Thursday, 24 April 2014

BISHOP WAMIKA DENIES MELANIE NATHAN'S ALLEGATIONS



BISHOP CHARLES WAMIKA EMAILED ME TO SAY:

Dear Bishop Buckley,

I have just got back from duties of Uganda Martyrs University where I am the Chairman of the Governing Council.
Thank you sending me the note.

This year's Easter Mass found me at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Jinja. At that Mass I was neither the main celebrant nor the preacher.

There is no St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church in Jinja Diocese where I was presumed to be.

People should not words into my mouth on so sensitive an issue.

Thanks for alerting me about what is out there which I had not known.

Bishop Wamika



I WROTE BCAK TO BISHOP WAMIKA:
Dear Bishop Wamika,

Thank you for that. Can I say that you have never expressed such views and would condemn those who do?
Bishop Pat

BISHOP WAMIKA REPLIED IMMEDIATELY:

Dear Bishop,

Thank you for your response. You are absolutely right. On occasion I have been telling people there is no one who is ever written off. If they are ever doubted at heaven's gate all they have to do is to look at Jesus and He will surely tell those who were doubting such a one, "Let him enter, I also died for him"! This often to the confusion and rethinking of the supposed good christians!

Thank you once more for alerting me about what is out there. Some time back my Facebook account was hacked into someone soliciting for money saying I was in Ghana! So I have not used ever since!

Bishop Wamika

IN THESE TWO EMAILS BISHOP WAMIKA IS SAYING CLEARLY THAT HE DID NOT SAY THE WORDS QUOTED BY MELANIE NATHAN AND HER SOURCES.

THE BISHOP IS FURTHER SAYING, FROM WHAT I CAN SEE, THAT ALL PEOPLE, INCLUDING GAY PEOPLE, ARE NEVER WRITTEN OFF BY GOD - EVEN IF "GOOD CHRISTIANS" WRITE THEM OFF.  HE IS SAYING THAT THESE PEOPLE WILL BE ALLOWED INTO HEAVEN BY JESUS CHRIST.

FURTHERMORE HE IS SAYING THAT HIS FACEBOOK ACCOUNT HAS BEEN HACKED INTO AND THAT HE HAS NOT USED HIS FACEBOOK ACCOUNT SINCE.

THIS TO ME IS A VERY CLEAR AND RESOUNDING REBUTTAL BY BISHOP WAMIKA OF THE ALLEGATIONS MADE AGAINST HIM.

THIS MEANS THAT MELANIE NATHAN - AND OTHERS - MUST FULLY ACCEPT THE BISHOP'S REBUTTAL AND APOLOGISE TO HIM - OR ELSE PRODUCE UNQUESTIONABLE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE AND NAMED SOURCES TO CHALLENGE THE BISHOP'S REBUTTAL.

GAY PEOPLE HAVE NOTHING TO GAIN - AND EVERYTHING TO LOSE - FROM MAKING FALSE ACCUSATIONS.

UNTIL I SEE THOSE DOCUMENTS AND SOURCES I MUST SAY THAT I BELIEVE THE BISHOP AND HAVE NO REASON TO DOUBT HIM.

EVERY PERSON IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

+Pat Buckley 

"HOMO" PRIESTS ARE MAJORITY IN BELFAST


A BELFAST PRIEST HAS WRITTEN THE COMMENT BELOW IN ANSWER TO A "LADY" WHO WANTS ALL HOMOSEXUAL PRIESTS OUT OF THE PRIESTHOOD.



WHAT IS YOUR VIEW?

ARE THE MAJORITY OF PRIESTS NOW GAY OR HOMOSEXUAL ?








Anonymous23 April 2014 18:03
It is very much time to get these homos out of the Church of Christ. They have destroyed the priesthood and our lovely church. Priesthood is for straight men only.

