Priest Letter Denounces Bishop

National Catholic Reporter
by Tom Roberts | June 16, 2014

Priests’ letter to nuncio denounces Venice, Fla., bishop

dewaneA group of 10 priests in the diocese of Venice, Fla., describing what they said had become an “intolerable” situation, took the highly unusual step earlier this year of composing a letter severely critical of their bishop, Frank Dewane, and sending it to the pope’s representative in the United States.

The letter, addressed to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the papal nuncio, accuses Dewane of ignoring or violating canon law, abandoning consultative processes and ruling by “intimidation, the use of fear, shaming, bullying and other non-Christian behaviors.”

The letter, dated Jan. 17, was first reported by TV station NBC2 in Fort Myers, Fla. NCR has since spoken to two of the signatories, who confirmed the authenticity of the letter and that 10 priests signed it. They spoke only on condition that their identities not be revealed, nor would they permit specific examples of Dewane’s behavior to be reported, because they said those would allow the priests to be identified.

While initial reports said that the signers included some pastors as well as other priests, one of the priests and another layperson familiar with the development of the letter told NCR that all 10 signers are either pastors or administrators and together represent significant years of experience.


2 thoughts on “Priest Letter Denounces Bishop”

  1. I too have sent correspondence as it relates to Father Chris. I am a recent convert to Catholicism and Father Chris is my mentor. We live on Sanibel half the year the rest of the year in Ohio. I would probably not be Catholic if Father Chris wasn’t my guidance. I have written on behalf of Father Chris before But NO one ever responds. So much the the Catholic heiarchys. It stinks
    Richard W Brown


  2. Please see my third or fourth attempt to shake up the Catholic hierarchy.
    I remain your humble servant.
    Richard W Brown


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