I’ve been hearing constantly from people saying that they are not going to give to their dioceses anymore because of the scandals of homosexuals in the priesthood and child sexual abuse. At least one diocese doesn’t seem to get what’s going on, though.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reports that their donor rolls are down by 6,000 donors and about $488,000 in pledges. The Catholic Spirit reports that this is not due to backlash over the scandals.
CSAF leaders don’t know what factors are influencing the downturn in donations or donor numbers, but they speculate that the “in-pew ask” during its February kick-off weekend in parishes didn’t get the attention that it did in 2017. […]
[…] “There might be some people who are upset with the archdiocese [Church hierarchy], but the ministries themselves are serving people in the archdiocese [area]. It’s not funding anything direct for our archdiocese to use for their … [operational] funds,” said John Norris, CSAF board chairman.The Catholic Spirit
If news comes in about other dioceses, I’ll be sure to share it with you.