Tuesday, 22 May 2018

EAMON DANCES WHILE MAGHERAFELT BURNS!!!

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

EAMON IS FOND OF HATS

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




22nd May 2018.



Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Armagh.

Dear Eamon,

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHOOLS:

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

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

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

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

THE IRISH SCHOOL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely yours,

Pat


(Bishop) Pat Buckley



THE GOOD SHEPHERD PROTECTING HIS SHEEP FROM A WOLF

Monday, 21 May 2018

FILIPINO PRIEST MURDERED FOR HAVING SEX WITH EIGHT WOMEN




PAT:

The Filipino news media is saying that Father Ventura was shot because he had had affairs with eight women.
Some of these women are reputed to be the wives of local policemen, soldiers, and influential people.
In places like the Philippines, they are slow to use legal remedies to sort out their problems.
They are inclined to pat local policemen, soldiers, and hired guns to resolve their issues.


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THE NEWS REPORT BELOW PRESENTS THE STATEMENTS BY THE LOCAL rc BISHOPS:



"Priest shot dead after Mass in Northern Philippines
Father Mark Anthony Yuaga Ventura was the second Filipino priest to be killed in four months



A Catholic priest was shot and killed after saying Mass in the northern Philippine town of Gattaran in Cagayan province on April 29.
Police said Father Mark Anthony Yuaga Ventura, 37, was shot twice by a lone gunman.
The priest was blessing children who attended the Mass while talking to members of the choir when a man in motorcycle helmet approached him.
Father Ventura sustained gunshot wounds to the head and chest and died at the scene, according to the police.
The assailant walked out of the gymnasium, where the Mass was held, and fled on a motorcycle with an accomplice.
Minutes after the shooting, pictures uploaded on social media showed the lifeless body of the priest on the ground near the altar.
Father Ventura, known for being an anti-mining advocate and for his work with tribal people in the province of Cagayan, was ordained a priest in 2011.
He was director of San Isidro Labrador Mission Station based in the nearby village of Mabuno. He used to be rector of the St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in the town of Aparri.

Bishops, activists condemn 'evil act'
The country's Catholic bishops deplored the killing of Father Ventura, saying that they were "totally shocked and in utter disbelief to hear about the brutal killing."
"We condemn this evil act," read a statement signed by Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the bishops' conference.
The prelates appealed to authorities "to act swiftly in going after the perpetrators … and to bring them to justice."
The priest's killing "set a new high to the epidemic of impunity and barbarity that has been set upon the country," read a statement from activist group Makabayan.
The opposition Liberal Party also condemned the killing and called on authorities to "capture and prosecute" the killers and not treat the priest's death as "just another death under investigation."
"We hope that Father Ventura's death is not a reflection of our nation's character in light of the recent actions of the government against Sister Patricia Fox," read the party's statement.
Sister Fox, an Australian missionary who has been working in poor communities in the Philippines in the past 27, was ordered to leave the country last week for joining protest rallies.
The youth group Anakbayan blamed President Rodrigo Duterte's administration for the priest's killing because of what the group described was its "fascistic, tyrannical, and mafia-style rule."
"Its fascist campaign has rendered people from the religious sector as legitimate targets of killings, intimidation, and harassment for speaking up not only against the madman's bloody war on drugs but also against the social and political injustices perpetrated by the regime," read the group's statement.
The Philippine National Police has already ordered the creation of a special investigation task group to look into the killing of Father Ventura".


Police confirm Fr. Ventura's supposed illicit affairs part of probe
Published May 21, 2018 11:46am 
Police on Monday confirmed that the supposed illicit affairs of Father Mark Anthony Ventura are only among the angles being looked into in the priest's killing last month.
Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino, director of Cagayan Valley Police Regional Office, told Dobol B sa News TV that the supposed illicit affairs of the priest with at least eight women are based on information gathered by the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) formed by the Philippine National Police to investigate the priest's death.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday presented a matrix titled Possible Motive (Love Triangle) in his speech during the fiesta celebration of Tabongon town in Cebu.
Duterte said that the matrix shows that a priest named "Fr. Mark Anthony" could have been killed because of the suspected illicit affairs.
The matrix showed that the priest had illicit affairs with at least eight women.
Duterte said among the women in the matrix are married to a vice mayor, a policeman, a soldier, and a businessman.
Ventura was killed late April after officiating a Mass at the town gymnasium of Gattaran in Cagayan province.
"'Yan pong mga ganyan, part po ng imbestigasyon. 'Yan din po ang nakukuha naming information sa baba, so may ganon pong anggulo na 'yun po ang tinitingnan natin," Espino said, referring to the supposed illicit affairs of the slain priest.


He explained that investigating teams usually come up with matrices to zero in on possible angles and suspects, particularly in slay cases.
Espino said the angle of personal grudge in the priest's killing may fall under the love angle.


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FIRST MEETING OF MAGHERAFELT PARISHIONERS HELD LAST NIGHT (MONDAY)
The first meeting of CONCERNED MAGHERAFELT PARISHIONERS took place last night.

I traveled to Magherafelt to be part of the meeting and to listen to the views of those who attended.

Tomorrow's Blog (Wednesday) will give a full account of the meeting and the views of those involved.



FATHER GATES HAS COOKED UP A PROPER STORM


FATHER GATES MEETING TOOK PLACE LAST NIGHT - MONDAY.

FULL UPDATE - WEDNESDAY BLOG.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

IS FATHER GATES RETURNING TO MAGHERAFELT - JUNE 10TH



MAGHERAFELT PARISHIONERS TOLE ME OVER THE WEEKEND THAT IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE CHURCHES THERE THIS WEEKEND THAT JOHN GATES IS COMING BACK TO MAGHERAFELT FOR JUNE 10TH SO THAT HE CAN CELEBRATE THE ANNUAL MASS ROCK MASS OUTSIDE THE TOWN?

Meanwhile, there are still complaints about Father Gates' treatment of people arriving daily on this Blog and by email address.

In one sense, it's really irrelevant whether Gates come back or not - although the people I am in touch with do not want him back!

But if he does come back, at least there is now a public Blog and a group of people who will be watching things and continue to collect and process complaints.

This Blog will certainly keep a keen interest in what's happening in Magherafelt for the foreseeable future.

There are also others, including a small number of journalists, who are aware of the way things have been in the town - and who will be watching how things work out.

I must say that Father Gates publishes very unusual pictures on his Facebook page - pictures that suggest he has a massive interest in himself, his photographs and activities.


FATHER GATES AND MCENIFF AS RUGBY PLAYERS!

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SANTA GATES AND SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER MCENIFF-

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GATES AND MCENIFFE AT WINBELDON


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MORE GATES AND MCENIFF



What's all this Narcissistic photography about?




Who is Mr. McEniff?


****** Would Paul who rang me recently ring me

07488 374364


MAGHERAFELT MEETING IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS

RING ME ON 07488 374364 FOR DETAILS



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BISHOP PREACHING AT HARRY AMD MEGHAN'S WEDDING


Saturday, 19 May 2018

GAY WEDDING - FERMANAGH




WELL, I WAS NOT INVITED TO THE ROYAL WEDDING IN LONDON YESTERDAY = BUT HAD MY OWN LOVELY WEDDING ON THE FERMANAGH LAKES.

The wedding was of two young men who have been a loving couple for seven years and who sealed their love before God in the open air yesterday.



I was assisted at the Wedding Mass by a fellow priest and by two religious sisters.

The priest concelebrated and the two sisters helped give out Holy Communion to the near 200 congregation.

We had wonderful live music and the readings were done by the congregation in both English and Irish.

There were people at the Wedding Mass from all over Ireland, the UK and the rest of the world.

Come came from as far as the United States and New Zealand.


The above slow lament was paid in memory of all the deceased relations of the couple and all present.


GAY WEDDINGS / BLESSINGS:

In its history, the Catholic Church used to celebrate same-sex blessings between two men and two women.

