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Bishop: Irish hierarchy should reach out to priests like Fr. Tony Flannery
Sarah Mac Donald | Mar. 23, 2016 NCR Today
DUBLIN, IRELAND

For the first time, an Irish bishop has indicated it is time for the Irish hierarchy to reach out to priests like well-known Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery, who was censured by the Vatican in 2012.
Speaking to NCR at a conference on mercy in Dublin, Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry admitted that unless the bishops are seen to be “willing to go way beyond our comfort zone then people will say you are just a group looking after yourselves.”

Asked about the plight of Flannery and other Irish priests censured by the Vatican, he responded, “We have to be constantly reaching out — that is the job of followers of Christ.

Women: Potential for Ministry

The Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) will host a meeting entitled: WOMEN: POTENTIAL FOR MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH.
The speakers are Ms. Maire Ni Dhuibhir and Fr. Tony Flannery.
Date: Thursday 31st March 2016. Time 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Clayton Hotel, Galway.
All are welcome. Contact: 086 8197894

There are Funerals and Funerals!

As I drove to a funeral today, I was thinking of what I had heard and read about the problems around gangland funerals, about ostentatious displays of paramilitarism or excessive wealth. The funeral I was going to was that of Tadgh McDonnell, the husband of Kathleen, the woman who led the resistance to male-only deacons in the diocese of Killaloe. I had come to know Kathleen during that time, and she is by any standards an extraordinary person.

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