74-year-old Adelaide priest bound, robbed

Police are hunting thieves who forced an Adelaide parish priest, Fr Michael Doherty, to open the safe at his church in suburban Virginia north of the city last Sunday, taking items including a chalice before fleeing in the priest's car.

Two men who tied up a priest while robbing his church have been described as gutless by police, The Australian reports.

Fr Doherty was bound as the thieves stole items including a chalice from Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Adelaide.

"I think it's a gutless act on behalf of these two offenders and they've picked on one of the most vulnerable types of people in our community," SA Police Detective Acting Sergeant Mark Atkinson told ABC Radio.

The Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, said he was saddened by the robbery, which would have been a "terrible ordeal" for Fr Doherty.

The priest was watching television about 9.40pm on Sunday when the offenders entered his house and forced him to open the safe in the adjacent church.

Fr Doherty was bound with tape before the thieves stole the priest's car and fled.

He was not injured and reported the robbery to police yesterday.

Thieves bind and rob 74-year-old priest (The Australian, 11/7/07)

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Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Adelaide
Adelaide Archdiocese

Police seek man over Melbourne priest bashing (CathNews, 10/1/07)
Country priest's kidnap ordeal (CathNews, 11/4/06)
Priest beats up would-be robbers (CathNews, 28/6/04)

11 Jul 2007