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Church Cuts Bishops Where Muslims Outnumber Christians by Seven to One
A historic Church of England diocese where Muslims now outnumber Christians in many areas is to be scrapped under plans announced yesterday.

By Tim Ross
12/09/2010 UK (The Telegrpah)-In some parishes in the Diocese of Bradford, more than 70% of residents are Muslims, while just 10% are Anglicans.

A Church of England commission has now recommended that Bradford should be merged with the dioceses of Ripon and Leeds, and Wakefield to form one larger organisation.

If approved by the General Synod of the Church of England, the “radical and realistic” move would ultimately save the church money in salaries by cutting back on the number of full diocesan bishops in the area.

The proposals came after the Church reportedly had £1 billion wiped off its assets last year.

Dr Priscilla Chadwick, who chaired the review, said the plan was “mission-led and not finance-driven” although she acknowledged that “financial considerations cannot be ignored”.

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