I’m starting to have problems with the religion myself. For the past 15 years or so our current bishop has been trying get rif of all the parishes in the northern half of our diocese. (The Diocese of Gary) He’s closed most of the Catholic schools here as well. His reason for closing so many is always his claim that they’re non-viable parishes. Of course when a close look is taken of these non-viable parishes it becomes clear that they are not whealthy. Our bishop seems to think only the rich deserve to be allowed in the Catholic faith. Two years ago, for his birthday he demanded that every child enrolled in a Catholic school in the diocese give him $20.00. What great humanitarian act did he want this money for you ask. We never really got an answer. However he did get a really nice shiny new Lincoln Towncar shortly after his birthday.
Now he’s dead set on closing my parish. He closed our school two years ago. He leased out our school building to a charter school with the option for them to buy the entire property. It appeasrs to be a done deal. Our non-viability seems to be in stone even though we arfe the only paish in our diocese that regularly reaches out to the community not just to our own. We ave had Angels trees, Patriot trees, nonparishable food drives, clothing drives, etc. The priest in residents at our rectory actually triedd having the parish secretary fired because she started a program where every Saturday this winter, if someone comes in needing a coat, they get a coat, no charge. Why did the priest want this stopped? Why, it just inconvienced him so much to have to answer the doorbell when people came to the wrong door.
Last summer we started an outreach program for area kids. Something to keep them off the streets and out of trouble for the summer. About a month into it, the bishop sent this priest to stay in our rector, not pastor us. This man made us keep the kids outside the whole time because he didn’t want them in the rectory. He doesn’t think children should be in a church for any reason. (Why then should we Baptize them?)He refuses to go out on calls for last rights, and apparently the bishop has told him that since he isn’t pastor here, he doesn’t need to do so. Our last pastor died January 31, 2008. The bishop had already told us under no surcumstances would he be sending us another pastor. He said he can’t force anyone to come pastor in our city. (He never had a problem reminding our late pastor about his vows of obediance, nor dose he mind reminding our deacon of that as well.)
Our bishop is a racist, and an elietist. We are the diocese of Gary, but there are no parishes left in Gary, because he closed them all down. Want to guess what colour the majority of people living in Gary are? Or what the average income level is there as well?
Sad thing is I used to greatly admire the man,or at least who I thought he was. If this idiot closes my church, I will be leaving the church as a whole. The majority of the churches in our area tend to be very cliquish. When visiting parishes where relatives belong, I’ve actually been asked why I was in “their church” since I didn’t “Belong” there. My family and I have been involved in church life around here for as long as there’s been chuch life around here. I have at least two cousins who are priests and have had a few who were nuns as well. I am a fourth generation parishioner, as well as fourth generation choir mamber, fourth generation usher, third generation parish councel member, and a first generation Eucharistic Minister. When I say ‘My’ parish that’s what I mean. Our family were among the cofounders of at least three parishes. My aunt who donated most of the benefits she recieved when she lost my uncle was told by the current pastor of her former parish that she’s no longer welcome there. Why, you ask. She objected when he removed the Baptismal she had donated in memory of her husband. He replaced it with what looks like a cheap garden fountain. Gave away the original to some buddy of his, not for a church, but a private persons private garden. A number of pastors in our area have asked for a few years now, when we’re closing our doors so they can have the antique statuary from our parish. And here I thought coveting thy neighbors anything was a nono.
Ours is last parish to not charge people for recieving the sacraments. Most of the parishes surrounding us, charge $50.00 for Baptizims, funarals and weddings can be $600.00 and up. I seriously tink to myself, why put myself through this? Why should I have to pay to join a parish? Yes, around here, they expect that.
Pray for my parish, and me, mostly pray for the idiot bishop we have to deal with here. He seemed like such a good guy when I first met him. I’m sorry to say he’s definetly not a good guy.:mad: :crying: :banghead: :bighanky: :sad_bye: :gopray2: :gopray: