Friday, 8 September 2017


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Diarmuid Martin seems to have taken to the habit of not publishing his clerical changes/ appointments whereas every other bishop in the country publishes his appointments on their websites a d in the mainstream media!

His second strategy in recent years seems to have been the dismantling of his personnel advisory panel in favour of him personally controlling the appointments.

I wonder what is behind this move on Diarmuid's part from collegiality to dictatorship?

Is he becoming like an aged and soon to be gone leader who is reacting to his forthcoming demise by pulling all powers to himself?

While Diarmuid is a media darling he has had a deteriorating relationship with his priests. Those few he "loves" he brings closely around him. Those he does not live he sends to the outer regions. And those he is indifferent to he plays chess with.

Very strange behaviour indeed!

And then there is his very clear affection for gay priests and semi seminarians. He keeps these close and protected. They are the "eggs" on which Diarmuid The Hen, roosts.

And then there is Dermo's baby, Georgeous. 





Some say he is gone. Others think that Dermo has him hidden away in some cosy roost and will produce his new 'chicken" at a surprise laying ceremony in November?



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And The Mother Hen from the Pro Cathedral, it is rumoured has been removed and placed as a mere hospital chaplain. Hospital chaplains are very often young priests starting out or members of a religious order.

Administrators if the Pro are generally promoted to being a PP in a plum parish. But this one, we are told,  has fallen to a hospital chaplain - and a hospital chaplain not in Barcelona - but in South Dublin!

Was this move asked for or imposed? And Why?

But of course in the North Korea of Archbishops House it is another "secret".

I wonder if all of this strange behaviour is a serious case of No-Red-Hat-itis?

When Dermo appeared his star was bright and shining. Pasty McGarry & Co have done their best to keep the star polished with the Brasso of publicity and soundbites.

But alas the star is in decline and all the Brasso in the Irish Times will not restore it.

Looking back, and to keep up our hen/egg analogy, will Dermo's legacy be: ALL CACKLE AND NO EGG?



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62 comments:

  1. Anon @ 21:14 yesterday bemoaned: " when this blog descends into farce, stupidity, and dangerous innuendo....etc."
    You do continually deride Diarmuid Martin Pat, and perhaps others too think he is a bit of a 'pudding': but I think perhaps you're rather over egging this particular pudding. I'm afraid the tone above tends to encourage what Anon @ 21:14 comments on, rather than encourage the healthy debate others have recently welcomed.
    MMM

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  2. I imagine the lack of red head wear has come as a shock/ disappointment to this fading star. I'm going to venture to say that his failure to enter the college of cardinals was one of Pope Benedict xvi's successes.

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    1. There'll be no more red birettas in Ireland till the Wounded Healer faces his judgment. Amy of Armagh would get first shout.

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    2. The next Irish cardinal won't be appointed until Sean Brady reaches 80.....and becomes ineligible to vote in a conclave. He is about 78 now. I would wager a bet that it won't be either of the Martins that gets the red hat but someone like Kieran O' Reilly in Cashel or Alan Mc Guckian in Raphoe. Francis has appointed cardinals in recent years from places that never had one before so......you heard it here first - Ireland's next red biretta will be a big surprise

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  3. I don't know what the secrecy about appointments is in this day and age. It should be the right person for the right job. As for giving hospital chaplain to newly ordained this is a mistake. Hospital work is demanding and can be extremely stressful. The only downside is that a chaplain may be on continuous 24 hour call which I believe in this day and age is unjust.

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  4. You're right about it usually being the case that a hospital chaplaincy is given to a young buck starting out. It's a young man's game if ever there was one. And wasn't the now deposed administrator of the Pro a canon? Who's ever heard of a canon being made a hospital chaplain?

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    1. Hospital chaplaincy may be "a young man's game" physically but it certainly isn't a young man's game mentally and emotionally. Older more experienced priests when they arrive here in hospital at say, the aftermath of a horrendous car accident with fatalities are better fitted by their own experiences of family death etc to deal with the raw emotions of the casualty's close relatives in the hospital corridor at 3.00 am. They have also the maturity and wisdom to comfort a grieving young mother and father at the cot of a tiny premature baby who despite all efforts didn't make it.
      We welcome older chaplains and have never understood the mindset of bishops who regard this position as a suitable one for a starter priest. It's not all about strolling round from smiling bed to smiling bed saying "How are you?". That's the least of it..!

