MAYNOOTH'S "FAITHFUL DEPARTED"
We are learning more and more about MAYNOOTH, The Irish Church and the Irish Bishops everyday and are therefore putting together a great big jigsaw puzzle.
The jigsaw puzzle has many colours but it is dominated by many DARK, GLOOMY COLOURS !
Today we take a look at he MAYNOOTH FAITHFUL DEPARTED.
Those who left Maynooth - either broken or unbroken.
And those who Maynooth THREW OVERBOARD !
In the past few days we have heard the names of some highly regarded and good seminarians who were moved on:
Shane Paul O'Doherty.
P J McManus.
I'm sure there are MANY OTHERS and we would like to know who they are.
It seems that some of these (not all) were what is called in Maynooth - "KNEELERS"
Those who out of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament wanted to kneel at the Consecration of the Mass or to receive Holy Communion.
What in God's name is wrong with that?
When I attend Mass and do not celebrate I like to kneel at the Consecration. We Catholics believe that at the Consecration of the Mass Jesus Christ, the Son of God, becomes REALLY PRESENT on the altar.
What else would I - as a sinner - want to do in the presence of the Living God - except kneel in adoration and submission.
But Maynooth seems to think that it's kneelers are expressing the fact that they are "Right Wing Catholics" or that they are showing some form of disobedience.
Right wing / fundamentalist seminarians do need to be talked to and asked to explore if their attitude is suitable to 21st Century Christianity.
But just because they kneel in the presence of God is not enough to show that they are fundamentalist or right wing.
The other problem is that seminarians who are disciplined or expelled have NO RIGHT OF APPEAL.
Seminarians and priest should have the automatic RIGHT OF APPEAL to a completely independent body and if their appeal is upheld they should be allowed to continue in their vocation without any harassment.
Because the Catholic Church is fundamentally democratically flawed - and because it has had such a hold in Irish Life - I think that the government should introduce legislation that forces the Catholic Church - and all churches and bodies - to have a completely independent Appeal Process.
This process could be used by:
Maynooth seminarians who unjustly dismissed or disciplined.
Priests who are unjustly treated by their bishops.
Parishioners who suffer injustices at the hands of priests or bishops.
THE HIERARCHY will never VOLUNTARILY bring in such a process.
The STATE and the CITIZENS should FORCE them to do so.
Imagine - you can be dismissed from Maynooth for kneeling before God
But you will not be dismissed for:
Being in BED with another seminarian or seeking SEX on mobile apps !!!!!!
Many, not all seminarians are VULNERABLE ADULTS.
They are being preyed upon by AUTHORITARIAN SEMINARY STAFF and by SEMINARY CABALS AND GANGS.
Its not only children that can be victims.
PAT IN 1985
On Sunday night last I settled down to watch the BBC 2 programme POP GOES NOR'N IRELAND. to watch a review of THE TROUBLES in 1985.
I was more than surprised when the clip (below) appeared talking about my dismissal by Cahal Daly.
Cahal Daly gave me only TWO REASONS for my dismissal:
1. That I was being critical of the Church in the media.
2. That I was over involved in social projects in the parishes in which I served.
What I was saying in the early and mid 1980's about wrong things happening in the Church and people being held accountable has certainly come to pass.
Except there is not ENOUGH accountability even yet.
But it is coming.