Allentown Diocese Cuts 24% of Staff to Fund Victims’ Compensation

The Diocese of Allentown has cut a quarter of its workforce in order to make money available for a fund to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse, according to a July 1 statement on the diocesan website.

The reductions affected diocesan workers, not parish staffs, and most occurred through attrition including a voluntary retirement program, the statement said.

After reviewing its business processes and restructuring departments, some 23 of the diocese’s 96 workers were let go. The remaining employees and clergy in administrative roles also will face a pay freeze, according to the release.

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