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'Pray up, shut up'

• In support of Fr Tony Flannery, who has been cruelly and wrongly silenced by the Vatican, it looks like we're well on the way back to the days of the Inquisition.

We're not supposed to think for ourselves but must dutifully accept what comes from on high in the Vatican. "Pray up, pay up and shut up" as it was in the days of yore when Archbishop John Charles McQuaid ruled his flock with an iron fist, with the subservient assistance of the then government -- with the exception of a few brave ministers.

We are supposed to be an educated nation; enough is enough.

Over the past 20 years or more, all the enlightened thinking of Vatican II has been gradually reeled in by the control freaks in the Vatican.

You only have to look at how the new translation of the prayers at Mass in English was forced upon us from the Vatican -- just so the translation would be more true to the original Latin version. I ask you, who's worried about Latin today?

I have been honoured to have listened to many sermons by Fr Flannery -- keep up your good work, Father.

Frank Conroy
Dundalk

Irish Independent