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Neo-Cardinal Choosing Priesthood: „Oh, Hell No!“

“My path to the priesthood is a little bit weird,“ Brunei Neo-Cardinal Cornelius Sim told (November 16), „I never wanted to be a priest. I kind of got hijacked into this job.”

Sim’s grandparents were the first Catholics in his village. After a very Catholic youth Sim grew distant from the Church.

He studied engineering in Dundee/Scotland and worked in Brunei. His father’s sudden death threw him into a crisis. He worked in Europe for a few years, but eventually returned feeling let down.

His parish priest convinced him to come back to church. Sim got involved in a charismatic group and went to study at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, „People think Steubenville is all flaky“ but there he received a „solid underpinning.“

When he came back to Brunei, a priest asked Sim to become a priest himself. Sim answered, „Oh, hell no!“

There are around 20,000 Catholics in Brunei.

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P. O'B
There's a parish in my archdiocese with more members than that.