The new Roman Catholic bishop of Memphis, Tenn. appears to be obsessed with power and control.
It's not uncommon for RC bishops to re-assign priests periodically, but what's unusual about Memphis is 1) the number of priests being reassigned and 2) the remaining priests have had to effectively hand over their letters of resignation to their new boss.
As many of two-thirds of the priests in Memphis are being reassigned, according to yesterday's article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Of the third who remain they are given that great historic title that ordained presbyters have held for centuries: parochial administrator.
On priest explains: "As Parochial Administrator of St. Francis of Assisi, I still have all of the duties and obligations of a pastor, but I can be removed and reassigned at any time."
Something is rotten in Memphis.
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