Tag Archives: Catholic Church

90278424[Mary McAleese at the launch of Quo Vadis,  in 2012]

“I don’t like my Church’s attitude to gay people. I don’t like ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’. If you are the so-called sinner, who likes to be called that? We also know that within the priesthood a very large number of priests are gay.”

[ Speaking during a lecture at the Royal Society of Edinburgh] Mrs McAleese said she studied suicide among young Irish males, many of them gay Catholics who grew up being told their sexuality was “intrinsically disordered” and “evil”.

When she took this research to the new papal nuncio in Dublin she was surprised by his response.

She said she was asked: “What do you want me to do? Do you want us to turn our back on tradition?” Her answer was: “Yes, if it’s wrong.”

“Things written by [former Pope] Benedict, for example, were completely contradictory to modern science and to modern understanding, and to the understanding of most Catholics nowadays in relation to homosexuality.”

“Nowadays, it is not something that is perceived as something that is intrinsically disordered. Homosexual conduct is not seen as evil.”

Mrs McAleese drew a ­comparison with the Church’s attitude to Jews. It took almost two millennia formally to revise the “Christ-killer” slander which had been repeated down the decades.


Shamed Cardinal urged to tell life story by former Irish leader (Glasgow Herald)

Former president Mary McAleese criticises church’s stance on gays (Mark Hennessy and Patsy McGarry Irish Times)

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

philomena's oathShould you have seen the movie…

The ‘renunciation’ signed by Philomena Lee relinquishing claims on her then three-year-old son Anthony to the Superioress of Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary in 1955.

Anthony, who was born “out of wedlock”, was sold to an American couple.

Previously: Broadsheet Trailer Park: Philomena

Pic via  ‘Philomena’ by Martin Sixsmith

Thanks R

22/7/2011. Quinn meets Catholic congregations(Representatives of the Sisters of Mercy meeting the Minister of Education in 2011)

Read on.

Ceist is a charitable trust company set up by a number of Irish religious orders, into which ownership of the school property of those orders is intended to – and in many cases has been – transferred.

The orders are the Daughters of Charity, Presentation Sisters, Sisters of the Christian Retreat, Sisters of Mercy and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

The Sisters of Mercy alone has transferred 66 school properties, worth €412m, to Ceist whose directors include Senator Ronan Mullen.

Ceist’s memorandum and articles – publicly available from the Companies Office – define its purpose as the furthering of the aims and purposes of Roman Catholic education generally, and state that its assets are to be used for that purpose.

However the ability to legally transfer school property into Ceist – a trust is limited by the existing charitable trusts on which that property is held.

Where property or money is bequeathed or given for a particular charitable purpose, it must be used for that purpose only.

A widening of that purpose, or transfer into another charitable trust with a different – purpose, is not permitted without consent of the Charity Commissioners – or the High Court.

BUT we are unable to find any record of such consent having been given in respect of any property transferred by the orders to Ceist.

Charitable trusts are permitted because of their public benefit and are under the care and responsibility of the Attorney-General. To which we ask:

Is this massive transfer of property legal?

Previously: These Are Just Tactics

Mercy Mercy Me

00060085Good luck with that.

Martijn Leenheer and his family moved from Holland to a rural village in County Leitrim, Ireland, in search of a quieter town for raising their son, Finn.

An atheist, Leenheer was concerned about exposing his son to Church doctrine at the local Catholic school, and he chose to opt Finn out of the 30-minute religion class—a constitutional right afforded to all Irish parents.

Three months later, Leenheer was surprised to learn his son was still sitting in the class on most days, as well as reciting prayers in other parts of the school day. Leenheer contacted the principal to clarify things, but was repeatedly ignored, he said.

“We didn’t realize we chose the most rural bit of Ireland to live in,” said Leenheer. “We never thought it was going to be this serious, this in-your-face-religion.

Leenheer’s insistence on opting his son out led to his family being ostracised in his community, he said. He pulled Finn out of the Catholic school, moved to a new neighborhood and enrolled him at an Educate Together school in Sligo…


A New Problem in Ireland: Where to Find a Non-Catholic School? (The Atlantic)

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

21bruni-carla-hale-popupUS high school sports coach Carla Hale.

In a termination notice, the principal explained that Carla’s “spousal relationship violates the moral laws of the Catholic Church.”

