Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Archdiocesan budget deficit of $3.2 million projected

Maryangela Layman Roman reports in "our" Milwaukee Catholic Herald, January 31, 2008. You might have had the impression that the Cousins Center needs to be sold to pay the California priest child molestation settlements. And it does, indirectly.
Several factors contributed to the deficit budget, according to Marek [John Marek, chief financial officer], including the substantial sex abuse related expenses, the fact that a buyer has not been found for the Cousins Center, the lease of office space at the St. Joseph Center in addition to maintaining the Cousins Center, and the interest on the money borrowed to pay the August 2006 California settlements to 10 victims of clergy sexual abuse amounts to more than $1,000 per day.

The article also reports that since 2003 Archdiocesan central office staff has been reduced 25%. Not long ago Archbishop Dolan asked,
Can we continue the mushrooming of central office services that began 15 years ago after the archdiocesan synod?

Obviously not, but has the mushrooming been undone?

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