Fr. Harm Shilder, the Priest of a Catholic church in Tilburg, has decided the best way to convince parishoners from leaving the church is to publicize their pictures and names.
In a story filed by the Raw Story, Shilder told the AFP,
“This is a large parish, and I don’t known everyone: by putting up the photos I thought someone might recognise someone they know who they could try to make stay in the Church.”
The report states that Fr. Shilder has received requests to leave the church by four people around Christmastime. He maintains that his plan is not to embarrass those wishing to leave, but to prompt other church members to pray for them, or persuade them to stay using other means that he did not elaborate on.
In order to leave the church, a parishoner is required to send a letter to the Parish Priest, along with a copy of their ID. It is from these identification papers where Shilder is obtaining the photographs and names.
The report also reveals that Shilder is the same Priest who decided it would be a good idea to start ringing the church bells at 7:15 in the morning, during the week.
The Netherlands is roughly 45% Christian, with about 28% being Catholic, 18% being Protestant and a full forty-four percent stating they have no religion.