Addressing the bishop and priests of a diocese during their annual retreat, the preacher said: “Some bishops seem to be counting money the whole day!” May I add: “And some dream of money the whole night!” During the Year of Priests ‒ one more lost opportunity in many dioceses ‒ the Clergy Commission of the CCBI organized regional seminars for priests. I was one of the resource persons. For the workshops on ministry one question read: “What is the primary concern in your pastoral ministry?” I was touched by the honesty of one group: “Money is the primary concern in our pastoral ministry.” One way of increasing our collection is to multiply devotions and shrines. Are we making God’s Church a den of thieves?
At one time lay people managed the funds of the church, thus leaving the clergy to serve the spiritual needs of the people. Gradually, or perhaps very soon, the clergy realized that the power of money was greater than the authority of their ordination. Very often our bishops quote the pope when it suits them. Now it is time take a lead from Francis, the Bishop of Rome.
We hear a lot of talk about empowering the laity. Money is power, and so one effective way to empower our laity to trust them and to entrust the church finances to them. From my experience I can say with certainty% “Many of our lay people are more honest and more concerned for the
than many of our priests and
bishops. If our priests and bishops entrust the church finances to the laity the
church finances, our priests and bishops may lose quite a bit of their power,
but They will find a little more for other
things they ought to do, including studying theology, (doing more pastoral visits-TK) which they very much need
to do. church of Jesus
St. Paul's School
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Many US parishes are run by religious women. Udupi bishop is a pioneer in appointing a sister as the diocesan procurator as well as lay empowerment. Married deacons and communion ministers have reached only Bombay diocese. - TK