Friday, 6 April 2018


ITEM RECOMMENDED BY ONE OF OUR COMMENT MAKERS - "CLOGHER CURATE".




Over 100 motorbikes roared into Garrison on Sunday afternoon in a show of support for bike enthusiast Fr. John Kearns, who is currently battling cancer.


The Monaghan native worked as a Garda, for Aer Lingus, and as a trucker before joining the priesthood. He has been based in a number of local parishes including Clogher, Clones, Brookeborough and, most recently, Garrison. 




The bike-loving clergyman is Chairman of the committee responsible for the Gone But Not Forgotten Bikers Memorial; an annual Mass held in Sacred Heart Church, Clones which is attended by the biking fraternity and remembers those who have lost their lives in motorbike accidents.



Concerned about Fr. Kearns’ ailing health, the Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial committee members decided to organize a bike run to cheer him up.

“We wanted to show the man what he means to us,” explained Anne Marie Marshall, Secretary of the committee.

She and Kieran Brennan organized the run, which traveled from Monaghan, through Enniskillen and on to Garrison on Sunday.

“It was originally meant to be a surprise but we got wind that Fr. John was attending a country music festival so we had to tell him!” Anne Marie said.

“I have never seen anyone’s face light up so much,” said Anne Marie, describing Fr. Kearns’ reaction when he saw the bikes approach his parochial house. “He thought there would be around 10-12 bikes but there were 107!” she added.

“He was all excited. Around 60 bikes took him into Bundoran for a pint and dropped him home later,” she said.

The successful bike run raised €1,700 for Fr. Kearns’ chosen charity – Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Paying tribute to her friend, Anne Marie said: “John greets everyone at the Memorial. He has time for all of the attendees, from recently bereaved families to bikers he has known for years. 

“The people who carry the candle-bearing their loved one's name on it hand it to Fr. John and they have told me on more than one occasion that this act in itself brings them so much comfort. 

“He is more than can be put into words.”

Commenting on Facebook, Fr. Kearns thanked the bikers “for giving me a day and a memory that I will always cherish.”

He wrote: “I just love bikes...More importantly, I feel so so honored to have been invited and accepted to be part of the biking family. I am chuffed to be able to celebrate mass for our departed loved ones who have ridden with us. 

“Today, and even now and for a long time to come I will cherish what the biking family gave to me – support, and the will to fight this curse of cancer.”

Thanking his friends, he concluded: “I cherish each and every one of you.”

The 2018 Gone But Not Forgotten Memorial will take place on Friday, May 4 at 8pm in Sacred Heart Church, Clones.




PAT

Thank you Clogher Curate for letting us know about Father Kearns.

He seems a very decent and down to earth man.

I'm sure his time as a Garda and trucker took any notions of grandeur he hay have had about himself.

He has found an important niche as a chaplain to the biking community.

His annual Mass for this community is a very positive ministry.

I am very sorry to hear that he is battling cancer.

I will offer Mass for him.

I am sure that many Blog readers will think of him too.

83 comments:

  1. Something different for a change. Well done and best wishes to the good Father. Lets hope that he can beat that deadly illness. A general question Pat about may of yours postings on here. Why so many copy and paste's from other websites. Maybe each blog post should be 100% all your own words.

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  2. Best wishes Father John! Great to see you are supported by your biker friends and especially your clerical colleague who are pictured here.

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  3. sweet suffering Jesus....stall the ball!!! has Pat Buckley just presented us with a genuine story and a lovely 'pat says' commentary. I'm literally in shock and re-reading the story - LITERALLY!

    fair play to you pat. I have to say I'm very impressed at this blog today, even though many will think I am being facetious. I wish father John all the best, and I will remember him in my prayers.

    God Bless,

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    1. Wonderful. Just a single line to scroll past today. Keep comments this length.

