Wednesday, 29 March 2017











Monday, 27 March 2017


Last night we received an email about Gorgeous and an alleged trip to New York in 2015.

It reads:

"Although it is not mentioned in this blog, He was in New York City during the summer of 2015

i chatted with a Jack aka jackb222 on SKYPE and also Jack on Silverdaddies. I recognize him from the pictures posted in this blog.

His messages said that he was a medical student in NYC for a three month exchange training program at a major New York City hospital well known for its work in cancer treatment and research. He was staying in an apartment building near the hospital with other students in the program. I live very near his apartment.

We chatted daily for a while. He acted as a young guy who was experiencing NYC for the first time, the crowds , the sires, high buildings etc.

My first contact was on 12 May 2015, the last on 15 May 2015.

We did not meet. He declined to chat in SKYPE. It made me curious. He changed his profile picture quite often, usually with a NYC site in the background or wearing a yankee baseball cap. Sometimes in a tie and jacket".


Can anyone confirm that Gorgeous was in the Big Apple in 2015?

Gorgeous - and indeed King Puck in Kerry - have been lying low for quite a few months now.

Diarmuid Martin has Gorgeous well hidden away in The Irish College in Rome.

King Puck is keeping quite in Listowel in Kerry.

It seems that their bishops are both determined to ordain them this Summer come what may!

Saturday, 25 March 2017



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School survivor and book author Tom Wall at entrance of former industrial school in Glin
THREATS of legal action by the Christian Brothers against the last pupil to be incarcerated at Glin Industrial School were described this week as “contemptible”.
In 1952, when he was just three years old, Tom Wall was the last child to be sent to St Joseph’s Industrial School for Boys in Glin. In his book, ‘The Boy From Glin’, he documents his 13 years at the County Limerick institution where he was regularly beaten and sexually abused.
65 years later, the European Province of the Congregation of the Christian Brothers has threatened to sue him over the return of documents he saved from being destroyed and subsequently donated to the University of Limerick.
Mr Wall said he was ordered by the School Superior Brother Murray to burn the school records when the Christian Brothers were leaving Glin in 1973. Brother Murray told him he could keep his own records and any other documents he was interested in.
The documents were kept in his attic until 2015 when he donated them to the University of Limerick who said they are “an independent repository for the papers and will await the outcome of any legal actions”.
In legal correspondence seen by The Limerick Post, the Christian Brothers have sought the return of the documents and denied that Tom Wall was allowed to keep any papers.
However Mr Wall says he agreed to give an entire copy of the documents to the Christian Brothers for their archives in Dublinbut is adamant that the originals should remain in Limerick.
“Theses documents are of the people of Limerick and are part of the history of Limerick”, he said.
“It is an insult to me as a survivor and the many other survivors who were abused by the Christian Brothers that they can claim ownership of theses documents after a lapse of 40 years solely in order to destroy them.

County Limerick Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins said that he met recently with Mr Wall about his concerns over the threats of legal action by the Christian Brothers.
“This demonstrates to us again that some religious orders still don’t get it when dealing with former victims of their abuse and indeed the wider public.”
In a letter to Education Minister Richard Bruton, Deputy Collins expressed concerns over the future of the papers.
“Mr Wall has expressed a concern to me, which I share, that these records could then be destroyed and lost for ever.”
Speaking to the Limerick Post, Deputy Collins said it will be quite easily argued that these documents are either the property of the residents or the State.

“The actions of the Christian Brothers in threatening legal action against Tom Wall is nothing short of contemptible.
What Mr Wall did “in seeking to preserve these records for both the former residents and the State is very honourable. It was the right thing to do and indeed rightly serves the wider public interest.
Threats of legal action were “beyond belief”, he said.
“These records contain State referral documents from the Courts and the Departments of Health and Education and also other items like personal letters written by residents to their parents that the Christian Brothers never sent on.”
“The high-handed bullying of Tom Wall cannot be allowed to continue”, he declared.
Deputy Collins said he will call on Minister Bruton to intervene and secure the records as soon as possible.
“What was experienced in Tuam must not be repeated in Glin,” he said.
A catalogue of terror
In May 2009, the Commission to Inquiry into child abuse, commonly known as the Ryan Report, described Glin Insustrial School as having a “severe, systematic regime of corporal punishment”.
Two Christian Brothers, identified by their pseudonyms Br. Buiron and Piperel, were transferred to Glin, having been investigated about sexual abuse in other industrial schools at earlier dates.
The Commission described the decision to transfer them as “reckless”.

