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Vatican Defrocks and Excommunicates Australian Priest Over Support for Gays and Women

An Australian priest who founded Inclusive Catholics has been given his marching orders by the Vatican, under Pope Francis, The Age reports:

ReynoldsDissident priest Greg Reynolds has been both defrocked and excommunicated over his support for women priests and gays - the first person ever excommunicated in Melbourne, he believes.

The order comes direct from the Vatican, not at the request of Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, and apparently follows a secret denunciation in the best traditions of the inquisition, according to Father Reynolds.

The excommunication document - written in Latin and giving no reason - was dated May 31, meaning it comes under the authority of Pope Francis who made headlines on Thursday calling for a less rule-obsessed church.

Said Reynolds:

''I've come to this position because I've followed my conscience on women's ordination and gay marriage.''

Late last week, Pope Francis gave an interview in which he said the Catholic Church should end its obsession with gay marriage and women's rights.

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  1. @ there U go

    till the catechism is changed, francis' nice words are without worth

    Posted by: Moz's | Sep 24, 2013 1:11:40 PM

  2. Well it's one step forward and two steps back for the Vatican and Pope Francis I see. That institution will not change.

    Posted by: David | Sep 24, 2013 1:13:13 PM

  3. My belief is that the entire Vatican should be dismantled and the Catholic religion abandoned. No one should be following the Christian faith or any faith for that matter that discriminates against any person or group of persons.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Sep 24, 2013 1:15:08 PM

  4. Good for him! An invitation to normal life - and written in Latin no less! Wow...

    Posted by: johnny | Sep 24, 2013 1:16:37 PM

  5. Meanwhile, thousands of child molesters, who also happen to be priests, are just continually reassigned from one area to another while the Church uses every trick in the book to hide their money so it can't be awarded as damages in civil lawsuits.

    New boss, same as the old boss.

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 24, 2013 1:16:50 PM

  6. Apparently, it's all been usual. Pope Francis: Smiles while he kills, is all. Even more sinister.

    Posted by: Geoff | Sep 24, 2013 1:23:48 PM

  7. Apparently Franny didn't get the memo.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Sep 24, 2013 1:25:35 PM

  8. Other articles point out that he defected and started his own version of Catholicism. It's no surprise he was defrocked.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Sep 24, 2013 1:34:38 PM

  9. Ahhh, I see, in spite of the new Pope's nice words, there's no real change coming from Vatican City. No surprise here so let's just move along away from the Papal smoke-and-mirrors show, shall we?

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Sep 24, 2013 1:52:49 PM

  10. How many were defrocked for f*cking kids this year?

    Posted by: JWL | Sep 24, 2013 1:55:25 PM

  11. If I were him, I'd celebrate the date on that excommunication letter every year as INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM DAY!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 24, 2013 2:08:30 PM

  12. Pope Francis has made his real coming a wolf in sheep's clothing and his mouth full of rotting humble pie.

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Sep 24, 2013 2:14:57 PM

  13. So Francis talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk. No surprises here.

    Posted by: deke | Sep 24, 2013 2:30:08 PM

  14. This priest defected and started a new branch of Catholicism called "Inclusive Catholics." I doubt the Pope would excommunicate a priest for just supporting gays/women as priests. Excommunication is the very last step. It means that, in the Pope's eyes, that person is irredeemable to the Church. Starting your own branch of the Church? You better believe that's an excommunicatin'.

    Posted by: John in Houston | Sep 24, 2013 2:38:47 PM

  15. It would appear that talk is cheap. Who knew?

    Oh, wait . . .

    Posted by: FFS | Sep 24, 2013 3:05:40 PM

  16. I am picturing how nice that letter would look framed and mounted on a wall.

    Posted by: Canadian Observer | Sep 24, 2013 3:39:20 PM

  17. Talk is cheap, Franny.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Sep 24, 2013 4:30:15 PM

  18. It's the WRONG Alice !

    Don't you guys get it ?
    The Pope is a Jesuit !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 24, 2013 4:31:41 PM

  19. If John in Houston is correct -- and I have no reason to doubt that he is, since he provides a much better reason for the extreme step of excommunication -- this article is extremely misleading. The excommunication has nothing to do with supporting gay rights and women as priests, but starting a new branch of worship. From the Catholic Church's point of view, that is practically self-excommunication: it is dividing yourself from the church. It's what the Protestants did back in another century.

    Posted by: ajax2828 | Sep 24, 2013 5:39:24 PM

  20. I think this is benedict's work, not Francis'.
    Francis allowed benedict to publish that awful anti-gay marriage encyclical. This is likely more of francis being deferential to benedict. Bishops are deferential to their living predecessors, that includes the bishop of rome.
    From francis' recent comments, I don't think he'd start something like this.
    Direct your anger at benedict and his boyfriend in their vatican palazzo. Francis is making things better.

    Posted by: woody | Sep 24, 2013 8:00:36 PM

  21. How many altar boys and school boys have been defroked by priests, bishops and cardinals?

    Posted by: trees | Sep 24, 2013 8:18:22 PM

  22. Hmm. Just because the date is after the Pope was sworn in doesn't mean he had anything to do with it. I'm no fan of any Pope but this one seems to at least not want cover the sky with his pinky. Which is why the rest of the Vatican Priests are probably plotting his assassination...

    Posted by: JoseRVG | Sep 24, 2013 8:32:33 PM

  23. The Vatican is a bunch of detached-from-reality SOCIOPATHS.

    Posted by: redball | Sep 25, 2013 1:21:57 AM

  24. I predicted this would happen when he made public his support of the gay community.

    When the Pope says "Don't focus on gay marriage" what he means is 'don't talk about it, don't enter into debate about it, don't communicate with supporters of it'.
    It is nothing less than politely declaring "SHUN THE GAYS"

    It is more Catholic poison disguised as a daiquiri.
    It is still poison no matter how pretty the flowery garnish on the side.

    Posted by: Neil Cameron | Sep 25, 2013 7:21:12 AM

  25. I frequently ask: "Why do you believe in a GOD, and exactly what is that God, and why does it exist?" I have never received any kind of an answer except "I just do."

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Sep 26, 2013 8:45:58 PM

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