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Irish group protests Vatican move to silence dissident priests

April 27, 2012

A group of Irish Catholic laymen have announced plans for a demonstration outside the office of the apostolic nuncio to protest the Vatican’s silencing of several dissident priests.

We Are Church Ireland announced that its members are “very, very angry—indeed shocked” by the news that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered several priests to refrain from writing, or to clear all written work with their religious superiors prior to publication.

The restraints on the Irish priests have come to light as the Vatican moves to address theological dissent in the Irish Church. An apostolic visitation of the Church in Ireland, commissioned in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal there, found that dissent regarding authoritative Church teachings had become a major problem, leading to widespread confusion and uncertainty among the faithful.


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  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Apr. 27, 2012 6:38 PM ET USA

    Wow another group "shocked" that the Church insists on Catholic doctrine and morals. They join the "shocked" LCWR that the Church insists on the essentials of religious life. They resemble Captain Renaud in the movie Casablanca who was also "shocked" that gambling was going on at Rick's as he collects his winnings. As with Renaud their shock rings hollow.