Here is where the Friar's Club must have gotten inspiration.
A priest, St. Lawrence, was told by Powers That Be that he needed to give the government the treasures of the church. He said "OK" and off he went.
He sold all the valuable items held by the Church, and gave the money to the poor. Then he rounded up the poor and ill, and brought them before the powers that Be. "Here are the treasures of the Church", he said. They were not amused, and literally grilled him to death. His last words were "Can you turn me over, please? I'm done on this side". I kind of adore that stark, subtle humor.