Bend, OR -

A Roman Catholic priest is appealing his bishop's decision to remove him from his post as pastor of a Bend church.

The Bend Bulletin reports that the Rev. James Radloff was removed on Oct. 1.

Bishop Liam Cary of the Diocese of Baker didn't explain the removal in a public statement he issued at the time

But in a letter to members of the congregation, Cary said Radloff had circulated a petition protesting the bishop's decision to transfer another priest from St. Francis. Cary called that a serious error of judgment.

An Idaho priest advising Radloff says the appeal went to the Congregation for Clergy. The Rev. Tom Faucher says the Vatican body consists of clergy and laypeople appointed by the pope.