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.


  1. David says

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

  2. Mike Ryan says

    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.

  3. Eric says

    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.

  4. Geoff says

    Apparently, it’s all been bs…as usual. Pope Francis: Smiles while he kills, is all. Even more sinister.

  5. Mike8787 says

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

  6. HadenoughBS says

    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?

  7. TampaZeke says

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

  8. Roman Bolliger says

    Pope Francis has made his real coming out…as a wolf in sheep’s clothing and his mouth full of rotting humble pie.

  9. John in Houston says

    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’.

  10. ajax2828 says

    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.

  11. woody says

    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.

  12. JoseRVG says

    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…

  13. Neil Cameron says

    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.

  14. Jerry6 says

    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.”