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News from Britain and Ireland

Levada speaks out about Flannery censure
14 November 2013 by Sarah Mac Donald in Dublin

A former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) last week defended the censuring by the Vatican of the Irish Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery, writes Sarah Mac Donald.

Cardinal William Levada, who oversaw the initial investigation into Fr Flannery, said the priest had been censured for his views on the priesthood and the Eucharist.

“He wrote two articles in Reality magazine in which he questioned, undermined, the teaching of the Church on the Eucharist and on the priesthood. If you hold these positions you are formally in heresy,” the cardinal said in an interview with The Irish Catholic ­newspaper.

In 2012 Fr Flannery, founder of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests, was suspended from ministry and threatened with excommunication unless he signed a document adhering to church teaching on contraception, women’s ordination and homosexuality.

But Fr Flannery told The Tablet that he had reached agreement with the then CDF head in June 2011 and signed a statement that Cardinal Levada accepted. According to Fr Flannery, it was Cardinal Levada’s successor, Archbishop Gerhard Müller, who introduced the issue of his views on women priests and the modern teachings of the Church. He stressed that the issues over the priesthood and Eucharist had been cleared up.



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