MARYSVILLE, Wash.—Members of St. Mary’s Catholic church in Marysville hit the pavement in protest outside of St. James Cathedral in Seattle on Sunday after learning their beloved priest was asked to leave their parish.
The Archdiocese of Seattle asked Father Dwight Lewis to leave St. Mary’s after finding financial and personnel practices that they called “significantly at odds” with church policies.
Some church members said they were kept in the dark and did not think Father Dwight did anything wrong.
“The diocese won’t meet with us and tell us why Father Dwight is gone. Why? What did he do?” said parishioner Scott Jenkins.
“They just do what they can do, without explaining to us. That’s so unfair. That’s number one. Number two, we want Father Dwight back. If they can’t really prove that he did something wrong, then why whisk him away?” said another parishioner.
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