Wednesday, 13 December 2017





New Bishop of Galway appointed

Bishop Kelly is himself a priest of Galway diocese and his appointment as Bishop there represents a break with the practise established  of appointing outsiders as bishop of any particular diocese.
Bishop Kelly is himself a priest of Galway diocese and his appointment as Bishop there represents a break with the practise established of appointing outsiders as bishop of any particular diocese.
A new Bishop of Galway was appointed this morning with the translation there of Bishop Brendan Kelly from Achonry, where he has served since 2008.
It is an unusual move in that Bishop Kelly is himself a priest of Galway diocese and his appointment as Bishop there represents a break with the practice established during the tenure of previous papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown of appointing outsiders as bishop of any particular diocese.
Archbishop Brown was succeeded this year as papal nuncio by Archbishop Jude Okolo, the first Nigerian to ever serve in the role in Ireland, and the move of Bishop Kelly to Galway is the first episcopal appointment made since he arrived here last summer.
The Association of Catholic Priests, which represents approximately one thousand priests in Ireland, had been very critical of the pattern which saw the appointment of bishops who were not native to a diocese.
Bishop Kelly gave the homily last March at the funeral of former Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey at the Cathedral Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas in Galway city.

He recalled Bishop Casey as a man who did much good but had “hidden realities” in his life which proved earth-shattering for the Catholic Church. “We are all sinners, but irresponsibility, infidelity and sin are particularly shocking in the lives of those who preach the Gospel,” he said.
There were also “those of us who remember, with gratitude, his kindness and encouragement when personally we most needed it,” he said.
With the retirement in 2005 of Bishop James McLouglin, who succeeded Dr. Casey as Bishop of Galway, it was known that the priests of Galway had hoped the then Msgr Kelly, parish priest at Spiddal Co Galway, would become Bishop.
However then Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Martin Drennan was translated to Galway instead. He retired in July last year.
In November 2007 it was announced that then Msgr Kelly had been appointed Bishop of Achonry. Born in 1946 at Derrybrien, Loughrea, Co Galway he attended Craughwell National School and subsequently was a boarder at St Mary’s College in Galway city after which he went to Maynooth.
Ordained in June 1971 by then Bishop of Galway Michael Brown at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas in Galway city, he was appointed curate at Kinvara before taking up a teaching post at Coláiste Éinde, Salthill in 1972
In 1980 he was transferred to Our Lady’s College, Gort, becoming President in 1986. In 1996 he was appointed parish priest at Lisdoonvarna in Co Clare and in 2003 became parish priest at Spiddal.
Canon Michael McLoughlin, administrator of Galway diocese, said this morning on the announcement of Bishop Kelly’s appointment “we are very pleased indeed that he has come back to us.” He added “with great joy and with a feeling of some relief, I am honoured and I am proud to say to our new bishop - ceád mile fáilte romhat abhaile arís.”
For his part Bishop Kelly said “I am still somewhat in shock. Having settled happily in Achonry, I never expected to be asked to take on the shepherding of another diocese. However, the fact that it is my own native diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora makes it much easier to say yes to this appointment with which Pope Francis has chosen to honour me. I am very grateful to the Holy Father for his trust. And it is good to be coming home.”

PAT SAYS

Let me get this right.

Galway needs a new bishop and Pope Francis is appointing a71 and a half year old, who will have to retire in 38 months time as the new bishop!!!

How crazy is that - and in what other organisation would a man 6 and a half years past the civvy street retirement to lead the organisation into the future?

Forget about external enemies.

The Catholic Church is destroying itself from within by:

1. Becoming and organisation of old men.

2. Alienating the people with medieval practices and teaching.

3. Turning the priesthood, religious orders and seminaries into gay clubs.

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102 comments:

  1. Humanely disposing of pests. Very laudable. Has the eco-friendly Brother any bigger traps?

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    1. No. He looks after the Mice.

      I take care of the "rats" :-)

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  2. Another ageing actress I presume.

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    1. Silly ageist remark...

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  3. Becoming and organisation of old men... or an old ladies home.

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  4. Great to see a vision becoming a reality there with The Oratory Brothers +Pat!
    Perhaps Rome in it's search to fill the see of Galway has overlooked someone eminently qualified for a tenure of ten? :-)x

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  5. Mice come in from the cold. That brother probably signed those mice's death warrent by releasing them in snow - a place they have previously built no habitate

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    1. Don't worry. The mice will have the last laugh.. unless they get an active preying(or praying?) cat.

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  6. I wonder sometimes if these Bishops are plastic statues or people of action. Abraham was old when he was appointed but was proactive in his mission. Time will tell in Galway. If they church was a corporation in the true sense of the word it would have sank years ago.

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  7. As Dylan used sing it: "The times they are a-changin"
    Married Deacons in ministry to assist RC priests. See article on BBC News website, and Newsline at 6:30pm tonight.
    MMM

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    1. Thankfully, for the purpose of this blog and its readers, married deacons will not come scandal free; they’ll soon be keeping +Pat busy writing letters to their superiors, e.g.

      Dear Bishop,

      I regret to inform your grace, Mr X, a recently appointed married deacon, has been frequenting a local KY cow house in County .........

      Respectfully yours,

      +Buckley

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    2. If a married deacon was frequenting a brothel or gay sauna then it would be a problem surely - not only for the bishop but his poor wife!

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    3. Well I reckon the wife will act quicker than the bishop

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    4. Permanent deacons are a waste of time. No point. A few baptisms here and there, mostly relatives, a v few funerals (most mourners want a Requiem Mass), unlearned sermons at Mass at which a priest is needed. Communion to the sick can be done by laity. Pure clericalism to promote laymen from the ranks to be a deacon. No Catholic boy ever dreamed of being a permanent deacon. It's a promotion for male parochial busybodies.

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    5. A-changing for the better or the worse?

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    6. 21.04 you have a point

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  8. Very nice, humanely disposing of pests. I admire the elegant simplicity of the habit. Is it a Franciscan habit? If the Brothers are sincerely praying according to the posted schedule then I wish them well. The world could do with a lot more of them. Every good wish to the Brothers of the Oratory.

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    1. Its a grey habit. Its just look brown in that light.

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  9. Do all brothers or friars wear that fool lookin ganzie ? It's a bit over the top for a few men living in a bungalow but whatever floats their boat . I hope he's wearing his thermal knickers that gown looks a bit drafty

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    1. Wear g a habit inside a community house a d for prayer is a fairly traditional custom.

      Of course it is not necessary and is voluntary.

      Different people will do what they wish.

      Diversity in unity.

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    2. Well if he's happy wearin it then more power to his elbow it's just not for me Ile pray in my jeans

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    3. Surely the home for old ladies will be the Sisters community connected to the Brothers by an underground air raid shelter to protect them from the carpet bombing that they will get on this site by people who are intoxicated by the exuberance of their own verbosity and whose live and let live policy applies only to themselves and other rodents.

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    4. Surely the home for old ladies will be the Sisters community connected to the Brothers by an underground air raid shelter to protect them from the carpet bombing that they will get on this site by people who are intoxicated by the exuberance of their own verbosity and whose live and let live policy applies only to themselves and other rodents.

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    5. Maybe the Brothers could open a soup kitchen on the A1 for weather-beaten Down and Connor clergy who troll the highways and byways looking for anonymous sex. I'd recommend a high-visibility scapular over their lovely habits as a precaution.

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    6. 11:56 And maybe the Brothers could bring St Mochua's cock with them?

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    7. 11.56 that's a good idea I'm sure they will get plenty of trade

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    8. 11.27; 11.39 & 11.56 - all from the same trough. Can tell by the attempt at humour - miserable - and not at all relevant to meaningful debate. Eminently stupid and crass.

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    9. A.@ 11:27/39: "Inebriated by the exuberance of their own verbosity..."
      I believe this is a quote from the Disraeli/Gladstone era.
      Good to have the erudite among us.
      MMM

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  10. Hey, 08:21,if you are offering a comfortable habitat for vermin maybe the Brothers could have them delivered to you via first class means of conveyance so that they could chew their way through your house. I'd donate litter trays for them. I don't know what kind of home you have. It may require inspection by the RSPCA. Of course, field mice might prefer liberty to captured pampering.

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  11. The Little Pets of St. Mochua

    When St. Mochua knelt to pray
    Each morning at the break of day
    There always was about the house
    A rooster, fly and little mouse

    Three willing slaves to serve him well
    And share his solitary cell
    The rooster every morn would crow
    And waken him for matins, though
    When he slept too sound to hear
    The mouse came forth and nipped his ear

    And though he never had a clock
    The mouse would call him or the cock
    And if he had to leave a book
    From out some dusty hidden nook
    A fly, with patience and with grace
    Would sit for hours and mark the place

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    1. Then amy and noel came to visit st mochua they were on a fact finding mission for trocaire. Amy grabbed the the poor chook as his mammie was a dab hand at a roast dinner . Noel grabbed the book as it was a first addition and worth a few quid it would look well in his library at lisbreen . And the fly got transferred it's now curate in St peters

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    2. Would Amy know what to do with St Mochua's cock?

      If not Rory Coyle and Amy McCamley could advise?

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    3. You think that rubbish is "witty"?

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  12. Wow. A 70 year old Galwayman named bishop of Galway. Hardly earth shattering news. Patsy must be really trying to justify his existence if that's all he can come up with.

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    1. He is 71 1/2.

      Is that an age to be taking on a new job especially when the organisation is disintegrating?

      I think it's a valid question.

      How would look if a 71 year old doctor in charge of a health board with immense challenges?

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    2. Totally agree. Imagine how he will be able to rejuvenate a dying church with to attract young people. Not even young idealistic, energetic and committed teachers find that a huge and almost insurmountable challenge. Old man after old man will change nothing in the culture or status quo of the church.

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    3. Is it possible that the new bishop wasn't the first choice ? . I know a few priests and they told me that pp is as high as they want to go and that being a bishop is a poisoned chalice . I'm also reminded of the election of pope st john he was only expected to live long enough to get montini ready to take over . Perhaps there is someone in the pipeline for galway their just not ready yet

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    4. Less ageism please!!! Incidentally, it didn't stop Donald Trump winning did it?

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    5. Exactly! He won...

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  13. Says a lot about the sorry and irrelevant state of the church in Ireland when mice are drawing more traction in the comment section than the lead story about the new bishop.

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    1. Yes. Let's forget the mice and talk about the rats.

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  14. In this day and age, mice should be a thing of the past.
    Dirty unhygienic kitchens invite mice.
    Put all your leftovers and rubbish in the respective bins provided by the council
    Do not eat in bed
    Keep your house clean
    SIMPLE.
    You should be ashamed of that photo
    Imagine a habit trailing in the snow...dirt
    What is wrong with a tea shirt and trousers.

    GET A GRIP ....PAT.
    Next you will be out in your soutane shopping...grrrrr

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    1. Mice are God’s creatures.

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    2. A tee shirt and trousers in Larne in this bitterly cold weather!!! Are you crazy?

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    3. Michael D is 76.

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    4. Happy birthday then, Michael D!
      Hope you are having a lovely day and that someone brought in a cake.

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    5. Yes, happy birthday and please, Michael D DO spend your birthday money on a long overdue good haircut.. Please, we beg you.. The leprechaun look is not becoming on you! Ugh!

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  15. Bishops are irrelevant....what exactly do they do??????

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    1. Bishops confer the Sacraments of Holy Orders when required and more frequently. they confer the Sacrament of Confirmation.
      They supervise the allocation of human resources eg which priest will minister in each parish. These are the most obvious duties but there should be many less obvious ones which relate to matters of support, inspiration, good example and leadership and occasionally matters of guidance and discipline.
      There may be meetings to chair and mail to deal with.

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    2. Holy Orders infrequently, confirmation is farmed out to Canons & PPs.

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    3. 18:29 is the funniest comment on here ever.
      Strange, no mention of golf.
      Now what do they really do?

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    4. 18.29 comment is the most accurate comment today(by far)
      The old golf cliche is played out. Very few do play but perhaps they should as outdoor recreation would help create balance in their lives.

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  16. Now Pat, please do not rundownpeople of age.
    If you keep your body and mind healthy there is absolutely no reason why a body can’t do work well into their 80s or 90 s
    The question should be, is this man a sincere hardworking healthy person
    Did he keep active? Or did he grow a big belly like ofee?

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    1. Reverse ageism has been the bane of many a middle aged curate's life. Some PPs just couldn't give up when it was time to pass the reins over.There's a case to be made for ageism but maybe 70 is pushing the boat? Many recruiters in the secular world will automatically bin job applications from anyone over 50. The world is youth obsessed while the church's power is held by old men.

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    2. "Many recruiters will automatically bin applications from anyone over 50" ABSOLUTELY NOT!!
      This is now illegal and has been for some time..
      I think your knowledge of employment law is sadly lacking.
      This is not the "do whatever you like".. 1950s any more, mate.
      There is also a certain institution called the European Union to which we all owe more for fairness in employment law than we admit or realise.
      But some of us have to study it all in minute detail in order to be able to support Discrimination cases etc

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    3. His belly is beautifully flat, last time I checked...

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    4. ... but still a soiled senior citizen.

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  17. I hear mcCamley is living it up in America.
    Wonder who is footing his lifestyle?

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    1. "EVERYTHING IS GREAT IN AMERICA.............."

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    2. Pat at 13.56... Even better and greater again in Larne - now that we see Little Brothers fluttering in the snow....

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  18. Such inglorious and utterly inane and meaningless drivel all day. What waste of space and time. Nothing reflective, nourishing or inspiring. Pat, your life is very, very dull. For all these years you are still a begrudger, carry unresolved issues, have a deep disdain for all things Catholic, make ageist comments frequently, have a penchant for delicious gossip and - you don't give a damn about who you damage in the process. Not my kind of Christianity. I hope you're not forming or moulding the Little Brothers into the same mind set as yours - that would totally destroy their integrity, spirituality and prayer. Or perhaps these LBO's may have a positive influence on your heart and soul. Here's waiting in vain.......

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    1. My friend, you do not know me!

