Tony Flannery’s courage and compassion — Joe Caulfield
I wish to appreciate the courage and compassion of Fr Tony Flannery. Recently, in connection with the tragic death of Fr John Sweetman, Wexford, RIP, http://www.enniscorthyguardian.ie/news/grief-as-fr-sweetman-laid-to-rest-3055841.html from talking to a classmate in Kildare I learned from him how Fr. Tony, whilst giving a mission in his parish, had spent many hours on the phone concerning the case of Fr. Reynolds. For me this is a telling instance of the parable of the Good Shepherd- in going out of his way, going the distance, the hours, for the ‘sheep’ who was in trouble, who could have been abandoned. That, as I hear, Fr. Tony is to be severely constricted by the CDF if he is to continue preaching and writing is repugnant. That CDF orders him to cease from involvement with the ACP is to undermine the work of ACP in helping accused priests to have their name cleared and to be restored to ministry. It is so wrong, so contrary to justice and to the Gospel.
Fr Joe Caulfield