Vatican used its canonical power to silence a dissident; Ireland's Church, was recently found to have been complicit in abuse, the priest in question decided it was the Vatican, not his own church at fault; The association says his views against celibacy, are emerging in Parishes: well, editorially, Priests are generally the source of Parish views, perhaps all 800 of these priests should be dealt with, they have a duty to obey the Vatican
BBC World News| 'Concern at Vatican 'silencing' of Irish priest' by By Shane Harrison BBC NI Dublin correspondent at 10 April 2012 Last updated at 11:40 GMT
"The leaders of the 800-strong Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) have warned that forcing Father Tony Flannery, who is based in Athenry in County Galway, to stop writing for a Redemptorist Order magazine would fuel belief of a disconnect between Irish Catholics and Rome.
"We believe that such an approach, in its individual focus on Fr Flannery and inevitably by implication on the members of the association, is an extremely ill-advised intervention in the present pastoral context in Ireland," the group said.
Fr Flannery, who has written on religious matters in the Redemptorist magazine for 14 years, is under investigation by the Vatican over his views, including an opposition to clerical celibacy.
As well as also expressing opposition to the church's ban on contraception and women priests, Fr Flannery publicly supported the Taoiseach Enda Kenny's unprecedented attack on the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the aftermath of the Cloyne Report on child sex abuse last year.
In a Holy Thursday homily at St Peter's Basilica in Rome, Pope Benedict warned that the church will not tolerate priests speaking out against Catholic teaching.
However, the Association of Catholic Priests denies that Fr Flannery's writings should be seen as an attack on, or rejection of the fundamental teachings of the church and said they are a reflection on issues surfacing in parishes.
"At this critical juncture in our history, the ACP believes that this form of intervention - what Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (Archbishop of Dublin) recently called 'heresy-hunting' - is of no service to the Irish Catholic Church and may have the unintended effect of exacerbating a growing perception of a significant 'disconnect' between the Irish church and Rome", the Association adds.
The move against Fr Flannery comes just weeks after the report of the Apostolic Visitation said there was a tendency among some priests in Ireland to hold theological opinions at variance with church doctrine."