Louisville Archdiocese Freezing Employee Salaries

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - About 3,000 employees of the Catholic
Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., will have their wages frozen in an
effort to save money and minimize tuition increases at its schools.

Church officials say the one-year wage freeze is scheduled to begin July 1 with the next fiscal year. It will apply to all employees, including priests, grade school teachers, clerical staff and others who work throughout the Roman Catholic archdiocese. It covers 24 counties and has about 200,000 members.

Church officials told The Courier-Journal that the freeze would save the archdiocese about $2 million.

The cuts by the Archdiocese come after two prominent Protestant
seminaries enacted similar cutbacks.

Lexington Theological Seminary President Jim Johnson said he's
planning to cut faculty and staff after declaring a financial emergency as the school's endowment shrank by more than a third.

And the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville is also cutting millions from its budget, freezing hiring and postponing capital projects.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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