|USA||AUSTRALIAN TO STEP IN TO ADDRESS MARRIED PRIESTS|
Self-styled MSC priest and media personality Paul Collins is to address a meeting in the US of priests who have left to marry. The Tablet reports that he will replace the Canadian Bishop Remi De Roo, who was instructed by the Vatican not to speak to the meeting.
Fr Collins' writings have subjected him to investigation by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He has made himself widely available to the media to express his opinions since the publication of his Mixed Blessings book in the leadup to the Papal Visit to Australia in 1986.
His speech to the Fifth Worldwide Congress of the International Federation of Married Catholic Priests in Atlanta, Georgia, will take place at the end of July. Other participants will include Fr Jim Callan, who was removed as pastor of Corpus Christi, Rochester, New York, for distributing Communion to non-Catholics, blessing homosexual unions and allowing a female pastoral associate on the altar. He will accept recognition by the congress of the recently formed Rochester faith community. Elfriede Harth, spokeswoman for the We Are Church movement, is also expected to speak.
Congresses of the Netherlands-based international federation are held every three years. More than 40 organisations of married priests and other reform-minded Catholics are members.
Tablet 11:40am 21/6/99