What happened? Many of us wonder.
Poverty is fine, most priests receive very little from the catholic church. They do not own their cars. The church does.
In the 70’s, our church who had 8 priests, 20 some nuns, and 40 some clergy (St. Benedict’s in Chicago), had a Cadillac with suicide doors. I am not sure of the year model of the car. They all shared it.
Yes, it was a nice car, but, our church also had gold vaulted ceilings, and alabaster columns.
The church was ostentatious to show its power, wealth, as were all Catholic Church’s.
By no means were the priests getting rich.