Others have laughingly questioned how sending new seminarians to Rome can be seen as a move to protect them from gay culture?Some have suggested that the church’s rigidly enforced celibacy rule is what really fosters the secretive and “promiscuous sexuality” they complain of and that their refusal to acknowledge the value of same-sex marriage or relationships damages the opportunity for gay people to foster monogamous relationships.Meanwhile, four Archbishops and thirteen senior Bishops have called on the church to set up an independent audit into the running of both Irish seminaries at Maynooth and at St Malachy’s in Belfast.
The complaints which had been received by two families who felt they needed to express their displeasure at the school for, in their opinion, not living up to our Christian values by hiring and retaining teachers who are gay, have been described as discriminatory by the School Council chief Sally Herman.
“Kambala does not discriminate, positively or negatively, when hiring staff.
All staff, regardless of their role, are chosen on their merit, empathy and their commitment to supporting the Christian ethos of the school,” Herman explains in an open letter to the school’s parents.
“Families and girls from many faiths, ethnicities, sexual orientations and political convictions proudly call Kambala, ‘my school.'” “We exist together as a community that wants to be defined more by how we care for each other than how we might discriminate.” Herman continued quoting the passage: The former pupil herself says she has fond memories of reciting the school lesson from 1 Corinthians 13 highlighting that “love isn’t an optional extra.” “We practice love even when it is hard to do.
Irish church leaders have reportedly been holding “crisis talks” over allegations that trainee Catholic priests in Ireland are frequently using the gay dating app Grindr.
Responding to the allegations Church leaders have ordered an urgent review of the “appropriate use of the internet and social media” at St.
Patrick’s College, Maynooth, the centuries-old Irish training centre for priests, and they have also called for a review of the way that whistle-blowers submit their complaints.
The talks come after the most senior Catholic in Ireland, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, said he was sending student priests to Rome, effectively boycotting Maynooth in County Kildare, which is located just 16 miles west of the capital.
Martin said the recent allegations that “a gay culture” exists at the school and that some students have allegedly been using Grindr, the gay dating app, could “be fostering promiscuous sexuality.” Diarmaid continued that there were other unsettling allegations that whistleblowers were dismissed from the seminary after bringing the issue to the authorities.