(AoftheAP) All Freddy Aurnaught wanted was a chance to talk to his pastor. But that was the last thing his pastor, Fr. Remo Pearl, was willing to give.
“I’ve been trying for months to just chat with him, y’know, talk to him about some of my concerns,” said Freddy, long-time member of Church of the Divine Tambourine parish. “But Father never returned my calls or responded to my emails, and he never stuck around after Mass either. Just heads back to the rectory, still in his vestments. It was very frustrating.”
Freddy’s concerns? “There’s too much shenanigans going on during Mass,” he told AoftheA. “Stuff like gender-inclusive language, lay people giving homilies, glass chalices, prayers being made up on the spot. But Father wouldn’t talk to me. So three weeks ago, I finally came up with a way to get his attention.”
“Hey, crazy ladies who want to be priests use signs like this,” Freddy explained. “And people who hold signs at football games get shown on TV all the time, so I figured maybe it would work for me too.”
And work it did. After ushers swooped in and forcibly removed him from Mass, Fr. Pearl finally agreed to meet with Freddy afterward.
“Yeah, he was upset. Really upset,” Freddy acknowledged. “He did most of the shouting. But I stood my ground, and said I would keep coming in with a sign until he agreed to talk with me. Fr. Pearl refused.”
So the following week…
Again, Freddy was swarmed over by ushers, and they confiscated his sign.
But Freddy was undeterred. He returned the following Sunday, sneaking into the choir loft before Mass began…
Freddy told AoftheA he has a meeting scheduled with Fr. Pearl on Tuesday.
“My advice? Be persistent and creative,” Freddy said. “But mostly persistent.”
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