Abuse Is Not A One Way Street

The following article concerning “toxic” parishes has made the rounds in the blogosphere:


I think this is an important reminder that keeping a parish healthy is not simply the work of the priest, nor of the priest and bishop.  Healthy parishes involve goodness and kindness across all levels of parish life, from the priest to the council, to the teachers and choir members to those who tithe, pray, and worship together.  We have worked hard to build a healthy parish community here in Fargo, and thanks to God for such dedication, but this article is a reminder of how we must be ever vigilant, never giving in to temptations to make things difficult and toxic.  Like parish growth and evangelism, parish health is an ongoing activity.