As you watch the coverage of various dust-ups in the Church watch for a particular tactic used by the liberal left.
A great example comes to us today from the site of the National catholic Fishwrap about dissident priests in Ireland.
DUBLIN, IRELAND — Just weeks after a report from a Vatican inquiry into the Irish church lamented what it described as “fairly widespread” dissent from church teaching, it was revealed that the Vatican has “silenced” Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery.
The Holy See’s move provoked fury among the members of the 800-strong Association of Catholic Priests, [… THERE’s something to lose sleep about…] which has accused the Vatican of issuing a fatwa against liberal clerics.
[NB] It’s not exactly clear why Flannery, a popular author and retreat director, has come under Vatican suspicion. He has voiced support in the past for opening up debates around the ordination of women, a change to the church’s ban on artificial birth control and an end to mandatory celibacy.
Gee, I dunno! Why do you suppose such a wonderful priest would attract the eye of the CDF?
You have seen this same tactic from the supporters of the LCWR. “We were so surprised! We have no idea why Rome is doing this to us! What could they mean by all this?”
At least now the LCWR isn’t alone in being persecuted. This Irish Ass. of Catholic Priests is under siege as well.