Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Pastoral Associate Fired, New Pastor Hired in Rochester

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Pastoral Associate Fired, New Pastor Hired in Rochester

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Mary Ramerman, pastoral associate at Corpus Christi Parish in Rochester, N.Y., was fired Oct. 15. She was given until 5 p.m. the next day to be out of her parish office.

Ramerman had been central to the controversy engulfing the progressive Rochester parish. It was touched off in September when Bishop Matthew Clark removed the pastor, Fr. James Callan, for inviting non-Catholics to Communion and blessing same-sex unions.

During Sunday Masses, Ramerman -- clad in a half-stole -- took part in the eucharistic prayer. Clark had asked Ramerman to take off the half-stole and to stop saying the prayer, a function reserved for priests under church law.

Reached at their Rochester home, Ramerman's husband told NCR that Charlotte Bruney and Kathleen Cannon, the two leaders of a parish transition team appointed by Clark after Callan's removal, broke the news. They told Ramerman that the decision to fire her came from the transition team and suggested they had "some direction" from Clark. …

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