THE SPANISH CHURCH
Most Significant Figures Of The Catholic Church In Spain
Territory, Bishops and Assemblies
The ecclesiastical geography of Spain consists of 14 Ecclesiastical Provinces divided into 69 dioceses, besides the archdiocese for the military.
Nowadays, two cardinals, 14 archbishops, 48 residential bishops, 10 auxiliary bishops exercise their ministry in Spain. There are also 4 cardinals, 6 archbishops, 25 bishops and 2 auxiliary bishops, all emeriti.
Parishes, Priests, Religious and Seminarians
Nowadays the number of existing parishes amounts to 23.074.
The number of incardinated priests in the Spanish dioceses is 18.247.
The priest who perform their work in the Church in Spain is 49,709 (38,252 11,457 religious and religious).In Spain there are 105 male and 309 female congregations.
Spanish bishops are performing their pastoral duties outside our borders in over 30 countries worldwide.
The total of missionaries exceeds 15.000. Of these, about 2.500 are priests, 9.000 nuns and more than 2.000 non-Presbyterian priests, including 842 diocesan priests, of whom 355, are diocesan priests working in Latin America under the auspices of OCSHA (Hispanic-American Priestly Cooperation) including more than 1.500 lay people who have decided to live their lives as missionaries in different parts of the world.
Social and Charitable Action
The vast charitable and welfare activity of the Church institutions is a direct result of the announcement and the experience of faith, thus it can not be separated from the pastoral activity. The 4.459 welfare centers of the Spanish Church, with a total of 2.764.719 of assisted persons, are the most visible expression of Christian Caritas, reflecting God’s love to man. As organizations such as Manos Unidas and Cáritas point out, despite the current economic crisis, the generous collaboration of society continues to grow.
There is information about Caritas at http://www.caritas.es/
and the information about Manos Unidas, recently awarded with the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord is available at http://www.manosunidas.org/
The Catholic Chuch in the Educational field.
In the educational field 1.370.151 students are enrolled in Catholic-owned facilities. The subsidized catholic centers, besides providing young people with the values derived from the Gospel, saved the public service 4.148 million of euros. This saving represents the difference between the cost of a place in a public school and the amount allocated to each place.
An average of about 72.1% of the students, that is, three out of four, chooses to receive a religious education.
Baptisms undergo fluctuating variations mainly caused by the rate of variation of births each year.
The number of children who approached the Altar to receive their First Communion in 2009 was 244.489.
In 2009, the copules who decided to unite through the Indissoluble Sacrament of Catholic Marriage increased to 91.386.
(*) The data source in this page comes mainly from the Sociology and Statistics Office of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.
Each year, the EEC presents its Economic Activities Report.
The report and the Press Release entitled “The Church activity saves billions of euros to the Treasury” is available at http://www.conferenciaepiscopal.es/actividades/2010/junio_17.html
According to the National Statistics Institute (INE) data, population of 46.9 million Spanish people got registered last year. According to the Center for Sociological Investigation (CIS) data, 72.7% of Spanish people consider themselves a Catholic.