Anglo-American historian Dr. Tim Stanley reported on his weblog for the London Daily Telegraph yesterday that Pope Francis has apparently personally seen to the excommunication of a controversial Australian priest who publicly dissented from Church teaching on so-called "gay marriage" and the ordination of women. Father Greg Reynolds, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne who was removed from public ministry as a priest after dissenting publicly from Church teaching on homosexual "marriage" and women's ordination.
Although Father Reynolds had already been removed from ministry, he founded an organization to try and promote his goals and continued to exercise what amounted to public ministry through it. It was this, reports Melbourne's The Age, which ultimately led to the priest's excommunication on papal authority.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis reconfirmed Bishop Gerhard Muller as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, leaving in place the most critical appointment of his predecessor as head of the Roman Curia's senior congregation charged with safeguarding the doctrinal orthodoxy of the universal Church. These actions seem to indicate that what the Holy Father means by a Church that is "less rule-obsessed" does not include casting aside two thousand years of Catholic theology to suit the desires of this present age, contrary to secular media reports.