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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 07, 2007

Well, Fr Nick is history at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Severn, Maryland (Archdiocese of Baltimore)

Bishop Rozanski's spokesman was uncharacteristically declarative (for a bishop or his spokesman):

"Not only was the pastor being compensated unfairly -- neither was he present and addressing the pastoral needs of the parish," Caine said. "There is an expectation that a one-parish priest is going to be present on a regular basis and present in a way that the parish feels they're being cared for sacramentally and spiritually."
When it comes to cash, and long commutes, there seems to be a zero-tolerance policy in effect in Maryland--at least for the next six months.
[Fr.] Cieri earned nearly $48,000 a year, about 70 percent more than the $28,122 that the archdiocese says he was to earn as a pastor ordained for 25 years.

In addition, Cieri received $6,300 in Mass stipends. Priests have the choice of receiving Mass stipends for individual Masses or a lump sum of $2,000, an amount set by the archdiocese, Caine said.

He was also reimbursed nearly $36,000 for rectory expenses, though Caine said the priest did not live in the rectory attached to the church but rather at a house in (very upscale) Baldwin, in northern Baltimore County

Let's see.... Baldwin to Severn

My Google maps says its roughly 34 miles from Fr Nick's rectory annex to the rectory, with a nice route through horse farm country and the heart of the Baltimore harbor. (It's hard to justify these commutes with today's gas prices.)

And about that house. Even on $48k/year plus perks, it's hard to meet the mortgage payment on a single income at 13910 Glen High Rd Baldwin, MD. (Median house prices for a 3 bedroom ranch are at about $550,000)

Fr. Nick's housemate, Rev. Larry, may know more about the details.

To read the archdiocese's current thinking about Fr Nick, click here. Oops! Sorry; too late! That link has been deactivated.

For a reminder of Fr. Nick's earlier success at winning the attention of OTR, go here,

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 14, 2007 9:12 AM ET USA

    If these priests were in Milwaukee....they wouldn't miss a day of work.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 08, 2007 8:55 AM ET USA

    Father Nick would look nice in one of those Paris Hilton jail ankle bracelets.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 8:05 PM ET USA

    Uncle Di, did you by any chance cache that page from the archdiocesan cite? Maybe - just maybe - it's the beginning of clean-up at St Bernadettes. I hope to see those rainbow festoons come down soon from their site.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 7:59 PM ET USA

    And what about Father "Larry"? I wonder what Rectory he ought to be living in. There was a time when present Baltimore leadership told some cohabiting priests to sell their off-campus housing and move back to their respective rectories. For some reason that doesn't seem to be an issue in the news reports. And lest we forget, maybe we have some true "Pedophiles" in the clergy, but the problem is mostly (essentially) homosexuality.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 12:48 PM ET USA

    Yet another example of our bishops utterly failing to supervise their (our?) priests. At least its not the $1,000,000 Fr. Rodney Rodis is alleged to have made off with in the Richmond, Virginia diocese. Poor St. Bernadette must be spinning in her tomb.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 12:39 PM ET USA

    Let us pray that Keeler's successor has a spine.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 11:31 AM ET USA

    Uncle Di, can we safely conclude that Fr Nick and Rev Larry are Thinking Catholics?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 9:16 AM ET USA

    Clicking on the Archdiocese of Baltimore link above, I received the message "sorry but an error has occurred." That's an understatement. With effective governance of the Church we could hope that all the actively homosexual clergy could be flushed out and laicized at once rather than this slow "Chinese torture" method. These people need to be exposed and invited to leave their collars at the door on the way out of their erstwhile rectories. Better to have a few good priests than these....

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 9:11 AM ET USA

    Yet more beauties from St Bernadette. The parish is really a treasure: With a progressive congregation of 1,200 families at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Ms. McDonald said there are plenty of ways for gays and lesbians, no matter their religion, to find acceptance and learn that being gay is not a sin. With dozens of pamphlets about gay and lesbian issues in the church office and vestibule, straight congregation members have numerous opportunities to educate themselves...

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 9:04 AM ET USA

    More from Nick's parish: St. Bernadette Parish Gay and Lesbian Ministry As a parish committed to an attitude of welcome and firmly opposed to discrimination in all its forms, we declare our support for gay and lesbian Catholics, their families and friends. We welcome sexual minorities, their families and friends into our community. We wish to ease the pain of alienation and rejection and to promote reconciliation between church and gay and lesbian people. We intend to educate ourselves, the church community, to the existence of unexamined prejudice and to the consequences of injustice. We will work to end discrimination against sexual minorities within and outside of the church community.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 9:02 AM ET USA

    And by the way, note that Cieri is suspended a divinis; a little unusual if the only dispute is over money.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 9:00 AM ET USA

    Before they alter the werb site, this is what Father Nick's parish lists under Gay and Lesbian: Gay Friendly Parishes National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries (NACDLGM) NACDLGM's Guidelines for Implementing Always Our Children in parishes. - June 2003 Church is Home to All People of God - By Bishop J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., Bishop of Memphis, Tennessee