Father Greg Reynolds
The future of a Western Port parish priest who spoke in support of women's ordination hangs in the balance, said a report in the Peninsula Weekly.
Father Greg Reynolds did not respond to the Weekly's request for an interview and his staff said he was on leave this week. Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart's office declined to comment, said the report.
An articles in The Age last week said he sent a copy of his homily, in which he makes assertions for women priests in the Church, to Archbishop Hart, and later understood that he faced dismissal if he went public with it.
A popular parish priest not known for inflammatory views, Father Reynolds began serving in Western Port in October last year, shortly after clocking up 30 years in the priesthood, said the paper.
Parents of children at St Joseph's School in nearby Crib Point this week received a letter from principal Gab Espenschied briefly outlining the issue.
"Greg is a fine man and great priest and he wants to remain in the priesthood. We await the archbishop's response. Please keep Greg in your thoughts and prayers at this time," it read.
The parish office said Father Reynolds would be back to say Mass on the weekend and his future was not yet known.
Priest puts his future on line (Peninsula Weekly)
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