Diocese to scrap arancel system; replace w/ S.L.A.s
The Diocese of Dumaguete by mandate of its newly installed bishop Monsignor Julito B. Cortes has announced that starting May this year, the centuries old “Arancel System” of the Catholic Church will be abolished at least here in the Diocese of Dumaguete.
It will be replaced with a more practical and equitable centralized operation called the basic remuneration plus the” “Standard Living Allowance” or SLA system for all priests alike.
This implementation follows the initiative of the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and former Lingayan Archbishop SocaratesVillegas who implemented the abolition of their arancel system in 2013 and replaced it with the concept of the “spirituality of stewardship.” Bohol and Cebu have also implemented this method of remunerating the clergy.
Former bishop now Archbishop John Du conceptualized this for Dumaguete this system before his assignment in Leyte. It is now implemented by Bishop Julito Cortes.
The “Arancel system” has been the source of a long controversy especially from Church critics, because of lack of effective accountability and transparency. Some regard it as payment by the people for the services of parish priests or clergy for administering sacraments like baptism, marriage, funerals, the blessings of personal properties like buildings, hosues and even cars , tricycles and motorcycles. It is not.