French bishops launch fundraising campaign as number of Catholics declines

French bishops launch fundraising campaign as number of Catholics declines

[FrogChurch could use the equivalent of the German church-tax (taxe d’eglise?) but without the “escape clause” (désenregistrement d’eglise?)]

Catholic World News – January 03, 2018

As France’s Catholic population declines, the French bishops’ conference has launched a fundraising campaign using radio, social media, and advertising inserts.

The campaign will help fund the salaries of 12,000 active[?] priests [Wikipedia says 7500 priests under the age of 75 (thus, “active”) in 2012] and 11,000 lay employees [presumably many of whom are (to use the AmChurch term) “lay ecclesial ministers” running parishes].

“You have 105 reasons to give to the Catholic Church,” the campaign emphasizes. There are 105 dioceses in France.

53.8% of France’s people were Catholic in 2016—down from 87% in 1972 and 65% in 2010. The number of persons donating to the Church fell to 1,128,000 in 2016, a decline of 40,000 from the previous year; however, total donations grew by 1.1% to 254 million euros ($305 million).

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