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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 June, 2004, 13:21 GMT 14:21 UK
Church considers building selling
Cross beside church
The use of church buildings is to be rationalised
The Catholic Church in Jersey is considering selling off some of its churches because it has fewer priests and workers on the island.

The church has reduced the number of its parishes after some members of religious orders that ran them left.

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Reverend Crispin Hollis, said there was little point in keeping buildings that were not used.

However, he added that some buildings may merely have their use changed.

He said: "Some of them we'll use; others that we don't need, we won't.

"We will rationalise what use we make of them. They may be sold or may be used for something else.

"But we're not going to keep churches open for the sake of keeping churches open because it simply divides the energy of the priest."




SEE ALSO:
Funds sought to move statue
18 Jan 04  |  Jersey
Catholic chapels to shut
03 Jun 03  |  Europe


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