“Think of the good Christians, with good will, we think about the parish secretary, a secretary of the parish … ‘Good evening, good morning, the two of us – boyfriend and girlfriend – we want to get married’. And instead of saying, ‘That’s great!’. They say, ‘Oh, well, have a seat. If you want the Mass, it costs a lot … ‘. This, instead of receiving a good welcome- It is a good thing to get married! ‘- But instead they get this response:’ Do you have the certificate of baptism, all right … ‘. And they find a closed door. When this Christian and that Christian has the ability to open a door, thanking God for this fact of a new marriage … We are many times controllers of faith, instead of becoming facilitators of the faith of the people. “
He goes on to say “Jesus is indignant” with those who hold faith closed, who keep those out who we deem undesirable. I’ve know many who are controllers of the faith, but few who are facilitators.
Let’s see how this is spun, shall we?
Oh, and yes… I rather like the open doors of the United Methodist Church, especially my local one where all sorts gather to commune or worship or participate or sit quietly undisturbed and unharmed — believers, doubters, skeptics, atheists, agnostics, gays, straights, conservatives, liberals and me…