C of E bishop warns of church closures due to Covid financial losses

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The pace of church closures could accelerate as a result of financial losses caused by the pandemic, a senior Church of England bishop has said, with Victorian urban buildings most at risk.

The closure of uneconomic church buildings, early retirement for clergy, and a restructuring of the C of E’s 42 dioceses could all be on the cards, said David Walker, the bishop of Manchester.