Friday, March 23, 2012

IN THE NEWS: Boston Archdiocese defends six-figure salaries for top church employees

IN THE NEWS - I found this interesting. I thought people who worked for churches were usually not paid much so the funds would go to helping homeless, poor, uneducated, jobless, and emotionally distraught people. I thought about this, and realized the Evangelicals like the Falwell family also made 6 figure salaries, as friends who live in Lynchburg, Va. (where they live) tell us how they flaunt their sports cars, expensive jewelry, big houses, etc. - So, the Catholic church isn't doing anything the evangelicals have been doing for decades. Regardless, I personally think its wrong. - After all, priests and nuns take vows of poverty! - and I think the Evangelicals need to pay TAXES. Can you imagine the city/town improvements that can be made from taxes on multi-millionaires like the Falwell family??

Spirit of giving?:  Boston Archdiocese defends six-figure salaries for top church employees
James Eng,

The Boston Archdiocese is defending six-figure salaries paid to a growing number of church employees, saying the pay is commensurate with their talents and work duties.

The Boston Herald on Wednesday reported that the archdiocese’s latest annual report lists 17 “senior lay executives” who earned more than $150,000 last year. In 2006, only five employees were paid that much, according to the newspaper.



The Boston Catholic Insider blog reported similar figures for 2011 in a post last month titled “Bloated Payroll” but said just two employees were making $150,000 in 2006.

Topping the 2011 list was Mary Grassa O’Neill, superintendent of the archdiocese’s Catholic schools, whose total compensation topped $351,000, the Herald reported. The top archdiocesan lawyer earned $326,169, while the recently departed chancellor, the archdiocese’s top financial officer, grossed $276,486.

The newspaper noted that the archdiocese has cut 50 staff members since 2006 but payroll costs increased by nearly $1 million.  FULL STORY:

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