It’s never a happy day when people get laid off, but a downsizing of the CCCB bureaucracy is long overdue and will be good for the long-term health of the Church.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops today issued the following comment regarding the recent reorganization of its personnel:
(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is presently completing the second of a three-phase, multi-year restructuring process. In the first phase, the Conference’s own governance was revised, leading to the reorganization of its Commissions, committees and leadership structures. In the second, staffing was adapted to this new structure, leading to the elimination of 18 positions and the creation of three new positions. In the third phase, funding policy will be reviewed and institutional bylaws revised. This restructuring process aims to make the CCCB more efficient, less costly and better equipped, in order to implement the projects to which the Bishops of Canada are committed as a whole, as well as to assist in supporting the ministry of Bishops in their dioceses across the country.
According to their most recent filing with the Canada Revenue Agency, the CCCB had 58 full-time employees and 7 part-time employees in 2011. So a net reduction of 15 positions is quite significant.