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Philadelphia archdiocese to cut 45 jobs, end publication of newspaper

Catholic World News - June 22, 2012

Facing a projected deficit of $17 million during its 2012-13 fiscal year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that it is eliminating 45 positions, ending publication of its newspaper, and consolidating 19 offices and ministries.

The projected $17-million deficit “does not include the extraordinary legal and other professional expenses of the past year,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput.

“Even with very significant budget and staffing adjustments, the Archdiocese will still face a budget deficit in Fiscal Year 2013 of more than $5 million,” he added. “This can’t continue, and it won’t continue, and I’ve asked our financial staff and Archdiocesan Finance Council to do everything required by best business standards to balance our local Church’s budget by Fiscal Year 2014.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 22, 2012 11:01 PM ET USA

    I applaud Archbishop Chaput for having the courage to address the difficult problems he inherited. His announcement will not be popular, but it is necessary to make this mismanaged diocese viable again. The Archbishop is in my prayers.

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