Two new comnents submitted by email:
“Two former staff board members of clonliffe at the time of reports made to the board are now Bishops. + Paul Tighe and Bishop of Limerick + Brendan Leahy”
“As a former seminarian and student of Clonliffe I never had any issues with Fr. Slattery, however it was very obvious to most that he had his ” favourites” and some of these ” friendships” did seem a little inappropriate or even obsessive….”
A priest who did a doctorate in Rome and spent a lot of time there once said to me:
“The way to get promotion in the Roman Catholic is to give your superior sexual favours and services”.
But another important way to get promotion is having the ability to keep quiet about all the horrors and scandals you come across.
DIARMUID MARTIN as archbishop of Dublin must have known all about the Slattery scandal.
And yet the man with a reputation for openness and transparency, kept the Slattery scandal quiet.
It is clear that Slattery had a weakness for teenagers and young men.
But the teenagers and young men he might have met in the last 14 years of his life were left totally ignorant of his “weakness”.
And, as the homily at the funeral made clear Fr Slattery continued to be a “priest in good standing” as far as the public was concerned.
And that image of him was fully confirmed ar his funeral Mass celebrated by the Dublin Moderator of the Curia, Monsignor Paul Callan and with the new archbishop, Dermot Farrell presiding in full choir dress.
The Slattery scandal runs very deep and its roots go to a lot of interesting places.
THE ORATORY – THEN AND NOW.