Please pray for the late Robert Kee and William Rees-Mogg

Please pray for the late British historian Robert Kee. Although he is chiefly remembered for presenting “Ireland: A Television History”, which was much lauded( at the height of the NI"Troubles") for its fair minded and balanced treatment of “John Bull’s Other Island”( to quote George Bernard Shaw), he deserves to be remembered for his “Trial And Error” book which suggested that there had been a miscarriage of justice in the following IRA related cases: “The Guildford Four” and “Maguire Seven” and which ultimately led to their convictions being reversed in 1990 ( see Wikipedia entries for “Guildford Four” and “Maguire Seven”) with the help of the late Cardinal Hume, SDLP leader John Hume (no relation), the late Monsignor Denis Faul and of course the unsung heroine of this sad story- Sarah Conlon, widow of Giuseppe, one of the “Guildford Four”, Even nowadays the mean spiritedness of sections of the British Government( though it should be seen in the context of the Troubles) beggared belief- British Airways refused to carry Giuseppe’s body back to Belfast and so Sarah- a poor cleaning lady- had to pay the whole cost of shipping her husband back to their home( not unnaturally given the intense hatred of the IRA and everything to do with it on the part of not just the press but the public at large- not least after the Birmingham pub bombings. NOBODY in their right senses wanted anything to do with even a dead “Provo” never mind a living one), and also for the late Times editor, William Rees Mogg, if not through your won patron saints, then the following ones: Venerable Pierre Toussaint, Venerable matt Talbot, Venerable Margaret Sinclair, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, the Blessed Martyrs of Nowogrodek, the 108 beatified Polish Martyrs of WWII, Blessed John Paul II, SS Priscilla, Felicity and Perpetua, Dymphna, Patrick, Maximilian Kolbe and Marianne Cope of Molokai.


PS I keep thinking of an old Irish saying “too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart!” Perhaps our hearts have been stone for far too long-on either side of the Irish Sea!

PPS I also think Sarah Conlon( see Wikipedia entry) should be nominated for beatification and sainthood for her evident lack of bitterness and Christian forebearance!

Our Father, Who is in heaven,
Holy is Your Name;
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Lord, please hear these petitions and accept into your eternal kingdom Robert and William. Have mercy on their souls, and comfort and embolden all who grieve or are affected by their loss. Mary, pray with us. Amen.

Prayers are offered. May eternal light soon shine upon them.

May they rest in peace and God comfort their loved ones.

As well as being the widow of Guiseppe Conlon, Sarah was mother of Gerry, another member of the Guildford Four, whose story is told in the film ‘In the Name of the Father’. A doubly heavy burden for her to carry, having both husband and son unjustly imprisoned.

May Our Lord have mercy on the souls of Robert and William and grant them eternal rest.

Our Father…


May their souls rest in Peace

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