The Catholic Diocese of Hildesheim will from next year due to the ever-falling church tax revenue close 80 churches. As an administrative template published on Friday shows, the Diocese will no longer provide financial support for another 86 churches. In the case of 56 buildings, there needs further clarification, it noted. The Diocese currently has 438 churches.
197 Catholic churches will be under any circumstances be kept, and also provided with funds for renovations. This especially applies to parish churches of merged parishes or pilgrimage churches.
The deaneries of the diocese will be consulted on the template until 1st October. After that, the final decision on closures will be made. The diocese had already announced in 2003, that it would further reduce its inventory of real estate for financial reasons. In the past few years, 13 churches have been closed and partially demolished.
Surely not the same Diocese as the Diocese of "Block Latin Mass at any cost" Hildesheim Yes, it is.