Wednesday, 15 August 2018

SEX SEEKING  PRIEST TO  BE PART OF WOMF AND PAPAL VISIT


CIARAN DALLAT

THE DOWN & CONNOR PRIEST FATHER CIARAN DALLAT IS TO TAKE PART AS A SPEAKER AND PANELIST IN WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES - IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT HE MADE A PARISHIONER IN BELFAST PREGNANT AND WENT OUT WITH FRIENDS FOR A MEAL WHILE SHE WAS LOSING THE BABY IN HER BATHROOM!


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SESSION 1 PANEL 3





The Impact of Imprisonment on Families

10:00 - 11:00    Panel 3: The Impact of Imprisonment on Families 
(Hall 8B) - EN
Panellists:
•   Breda Coman
•   Sr Imelda Wickham
•   Ruth Comerford
•   Mary Hanrahan
•   Christine Hoctor
•   Joe O'Rourke
•   Sinead McNeela
•   Larry de Cleir
•   Cathal Duddy
•   Ester Murphy
•   Mary Mullins
•   Brian Hanly
•   John O'Sullivan
•   Ciaran Dallat xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
•   Oonah Hanrahan
•   Sean Duggan
After making the woman pregnant he dropped her and was put out of ministry.
Late Bishop Noel Treanor, who is protecting Dallat made him A SECRET CLAHLAIN i n Maghaberry Prison.
While visiting a prison in Philadelphia Pope Francis urged people in prison, their family and the correctional officers to believe in the possibility of rehabilitation because Christ saves us from the lie that says that nobody can change. This panel discusses the difficulties experienced by families with members currently serving time in prison and suggests ways in which families can receive sufficient pastoral support. 
IMAGINE A PRIEST WHO SEXUALLY USED A PARISHIONER IS TALKING 
ABOUT FAMILIES AND FAMILY LIFE DURING THE POPES VISIT.
WHAT ABOUT THE FAMILY HE DESTROYED.

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WUERL LYING A D COVERING UP

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ARMAGH COVER UP PRIEST QUINN - REPORTED TO NATIONAL JOURNALIST



Yesterday I had a conservation with a national journalist about the abuser Fr. Sean J Quinn still being in a parish after abusing boys - three of whom committed suicide and one of whom is in hospital.

Fr. Bill Mulvihill was a party to this development.

We expect national coverage of this matter very soon.

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ONE OF THE THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS WEEPING AT THE REPORT PUBLICATION.


More than 300 US priests abused more than 1,000 children, grand jury report finds.
The grand jury said it believes the “real number” of abused children might be “in the thousands” since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades, beginning in the mid-1950s.
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Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro said the two-year investigation found a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.

“The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up. These documents, from the dioceses’ own Secret Archives, formed the backbone of this investigation,” he said.

Significantly, the report faulted Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former long-time bishop of Pittsburgh who now leads the Washington archdiocese, for what it said was his part in the concealment of clergy sexual abuse.

Mr Wuerl, one of the highest-profile cardinals in the United States, released a statement on Tuesday that said he had “acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse”.

The grand jury scrutinised abuse allegations in dioceses that minister to more than half the state’s 3.2 million Catholics.

Its report echoed the findings of many earlier church investigations around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials’ concealment of it.
Most of the victims were boys but girls were abused too, the report said.

“Church officials routinely and purposefully described the abuse as horseplay and wrestling and inappropriate conduct. It was none of those things. It was child sexual abuse, including rape,” 

The panel concluded that a succession of Catholic bishops and other diocesan leaders tried to shield the church from bad publicity and financial liability by covering up abuse, failing to report accused clergy to police and discouraging victims from going to law enforcement.

Yet the grand jury’s work will not result in justice for the vast majority of those who say they were molested by priests as children.

While the investigation yielded charges against two clergymen — including a priest who has since pleaded guilty, and another who allegedly forced his accuser to say confession after each sex assault — the other priests identified as perpetrators are either dead or will avoid arrest because their alleged crimes are too old to prosecute under state law.


