Next Wednesday, a reform group of priests will hold their annual general meeting, and top of the agenda is a wide variety of complaints received about the negative treatment of some priests by their bishops, including overwork, bullying, and denial of wages or accommodation.

A statement released by the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) highlighted a series of distressing complaints they have received from priests, the actions perpetrated by a small number of bishops and archbishops in the country.

One of the complaints is the experience of priests “whose bishops seem to believe that they have to dominate every encounter with their priests and who, if they ‘lose a battle’ with a priest, will later vindictively ensure that they will ‘win the war’.”

Another details the experiences of gay priests who, while are welcome to work in some dioceses, in others are refused permission.

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