Since when would we equate personal holiness of anybody (bishop or otherwise) with outward symbols like cars? How shallow, judgmental and divisive that would be, IMO.
This smacks to me of that hideous semi-iconoclassicism cum Marxist ideology that, in order to be most perfect, everybody but especially clergy or ministers, should exist in the barest poverty because to do so is to most perfectly emulate Jesus. Likewise, any church with ‘stained glass’ windows should rip em out and ‘give the money to the poor.’ Ditto with ‘gold’ chalices, vestments, etc. Doesn’t matter if they’re 200 or even 1000 year old donations, given by people whose wishes are to be thoroughly disregarded. . .‘give the money to the poor’. I’d love to have been there when the first disgruntled Israelite saw the Ark of the Covenant, walked through it with a sniff, and went out and told the other Israelites, “Did you SEE all the gold, and silver, precious wood, and fine linen there? Oy vey, that stuff should be taken out and given to the poor!”
Certainly the Bible tells us that “it is harder for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven” (and of course it goes on to say that for any–rich or poor alike–it is **impossible **but that for God all things are possible).
The Bible also speaks quite eloquently of a man who was infuriated that perfume was ‘wasted’ on a man when ‘the money could have been given to the poor’. Curiously enough the man who spoke this way was not Jesus, but Judas. . .:rolleyes:
See, this is yet another reason why cherry picking Scripture just doesn’t work. For every ‘give to the poor’ (which is a good thing, please do not get me wrong), there is “to him that has more, more shall be given, and from him who has little, even that little will be taken away”. For every ‘we are saved by faith and not works’ there is a “faith without works is dead”,etc.
I personally have great respect for those who choose to live in ways where they can ‘give’ the most to others. But I don’t just assume that if Father X is driving a ‘nicer’ car than mine (which wouldn’t be hard considering mine is 17 years old, LOL) that I am ‘holier’ or more considerate of the poor than Father X.
Comparisons are odious, IMO.