The Economics of Religion

Posted on March 13, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Notes from Dr. Chuck Zech on the Economics of Religion:

  • Catholics in the USA, on average, give 1% of their salary to the church, while Protestants, on average, give 2% of their salary
  • The total revenue of the US Catholic Church per year is US$7.5 Billion.  Revenue fell after the church abuse scandal, and it is now rising slower than inflation.  In real terms, revenue is falling because of the scandal
  • Catholics are still giving less to their churches on account of the church abuse scandal, 5 years later. 
  • The Catholic Church is not about to democratize in terms of doctrine, but young members are demanding input into the finances of the church.  This is a way of back-door democratization.
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