I disagree with the church on so many things. To be honest there is only one part of the service I enjoy, and that is more due to the priest and his relationship with God.
After Communion, when the priest is clearing up, they take a moment to commune with God. With a priest, who truly believes, as many I have been blessed to be in a congregation with. That is a true moment of peace for me.
I don’t have many of those moments in my life. My last priest was like that. He was moved to another church, and that was when church violence really started to become an issue. I was on our churches finance committee, and brought the issue to my priests attention. Who said he would pray on it and bring it up to the Bishop of our Diocese. The Bishop did not find my concerns “to be worthy or valid”. That perhaps I should have more faith in God’s grace. I said “my faith in God’s grace remained unchanged, but my belief in Free Will and the evil that lay in the hearts of men of ill intention remained unchanged as well”.
I haven’t been back since.