Father Rafael Partida, episcopal vicar for the Riverside region of the San Bernadino diocese, appeared on a June 19 Facebook video in a message to the parishioners of San Secondo d”Asti in Guasti.

Father Partida read a letter from San Bernadino Bishop Alberto Rojas on the departure of Norbertine Father Francis Gloudeman.

“Father Gloudeman has been recalled by his superiors to a time of prayer and reflection…. Father Gloudeman’s faculties to say public Mass in the Diocese of San Bernadino were withdrawn after careful review under canon law…

“Father Gloudeman made an unfortunate decision to give a homily on May 23 in which he used false claims to criticize our Holy Father, Bishop emeritus Gerald Barnes, and me….”

Father Partida: “The statement Bishop Rojas signed his name to was not a statement promoting homosexuality but was a statement regarding bullying….”