Page 4, 23rd September 1966

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Page 4, 23rd September 1966 — A worker-priest in London

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People: Guy de Fatto
Locations: Paris, London


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A worker-priest in London

"-FIRST the other employees were astonished when they saw me getting down to work. but when they got used to it they were gratified," Fr. Guy de Fatto told me this week just before he returned to France. He has been washing dishes in a London hotel and from his experience he has formed some ideas on how a worker-priest like himself might best help his fellow workers.

"Firstly, many of them find it difficult to get to Mass because of the irregular hours they work," he said. "A priest on the staff would mean that Mass could be said on the premises."

Fr. de Fatto thinks that a priest could help a good deal by organising leisure and trade union activities. "After work the great enemy is boredom. T enjoyed going out in the evenings with these young people. and the atmosphere was so natural and relaxed that we were able to talk about everything—even God—without embarrassment."

He thinks that many hotel workers are completely ignorant about the laws and customs of the country they are working in. "And a priest can help his colleagues stick up for themselves and demand their rights. He should help them join a trade union. Many I asked about trade unions just looked blank: "We don't know about these things", they said. Now Fr, de Fatto returns to France to work among the musicians and artists of Paris.

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