Archdiocese Of Detroit Cutting Staff

DETROIT (AP) - The Archdiocese of Detroit plans to cut its staff
by nearly 30 percent as it grapples with a $14.5 million operating

The Detroit Free Press reports that the archdiocese, which serves the area's 1.4 million Roman Catholics, is reducing its central staff from 264 to 187.

Archdiocese officials say it has an operating deficit of $1.2 million per month and is losing $42,000 a day. Tithing is down between 5 percent and 10 percent when compared with past years.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron announced the changes Thursday, stressing the need to continue the church's work while dealing with
the financial realities of a struggling economy.

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

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