We know the Church needs money to operate, but today’s CEO priests seem to be nothing but fundraisers. At a recent Mass in Queens, NY, parishioners were subjected to 6 different pitches for money from the pulpit and in the bulletin. The priest saying the Mass was from Arizona — representing a Catholic 501(c)(3). He never mentioned the gospel in his homily but spent the entire time trying to get money from people he didn’t know and would never see again. The last thing he said to the congregation was “I’ll really feel better if you stuff the envelope for me so I don’t get fired on Monday.” Especially galling was the priest saying that his organization takes prayer requests “pretty seriously,” adding that once a week the workers in their Florida office pray for donors. What about you Father?
“My house will be a house of prayer. But you have turned it into a robbers den.” Luke 19: 46-47
For priests to be true shepherds they need to know and love Our Lord, know something about the world, and really care about the people in the pews. If they do that they’ll have what they need.