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10 August 2016 | by Sarah Mac Donald

‘A strange and quarrelsome place’ Premium

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Crisis at Maynooth


For the troubled Maynooth seminary, the decision by the Archbishop of Dublin to no longer send his trainee priests to the college but send them instead to the Irish College in Rome for formation was doubly damning. Not only was one of Ireland’s most populous dioceses going to withdraw from using the national seminary, but the decision had been made by one of the college’s own trustees, who is also the Primate of Ireland.

According to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, something has gone seriously wrong at the 200-year-old college, founded in the days of British rule, where he has described “an atmosphere of strange goings on”.


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