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Section 1 ECHO/Page 8 ELY AUGUST 24 2019 Native son: The Catholic Church by Charles D Novak I made my First Holy Communion licans. Church teaching holds that had the largest settlement which cost when I was in the first, grade. From innocent human life must be pro- them $666 million. Most dioceses are that point on whenever I did some- tected. Roughly 44 million abortions self-policed when it comes to how thing wrong it was a sin. I went to are performed worldwide each year they handle funds. mass everyday all through my school with 1,2 million in the United States. While most Catholics have been years. The idea of becoming a monk The church expects the same energy horrified by the child abuse scandal intrigued me. People still ask me if I defending a child dying of hunger as the majority does not seem to want am a practicing Catholic and my reply it does defending the unborn child in to give up on their church. 82 percent is "I don't need any practice!" the womb. of American Catholics approve of the But this article is about the Cath- There is real money in Catholic job being done by their parish priest. olic Church today. Great news! In Churches. The University of Notre 74 percent feel the same way about 2012 there were 1.2 billion baptized Dame has an endowment estimated their bishop and 70 percent about the Catholics in the world. It's the only at $7.5 billion. The Archdiocese of job performance of the Pope religion to have its own diplomatic Chicago was valued at $2.472 billion. There were almost 180,000 nuns corps. As of 2012 the Holy See (Pope) American Catholics drop over $8 in America in 1965. Membership has diplomatic relations with 179 billion in the collection plate each has fallen by 70 percent over the last nations out of 193 recognized by the year. There are 17,139 parishes in the half century. There are currently 67 United Nations. There are 67 million United States that yield an income million Catholics in the United States American Catholics. of $11.9 billion. $9.2 billion of that and 1.2 billion worldwide. The United To care for all these people there comes from the collection plate. States is the fourth largest Catholic are 2,200 employees (underpaid)in Most priests don't have a business country in the world. By 2050 it ,o a ~ n a,n', receive training will have a populatio, oc an .-m;, Vatican official for every 545,000 in accounting or financial adminis- Catholics. As of 2012 there were Catholics. This makes the Catholic tration in the seminary. 85 percent 20,000 priests, 17,400 deacons, 4600 Church one of the three most effi- of some dioceses have experienced religious brothers, 57,100 sisters and cient organizations on earth! 150,000 some form of embezzlement through more than 5000 seminarians studying Christians die for their faith every the years. It is estimated that some for the priesthood. God bless Amer- year. churches lose as much as $90 million ica! Christmas, December 25, marks annually due to inadequate control of This will be my last article for the the day of Christ's birth however the the collection plate. Catholic dioceses Ely Echo. I am having too many med- actual date of his birth is not known, in the United States have paid out ical issues which are overshadowing Many Biblical scholars believe it was $3 billion to settle sex abuse claims, my writing abilities. I thank all my in late spring. Following the 2010 Eight dioceses have filed for bank- readers for your comments and praise election there were 25 Catholics in ruptcy. Some have sold property and for my stories. the United States Senate. Sixteen trimmed payrolls. were Democrats and nine Repub- The Archdiocese of Los Angles FIGHTING CANCER - The Mud Monkey was able to donate $700 to Zeke Urbas, pictured with his big sister Quinn. Zeke is battling cancer with the help of his family. ::::!:: :: if!! CANCER SURVIVORS Bob Artisensi and Jerry Fink SURVIVORS walk from the pavillion to the bandshell at the start of the Relay for Life on Aug. 16 at Whiteside walk together at the Relay for Life event in Whiteside Park. The event raised over $20,000 for the AmericanCancer Society. Photos by Nick Wognum. Park last Friday. LEADING THE WAY on the survivor's walk at Relay for Life were Penny Reedy, SMILES from Bill and Georgia Braun visiting with Margie Olson at Relay for Life. Bella Davis and Heidi Omerza at Whiteside Park. LUMINARIES were placed along the walkways in Whiteside Park during the 2019 Relay for Life event, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. At the end of the night the Ely High School football team came to help with cleaning up. Each luminary bag is in honor or someone who has cancer.