St Joseph's church priest to leave post after petition fails
Move is 'to ensure church does not suffer fallout from argument'
A veteran priest embroiled in a public spat with the Catholic Church leadership here over a $1.2 million restoration project said he will leave his post as instructed.
Reverend Michael Teo, who is in charge of St Joseph's Church in Victoria Street, announced his decision in a statement on Saturday after a petition to review his case was turned down by the Archbishop's Office here.
But Father Teo said he will appeal to Rome, the heart of Catholicism, against the order by Archbishop William Goh.
The 76-year-old said he was given marching orders after he made a police report questioning the stated cost of the project to restore century-old stained glass panels at the church, which is a national monument.