Brits are ‘stealing’ our African priests … and can’t understand ...


Brits are ‘stealing’ our African priests … and can’t understand them

It’s all about a priest shortage, but if only UK bishops would make like the Amazonians, one deacon urges

Gabriella Swerling

The Catholic Church has been accused of “robbing” Africa of its priests to tackle shortages in the UK, leaving British worshippers struggling to understand services in “poor English”.

The claims were made by the Rev Deacon Michael Phelan, a retired permanent deacon in the diocese of Northampton, who raised concerns amid what some have deemed an international shortage of Catholic priests.

In a letter to The Tablet, the Catholic weekly, he said: “At a time when this country is extremely short of priests it is disconcerting that our cardinal and bishops see it as a solution to rob dioceses in Africa and elsewhere of their equally scarce resources of priests...

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