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Salaries of priests at Moscow churches ranges from 20 to 40 thousand rubles a month. This was stated by the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion in the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia 24”.
The Metropolitan commented on the information that the Ministers of the Church can receive up to a million rubles a month. “It’s absolutely fantastic numbers that exceed real wages of priests, in ten, twenty or fifty times,” he said. According to him, in the regions, the Ministers earn even less than in the capital.
The representative of the ROC explained that in addition to the salaries of priests can receive payment for performing so-called require baptism or communion at home, blessing of a car, an apartment and other private services. According to him, the Church does not set a specific price for it. A priest can call a recommended donation amount or to perform the sacrament for free, if people can’t pay for the service.
Also, the Metropolitan said that the financial welfare of the parish depends on the number of parishioners and the Church. According to him, the poorest churches are in rural areas and abroad. Some priests have to work at secular work, and in his spare time to the parish for free. He stressed that all the Ministers of the Church pay taxes.
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