Timothy Cardinal Dolan Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Function:
Archbishop of New York
Title:
Birthdate:
Feb 06, 1950
Country:
USA
Elevated:
Feb 18, 2012
More information:
Send a text about this cardinal »
View all articles about this cardinal »
English Cardinal Dolan: Archdiocese at 'breaking point;' hints at closing parishes, Staten Island schools
Jan 19, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, is strongly hinting that parishes will be closed in addition to schools as part of the on-going effort to move the archdiocesan budget out of the red by 2016.

"We have too many parishes!" the cardinal said in a 3,500-word column about the state of the  archdiocesan finances in the most recent issue of Catholic New York.

"If a parish cannot sustain itself, one must ask if it is viable any longer," the cardinal said.
The cardinal termed the "Making All Things New" and the "Pathways to Excellence" programs "crucially strategic planning initiatives" and stressed that they are part of why the archdiocese is headed towards a balanced budget when those efforts are completed in the next two to three years.

"Making All Things New" is an archdiocesan wide pastoral planning process that so far has made no recommendations or decisions about which parishes will close. Under the Pathways to Excellence initiative of a regional school system run by local school boards, 28 schools -- including St. Joseph's School in Rosebank and Immaculate Conception School in Stapleton -- are at-risk of closing in June.

For decades, Inter-Parish Financing (IPF) has been used to bail out struggling congregations. Cardinal Dolan said that "while the archdiocese is not rich, it does have a sustained record of supporting our parishes and schools that cannot pay their bills." He said that $46 million a year is now distributed to struggling parishes through IPF and other sources.

While the IPF program will continue, the archdiocese has "reached a breaking point," the cardinal said, explaining that archdiocese central services has an operating budget of just about $87 million, with  53 percent going to parishes and schools primarily in the form of IPF grants and subsidies -- but also in other subsidies to parish high schools-- while $41 million or 47percent goes to archdiocesan offices.

Cardinal Dolan said he offered the details about archdiocese finances in the spirit of transparency, so that members of the church understand the challenges that the church in New York must confront.

"There is a good deal of misunderstanding about Church finances, and I hope that this look at our situation will not only help you to better understand where things stand, but also to see why our strategic planning process is so vital for our continued financial health," he wrote.

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/01/roman_catholic_parishes_will_b.html
43 READERS ONLINE
INDEX
RSS Feed
back to the first page
printer-friendly
CARDINALS
in alphabetical order
by country
Roman Curia
under 80
over 80
deceased
ARTICLES
last postings
most read articles
all articles
CONTACT
send us relevant texts
SEARCH