Tuesday, 22 May 2018

EAMON DANCES WHILE MAGHERAFELT BURNS!!!

WHILE MAGHERAFELT PARISH IS IN TURMOIL AND ARMAGH DIOCESE IS IN MELTDOWN THE ARCHBISHOP - EAMON MARTIN - IS JIVING AWAY IN LOURDES.

EAMON IS FOND OF HATS

HERE HE IS WEARING A POINTY, PINKY ONE.
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LETTER TO EAMON ABOUT MAGHERAFELT




22nd May 2018.



Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Armagh.

Dear Eamon,

Last night I attended a meeting in Magherafelt with concerned parishioners of the parish.

A range of issues was discussed, and I promised the group that I would write to you to highlight their concerns.

Sadly, most of the concerns involve Father John Gates and his treatment of the parishioners and parish groups.




1.   The first concern was of how Father Gates speaks to people – especially elderly people. He has shouted at and sent several older ladies home from church crying!

2.   When these ladies went home and told their families of the incidents some family members like sons, went to Father Gates house to complain. Father Gates spoke angrily to these people and on some occasions called the PSNI to take the complainants away!

3.   Father Gates has the habit of sending for the PSNI for people he conflicts with – a habit that the PSNI have expressed concerns about.

4.   Father Gates shouts at people regularly over the issue of parking on church property in places he does not approve of. The only person in the parish who seems to be allowed to park anywhere is his bingo caller colleague named “McEniff”.

5.   Father Gates has reduced people to tears by refusing to sign Mass cards when he is approached to do so in the sacristy – even at times of death.

6.   As you know he recently refused Conree Muldoon his First Holy Communion – causing widespread scandal in the parish. In the end Conree got his Holy Communion.

7.   Father Gates openly has “favourites” in the parish causing widespread tension.

8.   Parishioners claim that Father Gates has bullied Monsignor O’Byrne, Father Brannigan and other clergy.

9.   Father Gates has sacked the original groundsman and appointed his own person.

10.               Parishioners have heard that Father Gates had to reach a settlement with a man he had accused of assaulting him?

11.               Parishioners have heard that Father Gates has rowed with an undertaker.

SCHOOLS:

Father Gates has presided over situations of bullying of staff in the parish schools.

1.   One lady became very ill over bullying and even though she attempted to have her problems resolved never got a resolution.

2.   Another lady also became very ill and is seeking a resolution presently.

3.   One lady took Father Gates to the Labour Relations Agency where Father Gates was told he could not discipline her; was told that his school’s human resources training and processes were inadequate; and he was reprimanded by the Agency for accessing a confidential safeguarding report.

THE IRISH SCHOOL:

The local Irish School in Magherafelt has had major problems with Father Gates from its beginning.

1.   Father Gates, although an Irish speaker, has refused to celebrate First Holy Communion in Irish for the children of the school. As a result, the children and parents have had to go from parish to parish looking the Sacrament for their children.

2.   Currently they receive First Holy Communion in Cookstown parish.

3.   Father Gates cancelled a fundraising event for the Irish School in the parish centre at the last minute in spite of the fact that the event had been planned for months.

4.   When parents telephone Father Gates about the school he hangs up the telephone abruptly on them!
5.   Father Gates has accused the school parents of lies!

We now have a situation in Magherafelt where everyone, Catholic and Protestant alike are talking daily about the state of the parish.

Father Gates has been missing for some time and there is talk about him returning to the parish on June 10th.

People are aware that you are coming for Confirmations on June 3rd.

Surprisingly, many people. Especially the people in the Irish School, have told me that they have written to you about these matters and you have not even acknowledged their letters!

There are 130 pupils in the Irish School – with 260 parents.

That is 400 parishioners and members of the diocese that are not being treated with respect!

I am now appealing to you to resolve the matter by:

1.   Appointing a new, kind and dynamic PP to Magherafelt who will:

A.  Bring the healing of all the hurt that has been done.

B.  Go into the parish to sort out all the bullying that is taking place – especially within the schools.

Eamon, in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I beseech you to exercise your role as Pastor and Father Bishop and restore peace, unity, and love to the great Parish of Magherafelt – with all its loyal and faithful parishioners.

Sincerely yours,

Pat


(Bishop) Pat Buckley



THE GOOD SHEPHERD PROTECTING HIS SHEEP FROM A WOLF

174 comments:

  1. Why do Bishops like E Martin not get a good PR agency that will advise them how to deal with people properly? Ignoring people with genuine concerns, ignoring their emails and letters is not the answer or way forward. If E Martin or any Bishop where enployed in the business world and treated people like this they wouldn't last 5 minutes. To think they are Christian men of God behaving in this way leaves no one surprised why the Church is in the state it is in.

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    1. At least SOME of the people are standing up to challenge wrongdoing and cover up.

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    2. PS: They do not need a PR company.

      They need just to follow the teaching and example of Jesus in the New Testament.

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    3. Pps. Do they need a Blog or do they need just to follow the teaching and example of Jesus in the New Testament?

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  2. Bishop Pat our group have been meeting to discuss our protest planned for 3rd June in Magherafelt. At a recent meeting we decided to take our protests inside the Church because the Archbishop refused to meet with us. After reflection at our last meeting over the weekend we have decided if Fr. Gates is present the peaceful protest will go ahead during the Confirmation. If Fr. Gates is not present then we will simply hand the Archbishop a letter personally to him before or after the Ceremony without any disruption. Feelings are running high and it's a great pity the Archbishop refuses to engage with us.

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    1. Did yous not discuss this ladt night?
      Strangley he Buckley met with yous and you failed to discuss the protest!!!
      Catch a grip!

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    2. you'll take a protest into the house of God and ruin the children's day because the archbishop refused to meet you? how very christian like.

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    3. The alleged protest has no connection to the people I am meeting.

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    4. @08.10 If you read my post correctly and properly we met over the weekend and are not connected to Bishop Buckley’s group. I think his group met on Monday night. Our group consists of concerned parents of local school children and we will meet again this weekend also.

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    5. 8:45 Thank you for clarifying that.

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    6. 08:45 Shame on you. Id be certain if you did enter the Church, it would be your 1st in a very long time, wouldn't that be right???
      Armchair puppet!

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    7. @08.45 Wrong!!! It’s not for you to judge and presume how often a person attends Church, your post is breathtakingly arrogant beyond compare. It’s interesting that this same arrogance has been displayed by Fr. Gates towards the people entrusted to his care.

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    8. 9.39 Another armchair/ keyboard preacher. I'll see you in the Oratory on Sunday with the other 9 faithful attendees!

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    9. There were 12 at the First Mass.

      There were 4 at Calvary.

      Until I drop below 4 I can't complain.

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    10. @11.11 What sort of fool are you to assume that all posters to the blog attend The Oratory. I have never visited The Oratory before and I think you are the armchair clown and idiot for assuming otherwise.

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    11. I'd go to the Oratory except that it's too far to travel.

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  3. Not allot to say about this one. It speaks for itself. The question still remains why was it let carry on for so long.

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    1. Sean at 7.35: "Not a lot..." is the correct English...

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  4. The Real Sr. Mary23 May 2018 at 08:01

    A very concise and well written letter. I pray this will get resolved quickly before total damage is done. I hope Bishop Pat that you are having a great few days of recollection with the Sisters on the beautiful Co. Down coast.

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    1. Thank you Sister Mary.The revelation ends today with Mass at 3 pm.

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  5. @06.45 You are a disgrace if you are going to disrupt a Confirmation. Shame on you!

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    1. The person or group saying they will protest at the Confirmation has no connection with me or the people I met with on Monday evening.

      In fact the proposed protest was discussed at the meeting and all agreed that such a protest would be wrong as it would destroy a happy day for children and parents.

      The person or people talking about the protest inside the Church do not represent the people I am in contact with.

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    2. @08.14 There would be no need for a protest if the Bishop got his finger out and took action. I never knew such incompetence.

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  6. Actually the "Majority" of Magherafelt parish don't want Fr.Gates back. The work that was done in the parish didn't come out of Fr.gates pocket. It was the parishioners pockets. You must have a very,very short memory of the damage Fr.Gates has done to members of this parish who attended this church for years.The hurt an pain he has caused to the elderly above all even the child who was for his First Holy Communion. And of course we are all human and if Fr.Gates can't understand the meaning of human well what do you think the people are up in arms about demanding for him to be removed from this parish. The sooner the better. That would be the best an peaceful reward this parish needs. But then again he has the neck to come back as if nothing has happened. He,s the type of person who thinks he can tramp people into the ground. God help the children on Confirmation day look what Fr.Gates has caused,we maybe willhave the Sunday world or other media on this day. We hope Bishop Eamon Martin will be coming an letting us all know we will be having a new Parish Priest if not before then.

