Friday, February 14, 2014

Fr. James Radloff: Vatican denies Oregon pastor's appeal of Removal

The Vatican has declined to intervene on behalf of a priest whose bishop removed him as pastor of a parish in Bend, Ore., in the fall and later barred him from public ministry.

In a decision dated Jan. 31 and reported to NCR on Friday, the Vatican Congregation for Clergy confirmed that Baker, Ore., Bishop Liam Cary was justified in removing Fr. James Radloff as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Bend on Oct. 1.

According to Radloff's canonical adviser, Fr. Thomas Faucher, the congregation "has also declined to order Bishop Cary to make public the reasons for the removal" and "declined to order Bishop Cary to rescind his ban on Fr. Radloff from celebration of Mass and from all public ministry."

Radloff learned of the decision through Faucher early Friday and was not immediately available for comment.


National Catholic Reporter

Dan Morris-Young | Feb. 14, 2014

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