National Cathedral slashes staff, budget
National Cathedral announced dramatic cuts to its budget, programs and staff Nov. 19 as the faltering economy continues to hit religious institutions nationwide.
The landmark cathedral, which welcomes nearly 700,000 visitors a year and has hosted the state funerals of three presidents, will slash its budget by 40 percent next year, from $24 million to $14.4 million.
More than 40 staffers will be laid off, retail operations at the cathedral's gift shop will be outsourced and the Cathedral College's residential course offerings will cease as of March 31, according to the cathedral. the rest image
National Cathedral making cuts