Published Thursday, 26 April 2012
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It's understood that the 67-year-old member of the Passionist Order has to pass all writings and broadcasts - including his column for the Sunday World newspaper - to a church censor for approval before publication.
The decision was taken last year, but has only become public knowledge after a story was published in a Catholic newspaper, The Tablet.
"Last year concerns were expressed to Fr Ottaviano D'Egidio CP - the Passionist Superior General - by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about some aspects of Fr Brian D'Arcy's writings," Dublin-based priest Pat Duffy, Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Passion, said.
"Since then Fr Brian has been co-operating to ensure he can make a contribution to journalism in Ireland."
One of Ireland's best known priests, Fr D'Arcy has been vocal in his opinions on priests being able to marry and critical of how the Catholic Church handled the child sex abuse inquiry.
Disciplinary action was taken 14 months ago after concerns were raised about articles by the Fermanagh-based broadcaster and columnist - and he has been co-operating since then.
His contributions during that period have, it is believed, been passed to a church censor for approval before being made public, and no changes have yet been made.
In a recent article, the liberal priest remained outspoken when, just last Sunday, he commented on a survey which showed a high percentage of Catholics on the island believe priests should be allowed to marry.
He said: "Sadly in our church now, it has become impossible to be open and honest about what good people are convinced of.
"It's as if merely stating unpalatable facts is in itself disloyal."
Not all priests are in agreement.
Father D'Arcy is the sixth priest to be censured here for so-called outspoken views - but it remains to be seen if it will silence them or not.
He said on Thursday that he had no comment to make on the issue.