A SHARP REBUKE was dealt out last week to Mr Tony 0-Driscoll. parishioner of the "doomed" parish of St Francis Xavier. Liverpool. by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, Monsignor Dunne.
It followed the publication the Daily Post. of a letter written by Mr 0' Driscoll criticising the Archbishop Derek Worlock.
In his letter. Mr O'Driscoll said that parishioners had not been consulted about the proposed demolition of the church and had not been asked if they wanted to start an appeal fund to save the building. He also said: "Some priests seem to have one aim in life and that is to destroy our churches either by demolition or to alter the interiors to make them unrecognizable".
Mr O'Driscoll was told by Mgr Dunne "Your slighting remarks about the Archbishop in your letter were in extremely bad taste and your comments about the priests serving the friary, most offensive".
He was also told that it is "not suitable" for him to continue taking weekly petitions at the friary, a parish task he has carried out during the last 12 months.
St Francis Xavier's population has fallen from 13,500 to 1,500 and the maintenance and repair of its church is beyond the means of the declining number of parishioners.