Friday, October 14, 2005

Priests And Priestly Bonus

The following story may be weird. But, it's kind of cute:

Priests, it turns out, are prone to bad habits, like everyone else. Some smoke; others eat too much.

So as old priests die off faster than new ones replace them, and health care costs climb, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is taking steps to conserve its precious and not-quite-renewable resource: it is offering bonuses of $500 to priests who quit smoking or lose weight.

Such incentive programs are common in the corporate world, but New York's is a Catholic first, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops....


Five, so far, out of about 500 priests notified, Sister Walsh said. And the money will not be easy to claim. To get a weight-loss bonus, a priest must trim 10 points from his body-mass index in a year. For a 5-foot-10-inch, 240-pound man, that would mean losing 70 pounds. Smokers must quit for a year.


I don't see many priests signing up for this plan to get the bonus. But, it's a nice try.


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