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Saturday 23 August 2014

Frank is 'his own man' says younger brother and outspoken priest

Philip Ryan

Published 11/03/2014 | 02:30

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OUTSPOKEN priest Fr Tony Flannery described his brother Frank as "his own man", who will "do his own thing".

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The Redemptorist priest was speaking before his brother announced he was stepping down from the board of the Rehab Group and ending his three-decade-long involvement with Fine Gael.

"I couldn't comment on that. Frank isn't talking – wouldn't I be an awful ejjit to talk," the cleric said.

He added: "Frank is his own man and will do his own thing."

The founder of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests was gagged by the Vatican for his liberal views on contraception, celibacy and women priests.

His writings in the influential 'Reality' magazine sparked anger among senior clerics in the Holy See, who issued the directive two years ago.

He is still banned from writing and saying Mass.

He was also supportive of Taoiseach Enda Kenny's damning condemnation of the Vatican's role in covering up child sex abuse.

He is the youngest of the family and reportedly joined the Redemptorist Order with Frank and their brother Peter in 1964.

Frank left the order and went on to work with Fine Gael, but Peter is still a Redemptorist priest.

Irish Independent

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