Mary
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  1. Well Mary, I'm probably your Parish Priest and I'm a "Homo" as are most of my brother priests in Down And Connor. Not all of us are seeking constant sexual encounters, most of us are hard working and faithful to The Lord. I find your choice of words very hurtful... One day on your death bed you might grateful for a homo priest to give you the last rites, that's if your lucky because if you had it your way all the homos will be cast away to God knows where and you be struggling to find a good str8 priest as they'll be few and far between & probably tied up in their own hidden family matters.
    Hard working D&C priest!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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STILL WAITING FOR BISHOP WAKAMI

STILL WAITING FOR BISHOP WAKAMI
BISHOP CHARLES WAKAMI
My Blog about the alleged comments of Bishop Charles Wakami - Diocese of Jinja, Uganda - lauding life sentences for homosexuals has had the biggest response since I started blogging.

The allegations also accuse Bishop Wakami of calling upon the parents of gay people to hand their children over to the authorities - an action for which they would be rewarded in Heaven.

These allegations were extremely serious and before publication I tried to contact Bishop Wakami for a comment.

However that proved impossible as the three telephone numbers on the Jinja Diocesan website proved to be impossible to reach.

And when I clicked on a link to contact the bishop by email I found myself on a Chinese website ofering hair extensions!

However through the good offices of a cleric friend in Rome I managed to get the bishop's private mobile telephone number and telephoned him. He answered straight away.

I told him about the very serious allegations and expressed the view to him that he must be very woried about being accused. To be honest he did not seem overly worried. 

I asked him for his private email address and told him I would send the allegations to him immediately - and I did so within 3 minutes. Bishop Wamaki promised me that he would send me a written response by email and I promised him that I would publish it on my Blog in full - without any changes whatsoever.

But nothing has happened! I have heard nothing from him!

If I was Bishop Wakami I would be very worried about these accusations - especially since they had gone viral on the Internet. I told Bishop Wakami that the accusations had gone viral. 

The accusations originated with Melanie Nathan - a South African attorney (now living in the USA) and a long time campaigner on human rights issues. 
Melanie Nathan

Yesterday I asked Melanie Nathan for clarification as to how she had come across the accusations. She told me that she had 3 separate sources in Uganda for the allegations but that she could not publish their names as these people would be arrested, tortured and imprisoned by the Ugandan authorities. But she is standing by the allegations.

I fully understand that she must protect her vulnerable sources in Uganda. 

But now we are left with a probelm.

If these allegations are untrue why does Bishop Wakami not issue an immediate rebuttal of them and publish in full the text of the alleged offending sermon?

If Bishop Wakami sent me a copy of that sermon I would publish it in full on this Blog - without even censoring a comma or a full stop.

If I were him I would want to set the record straight without any hesitation. What human being - especially if he is a Christian and a priest - would want his name associated with such horrible allegations?

I am worried. Why is the bishop silent? Perhaps he is afraid for his own safety? 

But this issue is far too serious to be left hanging in mid air. 

+Pat Buckley
23.4.2014



Tuesday, 22 April 2014

SEEKING RESPONSE FROM BISHOP WAKIMA - UGANDA -

SEEKING RESPONSE FROM BISHOP WAKIMA

Bishop Charles Wakima
Yesterday on this Blog I wrote about the accusation from Melanie Nathan that Bishop Charles Wakima of the Diocese of Jinja in Uganda had called for a genocide of gays in Uganda during his Easter message.
Melanie Nathan

Many correspondents to this Blog have quite rightly suggested that the bishop's alleged comments needed to be checked and clarified.

As a result I have today - after great difficulty - finally made personal contact with Bishop Wakima and told him of the accusations against him and where they have come from.

The bishop has given me his email address and I have sent him a full copy of the allegations and have asked for his response and have assured him that his response would be published FULLY and in an UNCENSORED way on this Blog.

The bishop has promised me that he will do this and I await his reply and views.  

I have further let Melanie Nathan know that the bishop completely denies her assertions.

I have asked Melanie Nathan to clarify.

The most important thing is that we all know the TRUTH about this.

