Monday 22 October 2018

Angry laity won't pay for the religious who preyed

Now is the time for ordinary Catholics and good priests to make their voices heard by demanding a national Church assembly

John Cooney

Until recent times it was famously said that the role of the laity was "to pray, pay and obey", a state of submission that suited the Pope in Rome, the bishops in their palaces and the religious orders in their mansions.

Of these three commands, paying financial dues to Rome has been the least examined aspect of the recent history of the Irish Catholic Church.

But it has proved to be a money trail that has filled many a papal coffer.

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