Priest stages own funeral to get people to Mass
Desperate times, they say, lead to desperate measures. One Italian priest in the earthquake shattered Abruzzo region advertised his own death and funeral on placards in order to get people to come Mass again.
According to reports in the Italian press Fr Giovanni Gatto, the parish priest of Tempera told said: “I wanted to shake people awake. The Catholic community should hold together until the Church destroyed by the earthquake is restored.”
After the earthquake ever fewer people came to Mass so Fr Gatto took to these drastic new measures. ” I wanted grab the community’s attention and warn them of the danger that the community is falling to pieces after the earthquake.”
It is unclear whether his innovative methods have born any fruit. The report was in the Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten.