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Kurt Martens, professor, canon law, was quoted in a National Catholic Register story on the the suspension of a pastor at an Anglican-use parish in Texas. See below.

Historic Anglican-Use Parish Faces Challenges in Bid to Join Ordinariate

From: National Catholic Register
Date: Feb. 17, 2017
Author: Nicholas Wolfram Smith


... Kurt Martens, a professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America, told the Register bishops can remove pastors when “the ministry of the pastor has become harmful or ineffective. A pastor is supposed to be a stable shepherd, so removal can only be done because there are serious reasons to remove someone.”


The reasons behind Father Phillips’ suspension and possible removal have not been detailed. In a statement emailed to the Register along with the press release, Jordan McMorrough, the archdiocese’s communications director, said, “It is a priest personnel issue, and the Archdiocese of San Antonio is not commenting beyond the statement at this time.” ...

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