It was a cry for help; he was stranded in Spain and his wallet and passport had been stolen, could I send him some money pdq?
Because I only knew him a little I hesitated and contacted some friends who might have been higher up his contact list - they had heard nothing.
Suspecting a scam I checked with the priest and he was at home happily tucking into his supper.
No Spain, no stolen wallet or passport.
This morning I received another email from a well known priest friend, an Oratory Father.
He was in Manilla and was asking for some instant cash help.....here is 'his' message:-
I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. we had to be in Manila, Philippines for a program. The program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. we misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables we had. Now, our passport is in custody of the hotel management pending when we make payment.