Bishop Pat,I was away all day today and have only just seen your blog and see that you have a statement from Maynooth on Hugh Connolly.
In order to understand all of this you have to understand "church speak".
When there is a problem in the church they do not say "we have a problem with Monsignor Blogs". Instead they say that Monsignor Blogs is going on a sabbatical or that Monsignor Blogs is being sent "for further studies". In exteme cases they say that "Monsignor Blogs is resigning on health grounds".
Maynooth College and The Irish College in Rome have been in deep trouble for decades - mainly due to the homosexual subculture that exists in both places. Staff and seminarians are supposed to turn a blind eye to this. Its called "obedience and discretion".
If a staff member makes waves he is moved on and held in disfavour.
If a seminarian, who is heterosexual (these are rare) or wants to be "chaste" (these too are rare) he is dismissed for being "immature" or as "not having a vocation".
And so the carnival goes on.
Why do the bishops not act? There are a number of reasons:
1. By the time you become a bishop you are an "ecclesiastical fillet". Your balls are gone. Your guts are gone. Your backbone is gone. Your spine is gone. You have sacrificed your integrity to get where you are. You are incapable of thinking and acting.
2. On the way to the "top" you have covered up so much for the institution and about yourself you are compromised. They have you where they want you. They know too much about you. To oppose them is to press your own self destruct button.
3. No man can serve two masters. You have chosen the institution above your soul, your God and your faith. The Devil does not return souls who have done the deal with him! You are f.....
4. Bishops have convinced themselves that in serving the institutional church they are serving God. They must be obedient. They have full blown Nuremburg Syndrome.
I am sure there are many other reasons involved. But this is a blog and not a Ph.D.
This is the world that The Right Reverend Monsignor Hugh Connolly inhabits.
This is the world of Maynooth - the world of sabbaticals, further studies and potential mitres.