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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana CPC assessments distributed to pari P .. By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor The diocesan budget is up by a small percentage for the com- ing fiscal year, but the goal for the Catholic Parishes Cam- paign is higher. The numbers tell only part of the story. The overall expenses for diocesan offices, ministries and services will be 3.32 percent higher next year, according to budget information prepared for distribution to the parishes of the Diocese of Evansville in early March. The Catholic Parishes Campaign, which was the largest source of income for diocesan needs in"the last fis- cal year, will be increased by 7.13 percent for the next fiscal year. Why is the CPC so much higher? Because another source of diocesan income -- net investment earnings -- is projected to be significantly lower in coming year, accord- ing to Kenneth W. Krasavage, executive director of diocesan services. In the coming fiscal year, net investment income is projected to be $80,000 less -- which alone accounts for about half of the total percentage increase in CPC, Krasavage said. Net investment earnings will be lower, ironicallly, be- cause the parishes are very healthy and growing. Many parishes are actively engaged in building new facilities, so money that parishes might or- dinarily put into the Deposit and Loan Fund will not be available for investment. Parishes deposit money into that fund and earn four per- cent interest. They can with- draw their money when needed. Parishes needing money may borrow from the fund at five percent interest. In the current fiscal year, which will end Aug. 31, 1996, the Catholic Parishes Cam- paign accounts for $2,731,000 of the total operating income of $3,716,190. Net investment earnings should provide $48O,OOO. For the next fiscal year, which will be completed Aug. 31, 1997, the CPC will provide $2,925,750 toward the total op- erating budget of $3,839,633.70. Net investment earnings are projected at $400,000. The new budget was pro- posed to and affirmed by the Council of Priests, the Dioce- san Finance Council and the Diocesan Pastoral Council. In preparing the budget, Catholic Center departments were limited to a three percent maximum increase, and no staff additions were permitted. "Uncontrollable" increases ac- counted for most of the Catholic Center increase; only one-half of one percent of the increase was in the "control- lable" category. While the total increase in the CPC is impact on the more variab.le, formula used parish That total the diocese $50 per Year The number tors in a given&apos; pared with percentage When year with last will range fro! with a to one of 26.4 percent,, Of the 73 cese, six will compared with General Counsel issues 1996 guidelines for political By NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Al- though certain political activi- ties could endanger their tax- exempt status, Catholic organizations can still get in- volved in the issues surround- ing the 1996 elections, accord- ing to guidelines from the U.S. Catholic Conference Office of General Counsel. Mark E. Chopko, who heads the office, issued a 15-page analysis in mid-February out- i Your RED WING HEADQUARTERS RANEYS SHOE STORE 320 E. Main - Washington lining the kinds of activities permitted and forbidden for Catholic organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. "Issue-oriented participation in the political process is en- tirely consistent with the sec- tion 501(c)(3) regulatory framework, which restricts candidate-oriented activities, not debate on the values and principles that should guide our public life," Chopko said in a memo accompanying the guidelines. The guidelines were sent to U.S. archbishops and bishops, diocesan attorneys and state Catholic conference directors. In his memo, Chopko urged that they also be distributed to "those who are responsible for implementation of policies in your dioceses and archdioceses, such as pastors, diocesan social action directors, pro-life direc- tors, education directors: news- paper editors and other inter- ested individuals." Deirdre D. Halloran, USCC associate general counsel who helped prepare the guidelines, said they were similar to those issued four years ago to help Catholic organizations during the last presidential election. 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