MAYNOOTH AND GRINDR
MAYNOOTH is still featuring on the gay app GRINDR and after the fuss over the summer it seems to be business as usual again.
It seems that seminarians are using it again albeit in smaller numbers for the present and those that are using it are going to greater lengths to hide who they really are and cover their tracks.
During the summer we saw that seminarians were using Grindr to arrange sex with each other, a small number of priests and lay people both inside and out Maynooth University.
It also seems that a small number of Maynooth University staff are Grindr men and through the app they arrange to meet each other, students, seminarians and people in the vicinity of Maynooth and wider afield in Dublin.
The Blog has received very recent snapshots from Grindr and we will publish them today without saying who the individuals are.
The snapshots make it clear that seminarians and others are not just using Grindr to MAKE FRIENDS as one seminarian claimed during the summer - but explicitly for no strings attached gay sex.
I am sure that most readers will understand the meaning of looking for a F***
Others may be unaware of what "rimming" means. How can we say it politely? It means mouth to a** contact.
The Irish Catholic Bishops - with one curious exception have come out in support of Maynooth, its staff and its seminarians.
Does that mean that it is okay for seminarians to be having gay sex with each other and with others?
As the bishops have not said otherwise - at least publicly - then it MUST be okay.
So lads - CARRY IN GRINDING !!!
MAYNOOTH consists of two colleges - the NATIONAL SEMINARY and MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY.
Some seminarians, if not all, attend classes in what we might call the secular university.
The reader who sent us the Grindr pics - which I have heavily edited - believes that seminarians should not be associating in the university with Grindr clients.
How do you feel about this?
The secular Maynooth University is part of the National University of Ireland and therefore it must be guided by the rules of that university and by Irish law - which means that discrimination cannot be tolerated.
People would say that staff and students of the university are entitled to have a private life as long as it does not impinge on the university.
So there can be nothing wrong with members of the university being gay, being actively gay or indeed using gay dating sites. It is their private right?
The only "complication" arises in the case of priests or seminarians.
Maybe the Catholic Church has to ask if Maynooth secular university is a "suitable place" for priests to be teaching or seminarians to be studying?
Then, on the other hand, if priests or seminarians cannot behave in university what hope is there that they will behave later in dioceses and parishes?
It seems to me that there are issues raised here.
Is sharing a campus with a secular university a suitable place for a seminary and seminarians?
And then, if you seclude seminarians away for 6 or 7 years will they be suitable to minister in churches and parishes that exist now in the secular world anyway?
Many a priest - straight or gay - has fallen in love with a parishioner or had a fling with them.
Or has the Church got it all wrong on celibacy and homosexuality in the first place?
In any event the Irish Catholic Bishops have not properly and deeply addressed all these issues.
They are content with applying plasters to symptoms rather than addressing the underlying "disease".
And it is precisely that approach that leads to scandals, victims, perpetrators, law suits. loss of faith, lost of trust etc.
Meanwhile Maynooth Grinds on and rocks on - until the next big scandal breaks.
And that - is just around the corner !