I have often wondered about the impact disliked people in leadership positions have on the Mass? Not from a standpoint of Mass validity or whether it was licit or not, but an impact on those who attend the Mass?
In my parish it truly seems that a large percentage of those who head-up liturgical ministries (both clerical and lay) are disliked based upon their treatment of others. Sexism and protecting their turf seem to play a big part. It’s very clear just watching them interacting with other individuals, or especially among themselves. Is this fairly common in other parishes?
I really do wonder why they aren’t replaced? Lack of pastoral leadership is clearly an issue in my parish so that’s a big part I suspect. Then again given their treatment of others, it seems like a great many (including myself) would never serve in a liturgical ministry unless there was real reform so that too is a real issue.
My parish is at a point now where it’s really scraping for ushers, EMsHC, servers, readers, etc. even though there are plenty of former ones in the pews. A very high percentage of those that do get involved, do so only for a short time. Those that stick around seem to be problem people too, with limited exceptions of course. I suspect this could be called a parish’s “culture”?
The worst part is seeing those that fall by the wayside and stop attending Mass because they’ve been mistreated by one or more of the disliked people I’m talking about. That’s really the only thing that bothers me. The rest I just ignore these days, yet I cannot help but wonder about the impact of these disliked individuals in leadership positions?