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Bishop Lennon suspends Cleveland priest

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

It's a shocking twist in the Cleveland church closings and reopening.

A priest is now in trouble with the Catholic church.

When the Cleveland Catholic Diocese shut down St. Peter's Church in 2009, Father Robert Marrone worshipped with his congregation at a non-sanctioned location on Euclid Avenue. At the new location, Father Marrone carried out baptisms, communion services and worships. 

Bishop Richard Lennon recently told Father Marrone to come back to the Catholic Diocese or he would be suspended. "The request was simply to reconcile.  It was a breakaway church.  They decided to leave the Catholic church and to form his own church," says Robert Tayek with Cleveland Catholic Diocese.

Now, Father Marrone has sent a letter to community followers saying Bishop Lennon gave him a seven day notice to stop, or he would be suspended.

Father Marrone told the Catholic Diocese he's not going anywhere, which resulted in a suspension.

Father Marrone tells 19 Action News that he'll meet with his congregation on Monday. Until then, he has no comment.

Click HERE to read the entire letter.

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