Well, I can understand how parishioners might be offended by a too blatant display of wealth, as Christianity espouses the value of spiritual poverty, but on the other hand, priests (at least diocesan priests) do receive a salary that they are free to spend as they wish. They do not have families to support with children to be fed, clothed and educated, so perhaps they may choose to spend their personal money on a car. After all, they have been generous in giving their lives to God's work! Priests are human...
Yes, you are right as usual, but remember that buying a car for 100.000$ by a Catholic priest carries different connotation in Poland and the USA...
Yes, you are right...also as usual! I had in mind a priest I know of who has a little Mazda Miata that he keeps as a second car, but then I looked up the price and it sells for around $25,000, and that is quite a bit different from the Porsche!
One of the reasons for the diminishing number of practising believers in Poland is the engagement of the RC Church in politics. Many people don`t like it, especially that the side they support is a bit controvercial.
If we take into account how much PiS invested into their brutal campaign, I mean all their blatant lies, manipulation and primitive attacks, especially by PiS controlled state TV and radio, plus Prime Minister`s active engagement, clandestine or sometimes open support from the RC Church and other resources like abundant social benefits,
A newly elected PiS council member publicly paid 10.000$ to a local priest who supported him during the election campaign. The support was effective because the young candidate had been put on the last position in the PiS ballot list. But he won against all odds!
It is wrong because many reasonable people think that if a mature man is able to say such things about tidying, what kind of reasoning does he have? 19th century like? That puts people off. Pity that the Church holds on to such trivial traditional values at any cost, thus losing potential supporters and believers. They should focus on really important issues like abortion or Decalogue.
An evangelical group, the SMS from Heaven Foundation, published pictures of the burning - which took place in the city of Gdansk - on Facebook.
They also show an elephant figurine and a tribal mask burning on the book pile.
The Facebook post justifies the bonfire with Bible quotes condemning magic. The group sends Christian messages via SMS.
"We obey the Word," the post says (in Polish).
A passage from Acts, quoted in the group's post, says "many of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in front of everyone. So they calculated their value and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver".
Another passage, from Deuteronomy, says: "Burn the images of their gods. Don't desire the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, or you will be trapped by it. That is detestable to the Lord your God."