The bosses of the Catholic Church in Ireland have spoken on the really quite dark yet also perhaps mildly amusing claim that its priests are banging each other via gay dating app Grindr, saying that such allegations are anonymously made and might just all be an attempt to undermine its practises.
In a statement on the matter [PDF], the operators of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where young male priests were said to be enjoying anonymous hookups with each other, said: "The Trustees share the concerns about the unhealthy atmosphere created by anonymous accusations together with some social media comments which can be speculative or even malicious," adding that, just in case, it is asking its authorities to review the policy on appropriate use of internet and social media.
Perhaps adding a disclaimer about definitely not using the college Wi-Fi for organising handjobs in the toilet cubicles.
Previously, Dr Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin, said he'd rather send his priests to be trained over in Rome rather than send them to Saint Patrick's, where he repeated allegations 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."
So no, Dougal, put your phone away. They don't really want to just talk. [Telegraph]