ASIA/IRAQ – The Chaldean Church publishes the salaries of bishops and priests

ASIA/IRAQ – The Chaldean Church publishes the salaries of bishops and priests

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Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) – The Bishops of the Chaldean Church, meeting in Baghdad on the occasion of the annual synodal assembly, have, among other things, established and published the levels of remuneration of the bishops and priests of all the Chaldean dioceses . “It has been decided”, according to the official channels of the Chaldean Patriarchate, “that the monthly salaries of Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako and members of the hierarchy of the Chaldean bishopric will be 1.6 million Iraqi dinars (equivalent to 1,050 dollars) from September next year, while the salaries of priests will be set at 1.2 million Iraqi dinars (about 850 US dollars). The bishops also reaffirmed the absolute gratuity of the services rendered by the dioceses. The Mass offering should continue to go to the Diocesan Fund.
In March 2013, a few days after taking office, Patriarch Sako published a press release in which he called on all those responsible for institutions linked to the Chaldean Church to respect the criteria of fairness and transparency in the management of financial resources. In this regard, he recommended following the procedures provided for by accounting laws and submitting all funding projects to the Patriarchate, which should assess their consistency and feasibility, also from an economic point of view.
In his opening address to the annual Chaldean Synod (see Fides, 8/23/2022), Cardinal Sako explicitly referred to the negative impact of the global economic crisis and the current international situation on the network of works charitable and social organizations supported by churches in the Middle East. “The economic resources of the dioceses,” the Chaldean Patriarch added, “are limited. The charities that have helped us are now focusing their efforts on Ukraine…Even students in our schools are struggling to pay their fees.”
The Synod of the Chaldean Church is made up of Patriarch Sako and 25 bishops. The synodal assembly currently taking place in Baghdad, chaired by the Patriarch, brings together 17 bishops, who were also received by Iraqi President Barham Salih on Tuesday August 23 (see photo), while 7 bishops – including some bishops of the communities of the diaspora – have canceled their participation for health reasons. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 08/25/2022)


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