Maynooth seminary to be overhauled after turbulent period

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fr Michael Mullaney has been appointed president of the national seminary, St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, for the next three years as the Catholic bishops announce plans to separate out the seminary from the Pontifical University there. The Pontifical University is a separate entity from NUI Maynooth …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 16 June]

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St Patrick’s College in Maynooth seeks new president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Catholic bishop trustees of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, have advertised for a new president. The trustees are the four Catholic Archbishops in Ireland and 13 diocesan bishops. The new president will assume office next summer for a five-year term, ‘which may be renewed or extended for one further term’ …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 15 December]

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Survivors of the emotional deep freeze – Maynooth’s class of ‘66 looks back

Posted in Life on October 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students who gave up the seminary 50 years ago recall a suffocating atmosphere that infantilised seminarians, but also some rare acts of kindness and enlightenment …” (more)

[Kathy Sheridan, Irish Times, 15 October]

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Mary McAleese says Maynooth should be ‘gay-friendly’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The current controversy about a gay culture at Maynooth is misplaced and the church authorities should be focusing on why so few young people are seeking to join the priesthood rather than seeking to make seminaries gay-unfriendly places, according to former president Mary McAleese …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Maynooth trainees to be supervised during meal times

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A closer eye will be kept on how Maynooth’s seminarians spend their time from now on as part of a stricter regime being introduced in the wake of the gay dating app scandal. The Irish Independent has learned that all trainee priests will now be required to eat their evening meal in the college …” (more)

[Sarah MacDonald, Independent, 26 August]

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Church must view decline of outdated seminaries as a chance for renewal

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The trustees of Maynooth – the 17 most-senior Catholic bishops – agreed this week to work on a new policy to protect whistle-blowers at the national seminary. It comes after a wave of allegations, many of them anonymous, of homosexual relationships between seminarians …” (more)

[Michael Kelly, Independent, 26 August]

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Church leaders admit ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at college amid gay dating app Grindr row

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Catholic Church hierarchy has admitted concerns about an ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at the country’s main seminary amid claims trainee priests there are using the gay dating app Grindr …” (more)

[Sarah MacDonald, Independent, 25 August]

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Future of Maynooth seminary in balance as number of student priests plummets

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI’s SWAT team of apostolic investigators swooped on the national seminary in Maynooth in search of immorality. A year later, a summary of their findings was published …” (more)

[Sarah MacDonald, Independent, 25 August]

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Catholic Church hierarchy admits concerns over Maynooth seminary

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s Catholic Church hierarchy has admitted concerns about an ‘unhealthy atmosphere’ at the country’s main seminary amid claims trainee priests there are using the gay dating app Grindr. Church leaders have ordered a review on the ‘appropriate use of the internet and social media’ at the centuries-old St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Co Kildare, as well as an overhaul of its approach to whistleblowers …” (more)

[Independent, 24 August]

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Why does the Irish Catholic Church need two large, traditional seminaries?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Currently, the Irish Catholic Church has 67 men studying for the priesthood: 55 at St Patrick’s College Maynooth and 12 at the Irish College in Rome. Maynooth alone was designed to cater for 500 seminarians. It has just over a tenth of that number now. Meanwhile the average age of the Irish Catholic diocesan priest hovers at around 67 …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 23 August]

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A ‘culture of secrecy and fear’ at Maynooth seminary

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Two former seminarians have said they were told to sign a confidentiality agreement binding them to secrecy about Maynooth in their first weeks in the seminary …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 10 August]

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Changing times at Maynooth

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As the former director of pastoral formation at Allen Hall Seminary in Westminster Archdiocese, London (1993-1997), I am surprised only by any surprise at the alleged ‘gay subculture’ and ‘strange goings-on’ in Maynooth …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 9 August]

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St Patrick’s seminary and ‘gay culture’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As usual, The Irish Times paints Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin as the hero of the hour in the controversy surrounding St Patrick’s seminary in Maynooth. Your paper fails to raise the question as to what is the precise difference between the Irish College in Rome and Maynooth …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Maynooth seminary ‘a place of psychological abuse’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Three former seminarians share their experiences at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth over the past decade. They describe an atmosphere of ‘psychological abuse’, a flawed complaints process, and ‘a lot’ of sexual activity …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Crisis in Maynooth: Growing disquiet about scandal won’t just go away

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘The dogs in the street know Maynooth in its current state is not fit for purpose … this is my experience of Maynooth. What have our bishops to fear in thoroughly reforming our national seminary?’ These words were those of a young student at the national seminary …” (more)

[Nicola Anderson, Independent, 6 August]

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Crisis at St Patrick’s seminary

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Yet another jolt to the Catholic Church and its laity as ongoing difficulties at the Maynooth seminary have come to light. Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin is to be commended for taking a stand and giving leadership, the lack of which the church has been severely criticised for in the past …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Diarmuid Martin considers setting up Dublin seminary

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he would favour the establishment of a new seminary in Dublin for the formation of priests. Speaking after he decided to stop sending seminarians from the Dublin Archdiocese to St Patrick’s College in Maynooth amid anonymous allegations of a gay subculture there, Dr Martin said he had been looking at a site for a new seminary but it was not yet ready …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Catholic bishops voice their support for Maynooth

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fourteen of the 26 Catholic diocesan bishops in Ireland have so far indicated they will continue to send seminarians to Maynooth, with some saying they will also send trainee priests to the Irish College in Rome …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 4 August]

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‘Humiliated’ 1980s dean warns of ‘deja vu’ at Maynooth

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The former senior dean at Maynooth College – who was ‘demoted and humiliated’ after expressing concerns about activities at the college in the 1980s – has said the current saga reads ‘like deja vu’ …” (more)

[Nicola Anderson, Independent, 4 August]

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Maynooth’s opaque culture major part of problem

Posted in Governance and administration on August 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘The closed strange world of seminaries’ was how Archbishop Diarmuid Martin put it yesterday, when speaking of the latest Maynooth crisis. There is no doubt that the opaque culture of such institutions has contributed greatly to the latest controversy besetting Ireland’s national seminary …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 3 August]

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