An archdiocese in the central Philippines will provide a "standard living allowance" for its 140 priests as part of financial reforms to be instituted next year, reports Ucanews.
"This will be a big help for us. At least we will be assured that we will be receiving something every month," the spooesman of Palo archdiocese, Fr Amadeo Alvero, said on Monday. The "living allowance" will range from US$113 to $226 every month for each priest.
At present, priests in the diocese rely on donations from parishioners for their sustenance. They also have to pay for their own medical insurance, social security contributions, and retirement and pension plans.
Alvero said the reform being initiated is not a reaction to reports that some members of the clergy have been receiving financial and material support from corrupt politicians.
He said the reason for the financial reforms is for priests to be able to have a "decent life."
FULL STORY Filipino priests to get salary boost (Ucanews)