Thursday, July 26, 2007

St Walburge’s, Preston, to close

Protests, please, to Bishop O’Donoghue of Lancaster. This fine church, the pride of Catholic Lancashire, is of national significance.

From 'The Citizen' (Preston local paper), in part: Councillor Margaret McManus is spearheading the campaign. She condemned the proposals by the Lancaster Diocese, which could see 10 Preston churches close over the next decade.

The councillor, who represents Sharoe Green, has attended St Walburge's Church, Pedder Street, Ashton, for 30 years.

She said: "St Walburge's is the gem of the churches in Preston and we should be thinking about giving it cathedral status rather than closing it.

"It's a sin to close any church, this is our heritage. The people of Preston built and paid for these churches. "It isn't our fault that the diocese hasn't used their funds efficiently enough."

For the full story see here.

Hat-tip to Holy Smoke (Damian Thompson), where more commentary can be found.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen