Sunday, 1 July 2018


BISHOP FORT

French bishop to stand trial

ORLEANS, France: The former bishop of the French city of Orleans, Andre Fort, was ordered on Thursday to stand trial for failing to report a paedophile priest in his diocese.
Fort, who was bishop of the northern city between 2002 and his retirement in 2010, was charged last June over allegations that he turned a blind eye to child abuse by priest Pierre de Castelet.
De Castlelet

Fort had moved de Castelet into roles where he did not have contact with children, but did not inform the police about accusations by a man who said he and others had been abused by the priest as a child.
"My client thought this young man did not want his accusations to be made public, but that he just wanted to make sure Pierre de Castelet had no more contact with children," Fort’s lawyer Benoit de Gaullier told AFP.
He added that Fort "acknowledges that he is to face trial, and he will explain himself". De Castelet is accused of abuse dating back to 1993 when he served as chaplain at a camp for young Christians and was charged in 2012. He also worked as a chaplain for the European Scouts movement.
His accuser, Olivier Savignac, said he had reported the priest to Fort personally in 2010, saying he believed de Castelet could have abused around 10 other children. It was Fort’s successor Jacques Blaquart who reported de Castelet to authorities after Savignac contacted him in 2011.

Fort is not the first French bishop to be charged with failing to report paedophilia. In 2001, Bayeux bishop Pierre Pican was given a three-month suspended jail sentence for a similar offence.

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A VERY GOOD PRIEST

I was in Antrim Hospital the other day and met a very good priest I haven't met for 35 years - Father Hugh O'Hagan - the parish priest of Ahoghill in County Antrim.

Father Hugh is 55 years a priest this year and I replaced him as the curate in Kilkeel in 1983.

But I have regular reports about Father Hugh from parishioners in Ahoghill. The people there love him.

He is famous for a number of things:

1. His absolute dedication to the sick, the dying and the bereaved.

2. His holiness and prayerfulness.

3. His home visitation.

Hugh is what we were used to years ago - a good and holy priest who has never wandered from the path.

I know that there are good priests like this all over.

And how hurt and embarrassed they must be by the misbehaviour of so many of their colleagues. 

93 comments:

  1. Buckley, what a vile a reprehensible creature you are. You who vilify, calumniate and destroy so many priests without justification you will rot in hell.

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  2. Fr. Hugh seems a very genuine man - a man worth visiting in order to seek healing - with an open heart and compassionate nature.

    I wonder could it be arranged? I'd be forever grateful and most genuinely appreciative.

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    1. Drop him a note at Parochial House. Ahoghill. Co. Antrim. BT422PA

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    2. Isn’t Hugh very blessed indeed to have been one of the very few priests not to have drawn your baleful and poisoned attentions?

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    3. Hugh is blessed BECAUSE he is a good man and priest.

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    4. There is no such thing as a good priest. You can’t be a good man and a good priest. Has Magna Carta taught you nothing, Pat?

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    5. That's not true.

      There are and have been many priests who had genuine faith, prayed and performed immense service to others.

      What about Maximilian Kolbe who offered himself as a replacement for a man sentenced to the starvation bunker?

      I have know some right clerical demons.

      But I've also known some fine men who were priests.

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    6. In fairness Pat fair play to you for mentioning Fr Kolbe. Truly a man of God.

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    7. I have great admiration for Fr. Kolbe.

      I have also visited and prayed in his death cell in Poland.

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    8. But to whom would Kolbe have turned if he had been instructed by his superior to cover up child abuse or murder?

      A good priest will honour his freely made vow or promise of obedience; a good man would not honour it.

      You cannot be both a good man and a good priest: you must choose.

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    9. It's Saint Maximillan not Fr. Ignoramus. He was sentenced to the gas chamber not starvation bunker

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    10. Give it a rest Magna. Fr Kolbe gave his life for others.that is more more what you or I will ever do. All we do is troll people. Peace out.

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    11. St Maximilian died in a starvation bunker with a number of other prisoners. He was the last remaining alive after two weeks and was killed with lethal injection.

      Magna Carta, words simply fail me at your twisted and perverse notions of priesthood and humanity.

      A good priest would not obey an instruction by his superior to cover up child abuse because it is contrary to the Gospel.

      A good priest will be a good man and a good man will be a good priest.

      You really are far gone in your spite and hatred. God help you.

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    12. 14:19 and 14:25, you both know I have a point, but you're both moral cowards (and, I suspect, Roman Catholic priests).

      14:19, yes, he gave his life for others, but this was not my point, as you well know. Stop ducking the issue here. He may have sacrificed himself, but would Kolbe have sacrificed the physical and psychological welfare of children for his vow of obedience? We may never know now. But if he was a 'good' priest, then then answer is 'yes'.

      14:35 I can't believe, given what we now know about the cover-ups in the Roman Catholic Church, that you could seriously come out with such drivel as this: 'A good priest would not obey an instruction by his superior to cover up child abuse because it is contrary to the Gospel.' This is precisely what all of those involved in cover-ups did! And some, like Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, didn't even have to be ordered by anyone to do this: they did it of their own accord.

      Fr John Brady was instructed, with others, to cover up (to conceal), back in 1975, the sexual abuse of two boys by Fr Brendan Smith. They all did this knowing the Gospel, but not honouring it. Why? Because they each made Rome their God when they made promises to obey their bishops: they exchanged their consciences for an idol.

      Your naivety is appalling.

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    13. Would you have an e-mail address available for Fr. Hugh O'Hagan please?

      I would perhaps prefer to e-mail first or do you think a phone call would work equally as well Pat?

      Thank you in advance.

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    14. Moral cowards and priests? Dude you seriously need to lay off the sauce and the sermoninsin. You are not too disimilar from those you constantly pontificate about. The only difference magna is that they were ordained, and you, well you were booted out. Chip, shoulder and get over it mate.

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    15. 15.12: Someone's naievity may be appalling Magna, as you insist, but nothing can beat your appalling, nasty abusive manner. You are a boring, repetitive old clown, stuck in your hurt as a rejected and unstable student. Those of us with you and who persevered can attest to your absolute insanity and degenerate mind. Poor sod!!

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    16. Those who covered up child abuse were NOT “good priests”, you twisted, moronic and bigoted fool, Magna Carta. They were bad priests. The gospel virtue of obedience does not permit one to cover up sin. Those who covered up sin in the Church were not in any sense “good”. They were BAD no matter what motives they claimed for themselves.

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    17. 21:45 Yes, they were good priests, either because they obeyed orders, (like Fr John Brady), or because they acted on their own initiative (like Cardinal Josef Ratzinger at the CDF) to protect the 'good' name of the institutional Roman Catholic Church and the basis for clerical authority.

      Why the hell do you think priests are required to make vows/promises of obedience?

      And we are not speaking here of 'the gospel virtue of obedience', but of the canonical requirement on ordinands to obey those in authority over them, that is, bishops.

      Some of you people are obtuse beyond belief.πŸ˜•

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    18. 21:34 I don't know how old you are, but it can't be that old...given your inability to stay focused on the point.πŸ˜†

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    19. 20:18 'Dude'? Seriously?

      Come back to me when you've matured beyond the mental capacity of a fourteen-year-old, and then we'll talk.πŸ˜†

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  3. Sean Brady should stand trial for endangering children by protecting that notorious paedophhile, Fr Brendan Smith.

    (Just sayin', likeπŸ˜†)

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  4. I don’t think anyone in the Church has ever criticised Brady over Brendan Smyth. He still keeps turning up, the SMA’s hosted him for an event in Dromintine recently.

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    1. Brady obviously has no regrets over his behaviour.

      He should completely retire!

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    2. It should be pointed out to the ombusdsman that brady was not prosecuted as an accessory to child abuse - a crime he is well guilty of.

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  5. Pat, please spare us today from that arch enemy, evil spouting Magna. You know his comments are racist, bigoted, hate inciting but he controls and dominates with his abuse. It is a complete turn off. His comments are now so repetitive, vulgar, hateful and tiresome. Please, give us a break from his poisonous vitriol.

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    1. I would like it if MC was less extreme in his presentation and if others stopped provoking him :-)

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    2. “Provoking him”??? Poor wee victim Magna Carta. Everyone’s always picking on him.

      Would ye ever feckin wise up and introduce some checks and balances on your blog, Pat? Magna Carta is an abusive and vitriolic troll. He’s a bully. Take some responsibility.

      You enjoy it don’t you? You get a thrill out of his vicious ranting and manic spewing of hatred against the Pope and priests, the Church and anyone or thing that “provokes” him?

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    3. No, I don't like extreme expressions and words.

      But I also don't want to do heavy censorship.

      We can all say things better when we don't use extreme expressions.

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    4. “Checks and balances” 13:06? You must be joking!

      Any malcontent can pose anonymous on Buckley’s blog and say what they like about anyone against whom they have some spite, envy, grudge or jealousy.

      Or they can send Buckley an anonymous letter - or email from a fake address - insinuating whatever their twisted mind cares to imagine about whomsoever.

      And Buckley will publish with relish and glee so long as it suits his agenda.

      Nasty and devious creatures congregate here with the head honcho himself. It’s evil and it will reap its own reward in time.

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    5. 13:06 No! I'm not a bully!!😠

      Now clear off! Or else.😬

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  6. Pat have you banned Sean Page from the blog? What happened? Hope he’s ok.

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    1. Of course I have not banned him.

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    2. Was Sean not reprimanded by the Anglicans for his expressions in here?

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    3. That claim was made by a comment maker who claimed to have reported Sean to the Anglicans.

      Sean has neither denied or confirmed that claim?

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    4. That claim was made by me who received an email from Canon Nick Smeeton regarding Sean Page. We won't be hearing from him again. Check it out because Canon Smeeton will confirm it. Sean will neither accept it or deny it because he has been told to keep off this blog. Comprehend?

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    5. 16:08 You sound so smug.

      How many others have knifed in the back?

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    6. 16:08, you have done a great service

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    7. Langer you must be as thick as bottled pig sh*t

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    8. No fear of it happening to Magna Carta. He hasn’t the courage to sign his poisonous invectives. Poor old Sean was one of the better commentators on here. Shame on the idiot who reported him. He was never offensive even if I didn’t always agree with him. Unlike the hate-filled troll that calls itself “Magna Carta”.

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    9. 21:40 Hello to you, too.πŸ˜†

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  7. Wiser carrying a lovely pic of Fr. SeΓ n Jones. His transformation is unreal and he looks very beautiful. Two years appears to have changed him beyond recognition. I wish him well

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  8. Jones is parading around Kerry as proud as a farmyard cock. Browne is a disgrace. Wait for it all to fall apart. Kerry priest.

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  9. Sean may have changed physically in the hope he will not be recognised. Believe me, it is the same old Sean. Seminarian.

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  10. Browne said he did a placement in the cathedral in Killarney. I am there everyday and I never saw him once.

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    1. Did he not preach, baptize, assist at Mass and take part in funerals?

      Or was the cathedral thing a cover?

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  11. The Irish bishops website has lots of information on the ordination yesterday in Monaghan - the music, who read, sang, Noel Treanor’s homily, etc.

    And not a dicky bird about the ordination in Kerry. Strange.

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    1. They're embarrassed and trying to keep it low key. How sad!

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    2. The Kerry diocese website has finally put up a small news item. It's the most meagre coverage of an ordination I've ever seen. Hard to believe that it's Kerry's first ordination in 11 years and it gets a few lines, one photo and no sign of Bishop Brown.

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    3. Maybe not too many folk in the diocese and Kingdom of Kerry have the internet.

      When broadband and civilisation finally reaches those far flung and uncharted regions - and the inhabitants learn how to Google - they will get some surprise when they type in “Rev Sean Jones”.

      For they will be brought, not to his pastoral appointments, achievements and engagements, but directly to every single article about him on Buckley’s blog - jockstrap and all!

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  12. 14.14: What an ignorant comment! You obviously don't inhabit the South of the country too much. Of course we can get all the info we want, you moron. We just don't tear people to pieces and consign them to the bin forever, where I think you belong, you ignoramus. God bless Fr. Sean.

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    1. Away and feck off y’oul Kerry cute hoor! Sure ye have barely running water down there lol

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    2. I hear they get 4 channels down there

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  13. We have internet in Kerry as it's not outer Mongolia. I wouldn't believe every word on there.

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  14. On the bishops' Catholic News Ireland site, Fr Puck is a footnote of the big report of the ordination in Monaghan. The contrast between the two sets of coverage is very striking. What a miserable, hole in the corner start to life in the priesthood but this disasterous candidate was determined to be a priest at all costs.

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  15. Fr Sean looking very hot! in his ordination photo on Kerry diocese web page. God bless him x

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    1. Anon at 17:30:
      Could you please explain the adjective "hot" in relation to Sean? He doesn't look particularly warm in the photo, and now that I've looked up the dictionary meaning of "hot", I'm unclear what you mean.
      And I would so like to understand you.
      Is that possible?

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    2. Magna, you're clever. God does not bless evil. That explains your ugliness and badness. (Magna = evil).

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    3. 19:14 No. 'Magna'='great'.πŸ˜†

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  16. That generation is all tarred with the same brush, +Pat, you were lucky you got out when you did.

    Now they’re all tarred with the same BUSH! Rory’s probably.

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  17. On the subject of French priests, I took the opportunity when visiting London last weekend to attend the Latin Mass organised for young people, by the FSSP priest Fr Armand de Malleray. After reading the comments on a blog the other week, I wanted to test the suggestions made for myself. The Mass itself was celebrated by the newly ordained Fr Seth Phipps, whose Ordination photos appeared on here some weeks ago. Both him and de Malleray were resplendent in lace.

    The social that followed was interesting, whilst I noted Fr de Malleray spent time mixing with those attended, he certainly spent a lot of time talking with the previously mentioned young redheads woman, certainly far more than anyone else. I do agree that such obvious favoritism is wrong when in such a public notice.

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    1. For Heaven's sake, not this again! The suggestions of anything more than a close friendship are both false and malicious, so stop spreading falsities. To lie and to gossip is a sin.

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    2. @17:47 These rumours are false and untrue, stop gossiping about two innocent friends. People's reputations are damaged by people like you

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    3. The priest and young woman are both adults, and thus they have a right to consent and be as they wish with each other. So long as there is no public scandal, their association/relationship is none of our business

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    4. @17:47 How can you be sure friendship has not been mistaken for 'favouritism'? Priests are human beings, and entitled to have friends, who they will naturally spend more time with than complete strangers, with whom they may have little in common. You suggested that Father rightly greeted others, as a priest should, but he is clearly good friends with the young woman, who he probably sees at these Masses which are only once a month. As a result, he is perfectly just in spending more time talking to her, as he's probably too busy to spend any more time. That is definitely how I behave with friends I see so infrequently!

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    5. I wish you would let this matter drop. We do not know whether those mentioned are aware of these unfair comments, or indeed those with malicious intentions against them. I'm inclined to believe this is yet another story concocted to destroy the reputations of traditional Catholics. It will not succeed

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    6. I think all of you should know that the young woman targeted in the initial comments published a couple of weeks ago was made aware of them by friends also active in the Traditional young Catholic scene in London, and was quite upset. She is a wonderful young lady who has much to offer the Church, and since Christmas has worked hard as an organiser of this and other events, where she is both respected and appreciated. Please leave her alone!

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    7. I must echo the view of 19:35, especially considering how well-connected the said young lady allegedly is.

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    8. 17:47 What a nosey, gossipy, sterile dilettante you present! Hopping over to London to go to Mass but really to see who’s in bed, or on the way with whom.
      Stay at home and say your prayers!

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    9. @19:54 I very much agree, 17:47 should mind their own business about the relationships between others.

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    10. 19:54, how do you know who's in bed with whom?

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    11. The French have a reputation for jumping into bed with the English...

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    12. 20:28, is there more to what you are saying, in relation to the comments above?

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  18. On the Kerry diocesan website, it says of Jone's ordination: 'It was an occasion to rejoice and give thanks to God.'

    God had nothing to do with this; this is Mr Ray Browne's doing...and he knew beforehand the character of Jones.

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  19. RIP Fr Kevin Scanlon, founder of Intercession for Priests with Sr Briege McKenna. Fortified by the Holy Mother Church. Passed away suddenly age 80. A great example of everything a Priest should be.

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    1. Funeral in Fermanagh. Will Darcy show?

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  20. Pat, imagine, despite the efforts of some crackpot idiots and hate figures, the organisers of the Phoenix Park Mass with Pope Francis have sold 480,000 tickets with the other 20,000 ready to be snapped up. Isn't this good news? Plus, the Crime Pk Park, Knock and RDS events are completely full. No more tickets. There is a record 20,000 coming from abroad. Whatever we may say, think or believe, no other figurehead would gather such crowds. Only for insurance, security and health and safety issues, 600,000 or more would have requested tickets. Surely, a newsworthy piece of information. I hope and pray that Pope Francis will inspire all who listen to him. Between all events a million plus have secured tickets.

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  21. You mean Scallon

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  22. 20.55: I agree with you. Fr. Scanlon helped, healed and guided many a wayward priest. He will be greatly missed but we can ask his blessing on us from heaven. God bless his good soul.

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    1. I just pray that some of the wayward Priests and Sems on here find a Priest such as Fr Kevin who can help them. I am all for being critical of them, but ultimately we need to help them too.

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  23. Lord forgive us

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  24. Well, Pat. Any sign yet of the Letter of Protest? Did you get a copy yet? Are you going to share it? Was it anonymous or signed? Do you have the list of signatories?

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    1. Oh... some of the signatories will probably turn out to be, for example, kerb crawlers, peep freaks, or some other sort of tom-tit. +Pat's too gullible sometimes.

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  25. 21.25: Surely you mean Croke Pk? Just a typographical error I assume. Yes, it's good to know there are so many who wish to be part of the events for WMF with Pope Francis in attendance. I'm not sure if your figures are adding up but were it not for various constraints, the crowds would tip the million plus mark. Hopefully it will be a joyful time, challenging for true renewal in many aspects of Church life and be a time of deepening of faith, Christian witness and genuine spirituality.

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  26. About time we got back to blogs like "who is gay, and which two are not."

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  27. For the attention of Mrs Carta (Mommie Dearest)

    Do please consider having your daughter Magna (little Magna) commited to entrance to the Order of the Silent Daughters of St Ludmila of the Empty Bottles.

    This lofty order does exactly what it says on the tin. They are strictly silent - communicating only by sign language (we’re sure Maggie will get the hang of it eventually). Internet access is strictly prohibited.

    And the empty bottles denote their strict teetotalism. Water, cordials and herbal teas only.

    If you can’t afford the dowry, we’ll have a whip round. Or open a GoFundMe thingy.

    We feel it would be the makings of your unruly daughter. They also have a very good finishing school which teaches deportment to die for!

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  28. Magnum at 17:52 you state God does not bless evil? Well God seems to bless u? You were such an ugly baby the midwife slapped your mother! I also hear you can't find a male boyfriend you try to use rent boys, however, they pay you to stay away? Poor Magnum x

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  29. The 'Imitation of Christ' is freely available on-line. Perhaps commentators may like to read a chapter or two (they are very short) at random before commenting.

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