I was looking through the list of appointments to a nearby parish and noticed that the Bishop is mixing things up, but not really changing much. Two parishes in a nearby city are linked, with two priests taking care of souls at both of them. They currently swap masses:
Here's an obfuscated version of the appointment:
- Rev. Fr. Zack Nelson, to parochial administrator, Saint Patrick Parish, Zanesville, per canon 539, from parochial vicar, Saint William Parish and Saint Patrick Parish, Zanesville.
- Rev. Fr. Mario VanVleck, from parochial administrator, Saint Patrick Parish, Zanesville, per canon 539, remaining as pastor, Saint William Parish, Zanesville.
So from what I can surmise they moved both priests from the arrangement where they worked both parishes and gave Fr. Zack a new title. But, it looks like St. Patrick Parish doesn't have a pastor in this arrangement (it is the smaller of the two parishes).
So what's the difference between the changes in status from parocial vicar to parochial administrator? And what does it mean that St. Patrick does not have an official pastor?