Gerald has a farewell statement from a dissenting priest who appears to have been ordered to shut down his website. Not only does he dissent from the magisterium but his statement shows that he dissents from a dictionary or spellchecker also. Read the whole thing, but here is a snippet.
Therefore i have admitted to "public’ dissent While informing my provinxcial that i cannot recant these fews, that for the sake of keeping me faculties i will be less vocal and public in my dissent.
"Keeping me faculties" I swear if Popeye was a dissenting priest this is how he would write. Though Popeye might also have some problems with trademark infringement with God’s statement at the burning bush. "I Yam what I Yam." Though while I am on this odd train of though would a priestly Popeye anoint somebody with Olive Oyl?
Getting back to Fr. Comella his statement is the very model of disobedience in that he is not going to change his views at all and is only going to be less public in support of them. That his shutting down is not a praiseworthy act of obedience, but to be able to keep his faculties in his diocese.
Contrast this with Fr. Altier whose homilies "In obedient compliance with the expressed written request of Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn" can no longer be published on www.desertvoice.org or broadcast on Relevant Radio. From all indications Fr. Altier is an orthodox priest who has been very critical of programs like VIRTUS (spawned by Playboy and Planned Parenthood) and their use in the diocese. There might be much more to this story so we will have to wait and see. I only illustrate the contrast between two priests and how one makes a non-apology and the other does nothing than inform the website that was publishing his homilies.
It is always easy to quiet orthodox priests since they actually believe in obedience in situations where they might not prudently agree with a superior.