Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Springfield Diocese to eliminate nearly one-third of its employees to close $5M deficit

Springfield Diocese to eliminate nearly one-third of its employees to close $5M deficit

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) , The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is laying off more than one-third of its work force in an effort to close a projected $5 million deficit for the next fiscal year.

Bishop Timothy McDonnell said in a statement that 49 positions, including seven clergy and religious personnel, are being eliminated out of 138 jobs total. The layoffs take effect July 1.

The bishop says the cuts were prompted by the economic downturn, increased financial demands to subsidize Catholic schools, and some parishes' failure to meet financial obligations.

McDonnell says settlements with abuse victims did not play a significant role.

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