Catholic Tipping Point collaboration
Catholic Tipping Point
The American Catholic Council is part of Catholic Tipping Point, a coalition of COR organizations that formed in 2013 to sponsor a speaking tour throughout the country by Fr. Helmut Schuller from Austria. Fr. Schuller is the founder of the Austrian Priests’ Initiative, a movement organized in 2006 to address an increasing shortage of priests. His “Call to Disobedience” had brought worldwide attention and momentum to addressing the crises in the Catholic Church. Dialogue on many issues involving reform of church governance took place in 15 cities across the country.
In 2014, the Catholic Tipping Point coalition is planning a national speaking tour by Fr. Tony Flannery from Ireland.
Fr. Tony Flannery is a native of Galway, and member of the Redemptorist Congregation for more than 50 years. He is the founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Ireland.
Fr.Tony has been ordered to remain silent and forbidden to minister as a priest because of his refusal to sign a document that violates his conscience: namely that women cannot be priests and that he accepts all Church stances on contraception, homosexuality, and refusal of the sacraments to people in second relationships. After a year during which he attempted to come to some accommodation with the Vatican without success, he has decided to take a public stance on the need for reform in the Church.
Fr. Tony will tour the U.S. this fall, from October 22 – November 18, 2014, visiting 18 cities and speaking with Catholic laity and leadership on topics of women in the Church, the future of ministry, the problem with infallibility, and the sexual teachings of the Catholic Church.
Rather than remain silent, Fr. Tony and all people of conscience are ready to dialogue.
Dates of Tour: October 22 – November 18, 2014
Speaking locations: Washington, DC * Baltimore * Philadelphia * New York City * Boston * Providence * Syracuse * Cleveland * Detroit * Minneapolis * Memphis * Sarasota * San Antonio * St. Louis * Phoenix * Sacramento * Portland, OR * Seattle
Exact dates for each location will be available in September.