Thursday 14 December 2017

David Quinn: Outspoken clergy must be clear on endgame

The silence of the Irish
hierarchy is deafening.
It has had nothing to say
about the decision by
the Vatican to stop Fr
Tony Flannery, pictured,
writing in 'Reality, the
Redemptorist magazine
The silence of the Irish hierarchy is deafening. It has had nothing to say about the decision by the Vatican to stop Fr Tony Flannery, pictured, writing in 'Reality, the Redemptorist magazine

What is the endgame of the Association of Catholic Priests? Suppose it can't force the church to allow women priests, or to approve the use of artificial contraception or to change its teachings on sexuality more generally, what then?

Obviously the ACP would never think that on its own it can bring about these changes. Presumably it hopes that in alliance with like-minded Catholics around the world it can do so, but what if it can't?

In that event, does it formally go into schism? Do its members leave the church? Or do they eventually accept that these are the unchanging teachings of the church and learn to live with them?

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