The story has gone viral with more than 4,500+ hits on Facebook

+Pat Buckley
22.4.2014


Monday, 21 April 2014

UGANDAN CATHOLIC BISHOP PREACHES GENOCIDE



"Bishop" Charles Wamika

UGANDAN CATHOLIC BISHOP SUPPORTS GAY GENOCIDE!!!

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF JINJA, CHARLES WAMIKA, UGANDA, USED HIS "EASTER" MESSAGE THIS YEAR TO SUPPORT THE TORTURE AND IMPRISONMENT OF GAY PEOPLE IN UGANDA ACCORDING TO SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS ATTORNEY / ACTIVIST MELANIE NATHAN (http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2014/04/20/ugandan-catholic-easter-message-calls-for-genocide-of-gays/

Melanie Nathan

The extreme and un-Christian homophobia of Wamika is truly shocking and he should be immediately sacked as a bishop by Pope Francis who recently said that he himself does not feel in a position to condemne gay people.

Wamika in his so called Easter Message praised the Ugandan Parliament for imprisoning gay people and told the "savage" politicians that God would shower them with a blessing for their actions. 

The crazy Wamika also called upon the parents of gay children in Uganda to hand their children over to the authorities and told them that for doing this they would be rewarded in Heaven!!!

The quote below comes from a young gay man who is in hiding in Uganda:

“The Bishop of Jinja Diocese – Bishop Rt. Rev.Charles Wamika, in today’s Easter Message  delivered at St. Chalres Lwanga Catholic Church, praised the Members of Parliament for taking a stand to see to it that the Anti-homosexuality bill passed into law, he went ahead and called on the faithful to vote for President Museveni in 2016 general elections for signing the bill into law.

He reminded the Christians that, it has been a law and he sent blessings to all Christians who have been working so hard to make Jinja a land free of gay persons. He said throughout human history the catholic church has fought evil and blood has been shed, he called on all the Christians to do whatever they can in their own means to clean this city.
I am surprised that a well educated bishop, well traveled and studied in different western countries uses his position to justify killing. He asked parents with gay suspected children to handle them over to authorities and their reward is in heaven. This is too much hatred.    I wonder if we will hear from the Pope on this. If not, I lose all hope.”

For a number of years now so called "Evangelical" Christians have been urging the Ugandan government to introduce this anti gay bill. The bill is called the Anti Homosexuality Act (2014)

When it was being prepared it was called: "KILL THE GAYS BILL"

The bill was proposed by the Ugandan Evangelical Christian politician David Bahati who also happens to be the Chief Scout of Uganda!!! God help the Ugandan scout movement.

The former Uk footballer player - now turned Evangelical Christian - Paul Shinners - has also been to Uganda to support the anti gay bill
Paul Shinners
In January 2011 the Ugandan Gay Rights campaigner David Kato was bludgeoned to death

OPPOSITION TO UGANDAN BILL:
The opposition to the Ugandan anti gay bill has been led by Amnesty International.

In 2009 the then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, himself from a Scottish Christian background, protested against the Bill.
Gordon Brown

In 2011 the UK International Development Minister protested and warmed Uganda that the UK would consider withdrawing its aid.
Andrew Mitchell MP
In 2009 the European Parliament threatened to withdraw aid.

In 2009 the Swedish government threatened to withdraw its £ 31 million foreign aid.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE CHURCHES?

The Anglican Church in Canada condemned Uganda.

The Archbishop of Cantebury, Rowan Wlliams condemned the bill
Rowan Williams
In fairness the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprian Lwanga, said that the Bill was at odds with Christian values.
Archbishop Lwanga
AND WHAT ABOUT OUR BELOVED VATICAN?

Pope Benedict received the Ugandan ambassador with honours and thanked him for the freedom that Catholics have in Ugansa !!!!!!!!!

And so far Pope francis has said NOTHING; NOTHING; NOTHING.

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE?

1. Uganda should be totally isolated in the political and diplomatic world.

2. All foreigh aid to Uganda should be withdrawn.

3. People like Bahati and Wamika should be put on trial for encouraging genocide.

4. Paul Shinners whould be arrested in the UK for incitement to hatred.

5. THE VATICAN should excommunicate Charles Wamika and if necessary put the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda under an interdict. It abortion in Canon Law is a sin punishible by automatic excommunication what kind of sin is genocide and the encouragement of genocide.

UGANDA SHOULD BE MADE A WORLD PARIAH.
BELOW - PLEASE WATCH TRIBUTE SONG TO MARTYR DAVID KATO


Saturday, 19 April 2014

SERMON FOR EASTER - ENDS AND BEGINNINGS

HOMILY FOR EASTER 2014
Bishop Pat Buckley


THEME:     OLD ENDINGS – NEW BEGINNINGS

For many years in the early part of my life I suffered from severe panic attacks. Those of you who have ever suffered a panic attack will know how terrible the experience is. An irrational fear completely overwhelms your whole being – body and mind. Your heart races. You sweat profusely. You lose control over your thoughts and rationality and you want to run – but there is no place to run. As the French writer and tortured spiritual soul – Simone Weil described it, you feel like a butterfly pinned alive into a collector’s album.

I came to a point in my life where I could tolerate my panic attacks any longer and decided to do something about them – other than take Valium as prescribed.

I went on a 2 week course with Dr Frank Lake – the English psychiatrist and pioneer of the Primal Therapy school of thought.

During the 2 week course we went on a journey into our Inner Space – our subconscious mind. Mankind has begun to explore and even conquer Outer Space but most men and women never explore their own Inner Space – which in many ways is as vast as the Universe and Outer Space. And during my journey into my own Inner Space I found the origins and cause of my panic attacks.

I revisited my birth experience and I discovered that I did not want to be born – and as my mother’s body quite naturally went into birth mode to expel me from her womb I had my first – my primal panic attack. All my later panic attacks were just the replay of my first panic attack.

When it comes to the birth of a human baby all our thoughts are – understandably - on the joy of the new birth. If we think of birth pains we think of the mother’s birth pains.

But we never think of how the baby might feel. The baby has been warm, safe and secure in the mother’s womb – receiving all its oxygen and nourishment from the mother’s blood. Then suddenly – within the womb – there is an earthquake. The baby’s world starts to shake uncontrollably and it begins to be expelled – violently – from the only world it knows. The baby does not know it’s about to be “born”. The baby thinks and senses that its world is coming to an end. As far as the baby is concerned it is about to be annihilated. And the baby panics almost like the lamb waiting in a line in the abbatoir about to be slaughtered.

It is no coincidence that the first thing a baby does after it draws its first breath is to cry. No new born baby bursts out laughing or offers the mid wife a HIGH FIVE J

But of course looking back our birth was a great joy and the beginning of all our life’s adventure.

The phenomenon of birth is a parable for all of life and the lesson is that ALL NEW BEGINNINGS are preceded by OLD ENDINGS.

We see this in the great Christian Feast of Easter we are celebrating this weekend. Jesus’ Glorious Resurrection was preceded by his death – His ignominious ending. There would have been no Resurrection without the Crucifixion. What is the old catch cry: “NO CROSS -----NO CROWN”.

As Christians – and indeed as human beings – we must embrace this great “Fact of Life”.

We must come to understand and own the fact that all going forward means taking leave of the place we have been.

In order to move to life’s great “Hellos” we must embrace life’s “Goodbyes”.

The foetus must depart for the baby to come to be.
The baby must depart for the child to arrive.
The child must go for the youth to come forward.
The youth must wane in order for the adult to evolve.
The bachelor / spinster must depart for the husband and wife to arrive.
The virgin must give way to the parent.
The apprentice leaves to make way for the master.
The novice evaporates into the sage.
In nature the Sun dies for the Moon to rise.

We should never fall into the trap of thinking that the Resurrection is confined to one day of the year – Easter Sunday.

Every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every year the resurrection is taking place in every atom in each of us and in the Universe.

So we Chistians do not need to be afraid of CHANGE or PROGRESS, or MOVEMENT. All change and progress and movement is the Resurrection of Jesus percolating through our lives and all of existence.

The great writer C S Lewis said:

“IT MAY BE HARD FOR AN EGG TO TURN INTO A BIRD
IT WOULD BE HARDER STILL FOR IT TO LEARN TO FLY WHILE REMAINING AN EGG.
WE ARE LIKE EGGS AT PRESENT.
YOU CANNOT GO ON INDEFINITELY BEING JUST AN ORDINARY DECENT EGG.
YOU MUST HATCH – OR GO BAD”
We hatch in God's Hand

On the Feast of the Resurrection let us put our faith in Jesus and let us allow God – our Mother Hen – to help us to hatch – so that we can learn to fly and to eventually become BIRDS OF PARADISE.

Friday, 18 April 2014

SHEEP AND LAMBS

ALL in the April morning,
  April airs were abroad;
The sheep with their little lambs
  Pass'd me by on the road.
  
The sheep with their little lambs
     Pass'd me by on the road;
All in an April evening
  I thought on the Lamb of God.
  
The lambs were weary, and crying
  With a weak human cry;
I thought on the Lamb of God
  Going meekly to die.
  
Up in the blue, blue mountains
  Dewy pastures are sweet:
Rest for the little bodies,
  Rest for the little feet.
  
Rest for the Lamb of God
  Up on the hill-top green;
Only a cross of shame
  Two stark crosses between.
  
All in the April evening,
  April airs were abroad;
I saw the sheep with their lambs,
  And thought on the Lamb of God.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

MY SERMON FOR HOLY THURSDAY

JESUS THE ADDICTED GIVER

There is a TV programme at the moment that is exploring the various addictions that people have.
We are all aware of the common addictions – alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, chocolate etc.
But of course there are all kinds of addictions and some addictions are surprising and exotic.
Hoarding things can be a big addiction. I remember hearing a few years ago of a parish priest in Northern Ireland who had a very unusual and exotic addiction. He was addicted to and a hoarder of milk bottles. He never threw away a milk bottle. When he had finished the milk he washed the bottle and stacked it away in his house. When the poor man died – at a great age – those cleaning out the presbytery had an awful job getting rid of the thousands and thousands of milk bottles – perfectly cleaned and stacked neatly in rows.

Many of us remember the humble milk bottle before the days of the throw away cardboard or plastic cartons. At night we used to put our washed milk bottles out on the porch step for the milk man who came along at 4 or 5 in the morning and left us the new milk for that day. As a child I loved milk bottles and played with them. We had nice milk bottles in Dublin. They were fat and squat and they had a lovely verse on the side which read:

Your milk comes in a bottle;
We can’t bring round the cow;
So please rinse and return them;
As most of you do now.

You are now all asking: “What’s wrong with poor Pat tonight that’s he’s talking about addictions and milk bottles? Has he finally lost the plot? Should we send for the men in the white coats”?

No! No need for that yet. This is Holy Thursday. This is the beginning of the Easter Three Days (Triduum) when we Christians meet to celebrate the life giving death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

On Holy Thursday we celebrate the memory of THE LAST SUPPER when Jesus met with his disciples to break Bread, share the Cup, wash the feet and then go to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, sweat blood and be arrested.
Today I want to talk of the addiction that Jesus had. Jesus was  addicted to GIVING.

At The Last Supper He gave us the priceless gift of His Body and Blood to be our spiritual food on life’s pilgrimage from our cradle to our grave and to celebrate the Memory of Him.

At The Last Supper He gave his disciples the Gift of Love and Service by washing their feet.  

And after the Last Supper He went into the lonely night garden to give Himself over to the Father – to give Himself over to His captors to give Himself over to His Crucifixion for our salvation.

Don’t forget that Jesus GAVE HIMSELF over to death. No one forced Him. In the Scriptures He says: “Just as I have laid down my life – so will I take it up again”.

On Holy Thursday we honour JESUS THE ETERNAL GIVER.
What implications has that for us His followers?