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  7. Pat, what is going on in Dromore? It's an absolute mess! It was on The Nolan Show earlier, it seems the Magherafelt story has had to go on the back burner.

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    1. More about the Brown Saga at Newry Cathedral on the following BBC News link.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-44217934

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  8. Pat is praying with the nuns today so won’t be able to listen to Nolan.
    Did your retreat cost you, Pat, or was it a freebie?

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    1. I am leading a small ecumenical retreat for Catholic and Anglican sisters.

      I do not charge for retreats and am simply given £30 to cover petrol.

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  9. Pat u r doing a fantastic job thank u from the bottom of my heart for showing everyone the type of person that gates really is a bully,mental abuser,liar,arrogant,all the attributes that the devil loves god help us all should he return I SAY GATES OUT @ STAY OUT

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  10. I was joking Pat

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  11. 10.20...did you not know that bishops behave
    Ike royality...or like the old lords of the manor...they are above us mere mortals....you are just allowed to fund their lifestyles.
    Why else would they wear robes.. not much pirry digging in those robes...dinner just arrives on the table by a little woman of no consequence.

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  12. 11.20: Pat - Bet you didn't waive your fee for lakeside wedding last week!!

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    1. No I did not.

      My wedding fee of £300 is my main source of income.

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    2. Pat’s about the only one who’s up front and transparent with his fees.

      There’s a whole industry of “donations” to get married. Usually a donation is given to get married. Which is fair enough. There’s a murkier side to it tho.

      There’s religious order retired priests taking fees of over £1,000 euros per wedding to sneak a wee poem into the wedding or have a piece of popular music played. It’s all on here: https://www.weddingsonline.ie/discussion/how-much-do-i-pay-priest-t391986.html

      Pat is both reasonable and upfront about costs. Not the case all round!

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    3. @12.09
      Do you expect Pat to eat air and drink rain? The man is entitled to a wage for work done.

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    4. 12.51: Your fee Pat is more than any priest receives, absolutely. What about funerals, baptisms, mass offerings? Don't lie. And, once before, you said that to date, as an independent Bishop you have officiated at close to 4000 weddings. Now, if that's true, that's a lot of MONEY...A conservative estimate, allowing for different fees over the years....close to 800,000 pounds!! A LOT OF MONEY. A HUGE LOT OF INCOME...WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO BE INDEPENDENT?

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    5. Some couples spend upwards of £20k on a wedding (pure madness), so £300 is a footnote in the accounts.

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    6. @19.24
      Let us assume you have accurate figures... £800,000 in today's money sounds a lot, but that is £25,000/year since 1986 when Pat became independent. Relatively speaking that is 7% above the average salary in N.Ireland, however rom that Pat runs his oratory which would bring Pat's wage below the Nation average Salary. Perhaps you should turn your attention to the salaries of Down and Conor priests for I heard one boast that they were the best paid in All Ireland.

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    7. It's a lot cheaper and more peaceful and stress-free to stay single I highly recommend it!

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    8. @22.13 I’m single too and I’m sitting here in peace and quiet, contented with my lot, stress free and I totally agree with you - I highly recommend it. My only dilemma in the morning is what I shall cook for breakfast.

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    9. 21.29: I have no difficulty with Pat earning a salary and he's entitled to it but he shouldn't pretend he's a pauper, nor should he encourage begrudgery against the many hard working clerics I know. Let Pat tell us the full story if he so wishes.

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    10. When have I ever said I was a pauper?

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  13. Praying for a suitable outcome that will be respected by all sides and off course agreeable to Pat.

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  14. What a sad state of affairs…the catholic church continually emphasises the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation but unfortunately this is not evident in the crusade directed by Pat Buckley. We are human and therefore all make mistakes. Pat Buckley is unhealthily obsessed with dividing the parish of Magherafelt, not only in terms of Father Gates, but in relation to any scandal that belittles the Church. After all the nasty comments that have been published through multiple blogs, it is no surprise that Father Gates is taking his time to return. Bitterness has escalated to the point that Father Gates is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Isn’t it ironic that Father Gates is being labelled a bully when the Pat Buckley brigade are illustrating typical bullying behaviour by slandering his name tirelessly and doing everything in their power to excommunicate him. Shame on you all for ganging up on Father Gates rather than discussing your issues with him privately AND in a rational and dignified manner. If this was the way people conducted themselves, Father Gates wouldn’t have to rely on the PSNI to remove verbal harassment. Venting publically and involving the media are not signs of Christianity Pat and if Magherafelt Confirmation is disrupted by protesters or the media then you have succeeded with your vicious goal. Father Gates may have a stricter approach than others in how he carries out his duties but people need to realise and accept that we all have different personality types. In work we deal with different types of people that we may not be fond of but the very least we can do is show respect and be diplomatic. This is the start of the end of the Catholic Church because no priest will survive under this scrutiny and with clergy applicants dwindling as it is, this will further exasperate the problem. If you are true Christians, practise what you preach, welcome Father Gates back and resolve to rebuild a health relationship with your parish priest. I wish to reiterate the point that we are ALL sinners and deserve a second chance. O Sacred Heart Of Jesus I Place All My Trust In You…that you will heal these bitter so called parishioners.

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    1. John Gates DOES NOT DO dialogue!

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    2. Quoting @12:45 "This is the start of the end of the Catholic Church because no priest will survive under this scrutiny and with clergy applicants dwindling as it is, this will further exasperate the problem."

      The fact that priests are finally coming under scrutiny and that parishioners are trying to hold them accountable can only be a good thing. For too long diocesan priests have been, arrogantly and hypocritically, preaching ‘the church is the people of god’ while behaving like dictators. EM etc. don’t want to engage in dialogue, at any level, because they persist in their arrogant belief that they are unassailable.

      Who was it who said ‘Every day people are leaving the church and going back to god?’ Lenny Bruce, I think. ‘Amen’ to that I say.

      And to the original poster of that message – the word you are looking for is exacerbate – not EXASPERATE the problem.

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    3. 12.45 Agreed. However the way the dioceses and parishes are currently structured the RCC has an inbuilt mechanism for defusing situations such as these - a transfer at the next batch of clerical appointments. A tried and tested modus operandi.

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    4. Indeed, don't deal with the problem, just transfer it.

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    5. The structure includes a bunch of yes people incapable of independent thought and unlikely to challenge the status quo. Change is coming.

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    6. @16:32 Transferral is a legitimate way of dealing with a problem such as the one which has emerged here. It gives all involved a new start and the opportunity to learn from past mistakes - to make new friends without losing the oldones.

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    7. @20.33 Losing the old ones would surely be a prerequisite of learning from past mistakes. The old ones would include those individuals who sat back and ignored and condoned the actions of the individual concerned.

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  15. @12.45 Thank You for that Fr. John and McEniff - so obvious!!!

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  16. I think it’s just Gates 12.50 as McEniff wouldn’t have the intelligence to write anything like that. I wonder what Eamon Martin is doing whilst all this saga is going on?

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    1. Listening to what is happening in the parishes of Dromore & Magherafelt, he's probably at his "spin" class. I hear he's particularly good at back peddling.

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  17. You should be saying that prayer for gates he needs it more than anyone.There never was trouble like this in magherafelt until he come along gates had no compassion for his workers that he bullied.Keep going pat u r only telling the truth its annoying gates iam glad

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  18. Bishop Buckley, have you heard about the sad case of Paul Bright and Lawrence Doyle at St John’s seminary? Has anybody informed you on the horrible way they were treated?

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    1. Were they found in bed together? I wonder.

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  19. Bishop Buckley please stop colluding with Mullaney and Collins.

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  20. When the sacristan met fr gates at the door of the parish centre gates rushed to the door first@ closed the door in his face so gates how does it feel its not nice is it (All DICTATORS COME TO AN END YOUR TIME IS UP)

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  21. 13:48, tell us what happened at St John's Seminary?

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  22. Gaddafi Gates don't forget to shut the door on the way out of your mansion on the hill and turn off the lights. We will send your big pay packet on to you.

