Dissident Irish priest defies CDF, celebrates Mass publicly
January 26, 2017
Defying a 2012 order from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a dissident Irish priest, Father Tony Flannery, has celebrated Mass publicly.
The priest said that he was “not worried about excommunication,” and “even less so in the context of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland next year,” according to the National Catholic Reporter.
- Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery celebrates Mass after five-year ban (National Catholic Reporter)
- Dissident Irish priest will defy Vatican, risk further disciplinary action (CWN, 1/21/13)
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Posted by: skall391825 -
Jan. 27, 2017 5:44 PM ET USA
I'd love to know if Cardinal Wuerl would advise Fr. Flannery to just follow his conscience.
Posted by: jalsardl5053 -
Jan. 26, 2017 7:11 PM ET USA
Father Tony is clearly smack in the face of Pope Francis. The gauntlet is down; it will be instructive to see what happens next.
Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Jan. 26, 2017 4:16 PM ET USA
Over familiarity and a "messy" Church seem to breed contempt.