Page 6, 11th November 1938

11th November 1938
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Page 6, 11th November 1938 — An Apo'ogy To Fr. Foster And Fr. Bates

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Locations: Manchester, Fr, Failsworth


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An Apo'ogy To Fr. Foster And Fr. Bates

The CATHOLIC HERALD unreservedly apologises to Fr. J. E. Foster, Parish Priest of the Immaculate Conception, Failsworth, Manchester, and Fr, P. Bates, his curate, for giving publicity to the views of " Outdoor Collector," Failsworth, Manchester. In the latter's letter it was stated that " his house has not been visited for 13 months," and " all the forty homes from which he collects arc always asking when the priest is coming." We have received a large number of letters bearing the highest testimony to the devotedness and work of these two priests, and an authoritative denial that there is any truth in the allegations themselves.

The letter would not have been published, even in the course of an important correspondence on a matter which is almost entirely " news" to Catholics in the South of England, had it not been for the fact that the writer was officially employed as an outdoor collector by the parish, and therefore not apparently an irresponsible person.

The incident has at least enabled us to pay proper tribute to two devoted priests of whom all speak highly and with one voice.—EDITOR.

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