"23rd October 2017
Dear Pat, As a priest of the dioceses of Down and Connor I can tell you what the income is for diocesan clergy.
Parish priests receive 12 monthly stipends of £ 1,350 per month.
Curates receive £ 1,250 per month, as do chaplains and priests in other ministeries.
None of them receive a Christmas or Easter Stipends. (These are forwarded to the Diocesan Office)
They have free accommodation. heat, light and parish phone.
They pay for their own car, fuel, mobile phone, car insurance and food.
They also pay 20% tax on their annual stipends.
The bishop receives £ 1,950 per month.
I hope this will be published on your web page".
Thank you, Father, for sending me that note which appears quite sincere and accurate to me.
Will you please allow me, and interested readers, to ask some questions?
This means that PP's get an annual income of £16,200 - after tax £ 293 per week?
Curates: £ 15,000 - after tax £ 275 per week?
So PP's get £18 per week more than curates.
Bishop Treanor gets £ 23,400 per annum - after tax - or £ 404 per week.
Do parish priests and curates keep the offerings they get for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals?
Bishop Treanor is an extensive traveller. It's hard to imagine his £ 404 a week covering all his travels? Does he travel economy? Does he use VIP lounges as many bishops do?
For instance who paid for his trip to Zimbabwe - Trocaire?
Does the bishop still get an envelope with cash or a check when he does Confirmations?
Rumours say that this envelope contains £300 or £500 per Confirmation?
I am not claiming this. But it is a perception?
Finally, as the diocese paid for the renovations of Lisbreen, and not Bishop Treanor personally, why can people not be told the cost of renovation?
I understand you too may not be privy to this information.
But it's secrecy has led, and is leading to wild speculation.
It was Co. Tyrone workers on the renovation that allegedly leaked about the £ 250 door knobs and the £ 100 a roll paper?
Bishop Treanor could stop all this rumour by doing like you did - publish the figures.