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    2. Thank you Anon@11:21. You quite rightly point out the emotional and psychological demands on those at the 'coal face' of human tragedies.
      MMM

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    3. @11.21
      About the immaturity of some of the hospital chaplains... You are so, so right. Some - not their fault - - are completely out of their depth and can't hack it..

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    4. Is Arlene still on fire?8 September 2017 at 11:56

      It would be the best of craic if your surname was Ball and you were made a canon.

      Is the defenestrated canon going to be chaplain of the St Vincent's general hospital or the lunatic asylum of the same name? Rightly or wrongly mental homes have lower status than general hospitals so if the canon has been sent there it's a total kick in the nuts by Dermo.

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    5. Spot on 11:21. Appointing a young newly ordained priest as hospital chaplain is very unwise. Indeed, not every priest - young or otherwise - is suitable to be a hospital chaplain.

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  5. Gorgeous is most assuredly gone and his Canonical Benefactor has been kicked to touch in a hospital chaplaincy. Another PP seems to have dipped his wick there on more than one occasion, will that go unpunished,? The gay mafia is strong in Drumcondra, DM seems to turn a blind eye.

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    1. I wouldn't mind 'dipping my wick' where Gorgeous is concerned. Met him in Rome earlier in the year and he is one beautiful looking guy.

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    2. Ugh - -!! @ 22.00 Please spare us your porn fantasies.

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  6. Archbishop Diarmuid Questionmark and his little secret changes! Little does he know the secret is long out and the dogs in the streets have it. Woof! Woof! The sooner he is gone from Dublin the better and that conniving head of his will never wear a red hat. He will be go off into oblivion and perdition.

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  7. I am from the Derry Diocese and we have our clergy changes published openly, however when I ask about them, it is like I don't exist. The shutters come down, my emails are ignored and the silence of this church comes through.

    I asked this week a very innocent question, now that one of our cathedral curates has been appointed to Omagh, why wasn't there a replacement for the busy cathedral parish, which apparently has now reverted to a two priest parish, serving nearly 11,000 parishioners and is the busiest and well attended parish in the whole diocese. SILENCE is the answer. Why?

    I understand the silence when I asked about the future of Fr Brendan Collins, we all know why on that matter.

    I am getting increasingly tired with the church and my diocese in particular. They have never learnt a lesson from their past misdeeds. They act as if it is 1957 and everything is alright.

    I am increasingly annoyed with the permanent grin fake humility bishop we have in Donal McKeown. Says the right words and does bugger all. All words and no action. He just loves to be in the company of the protestant clergy in the city, doing cross community bike rides, marathons. He spends so much time with the protestant community, whilst ignoring his own diocese. I wonder how much liked and respected he is by the diocesan priests in Derry Pat?

    In our neighbouring diocese of Raphoe, at least they have a new bishop, who has made come clergy changes, all open and in the press, much faster than the Derry diocese does.

    It is now gotten to the point, where I have to say I am truly happy and feel secure when I attend a Church of Ireland Eucharist than attending Mass in my parish.

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    1. Did Donal McKeown ever serve in a parish or was his whole priesthood spent in schools? I'm fascinated by priests who spend their whole lives as teachers in schools and seminaries or in administration, such as the 2,000 or so priests working in the Vatican. What's that all about? Imagine being a priest like Enda McDonagh and spending your whole life in Maynooth and rarely setting foot in your own diocese. Was Dermo ever a PP? In no other walk of life would it be possible to make the boss someone who had never done the job.

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    2. Anoñ@14:45: ......except politicians who can tell medics, teachers, etc etc!
      MMM

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    3. True, dat. Politicians who knew feck all about a subject suddenly become Minister for this or that. No training required and they are the undisputed boss, and immediately tell the permanent staff what's what.

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  8. The sexual antics of the Gay Dublin Clergy go unpunished by DM, it's only when publicity knocks at his door that DM does something.

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  9. Your problem, John King, is that you are feeling sidelined and marginalised in your own diocese----yes?
    Is this because you are not receiving responses to your questions and communications with your bishop or other authority persons? This would be my reading of you if I were your counsellor. But getting to the bottom of how that situation has developed would take some more delving and careful thought and soul-searching on your part. No, no - - I am not at all blaming you! - - but situations are always a maze of causes and effects. That's where the re-thinking bit comes in.. Think about it. Think about everything, right down to the purpose behind and wording of your letters.. Every action brings about a reaction.
    (If you are not ready to hear this today then it will not be of any help... not yet anyway... but I felt it was worth a try)

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  10. (I am poster 11.21 from this morning) Thanks to MMM and also posters 11.48 and 11.58 for your wise and supportive comments to my viewpoint re/hospital chaplains.

