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Cafe Camino gone and Pastoral Centre staff at Gillis facing redundancy.

It's been announced that Cafe Camino next to St Mary's Cathedral is to close. Just before one of the busiest times for tourists in Edinburgh it's been decided to close the popular cafe for financial reasons. Now the Pastoral Centre at the Gillis complex is to lose the staff responsible for pastoral resources such as Sacramental Preparation and Adult Formation, Marriage and the Family, Justice and Peace and Youth Ministry. All these responsibilities will fall back on individual parishes or clusters of parishes to be overseen by respective priests named Vicars Episcopal.

The archdiocese is currently in the middle of a comprehensive reorganisation of its parish structures due to its shortage of priests. It is recognised that priests are already overstretched in their pastoral duties as fewer and fewer of them are expected to offer the same pastoral provision. Given this situation, some people are puzzled by the decision to shut down a valuable pastoral resource and further burden the priests. In addition, the decision has been taken without consulting the people of the archdiocese at large.

There is a petition calling on the archbishop for a much wider consultation on these actions. If you would like to sign it here is the link:

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