Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

financial life after death

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 18, 2008

What does it cost to run a parish?

About $10,000 a month, according to a Boston Globe report. But that's for a very select group of parishes: parishes that have been closed.

That's right, closed. No parochial schools. No priests. No parish bulletin-- but then you wouldn't need to check the bulletin for the Mass schedule, because there isn't any. For $10,000 a month the archdiocese is getting nothing.

Yet that's not quite true either. For $10,000 a month the archdiocese is getting aggravation, provided by the dissidents staging sit-ins at these parishes. The cash-flow is negative. So is the publicity. So are the vibes. Not quite dead yet, these unquiet parishes are haunting the chancery.

The financial wizards said that closing parishes would help balance the budget. But it's hard to see how a $10,000 outlay each month, steadily generating negative returns, will resolve a deficit. Now there's a new line from the chancery:

"As we look ahead, we are faced with significant financial challenges."

Thanks. I guess we knew that.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($19,750 to go):
$35,000.00 $15,250.48
56% 44%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Jan. 18, 2008 5:39 PM ET USA

    The Titanic is bow down but we are still getting radio messages from the bridge. Not clear...something about the cost of coal to power the pumps.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days