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Some Dutch churches to skip Mass due to energy costs, priest shortage

September 02, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: “Finances cannot be a dominant factor, but we cannot ignore them either,” said spokesman for the Diocese of Roermond. “If you only have a handful of people each donating a euro, that’s not enough to cover the heating bill.”

“If there are churches with only a few visitors, we are saying: be practical and skip a week and ensure those people can follow Mass at another church,” he added.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 02, 2022 12:59 PM ET USA

    Here's an idea. Make the Mass of 1962 illegal, and thereby chase even more Catholics out of communion with the papacy. The spokesman is evidently describing the new diocesan method of evangelization. In Acts 5:39 we find: "But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God." It almost seems as if the Diocese of Roermond is being overthrown by a mysterious movement not of God.

  • Posted by: altoidnews7416 - Sep. 02, 2022 10:28 AM ET USA

    It sounds like the diocese has an energy shortage -- lack of prayers and supplications for vocations and revival of hearts.