Fr Seán Fagan, a Marist theologian and author, was informed in 2010 that he was no longer allowed to write books or articles deemed contrary to church teaching. He was warned he would be “stripped of priestly faculties” if he talked to the media about the gagging order. He died in 2016 and many said the ban left him a broken man. Here is a piece from June 2005 before the ban took place, looking at the idea of Spiritual Abuse about which he wrote an article.
He explains the meaning of this kind of abuse, how it differs considerably from sexual abuse as it is not deliberate and the whole church becomes a victim. He talks about how some of the teachings of the Catholic Church has ‘screwed up’ the laity, for example the savage God of the old testament. He also talks about the meaning of cultural conditioning and the individual right of conscience.