Nor would I recommend that anyone attend that meeting. Just for starters, the two people who should definitely have been excommunicated in 2012 -- the ones who, egged on by Anthony Morello in full vestments, violently shoved their fellow parishioners out of the parish hall last July while yelling things like "I'm going to break your neck" -- are instead running the show. The new absentee priest-in-charge, 74 years old and clueless, is inevitably going to defer to them in all things.
And there's going to be plenty for him to defer about. Given all the excommunications over the past year, the closure of the parish to masses for five months, and the disregard for the parish bylaws the dissidents have already shown, there are going to be numerous potentially contentious issues:
- Exactly who has been excommunicated? The faithful parishioners are aware of nine, but are there more? How many? Who are they?
- As a result, who is now a member in good standing? The bylaws say they have to have attended regularly for a full year, but how does the five-month closure of the parish affect this?
- Based on that, what constitutes a quorum?
- And who is eligible to serve on the vestry? Most of those who were excommunicated were formerly on the vestry, with their terms ending in different years. Who will be elected to serve on which spot? And by the way, a member in good standing must also pledge to be eligible to serve on the vestry. Where are the pledge records?
"We need to stay away from that place," says my wife. "We can never go back there. That place is evil."