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Catholic leaders complain about Diocese of Venice Bishop
NBC2 | Posted May 22, 2014

dewane-nbcVENICE, Fla. – Ten priests and pastors go on the record calling the Diocese of Venice Bishop a bully who relies on intimidation and fear.

That’s just beginning of a list of complaints now on the way to Washington, D.C.

A group of priests wrote a letter to the Pope’s liaison with major concerns over Bishop Frank Dewane.

We obtained a copy of that letter.

In it, the group says the Venice Diocese under Bishop Frank Dewane’s leadership has become quote “intolerable.”

The letter was sent to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano in January and centers around three complaints; financial transparency, violation of canon church law and intimidation and bullying tactics.

The letter cites examples of excessive, unmonitored spending of diocesan funds by Bishop Dewane.

The letter goes on to say the bishop got rid of several groups required to assign priests and deacons — saying instead, Bishop Dewane makes those decisions on his own.

Catholics say the letter surprises them.

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