The implication is crystal clear. We too are called to be GIVERS. We too are called to the “mad” addiction of GIVING. The true Christian is primarily a GIVER and not a taker.

In school when they tried to teach us singing they got us to sing: DO – RAY – ME.

And instinctively as children and later as adults we are tempted to be TAKERS – to put ourselves at the centre and sing that childish, instinctive verse – ME - ME – ME.

But the Grace of God in our lives should transform us into GIVERS – HELPLESS GIVERS – ADDICTED GIVERS.

Today we ask ourselves the question: Do I have the same addiction as My Lord. Am I a giver?

When we open our eyes after our death we will be looking into the eyes of Jesus and His eyes will be questioning eyes – asking:

Did you GIVE to the hungry?
Did you GIVE to the thirsty?
Did you GIVE to the naked?
Did you GIVE to the sick?
Did you GIVE to the prisoner?
Did you GIVE your home over to the stranger?

I we can answer “YES” we will be the fortunate ones.

If we answer “NO” what will be our destiny?

Not all nice verses are carved on the sides of milk bottles. Here is one that should be carved into our hearts:

I SOUGHT MY GOD AND MY GOD I COULD NOT SEE.
I SOUGHT MY SOUL AND MY SOUL ELUDED ME.
I SOUGHT MY BROTHER – AND I FOUND ALL THREE.

The places at your table are empty. GO OUT AND FILL THOSE PLACES

+Pat Buckley
Holy Thursday
17th April 2014


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

CORRECTIONS - FATHER PATRICK MC CAFFERTY - BELFAST

CORRECTIONS - FATHER PATRICK MC CAFFERTY - BELFAST

It has been brought to my attention that in the course of this Blog I have made two incorrect and inaccurate statements with regard the abuse of the Belfast priest, Father Patrick Mc Cafferty by Father James Donaghy
Fr McCafferty
Father James Donaghy is currently serving a long sentence in a Northern Ireland prison for abusing a number of young males in Northern Ireland.
James Donaghy
In a previous Blog I wrongly and inaccurately said or implied that Father Mc Cafferty was a priest at the times James Donaghy abused him. I now know this to be inaccurate and James Donaghy abused Father Mc Cafferty before he was ordained a priest.

It was also inaccurate for me to say that the abuse took place in Wexford. The abuse actually took place in Northern Ireland.

During a Blog I also said that Father McCafferty had a "pathological hatred" for Bishop Paddy Walsh - the retired Bishop of Down and Connor diocese.
Bishop Paddy Walsh

I now know this to be untrue. Father McCafferty - as a Christian and a priest - does not hate anyone. He did report his abuse to Bishop Walsh and Bishop Walsh did not take the steps he should have taken after that report. While Father McCafferty is justifiably critical of Bishop Walsh and his actions he does not hold any hatred for him.

I have not been asked by anyone to make these corrections. I decided to make them, quite voluntarily,  after receiving the information that what I had written was inaccurate and untrue as I would want this Blog always to be as accurate and truthful as possible.

I will always publish corrections and apologies when I get issues or details wrong.

+Pat Buckley
16.4.2014    


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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dutch bishop who died last year was a child molester - abuse commission




The Dutch Catholic Church, in a rare admission of guilt among senior clergy, has confirmed that a bishop who died last year had sexually abused two boys decades earlier.
The diocese of Roermond said a Church commission had found that accusations against former bishop Johannes Gijsen, dating back to his time as chaplain at a minor seminary from 1958 to 1961, were "well founded."
Bishop Johannes Gijsen

The admission came on Friday, the same day that Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness for "all the evil" committed by priests who molested children, and said the Church had to do more to discipline wayward clerics.
Mea Culpa, a Dutch group supporting abuse victims, welcomed the Roermond statement.
But it said the accusations had been made while Gijsen was alive, and noted critically that "complaints against living suspects are often declared unfounded."
Bishop Frans Wiertz, current head of Roermond diocese, said he accepted the commission's findings and "regrets the abuse and suffering inflicted on the victims," He has personally met the two men and apologized to them, he said.
Bishop Frans Wiertz

