Page 5, 6th February 1970

6th February 1970
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Page 5, 6th February 1970 — Former priests

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Former priests

Keywords: Religion / Belief

ME. P. AVERY writes • (January 23) that we should show love to priests whom the Church has dispensed, and allowed to live as laymen. Further, to my considerable surprise, he finds that my recommendation of practical sympathy in these cases is cold and legalistic. Although I think he has misunderstood me, incase the fault is mine rather than his, I offer the following points by way of clarification.

First, 'if it is true that the Vatican is now granting dispensations more readily than formerly, this seems to me to be excellent.

Second, I am extremely happy about initiatives, like that recently explained by Norman St. John-Stcvas, to assist generously in the resettlement of former priests and nuns. Even if bishops and religious superiors already often make provision for this, it is quite understandable that a laicised priest may prefer to seek help from an unofficial orga nisation.

(Fr.) John Symon Drygrange, Melrose.

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