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Vatican demands priest's retraction

AN IRISH priest says he has received a demand from the Vatican to retract his views on women's ordination and contraception.

Fr Tony Flannery (pictured) has previously been gagged by the Vatican over his liberal views and told by the Vatican not to discuss his investigation by the Church's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Fr Flannery, who is based in Esker, Co Galway, said: "My negotiations with the Congregation are ongoing and I have agreed I will not speak about it for the present."

Fr Flannery has received correspondence from the CDF seeking his retraction of views on matters including the women's ordination, contraception, and language used in teaching on homosexuality.