"THE MEMORY OF JESUS IS BOTH SACRED AND SUBVERSIVE"
Sunday, 3 September 2017
PRIEST LEAVES HALF MILLION IN HIS WILL
Charlie Haughey’s brother leaves €455,000
Fr Eoghan Haughey, an Oblate priest and the final surviving sibling of former Taoiseach, Charles J Haughey to die, has left €454,530 in his will. Fr Haughey, of Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin died on October 7, 2016 at the age of 82. (Sunday Independent)
The strange thing about Father Haughey leaving Euro 454,530 in his will was that he had a SOLEMN VOW OF POVERTY as a member of the religious order called the Oblates of the Immaculate Heart of Mary whose main house in Ireland is at Inchicore in Dublin.
Priests, Brothers and Nuns who are members of religious orders are not supposed to own anything - not even a pencil, The rule is that EVERYTHING you have is owned by the religious order and you have to hand everything over to them.
Members of religious orders are not supposed to have private bank accounts or credit cards.
So how did Father Haughey get Euro 500,000?
I think that this is a parable of the decline of the Religious Life in our time.
We know that religious take vows of chastity - but we also know that many of them (maybe most of them?) enjoy full sex lives with each other and with lay men and women.
And in this day and age the vow of poverty is a bit of a laugh.
You take a vow of poverty and you have:
1. No bills to pay ever.
2. All the food, drink etc that you want.
3. A roof over your head with no mortgage, rent, bills, repairs etc.
4. The use of a car with no bills for hire purchase, tax, insurance or repairs.
5. Holidays and holiday money provided.
6. All the university courses and study you desire.
7. Sabbaticals and breaks when you want.
8. A very cushy job - with little or no manual effort.
9. Private health insurance.
10. All the sex you want - once you keep it under wraps.
11. No need for a Funeral Plan and a guaranteed "heroes" send away.
I imagine that there are many people out there who would be willing to take a meaningless Vow of Poverty to be set up like that for life.
I'm reminded of the story of the American Catholic Diocese who organized a week long conference in a 5 star hotel on the theme: POVERTY.
On the Friday night three old monsignors were having cognac and cigars on a balcony when one said to the other two:
"If this was the one on poverty - I can't wait for the one on chastity".
The next time a collection plate is put in front of you at Mass remember Father Haughey's HALF MILLION.
Keep your hands in your pocket and when Mass is over go out on the street and find a homeless person and bring them to McDonalds for a meal.