Priest who had sham civil union with man returns to ministry

A British Catholic priest who entered into a sham civil partnership with another man has been allowed to return to ministry.

Fr Donald Minchew, who joined the Catholic Church through the ordinariate structure in 2012, went into a civil partnership with a Pakistani friend in 2008 to help him get a passport.

When this was revealed, the priest was suspended from public ministry.

But now he has been allowed to return to his duties in Croydon after much prayer and discussion.

The priest faced prosecution for assisting unlawful immigration – but said he had been assured that the authorities “do not want to take it further”.

The priest also said his civil partnership with the man – who reportedly has a wife – has been dissolved.

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