Christina had heart attack from stress, says spiritual director by Sarah Mac Donald Irish Independent, 27/10/2014

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/christina-had-heart-attack-from-stress-says-spiritual-director-30695078.html

Pic Fr McGinnity

The parish priest with strong links to the House of Prayer has defended Christina Gallagher, saying she had become so stressed that she had suffered a heart attack.

In his first interview with the media in a decade on the House of Prayer, Fr Gerard McGinnity told the Irish Independent that “the impression was conveyed wrongly that money donated for religious purposes was personally perhaps used by her for her own comfort.”

He added: “That is totally, totally wrong.”

Fr McGinnity said Ms Gallagher had put up a wall at the front of the house near Newport, Co Mayo, to gain privacy after media intrusion.

He said there were donations from devotees who wanted to ensure her safety.

He also recalled how the Co Mayo mystic had suffered a heart attack, which he said was due to stress.

He said that devotees had “tried to get her away from the public eye where she could rest and have peace. That was entirely their motivation.”

“Any that helped in donations gave for that purpose, and that went through a solicitor,” he added.

The Co Louth priest said that people who go the House of Prayer, in Achill, “are all going freely” and “anyone can walk in off the open road and pray there”.

He denied that either he or Ms Gallagher had threatened the demise of the state of Texas.

“Never at any point did she refer to the end of the world or receive anything from God about the end of the world,” the priest told the Irish Independent.

He blamed tabloid newspapers for sensationalising the divine messages of the visionary and accused them of “wild inventiveness” and hype.

Fr McGinnity rejected suggestions that Ms Gallagher or he were in schism with the Church.

“I have always followed the Church’s direction in every matter,” he said.

He also cited a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions in March 2009 that there should be no prosecution against the House of Prayer, following a Garda investigation over complaints by a number of people who had donated money to the Achill centre.

The DPP concluded that there was “nothing which warranted their attention in the House of Prayer,” he said.

He said the House of Prayer’s initial messages were to come back to confession and be reconciled to God.

He referred to “many young people” who had returned to the practise of their faith as a result of the House of Prayer. He said: “That is the kind of fruitfulness that the Church is looking for.”

Referring to more than 700 alleged healings with medical endorsements, he added: “The fruitfulness is there – all that the Church could look for in abundance as far as I am concerned.”

He said everything had been recorded from the beginning so there is “nothing to fear” from a Church investigation.

“In fact, the healings are of such quality that we were very disappointed that they had never been properly investigated by the Church, although they were aware of them.”

Fr McGinnity said Ms Gallagher had always been obedient to the Catholic Church.

 

 

Irish Independent

9 Responses

  1. ‘we, the people, felt it necessary to put in place a protection for her. We did this freely and knowingly and we legally declared so in writing. This house acquired by her in Malahide’

    http://www.christinagallagher.org/en/peoples_response_stalker.htm

    ‘Our Lady said to get money together to get her a, (house)…and Our Lady did guide her to the house in Malahide and the people did put the money together for her to buy the house in England.’
    Pat Coleman.

    Which is it?

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  2. Amen to the last comment

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  3. I watched some old footage of her from the 1980s/90s. She is a clever clogs. Her face and demeanor shows it all. She is not some ‘silly’ or ‘stupid’ housewife, she’s not naive, and she’s far from humble.

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  4. Matthew 6:24

    “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

    James 5:1-6

    Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

    Luke 18:25

    For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

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  5. Personally, I’m intrigued as to what their website will come up with.
    One of their previous rebuttals included that she ‘hates antiques’. When I saw this, I knew there and then, for certain, that this is a woman of depth. I knew, because nothing on their website is anecdotal.
    But seriously, what wordsmith could credibly dig her out of this hole, without adding further depth to it?
    I think it would be fair to say they actually need a real miracle for a change, and fast.

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  6. I honestly dont know where to start with McGinnity’s interview, nearly every word of it can be disputed, does he believe it himself?

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  7. McGinnity adds “Never at any point did she refer to the end of the world or receive anything from God about the end of the world,” the priest told the Irish Independent.
    He blamed tabloid newspapers for sensationalising the divine messages of the visionary and accused them of “wild inventiveness” and hype.
    Does he not realise that these ridiculous, apocalyptic wildly invented messages are available on Christina’s website for all to see and that he himself interpreted them as Christina’s spiritual director? Where is the difference in the meaning of the purification/chastisement and the coming of the end of the world? essentially they mean the same thing, so that would make another lie McGinnity.

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  8. In talking about the 700 alleged healings, Fr McGinnity says ‘everything had been recorded from the beginning so there is “nothing to fear” from a Church investigation.
    “In fact, the healings are of such quality that we were very disappointed that they had never been properly investigated by the Church, although they were aware of them.”

    What rubbish, it is widely known that the reason these will never be investigated is because he would not cooperate with the Catholic Church, why did the reporter not put this to Fr McGinnity? In 2008, Tuam Archdiocese notes that Christina Gallagher constantly and purposefully refused to cooperate with the attempts of the Archdiocese of Tuam to integrate the ‘house of prayer’ into the Catholic Church. The Special Committee of Inquiry found no evidence of supernatural phenomena when investigating the alleged visions of Christina Gallagher. Archbishop Neary noted Christina Gallagher’s tendency, persistent throughout his dealings with her, to misunderstand and misinterpret legitimate directives and to consequently misinform her supporters and followers.

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  9. “He said the House of Prayer’s initial messages were to come back to confession and be reconciled to God.”

    So they started off light and then they put the boot in to start the money rolling to buy luxury houses.

    Do they think we were born yesterday

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