The Department of Education was also criticised for failing in its supervisory duties, protecting the institution and dismissing serious complaints.


Christian Brothers drop threat to sue abuse survivor

Call for religious orders to place files in one central archive

THE Christian Brothers dropped a threat to sue an abuse survivor over records he took from an industrial school in Limerick after his case was raised in the Dail.
Tom Wall, who survived a childhood of abuse at an industrial school in Glin, says he was asked by the Christian Brothers to burn the records when the school closed in 1973. But he retained many of the files, including his own.
The Christian Brothers claimed ownership of the files after Wall donated them to the University of Limerick and threatened legal action. The religious order backed down after Niall Collins, the Fianna Fail TD, raised Wall’s case in the Dail last Wednesday. Deputy Collins called on the State to intervene to secure the records, which he said included “contracts for sale” that showed how children were effectively “sold into slavery”.
The case has highlighted concerns about the records held by religious orders on the mothers and children who were incarcerated in their institutions. Survivors have complained about the difficulties accessing the records which the Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, said was “disconcerting”.
Collins yesterday called for a “central register” of the records held by all religious orders to provide ease of access for people who “shouldn’t have to beg” for information about their childhoods.
While religious orders gave their files on children adopted from their homes to Tusla some years ago, many organisations still maintain their own archives. Tusla has no powers to seize records relating to children but the Government is pushing through legislation to centralise records with the Adoption Authority, which will have those powers.
Mr Wall’s records include contracts that stipulate that wages earned by boys on apprenticeships be paid to the Christian Brothers, and that unopened letters that children wrote to their parents were confiscated by the Christian Brothers. “Once the children got to Glin, they were completely cut off from the outside world,” he said.
Mr Wall said the records of all religious orders should be in one central archive. “It should have been done years ago. But by the time the religious orders hand over their archives, you will only get what the religious orders want you to see.”
The Christian Brothers, which maintains its own archive of records in Dublin, wanted the original documents returned. Following Niall Collins’s intervention, the Christian Brothers contacted him to say the order was now happy to accept copies. Once the legal details are finalised, Tom Wall will give the records to the University of Limerick.
The Minister for Children is expected to publish an interim report from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes this week. The report is believed to recommend a redress scheme for the mothers and children who were abused in these homes which is expected to be discussed by government ministers next week.


Why is it that when the Vatican, bishops, priests, Brothers and nuns are faced with an issue they reach for LAWYERS and not for JESUS' TEACHING IN THE NEW TESTAMENT?

Do they not really believe in Jesus?

Are they more interested in saving their BILLIONS than they are is SAVING THEIR SOULS?

Their founder EDMUND IGNATIUS RICE who founded the Brothers to help and educate the poor MUST BE TURNING IN HIS GRAVE!

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THE RELIANCE ON LAWYERS is full proof that those running the ROMAN CATHOLIC INSTITUTION are not Christians.

They are hypocrites.

The are Pharisees.

The "Christian" Brothers are not behaving like Christians.

We should all SUPPORT TOM WALL by buying his book.

I ordered it last night.


