Every year the Episcopal Conference submits its budget for the year ahead.
In the last year presented, 2020, the budget of the Spanish Episcopal Conference is well-balanced in terms of 2.06%. The Expenditure for Personnel item (to comply with the provisions of labour regulations) and Expenditure for conservation and supplies have increased.
The items for Pastoral Activities are slightly increased, as is Expenditure for Personnel (to comply with the provisions of labour regulations). Expenditure for conservation and supplies is slightly reduced.
The details, according to the standard model for diocesan institutions, are as follows:
Breakdown of Revenue Budget (in euros)
CONTRIBUTION BY THE FAITHFUL
Other contributions by the faithful
ALLOCATION TO COMMON FUND
Inter-territorial compensation fund
REVENUE FROM ASSETS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
OTHER CURRENT INCOME
Income from services
Income from diocesan institutions
TOTAL ORDINARY INCOME
Contributions by the faithful: in general terms, the Episcopal Conference is not the recipient of funds from contributions made by the faithful. When someone asks to make a donation, they are redirected to the corresponding diocese. However, this chapter does record some sporadic aid.
Allocation from taxation: this is the amount budgeted in the Inter-Diocesan Common Fund for the partial financing of the Conference’s activities.
Revenue from assets: this heading includes:
- Accrued rental income corresponding to the properties owned by the Episcopal Conference. It has been adapted to the reality of the current situation.
- Financial revenue from certain of the Conference’s own funds which are invested in term deposits and maximum-security debt instruments. Its reduction is foreseen due to the fall in interest rates.
- Economic activities: these are essentially the contribution of the Episcopal Conference publishing houses (EDICE, BAC and Liturgical Books), Ecclesia magazine, copyright management as well as issue fees for titles of suitability.
OTHER CURRENT INCOME: this item includes contributions from some religious institutions as well as various management revenues not corresponding to the other revenue groups.
Brekdown of Expenditure Budget (in euros)
PASTORAL AND ASSISTANCE ACTIONS
Aid to the Universal Church
Other donations to diocesan institutions
REMUNERATION OF CLERGY
Salaries of priests and religious
Social security for religious and other social benefits
REMUNERATION OF LAY PERSONNEL
Salaries and remuneration of collaborators
CONSERVATION OF BUILDINGS AND RUNNING COSTS
TOTAL ORDINARY EXPENDITURE
Pastoral actions: shown here is the budget allocated to the different activities performed by the Episcopal Commissions as well as contributions made to some international bodies of the Church (COMECE, CCEE, International Commission for Migrations and Bible House). Lastly, also shown are the contributions to the “Acción Católica” (Catholic Action) and “Justicia y Paz” (Justice and Peace) institutions.
Remuneration of the clergy: shown here is the total remuneration of clergy collaborating in a permanent or sporadic manner in the ordinary activities of the Conference. Their remuneration, after having been frozen for several years, shall be slightly increased in the next year.
Remuneration of lay personnel: this section includes the total remuneration paid to the lay workers of the Episcopal Conference as well as payment for collaborations in sporadic work. The remuneration of the workforce is indexed to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Offices, with a few adaptations.
Conservation of buildings and running costs: this includes the amount paid for items corresponding to repairs, maintenance, office material, supplies, etc.