Priests' group rallies behind cleric silenced by hierarchy
By Luke Byrne - Irish Independent - Monday April 16 2012
The 84-year-old Marist priest was ordered to stop writing and commenting in public after he had called for an inquiry into clerical sexual abuse in all dioceses of the State.
All available copies of a theological book written by Fr Fagan were also bought up by his religious order and he was required to give an undertaking not to write again.
The move came after he had advocated allowing women and married men to be ordained as priests.
Last night, Fr Sean McDonagh of the Association of Catholic Priests said the silencing of Fr Fagan was "just outrageous". He accused the church of "throwing a fatwa" at the priest and said that some of the church's recent actions were like a return to the Inquisition.
"This isn't the time for heresy hunting," Fr McDonagh said. He added that Fr Fagan was clear, well written and interesting and that he had wanted to start a conversation about the church's views on sexuality.
Fr McDonagh said that he believed that the silencing of priests by the Vatican was out of a desire for "control", rather than because of sincerely held belief or intelligent argument.
A spokesman for the Irish bishops last night refused to comment and referred the issue to the Marist order.
Calls to a superior of the order by the Irish Independent, which was seeking comment, went unreturned last night.
In January 2010, following the publication of the Murphy report, Fr Fagan argued that all dioceses within the State should be examined.
He said the church should begin with "the three As" approach -- to admit, accept and adjust.
This was among the last public comments he made before he was silenced three months later, following an anonymous complaint made against him to the Vatican.
Fr Fagan authored three books, including 'Has Sin Changed?', 'Does Morality Change?' and 'What Happened to Sin?'
In 2004 the Irish Bishops' Conference cited 'Does Morality Change?' as an example of an error in modern theology.
Following the publication of 'What Happened to Sin?' in 2008, Fr Fagan advocated the ordination of women and married men.
All unsold copies of the book were subsequently bought up by his order.
At the rate the Vatican is launching verbal and written missiles at the Irish Church and it's priests, it won't be long before the Irish Roman Catholic Church becomes in fact the Irish Catholic Church. For all I know, that may be exactly what the Vatican wants.
Great minds ...ReplyDelete
Though it doesn't take much imagination
Love your avatar. Yea, I think the Vatican has been there and done this kind of thing before.Delete
I wonder what happens when the 'bad' theologians start putting their writings out on the Internet in pdf format. Does The Vatican think it can simply order up all those copies? This silencing harkens back to the Vatican proclaiming the wickedness of the printing press.ReplyDelete
The Internet is Bigger than the Vatican. The vatican needs to learn that every person is a reporter-journalist. It took them 400 years to correct their mistake on Galileo. In 400 years this time around, I hope the vatican will be dust.Delete
At the rate they are going it might take more like four.Delete
The Holy Spirit is Bigger than the Vatican. Too bad they don't realize that yet.ReplyDelete
Amen, Butterfly! I think the Vatican is about 600 years to late to stop Gutenberg!Delete
That is the ultimate issue, Kathy. Things most definitely started turning south for the absolute primacy of the papacy with the invention of the printing press and the printing of the Bible.Delete
The Vatican is a wholly corrupt organisation. Speak to Italians - they will tell you that the Vatican murdered Pope John Paul I, the pope who mysteriously died after 33 days... They have no illusions about the Vatican, it's part of their history. For them it's not a religious organisation, but a political organisation and a BANK, and they speak openly about Vatican's involvement with Italian and US mafia. So, Irish people, have no illusions - this is Benedict the Rat's Crusade and PRAISE BE those Irish who tell him to go to hell!ReplyDelete
Lol, are you for real?Delete
Colkoch, if you were Pope, how would you respond to dissident theologians?ReplyDelete
With justice and an open mind. I can afford to do that though because my life survival is not vested in the Church.Delete
And then I work with severely mentally ill people and I learned a long time ago that meeting them where they were at, no matter how delusional, and treating them with compassion and as my equal went a great deal further than attempting to force them conform to my concept of reality. I represent a safety net for them. I am not their jailer. Nothing is safe for any free thinking theologian when it comes to the CDF.
Which is too bad, because a lot of Catholics don't read theologians and drawing attention to them by disciplining them is counter productive. I would let their theology stand or fall on it's own. If I can't do that, then the issue is not about their theology, it's about my lack of faith in what I believe.
Why, then, are you never compassionate toward those dissidents who you don't personally agree with?Delete
SSPX get rougher treatment here on your blog than 'liberal' dissidents get from the Church, after all...