Saturday 24 June 2017

Martin needs to end the gossip by telling Catholics what is going on

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth: ‘If there is a problem, the country’s Catholics need to be told about it; it is, after all, the national seminary’ Photo: Arthur Carron
St Patrick’s College, Maynooth: ‘If there is a problem, the country’s Catholics need to be told about it; it is, after all, the national seminary’ Photo: Arthur Carron
David Quinn

David Quinn

Following one official report after another into the disastrous handling of clerical child abuse scandals by the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, at the end of 2010, announced an 'Apostolic Visitation' to Irish dioceses, religious orders and seminaries.

To put it more simply, he sent an inspection team to investigate the church's child-protection systems. In the case of the seminaries, in particular St Patrick's College, Maynooth, the national seminary, the purpose was to see how well they were being run.

The man who headed up the inspection of the seminaries was the Archbishop of New York, the ebullient Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who was himself rector for a time of the National American College in Rome - that is the North American seminary in Rome, the American equivalent of our Irish College there.

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