Letter: Foreign-born priests hard to decipher

Bishop William Murphy leads the ceremony to install

Bishop William Murphy leads the ceremony to install diocesan co-chancellor Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski as the first immigrant to serve as auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre at St. Agnes Cathedral on March 15, 2014. Zglejszewski already had risen high in the diocesan hierarchy, serving as co-chancellor. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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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


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