Almost 450 people attended the inaugural Mass of the Evangelical Catholic Church being established in Bend, Ore., with Fr. James Radloff as pastor.
The personality of a pastor and employee terminations are flashpoints in discussions of why the priest might have been removed as pastor.
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.
Bishop Liam Cary's emphasis on the vow of obedience is viewed by many as a key to Fr. James Radloff's removal as pastor.
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.