Brisbane chancellor, Fr Adrian Farrelly, has said that former St Mary's South Brisbane administrator Fr Peter Kennedy's move to set up a separate congregation would have "serious consequences" possibly including loss of priestly faculties.
"If Fr Kennedy thinks his decision will get a tick of approval from Archbishop Bathersby, and the enterprise he has started be recognised as authentically Catholic, he's mistaken," Fr Farrelly told The Catholic Leader.
"The timing of the response depends on the archbishop ... but it will be sooner rather than later in light of Fr Kennedy's latest actions."
A possible response would be the revoking of Fr Kennedy's priestly faculties, that is the permission given by the diocesan bishop, in this case the archbishop, for a priest to officiate at weddings, preach and hear confessions.
"We certainly don't leap to excommunication as a first response, that would be like opting for amputation in the case of a small infection," he said.
"However, the removal of Fr Kennedy's priestly faculties would be still a very serious disciplinary measure," Fr Farrelly said.
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