“We are sick over all the crimes that will go unpunished and uncompensated,” the grand jury said.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018


YESTERDAY I SENT A COPY OF FR. MULVIHILL'S STATEMENT ABOUT SEAN BRADY INVITING CATHEDRAL ALTAR SERVERS TO LUNCH WITH HIM WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS WITH THEM!

Fr. Bill is NOT saying that Sean Brady is guilty of any kind of abuse.

But he is saying that Brady is guilty of very poor judgment and of behaviour that go against safeguarding procedures 

Clergy should not put themselves in situations whereby they are alone with children. This leaves them open to serious misunderstandings and to serious allegations.

Of course it's not the first time Brady interviewed children and lo ked their parents out of the room.

In the Smyth case asked little boys what Smyth to them and if they were aroused and liked it!

Brady seems to always played fast and loose with conventions and procedures.

FATHER TONER


Both Father Sweeney and Father Toner were, according to Father Bill, were very alarmed at what Brady was doing and acted by inviting themselves to the altar servers lunch so that they could make sure that everything was proper and safe.


Brady was a dangerous fool to arrange this lunch and be alone with the children.



FATHER EUGENE SWEENEY


This incident should be looked into by the civil authorities and Brady, Sweeney and Toner should be interviewed.


Dear Mr. Gordon,

I draw your attention to a public statement made yesterday by the parish priest of Monasterboice in relation to the inexplicable behavior of Cardinal Sean Brady in Ara Coeli. 

I hereby formally request that you forward this statement to the civil authorities for investigation.

+Pat Buckley

STATEMENT

Not long before he was dismissed at 75, Cardinal Sean Brady did the strangest of things. He was in regressive mode.
After a morning mass he celebrated at Armagh Cathedral, he invited the altar servers to lunch!
When Michael Toner realised what was going to happen that morning, he panicked , he contacted Eugene Sweeney, then Administrator at Armagh Parish ( familiar with Brady and his habits), they spoke. Both of them attended that lunch and saved the day.
I am sure the House Staff and others can back these details.
Asking Altar Servers to lunch...when no one else was coming ????!!!!!








Former Australian archbishop avoids jail over sex abuse cover-up




Former Australian archbishop avoids jail over sex abuse cover-up

Updated / Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018 16:35

former Australian archbishop convicted of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s was confronted by enraged victims outside a courthouse after a judge spared him jail and ordered he serve his sentence at home.
Philip Wilson became one of the highest-ranked church officials convicted of covering up child sex abuse when he was found guilty in May of concealing crimes by priest Jim Fletcher in the Hunter region of New South Wales.
The Newcastle Local Court sentenced the 67-year-old to 12 months' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of six months, but also ordered that he be assessed to serve it in home detention.
Wilson had since been on bail and this morning magistrate Robert Stone decided he will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account.
But he will have to wear a tracking device while serving his sentence.

Wilson said nothing as he left the court, where he was confronted by abuse survivors and members of the media.
Peter Gogarty, one of Fletcher's victims, asked Wilson to apologise, but the cleric stayed silent.
"Any words for me, Philip? Philip will you say sorry for what you have done to me and other child sex abuse survivors?," he said. "Philip, please, something ... one word of contrition."
One of Wilson's supporters asked Mr Gogarty why he did not come forward 40 years ago.
A fuming Mr Gogarty called him "a pig, a typical Catholic", to which the Wilson aide replied: "I don't have time for rubbish like you, mate."

Another Fletcher victim Daniel Feenan also criticised Wilson for failing to say sorry.
"I'd like to see him show some type of remorse and I'd like to see him apologise," he told the Newcastle Herald.


He remains an ordained bishop but has no official role.
He has long denied the charges and initially resisted calls to quit pending an appeal against his conviction.