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  23. A retreat from Buckley? What next, Hitler on care of the Jews?

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  24. Calm down calm down.think Hitler is dead so calmmmmmmmm

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  25. Fr. Gates will be arrogant enough to return and Eamon Martin will be foolish enough to let him. Bring on the peaceful protest on 3rd June I say and let the media see what this shower from Armagh are really like.

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  26. Lovely Christian posts on here. The prayer dead and spiritual dead are out in force with the demons driving them on.

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    1. Yes, angry practising Christians. You just keep your head buried in the sand.

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  27. Pat you are always advocating transparency. In that spirit how many people attended your meeting, out of a big parish like Magherafelt?

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  28. Hitler is not dead as long as gates is around heil hitler

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  29. Hitler is still alive gates is the new hitler.The church is always preaching forgiveness @ reconcilliation someone had better tell gates he doesnt seem to know what it means enough gates time to move just get out

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    1. Ignorance dripping from every word you write.

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  30. Dont forget we are not dealing with a christian here he is the devils advocate so we have to fight fire with fire bring on the protest he is in for a surprise if he comes back

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  31. I don't think I'd like to be a priest in Magherafelt if this is what the parishoners are like. I'm not a priest btw.

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  32. Paul is the only person that calls Fr Gates (HITLER)

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  33. Don’t tell Pat...the people at the meeting know how many was there.

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  34. I remember being at one of fr gates masses He was giving out communion @ this wee man stood up @ started to sing gates stepped off the altar with s chalice full of holy communion @ shouted at the wee man to sit down @ stop singing @ thats a man of god we could not believe what we were witnessing .(DO NOT SEND THAT DEVIL BACK)

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    1. 20.00: Your effort at seeming to tell the TRUTH is pathetic. Your comment is a lie.

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  35. All types of people go to mass and do unusual stuff at mass.
    Did he not know of Tourette’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s and basically any mental health problem.....we all have to be tolerant of differences.

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  36. 20:00 If you don’t know the difference between a chalice and a ciborium it’s unlikely you are a frequenter of the church.

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    1. Your reply is typical of a pseudo Christian. It is an arrogant and condescending jibe, and you indeed are a typical "frequenter of the church."

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    2. 20.26 - yawn.
      If you dont know christian charity than it frequenting the church will do you feck all good.

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  37. Gates u dont know the difference between good @ evil.For ur own sake change ur occupation until u find out good riddance

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  38. +Pat = Party Pooper. ++Eamon = Party Poofer. It takes all sorts.

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  39. The sheer nasty venom and bile directed at Fr. Gates on this blog by so called parishioners using words like 'devil' and 'Hitler' is alarming. Are a certain few parishioners now becoming the bullies themselves and using hate language. I for one would not want to set foot in Magherafelt if this is the calibre of people there and their wicked tongues. God help any priest who is sent to that God forsaken hell hole of a parish.

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  40. I’m not a parishioner Cecily, but I’m so glad you ain’t coming to Ireland
    Just imagine how the lovely people of Magherafelt feel with you calling their parish a hellhole...your language is disgusting and using words like nasty venom is not befitting either.

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  41. Could the parish not elect their own PP since they own the parish church? And then let EM know who that is.

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    1. Very interesting perspective and possibly worth considering. Who would you suggest?

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    2. Give us a name. We can run it up the flag and see who salutes it.

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    3. Fr. Mulhall from Turf Lodge should sort out the few riff raff troublemakers in Magherafelt.

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    4. What about Fr Darcy and Fr Donegan from Crossgar, they might find less noisey drunks outside the parochial house in Magherafelt at weekends. If you see a Merc flying up broad street you know Fr Brian is in town.

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    5. That's the Church of Scotland you're getting confused with.

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    6. We are not Congregationalists or Scotch Church, 22:41 attests. What's next? X Factor? Magherafelt's Got Talent?

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    7. What about the ex-Dean of Belfast as a replacement in Magherafelt? He's at a loose end and he has a holiday home on the county Londonderry coast so it would be handy for him.

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    8. What about sending a native of Magherafelt to look after the parish - Fr Tommy McHugh. He could get them all laughing at least.

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  42. All parishs own all buildings.
    Who did u think owned them?
    Parish people paid for the buildings and pay for the upkeep and pay the priests salary.
    Most parish people never see their priest except at mass.
    Don’t know why anyone would want to see them except when sent for.

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  43. And Cecily using words like Hitler are a common fun word here....just don’t mention the war.
    And sure we are all little devils...now you know the Irish a little better please keep your dreadful language under wraps in future.

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  44. @21.40 A’s you clearly state you are not a parishioner of said parish, one wonders why thou protesteth too much?

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  45. A kind friend has just brought to my attention that this Magherafelt was founded and greatly funded by the London Company of Salters. As we are partaking of hot buttered toast, one wonders has the Salt in that Plantation town become err.... tasteless. One can never ever associate Hitler as a, “Common fun word” 22.03, try telling that to the survivors of Belsen, Treblinka, Dachau or Auschwitz. A very unfortunate turn of phrase you do employ.

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  46. Cecily you sound like an old English snob with your toast and your lard de da. Why you sticking your nose into our business - keep it out. You think you are all posh Cecil but you are just trash. Maybe you are a friend of Gates, just button it cecily

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  47. Oh give over Ceciliy, I’m vegetarian and don’t use butter.
    Hitler started off his life as a Catholic.
    Yes most of us did study some history...although in our catholic schools here we were denied our own Irish history classes.
    Mostly we had to study Pitt etc ....whoever they were.

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    1. You are a Northerner who studied the UK history curriculum of the time, I think..

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  48. Cecily I don’t live in the parish , nor do I know anything about the goingons there.
    I do live in Ireland and I believe they have an Irish speaking school there so I salute them for that.
    I do follow their footy exploits and their trad interests. And I do drive through their lovely town lands on my travels.
    Also I respect Pat for his helping the ordinary people and listening to their problems, as no one else seems to.
    Please refrain from calling the lovely Magherafelt a hellhole...say you are sorry.

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    1. 23:14 Your not from Magherfelt so you don't know whats even close to the true story and I can assure you I am not taking side's but if you believe Buckleys side then you seriously need to get help!
      It's his way to get at others.
      Do you really know Pat Buckley?

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  49. @23.14 I believe it to be a ghastly place. There is no reason for one to visit there really.

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    1. Where do you get those disgusting words ...what’s with ghastly.
      We don’t use words like ghastly here..just gass as in great gass...and you certainly ain’t great gass.
      You don’t understand our nuisances so give over.

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    2. Just keep your ‘gate’ with you Cecily...I’m sure he loves where you live.

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    3. You're not the Queen, by any chance?? One needs to know these things...

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  50. Anyone following the new saga starting in crossgar parish?

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    1. What’s wrong in Crossgar?

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    2. Is it the saga of Gary and Brian’s egos being unable to coexist?

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    3. Has the big end gone in Brian's Merc?

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    4. It must be awfully tense having two massive egos, G&B, in the one house, both seeking to people please. I bet all the funerals in Crossgar and the rest of co. Down are concelebrated by both of them. They didn't get on the Graan. G is entering his prime, whereas B is on the wane. It's like a young lion trying to usurp the former leader of the pride.

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    5. Brian got his nose pushed out of joint and his massive ego bruised by the PP of Castleblaney over Big Toms Funeral. No taking over here Brian and running the show because you might get away with taking over in Fermanagh but this is Co Monaghan. He’s never had many stand up to him before but I’d buy that PP in Castleblaney a drink and shake his hand. Send Darcy to Magherafelt, he derseves the people there and they deserve him. Plenty of big shot weddings and funerals for him to do in the town, money has always spoken in a place like Magherafelt. The priests have always been too well looked after there

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    6. The Passionist monastery in Crossgar and the parish of Crossgar are totally separate entities. The monastery priests have absolutely nothing to do with the parish. They don’t say Mass, do funerals, etc. in the parish of Crossgar (Kilmore).

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    7. The Graan wasn't a parish but it didn't stop Brian going to every bigshot funeral in Fermanagh, turning up unannouced and univited and putting on a big show of being the most compassionate person in the church. Once he gets to know people in Crossgar he'll be at the same craic there. Mercifully, his successor in the Graan is not keeping up that nonsense.

