Yet another prominent dissident Irish priest censured (Open Thread)
Wow this is quite a trend. From BBC News:
Media priest Fr Brian D’Arcy censured by Vatican
Disciplined: Fr Brian D’Arcy
Father Brian D’Arcy, one of Ireland’s best known priests, has been censured by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican, according to the Tablet newspaper.
Fr D’Arcy, a broadcaster and newspaper columnist, is making no comment.
It is understood that his column is now run past a church censor, though none has been changed as a result.
The disciplining of Fr D’Arcy brings the number of Irish priests silenced by Rome to six.
The action against the priest was taken by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) last year after an anonymous complaint.
Fr D’Arcy has spoken out against mandatory celibacy for priests, church teaching on contraception and has been a vocal critic of the handling of clerical sexual abuse. In the wake of the Murphy Report into clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin Fr D’Arcy called for reformation of church structures and accused the Holy See of using legal procedures to shield itself from criticism over its handling of abuse.
The action came after Fr Ottaviano D’Egidio, the Passionist Superior General, was summoned by Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the CDF, 14 months ago.
“Some time ago the CDF was in touch with our General about some of Brian’s views and since then Brian has been co-operating to ensure that he can continue to make a contribution to the religious journalism that he is involved in,” Fr Pat Duffy, the Irish provincial of the Passionists told the Tablet.