Lessons from the Spotlight movie for the House of Prayer.

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

The true significance of this story is that when you are inbedded in a community you fail to see what is happening and you relativise what is going on. This was not about Cardinal Law or the abusive priests but rather the systematic structural corruption of the Catholic Church. Here it is sexual abuse and I got a grave awareness of this issue in working with the victims of the Legionaries of Christ.

It gives me strength to deal with the systematic failure of the Catholic Church in this country in addressing the ongoing abuse of the honest Catholics who have handed over their souls and their money to the House of Prayer. Also in this regard the media except for some exceptions like Jim Gallagher they have allowed this story to go unattended. As we and victims try to find answers this movie gives us strength knowing that sustained work and also the total rejection by those who could assist us will at some stage end.

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Report on the Defamation and Assault cases in the Civil Circuit Court January 27 and 28, 2016

Zabina Collins arriving at court for the hearing. Photo: Maxwells

 

 

In October 2014 Pete Griffith a former Scientologist and anti Scientology campaigner was in court having decided to take a case against Zabrina Collins one of the current leaders of Scientology Mission in Dublin. It looked like an open and shut case. He had clearly decided to not address the issue of Scientology at all unless it came up in evidence. I had been asked to attend as an expert witness not so much about the Scientology organisation but rather to give background to Scientology’s presence in   Ireland.

 

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John McGhee warned by Judge to stay away from Scientologists.

Former Church of Scientology member warned to stay away after text ‘connected with death of Jim Carrey’s girlfriend’

Ray Managh

Published 28/01/2016

Zabina Collins arriving at court for the hearing. Photo: Maxwells 
Zabina Collins arriving at court for the hearing. Photo: Maxwells

A FORMER member of the Church of Scientology was warned by a judge today that he would face serious consequences if he interfered with any member or did not stay away from the church or mission.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/former-church-of-scientology-member-warned-to-stay-away-after-text-connected-with-death-of-jim-carreys-girlfriend-34404814.html

 

Embalmer John McGhee was given the warning by Judge James O’Donohoe in the Circuit Civil Court after being told by barrister Frank Beatty, counsel for two church members, that Mr McGhee had breached an existing court injunction.

McGhee, of Armstrong Grove, Clara, Co Offaly, told Mr Beatty that he had sent leading Scientology Church member Zabrina Collins a text “connected with the death of Jim Carrey’s girlfriend” in which he had stated: ‘Now you must see why your cult must be stopped.’

He also agreed with Mr Beatty that he had attended the Church on New Year’s Eve and had sent Ms Collins a Christmas card “because she was still on my mailing list.”

When asked by Judge O’Donohoe why the Church had not gone back to court about the breaches of the court injunction, Mr Beatty said: “There is a bit of a circus associated with court appearances and the Church has to perform a balancing act with regard to appearing in court.”

McGhee, a father of two, and Peter Griffiths, of Cual Gara, Teeling Street, Ballina, Co Mayo, have been sued by Zabrina Collins and fellow church member Michael O’Donnell for assault while they distributed anti drugs literature in Capel Street in December 2014.

Both men denied having assaulted Ms Collins, of The Boulevard, Mount Eustace, Tyrrelstown, Dublin, and Mr O’Donnell, a marketing consultant, of Cherrywood Lawn, Clondalkin, Dublin.

Mr McGhee, who represented himself, when told by Judge O’Donohoe it was possible to assault someone without physically touching them and by putting them in fear, said he would not have done what was alleged against him had he known this.

Judge O’Donohue told Mr Seamus O Tuithaill SC, who appeared with  barrister John Smith and solicitor Cormac O’Ceallaigh for Griffiths, that he accepted their client had not breached the existing court injunction but he was “not so sure about Mr McGhee.”

Collins and O’Donnell told the court that McGhee had assaulted them while they attempted to deliver anti-drugs leaflets to shops in the Capel Street area.  Both said they had been put in fear of both McGhee and Griffiths who had videoed the “protest” with a chest camera.

Judge O’Donohue, continuing the injunction until he has given his reserved judgment, told McGhee not to have any further contact with the Church, its members or lawyers, pending further order of the court.

The judge had already heard a defamation claim by Griffiths against Collins in relation to an e-mail she admitted sending to the principal of St David’s CBS in Artane, Dublin, following a talk on cults that Mr Griffiths had given to leaving cert boys at the school.

Judgment was reserved in both cases.

Zabrina Collins tells judge she ‘could have been more temperate.’

Leading Scientology figure tells judge she ‘could have been more temperate’ in email complaint to school principal

 Ray Managh

Published 28/01/2016

Judge's gavel. 
Judge’s gavel.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/leading-scientology-figure-tells-judge-she-could-have-been-more-temperate-in-email-complaint-to-school-principal-34404497.html

Zabina Collins, a leading member of the church of Scientology in Ireland, has told a judge she “could have been a little more temperate” about what she had to say in an e-mail to a school principal complaining about a former Church member’s talk to schoolboys on cults.

Collins, who admitted in court to having had a teenage drugs and heavy drinking problem, is being sued for defamation by Peter Griffiths, Cual Gara, Teeling Street, Ballina, Co Mayo, for what his counsel Seamus O Tuathail SC described as “a vicious character attack.”

“I could have dealt with it in a more temperate way,” Collins said of her complaint to the headmaster of St David’s CBS in Artane, Dublin, following a posting on the internet by Griffiths of what he had said to the school’s leaving cert boys in a talk on cults.

She told barrister John Smith, who appeared with Mr O Tuathail and solicitor Cormac O Ceallaigh, that she had sent the headmaster a link to an on-line video showing a picture of Griffiths naked, with only a Guy Fawkes mask covering his genitals.