Formal act of defection from the Catholic Church
formal act of defection from the Catholic Church (Latin actus formalis defectionis ab Ecclesia catholica) was an externally provable juridic act of departure from the Catholic Church, which was recognized from 1983 to 2010 in the Code of Canon Law as having certain juridical effects enumerated in canons 1086, 1117 and 1124. The concept of "formal" act of defection was narrower than that of "notorious" (publicly known) defection recognized in the 1917 Code of Canon Law[ and still narrower than the concept of "de facto" defection. In 2006, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts specified in what a formal act of defection from the Catholic Church consisted. In 2009, all mention of a formal act of defection from the Catholic Church and of any juridical effects deriving from it was removed from the Code.
Procedure from 2006 to 2009
Between 1983 and 2006, the Catholic Church in Germany and some other countries treated as a formal act of defection from the Catholic Church the declaration that some made to the civil authorities for the purpose of avoiding the extra tax traditionally collected by the state for the benefit of whatever Church the tax-payer was a member of. The Church in those countries considered people who made this declaration as no longer entitled to the privileges of membership of the Church, such as having a wedding in church.
The 2006 notification ruled that such declarations did not necessarily indicate a decision to abandon the Church in reality. It laid down that only the competent bishop or parish priest was to judge whether the person genuinely intended to leave the Church through an act of apostasyheresy, or schism. It also pointed out that single acts of apostasy, heresy or schism (which can be repented) do not necessarily involve also a decision to leave the Church, and so "do not in themselves constitute a formal act of defection if they are not externally concretized and manifested to the ecclesiastical authority in the required manner."
The notification required therefore that the decision to leave the Church had to be manifested personally, consciously and freely, and in writing, to the competent Church authority, who was then to judge whether it was genuinely a case of "true separation from the constitutive elements of the life of the Church ... (by) an act of apostasy, heresy or schism."
If the bishop or parish priest decided that the individual had indeed made a formal act of defection from the Catholic Church – making a decision on this matter would normally require a meeting with the person involved – the fact of this formal act was to be noted in the register of the person's baptism. This annotation, like other annotations in the baptismal register, such as those of marriage or ordination, was unrelated to the fact of the baptism: it was not a "debaptism" (a term sometimes used journalistically): the fact of having been baptized remained a fact, and the Catholic Church holds that baptism marks a person with a seal or character that "is an ontological and permanent bond which is not lost by reason of any act or fact of defection".
The motu proprio Omnium in mentem of 26 October 2009 removed from the canons in question all reference to an act of formal defection from the Catholic Church. Accordingly, "it is no longer appropriate to enter attempts at formal defection in the sacramental records since this juridic action is now abolished. 
In late August 2010, the Holy See confirmed that it was no longer possible to defect formally from the Catholic Church. However, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin declared on 12 October 2010 that it intended to keep a register of those who expressed the wish to defect. Since this fell short of making an annotation in the baptismal register, CountMeOut (an association in the archdiocese that had been promoting formal defections from the Catholic Church) thereupon ceased to provide defection forms.

Although the act of "formal defection" from the Catholic Church has thus been abolished, public or "notorious" (in the canonical sense) defection from the Catholic faith or from the communion of the Church is of course possible, as is expressly recognized in the Code of Canon Law. Even defection that is not known publicly is subject to the automatic spiritual penalty of excommunication laid down in canon 1364 of the Code of Canon Law.

