Singapore archbishop speaks out on dismissal of St Joseph's Church priest
The head of the Roman Catholic Church here has urged his flock to avoid speculation that might "cause more hurt" over the removal of a priest from his post.
In a letter to Catholics on Monday, Archbishop William Goh said the decision to remove Father Michael Teo as Rector of St Joseph's Church was taken after efforts to settle differences over a $1.2 million project to restore the church's stained glass failed.
However, more than 400 supporters have signed a petition urging him to revoke the decision.
Father Teo, 76, is due to be replaced by Reverend John Bosco Pereira next week for disobeying former archbishop Nicholas Chia's order in January to steer clear of the restoration project.