Wednesday April 1, 2020

Schism: the existential crisis behind the Maynooth controversy

Behind this controversy lies a genuine crisis for the Irish Catholic Church

7th August, 2016
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Maynooth College in the 1980s Pic: RollingNews

‘Who are the men in black?” ran the advertisement across Dublin a decade ago. The billboard was an attempt by then Archbishop Desmond Connell to talk to young men “in their own language”.

“There is a gay culture, and people are sexually active in the seminary. People are on a website or an app called Grindr, which is a gay dating site,” said Dr Martin in an RTÉ interview, to clarify...

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