Fr. Jim Sullivan @ CCOP
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by Concerned, Amador Estates,
on Jun 22, 2008
Does anyone know the REAL reason that Fr. Jim is leaving? It seems there has to be more going on "behind the scenes".
We finally get a good priest and he has to leave?? I don't get it....we've gone thru a lot in the last year as a parish, why this now?
It's disgusting. I guess it's true what they say about "absolute power".
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Posted by Estella
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2008 at 4:46 pm
You have a good point Bob, about jealousy being the reason behind Fr. Sullivan's early reassignment! Could it be that Fr. Green's ego has been more than a little bruised to have an associate who is as popular, especially with the youth of our parish, as Fr. Jim is? How sad is that, and what does it say about Fr. Green? I also agree with Jane D., who suggested that Fr. Green is a good actor; yes, he certainly is. Did anyone else notice the, hardly suppressed, glee in Fr. Green's voice when he made the announcement of Fr. Joy and Fr. Jim's reassignments a couple of weeks ago? Correct me if I'm wrong, but in the past, hasn't the priest being reassigned made his own announcement? So why did Fr. Porig make the announcements? Is he a micro manager too?
Patty, can I ask what you know that the rest of us don't, regarding Fr. Jim "knowing about his reassignment months ago"? Are you in a position to have information that the rest of the parish is not? Yes, I agree, Fr. Sullivan probably knew that he would be up for reassignment soon, but that it would most likely sometime during his third year here; NOT over 6 months in advance of the expected date.
'E', we ordinary parishioners won't necessarily learn the "real" reason behind Fr. Jim's reassignment, even if Fr. Green were to seriously contemplate addressing this issue in the bulletin. Considering, from all the posts on this site, the consensus of opinion is that Fr. Green has an ego bigger than the Pacific Ocean, I think we'd only get his spin on the matter, and not the whole unvarnished truth.
Regarding Fr. Jim's original assignment to CCOP: when it was announced, a little over two years ago, that we would be getting a newly ordained priest, Fr. Dan DID say, from the ambo that our new priest was being assigned to CCOP for 3 years. In Fr. Dan's own words: "because of all the changes that will be taking place in the parish", and this was mainly due to Fr. Danielson's imminent retirement.
I too have heard rumor and gossip about what has been going on behind the scenes in the parish and I'm sorry to say that, what I have heard, has all come from the supporters of our parochial administrator. This leads me to ask: Has Fr. Green spoken out of turn to people within this parish? I, for one, do not expect our 'soon to be pastor' to gossip about his fellow associate priests to parishioners!
So far, I haven't heard that Fr. Jim, or any of his supporters, has said anything negative about this reassignment or, more importantly, anything false about Fr. Green. Seems like Fr. Sullivan has risen above all the tittle-tattle being put about by certain people in this parish; which only goes to prove that Fr. Jim Sullivan has treated any lies, innuendo or gossip with the contempt that it deserves. It also says an awful lot about his character, moral fiber and, to me, is proof positive that Fr. Jim is a man of integrity!
So, can anyone enlighten me: What does all this say about Fr. Green and his supporters? Will us parishioners yet again be fed the 'party line' and be expected to swallow it whole? How does Fr. Danielson feel about all of this, after all, he supported Fr. Greens appointment? Does the bishop have any idea about what is going on in this parish right now?
In protest, because we feel that the leadership in the Catholic Commuinty of Pleasanton leaves an awful lot to be desired, my family and I are moving to another parish. We also feel that it will be detrimental to CCOP and the diocese in the long term, if Fr. Green is installed as pastor.