Pedanto writes:

A beloved teacher is fired from a Catholic school for acknowledging her partner in her mother’s obituary.
Can’t you just smell the compassion?


One School’s Catholic Teaching (Frank Bruni, New York Times)

(Pic: NYT)

00075188-642Cardinal Seán Brady

The host with the most to hide.

After the statement [by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland] was issued, Cardinal Sean Brady told RTE that the bishops believed that the legislation was a denial of religious freedom.

Cardinal Brady said the bishops had not discussed if Communion should be refused to politicians who supported the bill.

In February, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis and the head of the Vatican court, urged priests to withdraw communion from politicians who supported abortion legislation in Ireland.

He told the newspaper The Catholic Voice that the legalisation of abortion in Ireland would create a “culture of death.”

Cardinal Brady said that though the bishops were calling on parliamentary representatives to oppose the bill, “there would be a great reluctance to politicise the Eucharist.”

Politicians, he said, “have an obligation to oppose the laws that are attacking something so fundamental as the right to life and they would have to follow their own conscience.”


We’ve missed him.

He’s been a wafer so long.


Oh, suit yourselves.

Irish Catholic Church Condemns Abortion Legislation (Douglas Dalby, New York Times)

Abortion legislation morally unacceptable – Cardinal Seán Brady (RTE)


aw-Bishop-20Peter-20Connors-2C-20Ballarat-20Diocese_20130429222119286356-620x349Bishop Peter Connors (above) of the diocese of Ballarat appeared, at the government-lead inquiry into the handling of child sex abuse cases by the Catholic Church in Victoria, Australia, today

He was asked by Committee member David O’Brien about Fr Paul Ryan a paedophile who was moved from parish to parish.

O’Brien: “Was there awareness of Ryan’s sexual problems from early on?”

Bishop Connors: ”Yes.”

O’Brien: “Was there persistent conduct in not warning parishioners?”

Bishop Connors: ”I can’t comment.”

O’Brien: “Was there a persistent determination to retain him despite the high risk?

Bishop Connors: ”Yes.”

O’Brien: “Was there a persistent disregard for victims?”

Bishop Connors: ”Yes.”

O’Brien: “There hasn’t been any investigation or explanation of how a priest like Ryan could be shifted around?”

Bishop Connors: ”No.”

O’Brien: “The church has effectively facilitated child sex offences by leaving known offenders in place?”

Bishop Connors:”I agree with that.”

O’Brien: “Very unChrist-like, isn’t it?”

Bishop Connors: ”Absolutely.”

Catholic Church ‘facilitated’ abuse (The Age)

Thanks Mark Geary

There has been some sympathy expressed for Redemptorist priest Father Tony Flannery (above) in light of the Vatican’s attempt to silence him over his support of women’s ordination and Church teaching on sexuality.

A voice of enlightenment from the priesthood supporting teh wimmin and teh gays, you say?

What does he have to say about clerical abuse victims?

The common assumption today is that the experience of sexual abuse does almost irreparable damage to a child, which will impact on their whole life. It would appear to be classified as the worst form of abuse. But can we be sure of that?How does one measure the damage done to a child by one form of neglect or abuse more than another?


Does it strike anybody that it is a bit strange that we are devoting so much time, money and energy to inquiring into the abuse of children half a century ago when there is so much that is unsavoury in the lives of children today?


The other obvious anomaly, beginning to be highlighted by some commentators, is that all the inquiries are into the behaviour of Catholic Church institutions and people, even though their abuse, dreadful as it was, is only a tiny fraction of all the abuse of children that happened in the past.

Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

Rite and Reason and Reality. Tony Flannery C.S.S.R. Redemptorist (Marie-Thérèse O’Loughlin, Goldenbridge39)


More than 70 per cent of the brothers in the St John of God order are suspected child abusers and Sydney Archbishop George Pell should immediately shut the order down, says a psychologist employed by the order to meet with its scores of abuse victims.

Almost 200 victims have sought compensation after alleging they were abused in special schools and homes run by the brothers in Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand.

Last week, a Melbourne inquiry into child abuse heard allegations that brothers had drugged and pack-raped boys at their facilities in Victoria.


Pack raped.

Pell Urged To Close Order Over Abuses (TheAge)

PM Announces Abuse Inquiry (TheAge)

Thanks Mark Geary