Bishop Tobin rescinds Fr. Silva’s appointment as assistant pastor after request

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE) — The head of the Providence Diocese has rescinded a local priest’s appointment to a Narragansett parish.

Bishop Thomas Tobin said he received a request Friday from Fr. Eric Silva.

“It is with a heavy heart that I realize my presence there will only hurt the parish and cause division amongst the good people of God,” Silva said in a statement. “Retains the priestly faculties of the Diocese of Providence, he will not be receiving a new assignment at the present time.

Silva was scheduled to be appointed pastor at St. Thomas More Parish on Aug. 15, after he was placed on administrative leave from St. Luke’s in Barrington back in February.

“While Father Silva retains the priestly faculties of the Diocese of Providence, he will not be receiving a new assignment at the present time,” said the diocese.

Parents raised concern about questions Silva asked to religious students during confessions at a church in Cranston.

 

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