We know of a Maronite priest who is being removed from the parish that he originated and build. We don’t understand it all for we don’t belong to that parish, but we have a mutual friend that knows the priest very well and he tells her what is going on. This is what we know. His Bishop is Bishop Gregory in Brooklyn and he has ordered this priest to be replaced by another who he owed a favor to. This other priest wants out of the cold weather of New York and to come down to Florida. Anyway, the Bishop is not giving this priest here in Florida another job or parish. He will have no place to stay or payroll. He celebrated his last Mass today at 10:00am and told his parishioners that he is obedient to his Bishop but that he is going to appeal the decision to the Pope. He has rich parishioners that are paying for a canon lawyer. They are also taking this priest into their homes. He can’t celebrate Mass or do any of his priestly duties. His bishop won’t allow it. We don’t know why. Our Bishop has a job for him already at a local parish and has talked to his Bishop in NY,but this Bishop has to release him from the Maronite Rite so that he can officially join the Roman Rite, but Bishop Gregory won’t do this either. So our Bishop can’t give him a job either. That is why this priest is appealing the decision. I have known this priest for 10 years and he is a holy priest and loves his parish. He built the new church and even designed the Tabernacle himself. It is quite unique with the monstrance located inside the Tabernacle. He doesn’t deserve this, but is accepting it all as God’s will for now, but he does want to be a priest so he is appealing the decision.
Please pray for this priest and that the Pope will make this Bishop at least release him of the Maronite Rite so that he can join the Roman Rite and work as a priest. His heart is in the Maronite Rite, but he really wants to just be a priest. His name is Fr. George.
God bless you all.