Published Friday, 27 April 2012
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The decision was taken after a number of comments made by the outspoken cleric, in which he was critical of the Catholic Church's handling of the child sex abuse scandals and of the rules which bar priests from marrying.
"In these difficult times, it is the price one has to pay when one is committed to the truth - which is the duty of both the priest and the journalist," Fr D'Arcy said in a statement on Friday.
Details of the censure only became public knowledge after it was reported in Catholic newspaper, The Tablet.
In 45 years as a journalist, I have never denied the legitimately Defined Doctrines of the Catholic religion. I respect all Faiths.
Fr Brian D’Arcy
Fr D'Arcy said he had been "saddened and disappointed" by the letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, but added that he had "come to accept that this is the CDF's way of dealing with issues".
It has been stressed that Fr D'Arcy remains a priest of good standing and that he continues to carry out his priestly duties - however, when it comes to his journalism, all writings and broadcasts must first be passed to a church censure for approval prior to being published or aired.
"I have continued to write and broadcast since the news of the Vatican's displeasure was filtered down to me in March 2011," Fr D'Arcy said.
"I shall continue my ministry in communication because I believe that the church cherishes freedom of speech as an inviolable principle. Pope Benedict made a fervent plea for freedom of expression on his recent visit to Cuba.
"I believe the church needs credible voices in today's world."