The Same The World Over

In case anyone is tempted to believe that it is only the Church of England which puts the protection of its public image before pastoral concern, here is a comment which I received from a Canadian clergy friend:

Before I was let go from my parish through a diocesan non-disciplinary discharge process, I was asked to meet with my area bishop (due to the size of my diocese, there are four bishops, each with jurisdiction over a smaller geographic area; this is in addition to the diocesan bishop) as well as two lay people, and two other priests. When I was permitted to speak, I told the group that, while I had no wish to get anybody into trouble, I did believe that my appointment to the parish had been mishandled; that everyone involved in the appointment, from bishop to wardens, knew that the parish didn't have the money to support a full time priest, but that they forged ahead anyway, taking me from a full-time position in another diocese and moving me to a place that for all intents and purposes was broke. Anyway, the point is that, except for a request to cover one Sunday at another parish, I have received no communication from my area bishop--no word of concern or enquiry as to how things are going. And as for the diocesan bishop, I haven't a word from him since my arrival in the diocese over two years ago. He tends to sashay into big events, say a few words, celebrate mass, smile and chat with ladies who make tea sandwiches, then leave. I am certain that the reason why there has been no communication with me is because to say anything to me concerning my appointment could be construed as tantamount to an admission of guilt. everything has been vetted by lawyers I'm sure. Bascially they just threw some money at me, and now they expect me to get lost and keep my mouth shut. 

The Anglican Communion (and no doubt most other denominations of the Christian faith) need reforming - from the top down.

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