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    2. MC,it would seem that all priests are tarred with the same brush and worthy of condemnation by yourself, no matter who they are and how they carry out their ministry. To say that Fr.Kearns is a Fr.Trendy as portrayed by the late great Dermot Morgan is very unfair. Fr.Kearns is a good priest who has touched the lives of many people who have been affected by tragedy and I have no doubt those people have found him to be a refreshing change from the staid and often rigid view of the church and clergy......and I use church and clergy in the widest sense. Bishop Pat has a valid and effective ministry, but your presence here, vitriol and hate filled that it is, does Bishop Pat a great disservice and your words simply illucidate the obvious fact that you are a person full of hatred for all things Catholic of the Roman Rite....Why don't you explain to the blog readers why you were deemed unworthy of ordination, and why that has caused you to be the bitter person that you are. Do you think you're still called to be a priest, and that the intervention of your formators in barring you from answering God's call, is preventing you from living a fulfilled life? Because, if not, then those formators have done you a favour in stopping you making a mistake that would be not so easy to undo. MC, you need to change the record and get a life. The church will be here long after we've all gone.

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    3. 11:31, Ah! But you read it anyway. Ha ha πŸ˜…

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    4. 12:20, there is no need of my changing 'the record', since the song it plays (of priestly vanity, arrogance, sexual abuse, rape, sodomy, simony, financial corruption, blasphemy, etc) is an exceedingly long one.

      But there are a number of posters here who, most definitely, are stuck in a groove: the wishful thinking that I was refused ordination.

      I wasn't. Haw haw πŸ˜†

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    5. Magna Carta @ 00:11 - I am assuming that you who defend yourself against others who misunderstand you [I recall +Pat reminding us a few days ago that you are indeed much misunderstood], must surely know Fr Kearns very well indeed so as to be able to make your one-line dismissal of him. Surely you would never be so arrogant as to make a bitchy comment on someone you did not know? So, let me ask you - am I misunderstanding you?

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    6. 12:20 Unfortunately you fell for MC’s bait. Only a compulsive egotist with arrested psychological and paychosocial development would twist a good story like today’s to turn attention on to her/himself in this way.

      Try to refrain from reacting. Ignoring is more effective.

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    7. 13.16: Maggie, leader of the bitch club has risen from his drunken slumber to once again display his hatred of priests/priesthood. One thing is certain - no matter how sick Mags is - mentally, emotionally and spiritually - he'd never get that kind of empathy, support and kindness as Fr. Kearns is receiving. We get back from others what we give. The depth of support for Fr. Kearns is symptomatic of the good, pastoral dedication he gives to all. If Maggie can't appreciate this TRUTH, the "reject" label of being flung out of the seminary, thus being denied priestly ordination, must hurt very deeply and the humiliation nailed eternally to his heart, rendering him incapable of living with some level of humanity, decency and normality. His humiliation was and continues to be "self inflicted" as those of us from seminary times remember. However horrendous the abuse scandals are, Maggie dear, your abuse - yes, ABUSE -is as reprehensible. Well done Fr. Kearns for being human, normal, brave and courageously inspiring. There are, thank God many similarly good and inspiring clerics in our midst. Maggie, denial of your unsuutability for priesthood is poisoning your life.

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    8. Magna 13.16: Pathetic, morally impoverished, spiritually blind, nasty, demonic - and lots more. A very unlikeable human being. Get therapy. You do a disservice to TRUTH, JUSTICE @ INTEGRITY - none of which are evident in your deranged personality. What a disaster it must have been for you as poster 12.20 alludes to, that you were considered unsuitable for priestly life....Haven't the people of God been spared your monstrous hate! I wouldn't put you in charge of anyone or anything except swine!!

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    9. MC, I think if you read my post correctly I never said you were refused ordination......I said you were deemed unworthy of ordination. Any seminarian who has been asked to leave by the formation team was, for some reason, considered unsuitable to continue in formation. Was that the case with you? You never got to stage of being ordained, ipso facto you never were refused ordination as you were gone long before you had the chance to ask for ordination. Why don't you share with us the reason, or indeed reasons, you were asked to leave? It was hardly for being a model student. There are many readers of Bishop Pat's blog who are tired of your song of hatred. All of the contents of your song could equally be applied to any career which in past times held the same sway in society as the priesthood. Do you not find it frustrating that the institution you hold in such contempt continues to have a rΓ΄le in people's lives, whilst you are consigned to the category of 'crank'......and all because your formators discerned that you were unsuited to the life of an ordained minister. Take your hatred to a blog where your opining will be welcomed by those who already hate the church.

