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.
A New Year's eve candlelight vigil in support of Fr. James Radloff will be held on the steps of the historic St. Francis of Assisi Church on the parish campus.
Fr. James Radloff has been denied a letter of good standing that would allow him to exercise priestly ministry at his home archdiocese during the Christmas season.