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December 15, 2008

Dale Fushek Has an Out-of-Body Experience

The “It's All About Me!” way this man has been carrying on after his dismissal from priestly ministry is strange, deplorable, and embarrassing. What follows is the latest ignominious milestone in his bizarre jaunt out of the Church.  


STATEMENT OF THE DIOCESE OF PHOENIX

Re: The excommunication of Dale Fushek and Mark Dippre

December 15, 2008

 

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, has issued a Decree of Excommunication to Reverend Monsignor Dale Fushek and Reverend Mark Dippre.

Fushek and Dippre have incurred the censure of excommunication because they have chosen to be in schism with the Catholic Church by establishing and leading an opposing ecclesial community known to the public as the Praise and Worship Center.  Both priests have consistently refused to comply with explicit directions by Bishop Olmsted to discontinue engaging in public ministry. The excommunications were incurred after repeated offers of reconciliation were ignored.  The decree of excommunication by Bishop Olmsted declares the censure that Fushek and Dippre, as ordained priests, have brought upon themselves.  The purpose of these sanctions is to reconcile both men with the Catholic Church and to preserve the integrity and unity of the Diocese.

As excommunicated priests, Fushek and Dippre cannot participate in the celebration of the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist or in any other ceremonies of worship.  They are also prohibited from celebrating or receiving any of the sacraments.  In addition, they forfeit the benefits of dignity, office, or any function that they had previously acquired in the Catholic Church.

(
Diocese of Phoenix)

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