Loading
Catholic schools save Spain over $4.5 billion

.- A finance official for the Spanish bishops noted that Catholic schools save the country more than $4.5 billion U.S. dollars, as they provide education for some 1.3 million students.

In comments to the Cope radio network on Feb. 16, Fernando Gimenez Barriocanal – the Vice Secretary for Economic Affairs of the Spanish bishops' conference – also noted that the Church provides “hundreds of millions” of dollars in health care, aid to immigrants and to victims of domestic violence, soup kitchens and rehabilitation for drug addicts, reported Europa Press.

He also discussed a recent poll that suggested that the Church's position in Spanish society is weakening but said the “most important poll” on public opinion is the fact that 9.2 million taxpayers in Spain make a contribution of 0.7 percent of their taxes to the Catholic Church. 

In his estimation, the increasing figure is “a very important step” for the Church in the country.

Barriocanal explained that a significant portion of these funds go to maintaining the 22,700 parishes, the work of evangelization and aid to bishops' conferences in the third world and the Holy See or Caritas – which has received a 25 percent increase in assistance from the Spanish bishops during the country’s economic crisis.

He added that the situation facing Spaniards would be much worse without the work of Caritas, as many career professionals are out of work and are eating in Church-run soup kitchens and receiving help to pay their utility bills.

Priests live “modestly” and do not receive a salary, he noted, except for those who work in schools, institutes or other educational institutions. They live on what the bishop designates from them according to Canon Law, which in Spain is around $1100 per month.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Aug
29

Liturgical Calendar

August 29, 2014

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 6:17-29

Gospel
Date
08/29/14
08/28/14
08/27/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 1: 17-25
Gospel:: Mk 6: 17-29

Homily of the Day

Mk 6:17-29

Homily
Date
08/29/14
08/28/14
08/27/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: