After giving up blogging for Lent (with the exception of March 20th) I’m not sure I have the enthusiasm to return to it. However, after the news of the last few weeks voices need to be heard, especially those that are silenced.
I especially refer to Fr Tony Flannery, Redemptorist priest and member of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests. The Irish Times has an article that explains Fr Flannery has been censured by the church and effectively silenced whilst it investigates him and his views. Such treatment is deplorable.
This censure follows hot on the heels of Pope Benedict’s criticism of the Austrian Priests Initiative in his Chrism Mass homily. Once again the RC church is into condemnation and anathemas rather than dialogue. Perhaps this is because the Vatican’s arguments just don’t stand up to scrutiny. Christ made each of us a new creation. The Vatican just wants clones. Sad !