Austria's Vienna Archdiocese has defended its gifts of several Catholic Churches to Greek Orthodox Christian communities, as part of a current reorganization, the Catholic News website reports today (December 19, 2013).
"Our own church is receding in Vienna, whereas the other Christian confessions are on the rise because of immigration," Michael Pruller, the archdiocese spokesman, said.
"Many large churches were built in the 19th century for parishes numbering tens of thousands. As in other countries, we're now having to get rid of churches, which can't be maintained by their small congregations," Puller added.
No money is given by the Orthodox Christians to the Catholic Archdiocese for the churches.