Ireland’s Top Seminary Ordered To Review Social Media Policies Following Grindr Use Allegations

Allegations Of Grindr Use
Ireland’s top seminary, St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, has been ordered to review its social media policies following allegations of Grindr use among trainee priests.

Earlier this month, the seminary was under the spotlight following allegations of Grindr use among its trainee priests.

And this week, Ireland’s Catholic Church hierarchy called for an independent audit of the “appropriate use of the internet and social media” due to concerns of an “unhealthy atmosphere” at the seminary.

Church leaders have also urged for trainees to take the Pope’s advice by spending more time with women and families to balance the all-male environment and ultimately benefit their studies.

As a result of the original allegations, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin removed his trainee priests from the seminary.

The decision came following the rumours about the college, that were posted in online blogs and letters.

He said at the time: “There are allegations on different sides. One is that there is a homosexual, a gay culture, that students have been using an app called Grindr, which is a gay dating app, which would be inappropriate for seminarians, not just because they are trained to be celibate priests, but because an app like that is something which would be fostering promiscuous sexuality, which is certainly not in any way the mature vision of sexuality one would expect a priest to understand.”

And now social media and internet use amongst trainees could be curbed following the audit.

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Emma Woodley

Emma is a reporter at Global Dating Insights. Originally from Surrey, she has studied Communication and Media at Bournemouth University and The University of Central Florida. She enjoys socialising with friends, exploring new places and can often be found with her nose in a book.

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