As I understand it, Fr Shell handed the property over to laypersons before he died? If those people own the property, then they would choose the priest that works for them, no? When would an independent priest come and take over a chapel or church already run by others? Just trying to clarify…
Wrong! You wrote: When would an independent priest come and take over a chapel.
.. very strange choice of words... implies perhaps a lack of knowledge of priests in what they stand for before God. Fr. Perez & Fr. Starbuck didn't "take over the chapel." Their vows & commitment to God were to save your soul (if you are a member of OLHC) my soul and all the souls at OLHC. They do that by confessions, baptisms, anointing of the sick, Holy Mass with the Holy Communion. "The Board" should honor and revere the priest and respect his opinion (Fr. Perez when he was pastor all this time and with his passing (God bless him) should have given that place rightly to Fr. Starbuck. He has earned his logical place as pastor because he gave of himself for 15 years at OLHC. THERE IS A RUMOR THAT FR. PEREZ HANDED SOME "HAND WRITTEN" NOTE TO THE BOARD STATING THAT THE BOARD WOULD BE IN CHARGE. I DON'T BUY OR BELIEVE THAT. SHOW THE NOTE TO THE FAITHFUL!
In no way should it happen that this usurper who is here for a little under a year and expects to "take over", by undermining Fr. Starbuck and manipulating and coning his way to being pastor!
This is an insult to God's will because God gave his blessings to Fr. Starbuck just by the fact that he was "Our priest" who heard our confessions, baptized infants, change the bread into the Body of Christ for us for 15 years!
Ha! "The Board" What a Joke! "The Board" totally disrespected, betrayed, trashed, and dishonored Father's presence here who served for 15 years. Why? Just because Fr. wanted "Fr." Wiest to be properly VETTED! Like Judas who betrayed Christ, they turned on Father Starbuck literally overnight (threatening Fr. if he came on the chapel property again he would be arrested for trespassing literally DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. WHAT KIND OF CRUEL, EVIL BEINGS ARE THESE?) Why? Because Father gave a sermon telling the truth about "Fr. Wiest" not being vetted. When asked to show his drivers license because that's the law in California (when working with children an employee has an obligation to show it) HE REFUSED!
You wrote: "If those people own the property, then they would choose the priest that works for them, no? The answer is "NO!" That's how protestants operate NOT CATHOLICS! THE PRIEST HAS THE IMPRIMATUR TO LEAD FROM GOD... NOT THE LAYMAN!J
Sorry, I didn't mean to pounce on you... I just got caught up in the emotions and passions of the injustice to Ft. Starbuck. I might of gone off topic some. This is kinda long. O well...have a nice day and God bless you.