[quote="ALLGIRLS, post:4, topic:199155"]
Our pastor of 15 years just announced his reassignment last Sunday. In midJune he'll be leaving. He knows who his replacement is, but can't tell us until the Archbishop announces it in the archdiocesan newspaper. He did tell us, however, where he is going. I'm assuming whoever we're getting told his congregation he was coming to us, but didn't give the name of his replacement, either. I think that's standard operating procedure in our Archdiocese, but maybe each one is different? (Our pastor came to our parish just 2 weeks b/f I did, 15 years ago. It was my first time being registered as a parishioner as an adult (I was 25) after being "lapsed" since high school, so this is actually the 1st time I've gotten a new pastor, so this is all new to me).
That's how it often works in my neck of the woods, too. They want to give the priests a chance to break the news to the people they are leaving before they inform the people they are going to serve. When people find out their pastor is leaving from someone outside the parish, it can lead to hurt feelings. So usually, one weekend they announce all the departures, and the next weekend they announce the arrivals.
[quote="puzzleannie, post:5, topic:199155"]
In all my years as a Catholic, through priest assignment changes announced every spring, all the pastoral changes, I never recall any diocese or any bishop, ever, giving a reason for the change. ever.
Indeed. Someone I know is fond of saying this in regard to why priests are shuffled around:
If you're a good priest, everyone should have the chance to experience you.
If you're a bad priest, no one should have to endure you forever.
And if we move around all the priests, you never have to know which one you are!
[quote="EasterJoy, post:7, topic:199155"]
Although priests promise to do what their bishops ask, bishops usually bend over backwards not to abuse their authority. When they are doing reassignments, they try very hard to find someone who is willing, if it is at all possible. Not only is it more humane to their brother clergy, it is the most fair thing to the parishioners getting a new pastor. It wouldn't do to saddle a parish with someone who doesn't want to be there if there is a way in the world to avoid it.
Bless that priest who is willing to do what others would not. Be aware, though, that sometimes the priests who turn down the assignments do so out of an awareness that the parish would not be a good fit for their personalities, abilities, or background, and not because they are ungenerous in their priesthood. There isn't a position in the world, no matter how good, that every one of us who are qualified on paper would feel up to accepting.
That's a good point. There are other, non-selfish reasons a priest might "turn down" a particular parish.