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Pope Francis weighs in on the decommissioning of churches

November 30, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: In a message to a conference organized by the Pontifical Council of Culture, the Pope said that when the number of clergy or faithful decline in an area, “decommissioning must not be first and only solution to be considered, nor must it be carried out with the scandal of the faithful. Should it become necessary, it should be inserted in the time of ordinary pastoral planning, be proceeded by adequate information, and be a shared decision, as far as possible.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 30, 2018 12:46 PM ET USA

    Instead of "decommissioning," a better solution would be to evangelize through a better Catholic school system. Make profitable use of the property; don't release it to the pagan culture.