Father Louie's Speech
I just came from 5:30 PM mass (February 11, 2006), and after hearing the announcements, the Rev. Fr. Louie gave a speech unlike any other. It was a surprisingly good speech, but I thought to myself "Who REALLY wrote this?" If you haven't seen or heard it, it will be in your bulletin Sunday morning...
While hearing it, I really thought he was going to resign, but irony struck and it didn't happen... This man is extremely stubborn... he really thinks he did something good for this parish by firing Ed Arguelles and banning all of the other parishioners from this "unified parish", as he puts it at the end of his letter.
I feel like I'm in a communist country where I can't speak my mind or have an opinion or I will be taken down like so many of the others. Our church is dying...
~A saddened parishioner
Church Will Suffer With Arguelles Gone
The Monitor Newspaper
Sunday, February 12, 2006
To the editor:
I am not a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic community but I am aware of the problems that they have been experiencing over the last two years, mainly by close friends who attend the church and the letters to the editor in this paper. Several of the problems expressed I do not have personal experience with, but there is one event that I can personally speak to.
You cannot find in this city a finer or more dedicated and sincere person than Ed Arguelles, the director of music at Holy Spirit for the last 20 years. The fact that someone in charge at the church relieved Mr. Arguelles of his position will most certainly only make the problems at the church worse.
It is obvious that the individual that fired Mr. Arguelles is completely out of touch with the real world. Ed Arguelles is one of the hardest-working, extremely well-respected and most decent individuals that this city possesses. With the problems already facing the church, why would someone seek to make them worse by firing him? What was the real agenda behind this act? Was it what was best for the people of the church or was it insecurity, fear or simply revenge?
It is not necessary for anyone to tell me to mind my own business since I am not a member of the church. It became my business when it involved a person of the caliber of Ed Arguelles. This cold and cruel mistake on the part of the church is one that will certainly only add to the troubles at Holy Spirit.
E.A. (Amby) Tanner
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