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I pinch the bridge of my nose, another month, another dead clergy. Katz I had a passing knowledge of, we had talked to the church council and some congregants to get a fuller picture. While our Presbyterian, Smythe was transitioning and had angered people into believing she had betrayed her vows before God. This Lutheran congregation was being ripped apart by the largest donors spiritually abusing children as they surfed through their own grief, and the minister turning a blind eye or attempting appeasement to the families so as not to lose the money.
Another happenstance where one could view it as the vows taken in the name of God destroyed to appease the Empire of the world. If you want to spiritualize the killings, Bronwyn had my early speculation.
“Tuck believes these two killings are connected due to it tied to the idea of bearing false witness, and using biblical means to kill the clerics leading their followers astray. The question if this is a killer targeting what he/she believes to be corrupt clergy where will he/she strike next?” Bronwyn shared.
I look to the ground in the station house, then up to the piercing green eyes of the one I love, but am afraid to tell. “That is the challenge, let’s be honest name a Christian who at one point or another in their journey did not feel betrayed by a clergy member.” Bronwyn is looking deflated by my answer, but my eyes hit a small story in the corner of the Sherwood Gazette. “Of course!”
“Care to share with the rest of us Tuck?” It’s one of Bronwyn’s constables helping on the case, a slender freckle faced youth with a Scottish brogue.
I grab the paper. “The Anglican Diocese is electing a new Bishop!” Bronwyn looks to me and then the young constable, shrugging they both are. “Ours is the diocese that made the fuss a year back where a disabled child was escorted out of the Cathedral for creating a supposed disturbance with her tears during Good Friday?”
Bronwyn looks at me, “Really, everyone I know cries at Good Friday Mass, why was this so different?”
“Because the former priest in charge of the Cathedral was an ass clown, cost Anglicanism thirty percent of their members in the city thankfully, but another story of betrayal. They meet this weekend at the Cathedral, clergy and laity to elect a new bishop.” I do believe the thought of going back to an Anglican church is giving me an anxiety attack.
“We need to contact the Diocese they need to call the meeting.” Bronwyn was already firing orders around her team on this. As a passage from Joshua after the fall of Jericho flashes into my mind.
24 Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord’s house. 25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.
26 At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:
“At the cost of his firstborn son
he will lay its foundations;
at the cost of his youngest
he will set up its gates.”
27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land.
The Book of Joshua 6:24-27…
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