An Open Letter to the ACP from Pittsburg
An open letter to:
The Association of CatholicPriests of Ireland
On April 14th,some of our Association of Pittsburgh Priests members distributed leafletsquoting Vatican II documentation to an assembly of “Catholic Men”concerned about the so-called threats to Religious Liberty in the USA. We were reminded that the eminent theologian, American John Courtney Murray,S.J. author of the Council’s document on Religious Freedom, was himself censored prior to that history-altering Ecumenical Council.
With this historic reminder before us, we congratulate the Association of Catholic Priests of Ireland and Fr.Tony Flannery and his Religious Congregation, publishers of REALITY magazine, for their serene response to censorship and silencing.
If REALITY magazine must paythe price by its being censored, it’s the seed that might die so that a new reality for the IrishChurch and the World, English-speaking Catholic Church can take on new life.
We are indeed indebted to Father Flannery and your Association for your website, www.associationofcatholicpriests.ieby through which we are kept informed, and for being a remarkable and lively media contribution to Church Renewal.
We admire the ACP April 9,2012 organizational statement of solidarity with Fr. Flannery and its defense of its own role in the current life of the Irish Catholic Church when it says:“We are and we wish to remain at the very heart of the Church, committed to putting into place the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
Let us pray for each other and the Universal Church’s leadership.
The Church Renewal Committee
J. Rothermel, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of Pittsburgh Priests, P.O. Box 2106 Pittsburgh, PA 15230
16 April, 2012,