Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Irish Times interview with the Papal Nuncio, Charles Brown

In last Saturday’s Irish Times there was an interview by Patsy McGarry with the Papal Nuncio, Charles Brown. In the course of the interview McGarry asked him about the Irish priests who had been censored. The Nuncio disclaimed any involvement in these cases, and in particular in mine. Can we believe him?
When the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) were dealing with my case, it seems to me that a very obvious and sensible part of their investigation would be to get somebody in Ireland to give them a local reading of the situation.

The Bishop, the Pastoral Council, and myself!


About two months ago I got an invitation from the Pastoral Council of the parish of Killeagh in Cloyne diocese to come and give the keynote talk at a weekend parish fest they were organising for late September. The request was that I would speak on the subject of where the voice of the Spirit could be heard in today’s Church.  I was happy to accept the invitation.

When notice of this talk first went out, a few weeks ago, the bishop of Cloyne, William Creanexpressed concern.  

From the Irish Times: Tuesday 18th August

Suspended priest to speak at US conference on ordination of women

Actor Martin Sheen and leading American Benedictine nun Sr Joan Chittister have endorsed the third international Women’s Ordination Worldwide conference, at which Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery will speak in Philadelphia next month. It takes place just prior to the visit there of Pope Francis, on September 26th.

In 2012, Fr Flannery was suspended from public ministry by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) for his liberal views on the ordination of women, homosexuality and contraception.

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