Bishop Casey's Big Bash

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Trocaire are hosting a big bash in Dublin for former Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey next month to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Who's paying for this ? Is it coming out of Trocaire funds ? Are they robbing the poor to feed this fat privileged hypocrite ?
 


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Casey to get special Mass as tribute from Church

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Eamonn Casey: 80th birthday mass will be followed by presentation to mark his contribution to work of Trocaire and the Third World



Private honour for disgraced cleric over Third World work



THE Catholic Church in Ireland is to privately honour disgraced former Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey on his 80th birthday, even though he has not yet been cleared by Rome of sexual abuse allegations.

The Irish Independent has learned that a special Mass for Bishop Casey will be held in University Church in St Stephen's Green, Dublin, at 5pm on May 8.

It is to be attended by a select number of invited guests.

This will be followed by a reception and presentation in Newman House to mark Bishop Casey's contribution to the work of Trocaire and the Third World.

Yesterday Bishop Casey, who will be 80 next Tuesday, confirmed that he has agreed to the presentation organised by Trocaire, the Irish Bishops' Third World development agency.

Invitation

But speaking from his home yesterday in the south Galway parish of Beagh in the townland of Shanaglish, Bishop Casey said he had not yet received a formal invitation to the event.

Bishop Casey said he knew "some kind of presentation is to be made to me in recognition of my work with Trocaire and for the Third World". But he did not know that the presentation will be preceded by a Mass at which he is to be the guest of honour.

"I will be there," Bishop Casey said, declining to give an interview.

Bishop Casey was chairman of Trocaire from its foundation in 1973 until his resignation and exile in 1992 after it became public that he had fathered a child during an affair in the 1970s with American divorcee Annie Murphy.

After spending six years as a missionary in Ecuador, he was admitted to the diocese of Brighton and Arundel as a curate before his return to Ireland last year.

His return and rehabilitation, however, has been clouded by the sexual charges made against him by an unnamed woman.

But last night confusion hung over whether Bishop Casey will be permitted to concelebrate the Dublin Mass which will be said by the Bishop of Clonfert, Dr John Kirby, who is chairman of Trocaire.

Pending the public outcome of the canonical inquiry, Bishop Casey is barred from celebrating Mass in public by the Bishop of Galway, Dr Martin Drennan, under whose jurisdiction he is as a retired priest.

Late last year, Bishop Casey was told by the Director of Public Prosecutions that his office was not proceeding with an investigation into 13 allegations of sexual abuse made against him by a middle-aged woman when she was a child 30 years ago.

But in accordance with Roman canon law, it was announced by the church authorities in Galway, through the Catholic Media Office in Maynooth, that Bishop Casey would not be readmitted to public ministry until the Irish Church has conducted its own investigation into the case.

Last night, a church source in Galway said a decision had not been made, but that "a letter from Rome could arrive any day".

The special Dublin event is to be held in private in Dublin on May 8, according to the Director of Trocaire, Justin Kilcullen, with the guest list confined to associates of the Catholic bishops' development agency since its foundation. The media has not been invited.

"The arrangements were made by Bishop Kirby, and Bishop Casey was delighted to accept. He will be at the Mass as well as the presentation," Mr Kilcullen said.

Disclose

Mr Kilcullen would not disclose if Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin knew of the event, or had been invited as it wouldbe taking place in hisdiocese. Under church protocol, it is the practice for a bishop attending public functions in another diocese to inform his colleague of that event. "This is not an issue, because Trocaire is a national body," Mr Kilcullen said.

Last night, a spokesperson for Dr Martin said that the Archbishop was due to celebrate an Anniversary Mass for the Loreto nuns in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, on the evening of May 8.

A spokesman for Bishop Drennan said he had not been invited to the Trocaire event. "This is not a diocesan occasion."

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Drink ! Feck ! Arse ! Girls ! Award ! Award ! Picture ! Picture !
 

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Just heard on radio that the Casey bash is to be picketed. Good on ya !
 

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It was something about the Catholic church copping out of meeting their financial obligations to victims of clerical abuse and Trocaire wasting the charity's money on Casey - again!
 

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No doubt he'll roll up in his bishop's Merc like a Minister of the alternative government in the south, the Catholic Hierarchy, closely followed by Bishop Comiskey in his Beamer.
 

