Archbishops differ over Maynooth after ‘gay subculture’ claims

Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Clear division has emerged between the Catholic archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and his fellow archbishops over the suitability of St Patrick’s College Maynooth for training priests.

It came as the authorities at Maynooth said they have “has no concrete or credible evidence of the existence of any alleged ‘active gay subculture’”.

On Monday Archbishop Martin, a trustee at the college, said he had decided not to send Dublin seminarians to Maynooth any longer due to “an atmosphere of strange goings-on there”.

“It seems like a quarrelsome place with anonymous letters being sent around. I don’t think this is a good place for students,” Archbishop Martin said.

Dublin seminarians would go to the Irish College in Rome instead, he said.

However, in response to queries from The Irish Times, the three other archbishop trustees at Maynooth disagreed.

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