Silenced Irish priest Tony Flannery touring US

by Dennis Coday

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Last year, a coalition of Catholic progressive and reform organization sponsored "The Catholic Tipping Point: Conversations," a 15-city tour featuring Austrian Fr. Helmut Schüller, who gained international attention in 2011 for his "Call to Disobedience."

This year, the tour is back, and the featured speaker is Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery, founder of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland. He has been a popular writer and speaker in Ireland and has publicly questioned official church teaching on celibacy for priests, contraception, homosexuality and women's ordination.

For most of 2012, Flannery was forbidden to minister as a priest as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reviewed his writing. In January 2013, he said he was threatened with excommunication unless he made a clear and public statement -- preapproved by the doctrinal congregation -- fully supporting official church teaching.

According to tour organizers: "Fr. Tony will tour the U.S. this fall, from October 22 - November 18, 2014, visiting 18 cities and speaking with Catholic laity and leadership on topics of women in the Church, the future of ministry, the problem with infallibility, and the sexual teachings of the Catholic Church. "

Visit the website for more details:

Here's the tour cities in chronological order:

Father Flanner Tour Dates: October 22 – November 18, 2014

Washington, DC * Baltimore * Philadelphia * New York City * Boston * Providence * Syracuse * Cleveland * Detroit * Minneapolis * Memphis * Sarasota * San Antonio * St. Louis * Phoenix * Sacramento * Portland, OR * Seattle 


Wednesday, October 22, 7 PM: Washington, DC

Augustana Lutheran Church 

2100 New Hampshire NW

Washington DC 20009

Contact: Katie Breslin 202.203.0931


Thursday, October 23, 7 PM:  Baltimore, MD

Faith Presbyterian Church

5400 Loch Raven Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21239

Contact: Sr. Jeannine Gramick 301.864.3604

Contact: Frank DeBernardo 301.277.5674


Friday, October 24, 7 PM: Philadelphia, PA

University of the Sciences  

McNeil Science and Technology Building

723 S 43rd Street, 

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Contact: Regina Bannan 215.545.9649


Saturday, October 25, 2 PM NYC

Judson Memorial Church

55 Washington Square South

New York, NY 10012

Contact: Francis Piderit 917.916.7575


Sunday, October 26,  3 PM West Warwick, RI

Emanuel Lutheran Church;

9 New London Ave.

West Warwick, RI 02893 

Contact: Kathleen Pannozzi, 


Tuesday, October 28, 7 PM Boston, MA

First Church of Dedham

 670 High Street

Dedham, MA

Contact: Marianne Duddy-Burke  617.669.7810


Wednesday, October 29, 7 PM Syracuse, NY

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 E. Genesee St.

Syracuse, NY

Contact: Meg Ksander 315.673.1401


Saturday, November 1, 7 PM Cleveland, OH

Independence Middle School 

6111 Archwood 

Independence OH 44131

Contact: Deb Rose-Milavec 513.673.1401


Monday, November 3, 1 PM Detroit, MI

IBEW Union Hall

1358 Abbott St.

Detroit MI 48226

Contact: Fr. Tom Lumpkin 313.963.4539 


Wednesday, November 5, 7 PM Minneapolis, MN

St. Frances Cabrini Church

1500 Franklin Ave S.E.,

Minneapolis, MN

Contact: Art Stoeberl 651.278.6630


Saturday, November 8, Call to Action Conference, 8:30 AM & 2:15 PM Memphis, TN 

Contact: Ryan Hoffmann 703.531.9203


Monday, November 10, 7 PM Sarasota, FL

St. Andrews UCC

6908 Beneva Rd, 

Sarasota, FL 34238

Contact: Bridget Mary Meehan, 703.505.0004*

*This is correct phone number. Earlier number was incorrect.


Wednesday, November 12, 7:30 PM San Antonio, TX

Viva! Bookstore at Viva Galleria

8407 Broadway

San Antonio, TX

Contact: Deb Myers 210.585.6254


Thursday, November 13, 7 PM St. Louis, MO

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
1413 N. 20th St.

St. Louis, MO

Contact: Jenn Reyes Lay 314.7077313


Saturday, November 15, 6 PM Phoenix, AZ

Shadow Rock UCC Church  

12861 N. 8th Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85029

Contact: M. J. Benton 480.948.2028


Sunday, November 16, 2 PM Sacramento, CA

St. Marks’ United Methodist Church

2391 St. Mark’s Way

Sacramento, CA

Contact: Caryl Callsen 209.295.2151


Tuesday, November 18, 7 PM Portland, OR

Central Lutheran Church

1829 NE 21st Ave

Portland, OR

Contact: Nancy Barrett-Dennehy 508.238.1942 


Wednesday, November 19, 7 PM Seattle, WA

St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

1245 10th Ave E. Bloedel Hall

Seattle, WA

Contact: Pat and Julie Callahan 206.329.1234


The Catholic Tipping Point partners are:

American Catholic Council
Call To Action
Catholics For Choice
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
National Coalition of American Nuns
New Ways Ministry
Quixote Center
Women's Ordination Conference

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