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14 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana December 18, 1987 Special collections top $270 thousand Special collections from the parishes in the Diocese of Evansville during the past year amounted to $274,294.55, ac- cording to a report prepared by the Office of the Treasurer. Figures made available are from the fiscal year ending August 31, 1987. Special col- lections during the previous year totaled $255,550.96. Special collections in the Not enou Continued from page 1 that of the Vatican. The biggest fixed expense in Vatican spending is salaries and benefits to 3,400 active and 1,400 retired employees, ac- counting for 55 percent of the annual budget. The payment of retirement benefits out of current operating funds is one practice which has been criticized by some high-ranking churchmen. The Vatican never established a pension fund for its employees. Retirement benefits in 1985 totaled $8.3 million and are on the rise each year. The Vatican's 1985 assets of $485 million include mostly cash deposits, securities and real estate. They do not include the treasures which contribute to the widespread perception of the "riches of the Vatican." The church's stance, however, is that these are a patrimony of humanity over which the Vatican is custodian, not items to be sold. While some of them produce revenue through being on display in the Vatican Museums, all require maintenance -- and often pro- tection -- which is an expense. The figures include Vatican properties used commerc.ially, such as apartments and offices rented out, but not the proper- ties used exclusively for Vatican institutional purposes. A note in the documents says that properties which the Vatican both owns and uses are each given the nominal value of one lira -- less than one-tenth of a cent -- in the ledgers. diocese totalled $48,445.26 for the Missions, $24,215.55 for Human Development, $22,999.59 for the Propagation of the Faith, $28,166.20 for the Bishops' Relief Fund, $34,903.69 for Operation Rice Bowl, $13,970.14 for Holy P}aces, $10,377.14 for Com- munications, $16,546.72 for Peter's Pence, $6,458.64 for Latin America, $11,504.71 for the Black and Indian Missions, The confidential documenta- tion was mailed to the world's bishops after the cardinals met last March. Since 1979, the Vatican has been publishing bottom-line annual budgets, but it has never made public a complete line- item breakdown of income and expenses. Nor had it made public its assets, liabilities and net worth. The figures in the confiden- tial documentation do not give an exact picture of Vatican finances. Internal transfers of funds among Vatican agencies are not clearly identified and some of the headings of assets and liabilities are hazy. But the figures provide the most detailed picture of expen- ditures and income to date, and allow for a general determina- tion of net worth. Reasons given for the mushrooming shortfall are ever-increasing expenses -- especially for personnel and the expanding services required by the post-conciliar church -- and static sources of traditional income, mostly from in- vestments, real estate and saleable items such as stamps, coins and publications. The totals have also jumped because of the shrinking value of the dollar which, according to Vatican figures, lost more than 25 percent of its value against the lira during the past two years. The lira is the basic unit of most Vatican expenditures and of Vatican City State income, but most of the Holy See's in- come, including the Peter's Pence and private contributions to cover the deficit, is in dollars and other currencies. The Vatican completely separates its Vatican City State and Holy See budgets for ad- SUPERVISING preparation of the figures was a special council of cardinals, none of whom are Vatican officials, named by Pope John Paul II to advise him on economic affairs. IMPORTANT! CALL: 424-9274 $4,599.64 for Catholic Univer- sity and $52,106.97 for a Special Mission Appeal. Typical comments received from organizations were ex- pressed in a letter to Bishop Francis R. Shea from Catholic Relief Services. Executive Director Lawrence A. Pezzulp expressed his thanks for diocesan participation in Operation Rice Bowl. "Thoughtful and unselfish sup- ministrative purposes. The smaller city state budget strictly concerns the running of the tiny country. It spent $41 million in 1985 and had an in- come of $41.1 million. The principality of Liechtenstein spent $186 million in 1986. THE HOLY SEE budget covers the central ad- ministrative offices {Roman Curia) which oversee opera- tions of the universal Catholic Church. It also includes the more than 170 members of the diplomatic corps, who also function as the pope's represen- tatives to national churches. The Holy See budget is deep- ly in the red because it is basically providing services, such as the diplomatic corps, which produce little or no in- come. See NOT ZNOUGH paso 15 port has made this year's pro- gram one of the most successful ever," writes Pezzulo. The diocesan contribution "will enable Catholic Relief Services to develop programs that will effectively serve the most needy of our brothers and sisters in many distant lands. I trust this program of reflection and shar- ing brought a special richness to the Lenten season." Pezzulo added praise for the effort to live up to the Pastoral on the Economy, by addressing "the injustices and disadvan- tages that create cycles of poverty for many people in various parts of the world." He said the money contributed by Toy drive EVANS VILLE SER VICE AND SHOPPING GUIDE B.xqt Bm:QUm: RIBS*CHICKEN PORK*BEEF INSIDE DINING.BURGOO COMPLETE CARRY-OUT SERVICE CLOSED ON MONDAYS 425-1616 3119 W. MARYLAND Spaldings Food Land 21 O0 Stringtown 1713 E. Morgan 411 S. Barker Visit Our Complete Delicatessen Prime Cuts of Beef Evansville Wet Heat & Piping Co. Inc. New & Used Boilers. Furnaces Repair & Replacement 424-0991 800 E. Oregon Carpet Cleaning SERVICE MASTER members of the Diocese of Evansville "is helping Catholic Relief Services reach out in your name and give many poor the means and the encourage- ment to better their own lives and that of their communities." 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