"The faithful transmission of the Gospel has always been betrayed by the unfaithful behavior of Catholic Christians," Bishop Liam Cary wrote to parishioners over the weekend.
"I have written Father Radloff to encourage him to reconsider his decision in light of the detrimental effects it will have on him personally."
Fr. James Radloff announced Tuesday that he is leaving the Roman Catholic Church for a breakaway denomination, the Evangelical Catholic Church.
To what degree the removal of Fr. James Radloff from ministry is as much personal as it is about a bishop establishing clear lines of authority or a pastor seeking justice is hard to pin down.
A petition circulated by parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi to keep a popular Spanish-speaking pastor at their parish may have caused a rift between the bishop and another pastor.
Although a ruling on ousted Fr. James Radloff has been made by the Vatican, questions, emotions and secrecy remain at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
Some Bend, Ore., parishioners are relieved that the contention over the removal of Fr. James Radloff has been put to bed while others expressed anger and frustration.
Updated. The Vatican confirmed that Baker, Ore., Bishop Liam Cary was justified in removing Fr. James Radloff as pastor of his Bend parish in the fall.