Oakland, Calif., Feb 6, 2009 / 04:21 am
The Diocese of Oakland has responded to a Catholic newspaper’s report alleging that the new interim administrator for the Diocese once allowed homosexual “marriages” at his parish, calling the report one-sided and inaccurate.
Following the appointment of former Bishop of Oakland Allen Vigneron to the Archbishopric of Detroit, Fr. Dan Danielson, was appointed Diocesan Administrator.
In a prepared statement in the Diocese of Oakland publication “Administrative Weekly,” the priest said he becomes administrator “with surprise and hope” while those in the diocese “prayerfully await a new bishop to be appointed.”
"This interim period could last a few months or as much as a year. We do not know. In the meantime, I will do my best to keep flourishing the wonderful ministries that are active in this Diocese,” Fr. Danielson wrote.
“This is all new to me so I count very much on your prayerful support and your honest feedback,” his statement continued. Noting that in his position he cannot begin any new diocesan initiatives, he said “please let me know how I can help you and support you in your ministry. Together we can keep our wonderful diocese functioning smoothly and be able to present to our new bishop, when he comes, a well-managed home.”