Belleville bishop removes priest over ad-libbing
MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. — A southern Illinois priest is being ousted for improvising part of his services.
Bishop Edward Braxton of the Belleville Diocese has told the Rev. Bill Rowe he's now considered retired and must leave the rectory at St. Mary Parish in Mount Carmel on July 10.
The 73-year-old priest says he hopes his appeal to the Vatican reverses Braxton's move, although he says that's a longshot.
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