Indian givers

Indian givers

Here’s another example of a lack of perspective on behalf of the people of closing parishes. At St. Mary’s in Marlborough, they’re want to be “Indian givers.” Specifically they’re angry that all the materials donated to the parish over the years are not theirs to do with as they will.

“The people here lived here all their lives, have given all this stuff, and what you’re saying is that we have no right to anything,” one man said.

That’s right, because you gave it to the Church. If you give me a crockpot for Christmas and I decide to sell it at a garage sale next year, it would be the height of bad manners to demand that I give it back to you instead. When you give something away, it is no longer yours. Most people learn that before grade school.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli