Friday, 5 January 2018

FROM A BLOG READER:

NEW IRISH BISHOP OVERSAW GAY SCANDALS AT MAYNOOTH



by Stephen Wynne  •  USA

Msgr. Dermot Farrell's tenure at Ireland's national seminary marked by steep spiritual decline
A former head of Maynooth, Ireland's scandal-ridden national seminary, is being rewarded with a promotion.
The Vatican announced Wednesday that Msgr. Dermot Farrell will be the new bishop of Ossory, one of six suffragan dioceses in the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan archdiocese of Dublin.
Faithful Irish Catholics are regarding the appointment as one to watch, owing to Bishop-Elect Farrell's particular relationship with St. Patrick's College, Maynooth — a seminary infested with homosexuality and heterodoxy

Monsignor Farrell was awarded a licentiate in theology at Maynooth in 1981. Eight years later, he was named lecturer in moral theology at the national seminary. While continuing to instruct seminarians, in 1990, he was appointed executive assistant to the college president, Msgr. Micheál Ledwith, his cousin.

Within three years, he'd advanced to become seminary vice president, and in 1996, he ascended to the presidency, where he remained for the next 11 years, before transferring to the diocese of Meath to serve as vicar general.

Notably, Msgr. Farrell's appointment is being cheered by Meath's Bp. Michael Smith, a conservative stand-out among Ireland's prelates. Lauding his vicar general's "fidelity, energy and commitment," Bp. Smith recalled the monsignor "initiated new pastoral programmes and renewed the parish churches and schools in one of the largest and most rapidly developing parishes in the diocese of Meath." 

But the monsignor's appointment as bishop will be scrutinized by the country's committed Catholics.

Under his leadership, Maynooth sank into steep decline. Farrell presided over the "revision" of the seminary's formation program and its subsequent collapse in vocations. He allowed dissident American theologian Fr. Charles Curran to speak at a conference celebrating the work of liberal theologian Fr. Enda McDonagh. During the monsignor's tenure, faithful seminarians were persecuted and driven out, while a flourishing homosexual subculture scandalized the country.  
  
As far back as 1983, faithful seminarians began lodging complaints against Ledwith, voicing grave concerns over "their seminary training, Msgr. Ledwith's allegedly extravagant lifestyle and his alleged sexual orientation and propensity."

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Father Gerard McGinnity, senior dean at St Patrick's College, voiced support for the seminarians. In 1984, he was demoted to curate; later, he alleged the reduction was punishment for breaking ranks with Ledwith.  

That same year, Ledwith was accused of sexually harassing junior colleagues and of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.

A massive cover-up by Maynooth and the country's bishops followed. But owing to ongoing allegations of sexual impropriety, the disgraced monsignor resigned from Maynooth in 1994. In 2005, Rome dismissed him from the priesthood.

Bishop-elect Farrell served directly under Ledwith for four years. Some faithful Irish Catholics wonder, therefore, about the possibility of complicity. "It is reasonable ... to ask what did he know about the depraved behavior of his cousin, and what action did he take to end it?"

Significantly, a number of Irish press reports suggest Farrell shared the bishops' masking mindset and refused to expose his cousin. 


Ireland, once one of the great pillars of the Church, is suffering through a crisis of faith and fidelity unparalleled in its history, with heterodox bishops the catastrophe's custodians. Now, the faithful Catholics of Ossory — and all Ireland — wait to see if Bishop-elect Farrell will be more of the same.

PAT SAYS:

The one difference between DERMOT FARRELL and MICHAEL LEDWITH was that Farrell did not suffer the same media exposure as Ledwith - and as THE MAYNOOTH GAY SCANDAL did last Summer.

But it seems that it was WORSE in FARRELL'S time than it was in HUGH CONNOLLY'S TIME.

In fact, the Farrell time paved the way for the GRINDR expositions of last summer.

The fact that any man, connected with the destruction of Maynooth - should in 2018 be appointed a bishop is a thorough disgrace!

But it just shows that the Irish RC Church looks after its "own" - and if you cover up for them you will be rewarded - no matter what harm was done in the past.

A whole generation of YOUNG IRISH SEMINARIANS has suffered at the hands of LEDWITH, FARRELL, and CONNOLLY.

Scores and dozens of these young men left Maynooth totally disillusioned and with the FAITH shattered.

Some of them went on to have serious mental health issued and be scarred for life by what they saw and what happened to them in Maynooth.

AND - for those responsible?

A bishop's mitre, staff, and ring!

We know about the 700 BODIES buried in Tuam by the nuns.

Will we ever know about, or hear about the spiritual and psychological bodies of those who entered Maynooth to give their lives to God and others and who were spiritually, mentally and often physically, RAPED!

We do not need to look abroad for "terrorists".

We have our own Irish ones - the moral "terrorists" who lived in seminaries, episcopal palaces and presbyteries all over HOLY, CATHOLIC, IRELAND!

And we thought that they were "gods" who worked for GOD!


83 comments:

  1. Just a small point Pat but important nonetheless. Ossory is one of three suffragan dioceses of the province of Dublin and not six as the report says. Kildare & Leighlin, Ferns and Ossory, along with Dublin, constitutes the ecclesiastical province of Dublin. I know you didn't write the article but Stephen Wynne has got this fact incorrect!

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    1. What an irrelevant and distracting comment 00:11.

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    2. O6:56 It’s valuable as a point of information which, I’m sure you are aware, is one of the grounds on which s debate may be interrupted, if it is provento be correct.

      Such sloppy research, and worse, the rush to publication without checking the information is very revealing about the level of journalism in question. It’s also indicative of a level of arrogance towards readers and subject.

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    3. Inane, pointless comment. Who cares about the number of Dublin suffragan sees?

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  2. MourneManMichael6 January 2018 at 02:08

    Pat, while you probably have good intent, and probably more information than known to blog followers, your "Pat says" comments are simply too full of unsubstantiated opinion and conjecture as to appear as a biased aggrieved rant.
    MMM

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    1. Hey, MMM, why don't you set up your own blog, or do you just comment from the sidelines?

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  3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again they are like the crew rearranging the deckchairs on the titanic. The whole lot is sinking into the bog of its own making!

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  4. Interesting to note that in the history of Maynooth the only time a President had an executive assistant was when Farrell was appoint by Ledwith. So was Farrell pushed ahead as an act of nepotism or was this the creation of a buffer zone to cover up for Ledwith? With a different name not many of us realised we had complained to Ledwith's cousin until years later.

    Clifford got Cashel for covering up for Casey. Farrell appears to have lower ambitions. Let us pray for Ossory.

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  5. Summer 2018 will be a somewhat repeat of Summer 2016.

    rc_2016Eire

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    1. What was the big scandal of summer 2016?

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    2. Cover up mafia merchants are out in force today.

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    3. 10:36, have you been chained to a radiator in Lebanon for the past 2 years?

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    4. Must be referring to the Rory Coyle scandal of 2016.

      According to a back issue of +Pat's blog, "many people were hoping for some reason that Rory had become involved with a woman". How dumb it that?

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    5. Well, it proves that "many people" can be wrong as well as right.

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    6. Was it all the empty seats at the Eucharistic congress?? No, that was 2012. Perhaps Rory Coyle's bedroom antics? Perhaps Ger Fitz's missing mobile phone? Perhaps the Dean of Maynooth figuring out he had a vocation to marriage? Perhaps it was the Fr. Stephen becoming the Lord of the coke...

      Or most notible it was probably the obvious Maynooth bedroom fiasco that saw Dromore and the bishops put Hughbury Connolly at arms reach in Paris... while the bishops protect two actively sexual celibate, chaste Deacons.

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    7. There'll be no empty seats at Phoenix Park for the Francis visit. Tim's in charge of that. Sorted.

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    8. Tim will book fewer seats so.

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  6. Where does Stephen usually publish his writings?

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    1. On Church Militant, a right wing, a ultra-conservative Catholic website run by the nastiest shower of Perry Comos you could imagine.

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    2. A quick google says Churchmilitant.com

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    3. if I may so, ChurchMilitant are utterly obsessed with homosexuals. Day in day out there are stories about gay priests, gay lobbyists or some random gay story. Anything that involves the word gay, they are there, regardless of the context of the story.

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    4. It's headed by an vile old queen in a wig called Michael Voris:

      https://theanticatholictimes.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/michael-voris.jpg

      Apparently, he got together with Donald Trump for a dink:

      http://www.eyeofthetiber.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/trump_voris_wigs-e1457050008975.jpg

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    5. @13:35 Same with the dyke-o-saurus at Catholic Truth Scotland.

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    6. 'It's headed by an vile old queen in a wig called Michael Voris'

      This made me roar out laughing

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    7. @14.38
      "... in a wig called Michael Voris.."
      That made me laugh too.
      I had never before heard of anybody naming their own wig... Weird....

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    8. @14.38
      "... in a wig called Michael Voris.."
      That made me laugh too.
      I had never before heard of anybody naming their own wig... Weird....

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    9. Shoot the messenger. All is well in Gaynooth. LOL

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    10. @13:54 What's a dink?

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  7. What is Stephen Wynnes interest in Maynooth. What is the current state of play there. How are ordinary Irish people reacting to Pope's visit

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    1. The Pope is welcome to come so long as hes prepared to pay for his own bed and breakfast.

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    2. 14.40
      Well,luckily the Pope won't be depending on your generosity,poster 14.40.
      Just as well we're not all so mean and tightfisted!

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    3. And step off his chartered Alitalia 737 (cost unknown but billed to local episcopal conference) then steps into a Fiat 500. Such a phony.

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    4. 15.49. Do you want Pope Francis to walk here on pilgrimage or swim the distance!! Get a life. You idiot. If you don't share the Catholic faith or attend Church, mind your own business. God bless our wonderful Pope Francis.

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    5. We are looking forward very much to the Pope's visit ( Sean was showing a kindly interest..)
      The Church has certainly need of some pastoral encouragement and I think his visit will be very timely and welcomed by the vast majority of reasonable people.

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    6. He could arrive on a scheduled flight, economy class as he's so very, very humble and then get into the Fiat 500.

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    7. The Humble Pope's Fiat 500 is sent to the host country by air freight, at massive expense. Watch out for it in Dublin. It's black and has the papal numberplate SCV1. What a fraud.

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    8. @17:19 by reasonable people aged 60+

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  8. Don’t tell me !
    Another day discussing bishops.!!
    They make so much difference to our lives...not

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    1. we need men in pointy hats to issue pastoral letters now and again that end up in the bin.

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  9. The Limerick Leader...what a tado...imagine ordering a woman off a bus
    This priest needs to change parishes quickly, he has no business discriminating with any parishioner....no matter what happened years ago.
    He is a servant not a dictator

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  10. The coverage on here of D. Farrell’s appointment to Ossory since it was announced has been one-sided and therefore unfair.

    For example in relation to not dealing with matters with a same-sex element. While he was president a well-publicised case occurred where a seminarian, who later was accepted into a religious order, was expelled for sexual harrassment of another seminarian.

    So some balance is called for here.

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    1. The other seminarian was expelled for speaking up while the sexual harrasser was professed a dominican with plenty of Maynooth people celibrating... your one-sided view is interesting though insofar as it displays a capacity to not look at the while truth.

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  11. Stephen wrote this article for Church Militant. It's basically been copied and pasted.

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    1. ... also known as Perry by all accounts.

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    2. I know that Church Militant is very right wing and often OTT.

      But are they not reacting, albeit in an extreme way, to the homosexualization of the priesthood???

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    3. maybe many homosexuals have ended up as priests because maybe that's the way God has chosen it.

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    4. No, I don't think so. Vile Voris is overreacting; he's probably been rejected by gay priest(s) and has never got over it. The screaming queen even blames his gay debauchery on his mother having bipolar.

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    5. How someone PERCEIVES something, is how that thing IS FOR HIM - as far as he, himself is concerned. The fact that everyone else sees it quite differently is therefore irrelevant to his experience.

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  12. MMM at 2.08. Your comment is spot on. Pat definitely lives in a world of speculation, conjecture, of embellishing stories, drawing strange conclusions, inferring sinister motivations, - basically - telling lies. Truth is sacrificed on his altar of self publicity. Sadly. He is, mostly, delusional. He presents his "Pat says" section as if he was a true prophet. Not anywhere near having the integrity of a prophet!!

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  13. I can assure you that Maynooth was far worse under the Connolly, Fanny and Prior regime. There was discipline under Farrell which was sorely lacking in the subsequent SC.

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    1. And to what do you attribute the deterioration under Connolly, Fanny and Prior???

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    2. I know one member of that council who covered up an internal incident. If the incident occurred in any other context the Gardai would have been informed.

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    3. The systematic weeding out of good sems, the complete lack of oversight, the promotion of an aggressive homosexual culture that became dominant, no spirituality, crap theology, crap teachers (in the main), zero focus on prayer,
      zero focus on chastity, unhealthy interest in sexuality, zero focus on scripture, zero focus on catechism, basically an abhorrence of anything catholic, worldliness, materialism, careerism, avarice, love of comfort, belief in self and not God, vainglory, pride, etc, etc, etc, etc...

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  14. The photo of Farrell is interesting from a pr perspective. The new bishop elect is holding a hurl. It’s an attempt on the church’s part to “ engage” with the GAA. The inclusion of the young lad is an attempt to appeal ,on a visual basis, with the youth of the diocese. I’m not so sure the new bishop holding the young mans hand is a terribly wise pose. In an age of modern media platforms and the possibility of manufacturing situations the cleric might have been better advised on that one.
    No matter what I would have to agree that the revelation of the new bishops identity is less than earth shattering news.

