Just Wages and Benefits for Lay and Religious Church Employees: A Final Report, 1990.

Citation: 
National Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education. Just Wages and Benefits for Lay and Religious Church Employees: A Final Report, 1990.
Abstract: 

"Just Wages and Benefits" presents the insights gained from a three-phase exploration of church employees' financial compensation. This project, directed by C. Michael Liberato and funded by the Lilly Endowment, seeks to provide church leaders with guidance on issues related to the just compensation of lay church employees. Drawing on Scripture and church teachings, the report articulates a theological justification for the equitable treatment of lay employees. It defines the concept of "just compensation," describes the results of research on current compensation practices, and discusses the researchers' attempt to determine the "comparable worth" of church positions. Because this attempt was hampered by the wide variation in the responsibilities attached to the same jobs titles, the report recommends that organizations of church professionals clarify their job descriptions. The report also advances four principles of just compensation and considers implementation strategies. In its final section, "Recommendations: Something for Everyone," the report suggests ways that both national Catholic professional organizations and the Catholic Church as a whole can work to provide lay church employees with just compensation. National Catholic professional organizations are urged to publicize and follow the recommendations within their own organizations and to collaborate with other national organizations to promote just compensation. The recommendations addressed to the whole church call for increased financial contributions from Catholic parishioners and increased accountability from Catholic institutions. They also address issues such as job descriptions, performance evaluations, health coverage, pension portability, and social justice education.

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National Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education
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