The "administrator" of Holy Family Roman Catholic parish has announced to parishioners that the parish owes Bishop Treanor and the Diocese of Down and Connor 1.6 million - and that money has to be paid.
|Bishop Treanor looks to see when his £1.6 million is coming back|
Father did say that the "good news" was that Bishop Treanor's interest rates are much more humane that those charged by the high street banks.
Father Strain explained that any surplus money in the parishes goes to Bishop Treanor - and then Bishop Treanor lends that money to parishes that need it.
I thought that odd? Does that not mean that parishes are borrowing their own money back from money they already gave to the bishop?
I wish people would give me money that I could then "lend" back to them.
That stunt is worthy of the most astute member of the Jewish and Scottish communities :-)
But the good parishioners of Holy Family were not happy with Father Strain's explanation.
In fairness to poor Father Strain he is between a rock and a hard place. He is caught between his bishop and his people.
But the Holy Family problem is bigger than that again.
Father Strain explained that the parish has a number of presbyteries (priest's houses) in disrepair as well as 3 churches that need ongoing repair and renovation.
Why has Holy Family three presbyteries when they only have one or two priests? Can those priests not live together in one house? Its not as if they all have wives and kids that would fight with each other.
|Fr Daniel Delargey Adm, Holy Family - 2025 - 2035|
And why, in these days of dwindling congregations and priests do they need 3 churches?
Would one church and a couple of minibuses for those without cars not do the job?
The other problem is that Father Strain is not the PARISH PRIEST of Holy Family parish.
Holy Family is a "mensal parish" and therefore it is Bishop Treanor who is the parish priest.
And he lives in another house in the parish that he has just finished renovating for between £ 1 million and £ 4 million. The uncertainty about this figure is down to that fact that Bishop Treanor is not willing to tell us how much exactly he spent on his palace.
If it was £ 4 million would that same money not have paid off Holy Family's debt and repaired all the other parish property?
And all this comes on the heels of it becoming public knowledge that Bishop Treanor is in fact an ABSENTEE BISHOP - spending a great deal of his time travelling around Europe and the world instead of being in his diocese doing his primary job.
In the last 6 years since he became bishop I wonder how much money Bishop Treanor has spent on flights and hotel expenses?
This Blog recently addressed the general crisis in Down and Connor.
Now we are beginning to see other crises developing in individual D&C parishes like Holy Family.
People like Father Strain, who is doing his best, should not be having to take the flack for the bigger monkeys higher up the tree.
I think that it is high time the people of Down and Connor stopped giving to Sunday collections and started channeling their donations to causes like the Ebola crisis, world hunger, hospices etc.