I know of several cases where a diocese has left a parish priest high and dry in the face of the disruptive activities of some of the congregation. In one case, the diocesan bishop has even licensed an alternative monthly service in the village hall to satisfy the rebellious elements, while the vicar carries on with the official services in the parish church.
The church would have much greater success in attracting the right people to the priesthood if dioceses were to show they can back existing parish priests in carrying out their ministry.
S J DELANY
Alton, HampshireReuse content