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  11. 13:06, you're treating John King as if he were a 'basket' case.

    He's being ignored (dismissed) by discourteous priests in his diocese, and he's offended by this. Why wouldn't he be?

    There is nothing more complex about his situation than this.

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    1. You're being unfair to that poster, Magna... That is not at all what anyone said or implied. And if the situation WASN'T complex John King would have sorted it long ago.. When you jump in and interfere like that with your snap conclusion, it's not helpful.

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    2. Unfair? You're joking!

      I e-mailed both Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown; neither was courteous enough even to acknowledge my effort, let alone reply to it. And guess what: I was offended by their discourtesy. Now wasn't I the strange one for reacting in this way?

      You need to mature.



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    3. Today's post wasn't about you, Magna.
      (This conversation is closed as Magna is so easily provoked into protracted posting..)

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    4. Bishop Pat decides conversation closures, not you.

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    5. I think you will find, MC, that the poster at 16:15 can also decide to close any conversation to which he/she contributes, by simply not posting anything further.

      The person obviously feels there is no point bothering talking to you as it is like arguing with a belligerent drunk, who is determined to shout you down and have a row, come what may.

      Therefore, 16:15 is quite free to decide the conversation is over.

      Like all trolls, we know, you simply must have 'the last word'.

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    6. Mightn't always agree with Magna, but on this occasion I certainly do.
      I suggest the situation was NOT complex Anon @ 15:26 and was not down to John King to 'sort out'. What he said was that he asked questions which were ignored. Most of us know from experience that this is the usual (lack of) response of the autocratic.
      And Anon @ 13:06, your comment asking hm to "think about it" typifies standard defensive mechanisms. My studies of Freudian defence mechanisms are from almost60 years ago, but i detect elements of projection and displacement withing your comment, albeit you were not actually the subject of criticism.
      But, heigh ho: we're all entitled to our opinion!
      MMM

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    7. Quite!.. And even better if we think of that in advance....

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    1. Who's the wig wearing Archbishop of Tuam who similarly didn't spend a second as a curate before his consecration? He was professor of New Testament in Gaynooth and as as a sideline he taught ecclesiastical Greek to BD hons students. He would walk up and down asking that you give a translation just by using the crazy imperitive 'please supply'.

      By what logic was it decreed that priests should be teachers in schools, and Presidents no less, that they should knock about Maynooth and so on for decades and then, like William Philpin, Cackle Daly, Jeremiah Newman, John McAreevey and Donal McKeown are promoted to a diocese.

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    2. It's a disgrace that bicycling Donal was made a bishop. How could he realistically relate to clergy serving in parishes when, like Paul Prior, Tom Clancy, Brendan Devlin, Paddy Corish or Bill Meaney he hadn't bothered his arse to be a priest in a parish? Who would take them seriously? Pat you must have met in Clonliffe or Waterford some priests who had managed somehow to dodge parochial appointments.

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  13. Pat do you have any knowledge of Dublin appointments apart from CanonBall at the Pro?.

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    1. No. Maybe a Dublin priest might give us info?

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  14. Dublin priests would be the last to know. DM treats them like something you'd step in on the pavement.

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  15. I believe DM has made a lot of Appointments. CanonBall from Pro to St Vincents Hospital. PP of St Canices Finglas to Arklow. PP of Arklow to PP of Churchtown, Rathfarnham . PP of Skerries to PP Finglas. PP Ballybrack to PP Harolds cross. PP Harolds Cross to PP Booterstown. PP Booterstown to Chaplain in Sandymount Parish.

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  16. PP Rathfarnham to Seabury Malahide. PP Seabury to Ballymun Rd OLV.

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  17. PP is used loosely here. DM likes the freedom to push guys around and if they are PP they have rights of tenure. Most are ADM or the newly invented canonically non existent office of co-PP. It's a measure of his contempt for his priests.

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  18. I wonder how many Parishes dislike their Adm, PP or Co PP in Dublin Parishes. I could name a few. Anyone else have any.