Thankfully nowadays same-sex marriages are legal in many countries.

Hopefully, they will soon be legal in Northern Ireland.

In the Scriptures, we are told: "WHEREVER THERE IS LOVE - THERE IS GOD".

Everyone present yesterday felt the love of God with us all - and with the young couple.

These weddings are becoming more and more common, thank God.



MORE BAD NEWS FOR DROMORE.






Bishop Pat, 

I heard that this evening , Canon Brown who is administrator in Newry Cathedral, addressed the congregation to say that the bishop has informed him of a historical allegation against him and that he is standing down with immediate effect. 

Canon Brown was also the principal of St Colman’s College for a period of time. 


TOMORROW - BACK TO MAGHERAFELT



Friday, 18 May 2018

ALL CHILEAN BISHOPS OFFER THEIR RESIGNATION!

EVERY CATHOLIC BISHOP IN CHILE HAS OFFERED HIS RESIGNATION TO POPE FRANCIS THIS WEEK.

Protest at Bishop Barrow installation Mass.



Background to the story:

BISHOP BARROS - AT CENTRE OF CHILEAN ABUSE CRISIS

More Chilean sex abuse victims speak up
By Nicole Winfield and Energara | AP / WASHINGTON POST

VATICAN CITY — Another group of Chilean church sex abuse victims is making its voice heard as the country’s Catholic leadership meets with Pope Francis, demanding that the Vatican recognize crimes, cover-ups and the need for reparation.



A statement from six named victims of the Marist Brothers religious community - and other unnamed survivors of Marist assaults - was issued Wednesday on the second day of the emergency summit Francis convened with 34 Chilean bishops.
The scandal within the Marists, who operate schools in 79 countries, exploded in August when the community in Chile revealed that at least 14 minors had been abused by a brother. Another brother abused at least five more.
In their statement, the victims said the Marists were still covering up the crimes, and attacking the credibility of survivors. They vowed to speak out so that parents with children in Marist schools would know what happened to them.
“We insist that the Vatican modify its discourse and rather than talk about pain, forgiveness and sin, it must urgently recognize crimes, misdeeds and reparation, and put all the information it has in the hands of the civilian justice system,” they said.
In a statement to The Associated Press late Wednesday, the Marists said that as soon as they received the accusations, superiors immediately removed the brothers from contact with minors, alerted Chilean prosecutors and offered victims psychological, legal and spiritual help. The community also launched a church investigation and asked the Vatican to remove the two brothers; a decision is pending.
Francis convened the Chilean church hierarchy in Rome after admitting he made “grave errors in judgment” about the case of a bishop, Juan Barros, accused by victims of Chile’s most well-known predator priest of witnessing and ignoring their abuse.
Francis had strongly defended Barros during his January trip to Chile, and sent in two Vatican experts to investigate after realizing something was amiss.
The investigators took testimony from the main victims of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, who was Barros’ superior. But the investigators also met with Marist victims and abuse victims of other priests in Chile, producing a 2,300-page dossier that is at the heart of this week’s meetings in the Vatican.
It’s unclear why Francis restricted the summit to Chilean bishops, since religious orders such as the Franciscans and Salesians, and communities such as the Marists operate somewhat independently of the diocesan bishop system, with their own superiors.
But in the case of the Marists, diocesan priests have also been implicated in the scandal, which involves allegations of abuse from decades ago through at least 2008. The victims have filed a criminal complaint against three Catholic priests, a Capuchin brother and six Marists. The allegations involve rape during camping trips and in the school locker rooms and showers.
In their Wednesday night statement, the Marists said they fully supported the legal action taken by victims, including the lifting of the statute of limitations.
“There is a total determination to apply the relative sanctions to those who are responsible,” the statement said.
It didn’t refer to the fact that many Chileans were outraged when the Marists admitted that the main brother accused had confessed in 2010, seven years before the community revealed the abuse.

“The actions that Pope Francis will take will be the only way to know if the times of cover-up inside the institution are over,” the victims wrote. “We’re concerned that the requests for forgiveness be translated into concrete and exemplary action.”


