Just like this story from the Charleston Daily Mail begins:
South Charleston Patrolman S. W. Miller was on duty with his police drug dog, Vader, when the odor of marijuana filtered into his police cruiser.
Sounds like a typical night in South Charleston, W. Va. right? After all, what else is there to do floating down the Cahulawassee River besides pluck a banjo, smoke reefer and listening to harrowing pigs squealing in the background. (Deliverance, anyone?)
Well, “Vader” here had a nose for that kind of thing, so off he strolls on a quest to the dark side. (Just wait, there’s more). Vader leads his young jedi police officer to a sliver mini-van. And guess who was flaming on the ganga?
The mini van pulled over, and inside were Jim O’Connor, the pastor at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in South Charleston, and one of the parishioners, Michael Joseph Deegan, also well-known in the community as a substance abuse counselor.
Now, that’s rich. A priest of more than 15 years serving the community on ways to be led to eternity began having heavenly experiences smoking the tree of life. Stay classy, Padre.
And now the diocese playing Spin Doctor puts out this simpleton release:
“An internal investigation is being conducted by diocesan officials, as is undertaken in all such incidents. Meanwhile, Father O’Connor is now suspended from his priestly responsibilities and has been removed as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in South Charleston.”
You know, I have thought about this and there is no better way to close this story than to quote a great ministry watchdog, “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” (I told you I wasn’t done. Now go back to your basement and play Xbox, young Padawin.)