The vast majority of Dutch Roman Catholic parishes have financial problems: almost eight of every ten parishes are in the red.

The 640 parishes together suffered a loss of 15 million euros last year.

According to

Trouw, this is

apparent

from the newspaper's own research, in collaboration with research collective Spit.

In addition, the finances of all parishes were examined.

As the parishes are Anbi institutions, they are required to publish a summary of their income and expenditure.

After a steady, years-long process of aging and secularization, the Roman Catholic Church, with some 3.7 million members, is still the largest denomination in the country.

members.

For many believers, however, it remains with a membership on paper.

Approximately 30 percent annually makes a financial contribution through the Church Balance Campaign, the collection campaign with which the church receives a large part of the income.

And the number of Catholics who are actively involved in a parish is even smaller: the group of believers who still go to church with some regularity has shrunk to about 150,000, 4 percent of all Catholics.

Contributions from church members are the main source of income for the parishes.

Last year, that yielded almost 66 million euros.

Not a small amount, but a year earlier it was still almost 73 million.

That's a 10 percent drop in one year.

The collection proceeds were much lower due to corona

According to

Trouw

, this is related to the corona crisis: almost no one came to church for a large part of the year, as a result of which the collection proceeds were much lower.

The largest cost items are the salaries and maintenance of the (often monumental) church buildings.

The parishes are depleting their assets to the extent that they have it.

Many parishes have now merged to keep costs down.

Hundreds of church buildings have been sold.

The dioceses can only step in in an emergency, but even there the money certainly does not splash over the plinths,

Trouw

writes

.

The parishes are depleting their assets to the extent that they have it.

Many parishes have now merged to keep costs down.

Hundreds of church buildings have been sold.

The dioceses can only step in in an emergency, but even there the money certainly does not splash over the plinths,

Trouw

writes

.

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