As if that wasn't staggering enough, the monthly figure is on top of an $86 million discrepancy between what the archdiocese will get from insurance and the actual amount of the storm's damage.
As Fr Bill Maestri, the archdiocesan spokesman, put it:
[T]here's always a tension between mission and money. The archdiocese is now operating on the side of mission.This should answer the question of whether they're out in the woods just yet....
It's very important for the church, at this particular time, to be present to people educationally, sacramentally, pastorally, and with social services. We are operating at a $1-million-a-month deficit.
Great piece on the Big Easy's religious rebuilding from The Newshour, with video.