So the following are interesting questions:
- Who will replace Fr Phillips? The OCSP has a limited pool of priests young enough credibly to replace Fr Phillips who could easily be relocated. The stock of Fr Phillips's chief protégé, Fr Bartus, has probably gone down, unless Bp Lopes wants to continue a regime of playing favorites and encouraging cliques. Parties familiar with the situation are suggesting candidates from outside the OCSP, or in the OCSP but currently without parishes, could be in the running.
- What will happen to the Phillips rectory? A former OLA rectory is currently leased to the Poor Clare sisters, and while the arrangements aren't precisely known, it may not be possible to move them out for the new pastor. This suggests that, in order to bring in a replacement for Fr Phillips some time next year (indeed, an announcement of the replacement could occur as early as the start of Advent), it will probably be necessary to purchase the Phillips home from Fr Phillips fairly soon, or an awkward situation could develop.