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

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

"Just Wages and Benefits for Lay and Religious Church Employees: A Summary" provides a brief description of C. Michael Liberato's research on the compensation of lay ministers. It also contains a condensed version of the project steering committee's recommendations, which are presented more fully in "Just Wages and Benefits: A Final Report." The first recommendations are aimed at national Catholic professional organizations. These groups are asked to publicize and follow the recommendations within their own organizations and urged to collaborate with other national organizations in the promotion of just compensation for lay church employees. The second set of recommendations, addressed to the church at large, is more extensive. The recommendations call for increased financial contributions from Catholic parishioners and increased accountability from Catholic institutions. The establishment of job descriptions, performance reviews, and diocesan human resources offices is also advocated. Additionally, the report asks for family health coverage, portable pension benefits, and education about social justice. Finally, the report points to the need for reflection on fiscal priorities and continued fund raising and research.

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