being used in such ceremonies. Church personnel are also forbidden to bless same-gender marriages.
Pastors are further instructed to accept children whose parents are in a same-gender marriage for the Sacraments of Initiation, though pastors must use “due discretion in determining the appropriateness of the public celebration of the baptism.” Likewise, such children are to be admitted to Catholic schools and religious education, but the family “must agree to abide by the Family School Agreement.” To read more about that Agreement, which is LGBT-negative, click here.
Finally, the bishop threatened pastoral ministers that a “culpable violation of any of these norms can be punished with a just penalty.”
This Decree is not entirely novel. Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput sought last summer to bar LGBT people from both Communion and liturgical ministries in his restrictive pastoral guidelines. Elsewhere, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit and former Archbishop John Myers of Newark both told LGBT Catholics and their allies not receive Communion. What is notable about Paprocki’s guidelines is its treatment of funeral rites and threat of punishment for pastoral ministers.
The Decree is also not Bishop Paprocki’s first damaging act against LGBT people and their families. Last year, he implicitly criticized Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich for suggesting that reception of Communion is to be determined by each person according to their conscience. When Illinois passed marriage equality in 2013, Paprocki held a public exorcism because of the law, and had previously suggested that supporters of marriage equality should be disciplined like children.
Beside the obvious pastoral insensitivity, there are a few other things wrong with Paprocki’s new guidelines. In canon law, Canon 1184, which the bishop referenced in regard to funeral rites, says restrictions on such rites should be imposed on “notorious apostates, heretics, and schismatics,” those persons who are cremated for “reasons contrary to Christian faith,” and “manifest sinners” whose funerals would be publicly scandalous.
It is discrimination to target LGBT people when, in a certain sense, all Catholics could be deemed “manifest sinners.” Who among us, including Bishop Paprocki, does not publicly sin at different moments? Yet, funeral rites are not denied to Catholics who pay employees an unjust wage, publicly advocate for the death penalty, or deny climate change.
It is cruel to suggest that people who have, by the dictates of their conscience, entered into same-gender marriages should uniformly be equated with apostates and heretics.
Secondly, threatening Catholic pastoral workers with a “just penalty” is improper for someone who is to be a loving shepherd for the diocese. It borders on spiritual abuse to tell pastoral ministers and LGBT Catholics that, should they adhere to a most fundamental church teaching and follow their properly formed consciences, they could be punished by ecclesiastical authorities.
In a moment when a growing number of church leaders, led by Pope Francis, are opening doors to LGBT people and their families, it is tragic that Bishop Paprocki has chosen to act so harmfully. Despite his claims, it is the Decree itself which is the real scandal in this incident.

What planet are people like Popriki living on?

The traditional Catholic understanding of a funeral is that it is a ceremony to pray for the deceased and their eternal salvation. 

If it is sinful to have a same sex union - as Poproki is suggesting - is it not more important that gay people are prayed for than anyone else.

Plus it is huge hypocrisy given that so many Catholic priests and bishops are living promiscuous gay lifestyles in the US, in the Vatican and around the world?

I am sure that there are plenty of clerical scandals in Poprocki's own diocese.

His instructions amounts to blatant homophobia and questions whether or not he is really a "Christian" at all!

Thursday, 22 June 2017


Emmett McLoughlin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Emmett McLoughlin (February 3, 1907 – October 9, 1970) was a Catholic priest of the Franciscan order who became known in the 1930s as an advocate for low-income housing in Phoenix, Arizona. He left the priesthood in 1948 in order to remain superintendent of St Monicas (later Phoenix Memorial) Hospital (Time, 1948), and wrote a number of books, including his autobiography People's PadreTime magazine (1970) called him "America's best-known ex-priest".


St. Pius X Catholic Church was built in 1935 and is located at 802-815 South 7th Avenue in Phoenix. 815 is the location where Father Emmett McLoughlin established the "Father Emmett Mission" in 1930.

The main office of the Marcos de Niza Housing Project , established by Father Emmett McLoughlin in 1941. The housing project is located at 305 W. Pima St. in Phoenix, Az. This property is recognized as historic by the Hispanic American Historic Property Survey of the City of Phoenix.
Born John Patrick McLoughlin. He grew up in Sacramento, California, and entered St. Anthony's seminary in Santa Barbara, California. He took the name Emmett during his novitiate in the Franciscan Order.
After his ordination in 1933 he was assigned a parish in Phoenix, Arizona, and began work there that would last for 14 years. Time magazine (1948) said that "soon young Father McLoughlin began to be almost as well known in Phoenix as the mayor." During that time he founded and directed St. Monica's Hospital, organized a slum clearance campaign, was instrumental in applying for federal funds for the Matthew Henson public housing projects (opened in 1940), was appointed as the first chairman of the Phoenix Housing Authority in 1939, and served as secretary of the state Board of Health.
His Franciscan superiors charged him with neglect of his priestly duties and ordered him to resign as superintendent of the hospital. McLoughlin decided that his work for the hospital and urban renewal was more important than his vow of obedience. He resigned as a member of the Catholic priesthood on December 1, 1948 to remain head of the hospital with the support of its board of directors, many of whom were Catholic. On August 13, 1949 he married Mary Davis (Time, 1949). He met her when she came to work at Phoenix Memorial Hospital working in the Medical Records Department. Friar Emmett was already disillusioned about the church hierarchy. He reports in his book, "People's Padre",that he did not lose faith in God, after leaving the priesthood/Romanism/Catholicism, but found he read more of the Bible and religious periodicals. He achieved more national prominence with the publication of his autobiography, 'People's Padre' in 1954.
He has been criticized in orthodox Catholic circles for not following the vow of obedience to the Church that he had taken as a Franciscan. McLoughlin, on the contrary, criticized the Church for requiring young men to take such a vow, often without having experience of life outside school and seminary. He also criticized the Catholic parochial school system, and alleged that a Roman Catholic plot had existed to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, criticisms which fed anti-Catholicism in America in the 1950s and 1960s.
McLoughlin moved to Oklahoma where he died on October 9, 1970. He is buried in Berwyn Cemetery, Gene Autry, Carter County in Oklahoma.
The city of Phoenix named the Emmett McLoughlin Community Training & Education Center in his honor ("City Dedicates", 2006).

Works published[edit]

  • People's Padre: an Autobiography (Boston : Beacon Press, 1954).
  • American Culture and Catholic Schools (New York: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1960).
  • Crime and Immorality in the Catholic Church (New York: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1962).
  • An Inquiry in the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (New York: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1963).
  • Letters to an ex-priest (New York: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1965).
  • Famous Ex-Priests (New York: Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1968).


Gradually, as the years went by, it began to occur to me that something was wrong.

Middle aged and older priests seemed, for the most part, resigned but apathetic. The said Mass, they heard confessions, the preached sermons - but they did it as a job, not as a religious dedication. 

I realised that my past, my present, and possible my soul, was tied to the Catholic Church. 

Was I losing faith in God? No. Was I losing faith in the Catholic Church? Certainly.

Should I continue to give my life to a system that could involve the exploitation of my years of service for the political aggrandizement of the Catholic hierarchy?

The young priest leaving the protective shelter of the seminary to enter the active ministry in a parish is soon shocked by the lack of charity he encounters. He finds this lack among the clergy themselves. 

The power of the bishop over his priests is as unlimited as that of a monarch of the Middle Ages. Only the right to capital punishment is denied him.

No Negro student was admitted to the St Louis University and a young Jesuit priest was hastily transferred back to California when he recommended that the student body protest.

How could I believe in the Mystical Body of Christ - and refuse to accept a Negro into a school, a church or a hospital?

The fact that a nuns hospital refused to teach white and Negro nurses together shocked me.

In Franciscan churches and in those of the secular clergy, the race for money goes far beyond the abuse of the ideal of poverty. It approaches greed.

Every priest who is sincere deplores the financial exploitation of the laity that is permitted - even promoted - by the Roman Catholic Hierarchy.

The fee for a low Mass is a dollar. The fee for a High Mass is from 5 dollars up. A solemn Mass requires 3 priests and the fee is from 25 dollars up.

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I can remember working on an annulment case that lay undecided in Rome for a long time - until I met a count from Albania who knew an Italian cardinal. A generous donation uncovered a legal solution for the couple involved. They still live in Phoenix.

