Rorate Caeli

When Irish dissidents are smiling

Strong punishments remain for traditional-leaning friars and religious in the Franciscans of the Immaculate, but one of Ireland's most vocal dissident priests in the Marist order had, according to the Irish Times, the help of the current pope and the former president of Ireland for a return to "good standing" in the Church.

Pope Francis is believed to have intervened directly with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to have all sanctions on silenced Irish priest Fr Sean Fagan (86) lifted.
It was confirmed to The Irish Times in Rome last night that Marist priest Fr Fagan, who has been subject to sanction by the Vatican for six years, is no longer so.
For many years Fr Fagan, who has suffered ill health for some time, had been critical of rigid stances by the Vatican on issues to do with conscience and sexual morality notably in letters to this newspaper. In 2003 he published the book Does Morality Change? And in 2008 Whatever Happened to Sin?
In 2010 he was informed by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that he would be laicised should be write for publication any material it considered contrary to Church teaching and should he disclose this to media.

"Has Sin Changed?"  "Does Morality Change?" Apparently.
"What Happened to Sin?"  Great question.