Connect with us


Phuket Gazette World News: Excommunication threat for Irish priest questioning teachings



– World news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Liberal Irish priest says he’s threatened with excommunication
Reuters / Phuket Gazette
PHUKET: An Irish Roman Catholic priest said he is being threatened with excommunication by the Vatican because of his advocacy of liberal views on some of the Church’s teachings.

Father Tony Flannery is the third cleric in the past three months to face disciplinary action for challenging Roman Catholic teachings, following the expulsion of a priest in the United States and stripping the title of another in Austria.

Flannery, 66, was suspended last year by the Vatican’s watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for calling for a reconsideration of Church teachings on issues such as contraception, homosexuality, women’s ordination and clerical celibacy.

“One of the threats that the Vatican have used against me is the threat of excommunication … my order has told me that I may also be facing dismissal if they are ordered by the Vatican to do so,” Flannery told Reuters yesterday.

Flannery said he had been asked to sign a pledge supporting official Church teachings on sexual matters and would not be allowed to return to ministry unless he obeyed the order.

“I can’t do that because it would be a lie. I love the Church, but your conscience and integrity are two things that you cannot live without,” he said.

Flannery, a member for 40 years of a Catholic missionary society called the Redemptorist order, is also head of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland, an independent body representing more than 850 Irish priests.

For 14 years, he was a regular contributor to the Redemptorist magazine, writing articles on a range of religious matters, in which he publicly opposed official Church teachings.

He said he has had no direct contact from the Vatican, which has communicated its warnings to him through the head of the Redemptorist order.

Last year, the Vatican watchdog instructed him, again using the head of the Redemptorist order as an intermediary, to stop writing for the magazine and recant his assertions to the Vatican or face the possibility of excommunication.

“I want do my best to expose the procedures by which the Vatican operates and its abuse of power … I’m just one of many questioning the Vatican, but it does not want to accept what’s going on,” he said.

Neither the Redemptorist order or the Vatican could not be reached for immediate comment.

Ireland’s relations with the Vatican have hit an all-time low over the Church’s handling of a series of sex abuse scandals, which led the predominantly Catholic country to close its embassy to the Vatican.

“The Irish Catholic people are very much out of tune with the Vatican and this is a real own goal because it’s going to add to their disillusionment,” he said.

The Catholic Church, which has lost much of its influence over politics and social affairs in Ireland, is presently backing an anti-abortion campaign in a hugely divisive debate.

— Phuket Gazette Editors


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Cannabis News7 mins ago

Prices plummet on cannabis, farmers ask for regulation

Weather20 mins ago

Heavy rain warning in 48 provinces of Thailand

Politics36 mins ago

Unlikely Biden will make APEC meeting in Thailand

Sponsored1 hour ago

International money transfers made fast, secure and transparent with DeeMoney Neo App

Press Room57 mins ago

The Asia Fitness Conference 2022: A must-attend event for fitness enthusiasts and professionals

Thailand1 hour ago

Thai Airways releases details of winter flights itinerary

Thailand1 hour ago

Tourist Attractions To Open For Longer Hours | GMT

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Property News2 hours ago

Phuket real estate shifts tide in wake of urban flight

Road deaths17 hours ago

Dead woman in car pulled out of Kanchana Buri canal

World17 hours ago

As Iran revolts, president vows to deal with protests

Election18 hours ago

POLL: Top 2 picks for prime minister are “nobody” and Ex-PM’s daughter

China18 hours ago

No word from China on Xi military coup whispers

Pattaya19 hours ago

Intoxicated Pattaya tourist allegedly punches elderly Australian man in face

Thailand20 hours ago

Thai TikTok star detained at Singapore airport over huge amount of cash

Kanchanaburi21 hours ago

Kanchanaburi school director found dead in canal

Pattaya22 hours ago

Small children in Pattaya learn to get help when locked in hot cars

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11