Down and Connor seminarians to use Maynooth despite boycott

The Irish News

03 August, 2016

THE north’s largest Catholic diocese has said it “plans to continue to send seminarians to Maynooth” despite a boycott by the Archbishop of Dublin.

Dr Diarmuid Martin said he is now sending trainee priests to the Irish College in Rome amid allegations students at St Patrick’s College in Co Kildare are using the gay dating app Grindr.

He said he was “somewhat unhappy” about “an atmosphere that was growing in Maynooth” following a series of anonymous accusations in letters and blogs.

“There are allegations on different sides,” he said.

“One is that there is a homosexual, a gay culture, that students have been using an app called Grindr, which is a gay dating app, which would be inappropriate for seminarians, not just because they are trained to be celibate priests but because an app like that is something which would be fostering promiscuous sexuality, which is certainly not in any way the mature vision of sexuality one would expect a priest to understand.”

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