Judge Stone found him guilty of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person, concluding his primary motive was to protect the church. 
During sentencing the judge added that "there is no remorse or contrition showed by the offender".

Wilson's conviction comes amid a host of accusations that the Catholic Church ignored and covered up child abuse in Australia, charges that have also plagued other countries.

There was no dispute during the trial that Fletcher, who is now dead, sexually abused an altar boy, with the hearing focused on whether Wilson, then a junior priest, was told about it.

In a brief statement, Bishop Greg O'Kelly, who is running the Adelaide archdiocese until a new archbishop is appointed, said Wilson was "in his prayers as he formally commences this stage in his life, while also remembering the victims and survivors of abuse in the church".

Wilson served as a priest in New South Wales before Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Wollongong in 1996. He became the Archbishop of Adelaide five years later.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY


The place you are right now God circled on a map for you.

Hafiz  (1320 - 1390.

Monday, 13 August 2018

EAMON MARTIN CONTINUES ABUSE COVER-UP



ON SUNDAY MORNING EAMON MARTIN, RETURNING FROM HIS HOLIDAYS, CELEBRATED MASS IN ARMAGH CATHEDRAL.

YESTERDAY MORNING, MONDAY HE RETURNED TO HIS OFFICE AND HIS DESK.

As we speak the pedophile priest FATHER SEAN J QUINN is still being protected by Eamon Martin and is still in his presbyters in Togher Parish.



The Reason? He was previously protected by Cahal Daly and Sean Brady, and now by Eamon because he has "the dirt" on so many clergy, junior and senior  in Armagh!

MEANWHILE:

THREE YOUNG MEN ARE IN THEIR GRAVES IN CO. LOUTH GRAVEYARDS.

ONE YOUNG MAN IS IN HOSPITAL FOR THE 18TH TIME.

OTHER MEN HAVE NOT YET EMERGED.

MANY FAMILES ARE DISTRESSED AND BROKEN HEARTED.

And For Amy its business as usual.

Amy's first job: SILENCE FATHER BILL MULVIHILL.



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ARE WE KILLING OUR PRIESTS?
Dr. Marie Keenan UCD - ACP conference 2016



