Has anyone had to go through a “gauntlet” to get to a priest? I called to try to see about confession with this priest (I really like him and how close he is to God) and this is how the conversation went:
SECRETARY/WOMAN/PLUMMER/ELECTRICIAN/JANITOR??: Good morning St ??? Church.
ME: Good morning. Is the Father in I’d like to talk to him please?
VOICE: (Flat, angry tone you would use with a bad child) NO he’s NOT here today.
ME: Oh, I’m sorry, did I call on his his day off?
VOICE: (Impatient tone of voice–in a hurry) He’s been on vacation for a while so I have NO idea where he is or what’s going on!
ME: Oh is he still on vacation?
VOICE: (Sarcastic edge) I GUESS!
LONG UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCE (no offer to take a message, say “get lost” “Drop dead” nothing)
ME: Uh… OK I guess I’ll try back another time. Goodbye. (I hung up)
I didn’t expect to go through all that to talk to a priest! I felt like I needed to apologize for even calling at all. This bums me out. I really wanted to talk to this priest as he seemed to radiate a deep spirituality I was drawn to but I don’t want to deal with THAT. It worked, I’m NEVER calling THERE again.
My question: Should I let the priest know? They can’t be drawing in any new people with THAT phone etiquette. :mad: