The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s process is slow and patient and respectful, to a fault, when certain people and their odd theological notions come under study. It takes a lot to get scrutinized by the CDF in the first place, but once you are in their system, they go over and over what you write and give you chances to explain and correct. If it gets to a point where someone refuses to be corrected, unpleasant things result.
A prominent Irish priest has announced that he will reject a directive from the Vatican and refuse to sign a statement affirming Church teachings on the nature of priestly ordination.
Father Tony Flannery had been silenced by the Vatican last year because of his statements supporting the ordination of women and questioning Church teachings on contraception and on homosexuality. At a January 20 press conference in Dublin he said that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) had ordered him to sign a statement of support for Church teaching, and threatened further disciplinary action if he refused.
“Either I sign a statement, for publication, stating that I accepted teachings that I could not accept, or I would remain permanently banned from priestly ministry, and maybe face more serious sanctions,” Father Flannery said. He claimed that his disagreements with the Vatican involved “not matters of fundamental teaching, but rather of Church governance.” Actually his published writings have questioned fundamental Catholic doctrines; he has not only opposed the ban on ordination of women but also said that he does not believe that “the priesthood as we currently have it in the Church originated with Jesus.”
The Association of Catholic Priests, a dissident group that Father Flannery had helped to found, issued a strong statement of support for the embattled priest, denouncing the Vatican for “a callousness and even brutality” in its handling of his case.
BOO HOO! sniffle…
Read the rest of the article about this whinging heretic over there. Hell’s Bible has something on him HERE.
Every once in a while I foster the desire that guys like this not sign, not conform… and good riddance! Yes, it would be better were he to convert to Catholicism, especially given that he is ordained. But if is isn’t going to, and if he is going to persist in error after being corrected by Congregation…. hasta la vista. And take the Ass. of Catholic Priests with you.
UPDATE 22 Jan 14:47 GMT:
From a priest in Ireland:
I’m not very tech savvy so i don’t know how to post a comment on your blog.
I just wanted to add that Fr. Flannery called his press conference the day after the massive prolife rally in Dublin which we Catholics wanted to be big news. 30,000 people turned up, but by Sunday Fr. Flannery’s difficulties became the hot topic for an Irish Media that was only too delighted to get the chance to move on from a positive prolife story. Even if I agreed with Fr. Flannery’s position (I certainly do not) I think it was lousy of him to call a press conference on the weekend when the Church was getting people in this country to focus their attention on keeping abortion out of Ireland.
From a prolife point of view he couldn’t have picked a worse weekend to vent his anger at the Vatican.
And you can bet he did it on purpose, to cause a problem.