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Vermont Catholic Church shrinking in numbers

June 13, 2010

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MONTPELIER, Vt.—The ranks of Vermont's Roman Catholic Church are dropping.

The statewide Diocese of Burlington says it has 118,000 members, making it by far the biggest church in Vermont.

But according to the The Times-Argus, that represents a 20 percent drop from the 149,000 members the church had in 2005.

The church last month announced it was settling 26 priest sex abuse cases from decades ago for nearly $18 million. To pay the settlement, the church is selling its Burlington headquarters -- which includes prime, undeveloped Lake Champlain waterfront property -- and a lakeside summer camp in Colchester.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/

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