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the diocesan economy

The amount from the Tax Allocation is sent to the 70 Spanish dioceses. The dioceses integrate it into their diocesan budget to perform the activities inherent to the Church.

The Episcopal Conference annually requests information from the dioceses on their consolidated financial accounts, including the parishes, to enable it to bring transparency to the process and obtain information on the source of their resources and the applications given to them each year.

Where do the resources of the Spanish dioceses come from?

The direct and voluntary contributions of the faithful are the principal source of funding and account for more than a third of the resources available to the dioceses.

In the year 2016 they accounted for 36% of their resources.

The inter-diocesan common fund (constituted through the Tax Allocation) contributes an average of 24% to the basic funding of Spanish dioceses. This percentage may vary according to the size of each diocese owing to community of goods criteria between the dioceses and may account for up to 80% of the resources of smaller-sized dioceses.

For what do Spanish dioceses earmark their resources?

In the 2014-2016 period more than half of expenditure of Spanish dioceses as a whole were pastoral and care expenses, together with building conservation and running expenses.

During 2016 the jobs in dioceses in pastoral and care activities, together with conservation and running expenses, are yet another year the ones with the highest relative weight in the job total (52%).

More than 55.90 million € were allocated by Spanish dioceses to care activities in 2016 (an amount 6% higher than in the previous year).

For 60% of dioceses, building conservation expenses and running expenses accounted for more than a third of their ordinary expenditure.

The amount earmarked by the dioceses for refurbishment programmes during 2016 has reached more than 49 million € (49,002,876 €) and on new churches 22 million (22,138,866 €)

Annual diocese figures (as a % of the total)

REVENUE

2014

2015

2016

VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS BY THE FAITHFUL

37%

36%

36%

TAX ALLOCATION

23%

24%

24%

REVENUE FROM ASSETS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

11%

12%

12%

OTHER CURRENT INCOME

21%

21%

20%

EXTRAORDINARY INCOME

6%

5%

6%

NEED FOR FUNDING

2%

2%

2%

TOTAL GENERAL INCOME

100%

100%

100%

EXPENDITURE

2014

2015

2016

PASTORAL AND ASSISTANCE ACTIONS

26%

25%

26%

REMUNERATION OF CLERGY

19%

20%

20%

REMUNERATION OF LAY PERSONNEL

12%

12%

12%

CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDUCATIONAL CENTRES

6%

6%

6%

CONS. OF BUILDINGS AND RUNNING COSTS

26%

27%

26%

EXTRAORDINARY EXPENDITURE

11%

10%

10%

FUNDING CAPACITY

-

-

TOTAL GENERAL FOR JOBS

100%

100%

100%

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