Ireland’s oldest priest-training college mired in gay sex allegations

St. Patrick's College, Maynooth

Ireland’s oldest seminary, St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, is currently facing allegations of sexual harassment and a culture of gay sex and the use of the gay dating app Grindr on the campus.

The allegations, which were made anonymously on blogs and in letters, have since been taken seriously by the archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin, who announced that he will no longer send his student priests to be trained at the college.

Founded in 1795, the St Patrick’s College was once the largest seminary in the world — built to train 500 trainee Catholic priests every year, though numbers have in recent years dropped to around 60 due to a decrease in vocations, reports The Guardian.

Martin told RTE Radio on Tuesday that he was ‘somewhat unhappy about an atmosphere that was growing’ at the college, adding that he felt it was ‘not the healthiest place’ for his student priests to be.

‘There are allegations on different sides,’ he explained. ‘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.’

Martin shared that he will advise his seminarians to either be trained at Irish College in Rome or to work in parishes in Dublin instead.

In response to the saga, president of St Patrick’s college, Monsignor Hugh Connolly, has come out acknowledging the existence of the anonymous letters and blogs, but has also commented that there was no ‘concrete detail’ to the allegations, and that the college had not received any complaints about sexual misconduct.

He told RTE that there was a ‘wholesome and healthy’ atmosphere at the institution.

‘A seminarian needs to know he is preparing for a lifetime of celibacy — that’s non-negotiable,’ Connolly added.

The college has also released a statement asserting that it ‘has no concrete or credible evidence of the existence of any alleged “active gay subculture,”‘ reports to The Irish Times.

 

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