Father Richard Abourjaily
Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell says he did not "quietly move" Father Richard Abourjaily to Perth and has stated that the priest "has no rights" to celebrate Mass or administer Sacraments.
A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Sydney said the Church understood he had been working as a parish priest in WA - but not with the Cardinal's permission, said an AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
She said Father Abourjaily was no longer even recognised as a priest by Cardinal Pell and would never be allowed to work in Sydney again.
"Fr Abourjaily never went to Perth with my permission - in fact this was against my wishes," Cardinal Pell said in a statement.
"He has no rights to publicly celebrate Mass and the sacraments."
"Reports that Fr Abourjaily went to Perth with the permission of Cardinal Pell are totally incorrect and damaging to the Church," the Archdiocese's statement added.
"These reports totally misrepresent the position of the Cardinal."
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