"THE MEMORY OF JESUS IS BOTH SACRED AND SUBVERSIVE"
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
MAYNOOTH - LIES - LIES - LIES
MAYNOOTH - LIES - LIES - LIES
"MAYNOOTH TURNED ME INTO A COMPULSIVE LIAR"
That statement above comes from a former seminarian of Maynooth - and he hits the nail on the head. He told me at our meeting on Saturday that in order to exist in Maynooth you had to become a liar. Even though he is now left priestly training he says he still has a lot of work to do on himself to stop the lying habits he learned in Maynooth. And of course lying seminarians - if they get ordained - to on to becoming lying priests and bishops.
FATHER GER FITZGEARLD - KILLALOE DIOCESE
FR GER FITZGEARLD
LIMERICK LEADER: "A COUNTY Limerick priest, who is one of the youngest in Ireland, has defended the national seminary in Maynooth from anonymous allegations of “homosexuality and misconduct”.
Fr Ger Fitzgerald, Castleconnell, who only left St Patrick’s College in 2011 and is still in contact with priests there, says it is being portrayed as a “golden house of debauchery, sin and squalor”.
“In my time, this was not the case. No parties were had and there were no drinks in rooms. This simply did not happen during my years,” said Fr Fitzgerald, who entered the seminary in August, 2005.
Now based in Ennis, the 36-year-old says he felt he “should say something considering the recent storm that appears to have engulfed my old alma mater”. To have an image of Maynooth as a replica of a Christmas party in The Wolf of Wall Street is an “inaccurate representation”, he said.
“As students in my time, we were all there with a purpose in mind. We all wanted to be close to God because we love God and were trying, in our own flawed way, to serve him in his church.
“This is why I have such an issue with what is happening currently. The church that I love with all my heart is once again taking a battering. This goes further than just the institution of Maynooth College. This strikes again right to the heart of the church in Ireland,” said Fr Fitzgerald.
Clouds have gathered over the seminary ever since Archbishop Diarmuid Martin explained his decision to send seminarians to Rome instead of Maynooth due to allegations of a "homosexual, gay culture - that students are using an app called Grindr, a gay dating app".
The Limerick Leader understands that one Limerick priest is due to go back shortly to study for a Bachelor of Arts degree in St Patrick’s College and that Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy is going to discuss the matter with him. Two other Limerick men are about to start in the Irish College in Rome.
While most of the Limerick diocese’s seminarians over the years went to Maynooth, others also studied in Thurles, Carlow, Waterford, amongst others.
After being contacted by the Leader for his thoughts as somebody who studied there, Fr Fitzgerald stresses these are his reflections and reminiscences.
“I cannot speak for any other student, perhaps even less so for the students who are there now. I must also say that even just one case of abuse be that verbal, physical, sexual or in any form is one case too many and should be investigated rigorously.
“I have read absolute horror stories of formation meetings turning into interrogations about a person’s sexual orientation, spiritual direction gone awry and other such disgraceful events. If it is ongoing then things have certainly changed in the five years since I left Maynooth. In my time, formation meetings, which are semester meetings with your director of formation, were deeply respected by the vast majority of students.
“As for the experiences I have read in the papers of formation meetings becoming something which could be included in the 13 enhanced interrogation tactics used by the CIA, this categorically was most certainly not my experience,” said Fr Fitzgerald, who believes it is a time for all parties to come together and to openly, not anonymously, discuss “whatever it is that is rotten in the state of St Patrick’s College”.
Ger, I was amazed to read your comments in the Limerick Leader.
Do you not remember the meal you and I had in a restaurant in Temple Bar in Dublin when you were in Maynooth? During that meal you told me that:
1. You were in a sexual relationship with a young woman and that you intended to continue in that relationship even after you were ordained as you did not believe in celibacy?
2. Maybe you changed you mind when you were ordained a deacon - but I doubt it?
3. But even if you did change - you were, according to your own admission, having sex while you were in Maynooth!
4. Does that not mean that you have lied to the Limerick Leader and its readers when you say that you saw no misbehaviour when you were in Maynooth?
5. You also say that there was no drinking in rooms in Maynooth when you were there. I have spoken to someone who was with you in Maynooth who told me that he was "pissed" at least three nights a week in Maynooth!
What has happened you Ger? Now that you have become part of the CLERICAL CLUB are you now towing the party line and pretending that all is rosy?
Why are you doing that? Are you covering up for yourself? Or are you hoping for advancement by being a good company man?
Ger, WHY ARE YOU LYING? I am very disappointed in what you seem to have become! A READER HAS SENT US IN THE PIC OF GER FITZGEARD BELOW WITH SEAN LINNANE:
GER - WITH THE RED HAIR ?
MAYBE GER IS MORE IN TOUCH WITH HIS "FEMININE SIDE" THAN I THOUGHT ??? THE PICS KEEP COMING :-)
Killaloe's Julian Clarage
AS THIS ARTICLE FROM THE USA SHOWS:
GRINDR seminarians become GRINDR PRIESTS:
Sexually active seminarians become sexually active priests.
STOCKTON, Cal. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Catholic church in northern California has a sexting scandal on its hands — and it involves the diocese's second-in-command.
Monsignor Larry McGovern, Vicar General of the diocese of Stockton and pastor of Presentation Church, is being accused of texting pictures of his genitalia to a parish maintenance man. After the picture was sent, Fr. McGovern and the man held a brief text conversation:
McGovern: "OOPS. Sorry about that. The curse of the internet. Shame on me. What is my penance?"
Maintenance Man: "I thought you were celibate, Monsignor."
McGovern: "But it is not me — celibate means not married — sometimes I get the wrong images."
After reporting Msgr. McGovern to the authorities, the maintenance man was later fired. He then hired an attorney and filed a lawsuit in late July for unlawful termination.
John Manly, the maintenance man's lawyer,explains, "Monsignor McGovern either fired him because he reported him, or he fired him because he rebuffed whatever advance McGovern was making."
The inappropriate image was not Msgr. McGovern's only troubling behavior. The lawsuit charges that Fr. McGovern would often sunbathe in minimal clothing and flirt with the maintenance man, causing him great discomfort.
Manly explained that McGovern was often found "laying around in a speedo, making our client very uncomfortable."
"Our client's a married man," he commented. "This is his pastor."
As Vicar General, McGovern is responsible for overseeing other priests — including at least two clergymen accused of molesting children.
The diocese of Stockton responded to the lawsuit by stating, "In accordance with the canon law of the Church, Bishop Stephen Blaire has placed Monsignor McGovern on administrative leave pending a full and complete investigation."
Stockton police have referred the case to the district attorney's office, who is currently investigating whether to file charges against Fr. McGovern. The maintenance man, whose child will attend the Catholic school attached to McGovern's parish, wants to ensure McGovern is gone before the start of the school year.