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The Vatican today reports a 15 million Euro deficit in its accounts. This of course, is one of the by-products of losing so many people who have left the practice of their faith.

It is likely that many parishes and diocese in the UK and elsewhere are facing similar problems and this coupled with the shortage of priests means that parishes will have to amalgamate and church buildings either moth-balled or sold off.

When that happens, there will be fewer places for lapsed Catholics or those seeking God to actually find their faith. That is one of the reasons that a presence on the internet is so important, as Brandon Vogt says in his book ‘The Church and the New Media’.

Catholics must pray that the Holy Spirit will find a solution to the problems the Church faces world-wide and trust in God. It is after all HIS Church not ours!