A report stating the Vatican has formulated a deal to force embattled Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen into retirement is "incorrect" and was leaked by an "uninformed and irresponsible party," an official in the Seattle archdiocese said. The Very Rev. Michael G. Ryan, vicar general and chancellor of the Seattle archdiocese, sent a letter to priests in the archdiocese urging them to "disregard the National Catholic Register article, because it is not only speculative, it is incorrect." Ryan's letter was the first formal denial of the article in the April 19 issue.
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