17Oct The New Priestless Parishes – a query from a Pastoral Council member?

The New Priestless Parishes – a query from a Pastoral Council member?
“We are in the lucky situation that we have a priest who says mass twice a week for us as a favour to the bishop. The priest is paid from our account for these masses.
Should we as a church community have to contribute towards the priest’s collection when we have no priest? We currently send a significant amount of money to the bishop each quarter for this collection whilst we struggle to keep the lights on and have to be organising fundraisers.
Any suggestions?”

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  1. John Chadwick

    The New Priestless Parishes – a query from a Pastoral Council member?

    Dear PC Member. This is an extremely pertinent question, not just for ‘priestless parishes’, but parish communities in general. The financial management of the Church, ultimately overseen by the Clergy, has been found to be questionable at best, immoral at worst. For far too long the People of God have acquiesced to a plainly unjust system. Yet acquiescence is power. All along the People have exercised this power, most often unwittingly. What would happen if parishioners turned up to celebrate the Lord’s Table on a Sunday, whilst simultaneously withdrawing all financial support? Could it be that the authorities might see the need to get around another table to recognise their brothers and sisters as equals, perhaps for the first time, and pretty quickly?