Verona, Apr. 5, 2007 (CWNews.com) – Italy’s Supreme Court has ruled that a Catholic priest must return the Mass stipend he received from two parishioners, because he changed the scheduled time of the Mass he had celebrated for their intention.
The court ruled that Father Giuseppe Benini of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Verona must reimburse Massimo and Margherita Veneri for the €10 stipend that he had accepted to celebrate Mass for their deceased father. The priest had celebrated the Mass, but not at the hour he had originally announced.
That is unbelievably dumb that Italy’s court would rule in such a way and I think much worse that the children of the deceased took their 10 Euro dispute to their Supreme Court. The Mass was said and the spiritual benefit occurred though I guess this is part of the view that if you are not participating directly then nothing happened.