Pity they blackballed this guy rather than stopping the buggering of altar boys:
The Vatican has been watching Father Tony Flannery for a long time. The popular Irish Catholic priest has candidly voiced his liberalâ€”and criticalâ€”views on the church, becoming a beacon of reason to his many of his loyal readers.
He questioned celibacy and was an advocate of ordaining women into the priesthood, frequently writing about how women priests could help the church bring more Catholics to mass. To many, Flannery channeled the pop vox of todayâ€™s Catholics who wanted to keep the faith, but couldnâ€™t easily navigate the churchâ€™s tough stance on issues like contraception and divorce.
But to his critics, his writing bordered on heresy.
The Vatican clearly has had enough of Flannery and last week silenced the 65-year-old priest. Just days before Easter, Flannery, a prolific and longtime columnist for the Redemptorist Orderâ€™s monthly magazine, Reality, was told he can no longer write on any of the church-doctrine issues.
Flannery publicly supported Irish Prime Minister Enda Kennyâ€™s harsh criticism of the Vaticanâ€™s handling of the Irish church sex scandal. Reality editor Gerard Moloney has also been reprimanded for allowing Flanneryâ€™s prose to make it into print. Future editions of the magazine will now have to be reviewed by a Vatican-approved theologian. In the meantime, Flannery has reportedly been sent to a monastery for six weeks of prayer and contemplation.