Here is some news for the Fishwrappers and their fellow travelers.
Take note of this piece in The Irish Times about dear heretical Tony. The fact that he is “going his own way” is neither a surprise nor the big news. Take note of something he dropped in:
Fr Tony Flannery has said he will begin a new chapter in his life today, after learning the Vatican has no plans to allow him to practise as a priest again.
Fr Flannery (67) also said he has decided to stay away from premises owned by the church during his upcoming tour to avoid any “embarrassment” of further fallout with the church hierarchy. But he said he is determined to push for reform in the church in his upcoming lectures, which begin tonight in the Clayton hotel in Galway.
The outspoken Redemptorist was first censured nearly two years ago over his liberal stance on such issues as women priests and contraception.
Fr Flannery, from Athenry, Co Galway, said “informed sources” have told him that there is no prospect of a change to his ban on public ministry.
However, Fr Flannery, who founded the Association of Catholic Priests, said he is looking forward to his series of lectures across Ireland and abroad about church reform. He said: “The information I’m getting is that while Pope Francis is shaking things up, the CDF [Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith] is just the same [Get that?] and there is no indication whatsoever of a change in my position in the short or medium term. My choice is to either wait around or go my own way – and so I’ve decided to go my own way.”
Hasta la vista, Tony!
The CDF remains the CDF, which is perhaps the only Roman dicastery that really functions as it ought. If liberals out there think that they can get away things now, just because Pope Fluffy, the most wonderfullest Pope ehvur, they are sorry mistaken.
My hope is that when he gives his next little talk somewhere, the Just-The-Same Congregation will excommunicate him.
My other hope is that he will say he is sorry and get his act together before he dies… and he is a lot closer to the end than to the beginning.