Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna has approached the Provincial of the Dominican Order to inform him that he is more than willing to facilitate a resolution where Fr Mark Montebello may continue with his writing in full respect for his commitment as a religious priest and in full loyalty to Church teaching. Whilst respecting the autonomy of the Religious Order, the Archbishop has taken this initiative fully aware of the fact that a religious priest is answerable to his superior, who is the Provincial of the Order. In this case the Archbishop had neither been informed nor consulted about any decision concerning Fr Montebello.
Every priest is bound to respect his priestly commitment and to faithfully represent and follow Church teachings. Within these parameters, every priest, whether religious or diocesan, has the freedom to engage in mature and healthy debate on current issues.