DIASPORA-COMMISSION OF GERMAN BISHOPS
The Catholic dioceses in Central, Eastern and Northern Europe cannot sufficiently finance their priests due to a lack of own resources and state support. They receive financial support from the Catholic priests in Germany, who each month give one percent of their salary to the "Diaspora Commission of German Bishops – Diaspora Aid of Priests". In 2019, financially weak diaspora dioceses will be supported with subsidies amounting to EUR 5.615 million. These are used for salary subsidies as well as for transport and building grants.
Priests in Northern Europe will receive EUR 4.78 million and priests in Central and Eastern Europe EUR 705,000. The Secretary General of the Diaspora Commission, Monsignore Georg Austen, regards the help provided by the priests as a strong sign of solidarity from priests for priests.
The bigger part of the funding, around EUR 2.65 million, is needed to support the salaries of the 338 priests in Northern Europe (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland). EUR 300,000 has been earmarked for the purchase of urgently needed vehicles and EUR 1.75 million for the construction and maintenance of residences for priests.