Jun 26, 2010

Inside Boston Catholic

Find out what's going on in the ArchDiocese here


1 comment :

JayG said...

From "Carolyn"

Two truths:
1. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has no business paying anyone more than $150,000.00, and then only when there is great demonstrated competency. The schools are going down the drain (Grassa-O'Neill), the chancellor and Mr. Hehir work for Jack Connors (a/k/a Partners and Boston College) and Mr. Donilon, based on his news releases, struggles with English as a written language (e.g. in today's email about the Wangsness soft-toss, it's "assess," not "access" when you're evaluating parish financial health). When salaries have benefits and FICA/Medicare employer contributions added in, the top salary is over $350,000.00. How many people are paid over $100,000? What's the total payroll for those people? What's the average salary of those paid less than $100,000?

2. Skimming from parish revenue (offertories, rents and all other donations except bequests) to the tune of about 24% per annum (schools tax + RCAB tax)is just plain wrong. When salaries in Braintree look more like the paychecks of those giving the money, we can talk. Parishioners have already caught on and begun plans to find other ways to support their parishes. Why didn't the Globe article interview someone besides those whose job it is to sell the plan, and those who were most caustic about parish closings? There are hundreds of priests (particularly pastors) and thousands of lay people who are saying, "Not so fast." The Globe didn't seek them out it seems.

Meanwhile, why has no one asked what the RCAB spends on heating, plowing, mowing and capital repairs to the not-really-occupied former parish churches? My guess is $750,000.00 per year, based on what it costs to maintain one parish church -- and they are maintaining a half dozen of these places at a residential standard. Show us the common sense, RCAB, and then maybe we'll show you the money.

Last, but not least, who would be willing to take the bet that Cerberus has had discussions or some pre-existing agreement with Partners to sell the hospitals in 2012? $25M is a drop in the bucket to buy off the "Catholic" part of the deal. How can the cardinal sleep at night? Or is he asleep all the time?