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Rev. James A. Radloff 2660 NE Hwy 20 Suite 610-406 Bend, OR 97701 May 8, 2014 Dear Friends; Since my recent announcement of serving as a priest at the new Holy Communion Evangelical Catholic Church in Bend, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and excited by the enthusiasm this news has generated. It will take me a lot of hours to respond to all the cards, letters, texts, emails and private Facebook messages. I appreciate many sharing with me their thoughts and heartfelt advice that guided my decisions. I also understand the confusion and concern that this has created for some. This past year has been the most challenging of my life
even more challenging than fighting cancer. I poured my life and soul into my priesthood and into the Roman Catholic Church and I have no regrets. I know I was called by God to this ministry. But I have really taken a beating by the betrayal I felt in not being allowed to act as a priest. At times, with the great stress and the torment I suffered, my personal feelings became less Christian than I would have liked. I am sorry if my passion for the priesthood and the salvation of souls was not always expressed in as loving a manner as humanly possible. Now I am ready to shift from the past to focus on the bright possibilities of the future. I hope that you, like me, will find hope and healing as we move beyond this sad experience. With me no longer restricted from meeting and speaking with friends, I have heard a number of questions that deserve clarification which should help us in our moving forward.
Why, after 20 years, have you decided to continue your Catholic ministry and faith outside of the Roman Catholic Church?
Please understand that I did not make this decision lightly. I have gone on retreats and spent many hours in prayer and discernment. I devoted months to exploring what options were available to me under Canon and civil law so that I could remain acting as a Roman Catholic priest. I hope that everyone recognizes that I love God and the Catholic faith and have been very fulfilled in my service to others. I pray that I have and will continue to be able to make a difference in the lives of many. I am grateful and feel justified that at each level of the appeal process from the bishop to the Vatican,
my priesthood was affirmed!
I am a priest in good standing. However, I had been restricted by the bishop from serving as a priest anywhere, which included not performing Masses, weddings for friends, attending to funerals, etc. Furthermore, I was not permitted to live in Bend, could only go to Mass in Madras, and was not sanctioned to get together with my friends! In short, I was
Standing” but hardly a
priest. Because of my strong belief in the Catholic Faith and desire to serve as a priest, I found myself with several undesirable options.
, I could remain a Roman Catholic priest with no assignment or priesthood.
, I could change religious denominations.
, I could leave religious life all together and start a gardening business. None of those options had any interest to me.