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    10. 15:22,oh, I read your post correctly. Saying that I was deemed unworthy of ordination is tantamount to saying that I was refused it, which I wasn't. πŸ˜† You have no wriggle room here, so, instead of trying to save face at your obvious blunder, why not just (as they say) 'offer it up for the holy souls'. Offer up what? Why the embarrassment you obviously feel at your own stupidity!πŸ˜…πŸ˜†

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    11. 13:54, if you've been reading this blog in recent days, you'll know exactly why I don't need to know this priest, directly or indirectly, to be sure that he cannot be a good priest. He may be a good person: he may be a VERY good person. But there can be no such thing as a good priest. The two are totally incompatible. A good person is someone who serves the divine impulse to goodness, but a Roman Catholic priest (if he is to be a priest loyal to Rome through his bishop) cannot possibly be a good person as well. It was loyal priests and bishops who covered up appalling abuse of children to show their loyalty to Rome: men like Cardinal Sean Brady.

      A priest must choose either to be a good person or a loyal priest. I hope Kearns chose wisely.

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    12. This comment of Carta’s at 16:19 summarises well His deep dysfunction and toxicity.

      That a person cannot be a good priest and a good human being at the same time is utter claptrap and the projectile of a viciously bigoted and embittered mindset.

      Leave him/her stew in his/her own poisonous juices. Magna Carta is a vitriolic old queen whose life is reduced to spending his day perusing and trolling the internet.

      In Buckley’s blog he was found a warm nest and a comfortable lair, where he is ‘petted’ and enabled, by Pat Buckley, as “the much misunderstood Magna Carta”.

      He is in fact very much understood and many people here have the measure of this sad old witch - including some who were with him in Maynooth - back in the day.

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    13. 16.19: Magna, dear demented, sick one, you are a laughing figure on this blog. You may have some lights working upstairs (brain, but I think your a**e has it all!).The hatred you feel for priests and your twisted psychology (non existent) is weird, bizarre and toxic. God come to save you, rancied piece of humanity. You've thrown back in God's face all the gifts given to you: why such vitriol? Why such hatred? Why are you addicted to the disconnect world of this blog?

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    14. The interesting thing is that people here think papic priesthood is the only possibility. If Magna really wants to be a priest there are many avenues open to him. He could try the Orthodox where they do real liturgy. He could try the Old Catholics, the Anglicans, the Liberal Catholics who are rather esoteric.

      As to formators they usually pick the assholes. One of the holiest and competent persons I know was denied by his formators because he was deemed too pious. BTW, formators and formation teams remind me of folks working in the exercise training business. Now that’s an image.

      Seraphim+

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    15. 16:50, you're either very young, or very immature. Either way, you're very wrong.πŸ˜†

      Rome does not equate goodness in its priests with moral virtue and moral acts, but with unquestioning obedience to it through bishops, no matter what these they may command. (Didn't that supercilious little fool,Cahal Daly, believe that when he spoke, God spoke similtaneously?πŸ˜…) So when dear old Father John Brady was despatched as a mere 'notary' (notetaker πŸ˜…) by his bishop to the canonoical tribunal to examine the 14-year-old boys sexually abused by that notoriously good priest, Brendan Smyth, he served his bishop (and, hence, Rome) by covering up those atroicious crimes and by facilitating the abuse of (was it?) seven more children, boys and girls. Was Brady a good person here? Remember he had geen given the names and addresses of at least some of these vulnerable other children...and did SFA! So was Brady a good person? He didn't even inform the children's parents of the very real danger Smith posed to them. The two fourteen-year old boys could do nothing, since they had been made by Brady to sign an oath, ON PAIN OF EXCOMMUNICATION. Which to their young minds would have meant eternal punishment in Hell for breaching it. So was Brady a good priest in all of this? From Rome's point of view, YES, he was! He was an obedient priest, a loyal (and, therefore, a good) priest. But, er, was he a good person?

