Stabbed Melbourne priest out of hospital

Kaitlyn Offer and Luke Costin
Charge over Melbourne priest stabbing

A Melbourne priest who was slashed with a knife in front of 100 parishioners has been released from hospital.

A 72-year-old Fawkner man is accused of stabbing Tomy Kalathoor Mathew, 48, in the neck moments before he was due to give the 11am Italian-language mass on Sunday.

The priest was released from the Northern Hospital on Monday evening after being treated for a stab wound to the neck..

He was in a stable condition when taken to hospital on Sunday.

The man who allegedly stabbed him was released on bail and been taken to hospital for assessment, police say.

He was charged with intentionally and recklessly causing injury and is due to appear in the Broadmeadows Magistrates' Court on June 13.

The attack was described as "appalling" by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

"This is appalling behaviour and people should never be treated like this," Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman Shane Healy told AAP on Sunday.

"This fellow is doing wonderful work for his parishioners and this is really a blight on the great work that many, many Catholic priests are doing."