THE Catholic Church in Spain has announced that it contributed €1.38
billion to the Spanish economy in 2016 following a recent study
undertaken by the Conferencia Episcopal Española.
With some 23,000 parishes within the country it employs large numbers
of men and women (64,925) who are tax payers and also supports those
in need through Caritas and other charitable operations.
It estimates that for every direct employee that the Church has on its
books, a further 0.27 jobs (17,529) are created mainly within the
sectors of health, education, professional services and property repair.
Another area which raises a large amount of money for communities
across the country revolves around weddings and communions with large
amounts spent on gifts, outfits and celebrations.