The Vatican Blocks the Exit
Reader Eoin recently commented on an Ask Richard post from last February dealing with a question about officially leaving the Catholic Church. Eoin brings to our attention the fact that the Vatican has suspended all processing of individual acts of formal defection from the RCC.
The Irish website Count Me Out has been providing information, guidance and access to the forms needed for people wanting to file a “Declaration of Defection.” They report:
In April of this year, the Catholic Church modified the Code of Canon Law to remove all references to the act of formal defection, the process used by those who wish to formally renounce their membership of the Church.
This resolution, dubbed “Omnium in Mentem” apparently puts all applicants who have filed but have been waiting a long time for any response, into church bureaucratic limbo. Because there are many questions left unanswered, Count Me Out has temporarily suspended all further creation of Declarations of Defection via their website, starting October 12, 2010.
Assuming that “Omnium in Mentem” invalidates the concept of formal defection, the Church no longer deems that an act of defection changes a person’s relationship with the Catholic Church; instead the annotation of the baptismal register becomes merely an administrative task.
Whatever the hell “an administrative task” means.
Count Me Out offers some insight about the backqround of this action by the RCC, and some advice concerning the possible ramifications. They speculate on the reasons why the Vatican has done this, focusing on the confusion caused by making certain exceptions to canon law regarding defections pertaining to marriage. It’s confusing to even read their explanation.
I have three simpler and perhaps more cynical ideas about the Vatican’s motives, but I don’t pretend to know for certain. I’m offering them here to stimulate a discussion, and I ask readers who have more experience and insight about this to correct me and/or add their own ideas:
1.       It will save them a lot of embarrassment. Having this official procedure forces them to individually acknowledge each one of the growing numbers of people who are dissatisfied, disappointed or even disgusted with the Church, and each Declaration of Defection is a powerful public demonstration of both their failure as an institution and the power of their members to defy them.
2.      It will save them a lot of work. People are informally leaving the Church in stampedes lately. If more and more of them want to have official documents to formally and finally signify and certify that, the Vatican will need a new clerical staff as big as the Internal Revenue Service.
3.      Most importantly, it will save them a lot of money. In several countries, the Catholic Church gets government subsidies for various activities and services. The amount of taxpayer money they get depends on their claim of how many people are Catholics in those countries. Unless I’m wrong, I think they use Baptismal records rather than church attendance census, since the numbers will always be larger. Without the Declarations of Defection, there won’t be documents that can be used to discredit their claims of having large numbers of adherents.
So if you want to leave the Roman Catholic Church, you can no longer get them to officially acknowledge and document your exit out the door. You can go, but you’ll have to climb out the window. They don’t want to know about it.


Most Catholics had no say in their becoming members of the Catholic Church. They were brought to be baptised as babies.

Then they were confirmed as school children and again they had no say.

Of course this is no problem if you are happy about being a Roman Catholic.

But if you are NOT HAPPY there should be a formal WAY OUT for you.

To refuse to let people is to behave like a CULT. Cults never let people leave voluntarily.

For a number of years the Vatican did allow people to register defection. But then they found it lost them money and they stopped it.

Now they want to trap you for life - and indeed eternity!

What do readers think about this?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


I only met Martin McGuinness ONCE in my 39 years living in Northern Ireland. 

We both appeared live on an Australian Television breakfast programme broadcast from a B&B in Cushendun in County Antrim.

He was talking to the Australian population about politics in Northern Ireland. I was there to talk about religion in Northern Ireland.

We only chatted briefly. I had written about him in one of my newspaper columns just before then. I had read a poem he had written about his sadness at finding a dead fish in a stream in Donegal. In the column I had wondered if he felt a similar sadness about those who had died in The Troubles - either at his hand or by his orders?

Now in 2017 and on the occasion of his death I must say that I feel sad at his passing - and at such a relatively young age and from such a horrible illness. 

The more time had gone on and the more peacemaking he had done the more I liked and admired him.

I do believe that he played an absolutely vital part in the peace process and he played a part that very few others - if any - could have played. In that sense his later life probably saved many lives here in the North and saved many others from injury and devastation. 

The British Occupation of Ireland for 800+ years was an unjust occupation and there is no doubt that the British have blood on their hands when it comes to Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Protestant "state" from 1922 was an unjust state that heavily discriminated against Catholics in every way including housing and employment.

The RUC was indeed "a Protestant police force for a Protestant people" and committed many horrific crimes against the Catholic community.

The "B Specials" and later the UDR, while having occasional good members in them were really legalised loyalist mobsters that were anti Catholic and committed terrible crimes. I saw them at their worst when I was a curate in Kilkeel in County Down in 1983 and 1984. I had a good relationship with their regular British Armo colonel who admitted to me that the Kilkeel UDR were "out of control". They used to set up roadblocks near the chapel in Kilkeel to try and prevent the Catholics getting to Mass.  On one occasion, late at night, they shot bullets over my head as I parked my car at the rear of the presbytery at Massforth, Kilkeel. 

While on the Falls Road in Belfast from 1978 to 1983 I saw the British Army behave like thugs when it came to searching houses or stopping young Catholics. The local RUC Chief Superintendent - Jim Cructhley with whom I had an excellent working relationship - again admitted to me that he had little control over the army and they caused him great problems.

