Top Catholic Diocese Official in Tennessee Resigns
MEMPHIS, TN – July 5, 2018
Only a few days after a fact-finding mission arrived in Memphis, Tennessee to examine the actions of Bishop Martin Holley, the key leader of the Catholic diocese in the city, Clement Machado, the second-highest ranking official in the Memphis Diocese, announced his resignation from the position of vicar general.
The official version released by the Diocese is that Machado tendered his resignation so that he could finish his studies and get a degree in Canon Law, but the non-publicity of the results of the investigation have given rise to a number of rumors.
One of these rumors connects the resignation of Machado with corruption, resulting in Machado's elevation to the rank of vicar general ahead of many other priests in the diocese, some of whom have been serving for many years longer than him. Father Jim Danner, a retired Memphis-area priest, says “This sort of investigation is a big deal. On a scale of one to ten, this is an eleven.”