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An estimated 800 people turned out in the priest's home village of Killimordaly in County Galway Jan. 22 to support Flannery, who had been forbidden to minister publicly since 2012.
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Fr. Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, describes how Ireland's elderly diocesan priests are living increasingly isolated, lonely lives.
Augustinian Fr. Gabriel Daly criticized the absence of Irish bishops at the funeral mass of Marist Fr. Sean Fagan, who was censured by the Vatican in 2008.