Subsequently, in a letter to priests, the Archbishop claimed Greg was laicised and excommunicated because of his preaching on the ordination of women, and his continued celebration of Mass after his faculties had been suspended. However, Greg was told by the canon lawyer that the Archbishop himself did not instigate these proceedings – an unknown third party went to the Vatican. We also know that the Vatican at no time contacted Fr Greg, or attempted to engage in any kind of dialogue about whatever issues concerned them. The first time Greg heard from the Vatican was when he was informed that the most severe penalty in church life had been imposed on him. This way of acting flies in the face of so much that Pope Francis has been saying recently, and in the face of natural justice. Sadly, however, this behaviour has become all too familiar in our church, as is demonstrated by the ban on Catholics even discussing the ordination of women, among other issues. The penalty meted out to Greg acts as a very stern warning to other priests, theologians and lay people: stand up for certain issues, and you will be thrown out of the church.