While a CEO of an organization of a similar size could expect to make a salary of multiple millions of dollars annually, the Pope does not in fact receive a salary - at least not while he’s still alive. Traditionally, Popes earn 3 coins per year: one gold, one silver, and one copper. Upon their death, 3 bags are placed in their coffins containing the coins accumulated in their papacy.
While a parish priest earns around $25,000-$35,000, and Cardinals are entitled to the “Cardinals' plate" (today set at 5,000 euros per month, which is designed to pay their living expenses), the Pope's living expenses (such as food, travel, housing in Santa Marta, etc.) are handled out of Curia funds. In the unique case of Pope Emeritus Benedict who lives in retirement, he is given a monthly stipend of $2,500 Euros.
Even though the Pope and clergy have enormous responsibilities like a CEO or business owner, and do have living costs to cover, their goal is not financial wealth, but God’s work instead.
In this same way, members of Legatus, even though they are business professionals who do earn wages commensurate with their positions, their ultimate goals is not profits, but to use their position to learn, live and spread the Catholic Faith. Members of Legatus seek to be ambassadors of Christ in the marketplace.
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