The belt buckles open and stay unfurled several times a year. Confirmations, baptisms, weddings, quincineras, ends of fastings. An Orange Cove priest once told me that refried beans (cooked in lard, of course) were his favorite pig-out food and, since every parishioner had a slightly different recipe, there was no way to say no.
But there may be now. The Washington Post reports that the high cost of health insurance for ministers and their families is jeopardizing the finances -- and the mission dollars -- of some mainline Protestant denominations.