People are forced to stoop to buy train tickets in China. It was strongly criticized.
Brought a young man in Puchong to see a priest regarding his intended marriage at the end of the year.
Catholic must register with the priest of intended marriage one year in advance.
He is not fervent but attend Sunday Mass may be once a month. He has a few issues needed to be clarified, one of them is a unpleasant encounter with a priest more than a month ago regarding wedding in the church.
When he mentioned "marriage" to the parish clerk, the reply was:
"First you must have had attended marriage preparation course...."
"... I need to see the priest for advise first..."
The clerk highlighted: " you must make appointment ... the priest will tell you when to come .... Tuesday to Friday, office hours only " . She was holding an appointment book, very business-like and stern face. Don't pray pray ....heh heh heh ( italic wording added by me)
"subject matter: marriage ...or personal ....?"
The young man was quite at a loss ...
If she could have just said: " not to inconvenient yourself, it is advisable to make an appointment with the priest...". ... we would have felt better.
We know priests are busy people, parishioners are busy too ....but since in the vicinity, no harm to try mah...!
All the while, we were shouting at each other. We were not arguing but hard of hearing. We were seperated by a piece of glass and speaking through an tray-like opening, like the old bank teller counter，without voice holes above. The guest has to stoop down to shout at the "opening ".....
In fact I have requested : Let us inside to talk ... but understood its security implication, I did not pursue further and remained stooping ....
My young friend is awaiting for the priest to call ... when? God knows.... and being genuine, he will take a day off from his 27 hour-a-day construction company job (he said so) to attend this 30 minutes meeting .....
Good Catholics are not supposed to complain .....
书记特地提醒：“见神父必须先预约 。。。 然后等神父答复 。。。只能够在星期二至星期五 。。。办公时间 。。。” 她手上捧着一本预约部，一板正经的 。。。。Don't pray pray, heh heh heh ..(这是我自己加上的英文形容词）
假如那位书记说：“ 。。。为了避免你的不方便，我建议你先与神父约定。。。” 这听了也比较舒服。
。。。。唔 。唔。唔。 天主教徒不应该埋怨！