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    1. What a silly posting. In every walk of life we have our fans and our detractors. If you come across anyone universally loved let us all know, we'd love to meet him ir her.

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  19. Well, well, what a most informative blog today!! Of what interest is it for you Pat to know about Dublin Diocesan changes? You no longer share the same constituency with Diocesan priests anymore. The info flowing around today (old news for most of us) like confetti at a wedding is purely to illicit gossip and the possibility of a little scandal. Tedious, boring and predictable comments....yawn, yawn.

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    1. Good Freudian slip to elicit illicit gossip!

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    2. It's not old news if the Dublin diocese website is silent on clerical changed.q Is Gorgeous getting a curacy anywhere, who's the lucky man and does your reverence consider him to be a worthy addiction to the Dublin presbyterate?

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    3. Another lovely Freudian slip, but probably cleverly intentional. It is addictive!

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    4. Yes, I agree 22.12 that it can be addictive and you see the possibilities for verbal humour all over the place. I love it!
      However, if it's intentional, then it's not actually a Freudian slip. The essence of a Freudian slip is that something you didn't intend to say or disclose at that moment, slips out accidentally and reveals what you really think deep down (in your unconscious) It has to be genuinely accidental.

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  20. Thank you @ 13.06
    A good perspective..

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  21. Surely georgous benifector should have been silenced...laicised or whatever the term is for dismissal
    What happens if he befriends a vulnerable ill teen.
    Why is being a hospital Chaplin such a non job?
    As a medical worker for over 30 years I'm disgusted , alarmed and extremely worried.
    Do the tabloids know of this appointment?
    Will he get cash from ill people for masses that will never be said ?

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    1. Keep your hair on you self-righteous twit. We're dealing with consenting adults. And what have Mass offerings to do with anything? Are you given to regular bouts of hysteria?

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    2. I would be "disgusted , alarmed and extremely worried" that you have held a position as a medical worker for 30 years.Never heard such garbage before.

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    3. Where ignorance is bliss 'tis folly to be wise.

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    4. Anon 21.25. You should be ashamed of your comment. It implies all kinds of sinister attributes that you believe may exist in someone who you haven't met...you stupid medical person. I wouldn't trust you with my life for a moment and if I met you, I'd have you in court. Disgraceful judgment to make and motivated by hatred. You silly fool.

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  22. Surely Pat your contacts in Dublin could give you the complete list if changes or the Dublin PPs who post on here could?

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  23. Twits extraordinaire are out in force looking for gossip from Pat. The Dublin Diocese doesn't need your propensity for trouble making. We have more serious issues to contend with than give any of you reason to be treacherous, disloyal and poisonous. Let the work of the Lord happen without the destructive, lazy, sit-at-your-computer all day brigade motivated only by gossip. God bless Diarmuid.

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    1. So who's replacing CanonBall at the Pro? Gorgeous?

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  24. I have lovely hair.
    I'm not a twit, can you please mind your language.
    What has consenting adults got to do with it.
    Is being hypocritical as an ordained priest ok theses days.
    Where did georgous get all the expensive clobber from?
    Yes I've seen priests take money for masses without taking any names or notes.
    Where did the money come from that was lavished on georgous ?

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  25. Twits extraordinaire are out in force looking for gossip from Pat. The Dublin Diocese doesn't need your propensity for trouble making. We have more serious issues to contend with than give any of you reason to be treacherous, disloyal and poisonous. Let the work of the Lord happen without the destructive, lazy, sit-at-your-computer all day brigade motivated only by gossip. God bless Diarmuid.

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    1. Ach, Diarmuid is that yourself writing to us from Lourdes at 00:15? Or maybe wee Paul, or big Jojo, or another of your minions?

      "The work of the Lord" is it Diarmuid? You are presiding over perverts and the disintegration of Dublin diocese. You and your bum chums.

      The sooner you are gone the better and God help you when you go before The Judge!

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    2. Anon at 10.58...How ignorant, crass and utterly immature. Stay in the gutter and enjoy your filthy gossip and stench.

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  26. Anon at 17:25, is that you again Diarmuid or one of your bum chums?

    We all know where the real "filth" lies and the "stench" of hireling archbishops and their minions.

    What you will not "enjoy" is the Judgement that awaits you.

    "Even now the axe is laid to the roots of the tree".

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