From Catholic Church Conservation

Vatican calls time on progressive nuns

ABC video report.

They dance to "When the saints go marching in"- they ain't no saints in the progressive wing of the church.

What a tribute to Saint Jeanne Jugan that her order should be honoured so. The Little Sisters of the Poor remains faithful to it's Charism.

and then there is this...

Ah France, what the revolution has done to you...

It is not widely known in the US, where religious freedom and non-governmental interference in churches is a God given right, that all formerly church property is now owned by the French state.

Communist mayor offers church for sale on ebay

Controversy over God's house in France escalates...

Furniture, cars, a Ferris wheel. Everything possible is auctioned on ebay. Why not have a church? A French mayor has placed a house of God in the online shop, because it is in his are there are three churches but no priest anymore.

In the southern French department of Pyrenees Ariege the dispute escalates over the future of one of the three Catholic churches and chapels in the area of Massat. The communist mayor has now put the parish church up for sale on ebay, as French newspapers have reported. This followed several municipal decisions seeking to desecrate the chapel (!) and change its function into a cultural centre.

Dispute with the diocese

The competent diocese has rejected this requirement. Also, the prefect of the department rejected the proposal. The municipality argues that in Massat there are three churches, including the second largest in the department, but no more priests.

The cost for the upkeep of churches takes up more than one fifth of the municipal budget. The diocese, on the other hand, has warned against a dam being burst if the church is converted. All the experts of the diocese are of the opinion that it should be kept in use.

Cathcon: the French municipality owns French churches, not the Church herself. Often it has been the communist mayors who have been most sympathetic to traditional Catholics. The "mainstream" church would prefer a disco or night club rather than a Latin Mass.

The above post was originally in German.


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