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Dioceses face up to having fewer priests

02 January 2014 | by Christopher Lamb | Comments: 0

At least four churches have been closed in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and the Bishop of Northampton has disclosed that he is struggling to provide a resident priest for every parish.In both cases bishops are making changes to take account of the falling number of priests. The Archdiocese of Birmingham has said the diocese is closing churches where the “future is not sustainable”. Announcing the start of a consultation on the future organisation of the diocese, the Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, wrote in 2012 he could not guarantee a resident priest for each parish. Figures given at that time by the diocese said it had 224 parishes with 350 active priests and 17 seminarians. A spokeswoman for the diocese of Birmingham said that there were 200 parish churches wit ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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