Introduction
Last week I got an email from an elderly Australian Priest who is working on a monograph on priesthood and he wanted my comments on his text. The time could not have been more opportune for this text to arrive as it reminded me that the struggles that clergy face in Ireland have universal features – certainly in the Western World. Interestingly the monograph is titled ‘A Priesthood Imprisoned’. I borrowed his title for my talk today … as my own view is that I am not sure whether we are Killing our Priests as is the title of this AGM but I am sure that we are imprisoning them in a prison of invisibility, silence and to a great extent impotence.  
Philosophy is Not a Luxury
I was also helped in preparing for today by the writings of a colleague in the US, Jeff Carreira, a writer whose work I read often, who was reflecting on the outcome of the Presidential election. Jeff has been writing a blog for the past decade called ‘Philosophy is not a Luxury’ because he believes that in challenging times philosophy is the first thing we need… and it is not a luxury. He maintains, rightly in my view, in the face of challenging times we are often tempted to think that philosophy is a luxury for which we don’t have time, and instead we often prefer to jump into action to address the perceived threat.
He and I share the view that in challenging times the challenges can only be successfully met with a level of thinking that is deeper than what we have been doing so far. And that is what we must do today in relation to priesthood. If our current thinking didn’t avert the crisis then why would more of it bring resolution?
Philosophy as you well know is not just an academic subject taught in universities and seminaries. It is the process through which we try to make meaning and to figure out the way forward. In doing so it consists of the stories we create to help us understand the meaning of events and circumstances … and the stories we tell ourselves about our ‘realities’ … and these in turn help shape the unfolding of our future. And there are many stories we can tell about any event or events, such as priesthood today, the challenges and opportunities, as the facts can always be made fit many different conclusions depending on how we think about them.  In challenging times deep thinking and reflection is not only a necessity, it is unavoidable. So let’s have a philosophical discussion on priesthood … one that might throw new light on events of today and might elevate from the pain of despondency.
          The Rhetoric of Priesthood and the Catholic Church
With some exceptions the rhetoric of priesthood and the Catholic Church in Ireland today is that they are kind of irrelevant … especially in the Western World. Priests are depicted at best as benignly innocent and kind or as evil and cunning, but generally not really relevant to the Modern Ireland – apart from some ceremonial duties that are part of both tradition and / or faith for some. The Catholic Church itself is often depicted as a place of cover up and political manoeuvrings…. with little to recommend it … perhaps apart from some of the statements of Pope Francis – for those with the interest to note what he says. Within this perspective and the tone of it – the dominant one in Ireland – it is of little surprise that priests and religious leaders have and are living through an emotional rollercoaster with extreme lows and some highs and we have heard Brendan articulate the lived reality of many priests in such circumstances in Ireland today. So what can priests do? Are you to sink with a ship (the Institution of the Catholic Church) that at times appears to be sinking – at least in public support and credibility (in the Western World where you live) or can you find the Rock that will keep you strong …. and maybe even thrive through such apparent adversity. How can this be achieved?
What I think is necessary is the capacity to think outside the box – to think and feel deeply about what is happening to priesthood in your times… to mourn the loss of what has gone, individually and collectively so that it can be let go without trying to cling on, and to enable the new Light of renewal to shine. Renewal comes in the wake of our grieving. Psychologists and psychotherapists teach that abnormal or complicated grief reactions occur when we cannot grieve and let go … when we want to cling on to what is no longer there, when we pretend that the past is the present and we can see no future, when we live out of outdated philosophies and approaches to our lives. In essence, complicated grief reactions occur when we are defensive and when those wonderful defence mechanisms that protect us so well at times of acute crisis start to turn into our enemy. In essence we become the Living Dead.
Maybe it is time for collective grieving for clergy …. for the Church they once knew, for the priesthood they originally entered, for the congregations they once served, for the relations with bishops and superiors they once lived …. so that they can emerge refreshed, renewed and invigorated, with increased depth of wisdom and gratitude that we know come in the wake of our grieving and the letting go and letting in. New ways of seeing and new ways of being can be born. Perhaps priesthood needs to be re-imagined for the 21st century, but this cannot occur without the necessary grieving for what has gone and without making room for new insights and philosophical perspectives to emerge.
So what I want to offer today are three streams of thought that are guiding my thinking in relation to this matter [and that is from one who has never been a priest but a mere observer – which is of course a very tentative place to stand and in which I stand in humility]. These thoughts however might help with this process of reimagining… that all of us in this room as philosophers in our own lives might pick up and consider alone and in dialogue with each other.

