The Sydney Morning Herald picked up this tale of parishioners defying their pastor and returning a baptismal font from a church rear to a baptistry. Cheers accompanied the return from eighteen-month exile of three slabs of stone from a sacred aboriginal site. Father Clesio Mendes:
If we bring it forward we have to make it a new shape. It doesn’t look like a baptismal fountain.
Hmm. Fonts come in all shapes: octagons, hexagons, crosses, rectangles, and many designs are suggestive of the tomb of Christ, the eighth day, the sixth day, and such. I found the image above on the occasionally-updated parish blog. And well, no, it doesn’t look like a fountain. And it’s not the shape of font I would design, but you have to tread carefully on matters that touch the sacramental life of Catholics.
Check out last weekend’s parish bulletin, and a notice at the bottom left of the page.
One parishioner on their pastor’s reputation:
He refuses to talk to the people, to negotiate.