The Pope’s Retirement

SNL made a retirement ad for the pope, but the Vatican prepared a real retirement package for Pope Benedict XVI (the first retirement package in almost 600 years!) and here’s what he’s getting, according to Today:

• A monthly pension of 2,500 euros, or $3,300 a month
• All his living expenses covered by the Catholic Church
• A spacious home inside the Vatican
• Cooked meals and housekeepers
• Health care

The average Social Security check for Americans is $1,200 a month, and retirees typically have to pay for their own living expenses. We’d be jealous of the pope, but of course, not everyone finds living in the Vatican so ideal.

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And all Gregory XII got was a gold watch.

Lily Rowan (#70)

On the other hand, how many pairs of Prada shoes can you really get for 2500 Euros?

chic noir (#713)

@Lily Rowan -well Prada shoes are a little cheaper in Italy and he is pretty close to the outlet.

I think it’s funny that the first thing that came to my mind was ” well he can still afford Prada shoes”.

Lily Rowan (#70)

@chic noir OMG, I love the idea of him going to the Prada outlet. Although I guess the Pope would send someone…

bgprincipessa (#699)

I’m sorry, but with all of what else is included, what does he need that cash for? To support his grandchildren?? (joke)

jfruh (#161)

@bgprincipessa honestly! I am genuinely curious as to what the pope (or anyone who has “living expenses” paid for) spends money on. Maybe travel?

TARDIStime (#1,633)

That $3,300 a month could easily pay for 2 elderly high care residents in a Catholic-run aged care home.
This Pope just better think on that in his Vatican-funded retirement castle.

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