NM priest kicked out of Jesuits order

January 8, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A priest who was removed from New Mexico following prayer vigils outside of Los Alamos National Laboratory has been kicked out of the Jesuits order.

John Dear said Tuesday in a National Catholic [auth] Reporter column that he and the Society of Jesus clashed over his peace activism and philosophical disagreements.

Dear says Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan removed him from his priestly faculties three years ago after his prayer vigils outside Los Alamos. Dear says he was ordered to leave New Mexico for Baltimore, and later was encouraged to leave the society.

Dear has since returned to New Mexico but doesn’t have an assignment.

The Very Rev. James Shea, provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, told The Associated Press that Dear was dismissed last month after an “extended period of dialogue” regarding his ministerial assignment.

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