Priest ordered to leave partner of 46 years

According to the New Zealand Herald:

The Dutch Catholic Church has ordered an 81-year-old priest to leave his partner of 46 years or be forced to quit the priesthood, the Den Bosch diocese in the central Netherlands announced on Friday.

Jan Peijnenburg's relationship with Threes van Dijck, 85, was unacceptable to other priests, the Church said.

"We are giving him the choice: either he leaves his partner or he leaves the priesthood," diocese spokesman Michiel Savelsbergh told AFP.

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