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C.Reggan said:
It was something about the Catholic church copping out of meeting their financial obligations to victims of clerical abuse and Trocaire wasting the charity's money on Casey - again!
That's the last time I'll be filling a Trocaire box at Easter if this is the sh!te they spend the money on.
 

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I feel sorry for the poor unfortunate gobshites who think Casey is some sort of 'hero'. I dont particularly dislike him nor like, but what exactly is it with the whole hero worship thing with the man?

Did he ever go out and shovel shit in the third world?
Did he f**K.

Anyway, I dont give to charities anyway, so if Trocaire thinks that money spent on a lying, fornicating, betrayer of his own faith, washed up old has been - why not? Its someone else money they are spending so more power to them.....
 

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The OD said:
I feel sorry for the poor unfortunate gobshites who think Casey is some sort of 'hero'. I dont particularly dislike him nor like, but what exactly is it with the whole hero worship thing with the man?

Did he ever go out and shovel shit in the third world?
Did he f**K.

Anyway, I dont give to charities anyway, so if Trocaire thinks that money spent on a lying, fornicating, betrayer of his own faith, washed up old has been - why not? Its someone else money they are spending so more power to them.....
Inform yourself first!
 

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Bishop Casey's actions are far less disgraceful then those of his contemporaries. What happened with him was what can happen to anyone, man meets women, sleeps with woman, has child. All fine, unless you are a bishop. The only law broken here was church law. Unlike the actions of other clergy which went against basic human dignity and the laws which govern society as a whole. As a bishop Casey did great work for the poor of Ireland, England and Ecuador. Never an establishment bishop, he spoke out regularly in favour of social justice and international causes, which included his opposition to Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy. All this is to his credit. The only quam with him is he stole church money to pay to support Ms. Murphy and his child. Other then that he was a decent man who should be left in peace.
 

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C.Reggan said:
Trocaire are hosting a big bash in Dublin for former Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey next month to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Who's paying for this ? Is it coming out of Trocaire funds ? Are they robbing the poor to feed this fat privileged hypocrite ?


Careful Reggan, they will say you are anti-Irish.

Is casey bringing along his Brazilian ladyboy lover to the bash ?
 

C.Reggan

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TT, that Wiki article suggests that Casey may have used church funds to support his child. There were other claims previously about where the money came from to support his elaborate lifestyle - fast cars, fancy restaurants, permanent panel seat on the Late, Late Show with his buddy Gay Byrne etc.

Why has there not been a proper investigation into these matters ?
 

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C.Reggan said:
Just heard on radio that the Casey bash is to be picketed. Good on ya !
Picketed by who?
 

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Question for the legally knowledgeable, strictly in the abstract: if someone steals from me and I waive my right to prosecute for whatever reason (my affection/esteem for that person, wish to settle the matter between us, etc) AND if the money is paid back by a third party, would the state be within its rights to investigate the matter?
 

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C.Reggan said:
Trocaire are hosting a big bash in Dublin for former Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey next month to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Who's paying for this ? Is it coming out of Trocaire funds ? Are they robbing the poor to feed this fat privileged hypocrite ?
So, Trocaire are "bashing the bishop", something he should have stuck to* :twisted:

*stuck to probably not a great choice of words either.
 

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Bishop Casey, up until his fall from public grace, was one of the most popular Bishops in Ireland. He was the peoples favorite.

He did huge work for underprivledged people at home, in Britain and in the Third World.

He was wrong of course in what he did. But primarily in was an issue of breaking his vows to his Church and then hiding from facing up to the situation.

He was/is a Good man and I wish him the best on his birthday.

BTW to those who denigrate his name I have a question.

Do you think he would forgive you if you had done what he did?
 

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Casey did a lot of work among the Irish homeless in London when the government in this country couldn't have cared less - in fact successive governments were delighted that high emigration was keeping a lid on civil strife and even higher levels of unemployment.

In Trocaire it was Casey, among others, who lead the way in moving from the 'black babies syndrome' to Development and empowering people to help themselves.

He treated his son badly. Yes. But he has tried to make up for it as far as I know. And he has taken his punishment publicly and humbly.

All in all Eamon Casey is one of those people who made the world a better place for the poor and underprivaleged and if his friends want to honour him for that they should be allowed to get on with it.
 

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No matter what achievements you have in life, no matter what selfless contributions you make, no matter how many people you help, it seems that the people want to focus only on the bad, only on the mistake.

I know of no perfect people but it seems that you must be completely perfect in order to perform public service. It is sad for society.
 


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