He is referring, of course, to the event chronicled by Lawrencinium Tiberius Rochenhoffenstauffengreensteinberg-Jones in Fr. Rutler reassigned in NYC (A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics, June 20, 2013), who writes:
I haven’t posted as much from Fr. George Rutler as I should have. He’s a convert from episcopalianism, like me. He’s a very erudite man. And he’s been building up quite an orthodox parish in NYC for years. He has been pastor of Our Savior, a beautiful church, for 12 years. Well, no more. He’s been reassigned to a St. Michael’s parish by Cardinal Dolan:Read more >>Fr. George Rutler, pastor of the vibrantly orthodox Church of Our Saviour in midtown Manhattan, is being reassigned to St. Michael’s Church in Hell’s Kitchen.At the link, we get some garbage from George Weigel about “evangelical Catholicism” and why Rutler should not have been moved. Is there a button george_rutlerwhere I can make Weigel shut up? Cuz I’d really like that button. Him, and Dr. Jeff Mirus, who just declared opposition to the shamnesty being foisted on us immoral. In fact, he declared immigration laws and any opposition to immigration in general immoral and un-Catholic.
But I digress. The reason this irks me, is because I really hate the post-conciliar canon law which permits bishop’s conferences to set term limits for priests. I know there are people who argue that this can be a good thing, as it allows bad priests to be moved around (here’s my solution: remove bad priests from ministry) and keeps “unhealthy” attachments from growing between parishioners and priest. Because, you know, it’s a bad thing to be too close to your dad. Yikes, who would want that?
Church of Saint Michael, New York City
[Hat tip to JM]