The Church's statement put Gijsen, who headed the diocese in southeastern Netherlands from 1972 to 1993, among the few senior Catholic clergy worldwide found guilty of abuse.
Katholiek Nieuwsblad, the weekly that broke the story, said the commission found Gijsen had groped the two boys and forced one to perform oral sex.
Gijsen had been confronted with the oral sex accusation in 2011, but denied knowing his accuser.
The commission reopened his case a week after Gijsen died because it received the second complaint of improper genital touching, the weekly said. It concluded that Gijsen's denial was not credible because the victim's family had said he used to visit them.
Bishops blamed
Gijsen was one of several strict conservative bishops whom the Vatican appointed in the Netherlands -- often over the protests of priests and parishioners -- to roll back the strongly reformist turn that the Church took there in the 1960s.
He officially stepped down as bishop of Roermond in 1993 on health grounds, but later served as bishop of the tiny Catholic community in Iceland from 1996 to 2007. An abuse commission there accused him of covering up molestation by another priest.
Few bishops have been accused of active abuse in the scandal, which has been rocking the Catholic Church for over two decades. Most of the prelates who have stepped down did so for covering up the misdeeds of their priests.
Two cardinals -- Hans Hermann Groer of Vienna
Cardinal Hans Groer

and Edinburgh's Keith O'Brien --
Cardinal Keith O'Brien

quit in disgrace amid accusations of sexual misconduct with seminarians.
A Belgian bishop, Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges, stepped down after admitting molesting his nephew.
BishopRoger Vangheluwe
The Vatican has been investigating sexual abuse allegations against Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, its former nuncio to the Dominican Republic, since last September. His whereabouts and the status of his case are not known.
Archbishop Josef Wesolowski

Pope Francis, who has been criticized by victims' support groups for not taking a sufficiently strong stand against sexual abuse, last month named a high-level group including an Irish abuse victim to help fight sexual abuse in the Church.
That came after the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child accused the Church in February of systematically turning a blind eye to clerical sexual abuse of minors.
The Vatican called its report "distorted" and "unfair."
Terry McKiernan, founder of the website BishopAccountability.org, which documents abuse cases, welcomed the pope's latest comments but said victims wanted to see Church leaders taken to task for allowing abuse to continue.
"The best thing he could have done today would have been to step up to the microphone and announce that he is beginning to remove bishops who have behaved criminally in keeping priests in ministries where they don't belong," he said.

BISHOP PAT SAYS:

As there are 412,000 Catholic priests in the world and only 5,100 bishops it stands to reason that there are more sexual abusers among priests than there are among bishops.

However to cover up abuse of children, minors and vulnerable adults is another serious form of child abuse.

While a small number of bishops have actually sexually abused a larger number of bishops have abused "by proxy" by not reporting child abuse among priests.

Last year in the USA the Bishop of Kansas City, Bishop Robert Finn was charged and convicted of "child endangerment" for failing to report sexual abuse by priests.
Bishop Robert Finn

He has remained as the bishop of Kansas City even though many of the clergy and laity have asked Rome for his removal.

This is a sign that Rome - AND POPE FRANCIS - do not really take child abuse seriously enough.

More governments need to charge bishops, archbishops, cardinals and popes with child endangerment.

Then - AND ONLY THEN - will be see proper reaction to child abuse in the RC Church.
+Pat Buckley
15.4.2014

Monday, 14 April 2014

OUR LADY OF LOURDES AND ME

OUR LADY OF LOURDES AND ME

Lourdes is the world famous Marian Shrine in the South of France, on the borders with Spain.

AS a matter of faith most Catholics believe Mary, the Mother of Jesus, appeared to Saint Bernadette there in 1858.

I have made 27 pilgrimages to Lourdes and it is a place that that love and like very much.

I do not like it for its blatant Roman Catholicism - with cardinals, bishops and clergy parading everyday in long processions. 

