Wednesday 23 January 2013

The film's as close as Flannery will probably get

Good coverage in tomorrow's Irish Catholic of Fr Tony Flannery story.   Elaborates on the way that Fr Flannery has sought to shift the focus on to ordination of women, homosexuality etc and away from his heterodox views of Catholic priesthood.  Notes that he has a Dublin PR company working for him. 

Irish Catholic has sources in Rome which confirm that:

1) chief concern is his views on priesthood;

2) that this is the reason they don't want him leading/involved with the Association of Catholic Priests;

3) that he has never been threatened with excommunication and there is no question of excommunication, noting that in other cases, including bishops, excommunication has only been applied where a priest has taken part in a simulated ordination ceremony for women.

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