  1. The Changing Theology of Priesthood, the Impact of this on Priesthood today
The first stream of thought is on the changing theology of priesthood that has come in direct relationship with the child abuse situation. The once ontological change at ordination that was thought to be forever and of God’s grace is now of man and a reversible gift that is dependent on human behaviour.  I cannot but imagine that the reversing of this most sacred of certainties has created turmoil and turbulence at the very core of what it means to be an ordained and consecrated member of the Catholic priesthood for many. Irrespective of what side of the argument one was on in relation to the Ontological Change at ordination – this retrospective seismic shift in what it means to be an ordained and consecrated minister of the Catholic Church cannot but have created ‘despondency’ ‘depression’ and great uncertainty in many who believed what they were told in seminaries and places of formation. With the stroke of a pen such a fundamental can be wiped away, a position that I believe has created an unspoken rumbling earthquake under the very fabric of priesthood as once understood and believed to be. Has this making secular what was once holy any relevance to the death and depression experienced in priesthood today? I certainly believe that it has.
My belief is that all or most of you in this room took your years of seminary training seriously and when you took up your first appointment believed you were well equipped with the answers you would need for a life of ministry - or at least you knew where and how to find them. Priesthood of the seminary years was presented as secure and stable and premised on truths that could serve in all eventualities. The ontological change that occurred at ordination secured this ‘truth’. However my experience of many priests is that the security of the knowledge of the newly consecrated and ordained began to be challenged by the changing face of ministry in an increasingly complex world of the twentieth and now the twenty first centuries. Add to this the aftermath of Vatican II with the challenges it posed to the ‘certainty’ of ‘truth’ of seminary training and the new needs of priests as they readjusted – or not – to the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit and all that was to go with this.
In Ireland at least, it is my belief that the prime source of what priests need in a changing world of ministry lies in the hearts and minds of priests themselves, but it is my impression, especially today, that you are rarely consulted in the task of identifying what those needs might be. Too often the ‘formation’ processes of seminary years which were top down, even oppressive, something to be endured, with a kind of censorship of particular topics such as love, relationship and relational living, sexuality, and especially any questioning of mandatory celibacy or blind obedience has become the mode of governance and relational living that is leaving priesthood in the Western World in such disarray. It is little wonder to me that numerous studies on priesthood from the time of Vatican II and since then in the United States and Australia always seem to conclude that while the majority of priests are coping they show signs of needing professional or emotional attention and organized help if they are to adjust adequately to the challenges of modern priesthood. Terms like emotional immaturity, (that does not prevent them from exercising their priestly function, but precludes them from being happy men and effective priests) continue to emerge in study after study. Study after study also suggests that a large proportion of priests are lacking emotional nurturing to enable mature development and that such incomplete personal development results in distant, unrewarding relationships and uneasiness about intimacy. So is this the situation in which you find yourself in today … only you know (maybe it is time for a study of priesthood in Ireland – and I would be very happy to undertake such if you were to commission same).
So let us think then what is to be done. How can priests separate from such states of 'emotional dependence' on an organization and institution that is not taking care of them – and maybe never would – that was an adolescent dream and misguided promise that ‘we’ would become your ‘family’ - and how can priests become more independent and autonomous within a collective community of the People of God - in such a way that they are ‘grown up’, are able to exercise ‘voice’, understand their limitations especially in the face of the structural limitations that a diminishing clergy population brings for them. How can priests learn to say yes to God but no to unreasonable human expectation? In all my years of working with priests No is the word I would most like to teach them to say…….. not a cold No but a warm No … not No as reflex but as part of the language repertoire of human skills that comes from the knowing of how to be human and serve God.

  1. Human Growth is a Decision ….. in God’s Grace

My second stream of thought is in relation to human growth and what it means to be human and work for God. Human growth is possible at every stage of life – and without growth we die – if not physically then emotionally, mentally, spiritually and if you like we become like ‘The Living Dead’. While I am sure that many of us agree that human growth belongs to the dynamic of God's grace, it also requires courage at an individual level and an infrastructure of support. However, no one can make an individual grow, probably not even God, as it is basically an individual's choice and decision. How often have you heard parents say to you I wish my son or husband or wife would change their ways, especially if their lives were destructive for themselves and others. How often have you felt impotent because ultimately despite your best efforts you know it was their choice? Families of people suffering from addiction problems know this only too well. They need to reach their rock bottom before they change. We all do and the same holds for priests. Making the choice to change and go for growth is difficult, even when those around you are encouraging.  The shackles of the past, the myth of the good old years, avoiding the pain of realizing what has died, keeps us in a kind of ‘frozen limbo of hope’, and it is understandable. 