Collins, a Dublin chiropractic clinic director, of The Boulevard, Mount Eustace, Tyrelstown, Dublin 15, told Judge James O’Donohue she had written to the school principal as a concerned parent and not to besmirch Mr Griffiths.

She earlier told her barrister Frank Beatty that while she did not have a child attending St David’s she was involved in tutoring children on drugs awareness and felt she had a duty to complain.

In her e-mail Collins alleged that Griffiths’ talk had centred on the Scientology religion which counts Tom Cruise and John Travolta as members and accused him of “openly and viciously” slandering the church.  She accused him of being “an avid hate campaigner against Scientologists” and “hate mongering” against the church and of being under Garda surveillance.

The court heard that a teacher from St David’s had asked Griffiths to address school pupils on cults and that it was Mr Griffiths who had posted on the internet an audio of his talk which warned the boys of the dangers of getting involved with the Church of Scientology which, he said, might destroy their lives.

Mr Griffiths said he had been shocked, horrified and appalled when he had obtained sight of Ms Collins’s allegations in which there was “not a grain of truth.”  He said her statements had lowered his reputation in the minds of right-thinking people while holding him up to hatred, ridicule and contempt.

Ms Collins (nee Shortt) is a daughter of publican Frank Shortt who was falsely accused by corrupt gardai of allowing drug dealing in the nightclub he owned in Donegal.

In 2007 the Supreme Court more than doubled to €4.6million damages awarded by the High Court to Mr Shortt who was wrongly convicted in 1995 of allowing the sale of drugs at his Point Inn premises in Quigley’s Point, Innishowen, Co Donegal.  He was imprisoned for three years before being cleared.

Judge O’Donohue has reserved his judgment on the defamation case which he has heard over several days.  Today (Thurs) he started hearing a second case in which Collins and fellow scientologist Michael O’Donnell, a marketing consultant of Cherrywood Lawn, Clondalkin, are suing Griffiths and John McGhee, an embalmer, of Armstrong Grove, Clara, Co Offaly, for alleged assault, battery, trespass and nuisance which both men deny.

Zabrina Collins realises she exaggerated her claims

Scientologist: Email could have been more temperate

January 29, 2016

Zabina Collins, a leading member of the Church of Scientology in Ireland, has told a judge she “could have been a little more temperate” about what she had to say in an email to a school principal complaining about a former church member’s talk to schoolboys on cults.

Church of Scientology member Zabina Collins, who is being sued for defamation by Peter Griffiths. Picture: Courts Collins

Ms Collins, who admitted in court to having had a teenage drugs and heavy drinking problem, is being sued for defamation by Peter Griffiths, of Cual Gara, Teeling St, Ballina, Co Mayo, for what his counsel, Seamus Ó Tuathail, described as “a vicious character attack”.

“I could have dealt with it in a more temperate way,” Ms Collins said of her complaint to the headmaster of St David’s CBS in Artane, Dublin, following a post on the internet by Mr Griffiths of what he had said to the school’s Leaving Certificate boys in a talk on cults.

She told counsel John Smith, who appeared with Mr Ó Tuathail and solicitor Cormac Ó Ceallaigh, that she had sent the headmaster a link to an online video showing a picture of Mr Griffiths naked, with only a Guy Fawkes mask covering his genitals.

Ms Collins, a Dublin chiropractic clinic director, of The Boulevard, Mount Eustace, Tyrelstown, Dublin 15, told Judge James O’Donohue she had written to the school principal as a concerned parent and not to besmirch Mr Griffiths.

She earlier told her counsel, Frank Beatty, that while she did not have a child attending St David’s, she was involved in tutoring children on drugs awareness and felt she had a duty to complain.

In her email, Ms Collins alleged Mr Griffiths’ talk had centred on Scientology, which counts actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta as members, and accused him of “openly and viciously” slandering the church. She accused him of being “an avid hate campaigner against Scientologists”, and “hate-mongering” against the church and of being under garda surveillance.

The court heard that a teacher from St David’s had asked Mr Griffiths to address school pupils on cults and that it was Mr Griffiths who had posted an audio clip of his talk online, in which warned the boys of the dangers of getting involved with the Church of Scientology which, he said, might destroy their lives.

Mr Griffiths said he had been shocked, horrified, and appalled when he had obtained sight of Ms Collins’s allegations in which there was “not a grain of truth”.

He said her statements had lowered his reputation in the minds of right-thinking people while holding him up to hatred, ridicule, and contempt.

Ms Collins is a daughter of publican Frank Shortt, who was falsely accused by corrupt gardaí of allowing drug dealing in the nightclub he owned in Donegal.

In 2007, the Supreme Court more than doubled to €4.6m damages awarded by the High Court to Mr Shortt, who was wrongly convicted in 1995 of allowing the sale of drugs at his Point Inn premises in Quigley’s Point, Inishowen, Co Donegal.

He was imprisoned for three years before being cleared.

Judge O’Donohue has reserved his judgment on the defamation case which he has heard over several days.

Yesterday, he started hearing a second case in which Ms Collins and fellow Scientologist Michael O’Donnell, a marketing consultant of Cherrywood Lawn, Clondalkin, are suing Mr Griffiths and John McGhee, an embalmer, of Armstrong Grove, Clara, Co Offaly, for alleged assault, battery, trespass, and nuisance, which both men deny. Continue reading

A former member of the Church of Scientology was warned by a judge

Ex-Scientologist warned to stay away from church

Best of The Right Hook: Muslim cleric resigns

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He’s joined by Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, Imam at the Al-Mustafa mosque in Blanchardstown, who explains the reasons behind his resignation from the Irish Council of Imams. Continue reading

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