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    2. I guess not many people know you Pat! But one thing is clear - you have a marvellous capacity to dig dirt and scatter it widely, which I presume is a great christian virtue to be proud of!

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  19. 13.17
    Your inspiration above was awesome
    Go figure

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    1. 13.53....Go figure....you too....go figure.....your comment was awesome too....

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    2. My windowcleaner told me that I was awesome today too.
      (I gave him a tip.)

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  20. I am shocked to hear age still being quoted as a reason why someone is not suitable! If the person has reasonable health, energy and enthusiasm for the job, then the years of experience he or she brings to it is s winner.. an added bonus.

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  21. Ah don’t be shocked
    Don’t bishops have to retire at 75?
    Just asking
    Not that I care, bishops have no space in my life
    What exactly do they do
    What are the Martins doing today ?
    Nothing as usual

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    1. 14.16...And I'm certain the Bishops won't stay awake worrying about you!!! Waster....

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    2. +Pat spared the Irish church Gorgeous, Puck, Rory, McCamley. Hastened the departure of Connolly & Prior, got a new Nuncio, frightened A1 aficionados, helped set up a new foundation. Not bad.

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    3. But the soothsayer said the sword must pierce the heart...

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  22. I was asked what the difference in job description is between an RC Priest and a CoE Vicar. The answer I came up with on paper was that while the RC Priest maintains the fold the Vicar is charged with the care of souls. I wonder if the Pope wants to maintain the fold in Galway or Promote the proactive care of the people of God.

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  23. Archbishop's and Bishop have to submit their letter of resignation to Rome but like many Bishop's Rome lets them stay on Their is SIX vacant Bishopric's in Ireland waiting to be filled and few have sent in their letters but awaiting appointments from Rome and aa few Assistant Bishop's have not been replaced.
    Same with priests they must submit a letter at 75 year old to their Bishop but some Bishop's let them stay on.
    Remember Charlie Brown was to cut the number of diocese in Ireland but never done it maybe this new guy will.
    Bishop's are like Chief Executives run the show.

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    1. The plural of"bishop"is "bishops"
      There should not be an apostrophe.

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    2. Is there an apostrophe in wankers? You'd know.

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    3. No, but you'd be tempted to put in a random apostrophe anyway,I should think.

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  24. Good summary Sean x
    True lots of vacant positions in Ireland
    Even our 6 county politicians have abandoned ship
    Bet theses bishops don’t even make their own breakfasts.
    And that down and Connor area rolling in the peasants of Ireland money.
    You couldn’t make it all up
    And 2 or is 3 bishops in Armagh
    And 2 popes...lol

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    1. @16.42
      Some posts convince one that correct punctuation is not an added extra but very much a necessary part of an intelligible comment.

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    2. 16.42: Pure drivel. Nonsense. So imbicilic. Go back to school....

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    3. I like drivel.its so James Joyce.
      Imbicilic and go back to school....not a good combination.

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    4. Believe me, poster @ 22.23 you are no James Joyce!

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  25. Pat, stop digging deeper holes for yourself in stupidly defending your ageist comments re: Bishop Kelly. You haven't a clue. You won't have to worry in your Oratory about reaching 75 and what to do as you have no responsibilities, a small congregation and no staff. So, stop making childish, immature and reckless comments. It woud serve you better to be actively doing some good rather than tearing people apart. Get a real life Buckley.

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  26. It looks like with the appointment in Galway that is it short term. Makes you wonder if they are after all going to restructure Dioceses and downsize.

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    1. Happy Harry - your sentence should read - It looks like the appointment in Galway may be short term - not the way you present it! Sorry....

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    2. 19:56 you should be sorry. The meaning was clear. Are you a 79 year old retired NS teacher?

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    3. No--!and I don't mind betting that you're not a 79 year old retired NS teacher either!

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    4. Shut up 21:22. I've explained very clearly that I'm not 79. And as we all know, age is just a number. I admit I derive pleasure from correcting others but life is harsh and every day is a school day, as they say.

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  27. 16.45
    Mind your own life and stop commenting on Pats.

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  28. Harry I was commenting on the anonymous at 16 45 not your post.

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    1. 19.22. Are you stupid? Anon at 16.45 is Happy Harry . .you are confused. But then this blog is confusing mostly!

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    2. There were 2 posts at 16 .45
      One was from harry
      One from an anonymous
      No I’m not stupid
      And not very nice to call anyone stupid, I never could.

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  29. What about all these deacons today Pat
    What do you think

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  30. 17.50
    Did he see you through the window ? Naked !!!
    Awesome

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  31. 18.14
    I’m so glad that one is convinced
    You sound like the queen mother

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    1. The Queen Mother is dead RIP

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    2. HRH The Queen Mother is deceased.

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    3. It's HM The Queen Mother, sweetheart.

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