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Church suffers 'ominous division', says theologian
Fr Gabriel Daly says one faction has taken control and is presenting its views as those of the whole church
- April 9, 2012
Theologian Fr Gabriel Daly has said ‚Äúone party is now in control and is presenting its views as ‚Äėthe teaching of the church‚Äô.‚ÄĚ
He continued: ‚ÄúIts more voluble members dismiss those who differ from it as ‚Äėa la carte Catholics‚Äô ‚Äď a witless enough phrase in a legitimately diverse church.‚ÄĚ
Fr Flannery, a founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, has had his monthly column with Reality, the Redemptorists‚Äô monthly magazine, discontinued at Vatican direction, while Fr Moloney, the magazine‚Äôs editor, can no longer write on certain issues.
Both priests hold liberal views on contraception, celibacy and women priests.
Writing in the current issue of Doctrine Life magazine, Fr Daly said the secular press unwittingly encouraged such ‚Äúbad theology‚ÄĚ by identifying the Vatican‚Äôs Curia and even the bishops, with the Catholic Church, ‚Äúthus failing to recognize the role of the people of God and legitimate differences in the church.‚ÄĚ
He recalled how at the end of the second Vatican Council in 1965, ‚Äúpower once again devolved to the body which was most in need of reform, namely the Vatican Curia, which has slowly but inexorably been re-establishing its former authority.
‚ÄúThe control it exercises is systemic, structural and fiendishly difficult to reform.‚ÄĚ
Aided ‚Äúby secrecy and the unchallenged exercise of power, the Curia has established effective control over the whole church‚ÄĚ. Fr Daly observed that ‚Äúthere is little or no concern for those faithful Catholics who are quietly appalled by what is happening. They are seen as simply wrong,‚ÄĚ he said.
Full story: Theologian claims there is 'ominous divide' in church
Source: Irish Times