Q & A with Tony Flannery online Zoom event

Fr. Tony Flannery

From the Outside: Rethinking Church Doctrine 

Followed by Q & A

7.30 – 9.00pm Monday 2nd of November 2020

Online ZOOM event


Fr Tony Flannery

  • Tony Flannery (born 1947) joined the Redemptorist Order in 1964
  • He was ordained a priest in 1974
  • In 2010 he was one of the founder members of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) who support Vatican 2 reforms.
  • In 2012 he was ‘silenced’ by the CDF and removed from public ministry for writing about the role of women, contraception and homosexuality
  • In 2020 his Order appealed to the CDF that he be allowed return to public ministry
  • The CDF replied that Fr Flannery must first sign 4 oaths: (1) No ordination for women (2) Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered (3) No same sex marriage (4) No Gender theory
  • Fr Flannery refused to sign these oaths and remains removed from public ministry
  • His new book ‘From the Outside; Rethinking Church Doctrine’ was launched on 21 October

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  1. Sean O'Conaill says:

    As Tony spoke last evening of his early preaching on that ‘distant and Holy God’ I again lamented the decades of lost opportunity since 1968 to discuss what ‘holiness’ might mean – in relation, say, to ‘integrity’ – the virtue so often in short supply in public life in Ireland in my lifetime.

    Among leaders of the Irish Church also, who could talk endlessly about the importance of the family and then, in the century’s last decade, leave Irish families horrified by what had been concealed from them.

    And who could also, in the midst of all that, remain silent about a suppressive and unjust process against Tony and others who tried to end the Era of WYSSN. (‘Whatever you say, say nothing.’)

    I look forward to reading From the Outside as an honest account of Tony’s current state of mind – lamenting the continuing ‘protection of the faith’ by means that could not be better designed to consolidate the reign of doubt and despondency and to bring the ‘holiness’ of the church into question.

    No greater damage could be done to the Creed than by the inescapable inference that it could be, or could need to be, protected by such means.

  2. Very impressed by last night’s session. It was attended by over 100 people from all over the world (more or less).

    Tony was in flying form and the injustice perpetrated on him came over loud and clear.

    I was very impressed by his earlier book (A Question of Conscience) and am looking forward to his latest which has been expected daily in the post.

    Full marks to the organisations who got together to stage the event.

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