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|Born||January 1947 (age 73)|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer|
Anthony "Tony" Flannery (born January 1947) is a religious writer and former Redemptorist Roman Catholic priest, Flannery is a native of Attymon, Athenry in County Galway, Ireland. Flannery is the founder of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests. For 14 years, he has been writing a monthly article for Reality Magazine published by the Redemptorists, and has contributed to many other publications.
Flannery was suspended by the Vatican in 2012. He said he was told by the Vatican that he would be allowed to return to ministry only if he agreed to write, sign and publish a statement agreeing, among other things, that women can never be ordained as priests and that he would adhere to church orthodoxy on matters like contraception and homosexuality. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith pointed out that Flannery's views could be construed as "heresy" under church law, and threatened "canonical penalties," including excommunication, if he did not change his views.
In the past he has called for reconsideration of the church's teachings on a variety of controversial issues, including the ordination of women. As a result, he was investigated by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.In April 2012 he was silenced by the Congregation for publishing his views.
As of January 2013 he was reported to have rejected the Vatican's orders to remain silent, stating, "I refuse to be terrified into submission."In a piece published in 2010 in Reality Magazine Flannery expressed doubt regarding transmission of priestly authority from Jesus to the priests of the Catholic Church, raising the possibility that the claim of authority was made by a group of early priests on their own behalf:
It is more likely that some time after Jesus, a select and privileged group within the community who had abrogated power and authority to themselves, interpreted the occasion of the Last Supper in a manner that suited their own agenda.
Recanting that assertion is one of the Catholic Church's demands.
On 1 October 2020 it was reported that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was insisting that Flannery sign four oaths before being returned to ministry. Some theologians see this as a throwback to the past in silencing theologians. Some also find fault with the principle that those in religious congregations cannot speak with the Congregation directly, but only through their religious superior.
He is the youngest in the family of four. He has two brothers: Peter, who is still a Redemptorist at Esker Monastery in Athenry, and Frank, the Fine Gael Director of Organisation and Strategy. He also has a sister, Geraldine, who is an acupuncturist in Tuam.
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I refuse to be terrified into submission