Updated: An organization that works on behalf of immigrants and day laborers disqualified for funding after officials said the request would be denied because of an affiliation.
Almost 450 people attended the inaugural Mass of the Evangelical Catholic Church being established in Bend, Ore., with Fr. James Radloff as pastor.
Baker, Ore., Bishop Liam Cary said that Catholics that attend Mass at a breakaway denomination will sever that person's full membership in the RCC.
Fr. Robert J. Cormier was remembered as "a passionate and compassionate priest who truly invited every person he met to find a deeper and more personal relationship with Christ."
"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.
Phu Nguyen's great-great-great-grandfather died for abiding by his faith. "I think it's a powerful reminder of the faith that I have," he said.
The Portland archdiocese's new auxiliary bishop, the first in 36 years, credited the people of the diocese for building his faith and inspiring his work during his episcopal ordination.
"I didn't get here on my own," Bishop Peter Smith told the congregation, which filled St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland to overflowing for a Mass that lasted two and a half hours Tuesday. "I got here because of all of you and many more besides."
"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.
The personality of a pastor and employee terminations are flashpoints in discussions of why the priest might have been removed as pastor.