Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Workers Laid Off
The diocese is funded by a share of collections from its parishes—including churches in Brookline and Beechview.
Twenty-five full-time positions and eight part-time jobs were eliminated, Bishop David Zubik announced Thursday.
A diocesan spokesman said $1 million had been saved by 15 employees who retired, resigned or were reassigned, WTAE reports.
Zubik said the decisions weren't easy, but were done with "professionalism, precision and care."
"And with the clear understanding that we are first and foremost a church, not a corporation trying to build an attractive bottom line," he said.
Income is projected to be $21 million this year—the diocesan budget for 2011-2012 was $23.2 million.
The diocese is funded by a share of collections from its parishes—including Resurrection Church and St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Brookline, and St. Catherine of Siena Church in Beechview. The diocesan budget doesn't include its social service agencies or parishes, which have their own budgets, however it covers administrative staff, including central church offices and some administration for its Catholic schools.