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    8. Darcy’s successor at the Graan is doing a fine job and the interesting thing is that Brian’s name never gets mentioned there now. It’s true he only turned up to the big shot weddings and funerals but some priests allowed him to swan in and take over. You couldn’t even get a word in edge ways when Brian was in the middle of a conversation, it’s as if you weren’t present. I can’t understand people with egos the size of their head who dominate conversations and hijack them because of me me me.

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  51. We all have an opinion about Pat. Let me say that, although I don't always agree with his style of communication, we need to give this man huge credit for being one of the most courageous supporters of the powerless. In his history he has shown , to my mind at least, a distinct lack of "agree-ability". In normal life, this is usually a bad thing. In the public world Pat lives in, this means he is one of the few who challenge abuse of power and he unfailingly sides with the powerless. He has demonstrated this again and again, and I am glad to have people like him in this world.

    “The difficult people who we encounter can be our greatest teachers.”
    ― Eileen Anglin

    Pat, thanks for the teaching.

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    1. For a large part of my life my Dad was a trade union official.

      In the mid 1950s he had me on strikes and picket lines as workers struggled for their rights.

      From the age of 3/4 I learned about the struggles of the "under dog".

      I have never forgotten these lessons.

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  52. Cecily seems to know your ex pp well Magherafetians.
    BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA HA LOL LOL LOL

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  53. Who is this Celia?
    He needs to belt up.
    Please delete his posts Pat..he is an abominable character talking about one
    Must be related to Charlie.

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  54. Pat, I am concered about this dancing. Also I am also concered about the Irish RC seminary system and unwanted pregnancies.

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    1. To date I have not heard of any seminarian getting pregnant?

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    2. You have little to be concered about, 09:26.

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    3. To be fair he left and is a great father. The rapist was ordained.

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  55. I am breakfasting at a leisurely pace with lashings of homemade marmalade, truly scrumptious. I am aghast at some individuals referring to me as 'abominable' but I'm not normally one to offend. There are two sides to a coin and the same could be said for an argument.

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  56. I think this cecily is gates not be surprised if it is he has a warped sense of humour.The most disgusting bit is the church is still paying the pratt

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    1. I can assure you my name is Cecily and not Gates. I'm proud to use my name unlike other posters who remain anonymous as you have chosen to do 10.07. I realise it may assist your agenda to think I am this Gates but I am sorry to disappoint on this occasion. It seems that this same unfounded allegation has been levelled at others on this platform and it borders on paranoia

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  57. Unwanted pregnancies by Maynooth seminarians. Next scandal.

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    1. Are there any heterosexual men currently in Maynooth?

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    2. Honestly, +Pat, there could easily be "surrogacy goings-on" at Maynooth. I wouldn't put it past them.

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  58. just four seminarians.

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    1. Even though Francis told the Italian Episcopal Conference that gay men should not be admitted to seminaries and he expressed concern that their formation was entrusted to gay priests. Homosexuality in the priesthood was one of his three worries about the Italian church, he added.

      And before someone inanely says this is trash because it's on Fr Z's blog, he's providing a translation of an article in La Stampa, to which he provides a link.

      http://wdtprs.com/blog/2018/05/pope-francis-on-homosexual-seminarians-this-bridge-is-closed/

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    2. Of the four heterosexual seminarians in Maynooth, one has 'bi-curious' on his Grindr profile lol. Should we revise the number down to three?

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    3. Another two are bi-curryous; they love curry so much that it's part of their identity.

      That only leave one? Who is she, +Pat.

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  59. I never thought I'd see the day when an Archbishop of Armagh was dancing with a man in drag.

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    1. Honi soit qui mal y pense

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  60. Protestant lady, North Belfast24 May 2018 at 12:35

    Pat, during this interminable Magherafelt boreathon you've ignored the exposures this week of Marionvale and Stookie Nolan blowing open the mishandling and coverups in the Canon Brown suspension.

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  61. Bishop Patrick, Thank you for meeting me and my three fellow teachers from Magherafelt last evening. We all felt the better for unburdening ourselves. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

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    1. That's what I'm here for:-)

      I have already been in touch with the appropriate authorities. I will be in touch.

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  62. Wilson and the educational settlement. Strange goings on.

