DAILY CATHOLIC     THURSDAY     December 10, 1998     vol. 9, no. 239

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          ROCHESTER, New York (CWNews.com) - The bishop of Rochester, New York announced on Monday that he had suspended a controversial priest who had performed same-sex weddings, distributed Eucharist to non-Catholics, and allowed a woman to concelebrate Masses during his 22 years at Corpus Christi Parish.

          Father James Callan, who was reassigned from the parish in August, may no longer celebrate Mass or administer the sacraments, although he may regain his priestly faculties if Father Callan assures the bishop he will amend his ways. Diocesan chancellor Father Kevin McKenna said part of the reason for the suspension is Father Callan's failure to follow orders.

          Father Callan had been ordered not to have contact with members of his old parish, but was present at several Masses. "It puts the pastor who is attempting to lead the congregation in a very awkward situation," said Father McKenna.

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December 10, 1998       volume 9, no. 239


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