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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 07, 2005

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 10, 2005 9:00 PM ET USA

    The layperson's criticism is constructive and edifying for the associate pastor and for the pastor. The priests in that parish need the humility to see that what they are doing is wrong and irreverent... If they're not using a paten, don't the priests realize that the particles of the host are on the corporal & probably on the altar? The priests also needs to be removed from parish work, for the only person they should be yelling at and pushing around like that is their Cardinal in L.A...

  • Posted by: - Aug. 08, 2005 1:36 PM ET USA

    Certainly, some are over-critical. However, given the nature of his complaints and the response he received, don't you think that it is more likely that the reason he's been doing so much complaining is because there has been a lot to legitimately complain about? And that perhaps nobody else has complained might only mean that they are ignorant of the way it should be or don't care one way or another. But I think that he should find another parish. It's obvious nothing is going to change there.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Aug. 08, 2005 11:29 AM ET USA

    Nobody defends this cleric's laying hands on another with violence, and nobody wants to think of the laity as "uppity." However, there are some people in each parish who suffer from other-directed-scrupulosity. These folk criticize EVERY move you make, and they can be immensely irritating. A clue may be found in the friend's letter: ". . . I realized that he and others have perceived me as critical in the past." Sounds like there's lots more to the story; was he the only one distracted?

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