Dear Bishop Pat,
With all the controversy related to Maynooth I believe the attached may help to explain why seminarians will not speak up.
Also I believe that many former seminarians will have been too damaged to speak up, I know I was for a long time.
For years I had no idea of who I was or what I was to do with my life. I had been disillusioned, the very belief system I had been formed in for over 20 years was exposed as a sham. It took a long time to realise that there is a clear distinction between the Catholicism presented in the church's teachings and the Catholicism that the Irish bishops present the people with.
For the record I do wish to state that I personally have nothing against gay seminarians or priests. What I have a difficulty with is a gay sub-culture which actively destroys heterosexual men as having no place in seminary. This is a culture that likes to spread rumours of affairs should a heterosexual man even speak to a female.
And to some extent such attacks on heterosexual may still be the problem in Maynooth today; in fact I suspect that it is very much the case.
The complaints of the summer months were criticised by some corners as anti-homosexual. In truth I doubt that they were.
They were quite simply complaints about people not living the expected celibate lifestyle, complaints about a difficult environment to live a celibate life in and complaints about how the church's systems of authority failed to live up to their expected responsibility. As with all things in life there will be some anger when legitimate expectations are not met and disillusionment ensues.
Like I mentioned, attached is the reason why seminarians will not speak. Their future is entirely handed over - If they feel truly called to be priests they must opt to be slaves of the Seminary Council and slaves of the Bishops.
If told to leave the seminarian does not even have a right to ask why, nor is an explanation warranted. In turn that reasonless rejection often does years worth of psychological damage to honest, forthright men who are told to go simply because they do not fit in with the established culture and practice of a gay-controlled seminary.
|SECRET DOCUMENT DENIED BY MAYNOOTH AND BISHOPS|
1. "I, the undersigned, promise and pledge myself to observe diligently and to the best of my ability each and every Statute and Constitution of this College for as long as I remain in it and that I will do or say nothing intentionally by which the said Statutes and Constitutions would be undermined or to which other students would be led to their violation or contempt.
2. I also undertake to observe diligently and to the best of my ability the seminary rules laid down by the Seminary Council. In addition I acknowledge the right and ultimate authority of the Seminary Council and/or of the Bishop of my diocese at any stage to make decisions regarding my suitability to continue as a seminarian in the College. I undertake to accept and be fully bound by such decisions without further recourse and hereby RENOUNCE AND WAIVE any right of action by way of legal redress or otherwise and to INDEMNIFY and HOLD HARMLESS the Seminary Council and/or the Bishop against ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES OR COSTS ACCRUING by reason of any such claim, action or proceedings by or through me".
In addition to my last I also want to observe that the Trustees of Maynooth publically stated that the attached do not exist. They do exist, and do so as instruments of control and oppression. The public should know the bishops lied.
So, the document that Monsignor Connolly told RTE did not exist DOES !
The document that MAYNOOTH and the IRISH BISHOPS said did not exist DOES !
THE SEMINARIANS HAVE SIGNED UP TO:
RENOUNCING all their LEGAL RIGHTS !
RENOUNCING their CIVIL RIGHTS !
RENOUNCING their HUMAN RIGHTS !
If they are murdered in Maynooth neither Maynooth or the Irish Bishops are responsible legally !
If they are assaulted in Maynooth neither Maynooth or the Irish Bishops are responsible legally !
If they are raped in Maynooth neither Maynooth or the Irish Bishops are responsible legally !
If they are driven to suicide or breakdown Maynooth or the Irish Bishops are responsible legally !
MAYNOOTH and the IRISH BISHOPS are like Pontius Pilate when it comes to the seminarians.
So much for justice !
So much for caring !
So much for compassion !