The parish priest of St Mary's Grafton in northern NSW, Father Rex Hackett (pictured), has been told it is inappropriate for him to officially take part in the parish's 150th anniversary celebrations this week, The Daily Examiner reports.
The Bishop of Lismore, Geoffrey Jarrett, said there were several reasons why it was inappropriate for Fr Rex to have any official role in the celebrations.
"The present status of Father Rex Hackett in the Diocese of Lismore is that he is on extended leave," the bishop said.
"This means that Father Hackett is relieved of all parish duties, functions and responsibilities for the time being in the parish of Grafton and in the Diocese.
"Father James Griffin has been appointed as administrator of the Grafton parish. He has the responsibility to care for the people, administration and mission of the Parish of Grafton for the time being.
"Accordingly, it is inappropriate for Fr Rex to so attend.
"These matters do not impinge on the celebrations in which we honour 150 years of catholicity in Grafton and environs."
FULL STORY Priest told to stay away from church anniversary celebration (Daily Examiner)