One of our team has been receiving emails from a parishioner who feels SavingOurParish is not helpful. A latest missive includes the following:
"Just wondered how you are going with the proposal that you said would be out in a few weeks. Are you making any progress, when do you think you will have your first pass?"
Apparently our friend feels comfortable with the fact that it has taken the parish leadership over three years to come up with a plan for our financial situation, for there has been no criticism of that 'time line'. It's a wonder a fellow parishioner would have so little patience with the brethren as they study the situation, gather information, and formulate possible answers. One thing can be guaranteed, it won't take three years!
Next, is this:
"I think the blogs are getting really hoppy [sic] but I still see nothing of substance coming from them. I guess the anonymous people want to only vent. I think it would be better if they offered up ideas and acted on them rather than just venting."
We can be assured that our friend's venting (without offering up any solutions) is quite as annoying as our friend feels the venting on this blog is. Apparently the website and blog are not allowed as part of the solution being offered. An open forum in which all parishioners have a voice. Not a solution. People free to speak their mind without fear of reprisals. Not a solution. Voices that have a variety of perspectives. Not a solution. Articles that ask the hard questions. Not a solution. A more fully informed parish. Not a solution. Options for worship and tithing. Not a solution. Official avenues for expressing dissatisfaction (or satisfaction for that matter). Not a solution.
This parishioner seems personally offended. That is regrettable. But St. Jerome says, "If an offense comes out of the truth, it is better that the offense come than that the truth be concealed."