      Roman Catholic priesthood and personal moral virtue and acts historically make for intolerable bedfellows.

      A priest cannot be both a good person, obeying within him the divine impulse to moral goodness, AND a good (loyal to Rome) priest.

      I'm wasting my time with you, aren't I, you moron?

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    16. Magna Carta, I am the poster at 1354 who asked if I misunderstood you. Your reply tells me that I did not, and that is something that I know you would be glad about as you are so clear in your view. As far as it goes, and respecting your view, I accept it as your view, even if I disagree, and I certainly do on this occasion. Your assertion that there can be no such thing as a good priest is, to my mind, absolutely untrue and evidently so. On many occasions I fully agree with you in your criticism of so many in the institutional Catholic Church - they stink to high heaven and the rotting smell increases daily. I am just so sorry that the valid critique you often share is so often lost in vitriol [both at you and from you]. I wish you Easter peace.

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    17. 17:25 I suspect that's an option already explored by MC, but there's unlikely to be any room for his intolerant theology amongst any of the aforementioned church groupings. MC is a vile, uncaring and spiritually arid person who feels the way he does because he was found out for what he truly is.....a charlatan and a fraud who is taking advantage of the oxygen of publicity afforded him by the internet. MC, are you married or single? That might help explain why you are as deviant as you demonstrate toys every day. Bishop Pat, I respect you for your integrity and courage, but do you agree with MC and his views, or if you see him as an agent provocateur?

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    18. 17:25 Your vocabulary betrays your own shortcomings. Nothing remotely seraphic about your post except its literally caustic tone.

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    19. 17:21, why such hatred? Of priests? I don't hate priests per se. But I do despise the concept of Roman Catholic priesthood AS CURRENTLY CONSTITUTED. And, I confess, I have no time for those men who choose to be 'good' (loyal-to-Rome) priests rather than good persons.

      Theologically, Roman Catholicism makes demi-gods of ordained men (the ontologically transformed) and accords them a high personal, spiritual and social status. But there is, of course, a 'quid' to be returned for Rome's 'quo': the suppression of conscience through obedience to the Vatican.

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    20. 17:44, thank you. And I return the good wish.

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    21. As one who has been to Maynooth I can only say that Magna Carta is 100% correct in his above characters.

      For people who think that to be blindly obedient to the Church is to be good then I invite you to review a condition known as stocckholm syndrome as you are probably suffering from it.

      As for me, I believe in the teaching of a Catholic church. I have yet to find an institution that follows those teachings though.

      Magna, thank you for your continued insight, wisdom and sharing.

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    22. Magna 17.58, since you are not a priest or theologian (except when you transcript so much from books and Wikipedia), and since you are such a bigoted, condescending ignoramus most of the time and that you contribute nothing meaningful to the living of "Christianity" that inspires or makes a difference, your views, like unsolicited post/garbage are bin trash. You'd even test the patient love of the good Lord with your sense of arrogant self righteousness. As Judge Judy says of most of her losing guests - your case is dismissed - and by extension Magna, so is your life. Insignificant.

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    23. Magna at 00.11: Another Fr. Trendy you say of Fr. Kearns. I say of you - another of your Miss Supreme Bitch comments. Isn't it strange what jealousy and begrudgery does to your mind, Magna? You're a monstrosity of hatred. We continue to pray for your healing.

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    24. @ 19:22 - I too have been to Maynooth and I won’t pretend to know who Magna Carta is (some here think they know who he is).

      However, I know a couple of students who he could well be. They were deeply unpleasant characters with massive chips on their shoulders.

