Thursday, February 9, 2012

Another priest resigns in the Belleville diocese

Yesterday, we reported the resignation of Fr. William Rowe of St. Mary Parish in Mount Carmel after being ordered by Bishop Edward Braxton to read the Eucharistic liturgy exactly as it is written in the Roman Missal rather than making small modifications to make the prayers more understandable to his congregation.

Today, another priest has resigned in protest over Fr. Rowe's forced resignation. Fr. Jim Buerster (photo) of St. Boniface Church in Germantown, Illinois, has resigned his postition as dean of the North Central Deanery in protest over the departure of Fr. Rowe.

Father Buerster, who holds a Masters of Divinity from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana, was ordained a priest in 1979 and has served in a number of parishes. He has been pastor of St. Boniface since 2007.

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