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More public funding for Spanish Catholic Church despite huge decrease in religious services

Catholic weddings decreased by 50% and baptisms by more than 30% in the last ten years. The public funding of the Roman Catholic Church increased by 3,4%, despite the generalised budget cuts.

SOURCES Protestante Digital AUTHOR Evangelical Focus MADRID 25 JUNE 2018 09:08 h GMT+1
Phot: Stefan Kunze (Unsplash, CC0)

According to the annual activities report of the Catholic Episcopal Conference, the demand for Catholic religious services has suffered a notable setback in Spain over the last decade.



However, the public money used to finance Roman Catholic church through the tax allocation has increased.



 



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The setback of the Catholic presence in society is evident in the number of sacraments carried out (baptisms, weddings ...).



 



The Catholic weddings and baptims have drastically dropped in the last decade. / Spanish Episcopal Conference.



This has been the evolution of the main celebrations of the Roman Catholic Church in the last ten years:



Baptisms. There has been a decrease of 30.5%. According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE in Spanish), the number of births in the last ten years has also decreased, but considerably less (16.7%). Of every one hundred children born, in 2007, 66 were baptized; in 2016, only 55.



Weddings. The setbak has been spectacular, being less than half in 2016 than in 2006. Meanwhile, according to the INE, civil weddings of heterosexual spouses have also decreased, but only 15%.



- The decrease in "celebratory activity", as the bishops call it in their documents, went in parallel with that of priests, which fell by 5%.



Paradoxically, the number of parishes distributed throughout the national territory grew by 1.5% during the same period.



 



MORE PUBLIC MONEY



The public funding that the Episcopal Conference obtains thanks to the tax allocation was not affected by the lower demand of religious services.



 



The tax allocation for the Catholic church increased. / Spanish Episcopal Conference.



It was 242.1 million euros in 2007, while in 2016 it exceeded 250.6 million, with an improvement of 3.4%, despite the budget cuts that the government imposed in that period to reduce the State deficit.



The tax allocation increased because, among other reasons, the number of taxpayers who chose to give that money to the Catholic Church in their Tax Return also grew (from 6.9 to 7.1 million).



However, they represented in 2016 a smaller percentage of the total (33.5%) than in 2007 (34.4%).


 

 


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Pol Llaunas
26/06/2018
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According to PewResearch (May 2018), 70 percent of Spanish people without religion and 84 percent of Spanish Christians that do not go to church say that the Church is doing a great work helping people in need. (In rich Germany only 41% of non Christians and 62% of Christians that do not go to Church say so). So it is logical that many non-practicing Christians tick for the Church in the tax option. If nobody ticked, the Church would not receive that money.
 



 
 
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