For this last bit of dross, check out Coo-ees from the Cloister.
There is now an audio podcast of the renegade.
Here is some of the analysis from Coo-ees. You should go to read the rest there and spike the stats. Tell ‘em Fr. Z sent you.
The long podcast is at the site of ABC Brisbane.
But it makes very sad listening. Tragically, Kennedy comes across as the very epitome of all that is wrong with quite a few priests ordained around his time (mid 1960’s), for he sounds in the interview to be theologically incompetent, emotionally damaged, spiritually zonky. He has, as they say, more hang-ups than the cloak-room at an opera theatre. He has hang-ups about clerical dress, clerical titles, clerical identity. He has hang-ups about authority- not just Church authority – and structures. He has hang-ups about Irish piety. And he doesn’t actually seem to believe in very much. Tragically, we’ve all met priests like that.
He says himself in the course of the interview that he doesn’t believe in hell, nor in heaven, nor, in any usual sense, in an "afterlife" at all. He uses the "pre-Vatican II" cliche to describe things he doesn’t like about the Church. He abuses that most abused expression "models of church" by suggesting that the "better" model of Church is the "people of God" model (clearly he has forgotten, if he ever read it, the provisos and subtleties of Avery Dulles’ book) and ascribes to the 2nd Vatican Council a desire to see the Church "run by the people". He quotes "full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy" in support of abandoning approved rites. And all the woolly thinking, unfulfilled searching, illogical thoughts and psychological dysfunctions are couched in terms of "spirituality".
I notice that he avoided going into any detail about the baptismal formula / validity question. That might be TOO easy for the audience to side with "them".
The conversation is peppered with references to this or that person who used to be a priest or used to be a nun. And he is assured by several "scripture scholars" and "priests who are married" in his congregation that his Masses are valid.