Martin McGuinness who was born in Derry in 1950 grew up in this unjust state and saw all the injustices that were happening. He and all those he knew would have also being on the receiving end of all these injustices and suffered at the hands of the RUC, the B Specials, the British Army and the UDR.

So of course he grew up in an oppressed community that was on the receiving end of all this state, police and army oppression. Like so many others this would have radicalised him and indeed led him into the republican movement and the IRA.

He had also seen a couple of generations of Catholic / Nationalist politicians fail to improve things for him community - and being allowed to do so by British Governments. 

It is not at all surprising that he came to the conclusion that these oppressors had to be challenged and to be challenged by the gun and the bomb.

He also believed as a Catholic Christian that this "war" he was to become involved was a "just war".

I can clearly see how he took this road.

I came to Northern Ireland in 1978 as a very apolitical 26 year old. Within a short period of seeing my people's sufferings I became radicalised too - but I would never been able to become involved in "violence" - but I knew priests that did approve and even become involved!

I did however support my people in every other way I could.

The most important thing that had to happen to change things in Northern Ireland was the bringing to and end of the old Unionist Stormont Parliament.

Would that have happened without the IRA?

Personally and REGRETTABLY I feel that it would not.

Do those in power ever relinquish it willingly and peacefully?

Very often not.

Would politics have persuaded Hitler to stop?

Would politics have brought an end to apartheid in South Africa?

Would politics have stopped Saddam Hussein?

Would politics have stopped Bin Laden?

I know there are differences in these situations. But it is valid to ask in the old unionist Stormont regime would have fallen through politics alone?


But is it not a fact of life that bad situations are not always solved by rational and moral means.

Is it not also a fact of life that oppressors very seldom give way through persuasion?

As Christians we can say that from the perspective of OBJECTIVE MORALITY war and violence are evil.

From the point of view of SUBJECTIVE MORALITY can we say that sometimes war and violence are often the lesser of two or more evils?

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Today and from now on various people will make various judgements on Martin McGuinness and his life.

But only God can judge his soul.

God has already done that.

The rest of us can probably do best if we try and remember all the good he did ???

We can also be sensitive to ALL the victims of Irish history and The Troubles.

And best of all we can resolve: NEVER AGAIN!



Tuesday, 21 March 2017


'They’d put me in a room with nothing to eat and no windows. Then they would cut my hair to the bone'
A survivor returned this week to the Magdalene Laundry where she had been forced to spend her youth.

MARY MERRITT FIRST entered the High Park Magdalene Laundry in 1947, at the age of 16.
Born in a Dublin workhouse, she was put into the care of the Sisters of Mercy in Ballinasloe, Co Galway when she was two.
Mary (85) never met her mother, and has never found out who she was.
“To this day I don’t know who my mother is,” she told last week.
I’m 85 now, I’ll be 86 next month.
After 14 years in the orphanage in Ballinasloe, Mary (who was known as Mary O’Conor at that time) said she went out one night with four other girls and stole some apples from a nearby orchard.
“They came into me the next morning – on the 7th of January 1947 – and they said O’Conor get your clothes together, you’re going to a situation in Dublin,” said Mary.
Two nuns brought me down to Westmoreland Street Station, put on a train, sat each side of me, and brought me up to here.
“Here” was the Magdalene Laundry at High Park Convent in Drumcondra, Co Dublin.
Mary was to spend the next 14 years at High Park where she was given the name Attracta by the nuns.
She spent that time living in harsh conditions, dealing with psychological trauma and abuse and doing the endless amounts of laundry delivered from hotels and colleges around Dublin.
“We had a terrible time. We got up for mass at 6 o’clock in the morning,” she said.
“We went in and we had a bit of breakfast, a bit of porridge, we went from there down to the laundry and we worked in the laundry then until 12 o’clock.
“Then we had cabbage and potatoes for our dinner and we went back down to the laundry again and we worked there until half past six/seven o’clock.
And then they’d bring us in then we would have prayers and we would got to bed. And that was our day every day of the week for 14 years. I’ll never forget it.
Similar Laundries – centres run by the Catholic Church for so-called “fallen women” – existed in other locations in Dublin and Ireland for decades.

