Sunday, March 5, 2006, 12.30 mass
Today was quite an eventful day. As I sat in the back of the church for 12:30pm mass, I watched as Bishop Raymundo Peña gave his speech to the congregation. He spoke of forgiveness and peace between the two main parties. As he kept reminding us of how we should be one and of "forgetting the past", he also mentioned that "things will never be the same again" and how we should now transition into a "post Vatican II parish".
He also mentioned that the “Kanickers” website (http://www.kanickers.blogspot.com/) should be shut down.
When he finished, a big applause roared from within the middle sections of the church...people stood and clapped hard as he came down the steps and into his seat.
To tell you the truth, if he is reading this, I do not hate this man. I could never hate anyone, even if they were full of hatred towards me. But the truth of the matter is, his entire speech was one sided. He spoke of how the "other parishioners" should stop harassing, abusing, and trying to take power and control of the church.
What he didn't realize (or must have forgotten) is that everything that has happened in this church (the dismissal of the Moya family, Ed Arguelles, and other volunteers) has been the fault of our most "trusted" Fr. Brum. The disaster that has befallen our parish could have been irreversible if there wasn't so much of the power being taken by Fr. Louie's follower's, Fr. Louie himself, and of course, the Bishop.
At this moment in time, most of us might be at a standstill, but please do not give up hope. I have been told by others to just leave, to better my faith. But I know I cannot because this parish has become my second home over the years. For now, sadly, the best option is to wait it out...some may not agree with this, but that is ok. Whatever tactic makes anyone feel better will hopefully be a good one.
Our "shepherd" is leading his flock into separate paths. Stand together and keep faith...
~The Saddened Parishioner
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