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Bishop Gumbleton Forced to Leave His Parish
    Thomas Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Pastor of St. Leo's in Detroit's inner city, and noted
    activist for peace and justice was forced to step down as pastor and to leave a parish he had served
    for over twenty years when the Vatican accepted his required offer of resignation as an active bishop
    when he reached the age of 75.

    See more on this story:  New York Times, NCR report,  video clip of Gumbleton's last sermon at St.
    Leo's, and Joan Chittister's Comments.
                                                                                                                                                   (2/4/07)
Arizona Bishops Deny Gumbleton Permission to Speak
Bishop Gumbleton was forced to withdraw from two scheduled talks,
one in Tucson and one in Phoenix, after the local bishops denied his
request for permission to speak in their dioceses.  Even though the
talks were not sponsored by the Church or on Church property,
Gumbleton is under a directive from the Papal Nuncio to have the local
bishop's permission to speak.  Both bishops claim that their objection
was to the local CTA's sponsorship, not to Bishop Gumbleton
personally.  See (
link) for details.

Bishop Gumbleton visited the Valley in 2005 and gave a talk under the
sponsorship of Holy Spirit Peace & Justice at St. John the Baptist
Parish in San Juan.  The Pastor at Holy Spirit Parish refused to allow
any publicity of Bishop Gumbleton's talk, even though Bishop Peña
had publicized it in the diocesan newsletter.                      
(2/7/07)
Bishop Tom Gumbleton, when he
visited the Valley in 2005
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