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New Orleans archbishop says priest may serve on civil-service commission

Catholic World News - November 29, 2011

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has announced that a priest can sit on a civil service commission without violating a canonical ban on priests holding public office.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond said that Father Kevin Wildes, the president of Loyola University, can continue serving as chairman of the New Orleans Civil Service Commission. A local group had challenged the priest’s participation on the commission, citing #285-3 of the Code of Canon Law, which states: “Clerics are forbidden to assume public office whenever it means sharing in the exercise of civil power.” Archbishop Aymond said that the prohibition does not apply to membership on the civil-service commission.

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  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Nov. 29, 2011 10:40 PM ET USA

    The group complaining (the Concerned Classified City Employees)alleges that Fr. Kevin Wildes has an "anti-labor bias." I wonder what the "story behind the story" really is.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Nov. 29, 2011 6:15 PM ET USA

    A truly bad idea. This IS in the political sphere, let's be candid. Are there no qualified Catholic laymen in New Orleans?

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