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  63. That dancing took place at thesick children’s fancy dress annual party.
    Now in fairness I’m not sure that whoever took that video and sent to Pat was a true pilgrim.i wasn’t there this year, but def I would not have posted a private party video
    So shame on you...whoever you are..Lourdes isn’t really where u should go.

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    1. The video was posted on Facebook.

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    2. 16 50: As usual Pat, blame others for the video! You decided to use it on your blog and not with good intention. You abuse information in a most horrendous way. Shame. Pray for your own salvation.

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    3. I'm not blaming anyone.

      Just stating facts.

      The video was taken by a Lourdes pilgrim and published on Facebook.

      A Magherafelt parishioner drew my attention to it.

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    4. Sorry about the sick children 16:45, but Lourdes is just holy Blackpool, so don't kid yourself.

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  64. What's up with Middletown Jamie hmmmm Pat?
    Hasn't been to the police station now for a few days, I find that somewhat strange and him a self confessed/ Made topman!

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  65. Hi Bishop Pat. As a resident of the Lancaster Diocese I was astonished to see
    their press release on their website and social media pages about The Bishop’s Secretary resigning after 13 years. The article detailing all of his achievements was twice the size of the departing Bishop Campbell. Hoping we will now see a Bishop leading us. The new chap sounds good. No harm to Rev Billing but he only spent 5 mins working in a Parish and he was left to run the Diocese. Just lacked experience and upset lots of people unnecessarily. I believe he is off to Canada to study Canon law. He’d be better working in a Parish where he is needed! More lay people’s money wasted.

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  66. Pat, do you know this Cecily and is he from these parts?

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  67. They should train and employ lay canon lawyers and not have parish-dodging priests doing that or being the diocesan secretary for 13 years, as in this case. Fr Billing will be hitting 50 before he goes to a parish. Is he about to have the summer off before going to Canada?

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  68. Any news from Cloyne? What rock is Crean hiding under now?

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  69. The good people of Lancaster should cite Fr Billing the next time their bishop claims that there's a priest shortage in the diocese and churches need to close.

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    1. Fr Billing...another quality job by maynooth

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  70. Lol a bi-curious Maynooth seminarian. Who is it. Pat your international audience has a right to know.

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  71. Where did Bishop Campbell go to from Lancaster. Is he back living in Ireland

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  72. No. He is back in Hammersmith Augustinian Church

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    1. His original plan was a small Scottish parish?

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    2. Bishop or no bishop, once he returns to the order he is just a priest with a superior, and a superior hat.

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    3. Does anyone know the difference between Agustinians and Augustinian Recollection? Is there any gossip and what's the real lowdown on which is better to consider joining?
      Thanks - this is the only place on the Internet you can ask real questions and hear real answers lol.

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    4. 22.41 From a parishioners point of view the Augustinian friars are very good. Hard working, compassionate and honest.

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    5. Thanks
      22:41

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  73. At this moment in magherafelt we have fr ted (awol) fr dougal still on his ( ass donkey) where is fr jack i bet in the pub where he usually is thats what fr gates does to u.To conclude this series of fr ted we should send the whole lot to craggy island.

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    1. You could always send back Magherafelt's very own Fr Jack (Fr. Eamon Murray ). He'll not be getting into Dromore Parish any time soon.

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  74. Bishop Buckley please investigate the cana room orgy. Tut tut Mark Moriarty and the broken wrist story. A lie was told of so called lifting of a box. The truth was something more sinister and creepy. The poor fella needed several surgeries to repair the damage to bone and muscle.

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  75. Dear +Pat, you didn't see the half of it, the archbishop then went on to bend backwards and limbo dance under a six-inch horizontal bar. Finally, his grace led a Congo line ending up at the Little Flower Tearoom in Lourdes...

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    1. ... a favourite of Fr McCamley's.

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  76. The truth will set Mark Moriarty free even if the truth is revolting.

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  77. Rumour in Preston is bishop Michael is going back home to Belfast to retire

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  78. The cana room sexual incident between Mark Moriarty and Horny Andy is deeply disturbing. Who ever thought there would be a BDSM sex act which resulted in a broken wrist which required surgery.

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  79. Any foreign seminarians?

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  80. Lol Byrne was stripped in cana that night.

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  81. Listen darling. Folks on here couldn’t give two flying f###s about all you screaming seminary queens. Now piss off and bonk each other to death- if possible!

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