10 Mar '13, 6pm

Rolex of Doom: Bulgarian cleric fails to sell gold watch to cover his church’s electricity bill

Rolex of Doom: Bulgarian cleric fails to sell gold watch to cover his church’s electricity bill

Metropolitan Nikolay of the city of Plovdiv announced plans to part with his watch in February after his Saint Marina church received a 3,000-leva (around $2,000) power bill. "I'd rather go to heaven without a watch than to hell with one," he told state BTA agency back then. But it seems the cleric would have to travel to the spirit world with the watch firmly on his wrist as the public tender for the Rolex failed to attract any bidders on Sunday due to the high asking price of 11,600 leva (around $7.700). Nikolay's Rolex as well as a Lincoln car owned by his counterpart from the city of Varna have attracted anger and criticism from the country’s press and general public. Bulgaria's Orthodox Church is experiencing severe money shortages, despite being the largest property owner in the country after the state. Paying utility bills became an even bigger problem as the cost o...

Full article: http://rt.com/news/bulgaria-church-watch-electricity-066/

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