      Their way was the only way. Their view was the only view that mattered. Anyone who dared to differ from them was written off as a “fool”, a “moron” and worse.

      The Magna Cartas are never going to be happy and engaging with them on this blog is especially a waste of time and counterproductive.

      The Magna Cartas are bigots. Ignore them. They are hateful, vicious, bitter creatures and there is no reasoning with them. They will always be in the right and they will shout you down. Don’t feed the trolls.

      The Magna Cartas I knew in Maynooth were usually asked to leave by the Deans. Some of them eventually left of their own accord and one or two even got ordained.

      All in all, they are sad and pathetic creatures - deeply unhappy, loathing themselves and seriously in need of a life. Seriously, don’t waste your batteries.

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    25. 19:22 MC by any other name would smell as MC.

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    26. Poor Magna. So unloved!πŸ˜‚

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    27. I suspect MC's name begins with a J. An obnoxious northern postgrad

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    28. 19.22 is MC.

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    29. On the contrary, 17:47, unfairness elicits my viperous side. Quite Seraphic!

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    30. Magna is a user name for Hugh Connolly.

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    31. @21.17
      I appreviate your point but most of the bigots I saw were intolerant of people who erred on the side of compassion. These bigots were normally the cohort who were ordained. I saw it for what it was worth and left. I found far far better formation elsewhere but ultimately discerned my way to a very fulfillimg marriage.

      The real issue here are those who just refer to Magna as a bigot, pathetic etc. Jesus called us to a more compassionate life. I think if all the commentators were together and Jesus walked in than Jesus would go to Magna first. I am very interested in what experiences have resulted in (not hatred) but hurt. I agree with many of Magna's points because I too was hurt. But I also recognise the institution's indifference to the hurt bourne by individuals.

      It is easy to be indifferent, dismissive and name calling. But Jesus didnt call us to any such tasking.

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    32. @22.43
      Incorrect.
      I am also the poster of anon 23.54 before you get idea. I agree with a lot of Magna's comments. And I have a full bill of health according to my seminary psychology assessments for entering both philosophy and theology.

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  5. I read this story recently and was very touched by the wonderful ministry given by Fr. Kearns to the biking community. Lovely story to read. All the members and Fr. Kearns seem like one big happy, close, contented family. God works in mysterious ways. All members are admirable for supporting their colleague in his illness but we can be certain that Fr. Kearns has touched their lives deeply too. If only we could share similar good stories we'd be more enriched.

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    1. Makes a change from the nun’s story. ��

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    2. 00.29 You are a non entity. Go away.

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    3. 00.29: Just given yourself away...Guess you'd be happier with 'slapper' stories and the secret lives of priests etc....Buy the tabloid rags to satisfy your need for filth and gossip. Thank you Pat for printing this story about Fr. Kearns. It's important to celebrate good news - it fills us with hope. (Something tells me if this was a terminally ill firefighter 00.29 would welcome the story!). Every good wish, prayer and all God's blessings on this bikers community with Fr. Kearns.

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    4. 11.38 I don't think 00.29 is a non entity. Surely, and especially if we hold an office, it is the non entities we should consider and treat as entities.

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  7. whatever happened to the Tuam deacon from louisburgh, Mayo? I've been chatting to a very very reputable mayo contact who has disclosed some very interesting information.

    rc_eire2016

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    1. 00.48: Another poster only interested in slanderous gossip and under the sheets juicy stories. What a miserable life and preoccupation you have! Rejoice with this lovely story and stay with the topic which Pat has posted. Who the hell is interested in your gossip? Go and have your bitchfest on the top of a cliff. .

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    2. Was that the "Wee Hippo"? I wonder.

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  8. jESUS Christ......Armageddon MUST BE NIGH......Buckley has a good word for a priest.

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    1. I'm still in shock. I was waiting for the 'but'

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  9. What a positive topic and an amazing man. We can learn from his example. People can do great things if they are open to God I pray Fr Kearns health improves.

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  10. God Bless you Fr Kearns. We love and adore you.
    You're an example and like many many other of your brother Priest's simply doing God's Will.

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    1. We love Fr Kearns but we don't "adore" "him.
      You can figure that one out, surely!

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  11. A good reminder that there are a few pastorally minded priests out there and some very good people. God bless all.

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  12. What a lovely story Pat. I hear they have been without a Bishop over there for 2 years, by all accounts they are managing well.

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  13. An uplifting story, Pat. Must be a humble man to get that response from people. Great to see their support.

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  14. A positive yet poignant /sad story about a R.C Priest which is quite a rarity on this blog. May God bless him and support him in his illness.

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  15. A nice, uplifting article and generous "Pat says". Thank you.

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  16. Clogher curate7 April 2018 at 13:51

    Bishop Pat, I'm really glad that you published this. John Kearns is one of the most popular priests in the diocese, very ready with the smiles and full of funny anecdotes about his time in the police.

    His outreach to the bikers is cross-community and to people in all sorts of situations.

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  17. Father Kearns seems like an okay bloke and priest. Evidently he is much loved.

    But beware ! No sooner is somebody seen as good than some strange people start to come out of the woodwork and tell us otherwise.

    Nowadays, no matter who you are, if you become the object of public interest, as Fr Kearns has, somebody somewhere will be thinking about the flip side of his coin, and will tell us about something they do not like. It can be something imagined, something exaggerated, something invented, something taken completely out of context. And voila ! It becomes truth and fact, and the revealer becomes 'victim', and we all have to say 'how terrible' and 'we believe you' and 'we will do something about it'. In this age of victimhood, nobody is safe.

    I don't care what 'safeguards' they say are in existence. Damage can be done very easily. And for the likes of Fr Kearns and many others, it will only take one accusation which sounds true by one person who looks true and like a 'victim', and he will be toast.

    I hope not. But, it is the world we have created.

    So, keep your heads down, keep out of any blogs and off any newspapers, and pray that some twisted sick little git will not rediscover 'memories' about you. It happens.

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  18. Lovely story. The biker community are very supportive. My husband is a biker and he was in a bad accident in Germany and had to be airlifted to a hospital. Several bikers ride 100 miles in torrential rain just to see him. The others sent pictures to me in the UK to show me he was being treated well. They are a lovely much maligned lot.

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  19. Clogher Curate, whoever he is, sings the praises of Fr. John Kearns. While I am sorry to hear that John's health is not good, it would be a mistake to canonise him. John Kearns is not a priest of Clogher diocese but is a member of the St. Patrick's Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers). John has been in Clogher for 20 years because Kiltegan don't want him back.......and if the truth be told, Clogher doesn't want him either.

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    1. When you claim Clogher or Kiltegan does or does not want X, Y, or Z do you have the precise numbers to substantiate your postulation?

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  20. 16.45: What a horrible comment, mean spirited, unkind, suggestive of something sinister. No one is canonising Fr. Kearns, least of all his many friends. They value his ministry and presence in their lives. Sometimes priests (which I presume you are) can be very envious and jealous of the popularity of their fellow priests. Are we dealing with a malcontent begrudging cleric or a nosey parishioner at 16.45? Either way, your comment is unnecessary and childish, more so considering Fr. Kearns illness.

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    1. Here here. Invidia clericorum more likely.

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    2. It's only a horrible comment if is a lie.

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    3. 19.17 Intentionality counts. A comment could well be true and made with the intention of being horrible. As in this case.

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    4. 17.11 Your comment re 16.45 may have touched on something. Note the phrase "whoever he is" I had a series of negitive comments aimed at me in the past with the same catchphrase aimed at me more than once. Aim of the comments was to put down the person.

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  21. I don't think that the Clogher curate said that Fr Kearns was a priest of Clogher but was one of the most popular priests IN the diocese. It's a pity that you want to rain on Fr Kearns's parade.

