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Vienna archdiocese to cut parishes by 75 per cent

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (Photo: CNS)

Over the next decade the archdiocese will merge 660 parishes into 150, each one served by three to five priests

German bishops defend exclusion of Catholics who stop paying tax

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg

Archbishop says people who stop paying Church tax should not continue to receive sacraments

Belgian archbishop says he fears consequences of Church paying abuse victims

Archbishop Léonard pauses at a news conference earlier this year (CNS photo/Francois Lenoir, Reuters)

Archbishop Léonard tells commission that payments could also be demanded by unhappy children of same-sex parents

Dutch Church promises action on clerical abuse

Spokesman says ‘apologies are not enough’ after commission receives nearly 2,000 claims of clerical sexual abuse since 1945