House of Prayer - private revelations - Apparations and new Catholic movements
The following extract is from the Sunday World article dated 4th May, 2008.
We were threatened with eternal damnation if we didn’t give €150k to the House of Prayer
AN ELDERLY couple have revealed how they were brainwashed into giving a staggering €150,000 to fake visionary Christina Gallagher.
Michael and Betty Morrissey handed over their life savings during a 10-year period leaving themselves with little to live on. They were put under massive psychological pressure to find the cash, even though they could not afford it.
They said yesterday they were horrified when they discovered Gallagher – founder of the controversial House of Prayer on Achill Island – was living a life of luxury while collecting huge amounts of cash from elderly followers of her “cause”.
Michael (79) and Betty (69) stopped going to the House of Prayer a year ago after realising it was “a complete fraud”. But it was only when they read a series of articles in the Sunday World over the last few months that they realised the scale of the deception.
The final straw for them was when they discovered last week that Gallagher’s main fundraiser, Fr Gerard McGinnity, was denying collecting money from them.
They were stunned when they heard that McGinnity was telling his parishioners that the cheques – published in the Sunday World last month – were forgeries. They were even more shocked when they learnt the priest lied to his own boss, Cardinal Sean Brady, about his involvement with Christina Gallagher.
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