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jack in the pulpit

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 01, 2007

About 40 supporters of Nichols, most of them parishioners of St. Elizabeth Church in Lyndonville, were also in the courtroom to watch the proceedings, some wearing large white-and-black buttons that read "I believe in Father Steve."

Actually they believe in Father Steve Nichols selectively, it appears, since when he entered a guilty plea on charges of groping a teenager, they didn't believe that.

"I know Father Steve is innocent," said one of his supporters, who went on to announce that "he would be comfortable having Nichols back in the pulpit at St. Elizabeth Church once he is released from jail."

Pulpit? They still have pulpits in Vermont?

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  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 10:08 AM ET USA

    Look at the bright side. He didn't steal parish funds. That would have been a real violation of the Sacred.

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 1:09 AM ET USA

    One sees this all over and in varying forms. A popular priest at my wife's old parish was discovered to be posting lurid comments about young boys on a homosexual website. When it was brought to public attention, he went AWOL. Surprisingly, many parishoners were upset at the group who exposed Fr. X, tossing out the old platitude that he "was a good priest." What does that mean? To some a good priest is simply a friendly, likeable guy. What high standards!

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2007 10:41 AM ET USA

    The "victim" here is an eighteen year old man, who agreed to join Nichols on these drunken escapades. We shouldn't call such people victims, but something else.

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2007 9:50 AM ET USA

    Here we go, just another example of why congregationalism is very dangerous and doesn't help the people to better know and follow God. Wait, isn't congregationalism a pillar of most all American protestant ecclesiology?

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