EVERY DAY I GET CONCERNED MESSAGES ABOUT MAYNOOTH SEMINARY AND FROM SOURCES WITHIN MAYNOOTH SEMINARY.
We are all aware of the big scandal that broke in 2016 with regard Maynooth and promiscuous homosexuality among some of its seminarians.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin acted in 2016 by removing his seminarians from Maynooth and sending them to The Irish College in Rome.
Since then two Dublin seminarians have left The Irish College - Deacon Michael "Gorgeous" Byrne and more recently Conor "Angel Wings" Gannon.
There are rumours that Gorgeous had joined the Gardai, did not like that profession. left and has asked Diarmuid Martin to consider taking him back into the priesthood. We have not been able to confirm these rumours and Gorgeous' whereabouts are currently unknown.
Last week there were several reports in the Irish media about the reasons for Conor Gannon's departure from The Irish College.
Over the weekend Mr. Gannon has declared that he left The Irish College of his own volition and not for the reported reasons and a number of Irish media outlets have received solicitor's letters.
Conor has said that his departure was related to an incident where too much alcohol had been consumed.
Conor and the other seminarian who left have asked both Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and the rector of The Irish College - Monsignor Ciaran O'Carroll - to release statements on the matter.
Archbishop Martin and Monsignor O'Carroll have refused to make those public statements.
One would have thought that the confusion could have been cleared up by these public statements from Martin and O'Carroll? Their refusal to make statements leaves the whole issue hanging in the air.
Meanwhile, things in Maynooth are continuing to cause concern among all those who care.
There is the allegation that Father Mullaney and Father Collins are not handling things well.
There is also the feeling that the new dean - Father Surlis is a good, spiritual man and is doing his best.
However, he is new and he is up against the "Old Guard".
|FATHER TOMAS SURLIS|
It was thought that Father Surlis would become the new "Rector" of the seminary?
My readers and contributors have highlighted particular concerns about FOUR seminarians:
Brendan Marshall of Armagh archdiocese
Stephen Wilson of Armagh archdiocese
Mark Moriarty of Kerry diocese
Sean Hickey of Ossory diocese
I must add that the concerns expressed about Sean Hickey are that he is a genuine and innocent lad who has become vulnerable to others.
In fact, he took a little time out of Maynooth recently to think about how things were going.
In any event, I have written to the bishops involved with the hope that they will take necessary action.
But of that - I'm afraid experience tells me I might be wasting my time!
THE SUNDAY WORLD - 13TH MAY 2018