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Some Priestly Hypocrisy

Some Priestly Hypocrisy

I heard a priest the other evening at a Lenten “mission” where various aspects of the church’s beliefs are explained. At one point he said that we all must work to improve the church, and that the priesthood was not superior to the laity. We were all equal.

About 15 minutes later, he said he was glad he was retired because he didn’t want to face the serious issues the church had to deal with today (loss of trust, declining numbers, etc.). He then punctuated all this with a sort of stand-up routine, humor not relevant to his comments, just stories he wanted to tell.

This is hypocrisy at its worst, If we’re supposed to improve the church, and many in the audience were retired themselves, why was he excused? If the clergy isn’t superior to the laity, then why didn’t he use any question and answer sessions over three successive evenings, instead lecturing constantly and listening never?

It reminds me of some speakers I’ve seen who are 100 pounds overweight, or divorced twice, or chain smokers, whose message is to “take control of our lives.” Really? How’s it been working for you?

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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