Colm Kelpie has a few examples of why the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith acted to close down Father Tony Flannery’s column in the Redemptorist’s Reality magazine.
- “Many of us priests are very frustrated with the way the Vatican conducts its business.”
- “To hear someone in the position of the Taoiseach speak so strongly, so eloquently, and with such dignity, in challenging the Vatican was good.”
- “Many reforms are needed in the church, and there is little or no discussion allowed at any level.”
- “We cannot have any event (the Eucharistic Congress) dominated by a phalanx of mitre-wearing bishops surrounded by large groups of clergy.”
Father Flannery coincidentally is a founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests (IACP). His problem may be less what he says than that what he says has considerable influence outside the hierarchy…