Diocese of Buffalo Cutting Jobs at Its Catholic Center
March 19, 2020
Financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the temporary discontinuation of masses and other liturgical celebrations given as the reason.
Financial struggles brought on by the priest sex abuse crisis forced the Diocese of Buffalo to file for bankruptcy last month. Now the coronavirus pandemic is adding to those financial challenges.
The global pandemic, which has required social distancing, means masses and other liturgical celebrations have been temporarily discontinued.
The Diocese announced Thursday that 24 employees at its Catholic Center on Main St. downtown are being impacted. Three full-time positions are being made part-time and another 21 are being eliminated.
“While we deeply regret the very personal impact that this process of realignment will have on dedicated employees of the Catholic Center, we must assess how best to deploy the resources of the Diocese in ways that reflect responsible stewardship and which offer the greatest benefit for our parishes,” said Fr. Peter Karalus, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.