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Posted on 08/05/2013 2:35:47 PM PDT by NYer
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Priests take a vow of celibacy. They do not take a vow of poverty.
Religious-order priests, such as Pope Francis, do take a vow of poverty. Anyway, we are all called to practice evangelical poverty, appropriate to our station in life, just as we are called to practice chastity and obedience.
Only if they have a small (rosarie?)
GG2, Jesuit priests do indeed take a vow of poverty.
Pope Francis did not renounce his vows when he became Pope.
Somebody drives FOR him.
Kind of like Justin Bieber or Bill Maher.
Well I think common sense is the rule here. A priest driving a Mercedes is probably really bad optics. I don’t know any that do or would But they are not required to drive a beater either.
Frankly I don’t want my priest breaking down on the side of the road when I’m in the hospital waiting on last rites. :-)
One of my early church memories is my parents receiving a letter from the local church asking for money so the Monsignor could get a new Cadillac. My parents - both very conservative - were furious. They changed parishes.
The fact is that it looks lousy. That’s not why people put money in a church basket. It’s bad stewardship.
That Monsignor had chutzpah! I guess in his favor, he had honesty. Maybe he sent out the letter as a form of lesson.
so the Monsignor could get a new Cadillac. My parents - both very conservative - were furious.
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Don’t know your ‘age’ range BUT I remember back in my ‘Altar Boy’ days of the 50’s that the Church or KOFC or a Womans Group or a Mens Group or the BINGO would have a drawing about once a year for a new car and ALL in the Parish, including the non believers, were sold ‘tickets’ for the new car which was to be raffled.
Well we know the Lord ‘looks out for his own’ as I seem to remember it was always a Priest or Nun or such that won the raffle.
I, noticed this immediately and wonder(ed) why the adults didn’t.
In later life it led me to quip at various raffles at the VFW and AL that “since you bought so many tickets I will make sure some of them get in the drum”, naturally I was joking but I wonder where I got that idea???? <: <:
Or like Billy Graham.
As far as I can see, so does Pope Francis. A priest should have transportation that will allow him to perform his duties efficiently and safety.
My pastor has an Audi sedan, very safe and reliable. I think his family bought it for him. Some priests can walk or use public transportation or rarely leave their missions, and don't need to have a personal vehicle at all.
All of them - and all lay people, too - should be asking themselves, "Is this good stewardship? Is this apostolic?"
If 5th generation welfare recipients can, whats the matter with priests. They at least get it by consent, not by government force.
Fifty years ago, the pastor of our parish drove a black 1960 Ford Falcon. Sometimes he did, since it was usually commandeered by the nuns running errands. We had three priests, twenty nuns & a convent, a huge grade school, and the church in the school ground floor & the cafeteria converted to extra space for Mass.
And one automobile. The bishop of our diocese rode in a chauffeured Cadillac.
If they are in an order, they might take a vow of poverty. Diocesan priests usually do not.
I like this Pope and I’m not even Catholic!
Could be worse.