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Thursday 29 September 2016

Bishops leave Martin isolated in split over Maynooth 'gay culture'

Catholic Church leader backs St Patrick's College

Sarah MacDonald, Alan O'Keeffe and Nicola Anderson

Published 03/08/2016 | 02:30

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has been left isolated by his colleagues in his stance against the national seminary in Maynooth.

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A series of senior bishops have backed the college amid allegations of a "gay culture" in St Patrick's College. Archbishop Martin has withdrawn his trainee priests from Maynooth due to what he described as allegations of a "homosexual, gay culture, that students are using an app called Grindr, a gay dating app".

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archdiocese of Armagh: A spokesman said “The Archdiocese of Armagh shall continue to support its current seminarians in Maynooth and Rome on their journey of discernment.”
Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archdiocese of Armagh: A spokesman said “The Archdiocese of Armagh shall continue to support its current seminarians in Maynooth and Rome on their journey of discernment.”

However, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland will continue to send trainee priests to Maynooth. A spokesman for Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, the Primate of All Ireland, told the Irish Independent the Archdiocese was "extremely grateful to St Patrick's College, Maynooth, for the spiritual, human, pastoral and academic formation that he received there".

Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Kieran O'Reilly also says he will send seminarians to Maynooth.

Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly, Cashel and Emly: “The Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly will continue to send seminarians to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, to pursue studies for the priesthood.”
Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly, Cashel and Emly: “The Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly will continue to send seminarians to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, to pursue studies for the priesthood.”
Bishop William Crean, Cloyne: One student from Diocese studying in Maynooth, no change in plans
Bishop Francis Duffy, Ardagh and Clonmacnoise: No plans to change training of seminarians in Maynooth
Bishop Denis Nulty, Kildare and Leighlin: Have students studying in Maynooth and no plans to change that
Bishop Seamus Freeman, Ossory: The Diocese of Ossory continues to have confidence in Maynooth, as a place of formation for candidates for the priesthood, and in those charged with guiding it so that it can best serve the future of the church in Ireland.
Bishop Leo O'Reilly, Kilmore: One student studying and not known yet if there are plans to change that.
Bishop Noel Treanor, Down and Connor: “The diocese of Down and Connor already has a number of seminarians pursuing theological studies in Maynooth and plans to continue to send seminarians to Maynooth.”

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