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Thursday, March 12, 2020

SEATTLE HAS CLOSED CHURCHES FOR PUBLIC GATHERINGS FOR PRAYER, MASS AND OTHER SACRAMENTS—WHAT ARE PASTORS TO DO?




My parish has a $5 million debt on our new church with $32,000 a month payment on our loan from SunTrust. If Masses are suspended, how are we to pay it, also pay our employees including two priests and also our electric bills and every other bill?

Fortunately, our outgoing bishop, Archbishop Hartmayer is corporation sole/soul and he will have to pay the bills! I love being a Catholic pastor. No sweat when you aren’t corporation sole/soul.

Pray for St. Rocco’s intercession.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Democrats like to talk about "separation of church and state." So how can they "force" a church to cancel worship services?

Anonymous said...

Yeah those Democrats...

Like Thomas Jefferson: “...legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”

And John Adams: "“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

And Sandra Day O'Connor: "Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?”

And James Madison: "“Every new & successful example therefore of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance. And I have no doubt that every new example, will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt. will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together."

Wretches all of them...

Anonymous said...

Online giving...push it! We switched over to it years ago and have been very satisfied.

rcg said...

Yep, direct deposit. We give a small amount by cheque each week so the basket has something to show.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'll be going to church in 30327 Sunday as I normally do....but hopefully I will hear no coughing when there unlike this Sunday.

ByzRC said...

Use social media, email and, perhaps, mailings to plead with the people not to stop their support should attending in person not be possible. Parishes are not pay-per-view.