Sunday 19 November 2017

Maynooth trainees to be supervised during meal times after 'gay culture' revelations

Stricter regime over 'gay culture'

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Sarah MacDonald

A closer eye will be kept on how trainee priests in Maynooth spend their time from now on in the wake of the 'gay culture' revelations at the seminary.

A stricter regime is being introduced in the wake of the 'Grindr' gay dating app scandal at the college.

All trainee priests will now be required to eat evening meals in the college rather than being allowed to dine wherever they choose, the Irish Independent has learned. The seminarians will also be required to attend evening rosary at 9pm, which has not been obligatory until now.

The seminary council of senior staff will now eat both breakfast and dinner with the seminarians in the historic Pugin Hall, rather than in the Professors' Refectory. The tighter controls are part of a suite of measures announced on Wednesday by the trustees of Maynooth, which included a review of "appropriate use of the internet and social media" by the 50 or so trainee priests and their staff.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin withdrew his seminarians from Maynooth following allegations that students were using the gay dating app. Now the country's most senior bishops have admitted concerns about an "unhealthy atmosphere" there.

Irish Independent

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