Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Biting the hand

When I see the letters STL and PhL after a priest's name, apart from thinking it's good that he has some degrees, I also reflect on the lay people who paid for his studies.

Tuition fees for undergraduates in the UK are now £9k per annum. There is a recession on, so getting a job when you graduate is not easy for many people.

Whilst it would be ridiculous for priests to be lumbered with student debts and only right that we support their education and material needs, is it not reasonable for lay people to expect priests to use that education and their gifts to uphold the teaching of the Church?

When I contribute to the collection for the upkeep of the cathedral, does that include the hall attached to it? Should I not expect that groups using it support the teaching of the Church?

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