"THE MEMORY OF JESUS IS BOTH SACRED AND SUBVERSIVE"
Thursday, 11 January 2018
THE TABLET. 10.1.2017
In August 2016, Maynooth was engulfed by a scandal involving seminarians and the gay dating app Grindr
The President of Ireland’s national seminary has warned that it will have to change if it is to survive, adding that he is working with the seminary’s trustees to introduce a number of far-reaching changes to its model of formation and structures.
Reverend Professor Michael Mullaney - who took up his post at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, in September – told The Tablet that he is working with the trustees, who include the four archbishops and up to 13 diocesan bishops, on developing a new model of training for seminarians.
“Maynooth has to change – the seminary has to change. You have to be flexible, otherwise, we are going to sink,” Fr Mullaney stressed. “Maynooth cannot just be self-preserving…We can’t be fixed in what was or what worked before – that is not the way forward.”
In August 2016, Maynooth was engulfed by a scandal involving seminarians and the gay dating app Grindr. The story came to light when Archbishop Diarmuid Martin admitted he had removed Dublin’s seminarians from Maynooth and sent them to study at the Irish College in Rome. He expressed concerns over “strange goings-on” and a “poisonous” atmosphere at the Co Kildare college.
Professor Mullany is considering a plan which would see future trainee priests spend a large part of each of their six years of training based in parishes away from the college with a more community-based input from “a good pastor/parish priest formator and with a team of lay people around him” so that seminarians are formed both in the parish and in the seminary and “the two are in very close contact”.
Other changes in the pipeline could see a bespoke formation house built on campus to cater for a smaller numbers of trainee priests.
“In the future, the seminary will be more autonomous as a house of formation based in Maynooth with its own rector and seminary staff and students, whether that is five, ten or fifteen.”
Following an international conference on priestly formation in Maynooth last November, the Irish Church, in line with the Vatican, is now emphasizing quality not quantity in its candidates for the priesthood.
“It is not the numbers we should be concerned about, it is getting the admissions process right and admitting the best,” the President of Maynooth stressed.
Already some changes are in train with the introduction of a pre-seminary propaedeutic year which Fr Mullaney said: “will help candidates discern if priesthood is the right thing for them.”
Nine of those who began their studies for the priesthood in the autumn are currently undertaking this year at locations in Ireland and Spain.
Asked about the future of Maynooth in light of the smaller seminary numbers, Professor Mullaney said: “The simple answer is we are managing a transition in the seminary because we don’t know where the landing point with numbers is going to be.”
At the moment, there are 36 resident seminarians in Maynooth and 25 non-resident seminarians, this latter cohort is another new facet of the changing structures at Maynooth because in the past all seminarians were fully resident.
Reading between the lines of Fanny's interview with The Tablet is the loud and clear message: MAYNOOTH IS CLOSING!
Of course, people like Fanny and the Irish bishops will never admit that the GRINDR scandal of 2016 was the last straw that broke the camel's back and spelled the end of GAYNOOTH.
With the exception of Diarmuid Martin, who has his own dark agenda, the bishops talked about supporting and saving Maynooth. That was only PR. They all knew that Maynooth was dead in the water.
In the past 20+ years, Maynooth seminary has become one of the better known gay cruising areas in Ireland - and any seminarian going in there was certain to be sexually propositioned within hours or days and bedded within 72 hours.
Straight seminarians and gay seminarians who did not want to be sexually active did not have a snowball's chance in Hell. If they were not intimidated out by the gay cabal they were soon despatched by staff members with various serious psychological problems.
Maynooth had become the best little gay whore house in Ireland.
Even this current announcement by Mullaney is not telling us the whole truth.
They are going to build a new purpose-built seminary. What is that?
They are going to build a small building to house the dwindling numbers of seminarians.
Seminarians will be sent out to work with pastors.
What if those pastors are also members of the gay mafia that every diocese now has?
Will the straight and celibate gay seminarian not be landed out of the frying pan into the fire?
The problem is that the Roman Catholic priesthood is now almost exclusively a gay profession.
The cure for that is to attract more non-gay men into the priesthood - preferably men who are a little older and have a proven record of not been gay men.
It's a bit like the attempt to reform the police force in Northern Ireland from consisting of mainly Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist members to being a mixture of Protestants and Catholics.
MY ADVICE TO FANNY AND THE BISHOPS:
1. Don't build your new seminary in Maynooth - a place that will forever be associated with GRINDR and the promiscuous gay culture.
2. Petition Rome to actively seek out more mature, heterosexual husbands and fathers to become priests. In other words: do POSITIVE ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION in the interim.
3. In priestly training - place the emphasis on men's FAITH and PRAYER LIFE rather than on academics!