From: Merle Hanson
We came from Ireland, Poland, Germany and Norway for jobs and opportunity and a place to worship. Some came for the right to have their own god, and when we enter that quiet sanctuary we want to let the spirit fill us. We want to find that spiritual quiet. We are not interested in shaking or holding hands or the same hymn again. It is peace, quiet and solitude we are searching for.
So many minutes of the mass are spent making noise whether chanting or music or sermon. It is as if the quiet of the mass is an affront to conscious thought or a cover up for some unconscionable act. It has been a rough decade.
We cannot bring back that child innocence and his belief structure. That has been lost to the ages and no matter how much is paid or therapy given a life has been altered. Many of those blinded to the faith would also crash were that belief structure like a rug pulled out from under them. Walk a mile in the shoes of an abused young man before you berate him to toughen up.
As another priest was charged last week I wondered if Rome were a public company with shareholders how many heads would roll. If Vatican City were a normal government with democratic rule how many popes would have been voted out. Of course we clasp our hands and continue to believe in the message as we pay our tithe or tax to keep the myth alive as those supposed wise men pilfer away what is important.
The message we believe in has been lost on those up above and yet from that bully puppet they tell us how we should act and live and what is right and wrong. Maybe the hierarchy should spend less time pretending to be politicians and bankers and businessmen and more time amongst the masses who built their fortune and bought their line. We deserve better.