awaken concern among Catholics in the "have" countries for those in the "have not" nations. Why, he asks, could not the
same idea be applied at home. between the rich and pour parishes inside a diocese? "Large urban parishes with a weekly income of 150 to £200 have not conception of the difficulties of their poorer neighbours, faced with liabilities as large as their own, yet with a weekly income of 120 to f30," Fr. Davey writes. He calls his own parish a "poor country cousin", one that could benefit a lot from a plan to even out the funds.
For the past 15 years he has run the parish of St. Thomas More, travelling 40 square miles to visit his 250 Catholics. Two years ago he built a new church, The debt
on it is £24.000. and each week
the interest to be paid comes to £31.
Yct 130 is all that the weekly collection brings in. The only other income the parish gets is 1400 a year from a covenant and 110 a week from bingo. The 61year-old priest would rather not have to encourage his parishioners to play bingo.
But the problem of finding cash for "food and heat and light and rates and school contribution and altar requisites and repayment of capital" nags at him constantly.
At the same time, he sees in the cities some parishes so rich "that they don't know what to do with their money".
He hopes that perhaps one of these parishes might come forward and offer to "twin" with Knebworth, setting aside part of its surplus collection each week for the "country cousin".
But is not concerned for his own parish alone. "The problem is getting more and more general". he says.
And he feels solving it on a broad scale calls for a revision in Canon Law. As it now stands, all the money turned into a parish must stay there, unless the Bishop gives his permission for it to he sent elsewhere.
He hopes, that eventually each parish will budget its income every week. to send a sizeable chunk outside—to another parish, to welfare agencies, or to overseas el ief.