I can't believe that the Diocese of Rockville Centre could claim there isn't a priest shortage on Long Island ["Unbalanced report on 'priest shortage'," Letters, Aug. 8]. If there is no shortage, why did the church have 125 foreign-born priests working on Long Island?

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The foreign-born priests, although very nice, cannot be understood by many of the parishioners because of their accents. This is alienating for many Catholics.

Charles Funk, Mount Sinai