LI pastor criticizes possible diocese job cuts

A Medford pastor has publicly criticized the Diocese of Rockville Centre's plan to lay off about 1,800 employees.

Rev. Edward Kealey, of St. Sylvester's, wrote a letter to the bishop about the plan, which calls for the consolidation of administrative services in all parishes and would offer buyouts to about 1,800 employees.

Kealey detailed some of his letter at Mass last Sunday, which said "Our mission is not to hoard wealth, but to invigorate conviction."

Some parishioners say they were proud of Kealey for speaking his mind, but fear the diocese may reassign him to another parish based on his actions.

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