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.
"In view of some of your recent Facebook postings ... and other developments, I have decided against sending you to Merrill," Bishop Liam Carey wrote.
Update: Confusion and consternation are running strong for parishioners at a Bend, Ore., church whose pastor was removed Oct. 1, and the parishioners want answers.