I was quite taken aback to read your blog on the topic of Bishop Walsh and his support of Al Porter. I am taken aback for a number of reasons:
BISHOP WALSH AND FALSELY ACCUSED PRIESTS:
Bishop Walsh has stood idly by as innocent priests of the Archdiocese were falsely accused of child abuse and were stood down publicly at weekend Masses in front of their congregations. They were presumed guilty until proven innocent! These same priests were reinstated after Garda investigations. However, they were not reinstated with the same fanfare that was used to suspend them. The experience has left many priests in poor condition. Where was due process, fair treatment, balance, proportion and fair play for those innocent priests falsely accused? I have yet to hear Bishop Walsh speak so publicly in support of this group of priests as he has done for Al Porter. He would have ample reason to speak publicly because he has the specific responsibility as head of the Office for Clergy which includes pastoral care of the priests of the Archdiocese.
On the matter of World Youth Day 2011 in Spain, 151 young people from the Archdiocese of Dublin were accompanied by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Bishop Raymond Field Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, three lay staff and five priests. Al Porter has built part of his comedy show on defaming the priests and religious sisters who were on that pilgrimage.
Al Porter says he had euphoric sex with a priest. The man he is referring to was a seminarian at that time for the Archdiocese of Dublin and not a priest. Al Porter has unfairly and with no foundation cast a shadow over the reputation of the priests who were on that pilgrimage.
Porter then refers to a Sister Jane who said she didn't believe in God and both and Porter smoked weed together. That Sister Jane he is referring to is a lay person and she is employed as a pastoral worker in XXXXXXXXXXX parish in Dublin, Again he has defamed religious sisters present on the pilgrimage by blurring the details of what actually happened. I think it is now time to correct the record on World Youth Day 2011.
I am quite sickened by Bishop Walsh's contribution He has the same right as anyone to express his views but he is wide of the mark on this one.
I think it is very good that a Dublin priest, who is in touch with what is happening on the ground in Dublin, has written to ask us to look at the realities.
I can agree with this priest on Bishop Eamon Walsh. He is not consistent when it comes to his statements and he obviously favours people like Al Porter his own hurt priest colleagues.
Walsh was named in the Dublin Clerical Abuse report and has never really recovered from his naming.
He and Diarmuid Martin do not get on.
He does not even have Diarmuid Martin's mobile number!
The priest did not tell us the name of the seminarian who had sex with Al Porter.
Was he from Maynooth or the Irish College in Rome?
Has he been named on this blog before?
Did he go on to be ordained?
If he did, what is he at now?