Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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There is also a need for buildings like St Mel’s to have a proper board of management, with access to expert (but disinterested) advice on issues of management and maintenance. If the fire was due to a poorly-maintained boiler, then that is as criminal as arson.
That is a touch simplistic; look at some of the issues the church has to deal with; falling congregations, recession eating into parishioner dues, the costs of supporting an aging congregation, rising energy prices, maintenance costs a multiple of what they were a couple of decades ago. Even with the best oversight in place you can only manage the funds you have at your disposal.
A truely sad loss but should the issue not be getting the parishioners of the wider archdioses and local government to salvage as much as is possible?
Sadly one fears that as long as the funding situation for the church deteriorates the chances are this will happen again unless the true architectural value of these sites is recognised as being of national importance and not purely the responsibility of the church that created them.