“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

WHO PAYS? A Follow-Up...

Questions expressing shock and disbelief regarding our last post have come to TOCB. It seems that many are having difficulty believing the possibility that shortfalls in one parish can be allocated to all parishes in any given Metropolis.

TOCB some time ago provided its readers with both the Metropolitan's Budget Protocol and the actual budget spreadsheet for each parish within the Metropolis. These have been listed under the "Food for Thought, Questions to Ponder" section of our blog, to the right of the blog articles. These documents came directly from the Web site of the Metropolis of Denver.

We do not believe, given the specific circumstances in Dallas, that it is far-fetched that all of us will be required to pay for the shortfalls that are expected to arise in Dallas (and elsewhere throughout the country) in the wake of the abuse scandals now plaguing the Church.

It is simply a matter of reading the Metropolitan's own words, which were quoted verbatim from page four in his budget protocol. Read the documents and draw your own conclusions.

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