Sunday, May 31, 2009

Drop in income forces Madison diocese to cut costs

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison is cutting costs amid a controversy over its leadership.

The diocese announced this week that it will cut some employees' pay, reduce staff and close its Catholic Multicultural Center, which helps the needy.

The diocese says the recession and a drop in investment income are mostly responsible for the cuts.

But some church members say they are not giving to the diocese because they are unhappy with Bishop Robert Morlino.

John Yrios of Cross Plains says he didn't donate to the diocese last year and he probably won't this year.

A diocese spokesman didn't respond directly to such comments but said a "great many" have given "generously."
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