Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

To: sionnsar

I know that property disputes are seen as important by many, but I've never believed in them. I realize that people built these parishes and that their forebears were married and buried there, but if things are such that one can't stay in a particular religious body, it is much more powerful to just walk away. Christ never promised us that following him would be without cost.

I was in an Orthodox parish some years ago with a very bad (by Orthodox standards) problem of pastoral misconduct. We handled it by the book, and the diocese fixed the problem, like bishops should. But even in the darkest days where we wondered if we would have to leave and form a new parish, we never talked about trying to keep the parish property.

We would have walked away, and left the priest, the diocese, and a half-dozen parishioners with a piece of property that they would have had no ability to maintain. We would have started over in homes and storefronts or whatever. It's just money.

A parish is much more than a building.


3 posted on 07/29/2005 1:43:57 PM PDT by Agrarian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies ]


To: Agrarian

Christ did in fact throw the money changers out.


5 posted on 07/29/2005 2:24:41 PM PDT by Raycpa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies ]

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article


FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson