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Group of priests claims 'loss of confidence' in Florida bishop

June 16, 2014

The National Catholic Reporter calls attention to a small group of priests in Venice, Florida, who have lodged a formal complaint against Bishop Frank Dewane.

In a letter to the apostolic nuncio, the 10 priests complain that Bishop Dewane’s management style is based on “intimidation, the use of fear, shaming, bullying and other non-Christian behaviors.” The signatories, in conversation with the National Catholic Reporter, asked to remain anonymous and declined to provide illustrations of the problems they report.

Bishop Dewane called the complaints “malicious.”


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  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 18, 2014 11:24 AM ET USA

    Cardinal George had some Chicago priests who claimed to have "lost their confidence" in him. Most of those left the priesthood altogether. Thank God for solid Catholic Bishops. The problems in the Church start when Bishops rely way too much on experts, committees and all kinds of bureaucrats instead of making responsible decisions by themselves. But at the Last Judgment there will be no "experts" behind them to take blame for the bad decisions.

  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Jun. 17, 2014 2:40 PM ET USA

    I echo "Matjohn" comment - here is a good Catholic from Ft.Myers:"Ten priests out of about two hundred are unhappy;I would say that's about right.If everyone is happy, then bishop is probably not doing his job.If Bishop Dewane is removed, we are in more trouble than we think.The attacks on Bishop Dewane are, and always have been, driven by members of Call to Action and Voice of the Faithful, two of the most dissident organizations you can find." - It's surprising that CWN quotes NCReport

  • Posted by: MatJohn - Jun. 16, 2014 8:31 PM ET USA

    I thought since Allen left the Reporter you would ignore publicizing his last employer's offerings.but I assumed it had an exclusive on the Bishop DeWane story.until I searched it. Despite reasons you previously have cited, attention given to this pitiable excuse at Catholicsm only serves to strengthen it. If you chose to cover the De Wane story, there were several sources you could have used. Assign this pitiable joke to irrelevance where it belongs.