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    Anger at ‘Palpably Stupid Sacrilege’ as UK Cathedral Turned Into Crazy Golf Course

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    Rochester Cathedral in south east England was founded in the seventh century, although the current building dates back to 1080. It has survived fires and civil wars. But it has never played host to crazy golf…until now.

    Christians around the world have reacted angrily after a historic cathedral in Kent was converted into a nine-hole golf course.

    The Church of England has been heavily criticised on Twitter for the temporary conversion of the cathedral’s nave, a project run in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust.

    ​The crazy golf course is proving popular with bored children during the school summer holidays but has outraged churchgoers locally and on social media.

    It is not the first time the Church of England has enraged traditionalists - Peterborough Cathedral is hosting a gin and rum festival next month while a helter-skelter will be installed in Norwich Cathedral.

    ​Anglican leaders say the number of people attending church has fallen by 20 percent in recent decades.

    Defending the decision, the Reverend Rachel Phillips, Canon for Mission and Growth at Rochester Cathedral, said: “For over 1,400 years, Rochester Cathedral has been a centre of learning for the community. By temporarily installing an educational adventure golf course we aim to continue that mission, giving people the opportunity to learn while they take part in a fun activity, in what for many might be a previously unvisited building.”

    ​The crazy golf course is based on local bridges and each of the nine holes is based on a local riverspan, including the original Roman bridge at Rochester and the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford.

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