Mary spoke to in the chapel of the old laundry where she had lived over 60 years ago. She was a guest at the official opening of the High Park Family Hub – new group accommodation from Respond! Housing Association for homeless families.
Addressing a gathered crowd – which included Housing Minister Simon Coveney – Mary spoke of the hardships she endured while at the laundry and thanked people for changing the building into a place for families to live.
“I had a very difficult time here,” she said.
I was raped by a priest and sent to a Mother and Baby Home before being sent back here.
Mary has spoken previously of how she had become pregnant and had her child taken off her at the Mother and Baby Home. A Daily Mail article from 2014 details how she met with the daughter who was taken from her decades later.
Speaking to after her speech, Mary said the nuns didn’t usually physically abuse her while she was at the laundry, but they mentally broke her down.
“They use to cut my hair and if I did anything wrong they’d bring me down to a room,” she said.
“It was small and we used to call it the hole. They’d put me in it with nothing to eat and no windows.
Then they would cut my hair to the bone. And then they’d bring me up and make me apologise in front of the whole room, kiss the floor and apologise.
Mary also said that food was scarce and the portions small at the Laundry.
While she spoke to us, her husband Bill Merritt held her hand throughout, interrupting from time to time with his condemnation of what had happened to his wife early in her life.
Mary said she was finally released by the nuns in 1969, with no clue where she was supposed to go.
She was 31 and had lived in institutions for her entire life.
“The clothes I went in with of course at the age of 16 didn’t fit me so they gave me some bits of old rags I don’t know what they were, and I went out and I didn’t know what to do.” she said.
“I sat on Griffith Avenue on a seat and a woman came up to me – Mrs Cronin – and she came over, I’ll never forget it, and said ‘what’s wrong?’
And I said ‘they’ve just put me out of High Park and I have nowhere to go’.
Mrs Cronin – who Mary kept in touch with until her death three years ago – took her back to her house.
She brought me back to her house, she put me up, she gave me a bath, she gave me clothes, and she brought me down the next morning and said I’m going to get you a job somewhere and somewhere to live.
Mary got a job with Marlowe Dry Cleaners O’Connell Street. She moved into her own small flat and set about beginning a life outside of the institutions.
She eventually moved over the London to work in the cleaners over there, where she met her husband Bill.
“Bill was in the Royal Marines and he came in to get a job in the cleaners,” she said.
And 50 years on we’re happily married.
The pair started a family and bought a chain of dry cleaning stores, before selling the business and retiring. Mary now spends time working for justice for other survivors like herself.
She has been compensated by the State for what happened to her, but said that she had never received an official apology from the Catholic Church
She said that the conversion of the old building into homeless accommodation for families in need was a positive step and that she was happy to see the building where she had suffered being put to good use.
She said she harboured no anger with the State now for what happened, but that she was still angry with the Church.
“I am angry with the church. I’m very angry with the church,” she said.

“The last time I was in a church was the day I got married.
“But I still believe in it, don’t get me wrong. And I still say my prayers at night… and I think keeping that bit of religion has helped me along the way.

Mary has not been to church for decades and who would blame her.
She says that she still believes and prays.
Obviously she has realised that there is a massive distinction between God and those people who "CLAIM" to be God's servants.
She no longer needs them to talk to God. She goes directly to God. She has cut out the power abusing and money making middle men and women.
The real Christian Mary met was not any of those wicked nuns or clergy - but MRS CRONIN who treated her with Gospel values and love.
Jesus constantly talked about judging people by their fruits.
Mrs Cronin showed love, Christian compassion and practical care.
The nuns showed exactly the opposite.
If there are a hierarchy of places in heaven Mrs Cronin will rank very high.
I would not like to be one of those wicked nuns or indeed their bishop and priest masters approaching the Pearly Gates or the judgement seat of God.
MATTHEW 7:15-21
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.