Oslo Catholic diocese had a 22 million deficit in 2015. The administration is expecting tougher times due to the memberhip controvercy case.
– The accounts are marked by the membership dispute. We have had an abnormal year, and it is this issue that makes our accounts extraordinarily weak, says administrative manager Lisa Wade in Oslo Catholic diocese to the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.
Revenues fell 36 percent from 2014 to 2015 and the long-term debt increased by 135 million.
In late February 2015 the County Governor of Oslo and Akershus charged the Diocese for membership fraud. The reason was that the staff at the Catholic Church looked for Polish- and Spanish-sounding names in the phone book, searched for their security numbers the Public Citizens Register and registered them as members. The church receives public subsidy based on members numbers.
Bishop Bernt Eidsvig have together with the diocesan finance director been charged with membership cheat and gross fraud of about 50 million. The case investigations were concluded in early July. Prosecutors will now decide on whether the accused should be prosecuted in court, and the decision is expected in the autumn.
Oslo Catholic diocese has launched civil action against the State and the civil case is scheduled for Oslo District Court in December.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today