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Irish protesters decry Vatican censorship of dissident priests

April 30, 2012

About 200 people—primarily priests and nuns—joined in a demonstration outside the residence of the apostolic nuncio in Dublin to protest the silencing of several Irish priests.

The protesters, some of them wearing symbolic gags, delivered a letter calling for the Vatican to lift the censorship on 5 dissident priests.

Father Brian D’Arcy, a newspaper columnist and BBC commentator, last week became the 5th Irish priest operating under a Vatican-ordered censorship. Father D’Arcy, who apparently came under Vatican scrutiny because of his comments on the ordination of women, said that although he is now obliged to submit his writings to religious superiors before publication, he will not refrain from expressing himself clearly on issues such as sexual abuse. “I speak strongly about this and I will make no apologies,” he said.


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  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Apr. 30, 2012 7:23 PM ET USA

    It is annoying how it seems to me that Fr Darcy is suggesting that he is being silent for speaking about child abuse. That is nonsense. He is being censored because he has taught his own opinions on women's ordination, amongst other matters of faith and morals, against the clear doctrine of the Catholic faith.