HARTFORD, Conn. — A Roman Catholic priest whose policies prompted a protest by 1,000 of his parishioners was publicly reprimanded today by his archbishop and ordered to make reforms.
Archbishop John F. Whealon said the censure of Father Paul P. Wysocki of Sacred Heart Church in New Britain was apparently the first public reprimand ever in the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Parishioners demonstrated outside the church on Aug. 9 to protest the dismissal of an assistant priest, forcing the priest to cancel Masses that Sunday.
Whealon said the problems were severe enough for him to order the formation of a finance council and a parish council to be made up of parishioners to help run Sacred Heart. Wysocki agreed to stay at the parish and make the changes, the bishop said.