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The 67% Tithe, And Other Employment Matters
Not to belabor connections with the CMAA’s forum, I did find this thread on which I’m in total agreement, sympathy, etc. with the viewpoints expressed there. Regarding the need to support a young family, this comment:
To which this reply came in:
True, I’d say.
Virtually all of my colleagues have been single persons, vowed religious, married persons with a spouse being the primary breadwinner. And this has mostly been in the “enlightened” Midwest.
One priest with whom I worked once complained that I was the highest-paid staff person. At the moment, I couldn’t think of a response. Later, it occurred to me that I had served in ministry longer than anyone on staff, including him–it was his own bishop’s standards that were applied. I could also have said it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to be paid more than anyone else. I could have recommended he give everybody else raises to top my salary. It’s probably just as well I didn’t think of any of those options at the moment. Continuing employment is usually a better commodity than humor, let alone sarcasm.
For any “more-the-beggar” clergy reading out there, read this: your most generous parishioners are your employees. We contribute more than most anyone short of millionaire donors. And rarely do we give you the kind of stick that your 1% will about how big the print on their names on the donor plaque must be, and so on. That CMAA organist who earns one-third AGO scale? Stick that 67% tithe and see if the upper crust can match it. I dare you.
About catholicsensibilityTodd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.