Where did the money go from Catholic Bishop Edward Braxton’s 70th birthday gala at the St. Clair Country Club? He announced all proceeds would be given to needy Catholic schools. Catholics, willing to contribute to this worthy cause, opened their purses and bought tickets to his gala. The people of the Diocese of Belleville would like an accounting of that money.
It seems that the bishop of Belleville is not the only one who wants to abuse the money of a diocese. It appears Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond, Va., would like to spend millions renovating perfectly good churches with kneelers and other expensive renovations to make the churches look more “Catholic.” My, oh my, couldn’t that money be used for the poor and homeless? By the way, Jesus was Jewish and not a Catholic and did not need all the trappings of a bishop of a “Catholic” building.
According to the Bible, in the course of Jesus’ teaching he said: “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.”
Until the people of these dioceses seek accountability it will be, as usual, pray, pay and obey.