Why did all the bishops offer to quit?
BBC

The bishops offered their resignation by letter after three days of crisis talks at the Vatican, during which the Pope handed them a 10-page document accusing Chile's Church hierarchy of negligence in sex abuse cases.

Some of the Vatican investigator's findings were included in the report, according to Chile's T13 television, which acquired a leaked copy.

In it, the Pope said he felt ashamed that people had been pressured not to fully investigate abuse allegations.

"We are all involved, myself in first place, and no one can be exempted by looking to shift the problem onto the backs of others," the Pope reportedly wrote.
In their letter, the bishops wrote that their individual futures were in the Pope's hands, and if he did not accept their resignations, they would "continue doing our pastoral work".

"In communion with [the Pope] we want to re-establish justice and contribute to repairing the damage caused," they wrote.

How have victims responded?

"This will change things forever," tweeted Juan Carlos Cruz, who was abused by Fr Karadima in the 1980s.
José Andrés Murillo, another victim, said Pope Francis should accept the mass resignation offer.
"They did not know how to protect the weakest, exposed them to abuses, and then prevented justice," he wrote on Twitter.

"That's why they all deserve to go."

PAT SAYS:

While we are struggling with problems like Maynooth and Magherafelt we need to remember that Catholics in other countries are having major problems with bishops and clergy too.

In the past few days when Pope Francis called the Chilean bishops to Rome over widespread abuse in Chile all the Chilean bishops offered their resignation to the pope.

This is the first time in history anything like this happened.

When you consider the scandals we are coping with in Ireland, maybe all our bishops should go too!

People like Eamon Martin, Ray Browne etc have shown that they are totally incompetent.

And they are also unintelligent fools when it comes to handling things like Maynooth and Magherafelt.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

EXAMPLE - A MAGHERAFELT ISSUE



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Those people who provided me with the information for today's Blog telephoned me early this morning and asked me to remove the Blog as they feared it would have serious repercussions for them and their families.

Of course I have complied.

It's a sign of the fear that exists in Magherafelt :-(

I understand people's fears and vulnerabilities.

But bullying thrives when it's victims are afraid to challenge it.
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ARMAGH PRIEST AND MAGHERAFELT NATIVE - FATHER THOMAS MC HUGH - RECORDING AN INTERVIEW ON WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE A PRIEST





Wednesday, 16 May 2018

THE IRISH COLLEGE SAGA




TWO IRISH SEMINARIANS "LEFT" THE IRISH COLLEGE IN ROME IN RECENT WEEKS AND THIS LEAVING HAS LED TO VARIOUS AND DIFFERING REPORTS WITHIN THE CHURCH AND IN THE MEDIA.

One of the seminarians - Conor Gannon - has sent solicitor's letters to at least prominent national Irish newspapers.


He is making the very strong points that:

A. He left the college on his own accord and was not asked to leave.

B. The report that two seminarians were found in bed is absolutely unfounded.

MGSR O'CARROLL - RECTOR - IRISH COLLEGE


Conor and the other seminarian from Kildare have asked the rector of The Irish College - Monsignor O'Carroll and the Archbishop of Dublin - Diarmuid Martin to make a statement about the "leaving".



Both churchmen have declined to do so to the present time.

In a meeting with journalists the other day - at a school opening Mass in Dublin - Archbishop Martin insisted that he not willing to discuss individual cases.

That is obviously his very strong position.

The seminarians who left also say that the incident in question was the result of excess alcohol.

There are a number of important questions that arise that the men themselves - and indeed the interested public - would like clarified.

1. Is having too much alcohol on one occasion a sufficient reason for leaving the seminary?

2. Had the seminarians started drinking earlier that evening while attending a function in The Vatican concerned with the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humane Vitae?

3. Did the seminarians then go on to another Roman establishment of a very different type than The Vatican and continue drinking there?

