Providence paper reporting on my Sunday meeting

Censured priest finds support in W. Warwick 

Published: October 26, 2014 11:20 PM

The Providence Journal / Andrew Dickerman
Father Tony Flannery, an Irish priest censured by the Vatican, speaks at Emanuel Lutheran Church, in West Warwick, on Sunday.
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WEST WARWICK, R.I. — An Irish priest censured by the Vatican for supporting the ordination of women and challenging church teachings on homosexuality received a warm welcome when speaking at Emanuel Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon.

New York: Saturday

The briefest of a visit to New York. Arrived from Philadelphia mid-day Saturday;  had my speaking session just off Washington Square at 2.00pm, as usual in a Protestant setting. (The question Catholic authorities ask: “Is he in good standing?”)  But a very welcoming Catholic pastor did put us up in the rectory for the night.   Had a little time to stroll around Washington Square after the talk, and then on to Mass.

Philadelphia; a different scene

Tonight in Philadelphia was nothing if not interesting.

A large crowd turned up in the science building of the University. There were a number of different reform organisations represented.  Again I was very well received, and the welcome was warm and open.  I felt a little tired during the talk, and the words didn’t come as easily as I would like, but it was all right.

Almost from the beginning I felt that the atmosphere in the hall wasn’t the same as we had the night before in Baltimore.

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