Silenced Irish priest Tony Flannery touring US

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. "

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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

kbreslin@catholicsforchoice.org

 

Thursday, October 23, 7 PM:  Baltimore, MD

Faith Presbyterian Church

5400 Loch Raven Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21239

Contact: Sr. Jeannine Gramick 301.864.3604

gramick@verizon.net

Contact: Frank DeBernardo 301.277.5674 

director@newwaysministry.org

 

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

reginab317@gmail.com

 

Saturday, October 25, 2 PM NYC

Judson Memorial Church

55 Washington Square South

New York, NY 10012

Contact: Francis Piderit 917.916.7575  

pideritVOTF@piderit.com

 

Sunday, October 26,  3 PM West Warwick, RI

Emanuel Lutheran Church;

9 New London Ave.

West Warwick, RI 02893 

Contact: Kathleen Pannozzi, kduffy6@yahoo.com 

 

Tuesday, October 28, 7 PM Boston, MA

First Church of Dedham

 670 High Street

Dedham, MA

Contact: Marianne Duddy-Burke  617.669.7810

execdir@dignityusa.org

 

Wednesday, October 29, 7 PM Syracuse, NY

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 E. Genesee St.

Syracuse, NY

Contact: Meg Ksander 315.673.1401

ksander@allsaintssyracuse.org

 

Saturday, November 1, 7 PM Cleveland, OH

Independence Middle School 

6111 Archwood 

Independence OH 44131

Contact: Deb Rose-Milavec 513.673.1401

debrose@futurechurch.org

 

Monday, November 3, 1 PM Detroit, MI

IBEW Union Hall

1358 Abbott St.

Detroit MI 48226

Contact: Fr. Tom Lumpkin 313.963.4539

dayhouse@flash.net 

 

Wednesday, November 5, 7 PM Minneapolis, MN

St. Frances Cabrini Church

1500 Franklin Ave S.E.,

Minneapolis, MN

Contact: Art Stoeberl 651.278.6630

stoeberl@bitstream.net

 

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

www.cta-usa.org/conference 

Contact: Ryan Hoffmann 703.531.9203

ryan@cta-usa.org

 

Monday, November 10, 7 PM Sarasota, FL

St. Andrews UCC

6908 Beneva Rd, 

Sarasota, FL 34238

Contact: Bridget Mary Meehan, 703.505.0004*

sofiabmm@aol.com

*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

prosaemail@yahoo.com

 

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

can@catholicactionnetwork.org

 

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

ndbdpdx@comcast.net 

 

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

revcall@aol.com

 

The Catholic Tipping Point partners are:

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


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