Hello otjm, we are looking at this issue from very different viewpoints.
Jesus spoke of two very different kinds of religious leader, in this passage from John 10 - the “Good Shepherd” teaching:
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10:12 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
John 10:13 He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
Note that strong distinction between a good shepherd with his sheep, and a “hireling” - a hired man - a man who is watching and tending to the sheep as a job for which he expects to be paid money.
There is a similar distinction among men fighting an enemy: there are soldiers of an army fighting, risking their lives, for the love of home and country. And, on the other hand, there are mercenaries who are “professional fighters”, paid for their work, who risk their lives for the money, the pay.
And again, there are medical doctors, who have a calling - a vocation - to the ministry of healing, who labor in that field for the love of God and His people, because God gave that call, that vocation, to them. And on the other hand, there are medical doctors in it for the money and for the other personal benefits of that profession (human respect, the title of “doctor” in this culture, the power and authority they are given in their work, and so on).
The priesthood is not a job. He should never be paid a salary, nor ever think of himself as a “hired man” - a “hireling”! His work is for God, and his “pay” is up to God and is paid by God, not man, not men, not a finance committee. God provides - and the priest labors for God and His people, without care or concern for the money If he is a man of God, he should know it, and live it: a man of God.