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The CDF and Sean Fagan

The ACP have received a clarification from Fr. David Corrigan, Provincial of the Marists, about Sean Fagan.
It seems that the only thing that has been lifted from Sean is the threat of dismissal from the priesthood. The other sanctions remain in place, and his book continues to be banned.
I’m afraid that this removes any possibility that the gesture towards Sean is a sign of some softening of policy on behalf of the CDF, or some indication that the ‘Francis factor’ was beginning to work.

Priest urges bishops to act on ‘blight of censuring’

SARAH MACDONALD – PUBLISHED 30 APRIL 2014 02:30 AM

Outspoken priest Fr Tony Flannery, who was silenced by the Vatican in 2012, has challenged the Irish bishops to “get rid of the blight” of censuring clergymen.
He was responding to the news that the Vatican has lifted its sanctions against Fr Sean Fagan, following the intervention of Pope Francis and a letter written to the Pontiff by former Irish president Mary McAleese last December.

Talk in St. John’s Theatre, Listowel

April 30th.
I had a most pleasant and enjoyable evening in Listowel yesterday. A bit crowd (about 120) arrived for my talk, and the response was very positive. I spoke for nearly fifty minutes, going through Church history in an attempt to explain to people the origins and historical reasons for the problems we are facing in the Church today. And then I took up some of the things Francis is saying, and how he is attempting to correct the aberrations of the past.

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