A bishop says that a pilgrimage center to Scotland’s national shrine for Our Lady of Lourdes is closing because it lacks the support of the local community.
Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell made his remarks after around 5,000 people signed an online petition protesting last week’s announcement that the Pilgrimage Center at the Carfin Lourdes Grotto would close at the end of September. Toal said the diocese “must cut our coat according to our cloth,” and has been left with no choice, since the local church faces “a future of reduced numbers and modest incomes.”
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