The Dancer

He loved to party and dance !

And, he enjoyed telling us about it.

The worshippers sat spellbound as our priest, newly arrived from an Asian country, told us about the time he led a group of seminarians to a local pub. There, they drank, and he danced on a table.

I looked around to see people’s reaction. Some were laughing. I was shocked.

A few weeks later, during another homily (sermon), the Father described how he had once smashed his vehicle and was charged with a DUI violation, before he came to Canada.

Something was wrong here, but no one said anything.

This is because parishioners, especially poor worshippers, have been conditioned for centuries that it is a grave sin to ever question anything a priest says or does.

We should have listened to our intuition. Human intuition is often remarkable accurate.

It was not the Father’s drinking that led to his eventual unexplained disappearance, although it contributed to it.

Alcohol impairs judgement.

The reform and purification of the church will depend, in large part, on laypeople who are attentive, discerning, and assertive.

God expects us to speak up when we suspect wrongdoing.

Pictured is our neighbour’s house.

Rural Newfoundlanders have, unfortunately, experienced much clergy betrayal.

25 thoughts on “The Dancer

  1. You raise an important point here. We have been taught not to question authority figures, and especially if they are our leaders in the faith. If we start to question what we’re seeing and hearing – even in our own minds – we begin to feel “bad”, disobedient, rebellious. However, the bible also tells us to test everything and to look for the fruit – not just listen to the words. We are responsible for each other … and being willing to speak out can be protective. the right thing to do. As you say here, we need to given ourselves permission to listen to that still small voice. Our intuition. Perhaps the voice of God.

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    1. Thank-you. I so agree with you. That still small voice of our intuition may be the voice of God.
      And, yes, for sure, if we question something, we may feel ‘disobedient’, but is important to judge objectively what is happening.
      Yes, we are responsible to protect each other, our faith is all about ‘us’, the Body of Christ, and yes, we need to protect the members of this precious body.
      May the Lord give us the graces of discernment, and the willingness to test everything and look for fruit. Thanks again for this great observation. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  2. There is no way would I continue to attend/listen to sermons like this without speaking up.

    I truly appreciate pastors who are open to questions & godly correction. Pastors are fallible humans just like the rest of us.

    There is a place for openness about our past. We should not brag about our depravity, but instead talk about our path to deliverance.

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    1. Yes, Barb, exactly, we are all fallible, including pastors.
      As a Sociologist, my work has focused on group psychology.
      Humans are influenced by the groups that they are in.
      Although I’m usually assertive, I tolerated these kinds of sermons because no one else questioned them, so I felt that I had to go along with the group. But I should have spoken up, as you say.
      Thanks for your comment. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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    1. Thank-you so much for the nomination.
      I am honoured .
      My computer skills are however, not advanced enough to accept, since I don’t know how to link to posts. ( this is embarrassing for me to admitπŸ€—)
      Basically what I do is type articles, and take photos on my little iPad.
      I do, however, thank you for the nomination. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  3. Great Post. Discernment is key. There is a text that reads: Don’t let the errors of evil people lead you down the wrong path and make you lose your balance. Let the wonderful kindness and the understanding that come from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ help you to keep on growing. Praise Jesus now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:17b,18)
    Congrats on your nomination. Blessings and Peace.

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    1. That is an excellent quote. I will remember that. May our Lord protect us from people who lead us down the wrong path.
      Let us pray for holy and righteous leaders. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  4. I have giggled and said internally, “well. He’s a bit like me!” But when such a church leader falls from grace, it breaks my heart.

    You are right. We should speak up, first to the leader in question, and then to the church.

    Interesting thoughts.

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  5. It is a weird spot to be in. I agree. The clergy and people of God are humans too. They can make mistakes. But they have a greater responsibility and took their vows to attempt to fulfill those. We are humans and even though we take our marriage vows etc ….we still fall….sometimes so miserably. I feel torn here. I agree with you….probably a private confrontation. But they’re as weak as us in the flesh. Leading the sheep astray would be so horrible. I can see these statements being used as testimonies or a way to relate to the youth and get their attention. But to be unapologetically boastful about it is just sad. I know what you’re saying is right. But I’m still so torn here…πŸ™ƒπŸ™‚πŸŽ€πŸ™ƒπŸ™‚

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    1. That is so true. We need to speak the truth, with love.
      Christianity is all about unity, and the importance of brothers and sisters in Christ looking out for each other, protecting each other, and encouraging each other. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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