Bishops leave Martin isolated in split over Maynooth ‘gay culture’

Irish Independent

Sarah MacDonald, Alan O’Keeffe and Nicola Anderson

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

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 Archbishop Martin has withdrawn his trainee priests from Maynooth due to what he described as allegations of a “homosexual, gay culture, that students are using an app called Grindr, a gay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”.

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.

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