Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The "bad guys" won this round.

(written in red because I'm so #*@$ fired up)

My mind is so full right now that I hardly know where to begin. I don't know how much detail to go into or even whether I should write about it at all, because it involves church and I don't want to say anything that will turn people away from religion just because of the actions of a handful of people.

Anyway, it involves my job (I work at a church). Long story short, the kindest, most caring person in the church is being basically exiled because the most un-godlike person, one who (no I'm not kidding) claims that he is without sin went whining to the Bishop when he couldn't have his way.

For 3 months this (good) guy is forbidden to have anything at all to do with anyone in the church - if he even so much as speaks to a parishioner on the phone he will be de-frocked. Even if one of his long-time parishioners is seriously ill or if someone dies, he still can't even speak to them or write them a card, much less give them communion or officiate at their funeral.

I am SO mad about this I'm surprised that my head didn't just blow right off my neck when I was told about it. I'm still mad and it has been over 6 hours since I found out about it.

They're going to lie about what's really going on & I refuse to do that so I just might become unemployed very soon. There's no way I'm going to be able to go along with the story they're planning to give the parishioners on Sunday. I will not sit there and say this leave of absence was done at the good guy's request, which is the cover story they're planning to use.

How the heck a person in such a position of authority (aka the Bishop) can be hoodwinked into believing a load of crap and basically ruining a life and possibly a career because he (Bishop) didn't even bother to check out the facts before taking action is beyond me. Talk about living in an ivory tower!! AAaaaaaaaargh!

That's all for now - although no doubt I'll be going on & on about it more later on. Meanwhile, if you are a religious person, please pray for peace for this man who's being crucified and if you're not a religious person please don't let this writing make you think all religious leaders are bad.

On the way home I stopped & got a couple of Krispy Kremes (nature's tranquilizers) so although I'm still not feeling totally tranquil I have at leaststopped screaming, crying, and throwing things (ok, ok, granted it was just a kleenex- but I did throw it with great power and emotion!


Brenda is SO Blessed said...

geeesh!Gosh I hate it when there is trouble in the church. It involves so many people usually and seems like someone is always hurt badly (whether it is emotional pain or physical pain) and worst it can sometimes divide a church. my prayers and thoughts are with your community.

BTW-- I have tagged you- Please see my blog for it and play along

fuzzywhitedogs said...

Yeah, I'd heard of churches having big problems but this is the first time I've experienced it first hand. It's horrible.

So far I've expressed my feelings to 4 of the 8 members of the governing body. That made me feel a little better.

I think I kind of scared a couple of them because normally I am EXTREMELY sweet and calm so when I raised my voice (didn't yell, just spoke intensely) with 3 of them and burst into angry tears with 1 they definitely saw a side of me they hadn't seen before.

Tagged, eh? I'll have to go check that out. :-)

Cindy said...

Has anything improved with regards to this situation?

fuzzywhitedogs said...

Hi Cindy, thanks for asking. Well, the interim rector (who'll be there for 3 mos.)seems like he's going to take on the bullies & hopefully have things in good shape when the regular rector returns. I met him Tues. and he seems like a good guy, caring and fearless. We'll see. I really enjoyed talking to him. He'll be coming in 2 days a week.

I hope the regular rector is doing ok during this, his forced sabbatical.