“They must visit and speak to the people in Wales, they must study the figures and look at the facts and avoid going down the same disastrous road if they do not wish to kill local community spirit and personal relationships, dry up donations and see church closures and sales which proclaim loud and clear their failure to keep the flame of Christianity alive.”
So, the ‘secrets of our success?’ In summary, a lot of good luck, excellent priests, a close relationship with our neighbouring parish, a priest living in the centre of that parish and overall the sense that we remain in charge of our own destiny rather than being absorbed and diluted within a much larger benefice.
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“THE depth of anger expressed in recent responses to the so-called “Church Closers’ Charter” — the now infamous GS2222 — reflects a widening culture gap not only between diocese and parish, but also between urban and rural church life.”
In total, 1686 responses were received with most — 1495 — sent by individuals. Of
these, the vast majority were lay people, generally regular churchgoers, PCC
members, churchwardens, and volunteers. Most raised “signi#cant concerns”,
In most cases, PCC amalgamations should be resisted – by politely saying ‘no thank you’ and staying firm, even under pressure to change. Reason: the PCC is the legal entity, and there are no better guardians of a particular church than the local people who attend it and live near it.
“The number of worshippers will only grow if the Church recovers its understanding of its central purpose.”
WE require a wider purpose and a broader vision. A rethinking of cura
animarum — the cure of souls — provides a good foundation. Although it has an
ancient and archaic ring, it is a surprisingly contemporary idea. Its origins are
Roman and about authority in a particular place; but its expression comes from the
Saxon idea of the Church’s underpinning the formation of the nation, as a function
of the spiritual, moral, and material welfare of the people.
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“As the Civil Service, the NHS, and the Home Office, the first response to any problem is to recruit more bureaucrats. So, over the past 30 years, we have seen diocesan bureaucracies increase drastically, while the number of parish priests has fallen.”