Saturday 22 July 2017

Gay sex storm in the seminary casts shadow on cloistered life

Bishops have been accused of turning a blind eye to the alleged unholy goings-on at St Patrick's College, writes Maeve Sheehan

Maynooth seminary South Campus, Maynooth. Pic:Mark Condren
Maynooth seminary South Campus, Maynooth. Pic:Mark Condren
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

It seemed like tabloid heaven - a Catholic archbishop talking about a "gay culture" at the national seminary and rumours of student priests using gay dating app Grindr.

Archbishop of Dublin Diar- muid Martin explained why he had decided to pull his seminarians out of St Patrick's College, Maynooth, to study in Rome instead.

"I just wasn't happy with Maynooth," he said last Monday after the Irish Independent brought the story into the national consciousness. "There seems to be an atmosphere of strange goings-on there - it seems like a quarrelsome place with anonymous letters being sent around."

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