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Another faithful priest is in hot water. Rockford's Bp. David Malloy is kicking Fr. James Parker to the curb for encouraging his parishioners to inform themselves before making a decision on vaccination. But Church Militant's William Mahoney looks at how the jab was really just the final straw for the bishop, who already had the priest in his crosshairs.
Faithful Catholics in Illinois held a Rosary rally Tuesday evening in support of their pastor.
Come mid-June, Fr. James Parker of Holy Cross will be in diocesan limbo, ostensibly for not toeing the company line on the Wuhan virus.
A monsignor in the chancery phoned Fr. Parker recently to inform him he would not be receiving a new assignment and that he is forbidden to stay at any rectory in the diocese.
While a Rockford spokesperson clarified reassignments were still underway, she was unclear about Fr. Parker's assignment.
Church Militant: "Do you know specifically if the bishop intends to give Fr. Parker a new assignment?"
Spokeswoman: "I do not know specifically."
But one Holy Cross parishioner explained there's more to this story.
Craig, Holy Cross parishioner: "He's been under the crosshairs of Bp. Malloy for quite some time because he wanted to re-introduce a Communion rail; he wanted to bring in a 24-hour perpetual adoration chapel. He's more of a traditionally minded priest. I know of priests that are without a parish; it's limbo."
Multiple sources in the diocese confirmed Malloy is hell-bent against faithful priests and will find reasons to sideline them.
One source, who requested anonymity for fear of repercussion, described the bishop as "vindictive" and as having "extremely narcissistic tendencies."
Father Parker's unjust treatment comes in the wake of other faithful priests like Fr. Mark White in Virginia, Fr. Paul John Kalchik in Chicago and Fr. James Altman in Wisconsin in what is emerging as a trend of unfaithful bishops canceling faithful priests, using as a pretext anything but the gospel.
Church Militant learned early Thursday support for Fr. Parker is growing, quickly.
We will continue to update you as details surface on this fast-moving story.