BOSTON (AP) Boston's Roman Catholic archdiocese says it is still two years from balancing its budget but is recovering from the financial effects of the clergy sex abuse crisis that rocked the church in 2002.
In its annual financial report, the archdiocese said it has increased contributions to parishes by 5 percent. Its annual fundraising campaign is still down compared with the years before the abuse crisis, but is steadily increasing.
Church officials said they are giving lay members a bigger role in overseeing finances.
The archdiocese paid off a $26 million line of credit from the Knights of Columbus after selling its Brighton headquarters to Boston College and moving to a donated office building in Braintree.
Church officials said $110 million is still needed to fully fund clergy pensions.
The archdiocese has reported spending $136 million as of last summer in settlements with 1,015 alleged clergy abuse victims. A spokeswoman told The Boston Globe the archdiocese faces about 70 remaining abuse claims.