The "Definitive" word?
Sort of a quasi-official response to all the rumors about the reassignment surgery in the St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese involving Fr. Altier by Dennis McGrath. (Very much towing the 'party-line'.) Although - truth be told, Elizabeth Schwaub would have the more accurate account of all the happenings - there is an email from her included in Mr. Abbott's piece.
My understanding is that Fr. Altier is doing very well in his new assignment, he has not been silenced in his ministry; he preaches and teaches and helps out at St. Augustine's in South St. Paul. He's getting new, decent vestments and appointments for his chapel at the hospital, and bringing the liturgy into line, and generously offering confessions. He's doing what he alawys has, serving tirelessly with devotion in this present assignment. He is a faithful, dedicated, and obedient priest. I know several pastors who would give their eyeteeth for such an assignment - parish life is "embattled" these days. Altier will not be in this position forever - remember how God let Elijah rest only for a short time under the broom tree, and then He sent him on to continue his mission? Fr. Altier will be back, just wait!