Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Enlightened Diocese ?

What a surprise to see the following news item on the Diocese of St Gall (Switzerland) website. 
It concerns the situation of a priest Nicholas Popp who has fathered a child and has offered his resignation from active ministry. 
What strikes me is that the news is not only openly placed on the Diocesan website but that his bishop speaks sensitively and in support of his decision asking people not to judge him but be charitable towards him and the expectant mother of his child. 
I can’t think I’ve ever come across such charitable treatment of a priest in the UK.  They tend to ‘dissapear.’  The item can be found here, though it has been translated by google.

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