"Homo-App" in Seminary? Archbishop Takes Drastic Measures
Saint Patrick's College in Maynooth
Edit: funny how one of the most anti-Roman prelates in the Church during Pope Benedict's reign now wants to send his seminarians to Rome.
(Dublin) The Archdiocese of Dublin confirmed Wednesday that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin "temporarily" has prohibited the admission of new students in the largest seminary in Ireland. Reason for the hiring freeze is that the archbishop suspects that a "gay culture" has taken at the seminary. The hiring freeze is only a measure to combat the homosexualization of the seminary.
On Tuesday Archbishop Martin told the state broadcaster RTE that he was "uncomfortable" because of anonymous charges against a significant number of seminarians of St. Patrick College of Maynooth, which were written and published on the Internet.
As the archbishop affirmed, claiming the accusations that the seminary a "homosexual milieu" exists and students using a "homo-app" called "Grindr", says the Archbishop, to intiate "Homo-dating".
The archbishop takes the allegations seriously and wants to make a clean sweep. "The allegations are serious," he told the press on Tuesday, "even more serious, however, would be if they correspond to the facts." This is what he wants and he'll clarify.
"The use of such apps would not only be inappropriate for someone who is preparing to become a celibate priest, but also because such an app promotes sexual promiscuity, which in no way corresponds to a mature attitude that you expect in future priests," said Archbishop Martin.
The admission year 2016, according to the Archbishop's decision, will not to include studying at Maynooth, but at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. The measure will stay active until the allegations in Maynooth have been clarified. Similar studies had already begun, says the Archbishop. But there was no immediate charge because at the moment there is only anonymous material that will only be checked for authenticity.
The Saint Patrick's College Maynooth, about 25 kilometers from Dublin, was founded in 1795 and became the largest seminary of the island with up to 500 seminarians. Since the 60s the figures have been declining due to the ongoing crisis of vocations.
"Anonymous accusations are poison," said the archbishop, so he preferred to "move my students to study in another place." He does not recommend that other bishops follow his example, but he will inform them.
Simultaneously with the announcement of the measures the archbishop expressed hopes that will prove the allegations to be inaccurate. "We will clarify." At the same time he deplored excessive "conveniences", the seminarians would have enjoyed in Maynooth, and demanded that the conference make corresponding "changes".
Homosexuals may not be ordained priests in the Catholic Church or not even be included in a seminary, as Pope Benedict XVI. with the Instruction on criteria for vocational discernment of persons with homosexual tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders.The measure corresponds to the theological understanding of the sacramental priesthood and the natural law with respect to men and women. The instruction was also part of the papal action against the [so-called] pedophilia scandal, since the vast majority of the clergy who have been guilty of the sexual abuse of minors had aberrosexual tendencies. Thus, the instruction with the consecration and recruiting prohibition also form a protective barrier against an attempt by the "homo lobby" in the Church, about which Pope Francis spoke, attempting to bring about by means of the general social climate in the Church, a position change when it comes to homosexuality.