    On a completely separate matter but pr related the photo posted by Mr Barry McElduff the Shinner with the Kingsmill loaf is a complete and utter pr disaster for his party, particularly south of the border. That is an issue which is going to be very difficult to repair. Whereas it might be lauded by some of his followers the majority of right thinking people, no matter their religious or political persuasion, will find this politician’s sense of humour abhorrent. SF will have to work hard to repair this one.
    The wonders of social media !!

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    1. At 15:03
      You would not want to be making a living from PR. Your analysis of the photograph is so skewed that it makes a corkscrew look straight. Utter rubbish like this which poses for PR awareness deserves opprobrium.

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  15. You know it's better when you stand back making no comment and watching the Irish Roman Church implode on itself.

    I agree that all of the lets say naughty bits should be exposed Gaynooth, Bishop's, Priests after all they are the main cause of the downfall. Of course there will always be other issues but lets face it they are doing such a great job.

    I just love them.

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  16. sometimes i like to hold my pooh in. Just saying.

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  17. Maynooth has been a disaster since 1966, when it ceased properly to be a seminary. It's now basically a secular university, with pro-abortion, LGBT societies on campus, the refectory open to the general public, the college chapel shut for most of the year. What a parody of a seminary.

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    1. Was that the year they legalised contraception? I wonder.

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    2. You object to LGBT societies? Why?

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    3. Should seminaries have them?

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    4. Universities do.

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    5. Im not against LGBT socities but why are there no hetero societies?

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    6. 00:19, why shouldn't seminaries have them. LGBT are, after all, an oppressed minority. Would you prefer to deny them respect and justice?

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    7. Maynooth purports to be both, and there was the recent photo of Maynooth Labour Soc activists flaunting "Amend the 8th" ie kill children, in front of the statue of the BVM in the cloisters of Maynooth. The widows mite funds the disgrace that is Maynooth

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    8. 12:42, and the same seminary always did, and still does, support disrespect for human life by its support of official Church teaching: capital punishment and killing in combat. And all of this before the Blessed Sacrament!

      Are you as outraged at this 'disgrace'?

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    9. 11:59
      A fair question - if you are sincere.

      The answer of course is that society is presumed heterosexual.

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    10. 14.31. A lot might be presumed about the sexuality of society. But perhaps a gay person might like to experiment with the idea that they are heterosexual? In a seminary the presumption is that all are chaste.

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    11. True, 14:53. The pessimists are right: life IS a charade. (Well, to some extent anyway.) And it all definitively ends on 'Judgement Day'.

      Just thought I'd cheer yez all up.😆

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    12. Just to be clear 12:42 are you blaming the seminary authorities for the actions of the Labour Soc?
      As if any directive given by the seminary would be heeded?

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  18. Pat Buckley. I have no wish to get involved in the thread opened up by 15.03 about the absolutely crass tweet by Barry McElduff about Kingsmill but I cannot help but notice that despite the issue reaching almost every major news site it has, so far, failed to merit a mention on the Irish News website. Could that be because none of the poor victims slaughtered at Kingsmill were members of the GAA.
    I know the IN has little love for you

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  19. During Farrell's time, was the one guilty of sexual harassment expelled from the seminary? And what happened the one who spoke up?

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    1. The one expelled went to the Dominicans, was professed and ordained. Many Maynooth people attended and celibrated... now that same Dominican has a trail of destruction behind him as the order moves him along.

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    2. Did they know who they were dealing with? He hasn’t had the last laugh then?

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    3. He was ordained so he got what he wanted. He is still in ministry despite repeated slaps on the wrist.

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    4. It would be a laugh if he ended up in Kilkenny dominicans with Bishop Farrell as his shepherd for the second time.

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  20. Can we please have an everyday gay scandal at Maynooth to comment on soon? I wonder.

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    1. 21.26 yesterday. What a pathetic little idiot you are! Your only concern is about Maynooth. What a small, insignificant, little, world you inhabit!!!

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    2. There's a national collection every year to keep that grotesque seminary open, plus Irish taxpayers subsidise through the rents MU pays to SPCM, and doners to Trocaire pay for the rent of Long Corridor so it's legit to ask questions. Are you a dean there, or just a student of German?

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    3. @08:50 What about +Pat? He's hooked on it.

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  21. On the day of his ordination the dominican probably felt he was having the last laugh.

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  22. To poster 21.15. I you only knew who I was you would realise the laugh was on you. Or perhaps you wouldn’t !

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  23. It’s not of any interest at all who you may be.

    The only aspect worth discussing is the jejune commentary you put up for public debate.

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