Wednesday 28 September 2016

Bishops clamp down on Maynooth 'behaviour'

Sarah MacDonald

Published 25/08/2016 | 02:30

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Photo: Steve Humphreys
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Photo: Steve Humphreys

Bishops have now admitted concerns about an "unhealthy atmosphere" at the Maynooth seminary in the wake of the 'gay culture' revelations.

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Following claims that trainee priests at St Patrick's College are using the gay dating app Grindr, church leaders have ordered a review on the "appropriate use of the internet and social media" at the college.

The country's most senior bishops, who make up the college's board of trustees, have also ordered an overhaul of its approach to whistleblowers.

The bishops met for crisis talks after Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin confirmed he was boycotting the seminary.

As 14 new seminarians began their six years of training for the priesthood at St Patrick's College this week, Maynooth's trustees issued a range of directives aimed at rebuilding the seminary's tarnished image.

In a tacit acknowledgment of the problems that have beset Maynooth in recent months, the trustees warned in their statement: "There is no place in a seminary community for any sort of behaviour or attitude which contradicts the teaching and example of Jesus Christ."

A source in Maynooth told the Irish Independent that the clampdown goes further than the directives announced.

Irish Independent

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