reply to post by The All Seeing I
Does this letter prove a priest was behind IRA bombing?
Voice from the past suggests Catholic curate masterminded an IRA attack which killed nine people
* Rosie Cowan, Ireland correspondent
* guardian.co.uk, Saturday 21 September 2002 01.18 BST
* Article history
Thirty years ago, three car bombs without warning ripped the heart out of Claudy, a small village a few miles from Derry. Nine people died. No one has
ever been charged, and although the IRA is widely believed to have carried out the atrocity, it has never admitted responsibility.
This week, a local journalist and a councillor received copies of a letter which has once again sent shock waves through the community. It makes the
devastating claims that a Catholic priest, Father James Chesney, masterminded the bombing, and that a leading cleric and a senior policeman helped to
cover this up by getting him transferred over the Irish border and out of the jurisdiction.
Calls have been made for a full public inquiry into the role of clergymen in terrorism after The Observer learnt that three more priests were involved
with the Provisional IRA at the time of the 1972 Claudy bomb massacre.
One of the priests was the IRA's officer commanding the Provos' North Antrim Brigade. He cannot be named for legal reasons.
The other priests who joined the IRA at the beginning of the Ulster Troubles were Father Patrick Fell and Father John Burns.
Fell served more than 10 years in an English jail over a conspiracy to cause explosions in Coventry during the early Seventies. He was convicted
alongside Frank Stagg and Michael Gaughan, two IRA men who died on hunger strike in English prisons.
On his release Fell, like the priest who bombed Claudy, Father James Chesney, was allowed to serve as a priest in a rural parish in Donegal.
In 1972, Burns disappeared from his parish at St Theresa's Catholic Church in the Possilpark area of Glasgow. He fled back to Ireland after
Strathclyde police raided his home searching for weapons and explosives. He was given sanctuary by fellow priests but later left the priesthood.
i could post more but why bother when you only believe the catholic church is above such things
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