I just find this entire situation sad, and I feel like I’m missing something. Of course the parishioners were wildly inappropriate. I never seen anything like that happen…not even close…not once.
Why didn’t the parishioners just simply talk to the priest about their concerns? It’s Portland, it’s not like there is only one Catholic church in the city. They could always go to another Parish. This is a powerful way lay people can express their concerns.
Were there no Deacons that the parishioners could quietly talk to? Deacons can do quite a lot to quietly resolve situations like this (including telling the parishioners they are wrong!). I’ve seen Deacons really have a lot of influence in situations like this.