Close Up 2: Peter McDonough

Former priest Peter McDonough talks to Tessa Padden.

Chat show. The second series of Close Up, the BSL Zone's in-depth interviews with well-known Deaf people, has five episodes. In this episode, Tessa Padden talks to Peter McDonough about giving up his priesthood after 27 years. Peter explains what inspired him to become a priest and how the Catholic Church dealt with the revelation that forced him to leave. He also shares his views on Deaf education and talks about life with his young son. Produced by Bob Duncan and Dawn Marshall at Becoming Visible.

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  • I knew Father Peter when he was at St. Mary’s Oswaldtwistle. I was an alter server. He is a kind, gentle, wonderful man and it fills me with joy to see him so fulfilled and happy now. 
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    171016
  • Quite interesting. I agree with what he said that the Church must not be restricted to parishes but must open up to include deaf communities, prisons, refugees etc.
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    170922
  • Also see story of Father Cyril Axelrod
    And link - http://www.catholicsun.org/2016/06/10/priest-born-deaf-urges-sacraments-for-children-with-disabilities/
    Posted on
    160815
  • It was very unique interview I ever seen.
    I think Peter took his courage to tell the truth about his experience and gave up.
    Praise to him.
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    160815
  • i am a deaf Catholic myself and I had previously taken a dim view of him, his actions and betrayal of the Catholic Doctrine. I was blown away by him, his sincerity and honesty shone throughout the interview. A wonderful programme and thanks for showing the other side of what Peter went through. I wish him and his family much happiness. Tessa was brilliant, gentle and non judgemental.
    Posted on
    160811
  • I met Peter at CDA conferences in the past and was always struck by his sincerity and his gifts as a Priest.  I am sad that he had to go through such difficulties and delighted that he has come through them to find happiness with his family. Priests forced into leading a celibate life is something I can't get my head around and I do hope that one day this will change.  Denying a man either marriage or the Priesthood because he can't have both is wrong.
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    160810
  • Yes Peter enjoyed and fully understood your last few words so important what you saying about the parish.  Tesssa very clear and good.  Enjoyed watch CLOSE UP.  Yes Sister Barbara was a great teacher and a great signer very clear version of communication at our school days
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    160808
  • Fantastic to hear from Peter himself and hope he can now turn his attention to Deaf Education - he is right in saying Deaf Education is still, at times, failing Deaf children. It is shocking that this is still happening and it would be great to see Peter,June Smith  and others, try to tackle this in our lifetime.
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    160808
  • What a lovely patient man having to wait five years before he was allowed to leave the priesthood. I am a Catholic and strongly believe that priests are human and if they wish to marry then they should still be able to carry on as a priest. There are a number of priests who have come from other denominations, who were already married and they have been accepted as a priest. To me this reaks of double standards. It's a great shame that the Catholic communication are being deprived of such a wonderful person who could and should still be a parish priest. Very sad indeed. Good Luck to you Father Peter McDonough - I still believe you are a priest and always will be.
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    160805
  • Wonderful programme and sad to see it is the last one for this season, I hope to see more of this.
    a truly life changing programme, as it helps people to feel they are not alone and empathise with the people being interviewed.
    Tessa is amazing interviewer, very consist and clear, also non judgemental which is amazing. i know we all love Tessa.
    Hope to see more of Close Up
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    160805

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