Letter sent to Archbishop Muller by lay group in the West of Ireland

June 4th 2013
Dear Monsignor Muller,
Please find attached copies of a petition recently distributed in different locations in the West of Ireland. This petition was initiated by a number of people who benefitted very much from Father Flannery’s ministry over a period of forty years.
The people who have signed this petition are people who are deeply saddened because they are no longer able to avail of Father Flannery’s wisdom and simplicity in communicating the Word of God.
We are trusting that you will listen to our voice and respond to our request, that the CDF will come to an agreed resolution immediately, so that restrictions on Father Flannery are lifted and he is allowed to say mass, continue writing and return to his position as a valued and respected priest.
With all good wishes,
Yours sincerely,
June McAllister
cc Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome
Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nunciature
Rev. Michael Brehl C.Ss.R

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  1. Excellent action! I was thinking about how can we communicate with the Pope?……petition, yes, is one way….how about a project where a video is submitted to the Pope or The Vatican Insider Paper,….a video that contains brief interviews with the catholic in the pew….

  2. Well done to the people of the west. You have acknowledged a great man, a great priest.

  3. Lloyd Allan MacPherson says:

    Very good – on a side note, I’ve been checking up on Fr. Tony’s twittership and people we need your support. It doesn’t matter what the poor gent comments on, there are maybe 3 or 4 constant posters who throw things back in his face. This type of twitter bullying is upsetting. I’m sure Fr. Tony doesn’t care but I’d like to see a few of us at least give him some positive support. I’m going to start keeping these twitter hounds at bay, if no one minds and could use a half dozen or so to join in.

  4. Joe O'Leary says:

    I see no possibility of the cdf acknowledging this letter. Their entire power since the 16th century is based on extreme arrogance. They can even make the pope tremble by suggesting he is not sufficiently orthodox. Nothing is going to change under the new pope either. Oh, to be proven wrong on this!

  5. @ (3)
    I agree. Those of us who have Twitter accounts can certainly post supportive replies, or, better still, retweet a selection of his tweets. He seems to be gradually finding his feet in this medium.
    The Pope also tweets from time to time ( @Pontifex ) and, given the situation with the silenced, his tweets would make your blood boil. I usually reply turning his advice around on himself (specific to whatever text he has), suggest he applies it to himself, particularly with regard to unsilencing the silenced, and then I add the hashtag #FreeTonyFlannery. I’m sure nobody bothers to read that stuff but it makes me feel good for the following few minutes at least.

  6. Good on you Pol….I often sit here in front of the computer, reading the latest words from the Pope, and think to myself….if only you would read your words and apply them to yourself and your “company”.

  7. Stephen Edward says:

    Can I be in the video, Darlene? I am a Catholic who sits in a pew. The Holy Spirit is obviously a little more sparing with his communications to me than to you but I’m sure that your charity will prevail.

  8. Marie macfarlane says:

    Did Jesus not stand up against his Jewish religion and modernise it? We as Catholics surely need to modernise as He did. Just as Fr. Flannery and other priests are leading the way, why stay silent and see so many leaving the church, when basically we agree with Fr.Flannery’s ideas. Silence is fear and fear is the opposite of love which Jesus is suppose to be about.

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