TWO IRISH SEMINARIANS "LEFT" THE IRISH COLLEGE IN ROME IN RECENT WEEKS AND THIS LEAVING HAS LED TO VARIOUS AND DIFFERING REPORTS WITHIN THE CHURCH AND IN THE MEDIA.
One of the seminarians - Conor Gannon - has sent solicitor's letters to at least prominent national Irish newspapers.
He is making the very strong points that:
A. He left the college on his own accord and was not asked to leave.
B. The report that two seminarians were found in bed is absolutely unfounded.
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Conor and the other seminarian from Kildare have asked the rector of The Irish College - Monsignor O'Carroll and the Archbishop of Dublin - Diarmuid Martin to make a statement about the "leaving".
Both churchmen have declined to do so to the present time.
In a meeting with journalists the other day - at a school opening Mass in Dublin - Archbishop Martin insisted that he not willing to discuss individual cases.
That is obviously his very strong position.
The seminarians who left also say that the incident in question was the result of excess alcohol.
There are a number of important questions that arise that the men themselves - and indeed the interested public - would like clarified.
1. Is having too much alcohol on one occasion a sufficient reason for leaving the seminary?
2. Had the seminarians started drinking earlier that evening while attending a function in The Vatican concerned with the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humane Vitae?
3. Did the seminarians then go on to another Roman establishment of a very different type than The Vatican and continue drinking there?
5. If so, what was the content of that CCTV and did it contain anything that might leave to college departures?
6. Has that CCTV content been secured to be produced IF a legal case ensues?
7. If there is such a case brought before the courts will Archbishop Martin. Monsignor O'Carroll and other prominent churchmen be summoned to give evidence?
8. Has the seminarian concerned considered the principle "He who comes to equity must come with clean hands" before starting legal proceedings?
9. Has the Kildare seminarian proved himself a wiser man by not issuing solicitor's letters, keeping a low profile and waiting for the matter to blow over?
OSCAR WILDE CASE
The classic case of poor Oscar Wilde is worth the consideration of any young gentleman thinking of going to court.
It was the case that Wilde himself brought for defamation that sealed his sad fate.
JAMES O' CONNELL ISSUED WITH SOLICITOR'S LETTER BY ARCHBISHOP EAMON MARTIN
The Middletown, Armagh man who has been visiting various clerical personages in the Archdiocese of Armagh to talk about a relative of his been sexually hurt by a priest has now received a solicitor's letter from Archbishop Eamon Martin.
The letter warns Mr. McConnell is that he is not to approach officers and employees of the Archdiocese of Armagh - or to record them.
The letter states that the archbishop is reluctant to take legal proceedings against Mr. McConnell - but certainly indicates that such action might be taken if he does not desist.
Mr. McConnell was traurmtised at a young age by the events he had to witness.
He has now being to the PSNI.
The PSNI have said that Mr. McConnell's relative does not want to take action against a priest.