A CATHOLIC priest has spoken out against the large amount of money being spent on World Youth Day, calling it an embarrassment and a scandal for the church.
Father Peter Confeggi has told Fairfax newspapers the money could be better spend on struggling parishes like his in Mount Druitt, which is one of the most disadvantaged in Sydney.
He says some of the money could also be directed to helping the 120,000 homeless people in Australia.
Father Confeggi says there’s also large dissatisfaction with the kind of spirituality that will be taught during the event, with fears that it will be a right wing brand of Catholicism.
It’s estimated that about $130 million is going to the five-day event in Sydney, which begins on July 15.
The New South Wales Government is putting in $86 million and the Federal Government $20 million, with the rest coming from church coffers.
In other news Judas Iscariot said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” I am not trying to infer that Father Confeggi here is a thief, but this is such an old argument. I think the World Youth Days in general have been a smashing success and have brought people closer to the faith and has helped people to see their vocations. Quite a few priests and religious point at attending one of the WYD as a important part in their discernment of a vocations.