Association of Pittsburgh Priests 

"Women and men responding to God's baptismal call to renew ourselves and the Catholic Church, welcoming and including all, for a world of mercy, justice and peace."

Speaker Series 

July Documentary Screening

Tony Flannery

In the Fall of 2023, TG4, an Irish TV channel, made a documentary concerning the journey of our friend, previous APP theme speaker, and Redemptorist priest (suspended), Tony Flannery.  As many remember, Tony was suspended by the Vatican and his religious community for writings and lectures he has given over the years, challenging certain church teachings, e.g., married priesthood, women's ordination, same gender marriage, etc. Tony has never really received a full explanation or hearing around this silencing, and only more recently has he gotten a fuller explanation of how his suspension was handled. Despite his situation, as one of the founders of the progressive, APP-like Catholic Priest organization in Ireland, he is still an active member of the group. Please consider zooming in to view Tony's documentary as part of APP's ongoing series of virtual gatherings. 

Join us to view the documentary about Tony Flannery followed by live, virtual discussion with him.

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As Catholics, we believe that freedom is essential for people to flourish and make moral choices. Many moral choices await us this election year. It is a serious matter when people lack the freedom needed to flourish in life.

NETWORK was founded on the connection between the issues that prevent people from flourishing and the duty to address the underlying public policies. This election year, NETWORK is focused on six Freedoms: to be healthy, to care for oneself and one’s family, to participate in a thriving democracy, to live on a healthy planet, to be free from harm, and to live in a welcoming country that supports human rights. All 6 are vital for people to live with the dignity God intended. Learn more about these freedoms and where they are most threatened today. Mary Novak is the first lay Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, founded by Catholic Sisters 52 years ago.

Mary’s experience as an organizer and activist as well as a traumainformed lawyer, educator, chaplain, and restorative justice practitioner informs her ability to advance NETWORK’s mission. 

For a detailed listing of each presentation & a short bio of the speaker:

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Revisit Recent Speakers 

The APP Speaker Series is a unique voice and powerful tool to help the Church's faithful inform and educate themselves to fully live their baptismal call as we strive to become Missional Disciples. 

It is an expensive program to produce.  APP is a member run organization.  We believe the Speaker Series is important.  If you do too, please consider joining APP or making a donation to support this programming.

Karenna Gore: Climate Crisis


Cathleen Kaveny


A Synod of Firsts & Surprises


Synodality: Pope Francis' Most Significant Legacy


John Carr: Living Our Faith in a Democracy


Christians, Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land in Time of War


Save the Date!

Friday, August 16, APP Annual Meeting and Picnic, Chatham Village

Statement Calling for Cease Fire and Humanitarian Aid in Gaza

"It is imperative that the U.S. and the international community exert all its power and leverage to stop the carnage in Gaza and take decisive diplomatic action for a lasting peace built on justice for all involved.  Anything less will be viewed by history as complicity."

Read & Sign the PaxChristi/Catholic Advisory Council for Churches for Middle East Peace/& others’  Letter calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.

APP Thanks Pope Francis for Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery

On August 14, the APP Board of Directors approved a letter of gratitude to Pope Francis for Vatican's repudiation on March 30, 2023 of the Doctrine of Discovery. Our letter also requested further consideration due to the harmful effects on the peoples and cultures of the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

Click to read the letter

What is the Doctrine of Discovery?

Papal letters in the late 1400s provided the basis and precedent for the legal and religious concept that has been used for centuries to justify the colonization and exploitation of indigenous peoples.

Promoting a Culture of Life

Association of Pittsburgh Priests calls on Catholic leaders to develop new pastoral, spiritual approach regarding abortion and the culture of life          -June 13, 2022

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APP is committed to doing all that we can to promote Synodality in Western PA. Synodality is a way of journeying forward, led by the Spirit, in our polarized world for our newly merged parishes, for lay groups associated with religious orders, and other groups wanting to live the Gospel more faithfully. Synodality is an on-going process – of listening to each other and for the Spirit, sharing hopes, experiencing supportive community, and being open and responsive to the pain of the world. Synodality is the way to grow as Church.

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Visit our Resource page for the Final Synthesis Report, Oct. 28, 2023 & more.

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