HR Strange But True!
July 12, 2001
You already know that HR is never boring, but here's proof from this week's news that it can get downright weird...

But Look at the Benefits!

What's a fair salary for a CEO . . . of the Catholic Church?

No knows how much, if anything, Pope John Paul II makes, but the subject of a papal paycheck came up last Friday at a news conference where the Vatican announced it had registered a surplus for the eighth straight year in 2000.

When a reporter asked if the pope gets a salary, Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani, president of the Vatican's economic prefecture, replied:

"I think so, why shouldn't he? It's normal. The Italian president gets a salary, why shouldn't the pope? But I don't know anything about it, how big it is or how it's decided."

Vatican sources say the pope gives away nearly all the funds at his disposal to charities, churches and relief organizations.

He is not believed to have handled cash to buy anything since becoming pope 23 years ago.

Source: Reuters

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