Married Priests? How Could They Afford Wives?

by Steve Ray on October 3, 2008


 Even if priests did marry, how would they afford a wife with their meager salaries? Take a look at this comparison from a few years ago.

Catholic priests are at the lowest rung of the salary scale compared with the Protestant denominations. I ask about affording a wife with tongue in cheek, but there is certainly truth to the matter.

By the way, slip your priest an extra gift this week — he deserves it and I bet he could use it :-)

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Jeff Miller October 3, 2008 at 9:24 AM
Duane October 3, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Their wife would have to either support them or be ok with living below poverty level. Either way, it’s highly unlikely.

Light of the East October 4, 2008 at 9:47 PM

How do Orthodox priests support their wives?

You want to know how Catholic priests could support a wife and family.


My own priest often expressed his stunned amazement at how Evangelical assemblies can do the work they do. He would ask me “How do these pastors get these people to tithe?”

My priest said it more than once, and quite bluntly “Catholics are the cheapest people on earth.” Surveys by independent companies have validated this fact — Catholic giving per capita over the whole of the Church is about 1%/


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