I thought too of Italy. How could its own pope, preaching the inalienable dignity of the human soul and its value before God, bless Mussolini's planes as they swept over to annihilate the Ethiopians?

No priest who has ever heard priest's confessions will deny that sexual affairs are extremely common among the clergy. The principle concern of the hierarchy is that these affairs are kept hidden.

Another priest colleague of mine decided that the companionship of a nun was preferable to converting Indians on the Arizona desert. When the nun fell pregnant the bishop offered to transfer the nun to another state and let the priest stay put. The priest refused. The last I heard is that they are married and living happily in Chicago.

Many a priest who remains in the Catholic priesthood relaxes into a life of laziness.

I came to the irrevocable conclusion that the Roman Catholic Church had misrepresented itself to me. 


I only heard this week of Father Emmet Mc Loughlin and ordered this book published between 1954 (when I was 2) and 1962.

I am amazed that things were like he says in the Catholic Church of the 50s and 60s.

He gave 20 years service to the Catholic Church and the Franciscan Order.

Then he left to work in the slums among God's poor.

He admits that there are very good people - priests, nuns and laity in the Catholic Church.

But he concludes, that because the Church produces so much bad fruits it is a bad tree.

I agree with him.

Corruption in the Catholic Church is worse today than it was 50 years ago!

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  Priest at Belfast school quizzed pupils about sex - report criticises child protection failings
11A review of De La Salle College found serious flaws
By Allan Preston
June 22 2017

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·         A west Belfast school has been criticised for multiple weaknesses in its child protection measures after three pupils complained when a priest invited to the school asked them sexual questions in confession.
An independent review - ordered by De La Salle College's Board of Governors in January - detailed several flaws in how the school dealt with the childrens' complaints.
This included delays in reporting complaints to police, poor record keeping, and a lack of understanding of child protection issues.
The report centres on a visit by a Dublin priest to De La Salle College during May 2013, and of alleged inappropriate sexual conversations with three children.
The pupils complained separately to school authorities in June 2013, September 2014 and March 2015.
The PSNI previously confirmed the first complaint was dealt with in June 2013, but the remaining reports were not received until December 2014 and July 2016.
The review details that in May 2013, a session of confessions was held in the college over a number of days for some 160-180 pupils in years 10 and 11.
On June 14, 2013, a pupil told a teacher about his experience.
"He was asked if he masturbated, viewed pornography and how often," the report said.
"The teacher was concerned at this and made a child protection referral to the designated teacher."
A week later on June 21, an anonymous phone call was made to a Diocesan Safeguarding Office about the priest.
The office informed the school and referred the matter to the PSNI.
Two further referrals were made by teachers after pupils complained.
A long delay followed and the PSNI were not informed until November 2014 and March 2015.
Ultimately, as none of the pupils' parents wished to make a complaint, the PSNI did not investigate.
The report explained that the questions asked by the priest related to issues raised by pupils in class before the confessions.
The priest had been briefed about this and "this appears to be the rationale behind the questioning, however ill-advised and inappropriate".
The review team said that if the priest's questioning had been brought to the attention of Child Protection Service for Schools or social services, the advice would have been that it did not reach the threshold for a referral and should have been dealt with by the priest's parent organisation.
"The relevant church authority was advised of the concerns about the questioning and it did take action," the report said.
Serious problems with child protection in De La Salle were identified such as poor record keeping, a lack of cooperation between the safeguarding team and "the absence of a shared understanding on key aspects of child protection, such as, what constitutes child abuse".
Only the final complaint made in March 2015 had sufficient evidence for a full analysis by the review team.
"This case demonstrated good practice after a delay which exposed many system weaknesses," the report said.
The review team acknowledged that the "college staff has engaged in considerable efforts to rectify the deficiencies".
This includes a detailed Action Plan for 2017, although the report warned that constant staff changes and absence means there is "major concern" over the plan's long-term sustainability.
It adds: "This pattern must change if team members are to develop the appropriate competence in child protection matters that inspires confidence in members of the school community and ensures the best possible outcomes for pupils."
In an open letter to parents, De La Salle Board of Governors chair Monica Culbert welcomed the report and was "wholly committed" to implementing the report's recommendations.
She added the governors were very grateful to the review team for its "conscientious and sensitive manner".