Many priests with whom I have worked were brought up in a church which cherished the will and intellect. The theology was a rule based one, saturated with reason and law, devoid of a theology of love and relational living. These men were further expected to submit their minds and will to authority in obedience. They were rendered dependent – on those above, on bishops and their congregations for affirmation and approval, and on the public to keep believing in what they were doing. In this, the uniqueness and autonomy of the individual, God’s individual son, was to be eroded. Feelings and emotion were to become suspect. Love, apart from spiritual love, was for other people. So how has this education left its legacy on priesthood today? Well that is something for you to tell me. But I have some observations from my vantage point. I believe this education and way of life long living has left priests bereft … fearful of intimacy and with the breakdown in community living feeling isolated and alone. It is devastating to the morale of priests for them to feel isolated from one another, to feel isolated from the self, not understood by superiors and left alone before criticism and complaint. We only have to reference Alan Hilliard’s work on the experiences of clergy (see Studies, 2014, Winter Edition) and my own with senior clergy following the publication of the Murphy Report (see Studies, 2014, Winter Edition) to know what isolation is like when standing alone before criticism and complaint. I remember Dermot O’Mahony at this time. Alan’s study articulate this point when following the publication of the Murphy report the  first item on the agenda of some deanery meetings was the clustering of parishes!

It is not easy to be constantly available to others without recharging one's own batteries. That is a human need. It is never too late to learn how to do it. And it is worthwhile. Authentic knowledge of and care for the human self allows us to recharge our batteries without any sense of guilt and makes it possible to continue to love others without resentment or fear.

We know from what Brendan has said in his paper today and from the comments from many clergy that priesthood is undergoing a professional crisis in terms of the demands made on priests in their everyday ministry and the lack of support offered to them. Many priests report that they are extremely stretched by the workloads, feel marginalized from decision-making processes, and have little confidence in the direction in which those who do make the decisions are taking the church in this country.  However, while joining together in solidarity in organizations such as the Association of Catholic Priests can help with this in finding voice, this is not an alternative to going for personal growth and development. That is your wellbeing imperative. Clergy suffer depression through inertia.
 While we know that the Church needs systemic changes that take account of such matters and it is good to keep pressure on for same, I now have a question for you.  Are you going to sacrifice more of your precious time and life in waiting for ‘them’ to take care of you? Is it not now the time for you to go for personal growth, healing and well being with all that this entails within the context of working for the God that you love without your sacred life being sacrifice to an institution that is so much in need of reform and transformation that it has even become an enemy of those who set out to serve it.  The choice is yours. However, we are reminded in the gospels that unless the grain falls to the ground and dies it cannot bear fruit while psychologists remind that there is no gain without pain! Change cannot come from certainty – only from the search that uncertainty brings. The time is now. Resisting the change or defending the “status quo” arising from fear and/or reluctance to face the challenge of change, will not enhance your life but may cause you more stress and strain as everything changes all around you and nothing changes in living your sacred life.  
  
  1. Trauma – The Body Holds the Score
My third and final stream of thought concerns trauma and its impact and how the body keeps the score.  I don’t know if you have felt traumatized by events that have occurred in the revelations about child abuse in the Catholic Church in the past decade or more. From my vantage point the stories told by victim survivors of what they had endured brought reality into sharp focus of a Church that had failed them and human experiences that no children should have had to experience. Irish society was shocked by hearing their accounts and rightly Irish society eventually got behind the victim survivors in joining in solidarity with their outrage. This is as it should be … as we know for these victim survivors the body held the score and many of them brought the trauma of the abuse that they suffered into adulthood and into old age. With love, help and the grace of God thankfully many have and are finding peace and healing in their lives.  Love is always the antidote to trauma.

