Archdiocese of Twin Cities plans budget cuts, layoffs

Archbishop John Nienstedt
Archbishop John Nienstedt blesses a crowd gathered to discuss immigration reform in September 2013.
MPR Photo/Jennifer Simonson

The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is planning a 20 percent budget cut and layoffs in its central office.

A statement on the archdiocese website states that centralization of services in recent years led to unsustainable growth in spending, and that its budget is unsustainable regardless of unexpected legal and outside professional fees.

Last month the archdiocese settled a major clergy sex abuse lawsuit with undisclosed financial terms.

A final outline of spending cuts will go to Archbishop John Nienstedt later this month. The reductions do not affect parishes, schools or other Catholic entities.

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