Anger over Portsmouth redundancies7 March 2013
A parish priest and a lay theologian have expressed concern over the plan by the Diocese of Portsmouth to make seven lay staff redundant.
Last week the diocese said the role of head of the Department for Pastoral Formation and advisers on catechesis and adult formation were to be axed to meet a projected £500,000 shortfall, and that the restructuring will aid the new evangelisation.
In his parish newsletter, Fr Sean Tobin of the Churches of Our Lady, Fleet, with Holy Trinity Church, Crookham, Berkshire, paid tribute to the Pastoral Formation department for "enabling parishioners to explore and grow in faith" and called for prayers for those losing their jobs.
Lay theologian, Dr Keith Chappell, a lecturer at the Maryvale Institute, has withdrawn in protest from giving two talks in a series about Vatican II organised by pastoral areas in the diocese.
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