4. Were the seminarians caught later that night / early morning on Irish College CCTV cameras?




5. If so, what was the content of that CCTV and did it contain anything that might leave to college departures?

6. Has that CCTV content been secured to be produced IF a legal case ensues?

7. If there is such a case brought before the courts will Archbishop Martin. Monsignor O'Carroll and other prominent churchmen be summoned to give evidence?




8. Has the seminarian concerned considered the principle "He who comes to equity must come with clean hands"  before starting legal proceedings?

9. Has the Kildare seminarian proved himself a wiser man by not issuing solicitor's letters, keeping a low profile and waiting for the matter to blow over?


OSCAR WILDE CASE


The classic case of poor Oscar Wilde is worth the consideration of any young gentleman thinking of going to court.

It was the case that Wilde himself brought for defamation that sealed his sad fate.

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JAMES O' CONNELL ISSUED WITH SOLICITOR'S LETTER BY ARCHBISHOP EAMON MARTIN


The Middletown, Armagh man who has been visiting various clerical personages in the Archdiocese of Armagh to talk about a relative of his been sexually hurt by a priest has now received a solicitor's letter from Archbishop Eamon Martin.



The letter warns Mr. McConnell is that he is not to approach officers and employees of the Archdiocese of Armagh - or to record them.

The letter states that the archbishop is reluctant to take legal proceedings against Mr. McConnell - but certainly indicates that such action might be taken if he does not desist.





Mr. McConnell was traurmtised at a young age by the events he had to witness.

He has now being to the PSNI.

The PSNI have said that Mr. McConnell's relative does not want to take action against a priest.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

MEETING OF CONCERNED PARISHIONERS - MAGHERAFELT




IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO INVITE THE PEOPLE AND PARISHIONERS OF MAGHERAFELT TO A MEETING TO DISCUSS A PLAN OF ACTION TO TACKLE THE BULLYING TAKING PLACE IN THE PARISH AND ITS ASSOCIATED INSTITUTIONS LIKE ITS SCHOOLS.

This Blog's interest in Magherafelt began when the Muldoon Family - Magherafelt parishioners - were threatened by the PP - Father John Gates - with not allowing their son - Conree - to receive his First Holy Communion last Saturday - May 12th.

As it turned out, Conree did get his First Holy Communion - and the one missing from the ceremony was Father Gates himself.

As the Sunday World reported last Sunday - Father Gates has gone AWOL.


In the past 10 days, a stream of messages and phone calls had flowed in our direction from a great number of people who have been deeply hurt by Father Gates - and others in the parish - who are engaged in bullying.

There are stories of dedicated Catholic old ladies being shouted at in church and being sent home in tears.




There are stories of younger women being verbally abused and reduced to tears in the presence of their children for daring to stop their cars near the entrance of the Parochial House.

There are stories of other old ladies being shouted at and verbally abused because some of their hedge clippings fell on parish property.

There are stories of teachers and classroom assistants being made physically and emotionally unwell by bullying.




There are other stories of school children having to travel to Cookstown and Armagh to receive the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation.

There are stories of boards of governors not tackling important everyday issues.


If these were only isolated stories there would not be so much concern.

But these are multiple stories - being told by a great variety of good people - who feel their lives are being unnecessarily made HEll.


The INITIAL response was to raise concerns about all these incidents through this Blog and through other media outlets.


But the problem is so great that it has been decided highlighting the issues is no longer enough.




The parishioners of Magherafelt now need to form a CONCERNED PARISHIONERS - MAGHERAFELT group to challenge the wrongdoing and to support victims.

Therefore these parishioners - with me as an enabler - want to have a preliminary meeting to bring this group together.

To facilitate Magherafelt people this meeting will be held in Magherafelt and held very soon.

Would those interested in attending please contact me either on:

07488 374364

or  bishopbuckley1@outlook.com


When you get in contact give us a way of contacting you and tell us whether you would like the meeting of an evening or on a weekend afternoon.

Now is the opportunity for ordinary Magherafelt people to have their views known and heard.

It is planned to have the meeting as private as possible and no one will be asked to give their names or details.