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.
The coalition of international groups supporting women's ordination marked the 20th anniversary of the movement's founding with a three-day conference in Rome.
Editorial: Reform of doctrinal investigations by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the morally just thing to do.
Letter-writers include Irish Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery, Paul Collins, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Loretto Sr. Jeannine Gramick, St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, and Australian Bishop William Morris.
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The Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland is to write to the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops expressing its members' "grave disquiet" over the current selection process for Irish bishops.
12 Irish priests warned that the current "strict prohibition" on discussing the question of women's ordination has failed to silence the majority of the Catholic faithful.