- Locked out of the parish offices.
- Told to vacate his living quarters.
- Removed from the schedule of presiders at Mass.
- Stripped of his priestly faculties.
- Officially replaced by a parochial administrator
- And had his removal announced at every Mass on the following Sunday
"…it must first of all be noted that the letter sent to you by Archbishop Anthony on July 16, 2013 (Prot. No. 013-047), was not a decree of removal from the office of pastor as you have claimed. Rather, this letter was sent to you in accord with the requirements of canon 1742, §1, which state that a bishop is to "persuade the pastor to resign within fifteen days, after having explained for validity, the cause and arguments for the removal." The Archbishop's letter presented his reasons for this request which were explicitly described in detail in his letter.
"he paternally is to persuade the pastor to resign within fifteen days..."In light of the canonical directive for a bishop to first attempt to paternally persuade his priest to resign, let's review the whole thing again, and keep in mind the word "paternally":
- Fr. Paul does not know the reason for the meeting.
- Fr. Paul arrives.
- The Archbishop, in the presence of the Vicar General, reads the letter to Fr. Paul and then hands it to him.
- In the letter, the Archbishop demands that Fr. Paul resign immediately and if he refuses then he is to supply his reasons as soon as possible.
- The locks to be changed on the parish offices, locking Fr. Paul out.
- The appointment of a parochial administrator to replace Fr. Paul.
- The removal of Fr. Paul from the scheduled list of presiders at parish Masses, effectively stripping him of his faculties.
- The order for Fr. Paul to vacate his living quarters, effectively leaving him homeless.
- And the announcement of his removal at all parish Masses.
Can. 1742 §1. If the instruction which was carried out has established the existence of one of the causes mentioned in ⇒ can. 1740, the bishop is to discuss the matter with two pastors selected from the group established for this purpose in a stable manner by the presbyteral council at the proposal of the bishop. If the bishop then judges that removal must take place, he paternally is to persuade the pastor to resign within fifteen days, after having explained, for validity, the cause and arguments for the removal.
The required consultation with two pastors, Reverend Msgr. Brigido Arroyo and Reverend Father Jose Alberto Rodriguez, was held on August 12, 2013 (Prot. No. 013-055)
- He was locked out of the parish.
- He was told to vacate the rectory.
- He was stripped of his priestly faculties.
- And his dismissal was announced at every Mass on the following Sunday.
"....since no decree has in fact yet been issued removing you from the office as pastor of Santa Barbara Church, there is no basis in law for the proposal of a recourse by you at the present time."