On Drivetime on Friday evening last the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles John Brown when asked about silenced priests here like Tony Flannery, Brian Darcy, Fr. Maloney, Sean Fagan and others replied that as they were still speaking out , they were not silenced! In any man's language silenced means being deprived of performing as a priest in the ministry . Tony Flannery and Brendan Hoban, two founder members of the Association of Catholic Priests were quick to take him up on that. he also said in his interview with Mary Wilson that the priests problems were matters between themselves and their Bishop, or in case of an Order Priest ,with the head of their congregations. That is patently wrong,as in Tony Flannery's case, the CDF took an active part in Tony's plight.
Now Nuncio Brown at one stage actually worked in the CDF (formerly the Inquisition) and knows how things operate there. His interview with RTE was extraordinary and is not the full story. One wonders why he came out as he did, and does the election of a new Pope change matters ?