The bishops’ inaction is the true scandal that alienates the faithful

Irish Independent

Sarah McDonald

The latest scandal to hit the Catholic seminary in Maynooth has implications not only for a college with a venerable 200-year history, but it also appears to be tearing apart the country’s bishops, while forcing some of the Irish Church’s most loyal Catholics to question a few sacred cows.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has referred to “strange goings-on” in the Co Kildare seminary and a host of people are becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of transparency.

Anthony Murphy, the editor of the ‘Catholic Voice’, a weekly paper that in Catholic circles would ordinarily be seen as a cheerleader for the hierarchy, has described the bishops’ inaction on the situation in Maynooth as “a great scandal” and he has castigated them for not prioritising the welfare of young seminarians.

He told the Irish Independent that, by their inaction, the bishops “have betrayed their obligation to protect both faith and faithful”.

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