A Sheffield Priest has spoken for the first time of his terror after receiving an anonymous threat to his life. Just two days after re-locating the votive candle stand from under a statue of St Francis to under a statue of Mary, Fr Johann Von Rothenberg found the following note on his doorstep.
‘Give the candle stand back to St Francis or you will be knifed as you sleep’
‘I daren’t be in the house alone’ said the petrified Presbyter. ‘I was going to move the flower arrangement a bit and shift the Paschal Candle to the other side but not now. I’m like a stranger in my own parish’
Nonagenarian parishioner Mable Dribblethwaite commented from behind her Zimmer frame ‘Well, it has been there since before the war. Fr Johann is a bit Marian for my tastes. If he makes us do the Angelus before Mass one more time I’ll knife him myself.’
The matter has been referred to local police.