Edmonton Sun | 02Apr2010 | Orest Slepokura

"Clergy rallies for Pope"

Re: "Clergy rallies for Pope", Andrew Hanon, Edmonton Sun, March 31, 2010.

A Kennedy-era parish priest I knew was said to run an ingenious little scam. First, he'd ask local furniture and appliance retailers in town to donate items for prizes. Then he'd sell raffle tickets to a draw for the prizes, but would actually hold no draw to determine winners. Instead he would keep the prizes and pocket all the proceeds from the ticket sale. In his defence, a number of church members would argue that 'at least he leaves the women alone'. A couple of generations since, I expect the cynicism on either side of the ecclesiastical divide must've increased by several orders of magnitude.

Orest Slepokura

(You know, I think Father Ted pulled that one, too.)