His public displays of disobedience are petulant and foolish, it only gives ammunition to newspaper media to exploit and create even more wedges and hammers to knock the Catholic Church with. He knows there are other ways.
Be intellectual if he wishes, but it is obvious that there are events of Catholic teaching which are no go areas, accept it, live with it, obey it as was one of his initial vows. If his conscience doesn’t allow him to do so, then he might find it easier to leave the comfort of his Redemptorist Order.
As for your editorial, it’s another attempt to portray the Catholic Church in a demeaning way. How sad.
Fr Flannery may have his principles but the Church has its rules, you wouldn’t think much of them if they didn’t adhere to them! You can’t have it every which way. The Church is dammed if it does, and dammed if it doesn’t!