Tuesday, 29 December 2015

THE DOWN AND CONNOR "DISAPPEARED"

SEVERAL DOWN AND CONNOR REMAIN AMONG THE "DISAPPEARED" AS WE PREPARE TO BEGIN A NEW YEAR.


JOHN MC MANUS
Father John McManus was publicly readmitted to priestly ministry by the bishop Noel Treanor during two Masses in Portaferry and Ballygalget just before Christmas and yet he has received no appointment and is listed on the D&C website as c/o the bishop's house. The c/o Bishop's House title is normally reserved for priests who are "off the mission". After nearly 5 years in the wilderness and with the shortage of priests in D&C you would imagine there are plenty of holes for him to fill?

The parish priest of Dromaroad in County Down - Father Peter Donnelly - is also among the "disappeared" even though he was found NOT GUILTY by a court of abuse charges. Where is Peter?

PETER DONNELLY
Father Paul Symonds is also listed as c/o Lisbreen. After allegations made against him the police decided on no action. Then Bishop Treanor referred him to a Church Court in Dublin before a priest judge - Father Paul Churchill. Rumour from the Dublin Tribunal is that the case finished last October and that Father Symonds was given some time to appeal. Father Symonds is well thought of in the Belfast ecumenical community. But no up to date news?

PAUL SYMONDS
What of the old legal adage: Justice delayed is justice denied ?




4 comments:

  1. The d&c shortage has just got worse .the pp of coleraine has resigned on health grounds . And the current administrator of parish is only temporary. Perhaps one of these disappeared could fill the vacancy. Fr peter would be most welcome back it hasn't been the same since he left

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  2. I'd say John is just having a wee holiday. He'll be back filling them holes in no time.

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  3. The Down and Connor website entry with regard to John McManus has been updated today to:

    Address: c/o Parochial House, 60 Windmill Hill, Portaferry, Co Down, BT22 1RH,

    Why still c/o anywhere?

    Why not PP ?

    In fact why not reassigned to the job he was removed from when the untrue allegations against him were made - Chancellor of D&C ?

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  4. Maybe the allegations were true but not criminal? Or could not be proven in a criminal case?

    Anyhow, I'm sure there is a discernment process going on between the bishop and John McManus, as to what role is best for him now.

    As regards, PD - don't know anything about him.

    PS, on the other hand, if what is alleged about him on your blog is true, then his case is very problematic - even in the absence of a criminal prosecution.

    There are historic allegations about his time in Stonyhurst and compensation was paid to a young man. There is also the whole business about "feet" during his time in St Malachy's College.

    All of that spells beaucoup trouble for PS ever returning to ministry.

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