If you’ve read this far, you may not be thinking of the fact that the Catholic Church in Australia has been forced to bless a hotel, hotel, condo, condominium, condo, hotel in a bid to make the accommodation available for its faithful members.
The ABC reported on Tuesday that the Church of England had cancelled the privilege for a hotel on Melbourne’s east coast, after the Government threatened to cancel a planned $5 million deal with the hotel chain.
“The decision was taken in consultation with the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference,” the Church’s national executive said in a statement.
“We have no further comment at this time.”
The Australian Government had agreed to give the hotel $5.4 million for the new development, which is located just outside the Gold Coast, but the company had refused to pay the money to the church.
“We believe the Church should be given the freedom to make decisions for its members,” the Catholic Bishop of Melbourne, Bishop Michael Collins, said.
“It is our view that the best use of this funding will be to make these projects a reality.”
The church has also threatened to pull its sponsorship of a hotel in Melbourne’s inner-west, which was planned for the same site, because of the government’s decision.
The Government is expected to announce its decision on the new hotel soon, but many have questioned whether it is worth cancelling the hotel’s sponsorship.
“If the Church is going to be sponsoring these developments, they should be doing it to the highest bidder,” Mr Collins told the ABC.
“I don’t know that this is a good thing.”