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  22. Fr Kearns reminds me of Canon Denis McSweeney, PP of Flitwick in Bedfordshire (diocese of Northampton). He was incredibly warm, with many interests, including motorbikes and his ministry to the biking community was as well-received as his ministry to the Latin Mass attendees in his parish church.

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    1. Canon Denis also founded the SPR, Society of Perpetual Recreation.

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    2. Sounds like a joke he'd make too!

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  23. Suggestion: don’t engage MC! Ignore! Self-indulgent, peevish nonsense deserves to be bypassed. His/her modus operandi is to provoke a reaction by over the top comments. (S)he know that it’s the only to evoke a response.

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    1. Yer dyin' t' answer 21:33, aren't ya?πŸ˜† But yid hav t' eat yer own words, now wudn't ya?πŸ˜…πŸ˜†

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  24. Why is bishop John Arnold of the Salford diocese known as 'Ming the Merciless'. Rumour has it he is moving on.

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  25. 22.04: Sums up your life in full Magna - bullshit - and foul smelling...you are a rotten person within.

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  26. +Pat, I think another blog on KOB is justified after mourners attending his funeral insist "those who actually knew him know he’s not a bad person, he just made bad decisions”.

    I guess turning the confessional into a sex booth was a bad decision on his part. Also, should we forgive without knowing the details of his "misconduct"?

    https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2468349/hundreds-mourners-cardinal-keith-obrien-funeral-edinburgh-mount-vernon-cemetery/

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    1. Sounds as if you have already made up your mind and are looking for more opportunities to repeat your verdict.

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  27. Bishop Pat, I finished reading 'A Sexual Life, A Spiritual Life' the other night, and I have to tell you that it was a cracking read. Well written, with a bold, precise and compulsive narrative. You sure know how to hold the reader's attention. You're a natural-born storyteller, a seanchaidhe.

    By the way, I am so sorry that vulnerable and trusting little six-year-old was abused; I was around the same age when it happened to me.

    How many books have you written?

    I am going to order on ebay 'Thorn in the Side'. You are one talented pup.

    I know you once embarked on a PH.D thesis; you certainly have the intellectual talent for it.

    You know what I'd like? For you to take a doctorate in spirituality. Seriously. You have only begun to say what you need to say. A vast, and brimming, resevoir of spiritual knowledge.

    A tip: try to find a publisher in England.

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    1. If you think that doggerel is intellectual prowess then it confirms your own lack of it. Pass the sick bucket.

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    2. Magna you speak for us all in that incisive mini-review of Bishop Pat’s astonishing book!

      A Spiritual Life, A Sexual Life changed my spiritual and sexual lives. All I will say is, flesh and blood did not reveal to +Pat what was written in that book.

      Seminal, I say. Seminal. Here we have a classic on a par with the finest of Thomas a Kempis, Julian of Norwich, Ekhart Tolle, Hildegard von Bingen, Juan de la Cruz, Thomas Merton, Sr Wendy, Sr Briege McKenna and Henri Nouwen.

      Bishop Pat’s slim little volume has never left my pre dieu since I was fortunate and blessed enough to stumble across it in Waterstones all those years ago.

      If I’m feeling bit down, I dip into it - usually all it takes is a paragraph - and I’m chipper again! I regularly forego the text offered from the fathers and mystics in the Office of Readings and, instead, read a couple of pages of +Pat.

      Now Magna, dare I say it, but I venture to suggest you have the makings of a volume or two in your good self? I read your musings on here with wonder and amazement. Why don’t you and Bishop Pat co-author a work?

      I’ll leave that thought with you both from the ever-grateful heart of a man whose life was changed, forever, by the brightly shining light of Bishop Pat Buckley’s inspired scribing.

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  28. maggot magna - you are a gem - always describing yourself in describing others - bullshit - a perfect word for you!

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  29. 23:34 + Arnold is like a Gaulieter from Nazi Germany. Steel, wire, glasses, no emotion, and yes, merciless. He would send his priests to the gas chambers if her could. Emotionless, human android type of person. Let him move on. But where ? A frilly knickers job in Rome would probably suit him ?

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