Maynooth could be ‘extremely damaged’ by Archbishop’s decision

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A member of the Association of Catholic Priests has criticised Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s decision to transfer three seminarians to Rome.

Fr Brendan Hoban said the National Seminary in Maynooth could be extremely damaged by the move.

Yesterday, Dr Martin said he does not believe the seminary in Co Kildare is the right environment for men to study to become priests.

He made the comments following allegations of gay sexual activity, the use of the dating app Grindr and other anonymous allegations of misconduct at the seminary.

The Archbishop said he made his decision to send the Dublin seminarians at Maynooth to study at the Irish College in Rome because he was “somewhat unhappy” about a growing atmosphere in Maynooth where anonymous allegations were being made accusing people of misconduct or accusing the faculty at Maynooth of not treating allegations correctly.

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