Thank you for your e-mail dated 19/4/2018. It is my understanding that you have already disclosed to the College any information in your possession about any event that occurred during your time in the College which you consider to have been abusive. Nothing that was disclosed by you was considered to constitute wrongful behaviour towards you. The designated liaison person appointed within the College would have no role in relation to any matter pertaining to the time you spent here as a seminarian. Accordingly, it would serve no purpose for me to supply to you the contact details of the designated liaison person.
As has also been stated to you previously, it is the policy of the College to report any complaint of criminal wrongdoing to An Garda Siochana. If you believe that you were the victim of a crime whilst you were a seminarian in the College I encourage you to make a complaint to the Gardai so that it may be investigated in accordance with due process of law.
I am genuinely saddened that you continue to hold painful memories of the time that you spent in this College.
Coláiste Phádraig, Má Nuad, Co. Chill Dara
Thu 26/04/2018, 06:18
Thank you for this morning's blog. Please see below correspondence between Mullaney and myself last night.
Just to note, I also wrote to the bishops of each seminary counsellor responsible for covering this up. The standard response is that what a priest does while on loan to Maynooth is outside the remit of the Diocesian bishop. It has also been stated that when loaned to Maynooth they enter into a private employment contract that prevents the bishop from recalling them. (So much for a promise of obedience on the ordination day!!).
Your email is misinformed. I did meet a [former] safeguarding officer from your instutution however there were a number of shortcomings;
1. I was not allowed speak freely;
2. I was asked leading questions unrelated to my complaint
3. I was not allowed to present a psychological report confirming that Xxxxx Xxxxxx had subjected me to systematic dysfunctional formation amounting to psychological abuse
4. One safeguarding representative was unable to follow the conversation, as displayed by his belief that xxxxx xxxx was a person [rather than a place].
5. Not one witness named by me was contacted.
What happened and all evidence presented was simply ignored, it was not even looked at.
In his closing days in Maynooth Hugh Connolly wrote to me regarding xxxx's death. In conversation afterwards he apologised to me, admitted that I had been wrongly treated during my time in Maynooth. I asked for that in writing but he said the Trustees would not allow that.
I have been the victim of psychological abuse in Maynooth. This has been systematically covered up by senior management and Trustees.
You might be saddened that I have to live with the consequences of your vile institution while you offer no actions to redress your Institution's failure and cover-up.
As for going to the gardai - that is not the college's policy. In 2007 I suggested to Hugh that I would do just that. He told me he would ensure that he would make sure "that it would be more embarrassing for me than the college".
I would have thought that as priests ye would have a better sense of Christian duty, especially to young forthright men coming to a seminary.
Here we have a former seminarian of Maynooth who clearly insists that he was psychologically damaged by a certain priest when he was a seminarian in Maynooth.
I know the name of this priest and I have heard from many seminarians that he had a foul tongue and that he treated seminarians to daily verbal and psychological abuse.
This young man needs closure and healing. But instead of offering him that the Church authorities are compounding his suffering by giving him the runaround and by firing legalisms and nonsense in his direction.
Michael Mullaney was ordained to bring the compassion and healing of Christ to those he met and ministered to.
Instead, he is writing as a cynical lawyer might to this wounded man.
And Mullaney says he regrets that Xxxxx has unhappy memories of Maynooth!
Is he kidding?
Many former Maynooth seminarians were marked for life by the place!
The whole incident shows that Maynooth was a cesspit of all kinds of abuse and the sooner it is closed the better.