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Connecticut pastor removed for 'persistent absenteeism'

Catholic World News - May 21, 2014

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, has revealed that he “sought and accepted” the resignation of a pastor who had a record of “persistent absenteeism.”

In an unusually candid public explanation of his action, Bishop Caggiano told parishioners that Father John Stronkowski had been removed because of his frequent absence from the parish and failure to get along with parish staff.

A diocesan spokesman said that the bishop’s action was not related to rumors that Father Stonknowski is involved in a relationship, adding that the ousted pastor had denied that the rumors were accurate.

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  • Posted by: unum - May. 21, 2014 5:23 PM ET USA

    Thank God the bishop took action instead of just talking. It is good for a parish to know their bishop cares.

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