Frugal Pope: No 'New Pope' Bonus for Vatican Workers
They typically receive extra during papal succession
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 19, 2013 2:45 AM CDT
Updated Apr 19, 2013 3:00 AM CDT
Mons. Miguel Delgado Galindo presents a jersey of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi to Pope Francis, at the Vatican Wednesday, April 17, 2013.    ((AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho))

(Newser) – The global economic crisis is hitting Vatican employees in their cassock pockets. The Vatican said yesterday that Pope Francis, known for his frugal ways, decided Vatican employees won't be getting the bonus that traditionally comes with the election of a new pope. In the past, the Vatican's 4,500-plus workers—both religious and lay—would receive an extra little something upon the death of one pope and another upon the election of his successor: In 2005, the total reportedly came to nearly $2,000 apiece.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that given tough economic times—the Vatican posted a $19 million deficit in 2011—"it didn't seem possible or appropriate to burden the Vatican's budget with a considerable, unforeseen extra expense."

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Apr 19, 2013 2:06 PM CDT
I might add one other note, (and I hope I have my facts straight), but apparently the last time the Vatican Bank was in peril, it was because a Pope was going to blow the whistle on someone who was laundering mafia money through the bank. He, of course, mysteriously died. Could this have been the same (cough, cough) ailment that Pope Benedict was experiencing? Is that why he stepped down? Scandalous, I say.
Apr 19, 2013 1:54 PM CDT
I think our dear Pope should take a different look at this. All of those people supporting the Pope aren't on trial for molestation or misconduct. Why should they be punished? That $19 million deficit amounts to about $84 a Catholic. Last time I was in church, people were putting $5's and $10's in the basket. There's 52 weeks in a year, I'm sure they could knock that out in a jiffy. My advice, give your people the bonus, they deserve it, and for the new loving Pope...quit acting Jewish.
Apr 19, 2013 1:50 PM CDT
Why be frugal? He is the 112th pope, isn't he.