A priest who is a friend of Corrie's family. Corrie tries to get the priest to protect a Jewish mother and her baby by taking them into his home, which is in an isolated spot that will ensure the baby's crying isn't heard. However, the clergyman criticizes Corrie for endangering her own family by harboring the mother and baby, and refuses to take the baby. The clergyman's refusal both highlights Corrie and her family's own courage and morality, and also implies the way that the Church failed in this test.
Clergyman Character Timeline in The Hiding Place
The timeline below shows where the character Clergyman appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...especially dangerous fugitive, as it’s impossible to control the baby’s crying. The next morning, a clergyman and friend of the family visits the shop by chance and Corrie thinks she’s found... (full context)