WO members of a Save the Children Fund medical team, Fr. Malachy Riddle, 36. and Mr. Jonathan Amhache, 23, have been killed in Nigeria. The men were driving along a hush track close to the Biafran lines in Federal-held territory when their vehicle ran over a land-mine. Fr. Riddle, who was attached to the Westminster diocese. was ordained priest last March in Rome. He gave up his post-ordination holiday so that he could serve in Nigeria and arrived in the country on July 10.
After completing his studies at the Reda College he returned to England in June and was told he would not he assigned a parish until the autumn. He then contacted the Save the Children Fund asking if he could be of any help, and within 24 hours arrived in Lagos.
A non-Catholic friend of Fr. Riddle. P.R.. writesin appreciation of him: All who knew him would agree that his gifts of energy, courage, gaiety and clear-mindedness were of a rare order. He was a remarkably true friend.
He believed that a mature faith did not stem from an unquestioning belief hut from a belief which had outfaced doubt.
He insisted that the paternalistic role of the priest needed updating. The traditional con cept of the priesthood not only encouraged the layman to assume a childlike and all too dependent role, but also cut the priest off from the "real" world and genuine contact with his people.