Immovable Polish priest in Germany suspended

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9 January 2007, Trier, Germany (dpa) - A Polish Catholic clergyman on loan to Germany has been suspended from his priestly duties because he refuses to move out of a presbytery and go home, a spokesman for the German archdiocese of Trier said Monday. The priest had been ordered home to the diocese of Lublin in Poland after six years helping make up for a shortage of priests in Germany. A German priest took over church services last year, but the Pole, 42, simply stayed on in his priestly residence. On Octo

9 January 2007

Trier, Germany (dpa) - A Polish Catholic clergyman on loan to Germany has been suspended from his priestly duties because he refuses to move out of a presbytery and go home, a spokesman for the German archdiocese of Trier said Monday.

The priest had been ordered home to the diocese of Lublin in Poland after six years helping make up for a shortage of priests in Germany. A German priest took over church services last year, but the Pole, 42, simply stayed on in his priestly residence.

On October 30, church authorities began court action to evict him from the Catholic Church's house in the small town of Schoenecken as a trespasser. The case is to be heard in February.

Spokesman Stephan Kronenburg said it was the first time Trier archdiocese had ever withdrawn a priest's license for refusing to move on.

Poland is one of the only European nations with a surplus of Catholic priests and regularly lends them to its western neighbours. In Germany, vocations to the priesthood have dwindled to a trickle.

Father Karl Kneissl, dean of the region, said last year he believed the Polish priest did not want to return to a lower stipend in the Polish diocese of Lublin, south of Warsaw.

DPA

Subject: German news

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