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Norway cleric slams council proposals. A priest in Drammen has protested municipal plans to make the municipality ‘religion-neutral’, reports say. Council officials propose a variety of measures, arguing many of the town’s churches are rarely used. Their suggestions include reducing the number of churches to save maintenance money, transferring responsibility for funerals from churches to the municipality, and making locales inter-faith with other religions. Christian newspaper Vårt Land reports the proposal has not gone down well with local priest Øystein Magelssen, however, who wrote to the city council committee suggesting the move is illegal.

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Norway cleric slams council proposals

Published on Friday, 10th February, 2012 at 13:31 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last Updated on 10th February 2012 at 15:34.

A priest in Drammen has protested municipal plans to make the municipality ‘religion-neutral’, reports say.

Konnerud church, Drammen (illus. ph.)
Konnerud church, Drammen (illus. ph.)
Photo: Kremle/Wikimedia Commons


Council officials propose a variety of measures, arguing many of the town’s churches are rarely used. Their suggestions include reducing the number of churches to save maintenance money, transferring responsibility for funerals from churches to the municipality, and making locales inter-faith with other religions.

Christian newspaper Vårt Land reports the proposal has not gone down well with local priest Øystein Magelssen, however, who wrote to the city council committee suggesting the move is illegal.

“I am extremely surprised by this. Do Drammen council politicians wish the administration to assume political responsibility completely single-handedly? Several of these proposals will never be adopted because they breach church law. This shows a lack of understanding of today's church system and municipal obligations.”

Joint Parish Council leader Dagfinn Hodt shares the priest’s reservations about burial ceremonies not becoming municipal reponsibility.

“I think it will arouse opposition amongst people. It is a tradition, and people expect the church takes care of funerals and cemeteries,” he said.

Meanwhile, more than 20 percent of Drammen’s residents have an immigrant background. 67 percent of its inhabitants are registered members of the state church, against a national average of 79 percent.

Municipal director Kari Høyer declared, “Drammen is a diverse and multicultural place and we would like to offer a good service to everyone.”



Published on Friday, 10th February, 2012 at 13:31 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last updated on 10th February 2012 at 15:34.

This post has the following tags: drammencouncilinter-faithproposals, immigrantsdrammen.





  
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