PITTSBURGH (AP) â" The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has closed a $2.4 million budget deficit for the coming year, but three people lost their jobs.
Bishop David Zubik said in a statement Thursday that a combination of over $1 million in cuts to non-staff expenses, voluntary retirements and reorganization balanced the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Two full-time and one part-time staff members lost their jobs.
"We have changed our pastoral staff dramatically. Every area of diocesan pastoral staff has been impacted," Zubik said. "Secretariats have been re-structured, positions have been eliminated." Overall, 25 full-time positions and eight part-time positions were eliminated, while 10 new positions were created.
"The decisions were not easy. But they were done with care," Zubik added.
The changes are at the central administration, but the Rev. Ronald Lengwin said surrounding parishes face similar pressures.
"While the faithful here are so generous in their support of the Church of Pittsburgh, the reality of the economic situation and our declining Catholic population means that we have fewer resources," Lengwin said.
The six-county diocese has 635,000 parishioners, down from 815,000 in 1993, but the diocese is cutting expenses because it's committed to not running a deficit. The last time that happened was in 1989.
The reorganization will be effective Oct. 1.