Not all dioceses are created equal. I remember as a deacon that, with $200 a month, I had to get a car, car insurance, pay for the gas and upkeep (in a country parish with long distances to travel), get my own groceries, etc., etc. No health insurance, no stipends (for the priests only), nothing. I relished 0.17 cent boxes of macaroni and powdered orange “cheese”, which fit my budget nicely. With that preface, read this:
Pete relayed this email to Opus Bono Sacerdotii:
“I’m 82 years old and have been a Catholic priest for a very long time. I am a priest in good standing and have been retired for some time now. Because of my infirmities (I am also blind in one eye), I am no longer able to offer Mass or administer the sacraments at the local parishes where I would receive a stipend to help supplement my Social Security of $670. I am paying rent on a small apartment. We are a small diocese and have no money to give priests like me who can’t work anymore at the parishes.
I have heard about your generosity to us priests. I know you have many more priests who are in greater need than me. Could you please help me with a monthly allowance to get by for food and electricity? I do have health insurance, but the co-pays for prescriptions and doctors visits are hard for me to manage. I am really afraid that I will have to stop taking my medicine.
I can pray my Holy Mass for you and your benefactors in my apartment, that is all I can offer!
Sincerely in His Name,
God bless you,
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