The Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, is facing cutbacks. The archdiocese says 200 lawsuits and a drop in donations are forcing cuts.
Job cuts are almost certain, Reynolds said. The archdiocese employs nearly 250 people but imposed a hiring freeze Jan. 1.
“This will certainly require difficult decisions,” Reynolds wrote to employees in a Feb. 28 memo. “It will be most painful to those who will lose their positions.”
More than 100 Louisville priests have volunteered to take salary freezes, even though most are paid out of parish budgets rather than by the archdiocese directly.