Before Richard Purcell was elected Abbot of Mount Mellary he was abbot of Roscrea – where the Cistercians have a very prominent and wealthy college.
We know from Abbot General Eamon Fitzgerald that there was at least one homosexual incident involving Richard Purcell in Roscrea. The incident we know about was sex with a Killaloe priest in Roscrea kitchen.
Now, if that got out I imagine the parents of the school might have a problem with their school patron – Richard Purcell – being their patron.
It might also affect school enrollment and as such, school income / turnover.
Was there a very great interest in the Cistercians having Purcell moved on?
Generally, a monastery chooses one of their own monks to be abbot.
There are occasional exceptions.
But we ask if there was a special reason to move Purcell from Roscrea to Mount Mellary?
Were the bishops of Killaloe and Waterford consulted in these matters?
This is just one of the many questions dogging the Purcell case at present.
Does Purcell have too much stuff on others – priests, bishops or Cistercians?
To use Diarmuid Martin’s words – ” strange goings on”.