Crunching the numbers

If you read and have been discussing with friends and colleagues the article from The Economist, "Earthly concerns," about the royal mess U.S. church finances are in, you need to be reading Mark Gray’s excellent postings on Nineteen Sixty-four, a research blog for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.

Read down to the update, were Gray re-runs some of The Economist's figures:

The story overestimates annual Catholic Church offertory by $4.6 billion or 50% because they assume Mass-attending individuals give an average of $10 per week (for data see pg. 43) rather than households.

Good stuff here. Read the full blog posting.


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