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By Diogenes (articles) | Oct 30, 2007

A California priest threatens to hold back a treat unless his congregation agrees to play ball:

Troubles at St. Anne Catholic School in Santa Monica were so dire at one point that Father Michael D. Gutierrez turned to his congregation for help. He refused to give his sermon until at least 10 families stepped forward to consider enrolling their children in the financially strapped parish school.

A risky proposition, methinks. Granted that a parish school is a good cause, how many preachers would give the faithful the option -- even at no cost -- of going home homilyless?

I hope Father Michael's gambit catches on. Think of the happy possibilities ... "Unless I see a double sawbuck in the collection basket every week from every family, you'll never hear On Eagles Wings in this church again!"

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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  • Posted by: sparch - Dec. 15, 2009 4:07 PM ET USA

    On the one hand she states her views in a public forum. On the other hand she says she doesn't want to use her public status to debate issues. I guess what she really wants is to dictate her views without challenges.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Dec. 13, 2009 10:24 PM ET USA

    She would have made a good politician even if she had stayed in her own country. As good as any Kennedy or Pelosi or _________ (fill in the blank)____.