LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- After the new chief executive of the National Council of Churches said he had installed financial controls and ''stopped the hemorrhaging,'' Presbyterian Church leaders approved a $500,000 gift to help the council meet a $2 million deficit for 1999.
But Presbyterian executives said the gift is contingent on other denominations in the council meeting the rest of the deficit, and a balanced council budget for 2000.
The Presbyterians also ordered a comprehensive review of the church council and other ecumenical agencies every three years. Presbyterian News Service said more than 1,000 communications to headquarters ran 9-to-1 against the bailout for the church council.
Presbyterian executives planned to send church members a ''pastoral letter'' explaining the decision, as well as the financial loss the Presbyterians themselves suffered at a New Year's youth rally.
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