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Launch of A Question of Conscience by Tony Flannery

Fr. Tony Flannery redemptorist priest will launch his book A Question of conscience in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Ireland's Best Bookshop, on Thursday the 26th of Septermber at 6.30pm

Tony Flannery with A Question of Conscience

Join us on Thursday the 26th of September, for the launch of A Question of Conscience, the controversial and anticipated memoir by Redemptorist priest Fr. Tony Flannery. A Question of Conscience chronicles Fr. Flanery’s journey since being silenced by the Vatican.

In February 2012 Tony Flannery, founder membre of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland, bestselling suthor and regular columnist with Reality magazing, was informed that the Vatican watchdog, The Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), was unhappy with some of his writings. He was summoned to Rome and told that until her revised his views he would not be allowed to minister as a priest or have dealings with media. He was to step down as leader of the ACP.

Although he offered a statement of clarifcation and it seemed the matter were closed, a few months later the CDF made further, draconian demands, including a statement from him that he accepted all the moral teachings of the Church and that women could never be ordained priests. The CDF forbade him to return to priestly ministry, or be involved with the APC, until he agreed to publish this statement. He was put under ‘formal precept of obedience’ not to attend the AGM of the ACP. (He did attend it.)

Fr. Tony Flannery redemptorist priest will launch his book A Question of conscience in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Ireland's Best Bookshop, on Thursday the 26th of Septermber at 6.30pmDuring this time the CDF never communicated directly with him.

Documentation came through the leader of his own community typed on A4 pages with no heading, stamp or signature. He was warned about the need for total secrecy and threatened with excommunciation and dismissal from the Redemptorists.

Tony Flannery became convinced that he would never be allowed return to his ministry and that the real targetof the CDF was his role in the Association of Catholic Priests. He went public with the matter in January 2013 and despite further attempts to clarify his position vis-á-vis the CDF he remains barred from his ministry.

A Question of Conscience, which includes all the CDF documentation, provides conclusive proof of the Vatican’s determination to stamp out what it regards as dissent, no matter how unjust the methods it uses or how blatant its disregard for personal freedom and human dignity.

Dermot Keogh’s review in the Irish Independent wholeheartedly supports Fr. Flannery, and the Association of Catholic Priests has released a positive response to the A Question of Coscience. The foreword is written by Mary McAleese, and Bill O’Herlihy has spoken out in support the book.

The launch takes place on Thursday the 26th of September, at 6.00pm in our Middle Street shop, and  as always everyone is welcome to attend!

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