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Sunday, April 24, 2016

SPRINGTIME UPDATE: One third of All Catholic Churches in North Wales to Close

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sprintime superThis just in from the Catholic Herald: "The Bishop of Wrexham, announcing the closure of 22 churches by 2020, says some changes will begin 'within weeks'

"The Bishop of Wrexham has said that the closure of 22 churches across his diocese is a “huge opportunity for renewal”.

"In a pastoral letter to the diocese, Bishop Peter Brignall announced that he plans to shut 22 out of the current 62 Catholic churches by 2020.

"He wrote: “To some it will be shocking, to others not radical enough; to some it will come as a relief, to others a disappointment or even a scandal; to us all it will be a challenge, but I firmly believe also a huge opportunity for renewal.

“It will mean pastors and communities will have to look afresh at how we live parish life, how the Catholic Church in north Wales is profoundly missionary.” FULL REPORT HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: Ah, springtime. Isn't it wonderful? “On present calculations," noted His Excellency, "by 2020 the number of under-retirement-age priests will be 22..."

That's fabulous. And a few years after that, there won't be any priests at all left in Wales. And just imagine what an awesome opportunity for renewal THAT will be!

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