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Priests call for consultation before appointments


The National Council of Priests (NCP) is to study canon law on the appointment of bishops at the request of concerned priests in Victoria and NSW, following Archbishop George Pell's appointment to Sydney from Melbourne.

The Catholic Leader reports that the priests' concerns are also in relation to pending episcopal appointments in Melbourne, Wollongong and Wilcannia-Forbes.

NCP chairman Fr Denis Minogue, from Corio parish in Melbourne Archdiocese, said the Council is concerned about appointments without consultation.

"It seems there could be wider consultation with Christ's faithful," he said. "If you want people to work more wholeheartedly with you, you can't just be thrust upon them."

The NCP, which represents about 40% of Australia's priests, will discuss what canon law says at a meeting at the end of the month. It plans to take the matter to the Australian Bishops' Conference.

Catholic Leader

18-Apr-01