More than 400 parishioners have railed against plans to build a "function centre" in the burnt-out St James Church in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, the Bayside Leader reports.
Since the blaze, there have been discussions on how to reconstruct the 1892-built church between the Catholic hierarchy, parishioners and the neighbouring parish school, but some are unhappy with the outcome.
Timothy Lynch, a parishioner for 35 years, said plans he had seen included a new section at the rear designed as a meeting space, with a separate mezzanine level.
He said the 400-plus strong group did not want a meeting hall or "function centre", and the church must be rebuilt the same as it was before the fire.
"We love this place – it is an architectural jewel," Mr Lynch said.