Dail Privilege

Listening to Noel Whelan yesterday (Saturday) on the News at One, talking about the High Court judgment on the Angela Kerins case, was refreshing.
In my view, the three High Court judges, in their judgment, failed to take into account one very serious, and also, I believe, very obvious reality. It is this: We now have some members of our Oireachtas who will do anything for publicity and self-promotion; and we have media outlets who will happily assist them in this project.

From the National Catholic Reporter

Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery celebrates Mass after five year ban

Sarah Mac Donald

DUBLIN Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery has said he is not anticipating any backlash from the Vatican over his celebration of a public Mass last Sunday in contravention of a ban on public ministry imposed on him by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.
The 70-year-old Irish missioner described the liturgy, which was attended by up to 800 people, as “emotional and beautiful.”

“I have celebrated many big Masses over the years, at missions and novenas, but nothing that touched me to the core like this one.” He added that the occasion “would come close to being the loveliest day of my life.”

Flannery, who is a co-founder of the reform-minded Association of Catholic Priests, said he was “not worried about excommunication” by the church and didn’t “anticipate” any excommunication under Pope Francis and “even less so in the context of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland next year.”

Referring to the “volume of support and encouragement from people” at the Mass and those who had contacted him by email, letter and telephone, the priest said that for church authorities to do anything to him now would be “shooting themselves in the foot.”

He regarded excommunication as a medieval concept and said it “wouldn’t influence me or my life or my faith in any way,” he told NCR.

My Mass of Celebration

Yesterday, in the Killimordaly Community Centre, I celebrated a public Mass for the first time in five years, since I was forbidden to minister publicly. I chose to do it to mark my seventieth birthday, and in the Centre because I would not be allowed to do it on Church property.
I thought a good bit before I made this decision, sometime in late November. (See an earlier blog for my reasons).

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