But rather I like it because of its very peaceful ambience - especially at night time.

The Roman Catholic Church has decreed that at least 68 people were cured inexplicably of major illnesses in its history. I have met people there who said that they were cured there. I have seen scientific and medical evidence of their cure. I have no reason to doubt those miracles.

I believe in a God who is all powerful  who is perfectly capable on intervening in the world - especially in response to faith and prayer.

I am one of those Christians who believes ABSOLUTELY and LITERALLY in the miracles that Jesus Himself worked in the New Testament - healing the sick, making the blind see, making the deaf hear, making the dumb speak and even bringing people back from the dead.

I believe that miracles are EXCEPTIONS. Most of the time God allows us and our world to get on with things - using all the gifts that he has endowed us with.

MOST MIRACLES - SPIRITUAL:

I have seen "miracles" happen in Lourdes. But the miracles I have seen happen were miracles in the spiritual, emotional and  psychological areas. 

I have two favourite places in Lourdes:

1. The Grotto itself - especially at night
THE GROTTO
2. The Chapel of Reconciliation:
Chapel of Reconciliation


When I have been in Lourdes I have spent 6 - 8 hours a day in the Chapel of Reconciliation - hearing "confessions" and celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Priests from all over the world hear confession in that chapel - in all the languages of the world. People go their with their burdens - burdens that they have carried for years - and receive acceptance, love, God's forgiveness and spiritual, mental and emotional healing.

Let me tell you of one such "miracle":

A lady in her 80s from South America had been a school teacher since she was 14. When she was 14 1/4 she had an abortion. When she was 16 1/2 she had a second abortion. She felt terribly guilty over these abortions.
As a teacher in a convent school she went to Mass everyday of her life but she never received Holy Communion because of her sins. She felt unclean and unworthy. It was a most awful burden she carried all her life. 
When he was 80 she retired and spent her life savings on a world tour. She was travelling on a Train from Spain to France that broke down in Lourdes station. It was the last train of the day and she had to stay overnight. She wandered around Lourdes and saw a sign for the Chapel of Reconciliation. An inner for drew her to that chapel.

She came into the little room where I was hearing confessions and we talked for 3 hours. She wept so much over her life and her sins that my shoulder on which she leaned was wet with her tears.

I listened to everything she said and assured her that God had forgiven her - and that she should now forgive herself. 

I met her the nest day - and without her burden of guilt she literally looked 20 years younger.

That was a miracle - a spiritual, emotional and psychological miracle. 

MARY OF LOURDES AND ME:

I have always loved Lourdes and I have always felt that when I was there I was used by God and Mary to touch and heal people.

I have also always felt that in spite of the Roman Catholic antagonism to me as a liberal and "controversial" priest and bishop that Mary and God have always affirmed me in my vocation in Lourdes. 

Last week a priest friend presented me with the picture below of a painting on the wall of the basilica in Lourdes. My priest friend says that the bishop in the mural is the image of me when dressed as a bishop.  

Bishop Pat on left?

Below is a close up

For a comparison picture of me in bishop's gear I include below a picture of a painting painted by Francis Meigh RCA in 1998:

On another occasion in Lourdes - in spite of being only a young priest at the time I managed to be asked to be the principal concelebrant at the English speaking Mass at the Grotto - a role reserved to visiting church dignitaries.


On another occasion in Lourdes - while I sat with the congregation in the large underground basilica a church worked invited me into the sacristy to join a French speaking bishop to lead the Blessing of the Sick afternoon procession - a role reserved for visiting bishops. The procession was relayed over large TV screens to the whole of Lourdes

As a result other English speaking bishops were enraged and I was banned from all the churches and chapels in Lourdes by the local French bishop and had to celebrate Mass for my pilgrims and myself in out hotel bedrooms.

But in all of these ways I felt very affirmed by Jesus and His Mother. 

It made me realise that it does not matter what people think about you. What matters is what God thinks of you.

To me Lourdes is a little bit of Heaven on earth.

+Pat Buckley
15.4.2014