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Protest at Papal Nunciature over treatment of Fr Tony Flannery

About 120 people have attended a demonstration calling for fair treatment for the Redemptorist priest.

ABOUT 120 PEOPLE have attended a protest outside the residence of the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, in Cabra in Dublin, over the treatment of Fr Tony Flannery.

The liberal Redemptorist priest, who founded the Association of Catholic Priests, has been taken out of ministry while the Vatican investigates his involvement with the group.

The body has been outspoken in its calls for an end to clerical celibacy and the right of priests to marry – as well as seeking an overhaul to church teachings on sexuality and on the method of selection for bishops.

The 66-year-old has been ordered to sign a document confirming his adherence to Church teachings before he will be put back into active ministry – but he has refused to do so, saying this week he would be unable to look at himself in the mirror if he did.

The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles J Brown, is not present in Dublin today; he is in Cork attending the ordination of William Crean as the new bishop of the Diocese of Cloyne.

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