OK Sean here's the deal. Tom D is upset with me 'cuz I call his bluff at every turn. If he can't badger folk he gets even more vitriolic, just look at this out burst....
[quote="+Seán ManchesterIf you feel as you clearly do about Christians not within the Roman fold, why feel so obliged to give such offence and insult? If this is your "brand" of Irish Catholicism I am thankful it is not mine. That notwithstanding, I still know and have known throughout my life a great many Irish Roman Catholics and none have behaved in the unChristian manner you are evincing on this forum. Many have invited me to their Church where I have been received with immense warmth.
You will forgive me, I hope, for commenting on the above.
There are things that you must understand about Ol' Jake when reading his posts.
He's an aged nearly invalid US citizen in self imposed exile in Sweden. He's not actually Irish at all. He's a 'wannabee Oirish' who has, like so many, anteceedents from that fine country and think it much more glamourous than his own sad reality.
You will note that, from the snowstorm of comment that he posts across the forum that time weighs heavy on him.
His increasing frailty and invalidity have brought the stark reality of his rapidly approaching demise into painful focus. Hence the rabid fevour with which he has assumed the mantle of the forums only 'Real Catholic', and 'protector of what he sees as the reputation of The RCC.
His stock in trade is gratuitous, personal offence which the medication he takes makes him believe is an excuse for humour. The only desired result is to get a reaction from the target.
Engaging in what he thinks is banter will give him the 'Craic' and divert, momentarily, his attention from the dire reality he faces.
Most of us have learned to ignore him and his insults because, in sorrow, we appreciate that he cannot help it. He's merely railing at the world rather like King Lear on the Heath.
There are times when a once sharp mind brakes through the fog as a sad and poignant reminder of a formerly vital and resourceful Medic.
I'm sure that, as a man of the Cloth you can appreciate his predicament and draw a veil over the rather gauche and embarassing spectacle that it is. He affects that kind of patois only as an harmless posturing.
His personal challenges are great so dont forget to include him in your prayers.
However, like many religious bigots he wont thank you for it.
He made a few inaccurate statements that thank goodness my Irish dad is no longer alive otherwise I'd fear for Tom's ability to do anything of a mechanical nature, for the rest of his life.
My interest in probity is 1st to deflate over-infated ego's like Tom D so that he can be brought back into the front room without sawing away half of the wall by the doorway. Ya see Tom has a super inflated image he bloats and feels insecure when his security blanket is taken away, poor widdle tomsy-womsy.
The bit 'boot medication is a real hoot. I don't indulge in alcohol, I don't smoke, I avoid fatty foods, I don't eat large portions of anything. I am very moderate in most aspects of life. Let's see, 2-3 cups of coffee spread out over a day, 2 glasses of fruit based beverages at meal time, and no absolutely no drugs, no meds of any sort.
Then we get to his debasement of the power of prayer. I pray daily as is my habit. My belief structure tells me all souls are not damned 'til they are judged 'pon their demise. I pray for the salvation of everybody, that's why prayer has been instituted. Its not for personal gain. Tom sees no use for prayer. so he belittles it, yet he benefits from all prayers intended for salvation.
Methinks Tom should ransack his own soul prior to castigatin' anybody else's prayers. Then we get to his portrayal of me bein' a dodderin' on the way out of existence entity. Sad to upset yer road kill cart Tom, but my Dad's side of the family all went in their upper 80's, my dad made in to 90, so tat means sad but true Tom, ya gotta put up with me for the next 20+ years.
Be so kind a post a pre-mortem of the time of yer expected demise so that I can create a paean for ya. Somethin' everybody can paean. Ya see Sean, Tom has, so the rumour mil sez an eatery some where in London. I take for granted Tom bein' the intrepid man 'boot town brought his own game to the table, in the form of road kill, for his eatery. He is wont to get distracted by his scullery schtick, 'cuz it oft times shows up in his posts. Ya see, he like to pose as an effite elite, with all the illusory delusions he can muster up. Just read thru his posts and ya can see how affectated his cramped writing style gets
What Tom calls insults are my mirroring of what he projects. Its nutin' new, its used in psych clinics to help affected patients like Tom to experience in context what they espouse. Tom thinks sarcasm is the only way to converse so I mirror his approach.
Here is my query to ya Sean. I wanna hear ya live, in yer Church thunderin' away, I take it yer into good olde fashioned fire + brimstone oratory in yer sermons, as I detect from yer posting style of yer Biblic cites. My problem is I have yet to find yer Diocese listed anywhere on the 'Net. I can't find a local Glastonbury congregation ya conduct yer services at. I assume if yer a bishop, ya got all the trappin's like a Chancery, a vicar-parson or whatever ya call the person who heads that function, with their office hours, their biz phone.
Its this aspect that has me befuddled. I expected to encounter an edifice on par with Winchester Cathedral to be yer basilica. I see no photo's taken of it by any body, any where on the 'Net. There are folks on this forum who have been to Glastonbury and not a single mention 'boot Sean's place, how come?
BTW, Swedish Bishops, mostly the females wear yer style of pink shirt. Its seems to be a feminine touch thing here that has been commented on in Swedish newspapers. These gals say in effect we ain't dowdy old men we are wimmen folk and wanna flaunt it. I guess vanity can infiltrate any profession these days.
..." I may not always be right... BUT, I am never wrong..." sez the Queen of Hearts