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69 priests resign posts in Indonesian diocese

June 16, 2017

Accusing their bishop of embezzling funds and having an affair, 69 of the 167 priests in the Diocese of Ruteng, Indonesia, have resigned from their diocesan and parish posts.

Bishop Hubertus Leteng has denied the allegations, according to UCA News.

Father Martin Chen, the priests’ spokesman, said that the priests “demand renewal in pastoral work as well as in Church and financial management.”


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  • Posted by: Elan - Jun. 18, 2017 10:33 PM ET USA

    This is not what they should do. Afterall, isn't this protestantism? The answer is never a protest in the Catholic Church. It is holiness with all the virtues that entails.

  • Posted by: wsfinkeva4309 - Jun. 16, 2017 10:35 PM ET USA

    Of course this is the right answer, because leaving the people that you are supposed to care for behind as you resign from your post is exactly how to protect them. Oh, wait- if the shepherd isn't there, how can the flock be led or protected?

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 16, 2017 6:59 PM ET USA

    I guess the Pope can't threaten to remove them from their offices. He will have to come up with something else this time.

  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Jun. 16, 2017 12:57 PM ET USA

    Wow that is a whole bunch of priests! Make the shepherd accountable? If this catches on, we could be on to something.