Priest’s anniversary celebration cancelled
A CATHOLIC priest who reportedly groped women while on holiday in Rome will not celebrate his 40th anniversary as a clergyman this week.
Father Peter Slocombe, parish priest at St Joseph Church in Tewkesbury, allegedly punched and kicked the officers in the face on Monday, September 17.
The priest, 72, was charged with sexual assault and resisting arrest, the Sun reports.
He was sentenced at a Rome court to house arrest for two years and eight months.
A Clifton Diocese spokesman said today it has been in contact with “officials at the British Embassy and various other people in Rome who are actively helping us in supporting Father Peter Slocombe”.
He added: “The celebration planned for later this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Father Peter’s ordination has been postponed.”
In the struggle with police, he reportedly shouted: “I’m a man of the cloth.”
One of the police officer’s nose was broken, and both of them had cuts and bruises.
They called for back-up before putting Father Slocombe in a squad car at Rome’s main train station.
Two women in their 40s told police that he had groped them on the bottom and chest.
He ran away after they pointed him out and was chased by police for several minutes before he threw blows at them.
Father Slocombe was ordered to remain at a Catholic college there and pay almost £4,500 compensation to the police officers.
His lawyer Lina Carideo told The Sun he denies the charges and will appeal.
In last week’s Echo the article regarding Father Peter Slocombe incorrectly referred to him as Catholic chaplain at the University of Gloucestershire. Father Slocombe is in fact an associate volunteer chaplain at the university. We’re happy to make this clear.