The most recent sign of the loss of faith on the Emerald Isle is the closing of Northern Ireland's only seminary, which was founded 185 years ago.
Saint Malachy's Seminary in Belfast, which started forming future priests in 1833, is now closing. It was used for teaching philosophy to seminarians before sending them on to Ireland's only seminary in Maynooth. The closing of the seminary in Northen Ireland leaves only St. Patrick's Seminary in Maynooth, and it is riddled with scandal.
Ireland's seminary scandal has roots dating back to the clerical rejection of Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae. John Lacken, secretary of the Lumen Fide Institute, told Church Militant that faculty members at were Maynooth rejecting papal teaching against contraception but were allowed to continue forming seminarians at the seminary:
In July 1968, when Humanae Vitae came out, the main seminary in Ireland was Maynooth, it still is, but in Maynooth Seminary, six professors — all of them priests, publicly dissented from Humanae Vitae and two of those were professors of moral theology. And in a video I released, I said none of them were corrected, none of them were disciplined and none of them were dismissed.
Lacken said not only were these rebel clerics not disciplined or removed, but they were promoted to positions of great influence:
And these were the men, priests, moral theologians that were forming the young seminarians for the priesthood. Also, in the early 1980s, one of those dissenting moral theologians was appointed as secretary to what was called the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, and that was at the time when the Church was basically introducing pre-marriage courses for young couples getting married. So you had somebody publicly dissenting from the Church's teachings on contraception being appointed, by the Irish bishops, as secretary to the council that was going to be preparing young couples for marriage.
Watch the panel discuss the reason Ireland lost the faith in The Download—Selling Out Ireland.