I asked why one of his parishes was organising a visit to a Hindu Temple; it seemed a pretty pointless exercise to me and ecumaniacal initiatives such as this never seem to have a reciprocation aspect to them.
We tend to go forth and join rather than to go forth and teach.
Now this is where it gets boring (yawn) it's a bit anecdotal so please bear with me.
I received a nice reply from the Bishop suggesting that I take the matter up with my Parish Priest - alack!
I am a pikey Catholic, I have no parish, no place to lay my head or kneel in prayer except several 'adopted' churches where the PP is a kind and forbearing person.
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"Delegation is good but it must be followed through"
In haste I responded with an apology for giving the impression that I was a parishioner of St James's Church, Reading.
And then.......the response comes back.....except that, whilst it purports to come from the Bishop it obviously comes from one of his priests charged with admin duties filed under "Nuisance enquiries from awkward b*****s" (that stands for bloggers, by the way).
You see, as any fule kno, as Molesworth would say, you never, ever, send an email that has been forwarded or cc'd.
Because the chances are that there will be one or two earlier emails on the tab that may carry info that you would not wish the final recipient to see.
Now, my reply carried nothing nasty as such but it had not, I believe, been sent by the Bishop because there was a forward note from the Bish's PA stating: "Father, for you"
And the reply itself was.....a bit (I'm trying to be charitable) - pompous and twittish, and I am sure that the Bishop would never have made such remarks.
Here is the response, verbatim, you may judge for yourselves (my comments in red):
In this particular case, I still think it would be best to discuss the precise nature of the proposed visit with the Parish Priest (but, as I have stated before, I am not a member of this bleeping parish!) before making your judgment.(Ah...judgements are wrong, that's the innuendo here).
If I was the Bishop I'd give whoever it was that wrote it, a week's course on customer service and relationships at Marks and Spencer.