Psychiatrist Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk’s 2014 publication ‘The Body Keeps the Score’, shines fresh light on the effects of trauma and abuse, based on brain imaging and neuroscience, and other scientific research in the field of trauma, which greatly helps those of us who study the long-term effects of trauma and are trying to develop strategies to minimise and even stem those effects. Some of this work involves the talking therapies and others bypass speech with some techniques from Mindfulness and Yoga. The basic premise of all of this work is that trauma leaves an imprint of the events on body, mind and soul – that trauma lives on in the body while the mind and brain try to manages the perceptions. For real change to occur the body needs to learn that the event has passed and that the world is safe again.
However, sometimes trauma stuff attracts trauma stuff …. and we are catapulted  back there without sign or warning. But with healing comes the change in the memory card and the knowledge that the world is safe. Sometimes trauma is also referred to as ‘the unexperienced experience’, ‘unassimilated happenings’ or in the words of Prof Ivor Brown ‘the frozen present’.  
So why am I mentioning this today? Well I am mentioning this because I feel certain that many clergy and many church leaders have been traumatised by the events that have unfolded in their lifetime in relation to child abuse. And that trauma is unacknowledged - the unexperienced experience’, ‘unassimilated happenings ‘the frozen present’. In addition how has it been for you to be accountable for the sins of your father, for the sins of your brother, for the sins of neglect by your church? Difficult I would imagine …. and the body holds the score. And how has it been for you to accept or live with some of the inaccuracies of the various reports, some of the injustices in the name of justice that were done to some participants, without redress, unlike Alan Shatter this week for whom the courts found that he was wronged in the Geiran report? The body holds the score.

I was always concerned that in the wake of the Murphy Report, Ryan Report and Cloyne report that clergy [as well of course as victim survivors and offenders] would need spaces in which the trauma of what was unfolding could be held. I am not sure what spaces you found in which to be held. The men in Alan Hilliard’s study found few if any places to be held following the publication of the Murphy report and one would want to be dead not to be deeply moved, as I was, by the stories of senior clergy and some bishops who told me of how some were abandoned and isolated, desolate and in consoled in the wake of the publication of these reports. I often wondered if sickness and illness would take hold on the bodies of such unsupported men – including yourselves – if the trauma was not acknowledged.  And it is never too late. Something to think about ….. Maybe a project of Healing Circles round the country for clergy could be next on the agenda of ACP? I will help you if you need.

And so to Conclude

In this paper of looking back and looking forward I encourage you to go for growth and healing. I urge you to consider a nationwide campaign of healing circles involving clergy - and later involving laity, victims and offenders. I urge you to reinstate forgiveness and redemption as being of God and something which we might all work to with courage. And most of all I urge you to take care of yourself in this time of uncertainty and challenge.

ARE OUR PRIESTS AND BISHOPS KILLING US?
Pat Buckley

The above address by Marie Keenan is very thought provoking and we should definitely take her points on board.

The Association of Catholic Priests has an uncanny way of always trying to present priests as victims!

And of course, sometimes priests are victims - victims of horrible bishops, victims of other priests, victims of the cynical clerical club, victims of overbearing parishioners etc.

And all these injustices suffered by priests need to be acknowledged and addressed. 

And, when priests become depressed, anxious, distressed etc by what is happening to them, they must be supported and helped.

BUT I THINK A MORE COMMON AND MORE WORRY PROBLEM THAT NEEDS ADDRESSING IS THE PROBLEM OF BISHOPS AND PRIESTS BEING PERPETRATORS IN VARIOUS WAYS -  AND LEAVING MANY VICTIMS IN THEIR WAKE.

Bishops and priests who abuse minors.

Priests who are promiscuously sexually active with men, women, and children.

Bishops and priests who are sexually active with each other and with seminarians.

Bishops and priests who know all about these activities and keep it covered up.

Bishops and priests who act in these ways are the problem.

And by their activities, they are killing us as Church.

Spiritually speaking they are crucifying Christ's Body all over again.


And I know there are many good priests out there who are doing their best.

But these men know about the carry on of their colleagues and turn a blind eye -

Because they don't want to let the side down.

Because they are afraid they will be punished for speaking out.

Because it would be bad for their career.

Because they want to be bishops, monsignors or canons.

AND THEIR SILENCE ON THESE MATTERS - THEIR INACTION ON THESE MATTERS IS SLOWLY BUT SURELY KILLING THE BODY OF CHRIST.

Such silence and such inaction must surely attract the attention of the just God we believe in?




THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

"Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions"

Hafiz (1320 - 1390)