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THE SOCIETY OF LAZY PRIESTS!

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I had a meeting with a priest of an English Catholic diocese who told me that he belonged to a small group of priests in the diocese who called themselves the SOCIETY OF PERPETUAL RECREATION – SPR

The motto of this society is: “TO WORK ONE DAY (SUNDAY) AND TO “DOSS” FOR SIX DAYS”.

The founder of the SPR was an Irish priest from Kanturk in County Cork – Canon Denis McSweeneywho was a well known priest of the Catholic Diocese of Northampton. However he was well known in the dioceses of Westminster and Birmingham also.

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There are still a number of members of the SPR alive and well.
CANON DENIS MC SWEENEY
As a priest he was well known in the biker community. He was also famous for his collection of antiques – especially old telephones, wind up gramophones. He was also famous as an art collector.

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Mind you Denis McSweeney was liked by many clergy and people and he was very human and friendly and a great story teller.

CANON MC SWEENEY IN THE LONDON ACE BIKERS CLUB

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The SPR encouraged its member priests to spend six days a week meeting each other and following up their own hobbies. The priest I spoke to was an “officer” is the SPR and at meetings of the Society he was required to dress up in a bishop’s purple mozetta (red cape).

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He also had to wear this mozetta when they met in pubs and hostelries for “meals, drinks and laughs”. My priest friend said:
“There are still living SPR members in England. It was a totally subtle secret society, I know members who were Cagney & Lacey and Wycliffe fans , we didn’t answer the door 🚪or phone”.

WHAT IS MY EXPERIENCE OF LAZY PRIESTS AND THE SPR?

I have no personal experience of the SPR but I have known a few priests in my time who did little or no work. My fellow curate in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast Fr Joe Mc Gurnaghan RIP from 1978 – 1983 had the following daily routine:

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9 AM: Breakfast and read Irish Times.

10 am  – 1 pm: Listen to music in private sitting room.

1 pm: Lunch – Vegetable Broth laced with sherry, main course with red wine, desert, coffee laced with brandy.

2 pm to 6 pm: Listen to music in private sitting room.

6 pm: High Tea.

Some days he celebrated Mass.

Thursday was his “Day off”.

In fairness to Joe he never should have been a priest. I think he was pushed into the priesthood by an overbearing and bullying school principal father.

In the priesthood you can either be a “dosser” or a “worker” and you will get away with it either ways.

There are some very good and very active priests.
There are plenty of dossers among the priests in parishes.
I think there are even more dossers in religious orders.

The priesthood can either be a WASTED LIFE or a VERY FULFILLING LIFE.
I’d like to hear the readers experiences of dosser priests and hard working priests.

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