November 28, 2005

Questioning tradition leads to priest's exile

FREMONT (CA)
Inside Bay Area

By Jonathan Jones, STAFF WRITER

The Rev. Tim Stier, former pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fremont, spent more than 25 years ministering to local parishioners as a priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland.
Now, Stier is in exile.

He's still a priest, and he insists he is not leaving the church. But now he is living with his parents in Oakland, is no longer active in the diocese and is openly challenging the church on celibacy, the ordination of women and the lack of responsibility of bishops for their roles during the abuse scandal.

Stier said he hopes to send a signal of public solidarity with "those who have no voice in the church," including victims of clergy abuse, gays and lesbians, and divorced Catholics.

The decision to no longer represent the Diocese of Oakland was precipitated by diocese officials' failure to address or discuss the underlying causes of the priest shortage

Posted by kshaw at November 28, 2005 11:44 AM