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Irish priest sent to monastery to reflect on dissenting views

April 11, 2012

A dissident Irish priest has been directed to spend 6 weeks at a monastery, to pray and reflect on his criticism of Church teachings.

Father Tony Flannery, whose regular column in the monthly Redemptorist magazine Reality has been suspended, was silenced after his Redemptorist superior, Father Michael Brehl, was called to Rome to consult with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Vatican Insider reports. The CDF has reportedly asked the Redemptorist leader to report back later about the resolution of Father Flannery’s situation.

Father Flannery is a founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, an Irish group that has openly dissented from Church teachings.


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  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Apr. 12, 2012 3:39 PM ET USA

    I certainly wasn't expecting this. Benedict's Easter gift - it just keeps on giving. Good on the Pope for disciplining this priest. But there are many more like him, and most not so well known except to their suffering parishioners.

  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Apr. 12, 2012 7:27 AM ET USA

    Good for Pope Benedict. Nothing gullible and soft about him; he sees danger and takes action.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Apr. 11, 2012 11:42 PM ET USA

    Maybe they were reading Borromeo. He had a house for disobedient clerics for them to reflect on their disobedience. Pope Benedict touted the reform of St Charles Borromeo in "The Ratzinger Report."