The San Isidro Parish Council’s feud with the Apostolic Administrator is not helping the Church at all. They should have sent a delegation to meet with him and iron out their differences, instead of bringing their grievances in the newspaper.
Why can’t they just ask Monsignor Antonelli whether he prefers to be priest-in-residence of San Isidro Parish or whether he wants to retain his administrative duties, which to me is a lot of work, even for an old man like me.
If Monsignor Antonelli prefers to retain his administrative duties, he should be honored by retaining him as pastor of San Isidro Parish.
But for purposes of clarification, consultation merely means that the Apostolic Administrator tells the parishioners what he intends to do. He may welcome comments and objections, but in the end it is he alone who must decide. He does not have to get in touch with every member of the parish, because that is impossible.
The Church is not a democracy. That is the way the Church has been run for almost 2,000 years.
Reynaldo O. Yana
Chalan Kanoa, Saipan