MAYNOOTH – NEW GROUP FORMED
A new group called VAMA has been formed to campaign for the end of all forms abuse at the national seminary – St Patrick’s College, MAYNOOTH.
VAMA means – VOICES AGAINST MAYNOOTH ABUSE.
Its contact email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
VAMA - NEW CONTACT NUMBER: 083 831 3151
FROM OUTSIDE IRELAND: 00 353 83 831 3151
FROM OUTSIDE IRELAND: 00 353 83 831 3151
VAMA will be there for seminarians, ex-seminarians, priests, families of seminarians and all interested parties.
The campaign to protect Maynooth and its seminarians is not the darling of any side of any divide. All right thinking people are against ALL KINDS OF ABUSE - right, left, liberal, conservative, Latin Mass, English Mass, priests, lay people, religious etc.
Unfortunately in the Catholic Church we had a litany of abuse stories over the past number of years:
The sexual abuse of children by priests and religious.
The abuse of orphanages in the Church controlled homes and orphanages.
The abuse of young woman in the Magdalen Launderies.
The sexual abuse of nuns by bishops and priests (especially in Africa).
The use/abuse of women and men by “Jack the Lad” priests.
The TOLERATION/COVER UP of all these forms of abuse by popes, cardinals, bishops, priests and religious superiors.
NOW we are dealing with another form of abuse – THE ABUSE OF SEMINARIANS AT MAYNOOTH SEMINARY.
This Maynooth abuse take many forms – spiritual, mental, emotional, physical and sexual.
This abuse is harming the seminarians themselves. But there is another serious effect – having been abused themselves and having been hurt and damaged many of these seminarians will go out into the world of dioceses and parish and abuse others. This is wrong – even if those seminarians / priest “only” go on to abuse adults.
The atmosphere in Maynooth at present is very sexually charged. As commentators on this Blog have said there are various kinds of groups in the seminarian community – repressed homosexuals, active homosexuals, repressed heterosexuals, active heterosexuals and another group of various kinds of “onlookers”.
Some seminarians are on the gay cruising app Grindr and are obviously seeking other men to have sex with. As we say some of them are placing their naked and semi naked bodies on line. Others are sleeping with or having baths and showers with other seminarians.
Many seminarians are complaining of having to undergo sexual inquisition with questions like: “Do you masturbate”? “Which way do you swing”? “What do you do with your erections”? “Were you sexually abused” Did you father ever sexually abuse you”/
These questions are not being asked by psychosexual professionals, doctors, therapists, counsellors or even experienced spiritual directors – but by people who have no training in this field – but my individuals with no expertise and perhaps even unhealthy preoccupations with these topics.
Maynooth is supposed to be a training college for the Catholic priesthood. We all know that the Catholic Church requires CELIBACY of all its priests.
Why should such a college be permeated with such a sexually charged atmosphere?
The odour of sexual repression / promiscuity rather than the odour of sanctity seems to be in the air!
This is extremely unhealthy in a seminary. Indeed it would be extremely unhealthy in any institution religious or sexual.
Many of us DISAGREE with the Catholic Church’s rule of COMPULSORY CELIBACY. I do – absolutely. And I find, as an open, gay, partnered man, my ministry is as satisfying as ever – maybe even more satisfying.
But if you opt into that rule as a seminarian and a priest you are challenged to LIVE it or LEAVE IT.
Many of the sexual scandals in the Church have resulted from bishops, priests and nuns thinking that they can lead a DOUBLE LIFE.
Living a double life is PROFOUNDLY UNHEALTHY and PROFOUNDLY UNPRINCIPLED – especially when you mount a pulpit once a week to pontificate of promote a teaching that you are CONTRADICTING in your personal life.
People leading double lives rarely prosper, rarely do well and rarely do good.
If you are a current Maynooth seminarian you have a decision to make – keep your WILLIAM in your trousers (and cassock) or stop pretending and get out and let WILLIAM have the freedom and wide open spaces of the real world.
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Or if you feel the call to priesthood / ministry join a Church which allows you to minister and at the same time have a sexual life – like the Anglican Church.
In The Oratory Society in which I am a priest bishop you can be partnered / non-partnered, straight / gay. However as a small and poor church we cannot provide you with £20,000 a year, a presbytery and a pedestal to stand on. But what’s wrong with being a WORKING PRIEST? They had them in France 40 years ago!
And if you are a CURRENT MAYNOOTH SEMINARIAN and feel called to celibacy (whether you are straight or gay) you have a right not be harassed or pressurised in your private life.
And if you accept being harassed or pressurised and ALLOW yourself to be a victim – what kind of man are you? What kind of Christian are you? What kind of disciple are you?
Do you not believe Jesus when he said: “THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE”!