Protesters speak out in ‘anger’ at silencing of priests by Vatican

Irish Independent

By Edel O’Connell

Monday April 30 2012

A GROUP of Catholic nuns, priests and lay people wore gags yesterday as they demonstrated outside the office of the Pope’s envoy to Ireland to protest at the Vatican’s silencing of several dissident priests.

We Are Church Ireland says its members are “very angry and shocked” by the news that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered a number of priests to refrain from writing, or to clear all written work with their religious superiors prior to publication.

The protesters chose to hold their protest outside the Papal Nuncio, Monsignor Charles Brown’s residency on the Navan Road in Dublin, as the 52-year-old has worked at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1994.

More than 200 people joined the demonstration, despite inclement weather conditions.

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